[11 of ′11] World Dominator – Jang Keun Suk
These days, hallyu has become common terminology for someone who manages to go overseas and record a few hits. But while the original hallyu stars have become ever-increasingly popular in foreign nations, most haven’t retained their superstar status in their home country.
Idols going to Japan are a dime a dozen and so while yes, hallyu is a real thing, very few hallyu stars can be considered legitimate ′world stars′.
That’s not the case with Jang Keun Suk, who’s managed to turn out piece after piece since debuting nearly 20 years ago. To put things into perspective, the actor/singer/model is only 24 years old. This year, he starred alongside actress Kim Ha Neul in You’re My Pet, which can’t necessarily be called a critical hit, but the movie did manage to keep Jang Keun Suk on the Korean radar.
Meanwhile, Jang Keun Suk continued traveling overseas to promote himself, holding the 2011 Jang Keun Suk Arena Tour The CRI Show in Japan ‘Always Close to You’ and drawing 45,000 fans to his 2011 The Cri Show at the Tokyo Dome.
An appearance on Kang Ho Dong’s Kneedrop Guru managed to make Jang Keun Suk even more endearing to the public, as he candidly talked about underwear, rumors that he was gay and what else but himself, and has arguably legitimately earned the title ‘Prince of Asia.’
So what’s next for the prince? Jang Keun Suk is currently filming for Love Rain, a drama that has yet to air, but has already been sold overseas based on star power (he stars alongside Yoona of Girls’ Generation (SNSD)). Will he be the king next year? Perhaps so.
Photo credit: Trinity Company, Tree J, Y Tree
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