TV drama stars tie the knot in real life

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Two South Korean stars who played lovers in a TV drama that took Asia by storm last year tied the knot in real life on Tuesday in a highly anticipated wedding.
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Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi (center) poses with South Korean actor Song Joong-ki and actress Song Hye-kyo at their wedding in Seoul. The photo was posted by Zhang on her Sina Weibo account.

Two South Korean stars who played lovers in a TV drama that took Asia by storm last year tied the knot in real life on Tuesday in a highly anticipated wedding.

Actress Song Hye-kyo, 35, and actor Song Joong-ki, 32, who played the leads in the military romance “Descendants of the Sun,” married in a star-studded ceremony in Seoul.

The drama tells the story of an army captain sent on a peacekeeping mission to a fictional war-torn country, where he falls in love with a surgeon working with a medical organization.

The drama enjoyed huge popularity across Asia, garnering billions of views on Chinese video-streaming sites and winning a thumbs-up from Thailand’s junta chief, who praised the main characters’ sense of duty.

The 16-episode series was hailed as reviving the so-called “Hallyu,” or Korean Wave, of K-pop and K-dramas that have spread across Asia and beyond since the early 2000s.

The show also spawned a mini-industry, with Chinese fans snapping up cosmetics, clothes and fashion accessories favored by the series’ stars and sold on online shopping sites.

On Tuesday’s closed-door event featured a Who’s Who of South Korea’s TV industry, as well as Zhang Ziyi, the award-winning Chinese actress who starred in the 2000 film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”


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