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‘My Country’ Jang Hyuk Interview – Talks about Bangwon’s scar, his hair in new drama and more


Hi, I’m copying this interview translated by Prettysup and posted on the Soompi Jang Hyuk thread. Thank you Prettysup! This way we can always refer to it.

I also added some of my favorite images of beautiful (and terrible but awesome) Bangwon, for us to drool forever! #Bangwitched

As he enters his 23rd year of acting, Jang Hyuk has also shown off the special weight that he carries, capturing the agony of a humane Lee Bang-won in JTBC’s “My Country,” which ended on Sunday.

Jang’s relaxed smile at the interview did not make one feel that he is tired after finishing the work that had been shooting for about eight months. “I can’t cut my hair because it’s going to be used in the next drama,” he said with a big smile.

“I wanted to show you an emotional humane Lee Bang-won, not an ambitious blood lord. In fact, during the ‘Age of innocence’, I was always thinking about playing Lee Bang-won again. In ‘The Age of Innocence’ , Lee Bang-won feels like the background in the first strife of the princes. ‘My Country’ Lee Bang-won is a weighty villain, and he’s at the center of the story, so there’s a little bit of freedom and coolness.”

“My Country” is basically the story of fictional characters Seo Hwi (Yang Se-jong), Nam Seon-ho (Woo Do-hwan), and Han Hee-jae (Kim Seol-hyeon) who help Lee Bang-won revolt in the drama. However, the three-dimensional confrontations between Lee Bang-won (Jang Hyuk), Nam-jeon (Ahn Nae-sang) and Lee Seong-gye (Kim Young-chul) who contributed to the founding of the country showed off their existence as much as traditional historical dramas.

Among the past works dealing with Lee Bang-won, Jang was particularly attracted to ‘The Deep Rooted Tree’ which he also starred in. “I wanted to show everyone the Lee Bang-won who stood against his father. There was a scene in ‘The Deep Rooted Tree’ which Baek Yoon-sik senior told Ido (Song Joong-ki) to live. I was very impressed with that fascinating look.”

Actor Kim Young-chul, who plays Lee Seong-gye, had also portrayed Taejong two times previously through “The Great King Sejong” and “Jang Young-sil.” Kim Young-chul, however, rarely talked about his works because he feared it would have an unnecessary impact on Jang’s performance. On the synergy of their acting, Jang said, “We acted as father and son during ‘Iris 2’, and even if we don’t talk about it, we can immerse ourselves in real-life feelings. You just have to get the emotional intensity that your senior members are driving at and pour it out as it is,” he explained. These are words coming from an actor representing the acting class in the entertainment industry.

“Although it’s a work of fictional characters, stories beyond historical characters may not be convincing. Most people know how the Strife of the Princes went and what roles and actions Jeong Do-jeon, Lee Bang-gan, and Bakpo played. If you go too far-fetched, it’s going to be hard to accept. So instead of creating a new story, I wanted to reinterpret the feelings behind it, while keeping true to historical records. Did Lee Bang-won really think that he was going to be a king? Maybe he didn’t, but he was just swept away by the surging emotions and became the king. We only know the records but we didn’t see it and feel it personally, so I focused on capturing the inner thoughts of Lee Bang-won.”

As a result, “My Country” Lee Bang-won became Jang hyuk’s new life character. Lee Bang-won’s relentless confrontation with his father, Lee Seong-gye, excited viewers. “I’m grateful that you have enjoyed this drama because it’s so emotional,” Jang said with a smile.

Jang Hyuk also talked about being a senior among the cast. He said, “Although there were seniors on the set, but most of the other cast and crew were younger than me. There was only Tae-ryeong (Kim Jae-young), who is three years younger than me at the set and we talked a lot,” he said, confessing to his unexpected loneliness.

He reiterated that he learned a lot from young actors like Woo Do-hwan, Yang Se-jong and Seol Hyun. “One of the most regrettable works of my life is ‘Daemong’. They’re only a year or two older than me when I did ‘Daemong’, but are very well prepared. I was surprised that they can act so well at this age.”

Jang Hyuk’s choice of a master scene in ‘My Country’ is a question-and-answer session with Lee Sung-gye at the end of the drama. Jang recalled, “I fell in love with Kim Young-chul’s feelings. Would I answer as king or as father? The sixth, seventh and eighth are already dead, and the fifth, you will be king. He’s hitting the line. I’ve stopped feeling so much. Do you have any fingers that don’t hurt? It’s because I’m a royal family member. There was no line in the original script that said Lee Bang-won resembles Nam Seon-ho, but I added it on the spot because I felt that he resembled Nam Seon-ho.”

Jang Hyuk’s personal favourite acting scene is when he threw his crown after becoming the king. Unlike Lee Seong-gye or Nam Jeon, the throne was just a mean for Lee Bang-won to create his version of ‘my country’.

“I wanted to depict the feeling of cutting the opponent’s head off and throwing it. It’s my seat, I have went through a long way to reach there, but I don’t know what to do when I get there. I raised my sword not to make the abandoned, but the reality is that I abandoned everyone from Seo Geom (Yoo Oh-sung) to Seo Hwi and Nam Seon-ho. Lee Bang-won is just like the characters at the end of the movie ‘The Graduate’, where they ran away from the wedding, sat on a bus, like two pathetic, helpless, empty people.”

Jang Hyuk also confessed about the scar on Lee Bang-won’s face, which further sharpened his image in the drama. “It was a coincidence, I got hurt while working out. But then I found that it suited my character well. Doesn’t it feel like Lion King’s ‘Scar’?”

The most beloved historical character Jang Hyuk has ever played is Lee Dae-gil of ‘Chuno’. At one time, viewers commented that they see Lee Dae-gil in every character that he played. However, through ‘My Country’, Jang hyuk has completely shed the shadow of Lee Dae-gil, which had been hanging for more than a decade. Jang Hyuk said, “I forgot about Dae-gil a long time ago as I needed to move on to my next projects. It has already been 11 years and I’m grateful that there are so many fans who remembered Dae-gil for such a long time.”

When asked whether he would consider doing the TJ project as a gift for fans, Jang appeared embarrassed and said after coughing, “We have to take a look at the times when the TJ project took place. Back then, the music video was done to promote the movie ‘Volcano High’. I was not good at singing, hence I practiced rapping as it was similar to saying my lines.” he explained.

“I like listening to music very much. I always practice acting while listening to music. I’m very happy if I managed to find a song that fits the mood just like OST. But I don’t have the knowledge to work on music.”

“I’ve been asked several times to appear in ‘Sugar Man’ as a rapper TJ. But that’s not a joke, you have to decorate the stage. I’m sure not many people have seen TJ in person, and I think most of them know it through friends or the Internet. I don’t think it’s going to be easy to star in ‘Sugar Man’.”

Money Flower Fan-Video ~ All The Same To Me


 

 

The other night I was struck with inspiration after hearing the 2008 song “All The Same To Me” by Anya Marina. (And became an instant fan!) I’d watched someone’s tribute to their favorite Ladies of Film Noir from the 40’s & 50’s.

Money Flower has been on my mind this week and I thought the song would be a perfect match. There’s a definite gloomy noir theme to both the drama and the song that blend well. It’s jazzy and sensuous with a hint of pop fun.

For those unfamiliar with the term, Film Noir is defined as – A style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied (by a group of French critics) to American thriller or detective films made in the period 1944–54 and to the work of directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilder.

I love making videos so when that urge hits I jump on it and get into a creative zone. I didn’t have many distractions so I was able to create it in two days. Hopefully I’ll be inspired to make more Kdrama videos. I’d only made two many years ago for Chuno, one for Lee Daegil and one for Song Tae Ha.

My regret is that the Chuno clips were subpar because Youtube didn’t have full HD yet. I shudder when I remember the very early years with only 240p! You can watch the new video at 1080HD. Youtube and I aren’t friends these days as they’d removed a lot of my content for other fandoms. So here’s hoping they keep up my Kdrama videos!

 

Jang Hyuk character clay dolls 2017 – We need your help!


Hi everyone! I’m sorry to come back to blogging to ask for help with something, instead of posting about Jang Hyuk’s absolutely mesmerizing beauty in Money Flower. But, I promise to come back for that! I mean if you are a Hyuk enthusiast and you are not watching this! I beg you! check it out! Plot? who cares about plot? Just look at this!

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Ok but, more on Money Flower later. Right now I want to remind you guys, that December 20th is approaching. Aha! and what’s on Dec 20th? you may ask…Well, December 20th is the day our beautiful mother in law (Jang Hyuk’s mom) gave birth to that gorgeous man. YES! so it’s an important date for us Hyukie fans.

And as it is tradition, every year DC Jang Hyuk Gallery fans (of which our dear Gumi is a member) have these amazing, very elaborate, hand made clay dolls especially made for him. As you can see from Hyuk’s expression in the picture below, he LOVES these presents. He really values them as they represent his fan’s appreciation for the characters he creates with so much passion and dedication.

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As you know, fan support events and gifts, always depend on fans collaboration and it’s always a struggle. This year is no exception and the DC Jang Hyuk Gallery team needs as much help as possible to make them happen. Would you be interested in helping? Any contribution will be deeply appreciated. The decision to make the dolls this year will be made on Monday (Korea time, therefore tomorrow in US time) and it will depend on how many contributions we can collect. 

IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTION VIA PAYPAL TO: gumi132223@gmail.com

MENSAJE EN ESPAÑOL

Para los amigos de habla hispana que aman a Hyukie, que conozco varias ya 🙂 les hago un resumen de este post: El 20 de diciembre es el cumpleaños de nuestro querido actor y su grupo de fans de DC Jang Hyuk Gallery están pidiendo ayuda para poder mandar a hacer estos hermosos muñecos de sus personajes. Estos son hechos a mano, especialmente hechos para él. Si quieren ayudar a continuar esta tradición, por favor envien su contribución a la cuenta de Paypal gumi132223@gmail.com.  Tenemos hasta mañana domingo (lunes en Korea) para juntar el dinero necesario. Espero que nos puedan ayudar. ¡Muchas gracias!

See below previous year’s beautiful dolls.

In 2014 we got Junki from Thorn, Lee Gun from Fated to love you and Ace Soldier Jang Hyuk from the variety show Real Men. Thanks to JH DC Gallery for the pics.

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Fangirl Stalking: Jang Hyuk


Today is my first solo blog post and of course it’s a fangirl stalking post.  I’m Clkytta, and I’m an avid drama fan who is delighted that I can share my drama watching addiction with you. Why did I pick Jang Hyuk for my first solo blog post?  First, his voice, he has one of […]

https://dramaswithasideofkimchi.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/fangirl-stalking-jang-hyuk/

It’s karaoke time! Fated to love you – OST – videos and lyrics


Let’s get the party started!

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I’m in love with Fated to love you and with it’s OST. Besides the official romantic ballads, which I might not love as much if it weren’t for the fact that I associate them with the story and our adorable Snail couple, I love all the meta and the music used in funny scenes, such as the horror music used when Mi Young went for a midnight snack or when Geon was trying to tame his “demon” while taking a cold COLDDD!!! shower. :p

Whoever is handling the sound in Fated to love you is doing a superb job. There have been many references to past works from the actors, especially Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara and also famous korean movies. Next I’m going to highlight the ones I remember but let me know if you remember others to add to the post.

Let’s sing along with these videos with lyrics in korean and english!

OFFICIAL OST SONGS

Baek Ah Yeon – Morning of Canon (캐논의 아침)

Jeff Bernat – Be The One (운명처럼 널 사랑해)

Megan Lee – Ready For Love

Jung Dong Ha – 운명 같은 너 – Destiny Sonata

UNOFFICIAL OST

Daft Punk – Pentagonic – The song heard when Kim Mi Young appears for the first time

Chuno OST – Gloomy 30s – Used during the dog chasing scene

Chuno OST – Lovers – Used when Geon gave the beautiful speech about Mi Young during the party where she was introduced as his wife

Panic – Snail – Used when Geon has his first “snail panic attack” lol

Jang Nara – Snail – The same song by Panic interpreted by our Jang Nara. This was not on the drama but I thought you’d like it 🙂

무조건  – This is the cha cha ra chara chara cha cha song that Geon was sining when Mi Young arrived at the karaoke party

Chuli and Miae – Why do you? – The song Geon and Mi Young sang at the karaoke party

Jo Jang Hyuk –  Love Song – Bright Girl OST – Played when Mi Young was escaping the press disguised with a high school uniform