Jang Dong Gun is a Korean topstar!
How did I learn about Jang Dong Gun? I still remember about six years ago, I always tuned in to the cable channel Star Movies Mandarin. It’s the cable channel that shows mostly Hongkong movies, and sometimes Japanese and Korean. During that time, I’d tune in to the channel after everybody in the house has gone to bed and stay up until 5 or 6 in the morning. I have always been a night owl since I grew up in Angeles City :D.
One Saturday evening in late 2000, while I was channel surfing I saw a gorgeous guy in a movie on Arirang TV. I stayed and watched since I was mesmerized by the gorgeous leads in the film. It had English subtitles so I was able to understand. The movie had the same plot as Meg Ryan’s “Addicted to Love” but a little subtle. I stayed up until the end waiting for the end credits but it was in Korean. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the names of the lead.
The following Monday, I went to work and the first thing I did was to find the website of Arirang TV. They used to have a bulletin board and so I took the chance to ask who the guy was in the movie that was shown Saturday night. I got an immediate reply and found out that the guy is one of the most popular matinee idols in Korea and his name is Dong Gun Jang. I didn’t know then that Korean names are written with the last name first. I googled Mr. Jang’s name and was able to find a few information about him. I told my friends about the guy and they didn’t really pay attention to me since they were not really interested in non-Hollywood actors. I even told them that he looked a bit like Wendell Ramos just to get their attention but to no avail. Now, they are so addicted to everything Korean and its my turn to laugh at them.
Anyway, I held on and tried to find more 411 on Jang Dong Gun until I found one of the English websites made for him. So on July 18, 2001 I posted a message on his bulletin board and became a regular visitor of the site. I spent hundreds of hours downloading every JDG picture, video, sound clips and anything related to him that I can find on the net. I even bought a CD writer so I can transfer them to CD-ROM’s and keep them forever :D. I still have some of the files on one of my hard disks.
STILL A FAN
Until now, I’m still a fan and I still collect JDG stuff. I probably wouldn’t be here in Korea if not for him, since he made me interested in everything Korean. Late last 2003, I would have had the chance to see him in person in an autograph signing session for Posco. Unfortunately, I saw the notice on the morning of the day of the event. My husband was in his office at that time and I had nobody to tell me where the event was going to be held. I really regret that day but anyway, we live in the same country. I’m sure that there will be more chances in the future.
My husband is luckier, though. He was able to see Jang Dong Gun near Seoul Cinema sometime in 2002 during a preview of “2009 Lost Memories”.