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[Article] [04/18/2013] Shindong Interview with Newsen

Super Junior has many members, and these many members are working in many different fields. Shindong said “Leeteuk/Eunhyuk DJ-ed on ‘Super Junior’s Kiss the Radio’ for 5 years and 3 months. In 3 months, I will become 1st place (in longest to DJ)”

Shindong received ‘half bronze mouth’ for his 5 years as DJ. “I feel pressured but I feel very happy. Many people call and ask ‘isn’t the program too loud for midnight?’. If I had gotten the call after making a mistake, I would think ‘I need to do better’ but the concept of our program is to be loud. We get those calls because we are funny and loud, so I feel that people have started to give us some attention. Radio has been forgotten by many but I feel very happy about doing well in it. The viewing % is doing well too.”
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[Translation] [04/19/2013] Sung Dong Cafe – Talk About Enlisting

Fan: Did you meet Teuk oppa yesterday?

Heechul: I didn’t get to meet Teuk oppa yesterday. Teuk oppa… when he came out on a vacation (from army) before, I met with him and talked a lot. I… didn’t come to SungDong… didn’t have any plans to enlist as public service then so I had to write an oath every time I wanted to go overseas. It was an oath like ‘I will not cause trouble overseas. I will report back when I return from overseas.’. I said “Aish, it’s not like I’m going there to commit a crime! I’ll just go (to the army)!”

After that, I searched online when Kim Heechul would appear and it came out as 9/1. I checked that around 8/1. Then, people said ‘let’s push it back’ and the company said the same thing. Member who said “Let’s push it back. Heechul-ah, let’s go together.” was Teuk-ee. Leeteuk-ssi said to me “Let’s go (to army) together. We have our concert and 3 CFs…. Heechul-ah, let’s do this, earn a bit more money, then go. Let’s also go to New York together..” but my personality!! I said “I don’t like going to the district office to take oath and be like ‘yeah~ yeah~ i will do as you say’ as if I have done something wrong.” and Teuk-ssi talked with me a lot, and felt very sad about it.
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[Article] [07/30/2012] A Case for Super Junior’s Continued Relevancy

[Article] [07/30/2012] A Case for Super Junior’s Continued Relevancy

 

A couple of weeks ago, Super Junior made an appearance on SNL Korea that was fantastic. Sticking to the typical 19+ rating, the idol group, already creeping into the adult-dol category–that is, if they’re not already there–really went for those topics that idols are seemingly “forbidden” from discussing without some sort of backlash.

I was wary of their appearance on a comedy show. While Super Junior members are no slackers at bringing their A-game to the variety field, they’re still idols. Though they agreed to go with the 19+ concept, I remained skeptical. I mean, come on — though Super Junior has simply thrown their image out the window over the years, one would think they’d still want to keep a shred of that there considering their massive adolescent fanbase.

Wrong. They went for it. And it was glorious. From the various implications of sex and pornographic materials to vague touches upon homosexuality and transgenders to brutal academies (SME, anyone?), the group’s skits were worth the watch, not only for the content, but for the acting and the ease with which all the members handled each scene.

In hindsight, when considering that the Western ages of Super Junior members range from 24 to 29, this shouldn’t be something so surprising. They are all more than old enough to publicly joke about such issues. But in the charged idol scene of South Korea, where every group is held to high standards regarding their actions and what they admit to or don’t, where even relationships are kept hidden because of fan backlash that could result in poorer sales, it isn’t easy for any idol group to just come out and do comedy skits of this caliber and material. What makes Super Junior different, and how does that relate to their potential decline, or maintenance, in K-pop?

For one, though this topic has been ruthlessly used as excuses among the very determined EverLasting Friends (ELF), Super Junior wasn’t supposed to make it. From the beginning, their mindset has been that of survival, even much more than that of a normal rookie group. For example, when a group debuts, even in the hectic scene of 2012, they aren’t expected to immediately have popularity. Of course it’s mighty helpful if they do, but if they don’t, they have a year and more to keep returning with material until they’re considered a dud. But in 2005, with Super Junior ’05, that wasn’t the case. The group had one year to make the best impression they could, not just as group, but individually since they were expected to use the group as a jumping platform to other areas of entertainment. And it didn’t help that their large numbers created hoards of anti-fans before debut, something that doesn’t happen in more recent days. Because of that survival mentality that has essentially dogged them throughout their now seven year run, the group isn’t going to rest. Once they made it past Super Junior ’05 into Super Junior, it was really time to work towards the top. Once they made it to the top, it’s become all about staying at the top amongst the younger, more musically talented groups. They’re going to continue working hard to stay noticed in order to remain an influential part of South Korea’s entertainment industry.
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[Article] [01/27/2012] Super Junior’s Interview with IlganSports

 

After the 26th Golden Disk Awards that were held in Osaka, Japan earlier in the month, IlganSports caught up with Super Junior to discuss their second Daesang they received, their second after previously winning the award back in 2009.

IlganSports shared the interview with the public on January 26th, check out the interview with the members below!

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Favorite Taiwanese Dramas

Favorite Taiwanese Dramas:

 

Autumn’s Concerto

[2009] 下一站, 幸福 / Next Stop, Happiness

Ren Guang Xi (Vanness Wu), a cocky law student, seems to lead the perfect life. He’s the sole successor to a huge and famous business and a talented ice hockey player with good looks and charisma to boot. But in reality, his lonely life lacks joy, laughter and motivation. That is until he meets Liang Mu Cheng (Ady An), the new bento seller at his school canteen. Although orphaned at a young age, Mu Cheng does not let her past affect her and lives life with great passion and determination. A harmless bet brings the two together and Guang Xi slowly changes as Mu Cheng teaches him how to give and love.

Cast: Vanness Wu, Ady An, Chris Wu, Tiffany Hsu, Xiao Xiao Bin

 

I Do?

[2008] 幸福的抉择 / Xing Fu De Jue Ze

The statement “can’t live without him, can’t live with him” exactly described the young couple’s short-lived marriage. They overcame tremendous obstacles to be together. Yet, their love was not enough to save their relationship from the stress of actually living together and his ex-girlfriend’s sabotage. So they got a divorce. But, separation only made them even more miserable. With their families and friends’ intervention, the couple decided to give each other a second chance.

Cast: Blue Lan, Annie Liu, David Chen, Margaret Lin, Sa Sa

 

Summer’s Desire

[2010] 泡沫之夏 / Pao Mo Zhi Xia

Yin Xia Mo (Barbie Xu) is a girl loved by two men. Luo Xi (Huang Xiao Ming) was an orphan who garnered fame and fortune with his infallible charisma. Even though others believed him to be kind and smart, he was really a cold, ruthless, and wicked man who manipulated others to get what he wanted. When he was introduced into Xia Mo’s family, he fooled everyone with his sweet words-except for Xia Mo, who only saw the con artist in him. Ou Chen (Peter Ho) is a rich heir whom everyone feared, and was extremely overprotective of his high school girlfriend, Xia Mo. When he found out that Luo Xi was living with her, he became extremely jealous. This started a chain of events, as both boys were in love with Xia Mo, but their love for her was so all-consuming that they started a war to have her. Five years ago, Luo Xi lost and was sent away to England. Yet, Ou Chen didn’t win as his action caused him to lose Xia Mo’s favor and his own memory. Five years later, they met again…

Cast: Barbie Xu, Peter Ho, Huang Xiao Ming

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