This year’s Hallyu surge may have come to a screeching halt thanks to political posturing over South Korea installing the US-built THAAD deployment so close to Chinese range. Of course politics can intrude on entertainment, it always had and always will, and in this case one wonders how long it’ll last and which actors/actresses/dramas/films will get affected in the interim. It must be a relief for the biggest Hallyu break out star this year Song Joong Ki, to have his Descendants of the Sun already done airing and basically on the downward cycle of it’s airing lifespan. He gamely did all the Chinese-related promotions for the drama but hasn’t capitalized on opportunities there beyond appearing in a few varieties and doing pictorials and CFs. One of the last magazine spreads to come out was June’s Bazaar Hong Kong feature that captures old gritty Hong Kong street scenes and the interior of a swanky Hong Kong hotel, the two sides of a bustling cosmopolitan city. I love how the visual dichotomy of this series.