A full-length body picture of global popstar, Rain who plays Taejo Togokhan in his Hollywood debut movie, “Speed Racer” was revealed recently and the Korean words emblazoned on his track suit aroused interest.
“Speed Racer” is adapated from 1960s Japanese anime Mach GoGoGo which was authored by Tatsuo Yoshida. The movie is written and directed by the Wachowski brothers of Matrix trilogy fame.
Rain plays a East Asian rookie driver and his character invited criticism in the production stage because his Taejo Togokhan character was originally Japanese but yet he was representing Korea.
So with that in mind, Rain started brainstorming in order to make his Taeko character look Koreanised and one of his ideas was to emblazon Korean wordings on his track suit and helmet.
According to Rain’s management, “Rain is one of Korea’s top stars and with this being a Hollywood movie, we have been trying our best to change the original Japanese driver image into a Korean one. He (Rain) suggested to the production company to emblazon Korean words on his track suit and helmet and they thought it was a feasible idea and it was later adopted.
They also added that the Korean words emblazoned on the left arm of his track suit and helmet wrote, “Togokhan” which also meant that the Japanese identity was being marginalised.
Rain’s movie, “Speed Racer” will be shown all over the world on 8th May. He is now currently undergoing training in Berlin, Germany for his leading role in Hollywood movie, “Ninja Assassin”.