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[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 😅)

[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~

[Eng translation] Yoo Yeon Seok’s hand written letter to fans at 2018 All About YOO fanmeeting.

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Hello. It’s Yoo Yeon Seok.

Once again, I get to write a short letter to you (fans) for this Fan Meeting. This is the only way that I can repay and reply to all of you fans who have written me letters in the past.

When you all hold this letter in your hands and are reading it, I suspect that the fan meeting would be over and you all would be returning home in the evening. How was today? Did you enjoy yourselves? ^^

As this fan meeting is to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of my debut, and I think it will be memorable as a more meaningful and joyful occasion because of it.

To be honest, I completely forgot that it was my 15 year anniversary, and I just concentrated on filming my drama, until one day a fan congratulated me on my 15 year debut anniversary. Because of that I felt a strange sense of responsibility. At the filming location, I felt always a sense of newness, unfamiliarity and difficulty. Because of this, I had forgotten that it had been such a long time since my debut.

But now I go to the shoots, and find that my juniors increase one by one, and the days in which I get called a senior at these shoots become more and more frequent. And because of this I feel a greater sense of responsibility and burden that I have to carry as an actor.

I felt once again, that the reason that I could continue on as an actor like this, was due to the unconditional love and support from all of you fans. Thoughts of you fans who steadfastly loved me came to mind. Although there were times when I showed you guys an unsatisfactory side of me, you all send such words of encouragement that it gave me so much strength to continue.

If I look back, it could be said that 15 years is a long time, but if you look at my future as an actor, you could also think that it’s not such a long time in that perspective.

Please continue to send love to me and have great expectations for me as I continue into the future. In return, I will continue my best efforts to be that actor that through the long term that you follow my career, continues to show something new and different.

Once again, I thank you for your precious steps in coming here.

I love you ❤

The actor who loves all of you
Yoo Yeon Seok

2018 YOO YEON SEOK FAN MEETING

(Translated by YeoNiverse. Give full credits when taken out or used for other languages translation)

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

/dust off the blog/

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)