Saturday, July 30, 2011

[11.07.29] Shin Hyesung to release Japanese single with ex-EXILE member Kiyokiba Shunsuke

Singer Shin Hyesung will be releasing a Japanese single album on 5 October.

This will be his first single album in Japan, and features a duet with former EXILE member Kiyokiba Shunsuke title “I Believe”. The collaboration between Korean vocalist Shin Hyesung and Japanese vocalist Kiyokiba Shunsuke has elicited positive responses not just in Korea but in Japan as well.

This duet was suggested by Shin Hyesung, who has long ago pointed out EXILE’s “I Just… Miss You” among his favourite J-POP songs, and Kiyokiba Shunsuke gladly agreed to the suggestion. Kiyokiba Shunsuke also took time off his busy schedule to pen the lyrics to “I Believe”, making the song even more special.

Meanwhile, Shin Hyesung will be holding his ‘SHIN HYE SUNG 2011 Tour in Shanghai – THE ROAD NOT TAKEN’ concert on 6 August, as well as the encore edition of his Seoul concert “SHIN HYE SUNG 2011 Tour in SEOUL – THE ROAD NOT TAKEN ACT II” on 3-4 September. Ticket sales for his encore Seoul concert open on 4th August at 7pm on Interpark (

Credits: Sports Chosun + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.07.28] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2011 (main page updated)

I hope that the damage in the flood-stricken areas will not increase…
And that the injuries of the flood-stricken residents will not worsen…

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.07.28] Eric’s Twitter update: Minwoo’s birthday


Lee Minwoo (11.55pm): In another 5 minutes it will be this oppa’s birthday :)
Jung Pil Gyo (11.55pm): Good job. Good night
Eric (11.55pm): I know! I deliberately didn’t say anything and waited.. You stupid grasshopper..

eric mun
오늘은 신화에서 노래랩안무를 담당하는 자칭쿨가이 이민우군의 (cont)

Today’s the birthday of self-claimed cool guy Lee Minwoo who takes care of singing, rap and dance choreography in Shinhwa~ Was going to congratulate him anyway but I don’t know if he was feeling anxious or what, he asked to be congratulated on KakaoTalk~ It’s a time when he needs everyone’s congratulations~ Ah an important meeting between Shinhwa Company CEOs Eric, Minbong and other officials just ended a while ago. Today’s a day when everyone can smile^^

Credits: @miclarge1 + Absolut Shinhwa


[11.07.24] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2011 (main page updated)

I personally thought she put in some really good performances, including this rendition of Lee Hyori’s “U Go Girl” she did 2 weeks ago:


A round of applause for my fellow idol Miss Ok Joo Hyun
Who has worked hard to show us her brilliance and beauty~!

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.07.19] Liveworks notice: Shin Hyesung’s “Like Resentment, Like Love” for “The Princess’ Man” OST to be released on 20th July

Hello, how are you? This is Liveworks Company.

Shin Hyesung features on the OST of the KBS Wed-Thu drama “The Princess’ Man”, which begins its run from 20th July onwards. Shin Hyesung’s song for the OST is the ending theme of the drama, titled 여원여모(如怨如慕)/ “Yeo Won Yeo Mu” (Like Resentment, Like Love).

Part 2 of the OST of the drama “The Princess’ Man” starring Moon Chae Won and Park Shi Hoo, which has already garnered interest even before its broadcast!

Shin Hyesung’s track “Like Resentment, Like Love” will be made available from 12mn onwards on 20th July on all major online music portals and in the first episode on 20th July. (subject to changes made by the production team)

‘여원여모(如怨如慕)’ / “Yeo Won Yeo Mu” (Like Resentment, Like Love)

Written by composer Yoon Il Sang – the man behind countless hits such as Kim Bum Soo’s “I Miss You” from the “Stairway to Heaven” OST and “Appear” from the “Secret Garden OST”; Yoon Do Hyun Band’s “I’ll Forget”; and Byeon Jin Seob’s “Will Love Come” – and lyricist Choi Eun Ha, “Like Resentment, Like Love” sadly but serenely depicts the heartbreaking love between Se-ryung (Moon Chae Won) and Seung-yoo (Park Shi Hoo), with the lyrics and melody expressing the feeling of resentment and love that’s mentioned in the title of the song, and describes a heartrending love.

This is also the first time Yoon Il Sang is working with Choi Eun Ha after their hit collaboration, Lee Eun Mi’s “I Have A Lover”, further heightening the anticipation for this song, with Shin Hyesung’s uniquely melancholic voice attaining a perfect harmony to further highlight the drama’s sad and touching romance.

Credits: Liveworks + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.07.19] Liveworks notice: Kim Dongwan to play patriot poet Yi Yuk-sa in MBC Liberation Day drama special “The Vertex

Hello, how are you? This is Liveworks Company. We’re bringing some long-awaited news to all the fans who have been looking forward to seeing Kim Dongwan the actor.

Kim Dongwan has been chosen to play the lead role of “Yi Yuk-sa” in the upcoming MBC Liberation Day drama special “The Vertex” (scriptwriter Hwang Jin-young; director Lee Sang-yeob).

Kim Dongwan plays the role of Yi Yuk-sa (born Yi Won-rok) in the drama special “The Vertex”, a biography that depicts the tumultuous life of the poet and independence fighter, who penned poems such as “Wilderness”, “The Peak”, “Green Grapes”; and devoted himself to the independence movement. He was imprisoned due to his involvement in the movement but later continued to stay active using his assigned prisoner number 264 (pronounced yi-yuk-sa in Korean). He was arrested for interrogation on 17 occasions and eventually passed away at the age of 40.

Moreover, being a drama that tells the life story of an independence fighter who bore the burden of pain of the times, it is a special comeback project for Kim Dongwan.

Meanwhile, besides Kim Dongwan, “The Vertex” also stars established actors such as Oh Hyun Kyung, Go Doo Shim, Lee Seung Ho, Seo Hyun Jin and Park Sung Woon, creating even more anticipation for the 2-episode drama special that’s slated for broadcast in mid-August. We will inform everyone of the exact broadcast dates once they are confirmed.

We hope all the fans will give their support and encouragement to Kim Dongwan who’s making his drama comeback with the Liberation Day special.

Credits: Liveworks + Absolut Shinhwa

A tweet from Liveworks CEO Lee Jang Eon:

과연 이육사시인님의 일생을 동완이가 어떻게 표현해낼까요? 저도 무척 기대됩니다 드라마를 보시기전에 이육사시인님의 시들을 한번씩 읽어보시고 그안에 들어있는 의미를 생각해보세요 그후에 드라마를 보시면 훨씬 더 와닿을듯 합니다^^

[11.07.19] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2011 (main page updated)

Have you seen the sky lately?

It’s the same as what I saw from Guam!

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.07.15] 10asia’s 10 Line feature: Eric

ERIC: An idol star throughout his 20s. Still an idol star in his 30s. Also a Hallyu star. And he’s still getting on fine with the friends he got to know in his teenage years. A man who says he has been lucky. In other words, the life of a guy who has been the object of envy and who will continue to be so.

SES: The group that Eric was a dancer and rapper for before his debut. Eric had been very interested in music, coming in first place in a university clarinet competition in the US, and after taking part in an audition on a Korean radio program, he persuaded his parents saying, “Just take it that I’m going off to the army for 3 years”, and headed to Korea to prepare for his showbiz debut. Although before heading to Korea Eric was already informed in his 2nd year of high school that he had been accepted into the college of his choice, he had been having too much fun in the ensuing year and almost failed, and he felt that taking up a regular job after graduation was stifling. Enter the clarinet-playing rebel from the US.

Shinhwa: The 13-year idol group that’s moving forward like a comet. Whenever rumors of Shinhwa disbanding surfaced, Eric said, “Even if we don’t do anything we’re still the longest-standing idol group, why should we disband?” After their debut, members have fought among themselves and had to use make-up to cover the bruises before going on stage; make fun of on another in front of the camera; and sometimes just going crazy during interviews, they’ve had all kinds of incidents, eccentricities and conflict. But with their explosive dance moves and elaborate choreography for their performances for tracks like “Wild Eyes” and “Wedding” have given them a continuous stream of fans, and no matter how they fight, they’ve resolved their fights with the affection they’ve nurtured from having lived in one dormitory, resulting in their unique teamwork that has kept their fandom going strong for more than 10 years. Group leader Eric may be a cool leader on stage but with the members, even though he provides them with all kinds of weird photos and tells them they’re annoying when they send him text messages, he shared his appearance fees with the members and studied the legal options available in order to allow themselves to continue under the Shinhwa name after their contract with the management agency ended. He is the leader who’s an integration of all of Shinhwa’s charm. Shinhwa is recently working on setting up a company to manage all of their group activities, and the members are still all helping to monitor Eric’s performance in his lateest drama. Of course, while teasing him at the same time.

Park Sung Soo: The director of Eric’s debut drama “Breathless” (a.k.a “I’m Running”). After testing Eric’s acting skills, while saying “Nothing can be worse than this”, he also said “It’s good that you don’t seem intimidated,” and “A person’s most important decision in his life is made within 0.5 seconds”, for Eric to decide whether or not to take part in the drama. Eric immediately agreed. “I thought that’s a pity to just let time pass by thoughtlessly, so I just wanted to do something and I ended up finding it.” With that he eagerly entered the field of acting. His role of Sang Shik in “Breathless” was an ex-convict with a bleak future, contrary to his idol star image. But Eric’s portrayal of the character’s bleak life made him feel like the youths of that generation instead of the idol that he was, making his future acting career possible.

Cha Eun Taek: The director of Eric’s “Megapass” CF. In the CF, Eric casually spins the notebook while dancing and rapping. In this CF where everything seems cool, he wasn’t the leader of Shinhwa, and instead he created an confident image as a solo entity. In the film “A Bittersweet Life”, he too left an strong impression as a killer who starts a gunfight without saying anything. Whether as a singer or an actor, although he hasn’t received any official accolades as a solo act, it’s clear that as a star, he has the presence. All that’s left is for him to have a hit project.

Lee Eun Joo: Eric’s co-star in MBC drama “Phoenix”. Although he has been teased by the Shinhwa members for the unspeakably cringe-inducing line “Do you smell anything burning? My heart is burning”, when the drama was broadcast he set the hearts of female viewers fluttering. His straight-faced and somewhat humorous delivery of these buttery lines, among other things, made this rather sly chaebol heir different from the chaebol heirs depicted in previous dramas. If “do you smell something burning” was delivered in even a slightly more serious manner, it wouldn’t have achieved that feel. Though from his ability to deliver those lines, it couldn’t been seen whether he had become proficient at acting, he had already instinctively captured a character that belongs to him.

Lee Seon Mi-Kim Ki Ho: The writers of MBC drama “Super Rookie” and SBS drama “Invincible Parachute Agent (a.k.a Super Rookie Ranger). After “Phoenix”, Eric had “for no reason” started to dislike acting and cut off contact for a week. After sorting out his thoughts, “Super Rookie” was the project he worked on, and he embarked on a comedic role of an unemployed young man, drastically different from the chaebol heir he had played in “Phoenix”. Seemingly aimless in life, he demonstrates his wit at some points, and amidst the absurd gags he instantly displays a cool image when dressed in a suit, overlapping with his unpredictable image as part of Shinhwa. In actual fact, Eric has once said, “Hyesungie has the blood of a cat running in him; for Andy, a comedian’s blood; Minwoo, Choi Min Soo’s blood; Junjin, a sportsman’s blood; Dongwannie, nose blood; and Eric, green blood”. He likes fishing so much that he can hear the sound of fish biting the bait, but yet he’s afraid of the sea because of the existence of giant squid. After “Super Rookie” and “Invincible Parachute Agent”, Eric began to become known to the masses outside of his fandom, thanks to his unique character.

Kim Yoon Cheol: The director of MBC drama “Que Sera Sera”. Although director Kim Yoon Chul didn’t exactly take to Eric intially, Eric – who liked the script very much – met up with Director Kim to convince him, “please believe me” and was eventually cast. The Eric in “Que Sera Sera”, similar to his character in “Phoenix”, felt intense but at the same time was a man who led an ordinary life, just like his character in “Breathless”. In the drama, instead of delivering corny lines he tied his girlfriend’s shoelaces, or turning his back on what he could have all owned, with a subtle expression as he faced the bright sunlight – he had made new discoveries in his acting. As he improved himself with “Que Sera Sera”, from a chaebol heir to an unemployed youth, Eric has widened his range from popular trendy dramas to mania dramas (cult hits). His follow-up project “Strongest Chil Woo” was a unique drama that combined social satire, superhero material, action and sageuk (historical drama). Thus, Eric is not known for a fixed image but for being “Eric”.

Will Smith: Popular American actor and musician, and also Eric’s role mode. As a matter of fact Eric is still the leader of Shinhwa, doing different kinds of rap, and continues to be involved in acting. In addition, the genre of his projects are very varied, ranging from comedies to sageuks, and is always showing proving his presence at a certain level. And meanwhile he says what he wants to say via Twitter; and speaks honestly about himself. Talking about the popularity he attained through “Phoenix”, “Though I didn’t receive recognition, but because I attained popularity, I had to live pretending to be someone else. That foam-like popularity was really like a bed of thorns.” Quietly doing what he has to do, and doing what he wants to do; living seriously but yet joking and playing around with his friends. A curious combination of a free spirit and a star with presence.

Han Ye Seul: Co-star in KBS drama “Spy Myungwol”. “Spy Myungwol” has been receiving criticism for having excessive plotlines and coincidences in the early stages of the drama. In addition, while his playfulness is fitting in the scene where he pretends to give Myungwol (played by Han Ye Seul) his autograph, it seems like he hasn’t found the “tone” of this comedy-intertwined-with-serious-spy-drama, where his deliberate attempts to seem cold or his serious scenes are awkward. Actually, while playing the character of a Hallyu star who’s similar to himself, he has to do some homework on finding different details for this character that’s so similar to himself. But apart from whether “Spy Myungwol” is a hit or not, he continues to be a Shinhwa member, he will still squabble with the members, and he will continue to work on his acting and his music. He may not be the best in all his fields of work, but he puts in his best possible efforts to let his name be remembered. He doesn’t run quickly like a comet. Instead he moves forward slowly. Meeting friends, speaking his mind, and letting the name of “Eric” be remembered.

Credits: 10asia + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.07.17] Twitpic: Songwriter Yoon Il Sang with Hyesung

윤일상/ilsang yoon
신혜성군과 오랫만에 작업합니다.^^

Working with Shin Hyesung-gun after a long time.^^

Credits: @ilsang + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.07.14] Liveworks notice: Shin Hyesung to perform on OST of KBS drama “The Princess’ Man”

Hello, this is Liveworks Company.

This is to bring you the news of Hyesung’s surprise project.

Hyesung will be performing the ending theme song for the OST of the the upcoming KBS Wed-Thu drama “The Princess’ Man” (starting from 20th July).

The drama “The Princess’ Man”
Is the Joseon version of “Romeo & Juliet”
And tells the story of the children of two feuding families who begin a fateful romance.
The romantic ending theme song for leads Park Shi Hoo and Moon Chae Won’s dazzling romance!

You will be able to hear Shin Hyesung’s ending theme song from the first episode, on 20th July, onwards
Please look forward to the drama OST.

Official site for the drama:

Credits: Liveworks + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.07.14] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2011 (main page updated)

Time doesn’t wait and stop for you.
People run all over your head,
And you sit in a corner of your room
Trying to speak easily about life.

Seo Taiji, 1992

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.07.12] Eric’s Twitter update: The members’ responses to Spy Myungwol’s first episode

eric mun
열화와같은 성원에 카톡인증샷 올립니다. 역시 18세이하 관람불가입니다. 포탈스샷은 기념으로~

Uploading a proof shot of fervent support. Minors under 18 cannot view this. And commemorative shots of the various web portals~

Jung Pil Gyo: The drama’s good, Han Ye Seul indeed~ Jang Hee Jin’s great too~!!^^
Eric: What’s this.. F***
Park Choong Jae: It’s good ㅎ
Lee Minwoo: Eric’s looking great, you Pelicana* rascal (*the name of a popular fried chicken chain)
Jung Pil Gyo: Really great, Han Ye Seul and Jang Hee Jin~^^
Lee Jang Eon (Liveworks CEO): Ah really, Han Ye Seul’s no joke, she’s great

(“Spy Myungwol” was #1 on the realtime search ranking on both Naver and Daum last night, as seen below)

Credits: @miclarge1 + Absolut Shinhwa

[11.07,12] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2011 (main page updated) – About Spy Myungwol

Spy Myungwol has started.
Let’s all tune in.

Ye-seul fighting!

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa