London: Korean photoshoots, MVs, films… but when a Korean drama?
In the past few years, we have noticed that many Korean pop stars visit London increasingly more often for photoshoots, music videos and films.
Indeed, in May 2010, Jung Ryeo-won came here for a special photoshoot for InStyle, while in May 2011, it was the turn of model-singer IU for SURE.
In June 2011, Kim Myeong-min was in London to shoot his movie Pacemaker, making it the first Korean films to be set in the City. Many notable locations were used, such as Greenwich Park, London Docklands, City of London…
Soon after, the capital inspired television programs. In September 2011, Ha Ji-won was seen strolling around London to gather data about fashion and beauty trends for the Style Magazine program on cable channel, OnStyle.
Until recently, no other Korean audiovisual production took place in London. Lee Byung-hun came here in November 2012, but it was for Hollywood blockbuster RED 2. Same this month, many Korean extras are requested, but that’s for Avengers 2.
Since last year, there has been a surge in K-pop music videos featuring famous London locations. In January 2013, CNBlue were shooting their I’m Sorry teaser while in August, G-Dragon was spotted in Shoreditch shooting the MV for his new single Crooked. Since then, nothing, except the announcement that KARA’s Jiyoung has arrived in London this month, but no MV, just to study English and take acting classes.
In spite of our research, we have not found any record of a Korean drama shooting in London. But, given the increased interest in the UK by foreign production teams, maybe that could be something to hope for? There have been Lovers in Paris and Lovers in Prague, so why not Lovers in London?…