Sunday, March 14, 2010

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source: Kyodo news

◆ 28 Japanese tourists hurt during making of animated Yon-sama drama
SEOUL, March 12 KYODO
Twenty-eight Japanese women were injured in an accident Friday while watching the making of an animated drama starring South Korean heartthrob Bae Yong Joon, according to the Japanese Embassy and South Korean police.

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source: http://www.mb.com.ph

About 30 female Japanese fans were hurt or injured when a set being used for the filming of the “Winter Sonata: Another Story” animé series in Gangwon province in South Korea collapsed due to strong winds on March 12.

Hallyu (or Korean Wave) stars Bae Yong Joon (popularly known as Yonsama in Japan) and Choi Ji Woo—stars of the original “Winter Sonata” drama series—were already finished with the shooting of the wedding scene when the accident occurred at the filming site near the Sun Cruise Resort in Gangneung City, Gangwon province in South Korea.

The live action scene will be used as an added bonus to the airing of the “Winter Sonata” anime series that was broadcast in Japan starting October last year. The last episode will be shown on April 24.

Bae and Choi lent their voices for their characters Kang Joon Sang and Jung Yu-jin, respectively, in the animé series.

The injured, women with ages ranging from 40 to 70, were part of the 1,700 fans selected out of 10,000 who applied to view the filming of the scene.

Ambulances and private cars brought the victims to different hospitals. Bae immediately visited them. He also apologized to them and wished for their fast recovery.

Keyeast Co., Bae’s agency, also issued an apology for the accident.

It confirmed that the filming of the scene was already done and Bae was having his picture taken with the fans. But as the wind blew stronger, the photo session was moved inside the resort. As the fans were moving to get to the resort, the strong winds caused the makeshift platform and posts to collapse.

Keyeast will shoulder the hospital expenses of the victims.

The strong winds did not only damage the “Winter Sonata” set but also many parts of Gangwon province.

“Winter Sonata” catapulted Bae and Choi to stardom when it was aired in 2002. The two are part of the first generation of Hallyu stars that became popular in Asia.

Bae commands a huge following in Japan and is the highest paid actor in South Korea.


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30 Japanese tourists hurt during making of animated Yon-sama drama

SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Thirty Japanese women were injured in an accident Friday while watching the making of an animated drama starring South Korean heartthrob Bae Yong Joon, according to the Japanese Embassy and South Korean police and firefighters.

While most of the 30 women had only light injuries, one sustained a serious injury to her face, the Japanese Embassy said. The women were in their 30s to 70s.

Three South Korean men were also hurt in the accident.

According to Yonhap News Agency, high winds during the event at an outdoor set in a resort area of Gangwon Province in northeastern South Korea caused part of the set to fall down.

The Japanese spectators were hit by broken pieces and sustained injuries to the head, arms and legs, it said. They were treated at nearby hospitals.

Yon-sama, as Bae is fondly called in Japan, is popular among Japanese women in particular for his starring role in "Winter Sonata," a popular South Korean TV drama series. He does the voiceover for his character in the animated version.

There were reportedly some 1,700 Japanese female fans of Bae watching the event, as part of a tour organized by Digital Adventure, at the time of the accident.

(Mainichi Japan) March 13, 2010

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