Dedicated to SS501 4D Leader Kim Hyun Joong

[Pexers Write-Ups] Inspiring Generation: Kim Hyun Joong’s Make or Break Drama


Author:  AprilStarr/ Pexers Write-Ups on FB


How many of us knew how important Inspiring Generation drama was to Hyun Joong? Perhaps, for most of us, it is just a drama, that came after City Conquest,the almost dead, half dead or just in hibernation drama. If we were frustrated and disappointed, what more with Hyun Joong? Though he had brushed it off as an expensive practice (for him), we would have settled for any piece of work as long it is flavored with HJ essence. Okay we had BFF as some kind of appetizer. But then some are even saying he should just do a light drama, a rom com, where he can just enjoy without the usual hassles.

Did you think HJ will have gone that way? No sir, its got to be a challenging one. The harder,the better? Being Shin Jung Tae was such a demanding role that we can guess why the two other actors declined to accept it. IG was a story of love,betrayal and hardships. We didn’t suspect it was going to be an emotionally highly charged one with a lot of action where Hyun Joong did not have a double, and scenes shot in the dead of winter in different locations.

No wonder HJ’s co-stars were all praises for his fighting prowess born out of instructions taken on the set. By the way, the actor who was Old Man Fly, the most vocal of them, worked with HJ in an earlier drama, Can love Be Refilled.  Though they knew his being a dancer (and athlete, may I add) gave him an advantage, still that was no easy feat of getting hit and beaten through all the fighting sequences.

Given the dual emotional and action filled aspect (from fist fighting to martial arts) of the IG drama, made Hyun Joong admit it was draining and exhausting to the point he said he cannot make it if there was an episode 25.

But more than the harsh nature of this drama was an ultimatum he placed on his acting career. “If people do not acknowledge me in this work, I am finished with acting”,  he forthrightly revealed in one of his interviews. To make a long story short,IG is his make or break drama.

It was no empty threat, but he made sure he immersed fully into the Shin Jung Tae persona.  Kim Hyun Joong is not someone who will sabotage his own success.  KHJ had to disappear for three months that he had to find him later, when the dust he kicked around settled in IG, by breaking free of all traces of his drama character.

Was HJ satisfied with his performance? He said he exerted his best efforts of which we all have seen.  There is no denying that after IG, HJ was reborn from the pretty boy to an action star.

Until the next time he sets another goal, a higher bar to reach for.

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12 responses

  1. mimi

    personally I think Kim has grown big time as an actor, I see that he is been challenge him every time. i really like his last drama Inspiring generation

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:52 am

  2. nada

    April…excellent words.Indeed this drama really important for him.He is the person who can except his lack..for those he will work hard to cover it.He the person who never stop to learn to be better.He never hang on his hand some face…never!!!!Now he did it…he is one of new born best actor★thank you soooo much april,now I am kind of busy to find the way how to vote him.Really I am not smart enough,please guide me april.Thanks.

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  3. Dragon Lady

    KHJ is one of the actor who made a big transformation from idol to actor. What he did in IG is not easy especially all the fighting scenes and the emotional crying scenes. He has 2 or 3 fighting scene every episode with only one hour of sleep due to live shoot. He is willing to take on new challenging role so I was surprise that he was not nominated for Baeksang Art award for new actor. Normally the award body compare your last role with your current role. There should be a big difference in your previous role in order to be recognized that you have improve and deserve to be nominated. I hope KHJ will continue to take on risky role in the future to make him different from other actors who keep playing the same role.
    KHJ mentioned from his interview that he thinks he is not ready to do movies. Some actors are better in movies than TV sitcom or drama. I have a strong feeling that KHJ is one of them. Once you have become successful as an actor in movies, then you don’t really have to do TV drama.

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    • nada

      Dragon lady,here too burn as well.I really can’t understand.He did such a great job…his transformed is excellent. Who they want to compare with.Gosh… I really dissapointed.I am not feel pity for him because he really done great!!! He still enjoy his life…coz he is one of happy person .But,they really unfair to him,however he also can feel upset. Kim hyun joong,our love will never ever stop.You always be number one in our heart.

      Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm

  4. Renee

    AprilStarr – a very well written article.

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 6:26 am

  5. MARGARET

    IN ORDER TO GET THE BEST IN LIFE YOU NEED TO GIVE YOUR BEST.OK??!

    Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    • aprilstarr

      Agree !@MARGARET

      Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 12:14 am

  6. aprilstarr

    @Cagome

    Maybe in a way he needed to push himself instead of others to achieve his personal goal in the field of acting. Don’t you think instead of just relying on the support and praises of his fans, it is more gratifying that others who criticized him before are now recognizing him or at least that was the general consensus?

    We can say he has crossed the barrier successfully from dance music idol to actor-the transition was not exactly painless. It is said BOF was just his lucky streak and there were those who called him names . Ironically, many were converted fans through Jihoo and then learned afterwards he was also in SS501. Then in PK the drama rated low domestically, (note: even veteran actors also get low rating once in a awhile) but its copyright was sold to many countries, watched by millions in YT and one of the top dramas at Viki.

    IG was his testing ground if acting is one road to take when he is no longer dancing on the stage.

    Here is one individual who looks beyond a job as more than a livelihood but a path towards SELF REALIZATION .

    Monday, April 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm

  7. Cagome

    HOPE HE NEVER GIVE UP AND ALWAYS WILL DO MANY INTERESTING AND BEAUTIFUL AND INTENSE CHARACTERS IN DRAMAS OR MOVIES.HE IS VERY WISE MAN AND KNOW TO DO GOOD STRATEGIES FOR HIS CAREER.

    Monday, April 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    • CAGOME

      I NOT LIKE THIS :“If people do not acknowledge me in this work, I am finished with acting”.PLEASE NEVER GIVE UP,GLOBAL STAR KIM HYUN JOONG. DESTINY OF ARTIST IS TO FIGHT,TO CREATE WORLDS,EVEN PEOPLE NOT UNDERSTAND HIS ART ALWAYS.ART IS IMMORTAL AND DESERVE ALL SACRIFICES.MODERN WORLD HAVE MANY MANIPULATIONS IN MEDIA WORLD.WORLD LOVE AND RESPECT AND NEED ALL HIS WORK LIKE ARTIST,LIKE ACTOR,LIKE SINGER,LIKE DANCER.HE IS VERY SPECIAL AND POWERFUL ACTION STAR.I REPEAT:HE ALREADY IS VERY SPECIAL AND POWERFUL ACTION STAR.HE NOT NEED ACKNOWLEDGE.HE PROVE HIS TALENTS AND SKILLS.SOME PEOPLE CAN HAVE MANY INTERESTS IN HIS COUNTRY,BUT HE MUST FIGHT AND KEEP WHAT HE HAVE.WORLD LOVE AND RESPECT HIM MILLIONS PEOPLE IN WORLD WANT SEE HIM MORE.WITH OR WITHOUT TRACES OF HIS DRAMA CHARACTER.I THINK THREE MONTHS IS TOO MUCH TO NOT SEE HIM.PEOPLE WANT SEE HIM,MUST KNOW ABOUT HIM,BCS IN MEDIA WORLD IS GOOD PEOPLE TO BE INFORMED ABOUT HIS WORK,BCS IN THIS WORLD WITH MANY INFORMATION MUST WIN ALWAYS.IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE GOOD POLICY PROMOTING HIS WORK A LOT.

      Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      • CAGOME

        I LIKE HIS INTERVIEWS.,HIS WORDS,HIS WAY TO BE.HE GIVE A LOT HOPE AND HAPPINESS TO PEOPLE.I THINK HIS COUNTRY REALLY NEED HIM.PEOPLE IN HIS COUNTRY AND IN WORLD LOVE AND ADORE AND RESPECT HIM.

        Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

  8. Cagome

    HE ALWAYS TAKE A LOT CHALLENGES IN HIS LIFE.I LOVE MUCH HIS ACTING STYLE AND HOPE HE WILL DO MANY MANY DRAMAS.HE IS VERY VERY TALENTED ARTIST AND ALL WHAT HE CREATE IS WONDERFUL AND SPECIAL,NOT ONLY LIKE ACTOR,BUT LIKE ARTIST,SINGER AND DANCER,ALL HIS WORK IS VERY PRECIOUS WORK OF ART IN WORLD CULTURE.THANK KIM HYUN JOONG FOR WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENTS AND AMAZING CHARACTER,FOR WONDERFUL PERSONALITY AND FOR HIS SPECIAL WAY TO EXPRESS EMOTIONS AND HOW HE MAKE US TO FEEL HIS EMOTIONS.

    Monday, April 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

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