SINGAPORE – On Wednesday, about 200 people waited in the scorching heat to see K-drama actor Song Joong-ki, who was in Singapore to promote his new show, Reborn Rich.
The 37-year-old actor flew in for a press conference with local and regional media for the Viu drama about revenge. The news conference took place at the outdoor theatre The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel, where fans screamed as the actor walked in wearing a beige-yellow shirt and grey pants.
As Song took the stage with a big smile, people shouted “Saranghae!” which means “I love you” in Korean. This is his first trip to Singapore since he was there in 2017 to promote his film The Battleship Island. And the tropical island state has meant a lot to him.
During Viu’s press conference, he spoke almost entirely in English and said, “I really love Singapore. I’ve been here maybe seven or eight times. Because of the pandemic, it’s been so long since I could come, and I’m so glad to be back. Thanks for asking me to come.”
One of the first things he did when he got back was go to the golf course and eat his favorite food. “I played golf at Sentosa, and of course, I was looking forward to black pepper and chili crab. I ate it last night and ate the whole thing.”
The song is very popular, as shown by the large number of people who came to greet him and by how well his dramas do in the ratings.
In Reborn Rich, he plays Yoon Hyun-woo, a loyal worker for the super-rich Soonyang Group, which is run by a family. His character gets killed by a family member.
Hyun-woo doesn’t die. Instead, he wakes up in 1987 as Jin Do-jun, the youngest grandson of the head of the Soonyang family. Still remembering everything about Hyun-woo, he goes on an exciting journey to find out who killed him and get back at the family.
The ratings for the first eight episodes of the 16-part series have been very good. Nielsen Korea says that its eighth episode got a rating of 19.4% across the country. This made it the most-watched miniseries in South Korea this year, beating out Extraordinary Attorney Woo. It is also the most-watched drama on Viu at the moment.
“This isn’t a romantic comedy, so I didn’t think it would do so well. “I heard that many Asian audiences love Korean romantic comedies, but this isn’t one of those, so I didn’t expect this response,” Song said.
During the whole press conference, the actor was a gentleman. He complimented the reporters’ good pronunciation, including a few who said “annyeonghaseyo,” which means “hello” in Korean.
After the event, he asked the crowd to cheer for Hanli Hoefer, the event’s host, and model presenter, and then walked up to the fans who were waiting. He bowed and shook their hands, and then he signed their autographs.
Fans gave him thumbs up and cheered for his answers as well. Song thought for a long time before saying, “Frankly, I don’t want to be born into such a family.
“After being in this drama, I’ve seen how money can cause huge fights in a family. That’s not what I want. People do like money, but I don’t think it’s the most important thing. I don’t want to come back to live rich. I like myself.”
Reborn Rich is on Viu, and every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there are new episodes.
Reborn Rich episode 10 Release Date and Time
Episode 10 of Reborn Rich will air on JTBC on December 10 at 10.30 p.m. KST/8.30 a.m. ET/5.30 a.m. PT/1.30 p.m. GMT.
Later, Reborn Rich will be accessible to worldwide audiences on a variety of streaming services, including Disney Plus, Netflix Korea, Rakuten Viki, and Viu. Netflix Korea is the quickest platform to publish the episode, although Rakuten Viki does not take more than a couple of hours to release the same content with English subtitles.
View Reborn Rich on Viu Thailand at 10 p.m. local time, or 12 a.m.