Photo by blog.daum.com/Elley0606 Translation by: Japanese to Korean translation by Lafone / liezle.blogspot.com
In the center of the unprecedented second Hanryu boom, there are a lot of superstars, talented in both of singing and acting. Kim Hyun Joong, introduced in the top, is a member of SS501, one of the most popular pop group in Korea ; he is now breaking into a stardom as an actor. With his crisp smile, he may knock out the Japanese girls ?
The person who accelerates the 2ndHanryu Boom is Kim Hyun Joong, a member of KPop group SS501, and is now spotlighted as a leading male actor. He called the attention as HanazawaRui (YoonJiHoo) of Korean version of BOF, climbing up the steps to the stardom after acting as a genius with a hot-cold personality, Irie Naoki (BaekSeungJo) in Playful Kiss. His popularity is rapidly growing without ceiling.
“ The year of 2010 was a substantial year for me, not only of shooting of my first leading role drama, Playful Kiss, but also having had a lot of opportunities to perform in many countries. I had very little time to stay in Korea. In Japan I was so busy, and it made me dizzy (laugh) When I am busy, I try to enjoy it to the maximum. Because I believe it will lead me to show my best performance as artist”
The role of cool, nice-looking guy which he acted in BOF and Playful Kiss is perfectly suited to him. Does he happen to be a hot-cold personality in a real life when he is in love ?
“ I am bashful in front of strangers, people may think that I am such type (laugh). But once I am fallen in love with someone, I completely devote myself to her. I can do for her every sort of things, leaving nothing to be desired. If I have a date with a girlfriend in Japan? Well, I would like to visit Sapporo (the metropolitan city in Hokkaido, the most noth part of Japan) and to enjoy a hotspring, looking at snowy landscape. “
“ It may be fantastic to see a beautiful scenery of the sea in an island of Okinawa where I visited once. I do not play any marine sport, to tell the truth, because I am afraid of being in the sea.”
Asked about his favorite female fashion style, he pointed out the cover page of our magazine, Spring. By sorting page by page, he said in Japanese “ this is NG ! “ , pointing the lady with mode-makeup (a bit heavy make-up style). In terms of both fashion and make-up, “I prefer a natural and crystal image. As a color, I like beige, white which gives refined, soft and warm image, rather than clear vivid colors such as red and yellow. When it comes to my fashion favorite, “grunge style” is my basic. I like a long and loose top and tight pant. That’s my recent favorite style.”
What are your objectives for 2011 ?
“ To release two solo albums as well as acting in one drama. I have an ambition to have a concert for all the Asian fans in future, and therefore, I would like to establish a solid position as singer with my solo albums. In drama, I would like to challenge for a villain part, and would like to act many characters, thus showing unforeseen part of myself. “
Kim Hyun Joong participated in the public filming of DATV Charity program 「Message To Asia」 at Tokyo Dome in December. Recently, his activities as an actor stands out but this time at this event, he sang the theme song in japanese and it has been a while since he appeared on stage as a singer showing his charm. “It really has been a while since I’m able to appear as a singer and I’m very happy. Also it was meaningful to me to be able to sing the theme song. To be able to sing in front of everyone, I myself enjoyed it. I thought that it’s really great to be able to join such a good event at the end of the year. I feel that the year 2010 has end off well.”
Looking back at Kim Hyun Joong in 2010, the first that comes to mind is the drama 「Playful Kiss」. In his earlier drama 「Boys Over Flowers」, he acted as F4 which is played by 4 members but this time Kim Hyun Joong plays the leading role. Therefore he has more appearance in scenes and during filming he hardly has any time to sleep. “Filming was really tough. Stress has been piling up and there was no time to reduce that stress. So there isn’t any way to relieve stress (laughs)”
Even after the filming of 「Playful Kiss」, he haven’t been able to take a break slowly.
“The filming ended at the end of October and then consistently continuing a lot of schedule, like participating in the Asia Games Opening Ceremony and there is also commercial filming work. So still hardly taken a rest yet.”
When asked if he is able to take a break what would he want to do and he replied with such an answer. “Thinking back, it didn’t cross my mind of any thing in particular that I want to do. Ahh, but, I would want to go to Jeju Island with my family. Then work again after resting and played a little. (laughs)”
He will be working on the production of the new album. In 2011, seems like it will be hard to keep one’s eyes off Kim Hyun Joong who will still be running on.
Kim Hyun Joong
2005 :Debut as Leader of Idole group SS501
2007: Debut in Japan with his single album “Kokoro“ (=Heart)
2007: 1st career as actor in BOF
He participated in DaTV’s charity event, “Smile Project” which many top stars from Asia joined.
This charity event is to contribute to the disadvantaged children in Asia. It is just a small project but it will give hope for them. I hope that there will be more and more projects with good objectives like this in future. I would like to have another opportunities to join.
Question: What is your impression of Tokyo Dome? Leader : It was an honor to be on such a huge stage of Tokyo Dome. I have been dreaming of performance at Tokyo Dome, and therefore, my dream came true. I would like to do my best so that I will be able to have an exclusive concert there in the future. (While he was talking about his dream about Tokyo Dome, his eyes sparkled )
** Be nice to me performance **
Question: What kind of impression about Japanese fans do you have? Leader : I am impressed that they became so passionate. When we had a Concert in Japan, they just quietly applauded. But with growing popularity of Kpop here in Japan, they are now passionate as much as Koreans. As I felt such drastic change directly, I was able to enjoy the performance by myself. (* Many Japanese fans screamed “Leader!” each time he was on a stage. Actually, the majority of penlight was green!)
Question: What made you to decide to join this project ? Leader :I have been recently interested in charity event and I happened to hear about Tokyo Dome charity event. For me, it was a good opportunity as I have been dreaming of stage at Dome.
** Presentation scene of Auction item of Leader **
FYI, he donated the suit he wore when he sang “Sunshine Again”
Question : What kind of charity event, would you like to participate ? Leader : Not only for smile project, I would like to do something for children, as I have many opportunities to visit foreign countries.
** BYI ssi on the stage **
Question : Could you tell us about BYJ ssi ? Leader : This is the first time that I was on the same stage with senior Yong Joon. I was much impressed and understand now why he was called “ Yongsama (=nim) “ in Japan. I would like to follow Young Joon Hyun who have implementing many charity events, and will work harder so that I will be able to have some events by my name in the future. It will be nice if I could have an event to invite not only Asian but also world-wide artists there.
Question : Any episode with Bae Yong Joonssi ? Leader : He told me in joke that he would like to challenge for singing and dancing the next year. I said that I would help him then as a senior in singing. (laugh) In 2011, I am going to release solo albums, I would like to show you much powerful perfful and various performance.
** Mr. Tetsuya Komuro, Producer’s speech and Leader’s singing of the theme-song.
Question: Any episode with Mr. Komuro? Leader : It was a great honor for me to sing a theme song made by Mr. TestuyaKomuro, one of the greatest producers in Japan. I was so happy that he created this song especially for me. I would like to work together with him when I have a chance to release an album in Japan.
Question : Impression on the artists at Dome ? Leader On Vaness : As he has activities in Korea, I met him a few times. So I feel him very close.
Leader on Gackt (Japanese Rock singer ) : I met him for the first time yesterday. I felt that he was so unique, having his own charm we can only see in him.
Leader on Hwanhee : I could not see him for a long time. Therefore, I was so happy to see him again at this kind of event. I am happy to be able to be on the stage with such fantastic artists this time and I would like to appreciate for it.
Question : Any message for fans ? Leader : First of all, I would like to extend my appreciation to those who came to this event yesterday, and I do hope that they would support this kind of event in future as well. I will work hard so that I will be able to implement some event with charity, not just performance.(End of the first video)
Question : What made you smile recently ? Leader : Ah ~~~ Beef bowl !(his favorite Japanese food) As I like Beef bowl, I naturally smile while eating it(in a laugh)
Question : What’s your favorite Japanese food except for beef bowl ? Leader : Ramen and curry rice (in a smile ) The real Indian curry use many spices, which are not palatable to Koreans. We, Koreans rather like Japanese curry .
Question : Japanese word you like the best? Leader : Japanese ? “ Hurry up ! “ (HayakuHayaku in Japanese, and in a laugh) Reason why I like it ? As I am rather impatient, I prefer to do anything Immediately.
Question : When do you feel happy? Leader : Singing a song at stage as well as acting, and learning about acting. I enjoy all of this and feel happy. Happiness is not something special. If I do something I like, I feel happy. Also, in order to achieve my goal, I work hard together with my fellows, and that’s the moment I feel happiness.
Question: Appreciation about fans’ consideration? Leader : Including male fans, they always support me. In spite of the opposite views from surrounding peple, they have continuously been on my side with belief in me which touched me a lot.
Question : Base for future activities? Leader : Not only in Korea, I would like to work in Asia as singer, and I would like to expand my acting activities.
Question : Future plan ? Leader : I will continue to be singer as well as actor. For those who like me as actor, I would like to do my best so that they will love me as singer, and for those who like me as singer, I would like to attract them as actor. I am going to release my first solo album in May or June which includes a Japanese title song. Please give it your support. After promotion activities of the solo album, I have a plan to act again.
Question : Message for Japanese fans, please ! Leader : I will continue to work hard as singer and actor. I appreciate your support. Also, I can assure you much expectation for the first solo album. Thank you !