‘Faith’ Starring Lee Min Ho Named Best Korean Drama in Japan
The drama Faith starring Lee Min Ho has been selected as the best Korean drama in Japan.
According to Lee Min Ho’s agency, SBS’s drama Faith which aired in 2012, was selected as the top Korean drama during GyaO Entertainment Awards 2014 held on November 11 at the Hikari Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo.
‘GyaO Store’ operated by GyaO, which is an affiliated company of Yahoo! Japan, takes about 80% of streaming services in Japan, where the video streaming market has been expanding.
The event gave out awards to Japanese film and drama, foreign film and drama, animation and Korean drama and the winners were selected based on the total sales from paid streaming videos sold through ‘GyaO Store’ for the past one year.
Unlike ‘Free Video Services’ category, which were selected based on the number of views, ‘Paid Video Services’ category reflects the consumers’ active willingness to purchase, signifying the fans’ loyalty and preference.
An affiliate of SPO Corporation, which currently supplies Korean drama contents in Japan, including Faith, stated, “A wide fandom has been established thanks to Lee Min Ho’s consistent popularity and words have spread that the drama deals with topic that Japanese people like, which led them to watch Faith again.”
In other words, the character of general Choi Young in Faith acted by Lee Min Ho greatly appealed to Japanese.
An affiliate shared, “The Goryeo warrior Choi Young’s loyalty, which kept his ideology even at the cost of death, brought out positive response from Japanese people,” and, “Lee Min Ho’s Choi Young, who seems indifferent but sensitive, brusque but innocent sides seem to have caught the hearts of the female viewers in Japan.”
Besides this, World War Z won the foreign film award, Attack on Titan won the total sales award in animation and Arasi Umeya Slot Battle won the comedy and variety award.
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