A TV drama featuring a romance between a soldier and a doctor in a fictional war-torn nation is reigniting a South Korean pop culture boom across Asia that’s set to provide an economic boost.
Descendants of the Sun is a monster hit in China, drawing more than 2.4 billion views on video-streaming website IQiyi.com since it began airing in late February. It’s also the highest-rated show in South Korea.
The show is so popular in China that the morality department of the nation’s security ministry issued a statement on Weibo warning viewers that TV shows don’t portray reality and if you take them too seriously you’ll be disappointed.
The show brings together two of Korea’s most recognizable stars: Song Joong-ki, who plays the captain of Korea’s special forces in his first TV role after completing his mandatory military service; and actress Song Hye-kyo, whose character, a successful surgeon, is forced into a medical mission. The two fall in love after being dispatched to the same country overseas. It was filmed in Greece, in an old mining town in Korea’s Taebaek city, and in Seoul. Read More