When the two stars of Illang: The Wolf Brigade walk the red carpet this week to promote the South Korean movie, the journalists are likely to be interested in only one story angle.

Are Gang Dong-won, 37, and Han Hyo-joo, 31, in love?

The occasion will be the first time that they make a joint appearance after rumours swirled that they had been dating.

In celebrity-crazy South Korea, a photograph had also popped up online in which the two appeared intimate with each other as the actor held a bag seemingly full of groceries, reported The Korea Herald. Was he going to prepare a candle-lit dinner for her, netizens wondered.

But the stars’ management agencies have tried to deflect attention from them, saying the duo are too busy with projects to devote much time to anything else.

Gang’s agency said he was preparing to shoot an American blockbuster movie called Tsunami LA, while Han’s agency said the A-list actress was set to meet movie industry folk in the United States.

But some netizens were also sceptical. With talk of the duo’s romance surfacing only two weeks before the release of their movie, they speculated that this might be a publicity stunt. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network