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Pre-production of 'Descendants of the Sun' raised drama's quality: writer

All Headlines 15:51 April 23, 2016

SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- The co-writer of "Descendants of the Sun" said that the pre-production system contributed to raising the quality of the mega-hit Korean TV drama, but feedbacks from audience may have helped him to do better with the scripts in some parts.

The KBS 2TV series starring actor Song Joong-ki and actress Song Hye-kyo captivated audiences in South Korea and China, where the show premiered simultanousely from Feb. 24 to April 14. The military romance saga was hailed as a well-made drama as all the episodes of the show were shot and edited before they were shown to viewers.

Still, Kim Won-seok, the drama's co-writer, said there were some parts he could have fine tuned if the show had been shot as it was being aired, per local industry norm.

"I think there were many lacking parts in the script despite the time to make the quality show through pre-production," Kim said in a recent interview Yonhap News Agency.

"I think I could have paid more attention to the script such as emotional lines of the characters," Kim said, stressing that he could have listened to feedback from the viewers.

The writer particularly thanked Song for doing an excellent job despite a serious injury from filming heavy action scenes, which left him with a fracture in his right wrist and damage to the knee just before the show was aired.

"I could not fix or do anything about the script," Kim said, adding that the actor had to return to work after just days of treatment.

The season finale of the show concluded with 38.8 percent of viewers in South Korea last week. The result was just 1.2 percentage points shy of the much anticipated 40 percent mark. Reaching it would have made the show the first weeknight series to do so in the country since "Moon Embracing the Sun" in 2012.


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