[Pexers Write-Ups] Kim Hyun Joong in Character: Baek Mir and Shin Jung Tae in Revenge Dramas 2 (Photos + Videos Added)
SHIN JUNG TAE OF INSPIRING GENERATION
Come to think of it Baek Mir came back as Shin Jung Tae of Inspiring Generation. Given the similarity of the revenge plot of the stories, the father issues, the dramas being both action filled and same broadcasting TV network, KBS. Just plain coincidence?
Except Inspiring Generation is a drama set in the 1930’s in South Korea and Shanghai. Hyun Joong said for him this was the closest getting on a time machine as he had to have a haircut, voice intonation and even the kind of physical training befitting the time period.
IG showed KHJ as Shin Jung Tae in breathtaking realistic fight scenes shot in the dead of winter on location. His manner of speaking was clear and concise. His facial expressions and body language showed his pain, his happy dispositions at times, anger and disgust, the love he slowly realised was for Ok Ryeon though he gave his heart for Gaya first.
We impatiently waited for the days of the week for Shin Jung Tae to appear on our small screens because we have forgotten Kim Hyun Joong . Shin Jung Tae, his is a compelling presence, bigger than life, a stunning fighting machine. He did not need expensive looking attires to look formidable.
KHJ gave his all, we could tell, to be Shin Jung Tae. He defied fatigue, cold weather, adverse working conditions, even when the pay became problematic and the rating were not as high as expected. He still found the time to sing ” As Time Passes” the last of the OST for the drama.
Finally, Kim Hyun Joong fulfilled a long awaited dream, another challenge conquered to be a seriously recognised actor in a difficult genre. If two other actors refused that role, it must have been reserved all along for him. Born to be Sirasoni on the screen.
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[Pexers Write-Ups] Kim Hyun Joong in Character: Baek Mir and Shin Jung Tae in Revenge Dramas 1 (Photos + Videos Added)
Baek Mir of City Conquest
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Baek Mir of City Conquest is not a relative of Baek Seong Jo. They just happen to have the same last name. Mir is a far, far cry from Seung Jo. Even from the few scenes we’ve seen so far from that aborted drama, we already know Kim Hyun Joong has come of age in roles given to him.
KHJ has said goodbye to being a high school student and being a pretty boy. He has finally gotten what he wanted-to play the rough, manly persona in the small screen.
City Conquest from a popular manwha (Korean version of Japanese manga) became a highly anticipated drama after KHJ reportedly turned down Speed an earlier drama offered to him for a cable TV. But more than that, fans were excited to see him do action scenes and not to look wealthy for once. We’ve seen the Behind the Scenes shot in Japan and most must have chuckled ‘wow-that was awesome!’ as he had to do a lot of running, fist fighting, wrestling, rolling on the ground, dangling from a wall among others while being pursued by the usual bad men.
As Mir, KHJ assayed the role of a son who was left by a father who was later found to have been involved in some covert activities. He vowed to avenge first an absentee father who left his family and later the reason for doing so. He was going to be a one man avenger to put society in order according to the storyline.
From the shot scenes we saw KHJ as Mir with what I amusingly but lovingly called the bird nest hairstyle. It was this hairstyle when he reentered the rock genre for his songs Heat and Your Story of the same period of time (he was doing his drama and music at the same time that he reportedly got sick).
We were angry and frustrated then why and how internal politics or whatever else plagued the production company and KBS affected the drama. It was a pity after the drama was reportedly already sold overseas and the efforts of the artists and staff went kaput. To this day not a few still hold on to the idea that if it is really impossible to revive the drama it should be resurrected as a movie.
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