In 2007, a media outlet surveyed 299 members of the Korean National Assembly and asked them who they most admired. Of the 263 who responded, Admiral Yi Sun-shin, famous for his integral role in defeating the Japanese navy in the Imjin War of 1592-98, was chosen by 31 people, placing him as the second most admired. Blowing him out of the water in first, was famous nationalist and leader of the Korean independence movement Kim Koo, with an incredible 79 votes. Born on August 29, 1876, Kim Koo was involved in rebellion from an early age, joining the famous Donghak Movement against the government and Japan at the age of 16, quickly rising to become leader of the district of Palbong and his own army regiment. In 1905, after Korea became on official protectorate of Japan, Kim participated in a mass protest, and in the following years was arrested and mistreated a number of times, before exiling himself to Shanghai in 1919, where he joined the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.