Thursday, April 9, 2015

[Article] Jang Keun Suk is a pioneering Hallyu actor who broke into K-POP.

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English translation: TEF translators team

[Reporter Gim Eun Ha]

"Asia Prince", Jang Keun Suk, at first he seemed like a mere glance and became a star immediately, but actually he has clear and definite goals and has fulfilled them step by step.

He has expanded the Hallyu from K-POP to K-DRAMA, He succeeded with his “Asia tour” as an actor. This is what Jang Keun Suk did. This is just a part of his story and it is just the beginning. When he was 11 years old, he debuted in “Happiness For Sales” which was broadcast on HBC. In 2000 he started to catch the attention of the audiences from the children's drama “The Fairy Kommi” which was broadcast on KBS2. And when he was wearing the grey vest and shorts to do modelling for children's underwear. Who can imagine that he would become the “Jang Keun Suk” today, Gun-Chan, Asia Prince.

In 2003 the MBC youth drama “NONSTOP 4” was a breakthrough from the children's role. In 2006 the KBS2 drama “Hwang Jini” even the actress Ha Ji Won (she played the role Jini) who is 9 years older than him. He can still easily handle his role and showed a romantic story with Jini and caught the women’s heart. That made him become an “actor” instead of an “artist”. Jang Keun Suk been working hard and you can notice that from his work. The movie which was directed by Lee Joon Ik. Played with the senior actors Jung Jin Young, Kim Yoon Seok, Kim Sang Ho in the movie “The Happy Life”. He chose the MBC drama “Beethoven Virus” instead of the KBS2 drama “Boys Over Flowers”. Even “Boys Over Flowers” is the kind of drama that can easily make the role to become a  “woman magnet/ nations lover”.

After he gained recognition from his acting. He still worked very hard for the Asian market. Not just learning the language. He chose the drama very carefully and get ready to expand his popularity to Oversea. Strategically he chose the SBS drama “You Are Beautiful”. In 2009 K-POP was a smash hit, so he strongly believed that “You Are Beautiful” the story background is about the Korean Idols, would surely get the attention.

And what he believed was right. The drama (YAB) was very popular in China, Japan, even Malaysia and Vietnam the audience loved it. At that time drama (I think it means DVD) never had experienced selling  overseas before. So the copy drama with fans made translated subtitles which you could find everywhere. After the drama, he was a pioneer to succeed the “Asia tour” as an actor. And “Asia tour” is the trend for the “Hallyu” actor's and actresses now.
After being broadcast(YAB) in Korea. The drama was officially exported to the Asian Market “You Are Beautiful” was broadcast in every city in China on China drama channel CCTV8 two episodes every night. This is the first ever a Korean Drama had been broadcast on a satellite channel in China, instead of the internet. As a Korean actor,  in weibo he was the first one to reach 10 million followers and this is just the smallest achievements from his Hallyu business.

HunanTV entertainment program “Happy Camp – Jang Keun Suk series” caught a lot of Chinese audience attention, this program was the highest rated program compared to all the other channels which broadcast at the same time. And the other program “New Year Eve Star Party ” which they only invited the Top stars from China. And he was invited. He was the only Korean star in that program and it’s caught a lot of attention too.

Became “Hallyu Actor” Jang Keun Suk always was the pioneer to break into the new stage  (he succeeded in doing a lot of the things that no one did before him), maybe the Asian stage is still too small for him. Looking forward for his next stage.

Reporter Gim Eun
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  1. He is multitalent man and everything he does is better.

  2. Yeah..he's talented the proved that he was asia prince..and to be world prince...a truly boasts...daebak sukkie

  3. True Prince..... Hmmm i am from india ...and we also love you are the best and i love your voice ... First time i show him on stage was sexy back trust me usually i hate that kind of performance but he was different ohh i am in so love with him of my life ... And he is really hard working ..:)


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