Korean popstar debut Hollywood movie, “Speed Racer” released its international trailer yesterday and there were noticeably more Taejo Togokahn scenes then before. Seeing Rain speaking English (just one-liners) in the trailer showed that his hard work in learning it might have paid off.
Rain plays rival driver, Taejo Togokahn to main lead, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch). But the both of them later make up and become friends to fight against the enemy. In the new 4 minutes trailer, we see Rain’s cool side in the car, executing a flying kick, getting beaten with blood flowing, etc. All these showing that he has a heavy role in the movie and is not just restricted to driving a car!
Rain has a few lines in the trailer and among them, his “Stop Showing Off” line goes to show that his hard work in learning the English language has paid off.
Speed Racer is adapated from the 1960s Japanese animated series of the same name, Speed Racer and there’s lots of Japanese elements in the movie. For example, car drifting techniques, ninjas, winding race tracks akin to Initial D’s Gunma prefecture, etc. All these serving to retain a Japanese feel to the movie.
The Japanese movie company are placing great emphasis on the movie success and is planning to hold a grand movie premiere at the Tokyo Dome, inviting Rain to attend together with 35,000 viewers. The screen at Tokto Dome will be an unprecedented 37m x 17.4m giant screen and they are planning to enter this in the Guinness World of Records. The movie company is also collaborating with Puma to release two shoes titled, “Mach5” and “X9” to tie in with car designs in the movie and sell it at the same time when the movie is released.
For Speed Racer, Rain is going all over the world to promote this debut Hollywood movie. He will first return to his homeland, Korea on 20th April. Then he will visit Hong Kong on 23rd April and that’s the only South-East Asian country. He will then concentrate on the European and American markets. Among them, 9th May will be the movie premiere at Los Angeles followed by stops in Berlin and London. His final stop will be Tokyo, Japan on 29th June.