Park Yoochun, Lee Kikwang, Seo Hyeon Jin, Hyomin, MBC Drama Awards Mini Series Male and Female Newcomer Award Recipients.
Year 2011 is coming to an end. Great actors’ excellent acting on TV continued this year as well. Anticipation for another fantastic year of TV acting is increasing already. Who are actors that will captivate viewers’ heart next year? Drama department directors at KBS, MBC and SBS answered the question of who will be the rising stars of 2012.
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Director Kim Youngsup of SBS’s drama department chose Song Joongki, Yoo Ah In and Park Yoochun among male actors as the rising stars for next year. Director Kim said, “Flower-like handsome [T/N: Very handsome men] actors that learned acting skills will be the general trend.” He predicted that “these actors’ remarkable activities will be a good fit with the trend of dramas getting younger.” [T/N: More dramas are hiring young actors with subjects that appeal to younger viewers these days.]
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The Hallyu wave seems like it is taking over the world. There was an abundance of idols acting in dramas. As they are idols, there are worries whether viewers are truly able to judge their acting skills. However, the number of idols who are active in the drama scene is not little.
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JYJ’s Park Yoochun landed a role along side with veteran actors. Last year, Park Yoochun received a pass for his acting in KBS 2’s “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”. In May this year, he acted in MBC’s “Miss Ripley” with Kim Seung Woo and Lee Da Hae. He acted as the second-generation heir of Mondo Group conglomerate, from a director with great accomplishments to one with an ardent love for a woman. He showed a variety of emotions in acting and had charisma.
Through the generous help of JYJ‘s Junsu, a small village in Cambodia was able to construct a school for its students.
On December 28th, ‘Adra Korea‘ announced the establishment of a ‘Kim Junsu School’ that took five months to build. The school includes six classrooms, a bathroom, and a clean water supply system.
The remote outback town is a part of the Pusat province and has a population of 1,500. It takes approximately three hours by car to travel to the capital. In a country that carries a suffering economy and health system, the town is considered one of the most impoverished within the country. Read More →
After bringing their world tour to the United States, South Korea, Canada, Europe, Japan, Singapore, China, Taiwan and various other countries in Asia, JYJ is planning to add stops to their world tour in 2012 to South America.
On December 29th, an official from C-JeS said, “We are currently in the final stages of scheduling JYJ’s concert tour in South America.” The official adds that the stops to South America will most likely take place between late February and early March.
However, the cities in which JYJ will hold their concert has yet to be finalized and they will be revealed after everything has been concluded as there are still discussions taking place.
Are you excited for JYJ’s venture into South America?
JYJ’s member Kim Jaejoong and Lee Minho entered into competition in drama acting.
From 27th to 31th Dec, in SBS NeTV’s webite, a vote called ’2011 Adieu! Winners of NeTV Gorealra Awards are?’ is conducted.
10s scene of Kim Jaejoong in dram ‘Protect the Boss’ and hat action scene of Lee Minho in ‘City Hunter’ were nominated.
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A survey targeting 77 officials in Korean musical industry to choose “influential person” in Korean musical industry.
The landscape of Korean musical world has changed. Investors’ influence has also grown noticeably. On the other hand, the influence of theater has drastically decreased. Culture Department of DongA Daily and musical magazine ‘The Musical’ jointly conducted a survey on “Who is influential Korean musical market?” A questionnaire was sent to 100 people working in musical field (musical agencies, producers, investors, actors, staffs, theaters, etc.) from the 7th to the 19th, and we received responses from 77 people.
When the survey was conducted 4 years ago, among the actors, Jo Seung Woo (#4) was the only cited in top 10. This year, including Kim Junsu (#8), there are 2 actors in the list.
[T/N: The article analyzes various reasons for the recent boom in performing arts industries in 2011. Junsu was mentioned as an example of why foreign viewers are coming to Korea to see performing arts.]
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Also, it seems that concerns about lack of newly-created musicals or lineup with a heavy focus on large-scaled foreign musicals with licenses are being eased due to the appearance of newly-written musical creations such as ‘Gwanghwa Gate Sonata’, ‘Please Take Care of My Mother’, ‘Tears of Heaven’ and ‘Casting an Orchid Painting’.
Performance viewing of foreign tourists that used to be focused on non-verbal performances is spreading into general musicals thus contributing to market expansion. Popular idol group JYJ’s member Kim Junsu appeared in musical ‘Mozart!’ and ‘Tears of Heaven’ and shook Japanese and Chinese audiences’ ticket hearts [T/N: attracted Japanese and Chinese audiences.]
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[T/N: The article is very critical of stars that did not perform well in musicals and theatre. Even one of the most popular idol singers was criticized quite harshly in this article. However, there was no negative evaluation of Junsu at all in the article. Because our Junsu is a real gem, not a pebble.]
Popular stars’ report cards of their stage performances, 2011 – survey of 118 people working in performing arts and twitter users
Among the popular stars that stood on the stage this year, Kim Junsu (left to right) who appeared in ‘Mozart!’ and Jo Seungwoo of ‘Zoro’ received evaluations that [they] possess both power that dominates the stage and high level of recognition [from the public].
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Just in the recent years, popular stars who work mainly in TV and movies are performing on the stage in theatre and musicals. There are conflicting opinions on positive and negative effects of so-called star marketing, but stars that perform regardless of what kind of stage do not seem to be a short-term trend any more. This means that it is time to distinguish real gems from pebbles by delivering a cool-headed judgment on their performance on stage regardless of their popularity among the public.
How did audiences and people working in the field of performing arts evaluate popular stars that stood on the stage in theatre and musical? Based on the survey filled out by 18 performing arts-related persons and 100 people who follow Interpark’s Twitter account (@InterparkTicket), [we] found out which stars performed impressively and which stars poorly.