Hyun Bin starts his 5 days and 4 nights holiday

On 23rd of April, at 8am, Hyun Bin left the Incheon Sea Defense training center with the other 90 trainees for his very first holiday.

He gave a short answer to the news reporter when asked about his vacation, then got on a car by his agency and returned home. Hyun Bin expects to spend some quality time with his family during this break. After this he will be joining the front line at Baek Ryoung-do 6 brigades on the 29th.

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Hyun Bin ends intensive training, begins short holiday

After having finished boot camp last week,  Hyun Bin has the full 7 days this week to:

(1) Attend a private graduation ceremony for bootcamp completion. It was much debated whether this would have been publicly available to the media like his entrance to the Marines.  The authorities have decided to make it private.

(2) Begin acclimating to Byeongnyeong – the island where he would be stationed for duties and further training (including amphibious training).

(3) From Byeongnyeong, ride a bus back to Incheon with his comrades and,

(4) then be temporarily discharged to enjoy some personal time for 4 days, 5 nights.

His management issued a statement that due to the intensity of the training, he likely will spend time at home to rest.

Enjoy your well-deserved break, Tae Pyung!

from various sources via Nate

Hyun Bin a.k.a Kim Tae Pyung – Marines Training Preview

From Alou’s TDS.

A documentary about Marine Corps 1137 is to be broadcast on the 27th via KTV, and Hyun Bin by his own name Kim Tae Pyeong mentions in this video that he is slowly bonding with others.

On 21st, according to KTV Hyun Bin shared with the producer, he goes through tough training, shares hardship and happiness with other fellow soldiers. As time passes, he is bonding with others and he is living very well.

KTV will broadcast this documentary “South Korean 1137, that man’s choice” on 27th at 10.30pm.

The producer mentions this documentary mainly focuses on the training of 1137 Marine Corps, including Hyun Bin as Kim Tae Pyeong’s interview as well as his daily life.

A preview video is shown, footage of Hyun Bin with other trainees are shown. After 5 weeks of training, the scene where Hyun Bin receives his red badge is also shown.

Hyun Bin & Kim Tae Hee – Most Popular Actors in First Half of 2011?

With 2011 reaching its halfway point, the LPR Investigation Study held a survey to pick the year’s most popular Korean celebrities so far. The survey drew 1,321 voters from five major regions of the nation, with ages ranging from 13 to 65.

For the male category, the results crowned Hyun Bin in first place with 30.6% of the votes.  The actor gained mass popularity from the drama “ Secret Garden”, and his recent enlistment with the marines allowed him to remain as a hot topic for both fans and the general public.

Actor Won Bin came in second with 20.6% of the votes; he was followed by Jang Dong Gun (14.0%),Kang Dong Won (8.2%), So Ji Sub (6.9%), Jung Woo Sung (5.9%), and Jang Hyuk (4.8%).

As for the ladies, Kim Tae Hee landed 1st place with 18.6% of the votes, thanks to her leading role in MBC’s “My Princess”. Trailing behind her were Ha Ji Won (11.7%), Shin Min Ah (11.1%), Lee Min Jung (10.4%), Song Hye Kyo (8.3%), and Kim Hye Soo (6.6%).

So, do you guys agree with the rankings for both categories? Who would you have voted for if you disagreed with the top picks?

Credits: Allkpop

(translation) SBS Live Entertainment Express – Ha Ji Won’s Secret to Success

Thanks Betty for the tip!

Credits: Secret Garden Korean Drama on Facebook

Watch the clip on Tudou

On April 18th, SBS’s “Live Entertainment Express” featured Ha Ji Won’s secrets to success and here are the translations for the program.

Ha Ji Won’s rules in the entertainment industry in Korea.

#1. If she plays roles like a poor (meaning she engages in heavy drama) or has action scenes in the dramas or movies, the dramas and movies are really popular.
Some examples,
Something Happened in Bali – Ratings 40.4%
Haundae (Tidal Wave) – 10 milion attendances in the theater
Damo – rating 24.2%
Secret Garden – Highest rating 35.2%

#2. Actors who played with Ha Ji Won are popular after finishing dramas or movies with her.
Some examples, Hyun Bin, Gang Dong Won, Kim Jae Won, Yeon Jung Hoon, Jo In Sung, So Ji Sub, Kwon Sang Woo.
Q1. The most magical moment in your life?
The fact that I played as a lead actress is a magic to me.
Ha Ji Won practiced boxing 8hours per day for 3 months for Miracle on the 1st street movie.

Q2. How hard did she practice boxing?(Yoon Je Gyun Director)
I visited the gym where she was practicing boxing by surprise.
She was sparring in the ring and I was so surpised because I thought that she was a real boxing player. I thought that she was really great as she put all of herself into (the movie )

Q3. What about Ha Ji Won’s basic physical fitness?(Ha Ji Won’s physical trainer)
She is one of the top 3 who have the most muscles among normal people and celebrities.

Q4. What is her reason for a taking a lot of action scenes?
I’d like to challege things that others don’t and conquer and win them. And I am dreaming about flying in the sky, so I will really do.

Q5. Meanwhile Ha Ji Won appears to not have any scandals? (Entertainment reporter)
Compared to her recognition, she didn’t have scandals, so she is the one who we wonder if she is dating someone in secret and try to find that out.

Q6. How did you come up with your stage name, Ha Ji Won?
The name of president’s first lover at the agency.

Q7. You got good grades in elementary school?
I was greedy(in a good way) and competitive. If I didn’t write a diary playing outside as a kid, I came home to write my diary and then went outside for paying again.

Q8. How was her elementary school life like?
As a classroom president, she was so competitive against other classes. She is jack of all trades, so she was pretty good at drawing pictures , writing letters and doing exercise.

Q9. What did her high school life look like?
She was exemplary and a role model student.

Q10. Was she pretty in high school?
Among teachers, they all thought that Ha Ji Won was the prettiest.

Q11. What was her life in high school after her debut ?
She had never been absent and late at school. For example, the day after filming at night, she was never late.

Achievement Review
Grand Bell Film Awards in 2000 – “Truth Game” over New actress award.
Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2009 –“Closer to Heaven” over the first Best Actress Award.

Q12. If you didn’t pursue acting…
I feel I’m not living the life of others in dramas and movies. The life of movies and dramas is all my life.
If I did not act…. I can not imagine it. I can only do acting not anything else.

Q13. Would you have had plenty of dangerous moments while shooting?
I prayed not to hurt or injure before I went to the shooting place. When I look back, I am shaking.

Q14. Please tell me about actress Ha Ji-won as you worked together on the Miracle on the 1st street.(Martial arts director)
She fell down due to her pain while acting and she rarely says she is in pain. I asked her to take some times off, but she said, ”No. I will continue because I should do it by myself.

Q15. The reason I like the word ‘cool’? 
Doesn’t the word ‘cool’ contain the meaning of beautiful? Hahahaha … (Editor’s note:  The Korean word used in this case for ‘cool is ‘mutjida’ or ‘motji’ as was frequently told to Gil Ra Im – which is kind of like “you’re attractive, you’re hot” so it also means ‘beautiful’ )
I’d like to look more proactive and powerful woman rather than cause protective instincts since I was little.  (Editor’s note: She means she would rather look independent than have some other people always try to protect her ever since she was little)

Q16. The role you want to play 20 years later?
I want to play in the melo (drama or movie) like a lovely woman wearing overalls like Meryl Streep (even after 20 years). I wish there is any director who wants to cast me at that time. Hahaha…  (Editor’s note:  She wants to play a role similar to Mamma Mia)

******Ha Ji-won’s Secret to Success*****
“The fighting spirit in her whole body”

All rights reserved. Secret Garden Korean Drama 시크릿 가든

Edits and notes by: dowotee @ HBHJW WordPress Fanpage

Ha Ji Won – Certified EomChinTtal? Amazing Yeoja Since Birth…

This is probably not the first we hear of this if you have always been a Ha Ji Won fan. If not, the time has come that Ha Ji Won’s primary and secondary school report card and yearbook photos are creating buzz in Korean media!  Ha Ji Won’s early life had been exposed via the 18th broadcast of the SBS “Good Morning” show.  Looks like we are going to be seeing a continuation of the show that stated with the Olay interview last week (Please stay tuned!)

And with these photos, netizens and media persons in South Korea alike are branding uri Ha Ji Won as a true ‘eomchinttal’ .  Eom-chin-ttal is the Korean abbreviation/slang for “Mother’s friend’s daughter” – typically given to someone who is so amazing that your own mother keeps comparing you with that person.

Why is Ha Ji Won an “Eomchinttal”?  Because her early progress report cards show someone who had been multiple times elected as either class vice president or president, got straight aces in school marks, and received high praises from faculty.   Her high school teacher even went on to say that even if her acting career was already starting out, she still sincerely wanted to go to school and didn’t want to miss a single day of school.

Her yearbook photo shows a transcendent beauty — someone who had looked as beautiful as she is now even before.

Now, tell me, how can someone not fall in love with such an amazing woman?  Eomchinttal indeed!

Credit: Bloomberg SPN via Nate

Ha Ji Won Moves On in White?

Ha Ji Won’s latest outings in white – for an April 6 premiere, then again in a white dress in an Olay Event is drawing some media attention (and a white suit shopping for jewelry at Cartier).   The clean, white look is giving her a purely and simply feminine look (as with her long locks for an interview which we discussed early on).   This is in contrast to the action-filled, boyish charisma she projected for Secret Garden and also the CFs that shortly came after it.

It appears that Ha Ji Won may be moving on from her Gil Ra Im character by donning these chic outfits that give off the feminine charm.

But that she’s opting for white makes this author feel as if there’s a hidden message behind it… hmm, what could it be Ji Won-ssi?

Credits: BNT via Nate

Hyun Bin – Intense Training for Week 4

Hyun Bin completes Week 4 of intense military training.  Together with his comrades, he is seen rappeling 21 meters down a wall with only a calm buddy below him guiding him down.   He is looking good and has transformed into a real Marine!

Looking good Binnie!

credits: ROK-MARINE Blog

Hyun Bin to Serve Regular Marine Duties + PR Duties

Just wanted to clear up the discussion we had on this topic. Now I think,  Hyun Bin is getting ‘special treatment’ as in accordance with his wishes he will finally serve regular Marine duties.  Apparently he was recruited for PR, but in light of the very public debacle on his assignment, the Ministry of National Defense changed their mind.  He will be PR on an as needed-basis, will be stuck in an island near the North Korean border for 5-6 months doing ‘combat duties’ until he returns to base for regular duties.   Which makes me think — when is PR not needed?  It’s not a combat time for the Marines, so there really is no ‘combat duty’, yet.  Sly move, Marines. Sly…

Here is the article…

.Although Hyun Bin withdrew from the public eye to begin his military service with the marines, the spotlight on the actor remains strong. On April 14th, the Ministry of National Defense held a press conference that addressed questions regarding his service as a public relations officer.

Minister Kim Kwan Jin stated, “Hyun Bin was recruited as a public relations officer, but wouldn’t it be better that he serve as a general soldier at the battlefront? Of course, there must be a reason for the Commandment of the Marine Corps making such a decision.”

Kim Min Suk replied, “Hyun Bin will be serving as a general soldier, and will serve as a public relations/promotional officer when needed.”

Source: allkpop.com and Newsen via Nate

[interview] Ha Ji Won for Olay Cosmetics CF

Ha Ji Won was interviewed by Arirang at her shoot for the Olay Cosmetics CF.

In this interview, she was asked about her ‘ideal’ person and she answered in earnest —

“I like people who are funny, positive, and laugh a lot. Someone who I can receive positive energy from when we’re together. Appearance? A good looking person. *laughs* But the mind is most important.”


At the end of the clip, see her wish Hyun Bin well in the military, “to enjoy the military as if like in a movie and to come back more mature and more handsome before”.


Notice the order of the progression of the interview, her ‘ideal’ types was asked first then the goodwill wish to Hyun Bin, as if he was that ideal type.   Nice framing Reporter-nim.


Credits:  SGPC at Facebook and Arirang World TV



Kim Joo Won Keeps His Smarts for Samsung Smart TV

This had been one of the many ads Hyun Bin shot before his stint at the military.  Now, we see why that man had been super busy days after SeGa and days before his enlistment.   That 4D5N break in the coming two weeks will definitely be a refreshing one for him, since it is supposed to be a personal holiday.

It does look like we will be seeing A LOT of Hyun Bin in the next 21 months, as it is looking like he had filmed two years’ worth of endorsements before enlisting.  And effectively this means that, although they don’t star in a CF together, our Secret Garden couple will be battling for airtime in CF’s in the months to come.

In his official endorsement of Samsung Smart TVs, he reprises his role as CEO Kim Joo Won, together with our other favorite Kim – Secretary Kim (Kim Sung Oh).  Samsung released a special DVD for this, with all 4 CFs and a special BTS.

You can catch both of our comical characters here…

BTS/Making Version

CF #1

CF #2

CF #3


credits: Allkpop and to youtube uploader oumae17

[opinion/feature] Hyun Bin – Marine Star Treatment?

By now, most of us would have probably heard about Hyun Bin doing really well at military boot camp. If you are clueless what we are talking about, fear not — Alou has a chockfull of these news in her DramaScenes blog.  Just read these articles — Hyun Bin Rifle Training or Hyun Bin – Assignment and First Break and then come back to spazz with us here at HBHJW Fanpage.

Are you back yet?  Okay, so let’s continue our discussion.

Chosun Ilbo reporter Kim Tae Ik dared to raise the question.  Is it worth it that Hyun Bin is looking as if he’s receiving star treatment in the Marines?   Read the complete post here – Is It Smart To Give Hyun Bin Special Treatment?

Hyun Bin didn’t ask for it, we know this for sure.  Our dear namja had always wanted to take on the challenge and rigor of the Marine life.  And now by being assigned as PR representative to the Marines, it seems like he may have less action time after all.  But since it wasn’t his own preference, I would rather not qualify it as ‘special treatment.’

Personally, I feel as though he is actually more fit for the PR role, given his background. But we also have a very able rookie who can as well be a leader within his platoon down the road, being limited to ‘recruiting’ tasks.   Although it does look like we will have him out of harm’s way like we all wish, the assignment may have dashed the hopes of our unwavering elite leader, to really get rough and dirty during his service time.  I hope his first break out of  his service, scheduled in the next two weeks, will give him some time to ponder and hopefull re-adjust his expectations so he will still do the best in his assigned task.

Ha Ji Won Sports New Look for Spring!

She is back… to her old long locks.

For a Spring Fashion shoot, Ha Ji Won is back to her long feminine hair, marking her official ‘shedding’ of Ra-Im’s image.

MBC Section TV was able to catch her in an interview, where she excitedly called “Hyun Bin-ssi!!” and was honestly looking as if she was anticipating a visit from the guy who is currently in the military.  She broke into laughter seeing it was just another Kim Joo Won copycat coming out.  (But honestly, I don’t know why she said “Hyun Bin-ssi”, if they were going to bring in a Kim Joo Won clone).

During the interview she was asked how she feels with the long line of men all claiming her to be their ideal.  She talks about 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon, who had long harbored a not-so-secret admiration for this amazing yeoja.  She expressed wishing that someday they get to star in a movie together where they each would kill each other off (ala Mr and Mrs Smith).

Oh Ha Ji Won-ssi, don’t you know how we ‘shippers’ wish you would star in such a movie with top Marine shooter Kim Tae Pyung instead!  Now that would be heaven, yea?

She also talks about her training for her upcoming sport movie, “Koreans”, where she is currently hard at work practicing pingpong.  She is already receiving attention for her toned physique, with the trainer calling her out as being the only one with such muscle mass out of all actresses.

Watch the raw, unsubbed video here…


Credits:  allkpop, MBC Section TV, SGPC on Facebook

[magazine] Hyun Bin – Cover Feature for 10Asia+ Secret

For it’s third volume issue in 2011, Hyun Bin graces the cover of 10Asia+ Secret, an entertainment ‘mook’ magazine in South Korea.  This volume was released last March 23.

In this month’s magazine, Hyun Bin is the cover story.

He had some drool-worthy shots from his days prior to his military service (and likely shot from Berlinale).  His cover story includes our favorite namja’s history (from 2008-2011).

But for now, here are scans of uri Ddol Chu!

Additionally, Secret Garden was featured, including interviews with Ha Ji Won, Yoon Sang Hyun, and Hyun Bin himself.  It also has information about the drama, and what looks to be a shipper page feature.

Secret Garden’s The Sweetest Thing

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Getting started

Great to see everyone here, love you ♥

Ok, I am still thinking but I definitely need all the help I can get to make this the best fan page out there!

I love to hear your suggestion as well. This will be a group blog so meaning, I will be opening up the access to everyone.

For now we need:

1. Editors x 2 – who will be given full responsibilities to oversee and manage this Fan Page
2. Design talent
3. Info contributor – who will be actively looking for all the juicy information (properly credited of course)
4. Authors – who loves writing


Simple, just love sharing your love for Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won


Drop me a short note, telling me which position you would like to take on and a little why, at thedramascenes@gmail.com

I may take upto 1 week to reply, but I will definitely reply for sure 😉


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Ha Ji Won, you gotta love her laughter

Hello everyone we are here soft launching H&H…

Hello everyone, we are here, soft launching H&H fan page 😉