Acting Ability that Conquered Asia—Muwon-God Kim Jaejoong.
From Spellbinding Artist to Spellbinding Actor. “Muwon-God” Kim Jaejoong.
There are persons who are thought to be beautiful no matter who looks upon them. But the standards of beauty have been applied differently according to the generation, differences in culture due to geography, and personal dispositions. However, there are persons that everyone designates as beautiful.
In a survey that was conducted in 7 sites such as the Chinese-version of Twitter and portals, JYJ member Kim Jaejoong asceded to the throne of #1 among the top 10 beautiful male stars of Asia of 2011. In this enormous research in which 20,000,000 persons participated and took place over 4 months in total, Jang Keunsuk (#5), Song Seunghun (#6) and Park Yoochun (#10) all placed to make one feel the Korean Wave. Because the research was so competitive as to have Jerry Yan of the original “flower man” rank #4 and the Japanese youth star Yamapi / Yamashita Tomohisa rank #8, its implications are even bigger. It is not an exaggeration to say that Kim Jaejoong is the official Beautiful Man as recognized so by the whole of Asia.
Kim Jaejoong who has such flower-like beauty is nowadays acting superbly as the Prince of the Financial World Cha Muwon who has the powerful background and abilities in the SBS Wed-Thursday drama Protect the Boss. This drama in which abilities-oriented actors such as Ji Sung, Choi Kanghee, and Park Youngkyu are lined up, Kim Jaejoong is receiving a great love through his stable acting and fantastic collaborative synergy.
Until now, JYJ’s members could be seen in dramas or musicals. Park Yoochun was recognized in his excellent acting abilities through appearing in the debut work Sungkyunkwan Scandal of KBS 2TV and Miss Ripley of MBC that ended recently. Kim Junsu was cast as Mozart in the musical Mozart! for both season 1 and 2, and through this work also received the Newcomer of the Year award in the 16th Korea Musical Awards.
For Kim Jaejoong, who has gotten an abundance of love calls for him to act since his TVXQ days, this is not the first try at acting. He took co-lead with Han Hyoju in Postman from Heaven of 2009, the Korea-Japan collaborative tele-cinema. Last year, he also appeared in the Fuji TV drama Sunao Ni Narenakute. However, in contrast to the majority of idol stars who appear glitteringly as the lead with their popularity on their backs, the role that Kim Jaejoong has taken on is the sub-lead, the rival in love to the male lead.
The main story of Protect the Boss is the adorable romance between the delinquent 3rd generation chaebol Cha Jihun whose only asset is his looks and the newbie secretary Noh Eunsul. Kim Jaejoong appears as the younger cousin of Ji Sung and his rival fighting over the right of control for the corporation. He harbors romantic feelings for Choi Kanghee and is actualizing the love triangle. The ratings for the 6th episode broke the 20%-wall, and it is glorying in its huge popularity as the best of romantic comedies that will continue the line after MBC’s The Best of Love.
Kim Jaejoong, who is called Muneunim / Muwon-God which is the deification of the drama name Cha Muwon, is unfolding outstanding acting, to the degree that the sunbae actors who are also appearing are picking him out to be an “actor destined for greatness.” As befitting as a top artist who conquered the stage of Asia, the acting of his eyes particularly stand out. Furthermore, even the stable vocalization and mid-low voice jump over the passing marks and near the honor marks. Just as his role in the drama who is the perfect man equipped with manners, abilities, and the art of living, Kim Jaejoong has many talents. As fitting of an idol, singing and dance come standard, but he is multi-talented—composing songs, writing lyrics, and directing performances. Since acting abilities are to be added to the mix, the term “Renaissance man Idol” is not enough.
For Protect the Boss, requests to import from the whole of Asia, such as Japan, Taiwan, Singapore Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Philippines and not merely Korea are pouring in. This is because these countries who had been interested from the point in time when Kim Jaejoong’s casting became public have stepped out in earnest to secure the publication rights thanks to his superb acting and an explosive response.
Kim Jaejoong who debuted in 2004 and is in his 7th year of being an entertainer. He stands on a new start line as a rookie actor. We fill our hearts with anticipation that the smooth start will gain acceleration so that he will leave us a good drama and a good actor.