Hawaii gets star billing in K-drama episode filming on Oahu next month
BY MAUREEN O’CONNELL
Advertiser Staff Writer
The creators of a planned South Korean soap opera series promise that Oahu’s scenery and sense of ohana will get star-billing in an episode slated to be filmed here next month.
The weeklong shoot of “The Divine Hero,” a production of Munhwa Broadcasting Corp., set to start Feb. 16, will mark the first time a K-drama has been filmed on island, producers said, in a press conference held today to reveal details of the production.
“We definitely want to showcase Hawaiçi,” said David Lim, a Hawaii partner and executive producer of the project, which has an $8 million budget for 24 episodes.
The first episode will include jet-skiing, horseback-riding and skydiving scenes.
Song Il Kook (of “Jumong”) plays the male lead, and Jung Ryu Won (of “Autumn Shower”) is the female star.
The script, based on one of Korea’s most popular comic books, follows a “Batman-like” protagonist — born in Korea, and raised in Hawaii — who is seeking vengeance for the murder of his parents.