30 August 2012, Singapore – Most subscribers to mandarin cable channel Celestial Movies will be able to relate it to the latest and most popular mandarin hit movies. Come September, the biggest 24-hour Chinese movie service in Asia and beyond will join the Hallyu, by importing exclusive TV broadcast content from Korea to the viewers.
In conjunction of the first and exclusive broadcast of huge-budget Korean action drama “HERO” coming to Celestial Movies on 3rd September 2012, the channel invited a selected group of media guests including KAvenyou to a special private screening of the drama at The Screening Room. We definitely felt comfortable at the event, where dim lightings, a huge photo backdrop, and good-looking models welcomed us the moment we stepped into the room. The present guests mingled while engaging themselves in the food and drinks provided, since the event was held at dinner hours.
HERO premiered as the number one programme in its timeslot among all cable channels in Korea in March 2012, and the first 2 episodes incurring a hefty production budget of US$1 million. The ten-episode drama series is set in a fictional future where South Korea has gone bankrupt and its cities are crime-ridden and corrupt. HERO centers on a bad boy Heuk Chul (acted by Yang Dong Geun) who inherited superhuman abilities in the process when his mayor father saved his life through untested medical means. The drama also featured beautiful actress Han Chae Ah, who takes on the role of detective Ih-Ohn whom Heuk Chul takes a great interest in.
At first look at the synopsis, the drama really do not whet my appetite the slightest bit as to a certain extend, it seemed like a Korean version of the hit American series “HEROES”. The “selling” points are similar in the form of the lead inheriting or possess certain superhuman abilities, and how the abilities changed their lives, and of course the evergreen need to save somebody and in many cases the world.
As the story unravels itself, it begins to bring the viewers deeper into the plot with a certain suspense and emotional factor. The many action scenes complemented by the sporadic humour from the actors will also keep you well entertained. If you are a lover of Korean dramas, or more specifically action flicks with quite an intense plot, you will likely enjoy it like I did just from the 2 episodes screened at the event.
WHEN AND WHERE?
HERO premieres exclusively on Celestial Movies on 3rd September, and will air EVERY DAY from Monday to Friday at 8pm, with an encore telecast at 10.45pm, on Singtel mio TV channel 52 and Starhub Cable TV channel 868. Starhub subscribers can also enjoy and exclusive HERO marathon featuring the first five episodes of the show for FREE on 9th September, 1pm – 6pm. Celestial Movies will be made FREE for viewing from 8th – 10th September as well.
3rd – 7th September: HERO Episode 1 – 5 (8PM Daily)
9th September: HERO Episode 1 – 5 (1PM – 6PM Marathon)
10th – 14th September: HERO Episode 6 – 10 (8PM Daily)
16th September: HERO Episode 6 – 10 (1PM – 6PM Marathon)
Apart from the exclusive screening of HERO, it was also announced that global Korean superstar Rain will also be coming to Celestial Movies in the form of his latest and last concert before enlisting for military service, Rain: The best Show. The world TV premiere of the concert will also debut on Celestial Movies at the end of September, together with contest for viewers to win a Rain: The Best Show photo book produced exclusively for Singapore. So do stay tuned for our follow-up updates on this soon.
We will like to thank SPRG & Celestial Tiger Entertainment for inviting us to this special event, and we definitely look forward to more exclusive Korean content being aired on their channels.
For more information on Celestial Movies, do visit their portals at the below links:
Article by: James @ KAvenyou
Photographs Credits: SPRG & Celestial Tiger Entertainment