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Translator’s Note: I translated the parts related to Jaejoong only.
JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong first starring movie ‘Code Name: Jackal’ (Distributor: clockworks/shougeto) has been released nationwide last May 3 and has attracted hot attention from the public.
The movie Code Name: Jackal’s thrilling and unpredictable storyline begins with legendary killer (Song Jihyo) kidnapping top star Choi Hyun (Jejung) then continues with a variety of suspense and comedy.
This is the official interview of actress Song Jihyo.
JYJ Kim Jae Joong and Song Ji Hyo′s The Jackal is Coming has been selling out in theaters across Japan.
On May 3, The Jackal is Coming premiered in Japan under the title Code Name: Jackal. On its first day the movie managed to sell out in theaters not only in Roppongi at Tokyo′s center, but also across the country.
Its success was fairly predictable as the 20,000 tickets made available in pre-sales in February were sold out as soon as they were made available, and the behind-the-scenes DVD topped the Oricon chart as soon as it was released.
On May 5 a Japanese media outlet said about the movie in an article titled ′Movies That Will Blow Away Your May Virus′, “This is a movie we recommend to those who have the ′May virus′; in other words, those who don′t want to go to work after Golden Week (a week of holidays lasting from late April to early May).”
Another outlet gave a new name to Kim Jae Joong′s economic value, calling it ′Jae Joong-nomics′.
The Jackal is Coming is about what happens after the legendary killer Bong Min Jung (Song Ji Hyo) kidnaps the country′s biggest top star Choi Hyun (Kim Jae Joong).
Undisclosed photos of JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong from the movie ‘Jackal is coming’, which is set to premiere in Japan, were revealed.
On May 3, JYJ’s official facebook page released Kim Jaejoong’s unreleased photos and added a message, “Today Jaejoong’s movie ‘Code name: Jackal’ is out today in Japan! Hope you enjoy the movie!”
The photos show Hallyu star Choi Hyun (Kim Jaejoong’s character) filming a music video wearing civilian clothes of a samurai.
Netizens commented, “Is he real?”, “Looks like that does not exist in real life”, “Long hair looks good on him”, “He’s prettier than a woman! He’s really a manjjijnam!”,”People are now self-conscious when they saw the photos.”
On the other hand, Code Name Jackal is the story of Hallyu star Choi Hyun (Kim Jaejoong) being kidnapped by legendary killer (Song Jihyo). This comedy movie will be shown across Japan on May 3.
Translator’s Note: Manjjijnam – guy who looked like he came from a manhwa (Korean anime/cartoons)
K-pop is an extremely competitive genre, a small country with a population of merely 50 million people produces new artists literally almost every day. The industry is like a ruthless stepmother: once you make a serious mistake, it might cost you your career and more. Career ups and downs are normal in an artist’s life but in K-pop, once you reached the lowest part, it is very difficult to climb up the mountain again. Ultimate K-pop Survival Guide will be a short series on artists who have managed to turn their failing career from point zero back again or who had gone through a lot of hardships and still managed to remain successful. Not only rookie artists but we, the audience, can also learn a lot from them.
Avoid them as if they were lepers
The first installment of the series is dedicated to perhaps the biggest survivors of the dark side of K-pop:JYJ. Everyone knows what they have been through, but it doesn’t hurt to summarize and focus on how they actually managed to cope with the situation.
For the uninitiated: once there had been an idol band we can possibly call one of the greatest successes of K-pop ever: Dong Bang Shin Ki, or by their English abbreviation, TVXQ. The five-member boyband, consisting of Jaejoong, Yunho, Yoochun, Junsu and Changmin, was among the first successful wave of K-pop to set foot in Japan, and with blood and tears, they worked their way up the ladder, from performing to a mere handful of fans to filling the 50,000 seat Tokyo Dome in rows. Their fandom, Cassiopeia, was certified by the Guinness Book of Records for being the largest official fan club in the world. They reached unimaginable heights in Asia, thus their break-up was probably one of the biggest shocking events ever to shake the world of K-pop. Not because boybands are supposed to last forever, but because they were at the height of their careers and were known to be close to each other. When the news broke out that Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu started a lawsuit against their agency S.M. Entertainment, to nullify their 13-year contract, at first everyone hoped there could be a settlement but in October 2009 the Seoul court ruled in favour of JYJ, and as a result, the Fair Trade Commission started advocating the use of ‘model contracts’ to prevent agencies from having artists sign excessive deals.