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Hankyung’s Interview | Modern Music March 2010 Issue

Part 1

Hankyung: “In these few years, I’ve really tasted all the ups and downs of life.”

In the year 2007
Every celebrity would have their own stories of hardships, but if it was as
“sour” as old vinegar, then it would be better if they had not experienced it, because it will emit a strong smell following the air flow. Hankyung wasn’t famous back in 2007, but through two programs – 'Date with Lu Yu' and 'Happy Camp' – he was remembered by people, as his story was very special, and the strong resilience emanating from the main character of the story makes even those beautifully blooming flowers who grew up in a “greenhouse”[1] pale in comparison. The tag “the Chinese artist whom debuted in Korea” signifies that no matter how many people follow the same path[2], their stories are destined to have less impact than Hankyung’s. This ethnic Nanai boy[3] really maltreated himself – at that time, he gave up a lucrative job with Shanghai’s Jin Dun Troupe[4] and went towards the unknown future, without bringing a single cent with him to Korea, and even promised his mother this: “I won’t ask for money from the family anymore, and I will send money back home instead.” By not giving himself any room to turn back on his decision, he could only march on! During his trainee days, he practiced dancing until he fractured his bone, but didn’t realize it until 3 months later. He even joked that he had saved a large sum of medical fees. Isn’t it a little too exaggerated? But for Hankyung to work so hard, wasn’t it all for the sake of fighting for those pitifully few places to debut as an artist, so that all the sacrifices he made in the past few years won’t go to waste? So what if he debuted? Wearing masks, and painting his face with black paint that causes the skin to be unable to breathe (At that time, the Korean legislature placed a restriction on foreign celebrities with regards to stage performances, but for the sake of not disrupting the choreography of the entire group, Hankyung left behind many performances of the kind.[5]), then continued to dance; but when the others are enjoying the cheers and flowers from the crowd, at the same time, the handsome face that was blocked from the light would probably be feeling helpless…… In 2007, Hankyung said: “For the past few years, I’ve really tasted all the ups and downs of life.” When he returned to the country for promotions as the leader of SJ-M, he was asked how he felt, to which he replied: “The air at home is really different.” The pride and joy was obvious in his speech and gaze. Later on, when he was asked again about the entire experience, Hankyung described: “To me, this is an excellent experience, and it also serves to remind me to increasingly appreciate my achievements now. If I hadn’t worked so hard in the past, I would probably be intoxicated by my status as a celebrity, and get stalled in my steps, or maybe even giving up when I meet even the smallest difficulties.

In 2008
Hankyung was destined to be different from the rest when he was put in charge of an international group which mostly consists of Koreans. To him, 2008 would probably be a year full of pain and joy. The pain was most probably physical, as he had to lead a group which wasn’t familiar with the surroundings to break into China’s market. Not only that, he was also feeling the rocks as he crossed the riverbed[6], but he also had to juggle several roles at the same time – a translator, a nanny, a manager, a celebrity, and a teacher – and not forgetting the pressure caused by various parties…… The joy would most probably be psychological, because he has been looking forward to “develop in his country” for five years. From the start, Hankyung has been a person who knows how to appreciate the chances given to him, but what’s more important is that he knows how to grab those opportunities, because for someone who has gone through so many hardships, he knows that chances are hard to come by. He is a very resilient plant, and if you give him a little sunlight, then he will bloom beautifully. In the MV 'Beijing Welcomes You', there are many famous people in it, and on average, everyone will only get several seconds of screen time. But the person who wore a red traditional costume and sang the line “si qing hua yi dai xiao yi”[7] still managed to “kill” a lot of people within a split second. During the event held to countdown the remaining 100 days to the Beijing Olympics, there were still a lot of hotshots, but after the live telecast, there were a lot of people asking who was the handsome guy in a white shirt that was standing on the right of the stage. The thing is, on that day, almost everyone was in white, but only Hankyung stood out among the rest. Hankyung has said this before: “I was born into this world for the stage.” Although he had once considered being a teacher, the 3-feet podium[8] really doesn’t suit him, because he really exudes the aura of a king. When he performs traditional dances, his stances are very beautiful; when he performs robot dances, he has really strong energy; but the reason behind his improvements lies within his humbleness: “In terms of dancing, within the group, even though I’m good at dancing, it’s not the best, but I have the confidence that I can do better. Singing used to be one of my weaknesses, so I really worked hard in vocal training; even if there are some results, I’d be glad.” Actually when Hankyung was young, he doesn’t really sing, and when he does, his pitching would be off. When at a karaoke, he would be the person who sits by the side and listen to the others. After being signed to SME, only did he really start to get in touch with music. Later on, while preparing for his solo performance for Super Junior’s Asian Tour, he even specially hired a teacher to give him vocal lessons, and the mellow song 'Betrayal' came as a shock to many…… The more you get to know Hankyung, the more you will be fascinated by him, because in the current society, he who is already rather famous would still continuously improve himself, and relentlessly chase after the light and warmth that he desires.

In 2009
Within the four years after debuting, Super Junior (13 members) has released three albums, and SJ-M (7 members) released a full album and a mini-album. If you consider the 1-2 solo lines in every song (there are even some songs where you don’t get lines at all), and you total up all the album’s lyrics, Hankyung’s parts (in those songs) isn’t very much more than 'Betrayal'’s duration of 3 minutes and 20 seconds! Maybe after watching most of SJ and SJ-M’s performances, some people may suspect that Hankyung only knows how to dance, but he has never explained the reasons behind it. Instead of doing pointless things like this, he continued to improve himself, and his covers on 'Wo Yuan Yi/I Do' and 'Yu Ren Ma Tou/Fisherman’s Harbour' on shows has had the ability to reduce people to tears. Even though his singing techniques isn’t the best, but the feelings and emotions that he conveys from his heart is truly the richest. Hankyung is always creating surprises when it is least expected. Therefore if you give him a chance, he will repay you with a miracle. Even though Hankyung’s contract dissolution case from the end of 2009 is still causing heated discussions among people, but please don’t overthink the complicity of a celebrity’s contract. Stories of celebrities asking for contract dissolution are really common! It’s similar to how workers demand for the dissolution of their labor contract. It’s just like how your performance at work is superb, but your boss just doesn’t give you a pay raise or a promotion; it’s just like how your boss promises to allow you to further your studies abroad, but his assurance disappears into the thin air, only to never be fulfilled…… Everyone has the right to choose and be chosen. If you work overtime every day, just to feel dead tired, plagued by various diseases, and are unhappy with your job, you might as well just quit. Perhaps all the glamour and fame surrounding him is nothing but a beautiful lock, but no matter how exquisite a lock looks like, it’s still used to chain people down. Rumour has it that Hankyung can regain his freedom the earliest by March, and even if he has to start anew or drops to the bottom – so what? He was once asked what he would do if he fell from the top, to which he said: “I’ve already known that it will happen anyway, so I’ve prepared myself for when the time comes. I can work hard again, because I’ve worked hard once.” His bravery is akin to preparing to climb another mountain whose peak cannot be seen, right after he has just completed climbing a mountain which has a height of 4000m above sea level – priceless.

In 2010
After SJ-M released their mini-album, Hankyung’s more important responsibilities consists of business, business, business, and earning money, money, money. Even though he’s a singer, but those who know him better would know that he wants to become an outstanding actor even more. The drama versions of the MVs in which he has acted in are all inclined towards the artistic, mellow side, and even though the characters that he portray will sacrifice gloriously in the end, they are all very successful, especially through his gazes. In 'Super Girl', the disparity of the change between the dorky and cool guy was large, but it was handled by him with ease[9], and it really makes people think that his profession is not a dancer but an actor! In 'Stage of Youth'[10], the way he played his character with refreshing and natural acting skills won praises from many people. Although in variety shows, he would always be the one who gets pranked by the others, but in 'Entertainment @ Azio' he shouldered the responsibility of the prankster, in which he suddenly got mad[11] and left the recording studio. Patty Hou was left shocked, but had to continue hosting the show with feelings of guilt, and when the truth behind Hankyung’s outburst was revealed, she exclaimed “You really good at acting!” and she even hit him out of “anger”. (Hankyung apologized to her later) Yes, Hankyung has wanted to be an actor all along, and when every time he was asked whether he has any plans with regards to movies/dramas, he would answer with a smile and with eyes that sparkle with longing and joy: “I would like to try every type of character, but in terms of movies, I’m just starting out.” The Hankyung now is shy, doesn’t care about the pay or character type, and would be okay even if it’s only a small role, because he’s really a newbie in the acting circle. Hankyung is already clear of his standings in this point. Someone once said, China’s acting sector seriously lacks talents under 30 years of age, and for the past few years, the male actors have always been overshadowed by those from Hong Kong and Taiwan, hence it’s very hard for local actors to make it big in the country as compared to their Hong Kong and Taiwan counterparts. Hankyung, who has just turned 26, has very suitable prerequisites, as he is well-known in the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions, as well as in Japan, Korea, Thailand, South East Asia, and even in Vietnam…… Young male idols like Hankyung can’t really be counted, because the fact is, there’s only him. Maybe Little Han[12] really can step up to the place.

[1] Probably trying to mean those artists who are doing really well after being groomed in a good environment. Am not sure.
[2] Meaning those Chinese celebrities whom follow Hankyung’s footsteps in debuting in Korea.
[3] Nanai native – click here! for explanation
[4] Jin Dun Troupe – I think it’s a performing arts troupe in Shanghai.
[5] i.e. he performed while wearing masks/painting his face black
[6] 摸着石头过河 – a Chinese idiom, which means to figure out things as one goes; to take one step at the time.
[7] Hankyung’s line in the song
[8] 3-feet podium – literal translation, which actually means the stage where you stand on to give lectures.
[9] 游刃有余 – A Chinese idiom which means to do a job with skill and ease; to handle a difficult task with great ease.
[10] 青春舞台 – Stage of Youth, the show that Hankyung starred in (Click!)
[11] Click here for the article~
[12] 小韩 – nickname for Hankyung

Part 2

Hankyung in the eyes of the fans……

Kind and honest:

Kind is the word that best describes Hankyung. Yes, he always leaves messages on his CYworld which says: “Everyone, please don’t waste your money on purchasing gifts for me, it’s not worth it, because you can collect the money and donate it to people who need it more.” Huang Yi[1] said: “In the entertainment circle, you can’t really find many boys that are as pure as Hankyung anymore.” You can also always hear Hankyung say: “I’ll devote the best stage to all of you.” There’s nothing that’s really new; it’s always the same few sentences, to the extent that you can even recite it backwards[2]. This is actually why Hankyung is very practical. He holds high gratitude for his fans: “When I step out of the airport, I can see them everywhere, and sometimes they even forgo their sleep and wait overnight at the airport…… The amount love that they give is not something that can be repaid with one song or a dance. Not only that, Hankyung isn’t a person who would sprout those flowery words; he’s just someone who has a strong sense of responsibility and has profound respect for the stage, and would do his very best until the very last moment. Therefore, incidences like Hankyung declining to go on an ambulance after recovering from a fainting episode at the backstage of the Beijing Olympics event, are not rare……

Cute and Loli[3]:
The fact that he doesn’t really publicize himself is what makes Hankyung such a low profile person, but this doesn’t mean that he’s not smart or not mischievous. There was a fan that messaged Hankyung on Fly: “Geng Bao~~ Roar once. Roar… Roar roar roar…” to which he replied: “Bah~~~~~~” [4] Apart from the special characteristics that this Dongbei boy has, he also possesses an active and lovely side. There was a Hong Kong fan who was waving a towel which said “The 1.3 billion miracle” (this is Hankyung’s Korean fan’s support merchandise) at him, and he asked: “Why don’t you get the one in Chinese?” The fan teased: “I don’t have it! Why don’t you get one for me?” The distressed Mr. Han could only smile in reply. Regardless of the occasion, he will try his best to look out for and remember his support merchandise. For example, when Geng’s fans come on a show, he will automatically hold the fan board for her. And when the girl said: “It’s not very convenient to be holding it, so why don’t you just leave it on the floor?”, Hankyung cutely rejected her offer. Hence when the fan was playing in front, Hankyung would raise his own lighted fan board, and let it shine = =lll

Warm and caring:
Hankyung never fails to give others a warm feeling, and instead of saying that it’s because he has a face which no one bears to offend, you might as well say that he has a warm heart. There was a time when they had activities in Shanghai, where the weather was very cold and their schedules were very packed, not to mention their manager was being very strict with them, so the fans and the idols didn’t have many chances to interact with each other. Hankyung, who was sitting in the car, used the UFO reply machine which had a scrolling marquee, and wrote “It’s cold outside, please go home.” He then placed the LED screen at the window to show it to the fans that were following their car. Six simple words could warm someone to the depths of their hearts. There was a mother fan from Taiwan who went to Japan to see Hankyung, (Hankyung was filming for a show in Japan at that time) but because Hankyung’s flight was rescheduled to a much earlier time, she apologetically told him that she may not be able to see him off. Instead, Hankyung comforted her and said: “It’s okay. When you return to Taiwan tomorrow, please take care of your own safety.”

Trustworthy and dependable:
At a certain recording studio of a variety show, Hankyung interacted with a fan during the waiting time and asked whether it was fun. The fan replied yes, but Hankyung said: “Actually if you play the same game every day, there’s no more fun in it……” The life of a celebrity is like that – during the promotional period, you have to perform the same dance, and answer the same questions all the time, and of course you have to play the same games over and over again. There’s nothing much to complain, because in Hankyung’s heart, fans are not just fans, but they are also friends whom you can depend on to a certain extent. This kind of relationship could make others jealous. There was once when they arrived at the airport where the crowd was too huge that it was hard to control, and even the human barricade could probably be broken through. There was a fan whom shouted “Hankyung, hurry up and run”, which he did. The immense understanding shocked the crowd, and the laughed. Every time Hankyung updates his CY, the final phrase would definitely be “I love all of you”, and this has become his permanent format. Of course, he would also write “Hankyung ~~ Hankyung ~~ Hankyung, Geng’s fans ~~ Geng’s fans ~~ Geng’s fans”[5] to express his love. Don’t you think that it’s a little childish? But Hankyung was probably in a good mood at the time, that’s why he used the intonation of a primary school student! Never knew that the atmosphere between celebrities and their fans could be so warm and full of understanding.

Hankyung in the eyes of those who have worked with him before……

One of the CF directors
Hankyung – a boy who is very professional and respects his profession! But I pity this adorable boy! He had to film for the CF overnight until 4 in the morning, and had to rush for an 8am flight to Hunan, where he had to record for two more variety shows! He told me that from the 8th (of December?), his daily schedules are completely packed, and only had 2-3 hours of sleep every day. Seeing that it’s so hard on him, I told him to take a short nap while we’re setting up the lightings. But he said that since we’re doing a commercial for an eyedrop, if he slept, his eyes would be red, and that would affect the filming. Hence he stayed up all night…… (Taken from the director’s blog)

A Korean cameraman
Whenever I see Hankyung, he would be observing the children[6] with warmth in his eyes, and plays with them as well. Although the other members have also expressed their care, but only Hankyung left a deep impression in me, because he always plays with the children. Even during the breaks, he never even sat down, and happily accompanied the kids throughout. (Taken from the cameraman’s jottings after Hankyung’s activity[7])

Yu Chun ('Stage of Youth'’s Director)
This drama should be Hankyung’s first, but it really doesn’t seem like it’s the first time that he’s starring in a drama. He’s especially smart, and could quickly accept new things. Compared to students whom major in Acting, he’s a lot better. I remember that in the drama, there were two scenes that were harder than the rest, which required him to collaborate perfectly with the cameramen. Initially we were quite worried, but he completed (those scenes) completely out of our expectations. I told the cameraman Wang Jian and lighting handler Old Zhao privately that this kid is good. Towards the filming of the later half of the show, he has shown tremendous improvement compared to the start, was able to relax, and also possessed a lot of passion and strength. To be able to do this well on the first time isn’t easy, which proves he has the talent (Little Han, please don’t be prideful). Apart from having talent, Hankyung is also especially able to withstand hardships. Towards the end, the weather was already very chilly. There was once that Hankyung was down with fever and another where he had an upset stomach, I really couldn’t bear to let him continue filming, but he’d still automatically finish filming first before he went home to rest. In this drama, there are a lot of scenes where Hankyung is dancing, and because we had to use different angles and backgrounds, there were times where he had to repeatedly dance (the same choreography), and the type of dance he executes requires an exorbitant amount of energy, so there were times where he was so exhausted that he couldn’t even stand up. Just through this point, everyone please forgive the weaknesses of this movie. (Adapted from a book with the same title, 'Stage of Youth')

Fan Zhi Qi (Actor from 'Stage of Youth')
My dear son Hankyung.[8] Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year, so first, dad wishes you a Happy Chinese New Year! 'Stage of Youth', which we first collaborated in, is officially being aired on CCTV2. Whenever I remember the times when we were shooting the drama, I have indescribable feelings of being proud and glad for you. Even though it was the first time that I’d worked with you, but from the bottom of my heart, I can be sure of my son’s performance. As a young actor, you respect the profession a lot, and are very punctual; besides that, during the filming session, you are very immersed in your acting. Although you’re still considered quite green in the acting department, and you lack certain skills in terms of acting, but the good thing is you have that extra sincerity and honesty, and this proves to be very important. Not only that, you are someone who loves to learn, and I would often remember the times where I would share some tips in acting with you. Through your eyes, I can see the purity and persistence, and it was as though I was looking at my younger self. (Adapted from Fan Zhi Qi’s blog)

Xie Na
Many of Hankyung’s experiences are very tortuous, and he is a child who became successful through his own hard work. Behind his success, there are many bitter stories which are unknown to the others, and we can all empathize with that…… As they say, “there is no concord if there is no discord”[9], it’s probably like that. Perhaps previously, we didn’t know each other, and only tried to understand the other person through the circulating news and rumours. But when we really interact with each other, even if it’s only a week’s program, and a few simple words, they all made us feel really natural around each other, as if we’ve known each other for a long time. (Taken from 'Na Xie Nian Hua')

Ma Song ('Yin Yue Ji Jie Hao'[10] host)
Today, while sending Hankyung and the others (SJ-M members) to the airport, I talked to him a lot on the way, and I saw a special Hankyung today. Within an hour’s time, we talked a lot; I shared a lot of my stories with him, and he told me many stories of himself as well. I don’t know what made me tell him so many things, perhaps this is fate! Hankyung is really an interesting boy, because there were many different types of gaming consoles in his bag, and they were his closest companions outside work times! The fact that he could reach this stage today isn’t easy, as he had undergone many, many difficulties, but I believe that you can see the rainbow after the rain! I asked him this “Hankyung, do you think it was worth it for you to sacrifice so much?” and he told me surely “Yes!” I think it’s because of his dreams, and with dreams, you will never lose! (Taken from Ma Song’s blog)

Da Zuo (Guang Xian Media host)
Here comes Hankyung. I was rather surprised by his personality…… Even if a girl takes her half-eaten chewing gum and stuffed it in his mouth after seeing him, he would still be smiling. I have some doubts as to what will make this boy angry? Before I even managed to understand the entire situation fully, he happily mentioned to me about his mom’s dumpling restaurant, as if nothing had just happened. Maybe he thought it (the incident with the girl) had good intentions. Then it got me thinking: If someone is always optimistic, what will be bad (in their eyes)? Teacher Ho also came, and started talking about the incident where Hankyung donated his money. A Dongbei boy who stays in Korea, but is still concerned about the snow disaster in the south. I was really touched. During the time of the incident, I was in Beijing, so I know how it feels to be keeping yourself updated with the happenings at home. But because Teacher Ho accidently blurted out the story about Hankyung donating his money during a national broadcast, Hankyung actually apologized to his company on the spot for the incident, as it wasn’t made known to the company beforehand. The desire to be a good person is hard (to accomplish), but it’s even harder when a celebrity wishes to be a good person. But at the end of the day, Hankyung still succeeded in doing so. That boy, who was supposed to be working with an entertainment troupe in Shanghai, has now become an Asian superstar. However, we could see all the difficulties he’s gone through behind all the success. Perhaps when it comes to something that you really love, people would have no regrets even if you have to face a lot of obstacles along the way. He did it. (Adapted from Da Zuo’s blog)

[1] 黄奕 – A Chinese celebrity; you can Google for her photos ^^
[2] Meaning people are already very familiar with his pet phrases.
[3] I’m sorry, but I don’t quite get the use of Loli here, because from my (very minuscule) Japanese knowledge, it’s not exactly a word to describe a guy like Hankyung… -_-
[4] If the fan’s message was literally translated, it would mean “shout ‘bah’ once”, hence Hankyung’s reply
[5] "韩庚 ~~韩庚~~韩庚,庚饭~~庚饭~~庚饭"
[6] I assume they were working with kids?
[7] Can someone enlighten me on what 六•一活动 is?
[8] He’s the actor who played Hankyung’s father in the drama.
[9] i.e. Friendship will not grow if there isn’t any previous discord.
[10] Sorry, I have absolutely no inkling about the English name of the show.

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Whew! Hope the Year of the Tiger brings Kyungie good news~!! ^^
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