Source: Sports Donga
Korean to English Translation: City Conquest Blog (www.cityconquest.weebly.com)
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Due to drama 'City Conquest' Kim Hyun Joong now will refrain from doing activities as a singer. Singer cum actor Kim Hyun Joong is now determined more than ever and has his all passion for acting. Because of his third starring drama 'City Conquest', all of his activity (as a singer) other than shooting is now postponed. Kim Hyun Joong started acting through 2009 drama 'Boys Over Flowers' where it received excellent reviews while in his 2010 drama 'Playful Kiss' where it received poor reviews compared to his previous one. Now on this new drama 'City Conquest', Kim Hyun Joong is now ready to get his reputation back as an actor. Acting in his first action challenges him in full swing and now currently shooting while spending his day in action school. The team began shooting last July in Japan, finishes last September and now started filming in domestic places (Korea) then will continue to start shooting in Southeast Asian countries. Other than his schedule as an actor, Kim Hyun Joong is planning to rest as a singer as much as possible until next year. Due to his driven passion a price of 11.8 billion won was already earned for the drama and will continue to shoot after Japan to southeast asian countries such as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition, 'City Conquest' will air in KBS 2TV and in Japan cable channel DATV afterwards. Prior to this, Kim Hyun Joong already held events Japan and will start promoting the drama on January in places such as Kobe and Saitama.
Kim Hyun Joong recently commemorated the recent one year anniversary of his Japanese fan club, Henecia Japan, in a very big way.
On October 4 at the Budokan, Kim Hyun Joong held a special memorial event
for his City Conquest
drama for his Henecia Japan fan members.
Appearing on stage before thousands, Kim Hyun Joong expressed his gratitude saying, “I’m happy I’m able to stand on the Budokan, which all artists aspire to stand on. It’s not just the 1 year anniversary [of the fan club] but the 100 year anniversary I want to congratulate too.”
He added, “To achieve that, we must think of each other and I will continue to make good music and acting while everyone should eat good food and medicine to be healthy.”
Kim Hyun Joong was later joined on stage by City Conquest co-star, Jung Yu Mi and director Yang Yoon Ho who introduced the drama, shared stories from behind the scenes and showed an introductory video.
Regarding working with the singer and actor, director Yang Yoon Ho shared, “I thought he was a handsome actor but after meeting him, I was surprised by his masculinity and toughness. But when we drink together he is humorous and has a cute aspect of him which made me even more surprised.”
“The lead character, Mir, takes care of societal issues in an independent manner but comes to find love during the same process, which has been the main focus of my shooting,” the director added.
When asked if Kim Hyun Joong felt any similarities in real life with his Baek Miru character, the actor responded, “I don’t know if you all will believe me or not but [I too] also put my life on the line when it comes to the person I love.”