By: LazerKim Kim Hyun Joong once again made a lot of noise as he performed live in Budokan Tokyo, that brought the city in euphoric state and as the news rapidly spread to other parts of the world, every Hyun Joong fan is now in a heavy state of hangover!! Every time Hyun Joong gets his toes to the stage, there’s always something new that he brings with him. All of those concert performance were truly enjoyed by his fans not only from the audience gallery but his fans from afar who has been watching and following him any place he goes through the internet. And these people watching from afar are growing in numbers, that probably Hyun Joong wasn’t even aware of!!
I was able to watch all the segmented video clips of his recent concert in Tokyo and for me I think this was the best. Hyun Joong performed with a live band singing nine songs all in live. As I have mentioned in my recent article, this concert was quite different from the usual performance he did in his recent Asian Tour, that this time there were no dancers to back him up but a live band instead. The singer was the same, the songs being sung were the same yet different in performance, since all the song were sang with the live band.
How did Hyun Joong’s fans reacted to the new set-up of the concert? Watching from the video clips of each and every songs, there were shots taken focusing on the stage and audience gallery in full packed that the sea of green was lighted all through out the concert. Observing from the audience, this time they had the chance to attentively listen to Hyun Joong as sings his songs from his heart. But the best among the songs he sung was the song I’m Your Man. Prior to singing this song Hyun Joong asked his audience to sing it with him. I was deeply moved because towards the end of the song Hyun Joong let his audience sing that part without him.
You’ll be amazed because the crowd of audience sung that part in unison. Oh I was so touched to give me teary eyes as Hyun Joong pointed his microphone to his audience and the crowd answered and sung the last phrase of the song hearing the loud voices of the crowd in unison. During the entire concert the crowd was with him absolutely 100% attention. How I wish to be in that concert since I have been wishing to see him perform with a live band, and wishes come true as if he heard us!! This has been my wish ever since I watched him sing LOVE with a live band, and singing it with all his emotion is so impressive, the clip even showed a fan in teary eyes.
I’m so impress with Hyun Joong’s Japanese fans on how they support him that I’m so proud of. They never missed a thing about Hyun Joong every time he visits their country they are so warm and all out support is what they give him. No matter how much Kpop was criticized in Japan, Hyun Joong fans simply ignored and protect him. How I wish we can all be there at that concert and join his Japanese fans every time Hyun Joong is there to perform. This was the third concert Hyun Joong performed in Japan for this year. And he has an upcoming album to be released on December, oh how lucky these fans are!!
BAEK MIR, THE ROCKER
The producer of City Conquest Yang Yoon Hoo was quite surprised about Hyun Joong’s performance on stage being a singer, and stated Hyun Joong had matured as a singer that the producer would prefer Hyun Joong performing live with a band that gives more depth to him as a singer. However the producer stated that Hyun Joong has to be an actor too since he has great potential that can bring him to even higher heights of his career having so many talents. His fans are truly proud of him.
Hyun Joong prepared the concert exclusively for this promotion of City Conquest as his leading lady Jung Yoo Mi stated that Hyun Joong worked hard to practice with the band everyday during the period that the filming was on break. She visits Hyun Joong during his practice with the band and so with the other casts as their support to Hyun Joong in promoting the drama. Yoo Mi was saying she was quite impressed by Hyun Joong’s performance with the band.
All the songs performed in the concert were re-arranged and it was Hyun Joong’s idea to have this type of concert set-up to bring out something new. This is a real good idea since this was the third concert Hyun Joong ever performed in Japan for this year. I would say this concert had been filled with Hyun Joong’s personal touch that his fans would happily experience a different side of Kim Hyun Joong on stage with the image of Baek Mir.
But who is Beak Mir? He is a simple commoner but tough who wouldn’t just care but his own survival of life and his love for one single person of his life. And that’s how I see him on that stage singing with all his heart to his fans, and nothing else matter but to them feel what he felt. In that concert what we see is the character of a rocker and Baek Mir!! The way I see Hyun Joong on that concert is simply a rocker in character who’s just jamming on stage, so carefree and simply being a rocker bringing with him music from his heart.
Hyun Joong shared that till now, he hasn’t shown who the real Kim Hyun Joong is, but acting as Baek Mir in City Conquest made him think that they are quite close. In his daily life, he always thinks what Mir would do and hopes that the more the filming progresses,he would be able to master and reflect Mir’s character. I knew it the first time I read the character of Beak Mir’s may have been the closest to Hyun Joong’s character for real. A person who is always been caught in “against all odds” kinda situation!! Then we can probably expect Hyun Joong acting in his own character!!
Yesterday I wrote the article Teasing Scene and had mentioned about the emotional scene in this drama, and the other day I talked about bed scenes. Actually many fans from my email reacted about this and they were indeed jealous!! Then one of the fans wrote the same on my comment box I laughed!!. Then I asked if ever they felt the same jealousy with their other favorite actors and they all said no!! And replied that it was only Hyun Joong whom they followed. I was curious because like them it’s only Hyun Joong whom I followed, and honestly I wasn’t aware that fans do get jealous even on-screen, simply because I don’t feel the same that made me curious. Of course we do have different opinion which I respect.
Maybe because we already feel the closeness with Hyun Joong after getting to know him better, I mean not meeting eye to eye with Hyun Joong but somebody we admire so much and somebody we care about to support and love. We fans had developed a certain degree of affection to Hyun Joong being our idol. Being jealous of watching him doing the kissing scenes with his leading lady probably is just natural. Others may be fond of pairing him with her which I’m not!! Not that I’m against to whoever his leading lady is, but it’s because I’m contended having only Hyun Joong to support. And besides what I see on screen are just acting, with or without scripts the fact that a camera is in front of them is still acting.
To fill in my curiosity about jealous fans, I actually made some bits of research because I have noticed first, male Korean actors do get settle down in rather later age, second, Hyun Joong has always been aware of his fans being jealous. When Jang Dong Gun got engaged in 2010 to a celeb he made the announcement in his fan meeting and asked for his fans blessings before he informed the media regarding his engagement and finally got married in May 2010. Take note he was already 38 years old that time he got married. And so his fans although they were shocked gave him the blessings! I was laughing to myself when I was watching this, I was asking myself, will Hyun Joong ask for our blessings too when that time comes??
In Hollywood celebrities tend to be more open with their relationships that even marriage doesn’t affect their popularity and same in my country, unlike in Korea and Japan, fans do tend to get excessively jealous of their idols. I have read such horrible stories that female celebs do experienced from their celeb boyfriend’s fans!! And mostly done by young fans!! Does this really happen in Korea?? I was so shocked when I read about such stories.
A female Korean celeb who was being literally poured soy sauce by a fan in public out of jealousy since this female celeb had been in a relationship with another male celeb, the fan of that male celeb did it to her. And another Korean actress was being harass at the internet by some fans of her celeb boyfriend! Then there were also publicly harassing the girlfriends of male celeb! This happened in Korea which actually is alarming. There were also some bad publicity about some celebrity couple that ruined their careers. It was said that Korean fans are jealous fans specially the young teenage ones!!
In another story, I have read a write-up about Jang Dong Gun in an interview he was saying he barely had time to spend with his son due to his work schedule since he’s been active in TV dramas which he worked on Gentleman’s Dignity, and quite recently he did a movie which was release in September. He did two movies with obscene bed scenes and his dilemma was that, he worries as his son will grow up, start going to school and would see those movies. He worries that it might be an issue in school with his son’s school mates. And knowing he did the film with bed scenes when he was already married.
These are the usual issues that celebrities do face in the future that affects even their personal life. And considering Korea is such a conservative country, actors do think twice when it comes to marital issues. I was thinking Hyun Joong was right in setting his future lay out plan, as he said he’ll think about marriage at the age 40 and be a showbiz producer. In Korea I think it’s not easy to put marriage or relationships and career at the same time unlike in other counties like mine, that people just don’t care whether celebrities are married or not, their popularity stays.
BAEK MIR LOVER
My thoughts of Hyun Joong maybe not jealousy on or off screen, since I have been in the business for years not to understand people within the showbiz world. But I worry if he gets entangled with a wrong relationship in a wrong timing that may lead to regret. Plus these horrible stories in Korea!! Now I understand why Hyun Joong tend to take his own personal desire at the back seat. His boss was also a victim of malicious publicity that made him shy away from the media and deprive media about his privacy. No wonder he is still single and he’s 40!
We the international fans do understand Hyun Joong private needs, but then it’s different in his home country. We may be jealous about him on screen but it ends from there, since we do respect his privacy. But I sincerely hope Hyun Joong won’t encounter such ugly experience as other artists experienced from their home country. Although I trust Hyun Joong for being smart enough on how he values his work, as he stated there shall be the right time for everything which I think is a mature outlook in his life.
These are just my thoughts and is not meant to pry on his privacy. With the Korean not all jealous fans who goes to the extent of prying, other than what Hyun Joong said that he can not go about career and relationship at the same time which I think is wise specially at this time. But for me, whatever he decides on his personal life will remain his, I got nothing to do with it. If he get married then it’s fine I got no problem with that because I will still support him. It’s Hyun Joong that matters to me as an artist and not his personal life.
Oh well, Hyun Joong has still a long way to go before he can attain his dream of four kids! But it’s good at the young age of Hyun Joong he knows his direction, he knows his dreams and aspirations, he knows exactly how to get there. At this young age he already has a lay out plan for himself, a time table which he strictly follow, and a mature outlook in life. He knows his priorities and he knows exactly where he stand. At present he is uncommitted, and he remain focus on his career path. To say that he needs somebody beside him is his decision whether he needs it or not. It doesn’t matter at all.
For me the most important is for him to attain his goal and his dreams. Do you know why? Because we fans are included in his dream. Oh we should know that because it’s a fact. He needs his fans because he’s simply doing all of these concerts and dramas, for us so that we have more chances of seeing him, and that is a fact. He is providing something that will make us happy. We should know now that we are a part of Hyun Joong’s work because it is us who gives him strength and inspiration.
Unless he was able to attain his dreams, he will delay his thoughts of four kids. And that is very clear as he stated his lay out plan for himself. So let us stay beside him, inspire him more until he got what he wanted for himself that anyway we benefit from it. By the time he is already up there, probably he’ll be exhausted by then and he’ll think of four kids, as we give our blessings to him wholeheartedly.
For the meantime, let us be his lover by supporting and loving him, listen to his music, watch his concert, light up those uzoosin sticks, chant for him and just be there for him while he’s on stage and watch him on our TV screens for his dramas. That is gonna be our role as his lovers, as easy as that!! In short we entertain ourselves and forget our daily problems while we inspire Hyun Joong in his projects. By this way both parties benefits, him and us, that’s the essence of our relationship with him. Hyun Joong will work hard to provide what we need as we inspire him in doing so.
Building a relationship is such a joy when there is sincere caring and love. This is the kind of relationship Kim Hyun Joong builds for us his fans, the Rocker and the Lovers for time being, until both dreams are fulfilled.
LazerKim here writing
I just read a sad news from a fan friend of mine who’s been with us in this blog as a regular reader, blueribbon, her mom passed away today. My condolence to blueribbon and her family. May your mom rest in peace with her Creator.
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