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Thursday, February 17, 2011

“Message From Me” KHJ B-Pass 2011.3 Magazine Feature

Kim Hyun Joong talks about his forthcoming album 

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credit: blog.daum.net/elley0606
Interview done in December 2010
Source : B-Pass
Japanese to English translation by Lafone @ liezle.blogspot.com 

reposted from kimhyunjoongthread@soompi/newyorkcitygirl

Q1: What kind of album you have in mind? ( to be released in summer?)

A : Now in the process of selecting songs from the candidates. I have not yet decided the contents. I received roughly 300 candidate songs. I will select 5~6 songs till the end of December.

Q2: Any tips for Japanese fans who are anxiously awaiting your album ?

A : Well, the dance numbers are focused. I would like to write some lyrics by myself, though I still wonder I can compose a song or not. I will include a Japanese version as well. The album will have a variety, a China version, Taiwan version, to be addressed to the Asia. As I will upgrade performance as well as vocal, I would like to promote showcase activities. I will do my best so that I will be able to have a promotional showcase in Japan.

Q3 : You previously talked that you were composing songs by playing a guitar, or piano in your private studio at home. How about your recent music activities?

A : As I am too much occupied that I cannot have such a private time. In order to prepare for my solo album, I would like to have a dance lesson first. For that purpose, a famous dancer is coming from NY , who choreographed for Usher Raymond IV(R&B singer), Justine Timberlake, and Ne-Yo. I will take a private dance lesson from him.

Q4: Wow, we can expect a genuine dance performance !

A : Yes, please look forward to seeing it. Therefore, I would like to challenge to guitar, or composing songs after I upgrade my dance performance to the level I feel satisfied.

Q5: Recently, Kpop is getting more and more popular. How do you feel about it?

A: I am very happy that many Korean activists are active in Japan, getting high reputation now. Though the center of the popular artists are now boys group as well as girls groups, I would like to make my best efforts by myself so that I can prove that Korean solo artists are fantastic.

Q6: Wow, it increases our expection !What kind of music, do you aim?

A: The music I would like to aim is “ performance music “ . With fusion of music, dance, and a beautiful video art, I would like to show audiovisual performance which stimulates sense of vision and hearing.

Q7: What kind of film or audiovisual, do you like the best?

A: First of all, I like SF. Among recent films, I like “Transformer” and “Avatar” .
I am interested in that kind of vision.

Q8: Do you think of creating something, reflecting such SF-like audiovisual into your MV?

A: Yes, that is right ! My MV will be something new and very unique one, being inspired by those creations. I have something in my mind now. When you have my next album in your hand, you will understand, “ This is what Hyun Joong wanted to realize !”

Q9: From now on, you are going to expand your activities to Japan, China, Taiwan and so on, to the global world. What you would like to achieve in Asia?

A: I would like to have a big charity event with all the fans from Asia at one spot.

[2010.12.22] KBOOM Vol.66 Feb Issue (02.15 ENG trans) - KHJ interview

Reposted from: Miyo@lovekimhyunjoong.com

credits: Elley's Blog

source: kimhyunjoong thread @soompi/newyorkcitygirl

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Japanese~English Translations: miyo @lovekimhyunjoong.com

Special Interview - Kim Hyun Joong
Looking from his outlook, he looks like an “urban style man” who is at a fancy café terrace drinking espresso and at the same time managing his schedule on his smart phone. But in actual fact, he is far from the image that we had imagined to be, he doesn’t enjoy using not just the smart phone but as well as the internet too. He is the “Analog man” who you meet once in a while at the soccer field asking “How are you doing?” more than sending mails via the mobile.

His “cool” talk about Korean drama 「Playful Kiss」
- From TV version to YouTube version, it’s quite a long time spent for one drama.
When one of the works such as albums and dramas etc has finished, I would think that another one more of my works has increased which in future I could show to my children and boast about it. This drama 「Playful Kiss」 is one of such works.

- For the filming of the YouTube version, was there any special experience that you had…Comparing to the broadcast on TV, there isn’t really much restriction to the “exposure of brand names”. During the broadcast on TV, as there are restrictions in regards to the exposure of brand names, there were many times we almost laughed out as we were trying to hide the brand names. Needless to say we have to also take note of the restriction in the midst of the dialogues and scenes…. So for the YouTube special version, we are free from all these restrictions and as we were able to act freely, which is very good as more possibilities are widened.

 This piece of work is your first drama as the leading actor alone, do you feel attached, regrets about it?-
For this work, I can feel how much responsibility there is alone as the leading actor.

- Unfortunately the viewership did not increase, in regards to this what do you think about it?Frankly speaking, I wasn’t worried about it. If I were to worry about the viewer ratings, surely from the beginning I would have choose a blockbuster drama. I have no regrets at all as I acted the character that I wanted to act as and I have work hard for it.

- how was the reactions around?
The people around are more worried about the ratings than I do. So on the contrary I encouraged and said, "As I have expected that it would be low, later it will go up"… (laughs)

- In the drama, with heroine Jung So Min having a sweet love story, is the style of love of Baek Seung Jo the same as Hyun Joong??
Totally different. Because I do not want to love like he did (laughs). He looks slightly unfriendly but in fact he is caring type of guy. While I’m acting as him, there are times when I could not agree with his style of love. I feel that if you like, you should express it out.

- while acting, in fact do you feel that you want to fall in love too?
In fact I haven’t really thought about it. Actually, I don’t really have the time for it…. The first thing that I could think of is “I want to sleep even for a minute more!” (laughs). This is how tight the filming schedule was. How can I be so carefree and think of “I want to be in love!” (laughs)?

- Following after 「Boys Over Flowers」, this time the story is also revolves around the school, other than the original story is adapted from manga, is there any other similarity?
Overall the lines seemed unnatural…(laughs). Yoon Ji Hoo and Baek Seung Jo’s lines and the way I talk, the words I used are a big difference. Well it can’t be helped since it’s a campus story.

- Have you thought about your next work or character?
I would like to try acting in action dramas or pure love story drama. As I have already acted as a romantic, kind character, I would like to try acting a bad character.

Analog boy, a glance at Kim Hyun Joong’s daily life- when you are not working, what do you do?
Definitely soccer! Even during the time filming 「Playful Kiss」, no matter how little time I have to sleep, I will definitely join in to play soccer. The members are made up from junior high school and high school students to elderly people. I’m always playing with my trainer and dancers.

- Heard that you have excellent reflexes. Which position are you at? 
Position doesn’t really matters in normal soccer team in the region (laughs). When I don’t have the strength, I will be at the back, it depends on the condition I am on that day and if it’s good I will attack. The position changed in according to the condition of the body at that time.

- Though there are a lot of artistes who are hooked onto smart phones and twitter, Hyun Joong didn't join in?
I hardly play games or use the internet. Usually I will check my mails, look at my news articles, visiting my fan café and leaving message…, 30minutes would be enough. I also don’t use a smart phone as I have no interest in it.

- do you often keep in contact with TVXQ’s Jae Joong and Yoo Chun?「Playful Kiss」 which I have acted in and Yoo Chun’s 「SungKyunKwan Scandal」 ended at the same time. Though it was decided to gather together but JYJ overseas activities had started so we could not carried out what we had promised…. I think when things have been settled, we would go have a drink together.

- It was said that you had a rival relationship with Yoo Chun. Even on the popularity polls, both of you were always fighting over the 1st and 2nd place….
Both of us have a lot in common, debuting from idol groups, started out our acting activities at around the same time. So we were being said as rivals. In such point of view, I think we are sort of rivals but in actual fact, we are really good friends.

Kim Hyun Joong’s roots, SS501

- music and acting, which do you greed for?
Which ever it is, it is hard to choose, to me both of them are important. Currently preparing the album to target it for May next year. There are a lot of things that I would like to try out next year. I would also like to have Asia Fan Meeting and World Fan Meeting.

- a lot of fans are worried about the future of SS501…We have spent a few years being together almost everyday. We do not contact each other everyday like lovers do but we do tell about our status. As each members are in their new management company, we talk about things like each of our working life doing what kind of work.

- are you in good terms with the members?
There isn’t any reason to become bad. Recently I had been mailing Kyu Jong and Young Saeng. For this year’s Christmas, I planned to spend it with Young Saeng and a few other friends.

- when will we be able to see activities as SS501?
I will not be able to say when. It seems to look like it’s difficult to gather 5 of us to work but actually it’s simple. What is clear is that the 5 of us will gather together at any time for the fans. However I’m not making irresponsible comments for just wanting the fans to wait for us. I think that for now is the period for us to grow which is necessary for each of us. In due time, I want to hold a concert for all the fans.

- what kind of concert would it be?
It will not be a profit earning concert. For the sake of fans that have waited for us, I want to have a concert where tickets will be cheaper and all the profits will be donated. But of course, this will have to be approved by each of our management companies else it will not be possible…. I would want to do that.

- separated from the group and experienced having solo activities, surely you have realized the importance of the members?
During the time having activities as a group, the missing part of each can be filled up by other members but it is not possible when being alone. So I will have to work 5 times harder.

"Little Yong-sama" Kim Hyun Joong's Challenge- since when the nickname “Little Yong-sama” was attached to the front of Hyun Joong’s name. Do you feel any pressure about it?
Whether or not, I must accept this challenge. Because Bae Yong Joon sunbae, I have became a little famous, I’m very thankful.

- you have participated in the event at Tokyo Dome on 14th December right.
As this event was held with a wonderful purpose, a lot of preparations were done. Especially on singing and also the stage performance….

- Among the overseas fans, is there any particular fans that left an impression?
I received letters written in Korean from a lot of overseas fans and a lot of them wrote very interesting things…(laughs). There is this particular Japanese fan. In the letter she wrote, “I love Hyun Joong more than my hubby.” Feeling a little troubled over it… (laughs)

- have you mentioned that you wanted to get married early…?
I thought of getting married when I’m 30yrs old but when I really think about it and realized that this plan is out of the way…. Being a star, is to enjoy having the spotlight on own self but I still feel the pressure…. So be it either in love or married, I probably will not let anyone know about it…

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My new Favourite..On Soundtrack Secret Garden

New K-drama means new soundtracks to listen to.:))

What's good about K-drama, while they produce good series/drama, they also put amazing soundtracks that leave a memory to the viewers. Opening song of Secret Garden immediately captured my senses. This particular song titled Appear by Kim Bum Soo is so upbeat you wanna tap your feet while humming and the same time continue watching. The rhythm is so relaxing...


As I was only in the first part yet of the drama, I will post the next song that was played that made it more beautiful.

That Woman

This one is a ballad song from Baek Ji Young..a beautiful melody, just apt for the scenes where Kim Joo Won ( Hyun Bin) can't stop thinking about Kil Ra Lim (Ha Ji Won)...

Watching Secret Garden, The Most Popular Drama of 2010

At last, I found the time to watch the most popular drama that ended a few weeks ago at Korea from SBS, the Secret Garden. I've read many articles about the drama and all were positive. Many fans of Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won were satisfied over the pairing of the two actors in the said drama. Of course, I was curious, but had to restrain myself from peaking or watching it because I was then watching another K-drama and I want to finish it first so that I can totally enjoy the next drama.

Admittedly, I was a fan of both Hyun Bin and Song Hye Kyo. I am also one of those who wish that they are still a couple despite the few negative rumours surfacing recently.

Anyway, back to Secret Garden...I started episode 1 last night to episode 3 and, yes, it started good. Ha Ji Won  looks pretty in her short hair and she looks great in her black outfit as a stunt woman, she reminded me of my favourite hollywood actress Angelina Jolie.

While Hyun Bin on the other hand looks gorgeous (always) and I like his character. A man who is kinda weak, in terms of action. Maybe it was because he was raised in a rich family where finesse is a must. He doesn't have a rough character who boast on being tough which is exactly the opposite of Ha Ji Won who lives a poor life and must struggle to be a stunt woman in order to live.

It was like "the rich-president of a multi company-meets-a- tough-penniless-lady". Some scenes are hilarious I find myself laughing.

Yes, there was a chemistry between the two actors. They look good together on screen.

Definitely, I will enjoy watching the rest of the episodes. 

about Secret Garden...

reposted from: http://asianmediawiki.com/Secret_Garden_(SBS-2010-Korean_Drama)

Secret Garden (SBS-2010-Korean Drama)


Kim Joo-Won (Hyun-Bin) is from a wealthy family, smart and good looking. He runs the luxurious Roel Department store, which his family owns. Oska (Yoon Sang-Hyun) is a popular singer around Asia, but he doesn't have musical talent. He is also a womanizer. Joo-Won and Oska are also cousins and highly competitive towards each other.
On a request by Oska, Joo-Won goes to pick up actress Park Chae-Rin from a shooting set. Joo-Won mistakes stunt woman Kil Ra-Lim (Ha Ji-Won) for Park Chae-Rin and takes stunt woman Ra-Lim to a hotel. Oska made the request in an attempt to prevent Park Chae-Rin from revealing their relationship to the press. At the hotel, Joo-Won discovers that the woman he picked is not actress Park Chae-Rim but a stunt woman. During this time, Joo-Won starts to experience strong feelings for the feisty stunt woman, even though she isn't his type. Joo-Won tried getting Ra-Lim out of his mind for Ra-Lim does not own a high status life nor is even rich. Nevertheless, Joo-Won can't stop thinking about Ra-Lim.
Later, Joo-Won sneaks into an action school to watch Ra-Lim. Meanwhile, Ra-Lim tries her best to ignore Joo-Won because she knew Joo-Wan belongs to another higher social level compared to her. Nevertheless, Ra-Lim can't help her blooming feelings towards Joo-Won.
Yeun-Sul (Kim Sa-Rang) and Oska are ex-lovers, but they can't seem to forget each other. Because Yeun-Sul had a high-living status, she was arranged to attend a blind date with Joo-Won. Even though Jo-Wan made it clear that he doesn't have interest in her, Yeun-Sul keep pursuing Joo-Won. Yeun-Sul knows Joo-Wan is Oska's cousins and wants to use Joo-Wan to get under Oska's skin. Yeun-Sul then manages to become the director for Oska's next music video. The video shoot takes place on Jeju Island.
Meanwhile, stunt woman Ra-Lim is a fan of Oska's music and wins a contest to go to Jeju Island with Oska himself. Ra-Lim also wanted to take part in Oska's music video. Joo-Won learns that Ra-Lim won the contest to spend time with Oska and decides to follow them to Jeju Island.
On Jeju Island, the main participants all gather. While they were mountain biking, Ra-Lim somehow gets separated from Joo-Won and Oska. Joo-oan searched frantically over Ra-Lim's disappearance and went searching for her. Eventually, Joo-Won was able to save Ra-Lim but ended up stranded in a mysterious place called 'Secret Garden'. Mysteriously, the owner of 'Secret Garden' seems to know Joo-Won and Ra-Lim very well. The owner presented two bottles of alcohol to Joo-Wan and Ra-Lim. They manage to get their way back to the hotel before night and went their separate ways. At night, Joo-Won and Ra-Lim face sleeping difficulties and took this time to clear their minds while having sips of their gifted alcohol individually. And a twist of intrigue took place in the plot when both Ra-Lim and Joo-Won switched souls!

Meet the casts:

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Ha Ji-WonHyun-Bin
Kil Ra-ImKim Joo-Won
stunt womanpres. of dept. store
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Yoon Sang-HyunKim Sa-RangPhillip LeeLee Jong-SukYoo In-Na
OskaYeun-SulIm Jong-SooSsunMin Ah Young
pop starCF directoraction directormusiciandept. store worker
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Kim Ji-SookPark Jun-KeumKim Sung-OhChoi Yoon-SoKim Seong-Kyeom
Moon Yeon-HongMoon Boon-HongKim Sung-OhKim Hee-WonMoon Chang-Soo
Oscar's momJoo-Won's momJoo-Won's secretaryJoo-Won's sisterJoo-Won's granddad
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Lee Byung-JoonSeong Byeong-SukYun Ki-WonKim GunYoo Seo-Jin
Park Bong-HoPark Bong-HeeChoi Dong-KyuYoo Jong-HunLee Ji-Hyun
dept. store directorChang-Soo's wifepresident of Oscar Ent.Oscar's managerJoo-Won's shrink
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Jang Seo-Won
Hwang Jung-Hwan
stunt man

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hyun Joong for Hang Ten


KHJ cut from DISC4 (from DISC4 of "5Men's 5Years DLX edition." )

BTS-KHJ ver. from Bonus Disc 2/2(BOF)k

BTS-KHJ ver. from Bonus Disc 1/2(BOF)

“IRIS 2″ to broadcast in winter 2011

Because of the huge success of IRIS with it's high rating of 39.9%, last 2009, it was considered a blockbuster espionage drama. IRIS is planning to broadcast it's sequel this winter 2011.
Producer Jung Tae Won from Taewon Entertainment recently met with a reporter and confirmed, “We are currently in the process of writing the screenplay for ‘IRIS 2′. It will be broadcast around this upcoming winter.
CEO Jung continued, “We have another project planned before the broadcast of ‘Iris 2′, which a lot of people have been showing interest in. I want to try a new blockbuster style that hasn’t been done up until now. Viewers can consider it the Korean version of ‘Troy,’ as the drama is centered around maritime warfare.”
The ‘Korean Troy’ is currently in its production stages and recently began creating the script. A substantial cast of idols is expected to be included in the line-up, with as many as seven leading roles. Because the script is not complete yet, the casting and broadcast schedules are not finalized yet.
Jung continued, “We’re still writing the script with the goal of to begin filming by fall. The actualbroadcast date has yet to be decided.”
When asked about whether the original ‘IRIS’ cast would return (particularly Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee), he replied, “We can only discuss castings after the script has been completed. All of the possibilities are left open, but there is nothing confirmed yet.”
However he continued, “We will think about who to cast after writing the screenplay. We are currently writing two versions – one with all the same actors/actresses from ‘IRIS’, and the other with only some of the same actors/actresses. If the screenplay is great, I’m sure the previous cast members will be up for participating in its sequel.

definitely, i will be watching the sequel:))
hoping that the two main lead star, LBH and KTH will join the sequel...