KUALA LUMPUR: Even though he is arguably one of the top actors in South Korea, Ji Chang-wook did not expect his presence in Malaysia to cause such an electrifying reaction.
His arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport last night is currently flooding social media where videos showing scores of hysterical female fans swooning over the actor is a good enough testament of his immense fame.
Flanked by buff bodyguards, he played it cool and was a picture of calm as he smiled politely and waved to his fans, which of course, merit even more screams.
In reality, though, he did not realise that he was so popular here.
The 29-year-old celebrity is in town to promote his new film, Fabricated City, as well as to launch Korean blockbuster movie channel, tvN Movies.
“This is my first time in Malaysia so I really didn’t know what to expect,” he told the media at a press conference at The Westin in Jalan Bukit Bintang today.
“The incident at the airport really took me by surprise. My fans welcomed me with such warmth.
“It’s a unique experience that I’ll remember for a long time,” he added with a chuckle.
Prior to starring in the film, the actor’s rise to fame can be attributed to his leading role as a mysterious night courier, codenamed Healer.
Apart from Healer, he is also known for his roles in Empress Ki, Warrior Baek Dong-soo and his latest drama, The K2.
“I’d like to thank all my fans, as without them, I would not have made it here.
Also a musical actor, Ji said that he has not have the opportunity to explore the city just yet.
“I’ll definitely come back here for a vacation.”
Ji later made an appearance at the gala premiere of Fabricated City at GSC Pavilion in the evening
In the film, he plays a hardcore video gamer Kwon Yu whose life takes an unexpected dip when he is accused of sexually assaulting and murdering a minor.
For this role, Ji was nominated for New Actor In A Movie category at the 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards.
The awards which will be held on May 3, is an annual ceremony commonly referred to as the Korean version of the Golden Globe Awards.
He said: “If I do win, of course I’d be very happy and grateful but I prefer not to think too much on the possible outcome.
“Every project I take on has its challenges, but the process of completing it is the part that I look forward to every time.”
Fabricated City will open in cinemas on April 20.