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1:10 pm - 09/28/2011

A Japanese actor in South Korea. Working peacefully.

Actor plays 2 roles in S. Korea

Takashi Nakagawa / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

South Korea-based actor Kenichi Yoshimura has two "roles" in his
latest project--acting in the South Korean film "Kabi" (coffee) and
coaching his costars in Japanese.

After performing the part of an aide to a Japanese foreign minister
who is seeking to take over the Korean Peninsula in the late 19th
century, Yoshimura immediately began teaching the starring actors how to
say their Japanese dialogue. "Kabi" is scheduled to be released at the
end of this year.

"I'm extremely busy, but I'm very fulfilled," said the 37-year-old
Yoshimura, dressed in a retro suit with his hair pulled back.

A former J.League soccer player who hails from Kawasaki, Yoshimura
started his career as a TV personality after leaving soccer at the age
of 20.

He traveled to South Korea in 2002, seeking the help of the
president of a South Korean entertainment agency he met at a soccer game
between Japanese and South Korean entertainers.

Yoshimura's acting debut came later that year in a South Korean
drama. Now based in Seoul, he has appeared in nearly 20 films and
dramas, and speaks Korean without difficulty.

In teaching Japanese dialogue to South Korean actors, Yoshimura pays
special attention to fitting the lines to the particular role and scene
so they sound natural.

Big names such as Lee Byung Hun and Kim Sun Ah have expressed gratitude for the actor's support, but Yoshimura remains humble.

"I'm learning a lot from [such stars]," Yoshimura said. "They make
every effort to give the best possible performance and make it perfect.
They make no excuses whatsoever."

Keen as he is on his new role as language coach, Yoshimura still
considers himself first and foremost an actor and not only in South

"I'd like to appear in Japanese dramas and films in the future. I
want to see if the [acting] methods I've learned here will work in
Japan," he said.


Reminds me of 2009 Lost Memories. Jang Dong Gun + Nakamura Toru = heartbreaking <3

benihime99 28th-Sep-2011 07:13 am (UTC)
I am very hapy for this "Japanese actor playing two roles in South Korea" but what pisses me of is that this shouldn't be such a great news.
It should be normal for Japanese actor to be able to work in S. Korea and for K-actor to work in Japan.
katzsong 28th-Sep-2011 07:46 am (UTC)
well, it is normal. But the film plot is kinda sensitive to SK-Japan (Japan's occupation on SK). That's why it reminds me of 2009 Lost Memories. You wouldn't believe the trolls back then when I posted the article about that movie in a jpopmusic forum, in 2002-2003.
I just use the title coz I don't want any unnecessary controversies. This should be the start of a more calm discussion of SK-Japan interaction.
islandgurl84 28th-Sep-2011 08:20 am (UTC)
I watched that movie 2009 Lost Memories twice, it was actually very good but yes tragic.
katzsong 28th-Sep-2011 08:26 am (UTC)
Yes,it is. And I love Jang Dong Gun - Nakamura Toru's characters interaction. Two best friend torn apart by their loyalty to each other and their country. In this case, Japan was portrayed to be a bit shady, and Toru was just following orders. The confrontation scene in the end was just sad T_T
benihime99 28th-Sep-2011 09:01 am (UTC)
I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one feeling that this Japan vs. Korea fan-war is stupid
katzsong 28th-Sep-2011 09:25 am (UTC)
Well, I have to admit my share of guilt in the past. But now I've learned my lessons and just moved on. I've my real battles in RL.
It's just some posts lately are very bait-y and people just responds for fun. Yeah right, 1-2 time is fun. But lately it's just overdone and getting boring. It exudes so many negative energy. and honestly, don't want to spend my life time (or just a few minute of my life) hating or encouraging hate :3
islandgurl84 28th-Sep-2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Count me in. I'm all for peace & harmony in any fandom.
very_pinku 28th-Sep-2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see a Japanese actor being able to work peacefully with Korean actors.

Being Japanese, I always have feelings of conflict. I love Japan and I like S. Korea (I won't say love cause I never been there).
But people on each side make me feel guilty sometimes of liking both sides.
Some of the most awesome people I met were Koreans.

I hope more and more actors can collaborate in each others countries freely.
I feel the arts is the one way to connect with people from all over.
turtteloo5 28th-Sep-2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
well that sucks that people make you feel that way, but at least you know that people are all the same and shouldn't be disregarded based on race. :) I don't think you should feel guilty for anything since you didn't commit any crimes against them in the past.
very_pinku 28th-Sep-2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your kind words ^^. I wish people realize that we should never forget the past but still encourage change and try to make things better.
Hating each other never gets us anywhere.

But yeah, I know I shouldn't feel guilty. I just wish we can leave each other in peace.
I get so sad when on mixi and such, there's so much unnecessary Korean hate.
Like as if that makes anyone look better.
artsxcouture 29th-Sep-2011 01:29 am (UTC)
You go bro! Fighting the good fight and making a decent living. ^^
newsvsyamapi 30th-Sep-2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
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