A Chinese magazine “Modern Music” has a Semir commercial ads image of Han Geng on its Feb 2010 issue’s cover page. Along with this cover page, there is cover story about Han Geng. I feel deeply grateful to the one who translated this article into English, it is a really nice but long article. Also, I would like to say thank you to our friend Trueblue who is the one introducing this translated article to us ^^
Firstly, I would like to post the images of original article, which are scanned by 糖扫描 from http://www.neargeng.cn/bbs
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Cover Story (Page 1)
Because this is a really long article with TWO PARTS, I would like to post PART I first, and PART II will come in couple of days. Please recognize the contributors and enjoy the translation ^^
Article Title: Han Geng, the One and Only
Part I Hankyung: “In these few years, I’ve really tasted all the ups and downs of life.”
In the year 2007
Every celebrity would have their own stories of hardships, but if it was as “sour” as old vinegar, then it would be better if they had not experienced it, because it will emit a strong smell following the air flow. Hankyung wasn’t famous back in 2007, but through two programs – <Date with Lu Yu> and <Happy Camp> – he was remembered by people, as his story was very special, and the strong resilience emanating from the main character of the story makes even those beautifully blooming flowers who grew up in a “greenhouse” pale in comparison. The tag “the Chinese artist whom debuted in Korea” signifies that no matter how many people follow the same path, their stories are destined to have less impact than Hankyung’s. This ethnic Nanai boy really maltreated himself – at that time, he gave up a lucrative job with Shanghai’s Jin Dun Troupe and went towards the unknown future, without bringing a single cent with him to Korea, and even promised his mother this: “I won’t ask for money from the family anymore, and I will send money back home instead.” By not giving himself any room to turn back on his decision, he could only march on! During his trainee days, he practiced dancing until he fractured his bone, but didn’t realize it until 3 months later. He even joked that he had saved a large sum of medical fees. Isn’t it a little too exaggerated? But for Hankyung to work so hard, wasn’t it all for the sake of fighting for those pitifully few places to debut as an artist, so that all the sacrifices he made in the past few years won’t go to waste? So what if he debuted? Wearing masks, and painting his face with black paint that causes the skin to be unable to breathe (At that time, the Korean legislature placed a restriction on foreign celebrities with regards to stage performances, but for the sake of not disrupting the choreography of the entire group, Hankyung left behind many performances of the kind.), then continued to dance; but when the others are enjoying the cheers and flowers from the crowd, at the same time, the handsome face that was blocked from the light would probably be feeling helpless…… In 2007, Hankyung said: “For the past few years, I’ve really tasted all the ups and downs of life.” When he returned to the country for promotions as the leader of SJ-M, he was asked how he felt, to which he replied: “The air at home is really different.” The pride and joy was obvious in his speech and gaze. Later on, when he was asked again about the entire experience, Hankyung described: “To me, this is an excellent experience, and it also serves to remind me to increasingly appreciate my achievements now. If I hadn’t worked so hard in the past, I would probably be intoxicated by my status as a celebrity, and get stalled in my steps, or maybe even giving up when I meet even the smallest difficulties.
Hankyung was destined to be different from the rest when he was put in charge of an international group which mostly consists of Koreans. To him, 2008 would probably be a year full of pain and joy. The pain was most probably physical, as he had to lead a group which wasn’t familiar with the surroundings to break into China’s market. Not only that, he was also feeling the rocks as he crossed the riverbed, but he also had to juggle several roles at the same time – a translator, a nanny, a manager, a celebrity, and a teacher – and not forgetting the pressure caused by various parties…… The joy would most probably be psychological, because he has been looking forward to “develop in his country” for five years. From the start, Hankyung has been a person who knows how to appreciate the chances given to him, but what’s more important is that he knows how to grab those opportunities, because for someone who has gone through so many hardships, he knows that chances are hard to come by. He is a very resilient plant, and if you give him a little sunlight, then he will bloom beautifully. In the MV <Beijing Welcomes You>, there are many famous people in it, and on average, everyone will only get several seconds of screen time. But the person who wore a red traditional costume and sang the line “si qing hua yi dai xiao yi” still managed to “kill” a lot of people within a split second. During the event held to countdown the remaining 100 days to the Beijing Olympics, there were still a lot of hotshots, but after the live telecast, there were a lot of people asking who was the handsome guy in a white shirt that was standing on the right of the stage. The thing is, on that day, almost everyone was in white, but only Hankyung stood out among the rest. Hankyung has said this before: “I was born into this world for the stage.” Although he had once considered being a teacher, the 3-feet podium really doesn’t suit him, because he really exudes the aura of a king. When he performs traditional dances, his stances are very beautiful; when he performs robot dances, he has really strong energy; but the reason behind his improvements lies within his humbleness: “In terms of dancing, within the group, even though I’m good at dancing, it’s not the best, but I have the confidence that I can do better. Singing used to be one of my weaknesses, so I really worked hard in vocal training; even if there are some results, I’d be glad.” Actually when Hankyung was young, he doesn’t really sing, and when he does, his pitching would be off. When at a karaoke, he would be the person who sits by the side and listen to the others. After being signed to SME, only did he really start to get in touch with music. Later on, while preparing for his solo performance for Super Junior’s Asian Tour, he even specially hired a teacher to give him vocal lessons, and the mellow song <Betrayal> came as a shock to many…… The more you get to know Hankyung, the more you will be fascinated by him, because in the current society, he who is already rather famous would still continuously improve himself, and relentlessly chase after the light and warmth that he desires.
Within the four years after debuting, Super Junior (13 members) has released three albums, and SJ-M (7 members) released a full album and a mini-album. If you consider the 1-2 solo lines in every song (there are even some songs where you don’t get lines at all), and you total up all the album’s lyrics, Hankyung’s parts (in those songs) isn’t very much more than <Betrayal>’s duration of 3 minutes and 20 seconds! Maybe after watching most of SJ and SJ-M’s performances, some people may suspect that Hankyung only knows how to dance, but he has never explained the reasons behind it. Instead of doing pointless things like this, he continued to improve himself, and his covers on <Wo Yuan Yi/I do> and <Yu Ren Ma Tou/Fisherman’s Harbour > (Note by Bristlegrass: there was a mistake in the original article in Chinese, the song’s name is “愚人码头”(Foolish man’s Harbour), not “渔人码头”(Fisherman’s Harbour) on shows has had the ability to reduce people to tears. Even though his singing techniques isn’t the best, but the feelings and emotions that he conveys from his heart is truly the richest. Hankyung is always creating surprises when it is least expected. Therefore if you give him a chance, he will repay you with a miracle. Even though Hankyung’s contract dissolution case from the end of 2009 is still causing heated discussions among people, but please don’t overthink the complicity of a celebrity’s contract. Stories of celebrities asking for contract dissolution are really common! It’s similar to how workers demand for the dissolution of their labor contract. It’s just like how your performance at work is superb, but your boss just doesn’t give you a pay raise or a promotion; it’s just like how your boss promises to allow you to further your studies abroad, but his assurance disappears into the thin air, only to never be fulfilled…… Everyone has the right to choose and be chosen. If you work overtime every day, just to feel dead tired, plagued by various diseases, and are unhappy with your job, you might as well just quit. Perhaps all the glamour and fame surrounding him is nothing but a beautiful lock, but no matter how exquisite a lock looks like, it’s still used to chain people down. Rumour has it that Hankyung can regain his freedom the earliest by March, and even if he has to start anew or drops to the bottom – so what? He was once asked what he would do if he fell from the top, to which he said: “I’ve already known that it will happen anyway, so I’ve prepared myself for when the time comes. I can work hard again, because I’ve worked hard once.” His bravery is akin to preparing to climb another mountain whose peak cannot be seen, right after he has just completed climbing a mountain which has a height of 4000m above sea level – priceless.
After SJ-M released their mini-album, Hankyung’s more important responsibilities consists of business, business, business, and earning money, money, money. Even though he’s a singer, but those who know him better would know that he wants to become an outstanding actor even more. The drama versions of the MVs in which he has acted in are all inclined towards the artistic, mellow side, and even though the characters that he portray will sacrifice gloriously in the end, they are all very successful, especially through his gazes. In <Super Girl>, the disparity of the change between the dorky and cool guy was large, but it was handled by him with ease , and it really makes people think that his profession is not a dancer but an actor! In <Stage of Youth> , the way he played his character with refreshing and natural acting skills won praises from many people. Although in variety shows, he would always be the one who gets pranked by the others, but in <Entertainment @ Azio> he shouldered the responsibility of the prankster, in which he suddenly got mad  and left the recording studio. Patty Hou was left shocked, but had to continue hosting the show with feelings of guilt, and when the truth behind Hankyung’s outburst was revealed, she exclaimed “You really good at acting!” and she even hit him out of “anger”. (Hankyung apologized to her later) Yes, Hankyung has wanted to be an actor all along, and when every time he was asked whether he has any plans with regards to movies/dramas, he would answer with a smile and with eyes that sparkle with longing and joy: “I would like to try every type of character, but in terms of movies, I’m just starting out.” The Hankyung now is shy, doesn’t care about the pay or character type, and would be okay even if it’s only a small role, because he’s really a newbie in the acting circle. Hankyung is already clear of his standings in this point. Someone once said, China’s acting sector seriously lacks talents under 30 years of age, and for the past few years, the male actors have always been overshadowed by those from Hong Kong and Taiwan, and those male actors who are popular in Mainland China can hardly be also that popular in Hong Kong or Taiwan. Hankyung, who has just turned 26, has very suitable prerequisites, as he is well-known in the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions, as well as in Japan, Korea, Thailand, South East Asia, and even in Vietnam…… Young male idols like Hankyung can’t really be counted, because the fact is, there’s only him. Maybe Little Han really can step up to the place.
Notes by Translator:
 Probably trying to mean those artists who are doing really well after being groomed in a good environment. Am not sure. (Bristlegrass: Yes ^^)
 Meaning those Chinese celebrities whom follow Hankyung’s footsteps in debuting in Korea.
 Nanai native – click here! for explanation
 Jin Dun Troupe – I think it’s a performing arts troupe in Shanghai.
 i.e. he performed while wearing masks/painting his face black
 摸着石头过河 – a Chinese idiom, which means to figure out things as one goes; to take one step at the time.  Hankyung’s line in the song
 3-feet podium – literal translation, which actually means the stage where you stand on to give lectures.
 游刃有余 – A Chinese idiom which means to do a job with skill and ease; to handle a difficult task with great ease.
 青春舞台 – Stage of Youth, the show that Hankyung starred in
 Click here for the article~
 小韩 – nickname for Hankyung
To Be Continued…^^