Song Il-gook’s latest drama to air in Japan
The historical drama “Jang Yeong-sil,” starring Song Il-gook, is heading to Japan.
KBS, one of the three major broadcasters in Korea, announced Thursday that the drama will air in 12 different countries, including Japan.
Song had been banned from entering Japan after he participated in a protest event surrounding the contested Dokdo islets on Liberation Day on Aug. 15, 2012.
Soon after the event, Japan’s deputy foreign minister said publicly that Song will not be able to come to Japan. BS Nippon and BS Japan subsequently postponed airing the drama “A Man Called God,” which featured Song.
“Despite Song’s incident that was controversial in Japan,” KBS said, “the drama’s outstanding story line convinced Japanese broadcasters.”
“Jang Yeong-sil” is a drama about the triumphant life of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) scientist Jang Yeong-sil, who overcomes the Joseon-era caste system.
The drama will air in China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and some other markets in addition to Japan.
By Jeong Byung-ki