Ceci Magazine Interview – Smiling Conqueror Joo Won

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When performing in dramas, movies and musicals, Joo Won always seeks continuous improvement. In real life, he is even kinder, more diligent and dedicated, winning every single person over with his unique charm. Probing into Korean actor Joo Won’s rational and emotional sides.

Ceci: Do you know which word has the highest occurrence rate in your interviews?

Joo Won: I do not know.

Ceci: ‘Kind’, ‘Decent’, ‘Hardworking’, Humane’, do you agree?

Joo Won: I don’t think I’m kind like an angel, so I feel embarrassed when these adjectives are used to describe me. There are times when I am angry and lose my temper. At some particular point when I sense that certain things could have been done better then I’m always determined to voice it out whether people like it or not. But when it really comes to the crunch, I will feel very pressured when I speak up.

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Actor Joo Won Interview -Thousands of Joo Won

Joo Won is a man who cannot be described in one word.

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Q: I have watched the movie <Fatal Intuition>. It seems a long time since you have acted in a suspense film, I am curious as to why you have decided to act in this movie?

A: The role of Jang Woo in <Fatal Intuition> was one which I have eagerly desired. Similarly, the movie required a person with an image like mine. The PD said this: “Would the audience be more interested if we used an exemplary role model who looks like very weak and delicate to create Jang Woo?” Wanted to show everyone a different side of me.

Q: Recently, there appeared numerous praises of “Undefeatable Joo Won”. When you hear such praises all round, would you develop a sort of uneasy feeling of having to hold on to this position? Or would you receive more motivation from it?

A: I received the motivation(laughs). I belong to the type who will perform better when I get praised. So, I often go to fan websites because my fans always praise me and give me courage and strength(laughs). I never read criticisms. Everyone is different. In any case, I am the sort who will be energized from head to toe and even walk on air when I hear praises.

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Joo Won: “Reason why I occasionally take the subway? It is so that I will not lose that usual child-like aspect of me.”

Recently in an interview with Focus News, Joo Won revealed the reason why he takes the subway.  After he wrapped up filming SBS “Ratings over 20% Yong Pal”, Joo Won showed a selfie on SNS of him taking the subway.

I thought “They shouldn’t be able to recognize me” or “That can’t Joo Won.” There were two school girls who recognized me. When they started to walk in my direction, I put my finger to my lips and made a “ssshhh” expression. Then they nodded their heads as they came over. After I quickly and silently signed their autograph, I requested that they ‘leave quietly”. Since then, whenever someone recognizes me, they will only bow slightly in acknowledgement.

Occasionally taking the subway is so that I will not change as time passes. I think the reason why I can enjoy my job so much and not be too affected by the pressure is because I have many childish aspects. Actually, I am the type who thinks and agonizes a lot. If I lose that child-like part of me, I may collapse under certain circumstances. So, it’s better to be pure and not have any distracting thoughts as I go about doing things.

Actor Joo Won is acting as Jang Woo who goes after his sister’s killer in the movie “That Guy” which opens in cinemas on the 28th. Restricted to audience above 15, length 109 minutes.

source: http://www.eto.co.kr/news/outview.asp?Code=20151031132050068&ts=134200#

Chinese translation: 時光日記簿 on Joo Won Baidu

English translation: mrdimples

“And the one reason for not responding to malicious rumours would be…” TV Report Interview

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If Ha Jung-Woo is the face of actors in their 30s, then Joo Won would be the face of actors in their 20s. On 28 Oct, “That Guy” premiered. Before then, Joo Won had already appeared in 7 different dramas and 5 movies. In between all of that, he had also appeared in musicals, with nary enough rest all this while. Keeping a busy schedule and working hard has distanced him from these malicious rumours.
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“I’m fundamentally childlike, in that I approach things with a level of innocence. I need to hear positive words of praise and encouragement in order to work well. Therefore I will certainly avoid reading negative messages.”
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“Whenever I got a break, I would start to feel restless. After filming for “Good Doctor” ended, I started rehearsals for the musical “Ghost” the very next day. I used to think that keeping unconditionally busy with continuous productions was a good thing. Today however, I’m beginning to realise, rest is also necessary.”
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Having been guided by the principal of “being as productive as possible”, Joo Won, who used to slog like a dog, has started to feel a change in himself as he approaches his 30s.
“Since the time I was in high school, I had never liked taking on similar roles repeatedly. While others wanted to play the lead, I would opt to play the role of the perverted old man. It’s the same with dramas. I want to show the audience different personas. Yet somehow over time I found myself developing a certain image. To me, at 29, this is the point where I feel I need to create that distinction in myself.”
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Joo Won will turn 30 in the coming year. As he prepares for enlistment then, he also plans to break free from his current image and looks forward to change. His choice of the starring role in “That Guy” was precisely to work on a character he had never played before.
“So I was asked, ‘Would you like to try being in a horror-thriller?’ Put that way, it did jolt me some. I was quite nervous before turning the cover on the script. I had gained weight for this role and definitely looked different, and my! I looked so gauche! But that was exactly the reaction I wanted (from others)! Haha!”
Do you look forward to presenting a different Joo Won with each production?
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“I find it amazing when actors are able to transform themselves to the point where they are unrecognisable. I admire them. Like how Christian Bale inAmerican Psycho was so different from him as Batman, and senior Song Kang-Ho’s absolute change in The Throne was both shocking and provocative.”
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“I hope that the future Joo Won will be well-rested physically and mentally. And when it comes time to choose my next project, that I will be discerning in what it is I want to do.”

Source: http://www.tvreport.co.kr/?c=news&m=newsview&idx=1000003002

Chinese Translator: Yu Hsing/Yoland, JWTC(Joo Won Taiwan Fan Club)

English Translator: gilaswan

i-Weekly Interview – Breaking Through The Mould Of An Introvert

How do you grow a talent

He counts amongst the hottest Korean male stars this year. In a world of abundant Oppas occupying the Hallyusphere, YongPali (The Gang Doctor) has broken through the 20% ratings threshold, putting it as the highest rated kDrama in 2015 to date. With a passion for work and a relentless schedule all these years, he has blazed a trail with most of his productions. Yet we hardly hear of him in the media. Often playing the genius though once taking on the role of a simpleton, who exactly is Joo Won? He would tell you, “I’m not one who is reckless or wild.”

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U-Weekly Interview- Joo Won.Serious.Prince of Ratings

Joo Won. Serious. Mic Bug. 

High praises for Kim Tae Hee

Gang Doctor (also known as Yongpalyi) ‘s Yongpal Kim Tae Hyun, remains smiley despite numerous obstacles. Real life Joo Won is a big boy who often displays shy smiles. While Kim Tae Hyun likes to glib talk, Joo Won answers questions seriously, definitely adding points.

Another group of reporters commented that Joo won replies are direct to the point and his manager does not intercept the questions. This is their easiest experience interviewing Korean stars so far.

Joo won previously claimed that he was very excited to work with Kim Tae Hee, more so than other actors. Is it because he also see her as a female goddess, thus looking forward to working with her?

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Joo Won- Magazine Giveaway!

We are giving away Singapore magazines featuring Joo Won to 5 lucky fans. All you have to do is submit your comment to this post on

  1. why you like Joo Won or what you like about him or
  2. your experience following Joo Won or
  3. what makes Joo Won special.

You only need to comment on one of the above topics but if it’s a mash up, no problem too ^^

Rules to note:

  1. JWCIFC reserves the right to decide on the winning entries.
  2. Deadline for submission is 26th October 2015 11.59pm (GMT+8)
  3. Your entry must be written in English and contains not more than 150 words.
  4. JWCIFC will not guarantee that we are able send to every corner of the earth but we will try. If your prize is lost in the mail, we are not liable to resend you another.
  5. We will only send to non-Singapore address BUT you can still participate for fun(just let us know you are from SG). Sorry, Singapore Joo Won fans, you can buy your own. We know how hard it is to get magazines featuring Joo Won outside of Korea. Since, mrdimples hails from Singapore, she thought this was a good chance for fans to get hold of one.
  6. Top entry will receive 2 magazines – English magazine 8 Days and Chinese magazine U-Weekly. Other winners will receive the Chinese Magazine. Although we thought English is a more universal medium, Chinese magazine U-Weekly has Joo Won on the cover and more pictures inside. (too bad 8 Days, you could have gotten way more sales but you missed the opportunity. I see a lot of U-Weekly flying off the shelf) And by the way, the U-Weekly article and interview beats 8 Days hands down 🙂 We may translate the write up if we have time.

Finding Alice in Wonderland in Yong Pal

by @bjvipb2uty

Preface by @mrdimples

Before Yong Pal aired, I translated a synopsis on Chinese Baidu which was translated from SBS official page for the drama. Here’s the excerpt:  

Although Chief Surgeon Lee witnessed the police chasing after Yong Pal and discovered Yong Pal/Tae Hyun’s real identity, he saved him instead.

Because Chief Lee has some other motives up his sleeves….so our Tae Hyun has become “Alice”, dragged by Chief Lee into the trickery that is happening in the weird world on the 12th floor of Hanshin Hospital.

This didn’t cross my mind again until our Korean translator brought it up. I told her about the mixed reactions international viewers have towards to change in plot from action for the first 6 episodes to a revenge driven story line in a bizarre chaebol world. She pointed out that it has always been in the synopsis from Day 1 and the reference to Tae Hyun as “Alice” in <Alice In Wonderland>. 

@bjvip2uty on soompi Yong Pal thread did a marvelous job in penning down the symbols and inferences found in <Alice In Wonderland> and its sequel <Through The Looking Glass> and their relation to Yong Pal.

When the Alice in Wonderland reference was brought up I started taking mental notes of little things I saw in Yongpal that reminded me of the book. Yeah, this is how I try to deal with Yongpal withdrawal.

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Yong Pal Timeline

by @gilaswan

Preface by mrdimples

@gilaswan created a fantastic timeline of events in Yong Pal which might help you in watching Yong Pal. Some viewers have a problem understanding the amount of time that passed between events. For example, one rant was that Tae Hyun was so absorbed with Yeo Jin that he plain forgotten about his sister Seo Hyun. The timeline will show that 3 days elapsed from when Tae Hyun got up from hospital bed to him going back to settle Seo Hyun’s overseas treatment.

Day 0 Show starts with TH out on a housecall. He returns to the hospital thereafter.

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