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  1. [Article] The Prince of Asia is back and ready to reign Actor Jang Keun-suk, also known as the Prince of Asia, is back. Best known for his roles in hit drama series “You’re Beautiful” (2009) and “Beethoven Virus” (2008), Jang held his first press conference on June 27 after completing his mandatory military service. In the online event, Jang revealed details about “2020 JKS Online STAGE Dreams,” a fan event which was scheduled to take place the following day on his YouTube channel. Jang wished to have a face-to-face meeting with fans, but instead had to hold the event online to adhere to social distancing measures. In the two years that have passed since Jang first began his military service, he’s still managed to keep his youthful looks, and it was clear during the press conference that he’s also maintained his unique sense of humor and thoughtfulness. The following are edited excerpts from the online press conference. Q :How do you feel about performing for your fans for the first time since being discharged from the military? A :To be honest, we’ve been discussing about holding performances and various projects since last year, but it’s become hard to find opportunities to meet up with the fans due to the coronavirus. Even for my fan meeting tomorrow, we had been preparing for six months, but as our circumstances changed, I wondered, “How can I proceed with this?” As it was the first time I was meeting fans after my discharge, I kept wondering, “What am I going to do?” Then I thought that even if there’s no audience, I want to create a space that feels like I’m in front of everyone even if everyone is at home. Q :What has changed the most after serving in the military? A :There have been many changes. The biggest one is that I have become healthier. My life was like riding a roller coaster since my debut. I was not healthy — physically or mentally. For the past two years, I would diligently go to work at 9 a.m. and come home at 6 p.m. It was the first time in my life that I lived like that. I felt more relaxed, and as my body became healthier, my mind did too. Another difference from two years ago is that I got older (laughs). Q :How did your fans cheer for you during the time you were away? A :I’ve been feeling sorry for my fans during the two years I’ve been away from them. That’s because I’ve always lived a busy life going back and forth between Korea and Japan, never taking a minute of rest. But for my two whole years of my military service, I was out of the picture. Sometimes, I hesitated about whether or not to post something on the fan pages or on my social media but decided not to. Perhaps it seemed like I was totally distancing myself from my fans, but I thought that was the right thing to do during the time of public service. Nevertheless, I saw all the messages left by my fans. Q :You must have missed your fans a lot — how do you feel about the so-called untact [a portmanteau of the prefix “un” and contact, meaning no contact] performance? A :The sound and the lighting effects will be different compared to when performing in an actual performance hall. Even the band has been minimized. An “online stage” sounds more appropriate than a concert or a fan meeting. I want to make the most of what we can do online and do my best. Q :Usually your calendar is jam-packed with travel plans. How do you feel about the current situation? A :It’s very sad and disappointing. But since it’s not only affecting this industry of arts and culture but everything else, I think we should all adapt to changes together. Q :Is there any message you want to send to your overseas fans? Do you have any plans to travel abroad? A :It’s a pity I can’t go meet my foreign fans when the whole world is fighting against Covid-19. I’m truly sorry. I’m looking for a way to visit my foreign fans. Q :Are you aware that many fans want your next work to be in the romance genre? A :I don’t have a specific work in mind. I just want to start something. I want to participate in a work that allows me to tell a story rather than me merely standing out as a protagonist. Right now I’m happy just reading any script. Having a script in my hand relieves the two years of thirst I had to act. Q :How do you feel about recently becoming independent from your mother’s agency? A :I feel like a newborn baby. I want to take my first step by starting a new project in a new agency as soon as possible. Q :Have there been any projects or roles that have stood out to you? A :I usually watch dramas when I work out. Recently I watched a drama series on Netflix titled “Extracurricular,” and the story was good and the new actors caught my attention. I couldn’t relax watching them, and thought I should train myself. I also watched a movie “Somewhere in Between” directed by Jeon Ji-hee. It’s not a big-budget movie, but when I saw actor Lee Dong-hwi acting, I looked back on my own life and asked myself, “Did I always want a flamboyant life?” as the life of the protagonist was so dry yet natural. Q :Is there another nickname apart from Prince of Asia that you’d like? A :I like being called an Asian Prince. It’s not overwhelming, but to continue being called that, I feel I should look after myself well. Q :How do you recall the last 27 years since your debut? A :I ask myself questions about this topic a lot while I’m sitting in traffic on my way to work, but I don’t want to recall yesterday’s regrets or yesterday’s glory. Looking back, I think, “You’ve lived a very good life.” Even when hardships came, I recovered well in my way. Q :Do you realize you are more recognized as a Hallyu [Korean Wave] star than an actor? A :That’s right, people do tend to see me as an entertainer. Now I think I need to find a balance. I introduce myself as actor Jang Keun-suk, but others see me as a Hallyu star. It is true that I’ve missed the opportunity to be seen as an actor. From now on, I think I need to know how to balance between being an entertainer and an actor. I want to focus on my position as an actor and how an actor should behave. At the same time, I will never forget to communicate with my fans. Q :Is there a particular piece you’d like to be recognized as your representative work? A :My filmography reflects the image of a Hallyu star. Maybe I wanted that. You’re not alone in a drama or movie, and perhaps I regret trying to do everything alone in the past. Now I want to be buried in the story, rather than outside it. I want to be that kind of actor who can sympathize with a good story. https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2020/07/01/entertainment/television/interview-fan-meeting-press-conference/20200701162600420.html
  2. [ENG-SUB] Jang Keun Suk’s Message for 2020 Birthday Photo Sharing Exhibition
  3. Some new comments of the viewers about Switch drama 1/ A very smart and fun drama and Jang Keun Suk's acting skill is just AMAZING! He played two characters with opposite traits but he did it amazingly well. He can switch characters and facial expression and body language in practically a second! The other actors and actresses also act very well, in short the drama has a wonderful and fitting cast! I wish to see more of them together again! Thank you! 2/ Excellent, I dare say it is the best I have ever seen, entertaining from start to finish. 3/ An excellent drama, great actors, an engaging story, Jang Keun Suk giving a performance show. I loved it! 4/ What a mind game! This drama is fantastic and keeps you pulled in with every episode. The actors and actresses are well picked and they do stunning work bringing the characters to life! Highly recommend watching this. cre: viki
  4. [News] Jang Keun Suk, Global Online fan meeting completion… Over 220,000 views Actor Jang Keun Suk held a fan meeting two years after finishing MS Jang Keun Suk held '2020 Jang Geun Suk Fan Meeting Online Stage_Mong (Dreams)' (2020 JKS FANMEETING Online STAGE_夢(Dreams)) and met with fans from all over the world, including Korea. The fan meeting was broadcast live all over the world with non-face-to-face live streaming to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infections. Fans who would have waited for his return more than any other country, from Japan, Mexico, India, Saudi Arabia, etc., from various countries regardless of time difference, accumulated cumulative views exceeded 220,000 times and proved the popularity of 'Asia Prince' again. Especially since it was the first meeting with fans officially after the release of the convocation, it was filled with more emotional moments than ever before. Jang Keun Suk responded with a lot of preparation for the long-awaited fans. Above all, the circular stage created a dreamy atmosphere in line with the theme of the fan meeting,'Dream', and communicated more closely with fans using multiple angle cameras. The camera rotated the 360-degree stage and spared the fan service that contained everything about Jang Keun-suk. Jang Keun Suk started with 'Melody Created Together' as his first song and digested 7 songs such as 'Turn off' and 'In My Dream' live, and instantly responded to sudden requests from fans, 'What should I do', 'Serenade', etc. Was presented. On the stage that we meet for a long time, the fans say, "If you're an actor who can do everything," Accordingly, as Jang Keun Suk reached out to the fans of the LAN as if he responded to the fans in the audience during the opening, the chat window flooded with fans sending lyrics. Jang Keun-suk said, "I'm pretty in my heart," and sympathized with the hearts of fans who couldn't face their faces. Jang Keun Suk's unprecedented talks revived the atmosphere in the talk about the past two years. He said, "I used the salary I received while I used to recharge the transportation card." All the fun, it attracted fans at once. Jang Keun Suk said, “My dream is you,” in the “Eel Dream” corner for the eel that refers to fans. “I don't know if someone is a dream, but I feel responsible. I will cherish it.” In addition, in the song'Let's Go Back Home', which he most wanted to sing to his fans, the impressive stage directing that seemed to sing against the sunset was in the spotlight. At the end of the show, when he said "I'm home," the fans were greeted with a "Sweet home". Lastly, he said, "I will walk hard." He revealed his longing for the fan. https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=109&aid=0004232694
  5. [News] Jang Keun Suk Talks About Upcoming Online Fan Meeting, Hopes For Next Acting Project, And More Jang Keun Suk participated in his first press conference since being discharged from the military. On June 27, Jang Keun Suk held an online press conference to talk about his upcoming online fan meeting, what he’s been up to since his discharge, and more. Regarding his fan meeting, he shared, “To be honest, we’ve been discussing performances and projects since last year, but it’s become hard to find opportunities to meet up due to the coronavirus. Even for my fan meeting tomorrow, we had been preparing for six months, but as our circumstances changed, I wondered, ‘How can I proceed with this?’ As it was the first time I was meeting fans after my discharge, I kept wondering, ‘What am I going to do?’ Then I thought that even if there’s no audience, I want to create a space that feels like I’m in front of everyone even if everyone is at home.” He continued, “Since this is the first time I’m trying this too, I don’t know how it will go. Although the sounds and vibrations won’t feel the same as an actual concert hall, I still want to convey the stories I wanted to tell and feelings I wanted to express.” When asked what’s changed the most since his military service, Jang Keun Suk answered, “I think the biggest change is that I feel healthier. Before, there were so many things that made life feel like a roller coaster, so my life in itself was irregular. I was not healthy, physically or mentally.” He added, “For the past two years, I would diligently go to work at 9 a.m. and go home at 6 p.m. It was the first time in my life living like that. I felt more relaxed, and as my body became healthier, my mind did too.” With a laugh he added, “I also aged two years.” Jang Keun Suk later apologized to his fans and expressed his admiration for them, saying, “I felt so sorry to my fans for the past two years. Before then, I hadn’t once taken a rest, and if I wasn’t in Korea, I was in Japan. I thought about writing a post on my fan club site but I didn’t. It felt like I was putting up a wall between me and my fans.” He further explained, “For the time being, I thought it was right that I do my best in the role I was given, but I felt so sorry. My fans said they wanted to send me chocolate on Valentine’s Day, but I told them, ‘I would appreciate it if you didn’t do anything that attracts attention from others.’ It wasn’t that I was rejecting their thoughtfulness. However, I did go on my fan site every day.” With his last drama having ended in May 2018, many are looking forward to Jang Keun Suk’s next acting project. He commented, “I really want to act in a project. These days I wonder, ‘What’s a project with a story that makes the entire project shine and fits well with me?’ and read scripts everyday. I’m happy that I’m still able look over scripts, and I like that I fall asleep while reading them before bed.” When asked if he feels pressure for his next project, Jang Keun Suk replied, “Not at all. I do want to be careful, but there’s no reason to think about the peripheral things. It’s my wish to meet a character that infiltrates into the story and is in tune with it. I’ve recently been having a lot of meetings with staff, and aside from the scale or cast of a project, I just want to feel the thrill of acting in front of a camera. Rather than find a specific character I want to play, I want to mesh into the story. I have a desire to play that kind of character.” At the end of the press conference, Jang Keun Suk commented, “Over the past two years, I’ve become much healthier, and it has been a huge turning point in my life. It was a time for me to organize my life goals. Although I want to become independent, make a new agency, and act a little more cautiously, I also don’t want to live without having fun. I want to discover ways to have fun and share that. With regards to acting projects, I want to start each one with a more careful mindset.” Jang Keun Suk’s online fan meeting streams on his official YouTube channel on June 28 at 3 p.m. KST. cre: https://www.soompi.com/article/1409586wpp/jang-geun-suk-talks-about-upcoming-online-fan-meeting-hopes-for-next-acting-project-and-more
  6. [News] Jang Keun Suk to meet fans after military discharge Singer and actor Jang Keun-suk announced that next week he will have his first online meet-up with fans since he was discharged from the military last month. The online event, titled “2020 JKS Online Stage_Dreams” will be held June 28 at 3 p.m., Korea time, through the celebrity’s YouTube channel PrinceJKS. Jang hasn’t had any meet-ups with fans in about two years, so those who have been waiting for his military service to end are getting excited about the news. The entertainer originally wanted to have an in-person meet, but continued concerns over the spread of the coronavirus prompted him to move the event online. During the event, he will share what he has been doing since the military discharge, and chat about other updates in his life for curious fans. He will also sing some of the most popular songs of his in Korean and Japanese. Credit: Korea JoongAng Daily
  7. [News]Jang Keun Suk To Make His Fans’ Dreams Come True With Online Fan Meeting Date ALWAYS KEEPING HIS DEAR FANS IN HIS HEART, JANG KEUN SUK MARKS A SWEET DATE THIS MONTH! The adoring actor announces an online fan meeting to create a special memory with his supporters. The 2020 JKS Online Stage 夢 Dreams will be unveiled on Jang Keun Suk YouTube channel at 3:00 p.m. KST on June 28. Youtube Jang Keun Suk: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwUx3PaoHL44WzU4OM9SmVA After greeting his fans with a radio show guesting after completing his alternative military service, the phenomenal artist gears up for a stage that will make up for his followers’ long wait. An event more special than ever, Jang originally intended to meet his fans live. However, to keep up with the social distancing policy, he proceeded to host a virtual fan meeting. The decision is also in consideration of the actor’s international fans who previously made quite a splash in welcoming the actor back. Wanting to communicate with more local and foreign fans through online fan meetings rather than limited locations, Jang intends to gift fans with an interactive online event. By utilizing the chat window option, it will bring him closer to his faithful fans. In this fan meeting, Jang Keun Suk will present song stages of his classic hits in Korean and Japanese. Sharing stories about his current situation as he catch up with what has transpired in his life is another key point to expect at the online fan meeting. https://www.hellokpop.com/event/jang-keun-suk-youtube-online-fan-meeting/
  8. "Switch" drama at the top ranking of TSUTAYA TV Unlimited Weekly Ranking Asian TV Drama in June - 2020 https://movie-tsutaya.tsite.jp/netdvd/vod/genreRankingPeriod.do?rankingType=free&period=weekly&genre1Cd=00013&pT=0
  9. "Switch" drama at the top ranking of TSUTAYA TV Unlimited Weekly Ranking Asian TV Drama in June - 2020 https://movie-tsutaya.tsite.jp/netdvd/vod/genreRankingPeriod.do?rankingType=free&period=weekly&genre1Cd=00013&pT=0
  10. "Weekly Women" Maz on 23 June 2020 Interview with Tae Kyung, and the latest visual of #Jang Keun Suk, who finished MS, is worth watching! cre: tw
  11. [News] Welcome Keun Chan….Japan still loves Jang Keun Suk, 70.000 viewers + dominated real time trend Jang Keun Suk proved his power as a Korean wave star in Japan. Prof. Jang Keun Suk, who runs the official fan club in Japan, "proven unchanged popularity by recording a total of more than 70,000 viewers and over 110,000 comments in the past live video feature broadcast online on the 23rd of last month." Said on the 2nd. In addition, on the day of the call release, the hash tag'#WelcomebackJKS,'' #Come back Geun-chan' ranked #1 and #2 on the Japanese Twitter real-time trend (user's top interests and silts)." Frau International said, "Jang Keun Suk is planning various contents that can be enjoyed even in the event of a Corona19 disaster for fans who have long waited for his return." The company is broadcasting 'Welcome to Jang Keun Suk' through Japanese video site Nico Nico. On the 20th June, 'Come back Geun-chan Special' will be broadcast through the same site. On the other hand, Jang Keun-suk entered the MS in July 2018, he works at the Seoul Fire and Disaster Headquarters, and on the 29th May, he completed military service as a social service agent. https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/311/0001155160
  12. Reading more comments about Switch from Europe They watch Switch in 2020: 1/ Super fun, so much that I see every day of all the recommended chapters, I hope and Switch have another season. 2/ I loved the series !!!!!! Very creative and humorous. I love Jang Keun Suk. Reading his biography on Wikipedia I learned that he has been working since he was 5 years old. In addition to being a wonderful actor, he is a great singer (see his videos on YouTube) And now he is also directing. Works very hard !!!!!! He has talent and a lot of perseverance. currently speaks Japanese and English !!!!!! Need more? 3/Magnificent series, funny in addition and full of suspense. I recommend it cre: viki
  13. Reading more comments about Switch from Europe They watch Switch in 2020: 1/ Super fun, so much that I see every day of all the recommended chapters, I hope and Switch have another season. 2/ I loved the series !!!!!! Very creative and humorous. I love Jang Keun Suk. Reading his biography on Wikipedia I learned that he has been working since he was 5 years old. In addition to being a wonderful actor, he is a great singer (see his videos on YouTube) And now he is also directing. Works very hard !!!!!! He has talent and a lot of perseverance. currently speaks Japanese and English !!!!!! Need more? 3/Magnificent series, funny in addition and full of suspense. I recommend it cre: viki
  14. [News] Jang Keun Suk Discusses Previous Dramas And Shares Future Goals Actor Jang Keun Suk spoke about the future of his acting career! On June 1, Jang Keun Suk appeared on “Kim Young Chul‘s Power FM.” This was his first official activity since being discharged from the military on May 29. When asked why he appeared on this radio show, he explained, “I kept listening to ‘Kim Young Chul’s Power FM’ on my way to work at 8 a.m. every day. It’s amazing that I’m on the show. Morning radio shows with a lot of energy like ‘Kim Young Chul’s Power FM’ are great. They’re amazing.” Jang Keun Suk also talked about what he’s been up to lately. He said, “[As a public service worker,] I would wake up at a set time and then go home after work. I’ve gained weight since I’d been sitting down too much. I thought this wasn’t right, so I’ve been working out every day since a year ago.” It has already been 29 years since Jang Keun Suk debuted as an actor. While talking about his former dramas, he mentioned his 2008 drama “Beethoven Virus,” saying, “Men liked it. They used to hate me, but (through this drama) they started to like me.” He picked “Hwangjini” as his most memorable drama and shared, “All my works are precious. At that time, I was able to refresh myself by going from a child actor to an adult actor through the drama.” Then Jang Keun Suk talked about his future plans, saying, “I felt bad to my fans for appearing in a production once every few years. If an actor doesn’t act, how can he continue being an actor? I want to continuously star in productions.” Lastly, the actor commented, “I’m not afraid of breaking and ruining myself when I do something. I can prepare for a new look. I’m not saying I’m going to derail. I’m an actor, but I want to challenge myself with [everything] from ‘producing’ to variety shows.” Are you looking forward to seeing Jang Keun Suk acting again? cre: soompi