[100622/KPOP] PARK JAE-BEOM TO START SHOOTING HYPE NATION
Korean singer Park Jae-beom, former leader of boy band 2PM who arrived in Korea last Friday, will kick off shooting for b-boy pic “Hype Nation” on June 24.
According to multiple media reports, filming for “Nation” was originally set to begin on Wednesday but got delayed by a day due to the weather and shooting location selection.
Park, who is cast as the male lead in the dance flick, reportedly does not have any scenes to shoot on the first day of shooting, however.
The Korean-American singer returned to Korea on Friday for the first time since leaving the country last September after he got caught up in a national controversy that abruptly ended his music career as a member of popular idol group 2PM.
Park and 2PM were at the height of their popularity when it was revealed that he had written several controversial remarks — including “I hate Korea” — on his MySpace pages during his teenage years as a trainee at agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE).
The matter sparked an instant outrage throughout the country, leading to Park quitting the band and returning to his hometown of Seattle four days after his old comments surfaced on the Internet.
With fans pleading for his return, he was expected to rejoin the group earlier this year but was dropped by JYPE last February when the agency terminated its contract with the singer. Neither Park nor JYPE offered details about their split, only saying that it was due to “a huge wrongdoing” that Park had committed in his personal life.
Park had been staying in the U.S. since, dancing with his b-boy crew Art of Movement and recently signing with U.S. online media company Digital Media Wire (DMW) to manage his career in the entertainment business.
One day prior to his much-hyped return to Korea, the singer released a lengthy statement on his official website (http://www.jaypark.com), apologizing to his fans and former bandmates for “putting you guys through so much emotionally and mentally since last September” and saying “I was once young and naive and said some things that got blown out of context.”
The singer added, “I am proud to be Korean, I love Korea, my parents are Korean, and where ever I go, whatever I do, I will try to the best of my ability to represent Korea well.”
Park, who flew in with his parents and producer of “Nation,” was greeted at the Incheon International Airport by some 1,000 fans, who showed up to welcome the former pop idol-turned-actor back home.
“Hype Nation,” 70 percent of which will be shot in Korea, is about a dance contest between an American dance crew and South Korean b-boys. The female lead role will played by singer T-ae of girl group RaNia.
HERE’S THE SAMPLE OF THE MV:
i don’t know if it’s the real thing or some fanmade video but it’s all good.