Song Joong Ki, the male lead of the megahit TV series “Descendants of the Sun,” has arrived in Beijing to kick off a tour through eight cities in China and other neighboring countries.
The Chinese media reported Saturday that Song landed in the Chinese capital a day earlier and held a press conference, where he reflected on the hit drama and discussed his future plans.
“I didn’t think ‘Descendants of the Sun’ would become so popular,” Song was quoted as saying.
He also said he liked the show’s script right away and enjoyed working opposite Song Hye Kyo.
The actor also said he understands he has a tough act to follow after the show’s massive success.
“I’d be lying if I said I am not feeling any pressure,” Song said. “The best way to deal with it is to star in another great series, and I am still trying to land one.”
The local media also reported that Song sounded impressive speaking a few words in Chinese.
“I am not great at Chinese yet but I am still learning,” Song added.
When asked which Chinese director he’d most like to work with, Song said he’s been a fan of Wong Kar Wai, who won the Best Director honors at the Cannes Film Festival for “Happy Together” (1997) and also directed critically acclaimed “In the Mood for Love” (2000).
“Since I made my debut, I’ve dreamed about working in a place other than Korea,” Song said. “I’ve always loved Wong Kar-wai’s films, and I spoke to Song Hye Kyo about him. He has a unique style.”
Song Hye Kyo starred in Wong’s 2013 film, “The Grandmaster.”
Song Joong Ki was scheduled to meet with fans in Beijing on Saturday, and will also travel to Shanghai and Guangzhou. He will later visit Hong Kong and then wrap up his tour in Taipei City on June 25.