Friday, September 28, 2007

Promoting Speed Racer in Singapore

[Singapore News] The movie <Speed Racer> will be on screen in 167 countries, and Singaporean fans can anticipate to see Rain in the theaters on May 8 next year. The movie distributor Golden Village will try their best to invite Rain over to fully promote the movie! If all goes smoothly, another "Rain" storm might be coming!

During inquiries, the spokespeople of Golden Village indicated that Rain caused quite a big stir when he came to the lion city (Singapore) in the beginning of this year. will be Golden Village's biggest movie, and they hope to be able to get Rain to Singapore; with the help of his influence, push this movie up into the box office.

This movie will not only be shown in the US, but also in showings within 166 countries worldwide, including Egypt, Australia, Germany, Spain, Holland, England, Brazil, Japan and so on.

At the thought of the movie being screened in 167 countries, Rain has nothing but excitement, "Before the start of the film shoot, I kept wondering if there was even a need of me in any part of the movie. It looks like I was worrying for nothing, my parts were increased, that's just too good!"

In the movie, Rain's supporting role only had 30 minutes of acting time. But later the directors were greatly satisfied with his performance that they increased it to 50 minutes. According to South Korean reports, Rain practiced his Engilsh movie dialogues very diligently, and since the beginning of shooting, he said the dialogue was never corrected or revised, so it looked like his proficiency in English was rather effective.

Wachowski Brothers, directors of <The Matrix> are directors of this new movie <Speed Racer> based out of the Japanese cartoon . In this movie Rain plays the part of an Asian race car driver struggling to maintain his family's honor.

Source: Zong Guo Bao (Chinese press)

Posted by: azafighting@rainhk

Chi to Eng Translation: dsl99a@rain-usa

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Japanese film featuring Kim Rae Won to open next spring

Kim Rae Won will be starring in a Japanese film as one of the main leads.

Sankei Sports reported on the 20th that Hallyu Star Kim Rae Won was cast as the main lead for "Hanakake (Flower Shadow)" and completed filming.

The film is directed by Gawai Hayato, director of "Bayside Shakedown" and Yamamoto Mirai co-stars Kim Rae Won.

The newspaper also reported, "Kim Rae Won was selected amidst a search for a Korean actor who can take in and protect the female lead character in a melodrama that takes place in Korea and Japan."

Kim Rae Won who established his position as a Hallyu star through "Attic Cat," "Love Story in Harvard," and others commented, "It is my pleasure to be able to work on a film that bridges the gap between Korea and Japan. I hope many Japanese fans will come watch the movie." Yamamoto Mirai commented, "I learned a lot from the passionate Korean actors and staff."
Filming began in the spring in Busan, Tokyo, and Osaka while the movie gathered attention from Hallyu fans that came to visit the set.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Bae Yong-joon is Hottest Asian Hunk With Glasses

Korean actor Bae Yong-joon has been named as the male celebrity that suits glasses the best in an annual survey by a glasses manufacturer, while Japanese celebrity Miho Takagi has topped the women's list. We had no idea there was even an annual list like that, but we couldn't agree with them more. Bae Yong-joon does look hot in glasses.

The survey was done by Seiko Optical Products over the Internet ahead of Japan's "Glasses Day" on Oct. 1. It was the first time that Bae, known familiarly in Japan as "Yon-sama," topped the list in the annual survey. Takagai took the top spot in the woman's list for the fourth year in a row.

In the survey, the percentage of people who said they liked glasses fell slightly, but still exceeded the halfway mark, hitting about 55 percent. Reasons people gave for liking glasses included that they could change the look of their face and that they enjoyed matching their glasses with their clothes.

The manufacturer's survey was conducted in July on a total of 1,074 people.

source: asianbite

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lim Jeong Hee to debut in the U.S. with Outkast

Lim Jeong Hee will debut in the U.S. with hip hop duo Outkast.

Lim Jeong Hee's agency JYP/Big Hit Entertainment announced on the 13th, "
Lim Jeong Hee signed a joint album production agreement with Outkast."

This agreement was initiated by Park Jin Young who is actively working as a composer in the U.S and can be considered his second achievement after the agreement between Lil Jon and Min.

Lim Jeong Hee has been residing in New York since last year learning English and training musically while having several meetings with renowned music artists in the U.S.

The agency says, "Park Jin Young received good responses from local music labels of Lim Jeong Hee's songs that he composed for the U.S. market, and received offers from not only
Outkast, but also The Neptunes and other pop artist producers. We decided to sign an agreement with Outkast considering Lim Jeong Hee's musical style and color. Big Boi was impressed by her vocals and Park Jin Young's music. He signed a producing agreement with Lim Jeong Hee and requested Park Jin Young to participate in the new album of Outkast."

source: broasia

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Jang Dong-gun's new image : Tattoo and long hair.

source: rukorean

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Lee Ji Hoon returns as a singer after three years

and singer Lee Ji Hoon will return as a singer after three and a half years with a new album in September. He has been appearing in movies and drama series after his 5th album in April of 2004.
Lee Ji Hoon says, "The recording schedule has been overlapping with filming but I have been recording in between schedules and quite an amount has been finished. It is my first album in three and a half years so I am very careful. I will most likely be able to release a new album in September."

Lee Ji Hoon recently appeared as a guest during Shin Hye Sung's first solo concert tour and displayed his unchanged singing talent. He also joined the tour in Osaka (27th) and Nagoya (29th) along with the two Seoul shows on the 11th and 12th.

For the ending of the Nagoya show, he sang 'In Hyung (Doll)' as a duet with Shin Hye Sung along with the song 'I miss you,' theme song of 'Stairway to Heaven.' When he presented a cake along with the staff to congratulate Shin Hye Sung's first solo concert, Shin Hye Sung showed tears displaying their close friendship.

In Japanese, Lee Ji Hoon also commented, "My friend Hye Sung seems to be popular in Japan. I am starting to want to continue pursuing my singing career as well."


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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Won Bin Named UNICEF Representative After Military Discharge

Top star Won Bin will make his first public appearance as a UNICEF representative since his discharge from the army a year and three months ago.

The actor will receive his appointment as a special UNICEF representative on Sept. 6 from UNICEF Korea. Won has received rehabilitation training since his discharge from the military in June last year.

Special UNICEF representatives are recognized all over the world as honorary volunteer workers and are chosen from among high-profile figures in the film, music, sports, art, fashion and performance sectors. Those who act as special representatives for a long duration are later appointed as UNICEF goodwill ambassadors.

As a UNICEF representative, Won will participate in charity events for children, appear in public announcements and visit developing countries.

source:kbs global

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Monday, September 3, 2007

Childhood photo [korean actress]

Guess Who ?


credit : popseoul

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Rain Resumes Singing

Singer Rain will make a comeback to the stage by participating in a Chinese event on September 24 after a four-month hiatus.

Rain, who suspended his singing career in May due to the filming of the movie "Speed Racer," will participate in a Korea-China-Japan Asian Art Festival in Shanghai.

The large-scale festival is being organized by the Chinese government and will feature several top stars such as Shin Seung-hoon, Andy Lau and Jackie Chan. It will also be attended by Chinese Premier Wen Jia Bao and culture ministers from the three countries.

The purpose of the festival is to mark the 15th anniversary of Korea's diplomatic ties with China and the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Japan.

Rain returned to Korea about two months ago after filming "Speed Racer" in Germany.

source:kbs global

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