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Hong Gil Dong finds fans in Japan

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.

Via Edaily

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Thanks for the article translation! I genuinely wish HGD all the best - more love, recognition, and support. I definitely agree, that Kang Ji Hwan makes this Hong Gil Dong hero so lovable and enjoyable, one who is "who’s neither overly serious nor lighthearted." I'm excited that the HGD-mania is just getting bigger and bigger!

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i agree with the comment #1..
this has turned out to be a very enjoyable drama thanks to Kang Ji Hwan...his acting can range from hystericaly funny and silly, to rip-your-heart-out sad...He makes you laugh but also makes you care about the character..

I am enjoying this drama so much that when i saw the picture of this post at first glance i automatically assumed that it was your summary for ep 9 LOL...i got so exited and thought "DANM! that was fast!" haha...THAT'S how much i look forward to your summaries Javabeans XD

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To yeli at comment#2,
I have exactly the same reaction like you when I first saw the picture of this post. LOL
I'm suffering from HGD withdrawn syndrome now.
Love your summaries Javabeans.

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Over at the HGD soompi thread we're all suffering from severe HGDWS!

Can't wait for the summary, and honestly Hong Gil Dong deserves all the recognition - it's a great drama! I hope the ratings for Ep.9 meet KJH's expectations!

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i like this show lots, its the only drama i am watching, so in between eps i get bored. i'm glad this drama is getting attention overseas, its really unique and i love all of the actors. i hope this drama airs on the chinese channels over here, so my parents can see it, they might like it. they really enjoyed mnikss. i saw coffee prince w/ mandarin dubbing it was quite annoying, but aside from that i'm happy korean dramas are getting popular, i was surprised that they are so good and different from other programs (asian and american).

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i'm so enthralled with this series - will you be posting the scripts?

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it's sooo great to see all the attention Hong Gil Dong is getting. it's such a fun series and I'm loving every minute of it!! Push comes to shove they can have Jang Geun Seok.....just keep your mitts off MY Kang Ji Hwan!!:)

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I'm getting happier and happier as I hear the positive HGD news!! It deserves all its praise. The first few episodes were so so, but it really heats up at 3/4 and by that time, you're hooked.

Much love to HGD, and of course, Kang Ji Hwan (and all the other stars). I hope HGD manages to break into the mid 20's for ratings in Korea...We'll have to see, won't we? ^^ The Hong sisters got another hit....

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Yeah! This is really good news.
So glad for HGD cast and fans and of course you!
Thanks.

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For a moment I thought it was Episode 9 summary. Wow, very happy to know that HGD drama is well received overseas. It should be, it's refreshing and unique kind of drama. Aja...aja....fighting!!! Thanks

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i want Hong Gil Dong to be the next Korean wave. i really enjoy the show, like others i am looking forward to Javabean's review and anticipating what will be happening to Hong Gil Dong and the other characters. Hope the rating will be high!!!
***fighting***

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Just the title of this blog entry makes me so happy.

When I saw it, I just went, "FINALLY!!" hehehe.

I can't wait for the NEXT FREAKING EPISODES!! AHHH!

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hi! oversea fans!! l am biggest ........fan of this serial !!cant wait for one week just to relase 2 show ! give me more ! give me more !! like ( B.spear) !

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^^

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Too bad the ratings don't reflect how popular HGD is (average of 15). That's ok. I love sleeper hits. I am soo waiting to buy this one when it comes out.

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Sharp Blade Hong Gil Dong uploaded here.

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I LIKE THAT

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MORE DRAMA SERIES FOR KANG JI HWAN UR ONE OF THE BEST ACTORS I EVER VIEWED ESPECIALLY IN HGD....

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