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[FTNews] Rocker Kim Kyungho: FTISLAND, CNBLUE Are Rock Bands

Rocker Kim Kyungho is calling FTISLAND and CNBLUE rock bands.

Kim Kyungho joined other two rock stars Jung Joonyoung and No Minwoo on Mnet ‘Toilet’ that aired on June 26th to talk about Korean rock culture.


            Reaction To CNBLUE, FTISLAND “Why Is That Rock?”

While discussing how many people picture a rocker, No Minwoo said, “In Korea, people think a rocker should wear leather pants and have long hair like Kim Kyungho. But I don’t think it has to be that way. Cold Play members all have short hair but they are rockers.”



In response MC Kim Gura asked for thoughts on Shin Haecheol’s previous comment about FTISLAND and CNBLUE: “if CNBLUE is a band, a fly is a bird.”


    But I Think They Developed Their Own Musical Expression!

Jung Joonyoung replied, “I consider them rock bands because they play instruments and sing.”

Kim Kyungho agreed, “I’m sure they had to compromise a lot with their company. But now they play their own instruments and write their own songs. I understand. I think they are rock bands.” 

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[FTNews] FTISLAND Lee Hongki Rises As ‘Asia’s New God’




FTISLAND’s Lee Hongki is rising as ‘Asia’s New God’ in China.

On June 25th, FTISLAND’s agency FNC Entertainment talked about the success of Lee Hongki’s lead drama TV Chosun ‘Bride Of The Century’ in China. Lee Hongki has always been popular in China through the Hallyu’s leading band FTISLAND. But now, he also captured the hearts of K-drama fans through the success of his drama. 

According to the agency, the popularity of ‘Bride Of The Century’ is hotter now than when it premiered across Asia earlier this year. Ever since Lee Hongki’s lead role was confirmed, reporters overseas were all over ‘Bride Of The Century’ even before it aired. And as soon as it premiered, it topped the charts on China’s main websites including Weibo and Baidu. The ‘Lee Hongki Effect’ also got the drama a detailed coverage by the Chinese media.  

The drama’s popularity is also seen on SNS. According to one of China’s largest portal site Tencent, ‘Bride Of The Century’ is the first and only complete drama to rank in the Top 3 for the most watched Korean drama daily, weekly and monthly charts. That makes it even with the currently airing SBS ‘You Are Surrounded,’ and MBC ‘Triangle.’

Among China’s 4 largest portal sites, Tencent has the most number of users and its page for ‘Bride Of The Century’ is reaching 2 million hits. China is also producing its own version of ‘Bride Of The Century.’ So it looks like the drama’s popularity in China won’t end any time soon. 

Now risen as ‘Asia’s New God’ thanks to K-pop and K-drama fans, Lee Hongki recently launched a solo fan meeting in Asia. He will meet with fans in Hong Kong and Taiwan this weekend and in Singapore next month.

After the drama, Lee Hongki launched a brand new life style brand ‘Skull Hong’ with his name and successfully completed FTISLAND’s Japan arena tour ‘The Passion.’ He also returned to acting by making a special appearance in director Kim Sungho’s new movie ‘How To Steal A Dog.’ 

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[FTLyrics] Japanese 4th Official Album: NEW PAGE (FT Songs Only)

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5. Find The Way
Lyrics by:Choi Jonghun・H.U.B.
Composed by:Choi Jonghun・Jang Young Soo

口癖も仕草だって 僕らホント似てきたんだ
なのになんでいつも Where are you now?
傷跡は残っても 僕らはまた生きていくんだ
どこにいても決して一人じゃないから

Never mind Never mind Never give it up
叶えたい ふたりのStory
君が笑う それだけで 最高に飛べるんだ

To the sky 涙越えて
Find the way We can find the way
夢が描(えが)く未来へ
Find the way We can find the way

何度も汚れ破って つないだ地図があるんだ
君と一緒ならば行けるさ
手探りで迷っても 答えはひとつだけじゃないし
予想できないものが見つかるはずだよ

Never mind Never mind Never give it up
叶えたい ふたりのStory
君が笑う それだけで 最高に飛べるんだ
To the sky 涙越えて
Find the way We can find the way
夢が描(えが)く未来へ
Find the way We can find the way

誰も知らないふたりだけの世界
Here we go Here we go 始まるのさ
孤独を変えてく力をください きっとできる
信じよう It’s gonna be alright

Never mind Never mind Never give it up
叶えたい ふたりのStory
君が笑う それだけで 最高に飛べるんだ
To the sky 涙越えて
Find the way We can find the way
夢が描(えが)く未来へ
Find the way We can find the way
We can find the way…



The way we talk and the way we act were really similar
So why are we always, Where are you know?
The scars remain but we must live on
Because wherever you are, you are never alone

Never mind Never mind Never give it up
I want it to come true, our story
Just your smile can make me fly

To the sky, beyond the tears
Find the way We can find the way
The future that I drew in my dreams
Find the way We can find the way

I have a map that I pieced together after it got dirty and ripped several times
I can go as long as I am with you
Even if we lose it, there are more than just one answer
We’ll find the unexpected

Never mind Never mind Never give it up
I want it to come true, our story
Just your smile can make me fly

To the sky, beyond the tears
Find the way We can find the way
The future that I drew in my dreams
Find the way We can find the way

Our own secret world
Here we go Here we go It begins
Please give me the strength to change my sadness. 
It surely exists.
I believe, It’s gonna be alright

Never mind Never mind Never give it up
I want it to come true, our story
Just your smile can make me fly

To the sky, beyond the tears
Find the way We can find the way
The future that I drew in my dreams
Find the way We can find the way
We can find the way…


6. Eyes On Me
Lyrics by: Choi Jonghun・Kenn Kato
Composed by: Choi Jonghun, Shin Min Kyu

Baby, I cry baby
Baby, yeah
Baby

まだ永遠に変わらない愛を、
いまも夢みてるから

はぐれた君を探し出すまでは、
もう笑っていられないよ

Don’t cry, baby 悲しまないで
濡らさないよ、その瞳を
Don’t cry, baby つまずいても、
真実を見つめていて

Don’t leave me, baby 信じてくれ oh
いつだってそばにいて欲しいんだ
いつまでも、大切な
その瞳で暮らしたい
Please keep your eyes on me

君の視線を取り戻すのには、
いまのままじゃ足りない

許せなかった過ちの理由(わけ)は、
頼りないぼくだった

I cry, baby わかってるんだ
なにもかも遅過ぎる、って
I cry, baby でもダメなんだ
この胸が離せないんだ

Don’t leave me, baby 見ていてくれ oh
夢みた場所に、這い上がるさ
ぼくのその瞬間を、
その瞳に映すから
Please keep your eyes on me

Eyes on me, wait for me
Eyes on me, be with me
Eyes on me, don’t leave me
Eyes on me, I’ll be there
Eyes on me, もうちょっと
Eyes on me, なんだって
Eyes on me, believe in me, oh baby

Don’t leave me, baby 待っててくれ oh
君じゃなきゃなんの意味もないんだ
後悔も、
いいわけも、
ただの想い出にも、
したくない

Don’t leave me, baby 信じてくれ oh
いまだってそばにいて欲しいんだ
いつまでも、大切な、
その瞳で暮らしたい
Please keep your eyes on me

Baby

Baby



Baby, I cry baby
Baby, yeah
Baby

Because I’m still dreaming
of the love that never changes

Until I find you again
I can’t smile

Don’t cry, baby don’t be sad
I won’t make your eyes wet
Don’t cry, baby Even if you stumble、
Look at the truth

Don’t leave me, baby Trust me oh
I always want to be by your side
I want to be inside your precious eyes
Please keep your eyes on me

To make you look at me again,
I am currently not good enough

My unforgivable mistake
was the unreliable me

I cry, baby I know
Everything is too late
I cry, baby But this won’t do
I can’t pull away my heart

Don’t leave me, baby Please look at me oh
I have to climb to the spot I’ve dreamed of
to show myself in your eyes
Please keep your eyes on me

Eyes on me, wait for me
Eyes on me, be with me
Eyes on me, don’t leave me
Eyes on me, I’ll be there
Eyes on me, A little more
Eyes on me, what?
Eyes on me, believe in me, oh baby

Don’t leave me, baby Please wait for me Oh
Nothing else has a meaning
Regret
Excuse
Simple memory
I don’t want any of them them 

Don’t leave me, baby Trust me oh
I always want to be by your side
I want to be inside your precious eyes
Please keep your eyes on me
Baby

Baby

9 Born To Be A Rock’N Roller
Lyrics by:Kenn Kato
Composed by:Lee Honggi

先が見えない my eyes
焦り募る my mind
でも自分には no lies
立ち止まって heave a sigh
ならばいっそ throw the dice
ここで降りたら終わりだ

Born to be a rock’n roller
Be a rock’n roller
走り出したら戻れない
道をゆくと
決めた以上、引けないさ

明日のあてなんかない
でも夢は無限大
他人から見れば why?
理由なんていらない
いまがよきゃいいんじゃない?
それがおれらの生き方

Born to be a rock’n roller
Be a rock’n roller
躓いてでも先をゆく
代役(かわり)なんて
他に誰もいないから

この声が枯れ果てるまで、
叫び続けてみせるさ
Shout and shout
Shout all my life

I’m singing to be in your eyes
I’m shouting to be in your mind
I promise I will tell you no lies
見つめられてたい
見つめ続けたい
だから、ここにいるんだ

Born to be a rock’n roller
Be a rock’n roller
躓いてでも先をゆく
代役(かわり)なんて
他に誰もいないから

Be a rock’n roller
Be a rock’n roller
なにがなんでも譲れない
夢を抱いて
全速力で駆け抜けろ




Can’t see, my eyes
It burns, my mind
But myself, no lies
Stop, heave a sigh
Might as well throw the dice
Everything ends if I get off here

Born to be a rock’n roller
Be a rock’n roller
When you take the road
that you can’t turn back on
Once you decide, you can’t give up

There’s no hope for tomorrow
but my dreams never end
When other people look at me, why?
I don’t need a reason
Don’t you like how it is right now?
That’s our life

Born to be a rock’n roller
Be a rock’n roller
I’ll take the lead
Even if I stumble and fall
No one will do this for me

Until my voice dries up and disappear
I will shout
Shout and shout
Shout all my life

I’m singing to be in your eyes
I’m shouting to be in your mind
I promise I will tell you no lies
I want to see me
I want to see myself
That’s why I am here

Born to be a rock’n roller
Be a rock’n roller
I’ll take the lead
Even if I stumble and fall
No one will do this for me

Be a rock’n roller
Be a rock’n roller
I can’t give up anything
With my dreams
I’ll run forward

10. Morning Coffee
Lyrics by: Lee Jae Jin・H.U.B.
Composed by:Lee Jae Jin・Jang Young Soo

心地よい朝 眩しくて 無邪気にはしゃぐ君の姿は
夢なのかな? やわらかな日々
今でも君を思い出す 残された自分を恨むよ
恋しい君が忘れられない

I don’t want to see your smile
I don’t want to see your love 心が痛いんだ
この胸の奥 今でも僕を責めるんだ
その君を忘れたいんだ

歩けば歩くほど君は 遠くなるの? 近づいてるの?
会いたい君に会えない今は

I don’t want to see your smile
I don’t want to see your love 心が痛いんだ
この胸の奥 今でも僕を責めるんだ
その君を忘れたいんだ

愛が離れたあの時の涙がまだ胸に溢れているのに
どうしてまだ僕は求めてしまうのだろう?
暗闇で君だけが輝いているから

I don’t want to see your smile
I don’t want to see your love 心が痛いんだ
この胸の奥 今でも僕を責めるんだ
その君を忘れたいよ

I don’t want to see your smile
I don’t want to see your love 心が痛いんだ
この胸の奥 今でも僕を責めるんだ
でも君を忘れたくない




A delightful morning, it’s blinding and I’m playing
Am I dreaming about you? Lovely days.
I’m still blaming myself for remembering you
I can’t forget you

I don’t want to see your smile
I don’t want to see your love My heart hurts
I’m still punishing my heart for keeping you
I want to forget you

I don’t want to see your smile
I don’t want to see your love My hurt hurts
I’m still punishing my heart for remembering you
I want to forget you

As I walk, are you getting farther way? Are you getting closer?
I miss you.
But I can’t see you now.

I don’t want to see your smile
I don’t want to see your love My hurt hurts
I’m still punishing my heart for remembering you
I want to forget you

The tears from the time when love left
are still overflowing in my heart
Why do I still want you?
Because you are shining in the dark

I don’t want to see your smile
I don’t want to see your love My hurt hurts
I’m still punishing my heart for remembering you
I want to forget you

I don’t want to see your smile
I don’t want to see your love My hurt hurts
I’m still punishing my heart for remembering you
But i don’t want to lose you


11. Last Love Song
Lyrics by: Choi Jonghun
Composed by:Choi Jonghun・Jang Young Soo

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12. On My Way
Lyricis by: LEE HONG GI & Kenn Kato
Composd by: LEE HONG GI・JANG YOUNG SOO & SHIN MIN KYU

いまでもそばにいる
気がするんだ you’re still in my eyes
記憶の彼方から
見ているんだ I’m still in your eyes

想い出はただ優しく、
背中を押してくれる

ぼくたちはこの道 go my own way
進んでゆけばいいんだ
迷える日、いつだって、そう on your way
思い出してほしい

すれ違い、離れても、
忘れないさ you’re still in my heart

この広い空の下で、
ひたむきに生きている

君もまた、その道 go your own way
信じてゆけばいいんだ
いつの日か、この先で on my way
必ず許しあえる

決してあの日に戻れはしない
目指す場所へたどり着いた時、
また会えるさ

ぼくたちはそれぞれの道を
選んだ、それでいいんだ
誰もみな、譲れないものが
あるんだ、それだけさ

ぼくたちはこの道 go my own way
信じてゆけばいいんだ
いつの日か、この先で on my way
また会える時まで…

いつの日か
また会える
その時まで

Even now,
It feels like you’re still in my eyes
From the other side of the memory,
I’m watching, I’m still in your eyes

Memories are kind
and push our backs

We’ll go this way, go my own way
I hope we keep going 
On the days when you get lost, always like this, on your way
I hope you remember

Even when we just pass each other, or get far apart
Don’t forget you’re still in my heart

Under this broad sky,
I’m living in earnest 

I hope you go this way, go your own way
I hope you believe in it 
One day, on this road, on my way
We’ll meet

We won’t go back to that day
When we reach our destination,
We’ll meet

We each picked our own path
That’s why it’s good
Everyone has something that they don’t want to give up
That’s all 

We’ll go this way, go my own way
I hope you believe in it
One day, on this road, on my way
Until we meet again

Until the day
We meet again
Until that day…

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[FTLyrics] NEW PAGE Track 11. ‘Last Love Song’
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Last Love Song

Lyrics by: Choi Jonghun
Music by: Choi Jonghun, Jang Young Soo

I muttered to myself.
Someday, it’d be unforgivable for us to even meet
and talk to each other.
Only the miracle of meeting you in my heart. 

I love you. Even if they separate us,
Even if we announce our end to everyone, La la la la 


I muttered to myself.
If my feeling is unforgivable,
teach me why we met with a miracle.
So this warmth won’t disappear in my heart. 


I love you. The heart lives on.
Everything surely continues. La la la la


I want to protect this.
Please believe in my unchanging heart.
I want to embrace you by your side
and engrave this love in my heart. 


I love you. Even if they separate us,
Even if we announce our end to everyone, La la la la 

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[FT INTERVIEW] A.J Magazine May Issue: Lee Hongki
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FTISLAND’s vocalist, actor and MC Lee Hongki has a nickname called “Hong Star.”

“I got the nickname when I was young. Because I acted as a child and was a good singer, many people called me a star. I heard it too many times that it now feels natural to me.”

When did he start acknowledging himself as a star?

“I began acting when I followed my uncle, who worked as a fashion model, to his show. The producer suggested I should get on the stage as well. I started as a model and then starred in a drama. I enjoyed shooting dramas.”

Music also helped him to be a star.

“When I was in middle school, I was known as the best singer in the area. You’d think an athlete who is good at soccer or other cool sports is popular at school. I was good at ping pong but I was also good at singing. And my looks. (Laughs)”

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Because he was a good singer with a cute face, Hongki said he got many calls from agencies.


“The first place I visited was my current agency. It wasn’t a big company and there were no seniors, but when I asked for band music and acting, they said yes. That’s why I decided to stay with them.”

When he officially started his work, he was already an artist and an actor. How does he interpret each role?

“As an actor, I get sensitive because I need to focus and create another self inside me. But as a singer, I’m free and try to express myself through music. And to those who know me through music, I try not to appear strange as an actor. “

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Popular across Asia, FTISLAND goes on an Asia Tour every year and perform LIVE in different countries. Whenever they travel across the region, they experience their popularity and the power of Hallyu.

“I am glad that we get to work as a band in Hallyu because it’s like we are helping to expand the band culture. We are teaching our fans in different countries:  “Let’s rock out like this,” “Let’s forget the camera and enjoy the LIVE.” That’s how fans changed their reaction. Also, Japan is a country with a musical environment. I want to create our Korean album like how we do in Japan.”

Behind Hongki’s  interest in Japanese music scene are his Japanese friends. Even though this is his first time meeting with collaboration partner Oguri Shun, Hongki often sees One Ok Rock’s Taka, Sato Takeru, Miura Shohei, and Yamada Shintaro.

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“I first met Taka in Korea. When I went out to dinner with a senior, there were Taka, Takeru and Shohei. I became close with Taka because he is a band vocalist like me. Taka told me that he can create the music he wants, produce a CD and set his own timeline. He said that’s normal for a Japanese band. We want that too. I am glad that I am in a band. I think that makes it easier to make Japanese friends. Also…I’m a good singer! (Laughs)”

Showing off his ‘Hong Star’ charm until the end. His adorable nature s probably why so many people love him.

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[FT News] SS Investigation - Leader Battle: Who Is Idol’s Queen Bee?



Not all idol leaders are the same. To be in charge of 5~6 members with strong personalities and keep a unique team color, they absolutely can’t copy someone else’s method. Among the members who are usually the same age, idol leaders switch back and forth between a mom and a charismatic king. <SportsSeoul.com> divided them into separate types Which one would be your idol?

◆ ‘Surprise, I’m the leader…’Usual Suspect’ Type

Just like the movie ‘The Usual Suspects’ that’s famous for its surprise ending, the usually quiet member can end up being the strong leader.

4Minute’s Nam Jihyeon quietly looks after her team as the oldest sister and leader. She shows off her strong leadership while acting as a support for popular Hyuna. Jihyeon’s leadership played a big role for 4minute to become the “Hyuna’s group” to everyone’s popular girl group. 

In Apink, where Jung Eunji and Son Naeun stand out the most, the leader is Park Chorong. As the ‘usual suspect’ type leader, she leads her team with detailed personality and diligence. Plus, Choi Jonghun is the leader of FTISLAND, where Lee Hongki is a vocalist; and Girls Day’s Sojin fit into the surprise leader type who carry out their duties behind standout members

Note: Only the parts relevant to FTISLAND were translated. 

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[FTINTERVIEW] Disk Garage May Issue: FTISLAND

FTISLAND

FTISLAND releases new album 『NEW PAGE』on May 28th. Every time they release an album, they always change. What was their goal this time?

ㅡㅡ What did you want to do with album「NEW PAGE」?

 HK: “We wanted to put in what we are interested in now but what we wanted to the most was a cool song. That’s why we wanted to make an album that we can project on screen with heavy band sound. This is not about just “listen to our album,” but listen to our album and come rock out with us live.” 

——Title song 「BE FREE」truly represents your vision. 


MH: “Yes. Until now, we had many songs that represent our youth . But recently, everyone was into something heavy. We were glad to meet 『BE FREE』at this time.”

JJ: “We all sang the part that goes “BE FREE,” but everyone has a different way of singing. If vocalist Hongki sang it, it’d definitely feel different. But with everyone’s voice overlapping, it sounds cool. When you listen to it individually, some members sound cute so we all laughed so hard while recording. (Laughs)” 

HK: “At that part, the note goes up like a staircase but Jonghun was the funniest. His note didn’t go up.(Laughs)” 


JH: “I never had to sing a note that high. I was even embarrassed about singing. But the result sounds good.”  

 SH: “Yes. The chorus part was a little too high for me too because it was different from my key. I tried my best with falsetto but…Just like its title 『NEW PAGE』, we sang all of the other songs in he album with a new color as well. All of the lyrics are based on our experience so they are very honest. Even when you hear and sing them for the first time, they touch your heart and you can feel members’ thoughts. “ 

——You have Arena Tour for this album.

 HK: “Yes. Live is everything to us. We will work hard! That’s all. We are doing our best to do live. There are many things but we make an album and do interviews all for live. After live, we feel that we are alive.”

 JJ: “I think live is a living music. I’m not saying CD is dead but it doesn’t move. It has its beauty in that it never changes but live moves and presents you with the moment’s excitement, adrenaline rush and reality. That’s why live is cool and fun. Let’s enjoy that moment together!” 

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[FTNews] Lee Hongki, Mysterious Tweet: “People Changed After 8 Years…My Life’s Slump”

티브이데일리 포토

Singer Lee Hongki is making fans worry with a significant post on SNS.

On the morning of the 11th, FTISLAND’s Lee Hongki tweeted, “I think I’m about to hit the biggest slump of my life. It will get clear now: who believes in me and who doesn’t really care. I changed a lot but while working for 8 years, I think it’s clear that so many other people changed as well. I’m getting exhausted. I think I’ve been dreaming too long. I should accept the reality. I was so stupid.”

Lee Hongki always communicated actively with fans in Korea and overseas by posting ‘selca’ pictures and writing daily accounts on Twitter. His latest post is sparking curiosity. It’s opposite to his bright image. Fans are worried asking him what’s wrong and cheering him on. 

After working as a child actor, Lee Hongki has been active as a FTISLAND member since debuting in 2007. 

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[FTTrans] ‘Women’s Chosun’ April 2014 Issue: ‘Lee Hongki’s Another Life’

Idol star Lee Hongki’s official march as an actor is getting noticed. He carried over his emotion and passion from an FTISLAND performance directly to a drama set.



It doesn’t happen often, but there are times when a drama changes its air time. The reason is simple: it’s popular or it’s not.

TV Chosun’s ‘Bride Of The Century’ changed its air time from Sat/Sun to Fri/Sat because it was popular.

Viewers gave a positive response to the drama’s unique setup. It was especially popular among younger viewers. The ratings continued to go up and the OST became a buzz. So the drama changed its airtime to the mini series slot, when more people can enjoy it. Male lead Lee Hongki can’t help but to get happy.


“I’m really happy that the drama continues to get a positive response. Thanks to a great initial response, the air time changed and everyone is joyful on set. I’m really happy too but at the same time, I also want to work harder as the male lead so even more people can watch the drama.”

This is Hallryu star Lee Hongki’s first greeting. As a chaebol character, he is mostly in suits these days.  Even though he acted as a child, he didn’t really get to act once he grew up. Except for the movie ‘Passionate Goodbye,’ this drama is Lee Hongki’s first official acting challenge.


Lee Hongki decided to appear on ‘Bride Of The Century’ because he got attracted to the scenario. Thanks to that, he is living an icy but cold life. ‘Bride Of The Century’ is about a family curse that says the first bride to marry the oldest son of Taeyang Group will die. Lee Hongki plays the main character Choi Gangju.



He Becomes The Cold Rich Man

“I’m trying to bring out the dryness from Choi Gangju’s action and speech. Instead of trying to act cold, I thought expressing Choi Gangju as an emotionless and dry person would make him look colder.”

The energetic Hallyu star who laughs and talks a lot is nowhere to be seen. The more he acts, the more he focuses on deleting himself and adapting to a new character. When the drama premiered, his friends said he was too cheesy. But as time passed, there have been more compliments.

“The setting itself is a fantasy. I think I interpreted it naturally. While interpreting Choi Gangju in my own way, I got to show a new side of myself to the public. That’s fun.”

Lee Hongki showed a completely new side of him for the first time since debut. A lower voice tone and expressions, and a perfectly matching suit made Lee Hongki look not like a singer but an actor. Even though it is a fantasy, Lee Hongki is interpreting the piece on his own way and getting into it. He also got to learn about the fun of acting.


“I think acting is great because I can live another person’s life. While shooting ‘Bride Of The Century.’ I’m having fun acting through Choi Gangju.’

On stage, he is a singer who loves interacting with fans. But while acting, he really loves living a new life. Discovering a completely new you and expressing it is a fun process.


A sweet love-line, how is working with Yang Jinsung?

Lee Hongki’s chemistry with rookie actor Yang Jinsung is also under a spotlight. Just like their sweet love-line in the drama,  the two look good together in real life and get along really well on set.

“We get along too well so it can be hard sometimes. When we are shooting a serious scene, I need to act appropriately. But I struggle because I want to fool around.”  (Laughs)

In real life, Yang Jinsung is older than Hongki. But with her bright personality, she makes everyone feel at home on set. Comparing Yang Jinsung to Doorim from the drama, Lee Hongki couldn’t compliment her enough. Their heartbreaking emotional acting is also a hot issue.  After learning about his family curse, Lee Hongki tries to end his relationship with Na Doorim. Even though he once was an icy heir, he had fallen in love with bright and lovely Doorim. His decision to part with her and the resulting sadness are heartbreaking. 

Even fans were nice to this couple,

As expected of a Hallyu star who goes on a tour almost everyday, Lee Hongki brought fans to the set. Even foreign fans visited the set to cheer him on. Lee Hongki says his fans give him strength no matter how busy he is.

“At ‘Bride Of The Century’ press conference, fans sent over so many rice wreaths. Those wreaths come with rice instead of flowers and the rice gets donated. There was an entire wall filled with them from my fans. I felt happy because it was for a good cause, was grateful to my fans and felt proud in front of the staff.

Affection For Drama Goes Up After Singing OST

Lee Hongki is staying busy taking on both music and acting. He is getting ready for a new FTISLAND album expected to come out between May and July, and performing across Asia for a label concert. His personality doesn’t let him complain but it has to be physically draining.


Despite the busy schedule, Lee Hongki is affectionate about the drama. His love can be felt in his OST. There is a behind story on how the male lead got to sing. It happened despite an opposition from the company because the drama producer strongly argued for it.

“I wasn’t going to sing an OST. That was already settled with the company too. I thought it would be weird to hear my voice during a scene, where I have to focus. I thought I should stay out. Our member Jaejin sang for it too anyway. But the producer kept trying to convince me. I got convinced, and called the agency CEO.”


He sang “Words I couldn’t say yet.” It’s the male version of AOA Choa’s song. The producer was right. Because Lee Hongki sang the song, the drama grew even more popular. Many people love his song. It reaffirmed Lee Hongki’s star power that made SBS ‘The Inheritors’ OST ‘I’m Saying’ a hit.


Good Singer & Actor

After debuting as a child actor, Lee Hongki became an idol star called FTISLAND. After officially becoming a singer, his past as an actor may bind him. But now, he wants to be a good singer and an actor. After all, a person who discovers and acknowledges his talents is happy. He feels the happiest when he gets noted in any field.


“The best compliment I got after I started acting is ‘good job.’ I think I feel the happiest when I hear that. After starting ‘Bride Of The Century,’ people around me said an icy heir character suits me. I’ll have to wait until the drama ends but I was glad to hear that from the start!”

While shooting the drama, he is also handling FTISLAND’s schedule. There are times when his Japan, Asia tour schedule overlaps with his shooting schedule, but idol star Lee Hongki even got this figured out.

“Of course, I’m exhausted. It’s too much physically. But because everyone goes easy on me, I don’t have hard time taking care of myself. When I have a crazy schedule, I try to recharge myself by getting enough rest. But at a busy time like this one, I don’t even have the time to feel tired. My day gets over in a flash.”

Lee Hongki enjoys a loud stage and is very interested in styling. This is nothing unusual for a band member. But Lee Hongki is unique because he likes nail care. He says he started it by chance but found that it suits his rock style. He pampers himself with colorful nail arts. He even published a book on it. Lately, he’s taking a break from it to shoot the drama.  

“I’m taking a break from nail care because of the drama. (Laughs) I’m still getting them cared for so my nails are very healthy. Ha ha! But I don’t get stressed out because I can’t get them done.” (Laughs)


The power to control himself at a given time is Lee Hongki’s own surviving strategy that he learned from a long celebrity life. Each day goes by in a blink but he is enjoying it. He wants to keep doing what he is good at and control himself.

“I want to keep living by expressing what I have. Whether it be through acting or singing. I always want to be an attractive person!”

Lee Hongki is extremely popular in Japan and China. ‘Bride Of The Century’ is getting even better response overseas. Starting in August, it will air in Japan, and a major Chinese network has proposed a remake. In China, the drama was downloaded more than 12,000,000 times.

Even as an adult, Lee Hongki still has the same dream. He wants to be someone who can sing and act well. He also wants to be acknowledged both in Korea and overseas. If he continues to run towards his dream with the passion that he has now, the life he dreams will one day be complete.

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