By: LazerKim At last a teaser of Kim Hyun Joong’s City Conquest is at YouTube and had been posted all over internet since yesterday, that his fans started feasting about the teaser!! There were two clips of teaser which actually taken from the concert at Budokan, one is an action scene and the other is an emotional scene. Watching from the teasers even made the fans activate their eagerness to watch City Conquest!! That for me, if I can only pull up the time hoping it’s already January 2013 as from this month I’m sure we’ll be moving closer to its airing date!!
Watching from these teasers I would say it’s worth waiting for. Is this really him?? Hyun Joong’s character here is completely different from his previous dramas and showed a lot of challenges even seeing from just a sneak pre-view. Hyun Joong was right as he was so excited in his message to show this sneak previews to us. It was said that there shall be other teasers to be released in Korea that for sure it shall be shown at the internet as well. We just have to wait for those other teasers, but I’m happy now to have at least an idea how his drama is coming around, that’s it’s definitely a piece of work worth waiting for.
May I just cut your reading from the topic, allow me to mention an incident yesterday. Much that I wanted to share the video link of the teaser of City Conquest with you I think I have to refrain from doing so from now on and in the future. I’m not so familiar with internet usage, I would just like to be extra careful in posting specially video clips even just the link. There are video clips with this statement:
Don’t re-upload, re-edit & erase the logo!
Don’t re-make any other video using my video!
(No capture & No flash video)
Don’t move this video to everywhere that are related “We got married”
Yesterday somebody violated this rule as stated above from the owner of the video clip. If we see in any video clips of Hyun Joong with the said statement, please do follow. This is just a matter of etiquette and respect to the owner. What happened yesterday was that the video clip of the concert in Budokan was moved to another site and put in some translation to the video, while the rule said not to move the video to anywhere else. The owner have every reason why she stated some rules to be followed, and it is her right, let us respect.
One time I posted links of Legacy but with the consent of Jackie the owner of the video clips to share the links. Since it was only link being posted, it will lead my readers to Jackie’s site at YouTube to view the videos from her site. The video clips of Hyun Joong are meant exclusively for viewing only. I think we can save the video in our playlist but it has to be for the sole purpose of viewing ONLY and nothing more than that. Although I trust my readers are matured, however, I would just like to be extra careful. Anyway this blog is meant for reading so I might as well maintain it that way. And thank you for understanding.
TEASING IN ACTION
The first teaser is a scene that seems Hyun Joong was wounded, he was in topless that showed a well-developed chest muscles and his abs that looks tough and admittedly sexy. He looks so handsome as he was laying on a Japanese floor mattress, his skin was a bit soft tan which even emphasized his bulging abs and gorgeous chest, displayed a perfectly proportioned body built. Hyun Joong seriously worked out on his built and turned out an ideal manly figure.
There was a fight scene between Hyun Joong and about 3 or 4 men, the scenes may seem to be in a flash but what I have seen from Hyun Joong is his body flexibility while acting on his stunts. Hyun Joong indeed is a dancer and I can see it from his stunt moves that can’t be denied that even looks perfectly natural and not the try hard stiff stunt. Hyun Joong was quite loose in his movements but totally in control. I love this guy, action scene suits him the best! Gosh, he really gotten rid of his flower boy image, this is a different Hyun Joong that we see in action. And I think he had achieved what he was aiming for in image change in his maturing stage of life for real, even in front of the cameras in this drama.
On the second teaser, Hyun Joong was riding in a pick up truck with a friend driving. Hyun Joong noticed a girl at the street side walk who was Yoo Mi. It seem to me Hyun Joong thought he was imagining to be seeing Yoo Mi at the street side walk and realize it was her as he got out of the truck and run to her. Oh such an emotional scene that really struck my heart! There was no dialogue it was simply looking at each other’s eyes as tears just fell.
It was purely emotional acting that Hyun Joong speaks of his emotions while slowly walking towards her, that no words was said but simply display of feelings through his eyes that tells what is inside him allowing his audience to feel, as he finally embraced Yoo Mi so tightly as if not wanting to let go! *sigh* How I wish to watch a bit longer teaser!! The OST is also good and I like it. I watched this over and over yesterday and instantly got hooked! That in my mind I was saying, oh my God how long am I going to wait for this!!
Hyun Joong’s last drama Playful Kiss was back in 2010, and now here he goes after almost two years back in filming drama. The teaser of City Conquest that we have seen maybe too short but we have somehow seen the difference in Hyun Joong’s character. Hyun Joong knows he was being criticized from the two previous dramas he had, although we know it was unjustified criticism, but Hyun Joong did not take those for granted. He took the initiative to be trained in improving his acting ability.
After two years going back to filming feels like starting all over again like a first timer actor which is very natural feeling. Specially with Hyun Joong’s case he started filming this drama at the midst of his second album launching. We have seen his pictures on his first week of filming and he seems to be happy enjoying the shooting after seeing him wearing the geisha costume that he couldn’t control his laughter! In his concert in Saitama he sung the Japanese song Anata Ni and he said he heard this song, he was struck by it during the period he was worrying about his filming for City Conquest. Then recently he wrote to us feeling excited about showing us the teaser of City Conquest, and now seeing from it, I would say he’s right, this is a drama worth waiting for and to be excited about it!
Yesterday before these video clips landed on my email, I was actually watching Hyun Joong’s behind the scene clips from BOF, that while watching it I was wishing to watch the videos of BTS captured during the filming of City Conquest. Hyun Joong is a very diligent actor, I have watched behind the scene from BOF as Jihoo was trying to save Jandi from being drowned. Jihoo carried Jandi off from the beach and made a lot of NGs!! So Hyun Joong has to repeat until I think take 5 continuously that he has to carry Jandi from the water. But you wouldn’t see him react of feeling tired, nor complain, he simply doesn’t mind at all and do whatever is gonna be good for the drama and achieve perfection within the scope of his ability being an actor rookie!
FACING CHALLENGES WITH SMILES
While watching those behind the scenes from both dramas, these scenarios reminded me of his documentary as his musical director stated, Hyun Joong doesn’t stop, he takes the initiative of repeating until he achieve his own satisfaction to perfect what is needed to. The same statement echoed from Lucas, Artmatic captain, Hyun Joong would keep practicing until his dancers dropped, but Hyun Joong would just take a brief break. Lucas would say Hyun Joong has to rest, and he will rest but while doing so, he starts practice singing!! It’s Hyun Joong’s passion to his craft that’s burning inside him, that is making him pushed to his limits. And so I can imagine him doing the same thing for City Conquest, having the same work attitude while filming.
I think Hyun Joong was well prepared in this filming despite of his tight schedule running from here and there, preparing for his concert, launching his album, and diving to acting right there, it was tough though. But somehow I can see the difference in his aura in doing this drama from his previous ones. KeyEast has been taking care of him, the staffs were there to support all the way knowing the gravity Hyun Joong has on his shoulders but he seems happy. Do you know why? Because he had already seen his fans support and he already felt their love for him.
Let’s analyse the entire scenario. Hyun Joong settled with City Conquest before he did his Asia Tour. He first revealed about City Conquest on his first stop in Singapore during his press conference. The entire period of his Asian Tour concert which turned out to be a tremendous success, he was already preparing for this drama while on the tour. Then right after which followed by his second album launching Heat, that we all know what transpire during that time. Ranking no.1 at Oricon on its first day launching, the handshake session attended by thousands of his fans and street dancing that brought a lot of noise! And the overwhelming success of his concert in Saitama. Not to mention the advance copyright sales on City Conquest prior to filming, which is very rare to happen.
MADE OUT OF LOVE
All of these may be a huge expectation on Hyun Joong which can be such a stress, but seeing his fans with those big smiles and chanting his name, for an artist like Hyun Joong this is such a strength for him and an inspiration. He was worried on his first days of filming in Japan I’m pretty sure of that, but the love he felt during his concerts ease down those worries. Seeing from the time he was doing BOF and PK, I would say Hyun Joong had changed, I think this time he has a better confidence and I’m pretty sure he had already felt what he wants to feel. And that is your love to him.
He came from a lot of anxieties from his previous dramas, remember? He had surpassed those and now, the drama production may be having some problem with technicalities but those are doable and bearable to resolve compare to what he had gone through in the past emotionally and mentally. But those challenges made him stronger to stand on his own this time and it’s time to prove himself again in acting with a better foundation both in terms of career management and emotional stability with his fans.
After watching the sneak preview of City Conquest, by now we know the drama is worth waiting for. This is just my opinion but I think this drama is made out of love, seeing Hyun Joong happy working on this drama, it’s for the love to his fans that has been inspiring him.
The scenes we have seen is such a teaser that fueled up our eagerness and ignite the desire to stay and wait for him, because he did it out of love for us, Kim Hyun Joong indeed is a great teaser to his fans!!!
LazerKim here writing
Photo credits as tagged, Ms.D thanks!