[Trans] 130321 Max Changmin’s ‘Paradise Ranch’ Will Be Aired Once More On NHK “To Celebrate His Best Rookie Award”

[Trans} 130321  Max Changmin’s ‘Paradise Ranch’ Will Be Aired Once More On NHK “To Celebrate His Best Rookie Award”

‘Paradise Ranch’, which starred TVXQ’s Max Changmin, will be aired once more in Japan in April.

On the 20th, it was announced that NHK BS11 will air ‘Paradise Ranch’ again to celebrate his Best Rookie Award win at the Academy Awards. Max Changmin received the Best Rookie Award at the ’36th Japanese Academy Awards’ for his role in ‘Run with the Gold’.

Paradise Ranch’ is a melodrama that depicts the story of a young couple in love who get married, only to get divorced six months later and meet again after six years have passed. It drew a lot of attention for being Max Changmin’s debut drama and also became a hot topic for airing in Japan only six months after airing in Korea.

Meanwhile, ‘Paradise Ranch’ will begin airing on NHK BS11 from the 1st of April with Japanese subtitles.

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[Trans] 111124 Changmin (Tohoshinki), With A Girl He Likes, “My Approach Would Be Instinctive, Just Being Myself”

[Trans] 111124 Changmin (Tohoshinki), With A Girl He Likes, “My Approach Would Be Instinctive, Just Being Myself”

A popular drama aired on Korea’s SBS, the complete DVD Box for drama “Paradise Ranch” starring Changmin (Tohoshinki) was released on 2 November.

With this, Changmin, who is acting as the lead in a drama for the first time, talks about his feelings when acting in this show, his favourite scenes, his ideal type of girl and newlywed-couple life in relation to the drama, his approach towards girls as well as the episode where Yunho visits him on set, in this official interview which has finally arrived.

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This is your first starring role in a drama, please tell us how you feel about your acting.

As drama is my first project, before the shooting I was already nervous. This is a kind of work I have never ever done before, so it was difficult. But when the shooting started, I got used to it after a while, and I could have fun with it. The location for the filming was really nice, so that was great too. As for the show, as this was my first challenge so I can’t say that I was confident but compared to my initial acting, thinking “If I did it this way, wouldn’t it better?” was how I decided to look at this.


How did you take on the role of Dong Joo?

I watched similar dramas, and observed characters that were similar to Dong Joo. I studied Korean dramas with contents about arguing with your partner and unknowingly coming to like the other person, such as  “Fantasy Couple” and “Alone in Love.” I also searched for similarities between myself and Dong Joo, and tried to express that.

What are the similarities between yourself and Dong Joo?

Being straightforward in expressing our feelings, and being short-tempered, probably (Laughs). Dong Joo’s emotions fluctuate a lot, and I’m that type as well, and since we’re similar in that way, it was easier to act it out and that was good. Of course, I can’t say that Dong Joo and I are totally the same, but I don’t there was anything that was completely different about the both of us.

Please tell us if there were any scenes that were your favourite, or any lines that left a deep impression on you.

The scene were Dong Joo was changing clothes in Da Ji’s house. Da Ji came into Dong Joo’s room, and said “My father is coming so you have to hide!” This hiding scene. It was an interesting scene to act in. Even though I was half-naked (Laughs), it was a really comical scene so I really enjoyed it.

What was difficult (about shooting the drama)?

The shooting started in winter so it was really cold. In terms of scenes, it was the scene where I was calling my mother while drinking. I’ve never acted drunk before, but I was actually drinking wine as we did the shoot. I was drinking all the way since the morning, and I ended up drunk and that was really difficult. (laughs). However, it was a good experience.

Dong Joo and Yeon Hee had a very tumultuous newlywed-couple life, but please tell us about your ideal girl and newlywed-couple life.

I think that as Dong Joo and Yeon Hee are first loves, and they couldn’t do anything, and couldn’t do without each other, a mutually-dependent existence.  They are young so they are optimistic and passionate, but I don’t think you need to keep being that way. For me, although it is important to treat your partner kindly and consider their feelings, having a friend-like relationship is good. Although we will argue, be it going out and having fun, or interests and other things should be shared as well. As for my ideal girl, a reliable girl would be good. This job (of mine) is full of instability, so I think that having a girl who can help me remain composed would be great. Someone feminine and cheerful would be nice.

Dong Joo wavers between Yeon Hee and Jin Young, but for you (Changmin) who would you pick between the two of them?

To be honest, I want to add the both of them together then split it into half (laughs). Basically, I don’t want to give up either of them. Jin Young is a woman that any man would yearn for. She’s a good career woman, and initially it wasn’t the case by in the end, she helps to protect Dong Joo. This kind of woman is probably the dream of any man. For Da Ji, compared to Jin Young, she has more energy and is not as feminine but more…like an auntie? (Laughs) However, for me, that is her charm, and I feel that she is very reliable. Even though they aren’t sure of their mutual feelings, aren’t they still dependent on each other?

Dong Joo is a character that doesn’t express his true feelings for Da Ji, saying nasty things to her all the time, but for Changmin, what is your approach towards a girl that you like?

I won’t do it like Dong Joo, who says nasty things and bullies his partner even though he likes her. I won’t fool around, and I won’t try to analyze her thoughts. Rather, I think my approach would be instinctive, and just being myself. From a girl’s point of view, I think I would be easy to get along with. (Laughs)

During filming, it seems that Yunho went to the shooting location in Jeju island to visit you, so please tell us about any episodes during that time. Also, did you get any advice from Yunho, or any feedback with regards to the drama?

I said “Don’t come, don’t come,” but he stubbornly came anyway….  What Yunho had told be before filming was, to do it naturally and not be nervous, and he said a lot of things. As for watching this drama…we didn’t give any actual feedback to each other regarding each of our dramas, but he said “It was interesting, and good.”

So you and Yunho be performing together as actors in the future?

No. (Laughs) I do feel that I want to show everyone “Changmin” as an actor, but when it’s the two of us, we become Tohoshinki, don’t we.. I only just started acting, so I can’t say that I want to see this, but from now on I will work even harder to improve my acting, and show everyone various sides of me.

This was your first challenge in acting, and what is the difference between acting and singing activities? Also, do you see any changes in yourself, or any improvements etc in your activities as a singer?

Putting your feelings into it and expressing yourself is the same. However, in a song, you express one feeling for about 3 to 6 minutes, whereas in acting you have to naturally express all the little changes in emotions that you see in everyday life. It’s different from singing, and it was difficult. After actually trying it out, I think my range of expressions has increased, and this was really useful.

This drama is a love comedy, what kind of genre do you wish to challenge in a drama or movie in the future?

In the future if I have an chance to act, I will definitely give this challenge a try. In terms of genre, I always liked romantic comedies so I wanted to try it, and also a story about youths around my age, with a school as a setting, a school drama is something I would like to try.

Is there a place like “Paradise Ranch” or a time where you can recuperate from your busy everyday life?

After the day is over, I drink beer. This beer is a reward to myself, which says “Ah~ It’s over! I worked really hard today.”

Please leave a message to all your Japanese fans, about watching Paradise Ranch, or about your future plans etc.

Not just the lead actors, but everyone who appeared in the show disregarded their own feelings and worked dutifully. As this is a story that talks about a pure, straight love without limits, please watch it. Also, not only is it funny, the setting is set in the beautiful Jeju Island, and I think its a drama which you can enjoy and relax with. I hope that this winter, this drama will be able to warm your hearts.

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[News] Choikang Changmin, Meeting With 4,000 Japanese Fans Alone Without U-Know Yunho

[News] Choikang Changmin, Meeting With 4,000 Japanese Fans Alone Without U-Know Yunho

TVXQ’s Choikang Changmin took part in an event alone in Japan.

On November 17 in Yokohama, Choikang Changmin held a commemorative event for the DVD sale of his drama “Paradise Ranch”. Even if it was an event restricted to only purchasers who had bought the DVD set which costs approximately 33,600 yen (about 490,000 won), about 4,000 fans flocked to the event, showing off his high popularity.

Choikang Changmin recalled the times during filming and said, “During the talking and acting scenes, I didn’t listen to other people’s words so it caused some trouble.” On this day, there were talk segments and Choikang Changmin also presented a live rendition of “Confession”, for which he personally wrote the lyrics for. He opened up and said, “I was very nervous because there have been virtually no other times when I have sung alone.” In addition, regarding him doing the dubbing personally for his own role in this DVD, he smiled bashfully and said, “It was really embarrassing.”

On this day, Lee Yeon Hee, who starred opposite Choikang Changmin in the drama, also took part in the event. Lee Yeon Hee revealed her thoughts on participating in the drama, “Thinking of the times during filming, they were really enjoyable.” In addition, a video message of U-Know Yunho was also revealed, with him saying, “I think that Changmin-ee had done a great job. He showed off a manliness which was different from usual.”

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[News] 111117 4000 People Scream Over Tohoshinki Changmin’s Kiss Scene

[News] 111117 4000 People Scream Over Tohoshinki Changmin’s Kiss Scene

The commemorative event for the DVD release of popular Hallyu group Tohoshinki member Changmin’s first drama [Paradise Farm] was held on 17 November in Kanagawa, Pacifico Yokohama. Around 4,000 fans gathered to participate in the premium event. The drama’s heroine, Lee Yeonhee, also attended and talked about episodes that occurred while filming the drama and also sang the drama OST song [Confession] in Korean, in front of their Japanese fans for the very first time.

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The hall was filled with the high-pitched voices of the female fans as they cheered for Changmin. The scene in the drama that left the most impact was when, as opposed to his ex-wife Daji, he had his first kiss scene with his new lover Jinyoung. When the long kiss scene came on the screen, screams arose from the audience and Changmin grinned broadly as he said, “Actually, it was even longer than this.” He caused the female fans to sigh over this significant statement, “Although there were many memorable scenes together with Daji, as expected, this scene still stood out more. Excluding my private life (laughs), this was the longest kiss scene yet in my working experience.“

On the other hand Yeonhee, out of all the scenes the two had together chose the one where she quarreled with Dongju at a concert venue which included a kick and the line “Isn’t this a boob fetish!” included. “Though I was bewildered (when I read my lines), I think it also portrayed my original personality,” she made a confession about her surprising personality. In response to Changmin’s “It really hurt a lot”, the moderator retorted, “So in reality, do you have a boob fetish?” and Changmin induced laughs from the audience as he feigned ignorance with, “That’s a hard question to answer.”

To sum up the event, he sang the song [Confession] which had self-written lyrics. “I wrote the lyrics with the thought that even though I’ve separated from the person I loved, I still want to meet her again to confess my love to her once more,” he said as he revealed his thoughts. [Confession] was based on his own experiences as “although it was influenced by movies and such, I wrote the lyrics while thinking of my own experiences”. He playfully said, “In order to write good lyrics, I have to fall in love more“, causing the venue to drown in cheers.

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[News] 111109 Tohoshinki Changmin’s Drama DVD Rankings #1 & #2

[News] 111109 Tohoshinki Changmin’s Drama DVD Rankings #1 & #2

Popular group Tohoshinki Changmin’s Korean drama [Paradise Meadow Complete DVD Box I] and [Paradise Meadow Complete DVD Box II] (released on 2 November 2011) have dominated both the #1 and #2 spots on the 14 November Oricon Weekly DVD Drama Charts.

On the same ranking for the week of 28 June last year, Tohoshinki leader Yunho’s drama [No Limit ~Heading to the Ground~ Complete DVD Box I] and [No Limit ~Heading to the Ground~ Complete DVD Box II] (released 16 June 2010), also achieved #1 and #2, showing that the members have successfully managed to become “actors”.

[Paradise Meadow] is a romantic love comedy about a divorced couple that meets again after 6 years and ends up living together under the same roof. The actress who acts as the wife of the character that Changmin plays, Dongjun, is the rising actress Lee Yeon Hee who acted in the drama [East of Eden].

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[Trans] 111026 Tohoshinki’s Changmin, Struggles Due To His First Time For Debut Starring Drama “Paradise Ranch”

From the ever-popular Tohoshinki, Changmin’s first challenge in a starring role, the hot topic love comedy “Paradise Ranch” DVD will be released on 2 November. For this release, Changmin will be personally recording the Japanese voice-over for his character in the drama, a first in the history of Korean dramas. Images of him during process has been taken, a must see for fans.

This is a story about a divorced couple who meet again after 6 years and are forced to live together, a quirky start to this romantic love comedy. Changmin plays a 3rd generation chaebol, Dong Joo who is cool and charming, with the heroine Da Ji played by actress Lee Yeon Hee, who became popular after dramas such as “East of Eden.” This drama is set to broadcast on Fuji TV’s “Hanryu α” starting November.

The DVD-BOX which will be released on 2 November will include special videos of Changmin personally challenging the voice-overs for the key scene of Dong Joo (Changmin) and Da Ji’s (Lee Yeon Hee) first meeting after their divorce, when the two were innocent newlyweds, and other famous scenes from the drama. There is also a making video of Changmin’s real face during his first challenge at dubbing. Although discouraged by his first attempt, Changmin said “It is definitely a difficult challenge, but it has to be done so I’ll try my best!” taking on the dubbing with strong enthusiasm. As expected, his actual performance was…?

The “Paradise Ranch” DVD-BOX I & II will be on sale from 2 November.

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Translation 111006 “Paradise Ranch” Begins Airing in Japan….

[TRANS] 111003 ‘Paradise Ranch’ Begins Airing In Japan Just Six Months After Its End, “It’s All Thanks To Changmin”
Posted on October 6, 2011
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The drama ‘Paradise Ranch’, which starred Choikang Changmin and Lee Yeon Hee, will begin airing on Japan’s FujiTV.

FujiTV recently confirmed its official airing schedule for ‘Paradise Ranch’. Though it had been aired on Japan’s biggest satellite TV channel in May, this will be the first time that ‘Paradise Ranch’ is aired on a major terrestrial broadcaster. It is drawing attention as it only took six months for the drama to air on a terrestrial broadcaster since ending in Korea. Japanese media have been showing high anticipation for the drama as they commented, “It will be a drama that none should miss,” and “It was speedily imported in record time.”

A representative of FujiTV stated, “We’ve had an interest in the drama since it began airing in Korea as it’s the first drama in which TVXQ’s Choikang Changmin plays a lead role. We want to share this with our viewers.”

‘Paradise Ranch’ will also be released in a DVD format on the 2nd of November and Choikang Changmin will hold a solo event to meet with fans to commemorate the release.

Meanwhile, TVXQ have been showing a continuous popularity in Japan with their new album ‘TONE’ selling 105,484 copies and topping the Oricon Daily Charts for albums.

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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: TVXQ Will Be Starting Their Overseas Promotional Activities

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Translation; TVXQ Will Be Starting Their Overseas Promotional Activities

TVXQ will move on and begin their overseas promotional activites.

After a period of 2 years and 3 months since the release of the 4th album, TVXQ starts their Korean promotional activities with the fifth album “Keep Your Head Down”, which has swept the first place in various music programs for 3 weeks continually, together with the repackage album “Before U Go”.

Their goodbye stages which start from Music Bank on the 22nd of April, and move on to Music Core on the 23rd of April and lastly to Inkigayo on the 24th of April, marks a beautiful end to their promotion. They have successfully completed their promotional activites in Korea and thus, TVXQ will be meeting their overseas fans soon.

If I were to recall which country is TVXQ most active in, the first country that most people will think of is no other than Japan. On the 26th of January, the new song, “Keep Your Head Down” was released in Japan. The responses were great and “Keep Your Head Down” has successfully swept the first position of Oricon daily, weekly, and monthy chart. In addition, Japan will be preparing a special TVXQ’s series that will last for 2 months in Sky Perfect Communication as well.

Staffs from their respective agency SM Entertainment said, “TVXQ have received invitations from Japan and various Asia countries. Thus, they will be taking a short break before starting their overseas activities so that they can have a better focus on their overseas promotion. “

Also, TVXQ will be participating in “Seoul-Osaka Music of Heart 2011 Fighting Japan” together with 2PM, MBLAQ and many other artists in Osaka’s kyoceradome on the 7th of June.

To add on, the OST for SBS drama “Paradise Ranch”, which is the first drama that Changmin acted in, will be released on the 15th of June in Japan as well.

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Translation: 110422 Bigeast Fanmail — “Paradise Ranch” OST Release Decided!

[Trans] 110422 Bigeast Fanmail – “Paradise Ranch” OST Release Decided!

Good Afternoon to Everyone at Bigeast.

We would like to express our sympathies for those who have been affected by the Tohoku Earthquake. We hope that the affected areas will be able to recover as soon as possible.

The original sountrack (OST) of the Korean drama that starred Changmin in his first acting role, “Paradise Ranch” will be released on 16 June.

This soundtrack will have TVXQ’s “Journey ft. Seohyun (Original Sountrack Ver.)”, Super Junior Yesung’s “Waiting for you,” f(x)’s “…Is it Ok?”, BoA’s “My Only One, Changmin’s solo song “Confession” as well as others. Many big artists were involved in the recording of this sountrack with great variety, making it a very pleasing CD.

Also, music that expresses the beauty of Jeju island where the drama’s stage is set in, and the happy love story are included. With a total of 18 songs recorded, you can feel the atmosphere of the the drama from it.

Also, the Japanese version includes an original premium, original music videos made from the actual drama as well as making-of clips, filled with the charm of Changmin as an actor.

【Product Information】
Paradise Ranch Original Soundtrack
Release date: 15 June
Price: ¥3,360 (tax inclusive)
Format : CD + DVD
Product No: AVCF-29980/B

(T/N: Relevant details from the official site are also translated below )

【CD Contents】

  • “Journey ft. Seohyun (Original Sountrack Ver.)” – Tohoshinki
  • “My Only One” – BoA
  • “Waiting for You” – Yesung (Super Junior)
  • “…Is it Ok?” – f(x)
  • “Confession” – CHANGMIN from Tohoshinki

18 songs in total

【Special DVD Contents】
1. “Journey ft. Seohyun (Original Sountrack Ver.)” – Tohoshinki Original Music Video (Drama Version)
2. “Is it Ok?” – f(x) Original Music Video (Making of Version)

Beast Official Shop / Asia♪mu-mo shop/ mu-mo shop Special Goods

  • Changmin’s hand-written signature and message card (1 pc)
  • Lee Yeon Hee’s hand-written signature and message card (1 pc)

※There will be 1 card from each, for a total of 2 cards. The stated “hand-written signature and message” has been printed on.

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Well. it is Minnie’s Birthday. The makn…

Well. it is Minnie’s Birthday. The maknae should be 23 years old by western standards, 25 by Korean standards. He still looks very young, but Changmin is progressing very rapidly into manhood. I know that he must be happy with the results of the TVXQ new debut, and the response to Paradise Ranch, and on this birthday occasion we pray for a very productive year for “the evil maknae”. 🙂 <3 Momma Cha

Well. I got a chance last night to watch…

Well. I got a chance last night to watch the first episode of Paradise Ranch on SBS. Rated PG-13.

It was gutsy and cute–the opening scenes challenged your concepts of Changmin as the maknae, but he still looks very young, much younger than LeeYeon Hee. I will give him credit for being the most expressive person with his eyes I have ever seen.
You know the old expression “if looks could kill”? I believe that Changmin could pull it off. Attitude galore.
I also enjoyed that manly voice. Very cute beginning, and although there were no subs the message and the story comes through. Comedic, and everyone gets room to grow. Addendum: We found a site for the Paradise Ranch drama with subs. www.dramacrazy.net Enjoy.
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Lots of good things going on. Samples of…

Lots of good things going on.

Samples of Jaejoong’s essays from “Music Essay–Their Rooms” are now out. Intriquing could be the term. I am looking forward to receiving my 224 page copy, and listening to JYJ’s personally composed music .

Junsu is recording some music from “Tears of Heaven” on CD and included will be music from Mozart. This is great as everything out there has been fancam. We have been grateful for those who brought this much to us and it will be great to hear clear copies of Mozart.

Changmin’s “Paradise Ranch” is much anticipated and there are beautiful photos out there. It airs January 24th, 2011 on Channel SBS. Hoping for the best for you, Changmin. Check out the sidebar for visuals. Momma Cha