Kim Jae Joong 김재중
I actually didn’t find out about Kim Jae Joong until he played in “Timeslip: Dr Jin” with Song Seung Heon. So I discovered them at the same time. However, I remember hearing about TVXQ but that was after they had split and I had already heard some of TVXQ’s songs and didn’t really care for them too much. But I really like JYJ songs from the beginning. I also like his acting and because of “Dr Jin” I looked for more dramas and movies with both these actors. I watched “Triangle” originally because of Kim Jae Joong. I’m glad I did, but I have to say that “Spy” wasn’t a good drama. It’s not that his acting was bad, or any of the actors for that matter. It was the script that was really bad. But I did like him in “The Jackle is coming” with Song Ji Hyo. They are also in the same company. I was really sad that he had to be enlisted last year, but I’m glad it’s almost over and he’ll be back at the end of this year, so next year will be quite eventful.
Kim Jae-joong (Hangul: 김재중; hanja: 金在中; born January 26, 1986), also known mononymously as Jaejoong, is a South Koreansin ger, songwriter, actor, director and designer. He is best known as a member of the Korean pop group JYJ, and was one of the original members of boy band TVXQ. Kim was also known by the stage names Hero Jaejoong (in South Korea), Jejung (ジェジュン) (in Japan), and 英雄在中 (영웅재중) (in China). Kim Jae-joong is now using Kim Jae-joong (JYJ) for his activities.
Kim Jae-joong has branched out to act in TV dramas including Sunao ni Narenakute, Protect the Boss, Dr. Jin, Triangle and most recently SPY and in films such as Heaven’s Postman and Jackal is Coming. He was also the Executive Director for JYJ’s 2011 Worldwide Tour and the 2011 LG Whisen Rhythmic All Stars.
In January 2013 he released his first EP, titled I, followed by a full-length album, WWW in October the same year.
Kim was born Han Jae-joon (한재준; 韩在俊) in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea. His real birthday, as revealed by his biological mother, was on 4 February, instead of 26 January. At a young age, he was given up for adoption by his biological mother to the Kim family, and his name was changed to Kim Jae-joong.
When Kim was fifteen, he moved to Seoul by himself in order to take part in the auditions held by SM Entertainment. Life in Seoul was financially difficult and he took various odd jobs to pay for rent, food, and training fees, he even appeared as an extra in movies. In an interview he admitted he used to be tone-deaf in primary school and was frequently ridiculed for his dream of becoming a singer. He practiced singing on his own.
In January 2011 they released a Korean EP, Their Rooms “Our Story”, with three of Kim’s own compositions, “Pierrot” (삐에로), “Nine” and “I.D.S.”. In April he toured Asia and North America with JYJ, and later South America and Europe. He was also stage director of the Asian leg of the tour. In September the band released a studio album called In Heaven, which sold 350,000 copies and ranked first on the Gaon charts. He composed two new songs for the album, “In Heaven” and “Get Out”. He composed “In Heaven” in memory of his good friend, Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide.
In July 2014, JYJ released their second full-length album Just Us. Kim wrote lyrics for 4 songs, “Let Me See”, “Babo Boy”, “Dear J” and “Creation”. Recently over 160,000 and 40,000 copies were sold in South Korea and Japan respectively. The album ranked first and second in Gaon and Oricon charts.
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