Saturday, October 30, 2010

[News] Tetsuya Komura (小室哲哉)writes theme song for Tokyo Dome Event (Message! to Asia)

source: LoveBaeYongJoon
Tetsuya Komura (小室哲哉)writes theme song for Tokyo Dome Event (Message! to Asia)


ヨン様イベントソングを小室哲哉が作曲

 韓国俳優ペ・ヨンジュン(38)が出演するイベント「Message! to Asia」(12月14日、東京ドーム)のテーマソングを音楽プロデューサー小室哲哉(51)が手掛けることが分かった。小室はコンサートやCDのプロデュースなど、以前から自らの音楽でチャリティー活動に参加し、アジアとの交流を図ってきた。ただ、「今までは残念なことに、なかなか広がりの可能性を感じることが難しかった」と話し「21世紀に入って10年、初めて自分も音楽でアジア文化の交流の一端を担えるのではと、

[News] Hwanhee joins Japanese project with KEYEAST actors

October 29, 2010
By tomato99 ♥LoveBaeYongJoon
source: Asia Economy
2010.10.29 10:20

A press release from KEYEAST Friday announced that Hwanhee will take part in the first series of the “Miso Project,” set up by Japan’s Digital Adventure TV (DATV), titled “Message! to Asia” which will take place at the Tokyo Dome on December 14.

The “Miso Project,” which aims to help the future of children in Asia, is a contribution-based philanthropy project which with the help of non-profit organization KnK (Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi), they will donate money to underprivileged children in Cambodia and the Philippines.

“Message! to Asia” will feature a theme song written by famed Japanese producer Komuro Tetsuya as well as appearances by Japanese singer GACKT, Vanness Wu and opening performances by The Boss and SHU-I.

“Hwanhee has participated in various concerts to help support charities and he decided to join the ‘Miso Project’ after hearing about the cause,” an official from KEYEAST was quoted as saying.

Born Hwang Yoon-suk, Hwanhee made his debut in R&B duo Fly to the Sky with member Brian. They have released numerous albums and produced hit songs including “Sea of Love,” “Missing You” and “Gravity.”

In October 2009, he began his solo career and branched out into the small screen with roles in MBC’s “Over the Rainbow” and SBS’ “I Love You.” He recently released his second mini-album “H-hour” and is busy preparing for an upcoming weekly drama.


Reporter : Lucia Hong luciahong@
Editor : Jessica Kim jesskim@
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Friday, October 29, 2010

[VOD] BTS of WLS Anime Last Episode

source: アニメ冬のソナタメイキング by cafe toronto / kyaputenQ



[News] Taecyeon and Wooyoung confirmed for ‘Dream High’ + Suzy too?

by Supermar 

Earlier, it was rumored that 2PM’s Taecyeon and Wooyoung were likely to be cast as main characters for the KBS drama ‘Dream High‘, and this was recently established to be true.
On October 28th, a representative from the KBS drama confirmed that Kim Soo Hyun, Taecyeon, and Wooyoung were cast as main characters, and they were currently doing preparations for the drama.  This will be Wooyoung’s acting debut.
‘Dream High’ is a joint project by KeyEast’s Bae Yong Joon, JYP Entertainment’s Park Jin Young,and CJ Media.
Bae Yong Joon is set to oversee the overall production of this drama, and Park Jin Young will produce the drama’s music and dance. Bae Yong Joon and Park Jin Young teamed up earlier to host auditions for this drama.
‘Dream High’ is an arts and entertainment school where students face issues and problems. This drama will showcase singing, dancing, acting, and also the true side of the entertainment industry.
The representative also said, “Aside from Kim Soo Hyun, Taecyeon, and Wooyoung, we also plan on having other idols act in the drama.
Some possible candidates for the female lead include T-ara’s Eunjung, singer IU, and others.
It’s worth noting that miss A’s Suzy has been rumored to be cast in ‘Dream High’ as well. Even though Suzy has a busy schedule with miss A’s follow-up promotions, she is attending acting classes at the same time. Despite her unconfirmed appearance, a representative expressed, “The contract has not been signed yet, but it’s true that Suzy had a meeting with the production crew, and it’s very likely that she will be cast.
With many idols as main characters already, who else will appear in this drama?
This drama will begin airing on January 3rd, 2011 on KBS2.
Source + Photos: Star News 1 & 2

[News] BYJ’s Book to Be Filmed for Asia-Wide Distribution

October 28, 2010
By tomato99 ♥ LoveBaeYongJoon


source: The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition)
Oct. 28, 2010 12:06 KST

Actor and entrepreneur Bae Yong-joon’s book “Travel in Search of Korea’s Beauty” will be made into a documentary. A steady seller both here and in Japan, it has now been published in China and Taiwan as well.

The Korea Tourism Organization together with the Seoul, Gyeonggi, North Gyeongsang and South Jeolla local governments and Bae’s management agency KeyEast will be involved in the making of the eight-part film. The makers hope it will be aired throughout Asia.

Based on Bae’s book, it will feature cooking, traditional dress, craft and historic sites. The KTO expressed hopes that the documentary will help further attract foreign tourists including 10,000 Japanese by next year.

Since it was published simultaneously in Korea and Japan in September last year, the book has sold 160,000 copies.
englishnews@chosun.com

[Trans] Good responses on his book.

source: suehan's blog

Reposted from tweets

I want to buy Bae Yong Joon’s “The Journey to Discover the Beauty of Korea” (the writer wrote the name of his book in Japanese, so I assume he is in Japan now.), but it is sold out on most (on- line shopping websites?). Both Amazon, and Rakuten. Sob sob..

http://twitter.com/Mondrian_K/status/28950577841

@etwas51 I didn’t know there is a Korean version. Thank you. Story-telling is popular in Korea, and his book is well written in telling the story. I want to buy it for my acquaintance. I think Bae Yong Joon knows about “Japan” very well.
@lydianair

http://twitter.com/Mondrian_K/status/28970990363

Thursday, October 28, 2010

[Photo] "Message To Asia" Ticket

source: yasai's blog
http://yasai21.blog6.fc2.com/blog-entry-595.html

[Captures / Info] YJ’s official photo book

October 27, 2010
By tomato99 ♥ LoveBaeYongJoon
source: bofiShufu-to-seikatsusha

photos from “Bae Yong Joon official photo book, The History of Bae Yong Joon” promotion sites.
click here to find out the details of the new photo book to be released in December.





Wednesday, October 27, 2010

[Trans]Two short postings mentioning BYJ

source: suehan's blog

★Reposting from a tweet.

Three years ago, Bae Yong Joon and I smoked while sitting face to face, just the two of us. Of course, I hesitated, but he was magnanimous (broad-minded). 

I was reading a Vietnamese novel at that time. He grabbed that book, so I told him to have it, but I was ashamed (? suehan: the writer used non-standard words, but I guess BYJ said “It’s okay” and the writer was kind of embarrassed). 

Now I’m reading his book. I have a strange feeling.

source: http://twitter.com/Hwangkong/status/28757877792

★Reposting from naver.com

Suddenly, I remembered a story about Bae Yong Joon who gained so much popularity from the Japanese ajummas a while ago due to the Yonsama boom.

[I took pedagogy (study of teaching methods) class in my junior year of college. At that time, the educational psychology professor was from the Sungkyunkwan University. 

Bae Yong Joon went to the Sungkyunkwan Uni at that time as well. The professor used to say, “Oh, Bae Yong Joon is a very nice person.”

I thought that BYj was a truly nice person because even a courteous and generous professor spoke highly of him.]

Source: http://blog.naver.com/amondine/60117286144

[News]Kim Soo Hyun is the main actor of the BYJ & PJY’s co-production drama, “Dream High”.

source: suehan's blog
Sports Chosun; 2010-10-26 15:10 


Kim Soo Hyun, who appeared in “Giant” of the SBS, was selected as the main actor of the KBS new Mon-Tue drama “Dream High” which is the BYJ and PJY’s co-production drama.

On the 26th, according to the drama staff, it was confirmed that he was selected as the main actor of “Dream High”, as Song Sam Dong. Song Sam Dong is the character who wanted to be a ranchman in his childhood, but he fell in love with the main actress Ko Hye Mi at first sight and goes on to Kirin Art School thoughtlessly. Later, his genius musical talent is discovered and he becomes a star.

Drama staff said, “He has showed us basic solid acting ability in various works so far and we have watched him carefully from the early stage for the main character.”, and “He has a gifted acting ability and musical sense. We expect him to play an active role of the drama.” On the other hand, he drew the line regarding the casting of Taek Yeon of 2PM and Eun Jeong of Tiara by saying, “It hasn’t been confirmed yet.”

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Reporter Lee Da Jeong; anbie@sportschosun.com

[News]Bae Yong Joon produces the documentary film of “The Journey to Discover the Beauty of Korea”!

source: suehan's blog
Sports Korea; 2010-10-26 09:46



(Seoul=Sports Korea)Bae Yong Joon’s travel essay, “The Journey to Dsicover the Beauty of Korea” will be produced as a documentary film.

This book was published in Korea and Japan at the same time in September of 2009 and unexpectedly recorded high sales as a travel essay book, not a photo book. The Chinese and Taiwanese editions were published in September this year due to the continuous request for it overseas. The English edition will be published within this year.

Bae Yong Joon’s agent, keyeast, participates in this project with the Korea National Tour Organization and 6 local governments (Seoul, Gyeonggi, Gangwon, Gyeongbuk, Jeonnam, and Choongcheong).

“The Journey to Discover the Beauty of Korea” was produced after experiencing the keywords of the Korean culture like kimchee, Korean traditional dress, tea, china, temple stay, Hwangryongsaji, Mireuksaji and Korean traditional house. It received high praise as the guide book of the Korean culture.

This documentary film will be produced for the 8 total episodes and aired at these various places of South-East Asia which included Japan and China. KNTO said that they expect that it reaches a massive amount of people from this documentary film potentially attracting around 10,000 Japanese tourists up until the year 2011. They also expect an increase of rural tourism in Korea.

The press conference of this documentary film will be held this coming November. The documentary film will air via domestic broadcasting.(Reporter, Kwon Hyun Jin news@isportskorea.com/photo_Keyeast)

http://news.nate.com/view/20101026n05358

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

[News]Taek Yeon and Eun Jeong will most likely appear in the Bae Yong Joon and Park Jin Young’s co-production drama, “Dream High”.

source: suehan's blog
Newsen; 2010-10-25 21:27 



Taek Yeon of 2PM and Eun Jeong of Tiara have a high possibility to appear as main characters in the KBS 2TV youth drama, “Dream High”.

It seems that there is a high possibility for them to appear together. Because Taek Yeon showed his ability to handle two jobs including acting in the drama, “Cinderella Sister”, and Eun Jeong performed her role well in “Death Bell” and “Coffee House”.

“Dream High” became a big issue due to Bae Yong Joon and Park Jin Young’s co-production of the drama. It has drawn attention because Bae Yong Joon relayed his intention to plan, produce, and appear in this drama. Park Jin Yong plans to handle the vocal and dance training for the newcomers as well.

It is said that the agencies that have big newcomers are in war with other agencies for casting, not only existing artists because it is a youth drama which describes the success, failure, and challenge of the would-be singers and actors. 

Related to this news, staff of “Dream High” drew the line on the 25th by saying, “Eun Jeong and Taek Yeon have a high possibility to appear, but no one has made a contract with us yet.”

Another staff of the production department said, “The main casts will be about 5 artists”. He indicated that there is a big possibility for another member of the band to appear in the drama 

Not only Taek Yeon, it has been known that Woo Young of 2PM will play a major role and it raises our expectation higher. 

[Newsen Entertainment Team]

http://news.nate.com/view/20101025n25356

[Trans] Yonsama is truly a sama. He is outstanding.

Original in Korean: creamcheeze
Date/Time: 2010/10/24 03:57
Translated into English: suehan


I think Yonsama’s bento (lunch box), “Gosireh,” has been on sale at the convenient stores in Japan nationwide for five days so far. I heard from my co-workers that they don’t want to pay 2,500 yen for the lunch box even though they like Yonsama (most of who are middle aged women), But they said that some people around them bought several of them (suehan: actually the word she used means between 10 to 100) to eat or share with each others.

They’re buying those expensive 2,500 Yen lunch boxes!!! I would rather buy the nori bento (290 Yen) nine days in a row for the same price of buying the bento.
Several bentos? They are buying those expensive bentos because they like Yonsama! Is this what is coming from the fans’ mind?

Now, it’s said that the fever of Girls’ Generation and Kara is spreading all over Japan. But not many of the younger generations in my area know about Girls’ Generation or Kara even though they are popular in Tokyo and other big cities!!

Oh, some (?) college students who have one or two Korean friends most likely know about them. Even some who aren’t interested in Korea are very surprised that the trip between Korea and Japan is only 2 hours long via airplane. (that person might not have common sense.)

The most renowned things that the Japanese know about Korea are Kimchi, Bulgogi (beef), and spicy foods... “Do Koreans like spicy food?”, “Is it true that Bulgogi is delicious?”, and “Is Korean Kimchee better than Japanese Kimchee?”...

It’s said that Hallyu fever has cooled down now, but it is a very cold-hearted comment to say that the contribution of Korean entertainers to introduce Korea was just a phase (even though this introduction of Korea was not intentional). Surprisingly, many people are saying that they want to visit Korea after watching the Korean dramas. 

This doesn’t only apply to the Japanese. The people from Hong Kong and Indonesia are very interested in Korea as well after hearing Korean pop songs and watching Korean dramas. I thought that “Ah.. that’s why the entertainers are chosen as the PR Ambassadors of Korea” after I heard that foreigners were humming to the beat of Korean songs even though they didn’t understand the lyrics.

I remember that I began to become interested in the culture of Japan after I watched the Japanese dramas in my youth. “I want to visit Japan.” They often entertain themselves with the images of the entertainers of Korea, who later indirectly persuade viewers to learn more about Korea. It becomes natural to want to visit the places which were shown in the drama and where their favorite entertainers have stayed.

Anyway, Yonsama is an outstanding entertainer.
He was introduced by “Winter Sonata” to Japan and he has had a tremendous number of Japanese fans who increased his popularity. As a result, I dare to say that he can bring a huge amount of Yen to Korea. I also acknowledge that he handles his image really well. I hope he can keep it up it continuously!!

Now I kind of understand why a modifier, “Sama,” was added to his name. The young people who weren’t interested in Yonsama said, “Why is he a ‘Sama’? anyway, it’s interesting.” But the ajummas are crazy about him.



One more thing, as I look at the menu of the expensive bento, “Gosireh”
I realize that it is a meal for the King something that I have yet to eat (but, the foreigners can have them for their “bento”, haha).

The Gosireh is not just Bulgogi, Kimchee, and spicy food.
It is the platter that demonstrates the high quality and sophistication of Korean food. There are teokgalbi, tofu wrapped with the sesame leaf, and colorful garnishes using red, yellow, white, and green on top of the shrimp. It is a bento made mostly by hand with love.

Now that I come to think about it, Japan’s marketing strategy for the overseas restaurants is to have them be defined as high class. I think we need to pay a lot in order to eat Japanese food and sushi overseas. We need to apply that same strategy.

The image that we give to consumers is very important. We see this image when we look at the marketing sense of Japan. Is it not better to be considered a country of high class, exotic food, and curiosity?
It might not be only Yonsama’s idea.

I’m convinced that Yonsama, who almost has the same influence as an enterprise in Japan, enhanced the national prestige of “Korea” with his popularity. Clap, clap, clap. 

http://blog.naver.com/chijisol/10096313978

[News]Will the returning Bae Yong Joon defeat Jung Woo Sung and Park Sin Yang?

source: suehan's blog
DongA Ilgo, 2010-10-25 07:50


Bae Yong Joon’s “Dream High” will be aired on Jan 3rd of next year.
It will collide with Park Sin Yang’s “Heaven”, and Jung Woo Sung’s “Athena”.


The collision of “the big 3 male actors” will start from the beginning of 2011.

Bae Yong Joon, Park Sin Yang, and Jung Woo Sung, who have the solid acting abilities and star qualities, will have a head-to-head contest for victory of the TV dramas, of which will be aired at the same time.

The main character who draws most attention is Bae Yong Joon. He didn’t appear in any dramas or movies since TWSSG in 2007. He will come back to TV in 4 years through the Mon-Tue Drama, “Dream High” which is confirmed to be aired on KBS 2TV on January 3rd. 

“Dream High” is the youth drama collaborated by Hallyu star, Bae Yong Joon’s agent, Keyeast, Park Jin Young’s JYP Entertainment, and CJ Media. Bae Yong Joon, who is the representative of the Hallyu stars, and Park Jin Young, who has an excellent eye to select the new stars, held hands for this drama. Its storyline of teenagers who dream to become stars drew attention even when its production began.

Bae Yong Joon took a role of a supporter who helps the would-be stars in the art school, which is the background of the drama. He will be appearing in about 4-5 episodes out of the total 16 episodes. He is not a main character, but he is ready to show an impressive performance as the key role of the entire drama.

The staff of Keyeast said, “Bae Yong Joon came up with ideas from the beginning of the drama production and is going to handle the role that explains the entire drama. We expect that his entire appearance during the show will be less than Park Jin Young’s.”

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Reporter, Lee Haeri; gofl1024@donga.com

http://news.nate.com/view/20101025n02947

Monday, October 25, 2010

[Trans] Hotelier tour @ Sheraton Walkerhill

October 24, 2010
By tomato99 ♥LoveBaeYongJoon


tomato99: hi, everyone.
so sorry, i have not been able to update as much as i wish.

Shin Dong Hyuk from “Hotelier” is one of my favorite character from YJ’s dramas. when things are quiet out there, i dig out my dvds and start watching the drama again^^

I found this Japanese blog on Hotelier tour, hope you enjoy…

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source: seoulmiki’s blog
2010.09.24

I asked Namie, PR of Walkerhill Hotel to allow me to do a report on the special program for its guests, “Hotelier Tour.”

Seoul’s “Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel” is the shooting place for the legendary Korean drama, “Hotelier.”

Currently, Walkerhill Hotel provides “Hotelier Tour” (free of charge, approx. 60minutes) to their hotel guests, you need to reserve in advance, two times a day at 10am or 4pm, you get a special chance to visit the shooting points, and hear the background stories.




On this day, Hotelier Tour was guided by hotel’s supervisor, Sohn In Sub Manager (Sohn-san). Sohn-san actually worked and recorded the scenes when the drama was shooting, his story was very interesting.
(he is the man who planned this tour.)


First we are given brief guide of lobby and its decorations with this audio machine. The voice is done by Namie. The chandelier is a work by Dale Chihuly, each one of the glass is manually blown. The natural curve expresses strong life power. It is one of the must see items, the price was about 300million won (at the time of purchase).


“this is where my desk was located in those days, and check in scene was shot here. Most of the shooting was done late at night. Of course, we had other guests there and employees appeared in the scenes too.”

At the time of the drama shooting, actual hotel was facing trouble with its management. There were issues of buy-out and other hustle and bustle going on at that time.
In the drama, there were scenes which showed analysis on the hotel, tape cutting for opening, and many employees appeared. They were all from the real hotel.
(at the later shootings, because there were many laid offs at the hotel, drama had to use extras)
There were very close link to the script and the actual buyout issues.


I am at loss for words rather than just being surprised about it. How did they continue shooting in such condition? As the result, Korea economy turned into bubble, and the hotel sold away part of their land and got over the trouble. We could only hear that kind of story from living witness Sohn-san.


You will get to hear background stories and explanation of the scenes… person at left is Namie.


We can go through the employee passage way. We can see the scenes just same as the drama.


From here is the kitchen. I remember the scene preparing the banquet very well.


This is where Bae Yong Joon and Son Yu na XXed. You can guess what XX is from the photos in Sohn-san’s hand!


This is the pool where Bae Yong Joon’s swimming scene was taken. A double had done the swimming.


This is the rooftop.
The tour visits more other sights too. At the end of the tour, you will receive a numbered certificate to commemorate the tour.

If you are planning your stay, or if you are considering a trip, why not stay at Walkerhill Hotel and join the tour?
Please apply at the reception of the hotel!
note: tour guide varies according to days.


View of Han-gan River from Walkerhill Hotel.


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found some vods at yt to recall the scenes from the Hotelier.

Hotelier Tour


Bae Yong Joon☆Hotelier(very cute )☆


Last Deal



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One more topic about hotel, Capitol Tokyu Hotel, the hotel which BYJ stayed after the accident in 2004, reopened yesterday (22 October 2010) as The Capitol Hotel Tokyu.
BYJ had promised to visit the hotel after its renewal open… when will he have a chance?