“Descendants of the Sun” achieves international success

The lead actors of "Descendants of the Sun," Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo. (Wikipedia)

The lead actors of “Descendants of the Sun,” Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo. (Wikipedia)

“Descendants of the Sun” is the latest Korean drama to achieve an international success and overseas recognition, having only aired 10 episodes of the intended 16. The drama tells the story of Yoo Si Jin, a captain of the special forces in the military, and Dr. Kang Mo Yeon, and the romance they attempt in a time of war.

The drama achieved an immense success in Asia especially in China where it caused concern with the country’s Ministry of Public Security posting a warning on its official Weibo account against the drama warning viewers “watching Korean dramas could be dangerous, and even lead to legal troubles”. It is part of a growing concern among Chinese officials who are wary of the growing influence of Korean pop culture on the Chinese populace since the similar success of My Love from the Star in 2014.

The drama became available globally on Viki with subtitles in many languages created by the volunteer community. Each episode is available to stream a couple hours after the original Korean broadcast.

In the Middle East, the popularity of the main leads Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo soared, encouraging a number of fansubs and a fanbase in a number of Arabic countries. This is mainly intensified after the news of the first KCON being held in the middle East in UAE, and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates buying the broadcast rights for the drama, which means that it’s set to be shown on local TV soon.

The drama was translated to over 32 languages and it’s expected to gain more popularity with upcoming episodes.

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