Korean actor Ji Jin-hee received a warm welcome from fans in Hong Kong over the weekend, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment.
N.O.A. stated through its press release Tuesday that Ji, who went on a promotional tour to Hong Kong to promote historical drama “Dong Yi – Jewel in the Crown,” received a hearty welcome from both drama fans and the press during his stay from December 11 to 13.
He was accompanied by actress Han Hyo-joo who was his co-star in the drama by producer Lee Byung-hoon of “Jewel in the Palace” fame.
During his three-day stay, Ji appeared on the local entertainment news show “CEN” of channel i-Cable with Han for an interview.
i-Cable channel has been airing “Dong Yi” at 9 p.m. on weekdays since November 15.
“I’m overwhelmed that ‘Dong Yi’ is so well received in Hong Kong,” Ji was quoted as saying in the press release. “As a historical dramas are excellent chances to spread Korean traditional culture and history, the success of the drama is quite meaningful. I express my thanks to our fans who have shown much love for ‘Dong Yi’ following ‘Jewel in the Palace/ Daejanggeum (2003).'”
Ji and Han then received a plaque of appreciation from i-Cable for the high ratings the show has brought in and participated in fan meetings and other promotional events for the show. The two also held a press conference covered by numerous media outlets.
In the 60-part drama “Dong Yi,” Ji plays the funny and romantic King Sook-jong who comes to love and protect a young place maid whose name is Dong-Yi, played by actress Han.
The 38-year old actor first visited Hong Kong in 2004 to promote “Jewel in the Palace” which was the mega-hit drama that helped him rose to instant stardom in the Asia region.
Since then he has starred in other dramas including “Miss Kim’s adventures in Making a Million (2004),” “Spotlight (2008),” “The Man Who Can’t Get Married (2009),” and films “The Old Garden (2007),” “Bewitching Attraction (2006)” “Soo (2007)” and “Parallel Life (2009).”
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