Taegukgi Premiers in Japan

      June 18, 2004 18:41

      Five thousand Japanese fans came in crowds to the premier of the move "Brotherhood" (Korean: Taegukgi) held at the Tokyo International Forum on Thursday, reflecting the great popularity of Korean entertainers there. "Brotherhood" will be released in 300 theaters across Japan on June 25. Among those who attended the premier were singer BoA, soccer player Ahn Jung-hwan, who now plays for the Yokohama Marinos, and his wife, as well as Won Bin, Jang Dong-gun, Gong Hyung-jin, and Lee Eun-ju, who appeared in the film.

      In particular, BoA, who sang the movie’s ending song “We,” appealed to Japanese fans for much interest in the movie, saying, “The love between brothers and family was so impressive that I cried at watching the movie.” The Japanese newspapers have continuously featured four Korean superstars including Won Bin and Jang Dong-gun. In addition, Jang will appear on the cover of the June 25 issue of Weekly Asahi.

      Meanwhile, in a press conference held before the premier, Won Bin once again mentioned about his plan to join the military. While talking about his role as a soldier in the film, he said that he will volunteer for military service next year. He also said, “Just plying in the film made me feel as if I were being trained in the military. I'm just a little worry about the timing because I am in the prime time as an actor. But since it is a national obligation to finish military service, I will never evade it.”



      Won once cleared suspicions over his military service by saying in another interview with a local newspaper last January, “Even though I have never said I do not want to join the military, there has been continued suspicion over my military service. This makes me feel uneasy. I will finish my military service for sure.”



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