Actor Lee Jun-ki has seen the first portion of tickets for his fan meeting–scheduled to be held at the Olympic Park in Seoul on April 18–sold out in only two minutes after sales opened, according to his agency Mentor Entertainment on Friday.
“We first put some 4,000 of a total of 8,000 tickets up for sale on his fan cafes and official foreign-language site exclusively for members of his fan clubs and overseas fans, and they were sold out in just two minutes,” the agency said. “The foreign language site even went down at one point due to heavy traffic, with fans from all over Asia accessing it.”
Mentor Entertainment said that it decided to sell the tickets in two rounds to give both local and overseas fans of the actor equal opportunities to buy a ticket and facilitate sales. The second round opened on the online ticket site Interpark on Friday.
The agency added, “We have had lots of calls asking about the fan meeting even from Thailand and Arab nations, as well as China and Japan. So, we are planning to hire some translators for each language for the event.”
Actor Lee Byung-hun has been visited by more than 2,000 Japanese fans nearly every day during his stay in Akita Prefecture, Japan to shoot his new drama “Iris,” his agency BH Entertainment said.
“We kept the shooting locations secret, so only some key staff knew about them. It was surprising how the Japanese fans found out where the shooting was taking place, and as many as approximately 2,500 fans came to a shooting site to see Lee every day,” the agency said. “The Akita Prefecture government had police and security guards stationed for emergencies, but no regrettable incidents happened.”
Since the Korean actor arrived on March 9, the Japanese prefecture has seen many of his fans pour into the area from all over the country, filling up all hotels and motels although it is the off season, according to the agency. “Some 300 fans were even waiting for Lee at the hotel where he was staying from morning until evening. Lee had to hold an impromptu hand-shaking session for them almost every evening when he returned to the hotel after shooting,” the agency said.
Lee returned home on Saturday to take part in local shooting here. A spy action drama with a budget of 20 billion won, “Iris” has a notable cast including actresses Kim Tae-hee and Kim So-yeon and actors Kim Seung-woo and Jung Joon-ho.
A new girl group groomed by YG Entertainment, one of Korea’s biggest entertainment agencies, will reveal themselves in a commercial where they appear alongside the idol boy band Big Bang.
Referred to as the “female version of Big Bang,” the group consists of four members — Sandara Park, a Korean who became a star in the Philippines show business; Park Bom, who appeared in a commercial with singer Lee Hyo-lee; Kong Min-ji, a granddaughter of legendary traditional Korean dancer Kong Ok-jin; and rapper CL, who is fluent in four languages.
The commercial featuring the group is scheduled to go on air on Saturday, and before that on Friday, the new group’s digital single “Lollipop” will be released. The commercial is also part of an ad series for LG Cyon’s Lollipop mobile phone, created in music video format. The whole series will be completed by early April.
YG said, “G-Dragon, a member of Big Bang who also writes, composes and produces songs for his group, is producing the girl Big Bang’s album. Although they will appear in a commercial first, they will officially debut in May. Since they have prepared for their debut for as many as four years, they will be able to show all the best they have.”
Source : KBS