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[Jan-08-2009]Rain, 'Rainism' ranks personal best, 5th in Oricon chart.

'Splendid start'

Rain who is preparing to go around Asia this new year, is receiving good news from Japan, his first Asia tour destination, making positive predictions towards his tour.

While he urgently held another fan meeting due to his fans' request in Japan, his 5th album, the Japanese version of 'Rainism' which was revealed on the 7th, charted 5th on the Oricon's daily chart that day. 5th place on the Oricon chart is Rain's personal best in Japan.

In addition, it is very rare that an album which wasn't created in Japan, but is a sort of license album, ranks 5th in the chart. Rain ranked 11th with his debut single 'Sad Tango', revealed on January 2006, while his second single, revealed on June of the same year, 'Free Way' ranked 9th place, and his first album revealed on September 'Eternal Rain' ranked 6th.

Rain who expressed that he will start an Asia tour in early 2009 upon revealing his 5th album 'Rainism' on October, has made a good start by selling out 8000 seats in just 4 hours for his Japan fan meeting, adding another fan meeting schedule, and ranking his personal best in the Oricon chart.

In addition, Rain who couldn't be seen in Asia due to his Hollywood schedules, have again, led the Korean Wave with his Japanese version of 'Rainism', his album released in 3 years in Japan.

Rain plans to hold 4 fan meetings with 11,000 domestic fans in Japan; 2 in Jeff Tokyo, Odaiba on the 12th, and 2 in Grand Cube Osaka, Osaka on the 14th.

In this fan meeting, he will reveal his Japanese version of 'Rainism' for the first time, along with 'Fresh woman', 'September 12th' which are included in his 5th album.

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[Jan-08-2009] <notice> from rain-jihoon.com. ~ <the announcement about Rain's visit to China>



How are you.. This is JTune entertainment.

The schedule of Rain's visit to China on January 10th was canceled under unavoidable circumstances of the local promoter.

It makes us announce cancellation of Rain's schedule in China, and we are sorry not to see Rain's Chinese fans who have waited for a long time.

If there is the schedule of Rain's visit to China later on, we'll announce.

Thank you for your great interest and love.

Thank you..



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[Jan-08-2009]Full version "repack album" of "Love Story" song

Full version "Repack album including DVD" of "Love Story" song is due to be put on sale within January.
One of Rain's domestic fans allegedly called JTune, Rain's agency, and straighten it out.

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[Jan-10-2009]The reason MBC <Section ENT News> program's rating has been falling down.

MBC "Section ENT News" announced an unconfirmed report about various ranking of the song and film world to put the year's affairs straight last month 19th that Rain ranked the 5th as the most disappointed singer, the reason why his Rainism song had engendered a lot of controversy with its sensation in spite of his splendid comeback, and had never been ranked as the first, also, even the audience's response to his following song had not been particularly good.

But, his fans made an objection to it. Actually Rain had awarded SBS's "Mutizen Song Prize" as the first in two weeks since his comeback as well as all sorts of music charts in spite of his short activity period. Also, his following songs with Rainism have gained in popularity even now unlike MBC section's thinking.

Since that day, Rain fans' protest statements have been appearing in MBC notice board everyday, like that, "Correct the false report", "Apologize to Rain about the unconfirmed report".

No wonder MBC "Section ENT News" rating has continuously decreased in recent weeks. Its yesterday rating was 4~5% percent down the show's average.

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[Jan-09-2009] Rain's tee shirt at W Korea magazine Charity Auction.

All proceeds from the sale of "Luck Me, Luck You" auction will be donated to campaign of breast cancer.

Second Auction :

Auction period : January7th 6pm~January19th 2pm
Announcement of successful bidder : January 20th, 2009 (wkorea.com's notice board)


http://www.wkorea.com/auction2/auction_view.asp?go_code=14020000012

http://www.wkorea.com/about/event/event_view.asp?ins_no=154&cpage=1&cmbsearch=&txtsearch







Goods explanation :

This is the tee shirt Rain, who has shown the best performance as a singer and got to the hollywood safe & sound as an actor, first designed.
Rain who had a launching show of his own clothes brand called "Six to Five", especially opened his first work to the public.


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Ninja Assassin-The 25 most Anticipated Movies of 2009 2009-01-10

The 25 most Anticipated Movies of 2009

The movie is called Ninja Assassin, do I even have to say why we’re excited about this film? Hell, the film’s star is so badass his name is just Rain. Like Madonna, but if she were a ninja. And a dude. And Korean.

But seriously, this film follows a super bad ass assassin out for revenge against those who trained him, but then made the mistake of killing his best friend. The stunt work and fights are coming to you courtesy of 87 Eleven, the same guys who did 300, The Bourne Films, and The Matrix.

Expect this movie to have the most slice-and-dice sword action of the year as well as be a strong contender for a Best Fight nod at the end of the year, even against a lot of stiff competition. Sharpen your blades and hone your shuriken, because this is going to be bloody awesome.


Ninja Assassin looks like it'll be ninja action by the tones.

Hey folks, Harry here - a Facebook friend named David had the following up on his Facebook page from YouTube and I'll be damned if I've seen it before.

It's basically 5+ minutes of Training and Stunt Choreography for the next Wachowski produced James McTeague flick called NINJA ASSASSIN... Which sounds like a movie I'd want to see. I've yet to figure out why I should hate Rain yet, other than when he beat Colbert in a dance dance revolution challenge...

But I'm still convinced he new the programmer and made the most badass dancer lose by default. Thus dooming Colbert. But in the below footage, I have to say... He looks real john teshing good doing some really insane moves. Same as the other stunt folk.

The other thing that you can take from this footage is that it looks like they were practicing for long, Bruce Lee style tracking shots of massive sword fu chopping and kung fu. Beautiful work in the training phase, unless it gets all chopped to john tesh in editing. Let's hope not. Anyway - check this out. Very cool.... back to my DVD column I go...


Nija Assassin Behind scenes Fight Choreography.

Korean Popstar Rain caught the eye of the Brothers Wachowski while producing Speed Racer and is staring in their next action flick bringing us more of Korea’s hottest star. Check out this video of some of the fight scenes being practiced for their upcoming Ninja Assassin.

ScreenRant calls it: Ninja Assassin is the story of one of the world’s best assassins, Raizo (played by Korean pop star, Rain) who was trained to kill by a secret organization that later executes his best friend. Naturally, Raizo must avenge his friend’s death and the blood bath ensues.

You can’t really go wrong with a movie called Ninja Assassin, and this Rain guy looks like he is more than capable in the physical aspect of the movie. The action looks incredible, and this just might be what Rain needs to establish himself in the North American market. Then we can finally see what all the fuss is about.


Could I interest you in some ninja fighting?

I’ve been suspicious of those Wachowski brothers ever since they dropped the ball with those Matrix sequels. What a load of mini cooper. Oh yeah, "we have a trilogy of scripts". My ass, you do. You two were clearly making it up as you went along. And what’s was that Speed Racer business all about?

True, you’re only producing Ninja Assassin just like you only produced V For Vendetta, but your name on any project still seems to sell scripts. Also, based on this stunt/martial arts training reel for James McTeague’s upcoming Ninja Assassin, I’m willing to cut you a little slack. This is really, really cool.

Be sure to stick around for the whole thing. The money shot features a chain weapon around the neck that is exceptionally sweet. Ninja Assassin stars Korean pop sensation, Rain, who also starred in Chan Wook Park’s last feature, I’m A Cyborg But That’s Okay as a deadly ninja who turns on his clan when his friend is killed by the very same clan.

Paths cross with a Europol agent trying to track down the ninjas and stop them. Sounds like fairly standard ninja revenge fare but it’s nice to see it set in a contemporary setting and not srar Michael Dudikoff. I usually frown on all flash and no substance kinds of movies but if you can maintain a solid action pace throughout and deliver exciting stunts, I’m usually very forgiving. Don’t let me down, Ninja Assassin.


Ninja Assassin Fight Choreography

I caught this while reading some news with my morning coffee, and thought it was way cool! It's a quick training video showing some work by stunt team 87eleven (they worked on 300, Watchmen, Matrix, and the Bourne Films). They were training for the upcoming release produced by the Wachowski Brothers and directed by James McTeigue called Ninja Assassin - very cool.

Ninja Assassin follows Raizo (Rain), one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth.

But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles), Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders.

Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi (Rick Yune), to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.


Fight like a 'Ninja Assassin'

This is a must watch if you have any interest at all in action films, martial arts, sword combat or parkour. Film got a hold of a behind-the-scenes video of the fight choreography training for the upcoming Ninja Assassin movie.The video features the infamous 87 Eleven stunt performing/coordination and martial arts training group who also worked on hit action movies 300, the Bourne films and this year’s Watchmen (hopefully this year).

They do amazing work and are becoming more and more involved in some of the biggest action films around.Ninja Assassin is the story of one of the world’s best assassins, Raizo (played by Korean pop star, Rain) who was trained to kill by a secret organization that later executes his best friend. Naturally, Raizo must avenge his friend’s death and the blood bath ensues.

Take a look at some of the action sequences you can expect to see in the film:And that’s just the fight training! This movie is going to be bad ass and I’m definitely going to see it just based on this.The action sequences look incredible and they’re obviously putting tons of work into it to make it flow and look real – "real" as in based on earth’s gravity and people actually performing these moves naturally and not like in Romeo Must Die or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon where a person can jump and kick multiple people while changing and reversing his direction in midair.

You know what I Mean!Does this make you want to see the film?Ninja Assassin does not have a confirmed release date as of yet but is expected to hit theaters in the second half of 2009. It is directed by James McTeigue (Speed Racer, V for Vendetta).

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[Jan-12-2009]More than 1,200 Rain fans crowded to Narita airport.

The airport was crowded with Rain's local fans by his arrival news.

JTune entertainment, Rain's agency, expressed as, "Rain arrived in Tokyo last 11th night for his Japan fan meeting in commemoration of Asia album sale of Rainism and the local press." and, "Immediately following his taking off the traveling outfit after his arrival, he rushed into the preparation of his fan meeting." and "More than 1,200 Rain fans who became aware of his arrival too late, crowded in all at the time, the people in the airport were even treated to the odd sight that the airport business was paralyzed for a time.

Meanwhile, Rain'll have 2 fan meetings each, in Tokyo on 12th, in Osaka on 14th. He also expected to give a performance next to his concert. Rain'll hold a press conference in Tokyo Okura Hotel, and more than 200 local news reporters were in a state of getting through their applications in coverage.

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[Jan-12-2009]Rain ranked the first as a Korean actor who'll capture the attention of the hollywood this year.

A survey of internet netizens has found that Rain ranked the first as an actor who'll capture the attention of the hollywood this year. Rain was overwhelmingly supposed by the majority of netizens as an actor to win hollywood's heart this year.

Rain's been holding the first place in the poll asking people who will capture the attention of the hollywood in 2009 as a Korean actor. His approval ratings were 53.24% (485votes) (Jang Dong-Geon ranked second as 26.34%)

Rain already made his debut through Speed Racer under Warner Brothers, mainstream studio of the hollywood, not only is even Ninja Assassin WB's film, but also he has exceptionally made its leading role his own, so it was found that there was a high state of expectancy in the netizens.

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[Jan-13-2009]Rain's Tokyo Fan meeting, it was held admist more than 6,000 fans' hearty cheers.

Rain's Tokyo fan meeting was great success and greeted enthusiastically by more than 6,000 audience. Singer, Rain's Tokyo fan meeting was held admist more than 6,000 fans' hearty cheers.

He informed of his 2009 overseas activity beginning with holding "New year Rain's Fan meeting" in ZEPP Tokyo on the 12th.

Rain sang total 8 hit songs including "Love Story","Fresh Woman","and December12th which are included in his 5th album, and he finally draw fans' cheers by singing Japanese version of Rainism.

Rain is due to hold 2 fan meetings more in Grand Cube Osaka on the 14th.


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[Jan-13-2009]Rain, 6000 Japanese fan meeting - 250 domestic media crowded

6000 fans were excited to see Rain in Tokyo. On the 12th, 'New year Rain's Fan meeting', which was held in Tokyo ZEPP for 2 holdings, was successfully carried out with a hot response from the fans.

In this fan meeting with the theme 'My Story', Rain continued to explain that "this album tried to contain my story by participating in the producing of the album, and will be the opportunity to show myself on stage."

Rain who pointed out that 'fans are like family' during the fan meeting, showed off his trust towards his fans by saying "my fans will always be there to cheer me up", and revealed a music video of 'My Girl',
a song made for the fans, with his traces during the 5th album, touching the heart of 6000 fans in the 2 fan meetings.

Also, Rain revealed 8 songs including 'Love Story', 'Fresh Woman', 'September 12th' which are included in his 5th album, and his last stage, the Japanese version of 'Rainism' was enough to bring out the cheers from the fans.

Also, Rain's press interview to celebrate his Asian version of the album which was held in Okura Hotel, Tokyo, was crowded with domestic media such as Fuji TV, TBS, Sports Nippon, and Sankei Sports, competing for an interview.

Rain who expressed interest in Japanese movies and dramas through the press interview, described plans for 2009 including his Asia tour and movie 'Ninja Assassin', and asked for constant support.

Meanwhile, Rain will be leaving Tokyo on the 13th for Osaka for his fan meeting on the 14th at Grand Cube Osaka, and will once again, excite nearly 5000 fans.

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[Jan-14-2009]Rain, Cancellation of China concert, and Asia concert is as scheduled.


Rain's China concert was canceled.

On the 13th, JTine entertainment, Rain's agency, expressed as, "Rain's concert which would be held in China on the 10th, was canceled. We had closed a concert contract with China's Shanghai More Culture Diffusion Incorporated Company by approximately 638,000,000 won (about five hundred thousand dollars) on account, but it was canceled due to breach of contract two days before the concert."

Rain also expressed that's very unfortunate, updating the contents which it had been canceled through his home page.
Meanwhile, Rain plans to put his right hand to his Asia concert from March.


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[Jan-14-2008]Rain expressed, "I'd like to play in a movie directed by Kiano Takeshi."in his Japan fan meeting.

Rain met more than 6,000 Japanese fans at fan meeting in ZEPP Tokyo on the 12th.

Rain was asked from the press before the fan meeting, "Whose movie do you want to play in?", and answered, "I'd like to play in a movie like 'Love Story' directed by Kiano Takeshi, the opportunity to work with him would be unparalleled."

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[Jan-15-2009]10,000 fans' enthusiastic standing ovation, The slogan of Santoki made quite a splash.

Rain's Japan fan meeting, his first official activity in 2009, was greeted with a packed house.

The fan meeting was held based on "My Story" in Osaka Cube Hall of Japan on the 14th.

Through 2 performances, more than 10,000 fans holding a total of more than 5,000 seats were giving him enthusiastic supports like a standing ovation . Whenever Rain showed his 8 hit songs, they rewarded with overwhelming flood of cheers.

Especially, in Osaka fan meeting, the fans and Rain exchanged the slogan of "Santoki" which he had showed at a domestic broadcasting program last year, and it raised the fans' excitement.

JTune' foreign business team interested expressed, "Rain struggled to speak Japanese well before the fan meeting. Through the effort of him, a bond of sympathy could be formed between the fans and him, and their perfect harmony also seemed to be worked.

Rain is due to leave for home through Incheon airport on the 15th, stay in the country quite a while, and set to prepare for giving shape to his overseas plans.

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[Jan-16-2009]A new face trained by Rain, Everything is ready.

Rain who's created a sensation since his domestic come back in two years, will officially debut as a producer through making a new face trained by him debut.

Recently, Rain selected a teenage woman as a new singer-1, this singer's debut song has already been prepared. Not only did Rain participate as a composer, but he was in charge of all the dance composition.
Also, it has been known that the new face excels both in song and dance.

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[Jan-17-2009]The war against MBC "Section ETN News" isn't over yet.

The written mass protest by Rain fans still suffers the notice board of MBC "Section ETN News" program.

It has already been getting into one month after they protested.
Due to the written protests to be posted by the hundred even a day, especially, on Fridays it is broadcasted, the notice board of MBC "Section" always turns into a battle field.

The accident happened because the preparatory research was not thorough enough by MBC "Section", and it is regrettable that "Section" side roughly finished.

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*Further details published by Osen internet news on the 10th.


MBC "Section ENT News" announced an unconfirmed report about various ranking of the song and film world to put the year's affairs straight last month 19th that Rain ranked the 5th as the most disappointed singer, the reason why his Rainism song had engendered a lot of controversy with its sensation in spite of his splendid comeback, and had never been ranked as the first, also, even the audience's response to his following song had not been particularly good.

But, his fans made an objection to it. Actually Rain had awarded SBS's "Mutizen Song Prize" as the first in two weeks since his comeback as well as all sorts of music charts in spite of his short activity period. Also, his following songs with Rainism have gained in popularity even now unlike MBC section's thinking. Since that day, Rain fans' protest statements have been appearing in MBC notice board everyday, like that, "Correct the false report", "Apologize to Rain about the unconfirmed report".


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[Jan-19-2009]What kind of conclusion will "Rain & Ha Ji-Won's love" be completed?


Rain & Ha Ji-Won's unfinished 'Love Story' music video is due to be opened to the public.

JTune entertainment, Rain's agency, expressed as, "The final part of music drama of 'Love Story' which is included in his 5th album, will be revealed within the month. The completion work took a long time because of making a splendid image beauty. We are seriously thinking how this will be revealed at last."


The music drama which will be revealed this time, takes total 50 minuets, Rain & Ha Ji-Won showed their distinguished acting ability with a splendid image setting. The final part also seems to be revealed with a variety of forms.

"Love Story" music drama is due to be inserted into his 5th repackage album, which will be revealed at the end of this month, in DVD form. And his agency side is planning to make the music drama play at theater.


Rain who had finished his domestic activity after the last year-end awards, had Japan fan meetings in Tokyo and Osaka, on the 12th and 14th, and plans to fly to the USA for overseas activity in February.

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[Jan-20-2009]Rain is showering [V] with his talent as this month's Chosen One.

Showering his greatness upon the world is Korean pop sensation, Rain. A cross-cultural icon, Time magazine named him one of 2007’s “Most Influential People in the World” while People magazine included him in its “Most Beautiful People” issue. Rain is one of the few artists to generate just as much buzz in Asia as he does in Western markets.

With the launch of his latest album, Rainism, Rain is thundering back. With Rain flooding the airwaves, the chart-topping icon is [V]’s Chosen One for the month.

In this tell-all chat, the Korean idol opens up about his new album and upcoming projects.


You recently released your fifth album, Rainism. What can you tell us about it?

RAIN: Rainism was released two years after my last album, Rain’s World. On this album, I explore many different genres of music with songs like ‘Rainism,’ ‘Love Story,’ and ‘Fresh Woman.’ I hope people will enjoy it!



Why did you take so long to release this album?

For the past two years, I was shooting movies such as Ninja Assassin and Speed Racer [directed by The Matrix’s Wachowski Brothers]. So I haven't been around much since I was abroad. Now I'm going to focus on my career as a singer.



What was your main goal in making this album?

Above all, I wanted to make cheerful songs. In terms of choreography, I tried to make the performances full of fun. When you watch songs from Rainism through my music videos or my performances, you'll have a much better idea of what went into making this album. I'm sure you’ll enjoy it.



The hit single, ‘Love Story,’ has a very dramatic storyline. Can you tell us about this song?

‘Love Story’ is my personal love story. The melody is familiar and easy to listen to. It’s the kind of song that you can sing along to as well. The music video for ‘Love Story’ is a hot topic these days.



Why is that?

It’s mainly because the famous Korean actress, Ha Ji-won, who plays the leading lady, draws a lot of attention. I’m so glad that she was part of this music video. She was great to work with. The total length was originally 45 minutes. But you can see the final shorter version on CHANNEL [V] now.



We've heard that you're preparing for the Rainism Tour. Where will you be touring and what can we expect?

The title of the tour is ‘The Legend of Rainism.’ I will tour all over Asia starting with Korea next March. Then I will go to all the major Asian cities. Watch out for it in your city. It'll be great!



In Ninja Assassin, you play ‘one of the world’s deadliest assassins.’ Tell us about the film.

It was amazing working with the Wachowski Brothers again [directors of the Matrix films and Speed Racer]. You'll experience a whole new dimension of action scenes. The interesting thing about it was that we used Chinese martial arts like Kung Fu because the stunt people trained with Jet Li and Jackie Chan. You'll see a lot of cool action sequences. It’s a lot of fun and it's going to be released this summer [in July].



What are your New Year's resolutions for 2009?

In 2009, I'd like to see many new talents emerge from my company. I'm personally training some of them now. When these new artists come out, please show them your love. Ninja Assassin will also be released this year so I hope it'll be successful worldwide. If you guys enjoy the movie, spread the word! And my new album will come out in August, which is around the same time as Ninja Assassin’s release. The new album is a big project so I’m really looking forward to it.



Any last words for your Asian fans?

Hi, guys! I love you all, thank you for your support and best wishes, everyone!




Watch Rain storm his way back on the charts with the debut of his new video, Love Story. Fans can get more on their idol with the [V] special on Sunday, January 25 at 7 pm HK/SIN, 8 pm MAL.

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[Jan-19-2008]Rain and Jang Dong-Geon's SK "New Year" CM was selected as the most agreeable CM of this month.

In a poll of 1,200 adults who live in Seoul and the metropolitan area, during 3days, December26~28, 2008, conducted by Korea CM Strategic Studies, 12.25% said that they had selected Rain & Jang Dong-Geon's SK "New Year" CM as the most agreeable CM of December, 2008.


[Jan-19-2009]Rain first entered on the list of Korea movie business as one of power men 50.

Rain first entered on the list of South Korea cinema industry as the 36th place of power men 50 in Choongmuro.

*Choongmuro is the center of Korea film industry.

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[Jan-20-2009]Rain &Jang will fly to Australia for shooting CM.

Rain & Jan Dong-Geon are due to make a trip, four days and three nights before and after the Lunar New Year's Day holidays, to Australia for shooting SK television commercials.

Rain &Jang are the best male icon in Korean entertainment world, and Rain's Ninja Assassin and Jang's Laundry Warrior are each coming soon.

These two allegedly get along with each other like brothers.
This time is an important moment for them as much as they are planning to extend their abroad activity.

In addition, this trip will pave the way that they exchange information and cheer up each other.

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[Jan-23-2009]Malaysia Astroview Magazine, February 2009

IT'S RAINING!!

Korean hip-hop sensation Rain is making a splash with his charm and talent. What is it about him that makes women go weak in the knees (and men turn green?) We find out and about the storm that’s known as Rain.

He is Asia’s very own Justin Timberlake, and women know that when the word 'Rain' is mentioned, it is not so much in reference to Mother Nature as it is to Korean sensation Jeong Ji-Hoon. The sensational K-pop star has taken Asia's music scene by storm with his vocals, charm and of course, an unbelievable six-pack abs! One can hardly deny that Rain is indeed big news in the entertainment industry. Perhaps the best import! from Korea (after kim chi, of course), this 26-year-old was voted as Time magazine's top 100 most influential people in 2006. Not bad for a guy who claims to have been an introverted and shy child. Today, you can be sure of nothing but a spectacular time when you catch Rain live in concert. Extravagance comes to mind—what with the pyrotechnics, exaggerated sets, change of costumes, and the huge amount of backstage performers with the spotlight on the dream guy of many teenage girls (not to mention, some adults too!).

STAR QUALITY

It is hard to believe that Rain almost didn't make it to the stardom he resides in to day. Says the singer of when he first ventured in the entertainment industry in 2000: "I remember going to auditions before my debut and I was rejected 12 times! I was told back then that the reason I was rejected was because my face was too ugly. I was even told after one audition that my singing and dancing was great but I didn’t make it because I didn’t have double eyelids." Well, double eyelids or not, his third album, "It’s Raining" which was released end 2005, sold over one million copies in Asia and topped the charts in Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and of course, his come country South Korea. His first concert, Rainy Day, held in Korea and Japan, was sold out on the first day the tickets were released. His fifth album, 'RAINISM' (released end of last year) is fast climbing the charts.

His parade doesn't end there Rain won the MTV Asia Grand Slam competition in 2004, introducing his talent all across Asia. In 2005, he was awarded the Favourite Korean Artist at the MTV Asia Awards held in Bangkok, Most Popular Asian Artist Award from Channel [V] Thailand, Best Buzz Asia Award during the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005 and Best Korean Singer awards in the MTV-CCTV Mandarin Music Honors in Beijing. As if those awards weren’t enough to validate his presence in the entertainment industry, Rain was also the first Asian to perform in the 2005 American MTV Video Music Awards in Miami, as well as the 2005 MTV Latin Video Music Awards in Mexico. Talk about star power... It is no wonder why Rain claims he doesn’t sleep for more than two hours a day when he's working. "My motto in life is to be humble and endlessly persist and strive," says Rain. "I really believe that there is nothing that can be gained without effort."

Unfortunately, his stint in the US did not generate as much star attention. Despite sold-out ticket sales in New York in 2007, several of his other US concerts were cancelled due to low-ticket sales and possible legal troubles. Despite this, Rain still left quite an impressive mark in the US music industry be recording a duet with Omarion, titled Man Up which was released in Omarion's album "21" as a bonus track. Rain also made it to People magazine's Most Beautiful People list in 2007 and topped Time's online poll for Most Influential Person (though the results did not make it to the actual magazine).

And it is not just Rain's singing and dancing that have us all enthralled with him. His role in the highly-successful drama Full House in 2004 made him an all-round entertainer. The Korean drama was rated with one of the highest viewings, with over 30 per cent for each episode. So no surprise that he picked up the Best Actor Award in the Korean KBS Acting Awards for his performance.

MULTI-TALENTED

It seems as if Rain has done it all, and with five albums, roles in four televisions series and three movies, is there anything left for him to do? Why, Hollywood of course. Which is why the singer has made plans to release a Hollywood film and an English album all within this year. The only glitch? He doesn’t speak English. But that doesn’t seem to be a problem for the singer. "This year I am looking to make these changes and I'm also studying very hard with English, which is the hardest thing."

Judging from him fan base outside Korea, language will not be barrier. The singer is confident he will not fail his fans. "One thing I am confident is in my stage presence" says Rain. "Having a cross of both Western and Eastern cultures on stage is, I think, my strength."

HIS LUCKY STAR

Hollywood or not, even the star is shocked at his success, but it has come as a pleasant surprise of course. "I still can’t believe that I am a singer," says Rain. "Sometimes when I find my CD among those I own, I feel my heart swell. It is true happiness that there will be people somewhere who will listen and follow my dance, like I have after the dances and songs of Seotaeji and Boys and Deux when I dreamt of becoming a singer."

The star also credits his family for all his success. "My parents were initially against it but they become supportive after a while," he says. His mother, who passed away in 2000, was a huge influence in his life. "My mother was a big part of my life. The mother-son relationship between us was very strong. To this day, I regret that I wasn't once able to pick her a bouquet of flowers or buy her a meal. At that time, I vowed in front of her picture, that when I receive a major award, it would be in her honour, I am very happy that I've achieved this. In my concert, there is a song dedicated to her. I used to cry a lot when singing this song, but I am now more in control of my emotions. I think it is because of her memory that I try harder and have become more humble. And because of her I try to be a good person and not to do bad things." Successful, sweet and humble—Rain sounds almost perfect—little surprise why he is such a phenomenon in Asia.

So what does the future lie for Rain? And is there a special someone in his life? Well, his female fans will be glad to know that Rain is solely focused on his career, and relationships are not his priority at the moment (he's still available, ladies!). "I believe that if you want to gain something, you need to sacrifice something else. So if I want to enjoy hanging out with friends or having a girlfriend, it would be better for me to give up the work I am doing now because it would be really difficult to do everything well. But because I am still young, I think it is better to lay those things aside for now and concentrate on my work," says Rain.

"The path I am on now is exactly right for me. I am not just another actor or a singer from Korea. I want to be a representative of Asia and Asian people regardless of whether they are Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, Singaporean or Filipino. I think that the Asian culture is great. I think it is time for more Asian entertainers to emerge in the US market. I would like to be able to do this in the near future and to become a person that all of Asia can be proud of."

And when that happens, we will definitely be asking for more Rain!

Catch more of Rain in Hip Korea, a documentary on his meteoric rise to fame as seen through the prism of Korea's dynamic society and youthful pop culture. The program will cover Rain up close and personal—tracing his roots in the suburban jungle of Seoul to his inspiration amidst Korea’s thriving hip-hop culture.
HIP KOREA Discovery Channel, February 23, Monday, 8pm

Credit : Malaysia Astroview Magazine, February 2009
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