Ji Chang Wook made his first official visit to Singapore yesterday (6 December) as the new brand ambassador of Japanese soap brand Shokubutsu, one of several brands under Lion Corporation.
After landing in Singapore at 6am, Ji Chang Wook spent a busy afternoon with fans and the media at a press conference followed by two fan meetings back-to-back.
“I haven’t done many activities in Singapore, so I’m very thankful that you came to look for me and welcomed me here. I hope I will be a suitable ambassador for Shokubutsu,” Ji Chang Wook said at the press conference held at the Westin Hotel at 2pm.
Asked about what he thinks about Singapore, he said, “It’s very cold in Korea now, but it’s warm here, so I’m enjoying it.”
Ji Chang Wook said he has just finished filming his movie in South Korea, and is now filming a drama in China. In fact, he almost could not make it to Singapore because of his schedule. He shared about his experience at the airport the previous night, “The movie filming ended a little late, so I almost could not catch the plane. It would have been disastrous…I really ran (to catch the plane).”
Since starring in the family drama “Smile Donghae” in 2010, Ji Chang Wook has been associated with a thoughtful, caring, warm and kind image, or “暖男” in Chinese (literally “warm man” in English), which is why Shokubutsu decided to pick him as their brand ambassador.
When asked what he thinks is the reason for him having such an image, he said, “Actually, I think my dramas have a big influence on this. If you protect or love someone in a drama, the audience will probably think ‘Ah, that person has a warm and gentle image’. I think that’s the reason.”
He also jokingly made a request to the translator, “Please introduce me as a warm and gentle man.”
In line with the brand’s products, it was inevitable that he would be asked questions related to showering.
Ji Chang Wook said that showering and lying down after a hard day’s work is very relaxing for him. When asked if he spends a long time in the shower, he sought to clarify with the emcee what is her definition of a “long shower”, which she said is anything longer than five minutes.
Ji Chang Wook replied while laughing, “Five minutes?! Don’t most people take longer than five minutes?”
Asked to pick a shower scene he has filmed that has left the deepest impression on him, he chose the scene in “Empress Ki” where he had to hide Seungnyang in his bath while pretending like nothing had happened. This scene was followed by a kissing scene underwater, which he did not find embarrassing, but found it novel instead since it was his first time filming such a scene.
Ji Chang Wook was then asked to rate his own attractiveness on a scale of one to 10. He jokingly said this was a question where he couldn’t give himself a score that was too high or too low. So he went with a score of 7.5.
As for his activities in 2016, he said, “Firstly, my movie will be released and I’ll also continue to work on shows. There are no concrete plans for music yet; I’ll continue to hold concerts and fan meetings. Because I like music, I’ll probably be doing more of it.”
After the press conference, he proceeded to meet fans at a private fan meeting, also held at the Westin Hotel. The private fan meeting was open only to the 80 winners of a contest conducted by Shokubutsu; each winner was awarded two tickets. Dressed in a casual T-shirt, the fan meeting was also a casual affair with no songs or pyrotechnics — just interactive activities with fans.
Ji Chang Wook did three rounds of lucky draws to choose fans to come on stage. From trying to pour out 126ml of soap (126ml because the event was on Dec 6) to guessing the correct soap scent, there were various opportunities for fans to get close to interact with him.
After the hour-long event, he was quickly whizzed off to Suntec City Mall for his public appearance scheduled at 5pm, where hundreds of fans were already waiting for him at the packed atrium. Similarly, fans were chosen to go on stage for interactive activities and photo-taking with him.
When asked how he will be spending Christmas this year, he said wish he could spend time with his loved ones, but he will likely be filming in Shanghai.
While it seems like Ji Chang Wook will not be celebrating Christmas this year, fans who got to meet him yesterday definitely got an early Christmas present.
Report and photos by Gabby. More photos, videos and fan account will be released later.
*If you find the quotes in my article different from what is published by other media, that’s because I’m translating his words directly based on what he said, rather than quoting what the translator said in English.
Thank you so much Gabby ❤
Hope one day he will visit Vietnam too..
thanks Gabby! was sitting at the right section and actually can’t really see him when he squat down beside the fans during the 2nd game.. the FM pass very fast and by reviewing all the photos taken by others really brings me back.. too bad there is no chance to hear him sings. hope he can really consider to hold a FM/concert in Singapore… ha miss his smile now!
oh my gosh, i just left Singapore Nov 29, i could have catch him,,anyways,,thank you so much for this update,,More to come,, I so love Ji Chang Wook,,,JCW rules!
Thanks for the update, Gabby! ♡♡♡♡♡
Your so lucky to meet him in person,Thank you Gabby for the news and photos of JCW.
Thanks for the report and photos! I’m wondering do you have photo for those lucky fan taken with Ji Chang Wook?
Nope, I didn’t take any pictures of fans. Maybe you should ask the organisers since they had an official photographer.
Thank you, very much, Gabby. You are soooooo lucky to see him in person.
It would be cool to read netizen reactions to JCW news. He has A LOT of projects right now, I would like to know what it the overall opinion on him, that would be cool.
Thanks Gabby! Truthfully, I was too busy staring at him that I hardly took in what the translator was saying…and I am so grateful that he squeezed in this trip to SG despite his punishing schedule. Though I wish he could take it easier.
Thank you Gabby for this update!!!!
JCW looks real handsome and gorgeous in those pics! I think he is so adorable duting the fan meeting he is so accomodating ang gentle and warm… Arggg so lucky those SG fans!!!!
Thanks Gabby for the translation!
Thx much gabby!!:)
Thanks a million, Gabby; appreciate your feedback apt translation. Take care.
Thanks for the fan account! JCW looks so cute and so young. Many people think he is in his early 20. Did he ever say that he will have a project in Korea after finishing the Chinese drama?
thank you so much for this article and lovely pictures! that would have been soooooooooooo fun to be at~
Thanks for the great report. I’ve been waiting for this kind of event to happen in SG since Healer. But alas! I guess I’m not yet fated to meet him any time soon. Such a pity I left SG for good 4 months earlier. And I don’t think there’d be such an event in my new home anytime in the near future.
I’ll look forward to more pics and videos. Thanks for all the hard work. I know how tiring it is to do this all in one day.
Thank you so so much!!! So happy you got to meet him personally!
Thank you.. Thank you Gabby! Thanks for all the loverly pics of JCW!
You and all the other fans who got to meet him in person..soooo lucky!