NEWS 111004 Winners From The 2011 Korea Drama Awards

[News] 111004 Winners from the 2011 Korea Drama Awards


The drama “Secret Garden” in which Hyunbin starred in gained yet another award. “Secret Garden” won the Daesang and Best Scriptwriter award, for a total of two awards at this year’s Korea Drama Awards. However, the award for best male actor went to Lee Minho for his role in “City Hunter.” The award for best female actress went to Yum Jungah for her role in “Royal Family.”

The drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” got the award for Best Produced Drama. The best supporting actor award went to Joo Sangwook for”Giant” and Lee Yura for “Sparkling.” Kim Soohyun from “Dream High” won the Rookie award and the Popularity award, while Lee Minho got the Hallyu star award. Lim Soohyang from “Paradise Ranch” got the award for best female supporting actress.

Huh Gak’s “Don’t Forget Me” from the drama “Greatest Love” won the award for best OST. How many of these dramas did you watch this year?

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Translation 110628 Shrieking ‘Oppa Troops’ Have Become Benevolent ‘Good Deed Troops’

[Trans] 110628 Shrieking ‘Oppa Troops’ Have Become Benevolent ‘Good Deed Troops’

The fandom culture, that used to chase after stars, is experiencing a change.

The generation of ‘Sasaeng Fans’(Fans who chase stars’ private lives) and just writing letters to stars is over.

Recently, fans have been spreading the culture of giving back to the community and getting their stars a better image and more publicity.

◆Rice instead of flowers… Even creating a scholarship fund in their celebrity’s name

These days, it’s hard to find ordinary flower stands at musical concerts or concert venues. This is because fans have been replacing these flower stands with ‘rice stands’ through donation drives.

At the venue of the successful musical ‘Mozart!’, the entrance of the building is decorated by the ‘rice stands’ donated by Kim Junsu’s fans. ‘Rice stands’ from other stars such as Eom Gi Joon, Song Chang Ui and Park Eun Tae fill the entrance as well. These ‘rice stands’ have been distributed to social welfare centers, retirement homes and to the elderly who are living alone.

Kim Hyun Joong’s fanclub became a hot topic last year when it created a scholarship fund with their favorite star’s name titled ‘The Kim Hyun Joong Scholarship Fund’. After donating 14 million Won to a childcare center, they have been monetarily supporting students who leave the center due to their age.

Fans of JYJ’s Park Yoochun have been donating at regular intervals since 2010. They collected a total of 40 million Won this year and after donating 10 million Won to a social welfare center last year, they’ve been helping child patients since then.

Lee Minho’s fanclub ‘Mizuno’ donated 20 million Won to celebrate his birthday. A different fanclub of Lee Minho also donated alms to a devastated district through Unicef and they’ve been avid supporters of the Green Energy campaign.

◆Take care of our star..Sending lunchboxes to staff

When stars spend the night filming on location, fans prepare lunch boxes for the members of the staff as well. Everyone knows about fans making lunch boxes for their celebrities to ensure that they don’t skip their meals, but recently, fans have begun preparing lunch boxes for staff members as well. They take care of their stars’ image by leaving a message with the stars’ names on each lunch box.

These lunch boxes are delivered to a variety of locations such as concert venues, and filming locations for movies or CFs. At the press conference of ‘You’ve Fallen For Me’, which features CN Blue’s Jung Yong Hwa, fans impressed the reporters and production company crew by providing everyone with lunch boxes.

Not only do these fans help maintain the image of their stars, but they also help the morale of the star. As more fans buy lunch boxes in large quantities for their fans, new ‘support lunchbox businesses’ have sprung up.

◆Money is no issue… They even create newspaper ads

It has become a natural thing for fans to celebrate stars’ birthdays or promote albums through advertisements. Fanclubs collect money for a variety of mediums such as newspapers, buses, and electronic scoreboards.

‘Girls’ Generation’ fans have been garnering attention for making newspaper ads for the birthdays of the members. Last year, their fanclub ‘HwaSuEunHwa’ created newspaper ads for members such as Seohyun, Sunny, Soo Young, Jessica and Yoona.

When Yoochun, Jaejoong and Junsu, who have transformed from ‘TVXQ’ to ‘JYJ’, released their music essay in January, fans hired 120 buses across the nation to hang advertisements for the group on the side of the vehicles. To make it happen, it was said that the fans collected a total of 200 million Won. After this, JYJ fans also placed ads in 21 subway stations.

A broadcasting representative stated, “Though the current mature culture of the fans who think of their star’s image is desirable, there is still fierce competition amongst the fans in certain areas,” and “I hope that the fandom culture becomes something mature and truly for the star and his or her well-being.”

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Translation 110602 The Reason I Know Park Yoochun…

[Translation] 110602 The Reason I Know Park Yoochun Though I Don’t Know Micky Yoochun

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[T/N: As you can see through the use of first person, this is an editorial by a news reporter. Enjoy~]

I don’t really know Micky Yoochun as a singer very well. But I do know something about Park Yoochun as an actor. To tell you the truth, I don’t really know just how amazing Micky Yoochun was in TVXQ, an idol group that conquered(?) Japan and Asia.

To make an excuse for myself, I say that it’s okay that I don’t know much about Micky Yoochun as a singer because when TVXQ was most active, I wasn’t a reporter for the entertainment sector and I was well past the age for liking idol groups. I do know that he and two other members left SM Entertainment and formed a new group JYJ, only to have a hard time finding opportunities for TV appearances as broadcasting companies continue to be hesitant due to SM’s influence. Right now, I will be talking about Park Yoochun as an actor rather than Micky Yoochun.

Last week, Park Yoochun beat fierce competition at the ‘Baeksang Arts Awards’ to win the Best Male Newcomer Award and the Popularity Award for TV dramas. He looked quite radiant as he held his trophies and smiled brightly. To be honest, I had prejudices stacked against Park Yoochun even before I met him. The source of this came from the fact that he is from an idol group.

Though I admitted that the role of these beautiful male and female idols in the industry was to dance on stage and please the eyes of the viewers, their domination of the music industry made me wonder if the ‘Ga’ of Gasoo(singer) actually meant ‘Beautiful(佳)’, leaving a sour taste in my mouth as I saw the reality of what this industry had become.

Recently, Lee Minho of the drama ‘City Hunter’ stated, “There was a time when I would get upset at the fact that idol group members got lead roles with such ease when I had to go through countless auditions to receive a small role.” I agreed with his sentiments.

This was what I thought about as I saw Park Yoochun making his acting debut through ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’. I thought, ‘They’re making a youth drama with young actors who are popular with teens,’ and ‘They must have included Park Yoochun in the cast list for these young fans.’ But to my surprise, I saw this guy take his role seriously and subconsciously show off such a high level of concentration. His great acting that went well above my expectations made me see Park Yoochun in a new light.

I recently met Park Yoochun for a while during a report on MBC’s ‘Miss Ripley’. His sincere and serious explanation of the drama and his character made me think that he must have done a lot of preparation for the interview. In the back of my head, there was also the thought, “This is a facade that will soon slip.” But he answered the shower of questions directed at him with sincere and deep answers. He also replied to all questions with a humble manner and a smile.

When I heard that he gets an hour of sleep a day as he juggles his World Tour with filming for his drama, I felt my heart go out to him in sympathy. Even being considerate of the other actors with him, his replies and attitude during the interview were perfect. When we asked him questions regarding JYJ’s inability to appear on TV, promising to not publish articles if he answered truthfully, he smiled brightly and left us with the answer “I want~ to!”

Park Yoochun! He is the first person to break the stereotypes I had about idol group members. This may be one of the reasons why I’m anticipating his work in ‘Miss Ripley’.

Source: [Busan Daily]
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