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Hospital Playlist’s ‘Ahn Jeong-won’ (Yoo Yeon Seok) full character’s description

AHN JEONG-WON.

(M / Med School Undergrad Class of 99, Paediatric Surgery Assistant Prof / 40 yo)

A man of angelic personality who could beat (Albert) Scheweitzer, Confucius and even Mencius. Despite of his Catholic faith since birth, he is nicknamed as “Buddha”.

The cries of the children who are more used to the hospital beds than being in the arms of their parents. Due to the aimless, empty and devastated rage of parents, the tears in paediatric surgery ward break the hearts.

In the paediatric ward where it is a toll on the mind rather than on the body, Jeong-won’s warmth is the source of comfort and hope.

Although he himself is a doctor for about 20 years who’s feeling worn out, he never once get angry at the patients, their guardians or at his fellow medical staffs.

That is why his nickname is ‘Buddha’!
Even though his faith since birth is Catholic.

Of course, his ‘Buddha-ness’ doesn’t apply towards his gang of five friends since medic school. What’s the point of not getting angry at them~ His stubbornness and oversensitivity are a given, and he is full of grudges…

He’d sleep fitfully even if there’s just a tiny mistake, and once he made up his mind, he won’t even eat until he sees the end of it.

Since college, Jeong-won has always been a little different from his peers, and it could be felt that there’s something extraordinary about him. So naturally, people’s interests were drawn towards him, they wanted to know him and always inquire about him.

But ironically, he remained friends only with the 4 persons who have no such interest in him, up until 20 years.

The reason why Jeong-won, whose hobby was photography, abandoned his camera so deep into the drawer was because of the departed children who left only their smiles in those photos.
Those children’s names still giving him heartbreaks, so he thought that being a doctor is not his calling.
He has been having such thought for a long time now.

He wanted to be a priest. Way before his brothers and sisters did…
He was shaken by his dream of becoming a doctor, but he has never given up his dream of becoming a priest.

There is nothing that shine as brilliantly as his dream of becoming a priest. Not even budding love in his 20s, or receiving fame in his 30s.

Some would sneer at him for being a chaebol with a lot of money, or bluffing with his golden spoon, but just like the ‘garden’ (the meaning of his name), Jeong-won would go forth towards the thorny path in silence.

Now…
He is running out of time.

[ENG] JUNG WOO SUNG, KWAK DO WON AND YOO YEON SEOK ARE CAST IN DIRECTOR YANG WOO SUK’S《SUMMIT : STEEL RAIN》

The movie previously known as 《Steel Rain 2》 which drew a lot of attention for casting Jung Woo Sung, Kwak Do Wok and Yoo Yeon Seok, has confirmed its official title as 《The Summit》 (English title 《Summit: Steel Rain》) and has completed its blessing ceremony as well as script reading session. It is expected to crank in on August 27, 2019.

《Summit : Steel Rain》 is a movie of a foreseeable future that depicts a crisis near the verge of war after the three leaders South Korea, North Korea and the US were kidnapped by a North Korean coup in a North Korean nuclear powered submarine while attending a summit between three countries.

《Summit : Steel Rain》 is the latest film to be directed by Director Yang Woo Seok of 《The Attorney》, and 《Steel Rain》 which was based on a webtoon of the same name released in 2011 as well as the 2017 released webtoon titled 《Steel Rain : Steel Rain 2》. 《Summit : Steel Rain》 is an extension of the 《Steel Rain》 universe that will realistically depict a possible crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the only divided country in the world, which has become an island of the Cold War in the interests of powerful nations, and the real story of the people surrounding it.

Webtoon ‘Steel Rain’ which kick-started the ‘Steel Rain Universe’ predicted the death of Kim Jong Il and it became such a big hit and exceeded 10 million views. The second part which were the movie 《Steel Rain》 and webtoon 《Steel Rain : Steel Rain 2》were based on a fresh idea of a coup d’état occuring in North Korea and forced its leader who was in a life and death risk to escape and seek refuge in South Korea, which triggered a brink of nuclear war crisis between the North Korea and South Korea. The steel chemistry and bromance between the two main leads whose roles representing the two Koreas made the movie to become intensely fun.

Following this will be the third part,《Summit : Steel Rain》 which will be about the leaders of both North and South Korea and the President of the United States of America being kidnapped and imprisoned aboard a North Korean nuclear submarine. As it happens in a new global order where China is rapidly growing as a superpower, and Korea’s complicated interests with nearby regional powers is still unsolved, the threats of war expanding into the entirety of North-East Asia and the third part promises an enjoyable and suspense-filled experience.

At the same time of the movie filming, the original webtoon by Director Yang Woo Suk titled ‘Summit: Steel Rain 3’ (which the movie is be based on,) will be released on Daum Webtoon and Kakaopage on Monday, September 23.

If Jung Woo Sung played a former North Korean special agent and Kwak Do Won portrayed the presidential secretary of South Korea where the two of them were thrown into a reluctant friendship and unlikely collaboration in the movie 《Steel Rain》, however, it is interesting to note that their roles will flip sides for the spin-off. Jung Woo Sung will play the president of South Korea who is rational, level headed and warm-hearted while Kwak Do Won will play North Korean Supreme Guard Commander who staged the coup d’état in 《Summit : Steel Rain》 and they are expected to show antagonism towards each other, as opposed to their friendship in 《Steel Rain》.

Yoo Yeon Seok will be joining them and he will portray the role of a North Korean Supreme Leader and is expected to transform beyond the stereotyped of ‘big figure and all back hairstyle’ look of the North Korean supreme leaders. Under the impenetrable veil cast upon by the threat of war, how will the conflict and the allied front behind the scenes play out?

Movie 《Summit : Steel Rain》is expected to be released in the first half of 2020 after finishing its filming in the second half of 2019.

Source: Koreafilm.co.kr

(T/N : Please advise if there are wrong translations in the article 😅)

[News Article] This time it’s ‘Wise Doctor Life’ (‘Doctor Playbook’) for ‘R94’ Yoo Yeon Seok

By Sports dongA. July 10, 2019.

It is rare to star twice in Shin Won Ho PD’s works.

Actor Yoo Yeon Seok is attracting attention as the only person who has captured the heart of director Shin Won Ho PD twice.

Yoo Yeon Seok has been cast in Shin Won Ho PD’s new work, ‘Doctor Playbook’ / ‘Wise Doctor Life’, which will be broadcast on cable channel tvN in December. Through this, he is going to work together with Shin PD after 4 6 years since Reply 1994 in 2013.

What is attracting attention is that Yoo Yeon Seok is the only face among the ‘young actors’ who have starred in Shin PD’s dramas to be participating twice in his works. Except for Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa who has appeared in all of the Reply series, this is the first time for it to happen. The fact that Shin PD having a strong faith in Yoo Yeon Seok can be seen through this. There are talks in broadcast circles that Shin PD would try to avoid as much as possible from working together again with the same actors he has previously worked with. This is because of his unwavering tenacity in pursuing something new.

Shin PD has used the year of 1997’s, 1994’s and 1988’s time period as ‘Reply’ series’ subject matters. In ‘Prison Playbook’ / ‘Wise Prison Life’, he attempted various contents and settings that could hardly be seen in other dramas when dealing with the stories of inmates with a prison serving as the background. Accordingly, his boldness in hiring theater play actors as well as rising stars has added freshness in the new story.

However, Yoo Yeon Seok has became the exception to Shin PD’s own ‘ironclad principle’. In ‘Doctor Playbook’ / ‘Wise Doctor Life’, Yoo Yeon Seok will play the role of a doctor who is in charge of the Emergency Room, creating a human story that blooms between patients and doctors in an urgent space where people struggling for their lives. Previously in ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’, he has acted as a doctor whose goal are success and advancement in life and now all eyes are on him to see how his brand new look will be unfolded.

Source: Sports DongA | translated by YeoNiverse

Cable channels’ PDs and officials crown Yoo Yeon Seok’s Gu Dong Mae as the Second Lead of the Year

Since broadcasting channels have their own award shows during year end, while cable channels didn’t, TV Daily came up with their own ‘acting award’ for cable channel dramas by surveying a total of 15 PDs and officials from cable channels – tvN, OCN, Olive Channel as well as the four general programming cable TV broadcasters – JTBC, TV Chosun, Channel A and MBN.

And among the awards, Yoo Yeon Seok was picked as the winner of ‘Always One Step Behind You Award’ (aka Second Lead of the Year).

“In every drama, the ones who ‘always stand one step behind’ the main leads are the second leads. Gu Dong Mae of tvN’s Mr. Sunshine, played by Yoo Yeon Seok took the first place for the saddest, whom the main leads never turn around to see even once, ‘Male and Female Second Lead of the Year’ award.

The character of Gu Dong Mae who was both cold but also pure hearted (in love) was portrayed in a three dimensional portrayal by Yoo Yeon Seok, creating the ‘lovesick for Gu Dong Mae’ (syndrome).

The officials from tvN, JTBC, Channel A who picked him stated the reasons why they supported Yoo Yeon Seok, “No one can win over Gu Dong Mae”, “His charms and acting are comparable to Lee Byung Hun’s”, “It’s an undisputable transformation of Yoo Yeon Seok. The ‘sad, evoking tears (character)’ was shooting straight towards women’s hearts”. ”

Source: TV Daily

[Eng] (SBS Power FM interview) A listener shared how Yoo Yeon Seok looks like the spitting image of his Engineering Professor father

On December 12, 2018 when he became a guest on SBS Power FM, Choi Hee Jung Power Time radio, a listener mentioned about Yoo Yeon Seok’s father.

A listener shared an anecdote, “Mr. Yoo Yeon Seok’s father was an academic advisor in a university. Mr. Yeon Seok looks like the spitting image of Professor (Ahn).”

To this Yoo Yeon Seok said, “I saw photos of my father from the days of his youth and his eyebrows and nose looked so cool. My father’s nose is much more prominent than mine, our eyebrows are exactly the same. Whenever I get my make up done, (the make up on) my eyebrows are rarely done, so that was how I resemble him. And I think my meticulous nature is also similar to my father’s”, as he mentioned his Professor of Engineering father.

Source:  Osen | Naver ; translated by YeoNiverse

[Eng] (SBS Power FM interview) Yoo Yeon Seok wishes to go to Nha Trang, Vietnam with his musical team

On December 12, 2018 when he became SBS Power FM Choi Hee Jung’s Power Time guest with actor Han Ji Sang, Yoo Yeon Seok told the listeners about wishing to go on a vacation with his A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’s team to Nha Trang, Vietnam. 

He said “If our musical do well, I want to travel to Nha Trang (with the team). Recently the cast have been chanting ‘Nha Trang’ instead of ‘fighting’ (before their performance). I think if we’re given a lot of love, we can go to Nha Trang. It is our wish to go with more staffs” 

Source:  Osen | Naver ; translated by YeoNiverse

[Eng] (SBS Power Fm interview) Yoo Yeon Seok’s favourite late-night meal

On December 12, 2018, Yoo Yeon Seok and Han Ji Sang appeared on SBS Power FM, Choi Hee Jung’s Power Time radio to promote their musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

One of the listener left a comment asking about his kind of late-night meal, as apparently the listener came to read Yoo Yeon Seok’s daily schedule chart where he wrote on having simple late-night meal / supper from 12:30 am to 2 am.

From Sports DongA :

Yoo Yeon Seok explained, “I couldn’t eat dinner properly when I’m preparing for my evening (musical) performance. If I eat too much, I’d feel stuffy so I can’t eat a lot.”

“When I return home after the 8 pm performance, it’ll be around 12:30 am to 1 am. That is the time when I eat dinner properly.”

He then tell the radio on what kind of late-night meals he has recently.  “Recently I ordered squid sashimi for delivery and they gave out some sushi as well. Even deep fried squid were given as a service (free-of-charge).”

“Though I’d have one or two glasses of soju to go with it, I’d eat them while comforting my heart saying that squid is protein.” He also revealed that he eats Jokbal (trotters) a lot, too. 

“Sometimes fans would treat us with snacks too. There were times when I couldn’t eat them well before the performance, so I’d pack them and eat them at home”. He also expressed his gratitude towards his fans. 

Source: Sports DongA, translated by YeoNiverse

[#YOOYEONSEOKINBKK tidbits] (ENG) His daily schedule chart

So, during the Bangkok fanmeet that happened on Dec 8, 2018, Yoo Yeon Seok revealed his daily schedule chart that he has drawn by himself. It’s a chart that shows his daily schedule, more specifically on the days he has weekdays ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ performance. 

YeoNiverse has tried our best to squint hard at the photo that we sneaked to snap during the fanmeet (the guards were seriously on their toes, they were everywhere and keep on telling fans off whenever they saw any of us were secretly taking photos / filming ^^;;), and tried our best to translate on what we could read off the chart. hehe. 

So, his schedule is so adorable just like him. lmao. He has enough sleep per day, about 8 hours and another 1 hour where he just lying on the bed, tossing and turning . So adorable.

His schedule is so packed, but he goes through it like a pro every day. We wish we’re as disciplined and productive as him daily. Haha. And we’re so happy to see those bits about him reading through the new scripts and scenarios! WE . CAN’T. WAIT. FOR. HIS. NEW. ACTING. PROJECT. Yay!

YeoNiverse went to #YOOYEONSEOKINBKK~

On December 8, 2018 (Sat), a few of us from YeoNiverse got the chance to attend Yoo Yeon Seok’s All About YOO fanmeeting in Bangkok!!!

We had a blast and our fangirling hearts was filled to the brim throughout the 2 hours + time spent with him. Thank YOO, Yeon Seok.  He is gorgeous, he is handsome, he is sexy, he is adorable, he is silly, he is funny. He is everything. Sobs.

We got to meet fellow Yoo Yeon Seok fans from Thailand and from other countries as well and we were so happy to meet them ❤

Now we don’t think we’d do a long post to detail all about it cuz our memories of the fanmeet were rather scrambled actually. Lol. But we plan to do separate posts on the interesting bits that we could remember of. We shared most of them on our social media accounts already but this space here could do some documentation of it too, no? 

For now, here are a few photos from the fanmeet venue~

[NOTICE] (by King Kong by Starship) New guidelines as to Yoo Yeon Seok’s way back from K-GGLAM performance greetings.

[T/N: 퇴근길 (toegeungil) literally means ‘way back from work’ but in this context, it refers to meeting and greeting Yoo Yeon Seok after show when he’s about to go home after finishing his musical performance of the day (usually fans will wait and meet the musical actors when they’re about to go back home) ]

[#NOTICE #유연석 #YooYeonSeok #AGentlemansGuide #waybackfromwork]

Hello, this is King Kong by Starship.

We are thankful for the fans’ hot interest and love towards the musical 《A Gentleman’s Guide》 starring Actor Yoo Yeon Seok, and we hereby are listing a few guidance for all of us to follow during the ‘way back from work’ greeting.

Due to the increasingly cold weather, difficulties to get the transportations after the late performance as well as safety concerns, (Actor Yoo Yeon Seok) is going to give only brief greetings after the performances on weekdays and Saturdays of the weekends that have 2 performances. We ask for the fans’ co-operation so that there can be an exchange of warm greetings instead of gifts.

For the weekend’s way back from work greeting, where there are 2 performances on the weekend (Sat/Sun), please take note that it will be on Sunday only.

During the weekend’s way back from work greetings, you can personally hand over your gifts and letters to Mr. Yoo Yeon Seok. During this time, please hand them over in an orderly manner to prevent harm towards those who are around you. (We ask for the fans to give way and be considerate to each other when passing the gifts to ensure everyone’s safety).

* This is the ‘way back from work’ greetings schedule.

11.25 (Sun) 2pm performance /
12.1 (Sat) 3pm performance /
12.16 (Sun) 6pm performance /
12.23 (Sun) 2pm performance
(We will make an announcement for the 4th ticketing later.)

※ In addition to the above schedule, we ask for your understanding that during the after performance greetings on weekdays and Saturdays of the weekends that have 2 performances, (actor Yoo Yeon Seok) will only greet you with brief greetings, and will not accept gifts and letters directly. We would appreciate it for the fans who have prepared gifts and letters to deliver them ㅡ with the actor’s name written on them ㅡ to the ticket booking office or stockroom on the 2nd floor, or to the Theater Information Desk on the 3rd floor or through the receptionist.

We would like to express our gratitude to the fans for supporting Mr Yoo Yeon Seok once again, and we ask for your co-operation and understanding for the sake of everyone’s safety and convenience.

Thank you.

Posted on Yoo Yeon Seok’s official Facebook by King Kong by Starship, on November 19 2018)

(*T/N : The translation might not be perfect and please advise if you notice any translation mistake.)

TL; DR / simpler version of the KKBYSS notice 😅:

Yoo Yeon Seok x A Gentleman’s Guide x A Guide on the way back home after performance’ greeting.

(For the sake of everyone’s safety and convenience, due to the increasingly cold weather and late night transportation concerns)

▪Nov 21, 2018 (Wed) | 8pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Nov 22, 2018 (Thu)  | 7pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Nov 24, 2018 (Sat)   | 3pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Nov 25, 2018 (Sun)  | 2pm 🎭 [💞💬+🎁✉]
▪Nov 27, 2018 (Tue)  | 8pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Nov 29, 2018 (Thu)  | 8pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Dec 01, 2018 (Sat)    | 3pm 🎭 [💞💬+🎁✉]
▪Dec 05, 2018 (Wed) | 3pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Dec 06, 2018 (Thu)  | 8pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Dec 12, 2018 (Wed) | 8pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Dec 13, 2018 (Thu)  | 8pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Dec 15, 2018 (Sat)   | 3pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Dec 16, 2018 (Sun)  | 6pm 🎭 [💞💬+🎁✉]
▪Dec 20, 2018 (Thu)  | 8pm 🎭 [💞💬]
▪Dec 23, 2018 (Sun)  | 3pm 🎭 [💞💬+🎁✉]
▪Dec 24, 2018 (Mon) | 8pm 🎭 [💞💬]

(Once the 4th ticketing schedule is out, the greetings schedule will be updated)

[💞💬] = After the performance, there will be exchange of simple, warm greetings only, no presents and letters will be accepted by YYS directly

[💞💬+🎁✉] = Fans are allowed to hand over their presents and letters directly to YYS during the greeting session on this day, but please be reminded to do it in an orderly manner and to be considerate towards other fans as well as to YYS himself.

📣 On the days where no presents and letters are allowed to be given directly to YYS, fans who have prepared them can have the gifts and letters with his name written on them to be delivered at a few places in the venue:

🚩Through the receptionist;
🚩 2nd Floor ㅡ ticket booking office or stockroom
🚩3rd Floor ㅡ Theather Information Desk