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Yoona's First Chinese Drama

BY Julie Jones | Dec 29, 2014 11:46 AM EST


Yoona is set to star in her first Chinese drama. According to her agency, SM Entertainment, the Girls Generation member and actress will appear in a Chinese period drama titled "Wu Shen Zhao Zi Long" or "God of War Zhao Yun."

The drama is based on the Chinese novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," which is set during the Han Dynasty. The story will focus on the life and loves of real-life war historical hero Zhao Zi Long.

General Zhao Zi Long was known for his impressive military successes. "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" not only portrays him as an exceptional warrior with powerful combat skills, but also as a man with tremendous courage, keen intelligence, and a serene personality.

Yoona will play Xia Hou Jing, the female lead and his love interest. Xia is a beautiful and charming woman who falls for Zhao Zi Long but their love affair is complicated when she learns that he killed her father.

Lin Gengxin, one of China's most popular male stars, will play Zhao Zi Long. The actor is so popular in China that he appeared in four films this year, including "Just Another Margin," "My Old Classmate," "Black and White" and "The Taking of Tiger Mountain."

Although it will be her first Chinese drama, Yoona has appeared in several Korean dramas. She had a role in "Love Rain" with co-star Jang Geun Suk, in "You Are My Destiny" with co-star Park Jae Jung, and in "Prime Minister and I" with Lee Bum Soo. She won Best New Actress and Most Popular Actress awards at the Baeksang Arts Awards for her first leading role in "You Are My Destiny." She also won an Excellence Award at the KBS Drama Awards for her role in "Prime Minister and I." It has been two years since her last acting role in "Prime Minister and I."

The 24-year-old actress has been a member of Girls Generation since 2007 and performed with them several times this year. She hosted the 2014 KBS Music Festival on Dec. 26 and has a few more promotional commitments to fulfill before she leaves for China.

"After participating in year-end K-pop festivals in Korea, she will fly to China and will begin shooting for the drama series," said a Dec. 27 press release from SM Entertainment.

The drama is set to start filming in January and will air in August of 2015 on Hunan TV.

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