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- Drama: IRIS
- Revised Romanization: Airiseu
- Hangul: 아이리스
- Director: Yang Yun-Ho, Kim Kyu-Tae
- Writer: Kim Hyun-Joon, Jo Kyu-Won, Kim Jae-Eun
- Producer: Jung Tae-Won
- Network: KBS2
- Episodes: 20
- Release Date: October 14 - December 17, 2009
- Runtime: Wednesdays & Thursdays 21:55
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
Two elite National Security System (NSS) agents, Hyeong-Jun (Lee Byung-Hun) and Sa-Woo (Jeong Jun-Ho), who were sworn blood brothers, both fall for fellow agent Seung-Hee (Kim Tae-Hee). Sa-Woo attempts to suppress his feelings for Seung-Hee and wishes the couple the best.
Hyeon-Jun is then sent off on a solo mission to Hungary. In Hungary, Hyeon-jun accomplishes his mission and while in escape mode becomes wounded. Shortly later, Hyeon-jun finds out that he was betrayed by fellow agent Sa-woo. Seung-Hee attempts to help Hyeon-Jun escape, but a car explosion separates the two and both are misled to believe that the other person are dead. Hyeon-Jun is then saved by an unknown voice and learns of the secret society "IRIS".
One year later, Hyeon-Jun returns to Korea to seek revenge. During this time, the two Koreas are set to reunify, while the group "IRIS" are intent on stopping the reunification.
- "Iris" has a reported budget of over 20 billion Wons (1 USD = 1,200 Wons), making it the most expensive Korean drama to date (10/2008).
- The series is a high-tech spy drama and will be filmed in various locations including Hungary (Budapest, Balaton, Tihany), Russia, Japan, US, and China.
- Actor Lee Byung-Hun will make his first starring TV drama appearance since the 2003 SBS series "All In".
- Actress Kim Tae-Hee will make her first starring TV drama appearance sine the 2004 SBS series "Love Story in Harvard".
- Filming began March, 2009 in Akita Prefecture, Japan.
- Japanese distribution rights for the drama series "Iris" was sold to TBS for a record ¥ 400,000,000 / ₩ 5,300,000,000 ($4.3 million USD).
- "Iris" will take over the Wed. & Thurs. time slot previously occupied by "My Fair Lady" and will be followed by "The Slave Hunters" on January 6, 2010.
- Related titles:
|Lee Byung-Hun||Kim Tae-Hee||Jeong Jun-Ho||Kim Seung-Woo||Kim So-Yeon||T.O.P|
|Kim Hyeon-Jun||Choi Seung-Hee||Jin Sa-Woo||Park Cheol-Yeong||Kim Sun-Hwa||Vick|
|Kim Young-Chul||Yoon Je-Moon||Yun Ju-Sang||Juni||Lee Jeong-Kil||Jung Han-Yong|
|Baek San||Park Sang-Hyeon||Oh Hyeon-Kyu||Yang Mi-Jeong||Jo Myeong-Ho||Jung Hyung-Joon|
Additional Cast Members:
- Hakuryu - Takashi Yamamoto
- Yuko Fueki - Eriko Sato
- Myeong Ji-Yeon - Hong Soo-Jin
- Jo Ji-Hwan
- Kim Hye-Jin - Yang Jung-In
- Yeo Ho-Min - North Korean terrorist
- Lim Hyung-Joon - NSS Agent
- Park Yong-Ki - Yoo Kang-Oh
- Choi Jong-Hwan
- Kim Hyeong-Jong - North Korean agent
- Kim Kap-Soo - Yoo Jung-Hoon
- Jung Ho-Bin - Kang Cheol-Hwan
- David McInnis - hired soldier
- Ryoo Seung-Ryong - leader of hired soldiers
- Han Kuk-Jin - North Korean security agent
- Park Soo-Hyun - Joong-Kwon
- Park Seong-Taek - Japanese agent
- Seong Woong - NSS Agent
- Na Yoon - Hwang Tae-Sung
- Yoon Jin-Soo
- Son Jung-Min - terrorist computer hacker
- Song Bong-Geun
- Moon Hee-Kyeong - Seung-Hee's aunt
- Lee Jung-Yong - hired soldier
- Oh Eun-Chan - Kim Hyeon-Jun (young)
- Masayuki Ito - Japanese IRIS member
- Wi Ji-Woong - agent
- 2010 (46th) PaekSang Arts Awards - March 26th
- Best Drama