Jang Geuk Seok Sporting Funky Threads Heading to Japan for Music Promotions

I know Jang Geun Seok has his devoted fans who love the boy whatever he chooses to wear/do/say, but I for one wish that he would soon get tired of this phase he’s been in for the last five years or so and start building back up his serious actor resume. It’s been a rocky last few months for him, what with the tax evasion scandal (he’s since paid all the owed back taxes) followed by getting cut out of the variety program Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village. I thought that was shitty of the production and he’s filmed scenes should have been shown followed by a graciously timed exit, but what do I know about the standards needed to meet K-viewer demands. He’s doing just fine and is launching a new Japanese album followed by yet another Asian tour, sticking with the music side of his career for the time being. He was spotted leaving Korea earlier this week headed for Japan, giving me yet another glimpse of his wacky sartorial style that shows no sign of abating. Le sigh.


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Jang Geuk Seok Sporting Funky Threads Heading to Japan for Music Promotions — 33 Comments

  1. Well, at least he lost the long, shiny, better-than-most-female-idols locks, the guyliner, and the Severus Snape/goth-like style.

    He should keep it simple though – Beethoven Virus era. Though that shiny hair still makes me envious and it would be a shame to be chopped off. Maybe he’s letting it all out before he enlists next year?

  2. Does he have any plans on returning to dramaland this year? This is last year before enlisting. Want to see him in a drama before that.

  3. At least he’s not wearing a spaghetti strap top this time! LOL! He’s a good actor & I really enjoy watching him on screen but I really wish he would change his style..

  4. He really is such a great actor, I wish he’d get back to that if possible. I think the Japanese fans love his music persona though.

  5. Why does anyone think they should have a say in what one chooses to wear? He’s a public figure so naturally he’s opened himself to criticism and everyone has the right to comment on his style, but from this to saying he *should* or *shouldn’t* dress like this or that or writing mean remarks, seriously? He’s not obliged to please anyone. This entitlement over his style has went on for ages now and I don’t understand how his choice of clothes irks so many people as if it’s such a big deal the guy likes a more unconventional look. I go WTF at some of his outfits too but at the end of the day it’s not my business. Life is too short to wear whatever other people think it’s appropriate for you.

  6. He should produced his own web-drama and air it on his youtube channel. If he can’t work in drama anymore. This boy got so much talent and it such a waste that other people hate on him

    • Actually he did something better than web drama, he did produced and wrote his very own special short film CAMP. The premiere for it was held just 3 days ago March 12 in Tokyo with 800 fans. And it is now available since March 14 in DVD for fans who are interested about his work. There was also Budapest Diary, another short film that was released years ago 2010.

  7. Poor boy. Korea doesn’t know what they miss. He’s one of the young talented actor. I hope he’ll back on the screen soon.

  8. I get weirded/grossed out by his outfit all the time but i really dont care about his lifestyle to put muc effort in stating what he should and should not do.

    What bothers me about him is the downward spiral of his acting career. I dont know if its him or any advisers he has, but man he has some serious problems in drama picks and career choices. i feel like he is living a world where he picks characters that is tailor cut pretty boy With not much substance. i feel like being called prince of asia and pretty boy went into his head. and so he does not want to part with those imageand always want to be pretty boy and be always the one desired.
    that just irritates and frustrates me cause I know he has acting range and prowess. Its not like he is not offered other projects, as far as i know he was offered JCWs role for empress ki bit he turned it down… man what is his deal with hia acting career?
    Maybe hia actibg talents got depleted by his bigger than life personality and lifestyle. Whatever js the case he certainly is someone who is popular in japan but have a negative image and not ao popular in korea…
    as for me, hope someone shakes the daylights out of him and pick better projects and acts hia heart, soul and mind out like in hwang jini and beethoven virus…

  9. *sigh*
    I get weirded/grossed out by his outfit all the time but i really dont care about his lifestyle to put muc effort in stating what he should and should not do.

    What bothers me about him is the downward spiral of his acting career. I dont know if its him or any advisers he has, but man he has some serious problems in drama picks and career choices. i feel like he is living a world where he picks characters that is tailor cut pretty boy With not much substance. i feel like being called prince of asia and pretty boy went into his head. and so he does not want to part with those imageand always want to be pretty boy and be always the one desired.
    that just irritates and frustrates me cause I know he has acting range and prowess. Its not like he is not offered other projects, as far as i know he was offered JCWs role for empress ki bit he turned it down… man what is his deal with hia acting career?
    Maybe hia actibg talents got depleted by his bigger than life personality and lifestyle. Whatever js the case he certainly is someone who is popular in japan but have a negative image and not ao popular in korea…
    as for me, hope someone shakes the daylights out of him and pick better projects and acts hia heart, soul and mind out like in hwang jini and beethoven virus…

    • Sorry to sign over your comment, but I really feel sad haw people judge JKS only for his looks and lifestyle. He HAS the right to dress and live as he wants. Yes, this is the exact reason he is not much loved in Korea – he is not fitting in the sreteotype. No offence, but if he was just as everyone in K-entertainment, he wouldn’t be so popular OUTSIDE Korea. The people around the world like Koreans. BUt they will not follow someone, who looks and acts as many others look and act. JKS is nor replacable. And some big sharks are very angry at him.
      Why don’t you think that one of the reasons of not making so much dramas in Korea is some hidden obstacle inside these circles? He tried, he really tried to return on the screan with “Three meals a day – fishing village”. And what happened? Three days before the premiere, at 01.30 in the morning dozens of internet sites blowed up the bomb about the tax evasion scandal( Actually this mather wasn’t that seriuos and was settled months ago.) Why then the media suddenly made such big fuss? Oh, yes, JKS was going to have a succesful participation in Korea.
      In Japan JKS is successful not only because he has talent. He really made efforts to learn the language and to create music that is telling something to the japanese people, not only using the k-pop wave. He is developing and it’s really said that people who has seen his work last in 2009, said he is someone stuck in his Prince’s status. People, he will surprise you very soon.

  10. I’m glad that HE is comfortable being who he is. I’m all for individuality. It’s unfortunate that most of the k-viewers want him to conform to their idea of what a celebrity should be. As long as he remains true to himself, he can continue to match to the beat of his own drum.

    I don’t see him doing any kdrama anytime soon, though. His last one, Pretty Man, had dismal ratings and it wasn’t bad actually. So unless he leaves the romcom genre and accepts a spot in an ensemble cast/thriller/sageuk, few people will go out of their way to watch him as a leading man in another rom com kdrama.

    • I do miss his Beethoven Virus days. He may not be the lead but he definitely held his own torch throughout the seriesā€¦

  11. Oh please this is an old airport photos, in the very latest photos he actually looks very handsome in a blue coat, black sweater & blue jeans. And Jang Geun Suk looks good in anything anyway, hats off to him coz he’s not afraid of trying something eccentric!

  12. WOW, Koala! Your lack of timing is striking!

    First, those pictures are several months old. And you saw them yesterday???
    Then why you bother to comment when you didn’t even checked the updates.
    Am I too optimistic to think you heard at least the name of JKS’s new album?

    No, I am not surprised about this article. You never miss the opportunity to try to downgrade his work with peculiar comments. Yes, I am a devoted fan and honestly, if he had to listen to your precious opinion, he would look just plain K-pop. And ordinary. And predictable.
    Thanks god, he is unique as always!!!

  13. Hi Koala,

    Off topic, but I’m wondering how you think about blood now, as I’ve been reading some good reviews on the net for the past few eps. Do you think it’s worth watching? Normally I’ll just watch it myself, but not sure if it’s good enough to endure the beginning “bad” eps.

  14. I am almost going to stop reading comments on this blog these days. There are some really nasty people out there reading your blog.

    Even if I don’t like whatever a blogger does- I don’t tend to be rude and blast people. It must be a Internet etiquette thing. Like there is none- people don’t bother to find out the background of the blogger and they just comment.

    Yesterday I read someone praising your vocabulary? I feel the same way when someone tells me ” your English is quite good”. It sounds so condescending.

  15. Well, I saw his interview on a Japanese entertainment program this morning and he says he is searching for his real identity. He said he watched his past performances and thought that he was just too LOUD! He’s lost in his character and wants to act as the true JKS?! His new songs are more of a ballad type. Yeah, I wish he would go back to acting but I feel Korea is bashing him for being too popular in Japan. The irony of the Hallyu Star.

  16. only 3 drama from him that i like HJY HGD BV. his drama from YB till now sux.
    hope he next drama will be better though i would not held my breath cuz he only care about his j-fan. so if he doing another. it only going to appeal to them cuz that were he get most of his money. wonder why he never do j-drama? i sure his j-fan would love for him to do one for them to see.

  17. I dont care what people say to him. We are all humans you should be know that and we had all the rights to do what will make us happy and choosing to be happy is something people cant dictate on you. I admire his personally as I saw the documentary made for him on his struggles in his career. You may see his fans devote their time, effort and money and how he makes a way even the wackiest to let his fan see he appreciate the love they gave to him. He is doing everything to give the best on craft whether acting, singing and dancing. He is willing enough to give all the love he received from his fan. I just pray people should watch their words on him. I hope he stay healthy, Happy and more success.

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