“Depending on how you answer the questions, I can make you look innocent or guilty,” Eugene Choi says in the background as a detained Goo Dong-mae, all bloody, is faced by Eugene and his fellow soldiers.

Based in Shinmiyangyo, or the U.S. expedition to Korea in the late 19th century, Mr. Sunshine tells the story of a Korean boy born into a family of house servants who runs away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a U.S. marine officer. He falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter and discovers the dark scheme to colonize the country that he once ran away from.