Thursday, March 31, 2016

[Article] 'Daebak' co-stars Jang Geun Suk and Yeo Jin Goo were meant to hit it big together since debut?

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With SBS drama 'Daebak' off to a promising start, media outlets have their eyes out to find out exactly what makes co-stars Jang Geun Suk and Yeo Jin Goo such an enticing duo. 

Ones media outlet couldn't help but notice what similar beginnings and progressions the two co-stars had from their child actor days, all the way up to their fated meeting in 'Daebak'! 

Check out the side by side photos of Jang Geun Suk and Yeo Jin Goo below, highlighting how adorable they were as child actors, showing the two appearing as young princes in previous historical dramas, and even a k-drama-must, school uniforms! 

Could it have been their alluring visuals that finally brought them together for SBS's grand-scale historical drama? Or their passion for acting, even as kids? 

Do you think Jang Geun Suk and Yeo Jin Goo were fated to come together in 'Daebak'? 


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[Article] Korean@STAR 1 magazine, Jang Keun Suk - I am looking forward to my 30's (Eng. translation by TEF)

Japanese to English Translation: Lola Devung from TEF
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Korean to Japanese Translation: Ayumi from TEF
Editing and Proofreading: Lola Devung 

Seeing a young guy wearing a school uniform with a teenager look in the CF, it felt like it just happened yesterday. But during the interview, you can see his being maturely attractive through his sincere eyes. When recalling the girls from Mnet Produce 101, he always wants to share his sincere advices with them. Looking forward to his 30’s, he looks so excited but also a bit of confused. He is probably standing somewhere in between the subtle boundary of a young guy and a mature man.

* It’s been a while; how does it feel to do a photo shoot again? 
- I’m familiar with the crew so I feel very comfortable. Zo Sun Hi nuna and I have always worked well together, I don’t worry at all.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

[Fan Fiction] Destiny - Chapter 5: Traces of the past

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Sukkie only saw her as she slowly sipped her tea before she could say anything, suddenly began to wonder what had he done wrong, if he had said something wrong or had hurt her somehow inadvertently, then he stood without even looking at her and just he left the room.
Once in the lift, he looked in the mirror and asked himself 

Sukkie ... "What the hell just happened, can not understand how what appeared to be a perfect meeting turned into a complete disaster?" ...

[Article] "Jackpot" hits 12.2%, topping "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho"

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Jang Geun-seok beat Park Shin-yang by a little.

According to Nielsen Korea, the SBS drama "Jackpot" rated 12.2%. This is 0.4% more than the previous episode. It exceeded the new KBS 2TV drama "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho".

"Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" rated 11.4% which is 1.3% more than the previous episode. However, it wasn't enough to beat "Jackpot".

Meanwhile, MBC "Monster - 2016" rated 7.0%.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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zo_sun_hi His historical drama after a long time #Daebak!!, a photo to support my brother Geun Suk who has made a comeback. #Praying for great success Daebak #JangKeunSuk #Long wait for your work #I will see live with certainty


[Pics - PD notes #10] Daegil from SBS website drama ‘Daebak (The Royal Gambler)’

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[Article] ‘Daebak’ kicks off with top viewer ratings

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The SBS period drama series “Daebak” kicked off with top viewer ratings, beating its competitors in the 10 p.m. prime-time slot.

As of Monday, the drama hit a viewership of 11.8 percent on its first episode, according to Nielsen Korea. Close behind followed “My Lawyer Mr. Jo” starring Park Shin-yang, with 10.1 percent viewer ratings.

“Daebak” featuring actor Yeo Jin-goo, Jang Geun-suk, and Yoon Jin-seo, is a fictional historical drama based on the time of King Sukjong.

The drama airs every Monday and Tuesday at 10 p.m. on SBS TV.

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[Article] "Jackpot" starts off at 11.8%

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"Jackpot" came in first.

According to Nielsen Korea, the new SBS drama "Jackpot" rated 11.8% on the 29th. This is 0.5% less than the first episode of "Six Flying Dragons" but still in first place.

MBC drama "Monster - 2016" rated 7.3% and the KBS 2TV drama "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" came in second with 10.1%.

"Jackpot" depicts the forgotten son Dae-gil and his brother Yeon-ing/Yeong-jo (Yeo Jin-goo) and their battle for love.


[News] 'Daebak (The Royal Gambler)' number one on the first day of the broadcast.


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[Pics - PD notes #9] Daegil from SBS website drama ‘Daebak (The Royal Gambler)’

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[Article] "Jackpot" Jang Geun-seok, "This is going to be the turning point of my life"

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Actor Jang Geun-seok is coming back with the new SBS drama "Jackpot".

Jang Geun-seok comes back with the role of Dae-gil who seeks the throne for revenge.

Jang Geun-seok is mentally prepared for this drama to become the turning point of his career.

Various teasers, makings, highlights and posters of Jang Geun-seok in "Jackpot" have been released until now and it is assumed that another legendary historical drama will be born.

Jang Geun-seok appears with a bang. The scene where he stands face to face with Jeon Gwang-ryeol will hold a general message about the drama.

With the first episode coming up, Jang Geun-seok said, "I think of this character as the turning point of myself and I will put my all into it. I want to show the public the 'actor' in me and I am happy I can. I am also nervous, but I hope you enjoy watching "Jackpot"".


Monday, March 28, 2016

[DAEBAK Appendix] King Sukjong - Player of politics and women

Writer: Valerie kaye Taozen from TEF
Original source : Epiphany blog
Proofreading : Fenny Setiawan from TEF

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Daebak drama will be airing on the 28th March 2016 (tonight). This post is part of TEF Blog activity to promote the drama. We would like eels and viewers to understand each of the drama character. Today is our last instalment of the appendix and we will discuss about King SukJong. Have a good read:).

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[Daebak Appendix] 1 - Daegil the dead prince
[Daebak Appendix] 2 - Choi Suk Bin Mother of Princes
[Daebak Appendix] 3 - Yeongjo - As prince and king, the strategist 

Much has been written about King Sukjong and his reign, mainly because it was marked by extreme factional strife. However, for the drama series, Daebak The Royal Gambler, let’s focus on his personal life.
Not often noted in the history books is Sukjong’s roving eye when it came to women. During his lifetime, he had four queens, one of whom was his consort whom he raised to queen and then demoted her back to consort. He also had numerous consorts, but only four women played important roles in his life.
Sukjong married his first queen before he was named Crown Prince at the age of 14. Queen Inhyeong, though, died of small pox at the age of 20 in 1680, leaving no children. A year later, he married In Hyeon. She became an important character in his life until her death in 1701.
Aligned with the Noron faction, Sukjong had become tired of Inhyeon’s meddling in court affairs…and his life. So, in 1688, he deposed her and married his consort, Lady Jang, better known in history as Hui-Bin.
Since Inhyeon had not given birth to any children, Sukjong was anxious to have an heir. Thus, when Hui-Bin gave birth to the future King Gyeonjong, he asked Inhyeon to adopt the infant to give the child greater legitimacy as his heir. Inhyeon refused and the Noron faction protested, saying the Queen was only 25 years old and could still give birth. Furthermore, the Norons and Inhyeon were opposed to Hui-Bin and her son gaining any further status as she was aligned with the Soron faction. Doing so would have given that faction more power and influence in court…something the Norons deeply hated.

[Article] Park Shin-yang vs Kang Ji-hwan vs Jang Keun Suk, leaders of Mon-Tue drama to compete

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[OSEN=Kim Bo Ra] Would it be Park Shin-yang, Kang Ji-hwan or Jang Keun Suk?

Three male actors with different attractiveness came out as leaders of Mon-Tue drama for each of three terrestrial broadcast stations. The war of Mon-Tue drama for famous actors of numerous works attract attention.

Three popular men in these days. Before Mon-Tue dramas starring each three men to be aired, the attention towards viewers’ rating competition raised high. Since all three actors are recognized as skillful actors, it derives curiosity about who is going to be the winner.

Park Shin-yang’s KBS2 ‘Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-Ho’ (script written by Lee Hyang-hee and directed by Lee Jeong-seob and Lee Eun-jin) is a comic drama about a prosecutor who became lawyer since he kicked out of Public Prosecutors’ Office as he accused corruption about prosecutors and starting second part of his life. Park Shin-yang appears as a righteous lawyer who has both comic personality and intelligent appearance at the same time. It is expected for him to show passion while do not spare himself and express one’s emotion.

MBC ‘Monster’ (script written by Jang Young-cheol and Jeong Gyeong-soon, directed by Joo Seong-woo) starring Kang Ji-hwan as a main character Kang Ki-tan is about a lonely revenge towards huge power. He becomes a heir after losing his parents when he was young, but he puts on the danger of losing life after he lost all his money to uncle. He reveals the true horrible faces of privileged class to survive and adds romance arouse in the difficult situation. People pay attention towards how Kang Ji-hwan will represent Ki-tan’s inner loneliness.

Both Park Shin-yang and Kang Ji-hwan are the actors famous for passion about the acting while do not spare themselves and have excellent expression skills of characters’ emotion. It is expected to enjoy watching two actors’ detailed acting skills.

Jang Keun Suk is in charge of a role who fight his brother to win a love and a country, Baek Dae-gil at drama ‘Jackpot’. Dae-gil is a ‘Perfect Man in Joseon’ who has an intelligent brain, skillful hand and persistence perfectly.

Jang Keun Suk who is tall and gentle way of speaking and has favorable appearance will draw triangular romance with Lim Ji-yeon playing a role for Dam-seo and Yeo Jin-goo playing a role for Young-jo. Whether he can express inner pain wandering for a woman realistically or not attacts attention.

The mian thing about three dramas is that all have reliable main characters lineup. The common thing about hit dramas is that main characters’ acting skills complete the drama perfect. It is same for Park Shin-yang,Kang Ji-hwan and Jang Keun Suk as well. According to their actings through ‘Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-Ho’, ‘Monster’ and ‘Jackpot’, we wonder about the result for viewers’ ratings that will make them happy or sad. /


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[News] The links to watch 'Daebak (The Royal Gambler)' with english subtitles, no live streaming.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

[Article] Jang Geun Suk tells that he did not feel any big age gap when working with Yeo Jin Gu

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Jang Geun Suk told that he did not feel any big age gap when working with Yeo Jin Gu.

On March 24th, press conference for new SBS drama ‘Jackpot’ was held at SBS broadcast station in Mok-dong, Seoul, and Jang Geun Suk attended the event with Yeo Jin Gu, Lim Ji Yeon, Jeon Gwang Ryeol, Choi Min Soo, and Yoon Jin Seo.

Regarding Yeo Jin Gu, Jang Geun Suk said, “Yeo Jin Gu becomes a totally different person when he stands before cameras.”

He continued, “We are ten years apart from each other, but I could not feel any age gap when working with him. I am very looking forward to future shoots.”

Meanwhile, ‘Jackpot’ is going to evolve around a forgotten prince of Joseon and his younger brother, who later becomes King Youngjo of Joseon. The drama will premiere on March 28th at 10 PM.

/Reporting by Park Ju-Yeon


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[DAEBAK Appendix] Youngjo – As Prince and King, the Strategist

Writer: Valerie kaye Taozen from TEF
Original source : Epiphany blog
Proofreading : Fenny Setiawan from TEF

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Daebak drama will be airing on the 28th March 2016. This post is part of TEF Blog activity to promote the drama. We would like eels and viewers to understand each of the drama character. Today we will discuss about King YoungJo, half brother of Daegil and will eventually encounter with him in gambling table.

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[Daebak Appendix] 1 - Daegil the dead prince
[Daebak Appendix] 2 - Choi Suk Bin Mother of Princes

So far, we’ve had a look at Dae-Gil, the tossed away Prince Yeongsu, and the Mother of the two Princes, Choi Suk Bin. But what about Yeongjo, the prince who became King?
The book, The Land of Scholars, gives us a fairly close idea of how he ruled during those turbulent years:
The Soron faction put Gyeonjong on the throne, but because Gyeongjong did not have any sons to succeed him, the Noron faction supported the appointment of his half brother as Crown Prince. The Soron faction oppressed the Noron faction fiercely, and Yeoning-gun himself rendered his resignation as Crown Prince on several occasions without success.
After Gyeongjong passed away, confrontation between Soron and Noron factions reached an extreme degree of tension because the Soron faction spread a rumor that the Noron faction poisoned Gyeongjong. Yeongjo ascended to the throne under these circumstances and executed the Policy of Impartiality (tangpyeong) to end the vicious cycle of endless revenge and attempted to establish a coalition government based on moderate members of both factions who supported the policy.
The Policy of Impartiality advocated by Yeongjo put the Noron faction that support him to the throne as the mainstream and had the Soron and Namin Factions participate on the side.
But let’s step back a few years.      
In spite of having his life under constant threat from the opposing Soron faction, Yeongjo was raised by both a loving mother and doting father. In fact, Sukjong spent lavishly on the young prince. However, because Yeongo’s mother was a low-born concubine, all the officials, who were born in noble houses and had noble wives, maintained a condescending view of the Prince and his mother. They were quick to lecture Sukjong on frugality and modesty. The King ignored them. As an example of Sukjong’s lavish spending, he celebrated the wedding of Prince Yeoning in 1704 with a grand and lavish party. Again, the ministries complained about the excessive favoritism the King showed to the Prince. And again, they were ignored.
But Yeongjo did not grow up as a typical spoiled, self-indulgent princeling. In fact, Yeongjo was known to be a child prodigy who became one of the greatest kings in Joseon history. People around him described him as an articulate, bright, benevolent and kind King. He was penetrating in observation and quick of comprehension. In addition, he was a deeply Confucian monarch. He was said to have had a greater knowledge of the classics than his officials.
In 1703, Queen Inwon adopted Prince Yeoning, who was known to be her favorite and whom she regarded as her own son. This adoption, while a common procedure to give increased legitimacy to an heir, brought about another bloody factional dispute that the opposing Soron faction lost. Years later, on his deathbed, King Sukjong supposedly expressed his order that Yeongjo officially be named Gyeongjong’s heir. However, in the absence of a historiographer or recorder, the Soron faction denied Yeongjo that elevated position, and King Gyeonjong never named him as such.
Nevertheless, four months after Gyeongjong ascended the throne, Yeongjo was installed as Royal Prince Successor Brother (wangseje) to handle state affairs, since the king’s weak health made impossible for him to manage politics. His fragile health left him with no energy or time to do anything significant in the four years of his reign. Instead, Yeongjo took over the required governmental duties of his half brother.

Was Yeongjo really a Gambler?
In the drama, Daebak the Royal Gambler, our young Royal Prince appears quite familiar with gambling houses and gaesang establishments…and enjoys partying. He gambles. He flirts. He laughs and plays and, finally, risks his kingdom in a game of chance.
But what is the historical truth?
By the time he was a young adult, Yeongjo had already escaped numerous threats to his life. More than once he had been accused of attempted treason and assassination attempts. Fortunately, his father and step-mother, Queen Inwon, often intervened to protect him and expose the plots against him. So, he was quite familiar with taking risks and gambling that he would survive.
For example, when the Soron faction failed to prevent Prince Yeoning from being named Royal Prince Successor Brother, members of that faction then came up with an idea to assassinate Yeoning under the cover of hunting for a white fox, said to be haunting the palace. Yeoning, however, became aware of the plot and sought shelter with his step-mother, Queen Dowager Inwon, who protected him. After that event he said to King Gyeongong that he rather would go and live as a commoner. In fact, several times over the four years of Gyeongjong’s reign, he requested permission to step down but was denied each time. Each time, he strategically gambled that his request would be denied.
It’s also quite true that Yeongjo was well known for leaving the palace incognito to walk among the people and visit the markets. He began this habit of walking amongst the people as a young prince. So, it’s probable he knew about the gambling houses and gaesang establishments. But did he visit them?
Considering that gambling was illegal, players had to be wary of strangers and continually change their games of chance or invent new ones to avoid being caught gambling. Would the young Prince have taken those risks? Not likely…but you never know with this exceptional Prince.
Yeongjo – the Brilliant King
During the reign of Yeongjo and his grandson Jeongjo, Confucianism was at its height, as well as the economic recovery from the wars of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Yeongjo, realizing the detrimental effect on state administration of factional strife during the latter half of the 17th century, attempted to end factional strife as soon as he ascended the throne.
Unlike King Sukjong who used factional strife to pull power away from his nobles and ministers and, thus, increase the authority of the King, Yeongjo sought to end it through a policy known as the "Magnificent Harmony" (Tangpyeong) or Policy of Impartiality, as noted above.
Yeongjo worried deeply for his people, even to the point of worrying that rain would ruin the harvest and forcing his unfortunate people to starve. As a result, the King ordered his courtiers to reduce taxes on the people and decrease the number of dishes in his own meals. Reducing the range of foods he ate was a decision made out of concern for his starving people.
Yeongjo's concern for improvement of the peasant’s life was manifest in his eagerness to educate the people by distributing important books in the Korean script (Hangul), including the Book of Agriculture. The pluviometre was again manufactured in quantity and distributed to local administration offices and extensive public work projects were undertaken. Yeongjo also upgraded the status of posterity of the commoners, opening another possibility for upward social mobility and inevitable change. Yeongjo policies were intended to reassert the Confucian monarchy and a humanistic rule, but they couldn't stem the tide of social change that resulted.

Yeongjo's reign lasted 52 years and was marked by his persistent efforts to reform the taxation system of Joseon, rule by Confucian ethics, and minimize or reconcile the factional fighting. In fact, his reign is considered one of the most brilliant in Joseon history.

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[ENG-SUB] Exclusive DAEBAK Interview: Jang Geun Suk, Yeo Jin Goo & More!

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[Trans] Tree-J Company Twitter, 2016-03-25

@treeJ_company [스페셜 선공개] 3월 26일 토요일 '대박' 미리보기! (출처 : 대박 | 네이버 TV캐스트)
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[Fashion] Jang Keun Suk sense of fashion- 2016- 03-26

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@JKS_Wardrobe [160325 PRODUCE 101 EP.10] @AsiaPrince_JKS wears:
☆ AM.WE Black Leather Jacket.
☆ THOM BROWNE White Checked Shirt. 


[Pics - PD notes #8] Daegil from SBS website drama ‘Daebak (The Royal Gambler)’

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