K-drama alien is a hottie in East Asia
LANDING in South Korea after a trip to her native China on Wednesday, rapper Meng Jia of K-pop group Miss A shared an observation on Twitter: "Almost all Chinese women want an alien boyfriend."
To be more precise, the man they and others in East Asia want is from Planet K-drama: Do Min Joon, the ageless professor from outer space played by Kim Soo Hyun in the South Korean television phenomenon My Love From The Star.
He is a guy who has superhuman powers, but is more perfect than Superman because he has his priorities right. He wants to protect only one person - the woman in his life, played by Gianna Jun.
My Love From The Star, a romantic fantasy created by writer Park Ji Eun (My Husband Got A Family, 2012), has been trending in East Asia after its debut in December.
In China, the show has more than one billion views on video websites such as iQiyi.com and PPS, and "Kim Soo Hyun" is one of the top searches on Baidu, the country's equivalent of Google, said reports on news website NetEase.
Books read or referenced by Kim's character in the drama - including a 17th-century Korean fantasy novel, The Cloud Dream Of The Nine, and a 2006 American children's book, The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane - are out of stock in China, added the reports.
The show is also said to have popularised fried chicken, the comfort food of Jun's character, and revitalised the country's H7N9-hit poultry trade.
The drama has also been the talk of Hong Kong, so much so that Ming Pao Daily News, one of the city's more level-headed broadsheets, could not resist running a recap of Episode 18 ("Kim Soo Hyun proposes") as the top entertainment story on Friday.
In South Korea, the show took over from The Inheritors, the SBS teen romance featuring K-drama royalty Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye, and raced past it in the ratings. Whereas The Inheritors took 11 episodes to reach 20 per cent of viewers nationwide, My Love From The Star took only four episodes.
A song Kim sang for the show, In Front Of Your House, flew to the top of the country's music charts two hours after it was released on Wednesday, said entertainment website allkpop. Which is all in a day's work for the hottest star from South Korea now.
My Love From The Star airs on One (StarHub Ch 820 or SingTel mio TV Ch 513) on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8.55pm.