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'Descendants of the Sun' star takes China

  • Published : May 15, 2016 - 16:22
  • Updated : May 15, 2016 - 16:22

(Blossom Entertainment-Yonhap)
Song Joong-ki, the male lead of the mega-hit TV series "Descendants of the Sun," has arrived in Beijing to kick off a tour through eight cities in China and other neighboring countries.

The Chinese media reported Saturday that Song landed in the Chinese capital a day earlier and held a press conference, where he reflected on the hit drama and discussed his future plans.

"I didn't think 'Descendants of the Sun' would become so popular," Song was quoted as saying.

He also said he liked the show's script right away and enjoyed working opposite Song Hye-kyo.

The actor also said he understands he has a tough act to follow after the show's massive success.

"I'd be lying if I said I am not feeling any pressure," Song said. "The best way to deal with it is to star in another great series, and I am still trying to land one."

(Blossom Entertainment-Yonhap)
The local media also reported that Song sounded impressive speaking a few words in Chinese.

"I am not great at Chinese yet but I am still learning," Song added.

When asked which Chinese director he'd most like to work with, Song said he's been a fan of Wong Kar-wai, who won the Best Director honors at the Cannes Film Festival for "Happy Together" (1997) and also directed critically acclaimed "In the Mood for Love" (2000).

"Since I made my debut, I've dreamed about working in a place other than Korea," Song said. "I've always loved Wong Kar-wai's films, and I spoke to Song Hye-kyo about him. He has a unique style."

Song Hye-kyo starred in Wong's 2013 film, "The Grandmaster."

Song Joong-ki was scheduled to meet with fans in Beijing on Saturday, and will also travel to Shanghai and Guangzhou. He will later visit Hong Kong and then wrap up his tour in Taipei City on June 25.

(Blossom Entertainment-Yonhap)
"Descendants of the Sun" enjoyed a sensational run from Feb. 24 to April 14, as it was aired simultaneously on South Korean terrestrial television network KBS 2TV and Chinese broadcasting and video sharing platform iQiyi.

The series concluded with a viewer rating of 38.8 percent, which is rare for a weeknight show, narrowly missing the highly anticipated 40-percent milestone. (Yonhap)

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