[article] South Korean Sensation Rain Enters Military as Hundreds of Fans Bid Him Farewell.

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The Hollywood Reporter 10/12/2011 — by Sofia M. Fernandez, Lee Hyo-won

South Korean Sensation Rain Enters Military as Hundreds of Fans Bid Him Farewell

The pop singer-actor’s latest film, Soar Into the Sun, will be released in 2012.

Is Rain the South Korean Elvis?

It certainly seemed so by the turnout of hundreds of fans in Seoul Tuesday that came to bid the singer-actor farewell as he entered military service.

Like Elvis, who served two years in the U.S. Army, Rain will be an active-duty solder for the same amount of time with South Korea’s Uijeongbu 306 Reserve Battalion.

Military service is mandatory for all able-bodied South Korean men. Artist who have tried to avoid duty, have suffered career backlashes, reports the BBC.

Rain will be off the public radar for the next two years, but fans will be able to watch him in military action through his air force movie, Soar Into the Sun. In Soar, Jung Ji-hoon – Rain’s real name, which he prefers to use for acting projects – plays a talented yet troublemaking elite air force pilot who is demoted to the combat flying unit. There he meets new friends, rivals and love interest, and is put to the ultimate test when he ventures into enemy territory…

» You can read this article in its entirety on The Hollywood Reporter website HERE.

~ by Cloud USA on October 12, 2011.

One Response to “[article] South Korean Sensation Rain Enters Military as Hundreds of Fans Bid Him Farewell.”

  1. Yeah Elvis did go to the army didn’t he. We KNOW it didn’t stop his career either.


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