Image:Company of Korean rebels photographed 1907 by F.A. McKenzie opposite page 206 of Tragedy of Korea published 1908; lossily rotated -0.35 degrees and then losslessly cropped tighter.
So I finished Mr. Sunshine last night. I think one of the reasons I was attracted to that movie is the historical fiction aspect of it. It's my fav genre despite film or book. The much-anticipated show, written by star writer Kim Eun-sook, has been accused of being an apologist for pro-Japanese collaborators before Japan's colonial rule of Korea as well as being based on historical inaccuracies.
Historical fiction is just that: a blend of fiction and non-fiction. Believe me, if the director was an apologist for pro-Japanese collaboraters ( even through one character ) it didn't show in the film. On the contrary, it painted them in the most horrible light possible. Despite that, there would be a genuine imbalance from someone raised in one set of beliefs attempting to reconcile with another. I thought the character accused of romanticizing Japan ( Koo Dong-mae ) did an excellent job portraying his character, and the ending recognizes that in his actions. Can't say more or I'll ruin the ending.
It's an an epic tale of love and heroism, and the cinematography is beautiful. I highly recommend it. Watching it late at night without distraction is best due to subtitles, unless you can speak Korean ( which I am working on )!
The journalist/photographer was featured in the film, and the photograph is genuine.