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F4’s influence is really shocking! Korean version of “Boys over Flower” is currently airing in Taiwan, and led by F4 member Kim Hyun Joong, SS501’s Taipei fanmeeting initial sales on the Dragonboat Festival was great, selling more than 90% on in 1 day.

After organizer Brook Brothers announced SS501’s Asia Tour Fanmeeting in Taipei will be held on June 28 at Taipei International Convention Center, Taiwan fans have been excited, even Japanese, Korean and European fans have said they’ll fly over to support them, all competing to snatch for tickets. This resulted in many fans queuing overnight outside various Rose Records stores, causing only 300 tickets to be left out of the 3100 tickets on sale on the day of the Dragonboat Festival.

According to representatives from Warner Music and the organizer, who flew to Korea recently to have a meeting with SS501, the members not only welcomed them graciously, leader Kim Hyun Joong enthusiastically invited everyone to eat the fried chicken he models for, Kim Hyun Joong’s warm and generous nature, is as if Yoon Ji Hoo-sunbae from “Boys over Flower” appeared.

Recently, the fried chicken brand that Kim Hyun Joong models for is currently holding a “Looking for Kim Hyun Joong’s girlfriend” activity, and upon hearing the slogan “Simply buy fried chicken, and have a chance to be Kim Hyun Joong’s girlfriend for a day”, this caused a popular craze of eating fried chicken among Korean women. When SS501 heard that “Boys over Flower” OST album sales exceeded platinum sales within a week of sales, they felt very shocked and happy, and are extremely looking forward to their visit in June.

Am I alien?

original in japanese: ぴあ
reposted by: SS601 / cite
translated into chinese: julieann / hyunjoongchina
translated into english: happiebb / bb’s blog

credit: hyun_ki @ kimhyunjoong.ipbfree.com

Am I Alien?

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Kim Hyun Joong’s Real Self

His near-perfect appearance, coupled with his natural, unassuming and straightforward personality, translates into a boy who embodies the charisma from two polar ends.

He is the leader of the band, SS501, and he’s also the young man who has shone exceptionally through his acting debut in Boys Over Flowers; Kim Hyun Joong who is only 23 years old this year. When we talk about Kim Hyun Joong, there are two main things that people would say about him normally. One is to describe him as the boy with perfect looks, and the other is to call him an ET or 4D (4-dimensional).

Towering at over 180cm, he’s tall and lanky with a near-perfect frame, and his personality is just very interesting, cute and adorable. His thinking and logic are often as hard to read and as unpredictable as aliens. That’s why everyone is used to calling him 4D. This is Kim Hyun Joong whose popularity is near explosive right this moment.

As a singer, he often and quite expectantly gives people the feeling that he’s cool. But when watching him on variety programs, one is often shocked and wonders, “Can he really show others this side of him?”

Kim Hyun Joong is someone who does not hide and is not pretentious. Even the way he wrapped himself in the blanket and just plain refused to get out of bed was a hot talking point, and this alone made him very popular amongst the production team. Because his performance and reactions are so unguarded and natural, and the way he’s not pretentiously coy only serves to make people adore him more.

As the leader of an idol group, he will sometimes show his matured side, and will work hard and not bring trouble to others. But there’re also times when he acts in a self-centred manner. Such a natural and wide-ranging character has also become part of his charm and magic. An influential person in the industry once said, “Although Hyun Joong may look nonchalant and doesn’t care for much, he’s actually full of humanity.”

Although there’re times when his actions baffle everyone around him, and people also worry about his ‘sudden outburst or unexpected reaction’, why then does everyone still like him so much? What is Kim Hyun Joong really like as a person? Let us take a real good look at his real self.

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Kim Hyun Joong, who is both the leader of SS501 and also an actor…
The up-and-rising star Kim Hyun Joong who has won praises and attention through Boys Over Flower…
Are there worries hidden behind his success?
What, really, is going on?



“Refuse to let anyone look down on me!
I am only focused on acting out the role of Yoon Jihoo…”

In the first half of this year, there’s a drama that every household in Korea knows about, and that’s the drama adapted from the Japanese manga writer Yoko Kamio’s work, Boys Over Flowers that captured the whole of Asia.

Kim Hyun Joong’s role is Rui Hanazawa from F4, Yoon Jihoo (Korean version). His performance won the hearts of the young women of today. But at the beginning when accepting the role, it was really one big challenge, and during that time the majority questioned his ability to handle the role.

So, does Kim Hyun Joong have the determination to really become an actor? This is also one important question.

“Actually I did not have any thoughts (of acting) during that time.” He did not even hesitate to consider when he answered that question.

Then, what was the reason that had caused him to make up his mind, and also to use this acting opportunity to capture the viewers’ eyeballs?

“Actually from the time of my debut, I had never even once thought of acting. It’s just this one lucky chance that made me into (almost) an actor. At that time, I was thinking that since the opportunity is here, so I just decided to show everyone my acting effort that I would try my best to do!”

It was with such a thought that Kim Hyun Joong started his first contact with acting. What’s more his maiden experience in acting had to be this significantly important piece of work (Boys Over Flowers) which had already caused such a storm in Taiwan, Japan and other parts of Asia. For this young man who was first trying his hand at acting, he must have felt a tremendous amount of stress and pressure.

But Kim Hyun Joong said, “I didn’t want people to see the part of me that is not as good, and I ccouldn’t have people look down on me.”

And most importantly, he did not want to see the reputation that SS501 has so painstakingly built up through the years go down the drain just because of his poor acting. At that time, acting was still so unfamiliar to him, he could only digest the script and the lines in the way that he knew best how to, and to give his all to immerse himself into the character.

“I bought two copies of the original manga and placed them in my room; the idea was so that I could read and do research anytime I want. I didn’t want to portray the Rui Hanazawa from the Japanese manga whom everyone is so familiar with. I wanted to add abit of my own magic to create a totally new character.

My thinking was to retain the essence of the original story, but put more heart into showing a Rui Hanazawa who can give up everything and not have a care in the world just because of a woman.

At that time, really, all I wanted was to give it everything I have to do a good job. Although my condition wasn’t very good when we first started filming, but I really didn’t want people to laugh at me, and I was so afraid of being mocked. I was just thinking of all these things during that time, and just didn’t bother about anything else and gave it everything I had and did my best.”

In Boys Over Flowers, Rui (Jihoo) was a quiet man who, at the same time, was so mysterious and hard to comprehend. Whenever his beloved Jandi was in trouble, he would appear right beside her just like the ever-elegant and gallant Prince Charming riding on a white horse, like a prince who would be there just for her. This alone was already enough to capture any woman’s heart. Once they’ve laid eyes on him, it’s not possible to look away, and they would literally suffer from Jihoo-fluenza. ;D ;D ;D

“But in the beginning I was painfully shy and did not dare to act out anything at all. During the first broadcast, I was so shy that I could not watch it with my family. When it was about to air, I hid myself first and watched it on my own (laughs).

At that time, I totally could not grasp and understand the meaning of acting, and I only did it my own way.

Like there was one scene I was supposed to show that I was very angry and had to hit the steering wheel to express my anger. But I did not know how to control my own strength, and ended up using alot of force to hit the steering wheel, so much so that even the the sleeve of my clothes was ripped and torn.”

But it was precisely such training and experience that Kim Hyun Joong slowly developed an interest in acting, and came up with his own style and method in terms of acting.

“This is really a method that I had figured out on my own. At least 20 minutes before the actual acting, I will go and create the space and emotions needed for the character.

And the second thing is that the moment the PD shouts CUT, I have to jump out of the character immediately.

When we’re filming, we don’t always film at the same place all the time, we will move to different places or sets, so this method is very useful when it comes to treating scenes that require different emotions and feelings. And it’s also a very important technique.”

If I do not get rid of Yoon Jihoo,
I too will not be able to grow

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In order to portray the character Jihoo perfectly, his room was full of the manga books. And in order to act out the different feelings required from different scenes, he has also learnt to slip in and out of character… All these are the effort he’s put in so that he could do better.

But his hard work and effort did not go to waste. Yoon Jihoo has become synonymous with the romantic perfect guy. Nowadays, no matter which generation, all women will say that their ideal type of man is Yoon Jihoo.

Regarding this social phenomenon, what are Kim Hyun Joong’s thoughts?

“To be able to be a part of this drama… that’s absolutely and certainly one very fortunate thing in my life. To have received such love as Yoon Jihoo, I feel very happy and blessed.

But to be honest, Yoon Jihoo is completely different from me! (laughs)

Although there’s some similarity from the aspect of our gentle nature, but I’m more like than man than Yoon Jihoo, more masculine! So i think there isn’t much common ground between us.

And more importantly, Yoon Jihoo is someone who will only appear in Boys Over Flowers, while I’m a real person.”

Kim Hyun Joong, he wants to rid himself of Yoon Jihoo. He said this in a very natural and straightforward manner. “If I don’t rid himself of him, then I too will not grow, and there won’t be any improvement.” He smiled as he was saying this.

To continue to charge forward one step at a time after achieving a certain success, that’s his goal in life. Where’s the source of the motivation propelling him to do things like this?

“O… Actually in my mind, there’re three kinds of entertainment work, music, acting and variety shows. I do not wish to just concentrate on one kind, I hope to do well in all!”

His reply surprised the editors. We know he cares a lot for music and acting, but we did not expect that variety programs too have a spot in Kim Hyun Joong’s heart.

“I really love variety programs. Because I think in music, acting and in variety shows, different sides of Kim Hyun Joong are being shown. I really wish that when viewers see variety programs that I appear in, they will immediately think that so long as there’s Kim Hyun Joong, it will be something interesting.

Even if the camera’s following me and filming me really close, I don’t find it annoying (laughs) Coz I think one is not an entertainer if he/she hates having the camera on him/her. And he/she has also lost the right to be an entertainer. I want to do the work that I’m supposed to do with a happy heart.

I really enjoy signing autographs for my fans. And it’s precisely because I’m popular, that’s why there’re people wanting my autographs, so I think signing autographs is great.

No matter when, I hope to be able to enjoy this kind of popularity, and it’s also doing something good for people who like me.”

My goal is not just to penetrate the world,
I want to become the No.1 star in the universe!

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Right from his debut, Kim Hyun Joong has already made up his mind to work hard for the fans who like him. But what about Kim Hyun Joong’s inner heart? Aren’t there times when he feels pain or unhappy?

“Of course there will be times like this. When I’m unhappy, I will go to the office to practise my dance. Coz when you’re practising, you will feel that you’re growing and getting better.”

Korean entertainers all like to say this: To work harder and let everyone see a better form.

But these words, when coming out from Kim Hyun Joong’s mouth, come across as unusually real and sincere. Although his expression is still that of nonchalance and looking as though he doesn’t really care, but from his expression, we could see this young man’s true heart. All he wishes for is to make the people who like him, happy.

This Kim Hyun Joong as we know him has already returned to SS501, and they’re planning a series of activities. Not so long ago, they were in Japan to promote the Japanese album All My Love that has just been released in Japan. Next, they will hold a concert in Budokan in Japan, and also to warm up and gear up for their Asian tour.

“Am really looking forward to the performance at Budokan in Japan! Although many people would say it’s still too early for us to go to Budokan, but we absolutely will make this concert a great one, a successful one!

I know we still need to be put in a lot more hard work, like in video, music, stage effects, and also live and stage performance, or even the combination with magic, etc… We wish to hold a very interesting concert.

We want to make it such that friends who come and see us must experience at least one moment that they just can’t take their eyes off the us, or think that the stage effects are really so great… Just one moment of that will be enough.

We will continue to have more exchanges and discussions with the members and the staff to discuss about what we want to present to everyone. But it will definitely be the best…!”

There is no trace of Yoon Jihoo in the Kim Hyun Joong in front of us now; it has been replaced by the leader of SS501. Kim Hyun Joong, his face is full of such confidence. Then, lastly, let us ask him, “What is your goal?”

“Hehe, my goal is not just to become an Asian star. Not even the world. I want to be the No.1 star in the entire universe!!” [biggrin] [biggrin]

This boy… he really is a boy who can make people feel that whatever he says is interesting. What would his next step be?

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The man of the universe: Kim Hyun Joong!

Let us wait and watch out for more shiny rays to emit from you!

(No matter if it’s music, acting, or variety programs, I want to do them perfectly!)

Kim Hyun Joong’s 4D Test:
Rui Hanazawa (Yoon Jihoo) vs Kim Hyun Joong

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1. Personality

“He’s not at all like Jihoo…” His co-stars all agreed unanimously. ^_______^

Hyun Joong is different from the calm, steady and quiet Jihoo; he’s always joking at the filming sets, and he’s also the livewire who is the source of laughter and giggles, he’s completely demonstrated his pure and innocent nature.

“I’m a lot more manly than Jihoo..” Hyun Joong himself emphasized this point.

2. Dressing

Jihoo basically dressed in white-coloured clothes that are princely-looking.

But Hyun Joong himself prefers black, and even his bags, etc, are mainly in black as well. Black on him seems to have the effect of letting people know of his existence as a leader.

3. Music

Jihoo is a artsy performer of musical instruments.

Although Hyun Joong too loves music, and can play the guitar, piano, etc, there was once he was supposed to play the guitar in a program, he was perhaps too nervous, so his performance was not really perfect. But everyone still think he’s very cute, ya? That is his charm!

Credits : Chinatimes + (English Translation) xiaochu @ Quainte501.com

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Korean drama ‘Boys Over Flowers’ is currently being broadcasted on GTV, and after the announcement that main leads, Lee MinHo and Goo HyeSun will be coming to Taiwan for promotional activities on 3-June, Kim HyunJoong who acts as Yoon JiHoo in the drama will also visit Taiwan with his group, SS501 on 26-June for 4 days, and will hold a fan meeting at Taiwan International Convention Centre on 28-June at 7pm.

SS501 has gathered attention as they sang for F4 Yoon JiHoo’s theme song ‘Because I am Stupid’, and there has been rumors that SS501 will also perform in the Golden Melody Awards held on 27-June. However, the joint organizer AzioTV says that they did not send the invitation, and indicates that they knew that SS501 would be here for an activity, and so would not consider them since they are not here especially for the awards show.

Kim HyunJoong getting all the popularity through ‘Boys Over Flowers’ will lead SS501 to do a series of promotional activities in Asia. Their handshake session held in Tokyo on 17-May gathered 7,000 fans and they will also head over to Hong Kong for a fan meeting on 1-July. Organised by Brokers Brothers Herald, the highest priced ticket for the Taiwan fan meeting is NTD 3,800. This fan meeting is also the critical consideration that SS501 couldn’t attend the Golden Melody Awards. AzioTV frankly revealed that overseas guests for Golden Melody Awards had always had their other activities after the awards ceremony and that their other activities cannot be involved with monetary terms. This terms and conditions cannot be changed and they had not made any request for invitation through Warner music.

Credits : SS601.com + (English Translation) xiaochu @ Quainte501.com

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‘Flower Boy’ Kim HyunJoong, Kim Bum…competes for best newcomer, daesang in drama section

The lead actors for this year’s hottest drama KBS 2TV ‘Boys Over Flowers’, Kim HyunJoong and Kim Bum will compete against each other in ‘2009 Korea Junior Star Awards (KJSA)’. Both of them has been selected as one of the candidate for daesang and newcomer awards in the drama section for ‘2009 Korea Junior Star Awards’. This award ceremony is to present acting awards to youngsters who will be in charge of the next generation’s hallyu wave and other child actors.

‘Korea Junior Star Awards’ sponsored by Korea Movie Producer Association will be held on 23rd, 2pm at Seoul KwangJin-gu NeungDong Universal Art Center.

–> Oops, Late news…so I googled on the winners of this awards..
http://sportsworldi.segye.com/Articles/Ent…1=50&subctg2=00
Seems like Kim HyunJoong won the drama section’s best newcomer awards with Ah Rong from SBS drama ‘Jamyunggo’

real post date: Tuesday May 12, 2009 Taiwan

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The Korean version of <Meteor Garden> broadcasted its first episode on Sunday with an average rating of 1.33%, which is only one fifth of <My Queen>’s. Ethan Ruan defeats Korean F4, making Korea’s <Meteor Garden> lose in the battle between Taiwan and Korea. Fans are trying hard to help promote <Boys Over Flowers> on the web, while criticizing CTV for cutting too many scenes, horrible Mandarin dubbing, and switching insert songs, making <Boys Over Flowers> lose its original flavor.

It’s not the first time the dubbing has been criticized when Korean dramas are broadcasted in Taiwan. Although the dubbing is to service the majority of viewers, due to cultural differences, the Mandarin dubbing often hinders viewers from getting into the drama. Viewer, Jen says, “Lee Min Ho’s sexy and raspy voice is gone…Jan Di’s voice sounds fake, and isn’t the voice dub for Kim Hyun Joong too girly?”

In addition, the insert songs are different from the original broadcasted version in Korea, which has lead to big disapproval from the audience shouting out, “No feel”. A netizen wrote, “I’m very disappointed after watching the first episode. I think this is too much. I was already very upset with the fact that it’s dub, but I never thought that they would also change the insert songs as well.” The viewers are also questioning as to why the scenes where Goo Joon Pyo was picking out shoes and when the three students were sent to pull a prank on Geum Jan Di after being beaten with golf sticks were cut.

In regards to the netizens’ protest, CTV expresses that what they broadcasted was what was given to them by GTV. They did not make any edits or switch insert songs.

GTV explains that the overseas version of Korean dramas are often not the same as the original, and that they have really not made any edits to the episodes.

Source : UDN

credit: SS501 Kim HyunJoong forum @ crunchyroll.com

I’m not sure if this is the official cover, since the covers listed on several online shopping sites are temporary images:

Was browsing for some stuff and came across this. It is to be released on the 25th of this month.

Tracklist

01. Sometimes – SS501
02. My everything – 이민호 (Lee Minho)
03. 비워내기 – 김준 (feat. 김조한)
04. 지금 만나러 갑니다 – 김범 (Kimbum)
05. 행복이란 – 김현중 (Kim Hyunjoong)
06. 가슴이 어떻게 됐나봐 – A&T
07. 나쁜 마음을 먹게해 (클럽버젼) – 티맥스 (T-MAX)
08. 나쁜 마음을 먹게해 (발라드버젼) – 티맥스(T-MAX)
09. 나쁜 마음을 먹게해 (댄스버젼) – 티맥스(T-MAX)
10. 숨겨봐도 안되는 마음 – 이지혜 (Lee Ji-Hye)
11. 널 사랑해(Bang Bang Boom!) – 티맥스(T-MAX)

 

Finally, F4 Sepcial Edition which consists of drama ‘Boys Over Flowers’ leading actors F4, Goo Joon Pyo, Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung, Song Woo Bin’s singing, will be released on 25-May.

Kim Hyun Joong (Yoon JiHoo)’s ‘Happiness is’ is a hit song in the 70s by Jo Seung Woo’s father, Jo Kyung Soo. He sang the song thinking about the meaning of a genuine love, singing with an infuriated voice expressing the grief and sadness. In addition, SS501’s ‘Sometimes’ is composed by Han Jae Ho, who composed for KARA’s ‘Pretty Girl’, and Kim Seung Soo. The song expresses the bold love confession and with the melody of the strings instruments, the song gives the sweet feeling of the heart.

 

Available on: yesasia.

 

credit: dolus_specialis @ community.livejournal.com/hydkorea

credits : yes24 + SS601.com + (English Translation) xiaochu @ Quainte501.com

NOW I AM EXCITED
60MINS!!!!!!!!!!

PS : many of you know how many SP of Jdramas are flashbacks……. please don’t disappoint me, bof.

 


 

KBS2 hit drama “Boys Over Flowers” will finish up their F4 music drama on May 19th and it’ll be airing on Mnet, starting at 6pm for a full hour (60 minutes).
 

“F4 After Story” will again tell the myth of the four people, F4 and their story will be told in a music drama format. They have aired the Kim Bum & Kim Joon’s part a few weeks back, and fans are waiting for Lee Min Ho & Kim Hyun Joong’s part to come out. This Tuesday, we’ll finally watch their part of the “After Story” on the full hour special edition of “F4 After Story” on Mnet.
 

In addition, “F4 After Story” will release its background music through Mnet music portal side (www.mnet.com) on the same day.

 

credit: scentofyours @ community.livejournal.com/hydkorea


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