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Kim Woo-bin joins ‘Humanimal’

Dec 19,2019
Actor Kim Woo-bin, who has been battling nasopharyngeal cancer, will be a narrator for the MBC documentary series “Humanimal,” which is set to premiere on Jan. 6.

According Kim’s agency SidusHQ on Wednesday, Kim will be narrating the five-part documentary series about how humans and animals coexist in some 10 countries around the world, including Zimbabwe and South Africa. The first part of the documentary will premiere on MBC on Jan. 6 at 8:55 p.m. The second part will air on Jan. 9 at 10 p.m.

Kim was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in May 2017. The actor has since taken time off his career and focused on his treatment. The cancer is rare - less than one person out of every 100,000 people in North America and Europe has the diagnosis, although it is more common in southern China and Southeast Asia, according to the Union for International Cancer Control.

The cancer affects the part of the throat called the nasopharynx, which is an area above the roof of the mouth and begins at the end of the nostrils, into the throat. The cancer can be cured if found in early stages. Actor Koo Bon-im died while battling the cancer in April this year.

Kim was said to be recovering from the cancer, and during a fan meeting event in November, he said that he will be back to acting soon, “as if nothing has happened.”

The MBC documentary series involves a number of stars, including actors Ryu Seung-ryong, Yoo Hae-jin and Park Shin-hye, who will be its presenters and actually travel to the countries to tell the stories of how people and animals live together.

By Esther Chung