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Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo 2019: Why ‘Descendants of the Sun’ Sequel Unlikely to Happen

Mon, Apr 8, 2019 5:08 AM

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“Descendants of the Sun” is arguably one of the best Korean drama to ever grace television as its lead stars, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo, did a remarkable job at fleshing out their respective characters. After the series was received with overwhelming positivity across multiple territories, fans have been asking whether or not it will receive a second installment.

In 2017, KBS Drama Production did confirm that “Descendants of the Sun” is indeed happening. At that time, however, the team behind the supposed second installment were silent about the cast. As such, it was speculated that Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo will not be a part of it, Inquistr reported.

The speculation was further solidified when series writer Won Seok said that since the story of Yoo Si Jin (Song Joong Ki) and Dr. Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) has been explored already, he will not be part of its production. Still, fans of both actors were still hoping they will reprise their respective roles. 

Fast forward to 2019 and the project never came into fruition. It’s still unclear why KBS decided to not pursue the sequel. However, speculations are claiming that since Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo are not interested in the series’ second run, KBS opted to abandon the sequel. The decision isn’t surprising since both stars have been integral in the series success.

Replacing Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo with another couple would’ve been risky as fans have come to love the duo’s chemistry on screen. To put shortly, the chances of “Descendants of the Sun” happening is slim at best. For now, at least.

Song Joong Ki is currently busy filming his upcoming series “Asadal Chronicles,” while Song Hye Kyo opted to take a break from acting altogether. On a more personal note, the real-life couple is still enjoying marital bliss despite rumors suggesting tension behind closed doors. The pair have been plagued by divorce rumors in recent months, which were quickly debunked by reliable publications. 

Souce Credit @https://www.econotimes.com/Song-Joong-Ki-Song-Hye-Kyo-2019-Why-Descendants-of-the-Sun-Sequel-Unlikely-to-Happen-1522239

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Song Joong Ki's Upcoming K-Drama 'Asadal Chronicles' Under Fire For Alleged Poor Working Condition Of Production Crew...

BY JESSICA RAPIR / APR 10, 2019 06:09 AM EDT
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Song Joong Ki's upcoming K-drama, Asadal Chronicles, has been under fire over the poor working condition of the production staff. Apparently, the production crew has been suffering from long working hours, even up to 20 hours when they film overseas.

Hanbit Center and the broadcasting staff union department of Hope Solidarity Labor Union are set to hold a press conference on April 10 to discuss the matter. They are also planning to send a request to the Seoul Employment and Labor Administration to assign someone to monitor the working condition on the set of Asadal Chronicles. Additionally, they also plan to carry out a one-man protest in front of CJ ENM office in Seoul's Mapo district. Naver TV quoted a source from the Hope Solidarity Labor Union as saying that they initially filed a complaint about their working condition. However, their situation doesn't improve. The insider added that one of the staff members that are in charge of the lighting suffered a fracture due to long hours of work. 

"Many staff members of 'Asadal' have suffered from long hours of labor. We filed initial complaints, but [the conditions] have not improved. In the case of filming abroad, [the staff members] would work over 20 hours a day," the source said.

The Hanbit Center was established following the suicide of tvN's Drinking Alone PD Lee Han Bit in 2016. He is said to have suffered poor working conditions. Since then, the organization has been assisting those in the industry that are suffering the same condition in their workplace. 

Asadal Chronicles is a fantasy drama that is set in the fictional ancient kingdom of Asadal. It follows the romance between two cursed lovers as they navigate the power struggles in the kingdom.

The historical period K-drama stars Descendants of the Sun's Song Joong Ki and Kim Ji Won along with Rampantactor Jang Dong Gun and actress Kim Ok Bin. Asadal Chronicles is Song's small screen comeback after DOTS in 2016 along with his now wife Song Hye Kyo. 

Song Joong Ki and Kim Ji Won will be playing the lead roles in the drama. The Asadal Chronicles stars have yet to issue a comment about the issue of the poor working condition of their staff members.

In December, the cast of the tvN drama has gathered together to mark the kick off of their production on a newly-constructed set which took eight months to complete. There have been speculations that the producers of Asadal Chronicles have built a set as they might be thinking about extending the series run. The tvN K-drama is set to premiere later this year....source credit @http://en.koreaportal.com/amp/articles/46822/20190410/song-joong-kis-upcoming-k-drama-asadal-chronicles-under-fire-for-alleged-poor-working-condition-of-production-crew.htm

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Please vote 'V LIVE Favorite Artist' of the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards! (Female)

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Please vote 'V LIVE Favorite Artist' of the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards!

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Spreading the word the best I can. And voted too! 

 

Song Hye Kyo nominated for Most Favorite Actress for the Baeksang Awards. 

 

Let’s not fail her.

 

Lurkers and Members. Please show your support! You can vote using fb, twitter, weibo etc etc or you can use all if you have accounts to every one of these sns. You can vote once per day!

 

Heres the link:

https://m.vlive.tv/vote/129

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Check out first official visuals of Song Joong Ki, Jang Dong Gun, Kim Ji Won, & more in 'Arthdal Chronicles' teaser

tvN's blockbuster, ancient historical drama 'Arthdal Chronicles' has revealed its first official teaser!

The short, but dramatic, heart-stopping teaser above highlights some of the first key visuals of the story's leads including Song Joong Ki, Jang Dong Gun, Kim Ji Won, and Kim Ok Bin. 'Arthdal Chronicles' tells the story of the people of an ancient land known as 'Arth', as they struggle, war, and love in the hopes of building an ideal civilization. Among this people, a legendary hero is born!

The 100% pre-filmed production is set to premiere this June. Are you excited for 'Arthdal Chronicles'?....source credit @https://www.allkpop.com/video/2019/04/check-out-first-official-visuals-of-song-joong-ki-jang-dong-gun-kim-ji-won-more-in-arthdal-chronicles-teaser

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Watch: New tvN Drama Starring Song Joong Ki, Jang Dong Gun, And More Releases Gripping First Teaser

Watch: New tvN Drama Starring Song Joong Ki, Jang Dong Gun, And More Releases Gripping First Teaser

Apr 13, 2019
by L. Kim

tvN’s upcoming drama “Arthdal” (working title) has released its first teaser!

“Arthdal” is a fantasy drama that takes place in the mythical city of Arthdal, which is said to have been the capital city of the Gojoseon kingdom. It will address the love, conflict, and harmony between the residents of Arthdal as the city grows and gives birth to a hero.

The teaser starts off with Jang Dong Gun’s character Ta Gon firmly gazing at a fire while Song Joong Ki demands, “Where’s Ta Gon?” The video shows glimpses of Song Joong Ki as Eun Sum with unruly hair and wild paint on his face, Kim Ji Won as successor Tan Ya, and Kim Ok Bin as the beautiful Taeilha. A voice narrates, “The desire to be filled at the expense of life. You can’t trust anyone.”

In particular, this makes viewers wonder about the relationship between Ta Gon, Eun Som, Tan Ya, and Taeilha as well as the founding process of Arthdal.

This historical drama contains never-before-seen make-up and costumes as well as the chemistry of a legendary cast. There are high expectations of the story as well as the performance of the four leading actors who display an extraordinary presence.

On December 5, 2018, the cast gathered for the opening ceremony of the drama. Then on April 9, Hanbit Media Labor Rights Center called out the drama for failing to provide adequate working conditions for its staff members.

“Arthdal” is set to premiere sometime in June.

Check out the teaser below!

source credit @https://www.soompi.com/article/1317107wpp/watch-new-tvn-drama-starring-song-joong-ki-jang-dong-gun-and-more-releases-gripping-first-teaser

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Song Joong Ki’s Drama at Risk of Being Delayed? tvN Releases First Official Teaser of ‘Asadal Chronicles”

Sat, Apr 13, 2019 6:28 AM..  

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Photo by: Blossom Entertainment/Facebook

Song Joong Ki is starring in a new drama called “Asadal Chronicles” and it is coming soon. However, it seems it will be delayed after the drama was reported to South Korea’s Labor Administration for the alleged poor working condition in the filming set.

Based on the report, the production crew in Song Joong Ki’s “Asadal Chronicles” are overworked, with their schedule of continuous filming for about 20 hours per day, especially if they are abroad. The Hanbit Media Labor Rights Center, that was founded after the death of “Drinking Alone” drama, stated that they will be looking into the case as they want to protect the rights and health of the employees working in the show business.

Moreover, in response to the complaints from employees working in Song Joong Ki’s newest drama, the Hanbit Center submitted a letter to the Labor Administration and requested for an official to be assigned to the set of “Asadal Chronicles” for work supervision. In light of the issues with the labor, there is a chance that Song Hye Kyo’s husband’s drama is going to be delayed. 

This is because the case is being investigated and officials are in the process of considering steps to take to avoid further issues with the employees assigned to Song Joong Ki’s “Asadal Chronicles” drama.

"Many staff members of 'Asadal' have suffered from long hours of labor. We filed initial complaints, but the conditions have not improved. In the case of filming abroad, the staff members would work over 20 hours a day," Soompi quoted an official from Hanbit as saying.

Meanwhile, the “Asadal Chronicles” would be Song Joong Ki’s first project and drama after tying the knot with Song Hye Kyo in October 2017. He is the lead actor in this drama and will star alongside “Descendants of the Sun” co-star Kim Ji Won and Jang Dong Gun.

Kim Ok Bin will also be in the case of this tvN drama that is expected to arrive in the second half of 2019. For a bit of teaser, tvN also released the first preview for "Asadal Chronicles" and it showed interesting story sequel. Check out the video below:

Source Credit @https://www.econotimes.com/Song-Joong-Kis-Drama-at-Risk-of-Being-Delayed-tvN-Releases-First-Official-Teaser-of-Asadal-Chronicles-1525283

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Highly-anticipated upcoming drama, Arthdal Chronicles, drops teasers of the 4 leads

 

 

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-I wonder what genre this drama is actually in...
 
-Is this a fantasy drama??
 
-Whoa, look at these visuals... Those gifs of Song Joongki remind me of A Werewolf Boyㅠㅠ He literally doesn't age at all, I guess I'm the only one who doesㅠㅠ
 
-I think Song Joongki reminds me of his previous movie, A Werewolf Boy...? And Jang Donggun is very handsome... Even with that hairstyle...
 
-Whoa, this is amazing... I'm absolutely going to watch this...
 
-Hul... I thought Song Joongki was V in those gifs...!!
 
-I can't figure out what kind of drama is this going to be...
 
-This is insane... Song Joongki and Kim Jiwon in one drama...ㅠㅠㅠ
 
-Look at the casts of this drama...ㄷㄷ
 
-Hul... Are they airing this soon??
 ㄴAh... It's going to start airing on June...
 
-Song Joongki doesn't age at all... I was surprised to see that he still looks exactly the same like how he looked in A Werewolf Boy...

 

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Reimagining the birth of an ancient empire in tvN’s Asadal Chronicles...by tipsymochaasadalchronicles-teaser41303.jpg

This teaser looks pretty epic, which scares the worrier in me, because the higher the expectations, the higher the potential fall. One of the year’s most anticipated shows, tvN’s Asadal Chronicles, has just released its first teaser and we get our first glimpse of the show’s impressive lineup, Song Joong-ki(Descended From the Sun), Jang Dong-gun(Suits), Kim Ji-won (Fight My Way), and Kim Ok-bin (Children of a Lesser God), in all their tribal glory.

The clip first shows Jang Dong-gun cutting an imposing, and evil-looking, figure, as Song Joong-ki asks offscreen where he can find him. His answer is Asadal, the legendary capital city of the ancient kingdom of Gojoseon, which is where I’m assuming Song Joong-ki is urgently headed, sporting some intense face paint. The captions on the teaser say, “If you survive, may you become a legend.” Offscreen, a man warns that no one should be trusted, especially given the existence of those who would “satisfy their greed by destroying others.”

We get some glimpses of some impressively epic scenes that look somewhat related to pagan rituals and a stone-constructed room filled with soldiers. These brief flashes, especially of the armored and be-feathered soldiers, look a little anachronistic, given that it reminds me more of ancient Greece and medieval Europe than prehistoric Korea, but we’ll roll with it. The clip ends with shots of our female leads, with Kim Ji-won similarly sporting some face paint and Kim Ok-bin looking quite regal, and then Jang Dong-gun and Song Joong-ki to round out the foursome.

So, as much as I’m eager to see how Asadal will fictionalize the founding of the Gojoseon empire, which is itself recorded in history as a mix of mythology and fact (?), I’m also generally worried whether the show can pull off the grand scale of the story without letting it implode into a mess of campy CGI and cringe-worthy portrayals of “primitive” Koreans. That’s probably the pessimist in me, but I’m holding out hope for the show because directing Asadal is PD Kim Won-seok, who has a very impressive list of credits for tvN, including My Ajusshi, Signal, and Misaeng. And equally impressive are the credits attributed to the writer duo, Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon, who also collaborated on Circle: Two Connected Worlds, Six Flying Dragons, and Tree With Deep Roots.

Asadal Chronicles is slated to premiere on tvN in June.

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Upcoming K-Drama “Asadal Chronicles” Starring Song Joong Ki And Jang Dong Gun Alleged Filming Up To 151 Hours A Week

By Adrian | April 13, 2019 

BASICALLY A PRODUCTION FULL OF BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS.

Song Joong Ki will co-star with Jang Dong Gun, Kim Ji Won and Kim Ok Bin in the latest highly anticipated drama Asadal Chronicles, which will be 100% pre-produced, similarly to the actor’s last phenomenal hit Descendants of the Sun.

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The drama started shooting at the end of last year and has since been having non-stop work schedules in order to meet the targeted broadcast date. However, the production crew was recently exposed to be overworked when the case was reported to the labor bureau, and there was also an allegation of deliberate unreported injuries during the shooting.

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Asadal Chronicles is estimated with a hefty production cost of 400 billion won (USD$ 352 million). The series began filming at the end of last year. The production team even went for overseas shooting in Brunei last February. However, on 10 April, various news sources emerged to reveal that the production company Studio Dragon has been arranging the staff to work overtime.

It was reported that when the crew filmed in Korea, they had to film for at least 101 hours a week, while overseas shooting would extend as long as 151 hours a week, with an average of more than 21 hours a day, which would violate the union’s 68-hour work per week. The employees who revealed the incident also said that the production company did not sign labor contracts with them, and did not receive additional allowances for overtime work. As of press time, there is no official clarification released from the production company...source credit @https://www.hellokpop.com/kdrama/song-joong-ki-asadal-chronicles-alleged-filming-151-hours-week/

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18 Male Celebrities Who Give Off “First Love” Vibes

18 Male Celebrities Who Give Off “First Love” Vibes...                              Apr 16, 2019                            First loves have a certain feel and look about them. They have a boyish charm, innocence, and sweetness that rubs everyone the right way. It’s a deadly equation and one that has the capability of stealing your heart in a second. 

Song Joong Ki

Before he was Song Hye Kyo‘s man, he was everyone’s first love.

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Be still my heart.

song-joong-ki1.gif Hey Soompiers, which of these celebs is your first love? Let me know in the comments below!...source credit @https://www.soompi.com/article/1314059wpp/18-male-celebrities-who-give-off-first-love-vibes

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