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Joo-won gets drunk on music for Cantabile Tomorrow

You may have noticed (just a tad, here and there) that there’s been a lot of Cantabile Tomorrow hype making the rounds these days, particularly with the drama all set to premiere next week. A lot of the stuff being said is the same ol’ promo talk repeated over and over, so I’m mostly just looking forward to the show airing so that we can all stop talking about what we think it’ll be and start talking about what it actually is.

That said, I find some interesting tidbits in the interviews that lead star Joo-won has been giving this week, and there’s some frankness in his answers (and not just all agency polish — I mean, it’s mostly agency polish but there’s at least a bit of candidness mixed in), which I find refreshing, and I find his comments reassuring for the most part. So here’s what he had to say about taking the role, the concerns that weighed on him, and what he hopes for its run when it kicks off on Monday, October 13.

What made you decide to take the role?

“To be honest, I felt a burden because the original is so outstanding. Also, there was already Kim Myung-min sunbae who had a lot of popularity in portraying a conductor character. So I did feel pressure regarding those things, but they also increased my expectations for the drama. I felt that we needed to try something new, something on top of just the words to add into the acting. I think I made the right choice. Our drama has a distinctive color to it, and will be fresh.”

Have you seen the original Nodame Cantabile?

“From the start, I was a fan of the original manga and drama. After accepting the offer, I watched it again and found it extremely entertaining. I may be Korean, but the [Japanese] sensibility really hit home for me. A lot of people say that it’s a concern because the sensibility is different, but I really enjoyed the original series. I felt this when I watched Nodame Cantabile before too, but I do think that viewers will fall in love with the appeal of classical music through the drama.”

Are there any big differences from the original?

“We won’t be deviating from the mold in a big way. And there aren’t as many pieces that Chiaki conducts as I’d thought. One piece carries the story for a long while, and there are maybe two or three pieces at most. But for me, I’m doing around six or seven. One segment of fans were concerned with that, while others were afraid that we would focus too much on melo or romance aspects. But we won’t be doing that — the music will have greater weight. We also brought in a lot of lovely scenes from the original, and rather than through comic acting, it’s the situations that will make scenes funny. Furthermore, since the cast and staff are different [from the original], we aren’t able to make it the same — I think we’re making a drama with a new feel.”

How was it being matched up with your young leading actress?

“Shim Eun-kyung has quite a lot of experience, acting since she was doing child parts. She’s so good as an actress that it spurred me on too. Recently, Eun-kyungie told me, ‘Oppa, you’re doing really well,’ and I felt shy about it. It also made me wonder whether there is another actor of her age group to deliberate and have as much desire over their acting as she does. As I was watching the parts that have been edited, I felt that Eun-kyung was doing a good job helping.”

How much did you practice conducting and playing the violin?

“I practiced for about five months, while I was performing in the musical Ghost — there are times when I’d practice the violin while in the greenroom and then go onstage. Whenever I’m doing something specialized, I want to build enough skill so that the people in that field aren’t turned off, so that they feel positively about it, so I work toward that. This time it’s the piano and violin, although it was difficult. It’s fun, but whenever you learn anything deeply, it’s difficult. I do think the actors in this drama who play string instruments will have a pretty tough time of it. Of course we’ll use some doubles, but when people are watching, they have to feel that those people are really playing. We worked hard because we don’t want to appear amateurish, and we’re filming now and it’s not bad. I was surprised too. There’s power in editing, but still, things worked out well.”

Do you think you have an aptitude for musical instruments?

“Rather than saying I have an aptitude, I think that if I could be reborn, I’d want to try conducting. Conducting is the most fun. I like listening to the instruments being performed, and I think I can understand what it means to conduct music. There are dozens of instruments surrounding me, and it makes me feel as though I could get drunk on music — I think I know why it seems conductors are drunk on music. I also came to understand the appeal of the maestro. It’s enough to make me joke that later on, I’d make my son learn.”

Have you learned any instruments on your own?

“When I was young, I learned the piano and clarinet. But my piano teacher would hit my hand with a ruler during lessons, so I didn’t like it and quit going to lessons. I learned the clarinet for a while, but actually I regret that I didn’t learn the piano more. It’s fortunate that my mother made me learn a lot of music when I was younger so I still have a sense of rhythm. I count that as lucky.”

You’ve had a lot of projects this year, but why did you pick Cantabile Tomorrow?

“To be really honest, it’s because I have to do a project a year. [Laughs] I started filming on the movie Fashion King while I was doing the musical, and I also filmed a Chinese movie. And then I did Cantabile Tomorrow, and you may not believe me but I never once thought of it as doing work. For the musical I would arrive at around 5 o’clock and warm up, perform, and go home, and while filming the movie I would chat with the other actors my age and have fun. For the Chinese movie, Hangeng hyung treated me well so it was a lot of fun. It was filmed 80% on Jeju Island so it felt like I was going on vacation. Thanks to that, I gained a lot of weight at the time. So as soon as the musical ended, I increased my workouts.”

How is your character different from Kim Myung-min’s in Beethoven Virus?

“Definitely, Kim Myung-min sunbae did a great job. If we’re talking about differences, he did a lot of work with his facial expressions, while I think I have a little more skill in conducting. Kim Myung-min sunbae really has the best powers of expressiveness. You don’t strictly need to use the left hand while conducting, but I worked to use both left and right hands equally, which wasn’t easy. The reason I took such care to use the left hand is because I was aware of Kim Myung-min sunbae. I wanted to do more than him. Facial expressions are important, but I wanted to do more with conducting skills, and that’s why I did a lot of practicing. The feeling will probably be different too [between us], but that’s also another point of difference.”

Do you think you’ll be able to win an award at the KBS Acting Awards this year?

“If I do a good job, perhaps I might? For this drama, there was a lot more pre-shooting work to be done than in previous dramas. Even now, my bag of scores feels really heavy, and I have more songs than the others that I have to perform. But I’ve put in the time, and I’m practicing at conducting, piano, and violin. So if I am nominated, I’d be grateful. [Laughs] Though it’s no matter to me if I’m not.”

What’s one thing you really want to leave behind with this drama?

“I want viewership ratings to be unbeatable. I don’t know the exact reason these days, but ratings don’t get very high. But for some strange reason I feel like our drama will do well. I’d like for Cantabile Tomorrow to breathe life into the ratings — it’d be nice if ratings could start to rise again with our drama. To be honest this is a big stress for me, wanting the show to do well. I’d like for there to be articles that say we’re No. 1 in the ratings.”

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I'm rooting for them. Loved the original (my first ever Asian live action) and I think I'll love this too.

Cantabile Tomorrow, ganbatte kudasai~

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Cant't wait for Nodame Tomorrow...

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Didn't watch the original. So I'm coming with an open mind.
Joo Won wishing you the very best of luck on your drama. Also hope it gets the high ratings you want simply because seeing these present dismal ratings makes me sad.

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wow he is being quite open and its quite refreshing

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Yeah, those are challenging words, and they show that the actor is acutely and categorically cognizant of what needs to be done. Unfortunately, it will also make it impossible for him to feign ignorance if his performance bombs or is dead on arrival. Let's see if he delivers.

His comparison of his conducting style to Kim Myungmin's gives me a pause. Sorry, Joowon. In the world of conducting maestros, moving your arms and hands excessively or profusely (a.k.a. flailing) is considered a poor form, a sign of overcompensating your lack of leadership and charisma. Indeed, all the maestros in recorded videos and live performances I have witnessed (except Ricardo Mutti or Seiji Ozawa) seldom move their body. Herbert von Karajan keeps his eyes closed most of the time. It is all done with face (and rehearsal, of course). Kim Myungmin got it right.

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Why can't people accept differences in conducting? Is not something rigid. It is fairly subjective, every maestro is different. He said his sunbae use face expression, he use his hand, so what?

Just like that, there can also be difference chiaki, and difference nodame. Human intepretation of the manga character is difference.

Human being build opinion and perspective based on thing they first experience, when there's differences in their opinion, they think is "wrong". First is not always "right".

I guess that's why there is social research stating most girls like to pick man similar to their dad character. Dad is always our first man, kechi?

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I am an average person. Who attends an average number of concerts and live performances yearly. My parents like classical music. We play musical instruments.

Saying that I have average expectations. I haven't read the manga or watched the Japanese drama. I am not going into the drama expecting his character to be the greatest conductor on earth. If he looks like a competent actor doing a halfway competent job at it - it'll do. I am not going into this drama expecting an Oscar worthy performance. Or someone of Karajan's calibre.

Cos' some people seem to think this is like the greatest show ever. It's only a drama adaptation right?

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Amen to that!! The amount of time "others" spend to analyse or rather scrutinise every milli second of the expression of a character or rather every frame in the TC teaser is freaky. Enjoy a drama for what it is and accept the fact it is an adaptation. The amount of judgements which is being passed on this drama from one blog to another or from one article to another is overwhelmingly crazy and needless.

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You're right. It does feel really earnest. Polished, but earnest.

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I confess I do not know many actors. Not to the extent I know about Joo Won, in terms of reading his interviews, reading about him and watching him. To me, he seems to stand out, giving very intelligent and honest answers. He has good EQ in this. He knows what to say and what not to.

Some actors give answers which you can tell that they have been coached. No harm is done but boring. Some say things which make you laugh for the wrong reason.

Joo Won somehow manages to be interesting, insightful, sincere, candid and does all the PR stuff to top it all.

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this is a refreshing interview indeed. kudos to Joowon and the casts! learning musical instruments is not an easy thing. Joowon has to learn piano, violin and also conducting. there are crazy techniques, leadership, emotion, and passion involved. it's not just a mere hand wave. Joowon has been studying for this role for 5-6 months. it shows just how much effort he puts in, just like all his previous roles.

i've been reading a lot of criticisms regarding Joowon and SEK's acting. the drama has yet to start. what we get are still pictures and several minutes' preview.

please bear in mind that this is an adaptation of the MANGA and not an adaptation of the japanese drama. i highly respect Joowon that he knows people will be comparing him and the Tamako Hiroshi, but rather than being negatively impacted by it, he chooses to take the criticisms and filter them so he gains only the positive feedback in improving his acting. he creates his own character based on his own interpretation of the manga and the script. Joowon and SEK are two of the best actors and actresses now, they each have their own interpretation. if both acts the same way as the japanese version, then there is no meaning to the adaptation.

conducting itself is different to each conductor. just google pictures of orchestra conductors and you can see various people with emotional gestures, relaxed gestures, etc. Kim Myung Min is more emotional in his character convey, whereas Tamako Hiroshi seems more relaxed when he's conducting. people cant expect Joowon/Cha Yoojin to conduct the same way, for his passion in conducting may be differently interpreted than Tamako Hiroshi's interpretation.

having said that, i am really looking forward to see the musical aspects of the drama. i trust Joowon and SEK's acting prowess, so i'm not too worried on the love story for i see a lot of chemistry between them already. i just need the casts' to fake-play instruments well, then i think we can have a great drama.

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I know it's frustrating to read those criticisms. Not that Joo Won is beyond criticism but those comments like "Joo Won isn't Chiaki to me or his conducting is all wrong", just ignore them. Believe me, they are not going to change their mind even when the drama airs. Even if Joo Won reveals he was a conductor before becoming an actor, they would still say Tamaki Hiroshi is better. Some things don't change. Instead of telling them to hold their judgement till the drama airs, I'd rather tell them to watch the Japanese live adaptation again.

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true that. regardless of what Joowon or SEK does, they cant please everyone. there will still be others who have different preferences and harshly/nicely voice out their opinions. whichever actor/actress takes on this challenge, the feedback will be the same.

i'm just gonna sit back end enjoy this drama~

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tq JB

Good luck ! but if there are idols in this drama then not to

worry - production team will take care of the ratings

it will shoot-up.

JW should be enjoying acting, music is like

samba, not feeling burden and don't compare with other

actor, be confident of yourself.

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I feel better that he wants the viewer ship to be unbeatable because that means he put his all into his character right ????? Someone please tell me I'm right ?

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if viewership is unbeatable, it's not because of one person. the whole drama production, director, writer, casts and crews play an important part in creating a good drama.

if he didnt put in effort in his character, it will definitely reflect to a lousy acting. this is true for all actors. lousy acting may result in low ratings. Joowon just wants the drama to do well and be the first in its timeslot. competition is tough and drama ratings are low recently. he wants the ratings to go up again with this drama due to the hard effort of the casts and production crews.

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thanks JB

IF with idols acting, not too worry ratings will shoot-up.

Don't compare with other actor, be confident of your acting.

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Thanks JB!I can't wait for the premier, Joo Won fighting!!!

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Reading this, I sincerely hope Korean like it and give it rating as big as weekend drama

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well the thing about ratings...ok it is honest, predictable yet somehow... shallow
but I do wish they did well and most of all got a one of a kind experience, that they would themselves remember this drama as something very special.
I wonder if there will be a Tamaki cameo. or Ueno Yuri. then I will really just faint.

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shallow? How is it shallow? Can you explain or give example of what would be your ideal response to the topic of ratings?

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the original Nodame is not merely about ratings, it is all about the cult following and remembering a drama as an icon. ratings are temporary. but to create something that lingers for a long time is much more special. so the biggest dream being ratings is kind of shallow

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Joo Won did many interviews these past few days with regards to this drama.

I could not check the source which javabeans translated from because I can't read Korean.

But I found this article on Hancinema where Joo Won had the same answer which you described as shallow. But you can see that he was answering to a different question. Take a look:
http://www.hancinema.net/varied-roles-a-cue-to-success-for-joo-74157.html
It's in the last question.

Doesn't it make better sense? It has to be because I don't see why he should answer exactly the same to 2 different questions.

My guess is that the source for javabean's translation was wrong or incomplete. Or maybe he was asked these 2 questions together.

I have followed Joo Won's interviews for past 4 years. Never once has he said he only dreams of big ratings. What has changed from the past as a rookie in Baker King is that he has been feeling and carrying the pressure of getting good ratings as the male lead. Of course he wish the drama well. But he has left more tangible impact through his dramas like Good Doctor than merely creating a cult following.

This is a man who said he wants to be in acting for 60 years. I don't think I need to say more.

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totally agree with you . it was disappointing answer

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for korean projects, high ratings is equivalent to 'cult following', to quote you. jdrama followers may not bother much about that, but this is korean drama. regardless of what anyone says, it's the ratings that somehow depicts whether the drama is being watched by many or not. high ratings, high viewership, more popular the drama is, possibly create a high impact.

what Joowon meant to say is with high ratings, it means that the drama is being accepted by many. he's not focused on the mere number only.

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It could be as you explained or like as I said, he was answering to another question. This is from the article I mentioned above:

"Do you worry that your drama won't get a high viewership rate?

It's part of my worries. I wonder what the problem is since many broadcasters have the same worry. I hope, since the new work is so good, that it can help revive a somewhat stagnant scene."

If you read all the interviews, there's a lot of overlapping and differences here and there although it's all from 1 session.

I guess he won't be just nitpicked on his performance but also in the way he answers questions in interviews. Oh well...

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Didn't know much about Joo Won before, but his way with words is kinda moving. There's a nice sincerity and thoughtfulness to his answers.

Godspeed, godspeed my lovely Chiaki & Nodame! Best wishes to the premiere!

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You can't say it's agency polish because he would not have said some of those things if it was. At least, we know he was prepared more than just refraining from using face lotion and growing a moustache.

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"Refraining from using face lotion"<-- that's too cute. ♡♡

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Err...Aside from trying to look more rugged by not using lotion, LMH also did martial art training and doing lift to build up muscles for months in advance. Because of his busy schedules, he had personal trainers and martial art instructors accompanying him on overseas trips. Since you didn't get all the soundbites, please don't assume all he did to prepare for a role was not using lotion.

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I'm really rooting for this remake to be a success. I've been listening to Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 (First Movement) all week!

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Thanks javabeans for translating the interview. No need to over-analyse each answer, I just appreciate his frank and candid answers :) Looking forward to watching this drama !

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I'm a huge fan of Nodame Cantabile, and really excited about the remake cause Joo Won & Shim Eun Kyung my favorite actors. 3 days left for the first premiere, and this's the 1st episode preview :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP3AkDOn_IA&list=UU3m0s5XAQydCtbLHc8j1Uog

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I am excited for the drama because Nodame Cantabile is one of my fav Josei mangas.

I love the Jdorama and it sticks true to the original story. But I actually secretly wanted the Kdrama to be a little bit different..still stick with the basic story but with a Korean flair & flavour~(makjang is not welcome).

I sincerely wish this to be both critical and commercial success. Win-win for everyone

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DF just had their special preview up @ http://youtu.be/pRoiaokpaJI and so far I'm not impressed. I'll just have to wait and see if the show's music director does a better job on the actual episodes because this clip was a total failure pieced together. No flow whatsoever! I'm gonna weep a bit now. )=

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I'm looking forward toward the drama. I love the manga and anime but was actually only so-so in liking the drama so I'm a bit of an anomaly in that end. hopefully the k-drama version will be good. :)
On a side note I was totally distracted by the news that he'll be in a drama with GENG!!! sorry. besides Heechul, Hangeng was my bias in the old Suju lineup XD so I'm always glad to hear about more projects with him in it :D

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Good luck to the show & the cast. I still won't be watching: I'm done with 'musical dramas' these year (which by the way are almost never rating killers). I've just learned that Dramafever was co-producer on that show like for the infamous Heirs & we will have almond PPL galore... No thanks.

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I've been looking forward to this drama since I first heard that it was being made. I hope I can find a sight that will sub it.

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I think Joo won's concern about rating is legit esp when he was nicknamed prince of rating by his fans, although in my opinion the real prince of rating is kim soo hyun.
I love the original drama and will be watching k-version only for the sake of comparing. I found the 6 min preview was bland and uninteresting but its not fair to judge from such a short preview.

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His words give me hope, but I am still proceeding with caution.

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All the best, Joo Won! Cantabile Tomorrow, hwaiting!

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I am getting too eager for this. Cantabile Tomorrow is sending me mixed messages: Will it be typical melo or a fresh treat? I hope it's the latter.
On second thought, I think it would be amazing for Joowon and Kim Myungmin to be together in a drama someday. Dreaming about it!

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Like I said countless times, I cannot wait!

I really like his attitude; he doesn't shy away from making a honest comment...like how he HAVE to do a drama a year and that he worked hard in preparing for this drama and hopes to get an award. I dislike celebs who aren't honest with their thoughts; it just seems fake.

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cant wait...
watching the 6 minutes preview...
i feel SEK kinda overdid nodame.. but i'm gonna wait for premiere first...

btw...
Liar Game and Nodame cantabille...
my favorite j-dorama... getting remakes...

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i don't like his hair here. I can't wait for the show to start. I watched both the drama and anime at least once every few months :-)

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did joo won lost some weight for chiaki role?
look at his face n body

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