Foreign journalists pose with the cast and crew of TV series "Dong Yi" on the show's set in the city of Yong-in, South Korea on July 28, 2010. [MBC]
MBC TV series "Dong Yi" is looking to reignite the Hallyu buzz that director Lee Byeong-hoon had sparked up in 2003 with Lee Young-ae starrer "Jewel in the Palace" ("Dae Jang Geum"), inviting the foreign press to its set in Yong-in yesterday.
Broadcaster MBC said in a press release that Lee opened up the set of his latest historical drama, located in the city of Yong-in, South Korea, on Wednesday to some 50 media journalists from Southeast Asia (25 from Japan, China 14, Thailand 5, Malaysia 4 and Singapore 2), who interviewed the noted director as well as the show's lead actor Ji Jin-hee.
During an interview session with Lee, the maestro behind smash hit epics "Huh Joon" (MBC, 1999) and "Jewel in the Palace" ("Dae Jang Geum", MBC, 2003), foreign reporters asked a variety of questions ranging from the subject matters in his dramas to how he chooses his main characters and whether he thinks about how the show will sell overseas when he is making it.
The reporters seemed to have been impressed by the director as well as the size of the drama's set.
"I was surprised because the drama set in Yong-in was bigger than I thought", Ms. Masako of Japanese newspaper Nishinippon Shimbun was quoted as saying. "Meeting and listening to Lee Byeong-hoon, I'm starting to think that there is a reason behind entertaining dramas. I think he is a person who is unique and has a great sense when it comes to directing dramas".
Masako, a self-proclaimed Hallyu fan, added that there is a huge interest in Japan for Korean dramas.
The show has been dominating Korea's TV ratings charts for Monday and Tuesday evenings, taking the No.1 spot in its time slot for the sixteenth consecutive time last week.
The 50-part series has so far been sold to ten countries including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It is currently airing in Japan on cable.
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