January 6 – March 25: Kim Hyun Joong (김현중) 2013 JAPAN “UNLIMITED” Tour
World Memorial, Kobe
Saitama, Saitama Super Arena
Nagoya Congress Center Century Hall, Nagoya Day1
Nagoya Congress Center Century Hall, Nagoya Day2
Act City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Fukuoka Sun Palace
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Yoyogi Nat’l Gymnasium, Tokyo
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Nitori Culture Hall, Hokkaido
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Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen Hall, Hiroshima Day 1
Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen Hall, Hiroshima (Last Day of Tour)
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Kim Hyun Joong (김현중) GOES BEYOND ASIA
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Kim Hyun Joong has gone beyond Asia and over to Latin America.
Kim Hyun Joong FM in Peru was placed in “The most requested events” the first day of sales
February 24: KIM HYUN JOONG in BRAZIL for 2K13 FEEL KOREA Concert
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February 25: FIRST FANMEETING in LIMA, PERU
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[Eng Trans] Crowned as ‘Prince of Peru’?! Kim Hyun Joong, proven of His Popularity in South America
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Original Source: Nate
Chinese-English Translation: June from LovingKimHyunJoong
페루 왕자’ 등극?! 김현중, 남미서 뜨거운 인기 입증
기사전송 2013-02-26 12:10
[스포츠서울닷컴ㅣ유재영 인턴기자] 그룹 SS501 출신 배우 김현중의 페루 방문에 수많은 인파가 몰려 인기를 실감하게 했다.
김 현중은 26일 자신의 웨이보(중국판 트위터)에 ‘페루 왔어요~!’라는 글과 함께 사진 한 장을 공개했다. 공개된 사진에는 김현중을 보기 위해 거리로 몰려 나온 수많은 페루 팬들의 모습이 담겨있다. 거리에 몰려 나온 인파만 봐도 김현중이 페루에서 얼마나 인기가 높은지 알 수 있다.
사진을 본 팬들은 “아시아의 꽃남, 남미도 접수!”, “저 사람들 보소”, “한류스타 김현중의 위력”, “페루에서 인기가 있다니 신기할 따름. 어떻게 알아서 팬이 되는지?”라 등 다양한 반응을 보이고 있다.
김현중은 페루 리마에서 단독 팬미팅을 열고, 멋진 공연과 함께 유쾌한 토크로 팬들에게 즐거운 시간을 선사하겠다는 계획이다.
Crowned as ‘Prince of Peru’?! Kim Hyun Joong, proven of His Popularity in South America
The visit of actor Kim Hyun Joong, who debuted with the group SS501, had gathered many people, attesting to his popularity.
On 26th, Kim Hyun Joong posted on his own Weibo (Chinese Twitter) with the message ‘Peru, here I am’ and a photo, within the photo is a scene of many Peruvian fans gathering along the street to see Kim Hyun Joong, the gathering along the street is filled with the crowd, clearly showing his great popularity in Peru.
Fans looking at the photo expressed, ‘Asia Flower Boy, also accepted in South America!’, ‘Look at those people’, ‘The Power of Hallyu Star Kim Hyun Joong’, ‘Popularity in Peru is amazing, how did they understand and become fans?’ and many other reactions.
Kim Hyun Joong held a solo fanmeeting in in Lima Peru, performing handsomely and talking happily together with fans for a delightful time.
March 2: KIM HYUN JOONG Performs @ U EXPRESS LIVE in JAPAN
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March 28: Kim Hyun Joong (김현중) Wins CREATOR’s FACTORY BEST ACTOR at the 5th OKINAWA MOVIE FESTIVAL
[News] Kim Hyun Joong Wins Award at Okinawa International Film Festival
On March 28, singer and actor Kim Hyun Joong won the “Best Male Actor” award for his role in the music video, “Lucky Guy,” at the ”5th Annual Okinawa International Film Festival.”
Okuyama, a judge at the festival complimented the artist, stating, “He has the aura of James Bond, which is hard to find in Japan. “
During his award speech, Kim Hyun Joong revealed, “I was touched by the Japanese move, ‘Be with You’.” He added, “I would also like to act in a Japanese movie.”
The artist also performed 12 songs at the event, including his hits, “Heat,” “U,” and “I’m Yours,” in front of 2000 fans.
Kim Hyun Joong will be heading to Laos, Vietnam, and other Southeast Asian countries from April 4 to April 8 to film for SBS’ upcoming variety show headed byKang Ho Dong. He is joined by actor Yoon Si Yoon and singer Kim Bum Soo, among others. The producer is Jang Hyuk Jae of “Family Outing“ fame and the show will have its members travel around to different countries completing missions. The show will air after the finale of “K-Pop Star Season 2.”
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March 30: Kim Hyun Joong (김현중) Fanmeeting with BUSAN LOTTE HOTEL in SEOUL
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April 21 : (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong’s New Variety Show: BAREFOOT FRIENDS
[Info] 7 KHJ-fansites from Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Thailand & Korea gathered to support Kim Hyun Joong who came back with a new variety show
7 KHJ-fansites from Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Thailand & Korea gathered to support Kim Hyun Joong who came back with a new variety show. We warmly welcome Barefoot Friends who look for the true meaning of life’
LovingKimHyunJoong, Doublena Hyun. @ Magic Yin Kim Hyun station, hyuniversal0606 ,KHJPERFECT and Kim Hyun Joong Chinese Mother Fans.
Included are: sunscreens, after-sun care & whitening masks for outdoor shooting, eye masks for swollen eyes & dark circles, spray toners for moisturizing, multi-vitamins & red-ginseng for replenishing his energy.
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May 24 : (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong as Guest Performer in UV Concert
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June 2 : (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong in K-POP Festival 2013 Live in Kumamoto
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June 4 : (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong Releases His Third JAPANESE Album “TONIGHT”
[2013.06.04] Kim Hyun Joong CDCommemoration release event at Nakano Sun Plaza plus “KHJ TONIGHT Poster”
[2013.06.04] Kim Hyun Joong CD Commemoration release event at Nakano Sun Plaza (Part 2)
[김현중 Media Photos] Kim Hyun Joong @ Nakano Sun Plaza – 2013.06.04
[News] Kim Hyun Joong Celebrates his album release in Japan with 10’000 fans – 2013.06.05
What better way to celebrate an album release than with fans? Well, Kim Hyun Joong did just that by hanging out with 10,000 fans who attended his fan meeting in Tokyo.
The multi-talented hallyu star held an event on the 4th at Nagano Sun Plaza in Tokyo, where he unveiled the music videos for his new tracks, such as “Tonight” and “Cappuccino”, from his third Japanese single album ‘Tonight’.
Japanese fans also showed their love for Kim Hyun Joong by singing “Happy Birthday” in Korean to celebrate the singer’s upcoming birthday on June 6.
The gracious star also entered the crowd to shake hands with his fans who attended the event, spending 6 hours to greet and thank them. Unfortunately, an additional 8,000 fans waited outside as they couldn’t make it into the packed venue.
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Kim Hyun Joong Japanese Album ‘Tonight’ Certified Gold Record in Japan
June 6 : (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong Releases his Korean digital single “나 살아있는 건 The Reason I Live”
The translation of “The reason I Live” by Kim Hyun Joong 김현중
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#HAPPYHYUNJOONGDAY 김현중 ‘나 살아있는 건’ Kim Hyun Joong, expressing his feeling of gratitude to his fans ‘The reason I exists is you, who keep loving and supporting me’, through the lyrics of the song.
김현중, 너여줘서 고마워. 사랑해♥
HJ. thank you for being you ♥♥♥
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June 8 : (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong “2013 Show Fanmeeting Concert PARTY PEOPLE”
And the ever adorable Gwiyomi version of KHJ
July 11: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong @Gimcheon International Masters Diving Event
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July 21: Air Date for (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong CITY CONQUEST SPECIAL on DATV Japan
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Drama digest video of HJ which is not seen only in DATV! Air date: July 21 (Sun) 23:00
Episode 00 Episode 01 Episode 02 Episode 03 Episode 04 Episode 05
Epsidoe 06 Episode 07 Episode 08 Episode 09 Episode 10 Episode 11
June 22: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong Releases his Third Korean Album: “ROUND 3”
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Kim Hyun Joong releases Hollywood style MV ‘Unbreakable
Singer Kim Hyun Joong returns with Hollywood movie standard MV ‘Unbreakable’, causing hot response from fans.
‘Unbreakable’ MV was released on 18th, is one of the songs from Kim Hyun Joong’s new album ‘Round 3′ which will be released digitally on 22nd July. ‘Unbreakable’ is a urban hip hop song combining both orchestral sound and Korea’s traditional instruments.
The lyrics “Hey ho, going in well’ also adds a unique touch Korea’s style. In addition, the song featured Jay Park‘s sexy rapping, which generates further attention from the netizens. The audio gives off a strong bouncing effect while visual gives off a chilling effect, as if you are watching a Hollywood blockbuster.
‘Unbreakable’ MV costs 300 million in production fees, with elements such as luxury cars, wushu, mask and eagle. Black, white and red colour contrasts also present an enriched visual, attracting more attention. Kim Hyun Joong dancing with a bare upper body is definitely another key attraction of the MV. Together with previously revealed teaser images, where he shows off his masculine body and tattoo, have caused a great stir among his female fans.
Kim Hyun Joong’s 3rd mini-album ‘Round 3′ will be released digitally on 22nd while physical album will be available on 29th July. Are you anticipating his comeback?
Check out ‘Unbreakable’ MV below!
Source : Nate + http://en.korea.com/?p=416571
Kim Hyun Joong Dominates on Online Music Charts with ′Your Story′
As soon as Kim Hyun Joong′s first promotional song for Korea in two years was released, it conquered and grabbed attention, becoming an issue across the web.
On July 22, Kim Hyun Joong released the songs from his third mini album Round 3 through music sites. With the release, the album′s promotional single, Your Story, managed to top live charts on Mnet, Bugs and more online charts.
Your Story is an urban R&B pop rearrangement of the modern rock genre title song from Kim Hyun Joong′s Japanese studio album Unlimited.
The release of the song was followed by a teaser for the music video, heightening expectations for the full version.
All six songs of the album have been garnering much support, with the music video for Unbreakable, released on July 18, beating out Infinite, A Pink, B2ST and other prominent idol groups on Mnet′s music video top 100 chart.
Kim Hyun Joong’s ROUND 3 is no. 1 in Billboard’s World Albums Chart!!
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July 28 – August 25: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong COMEBACK Stage
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August 20: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong collans with Jewelry Designer Justin Davis
Kim Hyun Joong showed off his modeling skills as he is set to release his own sunglasses line with world renowned jewelry designer, Justin Davis.
Justin Davis has worked with celebrities like Paris Hilton, Eminem, Ayumi Hamasaki, and more. Kim Hyun Joong collaborated with the designer not just as a model, but he also contributed to the aesthetics of design planning.
The duo also worked together on a jewelry collaboration back in 2011.
A representative for Justin Davis commented, “For this collaboration, Kim Hyun Joong expressed his creative and modern style to show off his design skills. Even while working on the previous jewelry line he had great sense and ideas that he received praise for. During this sunglass collaboration I could easily feel that he showed off the same passion.“
The sunglasses will be available for purchase at multiple locations. They will start selling at the end of August in Japan. Fans in Korea can also purchase them between September 6-12 at the Myungdong Lotte Mall in the Justin Davis Pop-Up Store. His collection will also be available at the Justin Davis Flagship store which is scheduled to open on September 14.
Source: Asia Today via Nate
August 30: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong Performs “Kiyakkaka (There is No Kim Hyun Joong)” in BAREFOOT FRIENDS Episode 18
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September 5: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong 2013 LOTTE DUTY FREE “YOU’RE SO BEAUTIFUL” Music Video
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September 6: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong Charity COncert in Chengdu, CHINA
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September 8: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong Lotte Fanmeet at BUSAN
Tweeted by: SP
Couple of tidbits from Busan Lotte FM Q&A. Cr 弥凌伊\
He still doesn’t like coffee as it’s bitter though coffee appears a lot in his songs.
Art and Matic have gone to an island as it was too pitiful leaving them at home.
He felt that having them stay near the sea would be better
His foot size is 27.5
His brother’s blood type is O
Q:You’ll really retire at 40? HJ: won’t dance anymore.An ahjusshi dancing would be weird. MC: so when will you stop singing? Audience:50 years old HJ: at that time there’ll only be the sound of breathing < and made huffing and puffing actions>!
September 11: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong at Korea Launch JUSTIN DAVIS Party
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October 19: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong at Korean Entertainment 10th Anniversary Awards in JAPAN (BEST SOLO MALE ARTIST)
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- HJ’s ranks in Kor Ent. Award: Solo Male Singer #1, Male Actor #4, PK #6 and BOF #8 in drama category RT
Yoon Eun Hye, Kim Hyun Joong, and Bae Yong Joon win awards at ‘Hallyu 10th Anniversary Grand Prizes’
Yoon Eun Hye won the Grand Prix in the category for best actress in a Korean drama. She said, “It is truly an honor to receive such an amazing award.” As she was not a fluent Japanese speaker, she eventually made a mistake. However, Japanese fans said it was cute and they liked that she was trying.
Bae Yong Joon also received the Grand Prix in the category of male actor in a drama. More impressively, he won the prestigious and honorable Daesang award, as well! The actor said, “This is an even more significant time for me because I am able to stand in this spot today with the hoobaes that I like . . . Because of the surpassing talents my hoobaes have, I feel like there is an even brighter future for Hallyu.“
Kim Hyun Joong accepted the Grand Prix for best male solo artist in music. The singer said, “I hope to try harder to become an artist who can contribute more and more to the development of Hallyu through singing, dancing, and acting.“
Back in July, he had released his third mini-album with the songs “Your Story” and “Unbreakable.”
Congratulations to these celebrities for their amazing wins!
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October 20 & 21: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong Premium Live “TONIGHT” in CHIBA
Kim Hyun-joong Electrifies 20,000 Japanese Fans – 2013.10.22
Korean singer/actor Kim Hyun-joong has wrapped up an exclusive concert in Chiba, Japan with success.
Kim shared good times with some 20,000 fans during his exclusive concert “KIM HYUN JOONG Premium Live-TONIGHT,” held at Chiba Makuhari International Exhibition Hall in Japan the night before and last night, KEYEAST said on Tuesday.
Kim invited fans into the splendid stages with a medley of his tunes “Unbreakable” and “Gentleman,” both of which from his recent third mini-album “ROUND 3,” as well as early hit tunes “Break Down” and “Lucky Guy.”
While showing vigorous performances, Kim didn’t forget to keep connect with fans throughout the three-hour long shows, KEYEAST explained.
In the meantime, Kim proved his status as top Hallyu star by scooping up the grand prize as the top male solo artist at Korean Entertainment 10th Anniversary Awards in Japan last Saturday.
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October 26: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joong & SS501 members at Heo Young Saeng’s First Concert in Seoul “0513 My Story”
All SS501 members to stand on stage together for the first time in 3 years for Heo Young Saeng’s concert
Finally, this will be a historic day for the fans!
It has been revealed that for the first time in a long while, all the members of boy groupSS501 will be meeting in one place to participate in member Heo Young Saeng‘s exclusive concert on the 26th. This will be the first time all five members are meeting together in three years since their 2010 “Destination” promotions and eventual solo activities.
During the period of SS501′s absence, the boys had kept saying, “We definitely have not disbanded,” yet they continued solo activities with separate agencies. While there were times that three or four members gathered, this will be the first time that every single member will be present.
It is not yet certain what type of performance the boys might do on stage, but their fans have been yearning to see them together for a long time.
It appears that this rather impromptu stage appearance is due to Heo Young Saeng’s enlistment in the army five days after the concert. On the 31st, he will be admitted into the Nonsan Training Center to serve the military as a conscripted police man. This is why despite each member’s busy schedules, whether it involves filming for a drama or preparing for a Japanese concert, they created the time to stand on stage together.
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December 2: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joon’s INSPIRING GENERATION Showcase
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[Scans by murdererq] INSPIRING GENERATION Booklet + Post Cards
December 3: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joon’s Wins at the “Yahoo Buzz Awards 2013”
[News] Kim Hyun Joong wins Buzz award for fifth straight yearby Jonathan M. Hicap
December 3, 2013
Kim Hyun Joong at his drama showcase (Photo by http://www.newsen.com)
Korean star Kim Hyun Joong won at the Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards for the fifth year in a row.
The actor and singer won the top idol award at the ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong.
Singer Kim Jong Kook won “Asia’s Most Charismatic Korean Host.” He is currently a regular cast member of the TV show “Running Man.”
Last year, Kim Hyun Joong scooped four Yahoo Buzz awards. He won the Most Popular Artist of the Decade and Top Buzz Korean Artist in Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
In 2011, Kim Hyun Joong won the Top Buzz Solo Artist Awards in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and Asia’s Top Buzz Male Artist Award.
He bagged the Asia’s Top Buzz Male Popular Artist and the Top Buzz Korean Artist award in Yahoo! Hong Kong and Taiwan in 2010.
In 2009, he took home Asia’s Best Male Star, Top Buzz Korean Artist and Top Male Artist awards.
Kim Hyun Joong is currently shooting his new action drama “The Age of Feeling,” which will air on Korean channel KBS starting in January.
The actor attended the showcase for the drama on Dec. 2 along with co-stars Im Soo Hyang, Jin Se Yeon and Kim Kap Soo. The cast of the drama will also film in China.
In order to prepare for the drama, Kim Hyun Joong had to leave the SBS TV show “Barefooted Friends,” where he was a regular cast member.
YBA Message from Kim Hyun Joong (김현중) – 2013.12.03
작년 야후어워드에서 팬여러분들이 보내주신화환을 웨이보에 올렸는데 올해는 드라마촬영이있어 참석하지 못했네요… 대신 작년 야후어워드 시상식때 매니저님이 찍어주셨던 사진 올려봅니다 늘 곁에있어주는 팬들 항상 고맙습니다^^
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Brief translation of weibo post (from Chinese)
“Last year during the Yahoo awards I uploaded a photo of flower wreaths sent by fans.This year because of drama shooting I was unable to attend… These are photos from my manager’s phone during last year’s Yahoo awards. Thanks to the fans for always being with me”
[News] Kim Hyun Joong thanks fans for his win at the ‘Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards 2013′
Kim Hyun Joong thanked fans for his win at the ‘Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards 2013‘!
Kim Hyun Joong picked up an award for the fifth consecutive year at the ‘Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards 2013‘ held in Hong Kong. He was given the title of ’Top Buzz Korean Artist’, which awards the most searched Korean star on the portal site over the past year. The singer-turned-actor was unable to make it to the event on December 1 due to scheduling conflicts but made sure to thanks his fans.
Kim Hyun Joong shared, “I heard the news of my award while filming the drama, ‘Generation of Youth‘. Due to my filming schedule, I wasn’t able to attend the awards ceremony but thank you to all the fans for their unfailing support for the past five years… I will return the support with good acting and music.”
Congrats, Kim Hyun Joong!
December 19: (김현중) Kim Hyun Joon’s IG Location Shooting in Shanghai Starts
‘The Age of Feeling’ Gets Love Calls from America, Thailand and More
ATF is one of Asia’s biggest entertainment contents market, where companies gather to exchange information and to do business in regards to media content. This year’s ATF gathered about 4,000 people from over 60 countries.
The drama’s hero, Kim Hyun Joong, also received a lot of attention, as he is taking more steps to solidify his status as an actor after his success as a singer and an entertainer.
A rep from Ray & Mo stated, “We’ve been getting love calls and inquiries in regards to the copyright of the drama from all around the globe. The Age of Feeling is expected to lead another round of the hallyu wave.”
The Age of Feeling is an action-fantasy drama set in 1930s and will depict the story of love, loyalty and friendship of fighters from Korea, Japan and China.
Stay tuned for the first episode airing in January following Pretty Boy!
Photo credit: Ray & Mo
[Filming Updates] Kim Hyun Joong (김현중) INSPIRING GENERATION in Shanghai – 2013.12.21 & 22 (updating …. )
[IG Reviews] Generation of Youth” Kim Hyun Joong And Lim Soo Hyang’s Official Appearance, Short and Strong + Media Captures
Kim Hyun Joon and Lim Soo Hyang officially appeared in “Generation of Youth.”
On the 4th episode of KBS 2TV Wednesday/Thursday drama “Generation of Youth” broadcast on January 23rd, Shin Jung Tae (played by Kim Hyun Joong) and Deguchi Gaya (played by Lim Soo Hyang) officially made an appearance.
On this day, Shin Jung Tae and Deguchi Gaya were intertwined with their father’s problems and hid the fact that they liked each other and faced separation.
Shin Jung Tae started to get into the smuggling business to make the surgery costs for his younger sister. However, while engaged in this, Shin Jung Tae was disappointed as he learned that his younger sister had taken her own life. At that time, Deguchi Gaya that went to Osaka entered the association and worked to go up against Aka (played by Choi Ji Woo).
Afterwards, the adult Shin Jung Tae and Deguchi Gaya appears. First, at the sounds of Shin Yi Chi (played by Jo Dong Hyuk)’s words, Deguchi Gaya appeared with a smile. At this, Shin Jung Tae was stronger than when he was younger controlling many people and showed a strong look as they raised expectations.
Media Captures Credit: http://topstarnews.net
KBS2′s newest and most anticipated drama of 2014 has now started spreading its wings as they held the drama’s showcase yesterday in The Raum. Drama ‘Inspiring Generation’ although had its dilemma on casting however its now ready to conquer the drama land. Kim So Eun originally to play ‘Yoon Ok Ryeon’ has left the drama for schedule conflict reasons but Jin Se Yeon came to the rescue.
It’s not usual for a drama to have a showcase months before its release. This showcase however is different from the press conference, the usual ceremony before starting a drama. In this showcase, KBS seemed to be full of confidence to introduce ‘Inspiring Generation’ to the public as even the Director showed interest and even boasted the drama to the press. In this showcase, the casts took the runway one by one and played a small dramatization of the drama. This is a good strategy to keep the audience’s interest. The lead casts Kim Hyun Joong, Lim Soo Hyang and Jin Se Yeon walked the center stage wearing their respective roles which is also impressive.
This showcase gave the fans something to look forward to especially KBS is all out and about to promote this drama.
I would say that the delaying tactics of this drama sure is a good move. Everything’s in order and they have lots of time to prepare. Time is on their side making the fans anticipate and kept asking for more. A very good strategy indeed.
Same day the showcase was the video of ‘Inspiring Generation’ making film was released by KBS media. It shows the first batch of what they’ve filmed so far.
The young versions of the lead casts I may say did a very good job on portraying their roles. Joo Da Young and Kwak Dong Yeon are very impressive. Most of the filmed scenes so far are also very interesting that made us curious what is really in store for us in this drama. The cinematography and picture are very dramatic and extraordinary. KBS sure has invested a lot on this drama.
The ‘Inspiring Generation’ team will be heading to China this week.
‘Inspiring Generation’ is off to start on January 15, 2014 at 22:00 in KBS2.
KIM HYUN JOONG (김현중) Attends KBS Drama “Inspiring Generation” Press Conference – 2013.12.02
I missed the DramaFever review of Barefoot Friends … and then I found this ………..
Thanks Stephanie !!!
After the release of “Unbreakable” where the girls are more likely aiming for Kim Hyun Joong’s engraved 6 packs abs. Now he’s back for a new MV entitled “Your Story”.
Kim Hyun Joong, one of the biggest solo Korean artists in kpop, has drop his flower-boy image from “Boys over Flowers” totally with the release of his MV “Your Story”. The song is about love-lost and heartache, this features love scenes of him and the girl, interspersed with unstable cinematic shots of the sea, the stormy wind across his abs, and yes, the piano where they bonded over.
It is a new concept and it’s different from his past music videos. There’s a bed scene that young people opted not to watch because it’s so heartbreaking. The most common comment from netizens is that they are heartbroken because of the scenes, though some are praising Kim Hyun Joong’s both acting and singing skills.
His comeback is totally kicking the Korean charts and capturing the heart of the Fans as well. We hope that Kim Hyun Joong will have more promotions.
After two years, Kim Hyun-joong is back with “Unbreakable,” the pre-release MV off of his aptly titled third mini-album, Round Three. This is also the most masculine we’ve seen Kim Hyun-joong who is most famous to casual fans as that pretty boy from Boys Over Flowers. The MV is nothing like his previous lead track, “Lucky Guy,” and is reminiscent of “Break Down.”
The MV opens with two scenes: traditional drums and a horse which later transforms into a car. On first view, this MV is two things: visually confusing and hot. It’s obviously hot because of the performance of Kim Hyun-joong and Jay Park, who appears as a featuring artist. It’s visually confusing due to the array of art forms incorporated. We have a horse, a bull, a hawk, sword dancing, traditional Korean dancing, and someone painting a dragon. All this is inter-woven with scenes of Kim Hyun-joong dancing, Jay Park rapping, and some more scenes of Kim Hyun-joong dancing.
Closer viewing of the MV though makes sense of all these seemingly random and out-of-place elements. This MV makes use of heavy symbolism. The bull transforms into a Lamborghini whose logo features a bull. The horse transforms into a Ferrari whose logo is famous for featuring the horse. The dragon which is being painted has several meanings. It is a mystical animal known for giving good luck, and in Korea, the dragon also stands as a symbol of the king. The goblin, or dokkaebi, is also heavily used. It can be seen in the background, on Kim Hyun-joong’s chest and the person on the white horse also wears a goblin mask. The dokkaebi is a mythical being that appears in many Korean folktales and is associated with mischievousness, but is regarded as harmless creatures.
The MV features a unique mix of traditional Korean culture and new trends. On the traditional side, here is someone doing a tal-chum or mask dance, playing the traditional drums, a traditional painting, and two sword dancers (one of whom is Infinite Dong-woo’s older sister). On the more current side, there is break dancing and cars. There is also a particular scene where break dancing is combined with Korean ribbon hat dancing, or the sangmo.
That all these scenes are interwoven beautifully with the other scenes are a testament to the editing team because this MV is beautifully edited and fits with the color scheme which enhanced the overall feel of the song. It switched between the scenes in such a way that the MV did not become stagnant, so that the viewers would not get bored. But at the same time, each aspect shown was given an amount of time for it to be observed before going back to Kim Hyun-joong and his dancing.
The choreography shown is simple when compared to some other K-pop dances, but it is clean choreography. It enhances the beat and melody of the song, and Kim Hyun-joong executes it all perfectly. In addition, it seems as if the choreography played into the masculine feel that Kim Hyun-joong and his team seemed to be aiming for. Bonus points are given for that hat dance done during the first Jay Park rap break.
Jay Park’s rap breaks seems to be placed strategically as to give a quick change of pace to the song. They have a decent flow and did not overpower Kim Hyun-joong in any way, which is a good thing since he’s just a featured artist and there have been times in K-pop where the featured artist over shines the artist itself.
Fashionwise, it was very simple. There are no avant-garde outfits, no flowery suits, no neckties and stuff like that. It is very basic with tank tops, jackets, hats and a brief appearance of Kim Hyun-joong looking dashing in a white button down. His new hair might have had some people surprised at first, but his hair highlights his masculine features in a way his old hair never could have.
All in all, this is the first time I’ve been impressed with Kim Hyun-joong and I’m excited for the rest of his album and the title track. The only real negative thing I could say is that he wore a little too much clothes, a realization I had when the MV reached the 2:40 mark.
Kim Hyun-joong’s “Unbreakable” lives up to its expectations. Thank to all the K-pop deities that his shirt was not unbreakable.
For a pre-release MV, this was impressive with a 4/5.