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Lee Seung Gi Joins 'Journey To The West' Reality Show

BY Julie Jones | Sep 01, 2015 01:51 PM EDT

Lee Seung Gi is one of four k-celebs who will take part in the new travel-themed reality show "New Journey to the West."

The cast also includes emcee and comedian Kang Ho Dong, rapper, dancer, composer and former Sechs Kies member Eun Ji Won, and comedian Lee Soo Guen.

And reality show viewers may recognize the director's name. Na Young Suk has directed a host of reality TV series, including "Grandpas Over Flowers" and "Three Meals A Day."

"Journey to the West" is based on a Chinese novel that was published during the Ming Dynasty. It is considered one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature and is known in English-speaking countries as "Monkey." It's the story of a legendary pilgrimage involving a Buddhist monk and his protectors. The members of the quartet are known as The Monkey King, The Pig Guy, the Monk Sha and the Master. They undergo the pilgrimage to obtain some sacred texts but have to endure many trials along the way.

The modern day quartet of Lee Seung Gi, Kang Dong Ho, Eun Ji Won and Lee Soo Guen will also have missions to accomplish along the way and they won't be easy. The original story has been described as a comic adventure and also a source of spiritual insight. Given the comedians taking part, the modern-day version will definitely focus on the comedy part, but they may also acquire some insight in their travels.

Trailers for the show were released in Korea on Aug. 25 and 28 and have so far had 2.5 million views. CJ E&M produced the series.

"We are excited to introduce 'New Journey to the West' to Chinese viewers through Tencent, one of the largest online platforms in the country," said Seo Jang Ho, head of International Sales and Acquisitions at CJ E&M.

Lee Seung Gi has worked in dramas and films. His last k-drama was the police thriller "You're All Surrounded" with Cha Seung Won. He recently appeared in the film "Love Forecast" with Moon Chae Won and next year can be seen in the film "Marital Harmony" with Shim Eun Kyung.

He's no stranger to reality shows, having appeared on "Good Sunday, "Happy Sunday," "Love Letter," "Strong Heart," "Healing Camp," "Three Meals A Day" and "Running Man." He worked with Na Young Suk on "Sisters Over Flowers" and "1 Night, 2 Days."

s: http://www.kdramastars.com/articles/95569/20150901/lee-seung-gi-joins-journey-to-the-west-reality-show.htm




Oh, NJttW PressCon via V can be watched again here: http://m.vlive.tv/video/1620

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Yesterday NJttW fb updated.

LOL, seems the fb staff has good enough humor :P:lol:


NJTTW Facebook Update (2015-09-02):

First Update:


“86,565 bytes short”

Writer-nim sent me pictures of Monk SeungGi
But something is wrong. What is this? ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ


 2nd update:


“Yahoo! Manse!”

source: tvnbros fb
English translation: tryp96.wordpress.com



At first, I though it was my slow internet problem, then LOL after know what it means.. haha.. :lol:

Thanks God, the staff success to recieve the picture safely.. LOL..

so we can see this picture of DingDang bros.. ^3^ :wub: (and those SeungGi's biceps!! :w00t::wub:)



NJttW Filming location:

We can see from the picture above and the picture SeungGi upload in his IG

SPR COFFEE - Xian South Street Store 西安南大街店

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credit: kauru

source: http://blog.sina.cn/dpool/blog/s/blog_4a5ebf880101sgg8.html?wm=3049_a111




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tvN Naver blog post 2

Yorobun~ This is important information!! Please tell your parents about this.. :P

Where on Earth Can I Watch NJttW?!



1. Turn on your computer or cellphone.
2. Go to Naver.com


3. Enter ‘신서유기’ in the search box.
4. You’ll see the word ‘TV캐스트’
5. Click and you’ll see videos available to watch



Monk SeungGi who seems to be saying, “It’s really easy, right?”










source: naver post

English translation: tryp96.wordpress.com



See original post: http://post.naver.com/viewer/postView.nhn?volumeNo=2284832&memberNo=3669297&clipNo=0



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QQ Exclusive: NJttW Cast Greets Chinese Viewers

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 by tryp96


source: qq video



NJttW Presscon Backstage video via Naver TVCast: http://tvcast.naver.com/v/513303

NJttW Prologue narrated in LSGn's fake Chinese : http://tvcast.naver.com/v/514205

The prologue was showed in NJttW Preescon. It's so.. LOL.. I can't.. XD XD :lol:

Sugeun fake chinese really hilarious.. XD

There's something wrong about SeungGi in the prologue animation. No, not because he was long haired before he shave it so dramatically.. ( TT )

The wrong thing is, there's no abs!!  :lol::P We need abs!! :D:P 




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[STAR PREVIEW] # 2. Web entertainment, Expecting New Journey to the West!

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Great news!

Download Naver Media Player & watch NJttW without having to use VPN!

Search for 신서유기 in the player.


credit: tryp96



Watch the NJttW videos officially ^^

"The viewers's support will decide the success of the show"




credit: purple1n2d



D-1 before release!! ^0^/

Now NJttW has surpassed 4,8 views in total!!

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-----> http://tvcast.naver.com/tvnbros

Hope it can surpass 5M views before release!! NJttW Fighting!! ^0^/

PS: Don't forget to give "heart" and subscribe NJttW channel.. ^^


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Articles from yesterday :D



Lee Seung Gi drops a photo from press conference for 'New Journey To The West'


Lee Seung Gi dropped a photo from press conference for 'New Journey To The West (tentative English title).'

On September 1st, the production team of tvN 'New Journey To The West' uploaded a photo of Lee Seung Gi on the program's website.

The production team wrote "Wo Ai Ni (I love you)" below the photo.

The photo shows Lee Seung Gi holding a cake that his fan club members sent, and many fans and netizens are showing hot reactions for Lee Seung Gi's charming smile.

Meanwhile, channel tvN's new variety program, 'New Journey To The West,' is going to premiere on September 4th through Naver TV Cast (PC & mobile).

/Reporting by Kim Dong-Joo en@starnnews.com

s: http://m.starn.hankyung.com/global/en/news/index.html?no=403131



Kang Ho Dong & Lee Seung Gi coming up with new variety program 'New Journey To The West'


On September 1st, press conference for channel tvN's new variety program, 'New Journey To The West,' was held at 63 Convention Center in Yeouido, Seoul.

During the conference, the production team of 'New Journey To The West' presented a highlight video from their recordings.

The video shows clips from Kang Ho Dong, Lee Seung Gi, Eun Ji Won, and Lee Soo Geun's trip to Xi'an, Shanxi Province, China.

'New Journey To The West' is a variety program that was motivated from Chinese classic novel 'Journey To The West,' and it is being talked about as one of the most anticipated variety programs of the year among many people.

Production director Na Young Seok said, "I wanted to make a program that is new in every ways, including genre and format. Providing busy businessmen and students with short break in the midst of their hectic daily routines. That was our motto."

Director Na continued, "We are going to release about five new clips at once, and each clip is going to be about ten minutes long. Those who can afford the time can watch all of the clips in order, and those who cannot afford the time can just randomly pick whatever looks good."

'New Journey To The West' is going to be streamed through online instead of TV broadcast, and the program is going to show the members enjoying themselves in much more uncomposed ways.

Lee Seung Gi said, "I realize the amount of anticipation and excitement that many people have for this program, and I had a great time while recording this program with my older brothers. I believe that many fans will enjoy this show."

'New Journey To The West' is the first project of tvN's digital contents brand, 'tvN go,' and director Na said, "I thought that we should make the most energetic show as possible, and viewers will find many topics and contents that would not be allowed on regular TV channels. We could make the show in more relaxed manner, and viewers will also be able to enjoy the show in a much more relaxed manner."

Regarding the show's potential of success, director Na said, "We had a discussion recently, but we really could not agree on the standard of 'success.' Ambiguously speaking, maybe surpassing 10 million views would be pretty satisfying."

Writer Choi Jae Young said, "This new program, in its entirety, was a big challenge for all of us, and we are still quite anxious about it. We just hope that the show would make viewers laugh."

Production director Na Young Seok lastly added, "We are very grateful for many people's anticipation, but we also feel a lot of pressure. We could describe this whole show with one word, 'somehow.' Somehow, the idea about this show came up, and somehow, we get to try it. Somehow, we got to go to China, and somehow, we got to get Lee Soo Geun back with us. We are show producers, and our job is giving fun to viewers. That is the attitude that we are going to bear on ourselves forever."

Kang Ho Dong, Lee Seung Gi, Eun Ji Won, and Lee Soo Geun had worked director Na Young Seok for '1 Night 2 Days' in the past, and they are going to show another fantastic collaboration through 'New Journey To The West.'

Meanwhile, 'New Journey To The West' is going to premiere on September 4th 10 AM.

/Reporting by Kim Dong-Joo en@starnnews.com

s: http://m.starn.hankyung.com/global/en/news/index.html?no=403127




More PressPictures :D


tvN "ShinSeoYuGi" Press Conference





more pictures (81 pics) : http://www.gettyimages.com/search/events/574811951?assettype=image&excludenudity=true&family=editorial&sort=best&phrase=

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Exploring a new frontier in content

Sept 03,2015

Innovative variety show will be web-based and in the form of short clips

 In Na Young-suk’s upcoming web variety show, “New Journey to the West,” from left, Eun Ji-won, Lee Soo-geun, Lee Seung-gi and Kang Ho-dong travel to Xi’an, China. Provided by CJ E&M

Aiming to provide a splash of joy in the midst of hectic daily life, star producer Na Young-suk has come up with a whole new format of variety show.

Instead of airing as one-hour episodes on TV, Na’s upcoming show, “New Journey to the West,” will be available to the audience solely through web portals. Each uploaded video will last no longer than 10 minutes.

This is the first project from “tvN Go,” a digital-content brand from cable channel tvN.

“Our motto is to make content that can provide joy to people for at least five minutes per day when commuting on buses and subways” said Na at a press event Tuesday in western Seoul.

“People can pick and choose what they want to see from the list, but will still be able to understand the content because each clip will have a beginning and an end within it” he added.

Casting Kang Ho-dong, Eun Ji-won, Lee Soo-geun and Lee Seung-gi, former stars of “One Night, Two Days” whom Na used to work with at public broadcaster KBS, was another unexpected decision.

“There was no step-by-step casting process, but it all just happened very naturally when Lee Seung-gi mentioned going on a trip with the old members over a casual dinner,” Na explained. “We then talked about filming it, but because it would lack completeness as a TV show, we decided to use the Internet platform.”

The reunion was a mind-blowing experience for the actors as well.

“Reuniting with the old members for the first time in five years was exciting enough just by itself,” said the youngest cast member, Lee Seung-gi. “The chemistry was so good that I didn’t even have to think about how I should talk or do something in order to generate laughter.”

Lee Soo-geun, who has been keeping a low profile since an illegal gambling charge in 2013, said he will make up for past wrongdoings by doing his best in the new project.

In the upcoming show, the quartet of actors and Na will travel to Xi’an, which used to be the capital of China during the Tang Dynasty.

The plot will roughly follow the story of the 16th-century Chinese classic “Journey to the West,” with each actor taking on the role of one of the novel’s four main characters.

The unprecedented plan to distribute a variety show through the Internet provides freedom from certain restrictions, notably a ban on indirect advertising of certain brands.

“In the past, we were obliged to cover up brand names that appear in the show,” Eun said. “But now that we don’t have to care about it anymore, we can act way more naturally.”

In the newly released trailer, the cast members mention the brand names of chicken eateries without hesitation.

However, Na pointed out that the new platform will not lead to a fundamental change in the meaning of variety show.

“Of course, there will be brand names mentioned and some unfiltered scenes, but that should be no more than the show’s seasonings,” Na said. “Although the platform has changed, I still think that the show has to have the meaning of a variety show for the audience. It means that not as many things have changed as many people expect.”

The first episode, which will be divided into five clips of five to 10 minutes in length, will be uploaded this Friday at 10 a.m. on Naver TV Cast and Chinese portal site QQ.com.

Na said he picked the specific time slot because an official from Naver recommended it, saying “office workers will watch it during their lunchtime.”

The date and time for the second episode have not been confirmed yet.

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]

s: http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3008710



NJttW PressCon LeeSeungGi Fan Art:


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V link for PC:

New Journey to the West Production Briefing: ----> http://www.vlive.tv/video/1542



NJttW Episodes First release (2015-09-04)

V Link for PC:

New Journey to the West #1 - The Beginning of a Legend:

---> http://www.vlive.tv/video/1674

New Journey to the West #2 - Find the Monkey King, the greatest sinner:

---> http://www.vlive.tv/video/1678

New Journey to the West #3 - New Journey to the West Instruction Manual:

---> http://www.vlive.tv/video/1679

New Journey to the West #4 - Finally China! Useful Information:

---> http://www.vlive.tv/video/1680

Edit: V Uploade the #5 video :)

New Journey to the West #5 - Finally China! Tang Sanzang race - part 1!:

---> http://www.vlive.tv/video/1689

FIY, It's english subbed, click the icon on the right side for eng sub.. :)

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@calypso73 yes they have uploaded 4 episodes. The link I posted above, or you can search "New Journey to the west" on V.





There're 4 clips on V, but there're 5 clips on Naver:

NJttW Episodes First release (2015-09-04)

Naver TV Cast link:

New Journey to the West #1 - The Beginning of a Legend:

---> http://tvcast.naver.com/v/515120

New Journey to the West #2 - Find the Monkey King, the greatest sinner:

---> http://tvcast.naver.com/v/515051

New Journey to the West #3 - New Journey to the West Instruction Manual:

---> http://tvcast.naver.com/v/515179

New Journey to the West #4 - Finally China! Useful Information:

---> http://tvcast.naver.com/v/515196

New Journey to the West #5 - Finally China! Tang Sanzang race - part 1!:

---> http://tvcast.naver.com/v/515250



NJttw Trending #1 on Naver, Daum, and Nate as expexted!!





also trending on twitter


credit: Rahmayant


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QQ video uploaded 5 videos, but with different tittle. Sigh~ I can't understand chinese at all.. somebody help me TT


NJttW Episodes First release (2015-09-04)

QQ Video link (Chinese subbed).

New Journey to the West #1

---> http://v.qq.com/cover/h/h2msnv8gwhbzg7z/b0017m94p3c.html

New Journey to the West #2

---> http://v.qq.com/cover/h/h2msnv8gwhbzg7z/b00171jx4qh.html

New Journey to the West #3

---> http://v.qq.com/cover/h/h2msnv8gwhbzg7z/u0017d8q95s.html

New Journey to the West #4

---> http://v.qq.com/cover/h/h2msnv8gwhbzg7z/w00177tl7qg.html

New Journey to the West #5

---> http://v.qq.com/cover/h/h2msnv8gwhbzg7z/k00171jnugl.html


You should login first to play video at qq, or use hola/ another VPN if it restricted



NJttW promotion banner on qq main page:

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source: http://v.qq.com/

credit: kaoru

We can click NJttW video link too from there.. :)

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Thanks! Watched them already! Kang Hodong cracks me up bigtime! "Can you speak Chinese?" Hahahah

but now some error occured to me.. I can't watch it on V again.. TT

and I'm not focused when watch it this morning.. TT  Ottoke.. want to watch it with eng sub again.. TT


Hahaha.. Hodong hyung so panicked.. why he asking Chinese people if they can speak Chinese.. XD

I'm kind of shocked the usually so careful SeungGi talk about everything so blunt but in a calm way.. XD

Like .. let's open the problems all out from the begining..!! nothing need to be hold out anymore!

Make all the nervous things become so hilarious.. XD

I think it's a good thing.. let it out all, and make a new start through the trip.

Everyone deserve a second change :)

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'New Journey to the West' off to strong start

By Park Sojung

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Yonhap) -- "New Journey to the West," an online variety show featuring actor Lee Seung-gi, rapper Eun Ji-won, and comedians Kang Ho-dong and Lee Soo-geun, attracted enormous attention from viewers upon its release on Friday.

The first five episodes, each spanning between five to 10 minutes, were uploaded at 10 a.m. Friday. As of 3 p.m., more than 50,000 people had subscribed to the channel on Naver's video streaming website TVCast, where the show is broadcast. The first episode has been viewed more than 700,000 times, with the five together recording a combined 2 million views.

"New Journey to the West" is the first South Korean variety show created by a TV network, tvN, to be broadcast exclusively online.

It drew inspiration from the 16th-century Chinese classic "Journey to the West," which follows four characters on a trip to India.

The return of the quartet from the successful first season of KBS 2TV's entertainment program "Two Days, One Night" in 2010 has been much anticipated.

A screen capture from an episode of "New Journey to the West," an online variety show launched by Naver on Sept. 4, 2015 (Yonhap)

A screen capture from an episode of "New Journey to the West," an online variety show launched by Naver on Sept. 4, 2015 (Yonhap)

In the first episode, actor Lee confers scandalous nicknames on Eun and the comedian Lee, who he calls "Yeouido divorcee" and "Sangam gambler," respectively, for their past. Yeouido and Sangnam are names of Seoul districts where the two live. Sitting next to the actor is a visibly uncomfortable Kang, who isn't used to the brutal honesty that would have been banned on TV.

In the remaining episodes, the four are given a mission to find their way to their guesthouse from the airport in the central Chinese city of Xi'an with just 50 yuan (US$7.87) and 10 percent of their phone batteries left. Hilarity ensues.

Producer Na Yeong-seok of the show had earlier said his goal is to achieve 20 million views in total.

"New Journey to the West" is uploaded five episodes at a time on Naver and the Chinese portal website qq.com every Friday.


s: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2015/09/04/0200000000AEN20150904008500315.html?input=www.twitter.com

and also via KoreaHerald: http://kpopherald.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=201509041606474614428_2



The #1 episode video already more than 1M views now!! all 5 episodes video combained surpass 3M views!

And already more than 8,3 M views in total!! ^3^/


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SeungGi leave message in his official site regarding NJttW.. He sound so excited.. ^^


[Eng] 15.09.04 From SeungGi

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 by tryp96

For SeungGi’s original message in Korean, please visit leeseunggi.com

New Journey to the West Starts!! 2015-09-04

Hello, everyone~ [in Chinese]
New Journey to the West starts [Chinese & Japanese pronunciation?] ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Airens, is it fun?


As one of the 3 main sponsors, let’s show the great power of clicks.

Everyone jiayou [fighting in Chinese]!!

P.S. I was deeply moved by the really, really kind/friendly Chinese people who gave me a lot of help!
Chinese fans! Thank you~^^ Xiexie [thank you in Chinese]

source: leeseunggi.com
English translation: tryp96.wordpress.com
Please do not plagiarize or repost without a link back to my original post.



So sweet.. ^3^ It's so fun SeungGi-ah..!! Jiayou!! ^3^/

I hope beside "the 3 sponsors" they already get other "real" sponsors now.. :D

It was kind of sad, but hilarious at the same time, how they said so straight that they didin't get any sponsor for the trip!! XD TT.. Better all those brands that was mentioned and showed in this show become their sponsor!!  and better tvN paid them well!! :P

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