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......never stops...he always comes to us in new ways. ♥♥


Bae Yong Joon...He always comes to us in new ways.


Born in Mapo , Seoul, to Bae Yung (배영), Song Ki-Ok (송기옥, 宋基玉), he was educated in the in Il-mun preschool and Myung-il elementary, Bae was a very quiet boy with few friends. He eventually went to study in Baejae middle school and the Hanyoung high school . He has a sister, Bae Eun-Chuk (배윤축).

Name : Bae Yong Joon
Date of Birth : August 29. 1972.
Birthplace : Mapo, Seoul
Height : 181 cm
Weight : Flexible weight as altering the cast...
Blood Type : Type O
Family : Father, Mother, Sister
Religion : Roman Catholic
Graduated : Il-mun preschool/ Myung-il elem./ Baejae mid./ Hanyoung high./
attending to FTM(Film,TV&Multimeadia) in school of art of Sungkyunkwan University
Hobbies : Golf, Computer Games, Weight Lifting, Fishing, Reading and Watching Movies
Specialities : Golf, Swimming, Water-skiing, Snow-board, Bowling, Hopkido (martial arts) and Kendo
Favorite looks : Jeans, Gym suits, Headgear, Sun glasses Goals : Film director, professor
What his mom saw in the dream when pregnant : Blue Apple
Habits : take shower every free moments
Drinking Capacity : 2 bottles of Soju
Nasty habits when drunk : Getting Asleep

Ideal type : A wise girl in a word... (like Annette Bening)
Most Precious : Camera, Movie posters and diaries
Motto : Humane Life!
Merits : excellent analysis on characters - non distinguishable if it's he or the character
Respecting Actors : domestic - Ann Sunggee, Int'l - Robert Deniro, Al Pacino
Respecting Directors : Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock
Close Stars : Kim Taewoo, Kim Seungwoo, Kwon Ohjoong

1994 Salut d' Amour (Love Greeting) (KBS)
1995 Six Steps Towards Separation (KBS), Sea Breeze (PSB), A Sunny Place of the Youth (KBS)
1996 Papa (KBS)
1997 First Love (KBS)
1998 Bare Footed Youth (KBS)
1999 Have We Really Loved? (MBC)
2001 Hotelier (MBC)
2002 Winter Love Song (KBS)
2007 The Great King and Four Gods

2004 Untold Scandal
2005 April Snow

Special Project
2004 The Image Vol. 1

1995 KBS Drama Rookie and Photogenic Award
1996 KBS Drama The Excellent Actor Award & Popular Actor Award
1997 33rd Baeksang Popularity Award
2002 KBS Drama Best Actor Award & Popular Actor Award
2002 38th Baeksang Popularity Award
2003 Blue Dragon Popular Award & Best Newcomer
2004 Baeksang Newcomer Award
2007 MBC Drama Awards Grand Award; Popular Actor; Best Couple [w/ Lee Ji Ah]

source : BYJ's Quilt & arthistoryclub.com

Other BYJ Links
Official Website of Bae Yong Joon
BYJ's Quilt
Joon's Family
Baewatch Philippines
City of YongJoon
HermesYongJunBYJ Sweet Dreams

Where to contact / possilbe places to see Yong Joon when in Korea :

Gorilla in the Kitchen
650 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
tel: 82-2-3442-1688

Gorilla in the Kitchen Vicinity Map

BOF Office
BOF Cheongdam
Geumhwa Building
F16 41-2 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu
Seoul, Korea

Park BOF
to be updated later

website : www.bofkorea.com



Earlier CFs to 2004

There are too many CFs of Yong Joon and I'm still trying to compile them. For requests just let us know and we will be glad to post them for you.


Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata CF
Hyundai Sonata CF Making

Taster's Choice
Taster's Choice 2005 CF Making
Taster's Choice 2005 CF

Lotte Chocolate CF and making of CF
2005 Lotte Chocolate CF

Lotte Rummy & Baccus CF Making
2005 Lotte Rummy & Baccus CF Making

7 Color Asian Tea -Rainbow Version
7 Color Tea ~ Rainbow Version
Nanairo Acha ~ KRLinks Version

Pizza La CF
Pizza La CF
Pizza La Making

Kyeongnam Enterprises 2005
New Lotte Chocolate CF making film
LOTTE Almond Chocolate making film
LOTTE Almond Chocolate 2
LOTTE Almond Chocolate 1

MUST Read Articles

The Story Behind the Filming of “April Snow"
BYJ Exclusive Interview in AERA No.51 9/30 issue : PART 1
BYJ Exclusive Interview in AERA No.51 9/30 issue : PART 2
BYJ Exclusive Interview in AERA No.51 9/30 issue : PART 3
Mdm Tetsuko's Interview on 9th Sep 2005
Exclusive interview - pleasant mid-day conversation with Bae Yongjoon, the Asian heartthrob
EETV host blogged about her heart-stopping encounter with bae yong joon –
EETV host blogged about her encounter with bae yong joon
EETV host blogged about her encounter with bae yong joon – part 3/4
Dialogue of BYJ and his family at the Bun-gae 2005.9.11
Celeb Bodyguard: K-Stars are friendlier
Bae Yongjoon, as a Real Person, Seen for 120 Days
(Old Article)IMX Sohn: BYJ, Up Close & Personal
A report of BYJ's 3d Millate autographing session
Encountering Bae Yong Joon
Exclusive article : Talk by Ms. Kim Tei who was MC in BYJ fan meetings for three times
My experience with BYJ from Cine21
Why are we enthusiastic about BYJ??
A Letter for Joon - Nobody Can Be Like You
Pleasant mid-day conversation with Bae Yongjoon, the Asian heartthrob
In Yong Joon’s Own Words…
“Up-close & Personal Look at Bae Yong Joon by Mr. Sohn Il-Hyeon (33) of IMX
Bae Yong Joon Story# 1 to #4
Bae Yong Joon Story #5 to #8
[interview] from Yonsama to BYJ! He comes back this fall
Yon-sama, he doesn't belong to himself.
Bae YongJoon as a man who I watched .. by conductor of the concert
'BYJ in autograph event' written by another star's fan
'People who made BYJ'
For Our Eyes Only: His Devoted Love & Care for his Family
24/08/2005: Interview with BYJ & Director Hur
World of celebrities' manager
An Old But Pretty Good BYJ Interview
Bae YongJoon's colleage life that the professor told us
yong joon, all eyes are on you, it ain't easy, is it?
Yong Joon's Management Company ~ Boundaries of Forest (BOF)
Bae Yong Joon, 2004
An Interview with Bae Yong Joon~Easy Magazine 2003
Great brotherly (-sisterly) love! BYJ & his sister
The Warmth of the Night
Clearly in A Class of His Own, Talking about Bae Yong Joon
here's something that tells us > about fumi-san
Watching You is Happiness Enough
The Real BYJ Right Before Your Eyes [May 2004]
What type of person does Bae Yong Joon like ?
BYJ's body was like an uncut diamond
Bae Yong Joon as actor (Part 1)
Bae Yong Joon as Actor (Part 2)
Recommended Reading (Fumi Series; Part 26)
IMX Sohn Ilhyon Interview :What I aim for w/BYJ]
[Recommended Reading] Fumi's WLS Series - The Way Koreans Address Others
[OLD ARTICLE] BYJ, I read a lot of books like "How to Write Scenario"
A True Gentleman on-stage, but in Real Life, Yong Joon's very Mischievous!
[Trans] Love You, Forever...
Recommended Reading (Fumi; Part 28)
[Trans] Angel on Earth
Fumi Series : Analysis of BYJ 2005 Part 6
BYJ Fans by RootLeeDiary of A Reporter
Bae Yong Joon as actor
[Trans] Old magazine 2002...
[VOD & English Translation] 1996 Super Sunday Show
(Trans.) From Japanese Magazine'Josei Jishin' Interview with Mr. Sohn, President of IMX--Part 1
(Trans.) From Japanese Magazine'Josei Jishin' Interview with Mr. Sohn, President of IMX--Part 2
[Trans] Inside story on BYJ's photo album (the Women Joong-ang, Nov. 2004)
[Trans] Cine21(10/14/2003, No. 422) BYJ's Photocommentary on Untold Scandal ~ Written by BYJ
As an actor, what have I gained? That's a secret (Untold Scandal 2003)
Why do you love Bae Yongjoon so much? And do you still trust him?
[Trans] BYJ's Interview with the Monthly Chosun(May, 2004) Part 1
[Trans] BYJ's Interview with the Monthly Chosun(May, 2004) Part 2
[Trans] BYJ's Interview with the Monthly Chosun(May, 2004) Part 3
[Trans] BYJ's Interview with the Monthly Chosun(May, 2004) Part 4
[Trans] A Letter for Joon - Nobody can be like You
(Trans) SPUR March '05 issue-evolving BYJ (part 1)
(Trans)Interview with SPUR magazine (part 2)
From Korean Stars Cinemas & Dramas magazine vol. 02...(Interview with President)
[Trans+Pics] Straight from Pizza-La CF Shooting
Internet Interview with BYJ ~ June 1999
Translation of BYJ Interview (VOD) in Bali, year 2003
[Trans] VOD, SBS 2005 Aug 8th
BYJ's "He Story" on MBC in March 2002
[Trans] an interview 2002
BYJ, taking rest lying in a park in Paris (1996)
Searching for Yong Joon by Priscilla (www.hotelier2002.com)
Behind story of filming of 'Oe Chool as told by BYJ
It's Not Too Late to Grow Old Together
"He always has been the future of that period"
Interview with BYJ (Woman Donga)October 2005
The Story Behind The Untold Scandal: The Secret Meeting Between the Director Lee & BYJ
Unknowingly… I’ve fallen for you
From the Moment the Snowflake Fell
Natural person BYJ told by photographer Kim Taehwan (photographer of The Image)
[Trans] YJ ssi, can I do something for you.
Various April Snow Review
THAT FIRST SNOW - a love story inspired by joon (short Fanfic)
A piece of WLS future story...(Short Fanfic)
BYJ Interview [Woman Joongang]October 2005
[sPUR Special] " What was Real Bae Yongjoon like?"
[Trans] I love Lee MinHyung!! Part 1
[Trans] the real reasons I love Lee MinHyung ~ Part 2
[Trans] The Real Reasons l love Lee MinHyung ~ Part 3
(Trans) BYJ, an expert in hiding
[Translation] KBS 1-TV Star Docu-November 1 2005
Though I'm a man in my 40s, who used neither to see dramas nor to know BYJ...
[Translation] From AERA 9.30 ed. : Exclusive Interview with Kim Jong Hak (Prod. of The Great King Four Gods) Part 1
Korean Air In-flight Magazine Interview with BYJ
(Trans.) From AERA 9.30 ed. : Exclusive Interview with Kim Jong Hak (Prod. of GKFG) Part 2
(Trans.) From AERA 9.30 ed. : Exclusive Interview with Kim Jong Hak (Prod. of GKFG) Part 3
[VOD] LL's loving creation: yong joon without glasses!
[Trans: KOB 20310] Why did Bae YongJoon Choose HWRL
[Trans] - Use the word "Breeze" to describe BYJ
Boundaries of Forest (BOF)
(Translation) BYJ live interview at NetEase 11/12
[Trans]2005/11/11 press conference live report in detail - part 3 (End)
[Trans] Written in the 4th year of falling for YJ
[Trans] BYJ: I Pursue Perfection
[Trans] Postscript from the Beijing Press Conference
[Trans] Yong Joon-a, Have We Really Met?
[Trans] - Interview with South metropolitan newspaper 11/11/05
[Trans] BYJ's 48 Hours in Beijing
[Trans] BYJ & Zhang Yi Mou
[Trans] Zhang Wei Ping Talks About BYJ
[Trans] BJ Trip: Thousands Have Passed...
[Trans] - BYJ, we love you - by Chen Weiming (Chairman of ZhongBuo Media Corporation)
[Translation] Crockery used by Bae Yong Joon , is ready for action. (Chairman of ZhongBuo Media Corporation)
[Trans] - BYJ, we love you - by Chen Weiming (Chairman of ZhongBuo Media Corporation)
Time cannot take away your brightness
[Trans]BYJ Storm swept mainland China (Behind the scenes 1)
Yong Joon ssi and Ken Takakura - Two great actors!
BYJ Drunk
BYJ Storm Swept Mainland China (Behind the scenes 2)
[Trans] Yesterday, BYJ Tornado Swept Past (Beijing Trip)
Another behind the scene by a personal service attendant in Beijing Hotel Part 1
Another behind the scene by a personal service attendant in Beijing Hotel Part 2
My Oel Chul, My Beijing Trip: Going Out with Joon (by ethic) Part 1 : Airport 3 Hours of Waiting in the Cold for 3 Seconds of A Glance
My Oel Chul, My Beijing Trip: Going Out with Joon (by ethic) Part 2: Press Conference, Beijing Hotel
My Oel Chul, My Beijing Trip: Going Out with Joon Part 3: Returning from the Late Night Dinner Can’t Bear to Disappoint Us, You Do Feel Our Love… You’re Worth Waiting For
My Oel Chul, My Beijing Trip: Going Out with Joon Part 4: First Half of the Morning Right Before the Media Interview Loveyongjoon.com Stood Tall and Proud
My Oel Chul, My Beijing Trip: Going Out with Joon Part 5: Special Premiere for April Snow I’d Thought This would be a Perfect Ending, Never Dreamt that It’d be such a Perfect Highlight
My Oel Chul, My Beijing Trip: Going Out with Joon Part 6: The Perfect Send-off That Lotus Flower that’s in Full Bloom
[Trans] What Others Say about our YJ
[Recommended Read] AS Review by Shimizu Toshio
Park BOF
[Trans] Exclusive Interview with YJ from Movie Magazine
[Trans] Story Behind Dinner Party in Beijing
[Translation] BYJ as seen by Nikkan Sports !! (Editor's postscript)
Exclusive: BYJ Interview - I Feel Sorry Towards the Fans
[English Trans] BYJ's christmas card
Sharing a Fan's Voice from Africa
Treasured words from BYJ[QUIZ] If you give at least 5 correct answers, you are the first class fan of BYJ
[trans]Mr. Yang talks about BYJ’s life in Japan
From: “Memories of April Snow” written by Director Hur Jinho
[trans]Mr. Sohn reveals story of BYJ’s China visit
[First Love] Dispelling the Myth
[Trans] First Love - Stories Behind the Camera
Super Television – Special Program
[Trans] – On the airplane [with YJ - Satovic
Excerpt from “Memories of April Snow” written by Director Hur Jinho ~ BYJ seen by Hur
Yong Joon, The Lone Wolf…And… What were you doing when you’re 24?
1996 - 1997, What a Year! & Lost Opportunity on the Silver Screen!
Barefooted Youth Part 1 of 2: He Learnt his Lesson about Keeping Healthy
Barefooted Youth Part 2 of 2: Forever Young, Forever Beautiful, Yong Joon
<Translation> What Jae-Ho Left Behind
101 stories about Yongjoon-nim,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,by Verimoti-nim
[Magazine]《COSMO》 2006.02- BYJ,Perfect lover !
BYJ: When it comes to acting, my heart’s with the East
(Trans.) From:AERA 9.30.2005 Special Interview with Director Lee Woonjing 'First Love'
Additional Interesting Parts on Winter Sonata
Along with BYJ....(Nov. 11~13, 2005) Beijing
[Recommended Reading] fumi's analyzing yon-sama - part 73
[sharing] Recommended Reading (Fumi; Part 19)
[VOD + Trans] Andre Kim Fashion Show in Australia w/ BYJ & CJW[MBC] April 02
[Old Magazine] Vogue Girl 5/2002
[Life & Dream] December 2005 Theme Issue- Why BYJ?
[sharing] Recommended Reading (Fumi; Part 11)
[sharing] Recommended Reading (Fumi; Part 28)
[Trans] I Like...
[Trans] fumi's BYJ report - 76 [abt info tech, jo hashaishi, dir kim, and gkfg]
[Trans] fumi's BYJ report - 78
[Translation] Interview with Yong Joon in his Home
Want to tell those who think ‘Yon-sama is unpopular in Korea’ ~ PART 1
Want to tell those who think ‘Yon-sama is unpopular in Korea’ - PART 2
Want to tell those who think ‘Yon-sama is unpopular in Korea’ - PART 3
Why BYJ is so special to me.
Why are people attracted to BYJ...
"(I never thought) I would be harrassed by paparazzi in Korea also...", Perplexed top star BYJ
BYJ "I would like create Asian cultural community"
Excerpts from Nikkei Business 2006.3.20 issue: BYJ, an Assasin from Image Producing State
BYJ SYNDROME by jaimez
BYJ in Real Life as seen by President Sohn
Part2 - BYJ in Real Life as seen by President Sohn
#3 BYJ in Real Life as seen by President Sohn
#4 - BYJ in Real Life as seen by President Sohn
More about YJ from Sohn...
the jaeho challenge...by happiebb
From:a Jpns magazine "I Love Korean Dramas! ¨: BYJs Intellect and Sensibility seen in his favorite books (No.1)
From : a Jpns magazine "I Love Korean Dramas!” : BYJ's Intellect and Sensibility seen in his favorite books (No.2)
From:a Jpns magazine "I Love Korean Dramas! ⑩”: BYJ's Intellect and Sensibility seen in his favorite books (No.3) Sequel from No.16414
From:a Jpns magazine "I Love Korean Dramas! ⑩”: BYJ's Intellect and Sensibility seen in his favorite books (No.4)Last
What did HWRL Mean to Yong Joon, & How did it Influence Him
The Lone Wolf All Over Again…Yong Joon, the Student
GQ Interview(Translation) by Fumi
[bB's version] GQ Interview
A postscript of the editor of GQ Korea
BYJ seen by Maestro Seikyo Kim
The Image – Looking Through an Expert’s Eyes pertaining to his photobook
Gone Fishing...
[Oldie but Goodie] The Real BYJ
Expression which falls from a camera
The Man Behind BYJ is also a Handsome Man! a blog entry by bb about Mrg Yang
some interesting facts about yong joon
BYJ kept promise he had made 10 years ago to a manager
BYJ’s Dec 2003 1st Message
BYJ’s Dec 2003 2nd Message
hotelier: comeback after 2 yrs
hotelier: the comeback [part 2/2]
[oldie] interview during hotelier days
Are you a "Hotelier" fan? Here's a trivia about the Jaguar ~ How many times does the Jaguar appear in the drama?
Face/Aura Reading of Korean actor Bae Yong-Joon
The Story Behind The Untold Scandal: The Secret Meeting Between Director Lee & BYJ
I've Gone to the BYJ Library
BYJ visit to Australia in 1995
BYJ, "I thank my family."
a little story about a big man...
Goodbye My Love...
why are people drawn to BYJ?
BYJ's trip to Canada and Australia in 1997
IMX President Sohn reveals Yonsama’s thoughts
BYJ's trip to Canada and Australia in 1997
Interview with IMX President Sohn
Satovic Meets BYJ Part 1 of Chapter 1
Supplement photos from happiebb
Satovic Meets BYJ Part 2 of Chapter 1
Satovic meets BYJ Chapter Two – Part 2
Satovic meets BYJ Chapter Three
Satovic meets BYJ Chapter Four
[Photos] Yong Joon's Chest and Abs
BYJ's 2nd Marriage Speech
WLS - a legend is born [part 1/2]
WLS - a legend is born [part 2/2]
The Second Wave
[black & White Photos]Taken by BYJ
[OLD ARTICLE] BYJ.."I wonder if you like contrabase among musical instruments?"
Bae Yong Joon ~ Loneliness can’t get close to this man…
97.7.15 ~ BYJ in Guam
BYJ, "I forgot about my birthday"
“Bae Yong Joon was different from others since he first became a star.”
New face BYJ getting attention as lead actor in KBS's Salut d'Amour-'95 new leader
The Real Bae Yong Joon Seen Through the Staffs of “April Snow”
The Real Bae Yong Joon Seen Through the Staffs of ‘April Snow’ Part 2
The Real Bae Yong Joon Seen Through the Staffs of “April Snow” Part 3
The Real Bae Yong Joon Seen Through the Staffs of “April Snow” Part 4
A letter written and signed by our Yong Joon
[Old Photo] BYJ's Dressing Room
Our Yong Joon in kindergarten
Yong Joon and I were neighbors
(Magazine) Cosmopolitan 2006.02 ~ BYJ, Perfect Lover!
YJ can be a hotelier!
BYJ as told by Ms. Kim Haesook
The Real Story Behind the MV* “Goodbye My Love” Starring BYJ
[old trans] Love of Asia, Part 1 of 4
[old trans] Love of Asia, Part 2 of 4
[old trans] Love of Asia, Part 3 of 4
[old trans] Love of Asia, Part 4 of 4
[Trans] BYJ – by World’s most popular blogger
118 minutes with BYJ
Stories Leslie Kee Shared at the Exhibit
How can we not love such a person? ~ a fan sharing
the study of byj: why women loved him so blindly
byjglobal's sharing: my cheongju story ~ a fan sharing
Why do you like BYJ? By Markus [a male fan]
Dear Markus nim, you have asked why we like BYJ, haven't you? ~ by a korean fan, water
BYJ "Ideal Woman is Smart Type"
President Sohn's talks about BYJ & "First Love"
Yong Joon on Dec.4,2006
Bae Yong Joon, wise third-daughter is the ideal type
[Old Article] Star Prism > Bae Yong Joon [Joong ang Ilbo 1997-01-04]
"Thank you, Yon-sama", A story of BYJ giving hope to a fan fighting against breast cancer
Please stay there for 5 seconds! ~ another fan sharing
President of IMX, Mr. Sohn Ilhyeong talks to Nikkan Sports ~ another one
photographer kim talks about YJ
[Trans] from the eyes of reporters (1/6)
[Old Trans 2004] AERA postscript about david
[Trans] from the eyes of reporters (2/6)
[Trans] from the eyes of reporters (3/6)
[Trans] from the eyes of reporters (4/6)
[Trans] from the eyes of reporters (5/6)
[Trans] BYJ, from the eyes of six reporters [6/6]
Photographer Leslie Kee Reveals Plans for ‘New Photo Album’ & Secrets of Photo Shoot
yonsama's hairstylist
[trans] Sancheong story by Aragoeul 아라고을 ~ another fan sharing
Movieweek :When BYJ was 26 years old by GQ editor (No.1)
Movieweek :When BYJ was 26 years old by GQ editor (No.2)
Movieweek :When BYJ was 26 years old by GQ editor (No.3)
the article in MARCH 2007's GQ KOREA
When I saw Bae Yong Joon first time ~ anther fan sharing
BYJ's Car
Another Way to Love Series from It's Koreal
::The Loneliness of Shin Dong Hyuk by Mukayama Masako
::The Four Hot Guys Who Add Color to Winter Sonata by Matsuyama Junko
::Sung Chan Woo He Lives for His Family Based on the Word “Endure” by Nakano Yuko
::Cho Won- What Was Seen by Removing His Glasses by Nakashima Kei
::BYJ vs In-Su by Hachiban Kaoru
korean hotelier PD talks...
Long as well as short afternote..♡
my younger brother... a star
Discovered! Yong Joon-san’s 24 Secrets - We Don’t Overlook Anything
Ways to Love Yonsama
::Chapter 1 – Unconditional Love from His Days as an Unknown
::Chapter 2 – Obsessive About Acting, "Actor's Love"
::Chapter 3 – From Afar, Concern for Each Other "Teacher-Student Love"
::Chapter 4 – Female Classmate Companion Love
::Chapter 5 – Entrusted with the Care of His Skin, Reliable Love
::Chapter 6 - From Nature "A Healing Love" Makeup Artist, Jung Saem Mool
::Chapter 7 - Making His Surroundings Happy 'A Smiling Love' Dentist, Kim Soh Kyung
::Chapter 8 - A Lesson Learned in Solitude 'To Love Love'
::Chapter 9 – A Genuine 'Love of Volunteerism'Hyelim-Won Orphanage Director, Im So Hyun
::Chapter 10 Yonsama and His Fans Expand 'Love Through Mutual Aid'
::Chapter 11 - From His ‘Father’ a “Scolding and Encouraging Love”
::Chapter 12 To a Respected Senior 'A Good-Mannered Love'
::Chapter 13 Connected by Music and a “Love of Music” - April Snow Music Director Cho Sung Woo
::Chapter 14 – A Trusted “Telepathic Love” Photographer Kim Tae Hwan
::Chapter 15 – A Love Received is a “Love Returned” Film Critic Kim So Heui
::Chapter 16 – Forever Eternal “A Natural Love” Entertainment Reporter Soh Byung Ki
::Chapter 17 – Japanese Korean 'Love Link' Producer, Kim Jin Hee
::Chapter 18 – A Straightforward 'Friend’s Love' Program Writer, Kim So Yeon
::Chapter 19 Shows No Favoritism - “An Impartial Love”Location Caterer, Choi Soo Yeon
:: Chapter 20 – Impassioned “Family Love” Cho Yeo Suk (kaulyoja KOB)
[Trans] song il kuk's mom is a bae fan!
Acting Coach, Kim Jae Yeop, Speaks
What has Jaeho Left Behind...?
Another name for Endurance... Strength
[Trans] Interview: Composer Joe Hisaishi
philip on wuri yong joon
[Trans] lee philip: he's like a brother
[Trans] a reporter's view: from WLS to TWSSG
Several thoughts on BYJ that come to mind while reading recent (newspaper) articles
[Trans]BYJ’s acceptance speeches for the popularity and best couple award.
BYJ's Speech and Interview during the 2007 MBC Drama Awards [with gifs]
[Trans]2007 MBC drama award re BYJ’ speech segments in full
Lee Mi Sook: “BYJ is a Perfectionist”
[Trans] PD kim: TWSSG 2 with YJ...
What is the Value of Yonsama’s Handwritten Letter from His Eary Days
Forever prince in our time 'BYJ'
Lee Sa Gang and Kim Tae Hwan Talk About Their Special Bond with BYJ
TWSSG, Kim Jong Hak’s Production Staff Speaks about BYJ and E Ji Ah
(Trans) BYJ’s love for his fan
Interview with Yun Sang Ho, TWSSG Director
"BYJ is a man with a keen sense of honor(loyal to people)", Director Yoon Sangho praised him in the highest possible terms
Kim Hae-sook talks about BYJ
Kim Jonghak PD "BYJ is the best actor I've met"
the 10 byj commitments
YJ is worth his value
fumi on why AS bombed
Kim Seungwoo said, ‘BYJ is no longer a simple actor.’
[Trans] A fan's account at JFK airport
[Trans] ami's brief YJ encounter [in NY]
[News Trans] See the human side of Yonsama, Bae Yong Joon
The Man with the golden touch[New Paper]
[Trans] YJ's message
In Touch with the Hearts of Family Just by Exchanging Glances
[Trans] SANKEI EXPRESS:Interview w/BYJ who completed shooting w/strong responsibility (No.1)
'i've learned two thing through twssg...'
Yonsama, “The Dream 80 Minute Interview”!
(Trans) How cute wuri YJ's grandma is
[AERA Interview] Evolution of BYJ
Go Figure courtesy of Frances
[Trans] story of an autograph
[Trans] the bond betw YJ & the gods 1/2
[Trans] the bond betw YJ & the gods 2/2
[Trans] brands that yonsama uses
[Trans] TBS program 2008/07
[Trans] that vogue interview [09.08]
Nikkan Sports BYJ 06-08 > BYJ Speaks out on Thoughts Embedded Deeply in his Heart
[Trans] nikkan after thots > The Reporter's Afterthoughts after the BYJ Interview
[Trans]Hello, Family. This is Bae Yong Joon.
[Trans] lady kyunghyang interview > BYJ Talks Eloquently about His Injuries, Discord Among Staff and Marriage
Entertainment business anatomized: BYJ - Talent’s ability to attract fans
[Trans][GQ Japan Oct 08]The Inherent qualities of BYJ are fondly admired even by men
[Trans] My younger brother's thoughts on seeing YJ...
[Trans] I saw Bae Yong Joon at Inchon Airport.
(Trans) Yonsama, the most sparkling star I've ever met!
BYJ is the nominee of the Cultural Award.
How Much? Hallyu Star BYJ
Yonsama, Amazing Strategy to Eat Ramen “People Stand in Line For”
BYJ’s 7 Possible New Career Changes
Bae Yong-jun in New Ambassador Role
[News Trans]BYJ, ‘I’ll work harder to attribute to the Order that I am going to receive.’
Lee Ji Ah : "Bae Yong-Joon deserves a cultural medal."
Bae Yong-jun Appointed 2010-2012 Promotional Ambassador
(Trans) World of celebrities' manager [Legendary 'BYJ's gift']
'Drops of God' Relationship Map & Character Description
BYJ shares his aspirations after receiving the National Order of Cultural Merit (AREA Japan 3rd of Nov)
The Significance of Yonsama’s Pinky Ring?
[Trans] his 40 NGs
The “$300 Million Economic Impact” Smile Which Even the Korean Government Depends Upon!
The Big Bang Known as BYJ
[Trans] from a TV producer
Early time - YJ's English Lessons....
[Trans] early korean reports on YJ

Photos and Artworks
Collection of Pallet's Damdeok Artwork
Photos from The Classics
Still Shots from Shinhan Finance
Nagajun's Damdeok Artworks
Cultural Awards Photos [1] [2]
Megane Still Shots [1] [2]
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The Face Shop Photos [1] [2]

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Will be keeping track of my megauploads here.. I think I will be compiling the rest of the videos under this post as well. So all the video links will all be under one roof. Will try to categorise them as per event/ad.. much easier.. :) Hopefully megaupload's links will not expire.

[ : : Okie... eventually Megaupload also disappointed me but it's all understandable, who offers anything for free forever anyways? So decided to move them to YouTube.com! Give me some time to get all videos uploaded and links updated.. so stay tune!! Those with 'UP! means they are the updated ones. Do PM me if there are any missing links! ;) : :]

Psst: BTS = Behind The Scenes

: : His Drama Works : :

2002 - Winter Sonata (also know as Winter Love Song)

Scenes from WLS

A Sweet & Happy Scene on Snowy Mountain in WLS (fr. Joonsfamily posted by Rosiebaba)



The Saddest Scene (in my opinion).. where Jun Sang left Yu Jin at the beach house



Scenes that will bring back WLS memories to you (fr. Joonsfamily posted by Tiffany)



Trailer of Winter Sonata in Taiwan



BTS + NGs (Hilarious, a must-watch!)






















































(NG of the Snowman making scene) [uP!]








(Recommended, coz Yong Joon looked so cute and cheeky in there!! ) [uP!]


(BTS of the Concert at Yong Pyong Ski Resort) [uP!]


(BTS scenes plus Ms Hong and the famous WLS scarf) [uP!]


(Rare footages of the BTS of WLS in Nami Island) [uP!]


(BTS of the scene where Jun Sang and Yujin first met at Jun Sang's office) [uP!]


(One of the most complete BTS vidz, highly recommended!) [uP!]



MVs of Winter Sonata

WLS MV of 'It Ji Ma' (Don't Forget) by Ryu - ver.1



WLS MV of 'It Ji Ma' (Don't Forget) by Ryu - ver.2 (with chinese subs)



WLS MV of 'It Ji Ma' (Don't Forget) by Ryu - ver.3 (good quality with chinese subs)



WLS MV of 'Chuh Eum Boo Tuh Ji Geum Gga Ji' by Ryu - ver.1



WLS MV of 'Chuh Eum Boo Tuh Ji Geum Gga Ji' by Ryu - ver.2 (KTV ver. with korean subs)



WLS MV of 'Chuh Eum Boo Tuh Ji Geum Gga Ji' by Ryu - ver.3 (good quality with chinese subs)



WLS MV of 'Moment' by Ryu



WLS MV of 'My Memory' by Ryu (good quality with chinese subs)



WLS MV of 'Bo Nael Soo Uhb Neun Sarang' by Kim Wan Sun (good quality with chinese subs)



WLS MV of 'Fu Qing Shu' by You Hong Min - ver.1 (chinese song by a Taiwan singer)



WLS MV of 'Fu Qing Shu' by You Hong Min - ver.2 (chinese song by a Taiwan singer)



Misc Vidz related to WLS

Introduction of the first scene's location where Jun Sang and Yujin alighted off the bus (from Japanese WLS DVD)



Interview with PD Yun Seok Ho and some cast members including Yong Joon



Interview with PD, CJW & BYJ at Jun Sang's new house scene's location



Interview with Cast Members



Interview with PD Yun Seok Ho



Interview with CJW & PD Yun Seok Ho on Japan's NHK Show (with some BTS)



Interview with BYJ on Japan's NHK Show

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLGDMClT7gM [uP!]

ETN News on WLS (not too sure of the actual topic though)



Some news reporting on WLS's merchandise, drama's outfits..etc



Some guys trying to mimick WLS scenes (can't understand Korean, it shld be something funny)



Full version on the old couple mimicking WLS scene at KBS award (this is hilarious!)



Taiwan entertainment news on KBS Award, including a short scene of the old couple mimicking WLS



: : His Movie Works : :

2005 - April Snow

April Snow Trailer in Japanese

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9OJP4EQW

2005.08.19 to 2005.08.21 - AS Tour to Taiwan

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Arrival at CKS airport on flight KE691 (1) (v849810)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UYPN60QK

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Arrival at CKS airport on flight KE691 (2) (v849811)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AYRCS4OG

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Arrival at CKS airport on flight KE691 (3) (v849860)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HOIP5DSZ

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Fans' Act in Greeting Yong Joon (v849813)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=I5LSR8KE

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - 70-year-old injured in attempting to see Yong Joon (v849814)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1PX3SLDN

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Yong Joon's arrival at the Grand Hotel (v849816)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NEJJ4ZRN

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Report on Fans Waiting at Hotel (v849822)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=C90G7CFI

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Report on Charges to Events' Admissions 1 (v849823)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=M0IKWH7A

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Report on Preparations for His Arrival (v849834)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=81SIT49R

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Report on Charges to Events' Admissions 2 (v849837)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=45Q47M89

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Report on His Fans (v849844)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=G9NJGN6D

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - BYJ's first meal in Taiwan (v849846)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=C1DWQHJY

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - BYJ's meeting with the media (v849848)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1C10KZTA

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Fans interviewed for jobs at hotel to get closer to him (v849849)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=B91EHQB7

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Press Conference at Grand Hotel 12F (1) (v849850)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=58LWDDE0

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Press Conference at Grand Hotel 12F (2) (v849851)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9U4QCZON

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Press Conference at Grand Hotel 12F (3) (v849852)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VQ68SC2Z

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Press Conference at Grand Hotel 12F (4) (v849853)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=JVLYQDIG

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Press Conference at Grand Hotel 12F (5) (v849860)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZK85WAI5

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Report on Yong Joon's charm to media during the press conference (v849892)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=P518L53L

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - All about Yong Joon's translator (who ppl said she looked like Jeon Ji Hyun)(v849887)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=15NBCW3P

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Report on Senior Taiwanese actor Ms Wang at BYJ's press conference (v849893)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3MDL5766

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Media Reporters in Preparation for Yong Joon's arrival (v849861)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FSA363ID

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Special food preparation for Yong Joon (v849865)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8FJ18LHG

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Report on fans' craziness over Yong Joon (v849868)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YHHIIZA0

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Report on Yong Joon's diet regime (v849869)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=JU56EH0S

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Report on Yong Joon's elementary (primary) school days (v849957)


2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Reporter's visit to Yong Joon's High School (1) (v849877)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8CMNSHE6

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Reporter's visit to Yong Joon's High School (2) (v849937)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=W3JN6QSB

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Young Yong Joon, as his teachers recalled (v849878)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=JES6RK4E

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Reporting on the young Yong Joon of 14 years ago (v849907)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=E7L17AUL

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Fan's craziness over Yong Joon (v849879)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=02ELX61E

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Yong Joon attending the hand-printing ceremony (1) (v849880)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5TB0EAS1

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Yong Joon attending the hand-printing ceremony (2) (v849891)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GFW3CQAV

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Yong Joon attending the hand-printing ceremony (3) (v849909)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KH93YUVU

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Increased Security at Yong Joon's arrival (v849894)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VZWEIRHD

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Yong Joon having dinner at 'Ding Tai Feng' restaurant (v849909)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6NQM89YV

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Yong Joon's return back to Grand Hotel after dinner (v849912)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DH9N9AUC

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Yong Joon's return back to hospital after visiting a fan's mum (v849940)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DKJHPUN5

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Yong Joon's fans and their craziness on him (v849948)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=R8XY9GGN

2005.08.19 - Taiwan Visit - Yong Joon enjoying various cuisine (v849962)


2005.08.29 to 2005.09.08 - AS Tour to Japan

2005.08.29 - Japan Visit - "Secret" Arrival at Narita Airport

- mms://newsvod.sbs.co.kr/nw/0121/nw0121c092114.asf

- http://www.geocities.jp/tomato99_829/byj20050829.asf

2005.09.05 - Japan Visit - Departure Day 1


2005.09.05 - Japan Visit - Departure Day 2


2005.09.09 - Japan Visit - Tetsuko's Room with BYJ (talk on his dogs)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=F90R64QD

2005.09.09 - Japan Visit - Tetsuko's Room with BYJ aired on 9 Sept '05 Part 2 (120MB!)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SMHHYDRV

2005.09.09 - Japan Visit - Tetsuko's Room with BYJ aired on 9 Sept '05 Part 2 (120MB!). English translation by HappieBB

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6QSY5DN7

(I think there were 3 parts but this is the above is 2nd. Will uploaded once I have the 1st part)

2005.09.09 - Japan Visit - Tetsuko's Room with BYJ aired on 9 Sept '05 Part 3

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QDF7II6F

2005.09.09 - Japan Visit - Tetsuko's Room with BYJ aired on 9 Sept '05 Part 3. English translation by HappieBB

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QP5C0E3G

1994 - BYJ's Debut Movie

Clip showing his debut as a actor (1)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8BXRBIXL

Clip showing his debut as a actor (2)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3PE9KAGR

: : His CFs : :

2002 - Hantu Tams

2002 - Hantu Tams Ad No. 1

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LBSRG6VL

2002 - Hantu Tams Ad No. 2

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EASIA4HQ

2002 - Hantu Tams Ad No. 3 with Kids

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VYTDZ9VX

2002 - BTS of Ad No. 3 with Kids dated 8 Mar 2002 (including a short interview)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8HXAK2KW

2004 - Daihatsu Mira

2004 - Ad of Daihatsu Mira No. 1

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HWRQC6E1

2004 - Ad of Daihatsu Mira No. 2

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CWWCQ72Q

2004 - BTS of Daihatsu Mira dated 12 Sept 2004 (1)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XGWEI1V5

2004 - BTS of Daihatsu Mira dated 14 Sept 2004 (2)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=13FNKKEO

2004 - BTS of Daihatsu Mira dated 14 Sept 2004 (3)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BHKAS3OC

2004 - BTS of Daihatsu Mira (4) (shared by Frances on Soompi)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HV6MN5M0

2004 - Lotte Flavono Gum

2004 - Ad of Flavono Gum

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KLXEKYRH

2004 - BTS where Yong Joon had difficulty pronouncing "I Like Flavono" in Japanese (shared by Frances on Soompi)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IQTWD5SX

2004 - BTS

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=F1M51NCQ

2004 - BTS

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VD3BM77J

Fan Artwork combining both Yong Joon's Flavono Ad & Ji Woo's Flavono Ad together

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L5FI2QO8

2005 - Lotte Flavono Gum

2005 - Ad of Flavono Gum

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2ZG21MUR

2001 - JM Global

2001 - CF

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YDR8ZF1B

2002 - JM Global

2002 - CF starring Choi Ji Woo

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CDSID39Y

2002 - BTS + NGs

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HCDC429Y

2002 - Greetings from YJ (it shld be on JM Global though I dont understand Korean)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8NIN6UZ9

2001 - Old & New

Fall Season - BTS (1)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=STH5F28V

Fall Season - BTS (2)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3NP28JKW

Winter Season - BTS (1)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CNC2A0CO

Winter Season - BTS (2)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WOJM5U1C

2002 - Old & New

Spring Season - Flash work made by a fan, consist of BTS too

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EJXG4LNW

Summer Season - BTS (1) includes a short greeting

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N91GLCIQ

Summer Season - BTS (2)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DUVOLUUS

Summer Season - BTS (3)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BLUX30ZI

Summer Season - BTS (4)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SF7UIRHT

Fall Season - Meet-the-Fans and Autograph Session 1

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=U6FOVUBO

Fall Season - Meet-the-Fans and Autograph Session 1

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XOXHOJ9A

Fall Season - BTS and Interview

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DIBN13VI

2003 - Old & New

Spring Season - Meet-the-Fans and Autograph Session

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1IK6L2NZ

Summer Season - BTS and Interview

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Q4EBJY21

Fall Season - BTS

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1M38BYO6

Winter Season - BTS (with Chinese subtitles)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WUDJSG2G

2004 - Old & New

Spring Season - BTS

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PA419UQ2

Summer Season - BTS

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DH620V2W

Fall Season - BTS

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=U5JVMXP4

2004 - Sony Cyber-shot

BTS - Making of (1)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EDHQ0BL1

BTS - Making of (2)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YTBV8ORF

(Part 3 incomplete, will upload once available)

BTS - Making of (4) - Report abt Sony store + a short greetings

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=F4D9WR9Y

BTS - Created by fan, including some BTS photos


2005 - Hyundai Sonata

CF - 16 seconds

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PT6JBS4T

CF - 30 seconds

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=26YZHF3S

: : His Projects: :

2004 - The Image Vol. 1

Yong Joon during his physical training for The Image Vol 1

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3W2V37F5

: : His Awards: :

2004.11.19 - Blue Dragon FIlm Award Hand Printing Event at CGV

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1YDM71WC

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ACC4R4OF

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=I5X62XMX

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Z3SBKI2E

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OWWZY5TQ

: : Misc. Events : :

2002.04.22 - Andre Kim Fashion Show starring Yong Joon and Ji Woo

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RYH9FJTJ

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=APXLRD7P

2002.06.05 - Yong Joon watching World Cup with some stars

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AI3WH386

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=62LYLMA0

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Z30DC0B1

2002.04.06 - An SBS Interview took YJ by surprise as they follow him to his university

(think it's Sunkyunkwan University, which he quited halfway due to busy schedule)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WA5C4PBV

: : Misc. Works : :

Goodbye My Love MV

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LP9PYG7W

Goodbye My Love Mp3 (instrumental)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VCAAM12C

Goodbye My Love Mp3

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BQ210M4S

Sympathy 2 Album - Making of

- http://dong-gam.com/gallery/2th.wmv

Born to be Loved MV (japanese ver.)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QNPEQJRY

Born to be Loved Mp3 (Kor ver.)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CGZJIUGG

Born to be Loved Mp3 (Piano ver.)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=C6VOD6ZA

Born to be Loved (Midi ver.)

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6HW3I2Z2

: : His Fans' Works : :

Yong Joon, the Photographer

- http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MAUAUDSZ

Mix of YJ's CFs (three-little-bears ver.)

- http://www.geocities.jp/shieasatuma/vod/meguCFPART2.wmv

Bringing on the smiles (Darn cute in here! :lol: )

- http://www.geocities.jp/shieasatuma/vod/megukawaiiJoon.wmv

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Tetsuko's Room

Tetsuko's Room ~ BYJ watching his dog

Rugged Looking Yong Joon in a Japanese Restaurant Opening


BYJ in Taiwan ~ August 2005

BYJ arrival at the airport


BYJ arrival at the airport


Fans act in greeting BYJ


70-year-old injured in attempting to see BYJ


Need to buy OST to enter BYJ's hand-print meeting


20 bodyguards


BYJ casually arriving in Taiwan


Another old lady fainted in the crowd...


BYJ's first meal in Taiwan


BYJ's meeting with the media


In an attempt to get closer to BYJ, fans interviewed for jobs at Yuan Shan's hotel


BYJ enjoying various cuisine


BYJ elementary school look


Rich BYJ fans


Back from the hospital


BYJ high school look


BYJ visited Fan Club Executive's mom in the hospital


BYJ got back from the hospital


BYJ's hand-print session


Fans surrounding the hotel, BYJ had difficulty to get out of the car


BYJ tasted local Taiwanese cuisine, like stir fry asparagus + squid, sushi, etc


BYJ's high school look


BYJ is the medicine to cure depression of a fan


BYJ happily enjoying taiwanese cuisine


Increased security to protect BYJ


Senior Taiwanese actor Ms Wang squeezed into BYJ's meeting with media


BYJ's meeting with the media


BYJ's hand-print meeting


BYJ's translator has a face like Jeon JiHyun 전지현


BYJ's crazy fans


BYJ's premiere, 800 fans got in


BYJ's crazy fans


Young BYJ, as high school teachers recalled


Handsome young BYJ in high school


BYJ's diet caused stir in Korea


BYJ's arrival, crazy fans snapped pictures


BYJ's first meal, chinese style buns


Big group of media greeting BYJ


BYJ in flowery top and sunglasses shines like a charm


BYJ greeting the media and fans


BYJ talked about the cry scene in AS


BYJ talked in Chinese "Taiwanese news aja aja fighting"


BYJ's smiley face greeting people


BYJ greeted in Chinese


Interview with BYJ by Lu Xiu Fang (1)


BYJ's eyes are sexy. Can he demonstrate live? Interview by ET's Lu Xiu Fang (2)


BYJ's secret in styling - no socks


BYJ visiting ET Mall. Li Jing present flowers


Fans gathered in the morning to get good seat.


Fans celebrating BYJ's bday ahead of time


BYJ wants to sample stinky tofu


Crazy fans spent NT400,000 to rent theater


BYJ whirlwind - Korean men dislike face, prefer toned muscles


BYJ's smiles paralyzed the audience. Fans screaming none-stop.


BYJ back at the hotel


BYJ touched by the fans in the fan meeting session


Farewell party cancelled


At the airport


BYJ, look here!


BYJ waving goodbye, leaving the hotel going to the airport


Goodbye BYJ!


Lucky fan got hug from BYJ


Hotel added 10 more bodyguards to protect BYJ


8-fashion sense of BYJ


BYJ set-meal is available in Sept


Fans hurt again




Good bye BYJ


April Snow MVs and Trailers

More April Snow Fans and Media Reviews in pages 29-35

April Sbow Trailers

http://mediafile.paran.com/MEDIA_4488147/B...123252268_april snow_main_trailer_512x384.wmv

Translation of the above vod by gaulsan ~

Though the sentences were short, it was not so easy because there are condensed meanings in the words.

I tried to translate the meaning.

Please enjoy.

B: (On the phone) I have a work to do here...

S: (On the phone) I won't be able to go home, because of an urgent situation here.

Screen : Are we in love?

B: Excuse me.

Is it true that your husband was on an official trip?

S: Yes.

B: My wife was off for a vacation

B: Why didn't you rather die?

B: Let's talk.

S: If you divorce, what will you do then?

B: Revenge.

S: Shall we become intimate with each other?

S: Can you stay with me tonight?

S: Maybe I've become crazy.

S: What will happen to us?¡¡

more trailers ~




MV ~ The Road


or please try any of these links...



April Snow OST : The Road (Oboe version)


[mv] - AS outtakes from film editing



April Snow OST Music Video (Loveholic's èâõó¡µ )


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I think Happiebb was having Bae-fever yesterday.. haha!

She had been posting quite a few hilarious vidz of our dear Yong Joon last night! I dun think her fever will subside in the next few days because April Snow will be premiering today in Singapore~!! Woo hoo!!! I can feel myself having fever tooo~!

Alrighty.. juz to share what she has posted~

CFs, three-little-bears version

Making of Sympathy 2

Bringing on the smiles

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[Trans] A Short Movie Review for April Snow

Original in Chinese: World Daily [Toronto] 世界日报

Written by: Qiu-Li-Ben 邱立本

Shared by: Bairimengzhu / www.loveyongjoon.com

Translated into English: Happiebb / www.joonsfamily.com

Movie Review: April Snow

Chanced upon a Korean movie, Oel Chul;

it was a pleasant surprise, I was attracted to it and impressed by it.

The English translation for this movie is April Snow.

With simple strokes, the story penned the various complicated facets of death,

and of humanity, its dramatic breadth is wide-reaching and extensive.

The director of this movie is none other than Hur Jin Ho

who shot to international fame with Christmas in August and One Fine Spring Day.

In essence, the entire movie only has two actors starring opposite each other.

One is the wildly famous heart-throb Bae Yong Joon

who has conquered Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The other is Son Yejin, who is both innocent and pure

and at the same time, gives an air of maturity.

The storyline is both simple and yet complex.

The male and female leads both receive notice from the police

their respective spouses are involved in an accident

and both are in a state of unconsciousness.

Looking through the mobile phones and digital camera left behind

in the car involved in the accident, the truth surfaces:

their spouses are lovers in an extra-marital affair.

At the same hospital,

the male and female leads face the death of their closest and dearest,

face secrets from the past, face betrayal.

A man and a woman, two strangers,

encounter each other in the most awkward, painful and angry of situation…

What would become of their encounter?

What sparks will be ignited?

Director Hur Jin Ho started the story

with an exquisitely delicate and rather slow tune.

The story that unfolds is surprising but yet logical,

the cinematography and music first-class,

demonstrating the very strength of Korean movies

that have started to emerge this year.

The movie does not borrow strength from demons and spirits,

neither does it engage computer technology to attract eyeballs.

It uses the very conditions in life as its selling point.

It discovers and unearths the not-so-ordinary in ordinary lives.

In the spring season in the month of April,

it brings a biting cold that chills the bones;

and yet, when we face wintry months in life,

it also unravels the spring of life that promises never to give up.


[Trans] Let's Talk about April Snow

bb: just saw this posting by a chinese fan, ding dong,

i enjoyed what she has shared,

so, have translated it into english to share with all of you...


Original in Chinese: ding dong / www.loveyongjoon.com 2005/09/24

Translated into English: happiebb / www.joonsfamily.com

Let’s talk about April Snow

Finally watched April Snow.

Strictly speaking, guess I don’t really qualify as a “good” BYJ fan.

It’s probably more appropriate to say I’m a fan of BYJ fans.

All this time, I’ve been totally immersed in fellow fans’ beautiful writing

here on www.loveyongjoon.com.

I marvel at how there’s this group of people on this planet

who would use the most amazing of words and proses

in ode of the man we all love.

What a lucky man Bae Yong Joon is, really!

Since I feel somewhat ashamed about just reading and not contributing,

let me then take the opportunity to share, let me just talk a little about April Snow.

I know it will be sometime before China Mainland will be able to screen the movie,

so I will skip the parts that will reveal the ‘plot’

and will stick to talking about my thoughts and feelings after watching the movie.

So, was April Snow a nice movie to watch or not?

In the eyes of someone like me who's sort of half a movie fanatic,

April Snow is an excellent movie.

It’s not as immediately captivating as Christmas in August,

but on the other hand, it’s more delicate, it’s deeper and it’s more matured.

But it’s not the sort of movie that’s ‘nice’ to watch

[bb: as in the commercial sense, you know, visually tantalizing…]

Unless the audience has very strong sympathy for the characters

or have strong personal feelings towards the movie,

for instance, maybe you have gone through a similar experience,

or maybe you’re someone who suffers from “losing control of one’s basic instincts syndrome”

when faced with Yong Joon or Son Yejin

[there are possibly quite a few of these here, ya?],

this is not a movie that would touch or move the average movie-goers to tears.

Instead, be it the director or the cast

[particularly Yong Joon, he’s such a perfect match to the director’s style!],

they appeared to have deliberately chosen a clinical approach.

By clinical, I mean to view, treat and manage things calmly and coldly,

and as if trying to make less of a big issue.

This theme [of adultery], which has been scripted and filmed to death by countless movies,

has been crafted into a play of irony and sarcasm here in April Snow.

Of course, April Snow is not a movie that’s so deep that it’s hard to understand,

in fact it even hints at a little humour.

The movie kicked out and removed anything dramatic or unnatural,

it did not even mention the word “love”!

Perhaps it had been influenced by the name of one of the key shooting sites,

the café named The Bicycle Thief…

I keep thinking that Director Hur has an inclination towards

the *Italian Neo-Realism school of movies.

Well, I happened to have some materials on this area,

there are five key creative principles in Neo-Realism:

1. Themes that depict a typical scene from the society

2. Themes or stories that depict ordinary lives

3. The use of non-professional actors

4. The use of actual locations

5. The practice of not passing judgement or making conclusions,

leaving it to the audience to do their own thinking and judging.

Other than the third point, April Snow fulfilled the rest of the criteria.

And interestingly, Director Hur’s strength is to turn the stars back into ordinary folks!

Therefore I think that this movie is like the majority of modern art,

the whole point of it is not to show how “beautiful” it is,

and not to make it “interesting or nice to watch” for the audience.

Instead, the movie invites the audience to think,

to participate in the creation and making of the movie.

No matter whether you like the movie or not,

your own thinking has become a part of the movie,

it has become an essential and indispensable part of the entire creative work.

Comments and reviews, good or otherwise,

so long as it’s sincere and from the heart,

are equally important to the movie.

So, sisters, when it’s your turn to watch the movie,

do relax and “feel” the movie.

If you love it, well and good.

And if you don’t love it, so be it.

This has nothing to do with whether you support Yong Joon or not.

As for the so-called professional reviews and critiques,

I would reckon that the majority is still quite positive,

especially those coming from the various film festivals all over the world.

[i reserve my comments for reviews coming out from Korea though,

for reasons that I’m sure all of you are clearer than I am… Sighs…]

As for box office performance,

well, how does a non-dramatic, non-climatic art movie such as April Snow

compete with other mainstream movies?

As things are now, its box office performance is already way above average

[let’s just ignore those so-called “reports” from some media].

If the movie really breaks whatever records in Japan,

then we can only conclude Yon-sama’s popularity

is really incredible and unthinkable in that market.

Or maybe,

we can say that the **Ozu-style has really captured the hearts of the Japanese.

Gosh, am so long-winded…

Have already said so much and yet I’ve not touched on how I felt

as I watched Yong Joon’s acting in the movie.

If you guys don’t mind me, then I will continue to ‘chat’ the next time…


bb: The Bicycle Thief is actually the name of a movie

representative of Italian Neo-Realism.

In essence, according to the Webster’s Dictionary,

neo-realism refers to a movement, especially in Italian film-making,

characterized by the simple direct depiction of lower-class life.

To elaborate,

"Neorealist films are characterized by a pronounced social consciousness

on the part of their makers,

a concern for the lower classes and their despair and squalor,

and a stark realism of technique relying heavily on long takes and depth of field"

- from A Viewers Guide to Film Theory and Criticism by Robert T. Eberwien.

For more information on neo-realism,





For more information on The Bicycle Thief,




Ozu Yasujiro ranks as one of the master directors from Japan,

one of his very distinctive styles is the way he used the camera

to capture scenes from a low angle.

For more information on Ozu, his works and his style,






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The Story Behind the Filming of “April Snow”


During his interview, Bae Yong Joon revealed some of the story behind the filming of “April Snow”, which took place from early February to late June.

Go Stop: “The scene where I play Go Stop with Son Ye Jin in the hotel room was not acting. It’s was a real situation. During break time I was playing Go Stop with the producer and director, and we decided to add the filming of Son Ye Jin and myself playing Go Stop into the movie. My actual score was more than 100 scores higher than Son Ye Jins, and her line ‘recount to see if you got it right’ was not from a script, but her real response to the situation.”

Heo Jin Ho I: “Director Lee Jae Yong of my previous movie ’Scandal’ is the type of person who has in mind the camera angle, screen size, the actor’s physique and facial expressions in an accurately calculated way when he comes on to the filming set. But Director Heo is the very opposite. He will throw a comment like ‘this might be the scene where Insoo begins to feel attracted to Seo Young.’ And will add ’let’s try the scene with this in mind.’ “

Heo Jin Ho II: “Just because he doesn’t make any specific requests of the actors, it doesn’t mean you can think lightly of him. It may seem like he’s not watching, but he knows exactly what’s going on in the actors’ minds. There was a scene which we had to film over and over again, and I was pretty worn out. He called a break with the comment,’“do you really have to raise your hands that way?’ “

Drinks: The scene where I sit drunk and cry at a BBQ restaurant was not acting, but was a real situation. This was the first time I’ve acted while drinking real alcohol. I get red in the face when I drink, and because of this I never tried acting while really drunk. But this time, I felt I needed to drink if I really wanted to understand Insoo.

“He’s dead.”: This is what Insoo says to his wife about the man she’s been having an affair with when she wakes up from her coma. Although the speech line was short, it was truly difficult to act out. This line had to be the overtone of the underlying joy of the fact that his wife has recovered, the anger he feels about his wife’s affair, and his guilt of his attraction to Seo Young.

Son Ye Jin: She may be young, but her values of life and acting are very sincere and in depth. She’s also an active reader. She was always carrying around a book on the set, and a few days later, she would be carrying around a different book.

This article has been translated from Sports Today.

Picture courtesy of Sports Today.

April Snow’ refuels ‘Yonsama’ passions

September 14, 2005 ㅡ Wherever Bae Yong-joon is, there too are his many passionate Japanese housewives ― his housewife fans that is.

No sooner was the fervor over the popular television drama “Winter Sonata,” over, than the recent romantic movie, “April Snow,” starring the South Korean actor, quickly refueled the Japanese housewives’ frenzy.

The fans were in attendance during the entire shooting of the film and they are still here in Korea, “oohing” and “aahing” over each setting Mr. Bae appeared at in the film.

“Its not only the setting of the film they [the Japanese women] are interested in, but anything to do with Yonsama,” Kim Hyeon-yong, a travel agent for KCL Tour, said, using the actor’s honorific Japanese nickname. “We have to keep up to date with what the actor did and where to satisfy our customers.”

Mr. Kim’s agency used to organize tours around old Korean palaces in Seoul, but now it is one of many small firms that have started relying on a new program taking advantage of Yonsama fever as the number of the actor’s fans visiting Korea fails to decline. Mr. Kim said his agency now survives on a package dubbed the “Bae Yong-joon Tour.”

Along with visits to sites at which Yonsama appeared on film, the 3-day tour consists of taking the Japanese fans to restaurants the actor likes to dine in, Mr. Kim said.

“They [the fans] are most happy when they hear anecdotes related to Yonsama and his social life,” he added.

Samcheok city government in Gangwon province is also delighted that Japanese housewives visiting the area have spent more than 4 billion won ($4 million) in the city during the past few months. Most of the filming of “April Snow” took place in Samcheok in February.

Ryu Jae-ho, head of the tourist department at Samcheok local government, said one place that the tourists never failed to visit was a small Korean restaurant where Mr. Bae frequently ate meals during the shooting of the movie.

The restaurant now sells a “Bae Yong-joon Korean meal course,” a 10,000-won set meal with steamed rice and about 20 side dishes Mr. Bae had eaten there, he said.

An apartment in Seoul has become a popular attraction for the Japanese fans as well. It featured in the film as the home of Mr. Bae’s character.

“I don’t know how these fans found out that my house was used in the movie, but more and more of them started visiting me each day, asking if they could come in and have a peek,” said Kim Nam-in, the owner of the four-room apartment in Mokdong, western Seoul.

She said the Japanese women liked to sit and have pictures taken on her living room sofa and also in front of a desk in her study, because that’s where Mr. Bae was filmed most of the time.

“I couldn’t turn them away knowing they have come such a long way just to come here,” she said. “They looked so happy when they were here.”

She said tour agencies are now calling her to suggest that she charge people who want a “tour” around her house.

“I don’t know about taking admission fees, because I don’t want to commercialize my house,” she said. “But I have to think about continue letting the people in.”

Although she said she was enjoying the fans’ visits so far, she said she was worried her neighbors might not.

by Lee Min-a, Kim Ho-jung

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Kwon Ohkyeong posted this on the Talk Box of BYJ's official home.

Translation from Joanne of BYJ Quilt

BYJ, 'brilliant golf swing' in Hokaron CF by Lotte, Japan

[star News]10/4/05 16:01


BYJ was selected as a model for a promotional campaign of Hokaron by Lotte, Japan, and plans to appear in a CF which will be aired in coming December.

BYJ became a model for 'Hokaron Original Yongjoon Product Campaign' by Lotte, Japan's Hokaron which will go on for a limited period of 4 months from OCtober to February 2006.

The Lotte Hokaron has been holding an event to give away '2006 desk-top calendar' with BYJ's photos on and 'golf ball set' with BYJ's autographs inscribed on since past 1 (of October).

The products to be presented in the events which will be held twice in October and December, are the original product with BYJ's photo and autographs on and they will present the gifts too total of 3,000 people by gettiing applications by mail only among customers who have purchased Hokaron products.

On the other hand, the Sankei Sports in Japan reported on 4 the Lotte Hokaron plan to insert BYJ's brilliant golf swing scene as the last scene in a new CF where a Japanese lady golfer appears.

According to this report, this CF plans to be aired from the middle of December, and a Japanese actress, Nakamura Tamao(66) will appear together (with BYJ).


The Sankei Sport reported that Ms. Nakamura Tamao is an enthusiastic fan of BYJ to the extent that she stayed in the same hotel room as BYJ stayed when she visited Korea, and she told her thoughts as "Although there was not a scene where we met personally, I am delighted as we appear together."

Reported by Lee Kyuchang,ryan@mtstarnews.com,star@mtstarnews.com

Copyright ⓒ Money Today Star News

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Fan Sites

there are lots more....still checking out the other sites ;)

Korean Official Board (KOB)

Japanese Official Board (JOB)

BYJ's Quilt

Joon's Family Singapore

BYJTogether Thailand

BYJFriendsForever Hong Kong

ForeverBYJ Hong Kong

Hermesyongjun Korea

Daum Cafe/BYJFan Korea

Sweetdreams/PapaJun Korea

iyongjun Korea

Baesaamo Korea

City of Yongjoon Korea

Joon0829 Korea

OnlyBYJ Mainland China

Baewatch Philippines

BYJ Indo Family Indonesia

AbsolutelyBYJ Malaysia (Yahoo Group)

LoveYongJoon (Chinese site)

SweetYongJoon (Chinese site)

BYJsHeart (Chinese site)

BYJRealm (Chinese site)

TrueloveBYJ (Chinese site)

Sokorean.com - BYJ's Thread

Endless Love - Artwork Gallery of Hiyonn inspired by Hotelier & April Snow

Collection of BYJ GIFs from Yandy

HHY Gallery - Collection of artworks inspired by Winter Sonata

Drawings of Nagajun and other Jpn Bae fans

Blogs of Bae Fans

Blog of Camille from France ~ "Bae Yong Joon-Love Needs No Reason"

Blog of Chiligoyo from Singapore ~ "A Glimpse Into His World"

Blog of Fabshelly from Hawaii ~ "Dispatches from Paradise"

Blog of Flowerbossa from Japan ~ "Imagina"

Blog of Frances from the Philippines ~ "only Yong Joon"

Blog of Friday from Hawaii ~ "American Joon"

Blog of Happiebb from Singapore ~ " bb's ramblings-days of being of BYJ fan"

Blog of Joycebay from Singapore~ "Love BYJ !"

Blog of Liezle from the Philippines ~ "Hankering for Yong Joon"

Blog of Marissa from the Philippines ~ "marissa : my simple joy"

Blog of Mishio from Los Angeles ~ "The Magic of BYJ"

Blog of Tiffany from Singaopre ~ "Breakfast with Tiffany"

Drama Sites

Winter Sonata ( Japanese, Korean, English Boards)

Winter Sonata KBS Site ( Korean)

Winter Sonata KBS Site (Japanese)

Hotelier ( English Board )

Have We Really Loved ? ( Korean Board )

Movie Sites

April Snow Official Site Korea

April Snow Official Site Japan

Untold Scandal Korea

Untold Scandal Japan

VODs from Yong Joon's AS Promo in Japan fr Aug 29-Sep 4, 2005

Aug 29, 2005 ~ Yong Joon's supposedly "secret" arrival at Narita where he was met by 600+ fans




Aug 30 ~ Premiere of AS at Tokyo Intl Forum attended by 5,000+ fans



Aug 31 ~ April Snow Reunion at the Saitama Super Arena attended by 30,000+ fans





MBC interview that featured lots of clips from Saitama Super Arena ~


Sept 1 - AS Press Conference w/ HJH & SYJ


full version of the AS presscon - about 50 minutes but no english sub


Aug 31-Sept 3 Interviews with various media entities

Tetsuko's Room at Asahi ~ Clips of his arrival in the studio, meeting w/ Mdme Tetsuko, b-day greeting to YJ


Tetsuko's Room at Asahi ~ Clips featuring YJ's two dogs ~



Tetsuko's Room ~ Clips that showed the making of AS ~


Tetsuko's Room ~ 25 min clip


Asahi ~





not sure what media station but this was the interview where YJ was given a camera ! ~


Flix ~


this is the interview where the female host was obviously mesmerized with YJ !! ~


from ETN News - clips that showed the various pictorials of YJ in Japan ~


Sept 4 - Yong Joon's departure from Tokyo





this clip also featured his latest Lotte Almond Choco CF ~




Sept 17 - from NTV - clips of ppl lining up for the 1st day of showing of AS & the display of YJ's hand print ~


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Frances, chili, you think guys we should annouce what happened in soompi in Quilt. We have members in Quilt who also frequent us. What do you think?

April Snow in Singapore is today! Enjoy guys!

Apri Snow Charity premiere by UIP/ Encore Films

posted by tiffany in www.byj.co.kr

5th October, 7pm, Orchard Cineleisure

Latest update. Please note changes.

Redemption of goodie bags on level 5 from 6pm to 7pm. The cinemas are on level 6.

We will meet on level 5 from 6pm onwards.

A total of about 1,000 people will be watching the charity premiere tonight, including media, invited guests, winners of promotion and of course the public like us.

Tonight, there's another movie premiere on- Everlasting Regret starring Sammi Cheng, Tony Leung and Daniel Wu and directed by Stanely Kwan (a well known director). As it will open tomorrow, it has been receiving lots of publicity and review as well. So the media will be divided.

However, UIP is rather pleased with the response of the charity premiere. We hope that all those who are watching the movie tonight, will meet up with us. We hope to create as much publicity as possible for the movie.

April Snow, Fighting!

See you all tonight!

8.5 hours more to go.

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Wae Chul


Though simply and elegantly rendered, the lyrical style of this Korean blockbuster belies a complex narrative of jealousy, grief and loyalty. In-Su has just received news that his wife has been fatally injured in a car crash and is lying comatose at a seaside hospital. Grief-stricken and trying to squelch the creeping suspicion of his wife’s infidelity, In-Su meets Seoyoung, the tearful wife of the man who was similarly injured in the same car as In-Su’s wife. Their suspicions confirmed that, indeed, their spouses were lovers, the two seek consolation in each other, only to discover an intense mutual attraction. Resentment, anger, jealousy, guilt and despair make for a heady cocktail which send the pair psychologically reeling out into uncharted territory.

Screenings of AS ~~

AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois

Tuesday, 18 October 09:15 PM

Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark

Wednesday, 19 October 04:15 PM

AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois

Thursday, 20 October 06:45 PM

Screenings are listed in local Chicago time (Central).

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Yong Joon photos during his various print media interviews for April Snow :D

drooling here........ :rolleyes::wub:



with Director Hur Jin-ho ;)


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(Trans.) BYJ Exclusive Interview in AERA No.51 9/30 issue : PART 1

translated and posted by Myonne in BYJ's Quilt

Myonne wrote ~

Hi, quilt sis & bros,

I transed BYJ's exclusive interview on 'AERA' No.51 special edition.

It's quite long, so i divided into 3 parts and post them. Pls enjoy.


AERA Special Edition No.51 9/30 issue “ Evolving Hanryu (Korean Wave)’

Bae Yongjoon “April Snow”


**From “April Snow” he makes love evolving.**



Is there any Asian star who has been loved by a large number of people this much?

Bae Yongjoon, an actor who has gained popularity and passionate support not only in Japan but in various parts of Asia as well.

In his second starring film “April Snow”, he challenged the difficult role who agonizes in love. His natural performance painfully shakes the hearts of the audience.

What does he think and will aim for now that he has reached a fresh ground as an actor?

He talked about his determination quietly but passionately.


Interviewer and writer: Rumi Hayashi ( Books Editorial Division)

Photographer : Osamu Kobayashi (Photographing Center)

On the final day of coverage in his visit to Japan, and that, as the last scheduled coverage, Bae Yongjoon appeared in the interview gallantly with that smile in which not a tint of fatigue was impressed, though he must have managed to finish awfully hard schedules.

Valiant appearance and overflowing dignity. He performed an ordinary man in this film, but still, the word ‘ young noble’ did fit him who was standing in front of this writer. Maybe because of his longer hair, he looked more youthful than in the film, and the figure slimmer than before impressed his good style.

On seeing me, he walked towards me for shaking hands. As soon as I greeted him in Korean, he answered back ‘Omeni kakarete ureshii desu.( Glad to see you.)’ in beautiful Japanese in that low voice.

“April Snow (Original Title “Wea Chul”)” is an extraordinary talked-about film which will be simultaneously released in 10 Asian countries, and for whose press conference in Japan more than 1,100 mass media people gathered. I imagine the pressure put on his shoulder seems unfathomably big.

Insoo he played is a difficult role who, in the agony of being betrayed by his wife, is getting to know a new love. In the press conference in Korea, he said, “ I almost feel ashamed as if I were exposing my own experience.”

―――I hear you haven’t seen the film in Seoul and in Japan, either. Why?

BYJ:To be honest, I feel tense very much. The working style I took in this film was what I have been wanting to but couldn’t do in the past. Because this is the work which was shot by such a new methodology for the first time, I am much worried about how the audience will respond to my new acting.

When I come back to Seoul, I think I will watch the film in secret with the audience in the theater. Thus, I would like to enjoy the film in the same air with other people.

―――In that case, you have to disguise yourself in costume, don’t you? Hahaha, but it will be nice!

――― In the film I can see, in particular, the weak part as well as the unbeautiful part , and pitifulness in man. I know you all had a hard time in shooting the film, but how come you became able to do such a natural performance?

BYJ:This time I determined that I would live a life as the man, Insoo, not to mention in the site of shooting but also in the hours other than shooting. So far I had prepared myself thoroughly for the role I would play before entering the performance. When I didn’t complete the situation or the emotional magnitude of the role yet, I almost impossibly couldn’t act in front of a camera.

But, this time, instead of acting through words, I tried to feel the emotion, what I feel in each moment, rather than act it. And I was supposed to create the situation itself by myself. Without any preparation, without any calculation. If any preparation I was allowed to do, it was only a preparation for the heart which will determine to become a man himself.

This work, of course, was very hard for me, but while advancing, I came to have somewhat a strange feeling. I unawares came to be able to express or react to spontaneously what I couldn’t feel in the past from time to time. I gradually came to make such things without noticing.

Because I had never thought that I could express such feelings and actions in front of a camera, it was a new discovery for me. In that sense, this is a work which served a big harvest for me. Finishing this work, I can expect myself in the next work, and in the further following work. I think I have grown to be able to learn various things.

―――To quote the scenes concretely, I find a reality in the figure which is not smart, such as in the scenes where drunken Insoo bangs the door wrongly, or where he cries in his motel room alone. I almost believe that it may be the real figure of Bae Yongjoon ssi yourself.

BYJ:Ah, that is an impressive scene for me, too. In the scene where Insoo cries in a motel alone, if it were old me, I would have calculated immediately, thinking of the position of the camera, of the angle in which I am shot, and would have considered I have to show myself like this and that. I would have thought it is important to have a communication with a camera. That is, I had always cared about beforehand how I would be shot. This time, however, I did not think at all how I acted.

I was only thinking I would like to be faithful to the feeling at that time. That’s all.

In that scene I cried with nasal mucus flowing. But, I didn’t even realize it at all. If formerly, when I had a running nose in such a crying scene, I would have definitely wiped it or hidden it, would have done something like that. At that time, however, because I was actually crying without noticing it, I found it on the monitor later ,’Ah, I had a running nose!’

―――The scene where Insoo gets drunk and goes to sleep in the room of Seoyoung is also impressive. Insoo who wakes up in the next morning with his hair disheveled looks very innocent and strikingly real.

BYJ:That’s right. The wake-up scene you talked about now is the only scene in this film which the director gave me OK for the first time by one take. It’s the only scene completed by one take, for the first and the last.

With this work, I rather think that the director gave us OK comparatively soon in the scenes we express strong feelings. For example, for the scene where I burst into tears while drinking alcohol together with his junior, the scene where I get drunk and knock on the door of a motel, and the scene where I cry alone in a motel, OK came out by about 2 takes.

―――I heard there were only a few scenes which the director gave OK sign quite easily, weren’t there?

BYJ:Yes, we shot one scene at least 15 times, and as many as 60 times at most, over and over again. In that aspect, Director Hur Jinho may have something common with me in respect of being a ‘perfectionist’.

―――At such time, what kind of conversation did you have with the director?

BYJ:Since he just told me ’ Try to turn completely into a person’, I had no choice but to do what the character might feel.

In this work, there were almost no situation and lines which had been completely decided beforehand. We talked with the director scene by scene, and sometimes roughly discussed what Insoo might have thought at a certain time. But, he didn’t give us any decisive advice. He said it was the most important for the work to express what we felt by ourselves to the last. To say about him most, he would just say ‘Oh, that may be right.’ (laughter) So, I feel we have created the film at each moment.

The director simply told us ‘Well, let’s start.’ But, since nothing wasn’t decided then, I didn’t understand what I should do. For example, there was a scene where Insoo and Seoyoung were standing. He gave no direction at all to us except for the two persons being there. So I asked him ‘What should I do?’, and he just said, ’Just be standing there.’ That’s it!  I was totally puzzled. I thought still there should be anything more. For a while, I felt very awkward. Then the director said OK! Wondering why this was OK, I asked him and was said,’That awkward feeling was good.’ He told me that performance should be not what actors make but what comes spontaneously out of the feeling they feel at the moment. I think I have studied and felt a lot from Director Hur Jinho.

(To be continued to PART 2)

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(Trans.) BYJ Exclusive Interview in AERA No.51 9/30 issue : PART 2

translated and posted by Myonne in BYJ's Quilt


During this interview, he looked at me straight in the eye and would never divert a look even a moment. Even while I took notes with my face down, he gazed at me with earnest look. Indeed, he is a man of concentration. Though in quiet tone, when it came to the talk on acting, he began to express his thought with enthusiasm, gesturing with his hands.

It is 11 years since he debuted. It usually cannot be possible for the man who has continuously been a top star to throw away all of his own acting style, in addition, among exceptionally big expectations on him from domestic and from foreign. Bae Yongjoon, however, dislikes more than anything living peacefully in the image fixed as an actor.

I revealed our hope to him, who said that he still had not escaped from Insoo completely, that we would like to have the image of Insoo as a concept of the photographs for this ‘AERA’. For an instant, he looked puzzled, as he came here in bright clothes, but immediately he nodded, saying ‘I understand.’

How cruel thing I said to him to return to the role in hardship! Having a bit of thought we should change the concept and seeing him, he already showed an earnest expression. Once standing in front of a camera, he took a deep breath as if he toned his feeling. In a moment, a smiling face disappeared and his look began to wear melancholy. Only his deep signs and shutter sounds were sounding in the room.

―――I imagine it was seriously hard for you to throw away all your acting style in the past. Why did you dare to do that, though your ‘perfectionism’ is what no one can imitate?

BYJ:(Thinking for a while) As you said, so far I liked ‘perfection’ and never failed to think that there should be a correct answer. In other words, in my behavior as well, I had been searching for a ‘correct answer’. But, in so doing, I think, I might have constructed a kind of frame, in which I have been shutting myself up.

―――You mean, not only about the films, but you are talking about your way of thinking and living your life, aren’t you?

BYJ:Yes. This time, however, I think I could break the frame by myself through this work, and could broaden the width of my understanding. Say, I came to think that love can take various forms.

In this film Insoo was seriously hurt and was put into an agony by his wife’s betrayal, but he ironically let himself into doing the same thing. Through experiencing the moments in such ironical situation with inconsistencies, I felt various things. Can the relationship between Insoo and Seoyoung be called love?  In the beginning I could not grasp even the outline of the relationship of the two. Since I had wanted to have a correct answer for everything, I was so confused and had a hard time. In such confusion, however, I gradually came to accept it.・・There might not be a ‘correct’ answer. Various forms of love can exist. ・・And I realized love is what one believe in. I think it is the hardest time when one cannot believe in love.

―――You have thrown away all of your acting style in such a big work like this in the midst of surrounding expectation. Is it from your confidence that you still could accomplish- it in the end?

BYJ:(with a bit shy smiling face )Surely, I think I can do, for anything, when I believe I will definitely make it. And even when I may not make it, I will try my best to the last moment to achieve it. If it turns out to be a failure, I will not regret. This time also, since I believed so, I could take up this project and could obtain a lot from it.

On the day of crank-up of this film, after the final shooting, Bae Yongjoon felt hard to leave there and was standing on the highway with Director Hur Jinho for over 30 minutes. He, who had been Insoo himself, felt there still was something left to be shot and could not help missing.

Just after the crank-up, I asked him about his feeling, and he answered like this: ( AERA, August 1st , 2005 issue) “ I felt the end of shooting as a beginning of something. Because, I thought too many things while doing this work. How should I live as a human being? I thought it over and about love as well. I think it a good chance for me to reflect upon myself as an actor.”

This sincerity with which he considers anything in earnest is the very posture he has consistently kept.

As for the works Bae Yongjoon appeared, there are not a few excellent works which carefully projected the social backgrounds of Korea This is also the result of the fact that he himself has selected the works thoughtfully.

―――Just like “April Snow” of this time, I think you have been outstanding in your selection of the works. What is your priority when you decide the work?

BYJ:”April Snow” is an exceptional case where I decided to appear before the scenario was completed. So far, I always read the scenario first and think how far I can recreate and develop it as an actor. For, the fate of an actor is to evolve himself through the works. And I also think it important to be able to feel any charm from the role I would play. I try to find any similarity in myself as well. For, while in performance I have to live completely as the character even though it happens to be a thorough unfamiliar figure to me.

It is a great pleasure to experience various lives other than my own thanks to being an actor. And it is another charm of this occupation that I can make some impression and influence on a number of people through my works.

(To be continued to PART 3, final)

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