“Running Man” stars Lee Kwang Soo and Kim Jong Kook are so popular in China that they are right up there with actor Kim Soo Hyun, and with him, they are called the “third generation of Hallyu kings.”
Lee Kwang Soo, also known as “Prince of Asia,” flew over to China on April 7 to film a Chinese dating reality show called “If You Love” and will be appearing alongside Chinese actress and model Lynn Hung, who placed second in China’s supermodel pageant. Currently the giraffe is ranked number one in terms of casting calls in China and is loved by many all over Asia.
Kim Jong Kook’s popularity is also skyrocketing in China. The director of his agency, Son Hyung Nam, states, “We even got a request from China to cast Kim Jong Kook as the main character of a movie.”
Moreover, the “Running Man” stars’ individual appearance fees are between a whopping 50 million won (approx. 46,000 USD) to one hundred million won (approx. 92,000 USD) per show.
Their rise in fame in China is all thanks in part to the immense popularity of the variety show “Running Man.” China even has their own version of the show, called “Hurry Up, Brother,” where Kim Jong Kook made a guest-appearance himself.