Of all the roles Song Joong-ki had played so far, only one seems to hold a special place in his heart. The South Korean heartthrob, who played the charming Captain Yoo-Shi-jin in Descendants of the Sun, said that his role as a soldier is memorable and he loved working with the cast and crew of the K-drama, which went on to become a global blockbuster.
In an interview with Stoo Asiae, a Korean news portal, Song Joong-ki said that his role was like that of a phoenix, a legendary bird that’s believed to have magical powers.
According to Greek mythology, the phoenix is a magical bird that symbolizes renewal and resurrection. The bird has an interesting death process. It dies by bursting into flames and is then reborn from the ashes to begin a new life.
Song Joong-ki’s character in Descendants of the Sun has several ups and downs. In his role as a soldier, he was wounded, shot, and suffered a near-death experience. Fortunately, he was brought back to life.
Similarly, Song Joong-ki’s relationship with Song Hye-kyo, who plays Dr. Kang Mo-yeon, hits a rough patch in the drama. It was love at first sight for both Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo. The couple, however, break-up due to their differences. In the end, they realize that they are meant for each other and reunite.
Referring to his character in Descendants of the Sun, Song Joong-ki said, “I like the fact that my role was like that of a phoenix. In the beginning, we were under the impression that Descendants of the Sun was a melodrama. Writers Kim Eun-sook and Kim Won-seok have immense respect for the artists, and have added strength to the characters in the drama.”
A blast from the past shows how the lead characters Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo responded when they first read the script of Descendants of the Sun.
For Song Hye-kyo who plays Dr. Kang Mo-yeon in Descendants of the Sun, the script was a page-turner, a report by the Inquisitr stated.
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“When I read the script for the first time, I found I could read it as fast as if it were a comic book. That’s when I realized it would be a fun drama that many people would fall in love with. The relationship between a doctor and a soldier intrigued me,” said Song Hye-kyo, who is now a role model among young Asian women.
Surprisingly, the drama lacked the romance element. The script was later beefed up to include intense love scenes, which enthralled the audience. It was this initiative that created the most ideal on-screen couple in Descendants of the Sun.
Recently, Korean actor Park Bo-gum who played the lead in another KBS blockbuster, Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, referred to Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo as the “almighty couple.”
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The truth of the matter is that Song Hye-kyo did influence Song Joong-ki off screen. She was a source of inspiration to him.
According to a report by the Inquisitr, Song Joong-ki himself admitted that the actress was always around when he was filming the difficult scenes.
“I think Song Hye-kyo influenced me the most, as she spent most of her time with me during the filming. She was always considerate of everyone around her and her behavior is a living proof of why she is such a great star. Actually, she filmed all the difficult scenes when I was in bed due to the injury. She was under a lot of pressure, but she volunteered to do it,” said Song Joong-ki.
Actress Song Hye-kyo was all praises for her soldier co-star. “Song Joong-ki is totally masculine. He has good manners, and, after seeing how he acts around elders, I think he is quite a great person. He’s fundamentally a good actor,” she said, according to All K-Pop.
Descendants of the Sun became a worldwide hit that it started making global headlines. According to Forbes, the drama’s popularity quickly paid off its $11 million production cost, which was funded by Chinese companies.
Just after five episodes, the drama touched the top spot with about 30 percent of the country’s audience glued to the TV screens. According to research firm Nielsen Korea, the 11th episode of Descendants of the Sun was viewed by 34.3 percent of the audience in South Korea’s capital and reached a record 40.9 percent rating.
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