And by noise, we mean high decibel levels.
“The Battleship Island” star tour, which took place across 2 days in Kuala Lumpur, was the epitome of movie promotional tours in Malaysia.
It all began on Wednesday (9th August 2017) evening at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, where the cast and director – – Hwang Jung Min, Song Joong Ki, So Ji Sub, Ryoo Seung Wan – were scheduled to make a special appearance at the mall entrance.
Malaysian Korean entertainment fans arrived as early as morning to secure a spot with the best view of the stage. There was even a huge projector screen (that spanned across 3 floors of Pavilion Elite) set up that provided live feed – a treat for those who were there but had their view blocked by the sea of heads. By “sea of heads”, we really mean that the crowd swelled up till as far as the eye can see.
It didn’t take long for the highly anticipated event to start, with the cast and director being chauffeured right up to the entrance of the mall. Upon stepping out of his ride, a very visibly gobsmacked Song Joong Ki exited the car, taking everything in with a genuine look of surprise. The “The Battleship Island” team had a couple of moments to register the sheer havoc (but in a good way) before they were guided towards the stage, but not without offering waves and smiles along the way.
The deafening screams heightened as the “The Battleship Island” cast and director made their way to the stage. Instantly, smartphones and cameras were held up in the air as the crowd grappled to take nice shots of the stars. While the event ran into some minor problems with the microphones, Song Joong Ki lightheartedly responded, “Malaysian fans are so passionate that even our microphones are not working.”
When asked who will survive alone on an island under severe conditions, Song Joong Ki, taking the opportunity to display his playfulness, quickly replied, “Me! I’m the youngest, man.” To which Hwang Jung Min, So Ji Sub, and Ryoo Seung Wan simply nodded and laughed in agreement. Exchanging a fun banter with the host and also amongst themselves throughout the entire red carpet session, the “The Battleship Island” colleagues proved they had a good working relationship.
The session lasted for about half an hour before it was time for the stars to say goodbye to their fans. But it was not over for the members of the media just yet! The next day, Malaysian media gathered around again for a press conference with Hwang Jung Min, So Ji Sub, Song Joong Ki, and Ryoo Seung Wan at The Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Unlike the red carpet session at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, the press conference was a closed-door event.
To be continued in part 2 of our “The Battleship Island” coverage.
Special thanks and much love to our friends from GSC Movies for having us at the events :)
Catch “The Battleship Island” when it’s released in a Golden Screen Cinema near you on 17th August 2017!