TAIPEI - Hundreds of fans greeted top Japanese pop idol Takuya Kimura yesterday as he arrived on his first trip to Taiwan.
Kimura, 42, is a member of the pop band SMAP and among Japan's best-known TV drama stars. He is in Taiwan for work on a promotional film by Taiwan's Tourism Bureau.
Directed by John Woo, the film takes a look at Taiwanese cuisine, culture and sustainable living, according to the United Evening News.
Kimura is scheduled to stay in Taiwan for four days and to film for three. His full itinerary has not been disclosed.
Kimura emerged in the Songshan Airport lobby at 8:38 p.m. yesterday in a hat and thick-framed glasses, appearing happy to greet fans that had flocked to meet him.
He told local media that the trip marks his first time in Taiwan, as well as his first time collaborating with Woo.