Wednesday, June 29, 2011

[TRANS] 110629 Translation of Tohoshinki’s ELLE JAPON August 2011 Interview

“Changmin has become able to say what he want to say properly. He looks more biddable than ever”
- Yunho

“The amazing part of Yunho is the strong sense of responsibility I cannot imitate. He never fails to accomplish even very tough goals.“
- Changmin

TVXQ came back with a single CD “Why? Keep your head down!” released last January. This CD sold 231,000 copies only in one week and won No.1 at every Oricon chart. 1,500,000 fans applied for their release memorial event which has a capacity of only 15000. This proved the high popularity of TVXQ. Also, tickets for SMTown Paris were sold out within a day and a protest for an additional date took place. In response to the demand, a concert date was added. Thus their popularity has spread beyond Asia to Europe.

The superstar TVXQ came to Japan for the recording of their new single, which will be released on July 20, 2011. I got a chance to have an interview wit them while they are in Japan. My mission was to analyze a question “Why is TVXQ that popular?” as a sociologist. This is more complicated than it sounds, because each fan has their own reason why they love TVXQ. However, I found out that there are some common perceptions among their fans. Firstly, they are fascinated by Yunho’s amazing dance and fall in love with Changmin’s outstanding high note. Secondly, they are impressed by their “close relationship”. I will search for the answer to the question by focusing on these points.

The TVXQ members, dressed in active-looking costumes, were giving off an undeniable superstar aura, but somehow looked like pure young boys. When I introduced myself as a professor teaching at a university, Changmin said with a wicked look “I envy you” and Yunho said with a big smile “I was a university student until recently”. At the beginning of the interview, I was knocked out by the miraculous coexistence of superstar aura and friendliness, which actually every and all interviewers praise them for.

High professionalism to provide only the highest quality products

First topic was music. Various composers and songwriters have offered them songs, but they compose and write songs by themselves too. “Checkmate” Yunho composed is very popular dance tune. “Confession” Changmin recently wrote attracted public attention with the rich poetry.

Q: Yunho, you compose and write songs, right? Do you have a stock of songs?
Yunho: Yes, I have some songs in stock. They include various genres such as rock and dance tune. Some songs contain a chorus of 2 or more voices. But I’m not satisfied with any of them yet, and want to work on them more before introducing to fans. I’m looking for the right time, for example, soon or at the next tour.

Q: You have a high goal, don’t you?
Yunho: Yes, because I think it is important to create a song that will be remembered forever.

Q: Changmin, you write songs. Where do the ideas come from?
Changmin: Sometimes I write in my diary. I want to keep it on a daily basis, but I can’t because I’m too busy. I read it to write a lyric poem based on my past experiences.

Q: Which diary entry did you read recently?
Changmin: An entry from about 2 years ago. I won’t tell you what kind of the day it was (laugh).

They always keep a stock of new songs and try to refine them before bringing them out. Now we know the persistent efforts they are making behind the great works.

Strong tie of mutual trust and respect

Let’s explore their “close relationship”.

What do they think about each other?

Q: Changmin, have you thought Yunho is great recently? If yes, what is it about?
Changmin: A very strong sense of responsibility I cannot imitate. He has always been very responsible, but recently he became even more responsible.

Yunho: I’m listening while eating (catering sweets) (laugh)

Changmin: When I see him try a new job and accomplish it to the end, I’m so proud of him. Of course, I always believe he can make it, but worry at the same time because I know how much difficulty he is having. The difficulty and pressure he faces must be far greater than others can imagine. It must be very tough. But he never fails to accomplish them. That is an amazing part of Yunho.

How serious look Changmin shows when he talks about Yunho! You can feel that Changmin respects Yunho with all his heart. On the other hand, Yunho kept a gentle big-brotherly eye on Changmin, nibbling potato chips. Again, you can feel Yunho has an inordinate level of affection for Changmin.

I asked Yunho some questions while Changmin is shooting solo pictures.

Q: Changmin has been showing significant growth recently. Are there moments when you think he is still a child?
Yunho: When he makes a mistake, he really wants to apologize. But sometimes he can’t because he cares about what others think (laugh). When I see such a moment, I think he is still a cute child. But he has been grown up. He tended to hold back, just saying “I’m OK, I’m fine” before. But now he says what he wants to say properly. Personally I think this change is good for him because he must feel less stressed. Now Changmin looks more biddable than ever.

As the leader, Yunho keeps a close eye on Changmin’s growth. I believe Changmin could concentrate on his job with peace of mind because someone who really understands and cares about him is always there.

What Yunho think makes an ideal man?

Yunho is the dance king. His powerful but lithe movement touches the souls of all who see it. In fact, many people are attracted by Yunho and start dance. I asked Yunho, one of the greatest dancers in history, about how to dance well.

Yunho: I think the most important thing for dancers as well as singers is to know themselves. There are angles that make dancers look beautiful, and they vary person to person. There is a “line” that suits your figure. You need to find the line by checking yourself in front of a mirror. Check which line makes you look best. The ability to find the line a “feel”. If you have a real feel for dance, you can improve yourself quickly even if you can do only easy dance at the beginning.

Yunho’s splendid dance skill is based on his dance philosophy developed through the experiences. “To know yourself” well said. He analyzes not only Changmin but also himself. I asked one more question related to a mirror.

Q: When you look in a mirror, do you sometime think yourself good-looking?
Yunho: hahaha (laugh). Good appearance doesn’t make a real man. The important thing is to do your best to keep your promises. A real man should show his faith in action than words.

Changmin’ secret dream

It is the accepted view in the publishing industry that magazines featuring Changmin sell well. His outlook tends to draw attention, but he is good at smart talk too. He gives a clear and clever conclusion to each question with the rich vocabulary and sense of humor. He wants to try a radio DJ some day.

Q: What kind of program do you want to have?
Changmin: I’d like to have a late-night radio program. The listeners are people who have completed what they have to do for the day and are having a time of rest and relaxation . I will talk in a relaxed atmosphere. If it is a long program, I want to talk without restraint.

Q: Will you play your favorite guitarist Raul Midón’s songs on the program?
Changmin: Yes, I will. Like Stevie Wonder, Raul Midón’s is a blind artist. His guitar performance is extraordinary in a positive way. Of course, his vocal is also great. He is an artist loved by anyone who is interested in music.

Q: Are you practicing guitar now?
Changmin: I want to, but I don’t have time. I want to improve my skill, so will restart the practice some day.

What strikes me is the phase “people who have completed what they have to do”. People who properly accomplish what they have to do are Changmin himself and Yunho. From his concept of an ideal radio program, I can read his desire to support people who continue to make efforts like them.

Activities in Japan

Everyone wants to know about their plan of Japanese activities. What kind of TVXQ will they show us? First of all, I asked about their new single they have just recorded.

Yunho: The title is Superstar. It has a positive message “I want to be your superstar”.

Q: Will you sing the song at the a-nation concerts?
Yunho & Changmin (synchronized): I think we will.

Changmin: This song is just perfect for summer. Fans can chant to the song and we can have a blast together. I’m looking forward to it.

Q: You will be participating in a-nation in Ehime, Fukuoka, Aichi, Osaka and Tokyo. You can meet a lot of fans who have waited so long.
Changmin: The a-nation is a meaningful stage for us because it a kind of history of TVXQ’s Japanese activities and a testament to our past efforts. We will work on extra hard because we participate after a two-year absence.

Yunho: The advantage of an open-air concert is easy to communicate with fans. I hope we can enjoy the summer festival together with them. For that, we are preparing our performance.

Q: What are you planning to do in Japan from now on?
Changmin: The details are still being worked out in discussion with staff members. In any case, we hope to release an album as soon as possible because a considerable time has passed since we released the previous album. We are now proceeding with the plan little by little, for example, recording songs.

Yunho: We’re going to try out new genres and show you different aspects of TVXQ. I hope we can offer you a high quality product. We will do our best to deliver a nice new album as soon as possible!

Changmin emphasized “In any case,” and Yunho showed his enthusiasm saying “We’ll do our best!” Once an album is released, they will have a solo tour……. TVXQ fans have a lot to look forward to.

Let’s get back to the mission. Why is TVXQ that popular? I reached a conclusion through the interview. It’s because they continue to work hard behind the scenes, respect and love their partner, know themselves very well and try to support people who work hard. It may be an ordinary answer. Yes, these are ordinal things when you see on a paper. However, if you try to do these, you will immediately know how difficult it is. TVXQ is a superstar because they can do “ordinary things” that look easy, but are actually very hard to do at an above-average level.

Far exceeding our expectations, TVXQ came back gorgeously and gracefully. They will continue to fascinate us forever.

Source: ELLE JAPON August 2011 Issue
Translated by: Lisalio @
Distributed by: Lisalio @

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[NEWS] 110629 Yoo Chun-Lee Da Hae, Engagement Anniversary Forehead Kiss

In MBC’s Monday Tuesday drama ‘Miss Ripley,’ Park YooChun and Lee Da hae’s lovable kiss scene has attracted the viewers’ attention.

During the 10th episode on the 28th ,MBC Monday Tuesday drama ‘Miss Ripley’ Yoo Hyun (Park Yoo Chun) received acknowledgement from his father President Song (Jung Yong) for his and Miri’s(Lee Dae Hae) relationship.

From falling in love at first sight with Miri’s outer appearance and to sincerely proposing, Yoo Hyun could not hide his happiness because of President Song’s unexpected gift.

Because of the talkative and lively Miri becoming his daughter in law, President Song has accepted the set of an engagement date.

First President Song grabbed an engagement date while Yoo Hyun took Miri to her doorstep and told her “I think it would be nice if our engagement date was our wedding date” for being apart would be unfortunate.

Afterwards, not being able to hold back Yoo Hyun plants a kiss on Miri’s forehead showing his deep affection.

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[TRANS] 110628 Park Yoochun Lip Syncs On ‘Miss Ripley’? The Lip Synced Proposal Has Viewers Disappointed

In the 9th episode of MBC’s ‘Miss Ripley’ that aired on the 27th, Song Yoo Hyun played the piano and sang to propose to Jang Miri.

On this day, Song Yoo Hyun calls Jang Miri, who had just finished a special college lecture, to a church and turns on a slide show on a large screen that is filled with pictures of her while he sings and plays the piano.

Jang Miri sheds tears at Song Yoo Hyun’s romantic side and accepts his proposal. But the director’s decision to make Park Yoochun lip sync instead of singing live for the beautiful scene has made many viewers express their disappointment.

On the 22nd, staff of the drama who were present at a filming that occurred at a church in Gangnam, Seoul commented that they created the perfect scene with Park Yoochun’s adept piano skills and emotional voice. As his packed schedule meant that filming would have to occur in the early morning, the staff worried that Park Yoochun’s voice would be too hoarse to sing at such a time but Park Yoochun pulled through by fully utilizing the fact that he’s a singer and sang the OST piece ‘This Empty Place is For You’.

But in the actual drama, Park Yoochun was seen sitting in front of the piano but was never seen actually playing the instrument while the song was played through a BGM. Park Yoochun, who is a singer before he is an actor, had to lip sync for his drama.

Viewers who saw the episode said, “Why did they use the prerecorded OST? I’d like to know the director’s thought process”, “I don’t know why they went old-school and sat Park Yoochun in front of a piano when he’s able to both sing and play the piano”, “The scene could have been more moving but then he lip synced… that completely turned me off,” and “Because he lip synced, it actually got in the way of getting into the scene. It felt like the components of a beautiful scene didn’t work at all. I was disappointed.”

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[NEWS] 110629 Jaejoong’s Acting Teacher Ahn Naesang Was Prompted by Sohn PD of Protect the Boss

Ahn Naesang, Continues from Teaching Park Yoochun to Also Guide Jaejoong’s Acting. “Curious Coincidence”

Actor Ahn Naesang (47) is in a curious relationship with JYJ.

According to an (insider) affiliate of the drama scene, recently Ahn Naesang provided guidance to JYJ Kim Jaejoong’s acting. Kim Jaejoong is stepping out on the SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama that is planned to air in August—Protect the Boss. One affiliate said: “Kim Jaejoong does have the experience of having appeared in a single-act peace (Telecinema—Postman from Heaven) and a Japanese drama (Fuji TV’s Sunao Ni Narenakute). However, because it is his first time appearing in a multi-episode drama in Korea, there were some feelings of pressure with regards to acting. But recently he received guidance on acting three to four times from Ahn Naesang and so came to have more confidence.”

Last year in the KBS2 drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Ahn Naesang played the Sungkyunkwan Scholar Jung Yakyong and appeared in a teacher-student relationship with the Sungkyunkwan student Lee Sunjun, played by Park Yoochun. Therefore, he has come to be in a teacher-student relationship with JYJ in and outside of drama.

Perhaps Park Yoochun was the person who connected the two? A close associate of Ahn Naesang said: “It was not Park Yoochun. [The guidance of Jaejoong] was initiated through the relationship Ahn Naesang had with Sohn Junghyun PD, who was the director for (the drama) Good Wives Club. Sohn PD took charge of Protect the Boss this time around and suggested that Ahn Naesang appear, but Ahn declined because it was difficult to find a time in his schedule because he came to appear in MBC’s High Kick 3. Then the PD relayed that ‘then, I put in your hands (to guide) Kim Jaejoong’s acting.’ That is how it came about.” The drama Good Wives Club is the representative work by Ahn Naesang through which he made his name and face popularly recognized. Out of a thankful heart, Ahn Naesang gladly accepted Sohn PD’s request and came to form this relationship with Kim Jaejoong.

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[VIDEO] 110627 Changmin - Come To Play (Eng Sub)

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[SCANS] 110628 Yoochun - Women's Weekly

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[VIDEO] 110628 JYJ - World Tour Concert in Gwangju in KBS2

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