2:11 am - 12/06/2012
Hyun Bin is Back, and Stronger
A South Korean heartthrob who raises the pulse rate of so many women around Asia is back.
Actor Hyun Bin was discharged from the Marines on Thursday morning after fulfilling his 21-month of mandatory military service, an event considered so big that it was broadcast live on several national TV networks.
The headquarters of the Marines Corps in Hwasung was packed with more than 500 fans from around Asia to welcome him. They had been conveyed there on buses that were arranged by the star’s management company. Blisteringly cold temperature, – 7 Celsius or 19 Fahrenheit following Wednesdays’ big snowfall didn’t discourage the fans.
At 10 a.m., Hyun Bin went on a stage to greet the screaming fans. He took his hat off, dropped to his knees and bowed his head to the ground, just like he did when he enrolled in March last year.
“I really appreciate your unwavering love…..Twenty-one month ago, I promised to come back with stronger. I think I kept the promise. I have became stronger and more confident,” he said.
Then he got emotional and teary as he said “I really missed acting,” and tears dropped on this cheeks. He couldn’t get his words out for a while.
The 30-year-old became a huge sensation in late 2010 with SBS-TV’s “Secret Garden” drama, in which he portrayed a billionaire businessman who falls in love with a poor stuntwoman. Viewer ratings for the 20-episode drama topped 35%, considered huge given a sea of similar romantic dramas.
His movie “Late Autumn” with Chinese actress Tang Wei, out just one month before he enrolled in the military, became a huge hit in China, with more than 60 million moviegoers.
Businesses are busy with the return of the huge celebrity. Samsung Electronics Co. starting today will distribute a 3-D version of “Secret Garden” as a download for its Samsung Smart TVs in South Korea. It will draw out the experience by providing a new episode every two weeks.
The actor endorsed Samsung’s Smart TVs last year and commercials with him were on air in South Korea while he was in the Marines . According to local media, he is in talks with more than 10 businesses for commercial endorsements.
Source: Wall Street Journal - KoreaRealTime