The Happy Life giveaway results

Announcing the winners of our latest movie giveaway!

The following three people will each be receiving a DVD of The Happy Life:

Taohua, Dweji and Brendel!

Congratulations!! I will be emailing you shortly to arrange for shipping. Happy watching!

(Psst, please note that in a Jang Geun-suk interview [scroll down to read], director Lee Joon-ik was quoted as saying that he deliberately limited Jang Geun-suk’s screen time so that women will not be focusing on him when they watch the movie. Ha, mission fail! Still, don’t be crushed if he doesn’t appear as much as the other three leads. What matters is that all four men are superb in their roles and that the movie is a gem. The actors performed every song themselves!)

Thank you to everyone who participated. I loved reading all your answers and was so glad I didn’t have to choose the winners. That difficult task fell on my very special guest judge, someone who is familiar to most of you…


Yes, the one and only Soomp, creator of Soompi, THE one-stop destination for everything related to Kpop, Kdramas and Kmovies. Is there anyone among us who is not a Soompier? I very much doubt it.

For everything you do, Soomp, THANK YOU. We love you!


Jang Geun-suk “The Happy Life” interview:

The movie “The Happy Life” directed by Lee Joon-ik draws the story of three normal men in their forties who reunite to form a rock band and rediscover their dreams. Amongst the three normal looking men with exceptional acting skills is one youthful and lively actor, Jang Geun-seok.

Jang Geun-seok who in the movie grew into an adult still had a hint of his youthful image in person.

While Director Lee Joon-ik’s comment saying he restricted the screen time of Jang Geun-seok so female viewers wouldn’t just focus on him, his charisma as the son of the former vocalist of the band Hyun Joon grabbed the hearts of viewers with his good looks, picture perfect guitar skills, and surprisingly good vocals.

He takes on an important role as not just bringing youthful vibes to the movie but also as an important link between the older and younger generations.

Jang Geun-seok who says the question he received most after the movie’s premiere was whether he really sang the song actually is experienced with two musical productions. Director Lee Joon-ik who was with us during the interview says, “It is like I am the child and Geun-seok is the adult”, and nonetheless Jang Geun-seok’s serious and skillful speech grasped my attention.

“Being so young, I contemplated a lot while acting Hyun Joon to be in more scenes. The scene using the restroom with senior Kim Sang Ho was one I created so the audience could better understand Hyun Joon. He tells me that I look the same as my father, and that is the moment I first picture the true father Hyun Joon never could understand before. I thought the audience would feel the fathers’ love for their children through the scene”.

Jang Geun-seok says the film shoot itself was a precious experience to him commenting, “All three of them were my mentors. They all live with their dreams. Having a lot or little money does not matter. They have the confidence and flexibility in regards to life not from being a star that everyone thinks of them as, but rather as ones who have achieved their dreams. They would practice all night, have a drink, and go out in slippers and grab something to eat”.

He says the movie “The Happy Life” is one that asks, ‘Are you living and doing what you want to do? Or are you living and doing what you have to do?’ and that is the question that dominated his head throughout the filming.

“I started acting in middle school. It was my decision. Then one day I asked myself, ‘ Jang Geun-seok, are you happy right now?’ and realized I was climbing stairs with no particular goal and no composure. I asked around about what a happy life is and asked my seniors as well. Of course there is not right answer, but thankfully I have found a little bit of composure in myself. And now I can enjoy things, at least to the point I can smell the scent of fall outside of the window”. He seemed to be quite pleased in learning something priceless from Director Lee Joon-ik and the three other senior actors.

The movie features a father who works day and night to pay for private lessons and education for a talented son, and a father who sends off his child and wife abroad to study but ends up facing a divorce. They all live amidst self-gratification, or excuses, saying it is all for their children, and this is not much different from parents in the real world today.

I asked Jang Geun-seok who is still in the position of being a parent’s child what he wanted from his parents. He says that his parents, while not fully approving when he said he wanted to act, supported him by telling him to do what he wanted to do.

“Are children truly happy when they achieve the social status their parents want them to? They all just go towards the one goal forgetting whether it was the parent’s dream or the child’s dream. I wish parents would trust their children and let them pursue what they want to. If only they could understand that children wander in their youth not because they don’t know what to do, but they are struggling and trying hard to find what fits them. I believe everything is about the ‘trust’ between the parent and child”.

In that sense, he says, “The movie “The Happy Life” can serve to be a meaningful opportunity to reflect on life with all the fantasies and reality barriers set aside between a father and son”.

Jang Geun-seok is also chasing a dream.

“I became known through commercials and the sitcom ‘Nonstop’. Until then I wasn’t really an actor. If anything, I was an entertainer with a cute image. But after ‘Nonstop’ ended and I saw the spotlight that was on me shifting immediately to another person, I fell into a slum. And not being admitted to the college I wanted at the time put me at a loss of what to do. Fortunately, I was cast in two musicals and I was able to be satisfied seeing myself on a large stage. And I think I was able to become known as an actor through the drama ‘Hwangjiny’, and I can feel more of that through the movie ‘Happy Life’. But this is not my final destination”.

He restlessly spoke about his dreams.

“I don’t believe myself to be an adult yet. I still have a mind that is not quite yet fully matured. But I hope people who meet me can become closer as a person and respect and trust me”.

Then what would be the image of an ‘actor’ Jang Geun-seok be?

“I want to be pure. Whether I become 40 or 60, I want to be a humble actor who doesn’t loses passion. I am extremely happy right now by just being able to act”.

He is a young actor who is experiencing a pleasant growth period.

Source: broasia (this site has since closed down so I can’t provide a link to the original article; reprinted here)

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13 Responses »

  1. OH MY GOSHHH!!. After jumping up and down, squealing in FULL FANGIRL MODE (yes, imagine the sheer volume) and scaring the bejesus out of my family, I finally shut up enough to write this: THANK YOU for the opportunity, thundie! And, congratulations to the others who won!

  2. Hehe, Dweji, I hope you’ll be squealing just as much when you watch the movie. 😆

    Psst, I’ve edited the post to include a long must-read JGS interview where he talks about this movie and his own goals as an actor. Check it out!

  3. Yay! I’m grinning nonstop ever since I read Thundie’s email and that was like 10 minutes ago.:-)

    Congratulations to Taohua and Dweji…I’m sure we will be squealing again when we receive the DVDs. Hehe…

    Thanks for everything, Thundie. The interview, is a big bonus for us Jang Geun Seok fangirls.

  4. I’ve been studying all morning so I didn’t get to check until now…but AAAHH!!! THANK YOU!!! I was so excited when I saw your email, I can’t even begin to express how happy I am! Congratulations to Brendel and Dweji as well!

    Thundie, you are AWESOME! Thank you for everything!

  5. Congratulations to the winners and thank you for the interview thundie!! It really does nothing to cure me of my fangirlyness for JGS but it certainly is very interesting and he sounds like he knows what he’s doing! And I’m no judge, but looking at him now and the choices that he makes, he’s succeeding in finding his dream. I can’t wait for his next project 😀

  6. hi thundie,
    you are really refreshing with your all posting
    am so glad to chance upon you
    is a pleasure reading your post
    sunshine wishes
    assmissing……..lmao ;p

  7. woooo! thanks for letting me be a part of such a fun contest 🙂 very nice interview as well – thanks thundie!

  8. Congrats to the winners:-D JGS is fab in the movie.:-) Thanks for the interview Thundie.:-) *Imagines JGS at age 40*;-D
    *still drooling*

  9. Wow, the guy never fails to impress. He is truly a star. Humble, honest, and full of wisdom!! Love what he has to say about life, I swear the guy doesn’t seem that young, he’s far to mature! Aww what a down to earth fella. Thanks Thundie x

  10. I’ve sent out the DVDs. Swift flight and happy watching! 😀

    In the meantime… a little treat, keke:

  11. waaaaahhhh….the video clip made me squeal like I was run over by a truck! I want to have Jang Geun Seok for breakfast tomorrow.

    Thundie, why do you have a treasure chest filled with Jang Geun Seok videos??? If you continue giving us these little treats, my blood sugar will be so high that ants will be crawling out of me real soon. 🙂

    By the way, thank you so much for the giveaway. I’m so excited to receive my prize!


    Lucky ball.

  12. Lol@the clip-JGS goodness indeed.


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