Filming for Athena: Goddess of War has been steadily ongoing for the last few months, perhaps taking brief breaks in between country-hopping so that its stars can come back to Korea and promote their movies. And in the case of the ailing Cha Seung Won, seek medical attention.
The cast has now moved from Japan to their next location shoot, Hawaii. Cha Seung Won left Korea a few days ago to join Su Ae, who is already in Hawaii. An entertainment news channel documented their location shoot in Japan, which shows tons of teaser material for the drama.
BTS on Athena location shoot in Japan:
Jung Woo Sung revealed that his, ahem, bed scene with Su Ae in Japan (oh god, imma going to cut a bitch, but then I realize its my sweetie Su Ae, and I put those knives down again) took 8(!!!) hours to film. He was very gentlemanly and did not reveal any details, other than they definitely had chemistry. When asked, Su Ae demurred and said that the scene worked because she was working with such a handsome co-star. Understatement of the century.
The BTS shows a scene where Jung Woo Sung is leaning in to kiss Su Ae, and she turns away (clearly this couple is having some issues), and all I can think is “Jung Woo Sung is trying to kiss you and you turn AWAY!!!! What are you, daft in the brain, woman!”
The BTS footage also includes filming of scenes with Lee Ji Ah, Choi Si Won, and Kim Min Jong. Athena remains my most anticipated drama of the year, and none of the teasers, stills, and BTS footage I have seen make me doubt that this drama will be good. Whether it will be great remains to be seen.