[Reporter’s Note] Jang Keun Suk, please let us see more of your pretentious style!

————————– Aphrael77’s Note ————————–

Before the translated article, I’d like to explain the negative JKS’ nickname which marred his reputation and artiste career. I understand it but its meaning is a bit harder to translate into concise English (where I feel my lack of vocabulary keenly). If I still translate it wrongly, please feel free to correct me.

허세 (ho-sei)

I think it means a false outward appearance (or gestures/actions) where one pretends to know more and be more than what one actually is. For lack of a better phrase, I shall term it as “pretentious style” in this translation.

We know the history of his nickname, and the purpose of posting this translation is not for us to keep on throwing eggs at all the people who have caused hurt to JKS before (even if we feel like doing it ^^), but rather, articles like this coming from the Korean media and hopefully reaching more of the Korean general public may have more far-reaching influence and serve as an initial step to change their perspective of our beloved JKS. We cannot expect a total absence of criticisms and misunderstandings, which may still happen where JKS’ unique frankness and confidence clash with Korean society and culture; but what we can do is to continue to show full support for our Prince.


[Reporter’s Note] Jang Keun Suk, please let us see more of your pretentious style!

Jang Keun Suk acts as usual without any misgivings. His confidence once labelled as “pretentious” has now become a new embellishment for his ambition to be the Prince of Asia, as said at the 2 November “You’re my Pet” press conference. In the movie, he acts as a promising ballet dancer Kang In-ho who crosses over to become a musical actor.

“Am I an actor, singer or dancer? This is a movie about finding one’s true self. Indeed, the Prince of Asia is not a role that can be assumed casually,” JKS compliments himself. Although it made people laugh, his (offensive) forthrightness and liberal spirit came across strongly.

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[Taiwan magazine] Fans – Sep 2011 issue

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English translation: Aphrael77


For rest of article,

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[News] YMP filming at Ibaraki cancelled

According to the article, the shooting of “You’re my Pet” (YMP) in Ibaraki is cancelled for fear of radiation risk. Jang Keun Suk’s Korean fans have also expressed much concern over radiation risk.

Source: Ibaraki-Shinbun (20 August, 2011)
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[News] JKS: What is seen and what is not seen both exist

12 July 2011 – Popular Korean star Jang Keun Suk was in Hang-zhou two days ago for the recording of Zhe-jiang TV’s “I love memorizing lyrics”. When asked about the unstated Korean showbiz rules, JKS said tactfully, “What is seen and what is not seen both exist.”

With a planned album release in China in the later half of this year, JKS hopes that he can have a chance to study Chinese in Shanghai. Compared to other Korean artistes entering the Chinese market and participating in the filming of movies and dramas, JKS is different in that he is more cautious. “I feel that language communication is now my greatest obstacle.”

Always having been labelled as a “flower-pretty boy”, JKS expressed his wish to

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From Mr. H’s blog: Shoot for Men’s Non-No

English translation: tenshi_akuma
Source blog: Mr. H


It’s about my business trip last weekend.
Departure from Haneda Airport, Saturday night.
The fare to Seoul is lower than that to my hometown, Kagoshima. So I just packed my things into a tote bag as if I was going to a domestic trip? No… because I had to take some equipment and clothes for this shooting trip. After 2 hours flight, I landed at Gimpo Airport. This is the hotel (JW Marriott Hotel Seoul) where I stayed.


Despite of the dead of night, I had a meal.
To a Samgyetang shop that is open 24 hours a day.

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[News] JKS’ popularity in Japan surpasses Gaga, anxious over popularity


27 June 2011– Stylish Korean star Jang Keun Suk held a press conference on 28 June 2011 for the release of his first photo-book “Jang Keun Suk 1st Official Photograph J Plus Series”, which will be on public sale from 27 July onwards. Besides 500 fans specially invited to the press conference, nearly 400 reporters came to cover this event and the organizers had to change the venue last minute for security reasons.

The role of Hwang Tae-kyung in “You are Beautiful” was the reason behind JKS’ meteoric rise in popularity in Japan, and there were 800 fans at Haneda airport yesterday to meet JKS. Besides the 800 fans today at the press conference and autograph session, there were also many fans waiting near the venue to catch a glimpse of JKS. At the start of the press conference, JKS said he felt touched by fans’ passion. “Because there were so many people, I was worried that accidents might happen, but luckily I reached safely.”

A point worth noting is that the scale of JKS’ press conference today exceeded that of Lady Gaga’s “MYV Video Music Aid Japan” which attracted over 200 reporters, and nearly on par with the currently most popular showbiz event “AKB48 Third Elections”, fulfilling the prediction that JKS’ popularity in Japan is slowly reaching a level far beyond other Korean stars.


Media also becomes “eels”? 2 fat uncles “declare their love” for JKS

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[News] JKS’ popularity in Japan surpasses Bae Yong-jun

Source: China Entertainment Net 中国娱乐网
Date: 22 June 2011

Japan is now clasping JKS in its hands
(i.e. treating him in a cherished manner)

Reputed Japanese magazine “AERA” has a special report entitled “Whether JKS has surpassed Bae Yong-jun”, which analyzes JKS’ high popularity in Japan at a deeper level.

According to the magazine, not only does JKS have fans in their 40s and above who have experienced the earlier Hallyu wave, he also has young fans in their teens and 20s, and seems to have surpassed Bae Yong-jun (BYJ) who has been at the forefront of the Hallyu wave since 2004.

Based on dramas such as “You are Beautiful” (YAB) and “Marry me Mary” (M3) which aired in Japan, JKS has accumulated extremely high popularity, and YAB even set the record of having been broadcast 3 times on Japan television. Already quite well-known from his earlier roles such as “Hwang Jin-yi”, JKS’ frequent activities have resulted in him becoming the most popular new-generation Hallyu star in Japan.

“AERA” thinks that the difference between JKS and BYJ is

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[20 June 2011] Shocking words from JKS: He wants to be super star & takes script into his coffin

Source: Jap magazine, AERA Mook article
English Translation: tenshi_akuma & Aphrael77
Chinese translated source


Tengxun Entertainment News – JKS is undisputedly the most popular Hallyu star in Japan today. Whenever he appears on the cover, the magazines are sold out; his first album topped the Oricon weekly chart upon its release. His latest drama “Marry Me, Mary(M3)” has just been broadcast on TBS, Japanese TV station. In April, the journalists from magazine “Hallyu STAR AERA Mook” flew to Seoul specially to interview the “little old man” (JKS’ nickname), JKS’ unique take on acting since he had started in showbiz at the age of 5.

While waiting for him at the interview room, we felt uneasy with a mixture of expectation and anxiety. At any rate, he’s a super star of the day. It was our first time meeting him. So no matter that we’ve heard a lot about him, we couldn’t help wondering what he’s really like. However, as soon as we saw his affable smile like a puppy as he entered the room, our worries disappeared. He’s as adorable as Mu-gyul and so cuddly even though he’s tall. Thanks for his sexy voice, JKS performs the role of “bossy” character such as Hwang Tae-kyung better. His exterior beauty takes down all of one’s defenses, and later as he relates his theory of acting in his deep baritone voice, it makes one feel deeply that pretty boys can be so in-depth too. Having played a character in M3 who lives his own life, JKS’ acting skills is also improving. He possesses the endearing child-like quality that makes people love him and virile charm of an actor.

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[News] JKS very touched by YMP visit by Korean, Japanese and Chinese fans

Korean, Chinese and Japanese fans of actor Jang Keun Suk paid a sincere visit to JKS at “You’re my Pet” (YMP) filming venue, which made JKS feel very touched.

On 21 June, with the arrangement of Tree-J, Korean, Chinese and Japanese fans prepared many gifts, refreshments and support for JKS, and the atmostphere was very heart-warming.

Under the lead of JKS’ official Korean fanclub Cri-J, together with “DCinsideJKS Gallery” and JangKeunSuk.net, fans visited the YMP filming site, and the heartwarming and encouraging support the fans offered made the actors and crew feel touched.

JKS’ fans provided delicious food to all the actors and crew at the filming site, and of course prepared tables, gifts that conveyed their love as well as banner and cake that conveyed their best wishes for the success of the movie.

JKS expressed his thanks to every fan who was there, which made the fans feel touched too. He greeted the Japanese fans in Japanese, and demonstrating his considerate nature, he autographed for them in Japanese too.

JKS said,

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[News] Korean media analyzes “Jang Keun Suk” effect


“If one can get Jang Keun Suk to be on a magazine cover, the sales will definitely not be a problem,” a Japanese publishing source revealed.

Jang Keun Suk may very well outstrip the current Hallyu “leader” Bae Yong-joon. His debut single “Let me cry” topped the Oricon chart upon its first release – its sales of 119,000 is equivalent to the total annual sales record of a first-rated singer in Korea. On 11 May, many Korean media touched on the topic of “Why Jang Keun Suk can become so popular in Japan”, and analyzed the reasons why he became a top Hallyu star.

Korean media points out that in contrast to JKS’ deeply-rooted actor identity in Korea, JKS’ acting and singing skill are both widely acknowledged in Japan. Many Korean artistes sing at fan-meetings in order to broaden their artiste activities in Japan, but this time, the sales record of JKS’ debut single remains an undisputable fact which proves that his “musician” identity is officially acknowledged. Oricon’s editor even complimented JKS that “his period has arrived”. JKS was the historical first overseas singer to top Oricon’s weekly sales chart in its first week of sales (including groups and solo singers), and the media analyzed that the reason why JKS was able to achieve this feat as a newbie singer, was related to the singer roles that JKS took on in “You are Beautiful” and “Marry me Mary”, as well as his outstanding performance in singing the drama OST. They think that JKS’ singer image slowly took shape in the hearts of fans through these dramas, so even though his album release was delayed for more than a month because of the earthquake, he could still accomplish these ‘miraculous’ sales, finally leading to the official debut of singer Jang Keun Suk.

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[News] Jang Keun Suk calls himself a beggar prince

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English translation: Aphrael77

5 May 2011 – Popular Korean male star Jang Keun Suk visited Hong Kong at the end of April. He attended events at the mall and held his concert. Crowds amassed wherever he went. Hong Kong women see him as their Prince Charming, but he laughed and said that he is a beggar who tries hard to become a prince. He revealed that he admires Shu Qi and does not mind a relationship with someone older than him.

JKS has pretty delicate features and personality-wise elegant and humorous, totally a Prince Charming but it is not easy to be one. He said that in order to maintain a slim figure, he has to diet throughout the year. “Usually I eat mainly vegetables and will try to avoid oily pork and beef. The most important tip is to eat less but have more meals. In Korea, I carry a lunch-box around with me. In it is chicken breast, egg and salad. Sometimes my mother prepares it for me and sometimes I prepare it myself.”

During the interview, JKS ate a banana on the spot to replenish his energy. He even said worriedly, “Although I’ve been maintaining the condition of my skin, with the passing of time my skin condition is not very good, sigh!” Pointing out that not everyone can be a prince, JKS took a dig at himself, “I am a beggar who continues to work hard to become a prince.” A serious and modest guy.

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[News] JKS: “I have realized my childhood dream”


21 April 2011 – Jang Keun Suk has long wanted to buy a building since young, and now is the owner of a building worth 10 billion won.

This morning via our reporter’s telephone interview, JKS’ representative clarified that JKS has recently bought a 6-storey building, not for investment purposes. Since young, JKS has a liking for buildings. He is very good at being thrifty and doesn’t waste money. He bought the building from his accumulated savings. And his recent career development is very good, and he has indeed earned much.

Buying a building has been earlier than expected, but there is no other meaning in it. JKS is now very busy with his promotional activities. This has been made possible because of fans’ love, and JKS has always been working with a grateful heart.

Credits: KoreaStarDaily
Chinese translation: KeunSukChina

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[News] JKS promotes new album & reveals ideal girlfriend type is Shu Qi


“You are Beautiful” made Korean star Jang Keun Suk popular throughout Asia. Outside of acting, at times seductive and at times cute, he continues to win hearts with his pretty boy image. Two days ago, he was in Shanghai to attend HS Media’s contract-signing press conference and to launch his Asia Tour 2011. The event venue, IFC Mall, was packed with nearly 2000 fans who were there to catch a glimpse of their idol, testament to Jang Keun Suk’s popularity.

The first present he is giving to Chinese fans is the upcoming release of his first single in China and Asia – “Lounge H the 1st”, and on 9 July, he will be back in Shanghai as a singer. Being the norm in showbiz for actors to venture into singing, Jang Keun Suk manages the transition even more smoothly as firstly, he had recorded two songs before while hosting a regular music programme previously, and secondly, attentive fans would have discovered that his roles are often related to singing as the band leader. But when JKS chose to announce in Shanghai the news of his first EP “Lounge H the 1st”, the crowd almost went wild with excitement.

While in China, he used Chinese and even Shanghai-ese sweet sayings to bridge the gap with fans, and reveals that the female Chinese artiste he admires most is

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[27 Feb – News] Korean, Chinese & Japan fans queued overnight for JKS autograph

Asian fans queued overnight at actor Jang Keun Suk’s fan meeting

On 24 Feb at 4.30 pm, Jang Keun Suk met 100 fans at Codes Combine shop located in the vicinity of Hong Ik University.

For this event, only the first 100 fans according to their order of arrival can get the autograph, and there were already more than 100 fans who gathered on 23 Feb night, causing some disturbance which was soon under control.

Fans from Korean, Japan, China and Taiwan were all women and during the autograph, made some requests which JKS fulfilled. Some fans also went down on their knees in order to see eye-to-eye with JKS, and JKS joined both hands together with fans as a form of greeting.

After completing the fan autograph session,

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