Korean Hit TV Drama 'Daejanggeum' Sweeps Japan

      October 31, 2005 17:55

      After creating a sensation in Chinese-speaking countries, the hit Korean TV drama "Daejanggeum (Jewel of the Palace)” is also touching the hearts of many Japanese fans. "Daejanggum" tells the story of a 16th-century woman who overcomes the prejudices of a male-dominated feudal society to rise to the position of royal chef and physician.

      At a gathering organized by Japan's broadcasting station NHK, Japanese fans of the drama had a chance to meet one of the leading actors, Yang Mi-gyeong, in person. "I hope everyone who watches our drama can keep their hopes high as the main character Janggeum does in the story," Yang said. Fans also loved the little girl who played Janggeum as a child. There was even a contest to pick five little Japanese Janggeums.

      The NHK event also served as a venue to introduce Korea's magnificent traditional royal cuisine and culture. A cooking demonstration attracted many visitors who used to think of only kimchi and bulgogi when it comes to Korean food. "I was surprised to see how royal chefs for Korean kings always checked on the king's health and prepared food accordingly," one visitor said.

      Organizers and participants said the success of one Korean TV drama can result in more than high ratings as elements of the show can speak directly to foreign audiences to help them understand and know more about Korean culture.

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