The new drama series, “Fugitive: Plan B”, starring Rain, premiered last Wednesday on KBS. It obtained viewership ratings of 21.7 percent and 20.7 percent, according to Total National Multimedia Statistics and AGB Nielsen Media Research, respectively. These are unusually high scores for the first episode of any drama, indicating that Rain’s star power is as strong as ever. The action comedy is now the top show in South Korea, according to AGB Nielsen.
Besides Rain’s obvious appeal, another reason that “Fugitive” performed well may be due to the the extremely multinational cast and locations. The 20-part series was shot in Korea, China, Japan, and the Philippines. Accordingly, the cast is equally diverse, featuring Lee Na-young, Daniel Henney, Lee Jung-jin, Kong Hyung-jin, and Yoon Son-ha, as well as Hong Kong actor Ti Lung, Chinese actor Josei Ho, and Japanese actors Takenaka Naoto and Uehara Takako.
Although set in contemporary times, “Fugitive: Plan B” involves a conspiracy which occurred during the Korean War. Rain plays Ji-woo, a private detective on the run after being accused of murdering his friend.
Trailing behind “Fugitive” was the SBS drama “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho”, starring Lee Seung Gi and Shin Min-ah. The romantic comedy has performed consistently since its premiere on August 11, bringing in ratings in between 10 and 25 percent.