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A closer look on Yoo Yeon Seok’s role in tvN’s upcoming drama ‘Mr. Sunshine’ – Goo Dong Mae

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Well hi there YeoNiverse wordpress, long time no update! Haha. Well in recent time we’re mostly focused on our SNS platforms for Yoo Yeon Seok’s updates – Twitter; Facebook; Instagram; Tumblr… so we hardly post things here, sorry.

Anyway. A few days ago, tvN has released the first trailer of their upcoming drama, Mr. Sunshine. Written by Kim Eun Sook, here is one of the descriptions of the drama available:

“Writer Kim is drawing young romance and love on a sheet of confusing and scathing background of modern history. Men and women born in slave, butcher and noblemen families overcome their social statuses and fall in love.” [S]

YeoNiverse has subbed the trailer for your viewing –

Now we have a fierce looking Yoo Yeon Seok in the trailer – he’s sporting an unkempt hair, sending some deadly stares as he lead a pack of swordsmen in Japanese traditional clothing . He is Goo Dong Mae.

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Goo Dong Mae is the Branch Manager of the Kokuryukai, or Amur River Society in Kyungsung (one of Seoul’s old names). Kokuryukai was a  prominent paramilitary, ultranationalist right-wing group in Japan. [S]

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Now come the questions about Goo Dong Mae – is he a villain? Is he a bad guy? Is his role a tragic one? Will we hate him? Will we understand from where he came from?

If anyone is interested, you can read below on (the possibility of) Goo Dong Mae’s background:

Firstly, Mr. Sunshine is set in the early 1900s, an era before the Japanese occupation in Korea, but the Japanese influence over the country was growing. During those time, and before that, ie the time when this drama characters were born and growing up, the Korean traditional social hierarchy still exist. They were living in a society where people were divided into classes such as –

  1. Wangjok (Royalty);
  2. Yangban (Nobility – mainly composed of civil servants and military officers [s]);
  3. Chungin (upper middle class [s]);
  4. Sangmin (the working class, or the peasants. Common people of Joseon Korea – consisted of peasants, laborers, fishermen, some craftsmen and merchants. [s]);
  5. Cheonmin (“vulgar commoners,” the lowest caste of commoners in dynastical Korea. Divided into 2 broad categories – 1) the slaves and 2) occupational Cheonmin[s] )
  6. Baekjeong (said to be of Cheonmin class, but their status is lower. They’re an “untouchable” outcast group of Korea, often compared with the burakumin of Japan and the dalits of India and Nepal. [s])

Goo Dong Mae is said to be a ‘Baekjeong’s son’.

Baekjeong (백정) means 1) “butcher: (archaic) A person who slaughters animals such as cows, pigs, etc., for market.” [S]; and 2) Baekjeong also denotes an “untouchable” outcast group of Korea [S] Butchery is the main occupation of the outcast group Baekjeongs, and it is noted that butchery was more a public obligation than a source of income for them. [S]

“The baekjeong did jobs that no self-respecting Buddhist Korean would touch, including anything working with animals. Slaughtering animals; leather making; these kinds of dirty duties were avoided by Koreans, and so were filled de facto by baekjeong.” [S]

So based on the above info, we can safely assume that Goo Dong Mae belongs to Baekjeong, the outcast group of people back in the days.

Baekjeong people faced contempt and discriminations from all frontsseparate communities (they were forced to live in segregated quarters isolated from the common people), restriction on dress (they were forbidden to wear the ordinary headgear of black varnished lacquer which was worn by all married people as it was considered too good for them, among others), restriction on marriage customs and funerals  (They were not allowed to use the community funeral cart which were usually found in each village to transport the corpse. Their dead had to be buried in segregated plots so as not to pollute the sacred burial grounds of the common people, among others), restriction on names, they did not have the civil rights held by the ordinary people since they were not considered worthy of citizenship, forbidden from buying fresh fish in the market, punished differently from other people, and a lot more discriminations. (Click on here [S] to read more on the discriminations faced by the Baekjeong people)

…Paekchong suffered from the contempt and discrimination in ordinary society, it is interesting to notice that the status of the Paekchong was far below that of the slaves in the traditional Korean social system.”,there was no way for the Paekchong or their descendants to break out of the outcast status and to become· yangmin.” [S]

A few more descriptions of Goo Dong Mae in the drama:

  • “…Koo Dong-mae, who loves Ko Ae-sin. He was born to a butcher’s family and abandoned the Josun on his own but he risks everything on Ko Ae-sin who took to him as a human being unlike others who saw him as no better than a pig or cow.” [S]
  • “…the son of a lowly butcher who flees his homeland and goes to Japan in search of a new life. He’s described as a tragic character who falls in love with Kim Tae-ri’s aristocratic young lady, and will risk everything for his love.” [S]
  • “To help her country during the time of crisis, Ae Shin is leaving to join the righteous army. Dong Mae is worried about her and wanted to help her, but he is conflicted between the resentment he harboured towards Joseon and worrying over his own current condition.” [S]

So his background as a Baekjeong who faced the contempt and discrimination in Joseon explains why Dong Mae hates Joseon and flee to Japan on his own to seek a new life.

This is probably how he became the branch manager of the Kokuryukai in Kyungsung, and became on the Japanese side.

But then again, there is also a possibility of him crossing over once Ae Shin whom he loves, decides to join the righteous army. Will Dong Mae also join her and became the righteous army to fight off the growing influence of the Japanese in Joseon – which would mean he has to risk everything and betraying the Kokuryukai?

This whole thing about the drama and characters sounds so meaty (no pun intended) so it also made us wonder if the actual drama would be as meaty as the concept suggest or would it be just an empty love story with the turbulant times of Joseon being only their background? Also, the chances of his role being hated is very high, on top of his screentime might not be that much. So be prepared and best not to expect much, folks. lol.

The drama is planned to be aired starting from July 7, 2018.

(Note: The post was edited and updated with a few more info)

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[20160210] Yoo Yeon Seok Made Cameo Appearances in Play ‘Death of A Salesmam’

Yoo Yeon Seok made a comeback on theater stage through cameo performances in Lee Soon Jae’s commemorative play ‘Death of A Salesman’. He acted as ‘Howard’ in the play’s two scheduled performances on 10 and 11 February 2017 at the Uijeongbu Arts Center.

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Yoo Yeon Seok played a role of ‘Howard Wagner’, boss of the company where Lee Soon Jae’s character (Willy Loman) is working at. Howard was actually named by Willy, but he later fires Willy as he sees him as liability and ignores the contribution Willy has made to the company for many years. Howard is portrayed as a character who is extremely proud of his wealth.

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Yoo Yeon Seok brings out his ‘Howard’ on stage in a clean-cut suit, sleek hairstyle and glasses. KingKong by Starship Entertainment, that’s how his agency is now called, released a series of Yoo Yeon Seok’s photos of during the rehearsal. He can be seen studying his script and practiced on stage.

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Being on the same stage with Lee Soon Jae must have been a very special gift for Yoo Yeon Seok. He has been very open about his admiration toward Lee Soon Jae who is also his professor at Sejong University. OSEN reported that Yoo Yeon Seok feels very grateful for the opportunity to act along side Lee Soon Jae. He feels that he is being reborn as a true performer after this play. He is very happy even though he appeared only in the second act for 10 minutes in this 3-hour musical.

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The play ended with an applause to all performers, and OSEN noted that the role of Howard is particularly important as he shows Willy’s situation accurately. Howard must be played with a perfect gesture and the newspaper praises Yoo Yeon Seok for nailing the role. He managed to draw the audience deeper into the play while maintaining his unique performance.

Congratulation for your successful performance, Yoo Yeon Seok!! Cannot wait to see you again on another stage.

Bonus: 

Yoo Yeok Seok at the backstage of ‘Death of A Salesman’,

[EngSub] Yeonseok Yoo for UNICEF X KingKong Entertainment #WeAction Campaign

In December last year, KingKong Entertainment announced that their artists will take part in the UNICEF’s 2016 ‘WeAction [#every child]’ Campaign. photo YYSUnicef5.pngWe are so excited that Yoo Yeon Seok is part of this wonderful campaign and was jumping in joy when his campaign video was out last week. In the video, Yoo Yeon Seok shows his [#every child] badge and explains the meaning behind this beautiful and valuable badge. The badge symbolize an effort to look after every child and that there are many unfortunate children who needed to be looked after. Watch the rest of his message in subbed video below:

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To show that you care and look after the child, Yoo Yeon Seok and other KingKong Entertainment artist encourage you to donate through UNICEF page HERE.  Have you make your donation, YeoNizens?

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Photo credited to UNICEF and KingKong Entertainment.

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[20170120] Yoo Yeon Seok Off to Cebu on A Reward Vacation

An avid traveller, Yoo Yeon Seok joins the cast and crew of his mega-hit drama ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’ on a reward vacation to Cebu, the Philippines. The vacation is a well-deserved gift for everyone in the drama, especially when it ends with the personal highest rating the show ever recorded.

He was off to Cebu on 20 January 2017 via Incheon Airport and he quickly shared a photo of him in the waiting lounge.

To Cebu ✈️☃

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We are also very fortunate to have BNT International in the airport to capture his departure.

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Enjoy your vacation, Yeon Seok ssi!! Have fun and please comeback refreshed. Don’t forget to share beautiful pictures from your vacation.

(Quote) To you, what kind of actor Yoo Yeon Seok is?

“I’ve found the answer as to the question of ‘a good actor, the best actor or the needed actor’.

When I first started acting, I worked hard to become a good actor. I tried my best to hear that “There’s a new actor who is really good at acting”. When I got a lot of love, I was greedy at that time to be the best. Now I want to become an actor that is necessary for every kind of work.

If I ever decide to quit acting, I want to hear others’ saying, “I wish to see his acting again.” I also want to become an actor that staffs and producers need. I am not sure whether it will be feasible or not, but I thought of becoming an actor that is necessary.” (Yoo Yeon Seok’s interview with Chosun Ilbo, January 2017)

[Rating Report] ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’ Ends With Flying Colours

Our favourite and your beloved drama ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’ has ended its successful run with flying colours last weekend.

The drama hits an all-time high 27.6 % in viewership rating for episode 20 while maintains almost the same amount of viewers for the special episode. The rating shows how far this sleeper hit drama steadily rise in capturing audience’s hearts with its realistic, deep, and profound storyline.

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Ratings for Episode 20
AGB: 27.6%, Metropolitan: 29%
TNMS: 24.7%, Metropolitan: 28.4%

Ratings for Special Episode
AGB: Nationwide: 27%, Metropolitan: 28.7%
TNMS: Nationwide: 23.1%, Metropolitan: 27.4%

There are many life lessons worth noted throughout the drama, and it ended with the one from Teacher Kim about how to live a romantic life. Narrated beautifully (as always) by uri Yoo Yeon Seok, it says:

You cannot find the right answer every single time. But Teacher Kim always said, ‘Do not give up asking questions about why we live and what we live for. The moment you give up on that, the romance in life ends’

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Actress Kim Hye Soo cameos on the final and prequel episodes as Teacher Kim’s first love named Lee Young Jo who works for Doctor without Borders. It is wonderful to see her story is seamlessly woven into the dynamics of Doldam family. Her brief appearance peaked at 31.5%, the highest real-time ratings ever recorded by the drama.

But there is nothing can beat the satisfaction of watching our resident doctors grows into their better self, all the while finding love and friendship in each other. A little jealousy and fights are common in this quirky hospital as long as patients are saved and love are preserved.

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To thank audiences who had stayed with them and cheered them on throughout the drama, cast of this wonderful drama writes special thank-you notes. Yoo Yeon Seok is pictured making a finger-heart while holding his script where he scribbled:

“Thank you for the love ♡. Please stay healthy. I love You! Dr. Kang Dong Joo.”

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Actress Seo Hyun Jin who plays Yoon Seo Jung  Yang Se Jong who plays Do In Bum also thank the viewers for watching and loving ‘Romantic Teacher Doctor Kim’.

We also thank you, ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’! Thank you for being a wonderful and awesome drama. Thank you for the life lessons and warmth you brought into our living room. It has been a pleasant journey with you. Stay romantic!!

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p.s. we miss you already, Yoo Yeon Seok!! Can you make a comeback as soon as you find an amazing script?

All photos credited to SBS

 

What Yang Se Jong Has to Say on Yoo Yeon Seok?

About Yoo Yeon Seok, Yang Se Jong said “He’s a really nice hyung”, while smiling brightly. Yoo Yeon Seok played Kang Dong Joo, Do In Bum’s bickering rival.

“Starting from the second half of filming, every day I would tell Yeon Seokie hyung ‘I love you sunbae-nim’, ‘Sunbae-nim, today too, I love you'” Yang Se Jong laughed as he said this.

“Yeon Seokie hyung is a real mood maker at the filming site. He’s always cheerful and kind so he makes people happy. I really like him that  I would confess that I love him every day. Then one day hyung replied ‘Oh yes, I love you too’ to me (laughed)”

(Yang Se Jong’s interview with Yeonhap News, Jan 22 2017)

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