I could kinda guess Hong Gil Dong had carved out its niche of Japanese fans just from the increased site referrals here from Japanese sites and websurfers, but the following puts it into plain terms:
Positive reaction to Hong Gil Dong in Japan: “A funky drama that exceeds expectations”
The KBS2 drama Hong Gil Dong, now heating up airwaves domestically, is also attracting lots of interest in Japan.
One Japanese magazine said in an article about the drama, explaining in detail about the lead character, “Hong Gil Dong exceeds expectations as the story of a funky kind of hero.”
Japanese press has taken particular note of the lead actors Kang Ji Hwan, Sung Yuri, and Jang Geun Seok, who’ve thrown themselves into their acting. The series is distinctly separate in its story and visual style from its sageuk predecessors.
One rep from the drama’s production company, Olive Nine, explained international reaction to Hong Gil Dong, saying, “Interest from overseas media is high with regard to this Korean-style hero, who’s neither overly serious nor lighthearted. Even at the production company’s press conference, there were approximately thirty to forty foreign reporters from countries like Japan, China, and Taiwan in attendance.”
The fusion comedy sageuk drama Hong Gil Dong stars Kang Ji Hwan, Sung Yuri, and Jang Geun Seok and has garnered lots of love from audiences, setting itself apart from previous historical dramas with its particular style of costuming, characters’ way of speech, and story.
SONG OF THE DAY
Hong Gil Dong OST – “쾌도 홍길동” (Sharp Blade Hong Gil Dong), the series’ theme song.
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