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Bae Yong-joon Set to Begin Shooting "The Four Gods"

2006/02/20 | 736 views | Permalink | Source

Bae Yong-joon, the most prominent Korean actor leading the Korean Wave, is set to shoot the period drama "The Four Gods" ("The Legend"), which deals with the life of Gwanggaeto the Great of the Koguryeo period.

"I feel both enthusiastic and afraid because it is a fascinating role any actor would want to play", Bae said in a final meeting with the production team before the shooting starts. "I am also looking forward to working with many other great actors and actresses like Jung Jin-young, Choi Min-soo and Moon So-ri".

The meeting was also attended by producer Kim Jong-hak, writer Song Ji-na and music director Joe Hisaishi, the world-renowned Japanese film score composer. Kim expressed his devotion to the drama saying, "I think this drama will become the last one I have ever produced. So, I will put everything I have into making it".

Hisaishi said, "Seeing the passion Bae Yong-joon has for this drama has made myself become passionate about the work".

The "The Four Gods" team discussed various marketing strategies for the drama so that it can sweep the Asia region more dramatically than "Winter Sonata", which made Bae a heartthrob across Asia. Investment and distribution agency SSD said that it is negotiating with a global distributor to distribute the drama not only across Asia but also in the American continents and Europe. It has already singed a contract with Japan's Avex to release the DVD and OST of the drama, and plans to develop various value-added products like games, animations, and books.

The product placement marketing will be used for traditional Korean accessories featured in the drama, and a package tour traveling the drama's shooting sites has already been developed by Zam Tour, which developed a similar package tour for the move "April Snow", also starring Bae.

After two years of through preparations, the shooting will finally begin on Jeju Island next month.

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