An interview Jung Il Woo did during his recent trip in Japan to promote Japan/Korea relations & the DVD release of Flower Boy Ramyun Shop has been translated into English by Snowy and posted on the Jung Il Woo China Fansworld site. It includes scans of both the original article and the pictures in the magazine by Ilwoostory Japan. Thanks to all involved for making the contents understood to a wider audience!
The interview does cover some of the same questions asked in the other Japanese interviews, but Il-woo did expand a little bit on his new interest in drawing that he cultivated when visiting galleries and museums in New York. While we knew that he’d contributed much to the clothing styles and set dressing for Cha Chi-soo, I was also surprised to learn that he’d really discussed the fashion down to the last detail with the stylist and that he’d successfully lobbied to have Chi-soo drive a convertible. What better car for a narcissist than a convertible with the top down? :)
I was also thrilled (and amused) when he said that so far, all his characters were lovable and thus resembled himself, but that he’d like to try a serious character with a dark side. My wish for his next project is kind of in-between - I think he’d make a great loveable rogue character, like a spy or a con man. I do think he could also do a good amoral villain or psychopath, but until he is better at separating himself from a role while filming - except for Prince Yang Myung, he seemed to need some time to “shake off” each previous character - I wouldn’t want such a part to affect him adversely in real life.
thanks for the summary! great to see the different interest sites working hand in hand to help fellow international Ilwoo fans feel closer to him :)
(side note: we found the magazine at a bookstore the other day, but it’s way too expensive to buy >.< since it’s considered an international import! oh, though how our heart skipped when we saw Ilwoo’s name in Japanese, finally gracing a J-magazine we picked up!)
we have a fan account from ms andi6, who was lucky enough to be the first person to personally receive a gift from Ilwoo himself at the Philips Life event! click the link above to read her fan account of the day. thanks for sharing!