[TRANS] 140127 [Star Talk] ‘December’ Kim Junsu, “I Still Feel Like A Fool In Front Of Women”


JYJ member and musical actor Kim Junsu has met with Kim Kwang Seok’s music. ‘December: The Song That Hasn’t Ended’ is a jukebox musical that opened in December and uses 24 of Kim Kwang Seok’s music to create a love story.

When it was found that Kim Junsu would be appearing in ‘December’, many were confused by his choice.

Since making his debut as a musical actor, Kim Junsu has swept up Best Rookie Awards and Popularity Awards left and right, moving on to win the Best Actor Award at the 18th Korea Musical Awards.  He has made his mark as a musical actor with real talent and immense ticket power.

Despite a flood of famous overseas licensed musicals up for grabs, Kim Junsu decided to choose the dangerous road of a ‘newly created musical’. This was what our first question was about.

“There were so many things about this musical that drew me in. I think I felt a sense of responsibility to take on a newly created musical after winning such a great award. Then there was the fact that the musical is directed by Jang Jin and uses Kim Kwang Seok’s music. It was an honor for me to be able to sing ‘December’. This musical requires a lot of acting and memorizing lines, so I hoped it would help widen up by spectrum. I’ve stayed humble and am open to learning as much as I can.”


Kim Junsu plays the role of Ji Wook, a man hurt by the memories of his first love, and plays a wide age range from his twenties to his forties. Seeing Kim Junsu play the role of Ji Wook in his twenties brings a smile to our faces. The charismatic ‘JYJ Kim Junsu’ is nowhere to be seen, leaving the cute and adorable ‘younger brother Kim Junsu’.

“The overall feel, way of speaking, movements and tone all come from my days as a student. When I was in middle school and high school, I would do nothing but sing and dance because I was so passionate about my dream. So I used to feel like a fool in front of women, just like Ji Wook. I still feel like that sometimes. I feel embarrassed and shy for some odd reason. (laughter)”

Kim Junsu is a presence in the Korean musical industry that can’t be ignored. Making his debut in 2010 with the musical ‘Mozart!’, Kim Junsu has showcased an amazing ticket power, selling out every performance he’s been in. ‘December’ is no exception. The Seoul performances of ‘December’ will come to an end on the 29th, and the 63,000 seats for Kim Junsu’s performances were sold out.Kim Junsu’s Busan performances (February 7th~16th) and Daegu performances (February 21st~March 2nd) were sold out as well. What is the secret to his success?

“I think people appreciate me for how hard I work. Musical tickets are expensive, so I feel a sense of responsibility to make each performance worth the ticket price. It’s been five years since I’ve appeared on broadcasted programs due to various reasons, and I want to thank everyone for their unlimited love. I truly think of myself as a lucky person.”


When asked what production he’d like to appear in next, Kim Junsu said ‘Man of La Mancha’, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Hedwig’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’. Finally, we asked what the end game of this lover of Korean musicals is.

“I plan to stop releasing albums as a singer when I believe that no one is waiting for me anymore. But I want to keep performing in musicals. Please keep watching over me as I evolve as a musical actor.”

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[TRANS] 140127 Kim Junsu Says, “I Was Surprised By The ‘Crowd Of Middle-Aged Men’ At My Performances”


– Kim Junsu, A New Musical ‘December’
A Jukebox music filled with Kim Kwang Seok’s music, “This is the first time I’ve had so many lines, I tried to surpass my limits”

‘December’, a newly created musical that opened its curtains last month, was the biggest hit in the musical industry in 2013. Not only is it a jukebox musical that brings all of Kim Kwang Seok’s music to one performance, but it also features JYJ’s Kim Junsu (Xia Junsu, 27) as its leading role. The reviews weren’t great at first and the musical wasn’t expected to succeed because, “It’s awkward to see an idol sing Kim Kwang Seok’s songs.” But over 85% of tickets for the 30 Seoul performances were sold, and the musical now moves on to Busan on February 7th. This is where Kim Junsu’s ‘ticket power’ came into play. On the 24th, we met with him at a waiting room in the Sejong Culture Center.

“I suddenly heard the booming laughter of a bunch of middle-aged men. That’s the first time I’ve heard such a sound at a performance.” This was his reply when we mentioned that many middle-aged people in their fifties and older were watching the musical. Though many were drawn to the memory of Kim Kwang Seok, not many tickets would have been sold if Kim Junsu wasn’t great at what he does.

– You have one of the greatest ticket powers in the Korean industry, alongside Jo Seung Woo, who is currently performing ‘Man Of La Mancha’. It must have been a great risk, taking on a musical that hadn’t been proven yet…

“I made my decision to appear in the musical as soon as I heard ‘December’, Kim Kwang Seok’s unreleased song. I believed that me doing my best was what I could do to repay the industry that gave me the opportunity to sing again. I didn’t have any videos to reference, and I had to make my own movements and accents. What was most difficult were the lines.”

– Since making your debut in 2010 with ‘Mozart!’, you’ve only taken on song-through musicals. You have a lot of spoken lines in this musical. The way you spoke was quite unique, and we could feel your sincerity in your words.

“I had always limited myself by saying ‘I’ll try out acting later,’ but I finally broke through that limit with this musical. Gathering up the courage to try made me more confident. Though I don’t have the greatest voice, I will continue to show exactly who I am through my work.”

– Isn’t it strange to be acting inside a 1990s environment?

“At first, the concepts of falling in love at first sight or waiting on the roof of a boarding house were so strange to me. People meet and break up on KakaoTalk these days, don’t they? But once I delved into Kim Kwang Seok’s music and the sentiments of that time period, I could feel the sincerity of those actions.”

– You received loud applause for your rendition of ‘If Only Love That Is Too Painful Wasn’t Love At All’ at the end of the first act. You looked like you were completely into it.

“I thought about holding back and showing false emotions, but that doesn’t happen when I stand in front of the audience. It’s a song that comes after talking to someone who has already died. I put all of my sad emotions into my performance, and I cried while I sang. Doing that drains me and makes it hard for me to stay on my feet.”

– It must have been difficult to take on the role of a man in his forties for half the musical.

“It really wasn’t easy, so I came up with an idea to make it work. I pretended to act like a guy in my teens in scenes where I was supposed to 25, and that made me look much more sophisticated in my older role. In the second act, it was really hard to act drunk because I’ve never consumed alcohol before. We ended up cutting back on the scenes that had me having a drink.”

– Were you happier in your glory days as a member of TVXQ or now?

“Now. In the past, it felt like I was living the life of TVXQ, not my own. When I stand on stage, I can really feel the audience’s support for me. Musicals are so powerful and addictive.”

Since leaving TVXQ, JYJ have been unable to appear on broadcasted programs because of their dispute with their former agency. When we asked him, “But don’t you still want to appear on televised programs?” he didn’t hold back on his true feelings and said, “I really do.”

Source: [chosun]

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[TRANS] 140123 [Star Interview] 10th Anniversary TVXQ… Making Their Most Charming Comeback Yet


They were called “Singers who would satisfy R&B fans of Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars,” by Billboard. Attracting 850,000 people to their Japanese tour last year, they broke new records as Korean singers in Japan. Stars with more fans than Elvis Presley. The people who ‘break records’ and ‘make history’ every step they take are none other than TVXQ (U-Know Yunho, Max Changmin).

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, TVXQ recently released their 7th album . And they are unbeatable. Their title track dominated various digital music charts on sites like Olleh, Bugs and Genie. Other tracks like , , and also ranked high on the charts. They even scored a grand slam, dominated the four major music shows of Mnet’s <m! countdown=””>, KBS’ , MBC’s and SBS’ .

U-Know Yunho said, “10 years actually don’t feel like such a long period of time,” and “We wanted to show people everything we had, and focusing on that made it feel like time was flying by. We want to keep this flow going, and keep meeting our fans for a long, long time.”

●Communication and Sincerity

Their 7th album is much more emotional and energetic than their previous albums. Their title track is a modern swing jazz piece that is reminiscent of an extravagant Las Vegas Big Band show. is a kaleidoscope-like funk-rock song while is a sweet R&B piece. Listening to the entire album pulls us into TVXQ’s musical world with their full and sophisticated sound. With 10 years of experience under their belt, both TVXQ and their album have become softer and more approachable.

U-Know Yunho said, “<Something> has a classical but extravagant big band feel to it, so it’s easy to listen to but powerful at the same time. We’ve taken a rhythm that the public will enjoy and mixed in TVXQ’s unique color. We did our best to fill our album with a variety of genres and emotions. In the past, we’ve focused on electronic sounds that emphasized visuals and complicated performances. They had a very  masculine and strong feel to them. We tried to fill our 7th album <Tense> with as many genres as we could.”

Not only did TVXQ focus on communication through their albums, but they also increased their communication with their fans. Appearing on various radio programs and variety shows, the members of TVXQ have opened up about themselves more than ever. They are not just ‘shining stars on stage’. They have become ‘warm and approachable stars’ who sit next to us and talk to us.

Max Changmin smiled and said, “I think we’ve shed many skins that were wrapped around us for the past 10 years. It’s become much easier to show more of our true selves to our fans. We used to be quite hard on ourselves, holding back on our emotions and toning down our language during interviews and televised appearances. It’s not like that anymore. We express ourselves, saying what we like, what we don’t like and what we find pretty. We’ve shed the image that was branded upon us, and we’re greeting our fans as our true selves.”

●Hoping to become the longest-running group as their true selves

10 years since their debut, TVXQ’s worth continues to shine brighter every year. This is why we are more excited for what’s to come in the next 10 years, rather than for the past 10 years of achievements and success.

U-Know Yunho said, “There’s something we’ve said since our debut. We want to continue to evolve through various genres and transformations. That’s what our next 10 years will look like. We will continue to take on new challenges and transformations as we greet our fans. Of course, we will preserve the unique charm that TVXQ have always had. We will work hard to increase the value of TVXQ’s name and brand.”

Listening to U-Know Yunho’s response, Max Changmin added, We’ve done a lot of large-scale concerts till now, but I’d like for us to change the way we run our concerts as well, holding performances for families, for guys, or even for couples. We will only be able to succeed if we have passion and knowledge about music. The feeling of responsibility has only grown in the past 10 years. We will continue to work even harder to become a better role model for our juniors.”

Source: [hankooki]

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[TRANS] 140115 Max Changmin Talks About Leaving ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’, “I Wanted To See Kim Yuna In Sochi”


TVXQ’s Max Changmin recently opened up about leaving ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’.

Max Changmin recently met with reporters during KBS 2TV’s ‘Music Bank’ and said, “I thought I wouldn’t be sad after deciding to leave the show, but I got a bit emotional. I tried my best to not cry.”

With one more filming session left on the 15th, Max Changmin will be leaving ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’. Though he has participated in all four sports categories (table tennis, bowling, badminton, basketball) till now, he has decided to leave the show due to his busy schedule.

Regarding this, Max Changmin said, “I get teary-eyed looking at my fellow teammates. I’ve had such great memories. I’m grateful to everyone who’s shared the experience with me, like Lee Byung Jin, Alex and Jo Dal Hwan. I’m sad that I won’t be able to be with the show anymore, since I have a packed schedule to fulfill as a member of TVXQ.”


The singer was especially sad about not being able to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics with the team and said, “I wanted to meet all the fairies in the ice rink, like Kim Yuna, in Sochi, but I guess that dream won’t be coming true after all.”

Max Changmin has gone through many transformations during his 10-month appearance on the show. Last year, he confessed that, “My personality has gotten much more positive since appearing on ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’.”

Regarding this, Max Changmin said, “I’m so busy and worn out these days, but I’m able to get back on my feet and keep going thanks to the changes in my personality and mindset that ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’ has caused.” Max Changmin is currently tackling an extremely packed schedule, with a variety of activities piled on top of promotional activities for TVXQ’s latest album.

Meanhwile, TVXQ recently released their 7th album ‘TENSE’ and are currently promoting their title track ‘Something’. With great results on various digital music charts, the album has even been covered by the foreign press, including Billboard.com. TVXQ plan to kick off a Dome tour in Japan in April.

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[TRANS] 140114 Max Changmin’s Interview 2 “I Let It All Go For Once In My Life For My ‘Wild Horse’ Performance”

TVXQ celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2013. On the 26th and 27th of December, TVXQ held concerts and met with fans to celebrate their 10th anniversary together.

U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin prepared unique solo performances for the concerts. U-Know Yunho sang his own composition ‘Santa Revolution’ while Max Changmin performed Norazo’s ‘Wild Horse’. Wearing the horse costume from Norazo’s music video, Max Changmin drew the attention of everyone in the venue with his comical dance performance.


Sitting in the waiting room of a music program, Max Changmin said, “I was trying to choose between ‘Wild Horse’ and ‘Curry’. I was leaning more towards ‘Curry’ because ‘Wild Horse’ only recently came out, but I ended up going with it.”

Max Changmin made sure everything was perfect, even borrowing a horse outfit from Norazo. He said, “I called them in person to thank them for lending me the outfit. The strawberry headgear I wore last time (during the SM TOWN concert in Japan with Kyu Hyun) cost 900,000 Won, and this horse outfit has so many more details and breaks more easily. But I was so grateful that they lent it to me that I called them to say so, and they told me that they were grateful as well. They said that if I ever need anything else, I should give them a call.”

‘Wild Horse’ was a stage that was full of laughs and comical relief. Max Changmin said, “Till now, all I’ve done is perform songs that make me look cool. I’ve only been able to let myself go to a certain limit. I think it’s nice to let myself go like I did for ‘Wild Horse’ when it’s just me and our fans. I changed my tempo a bit because I really wanted to do this.”


The group sang ‘Always Be There’ at the concerts, before the release date of their album, and it was a song for their fans, just like ‘I Swear’, which Max Changmin wrote the lyrics for. But ‘I Swear’ is a song the group has never performed at a concert before.

Max Changmin jokingly said, “It’s a running joke in our concert team. We created the song for our fans, but we’ve never performed it on stage. We should probably sing it next time we have a concert.”

The star is set to leave KBS 2TV’s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’, a show he’s been with for over a year. We asked if anything emotional happened during the second to last filming session on the 8th. He said, “I thought it wouldn’t be said, but I got a bit emotional.”

Meanwhile, TVXQ released their 7th album ‘Tense’ on the 6th and have since been promoting their title track ‘Something’.

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[TRANS] 140114 Max Changmin’s Interview 1 “I’m Happy To Be Focusing More On Having Fun Than Looking Good”

Max Changmin revealed that he is especially fond of TVXQ’s latest album.

Since TVXQ released their 7th album ‘Tense’ on the 6th, they have been busy promoting their title track ‘Something’. Meeting with Max Changmin in a waiting room for a music program recently, he looked happy as he said, “I’m enjoying actively promoting a song for the first time in a while.”

Max Changmin said, “For our latest album, everything went so well without a single bump, even from the earliest preparation processes. That’s why, regardless of whether we come in at first place or not, we’re feeling really satisfied with our work. We’re all having fun and feeling great.”


‘Something’ is a completely different from TVXQ’s previous songs like ‘Keep Your Head Down’ and ‘Catch Me’. Max Changmin expressed his satisfaction for the transformation as he said, “It’s a song I really like personally. I love the fact that we can relax and focus more on having fun this time around.”

The line performance the group dances on stage is an extremely difficult piece of choreography that requires the use of ropes. From pretending to pluck guitar strings to making a boxing ring, creating standing microphones and dancing like a marionette on strings, TVXQ have to showcase perfect synchronization with their dancers so that none of the ropes get tangled.

Max Changmin began by saying, “Our dancers have it harder than we do.” He continued to say, “The broadcasts don’t really show just how much work our dancers put into the choreography with the ropes. We have to color coordinate the ropes with tape to make sure that they get the timing right for each move.”

Looking at the ropes stacked up near the door, we could easily see pieces of colored tape on each rope. Max Changmin highlighted the effort TVXQ’s dancers put into their performances as he said, “There are dancers who only focus on holding ropes and don’t dance at all. We have so many things to worry about on top of the choreography,” and “The ropes are marked with red, blue or green pieces of tape. The dancers have to remember when they have to hold which piece of rope to make the dance work, so they have it pretty rough.”

The choreography for ‘Something’ was taken on by Tony Testa, who also worked on ‘Catch Me’ from TVXQ’s last album. Looking back on his rehearsals, Max Changmin confessed that he had a tough time because of the complicated choreography as he said, “The idea is great, but there were times when I hated Tony while we were rehearsing. I’m so happy that it worked out well.”

When we commented that it worked out well because TVXQ are capable of pulling off anything, no matter how difficult the choreography is, Max Changmin gave a reply of, “Tony Testa is always trying to do something new, whether he’s working with us or SHINee.”


The singer’s sly facial expressions in TVXQ’s music video, while he was surrounded by beautiful models, has become a hot topic. Having acted out scenes that involved a lot of physical contact with a handful of models, Max Changmin jokingly said, “When I was surrounded by women, I thought to myself that I could die right there and I’d be happy.”

This is the first time that TVXQ are performing on stage with female dancers during promotional activities other than concerts. Regarding this, Max Changmin said, “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I wanted us to express the sly nature of regular guys our age, instead of always focusing on looking cool and powerful.”

He continued to express that the results aren’t as important as the process as he said, “I’m so happy to be able to sing such a song. It’s a song that has a purpose of being fun to listen to, rather than of making us look good. It’s what we’ve always wanted to do, so it doesn’t really matter to us whether we win any awards or sell a lot of albums.”

We asked him which song he likes the most in TVXQ’s latest album. When we asked if it was ‘Rise…’, which he wrote the lyrics for, Max Changmin said, “It’s a song I liked from the moment I listened to the guide. I wrote the lyrics with the Batman movies in mind.”

He continued to state that he liked the song ‘Moonlight Fantasy’ and said, “It’s true that people tend to favor the song they sound best in. I especially like ‘Moonlight Fantasy’, ‘Rise…’ and ‘Off-road’. Personally, I listen to this album the most out of all the albums we’ve released. It’s not that I’m being narcissistic, I just feel really satisfied with this album.”

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[TRANS] 140109 [Star Cast] ‘Something’ Interesting About ‘Something’, As Told By TVXQ


10 years. 10 years are an epoch. And ‘TVXQ’ have changed in those 10 years. No, they have transformed. And their new album ‘TENSE’ is a result of that transformation. ‘TENSE’ has the meaning of ‘full of nerves and tension’. This is meant to reflect the nerves and tension that TVXQ feel when they’re on stage. It also reflects the pronunciation of ’10th’, to commemorate the group’s 10th anniversary.

TVXQ’s change is refreshing and exciting. This can be felt through their title track’ Something’. As a swing jazz song, a genre that TVXQ have never tried before, it is lively and refreshing. Completely opposite from the grandiose and strong music they’ve created so far, the song is appealing to the masses.

“We wanted to show a lively and refreshing side of TVXQ that we’ve never shown before to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We chose swing jazz because our goal to strive for new music and new genres. We wanted to be more appealing to the public. Shall we call it a gift for our fans?”

Why did TVXQ choose ‘Something’ as the title track of their 10th anniversary album? There’s ‘something’ there that has yet to be uncovered. Here is that ‘something’ of ‘Something’, as told by the members of TVXQ themselves.


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