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Korean TV Hit ‘Full House’ to Be Remade in China

Full House,” the 2004 TV drama that made stars of Korean singer Rain and actress Song Hye-kyo, is to get a Chinese-language remake.

The show is to be produced by Korea’s Group Eight and Asia Media Holding. Korean producer Lee Min-cheol is to direct, while Jeon Gyu-ah is among the Korean producers.

The Chinese show will star Eli, a Mandarin-speaking K-pop star from the Korean six-member music act U-Kiss.

The original show, itself adapted from a romantic graphic novel of the same title, played for 16 episodes on KBS and presented a testy three-way love triangle involving a screenwriter, an actor and a jilted friend, a home that should not have been sold off and a fake marriage that surprisingly blossomed.

The producers did not announce the female lead who would take the role originally played by Song. Filming is expected to begin in December with broadcast in 2015.

Full House” has already been remade for four different Asian markets: the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia.

Since the 2004 show, Rain (real name Jung Ji-hoon) has had a Korean and international acting career that included the Wachowski siblings’ “Speed Racer” and “Ninja Assassin.” Rain next appears in his first Chinese movie “For Love or Money,” which releases next month and in which he stars opposite Liu Yifei.

Song last year starred in Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster,” and next appears in John Woo’s “The Crossing.”

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