Lee Min Ho and BTS once again top the annual Overseas Hallyu Report this year. It’s the second time these two led the government report that revealed the most beloved Hallyu stars around the world.
Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korean Foundation for International Culture Exchange (KOFICE) conducted the 2022 Overseas Hallyu Report. It revealed BTS was the most voted K-pop group, while Lee Min Ho remained the favorite Korean actor.
The Survey that Won BTS, Lee Min Ho
According to AllKpop, the survey involved 8,500 respondents aged 15 to 59. They were from different parts of the words, from countries like the U.S., Russia and Japan.
It ran from Nov. 5 to Dec. 8, 2021, with questions relating to Korean cultural content.
BTS topped the poll as the most favorite K-pop star with 26.7% of votes out of 4,679 respondents. BLACKPINK came in second with 10.4%, IU in third place with 2.8% and BLACKPINK’s Lisa at the fourth spot with 2.5%.
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Psy and TWICE tied on the fifth spot with 2.2% and EXO came in seventh with 1.7%.
Alternatively, about 8,500 respondents voted Lee Min Ho as their favorite actor, topping the list with 9.3% votes. Hyun Bin followed on the second spot with 3.1%, while Gong Yoo came in third with 2.8%.
Song Hye Kyo was also part of the list, on the fourth spot with 2.2%, while her former husband, Song Joong Ki, came in fifth with 2.1%. Lastly, Lee Jong Sulk and Jun Hi Hyun followed in with 1.7% and 1.6%, respectively.
Lee Min Ho Update
Meanwhile, as BTS is still in their extended hiatus, Lee Min Ho is now busy working on his upcoming Apple TV+ original series Pachinko. The show will feature a number of some of the most famous actors in the entertainment industry, per Soompi.
It’s a global project that will be produced in English, Korean and Japanese, based on Min Jin Lee’s best-selling book of the same name.
It tells the story of a forbidden love that will have an incredible journey of war, peace, love, separation, victory and judgment in the said three countries.
Aside from Park Shin Hye’s ex-boyfriend, the series will also feature Kim Min Ha, Youn Yuh Jung, Anna Sawai, Jing In Ji, Jin Ha and Soji Arai. It also includes Minami Kaho, Noh Sang Hyun, Han Jun Woo, Jung Eun Chae, Jimmi Simpson, Jeon Yoo Na and more.
The network has now dropped a few stills of the series, showing Lee Min Ho and Kim Min Ha as their characters Koh Hansu and Sunja. It also gives a glimpse of Youn Yuh Jung as the older Sunja.
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Lastly, there’s a full photo of Koh Hansu, showing the Heirs actor in his full good-looking glory, wearing a white suit and top hat.
“Some productions can deeply change the innermost depths of a filmmaker and person. There is no doubt that ‘Pachinko’ is a project that changed me,” Soo Hugh, the show’s executive producer and main scriptwriter said. “This is a story and tribute to my ancestors. It is also a story that is dedicated to all the ‘pioneers’ that exist in our family history. It is an honor to materialize this project with dedicated and talented actors and staff.”
Pachinko is set to be out on March 25 on Apple TV+ and will run until Apr. 29, dropping a total of eight episodes.
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