Winter Sonata stars promote animation

Korean stars Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo were in Japan to promote the animated version of popular Korean drama Winter Sonata. The duo is lending their voice for the anime project.

Korean stars Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo

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Bae Yong-joon to release travel photobook

Korean actor Bae Yong-joon is releasing a travel photobook, titled Journey In Search of Korea’s Beauty.

Korean actor Bae Yong-joon travel photobook

The photobook recorded the Bae’s travel journal and pics in Korea. The star took a year to travel across the country to explore Korean culture and beautiful sceneries of his homeland.

The photobook will be released in Japan and Korea in late September.

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Winter Sonata voted Japan NHK’s favorite program

Korean drama Winter Sonata, starred Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, is voted the best TV program shown on Japan NHK satellite channel in the past 20 years.

Korean drama Winter Sonata

The Japanese TV station held a poll to pick the top 30 TV programs in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their satellite channels. The 2002 Korean drama got 20,750 out of the total 160,533 votes.

Bae Yong-jun voice-act for anime

Korean star Bae Yong-jun will voice act in the animated version of popular drama series Winter Sonata.

Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo in Winter Sonata

The actor will take on the role of Jun-sang in the animated series jointly being produced with Japan, which will go into joint production in late March.

The preview of the animated series as well as a video message from Bae will be screened during a press conference in Tokyo on March 28.

Winter Sonata, which aired in 2002 on KBS, became a phenomenal hit in both Korea and Japan. The series was aired in Japan on NHK in 2004, and the huge success of the drama series made Bae one of Asia’s biggest stars.


TV drama starring Kwon Sang-woo big hit in Japan

Top hallyu actor Kwon Sang-woo has drawn contrasting responses in Korea and abroad recently for his role in a new TV drama after a two-year hiatus.

Korean drama Bad Love

The drama, entitled Bad Love, recorded domestic viewer ratings of just 6.1 percent on Dec 3, when its pilot episode aired.

But its exports to Japan and Taiwan have been anything but sluggish, posting export revenues of three billion won in Japan alone. In fact, Bad Love and the epic drama The Four Guardian Gods of the King, starring actor Bae Yong-jun have been paving the way for a revival of the hallyu boom.

A person from the production crew of Bad Love said Asian fans have been looking forward to Kwon’s acting after his long hiatus and that some 100 foreign fans visit the drama’s filming sites every day.