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Rain to Star in 'Old Boy' Director's New Film

2006/01/03 | Permalink | Source

By Bae Keun-min
Staff Reporter

Singer and actor Rain will make his big-screen debut in director Park Chan-wook's new film, "Saibogujiman Kwenchana", which translates "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK".

Rain will play the male lead in the movie, which is scheduled to begin production in March, according to JYP Entertainment, Rain's agency.

"We are in the last stage of negotiation for the film", a JYP Entertainment official told The Korea Times over the phone.

The film by Park, who won the Jury Grand Prix for the second installment "Old Boy" of his revenge trilogy at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, will portray a girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg.

She checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other diverse psychotics. She even falls in love with a man who thinks he can steal souls from people with a machine he invented.

Rain almost made his screen debut in the 2004 film "Fighter in the Wind", but pulled out of the project at the last minute. Rain, however, starred in many hit TV dramas such as "Sang Doo! Let's go to school" in 2003 and "Full House" in 2004.

Last month, he finished another television drama "I Chugilnomui Sarang", in which he played a mixed martial arts fighter.

Besides starring in Park's film, Rain is set to have a fairly busy year. The 23-year-old singer will release his first and second single albums in Japan this month, which will be accompanied by promotional events. His first single there is named "Sad Tango".

He will continue his "It's Raining" tour with concerts in New York on Feb. 2 and 3, and in Bangkok, Thailand on Feb. 26.

The first regular album in Japan will be out in May and he will make a tour of seven to eight cities.

Rain will work on his fourth album for Korean fans and introduce it in September. Then he will restart his concert tour in Asian nations, according to his agency.

As for making inroads into the United States, Rain is focusing on learning English. "If we push to make an advance into the United States, we can do it right now. But we will resolve the language issue", the official said. "When his English capability reaches a certain level, we will spur on the plan".

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