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Korean top singer and actor Rain is drawing keen attention from CNN, MTV and other international media as “Ninja Assassin” barrels into theaters on Wednesday in the United States and on Thursday in Korea. They are introducing Rain and the movie ― in which he plays Raizo, a revenge-seeking ninja ― on their Web sites in a largely positive tone.

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For his first Hollywood lead role in “Ninja Assassin,” Rain had to forget he was a pop star and trained alongside stuntmen for six hours a day, over six months ― all when he could have been comfortably playing sweet TV roles or dancing onstage for staunch Asian fans.

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It may not be an exaggeration to say that today’s Korean pop charts are literally “occupied” by boy bands and girl groups such as the Wonder Girls and TVXQ, whose members are in their late teens and early 20s and dance to computerized hip-hop music.

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Singer and actor Rain, one of the top Korean wave or hallyu stars, said the term “Korean wave” would be better not used as it is too self-centered and could cause anti-hallyu sentiment among Asian fans.

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Rain’s MBLAQ makes broadcasting debut

Korea’s top singer and actor Rain asked his fans to support his new boy band MBLAQ that made its television debut Thursday. The five-member boy band is the first group he created and trained over the last two years.

Five-member boy band MBLAQ made its television debut Thursday. Rain created and trained the group for the first time as a producer.

Five-member boy band MBLAQ made its television debut Thursday. Rain created and trained the group for the first time as a producer.

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Rain joins F1 Rocks concert in Singapore

Korean pop star Rain has filmed a segment for the F1 Rocks show, the only officially F1 endorsed concert during the Grand Prix week in Singapore.

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Rain starts Asian Tour

Korean singer and actor Rain kicked off his Asian tour, “Legend of Rainism,” at the Saitama Super Arena, Japan, Saturday and Sunday.

Singer and actor Rain performs during the first leg of his Asian tour ``Legend of Rainism'' in Japan, Saturday. The singer will perform in Seoul this October. (J.Tune Entertainment)

Singer and actor Rain performs during the first leg of his Asian tour ``Legend of Rainism'' in Japan, Saturday. The singer will perform in Seoul this October. (J.Tune Entertainment)

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