[ENTERTAINMENT]'Low-class' sport now a big hit

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[ENTERTAINMENT]'Low-class' sport now a big hit

The Korean Major League Baseball player Park Chan-ho is greatly admired in his home country, but if he had been born in 1905, things could be quite different. Park would be looked down upon for bringing shame to his family for playing a game of the lower classes.

Baseball was introduced to Korea around a century ago, and aristocrats saw the strange thing they called basseubol to be fitting only for the lower classes.

The first Korean baseball team, however, consisted of people from many social classes but who just loved the game. The team was called the YMCA Baseball Team, which is also the title of a new local film set to open in October.

The director of "YMCA Baseball Team," Kim Hyeon-seok, is a big fan of baseball. Kim started as a scriptwriter in 1995 and "YMCA Baseball Team" is his debut as a director. Kim first got the idea from the book "The History of Korean Baseball," which he read with great enthusiasm.

The film focuses on one member of the team, Ho-chang (Song Gang-ho, the star of "JSA"), and his love Jeong-rim (Kim Hye-soo).

The film is to open Oct. 3.

by Chun Su-jin

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