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051108 Photo Documentary Part1

051108 Photo Documentary Part2

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051108 Photo Documentary

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He is an attractive singer.
He is a tough actor.
But loveliness is also in his nature.
He is Asia's superstar at 24 years.
His name is like a long awaited shower of rain.
His name is as powerful as a typhoon.
His name is Rain. Jung Ji Hoon.

He has erased that face we all knew, and Jung Ji Hoon came back as a bad guy.

(In Drama "A Love to Kill")
Rain: Just give it to her.
Rain: I'm a man with no fears in the world.

Kang BokGu: the character whose life can't stoop any lower.
Actor Jung Ji Hoon has transformed into Kang BokGu.

Shin Min Ah: I don't think I've ever even seen him yawn.
SMA: In my case, if I don't sleep for a day or two, I get so tired that I rest my head on a wall without being afraid to show it.
SMA: But in Rain's case, he never does that. He's very concentrated. I think it's' amazing.

In order to wear a fighter's face, he no longer wears his cute smile.
He had to become a professional fighter.

Director (Hong Sang Suk): His blows were so strong it was scaring me.
HSS: It's a K1 drama, so he had to wear boxing gloves, throwing light punches. But he was punching like he really was a K1 fighter.
HSS: You could even hear the wind when he punched. And we told him to kick, and it was so strong. The air would just swoosh by.

Jung Ji Hoon lost 7 kg in order to get this body.
His body and mind is living as Kang BokGu.

Character Kang BokGu, Actor Jung Ji Hoon, singer Rain.

His real image...

god member Kim Tae Woo: He's such a wise spender. He really doesn't use any money.
god member Park Joon Hyung: (Korean joke about not spending money) Even Dan in our group doesn't spend money, but Rain is two times Dan.

Jung Ook: His nicknames are Jung Dae Ri & Jung Gwa Jang.
JO: Usually it's rare for huge stars to come into their office daily.
JO: Even if Rain doesn't have a schedule for the day, he comes in his office and just works.
JO: He also goes down to the studio and just practices.
JO: At the office, we make fun of him and call him Jung Dae Ri, Jung Gwa Jang. (Dae Ri & Gwa Jang=chairman/director) (Jung= Rain's last name)

Full House Director (Pyo Mi Soo): At least 99% of the viewers have a good response when they see Rain on TV.
PMS: When I was working with Jung Ji Hoon, I'd ask others "What do you think of Rain?" Response= "I REALLY like him!" It was like that 90% of the time.
PMS: And another 5% to "I REALLY REALLY like him!"
PMS: Another 5% to "I'm gonna faint!"

His manly yet boyish smile.
His attraction is unique.
Actually, his face isn't the face of the average "pretty boy."
He has small eyes and not-so-high nose line.
His Asian qualities are complex.

Photographer (Jo Sun Hee): He always says his forehead is so complex.
JSH: He usually never shows his forehead.
JSH: When we braid his hair, he's always concerned about his forehead.
JSH: So I said to him, "What's wrong?" and he replied by saying his forehead is complex and wide.

We are not familiar with this image from Rain, showing what he says to be his flaw.
This unfamiliarity shows his individual trait.

People always anticipate Rain's performances on stage.
His clothes are always ripped during his concerts.

Park Ooh Hyun: when his clothes are ripped, we have to sew them back together.
POH: It would be a waste to make the same shirt over and over after they're ripped,
so when he rips them, we sew them back together for next time. People usually don't know that.

He is a fashion icon.
He sets trends because people want to imitate him. He is a trend maker.
His famous vest fashion has set many trends.
His vest is unique.

Park Ooh Hyun: The vest is actually made from a certain material. (jang pan jee)
POH: Everyone is always asking if it's an alligator leather, or what kind of leather it is.
POH: But it's actually not leather.

The person who knows what looks best on him is Rain himself.
He thinks of stage concepts and clothing himself as he makes his own style.

A world widely known designer has influenced Rain's fashion.
Giorgio Armani.

Standard Culture Critic (Kang Myung Suk): Rain has an image that shows Asia's culture and he represents for us.
KMS: He is a star from Hallyu yet has a global image and a standard Asian image.

Today in 2005, Rain is Asia's eyes and ears.

Rain's concert tours were all sold out.
This year, Rain won the MTV award. He is a special Hallyu star.

Photographer (Jo Sun Hee): When we go to the airport, there are so many fans. When you go to the airport people have to go to the immigration center for passports.
He is just allowed to go straight by. (VIP treatment) He is that famous and popular.

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When he is on stage, he says he feels like he's the best.

Choreographer (Jung Sung Tak): Usually singers don't do that. They'll usually just say a concept and leave the choreography to the choreographer.
JST: In Ji Hoon's case, he never does that. He makes everything. So he really is the best. We truly believe he is the best singer.

god member Kim Tae Woo: Rain has a lot of confidence on stage. When he's performing, he's like, 'I'm Rain. When I dance and sing on stage, you will all be mine.'
You can see that kind of confidence in him on stage.

Rain is in charge of deciding what to do on stage.
That’s why he has the confidence.

He became Asia’s star not as singer Rain, but as actor Jung Ji Hoon first.
Without prior acting experiences, he played the leading role in a drama.

Sang Doo Director (Lee Hyung Min): It was like we caught a large fish.
LHM: We wanted to put Rain’s individual characteristics in Sang Doo, Lets Go to School. Jung Ji Hoon and I were lucky. We caught a large fish so to say.

(In Drama “Sang Doo Let’s Go to School”)

Rain: Daddy’s so cold right now. Can you hug me, daughter?

The character Sang Doo seems a bit immature at times, but also carries on a lot of pain and emotion.

Cha Bori (don’t know her real name): Are you warm now, Daddy?

This character wasn’t an easy person to play especially for new actors.

Rain: Yea, I’m warm.

Jung Ji Hoon played the role of Sang Doo very naturally and well.

Rain: Cha Bori, Thank you. Thank you, Bori.
Lee Young Ha (SangDoo’s Uncle): I felt Rain’s pain.
LYH: Rain’s mother is not around. He showed me his mother’s and sister’s pictures, and I realized he gets a lot of strength from his family.

Announcer (Lee Geum Hee): Rain told me after his mother passed away, he is putting in endless effort in order to succeed and make his mother’s wish come true.
LGH: He didn’t have money for the bus so he walked from Dae Hak No to Shin Chong everyday to practice dancing until he was tattered up without skipping a single day.
LGH: Rain’s performances are an expression of his grief for his mother.

Rain wears a gold ring on his fourth finger on his left hand.
It was a birthday gift from his mother.
His mother who passed away before his debut is Rain’s greatest pain and strength.

Rain: I made a promise to my mother in Heaven that I would receive the Daesang Award and present it to her and I thank my fans for helping me keep that promise.

Rain who has never told his mother he loved her grieves for her.

(Rainy Day concert “Not Used To”)
Rain: Even though I try to comfort myself, I only see your empty space.
: I’m not used to sleeping alone, getting up alone, eating alone.
: Being happy by myself, being sad alone. Not used to.

Rain makes sure everything goes well before his concerts during rehearsals and touches up everything.
He is a perfectionist.

Choreographer (Jung Sung Tak): He’s always holding a pen and notepad in hand and making notes.
JST: After the concert, we must have been eating, but he suddenly writes something down and says, “Hyung, I’ve thought up of my 4th album concept.”

Rain says he will never show fans the same exact performance.
Making new concepts is a promise between himself and his fans.

god member Danny Ahn: He shouldn’t do any more or any less. He is perfect right now.

Announcer Lee Geum Hee: A person needs many things in order to be successful. Talent, effort, and a system to back up success, and luck.
I think these things are very important. And the person who has all these qualities is Rain so I’ve never doubted his success as a world star.
If anything, I wish he would remain pure and true as he becomes a greater world star.

He is already a top star.
But he says he still hasn’t achieved all his dreams.
He is Rain. Jung Ji Hoon.

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Forbes Korea released the results of ‘Korea Power Celebrities’ on 25th February in commemoration of their 6th anniversary.

‘Korea Power Celebrities’ selects 40 individuals/groups from the fields of acting, singing, CF modelling, sports etc looking at their popularity, income and influence etc.

And group Big Bang and WonderGirls are #2 and #3 on the chart respectively.

And the title of ‘Korea’s Best Star’ goes to ‘fairy on ice’ ice skater Kim Yeon Ah.

The standards used in ‘Korea’s Power Celebrities’ are the same of that used in Forbes America’s ‘Power Celebrity 100′.

Kim Yeon Ah emerged as ‘Korea’s Best Star’ after winning 2nd on influence on media appearance, 1st on professionalism, 3rd for popularity on internet search and appearance on broadcast programs and 12th on income.

And 5-member group Big Bang, who roped in a total of 35 billion KRW of income on album sales and concert sales, is listed at #2 position on the chart after Kim Yeoh Ah. And also girl group WonderGirls, who brought us many smash hits after smash hits like ‘Tell Me’ and ‘Nobody’ is at #3 on the chart.

Other standings:

* #4 - Kpop diva Lee Hyori
* #5 - Group So Nyeo Shi Dae
* #6 - Soccer player Park Ji Seong on Man.U team
* #7 - Lee Seung Yeop
* #8 - Singer Rain
* #9 - MC Yoo Jae Seok
* #10 - Kim Tae Hee

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‘Rainism Recollection’ to be released on 5th March

Singer Rain has released a ‘Recollection’ album to his 5th album ‘Rainism’.

J-Tunes announced, “Repackaged album to Rain’s 5th album ‘Rainism Recollection’ will include the original 12 songs plus new versions of the songs and a DVD.”

The album will also include the Asian version of the song ‘Rainism’ and also English, Japanese and Chinese version of ‘Love Story’. The acoustic version of ‘12th September’, ‘My woman’, and urban mix of ‘Fresh Woman’ etc will also be included

Meanwhile, the full 35-min version of the MV ‘Love Story’ featuring actress Ha Ji Won is also be included in the DVD.

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Rain loves Pizza…

Rain / Bi loves Pizza... Pizza Hut. Rain became the new spokesman / ambassador to Pizza Hut Korea yesterday. His role won't be limited to just promoting the Pizza Hut brand, as a spokesman he'll also try to help others in need. He'll serve 100 pizza's at one of his upcoming concerts to low income individuals and also donate pizzas to low income children. A Pizza Hut representative said, "Rain is becoming a World Star and has a very friendly image perfect for our product. Expect to see more exciting things between Rain and Pizza Hut in the near future!"

Rain has been ridiculed a lot lately but after watching his special on the Discovery Channel, I found Rain to be a very gentle, hard working individual with a kind heart. Good for Rain, I wish him the best of luck and success in Ninja Assassin.

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04.01.09 [Yahoo Singapore] Rain Confident Of Winning Appeal

Korean artiste Rain recently lost his court case against Hawaii concert organizer Click Entertainment; his current artiste management company said they will reveal the truth behind the cancellation in the hearing of the appeal and is very confident that they will win the appeal.

The Hawaiian organizer raised legal proceedings in both Korea and Hawaii against Rain and his ex artiste management office for cancelling his Hawaii concert two years ago. Korean judicial office expounded that the concert was cancelled because the stage prepared by the Hawaiian entertainment company was “unsafe”; if performance was carried on by force, they would face serious consequences.

“The security problems brought up by the concert planner can be verified through the email correspondences between them and the Hawaiian concert director. We have filed an appeal; the second trial will reveal more truth.”
According to sources, the second trial will take place in California and three magistrates will replace the jury in making the final ruling.

Rain’s current artiste management office has also revealed that the result of the first hearing has not affected Rain in his work progress. “At the moment, there are no changes in Rain’s work arrangements. The date of release of Hollywood blockbuster “Ninja Assassin” and his overseas work schedule have also been confirmed.”

Sales for J.tune Creative, where Rain is a designer and model, is constantly improving and the company is currently planning to expand their businesses abroad.

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Rainism dance - the beginner and the veteran!

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[HD] Pumashock(Natalie White)(2/2) @ Star King(Mar 14, 2009)

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Rain opens SIX TO FIVE at Lotte Dept Store

Singer and now fashion designer/entrepreneur Rain (real name Jung Ji-hoon) was at Lotte Department Store on April 5 for a SIX TO FIVE open ceremony fan signing session. A huge crowd gathered at the department store at Nowon-go Seoul before the event at 1pm.

Six to Five is the Korean entertainer's casual clothing brand. Rain involves himself in the designing of the pieces and models for the brand too.

Right after a disappointing loss in court for a canceled concert in Hawaii, Rain appeared to be all right, smiling and waving to fans at the event.

Despite being such a new brand, the local (as in local in Korea) brand has garnered explosive sales records. Rain does not only sing and dance well on stage, he has proved to be a smart marketeer by strategically placing his brand to increase awareness. Rain got Boys Before Flowers actors Gu Hye-sun and Kim Hyun-joong to wear SIX TO FIVE in the drama to increase brand value. Oh yeah...that is definitely a wise move, considering how popular that drama is, and how influential it is among the hip and trendy.

SIX TO FIVE has also made alliances with the Teddy Bear Museum and features products such as teddy bear key chains, towel sets and even an exclusive Rainism collection set. The Fresh Woman key ring is especially cute! Click here to check out the teddy bear collection.

I must say, the products are quite attractive and with Rain himself promoting Six to Five, i am sure the brand will take off in Korea and other parts of the world.
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Rain may just be interested in a date with Megan Fox

World star Rain has suggested meeting with sexy Hollywood star Megan Fox. Aired on MBC Section TV Entertainment show on 3rd July has hinted that he did not know that he may just be interested with a date with Megan Fox.

Rain has always stated Megan Fox as his ideal type of woman. And on the 9th last month, Megan Fox has also visited Korea for the promotions of the movie ‘Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen’ and had said, “Rain has a really sexy body. I hope to meet him for once.” After which, Fox has picked Rain as her ideal type of guy doing promotions in other places.

On the show that day, Rain responded to Fox’s comments, “It feels great.” And when asked by the reporter if he will accept Fox’s date, he diverted away to say, “My movie ‘Ninja Assassin’ has started screening in North America, this is great and fun news to me.” Whether he will accept it is still a large guess for many.

Meanwhile, news have surfaced recently that Fox had called and emailed him several times to go on a date but accordingly, he had rejected by saying that he was “not interested”.

Rain rejects Megan Fox but Megan Fox “will not give up”

Hollywood Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen actress Megan Fox recently openly expressed her interest in Korean star Rain and also a desire to date the latter, who replied plainly to her invite, “I’m not interested.”

According to media reports, Fox has spoke numerously about her admiration for Rain while on the movie promotional tour. And that was not just a comment made by Fox; she has indeed extended a dinner date to Rain through her manager but was rejected by the Korean star who was “not interested”.

Yet, the rejection did not wound her pride and ironically, it has built up stronger interest of Rain in Fox who recently criticized the comparison of herself to Angelina Jolie.

According to reports, Fox loves such challenges and has no plans to give up. She would continue extending her invite to Rain, hoping that he would agree to meet up someday. (c:Yahoo)

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Asian Mega-Pop Star/Actor/Model/Fashion Designer and Heartthrob is Gaining Ground in America

To call him the ‘Asian Justin Timberlake’ doesn’t cover all the ways in which Asian mega-star ‘Rain’ (Jung Ji-hoon) from South Korean wows his fans. The Asian star machines crank out large numbers of pop stars, but Rain is one of those versatile performers who is always seeking a new challenge. After a role in the Wachowski brothers’ “Speed Racer”, Rain is taking a lead in “Ninja Assassin,” due out this fall according to today’s Korea Herald.

Will posters of Rain be adorning American teenage girls’ walls? Check out these photos in YeinJee’s Asian Journal and see for yourself. Stephen Colbert (see his 2007 publicity feud video) has had it in for Rain since the South Korean star bested him in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People rankings – and he did it again in 2008, here are the rankings and vote tallies, with Rain nearly half again Colbert’s vote count.

Rain’s attempt to conquer the American pop market was off to a shaky start in 2007, when canceled concerts drew lawsuits from promoters. Concerts in Hawaii and Los Angeles, where the South Korean star has many fans already, were canceled for a variety of technical reasons.

Asian music and culture has long been popular in the U.S., with ‘Hello Kitty’ one of the most prominent logos, and clashes such as the name battle between cute Japanese pop duo “Puffy Ami Yumi” (originally ‘Puffy’) coming up against Sean “Puff Daddy” Coombs. Most Asian pop is still found mostly in specialty markets and stores that sell related merchandise such as ‘manga’ books.

Even though “Speed Racer” itself was a Japanese cartoon, and many current animated favorites in the U.S. such as “The Simpsons” are produced in South Korea, Asian culture is still slow in taking its place in the American market and pop culture mainstream. Rain hopes to change all that, and he’s got the personality, looks, voice and broad appear to do it, and the merchandise to make it attractive to American promoters.

Ninja Assassin’, from ‘The Matrix’ creators the Wachowski brothers, will place Rain in a classic martial arts drama, based on Japanese tradition, telling a tale of betrayal and revenge. Not a typical ‘pop star’ role, Rain’s ambition and range of talent could rival top American stars. As a true international star, Rain might not be as vulnerable to the cycles of stardom and destruction that haunt American stars such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

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07.23.09 [Sports Yahoo] Pop singer Rain takes on SKorean soccer star Park

Pop singer Rain takes on SKorean soccer star Park

South Korean pop star Rain faced off Thursday against Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung in what was billed as a “dream match” in Seoul.

Running side by side, Rain joined Park and Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon in kicking off a charity match during Manchester United’s visit to South Korea, designed to capitalize on the club’s popularity in South Korea.

Each demonstrated his dribbling and passing skills. “I think the world star is better,” Park joked when asked to compare the mayor and the singer.

Team MU Rain _ comprised of young aspiring South Korean soccer players _ then battled Team Manchester United _ teenagers selected from a worldwide YouTube competition.

Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov and defense Gary Neville led Team MU, while defense John O’Shea and defense Jonny Evans joined the mayor and Rain in leading Team MU Rain.

Team MU Rain won the match 6-4.

Manchester United plays FC Seoul on Friday, the third match of its Asian tour.

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07.24.09 Rain to Get Exclusive IPTV Channel!

Rain to Get Exclusive IPTV Channel
Singer and actor Tain now has his own Internet protocol television (IPTV) channel where ans can catch glimpses of the star through SK Broad & TV next month. / Courtesy of J.Tune Entertainment
By Han Sang-hee

Singer and actor Rain now has his own Internet protocol television (IPTV) channel where fans can catch glimpses of the star from morning to night, starting next month.

The singer’s agency, J. Tune Entertainment, announced Friday that SK Broad & TV has decided to open an exclusive channel for him. This is the first time for a local celebrity to have his or her own channel on IPTV. The channel name has yet to be made.
Rain’s channel will offer various categories that will reveal everything about the singer.

The “History” category will have music videos from his latest five albums, along with clips of his videos, while the “Designer Rain” category will offer fans the chance to peek behind the scenes of the singer’s fashion brand, Six to Five.

Other categories will include commercials, performances, live concerts, photo shoots and other clips of Rain working as a singer, actor and designer, including unreleased material.

“As this is the first time for a local celebrity to have an exclusive channel on television, we feel a great deal of responsibility. We will put forth our efforts to bring more exclusive channels for artists in the long run. This channel has given us the opportunity to look for ways artists can get closer to and communicate better with fans,” J.Tune Entertainment said.

Rain, who is the goodwill ambassador for Seoul city, will hold his 2009 Global Fan Meeting in Seoul Sunday at Kyung Hee University. It will be the first time for the singer to appear in front of fans in a year. His upcoming movie, “Ninja Assassin,” will be in theaters in November.

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