By Cho Jae-hyon
Four Korean heartthrobs ― Lee Byung-hun
, Jang Dong-gun
, Song Seung-heon
and Won Bin
― enthralled 70,000 Japanese fans who packed the Tokyo Dome at a special Korean Wave or "hallyu" festival, Thursday.
This was the first time that the top stars have taken the same stage for a promotional event, dubbed "4Card ― Four of a Kind". The actors held two fan meetings on Thursday at the dome which accommodates about 35,000.
The first event took place at 1.00 p.m., about 30 minutes later than originally scheduled, according to the event organizer. The show started late as Lee, who had to take part in the filming of the last episode of the KBS drama "IRIS"
until dawn, Thursday, left for Tokyo in the morning, while others flew in the previous day.
Lee blamed himself for the delay of the show. "The event started late because of me. As the shooting of "IRIS"
was concluded several hours ago, I'm in sort of in an unrealistic mood. I'm tired due to a lack of sleep but I was awakened by your cheering".
It was his first public appearance after being dragged into a scandal involving a former girlfriend over allegations of sexual misconduct.
He made no direct comment about the feud. But he indicated that he was going through hard times. "It has been so hard both mentally and physically of late but meeting you fans always invigorates me".
For his part, Jang said, "hello", in Japanese, drawing thunderous applause from the fans. He also gave the audience a nice surprise by playing drums.
Known as an avid baseball fan and a member of an amateur baseball team comprised of entertainers, Jang said, "My dream is to play in Tokyo Dome. I'm a pitcher on my team".
In reaction to Jang's remarks, Song, the star of the TV drama "Autumn in my Heart
", quipped that he was willing to become a ball boy for Jang if he played baseball in the dome.
Won, the star of the critically acclaimed thriller "Mother - 2009"
, said he was so pleased to meet Japanese fans. "I barely slept last night at the thought of meeting you. I want to make good memories with you".
The stars introduced fans to their latest films and TV dramas and took part in various events with them.