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‘Gaekju 2015’ Jang Hyuk, 4 hours of hard work in the mountain…first shooting revealed

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Actor Jang Hyuk poured out all his energy running and running in the mountain for 4 hours.

In upcoming KBS drama ‘God of Commerce- Gaekju 2015’ (Scriptwriter Jeong Sung Hee, Lee Han Ho/ Director Kim Jong Sun/Production SM C&C) that will have its premiere on 23rd, Jang Hyuk acts as Chun Bong Sam, who starts as a peddler and eventually recovers closed ‘Chun’s Gaekju’ and becomes the greatest merchant in Chosun with upright business moral. Jang Hyuk who has shown impressive acting in ‘Chuno (Slave Hunters)’, ‘Tree with Deep Roots’, ‘Shine or Go Crazy’ is once again expected to show brilliant acting in his new character.

Jang Hyuk’s first shooting shows him perfectly transformed as an ‘irresistable character’ Chun Bong Sam. His serious eyes and expressions that deliver tension shows 200% sync with Chun Bong Sam in the story. Trusted actor Jang Hyuk will be portraying merchant Chun Bong Sam who earns money not out of greed but through justice.

Jang Hyuk’s charismatic first shooting took place on 16th at Kyungsangbukdo Andong Buyongdae. After a long time of makeup, Jang Hyuk came out with a tied up hair and dark navy hanbok, overwhelming the site with his presence. Jang Hyuk who is famous for his character analysis had a deep discussion with Director Kim Jong Sun before the shooting began, showing his passion.

That day’s shooting was a scene where Chun Bong Sam is running up the hill in desperate search for something. Jang Hyuk ran and ran under the scorching sun for 4 hours without complaints, creating the best scene. As soon as the camera’s light went off, he carefully monitored himself, and throughout the shooting he did not let go of the script, being his enthusiastic self.

On top of it, during short break time, Jang Hyuk chatted with other actors, leading the cozy atmosphere in the team. But as soon as shooting started, he again transformed into Chun Bong Sam, drawing applause from staff members with his ability to focus and immerse into a character.

The production company said “Jang Hyuk will be showing different aspects from what he has been showing, through ‘God of Commerce- Gaekju 2015’. I am sure he will perfectly deliver Chun Bong Sam, using his acting skills developed from various movies and dramas.”

‘God of Commerce- Gaekju 2015’ is a story of Chun Bong Sam the successor of destroyed ‘Chun’s Gaekju’ starting from a peddler and eventually becoming a successful merchant. Its original novel being Kim Joo Young’s historical fiction ‘Gaekju’ which was published on Seoul Newspaper from 1979 over 1465 episodes, the drama will be portraying peddlers’ lives in late Chosun era.

Singles: Interview

Jang Hyuk interview on magazine <Singles> September issue. Translated by Gumi. 

Many thanks to JangHyukNo1 for the captures 

I asked him to act ‘sitting on top of several chairs and not wanting to let go of a single one’. It probably wasn’t a hard request for an actor with 19 years of career. But Jang Hyuk couldn’t help laughing a little in the middle of shooting. He probably noticed my hidden intention for this cut. In this era when everyone including idol group members try to act, this actor who already turned 40 revealed his steadily-built muscles grabbing chairs as if he really won’t let go of a single one. Jang Hyuk who does not rest a moment and stands in front of camera, crossing borders of Korea, China and Taiwan–is he also afraid of younger actors growing fast and fiercely? “That’s something I’m concerned for ever since my debut. That I will be replaced. Of course a long rest sounds attractive right after I’m finished with a project, but I worry, what if no one wants me after that?”

 So Jang Hyuk acts without a break. “Even a character I’ve been deeply immersed in for half a year, I can forget him the day after the filming is finished.” Jang Hyuk’s goal in his rookie years was not becoming a great actor like Al Pacino, and also was not becoming a top star. It was simply ‘keep having a next project to act in.’ In order to start a new drama or movie, he had to get rid of previous work’s character quickly. In other words, Jang Hyuk’s ‘getting rid of a character’ is a survival tactic he taught himself as a young man who desperately wished to survive as an actor. “The main problem is putting on a set of new clothes. I’ve been acting for 20 years, but still putting on new clothes for the first time always feels difficult.” Actor Jang Hyuk is not a clown who dances merrily under inspiration after gulping down some rice wine. He is rather a meticulous artisan who works hard everyday, consistent and sharp like a clock.

After returning from army, for nearly a decade, he has acted in 2-3 movies or dramas every year, but there is not a single character that repeats. For every new choice, Jang Hyuk made a rhythmic turn following his own pace, like a nimble boxer in the ring. But his newest drama <God of Commerce-Gaekju 2015> is his third sageuk (historical drama) in a row, after movie <Empire of Lust> and drama <Shine or Go Crazy>. Upon hearing that he will be acting a peddler in late Chosun era, walking all over the country and doing commerce, it’s not unnatural to think “Sageuk again?” Did this boxer accidentally trip over himself? “In fact, I took turn doing sageuk and modern projects. I finished filming <Empire of Lust> and then filmed <Fated to Love You>, and before the current one I filmed a movie <Inside or Outside> in Taiwan.” It wasn’t a flared up excuse, it was a calm explanation. “It is a risk to show three sageuks in a row, I can’t deny it. But the story of characters in original novel caught my attention. The frame of someone who knows how to earn money versus someone who knows how to spend money well…I thought it was very relevant and realistic. I did not want to avoid it just because it is a sageuk.”


Jang Hyuk is not the type who deliberately calculates and plans his own image change. He simply jumps in if he sees a character or a project that seems interesting. Modern or sageuk, action, comedy, melo, he boldly jumps over borders of various genres. But Jang Hyuk, in the past, also has once deliberately tried construction of a new image. It is now often introduced as ‘Jang Hyuk’s embarrassing past’–‘TJ project.’ At that time, Jang Hyuk went on stage and rapped in his low voice. “I didn’t do it because I wanted to be a singer. I wanted to show a new image other than my image as a rebellious lonely child, constructed through dramas and movies. Back then it was in trend for actors to show new images through music dramas, and my company suggested I do it in my own album and music video.” Jang Hyuk finally laughs. The album might have been a failure, but TJ project was not. Thanks to it, he could feel free to construct comic images in <Successful Story of a Bright Girl> or <Please Teach Me English>. Instead of sitting and calculating what would be the best move, if you give it all you have for every project and every moment, that is how you get the ‘image change’ and progression. The face of the actor sitting in front of me seemed to be telling me so.

This man who gives off a simple and hardworking vibe like an athlete, indeed enjoys sports like an athlete. Recently he is into boxing and horseback riding. Like any other athlete, he doesn’t want to avoid when he faces an opponent who makes him feel competitious. Why is he into sports? “I don’t work out to build muscles or a body to show.” He also doesn’t do it to show off cool action skills in movies or dramas. For Jang Hyuk, sports or working out is also a form of acting training. “Sports and acting is connected. Acting is not something you can do alone. A scene is completed only when you create ensemble with a partner. Same goes for sports. I enjoy sports that requires a partner. I need to decide what to do according to the other’s movement. When I repeatedly go through boxing training where I need to think how to dodge and how to attack in a short while before opponent’s punch arrives, I become more spontaneous and flexible in thinking. It all helps in acting.” Jang Hyuk stopped for a while and added, “Well, but it’s not like I think of acting 24/7.” When he has free time, he goes camping with his family and enjoys thinking about nothing, and he also drinks with his friends. “Sometimes, after drinking, I suddenly have an impulse to watch films I did before. I reminisce, ‘Wow, I really worked hard back then,’ and think of places I went and people I met during filming. Sometimes I laugh to myself while watching, like a crazy person.”  I imagine Jang Hyuk thinking of acting even when he is drunk. Wait, didn’t he just say it’s not like he thinks of acting 24/7…?!

During this interview which was serious from head to toe, there was one moment when a loud laughter bursted out, and that is when Jang Hyuk described himself as a ‘funny person’. He claims that he is a funny person but media has been editing and only showing his serious side, thus he has serious and solemn image. He then went on for a considerably long time explaining how important humor and wit is, and how you are supposed to apply it…Then he finally sensed staffs standing around trying desperately to hold laughter, and suddenly changed topic as if nothing happened. He said that he is a very ‘tiring’ person, ever since he was young he carefully and discreetly choose every word he says and every action he makes. It has become a habit for himself so he is just fine with it, but he supposes it makes those around him pretty tired. At that moment, everyone couldn’t help but burst into laughter. Jang Hyuk is indeed a funny person. Sometimes when a person is too serious, that seriousness creates cacophony and becomes funny. Just like this case, although I am not sure if this ‘funny’ is the same as the one Jang Hyuk intended.

A real strong person is not the perfect one without weakness but is the one who knows his own weakest, softest spot. “I am a very weak person. To become strong, I work out, and face acting with trained heart. Do you know what I’m most wary of? Becoming ‘used to it’. It’s all over, if I become used to my life, used to acting. Who would ever want an actor who is relaxed and repeats same acting over and over? That’s also why I keep working without a long rest. Beginning is always difficult and hard, but agonizing over every sentence on script allows me to act with new heart, new attitude every day.” I feel like Jang Hyuk’s new drama <God of Commerce-Gaekju 2015> won’t just be a story of a mere peddler growing to become a business magnate influencing entire Chosun. It will also be a well-recorded documentary of how actor Jang Hyuk turns into merchant Chun Bong Sam. Maybe, the real drama actor Jang Hyuk has been showing us for past 19 years is exactly this.

[Esquire July] Jang Hyuk, He Lives By the Manual


Rejoice, our mighty Hyukie came back with his mega sexy magazine photoshoots!! omg he is looking soooo ridiculously beautiful… always.

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Translated by myself (Gumi).

Jang Hyuk, He Lives By the Manual

Press a button, and you get all you want. More flawless than the newest smartphone is Jang Hyuk’s own quality-guaranteed manual. There is a reason why he is in demand for more than 20 years.

Q. I heard you were filming a movie in China.

It’s a noir movie. I filmed it for 40 days in Taiwan.

Q. How is filming abroad?

It is very different from filming in Korea. You film for 40~50 days, and since the time period is shorter we start with a very detailed and precise storyboard. I had no problem working with actors from Sinosphere. Co-starring actors Simon Yam or Wallace Huo are all veterans, we had fun together.


Q. You were the icon of rebellion when you had your debut.

My debut drama <Model> was a pre-production, so although it was broadcasted in 1997, my actual debut was in 1996. I filmed it for about a year. And the next project I did was the movie <Zzang>. Outside and inside, the character had a masculine vibe, and after it I had a series of similar roles. Including <Volcano High>.

Q. Then how do you feel now, after 20 years since Debut?

I feel comfortable at filming site now. Of course it is not always fun and enjoyable. There are days that are excruciatingly painful, or when I get irritated. But the joy when I move keenly, feeling every nerve of my body…that’s only possible at filming site.

Q. So you learned how to enjoy your work?

I didn’t dream of becoming an actor since young, but I learned a lot at filming site observing others. Wow, actor is an amazing job. This actor has this kind of charm, that actor deserves respect for that aspect…I reached a stage where I truly enjoy my work from within.


Q. You have numerous hit projects over past 20 years. <School>, <Successful Story of a Bright Girl>, <Tazza>, <Midas>, <Iris2>, <Chuno>, etc. They are all over different genres, too.

I think my age right now is the great age for an actor. In this occupation, it is really important who is around you. I have met great senior and junior actors who have helped me out, and created synergy with me. There are certain genres that work well at certain time, too. In 2002, romantic comedies were on tide so <Successful Story of a Bright Girl> also got good responses. When I filmed <Fated to Love You> with Jang Na Ra again last year, of course romantic comedy is less common these days, but it was retro and fresh at the same time.

Q. Seems like you don’t have much limits or prejudices for roles you play.

It turned out that way because I think it is important to show versatility as an actor. I believe a real actor should not limit himself in form and time, and should show various aspects via one-episode dramas, movies, or dramas.

Q. You did historical dramas consecutively, with <Shine or Go Crazy> and <Empire of Lust>.

Lee Bang Won is a character I had wished to act from before. Lee Bang Won in <Empire of Lust> is very different from interpretations that previously existed. He was more…on the edge? I interpreted him as the one who had to be strategic, and who also was thirsty for his father’s acknowledgement. <Shine or Go Crazy> had 24 episodes. I did wish it was a little longer so that we could more fully develop the story. It felt a little rushed.


Q. Was variety show experience completely different?

<Real Men> was not really just a variety show for me, it was an opportunity for me to look back on my 30s. I lived a long time with name Jang Hyuk, and when I was called Jeong Yong Joon (Jang Hyuk’s real name) at the army, it made me reflect a lot. So I thought <Real Men> would remind me of the time spent at the army, and the army environment would give me an opportunity to stir up something in me.

Q. You look consistently great when you work. You are really good at keeping in shape.

Now that I’ve done it for so long, it became a part of me. It’s the same with acting. Any thing is difficult at first, but as you keep doing it you get know-how and it becomes fun.

Q. Actors these days do SNS a lot as well. Revealing and expressing is more in trend than being mysterious.

It hasn’t been long since I started SNS. At first, I was cautious because I was afraid things could be interpreted differently from intention depending on different views.  More so  because I’m an actor. But at some point, my thought changed. Wouldn’t it be fine if I share just some aspects of comfortable everyday life? I do think communication is necessary.


Q. You did a photoshoot holding smartphones. Everyone would agree, but smartphones are leading the world now.

Not only actors, but most people around are being strongly influenced by smartphone these days. It allows you to do many things at once, and connects you with those far away, so it is definitely convenient. However, I feel like it also makes you get a little distant from those close to you.

Q. The phones you took photos with today are in vivid colors of blue and green. Design has improved greatly.

In 1999, I filmed advertisements for Samsung Anycall folder phone. Back in those days, cell phones were huge in their sizes. Functions are of course important in phones, but designs are very important as well. Now smartphones are also serving a role as fashion accessories. The era where it was only used for phone calls has passed. Now you use it in various ways.

Q. One of the best roles of smartphones is camera function. The phones you filmed today can take a picture with simple two taps. Do you take selfies a lot?

I don’t take a ton of them, but I do find them useful to record that I was there at that time. Selfies represent the time and space I belonged to.

Q. Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Jong Kook, your same-aged friends of Dragon Brothers, are having their prime time these days.

They are my friends who started working together at the young age. It is not easy to continue working as a celebrity. I am grateful that my close friend group can continue working together. They will keep doing great.

Q. I feel like you are the icon of renovation and challenge. Your challenge for Sinosphere market is one example. Pioneering the new area takes a lot of energy. Don’t you want to walk an easier path?

In pop culture, actors need to be artistic and yet commercial at the same time. There needs to be some strategic plans. Of course there is a language problem, but more important than language barrier is how to accept different culture and build cross-cultural relationship. Filming a movie or drama is similar with accepting new and different culture. Exposure to different genres broadens your experience and makes you grow. That’s why I keep moving on.

Q. As an actor who represents X generation, you are a 40 year old who still pulls off romance acting well.

In this career, nothing can be taken for granted. The work you have been doing every year can suddenly disappear. I think I just gave it all under my given circumstances. I focused on how to create something of my own.


Q. When you first debuted, did you expect you to be in this position after 20 years?

I wished so. After the first drama, I questioned a lot, ‘Can I make a living from this?’ Even as I did try-outs, I had doubts that this was my path. As time passed, I learned what suits me little by little, and formed opinions on what I wanted to try acting. If I were asked to act roles I played in the past again, I’m sure that although I improved in skill I wouldn’t be able to deliver the same emotion.

Q. Aren’t you satisfied with what you did for 20 years?

There are both satisfactions and regrets. But if I’m asked whether I would walk this path again if given a chance to choose, my answer is ‘Yes’. The path I’ve been walking on for 20 years has formed who I am right now.

[SoGC support] Thank you for your contribution!

I just made transfer from my paypal account to DC JH gallery account.

빛미3차이벵지움I had total $334.05  in my account, and $50 is going to DC SoGC gallery, the rest is going to DC JangHyuk gallery.


Transferred to Korean bank, the gross amount is 370,144 KRW


I made two transfers, bottom one to JH gallery, top one to SoGC gallery. Gross amount 370,143 KRW. During calculation process, 1 KRW ( 0.00088USD) was lost, sorry.

Thank you for those who contributed! It will be used to feed cast and crew of Shine or Go Crazy, and show our support to Jang Hyuk 🙂


Hyuk enjoying chicken stew treated by DC Jang Hyuk gallery during Fated to Love You filming


Prince Wang So munching on his snacks brought by DC JH gallery fans to celebrate his birthday.

Lastly, the account is still open! Sending food truck to filming site will probably happen in coming week, but there is also wrap party presents to prepare, so if you have a paypal account and would like to contribute please let me know.

FTLY JJangs Award Ceremony gifs

*whisper whisper*

JNR giving a massage to JH

Don’t ask me why there are only two gifs. I only took the essence 😛

And please bear with the poor quality. I was filming that with my phone with trembling hands, and it is also my first time ever making any gif.

Anyways, hope these bring back some of happy FTLY memories 🙂

+Ooops! Sensed something strange?
Cuz those gifs were reversed lol. I told you, it’s my first time making gif….

Here’s the correct version of those gifs.