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The National Security Service (NSS) is a secret South Korean black ops agency that takes on a secret terrorist organization, called IRIS.
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Series cast summary:
Yeong-cheol Kim ...  Baek San 36 episodes, 2009-2013
Ju-sang Yun Ju-sang Yun ...  Oh Hyeon-Kyu / ... 31 episodes, 2009-2013
Seung-woo Kim ...  Park Cheol-yeong / ... 26 episodes, 2009-2013
Jeong-kil Lee Jeong-kil Lee ...  President Jo Myeong-Ho / ... 25 episodes, 2009-2013
So-yeon Kim ...  Kim Seon-hwa / ... 22 episodes, 2009-2013
Byung-hun Lee ...  Kim Hyun-Jun / ... 21 episodes, 2009
Tae-hee Kim ...  Choi Seung-Hee / ... 21 episodes, 2009
Jun-ho Jeong ...  Jin Sa-Woo / ... 21 episodes, 2009
Hyuk Jang ...  Jung Yoo-Gun 20 episodes, 2013
Beom-su Lee ...  Yoo Joong-Won 20 episodes, 2013
Da-hae Lee ...  Ji Soo-Yeon 20 episodes, 2013
Soo-hyang Im ...  Kim Yeon-hwa 20 episodes, 2013
Doo-Joon Yoon Doo-Joon Yoon ...  Seo Hyun-Woo 20 episodes, 2013
Nah Yoon Nah Yoon ...  Hwang Tae-Sung 19 episodes, 2009
Je-mun Yun ...  Park Sang-Hyeon / ... 19 episodes, 2009
Yeon-su Oh ...  Deputy Director Choi Min 18 episodes, 2013
David Lee McInnis ...  Ray / ... 17 episodes, 2009-2013
Jyu-ni Hyun Jyu-ni Hyun ...  Yang Mi-Jeong / ... 17 episodes, 2009
Hye-jin Kim Hye-jin Kim ...  Yang Jung-In 17 episodes, 2009
Soo-hyun Park Soo-hyun Park ...  Joong-Kwon / ... 17 episodes, 2009
Sung-Hyun Baek ...  Kang Byung-Jin 17 episodes, 2013
Hyun Jung Cha Hyun Jung Cha ...  Yoo Hae Young 17 episodes, 2013
Il-Woo Kim Il-Woo Kim ...  Kang Cheol-Hwan / ... 17 episodes, 2013
Joon Lee ...  Yoon Shi-Hyuk 16 episodes, 2013
Han-Yong Jeong ...  Jung Hyung-Joon / ... 16 episodes, 2009
Ji-Yeon Myeong Ji-Yeon Myeong ...  Hong Soo-Jin 16 episodes, 2009
Seung-hak Lee Seung-hak Lee ...  Kim Ji Hun 16 episodes, 2013
Jae Hyung Jun Jae Hyung Jun ...  Pyo Jin Hwan 15 episodes, 2013
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The National Security Service (NSS) is a secret South Korean black ops agency that takes on a secret terrorist organization, called IRIS.

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Tae-hee Kim played the female lead character for the show's first season and Da-hae Lee played the female lead character for the second. Kim is married to singer Rain and Lee was dating singer Se7en at the time. Rain (from Korean music company JYP Entertainment) and Se7en (from Korean music company YG Entertainment) were solo singer rivals from two rival music companies, JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment. See more »


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If you liked "24", you're gonna like this one too.
18 April 2011 | by ebossertSee all my reviews

Wikipedia gives the following information: "Iris is a South Korean espionage television drama series broadcast by KBS in 2009. With a budget in excess of 20 billion won (17 million USD), it, along with its spin-off Athena: Goddess of War, share the record for the most expensive Korean dramas ever produced. Premiering in October 2009, the series was a critical and commercial success, with an average viewership of over 30% in addition to ranking as the top program consistently every week after its debut. The series also took home many of the highest honors at the 2009 KBS Drama Acting Awards, including Byung-hun Lee winning the top recognition, the Daesang Award. Among other nominations and recognitions, Lee and Tae-hee Kim were also named as one of the best on-screen couples."

My Review In One Breath: This series (20 episodes, 60 minutes each) concerns a National Security System agent who attempts to take down a secret organization. After the introductory opening episodes, the missions are similar to what one would find in the American "24" series (excluding the "real time" element), with agents attempting to stop terrorist attacks with the use of satellites and information support technicians. Of course, this is in the Korean style with some romance and melodrama blended in. Acting is top notch, with Byung-hun Lee in the lead role and a very good supporting cast: Tae-hee Kim (his love interest and fellow agent), Seung-woo Kim (a North Korean agent) and So-yeon Kim (as the gorgeous North Korean sniper). Production values are slick, the scoring is great at times, and the pacing is very fast for a K-drama with plenty of shootouts (a few of which are fantastic) and suspense. Storyline is clichéd but the secret organization is intriguing and represents a brilliant little twist on the North/South Korean conflict. Consequently, the relationships between the characters change significantly in exciting ways and the viewer will have an emotional investment in the protagonists. Highly addictive stuff.

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