Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Singer Rain wins action star award at MTV

Singer-cum-actor Rain (real name Jung Ji-hoon) became the first Korean to win an award at the MTV Movie Awards last Sunday (Jun. 6). Rain won the Biggest Badass Star award, given to the best action star of the year. He competed with some top Hollywood celebrities: Angelina Jolie, Chris Pine, Sam Worthington and Channing Tatum.

"Wow it's amazing. And I appreciate it," said Rain, keeping his speech short at the awards ceremony. He later said through his company J. Tune Entertainment that his efforts filming "Ninja Assassin" seem to have paid off finally and he expressed gratitude to all his fans.

Rain became the first Korean to take a lead role in a major Hollywood movie, namely "Ninja Assassin" by the Wachowski brothers. Rain had previously played a role in another one of the Wachowski brothers’ films, "Speed Racer."

Rain is the fifth Asian actor to receive an MTV Movie award, following in the footsteps of others like Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi and Lucy Liu.

At the Green Planet Movie Awards last March Rain was included in the 10 Outstanding Asians in Hollywood. He was further selected as Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Year and the Best International Entertainer (Asia) at the same time.

Rain has recently completed a special album and plans to go on a concert tour in Japan starting from June 22. He will start in Tokyo, before heading to Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo. He will then begin shooting another Korean TV drama.

Meanwhile, Korean-American actor Ken Jeong won the Best WTF Moment from the comedy film, "The Hangover." Jeong, a doctor-turned-actor, starred as Mr. Chow, an Asian gangster in the film, and earned the biggest laughs on the stage.

The MTV Movie Awards were first held in 1992, and winners are selected according to popular voting by fans. This year, the Twilight Saga's "New Moon" took awards for best movie, global superstar, best male performance, best female performance and best kiss.

For more on Rain at MTV Awards Ceremony, click here

By Kim Hee-sung Staff Writer

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