The drama premieres on August 3rd on DATV
JYJ’s popularity in Japan continues.
After gathering 150,000 people in Tokyo Dome last month, Park Yuchun’s ‘Rooftop Prince’ started airing and Kim Jaejoong’s movie Jackal is Coming (Japan title – Code Name: Jackal) has been receiving hot attention even before its release, proving JYJ’s popularity in Japan.
C-jes entertainment said, “DATV has started broadcasting Rooftop Prince last April and the drama has swept the Korean drama DVD rental chart. In addition, in a survey conducted by Yahoo Japan, Kim Jaejoong’s movie Jackal is coming is the most anticipated film with a nearly overwhelming response of 96%.
Related to DVD movies, “Park Yuchun ranked 1 to 5 in Tsutaya’s Korean Drama DVD rental, and Kim Jaejoong’s DVD is currently ranking on Oricon, Amazon, HMV charts, proving how highly popular they are in Japan.” Read More →
The making of JYJ Kim Jaejoong’s first movie ‘Jackal is Coming’ which was sold before the Japanese release is getting a good response from the public.
According to Oricon charts, which is Japan’s most prestigious chart, the making DVD starring Kim Jaejoong and Song Jihyo ranked no 4 (aggregate sales from April 22 to 28) in the weekly DVD movies chart. The making of the DVD ranked no 1 on the day of its release (April 24) and has been constantly ranking high after.
The comedy movie is about top star Choi Hyun (Kim Jaejoong) being kidnapped by legendary killer Bong MinJeong (Song JiHyo). Movie was sold to foreign countries like Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei even before it was released in Korea.
The Japanese distributor said, “Kim Jaejoong is Japan’s most popular Korean artist. He has appeared in a lot of works in both Japan and Korea and has established himself as an actor. We are expecting a huge success all over Japan with this movie.”
Code Name: Jackal (Japanese title) will be released in Japan on May 3.
2PM held their ‘LEGEND OF 2PM’ concert at Tokyo Dome on April 21st, 2013.
Jun.K (Kim Minjun) said at the press conference prior to the concert, ‘We are able to perform at Tokyo Dome thanks to our seniors such as JYJ, TVXQ, who came to Japan as K-pop stars before us and paved the way for us. Thanks to our seniors’ remarkable activities, 2PM can promote in Japan easily and hold a concert at Tokyo Dome. I want to share this honor with my seniors. I really wanted to say this.”
(Parts unrelated to JYJ have been omitted)
JYJ, who is under progress to resume the group’s activities in Japan with its Tokyo Dome Concert in early April, explains certain conditions for its new Japanese partner.
“There’ve constantly been offers from companies in Japan since the lawsuit against AVEX was finished. Some suggest multibillion-won contract”, commented by a JYJ’s staff.
JYJ won the lawsuit against AVEX, its former Japanese management in JAN.
Tokyo District Court ordered AVEX to pay 660 million Yen (approx 7.8 billion Won) and not to insist on its exclusive right for JYJ’s management. Since JYJ’s activity became free to resume, the group has become the desirable artists by Japanese companies.
JYJ’s staff made clear the conditions to make new partnership in Japan – “The most important thing we consider is trust. We once had unilateral termination of contract by one-side, so it is really important for the group to have an agency who can be trusted for a long time”. “Also considering Japan’s entertainment industry’s characteristic, the scale and credibility acknowledged by the industry are also important consideration we are looking for, because it’s impossible to ignore agency’s influence over the industry”, the staff added.
It has also become crucial to understand JYJ’s way of activities if you want to be the new partner – “JYJ is focusing on making high-quality contents, not doing something to raise the group’s awareness [like new singers]. We need to have a partner who can support this type of activities. Especially, the most important thing required is that it must fully guarantee JYJ members’ decision-making rights”, explained by the group’s staff. Read More →
JYJ is currently out looking for a new partner in Japan to support its promotions in the country.
According to many media outlets in Japan, following its triumph in a long and winding legal case against its Japanese agency Avex in January, JYJ has received many love calls from pretigious local record labels.
One outlet reported, “Despite the fact that K-Pop′s popularity is at its lowest in Japan, JYJ can still make profit with its strong fan base. The group can draw audiences with its live performances.”
A local official stated, “Large agencies have been sending offers, but we believe one agency is already a strong candidate.”
A rep from C-JeS Entertainment told enews, “It is true that following the winning of the suit, the group has been meeting actively with Japanese companies. It′s been holding many talks to look them over carefully and strike a deal with a trustworthy and stable partner.”
On January 18, the Tokyo District Court denied Avex the right to claim exclusive management rights over JYJ′s Japanese activities. It also ordered Avex to pay compensation of 660 million yen (approx. 7.8 billion won) to the group as well as 1 million yen (approx. 11 million won) to the C-JeS Ent. rep on defamation claims.
JYJ3′s Note: This is how a Japanese tabloid is reporting JYJ and SM settlement agreement and the future JYJ’s activities in Japan. It’s not the first time these tabloids share bad press about JYJ
Please remind that we have a schedule of Avex and C-JeS Entertainment Court Judgement on January 18th, Link
To the people that follow the Japanese Lawsuit, AVEX have pointed the exclusive contract of SM and JYJ as a reason why JYJ is unable to hold activities in Japan, but with the recent news of SM releasing JYJ of any exclusive contract, we think AVEX is running out of arguments to defend their position. Hopefully things will improve in Japan despite what it says on this article.
On 28th Nov, the 3 members of Korean Idol Group JYJ and its former agency SM Entertainment (“SM”) reached court settlement in Korea on the dispute of exclusive agency contracts.
Jaejoong (26), Yuchun (26) and Junsu, 3 former members of Korean group Tohoshinki, applied for temporary injunction in July 2009 on their exclusive agency contracts based on the reasons that their 14-year contract was too long and there was unfair royalty distribution.
In addition, in April 2010, the 3 members sign-on a newly setup agency and formed JYJ. This means wishes of fans for the “5 to re-group” again became in vain, and the group split up to become Tohoshinki with Yunho (26) and Changmin (24), and JYJ.
It’s been 3 years 4 months after the temporary injunction which started it all. With the court settlement this time, all law suits between SM and JYJ had been withdrawn, and both parties signed an agreement to “not interfere with each other’s activities”.
A Korean entertainment industry person talks about the future JYJ.
[Firstly, until now every media in Korea had shut off JYJ based on the “double contracts issue with SM”, leading to the members unwilling ventures into individual acting activities like drama and musical. The court settlement this time signals a complete separation between SM and JYJ, and although Junsu has dreamed of standing on stage as Tohoshinki again, the possibility of 5 members grouping-up again disappeared. However from now, the 3 members JYJ will be able to hold concert activities and TV appearances as JYJ. Of course, it will also be possible to release new songs]
If this is true, their activities in Japan will be something to look forward to. However, it’s a bit complicated.
[Now, JYJ has an ongoing dispute on contracts in Japan. Before this is settled, their activities in Japan will be impossible……] says someone in the music industry,
In actual fact, events planned by JYJ last year in Japan faced cancellations right before the scheduled dates continuously. The court decision will be out in January next year, but there is high possibility for an appeal. The trial looks likely to drag on. It may not be possible for JYJ to hold activities in Japan for the next few years until this is settled.