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[05.05.09] Kang Ji Hwan – The Story Behind His Debut

Posted in Kang Ji Hwan with tags on May 5, 2009 by koala41


A person who is constantly consoled by his friends who say “We can’t understand why you’re not in first place,” but can only cry when he looks at his report card. Actor Kang Ji Hwan (32) can be said to be that type of person.

That’s because even though the dramas Kang Ji Hwan starred in drew avid fans, he lost the ratings to the big hit dramas that aired on the other stations. 90 Days to Hwang Jini, Capital Scandal to Money’s Warfare, Hong Gil Dong to New Heart…they were all completely knocked out by the competition.

Switching over to movies, Rough Cut brought critical acclaim, but the spotlight was on So Ji Sub who returned after 4 years in this movie.

I met KJH on the 15th. He started talking in his usual quiet fashion. “My position is a little vague. I’m neither a top star nor a supporting actor, and although I canbe a leading actor, I’ve never had a drama where I got top ratings…”

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[05.03.09] Kang Ji Hwan’s Interview from Kang Star (Part 2)

Posted in Kang Ji Hwan on May 3, 2009 by koala41

Q. What was your parents’ reaction when you finally made your decision to pursue your dream?
A. They didn’t oppose it, but when they first heard about it, they were hesitant. But they continued to support me. Even when I didn’t have any work and I stayed at home, they never asked “why” and waited. At times, that turned into pressure, but looking at it from my parents’ perspective, it must have been hard.

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[04.30.09] Kang Ji Hwan’s Interview from Kang Star (Part 1)

Posted in 7 Grade Civil Servant, Kang Ji Hwan with tags , on April 30, 2009 by koala41


Q. At the press premiere, I watched the movie seated right behind KJH and KNH. While everyone was roaring with laughter, you seemed to be unmoved…(laugh)
A. We’d already seen the movie several times, so that day we were too busy trying to read to reporters’ reaction…(laugh)

Q. We’ve heard that there were a lot of ad libbing…
A. It’s my own hard and fast rule to plan 70 percent beforehand, and to prepare 30 percent on the set. I would insert my ad lib after certain action or at the end of certain lines, or after certain emotional scenes so as to not get in the way of the opposing actor. In addition, I’d tell those involved beforehand while checking the flow of action to avoid confusion during the actual take. And if the reaction was not good or if for some reason it didn’t go well, I would immediately go back to the original script. The director recognized my effort and took care to leave it open ended to allow me to act as I liked. Actually, except for the scenes that were edited out, 90-100% of my ad lib was used.
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[03.06.09] Kim Ha-neul and Kang Ji-hwan are Mr & Mrs Smith

Posted in 7 Grade Civil Servant, Kang Ji Hwan, Kim Ha Neul with tags , on March 7, 2009 by koala41


The Korean version- that is.

Kim Ha-neul and Kang Ji-hwan are stars of the new movie, “Level 7 Public Officials ” ( very loosely translated from ‘7급 공무원). The words “public official” does not at all sound sexy or exciting. And unfortunately, a trailer is not available to find out whether our suspicions are true.

Kim Ha-neul takes on the Russian mafia to stop weapons of mass destruction from entering the country.

Level 7 Public Officials ” opens in April 2009.

Credit: Popseoul

“Civil Servant” kicks off filming, wishes self luck

Posted in Entertainment News, Kang Ji Hwan with tags , , , on October 17, 2008 by koala41

October 13 marked the official start for work on the romantic action comedy Civil Servant Level 7 [7급공무원], starring Kim Haneul as a sexy veteran spy and Kang Ji-hwan as a newbie agent on his first secret mission chasing Russian industrial spies who work for an illegal crime organization, in an attempt to prevent the proliferation of dangerous chemical weapons. (So many things to giggle at in the description. What’s not to love?)

Cast and crew performed the opening spiritual rites for good luck, and filming commenced in the city of Suwon on the following day.

The film is directed by Shin Tae-ra (of Black House) and also stars Kang Shin-il (Public Enemy Returns, Golden Bride), Ryu Seung-ryong (Painter of the Wind), and Jang Young-nam (Women in the Sun) in supporting roles. Also in attendance were several dozens of Japanese fans (attracted by Kang Ji-hwan, no doubt — not that I blame them!), some of whom sported T-shirts bearing Kang’s name.

Civil Servant Level 7 is looking at an early 2009 release.

Source: Arts News
Credit: Dramabeans

Triple To Be Delayed To May 2009

Posted in Kang Ji Hwan, Lee Seon Kyun, Triple, Yoon Kye Sang with tags , , , , on October 3, 2008 by koala41

The broadcast of “Triple” directed by Lee Yoon Jung of “Coffee Shop 1st Prince” fame has been delayed. It is now scheduled for a May 2009 broadcast.

“Triple” is a story between figure skaters and advertising executives. It was originally scheduled to be aired in January 2009. It has now been pushed back to May 2009 after MBC made some changes to it’s broadcasting schedule.

A MBC representative said yesterday, “The delay in broadcast is a good thing for us. We can now recheck the script in detail and can prepare for it even better with the additional time.” Fans have been looking forward to this even more after Kang Ji Hwan was added to the cast recently, already comprising of Yoon Kye Sang, Lee Sun Gyun and newbie actress Min Hyo Rin.

Secret agent man Kang Ji-hwan

Posted in Entertainment News, Kang Ji Hwan with tags , , , on September 30, 2008 by koala41

Kang Ji-hwan really is keeping busy, making the most of this productive and successful time in his career. (He did back-to-back dramas, shooting Capital Scandal before launching himself directly into the eight-month-long commitment with Hong Gil Dong, after which he kept active promoting his recent film with So Ji-sub, A Movie Is a Movie (aka Rough Cut), had a large-scale fanmeeting in Japan, and was recently cast in the upcoming Triple with Yoon Kye-sang and Lee Seon-kyun.)

Now he reunites with former co-star Kim Ha-neul as a danger-courting spy in Civil Servant Level 7, after previously playing cousins and lovers (yeah, I know) in the tearjerker melodrama 90 Days’ Time to Love. Apparently Kang took the role almost immediately after receiving the screenplay.

Known for being a perfectionist with his detailed, prepared character work, he now takes on double-duty in Civil Servant, ’cause he’s got two identities to juggle as a boring accountant who also happens to speak fluent Russian and act as a top-secret spy. Like Bond and Jason Bourne before him, he often handles missions alone (though he does work with Korea’s secret agent team); this mission concerns a biochemical weapon and Russian criminal organizations.

The movie, billed as an action romantic comedy, plans to start filming after its supporting cast is selected (likely mid-October).

>> Another Kang Ji Hwan movie to look forward too… ^^

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Posted in Be Strong Geum Soon, Beethoven Virus, Choi Kang Chil Woo, Cooking Up Romance, East of Eden, Eric Moon, Han Ji Hye, Han Ye Seul, Jang Geun Suk, Junjin, Kang Ji Hwan, Kingdom of the Winds, Lee Da Hae, Lee Ji Ah, Lee Ji Hoon, Lee Yo Won, Love Marriage, Minwoo, Mom's Dead Upset, Moon Geun Young, Painter of the Wind, Park Hae Jin, Park Shin Yang, Shinhwa, Song Il Gook, Song Seung Hoon, Surgeon Bong Dal Hee, Tazza, Uncategorized, You Are My Destiny with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2008 by koala41

2 weeks ago i finally got my Shinhwa the Greatest Artist 1998-2007 DVD. Here’s the pictures i have taken..

…also listening and addicted to Minwoo’s 4th jib: M Rizing. As i expected… the theme of the songs are different from his previous albums.. i admit, among the 6 members of Shinhwa, Minwoo’s the most talented in my opnion. He’s got a great voice, good at writing/composing songs, and he dances good. The others are talented as well in their own respective ways but it’s just Minwoo for me even though Junjin’s my favorite, LOL. ^^,

Here’s the latest MV of Minwoo: Don’t Trust Men

Here’s a picture of my Shinhwa 9th Album Special Limited Edition. ^^ Still wasn’t able to get my copy of their 9th Jib White Edition (Repackaged Limited Edition). Hopefully i can get it next week.

As for the dramas i’m watching….

Daily Dramas:

Cooking Up Romance

I’m getting impatient with this drama… Manbong still haven’t noticed Hye Gyeong. But in the preview for today’s episode Hye Gyeong seems to realize that she’s attracted to Manbong. I wonder how many episodes this drama have…

You Are My Destiny

Everytime i’m watching this drama i always get annoyed with the evil…hypocrite…obssessed character, Subin. Looking forward on the day when Subin’s evil acts will be exposed..

Mon/Tue Dramas:

Strongest Chil Woo

still watching it on KBS world.. Can’t wait till it finishes, lol. The story’s good but if not for Eric Moon i might not be watching it. hehe! ^^

Love Marriage

Have only watched episode 1but i immediately got hooked. I have it till the latest episode but due to Surgeon Bong Dal Hee i haven’t watched the succeeding episodes but i’ll watch it soon…

East of Eden

I have seen episodes 1-5 as those were the only episodes with english subtitles at the moment. I would not watch this drama if not for the many stars i like: Park Hae Jin, Lee Da Hae, Han Ji Hye, Yoon Jung Hoon minus Song Seung Hoon, lol! not much of a Song Seung Hoon but i don’t really hate him… ^^ The drama’s a mixture of revenge, family and complicated love story… very interesting but a very long one…

Wed/Thurs Drama:

Beethoven Virus

So far i have only watched episode 1 but i instantly got hooked with this drama. The theme of the story, which is about orchestra really interestes me. Plus… i love the cast.. jang Geun Suk & Lee Ji Ah… yay!! can’t wait for the subs…

from Left: Tazza, Painter of the Wind, Kingdom of Winds

Still haven’t watched these 3dramas becoz Tazza & Painter of the Winds still doesn’t have subtitles. As for Kingdom of the Winds…i still don’t have the time. I’m downloading it for my mom actually coz she likes Song Il Gook. ^^

Weekend Drama:

Mom’s Dead Upset

I enjoy watching this weekend drama on KBS World. I love the story of Yeong Su And Jeong Won. I also love the other characters except for the dramatic mother, Hanja, hahaha!! ^^

Dramas i’m watching on Philippine TV via GMA channel:

Be Strong Geum Soon

I love this drama mainly because of Kang Ji Hwan, hehe! ^^ I’m really anticipating this drama ever since and i even bought a copy without english subtitle and it’s in mandarin audio, hahaha! that’s how much i love kang Ji hwan.

My Husband’s Woman

It always make me want to strunggle the other woman every time i’m watching this drama… She’s one of the most despicable woman on Kdramas i have seen. ^^

Drama I’m watching on DVD:

Surgeon Bong Dal Hee

It’s my first time watching a medical drama… and i’m loving it.. The cast is good. I love Lee Yo Won, she’s so pretty.. Can’t wait to see the love story between the perfectionist doctor and the intern, hehe! ^^

Triple is officially awesome

Posted in Entertainment News, Kang Ji Hwan, Lee Seon Kyun, Triple, Yoon Kye Sang with tags , , , , on September 26, 2008 by koala41

…and it hasn’t even aired yet!

That’s it. Triple has just shot up — over Song Hye-gyo and Hyun Bin, over the Korean Hana Yori Dango — as my new most anticipated drama. Because on top of casting Lee Seon-kyun, then following with Yoon Kye-sang, they’ve now rounded out their lead trio with…

…Kang Ji-hwan!

I don’t know if I could’ve picked a dreamier ideal dream lineup. Sure, there are a few other actors I’d put in my “top picks” bag, but these three are at the top of the list of those still doing dramas.

And lest I sound like a hormonally driven fangirl (which, hey, don’t judge), all three are actually — gasp! — good actors.

They all bring a different kind of energy, which should be interesting to see together. Kang Ji-hwan has done both slapstick and tearjerker — he can be goofy and comically spot-on, but turn on a dime into heart-wrenchingly intense. Lee Seon-kyun has spent much of his recent career playing to type as the reserved, thoughtful introvert. And Yoon Kye-sang can be both outrageous and wonderfully emotive.

Kang Ji-hwan will take on the role of a short-track speed skater (talk about upgrading, huh?), while Yoon Kye-sang and Lee Seon-kyun are ad-agency execs. With the three male stars being so much older than young newbie actress Min Hyo-rin, who barely registers a blip on the radar in comparison, I’m starting to think (hope?) that the tone of Triple won’t skew quite as young (read: green and awkward) as previously feared.

Now we can only wait to see what Coffee Prince producer/director Lee Yoon-jung whips up. For the first time, I look on Triple without dread.

Credit: OSEN & Dramabeans

>>> Yay!!! Now i’m really looking forward to Triple because Kang Ji Hwan is in it… Before i’m only after this dramas becoz of Yoon Kye Sang but now that Kang Ji Hwan is included… i really can’t wait to see it.. ^^

So Ji-sub, Kang Ji-hwan, Charisma showdown in movie

Posted in Entertainment News, Kang Ji Hwan with tags , on May 9, 2008 by koala41

So Ji-sub and Kang Ji-hwan were cast as lead roles for “Movie is Movie”.

So Ji-sub stars as Kang Pae, a gangster, and Kang Ji-hwan is Soo-Ta, a successful actor. Their respective roles allow them to show their charm and acting skills.

It is the story of Kang Pae, who lives each day streaked with violence, and Soo-Ta, who starts to dislike the star’s life, who star in the same movie. The unique plot of a gangster and a star who both star in a gangster action movie is already drawing attention.

Director Jang Hoon said, “We were thinking of the two actors while working on the scenario. I’m looking forward to filming, for they both have passion for acting”. It will start filming in mid-May.

Original Korean Article: 2008.04.24 16:48
English Translation Credit: HanCinema

>>I’ll be looking forward to this movie since it stars one of my most favorite Korean actor, KANG JI HWAN sshi… and another favorite actor of mine… So Ji Sub… sooo excited. ^^