Korean Sensation Rain shows good English in new Speed Racer trailer

Korean Sensation > Rain shows good English in new Speed Racer trailer

Korean popstar debut Hollywood movie, “Speed Racer” released its international trailer yesterday and there were noticeably more Taejo Togokahn scenes then before. Seeing Rain speaking English (just one-liners) in the trailer showed that his hard work in learning it might have paid off.

Rain plays rival driver, Taejo Togokahn to main lead, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch). But the both of them later make up and become friends to fight against the enemy. In the new 4 minutes trailer, we see Rain’s cool side in the car, executing a flying kick, getting beaten with blood flowing, etc. All these showing that he has a heavy role in the movie and is not just restricted to driving a car!

Rain has a few lines in the trailer and among them, his ”Stop Showing Off” line goes to show that his hard work in learning the English language has paid off.

Speed Racer is adapated from the 1960s Japanese animated series of the same name, Speed Racer and there’s lots of Japanese elements in the movie. For example, car drifting techniques, ninjas, winding race tracks akin to Initial D’s Gunma prefecture, etc. All these serving to retain a Japanese feel to the movie.

The Japanese movie company are placing great emphasis on the movie success and is planning to hold a grand movie premiere at the Tokyo Dome, inviting Rain to attend together with 35,000 viewers. The screen at Tokto Dome will be an unprecedented 37m x 17.4m giant screen and they are planning to enter this in the Guinness World of Records. The movie company is also collaborating with Puma to release two shoes titled, “Mach5″ and “X9″ to tie in with car designs in the movie and sell it at the same time when the movie is released.

For Speed Racer, Rain is going all over the world to promote this debut Hollywood movie. He will first return to his homeland, Korea on 20th April. Then he will visit Hong Kong on 23rd April and that’s the only South-East Asian country. He will then concentrate on the European and American markets. Among them, 9th May will be the movie premiere at Los Angeles followed by stops in Berlin and London. His final stop will be Tokyo, Japan on 29th June.

The Pretty Boy Korean Hunk Kang Ji Hwan is gaining grounds

Kang Ji Hwan (1977) started his acting career in 1993. Despite his tall figure and bright face, due to his lack of luck, Kang Ji Hwan was only able to appear in several dramas, such as Save The Last Dance For Me, More Beautiful Than A Flower...

Until 2005, Kang Ji Hwan started to be recognized widely throughout the daily drama Be Strong Geum Soon (MBC). Be Strong Geum Soon gathered a B-grade casts and it didn’t attract much attentions at that time. However, thanks to its interesting plot, Be Strong Geum Soon set a record rating of 40%. The drama brought its lead male and female characters, played by Kang Ji Hwan and Han Hye Jin, to fame. They are loved not only in Korea but also in Taiwan and mainland China, where people have bought the copyrights to broadcast the drama.

After the success of Be Strong Geum Soon, Kang Ji Hwan became an A-grade actor and was invited to be the main character of several dramas after that. However, his later dramas including Fireworks, 90 Days Falling In Love, and Capital Scandal didn't success as good as expected. It’s even worse that drama 90 Days Falling In Love had the lowest rating in 2006. This event affected Kang Ji Hwan significantly and made him became quiet for a while.

In early 2008, Kang Ji Hwan came back with ancient drama Hong Gil Dong. It’s believed that this is the drama that he devoted himself the most. Although Hong Gil Dong’s ratings are better than his previous dramas, it doesn’t reach its expectation.

Yet, via Hong Gil Dong, Kang Ji Hwan has become more popular and gathered more fans in Korea, Japan, China… and even in Vietnam. Thanks to Hong Gil Dong, Kang Ji Hwan has an opportunity to win the Most Popular Actor at Baeksang Awards, which will be held on April 24.

Finally, Kang Ji Hwan’s efforts and talents are recognized by everyone.