By Han Sang-hee
The popular Korean drama ``IRIS'' will start airing in Japan every Wednesday from April 21 and the Japanese broadcaster TBS has requested the boy band Big Bang to sing a special theme song in Japanese for the drama's airing. The five-member group has created a ballad with Japanese lyrics just for the occasion.
The drama used Big Bang's ``Hallelujah'' as the theme song last season for the Korean broadcast.
The new theme song is titled ``Tell Me Goodbye,'' and the ballad number will also be released as a single album on June 9.
To celebrate the airing of the drama in Japan, the cast will visit Osaka next month and Saitama in June to appear at two special events called ``Dramatic Live Stage IRIS.''
``IRIS'' made headlines even before airing due to its star-studded cast and captivating plot. Starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee, Jung Jun-ho, Kim Seung-woo and Kim So-yeon, the television series took local television drama to a whole new level, dealing with such sensitive issues as North and South Korea, secret agents, love and betrayal.
Meanwhile, plans for a spinoff of ``IRIS'' are currently underway.
The new series called ``ATHENA: Goddess of War'' casts top stars such as Su Ae, Jung Woo-sung and Cha Seung-won, and is scheduled for broadcast later this year.