Like a dream come true, “Joon-sang” and “Yoo-jin” for the first time in seven years appeared at Tokyo Dome, the so-called "stage of dreams". A celebratory event for the animation “Winter Story~ Another Story~”, set to air in Japan on October 17, was held at the dome on Tuesday evening.
Seven years since its initial airing in 2002, the KBS TV series “Winter Sonata” still proved to be popular, drawing a sell-out crowd of 40,000. Some 2,500 fans had gathered at the Narita International Airport on Sunday afternoon to greet the two stars Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo who reprised their roles in the animation version.
After tens of thousands of fans that crowded the Suidobashi subway station near Tokyo Dome lined up to enter the venue, a short clip of “Winter Sonata~ Another Story~” and behind-the-scenes footages showing the production process of the animation was played.
In the animation, there were scenes of Joon-sang meeting Yoo-jin as classmates at a high school in Choon-chun and the two missing each other in New York and Paris after a long repeating a series of meetings and partings.
When Bae appeared on stage as the theme song to "Winter Sonata", “From Beginning to Now”, started playing, the Tokyo Dome filled with applause and cheering of the fans. The atmosphere heated up further when Bae and Choi greeted each other with a hug and fireworks sparked up on stage.
Bae, who last visited Osaka in May 2008 to attend a premium event for drama “The Story of the First King’s Four Gods,” talked about the Korean voice-over work. “It is really difficult to express all the emotions with just my voice, but I was very glad and happy to live as Joon-sang and Min-hyung once again.”
Choi also shared her sentiments. “Sometimes I envy Yoo-jin because she was able to hold onto her high-school first love until she became an adult.” She also made the fans laugh asking them, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a fantastic boyfriend like Joon-sang?”
Bae and Choi also pleased fans when they went up to a live dubbing stage and re-enacted a scene from “Winter Sonata~ Another Story~” where high-schoolers Joon-sang and Yoo-jin take a walk in the woods and decide to become friends.
The highlight of the day’s event was during the finale. As Bae and Choi flew inside Tokyo Dome in separate air balloons to greet fans, thousands of fans all took out white handkerchiefs to wave and express their affection toward the two stars. Also present at the event were singer Kang Yo-hwan, who voiced the role of “Sang-hyuk” in the animation, newcomer Lee Sena who played “Chae-rin” and Lee Young-yoo, who played Yoo-jin’s sister “Hee-jin”.
“Winter Story~ Another Story~” will start airing October 17 on DATV, an exclusive Korea-Asia entertainment contents channel launching October 1.
An event celebrating the publication of Bae’s recent photo essay book “Discovering the Beauty of Korea” will be held Wednesday afternoon at Tokyo Dome. For fans who were unable to buy tickets, the two-day event at Tokyo Dome will be shown via satellite at theaters throughout Japan.
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