By: LazerKim Last year 2012, Kim Hyun Joong launched his first single Kiss Kiss in Japan on January 25, 2012 and that’s the same day as today, meaning it’s his first year anniversary as a foreign recording in Japan. The Japanese version of Kiss Kiss and Lucky Guy was being launched successfully as this single made it to the gold record status under Oricon. This was such a memorable day to all his Japanese fans as support poured out from here and there making such a huge noise that attracted the international media and had brought further popularity boost on Kim Hyun Joong.
To Kim Hyun Joong and to all his Japanese fans may I extend my warmest Congratulations!! For the shortest span of time Hyun Joong has brought his music and love to all his fans not only in this part of the world but to the international community be it Japan’s neighboring countries in Asia but beyond its walls. As Hyun Joong started his Japanese debut in a huge success, this achievement did not stop from there but it still followed by another success in the mid-year 2012 4th of July as he launched his next single HEAT which again made it to the top of Oricon and eventually another record breaker to hit the gold record status.
And the latest is his first full album UNLIMITED which again marked number one at Oricon and another gold record hit!! Hyun Joong shall be continuing his Unlimited Concert Series tomorrow January 26 as he shall rock another part of Japan in Kagawa at the Great Hall Anabuki followed by another rocking series Fukoka on January 28 and 29. Hyun Joong started his Unlimited concert series on January 6th in six series, which evidently were all successful. At this time his fans are now awaiting for another round of rocking event as he reach out for his fans and deliver his kind of music that millions of his global fans have loved!
I’m sure many of you have read a notice circulated by the Henecia Japan that there are certain restrictions pertaining the fans in taking videos and photos during the concert, in short fancams are being prohibited. Well this is so sad that I can’t do anything about it even I myself is at the venue even production staffs are being prohibited from taking pictures through cell phones or any other gadget and this has been our SOP since the start which is not only implemented in this concert series but in all the events we handle, which is strictly to be followed at all cost.
For the fancams the reason why the event organizers restricted on taking photos is to maintain order within the audience gallery. As a fan of course I disagree with the idea, sorry about that, but for me taking photos during the concert can help a lot as a free media coverage and I’m saying this because Hyun Joong fans for me are the best media reporters!! LOL It may sound funny but it’s true! I admire on how his fans brings in detailed updates on the events and helps a lot specially to those fans from afar in informing on updates.
Nevertheless, there are authorized personnel from DATV, KeyEast and other media entity who shall be doing this like taking photos and videos. BUT I really hope they can upload the said videos and photos during the concert ASAP as in the following day after the events!! Anyway rules are rules and fans has to abide to keep order within the audience gallery. Don’t worry we’ll have those news updates that I’m sure many fans who are attending the events shall post those updates.
Ever since Hyun Joong made his chain of success in Japan in making his Japanese music and being very active in bringing out the best that he can, it can be said one year of being active in his endeavor in Japan may not be enough but I do believe even his Japanese fans would follow him wherever he is. And so I don’t take this something to worry about because for sure he’ll be back to Japan which is quite easy for him after he had already establish his name and his music which had already marked in the hearts of every Japanese.
I think he’s up to pursuing his music in his own country Korea which I think he’ll be back and pick up where he left. There are also his Korean fans who are just so eager to have him back and I truly hope his Korean fans would really take care and protect him as he pursue with his plans in his home root, while we the international fans would watch over and support in the best ability we can. I may think after a year of marking history in the music industry in Japan maybe it’s high time he goes back to his grass roots after this Unlimited concert series.
As for us fans from afar, we shall be with him anywhere he is and remain supporting protecting him at all cost. Whatever music genre Hyun Joong shares with us and whichever way he presents himself to his fans, we appreciate with all our hearts because we believe in him and his ability to rise up to the fullest. I honestly got no idea whatever is going on in Korea but I still have this sentiments over his drama City Conquest and I got no idea how the Korean fans reacted upon hearing the news and what measures were taken in bringing out their sentiments over the drama.
Do you remember this photo above? It’s one of the scenes from Boys Over Flower and one of my favorites in the drama where I found Kim Hyun Joong for the first time as Yoon Ji Hoo. I came across this picture again yesterday as I was preparing to fly to Kagawa and I just can’t help feel sad and sentimental about what is currently going on. I have known Hyun Joong to be very professional and would not be affected by any set backs within his career but no one knows what he truly feels inside. And no matter how he shows his strength being on those stage as he performs his concerts and had brought huge success, a part of him may be feeling just the same with his fans.
Common sense can only tell, if a person aims to achieve for something he had been working so hard and couldn’t possibly push through as how he wanted it, it’s so natural to feel sad, of course. Specially that he’s doing City Conquest for his fans since there’s a huge demand for him to work on a drama project after being out from the screen for two years. Looking back, I can still remember as the producer of City Conquest was saying it took Hyun Joong one year to think about accepting this drama.
I can still remember last year as he wrote to his fans sometime in March or April, he was saying he was reading a book which he have not read before, and I was speculating it was script from City Conquest that he was reading!! Then followed by his announcement in Singapore on his first stop during his fan meeting events in May as he mentioned at the press conference that he’ll be working on a drama which happens to be City Conquest. It took time before he finally decided and now looking back it somehow gave me an impression similar to premonition!! Funny it may be but the fact that Hyun Joong felt hesitant back in time before he accepted the drama, so I don’t think he’s being Mr. Hard Headed that time!!
I’m just so glad the news about City Conquest was released after his first set of concert series. Or maybe he already had known about it but still keeping his composure which I truly admire. Hyun Joong just don’t put so much in one basket since he has a lot of options, but I’m not putting up an excuse just for us to feel better but instead we face any set backs with him. It’s rain or shine we are with him all through out.
REMINISCING FLOWER BOY
Now this reminds me, these photos came from KBS2!! Huh what a co-incident that reminded me how Boys Over Flower brought in a remarkable TV ratings in Korea not to mention TV ratings from other countries as this drama was being aired! That time Hyun Joong was first discover as an actor and for his first drama project, this was a huge success. Admittedly in all fairness it’s the F4 and the character of Jandi that really brought a big shot in this drama, but it cannot be denied that Hyun Joong was one of the biggest factor in its success. And the aftermath of the drama had proven it by facts that Hyun Joong gained his first international boost in popularity during and after BOF was being aired in Korea.
Then after BOF the following year Playful Kiss was aired as Hyun Joong’s second drama project which may have suffered low TV ratings for numerous reasons in Korea but had shown another huge success over at the internet as the drama was shown through YouTube. After two years comes City Conquest, now it’s being blocked for whatever unacceptable reason that I hope or I’m sure the problem is not with Kim Hyun Joong but it could be within the production management! I honestly find it hard to sit back and relax since I have been overwhelmed with eagerness to see Hyun Joong on dramas. I just feel something has to be done with City Conquest. I just couldn’t put this in a losing end.
Not that I couldn’t satisfy myself in seeing Hyun Joong in front of me which is just one arm length to reach out for him as a singer, but the fact that the guy is also an actor and a good one, that I just couldn’t let go. I really hope the handlers of Hyun Joong would put a good consideration that majority of Hyun Joong fans had known him first as an actor through BOF and PK so it’s so natural for us to wish he would be back on screen whatever drama, wherever it may be shown, nothing matters because we’re here to support him 100%.
Kim Hyun Joong had proven himself as a Concert King, he is so deserving having the power to gather thousands of fans so eager to have him as he shares his music in the most simple but unique ways. And beside this fact, he is an actor by all means, and it frustrates me that Hyun Joong tries his very best to provide what his fans needed from him yet some people could be so hard on in bringing what is suppose to be so in demand!! Gosh I just couldn’t keep my silence!! I would just like to bring out my demand, to make noise, to put on pressure to those drama producers how I wanted to see Hyun Joong on screen as an actor, hoping to be heard as a Kim Hyun Joong fan.
Hyun Joong was barely a rookie when he worked on with BOF and PK but a lot of potential was seen in him as an actor which I’m sure many of you agree. It would be great to have him developed further in his acting career, he can do so much within his ability that I really hope these producers have realized his power to conquer people’s heart. This is a win win artist we’re talking about here, and they got nothing to lose. I hope drama producers would think further from where they are, and not just Korea but the rest of the world where Hyun Joong fans are. Don’t you think there’s a better dollar beyond Korea? This is reality we’re talking about here if it’s just business we can think of, my dear businessmen!
I say it again, as a Hallyu Star I am made to believe that they are catered for international market and I guess this goes for the drama as well, then I don’t see any reason why City Conquest should be blocked by Korean TV networks and to the extent of suspending its filming. And yes I really want CC to be shown anywhere and show the results coming from Hyun Joong fans or non-fans since I’m sure others are already curious about this drama as to why it was rejected by other Korean TV network. And let’s see how the rating scale moves! It’s a challenge!!
At the same time, I’m still looking forward for the future drama projects of Kim Hyun Joong. I know this may create pressures even to the Prince but I for one will not give up on him as an actor. Be it playing the role of a flower boy or a real man, I do appreciate anything Hyun Joong does because I always believe he is capable of just anything he does and he does it perfectly. Period. LOL!! What can I do, these are facts that cannot be denied, we have a totally versatile star and a perfect artist who has the power to transform which very little artist has the same talent as Hyun Joong has. Don’t you agree?? It’s reality!!
ROCK THE ROCKER!
Kim Hyun Joong shall soon be flying to Kagawa for another round of rock the stage as he shares with us some good memories again. Oh this is just so good Hyun Joong has these concert series to ease down some frustrations over City Conquest. So for the mean while let’s enjoy Hyun Joong, what he can currently share with us and make the most out of it. Hyun Joong lives by the day to day event as it transpires but he never give up on his dreams of being a good singer and a good actor.
Let us not forget that it is his fans who is the center of his thoughts in anyway he works to be able to achieve his goals in bringing happiness and wishes of his fans. This is Hyun Joong in reality, a truly artist by heart he is, a total performer who can only be satisfied by the love and support his fans are giving him, as he turn it back to them in many ways with honest heartfelt love. *sigh* What else can I say, he’s just so remarkable.
Oh well I just hope I can get over with the thoughts of drama for Hyun Joong and hope for some results in the near future. Kim Hyun Joong as a singer and as an actor, he is just so highly competitive and Greatly In-Demand that I am just so proud being a Kim Hyun Joong fan.
LazerKim here writing
Photo credits as tagged, Ms.D thanks!