Devil / Mawang: Wave of Japanese Support
I’m not keeping up with Devil/Mawang these days, but it still makes me glad to see quality programming still being appreciated, even if the drama isn’t winning its time slot.
“Japanese Fans Wish For Devil/Mawang’s Success with 10,000 Paper Cranes”
(日 팬들 ‘마왕’ 대박기원 종이학 1만개 갖고 한국 방문 밀물)
According to this article, Japanese fans are so looking forward to seeing Devil that they are sending 10,000 folded paper cranes in encouragement, wishing the kdrama success. They are also planning on visiting the filming location en masse on the 21st, in a city just outside of Seoul called Pyongtaek. They’ll come with the paper cranes as presents and gather at the set location at 2pm.
The series Resurrection (부활) was televised last year in Japan, and was recognized for its quality and earned Uhm Tae Woong popularity among Japanese fans. Upon learning of the upcoming Devil, which not only stars Uhm Tae Woong but is also directed and written by the same people who worked on Resurrection (dir. Park Chan Hong and writer Kim Ji Woo), Japanese fans have been eagerly anticipating the series. A fan expressed excitement at the thought of visiting the location and meeting the three stars, Uhm Tae Woong, Joo Ji Hoon, and Shin Min Ah, counting down the days to the sure-to-be-unforgettable event.
The location details, which had not been fully made public, were first publicly announced to media outlets on behalf of the Japanese fans, so they could come to the location on this day.
(I love reading about stuff like this — a give-and-take relationship between the production and the fans, which shows that the production realizes to whom they owe their successes, and the fans being grateful rather than entitled to the dramas they love. I’m also amazed, because no way in hell would American entities allow their fans anywhere this level of access — although probably for good reason, since there are so many crazies around, especially when we’re talking Hollywood. Still, I hear about things like Seven’s fan club sending lovely gestures like gift packages and food to the set of Goong S and I’m mystified that it’s actually safe to eat. I can’t be the only paranoid one! — especially not after the DBSK/Yunho poisoning incident by an anti-fan some months ago.)