"Ninja Assassin" is an American film
From the makers of "The Matrix" series comes a ninja movie starring Korean pop star Rain. Young orphan Raizo (Rain) is trained by a secret ninja clan to become a deadly killer. But when Raizo witnesses the murder of his good friend, he turns his back on his clan and plots revenge.
[Lily's Take] Top Actors' Diet Secrets 2017/05/24,
For the actresses, diet is a destiny instilled into their lives that came along with the career, and the actors are no different when it comes to the battle of weight management,...More
From Rain from Fan Club to Bad Boy and to Kim Tae-hee's man 2017/02/13, Source,
Singer and actor Rain and actress Kim Tae-hee have become the 'couple of the century'. They had a secret wedding on the 19th of January and everything about their wedding became a trending topic.
They were spotted shopping after the wedding and they were also spotted in LA. This proves why people say they are the 'couple of the century',...More
Acting idols: Im Si-wan vs. Lee Joon 2014/04/30, Source,
The number of acting idols is increasing. Doesn't matter main role or not, there isn't a drama or movie without one. There have been negative reviews about them getting in the way of rookie actor and actresses. They're easily brought into the cast because of their fame as singers. However, these idols have proven to be much better prepared than imagined and therefore, people's views about them are changing.
- ZE:A's Im Si-wan, 10 million audiences,...More
Rain Bags Starring Movie Role in Chinese Melodrama 2014/03/05, Source,
K-pop star Rain has been cast as a starring actor in a Chinese movie. Cube DC, his management agency, said on Tuesday the singer will appear in a romantic melodrama directed by Gao Xixi. It will be his first appearance in a film from the world's most populous country. He will star alongside popular Chinese actress Liu Yifei,...More
Rain to Star Opposite Hollywood Veterans in New Action Thriller 2013/11/27, Source,
K-pop star and actor Rain will appear in the Hollywood action thriller "The Prince" with Bruce Willis and John Cusack, his management agency said on Tuesday. The film, directed by Brian A. Miller, centers on a Las Vegas mob enforcer who is drawn back to the sin city when his teenage daughter disappears, bringing him into conflict with ghosts from his past,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/10/19, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Blood and Ties": A daughter starts to question her father's involvement in a series of killings that devastated their family. (10/24)
★★★★★ "Rough Play": An upcoming movie star gets absorbed into the corrupt underworld of fame and fortune. (10/24)
★★★★ "Koala": Three young adults pool their efforts to try and keep their new burger business alive. (10/24),...More
CJ Entertainment Proudly Presents "R2B: Return to Base" DVD 2013/02/04,
Rivals on the Ground ... Allies in the Air Action-Packed Drama Starring Rain, Flying Onto DVD March 12th "... high-octane finale ..." - Los Angeles Times "... pretty swell entertainment". - Film Journal International Two pilots must set aside their differences and lead the way to rescue a comrade and prevent war in the action-packed drama "R2B: Return to Base", flying onto DVD March 12 from CJ Entertainment America,...More
[Video] CJ Entertainment Takes Flight with "R2B: Return to Base"! 2012/08/13, Source,
Action epic comes to North America on August 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 13, 2012) - CJ Entertainment America brings the aerial action thriller "R2B: Return to Base" to North American theatres on August 24, 2012. Inspired by the 1963 South Korean film, Red Scarf by legendary director Shin Sang-ok, "R2B: Return to Base" is set in modern-day Seoul and features top stars Rain ("Ninja Assassin"), Shin Se-kyung, and Yoo Joon-sang.
They have 7 minutes to pull off the most critical airborne mission in history.
South Korean elite Air Force pilot Tae-hun is kicked out of his flying team and demoted into a combat unit after a cocky and dangerous air show demonstration. On the first day of his transfer to F15K, he has a run-in with Cheol-hui, the unit's leader. Tae-hun's rebellious swagger and Cheol-hui's buttoned down discipline come into conflict almost immediately,...More
Who are MBLAQ? 2012/06/26, Source,
By Rachel Lee MBLAQ stands for Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality and are known for hits such as "Oh Yeah", "Y" and "Mona Lisa". The five-member K-pop boy band was formed by internationally acclaimed entertainer Rain under J. Tune Entertainment in 2009. Its members are leader/vocalist Seungho, 24, main vocalist G.O., 24, rapper and vocalist Cheondung, 21, vocalist Lee Joon, 24, and rapper Mir, 21,...More
NYT Dissects Global Success of 'Goose-Stepping' K-Pop Singers 2012/03/09, Source,
The New York Times published a feature article on March 5 on the secrets behind K-pop's worldwide popularity.
Under the headline "Bringing K-Pop to the West", the article talks about how K-pop is spreading and attracting audiences around the world. The genre "has spread, first to Asia and more recently to Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, mainly because of the broad use of social media", it said,...More
Singer Rain's performance was deemed the best event in Gangnam District for 2011 2012/01/02,
The highlight event of the year 2011 in Gangnam District, southeastern Seoul, was singer Rain's concert that took place on Oct. 9, 2011, just before the entertainer began his military service. The send-off concert for the Hallyu star took place at Yeongdeong Boulevard, just two days before the singer went into the Army,...More
[article] ROK Army Primer: Possible training for Rain and new recruits? 2011/10/18, Source, - Written by: Stephe Thornton, Managing Editor ^@@^
[Cloud USA 10/18/2011] Here we are, exactly one week from the day that South Korean singer, dancer, actor, honorary ambassador and mega-entertainer Rain (real name, Jeong Ji-hoon) passed through the Uijeongbu 306 Reserve Troop Battalion gate and officially became a recruit in the Republic of Korea military, like many of his celebrity colleagues before him.
Tears and cheers of pride were released by his family, close friends, and fans there and in many countries, including the U.S., as he waved farewell on October 11 for 21 months. As we understand it, his military discharge date will be July 10, 2013,...More
Teardrops Fall as Rain Enlists in Army 2011/10/12, Source,
After giving teary-eyed fans a rousing send off on Sunday with a free street concert in Gangnam, a newly-cropped Rain enlisted in the Army on Tuesday afternoon for 21 months of compulsory military service.
The "Ninja Assassin" star and Korean Wave singing sensation reported to the 306th Army draft camp in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province. He is going to take up active duty after a five-week boot camp,...More
Rain gets preview of military life in new film 2011/10/10, Source,
BUSAN - Rain will be entering the military to complete his mandatory two-year service for Korean men this week, but the mega pop star says he has already had an intense preview of army life through his upcoming air force movie.
"I experienced seven months of life in the barracks while shooting the movie", said the 29-year-old Friday about "Soar into the Sun". "It was painful not being able to eat whenever I wanted". The press junket for the film, which is slated for theater release in 2012, marked one of his last public appearances,...More
"Rain" to Bid Fans Adieu with Free Concert on Sunday 2011/10/07, Source,
K-pop star and "Ninja Assassin" lead actor Rain will perform his final gig on Sunday at 7 p.m. before the 29-year-old embarks on his army service on Tuesday.
The free concert will be held on an open stage on Yeongdong Boulevard in front of the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) headquarters in Samseong-dong, Seoul. It will serve as the wrap-up event of the Gangnam Fashion Festival, hosted by the local district office and sponsored by entertainment agency CJ E&M,...More
Book probes transnational identity of 'hallyu' 2011/07/29, Source,
Clockwise from left, scenes from the dramas "Dae Jang Geum" ("Jewel in the Palace") and "Jumong" and the film "Il Mare" / Korea Times file
By Chung Ah-young
K-pop fever has been reignited, as illustrated by the success of recent concerts in Paris. Fans that have yet to see Korean performers on stage are forming flash mobs and group dances as they clamor for more K-pop concerts. The popularity of K-pop culture has truly become international.
Korean television dramas, songs and movies originally grew popular in the early 1990s. The influence of "hallyu" or Korean wave, spread through Asian countries and reduced Western cultural dominance in the Asian market,...More
Rain: 'I Am Encouraged by Being Included in 'Time 100' Again' 2011/04/27, Source, Rain was listed in the "Time 100" for the second time, and he said during an interview, "I want to meet US president Obama at the 'Time 100' ceremony", and "I will join the army at the end of this year and I want to engage in a contest as an actor in the US after finishing my military obligation".
Actor and singer Rain (real name Jeong Ji Hoon, 29) expressed his feelings, saying, "I come to have new hope as I have been selected to the list for the 'TIME 100' after a five year-break, and I have obtained energy to hold activities in the USA confidently as a person from an Asian country",...More
Korean singer Rain topped the 2011 Time 100 Poll in the magazine's online voting to select the 100 most influential people of the,...More
Ani.me writes on 'Priest' for Korean-Content.com 2011/03/01, Source,
The setting is the wild west. The United States has yet to be fully settled and all around you dust is being blown up into the air as wooden buildings barely stand together. In this particular town though, there's more than just dust being stirred up. Up ahead there is a wall of zombies stretching out for rows and rows. Standing in front of them is a lone man in a long coat. In both hands are large guns and a sick smirk crosses his lips. This is about to get very bloody.
Oh yeah, we're talking about Priest,...More
Here's To More Korean Talent Starring in Hollywood Movies! 2011/02/12, Source,
By Daniel Matthews
Did anyone get a chance to watch the film, "The Warrior's Way"? It was pretty recently released (back in December) and starred Korea's version of Brad Pitt, Jang Dong-gun. Regrettably I missed this film. I was sorely disappointed that I didn't see it, not because I was excited about the latest tale of ninjas and warriors and ninja-like warriors. No, it was because of the fact that this was one of the very few recent opportunities that I would have had the chance to see a Korean actor opposite a Non-Korean actress in a "love interest" type of role on the big screen,...More
Rain to release new album this year 2011/01/04, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain performs at his concert titled "ADIEU 2010 with Rain" held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on December 31, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Rain has said that he plans to release a new album sometime this year.
Rain made the comment to reporters before taking to the stage for his concert titled "ADIEU 2010 with Rain" held at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium on December 31, which was attended by about 7,500 fans from Korea as well as fans from overseas,...More
Rain cleared of embezzlement charges 2010/12/31, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Rain has been cleared of charges of embezzlement, according to the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office on Thursday.
A fabric manufacturing company had filed a lawsuit against Rain and executives of his agency J.Tune Entertainment in April, saying that they had suffered financial losses due to J.Tune's fashion affiliate J.Tune Creative,...More
Book on Korean Wave adopted as textbook for universities abroad 2010/12/09, Source,
Cover of "Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption:Yonsama, Rain, Old Boy, K-Pop Idols" [Hong Kong University Press]
A new book on the 'Hallyu', or Korean Wave, has been adopted as a textbook for universities abroad.
The English book titled "Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Old Boy, K-Pop Idols" was selected as one of the main textbooks for the media classes at Goldsmiths, University of London in England and the University of Melbourne in Australia,...More
Singer Rain to sing at finale for Guangzhou Asian Games 2010/11/26, Source,
Singer and actor Rain [Asia Economy Daily]
Popular Korean singer and actor Rain will perform at the closing ceremony of the 2010 16th Guangzhou Asian Games in China on Saturday.
Rain's agency J.Tune Entertainment said on Friday that Rain will fly to China early tomorrow morning to take part in the event where he will sing three of his hit songs,...More
Rain to hold solo concert in Korea at the end of Dec 2010/11/11, Source,
Poster for Rain's concert [J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop star Rain will hold a solo concert in Korea at the end of next month.
A press release from his agency J.Tune Entertainment announced Thursday that Rain will take the stage of Jamsil Indoor Stadium for his concert titled "ADIEU 2010 with Rain" to be held on December 30,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" 2010/09/28, Source,
From left, upcoming KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" main cast Rain, Lee Na-young and Daniel Henney pose during a photocall of a press conference for the drama held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on September 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Gee-woo (played by Rain), an international investigator who has his smirking eyes hidden behind sunglasses, receives a request by Jini (played by Lee Na-young) one day to seek out Melchidec, a questionable character. Mutual trust is most important in an investigator-client relationship but for a certain reason, the two end up not trusting each other. And as soon as he accepts her request, Gee-woo, accused of killing his own colleague, starts being chased by detective Do-soo (played by Lee Jung-jin),...More
Rain says done lifetime's worth of running for "The Fugitive Plan B" 2010/09/27, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain poses during a photocall of a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on September 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Asian pop sensation Rain, who is constantly on the run as a fugitive in upcoming TV series "The Fugitive Plan B", has said he has had to run so much that he has probably done a lifetime's worth of running.
In the romantic comedy investigative action series about a conspiracy involving a hefty sum of money going missing in times of the Korean War 60 years ago, Rain plays Gee-woo, a private detective at an international secret agency who becomes pegged as the murderer of his own old friend,...More
Rain military entrance date deferred to next year 2010/09/03, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean superstar Rain will be able to pursue his singing and acting career for several more months following the deferral of his military entrance date to next year.
The Military Manpower Administration (MMA) said late on Thursday that it will push back Rain's military entry to an unspecified date next year from the originally set September 28 of this year,...More
Rain highly likely to star in remake film 2010/08/11, Source, Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain is highly likely to play the main character of film "Red Scarf", a remake of the Korean movie of the same name from 1964.
"The details have yet to be set but there is a very high possibility", an official with the film remarked regarding Rain's casting which would mark the singer and actor's second local big screen role,...More
Rain and Jun Ji-hyun's agencies deny dating rumors 2010/06/10, Source,
Top Korean stars Jun Ji-hyun (left) and Rain
Agencies for top Korean stars Rain and Jun Ji-hyun have denied the romantic status of their stars, saying the recent news of the two dating, as one local media reported, is "not true" and "groundless".
Around 11 a.m. this morning, Sportsseoul.com released a shocking report that the two actors have been dating since last October along with a witness testimony that Rain had often visited Jeon's apartment in Seoul's affluent Samsung-dong district,...More
Are Rain and Jun Ji-hyun dating? 2010/06/10, Source, Jun Ji-hyun (left) and Rain [Sidus HQ/J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation Rain and top actress Jun Ji-hyun have been dating since October last year, according to a local sports daily on Thursday.
Sportsseoul.com released a report earlier in the day, based on a three-month observation, which detailed the romantic relationship between the two including how they first met and where they date.
The paper explained that the couple had met last year through a prominent figure of conglomerate family status in Korea, who held multiple get-togethers in an attempt to matchmake the two,...More
Rain says was "choked with tears" after MTV award win 2010/06/08, Source,
Singer and actor Rain talks to reporters upon arriving at Incheon International Airport in South Korea on June 8, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
A triumphant Rain returning to Korea on Tuesday after winning the award for "Biggest Badass Star" at this year's MTV Movie Awards, said he "choked with tears" as he stepped up to claim his prize,...More
[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Rain says "want to brag" about MTV Movie Awards win 2010/06/08, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain in Los Angeles [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Rain says "really want to brag about this one", referring to his win at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards It was only a year ago that Rain was overwhelmed after winning a trophy at an awards ceremony which looked a lot like the MTV Video Music Awards. Of course, it was a television commercial for a Korean mobile telephone company. When Rain gave his acceptation speech at the fully-packed venue amidst the applause from the crowd, the sight looked so unattainable that it felt like "a miracle" or "a fictional news event". But this young man, who claims that "a miracle is something you create, not something somebody hands you", has eventually grabbed that very dream in his hand. Instead of uttering some unknown magic words, Rain endured extremely demanding, five-hours-a-day training sessions and kept on running like "a tiger on the verge of starving to death" to make it to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. At the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, 10Asia met with Rain -- a man who, like his name, exudes a freshness to the desert-adjacent, hot city of Los Angeles,...More
Rain becomes 1st Korean to score win at MTV Movie Awards 2010/06/07, Source,
Asian pop sensation Rain [J.Tune Entertainment]
Multi-talented entertainer Rain has become the first Korean celebrity to score a win at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Monday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer and actor was named "Biggest Badass Star" at the awards ceremony, held Sunday (U.S. time) in Los Angeles,...More
Rain to fly into LA next week for MTV awards 2010/05/28, Source,
Asia's most celebrated star Rain will fly off to Los Angeles next week to attend this year's MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency on Friday.
An official at J. Tune Entertainment said Rain will depart from Korea on June 3 to attend the 2010 MTV Movie Awards for which he has received an invitation from MTV's headquarters,...More
Rain and Jackie Chan team up for music video 2010/05/19, Source,
Official poster of "Karate Kid" [Sony Pictures]
Korean pop sensation Rain and Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan have come together to create a music video promoting the most recent works of both stars, according to the Rain's agency J.Tune Entertainment on Wednesday.
A press release from J.Tune stated that the music video, aimed at promoting Rain's current single "Hip Song" and Chan's upcoming action flick "The Karate Kid", will be produced by famed actor Will Smith and feature the Korean singer's song and scenes from the Hollywood-Chinese remake of the 1984 hit "The Karate Kid",...More
Rain to hold encore concerts in Japan in July 2010/05/18, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain will be holding encore concerts in Japan this summer at the request of his fans, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Tuesday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer is set to perform at the Saitama Super Arena on July 17 and 18 as part of his tour titled "Rain, LOVE TOUR 2010",...More
Rain scores first nom for MTV Movie Awards 2010/05/13, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Vote for Rain on MTV Movie Awards Website
Asian superstar Rain has become the first Korean celebrity to score a nomination for the MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Thursday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer was named one of the five nominees in the "Biggest Badass Star" category alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, Chris Pine and Sam Worthington.
The nominee line-up was selected by fans, who cast online votes on MTV's website to pick their favorite "badass" actor out of 22 potential nominees,...More
Rain to hold autograph signing sessions in Seoul tomorrow 2010/05/11, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain will be meeting his fans at an autograph signing session in Seoul tomorrow, according to his agency on Tuesday.
J. Tune Entertainment announced in a press release that the singer will show up at three major record stores -- Music Korea in Myung-dong district, I-Park Shinara in Yongsan and Kyobo Hottracks in Gangnam area -- on Wednesday and sign autographs for fans,...More
Rain says "Im Soo-jung is my ideal woman" 2010/05/06, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain appears on talk show "Steel Heart" [SBS]
Korean entertainer Rain has revealed that actress Im Soo-jung is his ideal type of woman.
The 27-year-old singer and actor made the remark while appearing as a guest on popular SBS talk show "Steel Heart" which aired on April 4.
On the show, Rain was offered to take part in a segment called "Surprise Ideal Woman World Cup", selecting Im as his ideal woman among many female celebrities including,...More
Prosecutors investigating Rain embezzlement accusation 2010/04/14, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Prosecutors have launched an investigation into accusations of embezzlement made against K-pop sensation Rain, according to officials on Wednesday.
The Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office confirmed the investigation department has started looking into a lawsuit filed last week by a fabric manufacturing company which has charged Rain and other officials of his agency with embezzlement and dereliction.
Yesterday, the 27-year-old singer and actor, along with other shareholders of his entertainment firm J.Tune Entertainment, was belatedly known to have been sued by the fabric firm,...More
A Korean Master of Movie Title Sequences 2010/04/12, Source, Well-made films distinguish themselves from the very outset. The title sequence does more than merely list the names of the cast and crew -- it also signals how the storyline of the movie will unfold.,...More
Rain commands weekly music charts with "Love Song" 2010/04/12, Source, Rain on the cover of his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Asian superstar Rain has taken command of online and offline music charts with his latest single "Love Song", according to his agency J.Tune Entertainment on Monday.
J.Tune stated that "Love Song", the title track from Rain's special album "BACK TO THE BASIC", climbed to the No. 1 spot on numerous online weekly charts including Melon, Dosirak, Mnet, Bugs and others,...More
Rain's new album triumphs on music charts 2010/04/07, Source,
Korean pop artist Rain's "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J. Tune Entertainment]
Korean pop star Rain's newly released album is rapidly gaining popularity, with his entire album listing within the top 10 on a number of music charts.
All the tracks from "BACK TO THE BASIC", unveiled yesterday at midnight, has placed within the top 10 of several online music real-time charts including Monkey 3 and social networking site Cyworld,...More
Rain: 'I Have Improved Myself As I Overcome My Weakness' 2010/04/07, Source,
"For eight years after my debut, I have become more mature while I am going through many hardships. I feel that I have finally grown up by experiencing those difficulties. The biggest hardship came from my weakness".
Actor and singer Rain (Jung Ji Hoon, 28), who will release a special album entitled "Back to the Basic" on April 7, emphasized at a press conference held in Yeouido on April 5 that he is going back to the basics, just like the title of his new album says.
He said, "To live as an entertainer, there are many occasions that I have to control myself and many things that I have to hide from others. I had hard times when I had to overcome the difficulties that came from those things, so that there were some moments that I just wanted to give up my life as an entertainer,...More
Rain says "Love Song" based on own experience - Part 1 2010/04/06, Source,
Korean singer Rain [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Asian pop sensation Rain says the inspiration for his latest single "Love Song" came from his own experiences. The artist made the remark during a press conference for his new album "BACK TO THE BASICS" held Monday at the KT Building in Youido. He is set to return to the Korean music scene with his special album due out April 7 featuring the title track "Love Song", the first in two years since releasing his last studio album "Rainism" in 2008. Below are excerpts from his press conference. 10: Your first song off the new album is a ballad instead of a dance song and you have taken on an androgynous image which is different from your previous images. What was the reason behind this attempt? Rain: I want to show a definite change because it has been eight years since I made my debut. I had recorded "Love Song" when "Rainism" was unveiled. With "Song" I took out the embellishments and released something light. I was looking to perform an authentic ballad. After promoting “Song,” I am thinking of promoting "Hip Song", a dance track from the album. My androgynous image is a ground breaking attempt. I wanted to stimulate the listeners through my eyebrows, vest, leather pants and hat which are impossible to match with the bling bling music. Releasing the music will be the first round and I want to show new things through my performances on stage. I want to put on a performance that will satisfy the audience's ears and eyes,...More
Rain denies rumors of working with "The Slave Hunters" writer 2010/04/05, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainer Rain has denied rumors that he will be collaborating with Cheon Seong-il, the writer of recent hit TV series "The Slave Hunters" (KBS2).
An official at Rain's agency J. Tune Entertainment said in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Monday that the actor is "currently reading scripts for various dramas and nothing has been set as of yet".
A media outlet had reported this morning that the Asian singing sensation had decided to appear inCheon 's next television drama, tentatively titled "The Fugitive Plan B", and that he is negotiating on the details of his contract,...More
Rain and Kim Yuna nominated for 2010 TIME 100 2010/04/05, Source, Actor and singer Rain (Jung Ji Hoon, 28) and "Figure Queen" Kim Yuna (20) have been nominated for Time magazine's online poll that selects the "world's most influential 100 people" (hereafter referred to as the Time 100).
Rain takes the reigns of online music charts 2010/04/02, Source, Rain on the cover of "BACK TO BASICS" [J. Tune Entertainment]
Asian pop sensation Rain has dominated all online music charts with his latest single "Love Song", according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Friday.
"Love Song", the title track from his special album "BACK TO BASICS" released at midnight on Tuesday, swept all Korean charts including Melon, Mnet, Dosirak, Bugs, Soribada, Hanteo, Monkey 3 and social networking site Cyworld,...More
Rain's "Love Story" music video to be released today 2010/04/02, Source,
Scenes from Rain's music video "Love Story" with actress Han Ye-seul [J.Tune Entertainment]
The music video for Asian pop star Rain's new single "Love Song" is set to be unveiled today at 1 p.m., according to his agency on Friday.
A press release from J. Tune Entertainment explained that the music video featuring Korean actress Han Ye-seul will first be revealed on multimedia video player GomPlayer at 1 p.m. followed by a wide release on all online music websites an hour later,...More
Rain's new ballad "Love Song" tops online music charts 2010/03/31, Source,
Korean singer Rain and actress Han Ye-seul on the cover of "Love Song" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Korean singing sensation 'Rain"s new ballad "Love Song" has topped several online music charts since its release yesterday, according to his agency J.Tune Entertainment on Wednesday.
"Song" from 'Rain"s upcoming special album "BACK TO BASICS" is at the No.1 spot on the websites of online music providers Bugs and Melon, as well as social networking site Cyworld,...More
Rain unveils ballad single "Love Song" from new album 2010/03/30, Source,
Korean singer Rain and actress Han Ye-seul in a music video for "Love Song" [J. Tune Entertainment]
Korean entertainer Rain has revealed his new single "Love Song" over night, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Tuesday.
J. Tune explained in a press release that "Love Song", the title track from his upcoming special album "BACK TO THE BASIC", was unveiled at midnight last night on various web-based music sites,...More
Rain's new single a ballad titled "Love Song" 2010/03/26, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain's new single "Love Song" [J. Tune Entertainment]
The title song to Korean entertainer Rain's new album due out next month will be a ballad named "Love Song", according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Friday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the title track from his special album "BACK TO THE BASIC", due out April 1, will be a ballad tune that the singer wrote himself.
"For the first time since his debut, we have decided that the title song from Rain's special album will be a ballad", an official at J. Tune was quoted as saying. "Since this is a special album for fans, Rain himself wanted to take on a different approach",...More
Han Ye-seul stars in new Rain music video 2010/03/24, Source,
Singer/actor Rain and actress Han Ye-seul during the shoot for "BACK TO BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Actress Han Ye-seul has shot a music video with Asian pop sensation Rain for the singer's upcoming special album due out April 1.
'Rain"s agency J. Tune Entertainment said Wednesday that the two shot the video from Sunday till today in Seoul's Gangnam and Songdo districts,...More
Rain comeback teaser video to be unveiled at midnight 2010/03/22, Source,
Cover to Rain's special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
A teaser video for Korean pop star Rain's special album will be revealed when the clock strikes midnight tonight.
The singer's agency J.Tune Entertainment announced Monday that a 30 second-long teaser clip for the album titled "BACK TO BASIC" will be posted on Rain's official website (www.rain-jihoon.com) at midnight,...More
Cover to Rain's comeback album revealed 2010/03/22, Source,
Cover to Rain's special album "BACK TO THE BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
The cover to Asian pop sensation Rain's special album due out April 1 has been unveiled.
The record, titled "BACK TO THE BASIC", showed a close up shot of the singer and actor in medium-lengthed curly hair photographed in black and white,...More
Rain to make Korea comeback in April with new album 2010/03/16, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain in his personal message to fans [Official website]
Korean superstar Rain has announced that he will be returning to the K-pop music scene with a new album next month.
The singer posted a message on his official website (www.rain-jihoon.com) on Monday, telling fans that he will be releasing a special album containing several new songs he had "been cherishing for a while" on April 1.
He said he will promote the album for two months as well as including performances of the new tracks in his concert tours this year,...More
Rain to wrap up Asia Tour and release new mini-album 2010/03/10, Source, Rain's promotional concert poster for "Legend of Rainism" [J.Tune Entertainment]
K-pop artist Rain will soon visit Japan as he gets ready to wrap up his Asia tour, according to his agency J.Tune Entertainment.
The artist will hold the 'Legend of Rainism Asia Tour Japan Final' at the Yoyogi Gymnasium in Japan on April 17 and 18, the last of his shows which kicked off in Hong Kong last November.,...More
Rain, Se7en, Hyo-lee, and Boa to Return to Korea 2010/03/04, Source, Four popular Korean solo singers -- Rain, Se7en, Lee Hyori, and BoA -- will come back to the Korean pop scene. Netizens call them the representative singers for Korean pop in the 2000s, and they are overjoyed at their return. Rain and Lee Hyori will come back after breaks of 18 months and 20 months, respectively. Se7en and BoA, who have focused on the American music industry up to now, return to the Korean music scene after breaks of three years and five years, respectively. The return of these famous solo singers is drawing people's attention because girls groups and new idol groups gained popularity last year.
Four popular Korean solo singers -- Rain, Se7en, Lee Hyori, and BoA -- will come back to the Korean pop scene. Netizens call them the representative singers for Korean pop in the 2000s, and they are overjoyed at their return. Rain and Lee Hyori will come back after breaks of 18 months and 20 months, respectively. Se7en and BoA, who have focused on the American music industry up to now, return to the Korean music scene after breaks of three years and five years, respectively. The return of these famous solo singers is drawing people's attention because girls groups and new idol groups gained popularity last year.,...More
Rain takes Taiwan by storm with Legend tour 2010/02/01, Source,
Asian superstar Rain performs at Kaohsiung National Stadiuma in Taiwan on January 30, 2010. [J. Tune Entertainment]
Asian superstar Rain took Taiwan by storm with his "Legend of Rainism" tour over the weekend, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Monday.
The singer, who flew into Kaohsiung on January 28, was greeted by some 500 fans who had been waiting at the airport to see the Korean entertainer, J Tune said in a press release.
On Friday, the city's mayor Qu Ju showed up at Rain's press conference to introduce the singer himself. The event was attended by around 150 journalists from 50 different media outlets.,...More
"Harmony" topples "Avatar" on daily admissions chart 2010/01/29, Source,
Korean movie "Harmony" [CJ Entertainment]
Kim Yun-jin starrer "Harmony" attracted the most moviegoers on Thursday, making it the first Korean film to place atop the local box office in 78 days.
According to the statistics from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), "Harmony" attracted 103,196 viewers on the day of its release, topping daily admissions to become the first local film to rank above an overseas production.
The film pushed down 43-day winner "Avatar" to second place with admissions of 95,637 for Thursday. The James Cameron sci-fi action flick has brought in a total 10,721,615 viewers since its release mid-December, making it the sixth most-watched film in Korea's box office history.,...More
Court rules in favor of Rain over cancelled U.S. concerts 2010/01/29, Source,
Asian superstar Rain [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
A South Korean court has ruled that singer and actor Rain is not responsible for the cancellation of concerts in the U.S. leg of his world tour between 2006 and 2007.
Local concert promoter Star M had filed a lawsuit against Rain and his then-agency JYP Entertainment last March, claiming 4.57 billion won, or nearly four million dollars, in compensation for losses and damages they allegedly suffered from 16 cancelled shows.
The Seoul Central District Court said in its ruling Thursday that the concert was cancelled due to lack of preparations on part of the promoter and the issues it had with U.S.-based promoting firm Revolution Entertainment.,...More
Rain wraps up Osaka concert in success 2010/01/25, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain performs at a concert in Osaka, Japan [J. Tune Entertainment]
Asian superstar Rain has successfully wrapped up his Osaka concert over the weekend, according to a press release by J. Tune Entertainment.
The singer performed in the Japanese city for the first time in five years, as an encore gig of his Asian tour "Legend of Rainism", on January 23 and 24. Some 8,000 fans showed up to watch the Korean entertainer again since he last performed in Osaka in 2005.,...More
[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009 2009/12/30, Source, Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?,...More
The past year represented hope and revitalization for Korean cinema. While problems such as piracy linger on, the forecast for 2010 cinema appears promising with diverse projects in the making.
Cineastes are finding inspiration from the past and are bringing rem,...More
2009 Year in Review: Sports & Culture 2009/12/24, Source, The reigning queen of figure skating Kim Yu-na kicked off the year, winning her first senior-level gold medal at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in February.
The 19-year-old superstar then continued on a roll becoming the world's first female skater to surpass a combined score of 2,...More
"The Korean film industry should pay more attention to stories" to succeed in the US film market, said Ko,...More
[ChanMi's star news] 0 fat body for Rain! 2009/11/28, Source, Rain's 0 fat high class abs have been released!
The beauty and fashion magazine, ALLURE will be publishing this December with Rain as their model!
Through the interviews confessed that he 'had' that body once while he was filming the movie, but now, he's been eating as he wanted half jokingly.,...More
Singer-actor Rain will give concerts next month in the United States, for the first time in three years, J-Tune Ente,...More
"Ninja Assassin" exclusive bite size review 2009/11/02, The screening was great! As for the movie.... well, first let me say, if you are the least bit squeamish then DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE. There was intense, anime-style violence throughout the entire film.,...More
Singer and actor Rain, one of the top Korean wave or hallyu stars, said the term "Korean wave" would be better not u,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Rain interviewed by CNN! 2009/10/18, Source, Rain is on CNN with the soccer player Park Ji-sung for the CNN's special corner "Eye on South Korea" that is part of "Talk Asia".
Anna Coren, CNN anchor has visited Korea for this interview!
This interview is 40 minutes long on TV but the actual filming to,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Jeong Ji-hoon in Bruce Lee remake film, "Enter the Dragon"? 2009/08/06, Source, World star Rain also known as Jeong Ji-hoon has been considered to be in the new Hollywood film remake.
According to the American film professional site Latino Review, Warner Brothers are making a modern remake of the film "Enter the Dragon" which will be titled, "Awaken the Dragon" with Jeong as one of the main characters.
The film "Enter the Dragon" from 1973 had Bruce Lee as the main character and brought him to the spotlight. This film has been worked on for the last two years by Warner Brothers and changed the title.
Producer and writer of the film, "The Shield" will be producing this film to be,...More
American pop culture and lifestyle magazine Complex recently profiled five o,...More
Former Korean Pop Star Appears In Upcoming Hollywood Blockbuster 2009/03/12, Source, As one of the members of the successful Korean pop music group G.O.D., Joon Park (also known as Joon-hyung Park) became a star in his own right in his native Korea. Though the group has since parted ways, the individual members have gone on to pursue solo careers in music and film. Born in Seoul, Ko,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "Public Enemies" starring Johnny Depp! 2008/11/13, Source, Hollywood star Johnny Depp (45) is starring in "Public Enemies" to be released in 2009. This new movie has been ranked top 2nd on the "The Biggest 50 Movies of 2009" drawing much attention and anticipation. This star will be the character, John Dillinger who is also known as the Robin Hood of the 1930s American Airlines Legend and bank robber. He is being chased by the FBI which this action film is mainly about. England and America's fans are awaiting for Johnny Depp's return! He has,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Rain, again! 2008/11/12, Source, Actor and Singer Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) is starred in the new movie "Ninja Assassin" and has been picked on the "The Biggest 50 Movies of 2009".
Other movies that were picked were the "Harry Potter" "X-men" "Transformer2" and more.
The reason why "Ninja Assassin" was picked is definitely bringing more anticipation and excitement for this new film!
This new film will be released in March next year. Rain will have a world premiere for this film.,...More
Rain turns into a Hollywood romantic lead 2008/09/05, Source, JUNG Ji-hoon seems likely to turn into a global star through cinema. The pan-Asian pop sensation Bi (Korean word for rain) revealed in a television interview that he is contemplating two Hollywood roles as his next project. One is a romantic comedy and the other is an action film.,...More
Singer-actor Rain will release an album in October and also take part in a comeback program with major broadcaster,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Rain's Hollywood challenge continues 2008/08/23, Source, Rain recently went through an interview in Beijing and said that although his first Hollywood debut movie, "Speed racer" has not achieved great success, his challenge for Hollywood fame will continue.
He said that he was honored to meet the famous Wachowski brothers who have produced this movie. Rain's secong movie, "Ninja Assassin" is also produced by the Wachowski brothers.,...More
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