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‘Descendants of the Sun’ reaches 2 billion views in China

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Updated : April 06 2016

Popular drama “Descendants of the Sun” racked in more than 2 billion views on the Chinese streaming site iQiyi, the drama’s production company NEW said Wednesday.

The 16-episodes series, starring actor Song Joong-ki and actress Song Hye-kyo, has been airing simultaneously in Korea and China since its premiere in February.

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Song Hye-kyo, Song Joong-ki (KBS2)
The first four episodes of the drama were watched more than 300 million times on iQiyi and after eight episodes, the drama broke the 1 billion milestone.

In Korea, the drama is a massive hit, surpassing more than 30 percent viewership rating nationwide.

The drama centers around the romance of army captain Yoo Si-jin, played by Song Joong-ki, and doctor Kang Mo-yeon, played by Song Hye-kyo in a fictional war-torn Mediterranean country Uruk.

The drama, penned by star writer Kim Eun-sook of “The Heirs” and “Secret Garden,” also stars Jin Goo, Kim Ji-won and Onew of SHINee.

“Descendants of the Sun,” with only four remaining episodes, airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 p.m. on KBS2 network.

By Ahn Sung-mi (sahn@heraldcorp.com)

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