Jae Bum (23), who had been a member of star group 2PM and left Korea to the USA after he evoked criticism due to his utterance depreciating Koreans, came back to Korea on June 18 after nine months away. The purpose of his visit is to film the Korean and American film “Hype Nation,” in which he will appear as a main actor. A spokesperson of the production company of “Hype Nation” delivered the news on June 17 that he would arrive in Incheon International Airport at 5:50 pm on Asiana Airline.
Nine months ago, Jae Bum had left for his hometown of Seattle as the criticism mounted. When he had been a trainee of JYP Entertainment between 2005 and 2007, he had talked with his friends in America and his private messages were spread through the Internet, and the netizen’s criticism of his messages became more and more pronounced before he left Korea. After that, JYP Entertainment announced that Jae Bum would be expelled from the group due to some problems in his private life, and since then Jae Bum has been staying in the USA. The spokesperson said, “Jae Bum will enter into the country with his B-boy team AOM, his parents, and staff members. He will start to film the movie from June 23 and the locations will be Seoul and Busan.”
As the Incheon airport has been swamped with inquires asking about his arrival schedule in Korea, it was expected that thousands of his fans would come to the airport to see him. Also, people in the entertainment business are paying sharp attention to whether he will reveal his opinion for the reason for his withdrawal, which JYP Entertainment had announced. One day before he arrived, members of famous American hiphop group B2K, J-Boog and Lil’ Fizz, who will appear in “Hype Nation” with Jae Bum, came to Korea on June 17 at 6 pm.
The film will be made with funding from both Korea and the US, and it will portray the story of an Asian B-boy group participating in the World B-boy Championship held in Asia and then moving on to have successful lives in America. Jae Bum will play the leader of the Korean B-boy group. Director Alan Calzatti, who has made music videos for the Backstreet Boys and N Sync, will direct the film, and Teddy Riley, who was popular as a leader of Black Street in the 1990s and famous for producing albums for Michael Jackson, John Legend, and the Pussycat Dolls, will participate as a music director. (KBS)
I’m just so happy that Jaebum is finally back in South Korea.