September 02, 2005 20:04
Actor Bae Yong-joon drew a record-breaking crowd of reporters at a press conference in Tokyo to launch his new film "April Snow" earlier this week.
The Japanese press estimates that some 1,100 journalists gathered in the 1,000-sq.m press room of the hotel where the man known as "Yonsama" to his Japanese fans was promoting the movie.
That is way in excess of the 850 reporters who turned up when George Clooney and Brad Pitt jointly promoted "Ocean's Twelve" in January and the 700 reporters who went to see Tom Cruise plug " War of the Worlds."
The Japanese press said the crowd consisted of about 700 reporters, 300 photographers and 100 cameramen. During his first visit to Japan in April 2004, Bae drew over 700 reporters, and more than 350 at his second visit in last November.
Bae was in Tokyo on Monday to promote "April Snow," which will be released simultaneously in Korea and Japan this month, and remains as popular with tens of thousands of middle-aged women there.
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