• Wed
  • Dec 24, 2014
  • Updated: 12:33pm
NewsHong Kong

Korean idol Kim Soo-hyun to visit Hong Kong amid tight security

Hosts want no repeat of wild scenes that greeted actor Kim Soo-hyun in Taiwan and on mainland

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 April, 2014, 3:05am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 April, 2014, 3:24am

Tight security will surround heartthrob Kim Soo-hyun's visit to Hong Kong next week as his hosts look to prevent a repeat of the wild scenes that have greeted the Korean idol across Asia.

Some 500 fans are expected to greet Kim, star of drama phenomenon My Love from the Star, when he arrives at the airport on Tuesday. Organisers have hired more than 100 security guards for his three-day visit after Kim was mobbed in Taiwan and mainland China.

Public relations firm The Bridge, which is organising the visit on behalf of Korean beauty brand Beyond and cosmetics chain Sasa, said it decided to beef up security for Kim and his 10-strong entourage after talks with airport bosses and the police.

"We have hired a total of 100 security guards throughout the three days," a spokesman said. "Judging from the craziness of fans during his past trips to the mainland and Taiwan, we expect a lot of passionate fans tailing him around during his stay."

Kim will meet 220 fans who won a Sasa competition at the Mira Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui on Wednesday. He will also meet the press, amid tight security. "We will have strict rules for the media too because many fans try to gatecrash by pretending to be reporters," the spokesman said.

Kim, also a popular singer, spent three months living in Hong Kong while making 2012 crime thriller The Thieves, in which he starred alongside local actor Simon Yam Tat-wah.

But it is science-fiction hit My Love from the Star that has sent Kim's popularity into the stratosphere across Asia. While the show has never been shown on television in Hong Kong, it has attracted a huge following thanks to internet streaming. This will be his first visit to the city since the show became a hit.

Kim stars as Do Min-joon, an alien with supernatural powers who came to earth 400 years ago and falls for an arrogant superstar actress played by Jun Ji-hyun.

The show's popularity on the mainland is massive; even Beijing's anti-graft chief Wang Qishan has declared himself a fan.

The Airport Authority said event organisers had been in touch. A spokesman said crowd-control measures would be in place. Police say they will keep an eye on the situation and take appropriate measures.

Kim is not the only big name visitor next week. Hollywood superstar Gwyneth Paltrow appears at the Landmark mall on Wednesday to promote her latest cookbook. The self-styled "lifestyle curator" hit the headlines after splitting from her husband of 10 years, British singer Chris Martin, in what she called a "conscious uncoupling".

Paltrow will sign books for competition winners and meet the press, but the media has been ordered to keep cameras away. A publicist said only images approved by the Oscar-winning actress's entourage would be released for publication.


For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive



This article is now closed to comments

How is this news...a star from a highly stupid show adored by middle aged single women who keeps dreaming about finding the "perfect" guy coming to Hong Kong should not be news.
Honestly, the very same women could find a partner much easier if they looked in the mirror once in a while and then try to make themselves more interesting instead of thinking so much about how they are too good for any guy.
I've seen about 20 young teenage girls run down the street screaming near the airport when another Korean star came to Hong Kong, reminded me of rager zombies from 28 days later.
do all these women think they have a chance to be with this one person
something wrong with them
do you see men lining up to see one cute girl?
Middle-aged (and younger) women chase stars and heartthrobs while middle-aged men (and younger) post comments on internet stories. To each the release to her-his life unfulfilled-aspirations/frustrations. says a grand-ma who does both.
Of course men did. Didn't they go ga-ga over Brigitte Bardot, or Marilyn Monroe?
Huh? What's this about middle aged single women? People (men and women) mob pop groups throughout the ages, eg Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, ABBA, Bee Gees, Lady Gaga, Anita Mui, Lesley Cheung, Lo Man etc. Why should the crowds in HK be any different on this occasion? And what about the very young girls who mob Justin Bieber?
Maybe some middle-aged women are single because so many guys are too immature for marriage and undesirable as life-partners? Guys, think about it.


SCMP.com Account