Kim Kyung Tak, the son of a concubine in the Andong Kim family, is a character that never appears in the original Japanese manga the MBC drama Dr. Jin is based on.
The character was specially made for the Korean drama, which is why the producers of Dr. Jin boasted that Kim Kyung Tak was its ‘secret weapon’. This character was different from the others from birth, and so was portrayed as an infinitely small man.
“He thinks in an entirely different scale compared to the other characters. Lee Ha Eung (Lee Bum Soo) dreams of the future of Joseon, Kim Byung Hee (Kim Eung Soo) is greedy for more power and Dr. Jin, originally from the 21st century, also has his sight set on big goals.
Kim Kyung Tak, however, has just one thing he wants to do: protect the people he loves with his own hands. If the other characters see the world, Kyung Tak sees its people.”
He said Kim Kyung Tak’s life and his own were similar in certain ways. They were both determined to protect until the end whatever it is they want to protect.
“People are most afraid of losing what they have, but there’s something you have to keep even if you lose everything else. That is faith. I wasn’t confident on whether I could do this, so I inscribed the words ‘Always Keep the Faith’ on my chest. I put one tattoo on my back so that it wouldn’t show, but for this one, I chose to put it on my chest so that I’ll see it every day.
Kim Jae Joong debuted as a singer with TVXQ (DBSK) and is now a part of the group JYJ, and as long as his career is in music, he shows strong views about it.
Even while he was busy for Dr. Jin, he still didn’t slack off on his musical work. It isn’t easy, however, to make it into music programs to show off that music he’s worked on so hard.
“I really want to be on music shows. I noticed after speaking with my juniors that I had become a weird being. I’ve become a rare senior among my juniors (Laugh). Since they can’t see me on the set of broadcasts, they’re awed whenever they happen to run into me. I heard from someone that whenever JYJ releases new music, our juniors always download it to listen to it.”
He showed how much he loved music by saying that even when he gets so old his vocal cords won’t sing anymore and he keeps getting lost in the trend of music, he will never let go of music itself. He vowed that he would continue to act also because new areas will open up for him when he becomes older. When asked about his future plans, the answer he gave was full of confidence.
“I’m planning to start working on JYJ’s new album, so that it can be released early next year. I actually continued to work on the songs while I was filming the drama. I think there will soon be a chance to show off our new songs. Oh, and I want to take up a new acting piece before the year ends. I also want to fall in love.”
“I can’t believe it’s all over, when it still feels like I have more to do….”
Despite concerns that MBC’s Dr. Jin was Kim Jae Joong′s first ever period piece, the actor, as Kim Kyung Tak, managed to work closely with big senior actors, dispel the concerns and leave an impression in the eyes of his viewers.
The drama now has only one episode left to air and the cast is done filming, but it seemed Kim Jae Joong still couldn’t shake off the ghost of Kim Kyung Tak still hanging about him.
“I was nervous and scared because it was my first traditional drama. I was scared about what would come back to me if I didn’t do well, but I think it wrapped up well. [Kim] Kyung Tak is still here [in my heart]. The last shoot was yesterday, so he didn’t really have time to find his way out. (Laugh)”
For the interview, Kim Jae Joong showed he had kept his cool for the conclusion of his drama with his jokes and humor. He was fairly bright, but he said it was true that the three months he had spent as Kim Kyung Tak weren’t all fun and games.
He had to sweat it out in the costume of an officer on summer days that were hotter than those of any other year, and so he had to work hard to keep up his strength for his full schedule. The thing that tormented him the most, however, was his acting.
Dr. Jin was the first traditional drama he took up since he made his actor debut. Viewers praised that he certainly exceeded expectations ever since he started to appear, but some of them also pointed out that his voice tone was a bit too forced and rigid. When these criticisms were mentioned, Kim Jae Joong nodded his head in agreement.
“I didn’t know how to set my tone, not only for my voice, but also for my actions. I think I cared so much for being ‘powerful and charismatic’ just because I was supposed to be an officer. I knew nothing about acting in a traditional drama, so I guess those were the only things I cared about. I felt a lot of things after watching myself act. I cut out the excessive parts, and then tried to include other things.”
Of course, he wasn’t able to find his way alone. Veteran actor Kim Eung Soo, who appears in the drama as Kim Kyung Tak’s father Kim Byung Hee, helped him out a lot. Although he was cold toward Kim Jae Joong in the drama, the real Kim Eung Soo supported Kim Jae Joong like a father, and Kim Jae Joong returned the attention by acting like a son.
“I heard him say during our first shoot, ‘I wish I could have a glass of whiskey in this hot weather,’ and so I got him a bottle of whiskey. After seeing he still used a 2G phone, I also got him a smartphone. [The staff] told me that later he bragged about it a lot on set, saying it was from his ‘son’. He can’t hide it when he’s happy about something (Laugh)."
"When he’s acting, however, he never tries to teach or point out weaknesses no matter who he’s talking to. He just tries to lead actors to ways they can do better. Thanks to him, I was able to become Kim Kyung Tak.”
The scene where Kim Kyung Tak sobbed in the face of his father’s death, aired in the 21st episode of Dr. Jin, was especially received well. In that scene, he was different from some other actors who had been given their lead roles just because they were idols; the man crying on screen, spilling out all of his sorrow through his eyes, nose and mouth, was no longer an idol that only tries to show his best onstage.
Kim Jae Joong left his previous self behind, and fully became his character.
“It’s important to set myself aside, but it’s not easy. I believe this is what everyone who starts to act after debuting as a singer has to go through; it’s hard to let go of only showing your best onstage. What’s important in acting, however, is how you feel inside, so pushing your original self farther away helps you concentrate more on your character.
Kim Jae Joong took another step forward as an actor with the help of Dr. Jin, and he’s already thinking of his next big piece. He said he was most impressed by the film A Moment to Remember in the past, and said that he had given his guide album to a director with a scene from the film in mind.
Rather than care for the scale of the piece or the weight of his character, he cares more for getting a role to act in.
“I don’t care if it’s not a lead role. I want to try a variety of roles. If it’s a good piece and if it’s a character I like, independent films are okay, too. I also want to perform onstage. When you stand onstage as a singer you can only show how you dance and sing, but musicals mix them with acting. I believe just imagining what it would be like to act live in front of an audience will make me feel joyful.”
‘Time Slip Dr. Jin‘ actress Lee So Yeon seems to have fallen for the charm of rookie co-star Jaejoong.
When asked a question about Jaejoong during an interview with press, the actress revealed, “A lot of fans showed up on the set [of the drama] so I realized exactly how popular he was, but after working with him, I found out why he is so loved. Acting alongside him, I really liked the expression in Jaejoong’s eyes. The strong yet melancholy look in his eyes drew my sympathy,” citing the actor’s eyes as his biggest charm.
She continued, “In Dr. Jin, his role, Kyungtak, was an unfortunate, pitiable character, but the look in Jaejoong’s eyes was so pitiful in itself. Whenever I saw Jaejoong, I would tell him, ‘I think Kyungtak is the most unfortunate character.’”
The actress also discussed her own role saying, “In the drama, Choonhong‘s story wasn’t covered that much, but she was a pitiful woman who lived a lonely life until her death. Like Kyungtak, I think everyone in ‘Dr. Jin’ was a heartbreaking character.”
Meanwhile, the last episode of ‘Time Slip Dr. Jin’ is set to air on the 11th.
SM artists appeared at the exhibition for SM Entertainment called "S.M.ART Exhibition in Seoul" for its grand opening.
Yesterday (August 10), SM Entertainment drew attention for the SM exhibition in Gangnam-Gu, Seoul. The exhibition included items that caught the viewer's attention with items created with a mixture of SM Entertainment with IT (Information Technology).
On the first day, TVXQ, Super Junior's Shindong and Sungmin, as well as EXO made a surprise appearance at the grand opening. Visitors quickly gathered around the SM artists to greet them. While spending time with the visitors at the exhibition, the SM stars was asked to describe the SM Exhibition in five Korean letters. TVXQ's Yunho responded with "Paradise" and Changmin responded with "awe-striking."
Super Junior's Sungmin stated, "Beyond the Imaginable" and Shindong stated, "Whoa Wow Whoa" and caused a burst of laughter. Yunho added, "I like the 'S.M.ART Gallery' the best. The individuality of each singer is clearly exemplified and there are many pieces that I would love to keep for myself."
Shindong commented, "I was surprised at how awesome the exhibition is and I was so happy I could enjoy it with all the visitors." EXO-K's Baekhyun stated, "I think the SM Exhibition will be fun and inspiring at the same time."
Meanwhile, the exhibition will be available for viewing until August 19. Also, SM Entertainment will hold their "SMTOWN Live" Concert in Korea at the Seoul Olympic Gymnasium on August 18.
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JYJ’s Kim Junsu is belatedly receiving much attention for pictures
that have surfaced of him showing his ‘Gourmand Junsu’, ‘Hungry Junsu’
China Photo Press recently released photos from the June 22nd press
conference of Kim Junsu’s Taipei concert. On this day, Kim Junsu
confessed that he had greatly missed eating Taiwanese snacks as it had
been a year since he had last visited the country. He revealed that he
especially enjoys bubble tea.
During the press conference, the hotel prepared six representative
Taiwanese snacks for Kim Junsu to enjoy. The snacks that were placed in
front of Kim Junsu were bubble tea, xiǎolóngbāo (steamed dumpling),
fènglísū (pineapple cake), dàjīpái (fried chicken fillet) and various
fruits. And as the day after the press conference was to be Tano, the
traditional Chinese snack zòngzi (glutinous rice and filling wrapped in
leaves and boiled) was also included.
It may have been due to the fact that he had traveled by plane to
reach the nation, but Kim Junsu looked hungry. He tried each dish and
stated that they were all very delicious. The Chinese press later
commented that Kim Junsu enjoyed the food so much that he seemed to have
forgotten that he was in front of cameras and reporters.
Nine years since his debut, Kim Junsu has recently released his first
solo album. He stated that, “Before, the three of us would always be
together and perform as a group. That’s why I actually felt
uncomfortable when I first started my solo activities.” However, he
added that he grew accustomed to it as time passed.