[Translation] Japanese Magazine: STARAZ(Japan) Vol.1 Interview

A straightforward and confident, Kim Hyun Joong.

He is not good at beating around the bush.
He speaks what he feels.
How difficult it is to hold up to his mysterious, handsome image?
Beneath this heavy shell, lies the limitless charismatic and beautiful young man, Kim Hyun Joong.
He knows how to express himself either as a singer or an actor.
Unveiling the heavy shell, Kim Hyun Joong shares his ‘real’ honest stories.

A fierce self-battle, ‘Inspiring Generation: Birth of the Fighter’ 

Scars remained after his filming for ‘Inspiring Generation’. The scars signify how much hard work he had put it for the drama. Despite the worries for the large production fees as a starting, receiving viewership ratings below expectation, the changes in scriptwriters, and the salaries controversy, it was almost to the fact it could be addressed as ‘Trouble Generation’ – yet, he was not troubled by it. He embraced all the controversies and ended the 24-episode drama. Although it kickstarted with doubts on ‘Can Kim Hyun Joong do it?’, it ended with ‘Although everything was lost, Kim Hyun Joong still remains’. In order to show a ‘real’ Kim Hyun Joong, he challenged himself with a self-battle.

• What is your first thought after ‘Inspiring Generation’ ended?
It’s remarkable to successfully end a drama that was facing a lot of problems. There were a lot of worries within the three months, as if a year had gone (laughs). Although there were many problems, I am thankful towards audiences who supported the drama, and I’m happy. If it wasn’t for the love from the audiences, I don’t know what would have had happened to the drama (laughs). After the drama ended, I feel relaxed (laughs).

• Are you satisfied with the results? What do you think about the results?
I like the results (laughs). Even for any drama, it would be a little pity if it ended sceptically. But I like the ending since it’s well-developed. I have a feeling there may be a season two (laughs).

• Before the drama was aired, there were a lot of questions doubting whether ‘How will Kim Hyun Joong be able to pull it off?’ Were you stressed by this?
To be honest, I was not pressured by it. Of course, I would feel the pressure if I’m Kim Hyun Joong but I have the thought that ‘I am Shin Jung Tae’ in mind, so the stress did not hit me. Compared to being pressured by ‘I must make (this drama) a heat’, I was more into finishing the 24-episode safe and soundly.

• How would you evaluate your performance? Do you think your acting skills have improved?
Yes, because I have put in my best effort (laughs). During the filming period, I was entirely transformed into Shin Jung Tae. I gave my 100% to every scene I filmed. Because I’ve put in my best, I have no regret. If I could not get recognition, I have to believe that I have no talent in acting. However, I am thankful to receive so many appraisals but at the same time, I am worried too. I received the good remarks on my acting after the crying scene was aired. I was thinking why all remarks were made based on an actor’s crying skills? Crying is not the only thing an actor does, but also when they’re angry, laughing, eating. Actors put in all their energy to act  those emotions as well. It is a pity that only remarks were made based on crying scenes.

• Nonetheless, are you happy to receive the good remarks?
I think this is the project among the ones I have participated that I received the best remark. Well of course, there ought to be some improvement since my debut (laughs). I am not going to be contented at this point, I will try to challenge a new character that surpass Shin Jung Tae in the future. Acting is a kind of art, and there is no end to art..

•We want to know more about the action scenes. How was it?
The martial art director once said, ‘Action is not about your skills but your emotions’ and I agreed to what he said. If you have emotions in your action, the outcome will be much better. However, I think my actions were a limited (in the drama). So I want to try another action (drama/scene) if there is another chance. I even went to action school and challenged myself to the limit so I can bring out the best for the drama. To the extent I did not use any stuntman (laughs).

• Are you disappointed the viewership ratings were low despite your effort?
In the situation with so many problems, it was good enough to reach that kind of ratings (laughs). Maybe because the actors did their best for their roles without paying heed to the controversies? The production environment became harder and things like cars and props began to disappear one by one. Despite the situation like this, the actors did not hold any grudges and completed the filming. We sat down along the streets to grab our meals just like the people of Bangsamtong (laughs). It was indeed a good memory, but the script came out slowly to the point that once we finished filming for a certain scene, it was broadcasted 5 minutes later, making it as if it was a live broadcast. Frankly, there were some dissatisfactions under the situation facing with so many difficulties. However, we could not expressed it since the drama was airing (laughs). In a short period of time, I transformed into Shin Jung Tae, I continue to memorise the scripts and prepared for the filming. There were also a time where we filmed for 2 episodes in a row within 4 days (laughs). We clenched our teeth and endured all the challenges.

• Do you have any thoughts to enter the acting industry in China or Japan?
To pursue my acting career in an environment where I probably couldn’t understand a word just to gain popularity? I do not want to act because of money. I have to understand the words in order to express the right emotions. I want to perform well even if it’s in Korea alone (laughs).

• What do you think of your identity? A singer or an actor?
I have the passion in both singing and acting. I do not want to excel in either of them among the two careers (laughs). Because both of them have their own specialty. I think there is a difference in both activities of a singer and an actor. Whenever I show a new image to the public from a singer to an actor, it takes time for them to accept. Why is it hard to get recognition as an actor who debuted as a singer? My thought is ‘Is it because I have a strong image as a singer?’ The public has a mindset of singers dancing and singing fancily on stage and it might be hard for them to imagine the image of singers beyond that. Although singers shine brighter than anyone else when they are standing on stage, they need time to indulge into characters when they are acting.

• There are many young idols who ventured into the acting industry recently. What is your advice as a senior?
Although I was the same, perhaps they were advised by agency to venture into acting without their own opinions. I started the career with the curiosity to know how acting was like. I want to advise that even though you started the acting career without much of your own determination, you have to always be mindful too. It’s important to give in your best in what you are doing, not just doing something out of curiosity. The acting career needs the same mindset when you were still a trainee, when you put in so much effort to become a singer. It would be good if you could put in the same effort like how you worked hard to debut as a singer.

• You will be turning 30 (Korean age) next year. How will Kim Hyun Joong’s 30s be like?
It seems like I will be enlisting into the army next year. I have to go, right? (laughs). I want to try acting in a character I always wanted to do. As for singing, I want to create a music that ‘belongs to me’. I have the interest to do band activities, not necessary a popular music but a music I really wanted to do.

• How do you want to be remembered by people as a singer or actor?
Firstly, I want to be a person who does not disappoint others. A person who is not a troublemaker to the society (laughs) and to improve in my singing and acting. People likes those who are devoted into their careers, right?

• When did Kim Hyun Joong’s ‘inspiring generation’ started?
I think my ‘inspiring generation’ started from the day I was born. We are born to live happily. So I am living everyday happily without regretting on the past. My ‘inspiring generation’ will continue until my last breath.

It’s still a long way to go in his acting and singing career, he assured fans he will not let the fans down more than anything else. We are anticipating for more of actor Kim Hyun Joong and singer Kim Hyun Joong in the future.

Japanese magazine scans: MurdererQ
Japanese-Korean translation: momo @ InvestigationKHJ
Japanese, Korean-English translation: melthisoul ,  Stephanie


[Translation] Japanese magazine: Haru Hana Vol.25 Interview

[I think a real capable man is one who helps the weak willingly]

He who transformed from a gentle to a tough image, Kim Hyun Joong is back after four years with ‘Inspiring Generation: Birth of the Fighter’ which will be aired in Japan. He plays a loyal and passionate character of Shin Jung Tae, who fights to protect his loved ones.

‘There are many people who carry the gentle image of me in mind, so when I was thinking to show the tough side of me, I met the character, Shin Jung Tae. I showed a more manly and tough side of me in the drama this time and it seemed that I’ve gained the liking from male viewers and audiences of a wide range, I think it was a right decision I chose the drama.’

Just as he said, it has been a hot issue to many up to now when he challenged a completely different from his previous ‘smart prince’ character into a masculine and tough character.

‘Considering all the characters that I have portrayed up to now, maybe my personality was more similar to Shin Jung Tae, I did not give much thought on how I should build up this character. However, I did some research to understand more about Shin Jung Tae. Since it’s important to understand the character first before bringing the character into live, it was actually difficult to imagine how Shin Jung Tae lived in the past only through the scripts. Even from now, I will plan to get enough time to analyse the character thoroughly when a new project comes in.’

Kim Hyun Joong said that he did not specially trained his body to film for the action scenes.

‘I built up my body through either strength training, soccer, golf or scuba diving usually. Non-fan audience might have the thought that I purposely trained my body for the drama, but my fans would know I did not because I often show my body during my live concerts. (laughs)’

Kim Hyun Joong talks about the high appraisal for his acting performance in his crying scene. Similar to the 1930s background suffering from poverty, his appearance seemed to suffer a lot too.

‘Because it was an era where one may not even be able to afford a piece of clothing, so I wore clothes that appeared dirty. As time passed, I got used to it and even wore it during off-filming. It will also look weird to have color-dyed hair in that era so I dyed it black and cropped my hair short too.’

Kim Hyun Joong thinks that Shin Jung Tae is a great character who is able to protect his loved ones with his own hands.

‘It is not an easy task to risk one’s life to protect so many people. I think I would probably give up immediately if I were to face that kind of situation. (laughs) I couldn’t bear to see someone I treasured to pass away in front of me. And I don’t fight too.’

Kim Hyun Joong said he has the same sentiment for few lines in the script.

‘<It’s not the physically strong ones who will win; the mentally determined ones will> I agreed with this line and I am determined to live my life diligently too. Also, I feel that a strong person is not one who is physically strong, but one who is willing to lend a helping hand to those weaker than him.’

Kim Hyun Joong have received a lot of appraisals for his acting performance this time. He have garnered many attention in the scene where Jung Tae cried for his father’s death.

‘When you want to express anger, you express through your body language. The feeling of sorrow comes naturally and to express that feeling, you have to feel that way too in order to bring out the emotions. Even if the script wrote <tears fall here>, the feeling of sadness wouldn’t be expressed if your tears don’t flow. Although it’s the scriptwriters that create the characters, it’s the actors who create the life for the characters. The acting for that crying scene came out naturally and if you were to ask me how I did it, I really don’t remember. (laughs)’

He have ventured into a new breakthrough this time, what is his thought for his future project?

‘I’ve enjoyed a lot while filming for a period drama and next I want to try a contemporary drama.’

Finally, a message for Japanese fans.

‘It’s always been a thought but I am always grateful towards Japanese fans who always show their undying love for me who am a Korean, who came from a different country. There is only limited things I can do, so I want to repay all of you with songs and dance you love, and work hard on my acting career. Even from now onwards, I hope for your support too!’

More Question

1) What was the most difficult point when filming for the drama?
When I couldn’t return home. It was almost to the extent that I only got to go back home once a week, four times a month. There were also times when I took a short nap in the camping car during off-filming time because I do not have enough sleeping hours. I still remember the time when actors and I warmed ourselves up with the around the fire under the cold weather.

2) When are the moments you think yourself as ‘manly’, ‘Handsome’?
Compared to times when I feel I’m ‘manly’, I feel there were times I feel I’m ‘not manly’ like must I go to the hospital? (laughs) As for ‘handsome’, although there are times I do feel it, I feel shy too. Of course, I feel happy when fans or people around me praise me.

3) What will you do if you have someone like Jung Tae around you?
I don’t really like people who caused a lot of troubles, and if there was someone like this around me, I might get into trouble as well..so no thank you. (laughs). If I have a younger or elder sister who says they want to marry a person like Shin Jung Tae, I will probably disagree. (laughs) A person who leads an extraordinary life may be difficult and people around them might suffer too.

Japanese scans: MurdererQ
Japanese-Korean translation: momo @ InvestigationKHJ
Korean-English translation: Stephanie (@5StarsAs1 / Twitter)

[News] Phantasm World Tour 2014: Nagoya

1) Kim Hyun Joong, confirms adding Nagoya stop into world tour concert under the strong request by fans: [LINK]

– With Nagoya joining the list, the world tour concert is now confirmed to tour 7 countries, 12 cities. In conjunction to this, there are also a lot of love calls from South East Asia, Europe and America. 

2) Kim Hyun Joong, confirms Nagoya into his world tour concert after receiving hot love calls from Japanese fans: [LINK]

Other similar news:
– Stardailynews
– Yonhap News

Source: News site via Daum portal

[Translation] 取材Report No.1: Kim Hyun Joong, ‘Tough guy’s muscles act too?’ – Inspiring Generation Premium Fanmeeting in Osaka

d97c50263c64191b4a87e849b78211feFrom the popular Korean idol group SS501 to making his solo artist debut both in singing and acting, Kim Hyun Joong had seized Asia with his popularity. Kim After four years, Kim Hyun Joong now returned as the lead cast in the drama ‘Inspiring Generation’ which will be broadcast in DATV, starting from August 9th 2014.

In tribute to its first broadcast in Japan, ‘On-Air Special Inspiring Generation Premium Fanmeeting 2014’ have been launched in Pacifico Yokohama on 31st May 2014, followed by ‘Inspiring Generation Premium Fanmeeting’ in Osaka-jo Hall on 5th August 2014. In this daytime event, there was a special footage and talk session with the lead casts in the drama, Kim Hyun Joong and Im Soo Hyang. Behind-the-scenes footage and interesting plot of the drama were also promoted during the event.

Kim Hyun Joong also held his world tour live concert in the same venue that night. MC Yumi made her appearance after the highlights of the drama was played on screen with four men performing martial arts on stage. While the ambience was reaching its height, she introduced ‘He who can wash away the heat, the handsome man who played Shin Jung Tae, Kim Hyun Joong!’.

With great applause and cheer from the audience, Kim Hyun Joong made his appearance in grey suit with black-grey striped T-shirt, ‘Hello, I’m Kim Hyun Joong’, smilingly greeting the audience in Japanese. He joked, ‘I’m not fully awake yet since I’m spending the time with fans this early morning. If I’m sleepy, please wake me up.’ The MC replied, ‘Yes, I will try my best.’ bringing laughter to the audience.

When he was asked how he is doing recently, he answered, ‘I’m busy with my world tour currently. I will be holding my concert in the same hall today. The title and concept is Phantasm which means bringing fans a dream-liked performance stage.’

Additionally, Im Soo Hyang who portrayed Gaya entered the stage in a long, white silk dress, receiving ‘Cute~!’ responses from the audience. She introduced herself with a warm smile, ‘Hello, I’m Im Soo Hyang. I’m glad to meet all of you today’. When the MC asked what is the concept behind the sexy dress she wore, she joked ‘Today I feel looking like a goddess.’ and answered ‘Because I want to be in my most beautiful appearance to meet everyone’.

In regards to Im Soo Hyang’s remark, Kim Hyun Joong commented ‘You look as if you’ve grown taller than last time’, initiating everyone’s laughter.

MC said, ‘I have watched Im Soo Hyang-ssi in both monitor and real life. I was thinking would there be any difference after the drama ended, or if you have become thin? But you look just as great as before. A pretty lady, a handsome man like Hyun Joong-ssi’.

Im Soo Hyang confessed that after the fan meeting in May, she have went to Tokyo recently.

MC asked, ‘You’re such a beautiful person..but single…were there anyone who confessed to you?’ Im Soo Hyang replied, ‘I’m still waiting for my destined one to appear, but it is a pity he has yet to appear.’ The audience applauded for the gentle Im Soo Hyang and they are also anticipating for the cold Gaya’s scenes in the drama.

1383bdfe2f27ffc604d6b827cbcbe203The event earned another round of applause when the MC introduced the drama. The US$14 million, blockbuster drama ‘Inspiring Generating: Birth of the Fighter’ will start airing from 9th August 2014. The romantic based drama sets in 1930s era, depicting a man living in both Shanghai and Korea entangled in different relationships between people and the background of a sirasoni. The highlights of the drama were screened and there was a Q&A session with Kim Hyun Joong and Im Soo Hyang.

MC asked, ‘We will start from young Shin Jung Tae and Gaya. Do you interact a lot with the child actor acting as young Shin Jung Tae?’ Kim Hyun Joong answered, ‘I’m still in touch often with him and he is working hard on his other project. It’s a pity I couldn’t buy him (alcoholic) drink since he is still underaged. I want to keep in contact with him and share various stories with him in the future.’ He added, ‘There are 2 songs I want to listen that were played during the drama. I like the piano piece played when young Shin Jung Tae was giving young Gaya a ride on his rickshaw. It reminds me of the emotions of that scene when I listened to the piece.’

Coming to the questions regarding the tough guy and beautiful woman’s action scenes in the drama, there were a lot of close-up running or action scenes of Kim Hyun Joong in half-upper naked body.

Audience were enthralled by the screen showing his trained, muscular back. MC Yumi commented, ‘Thank you. All are amazing..the back muscles, biceps and triceps. How do you feel about it when you look/watch at them?’ Kim Hyun Joong said, ‘It seems like a sports advertisement with the song different from during the broadcast. It was a scene depicting one who wouldn’t let go of someone again, but with that song in the background, it seems more like a chin-bar lifting exercise scene to me.’

MC said, ‘It seems like Hyun Joong-ssi is very particular about music today’ which made everyone laughed. She added, ‘Do you still maintain the muscles now?’

He answered, ‘It’s not that I have maintained it but to bring out the jist of the character living in that era, it transformed to the muscles that belongs to Shin Jung Tae. Even if I perform the same exercise or eat the same food, the muscles’ outcome (feelings) is different. If I were to compare my muscles now and the muscles during filming the the drama, I would exclaimed ‘Even my muscles are indulged in acting’.

Lastly questions regarding Shin Jung Tae’s scenes expressing his emotions, Kim Hyun Joong said, ‘Actually, there were a lot of sentiments in the drama that I could not express normally in daily life. For example, ‘crying because of father’, ‘crying because of the death of my senior or sister’ and et cetera. I am not someone who express my feelings very openly, but more of a person who keeps the emotions to myself. But I think it is great to cry as much as I want when I’m sad, or feel happy as much as I want when I’m happy. However, I think I’m working hard to not show that side of me..’

MC said, ‘It’s okay even if you show it’, which expressed what fans wanted to say.

Kim Hyun Joong added, ‘Sometimes, fans/everyone are also limited to what they can express. Although we may share the same affection, but no one truly knows other’s preferences. For me (in my stand), I can express ‘thank you’ or ‘I love you’ but I couldn’t say ‘I don’t like it’ or ‘I hate it’. I think it would be good if I can express my feelings continuously to my family or my close friends around me.’


Source: Koreapo
Translation by melthisoul + Stephanie

[News] Phantasm World Tour 2014: Osaka


1) Hallyu Star Kim Hyun Joong heats up Osaka, Japan!

2) Kim Hyun Joong drives 13,000 fans wild in Osaka – ‘I feel happiest I can perform in front of fans after a long preparation full of sweat and I can interact with fans up close. I will work harder to prepare a gorgeous performance in Hiroshima leg.’ 

3) Kim Hyun Joong heats up Osaka, completed ‘Inspiring Generation Fanmeeting – Osaka world tour concert’.

4) Kim Hyun Joong steams up 13,000 fans in Osaka on July 5th!

5) Kim Hyun Joong heats up Osaka, marking his huge popularity.

Credit: News sites from Naver
Translation: melthisoul / Global Henecia

[Announcement] Fans’ messages & letters for Hyun Joong


Update #1: Thank you for the overwhelming response for first part of the project! The maximum number of messages for the poster have been reached, and thus project is now closed earlier than the initial deadline. If you would like to convey your message to Hyun Joong, please proceed to the second part of the project here.

Dear Henecians,

Good news! There will be a collection of fans’ letters and messages from all around the world specially for Hyun Joong!!

This is a small-scale project(?) that GLOBAL HENECIA will be holding and it will be divided into two sections. The first part will be revealed in this post while the second part will need your votes in order for it to be launched!

(Edit: You may now proceed to second part of the project here)

Please note that fans’ letters and messages received will be kept private and confidential, and it will also be conveyed to Hyun Joong through proper medium.

Part 1:

In the upcoming Phantasm World Tour 2014 in Bangkok, a corner have been allocated to exhibit fans’ posters outside the concert venue, all thanks to Hyuniversal0606! Since GLOBAL HENECIA is not a fan club and does not represent anyone, our poster will consist of short messages from fans in any parts of the world that you would want to convey to Hyun Joong.

The poster size is approximately W*H = 100cm x 200cm. Hence, it would be best to keep your messages short yet meaningful and concise.

Since the number of messages per poster is limited too, messages will be selected on first received first basis and its appropriateness/manner to Hyun Joong.

The poster design will be revealed on 7th August 2014 ONLY to fans who have sent in their messages. All message contents will be kept private and confidential until 24th August 2014 when the poster is exhibited.

Details for the poster:
Title: Words WE Want to Say to YOU (너에게 하고 싶은 말)
Size: 100cm x 200cm
Number of messages: Approximately 12-15 messages (1 message/person or FC)
Word limit: Not exceeding 25 words including ‘I want to say…’

How to send it to GLOBAL HENECIA?
1) Email title: <PHANTASM WT 2014 in Bangkok> Part 1: Message for poster
2) Content:
– Indicate your ID/name (optional) + your country.
– Message MAY start with ‘I want to say…’ (to complement the title of the poster)
– Message may be in any language you are comfortable with.** 
– If possible, please attach the message in a PDF format.  
3) Send it to: global_606@daum.net
4) Deadline: 7th August 2014, 1500pm KST

** A simple English translation will be needed to verify the content of your message to avoid any bashful messages being posted on our poster.
**  You may switch ‘I want to say..’ to your language too.


Any suggestion for the poster design is also welcomed!

Please feel free to email global_606@daum.net if you have any questions or suggestions, and hopefully to receive your message for the poster soon!

If you have something more to say to Hyun Joong, you may want to check out the next post soon! Your vote to make it happen is thankfully appreciated.

Thank you,
Global Henecia.