Korean boy group Super Junior member Ryeowook will be enlisting in the middle of this month, and leave ELF for a period of time. He is in Hong Kong to hold a fansign at Windsor House. What excites and moves everyone the most, is that he works hard speaking Cantonese every time, singing Cantonese song with standard pronunciation. Ryeowook challenges singing Cantonese songs, and he has a little secret in choosing songs.
Super Junior Ryeowook will soon be enlisting on 14 June, and came to gather with ELF before his enlistment. He first went to Macau with his Super Junior members to hold a fanmeet, before coming to Hong Kong to meet Hong Kong fans by himself. He said “Coming to Hong Kong by myself to meet fans, although it is a bit burdensome, but I am also very nervous and moved. Most of all, I want to thank all the fans who came to see me”.
Entering the army life soon, Ryeowook has wondered how it will be like, and at the same time anticipates facing a different circle of people. Ryeowook said: “Although I am not too sure how army life is like, I have thought about it, and do not feel much pressure, as members have returned well after serving. I have been doing activities with Super Junior for 11 years, so I am anticipating how it will be like to live with others.”
Everyone knows Ryeowook’s singing is very good, and his singing of Cantonese song 命硬 received even more applause from fans. Asked him which Cantonese song he wants to challenge in future? Ryeowook: “There are many good Cantonese songs, so I want to challenge singing them again, but previously, because some Cantonese songs’ lyrics are too fast, I gave up on singing some. This is a secret!” Ryeowook said that to challenge even harder Cantonese songs, he will listen to more Cantonese songs. He said that Hong Kong singers are very popular in Korea, and he especially likes Jacky Cheung, whom he saw often in his textbooks when he was young.
Since Ryeowook can speak Cantonese, will he know the meanings of recent Hong Kong catchphrases such as 離地 and 偽毒? Ryeowook: “I don’t know Hong Kong catchphrases; the Cantonese phrases I am most familiar with are ‘Hong Kong ELF are the prettiest’ and ‘I am here because of everyone’” Ryeowook is unfamiliar with Hong Kong catchphrases, but of course knows Korean catchphrases like the back of his hand. He said “In Korea, if one sees something strange or something has happened, the expression ‘Daebak’ will be used. I have seen fans using it, and I find that very funny!”.
Mentioning giraffes that Ryeowook loves, we asked him if he is attracted to women with long necks. He said: “I am a member who experienced my 10s, 20s and 30s in Super Junior, so my ideal dream girl changes often. What is most important is matching well with me, no matter how pretty if her personality is not good, I will not like her.” Appearance is not important to Ryeowook.
Ryeowook released his solo album The Little Prince this year, He read the story many times, and likes the main character The Little Prince very much, and even watched the movie. His solo album is derived from The Little prince. He said “The Little Prince is also the main song, I am very happy, everyone is my precious rose”.
Ryeowook mentioned the unforgettable process of releasing solo album for the first time, especially the support from members. “Every time I receive a song for the solo album, I will play it for the members, and Kyuhyun especially complimented me for collecting many good works, Leeteuk hyung applauded me praising my good singing. Yesung hyung personally went to the recording studio to cheer me on. When members take care of me, I will be in a very good mood, and feel that I need to do even better”.
Everyone’s support is very important to Ryeowook. Although it is hard (to watch him go), everyone can leave many messages online to support him. Ryeowook: “I am diligently reading SNS posts from fans. Nice photos or messages will give me a lot of strength, so the more fans leave good messages, the more strength I will receive!”.
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Q: Please tell me your thoughts on acting in “Bongsun, A Woman Who Dies If She Loves”.
규: It was very stiff because it was my first time acting in a drama. Furthermore, I’ve not been able to check my performance at this point, so I feel uneasy and worried. On one hand, I’m really looking forward to it, but in honesty, I feel the worry the most. It was very interesting during the filming process, so I’m left with pleasant memories.
Q: I’ve seen the drama, and found it very interesting.
규: Really? That’s great.
Q: Was there a reason or opportunity for choosing this project?
규: I had received the invitation despite not having acted in a drama before. I was initially worried about the schedules clashing, but felt that it was a good opportunity, so I agreed to it.
Q: Were there any happy or difficult parts during the filming?
규: Because it is a story that develops in an office, I felt that I had really become a genius programmer when we were filming in the office set and was very happy. As for the difficult parts, because the cyborg that I’m acting beside will suddenly faint or run out of battery, I have to catch her. Under such circumstances you have to be like a man, and your expression has to be very natural. That part was rather difficult in terms of physical strength.
Q: What did you feel about the character Joosung when you first read about him in the script?
규: Even though he is an intelligent and perfect character, his memories are gradually disappearing. In addition to that, there are many different complicated elements, it was a little tough. Actually, I didn’t know if I could play the role of Kim Joosung well, and I think that in that process, Kyuhyun’s shadow will be there to an extent. When acting, there are people who can completely transform into the character, and there can also be people who bring their own interpretations to the role, Just like acting in a musical, I’m a person who will incorporate my own style when creating the character. However, this is still not an easy role to play.
Q: Then please introduce Joosung.
규: Kim Joosung is an elite member who studied abroad with BS electronics’ sponsorship, and is the leader of the advanced research team. He created a cyborg that he loves, while also losing his memory. In the end, he even forgets that the cyborg was his own creation. Even though he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, he falls in love with that cyborg. After which he tries to push her away when he realises that she isn’t human, but is eventually unable to lie to his heart. It is a character who is in a heart-breaking and depressing relationship.
Q: Where do you think Joosung’s charm lies?
규: During my junior and senior high school years, as I was considering my aspirations as a child to become a judge, prosecutor, doctor and other such occupations, I released that I had to study extremely hard. Even though I felt that I could become a regular salaryman, this time, I could act as the office worker I never became, so I felt the charm in that. Of course, it is also a very difficult profession, but at the same time, he is a genius, isn’t he? That is the beauty of this production. Besides that, (my personality is that) I would not directly reject a girl, so I felt that Joosung’s firm distancing himself from Bongsun was very straightforward.
Q: On variety programs, you usually play a sharp-tongued role, and now it has turned into a romantic one. It seems like two polar opposites. Do you feel any difficulty in this aspect?
규: On variety programs, I don’t do that because I am actually blaming the person. It is to an extent also another role that I play. Even though I don’t particularly like the (overly) sweet parts of the show, or found some of the lines a little embarrassing, I always keep in mind that, “It isn’t me who is doing this, it’s the drama’s character, so it’s okay.” I think I did pretty well, acting with the mentality that “This isn’t me.”
Q: Was there any feedback about this drama from any Super Junior members or friends?
규: No, nothing in particular. (laughs)
Q: During a dating scene with Bongsun, there was a scene where you kept changing your clothes. When I saw it, I felt like it was like an improvised performance, where there any highlights about that time?
규: Please think of that scene as Kyuhyun himself performing, my mischievous personality came out (during that). However, I feel that Joosung does have a side of him with a sense of humour when he’s around the people he loves. And will let her see a side of him that is different from the usual. It was really very joyful filming that scene, and there were quite a few improvised performances.
Q: Because there are kissing scenes, inclusive of those kissing scenes, what is your personal evaluation of the love scenes?
규: Though at the beginning before the shooting I felt that I could do it well, but the situation was that the kissing scene was filmed on the streets where there were many people. Everybody around was looking, and coupled with the fact that I had never filmed a kissing scene before, I was so nervous that there were many NGs. We managed to film a very beautiful kissing scene in the end. I thought that the scene was really pretty; with the female lead lying down, and me kissing her from above. But when you’re actually do it, you find that it is an unexpectedly difficult position. I then understood that the beautiful scenes in television dramas and movies are actually shot with much difficulty.
Q: How is your chemistry with the female lead, Yoon Sohee?
규: We saw each other very often because we had many scenes together, and had also met the producer and writer numerous times before the filming to practice the script. We naturally became close because we filmed together a lot once the shooting started. To me, she is a senior (in terms of acting), so when we were reading the script together, I received support from her in many ways, and was able to go about the filming comfortably.
Q: The fans may be jealous about the love scenes in the drama, what you do feel about that?
규: There are fans who get jealous after just seeing the poster. They said, “Why is she holding Kyu’s hand like that?” (laughs) Please have in mind that he isn’t me, but another man… Whether it is I or Yoon Sohee, we’re holding hands like that not because we want to. Just understand that this is a part of transforming into the character. (laughs)
Q: You are currently in the midst of your first Japanese concert tour. Have you eaten the various local delicacies?
규: Yes. Out of the three meals in a day, there must be one that I get to eat the local delicacies. Presently, the Fukuoka and Sapporo concerts have ended, and I got to eat Fukuoka’s well-known Mizutaki, as well as Sapporo’s ramen and hairy crab. I intend to eat all the famous food.
Q: Are there any individual charms about each area? Were there any interesting highlights?
규: Fukuoka and Hokkaido are regions were many delicacies, so I don’t have any memories besides the food. I ate sushi, and then ate ramen, In essence I only have the memory that it was delicious. In Sapporo, I went out for a walk because I had eaten too much and was too full, but got recognised in the streets in the end. Because it is still cold in the North, it feels as if it’s still winter. And as this is a cold region, I feel that everyone’s skin is very pretty.
Q: You should have many opportunities to come to Japan. What do you look forward to every time you come here?
규: I always look forward to the ramen, draft beer, and sushi. There is only eating in my mind (laughs). Even before I go, my thoughts will be, “What am I going to eat this time?”
Q: Lastly, “Bongsun, A Woman Who Dies If She Loves” will finally air on 14th May, please leave a message for your Japanese fans.
규: “Bongsun, A Woman Who Dies If She Loves” is a web drama that I, Kyuhyun have filmed as the lead for the first time. I heard that it will start screening in theatres in Japan in May. It would be nice if many fans and people in Japan will watch it and give it lots of love. Thank you, everyone.
JP-CN translation: 再次秋來_cup
CN-EN translation: @kikiikyu
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EH: As a man of the Republic of Korea, all of us have this duty to fulfill, all have this responsibility to protect the country. I have continuously worked for 10 years and I consider it now as a short rest for me and I should make use of the time wisely, upgrade myself and restart again. I hope that I can enjoy my army life, make use of the time properly and to think how to comeback with a new and improve self after discharge to pay back to the society. My words to them is “hope you can use the time properly
Q: How is the life recently?
EH: There’s a lot of activities in the Military Band. Since March, the band has performed in many places. In the Military Band, we are the same as the other soldiers, we do our duties,we practice and work hard all the time.
Q: Any new junior joined?
EH: In my squad there were two new members so now altogether we are around 7-8,All of the Juniors are very cute, I am very happy.
Q:May is a family month, please say something to your fans and friends
EH: Because May is a family month we should take a good care of out family and pay more attention to our parents, but I feel this is something we should always be doing. Though I have always been living in the dorm and not spending a lot of time with my parents, now that I have enlisted, as I wasn’t able to live with them, the feeling is yet so different. I can deeply feel the importance of the family, my parents and the people around me. When you can be together with them, even it is very tiny things just hope you can do all of them well, I hope everyone can have a blessed and happy life with their family together.
Q: What is the last thing you want to say?
EH: After I have come to GOP, I can feel that all the soldiers in our country are full of energy and power. We are very full of ambition to protect the country so I hope all citizens can have a faith in us and give us support.
Q: How do you feel after participating in the Special Performance?
EH: For the first performance started from the 9th and altogether 8 performance in 5 days, last week we climbed our way to the most frontier of GOP, the first thought that came to my mind was the fellow soldiers who were serving here must have a very difficult life here. I always keep in my mind and always prepared myself to meet our hard working fellow soldiers. When I first started, I had thought if this kind of event would be very difficult to do but then I have come here with the thought of giving these fellow soldiers the power and support and it has shown to me that they have well received all our support and their feedback were very good.
Q:In this kind of stage , is there anything that you think is not good enough?
EH: I actually think this is very good experience. Before enlistment, I always perform on well built and designed stages now performing in these kind of ‘a little less perfect” stage , I can actually feel the stage is even more valuable and i appreciate more the audience who came. No matter where we are, we still have people who love us and love to listen to us sing is truly a blessing.
Q:You are in different units and met after a long time, it because of working together fro a long time? I couldn’t find any gaps in your performance.
SD: Thank you for watching it well. Actually while preparing for the concert, we were worried about whether we would do well and there was some burden, It was because of thinking whether the fellow soldiers would anticipate” Super Junior’s Eunhyuk and Shindong stages. There fore we prepared the MR and recording of choruses for the songs that soldiers like in advance.Thankfully, they really enjoyed our stages lot, to our relief.
Q: Recently in the entertainment industry, reservist like Song Joongki, Yoon Shiyoon, Yoo Seungho etc are the trend. What do you think about it?
SD: Something I objected to, was that when Corporal Lee Sungmin and I enlisted Super Junior did another round of promotion without us. While looking at members who were promoting the album, I felt regretful, but when I saw Private First Class Lee Hyukjae enter as Private Second Class, I felt “ Ah, he will be out later than me, Relatively speaking, I will have more time to prepare”. Now I don’t have any worried.
Q: Are there any girl group you want to see?
SD: In the army these days Red Velvet, Twice, IOI are the trend. I want to see them too. Gfriend too, Lovelyz…. Come to think of it, there are a lot.
Q: May is a family month, Say something to your fans and fellow soldiers.
SD: I have something to say to soldiers’ family and friends, Please pick up your collect calls. And when we are on vacation, please don’t say “ You’re out again?” It’s what soldiers hear the most, and it’s disappointing to be honest. Also thanks to Descendats of the Sun drama, the image of soldiers improved a lot. We soldiers will work hard to continue improving such image. I hope our families give us a lot of love too.
For SCANS —> Easy Idol Magazine
Cover: Not too long ago, the new drama series <Best Couple> officially finished filming for broadcast. From an idol with a refreshing image who gradually grew into the roles of being an actor, he is even eye-catching in variety shows like <Be the Idol> and <Star Escape Room>. Zhou Mi takes on the world as an all-round outstanding celebrity, proving an
equally gorgeous and exciting solo.
Q: In the new drama with Lee DaHae, your character “Yan XiCheng” was a person who worked hard to fulfill his “celebrity dream”, is the similarity between the character and yourself high?
Zhou Mi: My character in the drama is quite lucky, because he was discovered while herding sheep. I was scouted on my way to university, The way we debuted was the same, but only that he debuted as an actor and I debuted as a singer.
Q: Thinking back, what’s the thing you miss most before debut?
Zhou Mi: The competition days. Because during university, I went to Zhuhai to compete. That time, I thought about quickly coming out with an album. I was by myself during those times, so it was hard work. But I could sing the songs I liked during that time. Thinking back, that time was the most unstressed and happy.
Q: Through the exposed on-set pictures, a lot of netizens think you and Lee DaHae are really compatible. As an acting senior, did she teach you any acting techniques?
Zhou Mi: Actually this drama was shot really rushed. Before filming, we didn’t have a lot of time to communicate on the script. But after filming started, when we rehearsed together, she really took care of me. Since it was my first time filming in Korea, there was a lot of things I’m not use to, she would tell me what I should do. We have a good understanding of each other.
Q: In real life, what kind of girl do you think is your “best couple”?
Zhou Mi: I think a considerate girl has the most charm. Girls all like considerate boys, we are the same (smile)
Q: Even though this is an inspirational drama, it is also a romantic comedy, in real life, do you think you have a high humour index?
Zhou Mi: I think it’s quite high. But my humour is best displayed while interacting with familiar friends in a relaxed environment.
Q: You also take on jobs as an MC, are you normally a “chatter box”?
Zhou Mi: I don’t think so. Even though I am an MC, in private, I usually warm up slowly. If it’s meeting for the first time, I don’t talk a lot. But if it’s with good friends, I will let myself go more.
Q: On Weibo, fans also gave you fan support. What are their existence to you?
Zhou Mi: They are my “warming pad”. Because we were filming at Gangwon before, it was really cold there, it’s quite hard filming int he winter. But because of their fan support, my heart felt really warm.
Q: If you were in a relationship, would you mind wearing couple clothes with your girlfriend?
Zhou Mi: Probably not when we are out, then it will be too conspicuous. But I would probably be alright to try in private.
Q: Up until now, which part of life do you think you are at? Are you already met with your parents rushing you to get married?
Zhou Mi: Probably not rushing to get married, but because my parents can’t take care of me, so they want me to get a girlfriend. The entire last year, I met everyone as a solo artist. Right now, my focus is still on my career.
Q: Before your performance was really eye-catching in Stars Escape Room, what was your most memorable segment?
Zhou Mi: This show has a segment called “Speed Quiz” to test reaction time. I realized that a lot of questions were from elementary school textbooks, this brought up a lot of memories from going to school back then. I thought it was really amusing and resonating.
Q: In a certain interview with you in the past, you mentioned you wanted to “learn to be alone”, it seems like you can manage yourself pretty well? Are you good at cooking as well?
Zhou Mi: I am quite good at managing myself, in terms of cooking, I recently just found out I have a talent in it too. (laughs) Sometimes I would go to Jia and Fei’s place and they would be the ones cooking for me. But most of the time when I return from work, I really feel like having some Chinese cuisine, so I thought of trying to cook for myself. Then I went online to look for recipes, the first time I tried, I succeeded right after, thereafter I got more confident in my cooking skills. Tomato egg, fried mollusks, pepper beef and flavoured pork are some of the dishes I’ve ever cooked and they were tasty. (laughs)
Q: Jia, Fei and yourself were hosts for <Idol True Colours> that is really popular. As an MC, what kinds of guests left an impression on you?
Zhou Mi: When we are recording shows, two kinds of guests are usually the most memorable for us. The frst being guests who are more reserved, while the other are guests that never stop talking. (laughs) I think being an MC means having to be able to accept every guest as they are and be really prepared.
Q: Your first album <Rewind> got a lot of attention, are there any plans for a second album? Do you have any plans to hold a Fan Meeting (FM)?
Zhou Mi: The new album is already in the making. When I released <Rewind> I already thought of holding an FM but subsequently due to the ways my schedules were arranged, I really had limited time left and could not do that.I have always wanted to do those unplugged LIVE SHOW, so I hope that for the next album I could go onto more promotional activities back at home in mainland China.
Q: You had stunning renditions when you did the variety show <Be the Idol>, who do you wish to have music collaborations with?
Zhou Mi: I hope that I can more opportunities to work with Chinese musicians. Previously on the set of <Be the Idol> I worked with Khalil Fong. I think he is someone who has a lot of ideas. I hope to have more chances to work with him.
01 If you could change a weakness into a strength?
I love shopping way too much, there are too many items at home that I have no space for new ones anymore. But I don’t stay in bed and refuse to get up, usually my manager doesn’t have to worry about this, but I kind of wish my manager would come and wake me up. These two things should be exchanged.
02 Describe who Zhou Mi is with an adjective?
03 If Jia and Fei both fall into the water?
I will first watch how far they can last. But maybe they would say, you jump in too, let’s all die together (laughs)
04 If tomorrow is Doomsday?
I will go home and be with my family
05 If you receive a call from fans?
In the past I really received and answered calls from fans. Because I don’t really know how to refuse (laughs)
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