There is something very one on one and intimate about this interview that just strikes a chord of admiration and respect that bubbles to the surface and overflows. I was going to call this post “YSY’s beautiful mind, heart, body, and soul” but it was too long. I just hope there is a part two floating around somewhere so I can translate that as well.
YSY on Feb 17th Gag Concert : he was so amazing -great comedic timing and no nervousness at all.
Ta-da – this is my original bare face. Normally I tend to be very clean cut for a guy my age but it’s upsetting cuz I am revealing my bare skin. (he doesnt think his face looks that clear right now) Normally the first thing I do when I come home is pray. For starters I take my clothes off cuz I don’t really like going around the home wearing clothes. So I wear the bare minimum and take my clothes off first then I pray. Before I sleep there are a few hobbies I do –things I think that are very precious to me. First one is – I will show it to you – the first thing is –ah this hair (cuz he doesn’t like how it’s not styled)- the first thing is this “thankful” notebook (journal). Thankful (thanks) comes from the word think. The spelling is similar. “Thank” originates from “think.” Someone who knows to be thankful is a happy person. Being thankful means you realize on your own. It’s not that special (not that different from others). In a day which ones I was thankful for – I write down 5 things. If 5 are not enough in a day, I am thankful. So that is why I write this “thanks” notebook. The content is really a secret – doing this is my hobby. Right now it’s a secret but later on when the DVD comes out a lot will know. My hobby is writing so my very best friend is my laptop. Whenever I open it, it says “Shi Yoon’s program is open in process.” This machine is like the ones from a long time ago- there is nothing on it. I don’t use the internet on it. I only use it just for writing. The word program is always open. For the sake of writing whatever I think of –it’s always open for me to write it down so the word program is always open. When I write, I feel good (mood wise) and my head becomes clear and all my stress flies away. Right now I am writing an essay. I am writing a personal essay little by little for someone to read later. Later on it would be really nice if my Japanese fans would have a chance to see my writing. Starting from today I have a new friend. Ta-da – I will show it to you. isnt it pretty? It’s a Sanshin instrument. (he talks about some teacher from Okinawa and a Japanese movie Nada Soso “Tears for you” he likes so much where the instrument came out) I wanted to perform with it so I bought it today. I will practice it really hard every day and I want to show it to my kind and friendly teacher who taught it to me, but I don’t know cuz my work schedule is so busy. But I am thinking of practicing even if I have to reduce my time for sleeping in half. After I finish all my work I go to my bedroom to sleep in bed. After writing, the last thing I do is pray before I sleep. No matter how tired I am –always before I sleep – the day I lived in my heart – I bury it in my heart and organize/settle it.
He places the camera far away and says the first thing I organize is my thankful notebook. He writes in the pages and says it’s finished. I am done with the thankful note. This time it’s the laptop – I write. When I am alone normally, I am not wearing a t shirt, but it’s too embarrassing to show you now. He types and then stretches saying when he uses a laptop his back and shoulders hurt. (video stops)
Just a reminder – this video would stop in the middle and refuse to continue when I tried playing it on my iPad and iPhone, but it loaded fine on my computer.
There is no way this video ended here cuz he didn’t even say goodbye so I know there is a part two floating around somewhere so if anyone can speak Japanese, could you please let us know where the rest of this is and what DVD he is referring to where this came out.
After watching this interview, I can’t help but wonder if he chose to do FBND in part due to the fact that he might identify with these characters. Dokmi wants to be a writer, Jin writes his webtoon, and Enrique published his book as well. On each episode, we get glimpses of the passages Dokmi is working on so I bet that added detail appealed to YSY. In previous interviews and travel documentaries for other celebrities, it’s quite common for them to do something similar to this. They film themselves makeup free wandering around their hotel rooms talking about their nightly routines, what products they use, their skin care regimen, how they pack, how they feel in hotel rooms (mostly they say they are lonely), but once in a while we get a gem like this. JGS and YAI had tons of people in their rooms like managers and stylists so it was pretty chaotic and that fits their lifestyle and personality, but YSY was all alone in his hotel room here. From his Taxi interview, I know how close he is with his manager so I would have expected his manager to film him here, but YSY chose to do it solo. I have never seen an interview like this where as aspect of his personality is so prominent it’s hard to miss. I always knew he believed in God and cherished his faith since he thanked his ministers and pastors in his acceptance speech for his role in Baker King, but not to the extent that he would pray right after he gets home and before he goes to sleep. After watching his Taxi and Strong Heart interviews, I really loved that he was such a bookworm, but now that I know he loves to write as well, my good impression of him has reached an all time high. Move over Joowon –you’ve got competition. 🙂
*here is a sample of his writing style from a letter to his fans recently – it was translated by Joonni.
“It’s mainly a letter of thanks to his family and fans as the end of FBND approaches. It is also a letter of reflection in which he compares acting to a relay race. There are times during a relay race when the runner gets weak and exhausted but the runner continues to head toward his goal in order to deliver the baton. Yoon Si Yoon compares himself to the runner with his fans cheering him on. Then he talks about a history book he read. In it he read how once all the different classes of Joseon, yangban and commoners alike, crawled at the feet of the invading Japanese for the pepper berries they threw on the ground. Yoon Si Yoon likens fame and materialistic desires to those pepper berries, which the Joseon people threw away their pride for. He states that what needs to be upheld is the foundation from which he first started acting from, which consists of his family and fans. He wrote this letter in order to remind himself of this in the midst of overwhelming love and praise. Yoon Si Yoon thanks everyone and promises to continue growing.”
Yoon Shi Yoon’s gag concert appearance translations: (Flo left video for us on comments)
Starts from Shin Bora saying oppa my video works now. The guy says really? Ok then try calling me. They both look into their phones and bora asks can you see me? guy: I can see you. bora: oppa. Let’s break up. I bought it (the phone) to do this. guy: you bought it to do this? ya shim bora. Saying stuff like that you say it’s NY style but you haven’t even been to NY so I don’t know if that’s right but you make hot dogs at home. Bora: is the location important now? I have a (new) guy. Guy: ok like last time you must have met a teacher who is like a father (figure-meaning the man was old enough to be her dad). bora: what are you talking about. Today it’s a flower boy who lives next door. Guy: flower boy? Bora: flower boy – I told him to come here. guy: let’s see how good looking he is. YSY peeks out and comes running over to Bora. He does his happy feet dance. She says why did you come so late. He says wait a second and faces the audience. He waves and blows kisses. Bora asks is someone there? YSY: no. he goes over to the guy to shake hands and says hello I am YSY. The guy slaps his hand away and asks what did you say your name was? YSY: Yoon Shi Yoon from the front it’s YSY and backwards it’s YSY. Bora says it too so YSY says you do that well. The guy says I know you – your name is Kim Tak Gu. The Kim Tak Gu who makes bread. YSY: that’s correct. That’s my nickname. I am Kim Tak Gu (means ping pong) my hyung is Kim Ya Gu (means Baseball) and my dongsang in the army is Kim Jok Goo (not sure what sport this is) and when I was a college student Kim Dong gu (the name sounds like korean word for billiards -but that was his real name which was changed in college to YSY) . Bora laughs so the guy asks is this funny. YSY does a cute dance during this pretending to play pool. bora: it’s totally funny. She high fives YSY. The guy starts to say if he makes up names like that I can make up a 100 but YSY interrupts and says your zipper is open (as in your fly is open) so the guy checks and YSY says you’re good at greetings. the guy says why are you joking around from the start. Bora explains it’s cuz my oppa is a really fun and silly. She tells YSY – oppa don’t pay any attention and sit down. YSY: should I do that. YSY says wait a minute and pulls out her chair telling her to sit. She says you have great manners. He yanks out her chair and says you always fall for it. she laughs it off saying he does this once a day. He helps her up and says get up. It’s fun. The guy asks if she likes this. she says I like it so much. the waiter comes over and asks hello do you want to order. YSY: I want 3 hot dogs and a salad. The apple inside the salad (he sings) cut open the apple, put it on the plate, and eat – eat more (it rhymed in Korean so it was cuter plus the last part sort of sounds like fight someone). The waiter says: patron – you cant be like this here. I fight really well. YSY: I was just kidding. Bora hits the waiter and scolds him for taking a joke seriously. YSY leans on her sort of. The waiter says you have to pay in advance. YSY says I will pay. You take credit cards right? The waiter says yes. YSY motions like something dropped over there so when the waiter bends down YSY motions on the guy’s butt like he just passed his bus card through. YSY complains to bora that the guy’s butt made his hand smell. The waiter says patron I told you you cant do this here. bora says it was just a joke and pushes him away from YSY. The guy says there is a time for joking and not joking. He is too much. YSY pretends to be upset. The guy orders drinks first and YSY and the guy say “cola” at the same time so YSY pinches him (that’s what Koreans do when someone says the same thing at the same time) so the guy says don’t do that. YSY pats the guy’s chin and repeats “don’t do that” over and over so the guy stands up and pushes YSY and says in an angry tone – I told you not to do that. YSY pretends to be in pain so bora and the guy ask “does it hurt? Are you ok?” YSY turns it into a dance move and asks bora “it’s fun huh?” and she agrees. The guy points to YSY and says “ya you joker/prankster come over here. you and I – let’s fight like men.” YSY: must you go so far as to do this? bora tells him not to fight but YSY gives her his panda hat and says it’s ok. I fight well. Just wait. The guy says come at me but YSY says I know Hapkido 6th level. Will you be ok? Guy: I worked out some too so come at me. YSY: I wont be lenient. Guy: ok come at me. YSY pretends to throw a punch and yells “hap” and then gets into a pray position (cuz kido means pray). YSY and bora laugh over it and says how the guy was afraid. she asks the guy you were afraid huh? Guy: afraid of what? Ya What do you like about a guy who jokes all the time who cant be serious? what’s so great about him to meet him? YSY pulls her aside and says in a serious tone to the guy: look here. don’t judge just by looking at a person’s behavior. As for my love – more than anyone- I am serious. guy: love? Do you know what love is? YSY: I don’t know how much you love bora but me (he holds her hand) without bora I will die. bora: oppa really? YSY breaks out into a smile and says “that was a lie. Really sorry.” Bora: what is that. about love – couldn’t you be serious even once? I am going to go. He calls out her name and goes over and makes her knees give out from the back. She gets angry and says are you really going to be like this. don’t call me ever again. Let’s break up. she turns to leave but he calls out her name and pulls her to him in a hug. YSY says very seriously: you dummy – why don’t you know. I just like you smiling. I just wanted to do anything to make you smile. Do you really not know? do you really not know oppa’s heart? do you really not know? he turns it into the lyrics of a song and does the dance. Bora says how cute he is. The guy says just do a small amount (as in dont kid so much). You don’t know what embarrassment is. Bora says “why? he is cute.” The guy says to YSY: stop kidding around. Also break up with bora. I will introduce you to someone who is exactly right for you. YSY holds his arm asking who who who? The guy says a friend of kids. Pooh bear. YSY gets happy to see pooh and says to the guy: but hyung I don’t think my ideal is pooh bear – it seems more like bloated bear. He touches pooh’s big tummy and says this is his real tummy. there is nothing inside (meaning the guy inside didn’t need padding cuz he already had that belly). It’s so amazing. looking at you in real life – you look so scary. Does that taste good? Pooh says yes it’s yummy so YSY points and says there is an UFO over there to distract pooh and eat his snack but Pooh catches on and says in a scary tone “do you want to die?” so YSY hugs him saying “hyung where is someone who wants to die.” (I cant make out his last word though)