Famous K-pop idol and actor Rain will be receiving a special award soon!
It was revealed that the famous star will receive the Entertainment Game Changer award at the 2019 U.S.-Asia Entertainment Summit & Game Changer Awards on November 5th in LA. This makes him the first Korean to ever receive an award at the event.
Founded in 2010, the conference began as a way to build goodwill and cooperation between filmmakers in the U.S. and China, as well as to form new projects between them. This year, however, the awards are expanding to be more indicative of their name. Due to the growth of the entertainment industries in India, Japan, Korea, and more, people from all over Asia will be participating in the summit. Concerning the changes, the organization stated:
The U.S.-Asia Entertainment Summit is the most prestigious gathering of dealmakers, thought leaders, and content creators in American and Asian entertainment. Now in its 10th year, the signature Asia Society Southern California event has expanded the focus from U.S.-China film to encompass trends and forces transforming entertainment more broadly and across Asia. The change reflects the evolution of digital technologies and the growing impact of filmed content, music and gaming from Korea, India and Japan, among others, throughout Asia and in the United States. Along with the expansion of the full-day conference, the evening gala has been rebranded as the Entertainment Game Changer Awards Dinner, extending the Asia Society’s highest honor to the Summit.
Rain is being recognized for his international work since he was one of the first Koreans to successfully break into the U.S. and global entertainment industries. Not only did he make his Hollywood debut in 2008, he went on to play the lead role in the now cult film “Ninja Assassin,” which led him to become the first Korean to win an MTV award in the U.S. He also topped TIME magazine’s user poll for the “Most Influential People Who Shape Our World” in 2006 and was also chosen by editors for the list in the print version of the magazine the same year.
He became the first-ever Korean to perform at the Tokyo Dome and performed to sold-out crowds at Madison Square Garden and the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, thus becoming the first Korean star to hold large concerts at such respected venues in the U.S.
Despite not being Chinese, China chose him to sing the theme song for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he also performed the closing ceremony theme song in the worldwide televised events— proving his huge popularity in China as well.
As a result of his illustrious career, he is being recognized by the summit as being a game changer in the entertainment industry.
Many congratulations to Rain on receiving this special and prestigious award!