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Rain’s new blockbuster co-starring Shin Se-kyung

Just as his drama Runaway Plan B comes to a close, Rain has announced his new project, a blockbuster film called Red Muffler (a working title). His co-star? She’s not the A-list superstar one might expect to star opposite Rain, but up-and-comer Shin Se-kyung (Blue Salt, High Kick Through the Roof).

Rain’s casting is finalized, while Shin still has to work out the details of her contract, although it sounds like she’s pretty much a lock. And I say, Shin Se-kyung must have fantastic management to keep scoring such plum deals. Not that she isn’t talented, but compared to her (still limited) experience, it’s amazing that she gets cast in projects with actors like Song Kang-ho.

They’ll display their melo acting chops as a fighter pilot (Rain) and mechanic (Shin). I’m not sure how convincing 20-year-old Shin is going to be, but I suppose it’s too early to write it off; she raised eyebrows when she was cast as a young assassin in Blue Salt, but some initial stills seem to indicate she has managed to shed her girl-next-door image.

Red Muffler, which is considering a title switch to Living in the Sky, boasts a 10 billion won production budget and includes a scene of Rain piloting his fighter plane in a bombardment of Pyongyang. Um, you sure that’s such a good idea, given recent tensions between North and South? Still, the film reportedly has the full support of the air force.

The film is in pre-production and has gained the cooperation of various military facilities and airfields. It will begin filming at the end of January.

Uh, I feel like there are a lot of question marks about this project, but I can’t say it doesn’t sound interesting…

Via Mk.co.kr

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Seems like just a regular ol' film for Bi this time around. Nothing artsy or martial artsy....

Hope it works!

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Shin Se-Kyung... IS PRETTY but not a good actress. :(

She was horrible in High Kick Through the Roof.

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Shin Se-kyung..bad decision to cast her.
she should gain more experience in series before casting her in film.

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Not a bad decision at all. SSK has done an amazing job in her acting, especially her latest movie -totally impressed how her prettiness did not overpower her acting!

I think she can be on par with Bi's acting [may be surpass it? ] and I'm sure a lot of people follow the same though.

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I agree that it's a bad decision to cast her.

She looks too young (even though she, herself, says that she looks older than her age lol) to be a mechanic. Her range is still very very... limited from what I've seen even though she's getting some experience. I've watched High Kick Through the Roof, QSD, Ogamdo, and Cinderella and she hasn't improved ...much. Well, at least I didn't see any major improvements. I doubt she'd be on par with Bi's acting.

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Shin Se Kyung has been acting since 2004 but only has been getting lead roles recently so I wouldn't really call her a newbie actress but I will admit that she doesn't really do many projects. She is under Namoo Actors, which is home to Moon Geun Young, Kim Kang Woo , Kim So Yeon, among others so its not surprising that she gets to land these kind of projects.

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She is beautiful, but in my opinion her acting is bad, agree that she is horrible in HKTTR.....

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odd pairing..

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Oh, Shin Se Kyung is the girlfriend of SHINee Jonghyun. She's become very much talked & more popular since their relationship become known.

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She was actually talked about quite a bit and pretty popular due to her role in HKTTR and having a "glamorous" body (whatever that means) before the Jonghyun dating scandal broke. So I don't get why people say that she has been more popular because of the dating thing.

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she's more famous than he is...

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Umm No.
If you mean within international fandom yes but korea no.

I'm a HUGE jonghyun fan but she's a lot more popular than him.

In fact i'm amazed that he's able to get a girlfriend that is a lot more popular than him.

But it shows that he's awesome too if not why will someone more popular than him like him.
Jonghyun haters need to realize this.

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it seems he's trying to do as much as he can before his upcoming enlistment yeah?

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I wish Rain would pick projects that are not all showy and flashy and do a more human story. He's actually a pretty decent actor and got good comedic sense. It doesn't have to be crazy quirky like Cyborg... But I guess its logical for a guy who is labelled as "international superstar" and famous for his "choco abs" (not complaining) for leaning towards those big budget action movies. By the looks of how many comments we get with his posts around here these days, I just don't think these projects connects him with people who are not his hardcore fans... I could be wrong.
It is possible that they are deliberately casting a younger actress to open the films target audience's age range. But it seems like Rain doesn't seem to have much luck scoring A list leading ladies lately (Plan B, anyone), which may be saying something about the his project choices... I don't know who's calling the shots at his mgmt, but IMO Maybe he needs management advice from someone other than himself?

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well, Lee Na Young from Plan B is definitely an A list and established actress. She has been one of the CF Queens in Korea for almost a decade and has won best actress in Blue Dragon Film Awards before. Her good acting is the reason that I'm still watching Plan B.

anyways, back to this topic. The story doesn't sound interesting and since its a war movie, the focus will be pretty much on Rain and other male actors. The leading lady might not have much screen time. That is why A list actresses might not be interested to take on the role.

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Not looking forward to this pairing. They should have a more experienced female lead, will complement Rain better.

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i don't know,, maybe Rain can make Shin Se-Kyung's acting better..who knows..=) sunbae teaching hoobae.. i'll just wait till the movie come out =D ,, Rain in it,,who doesn't want to watch ? XDD

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doesn't Rain need to go to the military soon?

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bad choice, not at this point in time with political tension between north & south! waiting to get bombed by the north?? plus what with Bi's fame spiralling down the ladder after his failed projects. plus competing with young K-pop singers after his military will only spell doom.
hancinema has doomed him as failure, "lost his magic touch recording a shamefully low rating in fugitive"???
toes crossed for a turn-around in his acting with anor magic touch but not too hopeful if his endless suing scandals are yet to go by. what with fanclubs diminishing ?
his chinese fortune tellers doesnt sound too promising, any to read his future fate to help him chaange for better??

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Every star has their up and down, and they can't stay popular forever. MJ was the same. He was super super super super super popular in the 1990s, but his popularity became downfall after the child molestation charges. However, people still consider him as a legend after his death. For me, I don't expect Rain to be popular as he used to be in the next 5 years, but I still respect for his hard work and his achievements throughout his career. I have known Kpop and Kdrama for over 10 years, and I haven't seen anyone who can be popular so fast and keep his popularity for so long (8 years). Moreover, it's hard to find a celebrity in current time that are well-recognized in both fields singing/acting like Rain. He doesn't need to compete with young Kpop singers (like you said) because he is already a legend in Kbiz. He has his own boyband, money that anyone can dream of, popularity, so what else he needs? As his fan for a very long time, I hope he can rest more and find someone special that he can spend the rest of his life.

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I wouldn't say Rain is popular. He is well-known. Nature Republic used him as their model (well, he is still fronting the brand) when they first started because he is an established Korean star and almost everyone in Asia (where Nature Republic has stores) knows him.

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He was popular before - not anymore :) .

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any statistic to prove it? or just love bad mouthing people.

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this guy still have time to squeeze in another project before his enlistment! wow

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Is this a remake of the original classic "Bbal Gan Ma Hu Ra" Doesn't the Ma Hu Ra in this title mean Scarf?

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shouldn't they avoid war/fighting movies at times like this? it could be provocative.

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well, ssk under cj entertainment

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Not being critical here but hasn't Rain been delaying his entry to military service with the excuse of attending graduate school? He was drafted so long ago, and he couldn't go because he had to study at graduate school. Filming the drama and a movie now sure seems educational, hehe. You gotta love the Sam Sung family power. And even more, you gotta love them pulling all strings for him even today.

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I like Bi but, indeed, the movie sounds like something superficial. We'll have to wait and see.

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yuh this guy got world power pull few strings can defer or delay his call for duty to suit his qualms with more n more excuses.
yuh heard that one abt graduating from university of what? doesnt make cow shit sense here, shooting non stop drama to movie to cf to singing at concerts he has room to breath for study?
buying more time to make more money
and wheres his other half JJH?
what happen to his business n investment 5 to 6 or 6 to 5?
his magic stick has turn to tons of gold like plan B

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what is your point of highligthing this, can't you at least respect someone who is known for his hardwork and dedication to his profession-up and down is normal for creature known as HUMAN, maybe those from animal kingdom don't understand it.

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humans ARE from the animal kingdom.

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Darwin ancestors love kpop/kdrama, lol

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HE HAS THE POWER TO DELAY HIS ENLISTMENT, what make you so mad?
envious much??? :)

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Seems like the Korean army wants to boost soldiers’ morale with Bi?
It sounds interesting and I would really like to see Bi with somebody much younger.

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It's not his fault he gets those benefits because he is famous...
It's not his fault his deferrment was granted...
It's not his fault these projects are being offered to him...
And I seriously don't think there's anything wrong with working and saving as much as you can before temporarily stepping out of the limelight.

He's scheduled to enter the army a week or two before his birthday, thus, he's maximizing his time instead of lazing around...

What's wrong with you people, seriously?

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wow. okay, please continue to delude yourself that rain has absolutely nothing to do with his delay.

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and why can't he delay?? :)

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What makes him more special than other Korean men that he should be able to delay? I'm not bashing the guy, I actually like his work, but celebs getting a pass because of who they are when other men have to do what their country tells them is just wrong. If its time for him to enlist, then he needs to put his ducks in a row and do his duty.

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cool

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prob should be more worried about rain's acting than shin se kyung's...i wanted to throw my remote at the tv bc of his awful acting...he should just stick to his strengths: dancing

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agree!!

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yay! I like rain and I'm not complaining, but I've never heard of the actress. I hope this will be a good movie!

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isnt Rain supposed to be enlisting soon or did he get an extension?

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We All Know Talent Has NOTHING To Do With It. They Just Want To Draw In A Large Audience.

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If they want a large audience, they wouldn't be using him as the lead. He's just a Korean A-lister but popular?? That flew out of the window a long time ago :D.

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Will Rain crush on another co-star? Only time will tell.

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Does filming a military movie count as enlistment time? It's like serving jail time while waiting for trial.

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Yes...Rain's next movie will be: Ninja Assassin On The DMZ. He's the military's secret weapon!

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he crushed his Fullhse co0star but got crushed then went on to crush Cyborg co-star his current ideal. did he crush current co-star in Runaway, if these co-stars find him ideal he wud got crushed - but why he loses 5 ex gals , his album "bad boy" depicts his foul temper character but his diehard fans swear by him as goody goody goon. Runaway was his worst performance ever reviewed by netizens, too fake can blow up the tv sscreen .
good luck rain you need plentiful to recover from the steep ladder you climb

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Those "roses coming out of the eyes" fans make me sick.

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maybe we should keep giving you "roses coming out the eyes".
you'll not only get sick, you'll throw up :)

yeah.. i'm a rain fans ^^,

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Rain is a GOD, he does not date his co-stars
he dates angels :)

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You made my day with this comment!!!!!!!

Good luck Rain!

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wow! i read some of these same comments right after the concelled concerts in LA. "doom and gloom" about Rain's career and the guy just keeps going.
what happened? he went back to the US and did 2 films. went back to Korea made new music and won awards for both.

he hasn't stopped working yet. geez, some don't like him. some do. he has loyal fans. so what? every entertainer has fans. Fugitive, #2 drama in the last half of 2010. not a bad spot. it's not his fault slow thinkers missed the point of his character because they were so busy judging Rain instead of asking why JiWoo was acting so silly. come to find out, he was masking his pain at losing his parents and nothing mattered except making money. don't hate the man just because he pursues his dream and makes his own money by hard work instead of doing something to make money off someone else's effort. btw, netizens don't make my mind up for me. if there's fans to support and writers/producers/financial backers who like the guy and who know more about filmming then netizens, that's what's important. as for Military service, in Korea you have until age 30.

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people will try to slaughter him as much as they can.
drink his blood if they can...

but, who cares anyway... he'll shoot a hollywood movie next year, so.... haha... RAIN RULES...... :)

gotta love this guy and all his evilness, those who dont like can bitching all they want :)

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really? wow. she is totally just an OKAY actor.

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just one thing came to mind...Jonghyun...LOL

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Lol. same here. :)

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I thought Rain was going to the army at the end of this year (hence, his farewell concert in December)? How come he's filming this movie in January 2011?

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I like rain,I like her but I dont think they could be good movie couple! because he is 30 but she is 20 years old there are 10 years between them she looks like his little sister! ackward pair!

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Every star has their time and I think Rain's star is fading. He has been famous for 10 years already. And what's wrong with his spiralling career? Everyone loses popularity, just when ? He had his time and is still very much a well respected figure in entertainment by hoobaes for having achieved this much

He has his failings (bad ass attitude, diva'ish ways, non existent fan service in some countries) but he is human like us.

He's the reason I sat through 20 episodes of that mess called The Fugitive

I know I want him to be a around for a long time : )

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