Friday, February 29, 2008

Get your pencils sharpened...

Time to write a letter. The (edited for this site) text below is in answer to a post at Soompi in which the time slot of "Papa" came up.


[Hello C.,
It's good to know the people are leaving messages at the KBS site. (Refers to netizen activity.)

The unfortunate thing here is, if Papa had been released at a time when the competition was the standard fare, Papa would have been the hit the other shows needed to compete against. It has all the important ingredients. The only thing it doesn't have is a cute dog.

The issue of a failure due to undeservedly low ratings is deeper, and has greater impact than most people recognize. At best, Oh Ji Ho's career is still fragile at this time, and any bump will further erode his hold in the industry. He really needs something HOT.

Because Oh Ji Ho is the star of this program, he carries a lot of weight and responsibility where the success of it is concerned. That is NOT realistic, but it's the way it is in the world.

People don't blame a bad director, they don't blame a bad time slot, they don't blame a bad writer...they take aim at the easiest target, the main character, the "star". When a star gets shot down, everyone falls with him or her, and the label "flop" sticks like glue in the world of the web, which has become so powerful.

The show is hot. The time slot is not.

That’s bad news for concerned parties. It’s hard for all the other great cast members. This is a heartbreaker for them.

I do not expect KBS to alter the plan regarding the time slot. What I do expect is the same thing that happened with Star Empire.

When Star Empire started getting real mail on real paper with real postage on it, written by some very direct and intelligent real people, they began to get the idea we know what happens "over there".

It's very interesting to watch things change when Americans and other people from all over the world open their mouths in support of actors Korea thinks of as unimportant.

The people in Korea think we have no interest in anything having to do with their culture, and that we don't care when someone gets a bad deal.

Oh, we care. Especially when our hearts adopt a young friend, and he or she is on the wrong end of the stick, and getting beaten.

The entire point of these letters is to show physical proof ON paper; we out here, we are real people, and we are aware. We are not just cyber whispers. They can throw letters into the trash can, but they can't erase us with the click of a mouse. When more than one letter enters any system, it gets harder to ignore them.

KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK! We make real noise.

Write KBS a letter. Tell them you are not too happy about the program getting killed the way it is. Just tell them that.

Here darlings, have an address courtesy of me. Address the mail to the president and chief executive officer. That should wake someone up. Right?

Mr. Jung Yun-joo
18 Yoido-dong Youngdungpo-gu Seoul 150-790, Korea

So now you sit down and growl for Oh Ji Ho, and all the others working their butts off to make audiences happy. Make your voice heard. Postage, 90 cents from the USA, yes, that includes Hawaii, and Alaska. You can't slip out from under this obligation to support Mr. Oh.

Do I hear all those electric pencil sharpeners? NO? Come on. You can do it.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

OH JI HO...You've Got Mail!

Last year, just around this time, a letter writing campaign was launched. We wanted to tell Oh Ji ho we cared about him, and wanted him to be happy in his life and work.

The campaign worked, and he's been hard at work since.

These are the letters we sent.

Now, as some of you know, there's another campaign on to show our support for his new comedy/drama being shown currently on KBS2. It is sandwiched between two nearly unbeatable programs, and the ratings for the show are horrible.

The cast and crew continue to work with dedication however. They are professionals, and deserve our admiration.

Today an article in Korean popped up with a couple of photos.
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That's OUR mail. Never think for a moment your voice isn't heard. It is. It may not get the result you wish for, but THEY do hear it.

This is the articlein Korean:

'싱글파파'오지호, 강한 한류스타 급부상

2008-02-29 04:00:04

오지호가 새로운 한류스타로 급부상중이다.
[스포츠서울닷컴 | 김용덕기자] 최근 일본 여성팬 20여명이 오지호의 소속사 사무실을 전격 방문, 한글로 쓰여진 팬레터와 선물을 놓고 갔는가하면, 다음날에는 오지호가 출연중인 KBS드라마 '싱글파파는 열애중'촬영장까지 방문했다.
예상치 못했던 손님들의 방문에 감동한 오지호는 일본팬들 한명 한명에게 일일이 싸인한 사진을 선물했고, 일본팬들은 눈물까지 글썽일 정도로 고마움을 표했다.
일본팬들은 남성적인 체취를 물씬 풍기는 오지호의 근육질 몸매와 선해보이는 눈매, 따뜻한 미소에 강한 매력을 느끼는 것으로 알려졌다.
지 난해 8월 한예슬과 파트너가 돼 출연한 드라마 '환상의 커플'이 일본에서 방영되면서 인기를 얻기 시작한 오지호는 엄정화와 함께 출연했던 드라마 '칼잡이 오수정'까지 일본에서 현재 방영중이어서 급속도로 팬들이 늘고 있다. 오지호는 이 때문에 최근까지도 일본의 후지TV 유선방송등의 한류프로그램으로부터 인터뷰 요청이 밀려들고 있다.
오지호의 소속사측은 "일본 현지 활동을 한번도 하지 않았는데, 국제 우편으로 오는 선물과 팬래터들이 점점 늘고 있다. 작년에는 '환상의 커플'홍보차 대만 프로모션갔을때도 현지 팬들 반응이 예사롭지 않았다”며 “이젠 일본을 비롯한 해외 활동을 진지하게 검토하지 않을수 없게됐다"고 밝혔다.
이어 오지호는 “모든 해외 활동은 '싱글파파는 열애중'을 성공적으로 마친 후가 될것이다. 나는 지금 ‘싱글파파’와 열애중이다”고 전했다.
한편 점점 더 재미를 더해가는 '싱글파파는 열애중'은 오지호(강풍호)가 쓰러지는 장면이 방송돼 앞으로 순탄치 않은 행보에 시청자들의 관심이 쏠리고 있다. 싱글파파는 열애중은 매주 월화 9시50분에 KBS2TV에서 방송된다.

- 주소창에 '스포츠'만 치시면 스포츠서울닷컴 기사가 한눈에!
Copyrights ⓒ 스포츠서울닷컴. 무단 전재 및 재배포 금지 -

Hope a few of you can read it. I'll get on my knees and beg good-hearted "B" for a light but accurate translation tomorrow. Tonight, I am too tired to think.

The EverDigger Linda, who has hurt her wrist by the way, (it is probably a hairline fracture) came up with the recent pics. Credit to Alexakim of Soompi for the first photo. Thank you ladies.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Oh Ji Ho Recording Track for Papa OST

With gratitude and thanks to "B" who supplied the code for this clip.

Thanks also to Linda A. from New York for the heads up about it being on the web.

WARNING: Slow to load without Broadband access.

Friday, February 22, 2008

"Oh Ji Ho in a surprise singing debut"

"Oh Ji Ho in a surprise singing debut"

Oh Ji Ho participated in the recording session of the OST of the KBS2 TV Monday-Tuesday drama "Single Papa in Love".

He was at the recording in Mokdong, Seoul for the recording of the song "To be good for you (also "it will be good" - sorry both are OK translations) (Chodeul Geoya).

The recording official said he has a good and touching tone of voice. His first time at the recording studio seems like he was singing in a noraebang, but he got better and became more comfortable.

Oh Ji Ho's recording of "To be good for you" for "Single Papa in Love" will be available on online music sites on the 25th of February, 2008.

The album release will be announced at the end of the month.

There are a total of 18 songs in the album.

Link to original article.

This information was supplied by a very good and generous lady living in Korea. I do not have a screen name for her yet, but as soon as I do I will thank her in a much better way than this.

Meanwhile, B, thank you so much for taking the time and doing such a splendid job.

I see the people who help me as jewels. Very precious, very valued, and most of all, beautiful for your good hearts.

And now, a great photo from Linda. Applause, applause for the two great women who brought this to you. (Sound of hands clapping!)

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Early Bird Special - Oh Ji Ho, a great Papa!

Makes parenting look like fun, doesn't it?

A million roses to Linda A. for these excellent pics.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Hello to you, and welcome to this place.

Thank you most warmly for starting the Single Papa is in Love thread at Soompi Forums.

You did a magnificent job. It is professional, informative, and beautiful.

Viewers may visit their site by clicking here.

Also, please drop in on their DramaWiki page by clicking here.

I am happy to tell all my guests, we now have people from Vietnam visiting here.

I also wish to extend my welcome to our new guests from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

People from all nations are welcome and cherished guestss. There are no boundaries where an interest in any art form is shared. In this we become brothers and sisters.

Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Not Papa's best week...

There is an old saying: "Position is everything."

That sums it up. If you stand in a line waiting to buy an orange, and there a lot of them to go around, you're in a good position no matter how long the line.

If you're at the end of a line of fifty people, and there are only 30 oranges to be had, you're in a bad position.

The figures on the new program are disappointing in the extreme. It has nothing to do with the performers or the story. It has everything to do with position.

Single Papa is up against two monsters, and they are eating the audience. Therefore the ratings, those magic ciphers the networks pursue as though they were nectar from the Gods, are not good. Papa is not in a good position, and there's more at stake than oranges.

There's a decent amount of activity at the Soompi Forum thread for the show, and a lot of screen caps some good people have uploaded.

If you are not a Soompi member, you can't access the pages. Signing up takes a few minutes, and it's free. No one will ask you to do anything extraordinary.

I'm asking you to try to show support for the show, Oh Ji Ho, and the rest of the cast, by going up to Soompi and participating in the forum. Even if you only say "hello", by commenting, you are seen as a person interested in the show. That's important. The more pages a thread has, the better. It shows a large active, or potential, audience.

These forums are usually a lot of fun once you get into them.

The first step: Sign in or sign up here:

The second step: When you are signed in, use this link to take you directly to page 1 of the thread about Single Papa.

The above link will always take you to the thread as long as you're signed in.

A Soompi member found this link for YouTube. kirra12ppil has already put up the first 11 minutes of the show. No subtitles. Here is the link to that:

It is absolutely great! See it!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Korea Herald Rings Starting Bell

'Single Daddy in Love' promises comic relief

A mixed martial arts fighter plays a single father to his seven-year-old son in KBS's new drama "Single Daddy in Love."

Set to air its first episode tonight, "Single Daddy in Love" follows on the heels of the star-studded melodrama "Bad Love." And, unlike its melancholy predecessor, this comic drama promises to bring laughter into households nationwide with its talented cast and quirky plot.

"[This drama] is like a fairy tale that is filled with the warm laughter and love of people who want to build their own families," said director Moon Bo-hyun.

And veteran actors Oh Ji-ho and Kang Sung-yeon, along with newcomer Heo Yi-jae, promise to give this fairy tale drama the levity and warmth it needs to have its happy ending.

Oh, 31, who won audiences over with his comic performance in MBC's drama "Fantastic Couple" (2006), now takes on the challenging role of Kang Poong-ho, a single father who ekes out a living for his small family as a mixed martial arts fighter.

But playing a single father is the least of Oh's problems. Thanks to bad back, the greatest challenge he faces is not his role as a dad but as a martial arts fighter.

"Last September, while I was filming the drama 'Karl and Su-jung,' my back was not in good condition, so I went to the hospital regularly for treatment," he explained. "As a result, I wasn't able to exercise much. I am a little worried because my role is that of a mixed martial arts fighter."

But, despite his worries, Oh, who filmed a fight scene on Jan. 28, managed to pull through just fine.

"While leading actor Oh has been filming rough fight scenes and working all night long, thanks to his strong spirit and sense of responsibility, he has been handling it well," said director Moon.

And Oh is going to need all the strength he can muster because he will be playing opposite two very talented actresses.

Actress Kang blew audiences away with her electrifying role in the blockbuster "King and the Clown" (2005). And now she takes on the complex, interesting role of Yoon So-lee, Kang Poong-ho's first love and the mother of their son, Kang San.

Playing a woman who abandons her son for a career as a pianist, Kang is going to have trouble winning viewers over. But she promises to portray a character who is more than just a one-dimensional bad gal.

"Unlike my previous drama, 'The New Good Wife,' where I played a simple-hearted and accident-prone housewife, this character is a cold, sophisticated city girl," said Kang, 31. "But that's just her from the outside. She is actually masking a great deal of pain within. And I am going to act out all of these complex emotions to the best of my ability."

Playing opposite Kang's complex, dark character is newcomer Heo. And, while she may not have racked up as much acting experience as her co-stars, Heo can hold her own on screen.

Having starred in the MBC drama "Prince Hours" (2007) and in the flick "A Dirty Carnival" (2006), this 20-year-old actress promises to light up the screen with her comedic role as Jun Ha-ri, a medical student who falls for Kang Poong-ho.

"I did a lot of character analysis before we started filming," said Heo. "The role of Ha-ri, who grew up to be a bright and energetic girl, thanks to her father's love and attention, is not a mediocre role. While she's bubbly and happy on the outside, she has her own issues. And I need to keep this in mind when playing her."

With a plot that involves a single father and the two women who love him, "Single Daddy in Love" may read like a melodramatic love triangle. But the director plans on keeping this story from being pigeonholed.

"Their lives could be portrayed in a dark and sad light," said Moon. "But all the characters are bright and optimistic, like characters in a fairy tale. They are the type of characters who can just brush off the weight of life and get back up on their feet."

Audiences can decide for themselves by tuning in tonight.

"Single Daddy in Love" airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:55 p.m. on KBS 2 TV.

By Jean Oh
The Korea Herald

Thursday, February 14, 2008

News from far away...

Article beautifully translated by A. Ho. And oh, what a relief it is! I can understand it...a great novelty!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, AND, I am certain the English speakers who come to this site are thrilled as much as I am.

Single papa, Oh Ji Ho, and his boy met the press on Tuesday. Other main characters were also present at the ‘Single Papa in Love’ news conference.

Oh plays Kang Poong Ho who works as a pest exterminator during the day and a K-1 fighter at night. He expressed that ‘Single Papa’ was the toughest project that he had taken on since he joined the show business. The boxing scenes were as long as twenty hours. His left thumb was fractured when he was shooting one of them. He was sent for massage treatment and acupuncture instantly.

Though working on ‘Single Papa in Love’ was physically demanding, Oh said, ‘Fortunately, the boxing scenes only appear in four episodes of the series. After that, the focus is shifted to my son and me. (The story then put) more emphasis on the relationship between Heo Yi Jao, the leading actress, and me.’

(Adapted and translated from an article published in the Apple Daily, Hong Kong, dated 13th Feb., 2008))

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Something Lovely

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Single Papa in Love - main cast - 1

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Kang Seong Yeon

Kang Seong Yeon, Oh Ji Ho, Heo Yi Jae

Oh Ji Ho

Single Papa in Love - main cast - 2

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An Do Gyu

KBS Promo

Shin Dong and An Do Gyu

Tripping over each other in the dark...

...Linda and I came up with the same pictures. That means, you get to thank us both.
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My question about this one is: What was the question? It must have been a dilly.

Oh Ji Ho and An Do Gyu (scene stealer supreme)

Three great finds by Linda. Many thanks!
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Linda knows I love pictures a bit in the rough, with spontaneity. They bring the subject closer to you, because they don't have the tiresome aspect of looking canned. This has that great quality.

More Papa - Photos From Press Call

This photo had very poor color, and there was nothing could do with it, therefore I indulged in my fondness for black and white.
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The photos below were also in color originally but had yellow splotches which I could do nothing about. Rather than have Oh Ji Ho look like a calico cat, I opted for Black and white.

The photo above is one Linda and I both found while out digging.

Thanks to Linda for this one!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Papa at Press Conference

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Oh Ji Ho looks wonderful in this beautiful shot, thanks to Osen’s great photography.

Since there is still very little in-depth information on the physical problems he's been dealing with, I consider it a piece of news still alive and pending, and am waiting for data to appear. It will. Sometimes the least likely places have good info.

Meanwhile, we can see that he looks good, and he seems to be having fun at the press call. That's not always the case.

The program is very close to airing, and the buzz is in the air about it. Your job is to send up a gigantean wish for success...take a deep breath, put your heart into it, now wish...and exhale.

Good job.

It has been snowing here all day. I'm going back to bed to watch the last few episodes of Get Karl. More pics tomorrow.

Be good.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Oh Ji Ho - V.O.S. "I Am Now", PLUS!

A. Ho, has generously given of her time once again, sending the link to this excellent YouTube presentation posted by SMarie7.

This will take you to Little Videos 4 U, where it can be seen.
she also sent these great photos, which may have been taken in Taiwan.
Thank you once again A.Ho! Good job!

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

My Wife is a Gangster 3

Note of interest:
"My Wife Is a Gangster 3", will air on February 10, 2008 at 21:30 (9:30 p.m. US Eastern Standard Time) on MBC (Korea).
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If you're in the neighborhood, try to catch it. It's a great movie. Very funny.

Thanks to Linda A. for the heads up!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Taiwan Rocks!

Oh Ji Ho visited Taiwan during May, 2007 on a promotional tour for Fantasy Couple. We have had a few photos from that tour, but NOTHING like these, contributed by A. Ho, who also sends this message:
"Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Mandarin Chinese) = Happy New Year!

A. Ho, Thank You a million times These are so great! They're like vitamins...just what we need!
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Oh Ji Ho fights and fathers on.

A couple of good new pictures from Linda (of course). Thank you as always!
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Notes of interest:
I have had no further information on Oh Ji Ho's physical condition. He continues to work, so I would guess he's recovering. More for you when I know more.

A new blog link has been added to your right. Buhay sa Korea. I like it a lot.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Real words at last!

A. Ho, a new viewer, and valued contributor, has been kind enough to send some real news regarding Oh Ji Ho's injuries.
"Sorry to learn that Mr. Oh is unwell. Hope that a speedy recovery ensued.

"I came across an article,from Apple Daily of Hong Kong in Chinese language, on Mr. Oh injury."

Article qouted by A. Ho:

The boxing scenes of 'Single Papa in Love' have been causing pain to Mr. Oh's back due to his condition of hip gout.

Not long before, his left thumb was injured when he was shooting another boxing scene.

When he took off the boxing gloves, he found that his left thumb was broken.

Nonetheless, he continued to work because he did not want to upset the filming schedule.
End of article quoted.
A. Ho continues:
"At least two Hong Kong's Chinese language newspapers carried Oh's story. He is becoming more popular in the territory."

All the credit in the world, with more thanks than I can express goes to you A. Ho. I am in your debt. Accept my bow please, and my smile.

For A. Ho's direct comment, see "News about Oh Ji Ho trickles down, but" and click "comments" link below post.

News about Oh Ji Ho trickles down, but

...just how accurate is it?

That is the question.

I've searched all over from one place to another, and have looked at any number of news articles in Korean (translated insanely by a computer program). Lotsa luck on that one. Forget it.

BUT, I did come up with comments regarding radiating hip pain; the effect of the cold damp weather Seoul has been experiencing lately; and also some injury to one of Oh Ji Ho's fingers.

HOWEVER, the following photos were taken on the 31st of January, and there is no evidence of any sort of bandage or splint on either hand, so I have to post the finger injury report as unsubstantiated. Sorry about that.

These photos were found at Soompi, and also came in from Linda A. a short while later. The original source is KBS (obviously), but many thanks go out to Celest of Soompi, and to the ever diligent Linda A.

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Cast members offering prayers for success of the show.

In the true tradition of show business everywhere, "The Must Show Go On". The firm start date (at this moment) in Korea, is February 18, 2008. Let's all hope nothing happens to delay the appearance of this program so many are looking forward to.

That's it for now.