More than a month has passed since Descendants of the Sun officially concluded, yet it is still one of the most-popular K-dramas still talked about presently. The drama series, produced by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), was extremely ambitious, as the risk to create it was monumentally high. Ultimately, Descendants of the Sun not only paid back what was put into it, but paid even more. Its average viewership rating within the Seoul National Capital Area was 41 percent while the nation of South Korea was at about 37 percent. As a matter of fact, Descendants of the Sun was so popular, KBS ordered a three-part special, which featured an epilogue after the finale, to be aired right after the series concluded.
It should also be noted that Descendants of the Sun was not only popular in South Korea, but among the international K-drama fan base, especially in China. To understand how popular the series was, there have been over 400 million views on iQiyi, a video streaming site which streamed Descendants of the Sun, as reported by CNBC. With that in mind, it was a huge event for Chinese K-drama fans when Song Joong Ki, the male lead of the drama, who played Captain Yoo Si Jin, had a fan meeting set for those fans. Fortunately for them, they got more than they asked for as Song Hye Kyo, the female lead, who played Doctor Kang Mo Yeon, made a surprise visit to join Joong Ki.
“I had a sense of Song Joong Ki’s popularity through the internet and news articles, but actually coming here and seeing this for myself makes me feel happier and more nervous than him.”
Apparently, the excellent fan reception was met positively because the Chinese Descendants of the Sun fans got to see both Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo together. Joong Ki joked that during his last fan meeting, it wasn’t as welcoming because he came along with Lee Kwang Soo, the Running Man cast member who had a cameo part in the first episode. Also, it is assumed Hye Kyo appeared at a Chinese fan meeting by what Joong Ki states.
“The reaction wasn’t this welcoming when I was here with Kwangsoo last week. This is the first time seeing Song Hye Kyo in China. You’re really pretty.”
According to Soompi, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo did other various things during the Chinese fan meeting. This includes playing mini-games, hosting mini-talk shows, and providing fan service such as “gazing into each others’ eyes.”
[Image via Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Promotions for Descendants of the Sun]