Ok, I really liked Speed Racer. And, no not just because Rain was in it although it was really cool that he was. But even more importantly, he landed on the Wachowski’s radar and THAT resulted in Ninja Assassin. I concur that Rain would make an incredibly good action film star with a healthy side of brood and insolence mixed in. I rather enjoy him in broody, insolent roles where you ultimately end up liking him because somewhere buried beneath those layers of insolence is a decent guy who upon discovering his own decency, lets us in on it. Rain’s Taejo Togokahn is one of those guys.
I guess it is painfully obvious by now that I will never shy away from an opportunity to talk about Rain. It is also clear that he manages to show up in every post even when it is not about him! Yes, it’s true, I am a full blown Rain fangirl! Luckily, this post IS about him. When I posted Rain as my first K-Shot of Hot, I was in the process of watching his 2004 drama, Full House. At that time, I had no idea how the drama would play out but what I did see of it at the time of writing was enough to convince me that Rain’s Young Jae would make some kind of transformation. Now that I have long finished watching Full House, traveled to Seoul, and watched Rain walk through the West gate a fully discharged ROK Army sergeant, I am finally able to sit down and share my thoughts on his turn as bratty, loud, petulant, but eternally cute, Young Jae.
A man with an incredible voice who sings with unabashed emotion, has a provocative stage presence AND a beautifully pure and boyish smile? Sounds strikingly familiar, doesn’t it, Rain? Hmmm, maybe I have a K-type after all. My trip to Seoul exposed me to so many things and resulted in repeated visits to Korean music stores which subsequently got me a little more acquainted with K-pop. It was during this time I discovered Kim Junsu after a fangirl swoonfest over TVXQ. I admit to being duly smitten and immediately knew Junsu would be my next K-Shot of Hot.
It is impossible for me to adequately sum up my trip to Seoul when I have so many emotions crowding my heart. Let’s just say I did not want to leave. Perhaps that in and of itself, sums it up.
Today I met up with Jay for a morning at the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Jay is an adorable spirit who happens to be the wife of the owner of the apartment where I will be moving to on Monday in preparation of Rain’s military discharge. See, the apartment is apparently walking distance from DEMA. Convenient. Oh yes, I’ve done my homework. It is amazing (but not surprising) that Rain makes an appearance in just about every single post! He sidetracks me all the time! But, okay, let’s regroup and talk about the Palace, because it was pretty awesome!