090113 SJM Family on A Date with Luyu
090113 Super Junior M on A Date with Lu Yu
The leader and his puppy.
All the members suddenly became lively for this topic.
Super Junior M Smackdown
Above: (090112) Super Junior M on A Date with Lu Yu
Below: Ryeowook’s 5jib ‘thanks to’:
Hankyung hyung, whom I want to meet more than anyone else, no matter where you are, I wish you health and success wherever you go. (cr: minbunny)
The people who believe that Han Geng didn’t care for the other members don’t seem to know a thing about how SJM came to be.
I can understand all of this. That’s why I try my best to take good care of them. x
The articles make it sound like his only reason for being in Korea was greed, but that’s not true. What he was trying to say was that even though he had aspired to become an actor/entertainer in his youth, when he first joined SM and debuted with SJ, he and his family were so poor at the time that his priority was to earn money to survive and support his parents. He wasn’t daydreaming about becoming famous or a hotshot because he had to worry about basic needs. In the full documentary, he talked about how he was struggling so much after graduating that he had to borrow money from his mom in order to buy a sheet for the floor to sleep on in his friend’s apartment. These were his conditions before arriving in Korea. He wasn’t whining about being poor in Korea or whatever.
Instead of making Han Geng sound grateful, the articles are picking and choosing words in order to make it sound like he’s trashtalking everyone who helped him in Korea. Yes, Han Geng did say that he only earned 4000 yuan during his first year because of performance restrictions, but what the articles aren’t mentioning is that he followed that up by saying that “the boss” (i.e. most likely Lee Soo Man) gave each person a bonus of 1,500,000 Korean won that year. For Han Geng, the bonus he was given was double that amount, so he received 3,000,000 won in addition to the 4000 yuan. He gave all of his first earnings to his parents.
In regards to SJ-M, he said that it was fun and that it was an experience to really hone your character. He didn’t rant about the members not being able to speak Chinese. What he was saying was that even though it was a comfort for him to be promoting in China after the debut of SJ-M, he had a lot of responsibilities as the leader and there were a lot of things he had to think about in order for everything to go smoothly. One of the obstacles was translating for everyone. This isn’t anything new; he’s said this in various other interviews as well. Having to translate for so many members was difficult at times but he worked hard to make sure that all the Korean members had something to say and could participate in the shows and programs. The Korean SJ-M members (i.e. Ryeowook, Donghae, Siwon, and Kyuhyun) have mentioned over and over in the past that they were very grateful to Han Geng because he took extremely thoughtful care of them when they were adjusting to living in China. He did everything he could to make sure they were comfortable and didn’t have to deal with the struggles that he went through as a foreigner in Korea. This wasn’t even because he was the leader (Siwon has even talked about how much Han Geng took care of him when he was studying in China pre-debut); it was simply how he was as a friend/brother and person. If he really looked down on them for not knowing Chinese and was irritated by it, he would not have helped them to the extent that he did.
Han Geng was receiving a lot of movie/drama/endorsement offers but SM wasn’t letting him do them. The articles make it sound like he’s whining about how other members got offers but he didn’t, and that’s not true. The issue that he was raising was the unfairness of how the company gave other artists/members the freedom to pursue other interests or side projects, but not Han Geng. He didn’t even go into as much detail as he could have on this issue in the documentary, but it is known that SM declined a lot of Han Geng’s drama offers (some without his knowledge until after-the-fact) even though he had told them repeatedly that he would like to pursue some acting jobs. In the documentary, he only went into this briefly to talk about how these kinds of things were killing his spirit, and this was what led to the lawsuit, which he had to keep a secret because the company restricted access to their artists’ passports, IDs and personal records. He had to ask for permission to get access to these things, and it’s not like he could just tell them he needed them because he planned on filing a lawsuit against them.
The articles are making it sound like Han Geng lacked patience, endurance and gratitude, but there is SO much more to what he is saying. The Korean media is just purposely picking and choosing his words in order to cause a ruckus. This happens a LOT, but judging from the comments I’ve been reading, it seems to be working because a lot of “fans” and Korean netizens are falling for it and saying that they have lost their respect for him.
Watch the uncut scenes with English subtitles here (they aren’t the best but still good enough to get a better idea of what he was really saying):
Watch the full documentary here:
Han Geng Youth: The Best of Times documentary (22 minutes new version with cutted scenes) [Eng Sub] | cr: Hannie209
"There was Henry, Zhou Mi, Kyuhyun … "
091118 SJ-M Pretty Boys’ Super Confessions…
Super Junior M comes back to release their first mini album, Super Girl, which contains the five tracks: “Super Girl”, “到了明天” (Blue Tomorrow), “告白” (Confession), “愛情接力” (You and Me), and “動情” (Only U). The handsome 7-member group appears in front of the camera again to share their experiences in preparing this album.
SJ-M wears dashing suits to show their mature and attractive side. Their deep relationship can be seen as they arrange themselves neatly and always give support to each other. During the interview, not only did they sing happy birthday to Donghae, whose birthday is nearing, and Ryeowook, who just had his birthday, they also sang “Blue Tomorrow” for us.
The Super Girl in Super man’s heart
Q: How long did this album take to finish?
Zhou Mi: From selecting songs to the end of recording, it took about 3 months. We actually began preparing this album since April of this year. I think we finished the album at the end of August.
Hangeng: All our songs, recording, and the filming of the MV were done in Korea.
Q: You guys have been going back and forth between Korea and China, so has everyone been spending a lot of time and effort in learning the languages? As in do members from China have to learn Korean and do Korean members have to learn Chinese?
Hangeng: Before, regardless of where we were, we always used Korean, but now, Zhou Mi, Henry and I have decided that when we’re in China, we will try to use Chinese more. We have been able to communicate with each other quite well so far, but it’s still a little tough when it comes to interviews.
Q: Between the Korean members, whose Chinese is the best?
Hangeng: Everyone has their area of strength. For example, Siwon can hear and understand Chinese better. Kyuhyun sings Chinese very well and spends the least amount of effort in recording our songs. Donghae learns Chinese phrases the quickest, like how he would say to his fans, “My beloved precious, I miss you! Do you miss me?” He learned this phrase the quickest!
Zhou Mi: Ryeowook’s pronunciation is very good. One time, without any help from a Chinese instructor, he recorded a song for me to hear. When I heard it, I felt that his pronunciations were dead on.
Hangeng: He listens better than the rest because he has learned a bit from before, so he’s a little stronger in hearing and speaking than the others. However, sometimes he can’t get rid of some of the bad habits he learned from before. He has trouble correcting it.
Q: Your latest album is “Super Girl”, so what is the perfect girl in your heart? What are your criteria? Hangeng, you should go first. Many people, including your mom, is very interested in your answer.
Hangeng: My mom is a little anxious, but I’m not. (laughter) I have three criteria in choosing a girlfriend: 1) She has to be kind and understanding, 2) She has to be considerate, have trust in me, and 3) She needs to be filial.
Zhou Mi: To all of us, the first and foremost criterion is that she has to be kindhearted, and if she is also pretty, then that’ll be perfect.
Kyuhyun: I like girls with a pretty forehead and long legs. My ideal Super Girl is my fans. (What if your fans are guys?) Super Boy! Super Man! (giggle)
Siwon: We need to help out with each other, and also be filial. Of course, I can’t say that appearance doesn’t matter, but it is not the most important.
Henry: My Super Girl is my mom because my mom is the most important woman in my life. In regards to finding a girlfriend, I’m still young, so I haven’t considered it and I haven’t met that special someone yet.
Donghae: I think my Super Girl would be someone that likes computers. (Hangeng comments that Donghae loves his laptop the most)
Q: We heard that Donghae hates to be alone, especially when eating dinner. Is this true?
Donghae: Yes, I hate to be alone.
Q: Then your Super Girl must be a girl who would accompany you for dinner and not let you be alone.
Ryeowook: (sweating from nervousness) You! (pointing at reporter.)