Bela Padilla turns her K-drama fantasy into reality in ‘Ultimate Oppa’ trailer


(From left) Bela Padilla, Jasper Taekwan Cho. Image: Screengrab from YouTube/Prime Video Philippines

Bela Padilla is caught in a love triangle between Jasper Tae-kwan Cho and Kim Gun-woo in the trailer of the film, “Ultimate Oppa.”

The official trailer, released on Prime Video Philippines’ YouTube channel on Saturday, Dec. 17, gave a glimpse into the romantic predicament of Yana (Bela Padilla) as she meets her favorite K-drama actor, Moon Shi-woo (Jasper Tae-kwan Cho), as well as his manager Jae (Kim Gun-woo).

Yana, who’s a huge fan of Shi-woo, gets the chance to meet the K-drama heartthrob in an all-expense paid trip to South Korea. Unbeknownst to her, Shi-woo and Jae saw a glimpse of her profile as a fanfic writer and was described by the actor as a “pretty face.”

Yana’s first encounter with Shi-woo didn’t go well as planned since she accidentally tripped in front of the actor, and her passport almost got lost if it wasn’t for Jae’s help. She soon finds herself in a romantic rivalry between the two men, as Jae reprimands the actor to not “fool around with an innocent girl.”

“I am telling you. I am really serious this time,” Shi-woo said, in response to Jae.

Reports of Padilla starring in the project first emerged in January 2019, when film producer Dondon Monteverde uploaded a photo of the actress with Erik Matti and representatives from Korean production company Group Eight. Filming took place in 2020 in the Philippines and South Korea, as seen in behind-the-scenes photos uploaded on Viva Artists Agency’s official Instagram account.

The film, directed by Hwang In-roi of “Princess Hours” fame, is a collaborative project between Philippine production companies Reality Entertainment and Viva Entertainment, as well as Group Eight. It is currently available on the streaming service Amazon Prime Video.

Jasper Tae-kwan Cho, who made his acting debut in 2016, has starred in the popular K-dramas “Descendants of the Sun” as Daniel Spencer and “Start-Up” as Alex Kwon.

Meanwhile, Gun-woo is known for his roles as martial artist Kim Tak-soo in “Fight For My Way” and Park Do-ha in “Record of Youth.” EDV


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