Following the box office success of the2001 movie “Friend”, which attracted a total of 8.13million audiences, the TV version is set to meet viewers this summer.
The production company, Ocean Drive, announced on the 3rd that “Friend, The Untold Story“, with Hyun Bin and Kim Min Joon playing the leading roles, has began filming on 28th Jan and is scheduled to finish filming in mid June. Director Kwak Kyung Taek from the movie version is also the PD for the drama.
Director Kwak Kyung Taek said: “There will always be some legendary characters during everyone’s high school years. The drama will be infused with plot elements such as learning, fighting and dating, which will trigger viewers’ memories of their teenage years.”
Some production stills from the first few days of filming were also released today. I will have to salute anyone who managed to recognize them on first glance, because I couldn’t. It took me a while to figure out the first pitcure especially with their ultra-short 80s-90s hair styles.
This 20-episode MBC drama, which depicts the story of 4 friends set in the 1980s, will be “pre-completed”, meaning it will not be “film-as-you-broadcast”, like most Korean dramas do. Apart from Hyun Bin and Kim Min Joon, Seo Do Young, Wang Ji Hye, Lee Bo Yeon and Jung Yoo Mi will also be participating in this project.
Source: Yonhap News
The top pop groups of Korea and Japan–DBSK (or TVXQ) and SMAP–have met on a Japanese program.
DBSK on Jan. 29 joined the recording of the popular show “SMAP×SMAP” on Fuji TV, hosted by SMAP. In a friendly atmosphere, the two groups talked and sang together. The program airs next month.
Previously, top Korean stars such as Jang Dong-geon, Song Seung-heon, Lee Young-ae, Choi Ji-woo, Ryu Si-won, Gwon Sang-woo and Sin Hye-seong appeared in the program’s “Bistro SMAP” segment. Sinnotably sang a live duet with SMAP member Kusanagi Tsuyoshi.
The two top groups had already met last Dec. 31 during an NHK year-end pop festival, the most prestigious of its kind in Japan. The two groups briefly met during rehearsals and DBSK later went to SMAP’s room for a formal greeting.
SMAP member Takuya Kimura talked about that first encounter on a radio show last month. He laughingly said, “The room was small for ten healthy men. It was suffocating. Kusanagi Tsuyoshi’s supposed Korean skills didn’t really come out.”
The Korean group’s appearance on “SMAP×SMAP” is as significant as their first meeting last month.
Japan’s Johnny’s Entertainment manages not only SMAP but many other top notch idol groups including KinKi Kids. It maintains their popularity by having group members host shows on all private broadcasts.
DBSK is also scheduled to appear soon on a Fuji TV show hosted by the KinKi Kids (Domoto Koichi, Domoto Tsuyoshi). The “honeymoon affair” between DBSK and Johnny’s is expected to continue for quite some time.