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Park Yoo-chun
Yoochun at "Birth of actor, Park Yoochun" open talk at BIFF, 3 October 2014 04.jpg
Yoochun at "Birth of actor, Park Yoo-chun" open talk at BIFF, October 3, 2014.
Background information
Native name 박유천
Birth name Park Yoo-chun
Also known as Micky Yoochun
Yoochun
Born (1986-06-04) June 4, 1986 (age 30)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2003–2015 (hiatus; military service)
Labels
Associated acts
Park Yoo-chun
Hangul
Hanja 朴有天
Revised Romanization Bak Yucheon
McCune–Reischauer Pak Yuch'ŏn

Park Yoo-chun (born June 4, 1986), formerly known as Micky Yoochun and better known with the mononym Yoochun, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy group JYJ and former member of TVXQ. He has starred in dramas Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010), Miss Ripley (2011), Rooftop Prince (2012), Missing You (2012), Three Days (2014) and The Girl Who Sees Smells (2015).

In 2016, while in the middle of his two-year mandatory military service, Park became the subject of a string of sexual assault charges earning him the nickname "Korea's Bill Cosby".[1]

Early life

Park Yoo-chun was born on June 4, 1986 in Seoul, South Korea to a wealthy family. His family moved to the United States in 1998. He lived in Fairfax, Virginia, where he attended Holmes Middle School and Chantilly High School. Later his parents divorced.[2] In 2003, Park returned to South Korea alone. He graduated from Kyung-hee University. His father, who died on March 14, 2012, of an undisclosed illness, was a businessman. He has a younger brother, Park Yu-hwan, who is also an actor.

Musical career

TVXQ

Main article: TVXQ

In 2003, Park returned to South Korea after he was scouted by Brothers Entertainment. He was later signed as an artist by S.M. Entertainment.[3]

From 2003 to 2009, Park performed as a member of the best-selling K-pop boy band TVXQ. In July 2009, Park and two of his TVXQ bandmates, Jaejoong and Junsu, filed a lawsuit against their South Korean agency S.M. Entertainment. Through their lawyers, the members stated that the 13-year contract was excessively long, schedules were held out without the confirmation or permission of the members, contract terms have been extended and changed without their knowledge or consent and that the group's earnings were not fairly distributed to the members. After TVXQ's Japanese label announced a group hiatus in early 2010, they formed a new three member group initially known as JUNSU/JAEJOONG/YUCHUN in Japan.

In November 28, 2012, the legal battle between JYJ and S.M. finally ended. Both sides agreed to retiring every judicial accusation against each other and not interfering in each other's actions.

JYJ

Main article: JYJ
JYJ in 2014 Asian Games opening ceremony

In September 2010, JYJ released extended play The..., which debuted at number one on Japan's Oricon album charts.[4] However, Avex had announced the suspension and when in Japan, the same month that year.[5]

JYJ proceeded to release The Beginning, a global album which was sung in English. JYJ promoted the new album via a worldwide showcase tour throughout October and November with dates in South Korea, Southeast Asia and the United States.
In January 25, 2011, JYJ released Korean extended play Their Rooms "Our Story"." JYJ's second group album and first full length Korean-language album In Heaven was released September 28, 2011.

Starting from April, Park toured Asia and North America for JYJ's first Worldwide Tour.[6] The tour was then extended to Europe and South America, adding another four stops in Spain, Germany, Chile and Peru.

Solo career

Park in 2011

Park is featured in "Tokyo Lovelight" from DJ Makai's mini-album, Stars. He was also one of the featured rappers on the song "Heartquake", a track from Super Junior's third album, Sorry, Sorry.[7]

For Miss Ripley, Park sang "너를 위한 빈자리 (The Empty Space for You)". It appeared in the ninth episode of the drama and was released on the Miss Ripley OST (Part 3).

Songwriting

Park in 2012

Park has written and composed several songs that have appeared on TVXQ's Korean and Japanese albums. As a member of SM Town, he contributed to the 2007 winter album Only Love with his composition "Evergreen". Park also wrote and composed "사랑 안녕 사랑 (Love Bye Love)", featured on the group's fourth Korean studio album Mirotic.[8] For the Trick project, he wrote the lyrics to his solo "My Girlfriend", entirely in English.[9]

"Kiss the Baby Sky", one of the A-side's for TVXQ's twenty-fifth Japanese single, marked the first time that one of the songs both written and composed by Park was released on a Japanese single.[10]

With TVXQ members U-Know Yunho and Xiah Junsu, Park wrote the rap lyrics to "Love After Love", which appeared on their second Korean studio album, Rising Sun. For the group's Japanese releases, Park wrote and co-composed "Kiss Shita Mama, Sayonara" (Kissしたまま、さよなら lit. As We Kiss, Goodbye?) with Hero for T, TVXQ's third Japanese album.[11] In September 2009, he and Hero released a self-written duet, "Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter", which was used as the image song for Hello Kitty's 35th anniversary.[12]

Park has also written songs for JYJ's albums. "I Love You", a track featured in JYJ's 2010 album The Beginning, was penned by Park. In January 2011, Park was the lyricist/composer in JYJ's music essay called Their Rooms "Our Story" for the song "이름없는 노래 Part 1 (A Song Without A Name, Part 1)". In addition, he also composed the rap in bandmate Junsu's song, "Xiahtic". For In Heaven, Park co-wrote "Get Out" with bandmate Jaejoong.

Acting career

Yoochun at "Birth of actor, Park Yoochun" open talk

Park's starting minor roles were with TVXQ, in Banjun Theater and Vacation.[13][14]

In June 2010 Park began his official acting career by appearing in the Japanese BeeTV mobile drama Beautiful Love ~君がいれば~ (Beautiful Love ~If you were here ~) as Young-soo, the runaway heir of a conglomerate.

Two months later, Park made his Korean debut as an actor in the hit 2010 KBS drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성균관스캔들). He portrayed Lee Seon Joon, a wealthy, passionable and studious nobleman, who falls in love with his fellow schoolmate—a woman disguised as a man.[15] He received the "Rookie of the Year" Award, "Netizen Award" and "Best Couple" Award at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards ceremony. He won "Best Newcomer Award" and "Most Popular Actor in a TV Drama" at The 47th Baeksang Arts Awards, the most prestigious entertainment awards in South Korea. Park also won "Best Actor" and "Most Popular Asian Actor" at the 6th Seoul International Drama Awards.

Park in 2014

In 2011, he starred in the MBC drama Miss Ripley with Lee Da-hae, Kim Seung-woo, and Kang Hye-jung.[16] His character as Song Yoo-hyun has him playing a half-Korean, half-Japanese second-generation director who will falls blindly in love with the antiheroine. At the 2011 MBC Drama Awards, Park won "Best Newcomer" for his role as lead male in "Miss Ripley."

In 2012, he starred in the SBS drama Rooftop Prince with Han Ji-min. Park's third role was Lee Gak, a Joseon era prince who time-travels 300 years to the present day, and also as Yong Tae-yong, third generation of conglomerate. The drama started airing on March 21, 2012. On August 30, Park won "Most Popular Actor in TV Drama" at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards, crowning him as the most popular actor for two years in row.

On November 7, 2012, Park returned to television by participating in his fourth drama, MBC's Missing You,[17] in which he portrays homicide detective Han Jung-woo who, in the past when he was fourteen years old, was separated from his first love.

Having played the main character in a SBS and a MBC drama during 2012, Park attended both networks' drama award shows. At the MBC Drama Awards on December 30, the actor won the "Excellence Actor in a Mini-Series" Award for his role in Missing You. At the SBS Drama Awards the following day on the 31st, he received four more awards--"Excellence Actor in a Drama Special", one of the "Top 10 Stars", "Best Couple" (shared with Han Ji-min), and the "Netizen Popularity" Award—at the SBS Drama Awards for his performance in popular drama Rooftop Prince.

He has since achieved a so-called "Grand Slam" by having won trophies from each of South Korea's three major television channels, SBS, MBC, and KBS.[18]

In 2014 and 2015 he won the title of "Best New Actor" for his performance in Haemoo at numerous entertainment awards, including the Baeksang Arts Awards,[19] the Blue Dragon Awards, the Daejong Film Awards, the Busan International Film Festival and the SACF Beautiful Artists Awards.[20]

Sexual assault allegations

In 2016, while in the middle of his 2-year mandatory military service, Park became a subject of a string of sexual assault allegations. The first case was filed at Gangnam Police Station and involved a 24 year old woman claiming Park raped her in a bathroom of the nightclub she works at. Underwear, clothes, and CCTV footage were presented as evidence.[21] The charges were later dropped by the accuser. Two days later, a second woman filed charges against the singer-actor claiming she was also raped in a bathroom by Park in December 2015 and even called the police a few hours after the assault.[22][23] A third rape charge was filed the day after and a fourth woman also went to the police claiming Park of raping her in a bathroom in his house.[24][25] The South Korean authorities formed a special task force to investigate all the sexual assaults filed. Park's agency denied all allegations.[26]

Since the sexual charges were made public, a popular fansite of Park's boy-band JYJ expressed extreme disappointment with his actions and declared that they will no longer be supporting Park in any of his endeavors.[27] Park has also been dubbed "Korea's Bill Cosby" following the rape charges.[28]

Discography

Solo appearances

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2009 Makai's Album "Stars" Tokyo Lovelight 05:31 DJ Makai feat. Yuchun
2014 Gummy's Album "I Loved.. Have No Regrets" 놀러가자 03:33 Gummy feat. Yuchun

Filmography

Television series

Year Title Role Network
2005 Rainbow Romance Yoochun MBC
Banjun Theater High school student SBS
Masked fencer, slave SBS
2006 Himself SBS
Vacation Himself
2010 君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~ Young-soo BeeTV mobile
Sungkyunkwan Scandal Lee Sun-joon KBS2
2011 Miss Ripley Song Yoo-hyun / Yutaka MBC
2012 Rooftop Prince Lee Gak / Yong Tae-yong SBS
Missing You Han Jung-woo MBC
2014 Three Days Han Tae-kyung SBS
2015 The Girl Who Sees Smells Choi Mu-gak SBS

Film

Year Title Role Language
2005 Dating on Earth Park Yoochun Korean
2014 Haemoo Dong-shik Korean
2015 Lucid Dream Mysterious man Korean

Narration

Year Title Network Note
2011 The Hometown in Which I Used to Live MBC Documentary about small towns
2014 Human Documentary Love - Ep. 4 MBC Documentary about conjoined twins
2015 기적의 피아노 / The Piano - Documentary film about a visually-impaired piano child prodigy

Music video appearances

Year Song Artist
2007 "Flight Girl" Magolpy

Radio show

Year Title Notes
2007 TVXQ Bigeastation Park acted as the host with TVXQ

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated Work Result
2001 American Singing Competition (Virginia) Best Artist of the Competition N/A Won
2003 KBN Teens Singing Competition Special Award N/A Won
2010 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Sungkyunkwan Scandal Won
[29]
Netizen Award
Best Couple Award (with Park Min-young)
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Won
[30]
Most Popular Actor (TV)
6th Seoul International Drama Awards People's Choice Award (Korea) Won
[31]
Outstanding Korean Actor
7th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Sungkyunkwan Scandal,
Miss Ripley
Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Miss Ripley Won
[32]
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Won
[33]
K-Star News Awards Best Idol Actor (voted by children) N/A Won
7th Seoul International Drama Awards People's Choice Award (Korea) Rooftop Prince Won
[34]
Outstanding Korean Actor
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
[35]
Netizen Popularity Award
Top 10 Stars
Best Couple Award (with Han Ji-min)
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Missing You Won
[36]
Popularity Award Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Yoon Eun-hye) Nominated
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Three Days Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
34th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Haemoo Won
51st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Won
15th Busan Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Won
4th SACF Beautiful Artists Awards Best New Actor Won
Star Night Showbiz Awards Popular Star Award Won
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Three Days Won
Top 10 Stars Won
Netizen Popularity Award Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Park Ha-sun) Nominated
2015 6th Korea Film Reporters Association
(KOFRA) Film Awards
Best New Actor Haemoo Won
10th Max Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
Best New Actor Won
51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Won
24th Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
8th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor The Girl Who Sees Smells Nominated
23rd SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries

Top 10 Stars

The Girl Who Sees Smells Won

Tours

Year Tour Dates Venue
2012
Park Yuchun 1st Asia Fanmeeting Tour
[37]
  • August 25
  • September 8
  • September 14
  • September 16
2014
Park Yuchun Fanmeeting Housewarming Party
[42]
  • June 4
  • June 14
  • June 29
2015
Park Yuchun Fanmeeting Tour Loving Yu in China
[44]
  • February 7
  • February 14
  • March 1
2015
2015 Park Yuchun Fanmeeting Japan Tour ′ALL ABOUT YU
[47]
  • June 30 (Osaka)
  • July 1 (Osaka)
  • July 11 (Nagoya)
  • July 12 (Nagoya)
  • July 22 (Yokohama)
  • July 23 (Yokohama)

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  37. ^ 아시아는 '박유천 앓이'…亞 팬미팅투어, 1만7000 관객동원
  38. ^ 박유천도 상하이 5000명 팬미팅 대성황
  39. ^ 박유천, 亞 팬미팅 성황리에 마무리...4개국 17000명 '열광'
  40. ^ 박유천, 대만 4000만 여심 사로잡아
  41. ^ 박유천 아시아팬미팅 성료, 태국 팬들 열광 ‘박유천앓이’ 입증
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  43. ^ [1]
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