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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 followed by "The Slave Hunters" on January 6, 2010.
- Related titles:
- IRIS (KBS2 / 2009)
- IRIS: The Movie (2010)
- Athena: Goddess of War (SBS / 2010)
- IRIS 2 (KBS2 / 2013)
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