Japanese theatre actor, Yagyu Keisuke (柳生啓介), praised Yuchun in his first special column ‘Actor’s Eye’ in the Japanese magazine ‘Korean TV Drama Perfect Guide’.
Yagyu Keisuke, ‘Actor’s Eye’: Park Yuchun
First column: Yuchun’s backpack
“Yagyu-san, that backpack ~ it’s cool!” are words that I recently heard from friends. This backpack that I like to show off, is actually the same as the one Yuchun-san carried in ‘Rooftop Prince’.
A late self-introduction. Everyone, nice to meet you, I’m Yagyu Keisuke, an actor from the drama company, ‘Zenshinza’(劇団前進座). As an actor, to learn from others, I started watching Korean dramas and it has been 10 years without me realising it. The dramas’ higher meaning, ideals, being moved, the sincere attitude of actors towards their roles, their passion and sacrifice towards acting give me an enormous amount of strength. As an actor, that is the goal that I’m aiming for.
This is of course not enough, but I am an actor like them, and using my point of view,this column observes the appeal of Korean drama actors. For the first article, it is an extremely outstanding actor that has the most of my attention right now — Park Yuchun-san.
Park Yuchun achieved success through “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” and appeared in a traditional love drama. MBC TV drama “Miss Ripley” aired in May 2011 was his stage.
Talking about “Miss Ripley”, the first thing that Park Yuchun said was “a sense of burden”. Not sure exactly when but this sense of burden grew bigger and bigger due to pressure and anxiety.
Because this is the second work after the announcement of the birth of a new actor with “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”, Park Yuchun continuously dwelled on “the obsession of must do well” and “breaking through (self) limits”.
In addition, to merge himself into the role of the perfect man Song Yoo Hyun in whom no flaws can be found, he felt difficulties.
“Foreign language, sports, piano, etc all have to be displayed perfectly, that sense of burden was very big. The imperfect me, having to act as the perfect man, it was naturally followed by difficulties. Because of the doubt ‘Can I show the perfect Song Yoo Hyun that the scriptwriter has in mind?’, at the beginning I was very troubled by the embodiment of this character.
(T/N: This is the same issue of Movieweek with Jaejoong as one of the ‘Irreplaceable Young Actors’ too.)
Park Yoochun – Convincing The Public With His Sensibility
[Rooftop Prince] (SBS) [Miss Ripley] (MBC, 2011) [Sungkyunkwan Scandal] (KBS2, 2010)
The basis of an actor is, “To have the ability to make the audience in unison”
This is the first time I met an actor who blends in his own speciality with the character and at the same time, allowing the audience to feel the same. From another aspect, I feel that Park Yoochun is one who was born with such talent. This is Park Yoochun who was able to control the stage’s ambience since his days in TVXQ. Though he was also a vocalist, but did not have any fanciful falsetto and choreography parts, he is always able to use the sensibility of the songs to replace all these. Park Yoochun expanded this talent greatly in his drama. During the broadcast of his debut drama ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’, there was none of the criticism like ‘unrefined’ and perhaps it was due to the same reason.
If it were to be the usual idol stars who have been relying on bright lights and magic of cosmetics, they would cause a distant feeling when they appear in dramas. However Park Yoochun is different, his clean face is on the contrary more brilliant. As a male actor, not only does he has a clean image, he also have the looks of the usual ‘neighborhood boy’. Even though armed with the background of ‘flower boy’ and ‘idol star’, he already reached the state where he does not need any other fanciful accessories. On stage he is one of the fewer idols who does not ‘overact’; therefore his attitude and expressions were not seen as though he is immature. However while doing that, an amusing clash and nervousness would show on his face. This was depicted as character’s realism. It is indeed a talent not to be missed. Compared to the drama scenes, this forte will be proven more effective on the big screen. From ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ to ‘Miss Ripley’ and ‘Rooftop Prince’, Park Yoochun successfully maintained this amazing state. Read More →
Kookmin Ilbo carried out a survey targeting 10 drama critics on Aug 29, asking who has the most impressive acting ability among Acting-Dols (=Idol+Actor, a newly-coined word in Korea to call idol singers who has acting career). The critics recommended the top and 2nd places each. 2 and 1 points were given for each recommendation.
#No.1 is Yuchun Park, Eun-Ji Jung named the next rising star
The top-vote getter(9 points) was Yuchun Park, a 26-year-old member of the trio group JYJ.
He had a debut in 2010 ‘SKK Scandal(KBS2)’ and established acting career in ‘Miss Ripely(MBC)’ and ‘Rooftop Prince(SBS)’. He also showed off his presence as an actor at 2012 Seoul Drama Awards after named on the top of People’s Choice, voted by 4 million people around the worlds.
Eun-Ji Jung of A-Pink earned 8 points with her debut-drama ‘Recall 1977’ and took the 2nd place.
Su-Ji (Miss A) and Eun Jung (T-ARA) followed on the 3rd together.
#Critics’ comments on Yuchun Park
“He is one of a kind among Acting-Dols and does not have any controversy about acting ability.” – Seok Hee Jung
“He exactly knows what he can do the best in acting.” – Ina Yoon
“He has proper voice and vocalisation that an actor ought to have.” – Young Mi Lee
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Which idols are successful in holding two jobs?
(T/N: Two jobs refer to a main job and a side job.)
Idol members have the charisma to hold the audience’s attention on stage and they attract fans with their different and fresh charisma on broadcast.
These idol members are JYJ’s Kim Junsu, Park Yoochun, Kim Jaejoong, After School’s UEE and Miss A’s Suzy.
“Music-dol” Kim Junsu who performed in Mozart and Elizabeth, was chosen as the idol with the strongest ticket power for three years consecutively.
Park Yoochun is a case of an idol who transformed into an actor successfully. He received recognition for his work in Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Miss Ripley. Through Rooftop Prince, he was named “acting-dol” for receiving favorable reviews from the viewers and his colleagues.
Kim Jaejoong’s ability to express emotions through his eyes in the recent drama, Dr Jin also received praise from distinguished senior actors.
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JYJ Yuchun, Junsu, Jaejoong are growing rapidly as actors.
JYJ Yuchun, Junsu, Jaejoong are grand idol stars with fandoms all over countries. It’s hard for them to appear on a TV program, but releasing albums and holding concerts in order to frequently meeting with fans.
And now, these guys are starting to expand to drama, musical, movies and other areas. There were some biased opinions regarding their idol occupation. Some people looked at them negatively, saying that they were in leading roles without proving their worth. But in 2012, assessments about JYJ members have completely changed. Now JYJ members can confidently add their titles with actors and musical actors. Read More →
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[NEWS] Lee Sang-yeob holds first fan meeting in Japan and expresses respect for JYJ’s Yoochun
Actor Lee Sang Yeob held his first-ever fan meeting in Tokyo, Japan on May 4. The event, which took place in Tokyo, was comprised of various segments, including singing, a games corner, and a question and answer forum, among many others. Lee, who is currently starring in JTBC’s “I Live in Cheongdam-dong,” took time to step off the stage and greet the fans personally, saying, “I want to remember each and every one of you here.”
The entertainer showed just why he was so adored by fans as he started to shuffle dance at the request of a fan.
On a more serious note, Lee said that his reason for becoming an actor was because this career choice allowed him to bring happiness to those around him.
“I remember when I was young and acted in school plays. My mom, who was always so strict and serious would be sitting there smiling at me. Today, I just want to make everyone smile,” said Lee.
If that wasn’t enough, the 28-year old star managed to win over more fans by name-dropping a very famous K-pop star. “Yoochun, although he is a singer, takes acting so seriously, and I respect him so much. We are good friends and have plans to travel together,” Lee said of JYJ’s Park Yoochun, with whom he acted with in “Miss Ripley” (2011).