Yoo Ah In’s Photos of Jack & Jill Signing Event on 12/29/2011 in Mokdong – Fan’s Photos

Hi Haveners~

I can’t believe that the year of 2011 is coming to an end~ I hope everyone had a great year!

Ah In did another Jack & Jill Signing event in Mokdong on 12/29/2011~ Here are some, or I should really say many, great photos taken by both bakedbanana nim and Moo I nim~ They are too good to be put in a slide show~ So here they are!!  Hopefully, you will enjoy them as much as I did! 🙂

First set is taken by Bakedbanana nim~

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Second set is taken by Moo I nim~

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Now, here is a slide show for the ones that were posted by Jack & Jill Facebook~

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Afterthoughts of ‘완득이’

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After watching 완득이, friends had asked me to write a review~ I have been thinking about it for a while now~ Finally, here is what I have…  These are some afterthoughts of mine…  I am sharing them with you~ Can it be considered as a review?! haha~ You can decide it~

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Ever since I found out that ‘Punch’ will be showing in New York Metropolitan area, I have been counting the days and trying to figuring out a way to get to the theater.  After some planning, I finally managed to figure out when and how so that I can get to the theater in New Jersey.

The day finally was here.  We decided to leave early just to make sure that we don’t miss the movie due to the traffic that often occurs in NYC.  The theater is not in New York but in New Jersey.  So, we have to go through the NYC traffic and cross the George Washington Bridge to get to the theater.  Unfortunately, as we were getting closer, we took a wrong turn which made us ended up on the road that we couldn’t make the right exit!!  After 15 minutes of going around, we finally got on the right side of the road and got to the theater in one piece.

Before seeing the movie, I had read many articles and interviews about it.  So, I did know the story line.  If you are interested in the synopsis of the movie, you can click here to read about it.

Wan-deuk, played by Ah In, is a 17-year-old student who was always by himself and did not get along with anyone.  He sort of separated himself from his peers.  It feels like as if he was looking at this world as an outsider.  What’s happening in his classroom with his classmates did not concern him at all.  He didn’t do well at school and often got into fist fights.  Since his father was a dancer in a cabaret, he pretty much spent most of the time there as he was growing up.  His father took in a guy who was mentally challenged and taught the guy how to dance.  Eventually, the two of them worked together to earn their living on the road when the cabaret closed down.  To Wan-deuk, that was his family.  And that was how he lived.

However, things started to change when he met his homeroom teacher, Dong-ju, who ended up to be a social activist and happened to be his neighbor also.  Dong-ju showed his care of Wan-deuk through a very unique way.  It almost appears that Dong-ju enjoyed picking on Wan-deuk to the point where Wan-deuk always prayed for Dong-ju to be dead.  But, through the process, Dong-ju brought Wan-deuk and his long lost mother back together.  It was very touching when Wan-deuk took his mother to buy a pair of new shoes and then took her to the bus stop.  She asked if she could give him a hug.  The emotion between the two actors was just so moving.

Meanwhile, Wan-deuk also “discovered” that Dong-ju was just a human being like himself.  Dong-ju even asked Wan-deuk for advice on how to get a girl’s attention.  Dong-ju even copied Wan-deuk’s love letter.  The funny part was it actually did work.  I have to say the love letter was very cute.

In addition, Dong-ju also introduced Wan-deuk kickboxing.  It sure helps to release all that extra energy in a 17-year-old boy.  It also gave him a sense of goal in his life.  Although in a match, he got beaten up pretty badly, at the end of the match, he was finally laughing so happily.  It appeared that he was satisfied even if he lost the match.  With the help of Dong-ju, Wan-deuk finally opened up and started to be with his peers just like a 17-year-old boy would do.

One thing that I haven’t mentioned is their relationship with another “crazy” neighbor.  From being fighting all the time to being getting along at the end, the movie shows how different people can tolerate each other and find a way to get along.  Again, I feel that in this movie, it shows how different relationships evolved through time and how their interactions bring them closer to each other despite many differences among them.  There are a couple different issues which were brought up in the movie that are important, such as multicultural relationships and illegal immigrants.

Overall, it is, just like many had said, a very heart-warming movie.  It’s funny, refreshing, touching, and yet brings attentions to some social issues that exist in the current society.  The interactions between actors and how they portray their roles are really good and natural. Especially, I feel that Ah In did a great job portraying the role of Wan-deuk.  Throughout the movie, Ah In displayed so many detailed gestures that can only be found in a 17-year-old boy.  He showed them with his body languages, with his facial expressions, and with his eyes.  I have to say I really enjoyed the movie.

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Yoo Ah In – Power Interview Video (Subbed) and His Promised Video

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Below is the video clip of Ah In’s Power Interview on 11/2/2011 with English Subtitles~ Thank you for waiting it patiently! 🙂

If you can’t view it, please click here~

Also, many of you remember that Ah In promised to sing and dance on twitter once the movie hit five millions in box office~ On 12/23, Ah In did exactly that!  It has to be the best Christmas present for all his fans!! 🙂

Yoo Ah In’s Fan Meeting in Osaka on 12/20/2011

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As we know, Ah In recently had two fan meetings in Japan~ One was in Osaka and one was in Tokyo~ Thanks to our lovely Japanese haveners, here is a report of the one in Osaka on 12/20/2011~

The following report was written by kuku8122 in support with zess1012, mimochan807, mari_4i7 and mihochan, and edited by me (mathed). The beautiful flower project (lead by kayorin08 and zess1012) photos were provided by zess1012~ Hope you enjoy the report on YAI’s first fan meeting in Osaka!

*Part 1*

Beautifully arranged flowers sent by the Osaka flower project welcomed not only our Sik, but also all the fans who participated in the YAI’s first fan meeting in Osaka at the lobby of NHK Hall on December 20, 2011. An album which contains messages from 66 Japanese fans and a balloon were presented to YAI for celebrating the big hit of Wandeugi. We hope he enjoyed them while he stayed in Osaka!

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It was a very charming start. YAI looked a bit nervous while walking to the stage of NHK Hall and singing a song titled “Where The Story Ends/소년세계/少年世界” by W.  If you don’t know about the song, here it is~

He wore a gray jacket, a black-and-gray checked vest, black pants, and black shoes. His shy sweet smile and cute gestures that covered his embarrassment grabbed all Osaka Fans’ hearts at once!

Photo Source: Chosun Online~

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< Interview YAI >

YAI was welcomed with warm applause of Osaka fans and started to talk about Osaka, SKKS, Wandeugi, and a little bit of his future work.

He was so happy to see Japanese fans again in Osaka. This was his first visit in Osaka. He talked about his impression of Osaka. It seemed livelier than Tokyo. He said, since the last fan meeting in Tokyo, he has been working on the promotion of his latest movie “Wandeugi.” He also said, with a naughty smile, that he has been playing around for the rest of the time. In addition, he was very touched to see many fans still love Geoloh, Moon Jae Shin of SKKS so much.

With Wandeugi, as we all know, there are more than five millions people who have seen the movie in Korea and it is the 3rd most watched Korean film this year. In addition, “Wandeugi” was invited to the Generation Section of Berlinale starting in February 2012! YAI was very happy about this. He said that his dream, as an actor, finally came true with Wandeugi, which was his fifth film. He also reveled that he decided to take on a role of Wandeugi because he wanted to break the image of Geoloh. He was also honored to be co-stared with Kim Yun Seok ssi who is well known as a very skilled actor in the Korean film industry. For the kickboxing scene, he was trained a lot and tried not to use a stunt as much as possible. The toughest scene in the film was getting hit in his face in the ring. Since his face was closed up in the scene, he could not use a stunt at all. His mother cried when seeing him getting hit so many times in Wandeugi.

YAI was also excited to announce that Wandeugi will be shown in Japan next year. Since he loves the movie and chooses to be in it, he apologized for the delay of showing his latest work. As we know, the movie usually takes longer than the drama to be shown in other counties. He really hopes that all fans in Japan will enjoy the film.

After YAI and Osaka fans watched완득이 trailer (in Korean) together, he also talked a bit about his future work. He said that he has been considered to take a role in the drama as his next work. He hopes to report good news about his future work with all the details officially soon.

The second part of the interview was conducted by answering quiz questions of “Which one do you choose YAI?”. Let’s see which answer he chose.

Q1: How do you spend your X’mas? Spending peace and quite time with family or having a big party with friends?

   -YAI wants to have a big party with his friends this year. The place is a secret! No actors. Half are men and another half are women.

Q2: Which place will you go with your girlfriend in the winter? Go to the beach in the tropic or go to the colder country to look up the Aurora in the sky?

   -YAI chose to go to the colder country to look up the Aurora in the sky because he thinks that he will look around restlessly due to the temptation in the beach. He prefers to go to the place where he can be alone with his girlfriend.

Q3: Which do you like the most, a cake or an ice cream?

   -YAI likes both so the answer was an ice cream cake!

YAI left the stage and changed his outfit while we were watching a video of the Wandeugi preview and an interview during the Jack & Jill signing event in Seoul on December 4th.

*Part 2*

YAI appeared with full of smile in white sweater and slimmed black jeans on the stage again upon the call of fans “Yoo Ah In ssi!”.

Photo Source: Chosun Online~

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< Let’s decorate X’mas tree with YAI>

Originally, only two fans who survived the “right or wrong quiz about YAI” could go on the stage and decorate the X’mas tree with YAI. But, at the end, three fans actually got through all the questions. Therefore, YAI and all the fans decided to give all three the privilege to go on the stage. Let’s see if you can survive the quiz!

Q1: Last dinner that YAI had in Osaka was Okonomiyaki?  O

Q2: YAI has three mobile phones?  O

Q3: “Wandeugi” is made based on a best-seller novel?  O

Q4: YAI wants to be an actor even if he is born again?   He wants to choose another job because he has already experienced being an actor.

Q5: YAI likes the dog the most among all animals?  X He recently likes deers a lot and wants to buy a big soft deer doll.

Q6: YAI keeps a special big size ice cream in his refrigerator at home?  O  He loves Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Sometimes, he orders a special big size cup of ice cream at the store and eats it up at home. His favorite flavor is dulce de leche.

Q7: YAI thinks his charm is the smile?  X (Might be wrong. Sorry.)

Q8: YAI will take the role of Geoloh if he has a chance to shoot SKKS again? O

Q9: YAI sees eyes first when he look at a woman?  He likes to see a woman from the back to see the posture and the atmosphere.

After the quiz, three fans were invited to the stage to decorate the tree with YAI. He said this was his first time decorating the X’mas tree in his life. In the end, he shook hands, took photos and signed on the pictures. How lucky they are!

Photo Source: Chosun Online~

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<Please make my wish YAI Santa>

Photo Source: Chosun Online~

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The wishing X’mas tree appeared on the stage. All fans wrote their wishes on a piece of paper prepared by the organizer, and hung the wishes on the trees at the lobby of the hall before the fan meeting started. YAI chose the wishes from the tree directly. After the selection, he would decide if the wish was feasible or not. Since he was willing to make any wishes come true, no wishes were turndown. At last, YAI Santa made three wishes came true in Osaka. The first one was hilarious!! Let me share it with you. (The 2nd and the 3rd wishes were a hug and a photo taken with YAI.)

The first wish was “Please consider me as Demul and declare your love that you couldn’t do to her in the story of SKKS!”. YAI was embarrassed and laughed loudly when the fan asked him to do it in real and seriously! He happily replied that he would do it in the scene of “Geoloh piggybacked the drunken Demul”. He even requested a cameraman to shoot them from the side as it was in SKKS. YAI was willing to try it although the fan hesitated and claimed that she was heavy to be piggybacked by him. All the fans just went screaming when he actually crouched down and piggybacked her on the stage! Slowly, YAI started to walk and said, “Demul … I’ve wanted to say this for a long time… I think… I like you very much.” As we can easily imagine, all the fans went crazy and screamed again! Embarrassed YAI, who still piggybacked the fan, quickly dashed back to the wing of the stage. Both YAI and the fan disappeared from the stage for about 3 seconds.

It was really funny. In the end, YAI Santa made not only the fan who made the wish happy but also all the fans there happy! Finally, the show was finished with his song called “고백/告白“ by DeliSpice. YAI shook hand with all OSAKA fans!  If you haven’t heard of the second song that Ah In sang, here it is~

P.S. Please note that the photos from Chosun Online were from an article written about Ah In’s fan meeting in Tokyo~ But, apparently, the photos were from the fan meeting in Osaka~ In addition, in the article, it also mentioned that Ah In’s next project will be the new drama “Fashion King” which will aired in March 2012~

Yoo Ah In’s Photos of Jack & Jill Signing Event on 12/17/2011 in Busan – Fan’s Photos

Hi Haveners~

How are you? As many of you might already know that Ah In hasn’t been feeling too well these days~ Hopefully, with such a busy schedule ahead of him, he will feel better very soon!

Below is a collection of Ah In’s Jack & Jill Signing Event that took place in Busan on 12/17/2011~ These photos are taken by 카인님~ It was so nice of her to let me sharing her photos here with all of you!!  So, please follow the link below and visit her blog~

Originally Posted by 카인님~

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December News of Yoo Ah-in

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since any news have been posted on the Haven. But you know it doesn’t mean Mr. Yoo has been missing from the news. In fact, there’s quite a bit of news about him in the past weeks! I hope I can cover the big ones in this post. If I missed out on other news, just comment and I’ll add it on. Continue reading

Yoo Ah In’s Photos of Jack & Jill Signing Event on 12/4/2011 in Seoul – News Photos & Fan’s Photos

Hi Haveners~

How are you?  It seems to be a busy time of the year for everyone~ I hope things are all going very well with all of you!

Below is a collection of Ah In’s Jack & Jill Lotte Department Store Signing Event that took place on 12/4/2011~ First, you will see four sets of photos taken by various news reporters and one set from Jack&Jill Facebook~ Then you will also see a slide show of many gorgeous photos taken by Moon I nim at the end of this post~ When looking at all these photos, if you are like me, then you can’t help but keep smiling all the way~ haha~

First set is from Hankooki~

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Yoo Ah In’s Recent News

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How is everyone doing these days?  Thanks to Furbabe, here are two recent articles about Ah In in English!!  Because of all the attentions that Ah In has been getting, it seems that once the Korean news article is out, there is an English version that follows it~ Lucky for us!! ^ ^

First one is from Hancinema~

Song Joong-ki “Yoo Ah-in is the most serious amongst the same age group”

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Actor Song Joong-ki said, “Yoo Ah-in is the most serious out of everyone in the same age group”.

In an interview with OSEN recently, when he was told that the KBS 2TV group of four (Song Joong-kiYoo Ah-in, Micky Yuchun and Park Min-yeong) are standing out, Song Joong-ki said, “I feel good that all four of us are doing well. I feel the four of us are going to go a long way like this”.

He continued, “I think everyone will succeed since they are all born that way. Didn’t Jang Dong-gun and Jeong Woo-seong all successfully be active together in the 90s? I don’t think this is a competition. We are actors and actresses who will survive together”.

He will get to go face to face with Yoo Ah-in‘s “Punch”. When he was asked if he was jealous of Yoo Ah-in who’s caught two hares at once, the box office and the critics, he said, “I am sincerely supporting his success. Of course, I an envious but I have never been jealous. He is very good at acting and the most sincere. So I like him. He is always concerned about acting. I think that’s cool”.

Meanwhile, Song Joong-ki takes on the role of an unemployed youth who is warm in the heart with Han Ye-seul in the movie “Penny Pinchers“. Next, he is to star in a movie “Wolf Boy” with Park Bo-yeong.

Source: http://movie.daum.net/movieInfoArticleRead.do?newsType=1&articleId=1605939&page=12

Second one is from Korea.com~

Let’s look at these actors again: Kong Yoo, Park Hae Il, Yoo Ah In,

and Kim Myung Min

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Many actors, especially male actors have shown great work on TV this year. Among them, four actors stand out. They’ve already been recognized for their reputation, but their true values are discovered this year. These stars’ genuineness in acting and roles in box-office films are approved: they are Kong Yoo, Park Hae Il, Yoo Ah In, and Kim Myung Min.

Kong Yoo: He takes off an image of “pretty” boy with an aroma of coffee

Kong took off an image of sweet “pretty” boy and took a step further as an actor with improved acting skills. In the box-office movie Dogani, which became a hot issue this fall, Kong took off his previous “pretty” boy image by playing Kang In Ho, the teacher who informs the world of deaf students that are sexually abused. He succeeded in playing the difficult character which shows both rage and helplessness.

The film Dogani changed the world by closing down Inhwa School, which is the actual background of the incident, and reinvestigating those involved in the case. It is already widely known that Kong persuaded his agency to make a movie of the novel Dogani. He received the book as a present for promoting as a sergeant in the army. His meaningful step contributed to change the world.

Park Hae Il: A hero in action films is born

Park’s thirst for the Best Actor Award is finally satisfied. For his role as a great archer in another box-office film, Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon that gathered more than 7 million people, Park was awarded the Daejong Award as well as the Best Actor Award. The audience, as well as the judges gave a round of applause to Park. Now, he is clearly recognized for his acting skills and reputation in box-office movies.

He became a box-office actor through The Host, Paradise Murderedand Moss but the spotlight always missed him until this year. In Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon, Park proved himself as the adequate actor to lead the historical film with fast-moving body and high concentration on featuring the character. In short, he was a “hero” in action films. He is a kind of actor who never rests; he now has a shaved head to shoot a new film called Eunkyo. People are looking forward to see his new side.

Yoo Ah In: The leading actor of those who are in their 20s

Among many actors in their 20s, Yoo stands out this year. In the series Sungkyunkwan Scandalhe played a luxurious character; but he let everything go in Wandeugi. Yoo changed into a rebellious high school student in the film which is seen by 4.6 million people.

Not many people have expected the 25-year-old fashionista would actually change into a high school student and appeal with another side. Because it was unexpected, the impact was bigger. Yoo has already shown his potentials through Boys Of Tomorrow, and Shim’s Family, and now ignited fire on his career withWandeugi building expectations over his upcoming movie.

Kim Myung Min: Kim Myung Min’s inspired performance moves filmgoers as well

No other explanations are needed for the perfectionist actor Kim Myung Min. He was successful in building reputation through the TV series Beethoven Virus and The Great White Tower; however, acting in movies was different. Except for Closer To Heaven in which he played a patient suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, attracting 2 million movie goers, he could not make other impact in the world of movies.

But this year was different from the beginning. Kim made a big hit attracting 4 million people to the theatres with Detective K. It was all the more meaningful because Detective K was placed on top of other movies that were open for the New Year’s Day. Now, Kim keeps on working on his new movie. His follow-up work toPace Maker is Yungashi. Would he succeed in continuing his reputation?

Source: Starnews