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A South Korean idol rock band, F.T. Island, short for Five Treasure Island, was the first group to debut under FNC Music (now FNC Entertainment) in 2007. Subunit FT Triplenote Jaejin, Jonghun, Minhwan also officially promoted in 2009. The group comprises
Choi Jonghun, the leader, lead guitarist and keyboardist. Mainly plays the keyboard in FT Triple.
Lee Jaejin, the bassist, subvocalist and sub-rapper. Main vocalist and guitarist in FT Triple.
Choi Minhwan, the drummer and maknae. Also the drummer in FT Triple.
Song Seunghyun, the main rapper, subvocalist and rhythmic guitarist. Also often referred to as the maknae toonote he's the last member to join which does entitle him the "maknae" status, and he's only months older than Minhwan. He replaced former member Oh Wonbin in early 2009. He is also in the subunit "Two Song Place" which comprises him and comedian and labelmate Song Eunyi.
Oh Wonbin, the original rapper, subvocalist and rhythmic guitarist, and also played harmonica. He left FT Island at the start of 2009 for "musical differences"; he became a soloist under FNC before eventually leaving to join another company and focus on acting.
They were an instant hit at debut, winning a lot of awards for their song "Lovesick", and greatly liked for their flower boy looks, dorky characters and, most importantly, playing instruments as opposed to most other idol dance-orientated groups at the time. They also made their major debut in Japan in 2010 after a few years of indie singles and have also found success there, with their singles charting high constantly and getting sold out concerts and tours.Despite their ups and downs throughout the years, they still remain as one of the most popular idol bands in Korea. They are known for being one of the few bands in the idol scene, Hongki's acclaimed vocals, their heartwrenching rock ballads and their increasingly genuine and likeable personalities. They are currently working their way into becoming real artists as they write more of their own songs and pursue their desired sound.
Cheerful Sensibility (2007)
The Refreshment (2007) (repackaged album)
Colorful Sensibility (2008)
Colorful Sensibility Part 2 (2008)
Jump up (2009)note their first release with Seunghyun
Seunghyun's guitars are called Akugii, Guitar 1, Guitar 2 etc., Jonghun calls his guitars Girlfriend 1, Girlfriend 2 etc., Minhwan's calls his drums his rival, Hongki calls his microphone his girlfriend, and Jaejin calls one of his basses... Chris.
In SF Heroes (the dance group anyways) there's the usual Hongki, Minhwan, Jonghun and Seunghyun... and then there's Zaizhennote Jaejin's Chinese alias.
Examples include (but not limited to) Hong/Hongstar for Hongki, Hoonie/Funi for Jonghun, Jaejinnie for Jaejin, Minari for Minhwan and Hyunnie/Songsari for Seunghyun. Also Wonbinnie/Binnie for Wonbin.
It was averted with Seunghyun when he first joined and hence had no nickname yet. He lampshaded it on a variety show saying fans would call out to the other members by their given nicknames... and then call him by his full name.
Jaejin singing-wise; he didn't sing in their songs at all until some brief verses in The Cool vs The Pretty. 2009 onwards he became the subvocalist and sings the most after Hongki.
Seunghyun and CN Blue's Jonghyun were in an advertisement promoting FNC Academy predebut.
The members' fake identities/alter egos from the "Flower Rock" MV went on to become SF Heroes and appeared in two Japanese tours,except with different names and music each time.note First they were a band as S-Men/Seunghyun, Men/Minhwan, X-Men/Hongki, Ramen/Jonghun and Amen/Jaejin, next they were a dance group with the members retaining their original names... except for Zaizhen/Jaejin.
"I Hope" - it's common for them to stop playing after Jonghun's guitar solo, so Hongki can talk to the audience and make them sing the chorus acapella with him before everyone continues playing.
"Flower Rock" - expect Hongki to make the audience sit down/stand up after the bridge. Several times.
Big Little Brother: Seunghyun, the second youngest yet also the tallest at over 180cmnote his official profile says 180cm but it's confirmed that he's grown taller since.
Breakup Song: A good deal of their ballads, from hit song "Lovesick" to the more recent "Madly".
Boy Band: They don't like this label due to the connotations and limitations it holds, but it's true. However they're more unique as they're literally are a band unlike most others who are a dance group.
All members had a very brief cameo, speaking one line each, in the Toriko movie, at about the 5 minute mark when they were about to perform at a concert.
Can't Hold His Liquor: Not so much that he can't handle it, but Hongki is prone to crying a lot when drunk.
The Cast Show Off: "I'm Happy" features a good deal of Wonbin playing the harmonica, which he otherwise never got to play even though he used it in his audition for FNC.
Chick Magnet: All of them. But Jonghun in particular, whose good looks has gotten many admirers even from those not in the fandom.
Cloudcuckoolander: Everyone, but the biggest one is Seunghyun. His nickname is "16-Dimensions", meaning he operates on a completely different plane of existence. Watching his Good Morning Bob series is enough evidence.
Chivalrous Pervert: They are a hit with the ladies, love the ladies and think very well of the ladies. But most importantly, they love their ladies.
Hongki once freely admitted to watching porn... on Jonghun's computer.
Hongki always jokingly (probably) asks Primadonnas to wear bikinis to their concert.
Hongki and Jaejin have been seen liking photos of women and their very prominentassets on instagram.
A fanaccount said once the fan showed Hongki a balloon made to look like a boob, and he "kissed right where the nipple was".
Seunghyun has talked about having "sexual urges" more than once in Japanese concerts.
Cover Album: "Memory In FT Island" comprises of FTI's renditions of old Korean hits.
The Cutie: Minhwan, especially at debut when he was really young. His aegyo and adorable and innocent personality/looks won many nuna hearts. He's matured and can't pull off aegyo anymore but fans still see him as this due to him being the smallest and youngest member with a happy personality.
Cute Bruiser: Minhwan, the youngest, smallest and cutest member... once won an arm-wrestling competition with all the 2PM members, aka the "Beast Idols".
Daddy's Girl: Members and all their female pets (but they're just as affectionate with the male ones too).
Hongki used to call his pet husky, Elysia, his daughter. She's sadly been given away due to difficulty in looking after her at the time.
Jonghun and his cat Jasmine, who's made frequent appearances in his social media.
Hongki even brought his dogs Pri and Madonna to the "Five Treasure Box" photoshoot and had one of his solo shots taken with them, to show they're some of his "treasures".
FT Triple focuses on Jaejin, Jonghun and Minhwan. They first performed as this subunit in early concerts to give Hongki and Wonbin a rest from singing, ans they official promoted in 2009 while Hongki and Seunghyun were busy with individual activities.
Jonghun surprisingly sings a lot in "You and I", as well as Jaejin (though less surprising) - Hongki doesn't sing in it at all until within the last minute where he mostly does adlibs only.
Part 2 of the "Heaven" MV solely focuses on Jaejin and his love interest.
Jonghun in the "Madly" MV... sort of. He was supposed to be the main actor yet the MV still ended up being 50% Hongki, with maybe 30% Jonghun and 20% everyone else.
Jaejin has his own OST for Hongki's drama "Bride of the Century".
Jonghun has a solo song called "Somang" for compilation album "Simboorum", composed by their CEO Hang Sung Ho.
AOA's Choa can be seen as this for Hongki, due to both being power vocalists with similar voices. She sang a bit of Madly once and even has her own version of Hongki's "Bride of the Century" OST "Words I Couldn't Say".
Labelmate Juniel is called the female Hongki within their company because she is also outspoken and not afraid to challenge their CEO.
A Dog Named Dog: Seunghyun simply calls his electric guitars Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Guitar 3...
Dress Rehearsal Video: Naturally, as most music videos include footage of them playing their instruments and performing as a band with a stage-setting.
Elegant Classical Musician: In a rock ballad band full of attractive people? Everyone, duh (yes Hongki included when he does get to play guitar or drums).
Minhwan was a big fan of Nicole, formerly from Kara. He has since moved on to A Pink's Bomi.
Jaejin had his Suzy (from Miss A) phase. Other members have also expressed interest in her.
Jonghun for labelmate AOA. He especially likes Mina, who was once also Jaejin's phone wallpaper.
Girls aside, there's Jaejin for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jonghun for Muse and Hongki for 30 Seconds to Mars - Hongki in particular has been seen constantly leaving English fanboying comments on their instagram and begging them to come to Korea.
Fanservice: More blatant in their early years, but still provide some now of course. Especially when Jonghun's shirt is off.
The Fashionista: Hongki, who enjoys showing off his newest nail polish/decorations on Twitter. He has won a Fashionista Award, and even an award for his nail art too. He has also recently started his first fashion brand Skullhong.
Flanderization: Often in scripted reality shows they partake in: invoked
The members have a slightly rebellious outspoken image, especially Hongki, but they are still respectful and mean well. In the FNC reality show Cheongdamdong 111, however, they were made the "villains" that were attention-seeking troublemakers and always gave the CEO grief. Fans were not impressed.
Jonghun's "straightforward and honest" personality doesn't always appeal to people but he rarely takes it far. In the second season of Romantic and Idol however he was made to be too invested in chasing after Jewelry's Yewon, whom he so happened to coincidentally said was his type earlier before he found out she was also in the show. This was while he blatantly ignored G.NA, who had taken a liking to him, as well as Yewon's own fondness for Btob's Minhyuk. The season was obviously quite scripted with him made as a designated bad guy, but it didn't stop some people from being critical of him.
Food Songs Are Funny: Subverted with "Morning Coffee" and "Black Chocolate" which are more tearjerkers than anything else.
Height Angst: Hongki and Minhwan, who are estimated to be less than 170cm tall. They frequently worry about working alongside tall females.
Hongki was even initially rejected from FT Island due to his short height, until they called him back. He called out on their CEO in a talk show, complaining he only pays attention to the tall people in FNC. Fellow shortie labelmates present also backed him up.
Minhwan's ideal girl is short, "preferably 163cm or less".
The person who scouted Jonghun followed and persuaded him because of his good looks.
Jaejin being very photogenic was what helped FNC's decision in putting him in the band.
Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Hongki does this in their cameo of Unstoppable Marriage, where FT4 are "playing" as a band... only for Jaejin's character to turn off the CD player and reveal Hongki's bad singing (and everyone else's handsync).
Idol Singer: They fight against this image, however, wanting to be known not as idols but as real musicians.
Ill Girl: The Weekly Idol MCs were jokingly convinced Jaejin was a gender-inverted example, always saying he looked like a sickly old man and worrying over him getting tired. In his latest appearance on the 2014 special episode, they were finally satisfied with how healthy he looked. invoked
As their main vocalist, Hongki gets many of these whether it be in ballads or much heavier rock songs. He generally pulls them off wellnote sadly his voice condition has deteriorated and is struggling to handle them now and is why he's praised a lot for his vocals.
Jaejin has acquired a lot of these following his continuous vocal improvement, for example in "Paper Plane".
Seunghyun gets to sing them in his musicals. His encore appearances in Jack the Ripper was basically him belting "NAEGA JAAAAAAAAAAACK".note "I am Jack." He also has a few in "Morning Coffee".
Though none in studio recordings, Minhwan gets many opportunities to sing some at concerts, musicals and other lives. It is now tradition to have him sing Hongki's long note in "I Confess".
Jack-of-All-Trades: All the members can play instruments other than their own (in particular, everyone can play at least decently on the piano and guitar), as seen when they once swapped roles as SF Heroes. They also write lyrics, compose songs, have at least minor acting experience and are fluent in Japanese. And they can all sing, with the weakest singer (Jonghun) being the only unimpressive one but otherwise able to hold his own. In particular:
Jonghun and Seunghyun are very skilled in both guitar and piano, and actually have more experience in the latter despite not playing it as often. This on top of them singing (with Seunghyun in particular being good at it) and composing.
Besides singing, Hongki can write songs, play guitar and also knows how to drum thanks to his role as Anjell drummer Jeremy in You Are Beautiful, and him drumming in SF Heroes and his movie shows he still hasn't forgotten. This all while also running his own fashion brand.
Hongki was a child actor and started actively acting again a few years after the group's debut. He was in the popular You Are Beautiful, and was the lead in other productions such as "The Bride of the Century" and "Modern Farmer".
Minhwan and Jaejin both acted in drama sitcoms in their early years, "The Road Home" and "Unstoppable Marriage" respectively. Former member Wonbin also acted in a sitcom at some point after his departure.
Law of Disproportionate Response: Minhwan and labelmate CN Blue's Minhyuk once had a drumming contest during their trainee days, where they had to power-drum as much damage as possible to their drum-sets. Determined to win, Minhwan poured acid on his set.
The Leader: Officially Jonghun, and a good one at that. Yet so many people think it's Hongki, to his (and fans') chagrin. invoked
Lead Bassist: Jaejin, Type B, as he sings the most after Hongki.
20 [twenty] - the members' average age at the time was 20 years old.
Thanks To - the mini was mostly made as a thank you and gift to Primadonnas.
New Page - to indicate a new page in their life and music.
Their band name itself, where each member brings a treasure of talent to their fans.
Motor Mouth: Some of Seunghyun's raps do this. Special mention to his rap in "I Want", where he raps very fast and very softly, making it practically unintelligible. Except for the "I want youin my body" line.
Mr. Fanservice: Jonghun, especially when showing off his abs and toned body in general. Several photoshoots are not shy about this and have him topless.
Mundane Made Awesome: "Do you know FT Island?" A quote that may seem strange to outsiders yet is one sure way for the band to hype up the fans for concerts.
Also Wonbin, who too participated in The Three Musketeers (not at the same time as Seunghyun though).
The Napoleon: Hongki, the 2nd shortest and hot-headed. Minhwan is also this with his short height though minus the aggressiveness/hotbloodness.
New Sound Album: "Cross and Change", where the band known for their rock ballads went nearly-full pop rock. They have now embraced both sounds however and will waver between both.
Not a Morning Person: Minhwan, Jaejin and Seunghyun can be woken up pretty easily. Jonghun takes a bit more effort. To get Hongki up, it takes three members playing the xylophone, clapping and yelling.
Seunghyun's Harisu imitation, as well as his caveman impersonations.
In every Weekly Idol they've appeared in the MCs would comment on how sickly and fragile Jaejin looked. Even when they finally appeared again after over 2 years, they still took a moment to comment on how much healthier Jaejin looked.
Hongki did this several times to his onscreen wife Mina during their run on "We Got Married".
This was a mission on Idol Maknae Rebellion, and Seunghyun sang "Falling Slowly" while playing the guitar to said woman. All was looking (and sounding) good, until he paused which everyone assumed meant he was finished... and then kept going. This lost him some brownie points.
She's Got Legs: Gender-inverted with Seunghyun and his long skinny legs.
Shiptease: Not as much as the first few years but they still show signs of this.
Hongki/Jonghun, Hongki/Jaejin give the most moments in the group. Jaejin/Seunghyun and Seunghyun/Minhwan are also not shy about skinship and whatnot.
Seunghyun and labelmate Song Eunyi for subunit Two Song Place in their MV and performances. Mostly Played for Laughs (and also the point of the song, which questions males' skewered and specific preferences for height, age and looks in women).
Seunghyun and labelmate Juniel. They're often found next to each other, were playful together when pre-recording a Gayo Daejun collaboration and there's a photo of them and other members at a staff wedding with Seunghyun's arm around her. Someone even cropped it and sent it to Seunghyun, which he tweeted. It helps they share(d) the same guitar teacher (with CN Blue's Jonghyun too).
Jaejin and Juniel got a bit of this too when they did a wedding shoot together on Fashion Killer. Near-kissing was involved.
Minhwan danced to Rainism at one of their concerts for his solo stage.
In the bonus track on "So Long Au Revoir" which was a special commentary, at the end when saying their goodbyes Hongki randomly shouts "Kagebushin no Jutsu!"
Two Song Place's MV "Age-Height" parodies many kpop MVs. The ones Seunghyun were involved in were:
Troublemaker's "Now", with Seunghyun and Eunyi sitting at their car and the former holding the latter much like Hyunseung and Hyuna. There is also him parodying Hyungseung dressed as The Joker.
The dance/school-uniform scene of Exo's "Growl" and the opening scene of "Wolf".
Sibling Rivalry: Friendly rivalry with their labelmate CN Blue. Hongki has stated that their company uses FT Island as guinea pigs for CN Blue, but most fans agree that both bands are equally talented and shouldn't be compared.
"Hello Hello" has the angsty hand-wave when "hello hello"/"goodbye goodbye" is sung.
"Severely" has the "mic stand move", where at the chorus Hongki holds and moves the mic stand around and staring intensely like its his lover.
"I Wish" has Hongki's "shoulder" dance, where he waves them at the "lonely lonely"/"love me love me" parts. Several people including other members often mimic this whenever singing/lipsyncing/dancing to it.
Similar Squad: With newer labelmates CN Blue. Both are idol-rock bands and inspiring-songwriters from FNC, and member counterparts follow as vocalists and Face of the Band Hongki/Yonghwa, guitarists Jonghun/Jonghyun/sometimes Seunghyun, drummers Minhwan/Minhyuk and bassists Jaejin/Jungshin. Amusingly, fans have even pointed out the similarity in some of their names. FNC has toyed with this a few times, and each pair seem to be particularly good friends too, especially 2GtJH and the bassists.
Singer Songwriter: All members are capable of singing and writing their own music, but it especially applies to Hongki, Jaejin and Seunghyun aka the three vocalists.
The Smart Guy: Jaejin. He was an honour student and he briefly had a nerd image at debut. He also is the best in Japanese and English in the group, and often the one who explains their albums or songs.
Jonghun, Jonghoon? Just whatever you do, do not call him Jonghyun.
Spelling Song: Self-titled song "FT Island". Their name is also spelled out towards the end in "Troublemaker".
Step Up to the Microphone: Besides being FT Triple's main vocalist, Jaejin also sings solo in two of their Japanese songs, "Rock'n'Roll" and "Yume". He also sings solo in Japanese song "Friends" with Seunghyun backing him up.
Japanese. Justified as they spent a lot of time in Japan in their indie days and already didn't need a translator when they made their major debut there.
Jaejin is said to be the best at Japanese and English in the group, frequently acting as their spokesman in these cases. Listening to "The One" shows how clean his English is compared to everyone else.
Before leaving, Wonbin was the one apparently best at Japanese. His goodbye letter, while likely written by someone else, was otherwise said quite fluently.
Team Mom/Team Dad: Hongki and Jonghun, who are the oldest. Both have characteristics of both tropes - both display leadership skills and will be stern to younger members when necessary, but they also take good care of them too.
Teen Idol: Were this at debut and very popular, with Minhwan debuting at age 14. Seunghyun was 16 when he joined later on. They are now not only in their 20s but also working hard to break the idol image.
Tempting Fate: When the order of the performances was being drawn on an "Immortal Song" episode, one of the members commented that they hope they won't be picked as first. Guess who performed first.
Korean and/or English versions of some Japanese songs have been released as bonus tracks, such as "Theory of Happiness" and "Flower Rock".
A fair amount of their Japanese songs from 20 [twenty] were translated into Korean for their album Five Treasure Box, and All About is specifically a Korean album full of Korean versions of selected Japanese songs.
Subverted in Japan: while it's the norm for Korean idols to do this for their Korean songs, FT Island's major Japanese songs have been all original - and even in their indie days, only one B-side was a remake of a Korean song ("Always Be Mine", English version of "First Kiss").
The whole group, who are determined to stick by one another in the good and hard times.
Chocoball line, which comprises Hongki, Jonghun and other AB-blooded people such as Super Junior's Heechul (the founder) and Jang Geun Suk.
91 line, which comprises Jaejin and other 91-born idols such as SHINee's Key, 2AM's Jinwoon, miss A's Min, MBLAQ's Mir, Kara's former member Nicole...
A 92 line group has more or less been formed with Seunghyun, Minhwan and some others including After School's Lizzy and Block B's Park Kyung and Zico.
With CN Blue, the labelmates who debuted after them. The two are the core of FNC and were their only artists for a while before the others came along. Despite constant comparisons and their silly fandom wars, they're still good friends.
Bonus tracks of Best Recommendation For JAPAN included "FT Island" and "Primadonna" with Seunghyun singing Wonbin's parts.
"FT Island" and "Primadonna" instrumentals were slightly rearranged and rerecorded for Japanese indie album Prologue of FT Island.
The Unfavourite: Fan exaggerations and business perspective aside, it is clear FNC isn't doing their best with them compared to everyone else especially in regards to their musical freedom and promotions. On one hand, the CEO has been taking some hints and been trying to improve things such as letting the boys participate in musicals and allowing Hongki to create his fashion brand. However he's not very considerate with giving the members well-deserved creative control in their music nor decent promotions to go with it even though they are very good songwriters and want the whole world to know about it. It's mainly this one aspect that the CEO fails in which may seem minor to outsiders - yet it's also what members and fans care about and are frustrated with the most.
Unperson: In one of their DVD documentaries released at the end of 2009, a variety show appearance from 2008 was included but Wonbin's scenes were promptly edited out.
Jaejin and Hongki. They always take jabs at each other but are very good friends and a popular ship.
Seunghyun and Hongki, who truly value each other but otherwise clash a lot. In a Weekly Idol episode the MCs even jokingly held a counselling-like session for the two of them. Seunghyun also once said he wants to make his own company and have Hongki work for him.
Minhwan and Wonbin were this. The latter would often bully the former especially if aegyo was involved - nevertheless they have a strong brother relationship.
Minhwan has not tweeted on his twitter for over a year, and he has no other social media which leads to fans wondering just what he's up to in his free time and why he refuses to use his twitter. He eventually addressed his twitter absence to fans, and his reason is... he's busy playing LoL with his sister.
What Song Was This Again?: "Always Be Mine" lyrics are notably different from its original Korean counterpart "First Kiss". As is the case for their other translated songs.