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Gaekju – 7 minute trailer explained – sort of 


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Gaekju is coming guyssssss! It starts on September 23rd at 10pm in Korea. It’ll also be available with english subs through KBS World (starting on September 30th) and on Viki.

My enthusiasm level for this drama has increased with each trailer. The 7 minute trailer sent it through the roof! I hope it has the same effect on you my friends!

We already saw the good quality of filming and acting in previous trailers but we didn’t know much about the story itself. The 7 minute trailer reveals some of the background of our characters, especially the conflict that triggers the personal struggle of Bongsam (Jang Hyuk) and Gil So Gae (Yu Oh Seong) and the nature of their relationship. A lot of pain and guilt in these men past! Gaekju will show us how both of them deal with it.

Below is how Gumi summarized the trailer for me. WARNING! She did fill in the blanks so the actual story might turn out slightly different. The trailer, after all, only showed isolated scenes with revealing facts and Gumi sort of connected dots.

Chun (Bongsam’s father) and Gil (So Gae’s father) worked together. They were friends and colleagues. At some point Gil needs money, desperately so he gets involved in opium trade.

Chun Bongsam’s father, as leader of Chun’s gaekju, had to punish Gil and according to the law, an opium trader should be sentenced to death. Chun gives poison to Gil. Gil drinks it and dies. His son Gil So Gae screams and cries “No, please don’t drink it father!” Gil’s father dies leaving these as his last words “You should become rich, you should become the leader of all those merchants”

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Gil So Gae is now traumatized and he hates Chun Bongsam’s father. So Gae seems to become involved with opium as well. Now someone had to be responsible for that opium and Chun says he will take the blame so he is executed. This way Gil So Gae caused Bongsam’s father death as well 😦 Oh the pain already!

The now enemies, share a past where they were raised almost as a family.Chun and Gil were friends so their kids were like cousins and there was  even a promise that Bongsam’s sister would marry Gil So Gae. This should make for some amazing inner conflicts and angsty bromantic frenemy situation between Chun Bongsam and Gil So Gae. Can’t wait!

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We all know how serious and hard working Jang Hyuk is, so its no surprise that he is once again giving his all to this project. But the spirit that can be perceived from interviews and the press conference is that every single person involved in this production is extremely passionate about it! The PD is a serious, earnest man who was responsible for very successful sageuk, such as the series Wang Gun. To create the background of Bongsam in this series (something that had not been dealt with in the novel), he actually consulted the writer of the original novel and asked him what he thought his past would’ve been like.  Now that’s what I call dedication! Given the love, effort and talent that is surrounding this drama I really wish it much success, and not only because my favorite actor is in it. GAEKJU FIGHTING! 

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Gaekju – Press conference and rice wreath


We want to send a BIG THANKS to all of you who cooperated to send Jang Hyuk all our support during Gaekju’s press conference. Look at the pictures below and feel free to freaaak out when you see Hyukie standing next to Stuck on Hyuk’s wreath! 😀

Many thanks to Vanilla Latte for this picture

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 Quotes fron the press conference – translated by Gumi

“If Daegil is the one who only lives today, Bongsam is the one who reflects on how he lived yesterday.He is the one who lives tomorrow with memories from yesterday” – Jang Hyuk

“Our filming site was not a place to create, it was a stage to present. Everybody had to come immersed in characters. – Jang Hyuk

“The synopsis I received was about 400 pages. Every actor here is the one who was willing to read such long synopsis.” – Kim Min Jung

“It’s important for the actors to quickly get into their characters. I’m not a fan of re-shooting. Our actors are ready and they are in characters, so filming moves on quickly. I’m satisfied.”- Director Kim Jong Sun

Just spend a little time with Jang Hyuk and you immediately know he is a very good person. – Kim Min Jung

“In SoGC I thought Wang So transforming would be interesting. In this drama, my character slowly grows to be responsible over 36 eps. He learns about weight he didn’t know before. I think I’d be able to show something I couldn’t as Wang So.” – Jang Hyuk

Jang Hyuk and Yoo Oh Sung are charismatic actors with manly charm even with their clothes on – Gaekju’s novel writer

“Average age at our site is about 50 yrs old. When I watch seniors’ dense acting, I feel like I’m learning step by step again.  I hope to learn the 10 years of experience and better myself.” – Jang Hyuk

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Gaekju – Teasers and official posters


I absolutely LOVE the Gaekju posters. The wardrobe is spectacular for the females but also for the guys!  Even the “regular folk” outfits look on point on this drama. It gives it a very authentic feel. 

  

 And the charisma battle going on right here! I’m totally feeling Bongsam’s playful character 😀 
 

Check out the poster making BTS to see more of these beautiful outfits. 

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Gaekju – God of Commerce – Teaser 1


Here is the first teaser for upcoming sageuk “Gaekju” aka “God of commerce (aka The Innkeeper, The Inn, The peddler). The drama will start on September 23rd on KBS. 

Thanks to Zoi 

This first teaser presents some important characters played by solid actors with great experience in the historical genre, including Lee Duk Hwa (Midas, Salaryman, Giant) It has a strong traditional sageuk feel (not surprising given the PDs reputation in this genre) and it already reveals attention to detail and an honest attempt at keeping historical accuracy. 

We can also tell that “money” and how it affects people will be the central theme of the drama. 

It does not feel like this will be a flashy full of spectacle or heroic actions drama. It looks like it will tell the story of everyday “normal” characters. Following teasers will probably reveal more on the main characters

These are some pics uploaded on the official KBS site and Jang Hyuk’s instagram

Jang Hyuk posted this image on his IG and titled it Bong Sam (his character) Tal (korean mask) comparing his expression to the famous smiling (and wrinkly ;)) mask. Sho cute! 

 
   
    
 

Hyuk Update: A recap of his most recent activities


Hi guys! We haven’t updated the blog often lately,  but our dear Jang Hyuk is still as active, hard-working and gorgeus as ever haha! He is quite the energizer bunny. I wanted to do a little recap of his activities during these months, after he finished filming the historical drama Shine or Go Crazy and the movie Empire of Lust was released.

CHINESE OPERA TIME! (where he was turned into a Golden prince doll!)

On March, he went to China to participate in the reality show Ding Ge Long Dong Qiang. This reality reunited chinese and korean celebrities who received training to put together a traditional Chinese Opera. Among the korean celebrities were Jang Hyuk’s friends Kim Jongkook and Jay Park. Jay was actually part of Jang Hyuk’s team along with chinese singer Summer.

One of my favorite moments of the show happened in episode 2 when Jang Hyuk did the spear exercise perfectly. It starts at minute 46:36

This is the final episode where you can watch their energetic and spectacular performance.

You can watch the complete show without Eng Subs on Summer’s youtube channel HERE.

LITTLE PRINCESS ARRIVAL (I can’t stop the awwwwwww)

Then, on April 16th, his baby girl was born! And us fans/aunties let out a collective Awwwwwww! Jang Hyuk’s  first baby girl! As you know he has two sons already. Ever the protector of his family’s well being and privacy, there are no public pictures of his children. So we can only imagine her! Does she look like mom or is she a little Hyukie with pig tails? Awwwww no matter what, this was undoubtedly the happiest event of all for him.

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Imagining Hyukie with pigtails! :p

This was Sidus HQ statement at the time ““He is very happy for the birth of his daughter. He is scheduled to go to China to film a movie, but thankfully, he was able to see the birth of his child beforehand.”

TAIWAN FAN MEETING (Them lucky Taiwanese fans!)

I don’t remember if this was before or after baby girl was born, but he had a Fan Meeting in Taiwan. We found out he cut his hair and he looked like this.

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INSIDE OR OUTSIDE (Wherever you please dear Hyukie)

On April 20th he started filming the chinese movie “Inside or Outside”, next to renowned chinese actors Simon Yan and Wallace Huo. The movie is an action thriller. According to Soompi “Jang Hyuk will be playing the role of Wu Geom, a successful elite who is the CFO of an IT company. After having suspicions that he might not be the father of his daughter, he finds out his life is in danger during the process of digging for the truth”.

Oh my! It sounds very exciting! This movie is expected to be released on September 2015.

WELCOME TO AJINCOME! (Where you get Hyukspammed by the man himself)

It was also around this time that he opened an account on Instagram, much to the surprise of many since up until now Jang Hyuk was not very active in Social Networks. He already had  a Weibo account but wasn’t too active on it. Apparently he decided to do this on a whim. God Bless your passionate impulses darling! Ajincome posts  selfies (he has become so much better with them) pictures of actors he likes, places he sees but the best part of his posts are his brief adorkable comments. They all carry his particular style, a certain poetic  tone, but are mostly playful statements, often accompanied by a wink and/or a heart. A nice simple way to be close (but keep an appropriate respectful distance) to his fans. You can follow him at https://instagram.com/ajincome/

WITH A LITTLE HELP, FROM HIS FRIENDS

After the movie, he flew to Croatia to film the travel show “The friends in Croatia” with Shin Seung Hwan and Choi Ki Sub. According to Yahoo Entertainment, Jang Hyuk said:“I have 18 years of friendship with Shin Seung Hwan and we worked together on drama ‘Shine or Go Crazy,’ and although it hasn’t been that long since I met Choi Ki Sub, who is a member of the famous non-verbal performance group Ongals, I hope to share a deep friendship through this trip.”

This was Jang Hyuk’s airport fashion when traveling to Croatia

From the pictures shared on instagram we can see that the friends had loads of fun! Walking endlessly, learning about Croatian culture, and especially enjoying the local food! Knowing Jang Hyuk’s appetite, this will be an interesting and mouth watering watch :p YUMMY!

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GAEKJU (or the reason we won’t sleep much in the next few months)

Recently he was confirmed to take the lead role in the historical series “Gaekju” based on the novel of the same name by Kim Joo Young. Other members of the cast are Yu Oh Seong, Kim Ming Jung and Han Chae Ah. We hope to get more information and dedicate more posts to this drama, but for now this is what we know.

  • It’s a story about peddlers and merchants, not royalty (for a change)
  • It might have 36 episodes (more Hyuk for us!)
  • Jang Hyuk plays the role of Bong Sam, a commoner who against all odds, becomes one of the richest merchants in Joseon thanks to his remarkable skills for business (and women also fall for him like flies, are we surprised?). Of course given the times and his position in society, his journey will be a tough one (We love underdogs. Jang Hyuk rocks as one. Win Win!).
  • The sageuk will air on Wed and Thur on KBS and will follow drama “Assembly”.