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[Pexers Write-Ups] Entertainment Celebrities in Times of Disasters

Author:  AprilStarr/Pexers Write-Ups on FB

Celebrities in the field of entertainment are in a quandary whenever the nation is in mourning whether caused by natural disasters, manmade or a mix of both.

For how do you focus on the good and happy life when all around you are in depression and sorrow?

The whole attention of the country is focused now on the sinking of the ferry boat Sewol tragedy (by now 150 dead bodies were recovered) that merry making, celebration or nonbasic activities grind to a halt. Suspending them at present is being sensitive to what has happened, still is happening and its aftermath.

The nationwide effects in South Korea have been vast…Korea Herald reported spending had gone low attested by 8% less use of credit cards compared to previous months, business conferences postponed, hotel room cancellation, celebrity jobs are also suspended as shows and programs are stopped, though schools have resumed operating. For how long are these activities suspended? Two weeks is being said as to how long it will last. As of 04/22/2014 weekend dramas have started airing but not yet the variety shows and music showcases.

South Korea is the midst of its collective mourning of the many lost lives at the prime of their youth and still yet to blossom and all the other lives. It is of deep concern those still missing and those left behind due to the sinking of the ferry Sewol.

In this tragedy, the important factors behind the tragedy are on the newspaper and TV headlines -what caused the accident, how safe are the sea transportation, how are the expertise of those who man them are monitored, how fast and effective are the means to respond to emergencies, how are the healing of those traumatized by the event made and how to rectify the wrong doings. Already the ‘who is to be blamed’ are hotly pursued as are the mountains of protests from affected families out of their frustrations and disappointments.

It is commendable how entertainment celebrities have stayed in the background though there were those who donated money to help in the recovery efforts. But many more can help in the healing by having low key songs and shows, when the time is right, to soothe the hurting heart and soul while donating its proceeds to help people restore their lives to normalcy.

In times of despair and misery, each one can have his/her own contribution.

The Sewol tragedy is a nightmare to all of us.  I grieve for the parents who had to bear the pain of losing their children.  …. I can only pray for  those poor souls to find peace in the hands of the Almighty.  And for their bereaved families and loved ones, that they may be comforted  and be able to recover from this horror that they have to deal with.  

[Wallpaper] KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) LOTTE DFS May 2014 Calendar


KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) for LOTTE DFS Store Ads

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HJ & BYJ went to Jeju island on 19th…according to JP magazine

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Found these photos of Kim Hyun Joong with divers last year

Diver said that HJL really is a headturner, he’s so mesmerized that he forgot to have an autograph from him.




[Media Photos] Undeniably Handsome KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중)


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[Scans] KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) in Ten Asian 10 + Star 5 issue (published 2014-04-25)

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Kim Hyun Joong On Love, Dating And Marriage, “I Don’t Think I Will Get Married”


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Because of his passion and dedication for acting, Kim Hyun Joong thinks that he might not get married at all.

During his interview with news portal Newsen, he was asked to share his thoughts on marriage, to which he answered, “I don’t think I can get married.”

He continued, “By the time I finish my army duties, I will be 35 years old. I used to think that it’s a must to get married, but over time, I changed my mind. I don’t think I can commit to the responsibilities of having a family because I love working too much. I think I would consider marriage only when I stop being an actor.”

On dating, he admitted, “I would be lying if I said I didn’t date. In fact, I was secretly dating last year, but I’m currently single.”

“At my age, I only want to date freely. I don’t want to hold someone back with an immature love. Instead of planning over-the-top events and surprises, I want to just have meals with her and hold hands while walking. Ordinary relationships are better,” he added.

He also said, “I will never go public with a relationship unless I plan on getting married to the woman. She will lose so much if we admit our relationship but then break up. This is a way of showing my respect to the other person.”

Kim Hyun Joong is currently preparing to meet fans through a world tour and a new studio album.

[Eng Translation] Excerpts from KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) Interview in STARAZ Magazine – 201405 Issue

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Kim Hyun Joong: “a singer’s blood and an actor’s blood, all are flowing in me.” @ STARAZ magazine May issue (cr:DSCS) 

Kim Hyun Joong: “My ‘Inspiring Era’? It has already started ever since I was born.” @ STARAZ mag May issue (cr:DSCS)

KHJ: “If I don’t get acknowledgement as an actor in here as well, then I don’t have what it takes (to be an actor).”

[Q: Do you yourself feel your acting has improved a lot?]

HJ: Hmm, I’ve done my best (laugh). During the filming I completely lived as Shin Jung Tae. Every time we shoot I used about 100% of all my power. After pouring everything like that, I don’t have any regret left.

I used to believe that if (my acting) could not get acknowledged here as well, then I really don’t have what it takes / not qualified (to be an actor). But because I received many compliments I’m very thankful, and in the other hand I also become apprehensive.

[Q: Among the dramas you've done all this time, your acting got positive reviews the most in this drama.]

HJ: As time passes, of course I will get better (laugh). What’s important is that I’m not satisfied right here, I want to show another appearance that can outdo Shin Jung Tae; I will show something that will surpass Shin Jung Tae. Acting is an art, and there is no limit to art.[Q: What do you think your identity is, a singer or an actor?]

HJ: There is a singer’s blood, and there’s also an actor’s blood in me. I’m not exceptional in any one of those two (laugh), but it’s true that I have both of them.

But I think what’s important is that there should be a space between singing activities and acting activities. For me also, singers or actors when they want to show a new appearance, there needs to be some time for the public to accept the new image.

When I think about why actors who were originally singers couldn’t get acknowledged by the public, I concluded that it’s because a singer’s image is really strong. If the public already grow tired of a singer’s image when he/she’s dressing up fancily and dancing while singing, the public will no longer be curious about that person.

When they stand on stage they shine over anyone else but to do as much when acting, I think there should be some time to get immersed in the role.

[Q: Right now many junior idols are challenging acting. As a sunbae who walked this path before them is there anything you want to say to them?]

HJ: I was also the same, those friends are going to start acting because they’re told by the agency as well. Even if they don’t know acting, they start it with curiosity and pressure. But even though they start it against their own will, I want to say to them that they shouldn’t lose their seriousness.

It’s not just for a simple curiosity, but they also need to have the right attitude of mind. Just like how much they shed their sweats during trainee days wanting to become a singer, when challenging acting they should also come with that spirit. I hope they can engage into acting by having a passion which is the same as how much they wanted to be a singer.

[Q: Next year you’ll already turn 30. How do you imagine a KHJ in his 30s?]

HJ: Next year seems like I’ll go to the army. When I return, as an actor I want to challenge new acting that I can’t do during those time, and also as a singer I want to do ‘my own music’. I want to do band activities.
When I’m in my 30s my main job would be an actor, but my secondary job would be a singer. At that time I’m not going to do a popular music, but I want to try the music that I really want to do.

[Q: When does Kim Hyun Joong’s “Inspiring Era” take place?]

HJ: I think ever since I was born, my “Inspiring Era” has started. I don’t regret the things that have passed, I’m going to live each and every day happily. A person is born for him to try to be happy. Therefore I tend to give a generous score for myself. My ‘Inspiring Era’ from when I was born will continue until the day I die.

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[Official Photos] KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) Japan Mobile Update


[Info] Kim Hyun Joong Birthday Party & Concert in Seoul ! June 28, 2014

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Kim Hyun Joong Birthday Party & Concert in Seoul ! June 28, 2014

Hyun Joong 28 June event line-up:
Afternoon session: (subject to Jap fans) Lotte DFS commemorative event (Talkshow, Hi-5, KHJ birthday original goods gift, Lotte DFS/Lotte World 5000yen shopping vouchers);
Evening session: (subject to Jap/Kor/Overseas fans) KHJ birthday party, KHJ solo concert.

Event line-up is similar to last year’s party.

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[guide] Kim Hyun Joong Lotte Duty Free Shop models commemorative events & birthday party concert tour IN SEOUL start accepting

[Scans] KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) in STARAZ – 201405 Issue

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[Pexers Write-Ups] Does Age Matter? Kim Hyun Joong’s Onscreen Romances


Author:  AprilStarr/ Pexers Write-Ups on FB

There is, according to some observers, nowadays pairing of older women and younger men, the so-called May -December coupling in Korean Dramas. It is not a new theme but perhaps given a new twist here and there. Or does it reflect a demographic reality?

Is that kind of pairing acceptable to social norms? But who ever made the rule that men ought to be older than women? Population statistics show (law of average) women outlive their mates by at least 2 years or more. Perhaps the issue of having many more widows than widowers can be addressed when women have younger partners,and of course other factors that addresses different peaks of sexuality.

Kdramaland tend to feature the social conditions of past hundred years where many young women were sold as chattel, slaves and by parental arrangement of their marriages to older males. Many women died of childbirth, while men died in battles and forced labor, a reflection of their ages. In today’s high technology and milestones in medicine, age is no longer the main factor of causing mortality or even morbidity. Age is now just a number.

The blurring of the age gap between the actors in shows and dramas nowadays is intentional, romanticized for our viewing pleasure. It mirrors realities hushed hushed before. We are now more open to all possibilities removing gaps not only in age differences, but also gender, class among others.

Instead, we view these pairing through the lens of having chemistry in these screen romances.

Chemistry between actors is that elusive connection, undefined rapport between them not necessarily only between the opposite sex. It is their onscreen radiance towards each other, the degree of naturalness or comfortability and the investment the actors felt towards their characters. This is evident in the attachment to their role when they become their characters as they face the cameras.

Likewise, we the audience, feel that excitement when we see them together. We think their relationship is believable and real to the point of shipping them(some fans think the relationship spilled out of the screen frame. Sometimes they did, most of the time denied). Our hearts hurt when they can’t be together or not end with each other when the drama goes to its final episode.

Kim Hyun Joong has had his share of onscreen romances with older and younger than him partners.

In We Got Married (2008) Hyun Joong played the playful kid groom to Hwang Bo, born August,1980.

Han Chae Young born September 1980 in Boys Over Flowers was Jihoo’s first love.

Gu Hye Sun born November, 1984 in the 2009 Boys Over Flowers was the love interest of the depressed Jihoo Sunbae.

In Playful Kiss(2010) Hyun Joong’s Baek Seong Jo was the arrogant and distant student, later doctor-husband to Jung So Min born March 1989.

Lim Soo Yang born April, 1990 was Shin Jung Tae’s first love and Jin Se Yeon born February,1994 was his one true love who he was engaged to in the most recently ended Inspiring Generation (2014).

Did you notice his partner is getting younger in his recent show/ drama? As Lim Soo Yang, Gaya to you who is herself in her mid-20′s, joked that KHJ who is in his late 20′s (born June 1986) must have enjoyed kissing a kid referring to Jin Se Yeon. Hyun Joong joked back that LSY looked older than her age. Ouch!

The age difference among the actors was the whole point in WGM -and according to reports was what made the episodes where Hwang Bo and Hyun Joong were in highly rated. It was a novelty, an experiment if that concept will click for that show. And it did. Likewise, BOF’s brief love line between Hyun Joong’s(then more popularly known as Leader of the SS501) Jihoo and his older first love played by Han Chae Young’s character Min Seo Hyun received good reviews. Ms Han is a popular actress known as Korea’s Barbie Doll.

Gu Hye Sun was older by two years but played in BOF Hobae to Jihoo who graduated from Shinhwa High earlier than she did. In PK Seong Jo was about same age as Oh Hani though HJ was actually three years older. In IG, the two actresses who played Jung Tae’s love interests were younger in actual age than HJ though they were supposed to be contemporary childhood friends. No problem.

As for the sparks or the chemistry reactions between the actors on what the small screen registered whether older or younger than Hyun Joong,you tell me.

Which among these actresses had the best onscreen chemistry with him?

What do you think?

[Translation] KHJ revealed that he usually go to concerts alone to ‘get out’ of his drama character



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“Recently I went to Nell’s concert alone. I came to divert my mind / feelings (after the drama ended) but instead I felt down even more because it was a very emotional concert.

I usually attend concerts frequently. I also really like it when I watched Im Jae Bum’s concert by myself. Especially in such case like Nell’s concert, it seems better to watch it alone. I couldn’t share my emotions with the people I know. I’d also be embarassed to show myself being soaked in my emotions.”

KHJ also said he came to the concerts alone even without being accompanied by his manager.
“Wouldn’t I be recognized by the people around? It’s alright. The concerts that I went to are concerts where people gathered to hear music, so they focused on that.”

[Q: What's the specific difference between being an actor & a singer to you?]

HJ: “A singer will get feedbacks (on his performance) immediately on the stage. For that short time, I worked hard for a long time repeating the same movements. But an actor will belatedly receive feedbacks for his own acting. I think that’s the difference, and both of them have different sensations of joy.
A singer can do self-evaluation at that instant, but an actor has to wait for a bit more time until the feedbacks came back to do self-evaluation. During that waiting time I feel worried and I feel my heart racing.”

KHJ also explained the plans for his activities as a musician.

“I plan to go for a a world tour starting with Korea in June. It’s not confirmed yet but it seems like I’ll visit quite a lot of places. A new album also could come out before that, I think it’ll be by the World Cup. With not much time left, I’ll give my all for the album.

I want to enjoy the upcoming World Cup with chicken and beer. Actually I’m a really big fan of soccer. So this for album also, I’m considering to have it match the World Cup a bit. I want to do a music that makes people able to gather, have fun & feel good as they listen to it, even after it leaves the album chart rankings.”


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01042014 KHJ rehearsing showdown with Choi Il Hwa:  via

[Photos] KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) “Inspiring Generation” Filming adventure with jo ‏@neongreenribbon

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22dec13. my shot of IG cast. the first new name i learned. Jung Ho Bin. in person, he has an air of dignity.

in person, she is quite petite and delicate looking. but this sunday, she proved she has stamina. a whole day here.

Mon 23dec13. 10am in the morning. and who’s sauntering back and forth? :D

a scene not used

recognise the children. i salute them. they had been there since early that morning.

at that time, it seemed like hers was a small role. in person, she has a more serious air in contrast to her char.

i like capturing moments like this. discussions before the execution of a scene.

a scene like this is a well of humour. the cameramen, the side char with his hp, the words on the window.

at that time, we didn’t know SDS, the char, would be a baddie. i had thought, SDS would be a mentor to JT.

in between takes, or scenes.

a take of a scene about to begin, and then comes a lorry/pickup truck from behind. quite hilarious and exasperating.

i have this instinctive habit. when i see a lens pointed towards me, i return the favour.

and who’s checking out the pics? :D

15feb14. 8am or so. Hwaseong. the air here is really clean and fresh. tho i read later on abt serial murders here…

thankful for the bright sunlight cos the early morning air was really cold.

amused by the director’s jacket was reflecting light like crazy. HJ’s face would be all reddish pink.

rehearsing a scene not used. (my guess)

this is one of my favourite pics. hj relaxed and interacting with the rest of the cast.

i tried taking pics of hj with his assistant, manager and codi noona all four. there’s a camaraderie that comes thru.

it was no small feat, to fit four grown men and an empty coffin into the back of a small pick-up truck.

coming back from a scene. itz not clear, but JJH is in the passenger seat

with this shot, i would say the olympus pen3 i-auto functions rather well. despite shadow plus the pick-up was moving

after five hours, time to move to next location

30mar14 10am Waujongsa (quite close to the Yongin set). it’s a beautiful place.

tried to take a pic of the interior but too dark.

but it’s the surroundings that are really interesting to photograph

my sis once said it would be nice to have a dinner bell like that. :D

30mar14 after 2pm Gajaewol-ri, where the Yongin set is. straw-covered fields

a horse stable just opposite the entrance to the set.

itz really the art of the camera to bring out the best of a set.

kim sung oh and his strides. he has a very purposeful walk. and with his hat, he is dandy.

lso has an infectious laugh

it is often said hj has a small face. i don’t actually realise it until i see his broad shoulders from the back.

hj is so focussed on the script that he doesn’t see the child waving at him for at least 15seconds

finally he sees her. and is actually taken aback.

31mar14. it is our great fortune to see early spring come alive at Yeouido. 3yr ago, on 9apr it was still budding.

one travelling companion. :D

with this protective gear against the cold wind. u wld never know if your fav guy had just zipped past :D

im not keen to go yeosu cos there’s no set open to public. but the afternn turns out interesting enough.

here comes a series of unexpected shots. where the subject just zooms into sight. i like this shot of YHM

i have to black and white this one cos the i-auto function got shocked, and the colour got all saturated:D

it was almost as if he stood there and pose. i-auto function recovered from shock and took this pic decently

i love this of kim sung oh. see the drink he’s bending to retrieve? can tell the significance?

yeah. the snack and drinks truck

this is the best i got of LSH that day. i am so sorry to her fans cos i really wanted to take a nice pic of her.

side cast getting briefed. i really really wanted to see action scenes involving the side cast. but no luck…

another per i really want to shoot nicely without costume. but haiz, the i-auto decides to do a bokeh. what the heck.

unexpectedly, i see yamamoto (the char)

YHM. have u seen him in ep2 of Witch Love? this pic is such a contradiction. :D

korean pine is beautiful as backdrop

sunset. it’s a pity only the eye can see the sunset and the colours of the korean pine. I’m about to fold but wait.

the back of a cat, the back of a human being, i love to photograph these.

i cannot understand the hair. it keeps covering the eyes

with sunset, it is getting cold, see what this chap does?

last one of KSO. even while slouching and picking his nails, he looks dandy. must be the hat

and let’s not forget his onscreen love.

and what is yeosu like? farmland, much like Gajaewol-ri, except here i spot plastic covers.

the beauty of this place is that when you look up, there’s a mountain not too far away. rather soothing to the sou

[Scans] Kim Hyun Joong – Daily Sports 10-13





Amazon♥都市征伐ペクミル: CITY CONQUEST

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[News] Kim Hyun-joong, “Public relationships is something I’ll never do” – 2014.04.16

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Kim Hyun-joong expressed his thoughts about relationships and marriage.

The age of thirty doesn’t seem that far to Kim Hyun-joong now, as he was born in 1986 and he’s soon turning thirty himself.

We asked him about getting married. He said, “I don’t think I can do it. Coming back from the military, I’ll be thirty-five by then. I thought about getting married when I was younger but now I don’t think I can do it. I don’t think I’ll be loyal to my family because I love my job too much. I’ll get married only if I feel a dilemma between singing, dancing and acting”.

What about relationships then? He said, “I can’t lie that I won’t meet people. I did have a secret relationship a year ago but now I don’t. “

He explained the difference between the early and late twenties. He said, “I thought a relationship happened when two people decided they were together. But now it’s not like that. There’s a spark when the right person comes”.

“I even thought about it when I was filming a drama. In the dramas, relationships are legal. I liked that. I liked the fact that two people in love were over once the drama was over. It was like living in a different world so that’s why I was so much more attracted to the drama this time”.

Kim Hyun-joong starred in the KBS 2TV drama “Inspiring Generation” and was loved greatly by Lim Soo-hyang (Gaya) and Jin Se-yeon (Kim Ok-ryeon). He said, “I had a woman who loved me and one who had a crush on me. I used to be the kind of person who loves the one that loves me first but now I think differently. I think the other one who loves me might feel greater love. It’s now less suffering”.

“I want to be comfortable about having a relationship. I don’t want something too passionate or clingy. I would like something ordinary. I prefer eating and walking hand-in-hand rather than surprising her with flowers. I realize being ordinary is the best”.

We asked if he would open his relationship to the public. He said, “I would never. It’s only the girl that suffers if we break up. There’s no need to give her the ‘who’s ex-girlfriend’ when she gets married. I won’t open up unless I’m getting married. I am doing this for the girl”.

Meanwhile, Kim Hyun-joong is taking a break since the ending of “Inspiring Generation”. He’s also planning a world tour concert starting from Korea.

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(HD) Kim Hyun Joong OST song 투신의 탄생 (Inspiring Generation) Fan made 1

[English Trans] Excerpts from Sportsworld Interview on 13 April 2014

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Wuri Renata has translated several parts of the interview in Sportsworldi on 13 April 2014
Following is a different portion which was translated into Chinese at weibo

Original Source: Sportsworldi
Translation from Korean to Chinese: 爱贤21度C
Translation from Chinese to English: June from LovingKimHyunJoong

Maybe I’m greedy… if we were to talk about what I’d like to do before going into the army, doesn’t matter if it’s a movie, or a drama, I’d just like to film another work. I’d though that by the end of shooting for this drama, my energy would have run out. But then, there are still many things which I’d not yet done. I feel the emergence of a lot of power every day. A world tour will be held after the release of album this June, which I think should be the final stage for Kim Hyun Joong as dance singer. After that I’d like to find music that I can do. I think it is time to do my own music, my own composition and lyrics.


Reposting The Alien Prince’s Translated parts of the same interview ……

Source:  sportswor

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  • HJ: When I hear people say, “you’re doing a good job,” it makes me want to work even harder.
  • HJ: Through IG, my attitude toward acting has changed. I fell deeper into the charm of acting. The drama made me think, ‘ah, acting is fun
  • HJ: Despite circumstances, d actors didnt waver at all & instead encouraged each other. If not for them I think d drama wont be able to air
  • HJ: There’re many times where I felt ‘I really made a good decision by choosing ‘Inspiring Generation’. I literally feel ‘inspired/touched’.


[Scans] KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) in SG i-weekly No.859 – 17 April 2014 Issue

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[Tweet Updates] KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) Newsbits Collection – 2014.04.16


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  • Haha. Check out what cap Cho Donghyuk aka Shinichi is wearing? XD



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  • Song Jae Rim: “On the set KHJ works hard and he’s always smiling. He has a good energy and he’s a friend who gives good spirit/energy.”
  • Kim Hyun Joong, “Every day thinking of Shin Jung Tae.. before I knew it I became possessed.”
    ‘Inspiring Generation’ Song Jae Rim: “Kim Hyun Joong is a modest friend who knows to humble himself.”

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  • Updates on HJ China FM – Dear Fans, promised date of Monday (to release FM notice) had slight delay. It has been a hard time for all. As Kim Hyun Joong will receive the army notice on Wednesday, all information on overseas schedules are restricted by the Ministry of National Defense (not sure the exact name used in Korea), sorry to keep everyone waiting.@感激时代剧组: 亲爱的粉丝们,说好的周一见有点推迟了。各位亲们辛苦了。由于贤重周三才能收到兵单,在此之前海外活动的消息,受到了国防部的限制各位粉丝久等啦。
  • 2014 [Inspiring Generation] Kim Hyun Joong Fanmeeting 6/14 Shanghai and 7/5 Beijing. Please look forward to it.@感激时代剧组: 2014《感激时代》剧组金贤重粉丝见面会 6月14日 上海 7月5日 北京 敬请各位多多期待。 @梁宸恺 @北京天美恒原文化传媒有限公司@keyeast_china
  • Inspiring Generation background and header update by TMHY Culture Media Company bringing the events to China


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 キム・ヒョンジュン「都市征伐」メイキングDVD 7月リリース!フォトブック付き!  김현중 「도시정벌」 메이킹 DVD 7월 출시! 포토북 첨부!

  (Kim Hyun-Joong “The Making of CITY CONQUEST”  DVD + Photobook -  July release! )



[Pexers Write-Ups] Yes, Hyun Joong There’s Life After Inspiring Generation

Author:  AprilStarr/Pexers Write-Ups on FB

Supercharged and still on high just after the last curtain fell on the Inspiring Generation shooting set, Hyun Joong was besieged by interviewers. But of course, who wouldn’t want to hear from the newly born action star aka Hyun Joong, the rediscovered actor?

Just like his character Shin Jung Tae who tirelessly go from battle to battle like the battery commercial, Hyun Joong went about disclosing in indefatigable manner how he managed getting inside the skin and shoes of his character.Was he possessed by Jung Tae or did he take over Jung Tae?

Jung Tae was the writer and director’s creation but it was Hyun Joong who interpreted him and who breathe life into him. Jung Tae’s world became his -his woes and misfortunes, adventures and scoring successes, finding friends and love in a strange place, able to start all over again even in a depressing time full of hopes.

For Hyun Joong, Jung Tae was more than a mask to temporarily wear, for he saw again through him ‘winning is not about fighting skills but more by determination” and what it means. Oh so true to life, in particular his own life in showbiz.

In as much as he told us, being in Inspiring Generation is acquiring more than what book can provide or even degree on acting one can get from school. It was one huge learning experience with its physical, emotional and mental involvement of one to the point of exhaustion. Working with the pros and in the winter weather on to the early days of Spring IG perhaps has left Hyun Joong different memories than the others in the cast.

Now he knows what unbridled emotions and physical strength can make him do and say. The immersion in the drama as per his experience is totalling absorbing, it is hard to disengage. There oughta be a law on debriefing actors after their show is over and done.

Like being in a time machine in this drama as he himself said it, he happen to know how to flip the switch back to the future as Kim Hyun Joong, the singer. His trip to Jeju to rest, go scuba-diving,play golf was the intermission number.

After Inspiring Generation he promised himself not to do action drama/movie for his next work. Maybe try something else, like being a psychopath, a villain, a lighter and happy role. Varied roles are for the better rather than be typecasted into one.

In his re-entry into the stage as a singer dancer after a seriously challenging drama, he must have given the former a different appreciation. AS he has stated, dancing choreography is more difficult than fight choreography. The stage is more exacting and demanding, no retakes and NG’s, can be made unlike a drama that can be ” scrubbed clean” in the back room before its public release (inserting or removing background sound,correcting lighting, dubbing and voice over,etc.)

Could it be that what made him think of a shift in career path? To leave and quit his decade long dance music by 2015.

Or did IG give him a mirror to see himself anew and made him realistic? Or he is also pragmatic in that as he age he sees the limitation of being in a Kpop world.

As is known, idol careers have a short life span. There are competitions and it gets fiercer by the day. It is good idols try acting and other related fields like emceeing TV shows, being DJ in radios shows, songwriting, album production, stage management among others. Through these side work idols can have a taste of what else they can do and what skills they need to develop.

Hyun Joong also knows what he wants to do and is determined to make them happen.

He has bid goodbye to Shin Jung Tae and his world of the 1930′s.

Yes, Hyun Joong there’s life after Inspiring Generation -a wide, wide world awaits you.

[English Translation] KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) “IG” Lotte Fanmeet in Seoul – 2014.04.12

BIG BIG THANKS to LALA for translating …………


Fancam Credit:  amiko0071

Translation  C redit: 

It’s been awhile to meet you with a clean look. I am filled with emotions. (audience laughing)

I didn’t eve know how to leave Jung Tae after finishing the drama. By the way I came back to Seoul yesterday from a trip, and I feel like I have pretty much turned back to Kim Hyun Joong.

As soon as I came back to Seoul, I have recorded (songs) for Japanese new album.
I am preparing to turn back to a singer Kim Hyun Joong.
(after saying this, HJ asked to the interpreter if he had talked about his plan for releasing the Japanese album before and said, sometimes he talked too much about this and that and that might have confused people working with him. lol)
I am working very hard on this album to show different aspects of Kim Hyun Joong, you may look forward to it.

I started (shooting) the drama from a cold winter and have finished in spring.
It ended with a feeling of spring-like warmth so I am happy but also have mixed feelings (feel relieved and missing at the same time).

Many people are pulling for me that I have improved as an actor, and I’d like to act and show more improvement soon again.
Actually, I am reading one or two scripts so I think I can show another side of me (as an actor) again, after the album promotion.
There’s no fixed plan yet, but I have finished a period drama, so I am just thinking about a present-day drama in the next year.

I wanted to have a break to be healed because I felt physically and mentally tired after the drama.
So I planned to hold press conferences for two days in a row right after finished the drama and left for Jeju Island on the next day.
I took a plenty of rest in Jeju going scuba-diving and playing golf and that gave me energy, much enthusiasm for my work.

I can’t say one best scene (among the drama) but the most memorable line is “Fighting is not only about a skill (strength), the one who more determined wins.”
I think we will realize sometime in our life that when we are determined and eager, we can archive something rather than when we are strong.

It’s going to be difficult to cry if I think “I have to act at this crying scene.” The world in the drama was not real, created by the script, but I believed in the world existing and I thought I was the one really living in the world. Even if Kim Hyun Joong didn’t love with (in reality), I had to keep being in harmony other actors in order to have emotions toward them, such as hatred or love so that I could naturally identify with the character and have emotions. When understanding the role as a round character rather than a flat one, I could deliver the character’s thoughts and feelings even if they were not written in the script.

Kim Hyun Joong and Shin Jung Tae were two different persons having different personalities, but I tried to understand Shin Jung Tae. For example, I have my family and father with me but Shin Jung Tae misunderstood his father and even lost his father. I had been seeing and thinking through Shin Jung Tae’s eyes and kept stacking up the feelings, then at some point, I could explode them. I enjoyed the experiences when I felt the character’s feelings stacked up for real and delivered them to the audience.

At the scene that Ok Ryeon passed away, I was outraged for real. (The interpreter said HJ’s eyes looked different at the scene.) I don’t usually fight or speak a bad word in real life but at the scene I found myself ad-libbing swear words. So I messed up the scene, and had to shoot it again and again. After all the bad word was covered with B.G.M when the scene aired.

Even if I have been working out, I don’t have much experience of action scenes so I didn’t expect I could be fit for the action role. I think I am used to memorizing dance choreography, and that helped me memorizing action choreography faster. The drama went through the lack of shooting time, but we managed to show great action scenes til the end. The action director did his best to choreograph also I tried to memorize and learn to show more.

I had kinda good-looking hands, but now I have calluses and bruises on my hands. I consider the calluses and bruises as badges of honor. I don’t think I will show another action drama for a while.

Memorizing dance choreography is more difficult for me than memorizing action choreography. When I filmed action scenes, I could naturally throw a fist having hatred and my body instinctively reacted to dodged (the opponent’s fist). However, a mistake while dancing on stage will make me scared stiff.

Because I practiced punching everyday for that quickness, I could really punch faster.
(Hyun Joong is asked to show his punches.)
I used to practice it everyday though..

It is hard to understand for you, but sometimes I had to memorize (the choreography) at a glance to film it quickly when we had very little time to film the scene. In such a case, we (the opponent and I) promised that if we would unexpectedly beat or be beaten for real, we should quickly stand up no matter how it hurt. Actually I was beaten up for real while shooting an action scene but I had to keep filming the scene because, once I showed I was in pain, we would have to film from the beginning.

Maybe I might be naturally resilient to physical attacks? I feel more comfortable when I get beaten up than I beat up.

I watched the final episode with actors together. We didn’t have an official finale party so I asked people to come together and watched the drama finale drinking some beer.

As what I’ve said at the interview, for our or your ancestors, 1930′s was the age of intensity. In 1930′s they were poor and possessed almost nothing … (*sorry, the clip ends up here. also sorry, it’s a really rough trans.)  

[Video] KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) Official You Tube Channel Update – 2014.04.15

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