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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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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Joo Won in Singapore! Fan account

Fan account by Ma OO

10.10,1015 Joo Won Fan Meeting for Yong Pal

This is the day which I will remember for my whole life. I was finally able to meet Joo Won in real life although it was not as smooth as I wished to be. Nevertheless,who am I to complain? I am just so glad to see him.Almost upclose. Although there are 4 or 5 heads blocking in front of me.

Preparation for the day

I have a lot of ideas about gifts for Joo Won.A lot. But I was not able to do much due to my schedule. So in the end,I decided that I should just give him a jacket .So this is the one that I bought for him. And I added the 2 DIY movable eyes on the right side.Hopefully, he doesn’t mind.

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Joo Won: My Date Is My Ideal Marriage Partner

Source; Singapore Shin Min Daily News 新明日报

picture credit: ctfrsgp @mylittlehappyplace

Excerpt from source:

“Restricted Area” question which got answered without hesitation. “Hallyu Top 5 New Kings” Joo Won talked about his relationships: His date is his ideal marriage partner!

Very tall, with deep set dimples when he smiles, recently through <Gang Doctor> which garnered top ratings in Korea(it was also the top show on Starhub in Singapore), hugely popular lead actor Joo Won came to Singapore with his drama “sister” Park Hye Soo for a fan meet.

Joo Won appeared in western attire. In real person, he was very friendly, slightly bashful and perhaps due to the language barrier, he didn’t give much eye contact to the reporter or interpreter.

He would always incline his head, earnestly listened to the beautiful interpreter’s questions, pondered over them carefully and then gave detailed answers. His responses were very sincere.

Reporter was brave enough to ask him a question on “dream girl”. Private life questions are typically taboo for Hallyu stars, especially when it’s about relationships. The publicist at his side, who bore the responsibility, smiled and reminded that this “cannot be asked”. Who knew, Joo Won who does not speak English, understood the reporter’s key words “dream girl” (ideal partner). Although the reporter intruded into the “Restricted Area” for questions, Joo Won actually laughed and answered magnanimously.

“It’s hard to get into a relationship. When I see someone I like, I step back instead and carefully observe whether the other party is suitable for me. Is she the right one? I will think a lot. But if I have someone I like, dating is the prerequisite to marriage. To me, the one I date should be my marriage ideal. Because there are two sons in my family, I hope that my other half can get along with my parents just like a daughter would.

The reporter praised him for being a ‘good man’ and immediately gave him more points.

Through <Gang Doctor>’s fiery ratings, Joo Won got billed as “Hallyu Top 5 New Kings” together with Lee Min Ho, Lee Jong Suk, Ji Chang Wook and Kim Woo Bin. How does he feel about being promoted to “Hallyu New King”?

Joo Won answered earnestly: “I do not know how I got this title. Of course I would be happy. My life hasn’t changed, I will still focus on filming. But the expectations from the outside world would be raised and thus the pressure on me will be huge. But, I am still me, no change.”

Meeting Joo Won, I realized that he who’s a cut above the rest, does not have a slightest bit of arrogance.

Reporters:

陈韵红 chanyh@sph.com.sg

蔡欣盈 xyswa@sph.com.sg

Translation: mrdimples

Joo Won’s Press Conference for Yong Pal in Singapore 10th Oct 2015 – fan account by gilaswan

picture credit: @taehyung_tokki

Fan Account by @gilaswan

Joo Won’s press conference for Yong Pal in Singapore, hosted by ONE TV Asia @ Grand Park Hotel, Singapore on 10 Oct 2015 @ 1445h

Joo Won’s press conference to promote Yong Pal with ONE TV Asia was held in a private dining room within Mitzo Restaurant & Bar. The room had been cleared of its tables and in their place a small stage was set up with the ONE TV Asia Yong Pal backdrop. There were an estimated 40-50 people in the room, mostly from the press with some from ONE TV Asia’s media partners such as Starhub and Singtel.

At 3pm, Joo Won arrived through a side door to the room (one wonders if that door actually led to the stair well or some service passage because it was essentially the “exit” from the room) with Park Hye Soo, their interpreter (who was very pretty!) and ONE TV Asia’s host for the afternoon. The session started with the usual pleasantries – it was his first trip to Singapore apparently, and Park Hye Soo’s second (she had visited with her family before).

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