BY Julie Jones | Mar 20, 2015 12:55 PM EDT
J Chang Wook's popularity in China has grown so dramatically that a recent visit to Shanghai prompted concern for the safety of his fans.
The actor attempted to attend a March 19 Dolce and Gabbana fashion event in Shanghai. But he had to turn back because of the number of fans that turned up to see him. When he arrived at the event his fans suddenly rushed forward in an effort to get closer to him. The frightening rush prompted the security team to cancel his appearance.
Ji Chang Wook's agency, Glorious Entertainment, made a statement about the cancelled fashion event on their homepage.
"We are grateful for such support. We arrived in Shanghai to attend the event but there were too many fans gathered around so we couldn't continue on. Ji Chang Wook was not able to attend the Dolce and Gabbana event. It was mutually agreed with the host out of consideration for the safety of our fans."
The agency said that the actor would return to China as soon as it could be arranged.
"We will arrange to visit China again as soon as possible and we hope that you understand this was due to an unexpected event."
The actor also sent a message to his fans.
"I miss Shanghai," Ji said on Weibo. "Thank you, but for your safety...see you again.
The message was sent with a photo of the actor wearing a red suit and pouting in apology.
The fan turnout is not surprising. In February Top Star News named Ji Chang Wook as one of the most talked about Hallyu stars on China's social media. He was near the top of the list with such big names as Rain, Lee Jun Ki, So Ji Sub and Song Seung Hoon.
Ji Chang Wook's popularity in China has seen a boost in the last two years. The 27-year-old actor grew his Chinese fan base after his appearances in the k-dramas "Empress Ki" and "Healer." In the historical drama "Empress Ki" he played the Emperor Tae Hwan. The Korea Times called the role of the immature emperor Ji's "breakthrough role.
"In "Healer" he played a mysterious messenger named "Healer" and raised the ratings by demonstrating considerable romantic chemistry with his co-star Park Min Young. He won a Best Actor award and a Best Couple award, together with Park, at the KBS Drama Awards.
The actor can next be seen in the film "Modified City."
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