Bae Yong-joon’s “The Legend” bags 8 awards and becomes the biggest winner of the MBC Drama Awards 2007. The award ceremony was held on Dec 30 in Seoul, with Shin Dong-yup and Hyun Young as the emcees.

Below are pictures of some Korean stars on the red carpet…

Bae Yong-joon at MBC Drama Awards 2007 Bae Yong-joon at MBC Drama Awards 2007
Bae Yong-joon in clutches because of injury sustained while filming The Legend

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Bae Yong-joon is one of the most popular Korean actors, famous for TV dramas like “Hotelier”, “Winter Sonata” and movies like “April Snow” etc.

Korean actor Bae Yong-joon
Picture of Bae Yong-joon

Bae Yong-joon Profile

Name: Bae Yong-joon
Korean name: 배용준
Japanese nickname: Yon-sama (ヨン様)
DOB: August 29, 1972
Birth place: Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
Height: 180cm
Blood type: O
Profession: Actor and businessman

(Also known as Bae Yong-jun, Bae Yong-june)

Bae Yong-joon Biography

Bae made his debut in TV drama “Salut D’Amour” (also known as “Greetings of Love”) in 1994. He starred in a few more dramas before making his breakthrough in 1997 with “First Love”. First Love was a huge success in Korea, but is relatively unknown in other countries.

Bae become internationally famous after starring in popular drama Hotelier in 2001. His popularity was further boost by the success of another popular drama “Winter Sonata” in 2002.

Winter Sonata, co-starring Choi Ji-woo (also co-star in First Love), is very popular across Asia especially in Japan. The drama made both stars iconic figures in Japan… they are still often rated the most popular Koreans in Japan these days.

Bae then surprised many with in 2003 with movie “Untold Scandal”, with some sensitive plots and sex scene (culture breaking in Asian sense). The movie didn’t perform well but Bae’s performance won acclaims and also landed his some best actor awards.

Bae then starred in movie “April Snow” (co-starring Son Ye-jin) in 2005. The movie was not a huge box office success in Korea, but was doing well across Asia (Japan in particular).

Bae’s latest project is in high budget epic TV drama “The Legend“, which has just started showing in Korea at the time of writing.

Bae Yong-joon Related Websites

Official Website ll Bae Yong-joon Forum

High budget Korean drama “The Legend” has achieved great success since screening in Korea on September 10. The half fictional epic-sci-fi drama is based on the story of the king of Goguryeo in ancient Korean era, has achieve a decent rating of over 20% since its first episode.

The first 3 episodes shared the story of the king when he was young, and featured some young Korean actors. Bae Yong-joon and other main cast (Moon So-ri and Lee Ji-ah etc.) were introduced in the 4th episode, and the ratings soared up to 31.7%.

Korean actor Bae Yong-joon
Actor Bae Yong-joon in The Legend

With the popularity of Bae, the drama is also highly anticipated in Japan. Japanese TV station NHK has announced that the drama will start showing on its channel from December 3.

“Legend of the First King’s Four Gods” (or simply “The Legend”; 태왕사신기) is a Korean TV drama set to premiere on September 10, 2007.

The Legend of the First King’s Four Gods
Legend of the First King’s Four Gods

The Legend is a historical fantasy drama based on the epic story of the 19th king of Goguryeo in ancient Korean era. It is actor Bae Yong-joon’s first TV drama since the highly acclaimed series “Winter Sonata” in 2002.

The co-stars of Legend include Moon So-ri, Lee Ji-ah and Choi Min-soo etc.

I don’t really like Winter Sonata, but the melodrama still remains one of the most popular Korean dramas ever… a recent Japanese poll has chosen Bae (nickname Yon-sama by his fans) and his Sonata’s co-star Choi Ji-woo as the most popular Korean artists in Japan.



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