Chances are you have never heard of him, but he was one of People Magazine’s most beautiful people, and according to a poll conducted by Time Magazine, he’s more influential than Stephen Colbert, sorry Steve! So who is it? It’s Rain the korean pop icon, and he’s set to break out in a big way today to the western world, staring in the new movie: Ninja Assassin.
Releasing today Wednesday November 25, 2009, Ninja Assassin is the hollywood action film that stars pop icon Rain as a deadly assassin in his biggest debut in the western world. Korea is quickly becoming the new pop culture hub of asia, with Seoul bumping shoulders with the likes of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore. But although Korean TV, fashion and music are becoming a big hit in the east, it is much more difficult to break into the European and North American market.
According to a recent CNN article:
“I put my heart and soul into this movie,” he said. Rain trained hard for months to get ready for the movie’s slick violence.
“For about a year, I couldn’t eat properly, I was working out from 7 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon,” he said. “I went through a lot of pain in my efforts to get 100 percent close to the character that I was playing.”
It seems Rain is determined to have his name known in the U.S, with 6 albums under his belt, he is still trying to get a foothold in the western market. But maybe Ninja Assassin will do that for him. So if your sitting down to watch it tonight, or your googling his name afterwards, your helping this korean pop star realize his dream; for you to know the name, Rain.