Who said single-eyelids were not beautiful? Well that was what Rain, (or Bi in Korean) was told as a teen attempting to break into the entertainment industry. Now at 26, an international superstar, it seems that Rain, real name Jung Ji-hoon certainly did not take it too much to heart, or how else did he become what he is today?
With a Hollywood film under his belt (Speed Racer, 2008), awards and nominations both in television and acting on the Korean home front, it seems the once Korean back-dancer is no longer just the back dancer with single eyelids. Discovered by Park Jin Young, the CEO of Korean talent agency JYP Entertainment, he was accepted as a trainee and spent years as a trainee before debuting in 2002, and the rest is history.
Notable highlights are his performances in Sang Doo! Lets go to School! and Full House, which was one of the highest-rated Korean dramas of all time with ratings of over 30% for every episode. Expansion to Asia saw Asia-wide tours, commercials, endorsements, and his face posted across Asia. His third album It's Raining sold over 1 million copies in Asia, making it Rain's most successful album to date both domestically and internationally.
In April 2006, he was mentioned in the Time magazine website article that named the "100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World". Even Steven Colbert of The Colbert Report show, in mocking, has given Rain credit. His increasing image on the world stage also put him into People’s 2007 list of the "Most Beautiful People" in the world.
Highlights and things to watch for in 2008: debut into Hollywood in movie Speed Racer (2008), and new album: Rainism. By adding "-ism" to his name, the title promotes a new ideology and concept that capture the essence of who he is and what he represents.
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