TV Drama “Firebird” to Air in Japan from July

2006, June 29

The MBC TV drama “Firebird,” starring Eric Moon from the male band Shinhwa, will air in Japan every Thursday at 8 p.m. on the satellite broadcaster BS Fuji beginning July 19 .

The Japanese daily "The Sankei Sports" reported June 29 that "Firebird” recorded viewer ratings of up to 31.4 percent in Korea and was the last production of the late actress Lee Eun-ju, who took her life last year at a young age. The daily predicted that the drama would gain enormous popularity among Japanese female fans for starring Moon.

Moon plays a scion of a conglomerate who falls in love with Lee’s character, a house maid. But he nearly goes insane with jealousy when he learns about Lee’s ex-husband and his new fiancee. Moon’s character lives in self-abandonment following the death of his twin brother.

The Sankei Sports wrote that the series provides a glimpse of how Moon, known more as a popular singer at the series’ start, transformed into an actor by taking a challenging role that required exquisite expression of subtle feelings.

BS Fuji said it decided to show the drama at the request of viewers who liked another TV series starring Moon, “The Rookie,” which has aired in Japan since October. The broadcaster chose “Firebird” because it earned Moon MBC’s Best New Actor award in 2004.