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U-Kiss' Dong-Ho Stars in the New Koreanovela 'Holyland'
Dec 5th 2012, 04:13

U-Kiss' Dong-Ho fights for his 'holyland' in new Korean series that will air on Kix channel every Wednesday night beginning tonight, December 5, 2012.

Kang-Yoo is the stereotypical bully magnet—a shy kid with an unremarkable physique, he looks to be too easy a target for street thugs. But that is until he beats them down into a bloody heap.

Based on Mori Kouji's popular manga of the same name, Holyland is a Korean drama series that tells the story of Kang-Yoo, an ordinary teen who can't get along with anyone at home or school. But behind his weak façade is a budding fighter who beats up tough guys using skills he learned from an old boxing manual.

With his newfound notoriety, Kang-Yoo, the "hunter of thugs", founds himself in a constant battle to keep his place, his "holyland". Holyland stars Korean singer, actor and youngest U-Kiss member Dong-Ho who describes his character as "kind of shy and dark".

In an interview, Dong-Ho said he read the manga to study the character, in addition to preparing physically for the role. "I had to learn mixed martial arts and boxing which was difficult and left me bruised," he said. "It was physically exhausting."

The show also stars Dong-Ho's fellow U-Kiss idol, Hoon, who plays the role of Tae-Sik. "He does Taekwondo, so in real life, I'd never be able to beat him," said Dong-Ho. "Doing this with Hoon, reading the scripts together and everything was fun."

Adding to the show's impressive cast are other popular Korean stars, including Seong Woong who plays Sang-Ho, Kang-Yoo's mentor, and Joo Do Young as Sang Mi, Kang-Yoo's love interest.

Holyland's four action-packed episodes will show exclusively on KIX, Asia's home of combat, every Wednesday, starting on December 5, on Skycable (Channel 63), Cablelink (Channel 220) and Destiny (Channel 10).

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