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110712 Eric And Park Yoochun Have An Attention Grabbing Strategy Of Sharing Similar Attributes?

Idol stars of the old and new generation are battling it out in the drama industry on Mondays and Tuesdays. Eric(32-Moon Jung Hyuk) and Park Yoochun(25) are grabbing the attention of their viewers by sharing similar attributes.

In KBS2′s ‘Spy Myeong Wol’ which began airing on the 11th, Shinhwa’s Eric  showcased a variety of charms as Hallyu star Kang Woo to leave viewers with a strong first impression in his first drama since completing his mandatory military service. With the beautiful country of Singapore as his background, Eric used his experience of living in the USA to speak fluent English and even showcased his dancing skills by acting out a scene in which Kang Woo rehearses his choreography with his backdancers. In a shower scene, he attempted to capture the hearts of his female viewers by showing off his toned upper body.

JYJ’s Park Yoochun appears in MBC’s ‘Miss Ripley’, which airs at the same time as Eric’s drama, and is utilizing the same strategies as Eric. Having grown up in the USA as a child, Park Yoochun showcased his fluent English-speaking skills by giving a speech in English during the drama. He even expressed his worries about Jang Miri through a shower scene.

The person who won the first round is Park Yoochun. ‘Miss Ripley’ was in the lead with nationwide viewer ratings of 14.2% (according to AGB Nielson Media Research) while ‘Spy Myeong Wol’ began with the lowest ratings of 9.6%. On the other hand, SBS’ ‘Warrior Baek Dong Su’ had ratings of 12.7%.

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Eric – Yunho drama “Poseidon” will air in May of next year on SBS

Singer and actor Eric’s released from military service and TVXQ member Yunho participation in the new drama “Poseidon” which is schedule to air the first half of next year have attracted a lot of attention.

An official from “Poseidon” production in the afternoon on December 28 on a phone interview stated, “A letter from SBS Network sent to production of drama “Poseidon” that will be scheduled to be airing in May of next year”. However, due to variable combined circumstances is not yet confirmed.

Currently airing on SBS are “Athena” which will be subsequent by drama “Midas”, therefore the drama “Poseidon ” is expected to be aired sometime in May of next year.

“Poseidon” is the first Coast Guard Marine drama. In this drama the hard work, the good spirit and sacrificed made by these commandos, Eric, Kim Kang Woo, Kim Wook Bin, Yunho, Kim Ga Yeong, Jeon Hye Bin, Kim Kab Su, So Hyeon Ju are also part of the cast.
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In addition, “Poseidon” production will consist of, “All In”, “Heat”, “Swallow the Sun” director Yu Cheol Yong, Direcctor from “Sad Love Story” and ” The way of Live” Producer Oh Sang Won. Director of co-production and “Iris” writer Jo Kyu Weon.

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101031 Shinhwa’s Eric and DBSK’s Yunho in Same Drama?

Sometime last week, a video surfaced of Eric, Yunho and Kim Kang Woo training together with Incheon special forces. From this, many speculated the possibility of all three of them being cast together in an upcoming drama ‘Poseidon’.

Representatives from the actors’ management agencies spoke up and said, “It’s true that they were taking a test onsite after receiving an offer to participate in the drama, but the final casting has not been decided yet. The final casting will be decided through the results of the test and by an observation of how well they work with the rest of the team.”

Since this time, Eric and Kim Kang Woo have both been confirmed to take a role with Kim Kang Woo taking the lead. Yunho was also confirmed, but SM Entertainment retracted this and clarified by saying that nothing was finalized. Nonetheless, many people believe there is still a high probability that Yunho will also join the cast.

‘Poseidon’ is set to start airing early next year, and it is Korea’s first series about coast guards.

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I’m loving Yunho’s short haircut! :)

Andy of Shinhwa talked about the DBSK-SM dispute during a TV interview:

“TVXQ….” Andy’s Meaningful Advice

“Leaving the company is the second trial which is harder from the debut time.”

“It will be hard, like having to debut all over again.”

Andy, member of idol group Shinhwa with the longest career, who is in the middle of his solo activities, revealed his “personal opinion” about TVXQ’s situation which is a hot issue in the K-pop world.

Andy who debuted in 1999 under the same company as TVXQ, SM Entertainment, as Shinhwa, has gained lots of popularity. But as soon as the exclusive contract was over, he and the rest of the members had to move to another entertainment company and continuously did activities with passion.

Recently,in the interview with Sports Dong-A, Andy cautiously stated “I sincerely would like TVXQ and their fans who have been with them since the beginning to get back together and continue their activities.” and “They should know that if they find another way, they have to start all over again.”

The days after leaving Shinhwa’s debut company, Andy says, “It was a great difficulty,” and stressed “They should know that when they leave their debut company, it takes more effort and it is two – three times harder than when they first debuted.”

While Shinhwa’s group activity is on hold due to its members on army service, Andy has continued with his solo activities and scouted new singers, and has turned into a CD producer. In his own company, he has assembled a casting team, and together with (the casting team) has been searching for new entertainers/trainees.

Because of this, Andy is looking at the music industry as a producer. With his experience, he added, “Idol groups that gained popularity quickly think that their efforts are what’s important, but still thinking that it is dangerous,”and “You must acknowledge the fact that the company has capabilities and talent.”

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Like what I have said on the previous article where Andy also talked about this issue, I think it’s Andy and the other Shinhwa boys who would know best what the DBSK members are undergoing at this time. They once experienced almost the same thing also under the same management company, and if anyone were to understand what our boys are really feeling right now, it would be them.

I must admit that Andy has a point when he said that it would be hard for the members to  deal with their careers  after this dispute is over (especially if two of them stay at SM while the other three leave) but I believe that our boys will be able to get past that “hardship” stage. Yes, at some point they have to do things again but I wouldn’t classify it as “starting all over again” like what Andy called it. Our boys will not really be “starting all over again” because we, their fans, won’t leave them no matter what. Maybe they would have to get accustomed to be under another company and maybe start promoting themselves again but they won’t have to start all over again because they already have us to support them in their careers no matter where they go. I think with us backing them up, it would be easier for them to “adjust” to their new working conditions.

Also, the following statements by Andy got my attention: “Idol groups that gained popularity quickly think that their efforts are what’s important, but still thinking that it is dangerous,”and “You must acknowledge the fact that the company has capabilities and talent.”. I think the first statement is not applicable to DBSK because in my personal opinion, JaeJoong, Yoochun and Junsu did not start this whole lawsuit just because they think “their efforts are what’s important”. We all know that all the DBSK members are humble persons and I don’t believe they will think so highly of themselves like that, although they have every right to be proud and confident. Not once did I sense a trace of arrogance or overconfidence in them even if they have already achieved so much in their careers. No matter how popular and “big” they are in Asia and all over the world, these five boys always stayed humble and rooted to the ground.

As much as I hate SM, I must agree with Andy on his last statement about the company. No matter how furious I am with SM’s ridiculous ways of treating its artists, I must admit that they are probably the best agency in Korea in marketing its artists. I do acknowledge the fact that I owe them DBSK’s existence because, after all, SM is is the one who formed this “dream team”. It is also part of the reason why DBSK was known by many and is successful now. But the important word there is PART. Although I acknowledge SM’s contribution to DBSK’s success, I still believe that the main reason why DBSK became successful is because of the boys’ hard work and talent. Yes, we have to thank SM for marketing our boys but we have to keep in mind that no matter how hard SM promotes the boys, if they weren’t really good to begin with, 800,000++ fans around the world won’t pay attention to them. What I’m saying is, I think that the credit for the group’s success is still largely because of the members’ personality, talent and hard work and not due to SM’s promotions. We, the fans, love the members not because of  the calendars, photo books, DVDs or other merchandise that SM releases but because of WHO THEY ARE AS INDIVIDUALS AND ARTISTS AND THE QUALITY OF MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES THEY GIVE US. I hope people who still think that JaeChunSu shouldn’t have gone against SM no matter how bad their situation is because “SM created them” would keep this in mind.

My favorite Shinhwa member, MinWoo said a very beautiful message to DBSK in one of his interviews. I think his message is so sweet. The statements in blue are what touched me the most. Yes, we – the fans – will always protect the boys no matter what and like what MinWoo said, they definitely cannot disband because over a million fans are counting on them.


Lee Min-Woo Mentions TVXQ In An Interview

Lee Min-Woo said, “(TVXQ) are excellent juniors that I recognise. A few months ago, they even had a chat with me about problems in life… I could tell that the members have very deep feelings for the group. At the back stage, they would hold each others’ hands and pray, say good luck; the way they cheer each other on is very similar to us. (T/N: He meant Shinhwa) Because they are a group which has very good team spirit, I believe in TVXQ.”

My dear younger brothers, TVXQ does not just belong to TVXQ. Don’t think too much and over-complicate things, just keep thinking about your fans who have spent precious times with you and who have always protected you.

I hope that all of you can steadfastly protect the proud name of TVXQ. You definitely can’t disband, Hyung (T/N: Older brother) is counting on you.

After the current issue is resolved, the 11 of us should go out and have fun.”

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This was the phone call of JaeJoong that was reported earlier. He was actually called by the staff and then was asked to answer some questions which Minwoo of Shinhwa was describing. More of a charades-like game, I guess? There are no subs so I don’t fully understand it but the hosts did ask him to guest on the show one of these days. Oh, they also mentioned about them getting number one on the Oricon charts. Once the subbed clip is out, I’ll update this post. :D

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I’ve been surfing some websites tonight (actually it’s technically morning already since it’s already 4am here) since I have an insomnia attack again and I found an article at Allkpop about the latest news on the Korean version of the Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango. The part of the news talking about the casting of the Korean drama somehow caught my attention since the drama will already air this coming December and yet the lead casts are not yet decided. Here’s a part of the article: (I won’t post the whole article but only the part about the casting)

The Latest on Korea’s “Flower Before Boys”

…What everyone is dying to know is the casting – and it seems that KBS is gearing up for an all-star cast of members from famous boy bands. At this point, the biggest front runner for the lead is SS501‘s Kim Hyun-Joong, although sources have yet to confirm this. Another likely candidate is Super Junior‘s Kim Ki Bum (Personally I’m crossing my fingers for this!), especially since he starred in previous Sharp dramas. A few people have mentioned T.O.P. from Big Bang and Jae Joong from DBSK (I think he could play the female lead, too…), but with fan groups spamming message boards declaring that ‘their’ idol will be cast, it’s hard to know which sources are reliable and which are products of crazy stalkers’ devoted fans’ hopeful imaginations.

One thing for sure is that Korea’s casting of “Flowers Before Boys” will be explosive, since the Hallyu wave has made boy bands in particular extremely popular with girls all over Asia. In fact, people in China, Japan, and other parts of East Asia are also eagerly anticipating the casting of the Korean version. After all, Korea is known for its beautiful boys. The collaboration of members from ‘rival’ boy bands is definitely worth watching, and this drama will no doubt propel them to even bigger stardom…

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Before anything else, isn’t “Boys before Flowers/Boys over Flowers” the English translation/title of Hana Yori Dango? I don’t know if the writer made a mistake or there’s a hidden meaning behind her title that I can’t seem to get. But well, nevermind that.

Anyway, KBS wants the lead casts to come from different boybands? Wow, that would really be a good marketing ploy since Korean boybands nowadays are a hit not only in Korea but also in other Asian countries. Ratings will surely be high up there. Aside from this, like what the writer had mentioned, boyband members who will be casted for the lead roles will also benefit from it since Hana Yori Dango is pretty much a popular drama and the manga plus the two versions already aired (Japanese and Taiwanese versions) were huge hits. Being part of the Korean version would increase their popularity and would make them more familiar to a wide range of audiences. But although both sides would benefit from this plan, the main question is this: Can a boyband member who is more of a “singer” rather than an “actor” be able to deliver and give justice to the character that he’ll have to portray? Well for the Japanese and the Taiwanese versions, not all of the lead characters are singers. For the Japanese version, I think only Matsumoto Jun is a singer and the rest are already real actors. For the Taiwanese version, although the lead casts are all singers and are the members of the boyband F4 now, I think they only became a singing group during/after Meteor Garden since they gained vast popularity by starring on the drama. And besides, no offense to F4 fans, I’m more convinced that they are better of as actors rather than as singers. =) So my main concern regarding KBS’ plan of casting boyband members is their delivery and acting skills. Would it be better to cast popular boyband members who are amateur actors or would it be safer to choose veteran and capable actors for such a big drama? I know. Tough, right?

On with my opinion on the casting. Well, I read before that they’re contemplating on giving the role of Rui/Lei to HyunJoong of SS501. I really can’t say if he fits the role since I’m not that familiar with SS501 members (I only listen to their songs but I have little knowledge about the members’ personalities). But regarding KiBum, I think he doesn’t fit the role of any of the four male lead casts. I just can’t picture KiBum playing the role of the stubborn and hot-headed Domyuji/Dao Ming Si or the role of the very quiet but mysterious Rui/Lei or the playboys Sojiro/Xi Men and Akira/Mei Zuo. Although his looks certainly fits a rich kid role, I think he’s a little “stiff” to play a lead character for the drama. TOP of Big Bang could play the role of Domyuji/Dao Ming Si since his looks is that of a rebel guy although he might need to attend a lot of acting workshops since that role is most certainly a very hard and challenging one. As for JaeJoong, I think he will be the perfect person to play the role of Rui/Lei because of his quiet and mysterious looks. But even if he’ll be chosen, I highly doubt that he can do it because DBSK’s schedule is already packed with a lot of activities that I’m sure he won’t have any time to film anymore.

And so with only condsidering their personalities and disregarding their inexperience in acting, who are my choices (coming from boybands) for the lead roles?

Domyuji/Dao Ming Si:

Choi SiWon (Super Junior) – I think he can be suitable for the role since SiWon can play characters with different personalities. He can play the good boy role and he can also be the rebel guy. I also think SiWon is good at portraying the roles assigned to him and he has the ability to change his personality, behavior, and attitude depending on the role he’s playing and on what the story needs.


Kim JaeJoong (DBSK) – Ok I know this is quite impossible, if not totally impossible. But who says I can’t have wishful thinking? I just think he’ll be the perfect person for this role. I believe that playing this character will ALMOST be as natural as breathing for him. No sweat. (Of course that is if he receives acting workshops beforehand since as I have mentioned, he is a singer not an actor.) :

Sojiro/Xi Men:

Park Yoochun (DBSK) – Yoochun has always been associated with the word “girls” and is often described as a “playboy”, although I think he’s not really one. It’s just that he somehow gave that kind of impression to people, maybe because of his cool and dandy exterior. And just because of that, I think he will be a good choice to play this character. It would not be so hard to build a playboy impression to make the character more realistic to the viewers since he already has it. LOL.

Akira/Mei Zuo:

Lee Minwoo (Shinhwa) – I don’t know. I just thought of him when I had to choose for a person to play this character. Although he might be a little old for the role I just think he’ll be good enough since I see Vaness Wu (F4 member who played as Mei Zuo in the Taiwanese version) in him. They’re both good rappers and dancers. Plus Mei Zuo has the most cheerful personality (well, that is if you compare all the four male lead characters) among all the members, which is somewhat like Minwoo’s. Hahaha.

Anyway, I’ll just wait for the official announcement from KBS and the directors and producers of the drama. I just wish the Korean version will be as good or even better than the previous two versions.