Drama: The Legend of The Blue Sea (literal title)
Revised romanization: Pooreun Badaui Junsul
Hangul: 푸른 바다의 전설
Director: Jin Hyeok
Writer: Park Ji-Eun
Release Date: November 16, 2016 – January 19, 2017
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 22:00
Country: South Korea
The last mermaid on Earth meets a genius swindler. The mermaid tries to adjust life on land. The drama is a fantasy romance, taking its motif from the mermaid/merman story in Korea’s first historical (romance) storybook. In the Joseon-era storybook, it is recorded that real-life figure Kim Dam Nyeong returned mermaids/mermen that were caught fisherman back to the sea.
“The Legend of The Blue Sea” takes over the Wednesday & Thursday 22:00 time slot previously occupied by “Jealousy Incarnate” and will be followed by “Saimdang, Light’s Diary” January, 2017.
Screenplay is motivated by a mermaid story in story collection “Eou yadam” by Joseon scholar Yu Mong-In. Story revolves around county magistrate Kim Dam-Ryung who released mermaids into the ocean.The mermaids were caught by fisherman.
Drama series will be the last acting role for actor Lee Min-Ho before he enters into the military for approximately 2 years. Drama series is also the first acting role for actress Gianna Jun since she gave birth to her first child.
Filming began August 19, 2016 at Goesan, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea.
Filming moves to the island of Palau in late August, 2016 and filming will also take place in Spain in September, 2016.
First script reading took place October 8, 2016 in Sangam, Seoul, South Korea. The first script reading lasted for 3 hours and covered the first 4 episodes.
Gianna Jun – Sim Chung
Lee Min-Ho – Heo Joon-Jae / Dam Ryung
Lee Hee-Joon – Jo Nam-Doo
Shin Hye-Sun – Cha Si-A
Moon So-Ri – Ahn Jin-Joo
Shin Won-Ho – Tae-O
Lee Ji-Hoon – Heo Chi-Hyun
Park Hae-Soo – Hong Dong-Pyo
Hwang Shin-Hye – Kang Seo-Hee
Sung Dong-Il – Ma Dae-Young / Mr. Yang
Na Young-Hee – Mo Yoo-Ran
Choi Jung-Woo – Heo Gil-Joong
Shin Rin-Ah – Yoo-Na
Kal So-Won – Sim Chung (child)
Jeon Jin-Seo – Heo Joon-Jae (child)
Shin Eun-Soo – Sim Chung (young)
Jin Young – Heo Joon-Jae (young)
Kim Sung-Ryoung – wife of Myungdong Capital CEO (ep.1)
Krystal – Flight Attendant Min-Ji (ep.1)
Ahn Jae-Hong – (cameo)
Cha Tae-Hyun – (cameo)
Hong Jin-Kyung – (cameo)