How many of us were still hungry for more Zhang Zhehan and Gong Jun after bingeing Word of Honor in one week? Apparently, too many.
On May 3rd, around 40,000 fans assembled at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Center for the “Born As Soulmates – ‘Word of Honor’ Theme Concert.” Over 600,000 people participated in the ticket lottery, but seats sold out completely within 40 seconds.
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Online tickets were also available, costing 68 RMB each (about $10 USD). The event featured 17 members of the Word of Honor team, including actors and singers from the show’s original soundtrack.
Prior to the concert, the official Word of Honor Weibo account conducted a poll where fans could vote to select their favorite moments from the drama, with winning scenes to be recreated at the concert. Between games and musical performances, fans were also able to relive the marriage of Gu Xiang and Cao Weining, two lovers whose wedding in the drama was interrupted. Although fans lovingly made fun of the actors for singing off key, the concert eventually brought audiences to tears as Gong Jun and Zhang Zhehan ended with emotional goodbyes.
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“In the first half I was just enjoying the ride, and for the second half I bawled my eyes out,” reads one of the top reviews on Douban. “This was the best night of my life, and thank you to Word of Honor for teaching me how to believe!”
“I never expected to witness these type of genuine emotions in our entertainment scene. Thank you to Word of Honor for deepening my understanding of love,” reads another highly-upvoted Douban review.
While the concert marked the official ending of the drama and its related promotional activities, fans are excited to support the actors’ future endeavors. As both Gong Jun and Zhang Zhehan rose to fame through their popularity as an iconic on-screen couple, audiences are eager to see what the actors will do next in their individual careers.
Cover Image: Word of Honor Poster from Youku
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