When AnnMichelle sent me the English translation, I was confused for a moment. “When did Writer Lee write a book on 1N2d?!” Then I found a link I tweeted 4 years ago. I must be getting too old… 😥😛 The book (Real Analog Travel 1N2D) has actually been translated into Chinese and published in Taiwan. AnnMichelle translated a SeungGi-related excerpt from the Taiwan version.
In YanJi we discovered pirated Lee Seung Gi CD
While on location scouting at YanJi, we had interviewed a local family. At the time the whole family was watching We Got Married, and it’s a live broadcast. Although it’s illegal, with a satellite antenna, they could almost watch all programs at the same time with the Koreans. I asked them if they watched Korean shows often. They said if they didn’t then they couldn’t discuss with classmates at school.
Asked if they watched the other channel’s 1N2D, the kid from the family replied readily that it’s only We Got Married being watched, because “1N2D was boring.” We were hurt greatly, so we decided not to proceed with any project in YanJi. But on the day of the actual filming, we found out our decision had been wrong. All the staff members including the emcees were surrounded by crowds of people, to the degree that nobody could move an inch.
Some audience said they had known 1N2D already, which made us feel both surprised and grateful. Near the end of the (production) meeting, we decided to cancel all the planned schedule; since we had singers in our team, why not just utilized this asset and held a spontaneous concert. As mentioned in earlier sections, it’s strictly forbidden to hold activity or gathering of more than 10 people. But with the help from the principal of LongJing High School and the staff at YanJi television station, finally the live concert was staged at the high school. What was surprising was that all these were accomplished within 2 hours. The performance stage was the high school’s command podium of their morning meetings. But the mikes were a little problematic, as the sound could only be heard by the first two rows. With so many people coming for the concert, we were supposed to have a good showing, however, now my brain simply drew a blank. Fortunately Kang HD just instantaneously exploded on stage, using his loud voice to introduce team members. But how could our singers sing? With no accompaniment CD, plus the problematic mikes, we were too panicky to know what to do.
At that moment, the local coordinator who assisted us to film in China thought of a solution. He said the record store next to the school sold Korean CDs. Hearing this, a manager hurried over. Of course at the same time Kang HD was still enthusiastically buying time on the stage. The manager returned from the buying trip with two CDs in hand. One was a best selection of MC Mong, another a best selection of Lee Seung Gi. It’s a pity he couldn’t find any of Eun JW’s. But let’s think about what a remote location this was! We started playing MC Mong’s songs first. Although the sound quality was not great, as a group of us were listening to it together, we felt the mood was good and we were satisfied. Next we heard Lee Seung Gi. But what happened? Once the CD case was opened, the CD, crack~, it broke in the middle! Even though the CD was cracked, we begged the sound effects PD to try to get the sound out. But it’s no use. With tears in my eyes, I confessed this to Seung Gi.
Seung Gi ya, the CD cannot be played,
you just have to sing live!
Without any hesitation, Seung Gi decided that he would sing live. With no accompaniment CD, no gorgeous lighting, even their appearances disheveled beyond words, but for those friends in front, who responded to us, loved us, the emcees once again showed off their super power, doing their very best. At that point I was annoyed with myself to the max. “Four singers in our team and we didn’t even bring one CD?! Ah, what an idiot!”
When the emcees got off stage they were all very moved. Their voices were hoarse and even cracked, and they were all sweaty. But they were also filled with a sense of accomplishment. I didn’t dare looking at their faces, because I felt so sorry yet thankful. With ignorant planning at the beginning, however, a fruitful mission was resulted eventually. That was our trip to Baekdusan.
Occasionally, when I was feeling deprived and in the worst mood, I thought about this episode. The steep and difficult journey seemed strewn with unpredictable emergencies, including, spilling over from them, “entertainment sense”, explosive laughter, and tears.
English translation by AnnMichelle, special contributor to Everything LSG