[Info] 140623 Top 5 male hallyu actors whose look barely changed

Putting efforts into keeping up your looks is not only limited to female celebrities. Male stars undoubtedly invest a great amount of time and money on their physical appearances. Some, however, have boasted good looks from a young age. The Korea Herald has charted the top five male hallyu stars whose looks have been attractive since they were young.


3. Park Yoo-chun


Park Yoo-chun, JYJ member who also acts, was a cute little boy just like the others. Park gradually changed to his current look.

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[TRANS] 130806 Kim Jaejoong To Narrate A Documentary, “Perfect For The Job As He’s An Animal Lover”


JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong is set to narrate the MBC documentary special ‘The Zoo is Alive 2′.

C-JeS Entertainment announced on the 6th that, “Kim Jaejoong has been chosen to narrate ‘The Zoo is Alive 2′, which will follow the project of a zoo trying to protect the endangered species of the world,” and “He has a lot of affection for animals so he’s very interested in the documentary and plans to record his part this week.”

Kim Jaejoong released his first solo album early this year and made a successful transformation into a rocker. He held an Asia Tour to commemorate the event and has been chosen as the Hallyu star most loved by the world, including Europe and South America.

A representative of the program stated, “He’s perfect for the role with his melodious voice and love for animals,” and “We hope that many people will show their love and interest for animals as they listen to Jaejoong’s voice.”

Regarding this, Kim Jaejoong said, “I think it will be a great experience for me to connect with the animals. I will do my best to help the viewers enjoy a special moment with them.”

The MBC documentary special ‘The Zoo is Alive 2′ will air on the 12th at 11:15pm.

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[TRANS] 130717 D-50 Till The Gwangju Design Biennale ‘The U-Know Yunho Effect


Concept art from the ‘My Favorite Gwangju’ exhibition, a collaboration with U-Know Yunho’

There are fifty days left till the 2013 Gwangju Design Biennale and it’s already become the talk of the town.

With a two-top strategy of inviting ‘Hallyu stars’ BoA and U-Know Yunho to participate in promotional activities, it was revealed on the 17th that requests about the convention are flooding in from China and Japan.

This year’s event is expected to write a new page in ‘Gwangju Tourism’ history as a map of tourism in Gwangju is set to be created on the heels of the biennale’s expected success.

When it was reported that U-Know Yunho would be attending his honorary ambassador commencement ceremony on the 5th of September, fans both in Korea and overseas began calling the foundation to secure seats for the event.

Ticket reservation sites in Asia are experiencing a ‘Gwangju Boom’ from Japanese and Chinese fans, and travel agencies are working on holiday packages that include the commencement ceremony at the Gwangju Design Biennale for U-Know Yunho’s overseas fans.

After attending the commencement ceremony, Asian fans are planning to visit U-Know Yunho’s ‘My Favorite Gwangju’ exhibition, as well as his old school.

With requests coming in for Japanese and Chinese leaflets for the 2013 Gwangu Design Biennale, the foundation in charge of the event is set to print more leaflets soon.

The ‘Gwangju Map Project’, which will study the history of Hallyu stars and famous designers from Gwangju, is expected to be popular with fans.

The project will feature a collaboration of 40 famous designers in Korea and will be printed as a book and map detailing the various tourist spots and eateries in Gwangju.

The 40 designers recently spread out throughout Gwangju and the Jeolla Northern Province to find hidden eateries and tourist spots. The project will highlight such places in the province from the perspective of the designers, bring a new angle and approach to such areas.

CEO Lee Yong Woo of the Gwangju Design Biennale stated, “The Gwangju Design Biennale, which is the frontrunner of promoting Korea’s designs as a part of the Hallyu Wave, is focus on tourism in Gwangju this year to help the local economy flourish.”

Meanwhile, this year’s Gwangju Design Biennale will be held for a total of 59 days (September 6th~November 3rd) and the list of participants will be revealed this month. BoA’s logo song will be released online around mid-July.

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[TRANS] 130204 JYJ Are Chosen As The Stars People Want To Give Chocolates To On Valentine’s Day In Japan

[TRANS] 130204 JYJ Are Chosen As The Stars People Want To Give Chocolates To On Valentine’s Day In Japan

‘Ranking princes’ JYJ have been chosen as the artistes Japanese women would most like to give chocolates to on Valentine’s Day.

The Japanese Hallyu site ‘Mpost’ held a survey on the 31st of January labeled ‘Which Hallyu Group would you most like to give Valentine’s Day chocolates to?’ with 1,000 female Hallyu fans between the ages of 10 and 70. Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu’s group JYJ received 71.6% of the votes, topping the ranks with a landslide victory.

In the same survey that enquired about individual artistes, Kim Jaejoong, Kim Junsu and Park Yoochun came in at first to third place, proving just how popular JYJ are in Japan.

JYJ were followed by CODE-V, who made their Japanese debut last year, and TVXQ in second and third place. Others included in the rankings were Super Junior, Cho Shin Sung, and CN Blue.

Regarding the results, Mpost stated, “It was a complete victory for JYJ. It’s amazing to see how popular they are, even without any Japanese activities.”

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[TRANS] 120118 JYJ’s Yoochun, “Miss Ripley” Takes Over Shin-Okubo

[TRANS] 120118 JYJ’s Yoochun, “Miss Ripley” Takes Over Shin-Okubo

“Miss Ripley” which has been the focus of Hallyu fans nation wide, has taken over the “Holy Land Of Hallyu” Shin-Okubo.

Hallyu fans visiting Shin-Okubo can get around just by foot, along Okubo Street. (Meiji Street Junction Okubo 2-chome from Shin-Okubo JR Station / About 500m) All 56 street lampposts lined there have “Miss Ripley Flags” hanging on them. Of course, the reverse side has Yoochun (printed) on them! From this weekend onwards, Okubo Street will make you want to call it “Miss Ripley Street” !? (19 Jan 2012 – 15 Feb 2012)

In addition, visible from the street in front of the entrance of Don Quijote Shinjuku branch (along Shoku-an Street), which has approximately 20,000 visitors a day, “Miss Ripley” videos will be played 56 times a day (from 19 Jan 2012 – 18 Feb 2012).

Also, signboards along the main stairway of the JR Yamanote Line “Shin-Okubo Station”, as well as within the station itself (already put up), will have “Miss Ripley” notices put up.

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Translation 111021 Ji Sung–Kim Jaejoong To Greet Japanese Fans With “Protect The Boss”

[Trans] 111021 Ji Sung–Kim Jaejoong To Greet Japanese Fans With “Protect The Boss”

Actor Ji Sung (34) and JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong (25) will be greeting their Japanese fans with “Protect the Boss.”

Starring both men, the SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama “Protect the Boss” will be aired in Japan mid next month. Japan’s KNTV and DATV will be first airing the 18 episode drama on 10 November and 12 November respectively, once a week. KNTV’s broadcast will be kicking off on Tuesday at 10pm (T/N: I believe they mean Thursday since 10 November is a Thursday), and DATV on Saturday at 11pm. Both broadcasts are during prime timeslots.

This success is credited to Jisung and Kim Jaejoong’s hallyu popularity. Ji Sung had gained the love of the Japanese fans after his performance in SBS’s “All In” and cemented his position with “New Heart.” Kim Jaejoong, with his previous singing activities in Japan, naturally enjoys an explosive popularity. In 2009, his collaboration with Han Hyo Joo in “Postman to Heaven” was his first foray into acting for the Japanese fans.

 Ji Sung’s side said “Recently when (he) participated in the Busan International Film Festival, many foreign fans were gathered, and we could once again feel his popularity as a hallyu star. Together with the participation of Kim Jaejoong, we anticipate a great popularity (for the drama) in Japan.”

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[Trans] 110825 JYJ Park Yoochun Will Represent Hallyu Stars, Attending The Seoul Drama Awards Press Conference



Park Yoochun is scheduled to attend the press conference for the Seoul Drama Awards at Taepyeongno News Center on the morning of 29 August, and will accept interviews, as well as hold a fan meeting.

A hallyu star popularity poll was conducted on the Seoul Drama Awards website, and Park Yoochun was selected among the 115 nominees as the most popular actor in Asia, with approximately 480 thousand votes. Following Park Yoochun (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) is Jang Geun Suk (Mary Stayed Out All Night), Kim Jae Won (Can You Hear My Heart) in second and third place, and in the Korean Actress Category, Moon Geun Young (Mary Stayed Out All Night) took top position, followed by Park Min Young (SungKyunKwan Scandal) and Ha Ji Won (Secret Garden.)


On the day of the press conference, attendees will include Director Im Kwon Taek from the review committee as well as the chairman and 40 members of the Korean Connection, Seven university lecturers from Paris, France, hallyu fanclub leaders from Romania and Peru, as well as others. During this event, the special features and direction of various works will be introduced, as well as an awards ceremony and various supplementary activities are scheduled. Aside from related personnel, there will be over 60 fanclubs attending this press conference. They will be introducing “Hallyu culture in the eyes of hallyu fans,” and after this activity a fanmeeting with Park Yoochun will be held.

This year is the sixth year that the Seoul Drama Awards is being held, with the aim of introducing the highest-rated dramas to various countries. This year, 37 different countries and a total of 204 works have participated, and famous directors, actors and other related persons from all over the world will be participating in this activity. 11 countries and 79 works from Asia, 15 countries and 68 works from Europe, 2 countries and 10 works from the Pacific continent, 5 countries and 29 works from the American continent, as well as 3 countries and 16 works from the Middle East have participated, with Mongolia and Romania participating in this Awards show for the first time.

The Seoul Drama Awards aims to strengthen the position of Korean dramas in the international market as well as to encourage cultural exchange between the countries, and this year nominated works includes “Walking Dead” from America, “Router” from England, “Three Kingdoms” from China, “Shades of Happiness” and “The Pillars of the Earth” from Germany, and “When Harvey met Bob” from Ireland. Domestic drama nominees include “Dream High,” “My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox.” “Shiny Shiny Shining” and others.

On 31 August, the Seoul Drama Awards will be held in the Seoul Yeouido KBS Hall, gathering the actors and producers from the nominated works as well as drama fans from all over the world, and will be aired on SBS.

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Press Statement: United Asia Management and KMP Holdings are Cartels that Call for State Correction

Posted on April 19, 2011 by The JYJ Files

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Official Press Statement of the International Consumers of the Korean Wave and Supporters of JYJ regarding United Asia Management and KMP Holdings as Cartels that Call for State Correction

The recently formed United Asia Management (hereafter, “UAM”) and its spiritual predecessor KMP Holdings are cartels. The International Consumers of the Korean Wave and Supporters of JYJ hereby alert the State actors of the Korean Government of these two open and high-profile disregard of the Korean laws and international standards of competition and urge swift action.

A cartel is “an agreement between businesses not to compete with each other.”[i] There is international consensus on the basic statutory elements of a cartel: an (1) agreement (2) between competitors (3) that restrict competition. UAM and KMP Holdings squarely meet the above definition. First, the agreement exists because the very structure of these transactions as understood by all parties, which bring direct competitors together to cooperate in capturing the common market, makes the restriction of competition inevitable. Indeed, an agreement need not be formal or written to be prosecuted, and is actually almost always tacit and not openly acknowledged. Second, the companies that make up UAM and KMP Holdings are clearly in direct competition. Third, aside from the structural restriction on competition discussed above, the open, publicized aims of these two ventures proclaim that they shall engage in at least one of the four categories of conduct of a “hard core cartel”: “to share or divide markets by allocating customers, suppliers, territories, or lines of commerce.” [ii] The unpublicized aims of these companies may meet other categories, i.e., price-fixing, output restriction, and bid-rigging.

To prevent the formation of cartels, the OECD, of which Korea is a member State, recommends that enterprises refrain from engaging in mergers, takeovers, joint ventures or other acquisition of control whether of a horizontal, vertical, or a conglomerate nature. Further, the UN, of which Korea is again a member State, enumerates as priorities for all nations “the creation, encouragement and protection of competition” which cartels by definition stymie. Additionally, Korea’s own Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act (hereafter, “KMRFTA”) purports “to encourage fair and free economic competition by prohibiting the abuse of market-dominant positions and the excessive concentration of economic power.” In the EU, a firm with a market share of as low as 39% can be considered “dominant”. Both UAM and KMP Holdings far exceed that percentage and approach or exceed double that amount. These companies, along with the Korean Government, have an obligation to the Korean public and the international community to stop these public and gross violations of existing norms at once.

Cartels cause serious harm to society and the industry. As Korea recognizes through KMRFTA, the restriction of competition by cartels hinder “the creativity in business activities, the protection of consumers, and the promotion of the balanced development of the national economy.” Accordingly, cartels are vigorously prosecuted in all countries that place a high value on market competition. In fact, the Justice Department of the United States of America, the nation-leader of free market, states that “because of the harm that cartel violations cause, [our] number one antitrust priority is criminal prosecution of those activities.”[iii]

As the ultimate arbiters of the success or failure of Hallyu, we the international consumers have been deeply concerned with the damage caused by cartels in the Korean Entertainment industry over the years. We have already witnessed the degradation in quality of Hallyu products, in particular in the lack of choice and diminishing innovation in the Korean pop music industry, driven by the saturation of “idols” and the unchecked practice of slave contracts brought about by the lack of competition. We have also witnessed a disconcerting lack of transparency and fairness in Korea’s popular media, which breeds mistrust in both Korean and International consumers. That Korea’s big entertainment companies and mainstream broadcasting stations collude to allocate consumers amongst themselves and to limit access to the market for other players at the expense of consumer freedom of choice has been obvious for years to all serious consumers of Korean Wave.

We are also deeply concerned about the harm that cartels like UAM and KMP Holdings inflict on the intellectual property rights protection of Korean artists, and ultimately, on their creativity and development which drive the progress of the Korean Wave. The lack of competition allows Korean entertainment companies to include provisions that violate basic norms of intellectual property rights protection in their standard contracts with their entertainers. The lack of competition also prevents the formation of organisations that represent the interests of entertainers’ basic rights. This is unacceptable given that Korea has ratified the key international instruments in this area and that she is a member State of the International Labour Organisation. The restriction on competition by cartels like UAM and KMP Holdings only aggravate the exploitation of the creativity of Korea’s artists and make consumers accomplices in a pattern that will ultimately destroy Hallyu. We refuse to either endorse or become complicit in such an arrangement.

Therefore, we ask the Government of the Republic of Korea to correct this unfortunate state of affairs at once by taking action against UAM and KMP Holdings. UAM and KMP Holdings openly and unashamedly restrict competition and violate Korea’s laws and the international standards she values. Such acts have, and will continue to, stall and even regress the Korean Wave for the sake of profits by the few dominant established players. We advise the participants of cartels and the Republic of Korea: Korea must prove that she satisfies basic international standards of competition and free market and therefore earnestly protects the rights of vulnerable actors and consumers before even dreaming of being taken seriously in the international market.


[i] United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trading website

[ii] In 1998, the OECD Council adopted the Recommendation Concerning Effective Action Against Hard Core Cartels (hereinafter “the Recommendation” or “the OECD Recommendation.”)

[iii] United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Antitrust Enforcement and the Consumer

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