130330 Han Geng Weibo Update:
Rough Translation:

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the children. Today I saw them all grown up and more open and cheerful. I’m really happy! Ke Mei was sick and could not come. Be good and take your medicine and get well soon. I miss you very much! I wish for the children to be healthy and to study well. Finish your exams and I’ll bring you to Beijing to play! #lovelife# @lovelife公益

Note: These are the 7 (one is sick and not in the picture) children that Han Geng adopted/sponsors. He has been supporting them financially for all their living and education expenses, and will continue to do so through their completion of college.


160409 Top Chinese Music Awards
Roughly translated excerpt from Han Geng’s acceptance speech:

Today I heard that Mr. Lee Soo Man is also here (at this event), as well as [he lists a couple of SM staff and Kangta], are all here. Therefore, I hereby especially thank Mr. Lee Soo Man, because I believe he allowed me to be on this stage, allowed me to become a singer, become an actor. Without him, I don’t think I would be able to come on this stage today. Therefore, at this place, ‘thank you, Mr. Lee Soo Man’ (Han Geng bows).

Note: Han Geng won three awards today: “Best Male Singer,” “Best All-Around Artist,” and one for “I Don’t Give a Shit.” Lee Soo Man was there with Kangta, EXO, and NCT, and had been on that same stage earlier in the night to receive an award for “Best Producer in Asia.” The SM manager who was one of the people who helped select Han Geng to join the company, helped him out a lot during his early years with SM, and who was the only person Han Geng had publicly mentioned as someone he regretted not being able to let know beforehand about filing the lawsuit and leaving South Korea, was also there.


(140621) Han Geng Weibo Update
Rough Translation:

I’m ignored by dogs in Milan~ @mensuno @sina

Source: hangeng
T/N: 狗不理 is also the name of a famous brand of steamed buns in China. I’m not sure if he’s making a pun….

(130220) Han Geng Weibo Update
Rough Translation: 

The KCA Kids’ Choice Awards and the WMA World Music Awards, I am extremely happy to be a finalist for awards like these, thank you everyone for always voting for me! I know that there are a lot of overseas fans who pay close attention to and support me, looking forward to seeing you in the U.S.~!

(August 2014) Han Geng's response about Heechul and Super Junior
  • Interviewer:A picture of you and Kim Heechul has been spreading like crazy on the internet these past few days, what was the occasion for taking the picture together?
  • Han Geng:There was no specific occasion, I just happened to be filming in Korea. It was a very natural meet-up with friends. We hadn't seen each other in a pretty long time.
  • Interviewer:Then, if there are talks of opportunities in the future, would you collaborate again with the SJ members?
  • Han Geng:I don't have any issues with that on my end. I'm okay with it. It just depends on the company's wishes.
  • (Source:Tissot Interview on CNWest)
[Han Geng: SMent Contract Termination] Sun Le's Statement

Based on Translations by: 庚家小小翻译站
Edited by: pocketostars (Note: Many edits + added notes were made and cross-checked with the original Chinese document in order to increase clarity in English. I tried to preserve accuracy with the original source document, while also respecting the translator’s hard work. Speculating statements by fans/translators were omitted in order to avoid confusion with the contents within the original document. You MUST take this out with full credit because I took my liberties with the original translations and need to take responsibility for it).

[Note: Sun Le is Han Geng’s childhood friend and current manager. This is a statement that he had submitted to the Korean courts along with Han Geng’s other legal documents for the lawsuit. Those documents were leaked on the Internet in 2010 by an anonymous source (which the translation company that did the Chinese-to-Korean translations could be held liable to), but the contents were confirmed to be true by Sun Le in BQ Weekly’s exclusive interview with Han Geng’s team.]

Sun Le’s Statement:
(Main contents of the statement: 7 cases of unfair treatment.)

1. Mask Incident

At the beginning of debut (primarily late 2005 to early 2006), due to a variety of reasons, Han Geng was forced to wear a mask to perform, and was restricted to only be able to appear on a certain number of TV stations. Such acts constitute clear discrimination and humiliation towards Han Geng’s dignity as a person, and gave him severe psychological damage as a result.  Aside from being an issue within South Korea’s legal policies, the issue was also with SMent. The fact that SMent made Han Geng wear a mask and the fact that it later came to light how, on the contrary, such an act was unnecessary, demonstrates SMent’s mishandling of the situation and their negligence of their artists’ interests. 

2. Discrimination towards Han Geng’s family when they attend performances

On November 22, 2008, when SJ held a large-scale concert in Shanghai, China, the families of the Korean members were assigned to sit near the main, central stage; whereas, Han Geng’s family, whether intentionally or unintentionally, were relegated to sit at the furthest edge and corner of the stadium. After they were seated, and after learning of this unfair and differential treatment, Han Geng’s side had to angrily negotiate with SMent before his family members could be moved closer to the main stage. 

3. Differential treatment towards members in cost-sharing practices when in Korea and China for activities

When the Korean members came to China for promotional activities, all living costs (including personal items and expenses) were equally shared between the company and the members. Whereas, in South Korea, Han Geng had to cover and resolve such expenses on his own. This is truly unfair.

4. Differential treatment towards Chinese artists in matters of everyday living

When in South Korea, the Korean members could live at home when there were not any activities going on; whereas, when in China, SMent did not let Han Geng go home, and required him to live with the Korean members. After negotiations, SMent reluctantly agreed to allow Han Geng to find a place to rent on his own near the company’s dormitory. In the end, I (Sun Le) handled the renting matter on his behalf. 

5. Han Geng’s rights and interests in matters of pay distribution were completely unprotected

The entertainment company (SMent) paid Han Geng once every half a year, and only gave information regarding the total amount earned without a detailed breakdown (of the sources and allocations of earnings, as well as what has been deducted). The lack of transparency with the accounts deprived Han Geng of his right to be informed and his right to speak. which makes it so that Han Geng’s portion of the already minimal salary could not be safeguarded. 

When receiving pay, Han Geng was only asked to sign off on the total balance, and was never provided the original or copy of any financial document, despite numerous and repeated requests to SMent.

In terms of payment, SMent always paid Han Geng in Korean Won instead of RMB. Han Geng would then have to convert the currency twice in order to receive it in RMB, causing even greater loss incurred upon Han Geng, who was never able to acquire his original payment amount (due to currency exchange fees and rates). It is known that although SMent does not have an official corporate establishment in China, there is a large cash flow of RMB. Han Geng had repeatedly suggested alternative payment methods to SMent in order to minimize losses on an already meager income, but the result did not change and SMent never gave him any reasonable explanation. In reality, SMent fundamentally ignored Han Geng’s rights and interests and did not provide any serious explanation or resolution to solve the problem. 

6. SMent’s irrational refusals when handling Han Geng’s personal development opportunities violated his legal rights and interests. Examples are as follows:

  1. 2009, OLAY Cosmetics for the first time wanted to use male artists as spokespersons, and expressed interest in collaborating with Han Geng to SMent. In the end, SMent, giving various excuses, turned down this collaborative opportunity. Han Geng was left completely uninformed on the entire matter until much later, in 2009, he learned of this from a friend who had insider knowledge. 
  2. In June 2009, Taiwanese artist Lin Yi Chen (Ariel Lin) was looking for a male lead (for her MV). Ariel and her team had designated Han Geng. After being met with refusal by SMent, who were pushing for two South Korean members, Lee Donghae and Choi Siwon, Ariel’s side ultimately had to designate Lee Donghae and Choi Siwon for participation in the filming of the MV. This fact limited Han Geng’s personal development.
  3. At the end of 2008, the production team for the movie Mulan《花木兰》was casting for a male supporting role. The team favored Han Geng and contacted SMent numerous times about the offer, but SMent refused with all kinds of excuses. This not only limits Han Geng’s personal development, but also goes against SMent’s earlier promise to allow Han Geng space to develop in performance and acting. 

In light of the aforementioned facts, my (Sun Le’s) thoughts on the matter are as follows: First, compared to other main South Korean members, the opportunities SMent gave to Han Geng are relatively few (from his debut up until now–2009–he was only allowed to endorse 2 brands by himself and film one television drama), which is inconsistent with his reputation and popularity. Furthermore, SMent deliberately created resistance when other artists and people from the entertainment industry expressed interest in collaborating with Han Geng. In fact, SMent is discriminating against Han Geng in doing so. Second, when Han Geng was presented with good opportunities, SMent did not encourage Han Geng, but instead tried to suppress him, in fear that he would develop on his own and gain his own resources. This is a clear violation of Han Geng’s rights and interests, and also severely restricted Han Geng’s personal development. Lastly, according to the South Korean Constitution and civil law provisions, freedom of economic activity is a basic human right. No person can impose any deprivation of or restrictions on another’s economic freedom. The series of unjustified actions by SMent served to deepen Han Geng’s dependance on the company, restricting his economic freedom, and severely violating his basic human rights.

7. SMent treated Han Geng’s friends and potential business collaborators poorly, with incidences of conspiring against Han Geng’s friends who try to introduce business opportunities to him. Take my case for example:

In March/April 2008, I introduced a concert event called “Night in Changbai Mountain” in Changchun. SMent and I would negotiate a price (e.g. 350,000 RMB), but then SMent would secretly adjust the price with the event organizers (e.g. 300,000 RMB). As a result, the event organizers mistook me as someone who took advantage of the deal, which negatively impacted my reputation. After finding out about the situation, I immediately called SMent’s agent, Mr. Kim, to ask for an explanation. The reply was that he had made a mistake and that he would be more careful next time. These sorts of repeated situations are very upsetting because of their effect on my relationship with Han Geng, and with event organizers, the media, and collaborative partners. We are utterly disgusted with the attitude of SMent personnel, as well as with their manner of handling business. 

Signed by: Sun Le
December 29, 2009


(131201) Han Geng Weibo Update
Rough Translation:

#LynxSpaceTrip# After filming wrapped up in France, I was able to rest in Miami for 3 days. Tomorrow, I’ll be heading out for Orlando and will be situated at the Lynx Space Academy within the Kennedy Space Center. Not sure if I’ll make the final cut. Let’s wait and see! @thelynxeffect

Current location via iphone: Florida, Miami Beach, City Center, Lincoln Rd Mall, 33139

(Source: Han Geng)

T/N: Han Geng is 1 of 3 finalists representing China and competing at Lynx Global Space Camp, which will take place at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida. Over 100+ contestants from 60+ countries around the world will be competing in a series of training missions at Global Space Camp for a chance to win 1 of 21 spots to fly to space in 2014 through the AXE Apollo campaign. (Sources: AXE Apollo, Xcor Aerospace press release, the Lynx Effect)


(130209) Han Geng Weibo Update
Rough Translation:

Ni hao, 29 years old! Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes! Today is New Year’s Eve, it is a big day for our Chinese people, wishing everyone a happy new year! May all your wishes come true! Friends in Thailand are far too kind, thank you! Even I still don’t have the Thai version of “Hope in the Darkness”~!


Han Geng Weibo Update (121030) 
Rough translation: 

@HanGeng: So happy! Thank you everyone!! I love you all!!!

In response to:

@MTV中文频道: #2012 MTV EMA# Congratulations @HanGeng for winning Asia-Pacific Act, he’s up against North American Act #Rihanna#, Africa/Middle East/India Act #Ahmed Soultan#, European Act #Dima Bilan#, and Latin American Act #Restart# in competing for the title of Worldwide Act! Click and vote for Han Geng! Time voting closes:November 9th! The result will be announced at the November 11th EMA award ceremony!

NOTE: You can now vote for Han Geng on ALL regional versions of the MTV EMA website!


Rough Translation:

I’ve arrived in Bangkok la~ <Geng Xin> is at the music store. I hope <Hope in the Darkness> could also be in the Thailand market as soon as possible. September 5th <2012 Han Geng · Geng Xin Concert World Tour Thailand Stop> press conference. The <Hope in the Darkness> Thailand trip will soon kick off!

Source: Han Geng’s weibo (120903)

"Success is a multifaceted whole. Sweat, discipline, and the pursuit of perfection. This is the side to him that is unknown to others. His experiences, gratitude, and passion. This is the side to him that makes everyone adore him. Perfect, dashing, and unparalleled. This is the side that makes people go crazy for him on stage. 'Worldwide Act,' 'Most Popular,' and 'Best of the Year'....all these records only serve to prove the birth of a new king in the Mandarin music scene. The 2012 BQ Music Star of the Year: Han Geng."

=== (121220) BQ红人榜 Awards Ceremony
Rough translation of BQ’s introduction and award presentation for Han Geng.
Three years of freedom and success. Happy 3rd Anniversary Han Geng! #1221#

(130205) Han Geng Weibo Update
Reply to Tom Tykwer’s comment and Lana Wachowski’s video post of the Cloud Atlas MV
Rough Translation:

@Lana_Wachowski @Tom_Tyker Thank you!It’s my pleasure to sing for Cloud Atlas. Thank you directors! This song also contains the great efforts of many others! I hope everyone will go to the theatre to support this great, thought-provoking movie //

Note: The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer directed Cloud Atlas