Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Bi (비)/ Jung Ji-hoon (정지훈)

Who doesn't know Rain (“Bi” is “rain” in Korean)? Whether you are a fan or non-fan of the talented singer/dancer/actor chances are, you'd have read about him. The latest buzz surrounding the bloke, whom I'd like to dub the Energizer Bunny (because he keeps going and going, and going) is his last-minute L.A. concert cancellation and its controversial repercussions. At the time of writing, the 25-year-old is laying low in Germany and shooting his Hollywood debut flick, .

Jung Ji-hoon, who adpots the stage name Rain, discovered the joys of performing in the 6th grade. During his teen years, he was part of a boyband called Fan Club. Its first single was a cover of Chumbawamba's Tubthumping! Of course, the band sang the song in Korean and with different lyrics. The group was short-lived and soon disbanded, but Rain held on to his dreams.

Rain went for many auditions but was repeatedly rejected not because he lacked talent, but because he didn't have double eyelids, an obsession with Koreans. Eventually, he was accepted by JYP Entertainment with the CEO of the agency, Park Jin-young taking him under his wing. Thank goodness for people with enough sense to overlook a lack of double eyelids, huh?

In 2002, he debuted with the album Bad Guy. It was a hit. He then delved into acting and toplined the drama series , which was also a hit. The following year, the Energizer Bunny released his second album How to Avoid the Sun, which – you guessed it – was a hit.

All of Asia took note of Rain in 2004 when the extremely popular drama Full House, the highest-rated Korean drama of all time, was released. He secured his popularity in Asia with the release of his third album It's Raining, which is reportedly the star’s most successful album to date, both in Korea and internationally.

Wowing Asia alone isn't enough for the Energizer Bunny. The ambitious young man wants to break into the United States as well in order to be known as an international superstar. In 2006, he received a nod from Time magazine when he was voted as the second most influential artiste of the year. He also performed to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York that same year.

Rain managed to squeeze in some acting in between and played a patient in a mental hospital in the quirky Park Chan-wook-directed .

The Energizer Bunny then released his 4th album entitled Rain's World in Oct 2006 and kicked off his Rain's Coming World Tour in December! He jetted all across Asia for his concert (Malaysia included! Yeah, whatta night!) but had to cancel the Canada and US dates, the latter due to legal problems and incompetent management.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the IT boy of Asia, the Energizer Bunny:

Name: Jung Ji-hoon/ Jeong Ji-hoon
Stage name: Rain/ Bi
Date of birth: June 25, 1982
Height: 184cm
Weight: 75kg
Blood type: O
Hobbies: Eating, dancing, singing, watching movies, and music
Family: Father & a younger sister

Albums:

  • Back to the Basic - special mini album (2010)
  • Rainism (2008)
  • Rain's World (2006)
  • Eternal Rain (Japanese album) (2006)
  • It's Raining (2004)
  • How to Avoid the Sun (2003)
  • Bad Guy (2002)

TV Dramas:

Movies:

Source: Wikipedia

Purchase:
Gimme more Rain!

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21 Comments:

Linda said...

I so LOVE this hunky man!

manda said...

i only pay attention to him after his concert in malaysia - 2007. arghh!! i have read in the paper that it was a bomb in that night. i will surely support him if he ever comes here for a concert. there is never ending CLEAR advertisement in msia tv channels, that rain endorses. whenever i look at it, it makes me smile...

Orchid899 said...

Yeah! My boy!

Doralee said...

Bi! He's my first love!!! (Korean, I mean) Always looking for his news in the net. I was literally drenched in his sweat at his M'sian concert as I was in the pit... so near and yet so far! Ha ha...!

saranghae said...

just love him so much...love his charisma...love his personalities...love his everything...

Anonymous said...

Bi obaa!!!!!
BI is so hot good-looking and sweet
OMG! He's so great and popular^^
Bi obaa is so kiyowo and jo-a dance moves and looks.
I'm fowards to see him in more concerts nearby.
Bi obaa...sarang-he,,mani sarang-he

sweet_girl said...

hi...
come 2 indonesia key, we r waitng 4 u....

rainbowlove88 said...

Happy birthday oppa! Saranghaeyo. Really, really love you!

michael(09239858704) said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

hi..im came from philippines.filipino loves u...u r my favorate korean actor,u r the reason y im still hopping to go in ur country

Anonymous said...

hi im reziel guangco,,from philippines i realy like u...i collected all ur pictures,at once glance u attracted my attention even though i didnt like korean,but now i saw the positive side of their nationality hoping that i come in korea someday..wish that u visit here in philippines...

Anonymous said...

im reziel guangco,i really like u as an actor...u r so popular here in philippines....hope u go here,i still hoping that someday i go in ur country(korea)to watch ur performance..filipino loves u..

Anonymous said...

Hi Bi
no doubt you are my one and only idol in Korea... i wish you could come here in the Philippines not just for a games as you did before in cebu and villa escudero... PLEASE DO
A CONCERT... WE LOVE YOU... FOREVER

Anonymous said...

i love him....
he is very smart, nice, and all other, ,

i want to meet you.....
i hope so

Anonymous said...

I will love u more if your GOD can come first before the privacy of your girlfriend..

Anonymous said...

hi ji im monica from india.i just want to say good luck for ur future.u always be happy.plz ji come to india for a concert.i realy want to meet u.everyday i pray to god tht i meet u somewhere.plz who s reading this comment plz pray to god tht i meet him plzzzzz.ji ur so cute,hot n sexy ur my 1st asian star to whom i like.

fazrain said...

annyong haseyo bi hyong..che iremen fazrain imnida..cho.hyongi nomu choahesumnida...cho malaysiaeso..love u rain.

Anonymous said...

Bi oppa,.
u r my hero, every night i couldn't sleep without thinking of u..
hope ur movie ninja assasin could be success in the world..
love u _ rie

Anonymous said...

awww ilove him so much hz amazing and so fit ^-^

Anonymous said...

Very talented guy and now he's venturing into apparel. Hope he succeed and become a role model of a younger generation.

Geraldine said...

I come from France and I discovered his talent in :A Love To Kill. He is the big Talent of our time, he gave me interests for Koréan styles and for his culture. Hope he will continue to give a lot of dreams like that to all people over the world.
No need to imitate M. Jackson, Rain, your own talent and personality are enough to be the best.
God Bless You.

Eliah

 

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