Group JYJ’s (Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu) daily-life documentary film “The Day”, with its content that satisfies all five senses, together with stage greetings (by the members), attracted crowds and caused the cinemas to be extremely packed during its first day of screening.
On 23 February, “The Day” began showing on 19 of Lotte Cinema’s big-screens, attracting more than 4,000 viewers. “The Day” is a documentary film originally filmed by JYJ for TV broadcasting purposes. It was a collaboration done last year with cable TV channel QTV. However, the broadcast of the completed documentary ended up being cancelled by QTV, and will now finally be screened at Lotte Cinemas. The content this time was produced with the main intent of fanservice, and it has been edited into a 90 minute movie version.
The stage greetings on this day were done at Lotte Cinema at the Hongik University Entrance. From the carpark, to the entrance of the building, to the streets nearby, all these areas were packed with crowds of both local and international fans. In order to manage the entrance and prevent chaotic situations, the entrance of the building had a sign which said “Entry Only Allowed For Ticket-Holders”.
Aside from the locations originally planned for stage greetings this time, the members also made surprise appearances, driving the fans wild. During the stage greetings, the members not only did the basic self-introductions as well as an introduction of the movie. They also gave detailed updates about their lives recently, and answered the fans’ questions during a Q&A session, satisfying the requests of the audience. The fans’ response during the Q&A session of the stage greeting was like that of a fanmeeting.
In particular, aside from the originally notified locations, the members also did surprise stage greetings at the Hongik University Entrance and Shin Rim cinemas. Seeing the members suddenly appear at the end of the movie, fans felt very lucky, and saw it as their “fortune”. Related personnel expressed, “As the fans were very happy with the surprise events prepared, the members were also very happy.”
On that day, Jaejoong posted a question to the audience, “(Although) it is a film from a year ago, it still seems very new to us now. How does everyone know JYJ to be like?”, and interacted with the audience. Meanwhile, Junsu sang a short verse from his musical, while Yoochun caused much laughter when he began to briefly act out an interesting scene from the drama “Rooftop Prince”, which he is currently filming for.
The movie showcases the daily lives of the members up-close, as well as their dreams, friends and families. It also shows places and situations behind-the-scenes, which fans are not able to come into contact with easily. The thing that made the documentary interesting, and more than just a movie that simply recorded this and that, was the members’ commentary.
Rather than merely having video images, the appearance of the members as they gave their commentary can be seen in a little screen on the video, giving rise to a whole new film. Thus, even fans who have the ordinary DVDs can also see new things.
“The Day” does not show special sides of JYJ. Rather, it showcases the ordinary sides of the members in their daily lives, such as holding birthday parties, returning to their homes to spend festivals with their families, playing ping pong with friends, and other small things such as going to restaurants which they like. However, playing with friends like this, going for barbecues and spending festivals with family are all considered “a special day” for the members. Although others can do all this normally, but it makes the audience feel sorry for the members who only now, are able to happily spend time and communicate with the people around them.
In the movie, various corners of the members’ homes were revealed, as well as the foods they liked, stories about their parents as well as their thoughts about each other, etc. For examples, there were stories about how Kim Junsu was a Janggu (“Long Drum”) whiz as a child, about how Jaejoong had three birthday parties when he was born, as well as the story of Yoochun, who unlike his brother who is more careful, doesn’t bother with his appearance as well as other stories, and there were interesting episodes hidden throughout the movie.
In an interesting interlude, in the movie there were a lot of scenes where the members were eating various special foods, and watching the members eat all kinds of delicacies made our mouths water. But the members who were watching the video and giving the commentary said that the food wasn’t that good, shattering the concept of the food being delicious.
A woman in her 30s who just finished watching the movie today said, “Although I’m a fan, I can still understand more of a hidden side to the members through this movie, so I like it a lot. The conversational banter among the three members who were commenting, was really interesting and made me laugh out loud. Also, there were some moments where I couldn’t help but feel pained when looking at them. Watching the record of a year in the members’ lives, it was a satisfying 90 minutes for our eyes and ears.”