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Choi Ji-woo to star in Korea-Japan drama

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Korean actress Choi Ji-woo who has led Hallyu (referring to the popularity of Korean pop culture, especially across Asia) is set to star in a melodrama to be jointly produced by Korea and Japan.

A spokesman for Choi said she has been cast in Lovers in Asuka, set in Nara Prefecture in Japan's Kansai region.

Korea's Olive Nine, the producers of "Jumong", "Hwangjin-i", and "King and I", will be responsible for production and Japan's Dentsu Group for attracting investment and distribution.

Since the drama is aimed at revitalizing the Hallyu or Korean Wave once again in Japan, Kang Eun-jeong, writer for the drama and director Boo Seong-cheol, said they chose a Hallyu star.
Shooting starts in September in Nara, for airing in December.

Meanwhile, Korean and Japanese production, broadcasting and marketing companies have joined hands for content creation, investment, production, broadcasting and distribution for the 20-episode drama.

Choi Ji-woo co-starred with Bae Yong-joon in the Korean melodrama "Winter Sonata", which was a huge success in Japan. Choi Ji-woo is therefore the obvious choice to star in this drama.

By Han Aran Staff Writer

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