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Korean superstars Lee Min-Ho (Jun Pyo), Kim Hyun-Joong (Ji Hoo), Kim Bum (So Yi Jeong) and Kim Joon (Song Woo Bin), or popularly called “F4,” will visit the country, “The Buzz” host Kris Aquino announced Sunday.
There is no date yet as to when the stars will arrive in the Philippines but Aquino said it is going to be “soon.”
Based on the best-selling Japanese manga “Hana Yori Dango” by Yoko Kamio, the romantic story was first adapted in Taiwan as the phenomenal hit drama “Meteor Garden,” which aired on ABS-CBN in 2003. It starred Asia’s sensational boyband F4.
“Meteor Garden” remains to be one of the most successful Asianovelas aired on Philippine television, with an average rating of 42.9 percent in mega Manila and a nationwide average rating of 62 percent.
South Korea’s “Boys Over Flowers,” meanwhile, garnered an average rating of 30 percent. The show had a great impact on Korean pop culture as sales of men’s cosmetics and fashion items skyrocketed and the female lead’s hairstyle ruled the fashion world.
The Korean remake of “F4″ also launched the careers of the four Asian superstars.
Aquino said the producers of the Korean show were grateful that, like Meteor Garden, it also became a hit in the Philippines.
Starting Monday, “Boys Over Flowers” will be aired at 6 p.m. before “TV Patrol World.” It takes over the timeslot of “Pinoy Bingo Night,” which will now be aired after “Tayong Dalawa.”
Source: ABS-CBN News
TOP of Big Bang left for Japan on the morning of March 19th to film drama, IRIS.
According to his management company, he departed to Akita-hyun, Japan to film IRIS with Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Hee and Jung Joon Ho. CEO of YG entertainment, Yang Hyun Suk accompanied TOP.
TOP appears as a killer who needs to kill Lee Byung Hun (a member of National Security Service) in IRIS.
Main characters Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee arrived earlier on 10th for the crank-in, Jung Joon Ho joined on 16th, and TOP joined on today (19th), and Kim Seung woo will join on 23rd to film a breath-taking action scene and romance on beautiful winter background.
The accompaniment of Yang Hyun Suk proved the high interest on this drama. IRIS, costing over 20000000000 won (20000000 dollars) is stirring up high attention for having several hallyu celebrities and overseas filming. If this drama goes well, it is predicted that the casted members will be the next forerunners of Hallyu.
The filming scene is already crowded with fans and tourists.
IRIS will air 20 episodes, dealing with the actions, betrayals and romance of the spies, in late 2009.
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In his interview with ISplus (reporter Kim Sung Eui) published on March 18, Kim Hyun Joong reveals what he wears to sleep, how he takes care of his skin, and who he wants to act with.
IS: Who is your favourite athlete?
KHJ: Kim Yuna. I fell under her charm while watching her compete in the world championships last year on TV when I was staying with SS501 in Japan last year. It was impressive to see her not get timid but confidently express herself although she was facing stiff competition from people like Japan’s Asada Mao. Even when she slipped on the ice, she maintained her composure, got up immediately, and put on a skating performance. That scene is unforgettable to me. Although she is younger than me, I could learn from how – no matter what the circumstance – she approaches everything that has to be done with the confidence that she is world-best.
IS: Who do you want to meet the most – in Korea or abroad?
KHJ: Definitely Seo Taiji. I listened to a diversity of music since I was young, but I admired and was envious of foreign music; particularly the rock genre. Seo Tai-ji & Boys’ “I Know” (”난 알아요”) was my favourite song when I was a student. I was extremely surprised that music like this came out in our country too. Upon hearing “Ultra Mania”, I made up my mind that I had to become a singer. I want to [meet and] say hello to the senior I respect, and also discuss music [with him] afterwards.
IS: Is there a skill/talent that you’ve worked on fine-tuning since you were a student?
KHJ: I played bass for a band during high school. I’m pretty good at guitar. If there’s a certain new theme (motif) that comes up, I enjoy expressing it on the guitar. I like the guitar so much that during my stay in Japan, I spent an entire day searching to acquire a rare guitar.
IS: Who is number 1 on your cellphone speed dial?
KHJ: I’m not smart, but I generally memorize the phone numbers that I use. I don’t specifically set speed dial.
IS: Which objects do you always carry around in your bag?
KHJ: Contact lenses and solution, a razor to shave my facial hair (five o’clock shadow) that has a bluish-greenish tinge, an extra pair of underwear and socks for overnight filming shoots – that’s all.
IS: Is there an actress you’d like to star opposite?
KHJ: Lee Hyori nuna. She was my ideal woman before I debuted as a singer, and following my debut, she is a senior I’m grateful to for giving me a lot of counsel. I want to show Hyori nuna that I’ve grown enough to work on something together with her.
IS: Is there a place you’d particularly like to go on vacation? Who do you want to go with?
KHJ: I’ve lived by Songpa-gu since I was young. They’re friends that I’ve spent most of my life with. I fear nothing when I’m with these friends. I want to go on a vacation to outer space with my friends and take on a new challenge against the limitations of life. Has this become too unbelievable?…
IS: What is your life motto?
KHJ: “Since you were already born, you should work hard to make your name known, help your less fortunate neighbours while living a life that earns respect.”
IS: Do you have any jinxes, superstitions or customs?
KHJ: Not any jinxes; I could say it’s a habit? No matter where we go, I think I always pay for the meals. When I get stressed, I go on fishing trips or listen to music.
IS: What will you do if your parents oppose your marriage like Boys Over Flowers‘ Gu Jun Pyo?
KHJ: I’ll push forward with it. I’m prepared to take responsibility for my life and am ready to stand up against my parents if it’s somebody that I believe I’ll spend the rest of my life with.
IS: What is your drinking capacity? Which alcohol do you like, where do you drink and with whom?
KHJ: I drink a lot. Soju. The location does not matter. With members [of SS501] or friends. A simple food cart (stall) is okay. [Grilled] pork and kimchi with soju is the best.
IS: What is the one biggest difference between before and after appearing on Boys Over Flowers?
KHJ: The age range of people who recognize me has widened. The character of Ji Hu itself has been an instrument (opportunity) for another Kim Hyun Joong to be born.
IS: A life crisis – when was the most perilous time so far in your life?
KHJ: When climbing up and coming down [Mount] Halla San on our farewell vacation on MBC’s We Got Married. It took five hours to go up, and 2 hours to come down. I thought it would be easy to climb, so I rashly ran up like a man, but my breath filled up to my chin. When coming down, I didn’t think I’d be able to get down if I paused at all from running, so I ran down without a break within two hours. In the end, I got to the sleeping quarters and passed out without even being able to film the final (closing) interview.
IS: If you get 10 billion won in your hand from winning the lottery, how would you distribute it to spend?
KHJ: I’d give 5 billion won to my parents and 1 billion won to Lee Ho Yeon, the president of DSP Entertainment. I’d give 2 billion won to the less fortunate, and I’d like to share the remaining 2 billion with my friends.
IS: Do you have a secret to skincare? What is one skincare requirement for skin like a white gem?
[KP's note: I can't believe I just had to write "skin like a white gem".]
KHJ: I receive treatment from the dermatologist often. Is my answer too honest? Keke (ㅋㅋ) I try to always wash my face cleanly (well).
IS: Do you have any sleeping habits?
KHJ: I sleep only in my underwear. I can’t endure heat, so I’ve slept wearing just underwear since I was little. I like wearing just underwear to sleep because I like the cool, soft feeling of the blanket touching my skin.
IS: Have you ever left a comment (reply) on the Internet?
KHJ: I don’t read negative comments about myself much. There have been times when after reading people’s assessments of me on fan pages, I have written my own opinions. Sometimes I post my feelings publicly, other times I post them privately. I often write harsh critiques of myself as well. I use Daum on the Internet frequently.
IS: If you get a girlfriend or if you have one now, is there endearing nickname you want to call her?
KHJ: I [would] just call her by her actual name. Unlike Ji Hu, I do not have a meticulous or gentle personality. I would like my girlfriend to be a person who is as comfortable as a friend.
IS: Approximately when did you date your last girlfriend? How long ago was it, what age and what occupation does she have?
At the peak of his popularity, SS501 ‘Flower Boy’ Kim Hyun Joong reveals the gift that he had announced previously.
Kim Hyun Joong left a message ‘This is the gift that I’ve mentioned’ at his official homepage and also uploaded a video with the messages ‘Goodbye Yoon Ji Hoo’ and ’31-Mar, 9pm at Olympic Hall’.
Kim Hyun Joong is preparing to watch the last episode of KBS 2TV ‘Boys Over Flowers’ to be broadcasted on 31-Mar with his fans. His gift for fans is to watch the last episode together as a group.
In order to be able to watch the last episode together with his fans, Kim Hyun Joong plans to invite about 4,000 fans to fill the Olympic Hall at Seoul Olympic Park. The event will start at 9pm, 1 hour before the broadcast, with Kim Hyun Joong singing ‘Because I am Stupid’ which is a song from ‘Boys Over Flowers’ OST that garnered a lot of love for it. Besides Kim Hyun Joong, all SS501 members namely Heo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong, Park Jung Min & Kim Hyung Joon, will be attending this event on that day.
Kim Hyun Joong hinted for this special gift when he left a message at his fanclub homepage on white day, 14-Mar, which also includes a photo of rings made from sweets.
Kim Hyun Joong wrote in his message “Just wait and see. I will return soon with a bigger gift than sweets. To people who are having tough times at work, difficult times in school, our cute ahjumma who are rolling at home. The gift is free. I want to use the money I earn to buy you something.”
Fans responded enthusiastically and are waiting for the gift mentioned in Kim Hyun Joong’s message that he will return with a gift for fans with his hard-earned money. In fact, Kim Hyun Joong paid for this event at Olympic hall on his own expense, and his fans are very touched when they found out about it.
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Jang Ja Yeon’s family have started speaking out at the frenzied speculation about her death. Several days ago, Jang Ja Yeon’s family asked for the media to cease publication of speculative articles on the suicide.
“We are thankful for everyone’s attention and support; thanks to everyone we were able to hold a respectable funeral. However, the rumours about Ja Yeon’s death pains us greatly and so I have penned this to ask you all to stop.
“She always had pride in what she did from her debut in 2006. She had a bright personality and loved her work… Especially because of Boys over Flowers since she managed to connect with other actors and television audiences. She always had a bright smile on her face [because of BoF].
“I hope that speculators will now stop spreading rumors about Ja Yeon. We speak especially to her management agency… who have a lot of weight on their words… who have hurt the family so much.
“Whatever issues the agency has, secret testaments or whatever, it doesn’t change the fact that our Ja Yeon has left this world… I beg you, please, don’t take your speculation and rumors to darken Ja Yeon’s memory”
Now her sister has waded into the argument. She has now asked the police not to reopen the investigation into her death. A police spokesman for the case confirmed that on the evening of the 10th, “the victim’s sister did call the station and asked why the police would want to re investigate the circumstances of someone who has already passed on” and said that the plan “honor whatever requests the family has” as much as they can.
However, when asked about the now infamous “hidden testament” revealed by Ja Yeon’s manager, the police have not ruled out re investigating her death if such a document is brought to them.
“We have tried to confirm the existence of the document by attempting to contact the current holder, Yoo Mo, but he is currently not taking any phone calls from us. We will have to assume that the incident was indeed suicide and we plan decide on how to proceed early next week.
The cast of KBS2 hit drama Boys Before Flowers are over-worked and very tired. Lead actors Lee Min-ho (Gu Jun-pyo) and Kim Hyun-joong (Yu Ji-hoo) have dropped 8kgs and 6kgs respectively from their normal weight. With an impossible filming schedule and various other promotional activities the boys are burnt out.
In the recent F4 Special Talk Show that was aired on 02 March, Lee Min-ho said that on a good day, they get about 2 – 3 hours sleep a night!
Lee Min-ho : “We get about 2 to 3 hours of sleep in a good night. When shooting is tight, we have to get by on one or two hours, finishing one night’s shoot and jumping straight into the next day’s.“
With tight deadlines to meet, sleep and proper meal times is difficult. This resulted in drastic weight-loss for Lee Min-ho and Kim Hyun-joong. Both the actors’ management companies are alarmed because of this — the boys have insufficient rest and their nutrition intake is questionable.
Lead actress Gu Hye-sun (Geum Jan-di) is also having difficulties with the rigorous schedule. Moreover, she has been experiencing “accidents” such as knocking her head at the bottom of the pool while filming a diving scene, and meeting with a car accident (not minor as reported!) which resulted in a delay in airing episode 17. She is also suffering from fatigue due to insufficient rest.
However, all the hard work the cast and crew put into this drama is not all in vain. Fans are adoring it and the drama is a big hit in Korea and other parts of the world.
Malaysians tune in to Boys Before Flowers on KBS World (Astro channel 303) on Mondays – Tuesdays at 9pm. Re-runs on Sundays, 12:10 – 2:30pm.
Source : Newsen
7th March, 2009 – Seoul
The Korean Flower Boys (F4) met with Japanese fans on Saturday. It was the day they found out fellow co-star Jang Ja-yeon had committed suicide. Even though their mood was somber, the boys needed to suck it in and meet with fans who came from Japan. The fans were naturally very excited to see the Korean F4.
Since the event was planned well ahead of time, the boys had to meet and greet their fans. Arriving for the meeting a little late, Kim Hyun-joong apologized for their tardiness and greeted the fans in Japanese — much to the delight of those present.
At the fan meeting, they also talked about the accidents Kim Bum and actress Gu Hye-sun experienced while filming. Kim Bum explained that he was in two accidents and Gu Hye-sun was in an accident that caused a wound in her face and they had to stop filming last week.
He also commented about the death of Jang Ja-yeon — the cast and crew of Boys Before Flowers production team are crushed with sorrow but they still need to continue.
Jang Ja Yeon’s former manager Yoo Mo of HoyaSporTainment (호야스포테인먼트) has made some speculative comments regarding Jang Ja Hyeon’s suicide. “Anyone who knows Ja Yeon, no, anyone in the Entertainment industry will know the real reason why Ja Yeon died”.
Yesterday afternoon, Yoo posted a note on his Cyworld Minihomepage titled “To Ja Yeon” and after making a reference to the movie “Public Enemy”, wrote “It was just that Ja Yeon decided to fight a public enemy… because that public enemy caused so much pain and hurt for so many people.
“I am talking to the people who have been deceived, believe in and are protecting the public enemy. Stop protecting them… Ja Yeon, don’t think I’ve given up this fight. Please watch over me.
“A manager must protect his talent, not just as work colleagues but as fellow human beings in the entertainment industry… I can’t say I did well. Even though Ja Yeon was crying with depression for two weeks, I did nothing for her except listen.
“Exactly now as I write this, we’d arranged before to meet an hour ago… but since she took her life I haven’t been able to do anything”
In a recent press interview, Yoo revealed that “on February 28th, Ja Yeon came to me with a diary that I had to keep safe ‘because she was afraid that something would happen’ to her”
“The contents are so personal that I shouldn’t reveal them. But no matter how much I read it, it’s clear she wasn’t driven to suicide from depression… what I got from her wasn’t a cryptic message but documents containing her heart-felt confessions; the contents will shock everyone. I’ve already passed on a copy of the documents to her family… I wouldn’t have coped well either if I was going through what she was… I will be giving a proper response to your questions once the police inquiry is under way.
Meanwhile the police released a statement of their own. “We have never heard of such a testament and we do not plan to launch an investigation unless such a confessional letter actually relates to a crime.” The police have revealed that there was no evidence of homicide at the scene and have terminated the enquiry following family statements that she gradually let go of life during her on-going depression.
Jang Ja Yeon, who recently shot to fame by playing Sunny on “Boys Over Flowers,” has committed suicide. Jang was found dead in her apartment in Bundang and the cause of death was hanging. Police speculate that the suicide took place at about 4:30 in the afternoon, and they were notified of the death three hours later.
The cast of “Boys Over Flowers” has expressed shock upon hearing the news, and the schedule of production might have to be changed in order to accommodate for the cast attending Jang’s wake, which is said to be at the Samsung Medical Center and will take place tomorrow morning on the 8th.
Jang was 27 years old and “Boys Over Flowers” is her second drama project. She recently attended the 45th Annual Baeksang Awards with the drama cast.