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Kim Hyun Joong ~ M! Countdown Backtage Interview [English Subs]


Hello to everyone at Mcountdown Backstage,
I’m Kim Hyun Joong

With the looks of a sculpture
Kim Hyun Joong is back!

The next generation star that Asia is taking notice of!

From SS501,
Magnificently making his solo debut !

Taking away his sweet charm that he had till now,
Changing from a boy to man!

By the top staff and Kim Hyun Joong himself
1st Solo Album「Break Down」

What are your thoughts after finishing your 1st solo album showcase?
It has been a while and on my first stage of my solo activity, a lot of fans have attended and enjoyed it like a concert. 

What is the concept of 「Break Down」? 
During my activities in SS501 and actor, I have a strong “flower boy” image, so I have cut short my hair and [Choosing the manly image!] build up my body with muscles as I wanted to show the manly image of me. I think now the most important period, [Not a boy but transforming to a man!] is the process of changing from a boy to a man. Through the comeback, I will work hard to show the manly side of me, so please give me your support. 

What is the main point of this album and the parts that you have participated in?
As it’s the 1st solo, there is a large amount of pressure. From the selection of songs for the album to the dance, I have participated in all of it. [By Kim Hyun Joong, Mini Album 「Break Down」] The album jacket photos and meeting, all I have participated in. An album produced with my passion and hard work.

What is the reason for selecting 「Break Down」as your title song?
I was troubled over selecting 「Please」or 「Break Down」for the title song. 
[Sweet melody (Please) VS Strong beat (Break Down)]
I had thought of selecting 「Please」as the title song but compared to 「Break Down」MV which give a manly feeling and 3 gear dance might become a topic, [Representative dance of「Break Down」,「3 Gear Dance」] it was decided to select 「Break Down」as the title song.

Your most favorite song is?
The song 「Kiss Kiss」is nearer to my previous image. Fans have said that the dance is cute, [100% Reflecting the opinions of fans, 「Kiss Kiss」has been decided as the follow-up song!] catchy song, 「Kiss Kiss」has been scheduled to be the follow-up song. Please give lots of your support. 

[Sent through Mnet Japan twitter, support messages and questions!] 
Questions from everyone sent through twitter, in regards to my performance. 
Let’s have a look at it now. *head turning to board* 

Looking so good in the showcase! Always be giving my support. By the way, how much weight have you gained? The feeling now looks good ^^. *Referring to his built*
I think there are many who are not used seeing me with short hair, [to Japanese fans, not used seeing short hair] in 「Boys Over Flowers」and 「Playful Kiss」, as I have a strong long hair image, there are some who thinks short is weird but I hope that will get used to it in 「Break Down」. For my weight… after building muscles, I gained 4kg. [muscle increased 4kg↑] But I’m busy with my activities, there are times that I’m unable to eat adequately, [increase in activities 4kg↓, in the end back to the same weight] getting back to the original weight. 

To Leader, congratulation on the start of your activities. On the 6th, your birthday, how did you spend your time? 
As I have the showcase on 7th June, although it was my birthday on the day before, I had rehearsal till late for it. [Kim Hyun Joong’s birthday (6th June) is only a day difference from the showcase (7th June)] It was near to 1am when I reached home but since it was my birthday, I contacted my director from my management company and the 2 of us had a party. [Quietly have a birthday party with director from the management company] 

What is the most memorable birthday present you have received? 
When I woke up, those bike games which you see in game center was delivered to my house. As I didn’t have any place for it, I have put it at the dance practising room. A present which left quite an impact.

Hyun Joong Oppa, congratulations to your comeback and Happy Birthday. I have watched the comeback stage and you look really good. I will continue to give my support. Kim Hyun Joong Fighting
What is your favorite dance moves in this solo album? Please tell us about it ☆

In this solo album, all songs have their point. In 「Please」, there is the mic dance. 「Break Down」have the 3 gear dance. In 「Kiss Kiss」, there’s this dance movement *HJ doing the kiss kiss dance hands movement* if possible to see it on stage, I think that it be a dance movement that is easy to imitate for everyone. 

Congratulations and happy for your solo activities. Till what age would you call someone “noona”? From what age would you call “ahjumma”? Please do not mind about it and answer. 
I don’t have any criteria for noona and ahjumma. If I see her looking like a noona, will call her noona, I don’t call ahjumma. I only use it like when I go shopping at the market. To me, I don’t have any criteria for it. 

Where is Hyun Joong Oppa’s favorite place? 
I don’t like to spend a long time at home. I don’t have any special place that I like. As I don’t have any favorite place, I go to various places. 

Thank you for all the questions. 

From Japan through the internet, if you have any questions, please send over. 

I’m happy that we can communicate through BACKSTAGE.

If there is the chance again, I will always reply. 

What are your plans for this year activities? 
I think that I will be unable to have any activities as an actor. 
There will be the activities for album, Asia tour and [2nd Solo Album plans to be release this year!] there are plans to release album around end of September or the beginning of October. In 2011, I want to concentrate as being a singer. 

What are activity plans for Japan? 
As I planned to go to Japan a from end July to early August, I hope to spend a wonderful time with all Japanese fans. 

Please give your support to 「Break Down」.

I hope to show everyone a further grown up image of myself in future.

Thank you. *bows* [Kim Hyun Joong Annyeong]

==cut of mcountdown when he had won==

*after mcountdown performance*
To everyone from MCD BACKSTAGE, I think everyone will be asking through twitter about my thoughts getting No.1, if there’s a chance next week… [Hyun Joong’s thoughts of getting No.1 next week~] As I’m having lots of mixed feelings now, I will need to organize my thoughts before answering.

Kim Hyun Joong ~ Interview at “Kpop and Korean Drama”




Little kids interviewing Kim Hyun Joong ~


English subs

SS501’s Kim Hyun Joong recently took part in a unique interview with “Dispatch“, where he was asked a series of questions asked by kids. The star’s 4-D personality definitely shone through in this amusing set, so check it out below!

Q. Ham Tae Hwan (7) “I don’t like it when people call me pretty. Hyung, how do you feel when people call you pretty?”

KHJ: “So you don’t like it when people call you pretty. I hear that often, and I think you’ll find that you’ll like hearing it as you grow up. It’s better to be called pretty than ugly, right?”

Q. Chun Ah Young (7) “Hyun Joong oppa, why do you only act? Do you not sing lately?”

KHJ: “I’ve only done two projects in my acting career so far. I’ll be making a singing comeback in June. I’ll be sure to show the singing side to my career so you don’t have to ask next time, ‘Why do you only sing? Do you not act?’ I’ll go back and do my best.”

Q. Yoon Tae Joon (8) “Hyung, it’s so hard for me to memorize the times table. What do you think is the best way to memorize it?”

KHJ: “When I was younger, my mom put on a song that went like this. ‘Two and one is two, two and two is four…’ Download the song and listen to it in your mp3 player, I’m sure it will help.”

Q. Yoon Jae Yeon (11) “I want to dye my hair but my mom won’t let me. Oppa, when did you first dye your hair?”

KHJ: “I did try dying my hair when I was younger… And although 26 years old is still young, I’m a bit embarrassed dying my hair at this age. It’s unfortunate if your mother is against it, but I think dying your hair when you’re young is an experience worth having.”

Q. “I like Park Ji Sung. Which soccer player do you like the best?”

KHJ: “You must dream of becoming a soccer player. I’m a Korean man, so I also like Park Ji Sung. Let’s like soccer together forever, okay?”


Source: DISPATCH via Nate

Kim Hyun Joong ~ MBC Sports Interview [with English Subs] /15.04.11/

Kim Hyun Joong MBC Sports Interview ~

Kim Hyun Joong’s Unreleased Interviews from Japan ~

Kim Hyung Jun: “The essential exsitence of SS501″ /28.03.11/


Kim Hyung Jun is no longer the baby of SS501, he who have debut for 7 years will be standing on stage alone will show only the domineering side and not nervousness because of all his hardwork offscreen and a strong sense of pride. You can call Kim Hyung Jun a bright person, during the interview, he replied every question with smile. Although he still behave like a child some times, but he clearly knows what is the thing he wants. Not that he’s not nervous for his solo stage, but Kim Hyung Jun’s curiosity and confidence conquers his nervousness. Even though he’s standing on stage alone, you wouldn’t feel that other members is missing.

[To Kim Hyung Jun, what does SS501?]

[SS501 is the motivation behind Kim Hyung Jun now, is also the essential existence in my life. Members gave me lots of support and encouragement, they also say I must get Number 1. They have been following closely on my performance and asking me not to be nervous.] When he talked about himself, he was very calm, but when he mentioned other members, he suddenly turns into a child who’s much loved by members.

[Normally when we meet up, we will go for a drink. I can’t really hold my liqour, but others member are very good drinkers. Hyun Joong-hyung drink fast and he gets drunk very fast, he will definitely not wake up]. His embarrass expression when saying this is like Kim Hyun Joong Is now drunk beside him. [Young Saeng-hyung will become talkative, behaves like a child. Sometimes he will also imitate others, saying why Hyung Jun is so handsome. Jung Min will start running around, KyuJong will just stare with his eyes wide open.] His eyes lit with trust and affections with he talked about his members, it’s just like there’s an invisible lines that connects all members, maybe we will still get to see the day when all SS501 members stands on the same stage.

[Although now that our management company is different, but we promise each another that we will work together, if we can’t even keep this promise, then we really have no sense of obligation. Even if the period will be short, but we still hope to gathers together. Of course there’s bound to be inconvenience when our agency is different, but when all our individual activities have completed, till then, SS501 will release an album, either end of this year or beginning of next year.]

Things that hold SS501 together is not only music, Kim Hyung Jun, Kim Hyun Joong, Park Jung Min and Kim KyuJong are all experienced in acting, [If I were to act with Hyun Joong-hyung, have to be that kind that will never meet each other kind of relationship. Wants to film something like [Movie is Movie], a character that’s so cool like So Ji Sub].

[Humanity Kim Hyung Jun VS Singer Kim Hyung Jun]

Kim Hyung Jun in variety shows also gives us an impression of outgoing and friendly impression, even when he’s standing on stage alone, there’s no sign of fright, able to speak him mind fluently, but in fact, Kim Hyung Jun is someone who enjoys to be alone. [The humanity Kim Hyung Jun is much petty, have many thoughts but don’t really voice out, also full of worries for own future. Likes to stroll alone along Hangang River and also likes driving around alone. As an entertainer Kim Hyung Jun, I’m flamboyance. Am very cheerful and positive. When people saw me, they will say that I’m very cheerful and hardworking].

Kim Hyung Jun who is very strict to himself, tones down when he talked about his family. He revealed that till now, other than his parents, he have not found any role model. He also said that he looks exactly like his mother and at the same time, he showed his love and care for this brother, Ki Bum who’s also a singer. [Ki Bum can do many things, because he like figurine, he once started a business for figurines. He’s also good at composing, if there’s a chance, I would like to release an album with my brother. Although it’s a pity that he left the group, but that is already the past and it’s better to be forgotten, I told him that I wish he could give a thought about what he really wants to do and wants him to face the reality].

Not only to his brother, Kim Hyung Jun also gave lots of support to Kara who was once their junior, [Have to keep in mind the thought that everything could be settle, have to learn to give in to each another. Compared to who’s standing by with who, it’s better to learn how to compromise].

[24 years old, age when you crave for love]

24 years old young blooded, this is the age that you crave for love. But 24 years old Kim Hyung Jun says work is his priority. [I hope that I can get a girlfriend 3 years later when I have more money, I like woman who are feminine, maybe people will find my thinking conservative, but I like girls who will listen to me and one who will be a good wife. Appearance, compared to gorgeous looking, I prefer girls who are not materialistic. I really like Son TaeYoung and Son YeJin, it seems like people with Son as surname is very beautiful], a rather picky standard, as if he is picking his bride.

Kim HyungJun who wants to focus on work has been working with female artiste recently, in his latest album, MV for and , there’s also pretty ladies, [Previously if were to work with female, I will be very shy and wouldn’t know what to say, but now I have open up. Sometimes I will think that by doing that, everyone will like it more, so I will try to find topic, and become more close others. Feels more power at work with female co-workers around than when I’m working alone].

[Hope that I could get Number 1 for this album], this is Kim Hyung Jun recent target. We also hope that he who faces everything with sincerity and positive attitude could achieve what he wished for.


Credit: 宣美炅记者
English translation: reena29shadow@twitter