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Last Thursday I got a very special chance to attend Han Geng’s press conference in Djakarta Theatre. Yes, you read it right, HAN GENG. And my heart basically screamed OMG GENG IS ONLY TWO METERS AWAY FROM ME! Invited by Indovision and Celestial Movie, Geng came to Indonesia to promote his debut film My Kingdom, the review can be read in my previous entry, and I got this opportunity to join the press conference after winning a competition from Jagoan Film Asia’s FB account. You have to know that when I got the news that I won, I almost burst into tears (or maybe I did) :p Geng is one of my biases in Super Junior and I thought I wouldn’t be able to see him because his TV appearance was due in the morning and I had a teaching schedule. But thank God I won the contest after composing boot-licking words to praise his appearance in the movie hahaha.

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On the day of press conference, I was so nervous I couldn’t have my lunch! I know it sounds really silly but that’s what I felt xD After finishing three classes, I immediately took a cab to Plaza Indonesia to meet my sister and Pia. Both of them were present at a TV show in which Geng was interviewed and saw with their own eyes how one host was being impolite to Geng. Due to that, it was said that Geng was annoyed and requested to be interviewed in a private room. I didn’t watch the TV show so I don’t know exactly what happened, but if Geng (who’s famous as being sweet and nice) was sulking, wow, the host must have acted really inappropriately! Also, because of that incident, the management decided not to have a special meet and greet with the winners. Disappointed? You bet I was! Thanks to you, the ill-mannered host!

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However, we’re still allowed to attend the press conference and I still had to be thankful for that precious chance. When we arrived at the venue, it was still quite empty. I didn’t see many fans around. Yet when we went upstairs to the lounge, my student who also came said that the parking lot was already full of Geng’s fans! I could imagine how chaotic it was! What scared me was that instead of supporting Geng as an actor and a solo singer, they would come and bring Super Junior’s attributes. And yes, some of them did that (even Hanchul’s attributes? Tsk!). Well, what could I do? :(

Now let’s get back to the most important business, which was Geng’s press conference! When Geng came into the room, I was astonished because he looked so simple yet so gorgeous with black suits and eye-glasses! These pics that I took didn’t show his gorgeousness but he was, he was! He’s not that tall, or maybe because I’m used to my little bro’s height, but he has this slim-figure of a dancer, which made me go awwwww! And I kept on telling myself that this was the person I often saw on MVs, live performance and TV shows. NOW HE IS IN FRONT OF ME, DAMMIT. During the press conference, he smiled shyly but at the same time showed his professional confidence by looking at the eyes of each journalist who asked him a question. And oh my how he got this comforting and soft stare <3 (okay, this post is getting fan-girlish, can’t help it LOL).

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Before Geng came, the MC had told us to avoid questions about Super Junior because it’s a sensitive topic. One TV journalist was stupid though or maybe she didn’t hear the MC’s warning, she STILL asked a question about Super Junior! The MC then told the translator that it’s okay if Geng doesn’t want to answer the question, yet Geng was being polite and didn’t mind answering the question. I don’t remember much what his answer is, but he said he had learned much from his previous group (he didn’t mention the name). I guess that implies that after all he still thanked them, yes? So stop saying that he’s forgotten Super Junior!

To show my support for his solo career, I brought along my Geng Xin DVD and there was one time when a journalist in front of me asked a question to Geng. Since Geng was looking at my direction, I lifted up the DVD above the journo’s head so he could see it. And I guess HE SAW IT since there were some seconds when he looked over the journo’s head. I do hope he saw it! <3 Well personally, and I might be attacked by some ELFs for having this opinion, I don’t want him to come back to Super Junior. The reason is because Geng has this huge talent as a singer and an actor, and by being a solo artist, he has more space to develop his career. I fully support him for that!

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The press conference lasted for about 30 minutes, then after that there was a pop-quiz. The winners got My Kingdom poster and got a chance to take a picture of him and even got a hug argghhhh! I wasn’t that lucky, boooo. But I dunno, maybe if I won and stood beside him, I might not be able to control myself. I’m afraid I might hurt Geng LOL. Another highlight of the presscon is when he said ‘Aku cinta kamu’ with his soft voice and I JUST WENT AWWWWW again. Actually it’s kinda funny how during the presscon I was able to control myself, but after that, when I met Pia and Evi the magnae who were waiting outside, I went quite wild and even tweeted naughty naughty things xD Until now, when I watch the fan-cams and see the pics, it still feels surreal that there was a moment when Geng was right there in front of me. Han Geng himself, the man whom I admire for his talent, courage and kind heart :’)

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Good luck for your upcoming projects, Geng! You always have my support <3 <3 <3

Ps: huge thanks to my sis, Pia and Evi for the madness of the day *smooches*
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Honestly, the reason I wanted to see the movie is, of course, Han Geng. After quitting from Super Junior, he’s trying hard to pursue his own career by releasing an album, holding his own concert (Geng Xin, which is awesome) and this time, playing in a movie. I might sound biased, but for his first movie, his acting is good! I believe his background as a dancer also contributed the reason why he’s chosen for this role. Despite of Geng’s gorgeous debut, this film is also interesting in its own way, especially because it takes the setting of Chinese classic opera and exposes the intrigues behind it.

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The main plot is about the competition between Chinese classic opera performers added with some exciting spices of revenge, love and murder. Besides Geng, Barbie Xu (you know her in Meteor Garden and Wu Chun from Fahrenheit also appear and fit their characters well. Geng plays as Er Kui, a boy saved from a clan murder because he has the talent to be a performer. While Wu Chun plays the confident Yi Long, the opposite of Er Kui who’s more quiet and humble. The two of them come to Shanghai to take a revenge for their teacher. The plot seems cliche, eh? Yet as the story goes, there are some unexpected things I found, and it made me think that this movie doesn’t rely only on Geng and Wuchun’s appearance here. One thing I must underline is the ending, which satisfies me much :)

The setting fascinated me too. Shanghai in the early 20th century is a complex city, the place where East and West meet (although this issue isn’t the main concern in this movie). What’s more interesting is the Chinese opera environment where conflicts emerge. I was in awe looking at the heavy costumes and make-up that they wear. Chinese classic opera is indeed, a true heritage.

If you’re a fan of Han Geng, I’m pretty much sure this movie will give you lots of eye-gasm hahaha. But if you’re not, the quite-surprising story line and the martial art are something that you can always enjoy. I just can’t wait to see what Geng will do next to shine his light. An Asian star in the making :)

June 2012

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