Rain is sure washing the stink off his last K-drama My Lovely Girl as quickly as possible. He was in China all last week promoting his just released romance melodrama C-movie For Love or Money costarring Chinese screen goddess Crystal Liu. The movie is garnering decent reviews but even better is lots of praise of Crystal’s improved acting and Rain’s movie star charisma. Rain’s striking while the Chinese iron is hot and has lined up as his next acting project a high profile big-budget C-drama.
Tentatively called Diamond Lover (the Chinese title of 克拉恋人 actually translates as Carat Lover), the drama costars popular C-drama leading lady Tang Yan, and reunites Tang Tang with her frequent leading man Luo Jin who plays the second male lead here, and the main cast is rounded out with rising C-acrtress Dilraba Dilmurat as the second female lead. Rain is reportedly getting paid nearly $6 million dollars for this role and he would be stupid to say no when working in K-drama means risking sometimes not getting paid at all. The drama starts filming in December in Shanghai including extensive overseas shoots in Belgium and Seoul.
Tang Yan has actually worked with Rain before as she’s also in the movie For Love or Money playing a supporting role as Crystal’s character’s best friend. Dilraba Dilmurat got a lot of exposure playing a supporting role in this summer’s blockbuster fantasy wuxia C-drama Ancient Sword Fantasy with Li Yi Feng and Yang Mi, but honestly she’s like a poor man’s Gu Li Na Zha in terms of both looks and talent. But at least the Chinese minority ethnicity actors and actresses are starting to get a lot more exposure in the industry. Luo Jin being cast is pretty funny to me because I actually think his acting style is a lot like Rain! Very intense and sometimes can get a bit OTT. Not bad though, he’s always got great chemistry going on. Diamond Lovers is, of course, set in the high stakes diamond industry with Rain playing a diamond company president described as proud and exacting.
Bravo for Rain…!!!
I hope this drama is a success. I wish Rain’s next project would be an America television series. I’d like to see him work with an American producer known for meticulous story writing where the plot has a beginning middle and end and plot points are carried through. Say Joss Whedon (Avengers) David Greenwalt (Grimm)
Are those pictures of two different actresses? They look the same to me…
I’m happy about this because I think Rain is too good to waste with lame drama like Lovely girl. Hope this one has much better writing, chemistry!
Yes discarding this opportunity would not be wise. Btw anyone knows whether Rain – and the whole “Fugivite: Plan B” cast/crew eventually got paid?
Shooting in Belgium??? When? I gotta be camera ready:-))
Luo Jin playing second-fiddle to Rain? I sure hope his character is awesome or else i can’t fathom this.
Agreed. Love Rain, but Luo Jin in that role is going to feel strange to me. Going to see how it all works out chemistry-wise.
Agreed. Luo Jin is a much better actor. And I actually think he’s more handsome, masculine and charming than Rain.