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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.


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/


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!


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”.

[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…..as always.

Thanks to janghyuk_no.1 from instagram for posting the photos and interview. Follow her at https://instagram.com/janghyuk_no.1/ 

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.

Fated to love you – Ep 19 – Thoughts and discussion

I know I sound like a broken record now, but I loved this episode. I can’t write at the moment because I need to finish some work but I want to link to a long excellent review of this episode writen by a korean fan and translated by our Gumi

Since I didn’t ask permission to copy it here, I prefer to link to the thread


FTLY support event report + Jang Hyuk’s message to fans

I know it’s really late, I’m sorry! Hahaha…but yes here’s the report for August 11 DC Jang Hyuk Gallery FTLY support event. Yes, the event for which some of you contributed. Here are the photo reports, compiled by DC JH gallery Narara.

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These are the photos we took ourselves, well the photo quality isn’t very good cuz it was dark and we only had our cell phones to work with…

BUT! luckily there were some professional photographers on site and this is the beautiful picture they took990688359_ab827a82

which, I’m sure some of you may have already seen looong time ago, haha.

Well, here’s something that NONE of you guys would’ve seen before! Cuz I had it by myself all along and now I’m revealing it for the first time…!

Jang Hyuk’s video message to his fans!!

I apologize for the quality of the video, I was seeing the divine beauty standing in front of me and my hands….couldn’t control my hands…..also it was pretty noisy on the site, and Jang Hyuk speaks pretty softly…it was so hard to understand what he was saying in the video, I had to read his lips, lol. One of the staff members actually asked me to check if I could hear the sound well in the video, but I just said yes yes I can, cuz I didn’t want to bother Jang Hyuk again…he looked tired enough with the filming….

Anyways, I mean, still being able to see a video message is faaaaar better than none, right? Tell me so, so that I can feel like my courage to walk up to him and ask for it wasn’t in vain…!

I also specifically asked for a message to ‘international fans’, telling him that this time some international fans contributed in the support event as well. Although his message can apply to any fan who loves him. I mean, we are all one in that we all love him, haha.

So, enjoy. You can turn on the caption on youtube if you don’t see English subtitle. (and I am telling you, he was even more beautiful in person than in this video)

And here is an autograph for Stuck on Hyuk and Soompi…two places I asked for contribution for the event. Hey, I made him spell out those two…! He knows the existence now! (altho I can’t blame him even if he forgot, poor him, he was half zombie out of fatigue)


Ok, end of the report! If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

TV Daily: Jang Hyuk talks about Thorn, obsession, bed scenes etc – photos and excerpts


Some excerpts from this interview translated by Gumi

Jang Hyuk is a happy man

  • He talked about how Junki wants to escape his reality, his routine etc So he was asked whether he ever wanted to escape it, and he says, he escapes “routine” by going on trips but he is never alone. And if there is any “escape” it is during filming. But he is generally happy with his life.
  • The hardest thing about playing Junki in Thorn is that there was less action and reaction. He had to show what was in his mind through expressions, not words. Bo Ah and Seon Woo Seon expressed a lot of emotions but Junki didn’t
  • He is a man in his 30s but he had to feel like a man in his 50’s.


  • The main theme in the film is “What is love”?
  • He thinks this is more about addiction than obsession (I wish he had elaborated on the difference)
  • Has an attractive man like Jang Hyuk ever experienced a Junki-like situation? “Never in my life have I been stalked or obsessed. It might sound like a joke, but really, half of my life was spent on a filming site. I’m 39 now and I started acting at 19 (korean age) Since I was stressed on filming site, there was no room to stalk or be stalked. If I were in Junki’s situation? It would never happen, I would cut it off at once (*Note to self*: Do not get any crazy fangirl ideas from this movie, must remember this guy is a Jeet Kun Do expert)
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  • He talked about bed scenes: It’s not like someone has to lead someone. The director told us to do as we feel and we did as we felt.
  • Even though he was a senior he didn’t order or direct Jo Bo Ah. Jang Hyuk said “I told her one thing, don’t study” and laughed shyly. “I told her, to do as she feels, it’s not something you can analyze or study. Some genres require you to analyze and act, but Thorn was different. The movie’s emotion depends on how this character acts. That’s actually the hardest. Scenario is just a blueprint and acting is completely on actors”.