Monday, November 9, 2009

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At the press conference, SM representative Kim Young Min stated, "If the law or the government sets new standards for exclusive contracts, we will actively follow these."

"If the law sets new standards for exclusive contracts, then we will actively follow these standards."
SM Entertainment, which is caught in an unlawful contract controversy with one of its celebrities,is garnering attention for saying that as long as the law sets or a public organization authenticates the standards for exclusive contracts, the agency would be actively willing to follow such standards.

At the press conference at the 63 Building in Seoul on the 2nd, SM representative Kim Young Min stated, "We would like the political offices related to this industry such as the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Fair Trade Committee, and National Assembly to come together to create new standards for exclusive contracts that will be set by the law or have public organizations authenticate the standards so that these standards are accepted by the law." He also stated, "(If the standards are made in such a way,) SM is actively willing to follow these standards."

Kim continued on by promising that, "If these new standards are accepted by the law, SM will change all of its contracts with its artistes to adhere to the new standards."

Kim also said, "Unless there are contract standards that protect the people involved by law from the time the contract is made until the contract is terminated, and unless such standards are followed, the confusion that is happening currently will only repeat itself."

"If they don't want their words to be empty words, they must secure their sincerity... Follow the recommendations from the Fair Trade Committee first."

But organizations and the public are split over what SM has said. Professor Lee Dong Yeon of the Korean National University of Arts stated, "For SM's declaration to not become empty words, they must prove their sincerity." Professor Lee also stated, "If we go by SM's theory, the current recommendations set by the Fair Trade Committee can be ignored as they do not have legal forced upon others, and SM would follow the news standards if they are legally forced upon the agency. This statement makes one suspicious of the agency's sincerity." Professor Lee also said, "If SM really has the thought of doing what they said they would, then they should adhere to the recommendations of the Fair Trade Committee first and then follow any new standards that are set by the law."

"There is a need to work on respecting the rights of celebrities as well as an effort by the agency to change."

SM Entertainment's President Kim Young Min stated at the press conference held on the 2nd that, "SM has changed clauses regarding compensation and contract period three times in 2002, 2007 and 2008 with the corrective actions and recommendations of the Fair Trade Committee," and "It is absurd to say that such a contract that has been fixed numerous times is called a 'human rights violating,' 'slave contract' and 'antisocial contract'."

However there is retaliation to his statement that says, "If a contract that has been changed three times is in such a state, one can surmise just how bad the original contract was."

After the press conference, one fan said, "Although the root cause of this dispute is the unlawful contract and unfair treatment of the group, SM keeps attempting to draw people's attention away from the root cause," and "I want to ask them if they themselves think that the current contract is really fair and just."

Representative Kim Myung Shin of the Culture Yeon University stated, "There is a need to work on respecting the rights of celebrities as well as an effort by the agency to change," and "The agency itself must work to move our entertainment industry away from the perpendicular relationship it is in."

Representative Kim also said, "A large agency such as SM has the responsibility to set an example as it greatly contributes to mass culture in Korea," and "I hope they show us a mature side that sincerely thinks over this situation and accepts their responsibility to further the development of the Koran entertainment industry."

She also said, "I hope this dispute does not stop as an argument between a large agency and its celebrity, but moves on to be a stepping stone towards a better management system that protects the rights of celebrities, creates fair contracts and has transparent income division."

There are voices that say that in order for these wants to become reality, both the agency and the celebrity must come to a compromise that suits both sides.

Professor Lee stated, "In the view of the agency, it must stop seeing its celebrities as mere tools or products and must engage in a parallel and equal relationship. The celebrity must move away from thinking of personal profit and must think about improving the cultural content of the nation."

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I just received a telephone call from Jaejoong!
Today seems to be the first release date? (press conference date?) for the movie “Heaven’s Postman”. (I couldn’t catch all the words because the conversation was in both Korean and Japanese, mixed language!) He said that the movie had received a good reputation. (He said something as the tickets sold in advance were all sold out, maybe…)

Anyway, I talked with the Producer Mr. Jang, the Movie director Mr. Lee Hyung Min, and Jaejoong (who is taking the leading role). But I couldn’t remember in details, since I was so excited!

It seems that the press impression was good.
WOW~! I am so delighted to know that the movie has received such a good reputation in Korea!
I did not understand, but I thought I heard the word No. 1. (What is No 1? I thought I heard the word…)

I’m sorry for this very vague report.
But it is true I’ve heard that the movie had received a good reputation, and that the producer, the movie director, and the leading actor were all in high spirits..
Wonderful, just wonderful.

I said to Jaejoong “I am now carrying on a campaign in Japan. I want everyone to see this movie in Japan, too.” Jaejoong already knew the facts. OMG, Jaejoong knows about this blog.

I am now a little bit frightened…
It seems to be a big deal now.
Well, I’ve prepared myself for it!

T/N : Eriko Kitagawa is the original screenwriter for this movie. You can see in the article junsulv posted a few days ago, , that Kitagawa has been collecting fans’ comments for the possibility of the movie’s release in Japan. I just checked the related article, and there were over 28000 comments, all requesting the movie’s release in Japan! And for the article I am now translating, there are 567 comments up to this time, even though the article was posted only about 3 and a half hours ago.

Source: Eriko Kitagawa’s Blog
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Jung Yunho, Go Ara, Lee Sangyoon, Lee Yoonji and all staff members of MBC's drama "Heading to the Ground" kept fighting until the end of the drama, and held a farewell party. "Heading to the Ground" has been tagged as a good sports-related drama series which is also fresh and warm. On the afternoon of the 5th of November, all crew members and actors held a farewell party and everyone said, “We did not worry much about the ratings; instead, we were happy during the whole filming period.” They watched the last episode together, with bittersweet feelings.

Jung Yunho (Cha Bonggun), Go Ara (Kang Haebin), Lee Sangyoon (Jang Seungwoo) and Lee Yoonji (Oh Yeonyi) took a photo with everyone, and at the same time, expressed their gratitude.

Yunho laughed and said, “That would probably be the most autographs I have signed, after my last screenshot.” While signing, he also gave everyone a CD as a gift of gratitude, which resulted in him being labeled as ‘The Gentleman Yunho.’

At the same time, Go Ara went around, showing her gratitude by giving everyone, who had treated her as family throughout the filming period, a hug and she cried uncontrollably because she could not bear to part with them. Yunho wiped Ara’s tears away and promised, “Each one of us will meet again in a better drama.”

Like the Cha Bonggun who went through all obstacles in life, the whole crew of "Heading to the Ground" did their very best from the start until the very last second, creating a warm and happy atmosphere.
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TVXQ member YoungWoong Jaejoong nervously ventured out on his first official outing since the dispute on the group's contract with SM Entertainment began.

YoungWoong Jaejoong appeared at the press conference for Telecinema's 'Postman of Heaven' on the 9th at the Wangship-li CGV in Seongdong-gu, Seoul. The trial against TVXQ's agency begun by him, Xiah Junsu and Micky Yoochun is entering its fourth month.

Wearing a black suit, he showed his nervousness by saying, "It's the first time I've stood in front of so many cameras alone."

He also said, "It's a movie we shot last year so I've been cherishing it in my mind for the past year," and showed his affection for the film.

According to the representatives of 'Postman of Heaven', although this event may have been stressful to YoungWoong Jaejoong as he is currently in a legal dispute with his agency, he decided to attend the press conference as it was the first event to mark his entrance into an acting career and also to keep his promise with his fans.

After the press conference, YoungWoong Jaejoong enjoyed a screening of the movie with around 280 fans.

In 'Postman of Heaven', YoungWoong Jaejoong plays the role of Jaejun, a secretive man who sends letters to Heaven written by those who cannot forget their deceased loved ones and he acts alongside Han Hyo Joo.

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“It was a fresh challenge for me”

A preview of “Heaven’s Postman” was shown at the Seoul CGV Theater
at 4:30 PM on November 9th, 2009.

Since it was the first time for Jaejoong to act in a movie setting,
the detailed acting (to display the feelings) and the expression could have been better,
but to create the love story together with Han Hyo-joo,
he showed a comparatively lively performance.

At the premiere theater showing, Hero Jaejoong mentioned,
“It was a new challenge for me. Han Hyo-joo and the producer helped me a lot.
When I saw my face for the first time at the theater screen, it gave me the shivers.”

Always Keep The Faith!

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