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Ichikawa Yui and F.T. Island's Lee Hongki at the press conference for "Muscle Girl"

April 14, 2011 @ 12:15 am
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Actress Ichikawa Yui and Lee Hongki,the vocalist of Korean rock band F.T. Island, recentlyattended the press conference for their upcoming drama, "Muscle Girl!".

As reported earlier, this will be Lee Hongki's first appearance in a Japanese drama. He commented, "I'm not really able to pull all-nighters in Japan, even though I'm doing it all the time in South Korea. Somehow the mornings approach way too fast in Japan! And I'm a night person..."

Ichikawa already noticed this problem as well, as she commented,"He is always in a bad mood in the morning."

"Muscle Girl!" is a sports comedy about the president (Ichikawa) of a female pro-wrestling organization which is unfortunately facing some financial struggles. She happens to meet a South Korean star (Lee Hongki) who came to Japan in order to search for his mother. Teaming up, the two protagonists and Ichikawa's female wrestlers try to fight against their biggest rivals, another veteran wrestling organization.

The drama not only marks Lee Hongki's first venture into the Japanese drama market, but it's also Ichikawa's first starring role in a commercial drama. She personally had to perform some wrestling moves, like a lariat and a sleeper hold, for flashback scenes that show her hey-day as a professional wrestler 10 years before. When asked about her most muscular body part, she replied, "My abs! I'm training hard right now in order to get nice abs."

Lee Hongki also revealed that he was struggling a lot with his Japanese lines, yet he was able to understand and respond to all questions at the press conference in Japanese. Commenting about Ichikawa, he said, "I saw her in 'Kurosagi' and 'Ju-on'. I thought that she would be a really cold person and was worried about becoming friends with her, but it turned out that she is really cheerful and kind. She is learning Korean, so I'm even able to speak Korean with her."

Ichikawa also enjoys working together with him. She said, "He is quite a prankster and is really cute."

The late-night drama will start on April 19th.

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Source: Oricon


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