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RAIN (Raizo) made his US feature film debut as a race car driver in "Speed Racer,” under the direction of the Wachowski brothers and the film's second unit director, James McTeigue, all of whom reunite on "Ninja Assassin.” Rain, a top Korean R&B/pop singer, was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World in 2006; in 2007 People Magazine included him in their annual Most Beautiful People issue.

After debuting with the 2002 album Rain, which spawned the hit single "Bad Guy,” Rain starred in the 2003 drama series "Sang Doo! Let's Go To School.” His second album, How to Avoid the Sun, followed, and scored a hit single with the title track.

He subsequently starred in the 2004 drama series "Full House,” which became one of the highest-rated Korean dramas of all time, enjoyed broadcast exposure in many countries and brought him the Best Actor Award at that year's KBS Acting Awards. While shooting the 2005 miniseries "A Love to Kill,” Rain's headstrong approach to the challenging role made him a more versatile actor.

Rain's third album, It's Raining, sold over one million copies in Asia, making it his most successful album to date both domestically and internationally, and the subsequent "Rainy Day” concert tour was a success in Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and the United States, featuring two shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Rain's World, the performer's fourth album, was released in 2006 and led to the highly acclaimed "Rain's Coming” World Tour.

In 2005, Rain became the first Asian performing artist invited to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards. His other music industry honors include the MTV Asia Grand Slam. He was named Favorite Korean Artist at the 2005 MTV Asia Aid, held in Bangkok, and won the Most Popular Asian Artist Award from Channel [V] Thailand, as well as the Best Buzz Asia Award at the 2005 MTV Japan Video Music Awards and the Best Korean Singer Award at the MTV-CCTV Mandarin Music Honors in Beijing.

Rain made his feature film debut in "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK,” directed by Chan-wook Park. The film and its director won the Alfred Bauer prize at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival and Rain was named Best New Actor at the 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards. In 2009, Rain was named Goodwill Ambassador by the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, and serves as the Global Publicity Ambassador for the City of Seoul.

Rain is currently traveling on a "Legend of Rainism” tour which will cover Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, and Las Vegas, to name a few locations.


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