Exposed agent heads for cover as Rain arrives
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak.
Every time Korean superstar Rain (real name Jung Ji-hoon) arrives in town, he is met by hundreds of screaming teenage female fans. Last week was no different when he showed up to promote his first Hollywood role, in the English-language adaptation of the Japanese comic book Speed Racer (coming out in Hong Kong on May 8).
Even before his plane landed, a crowd of banner-waving, diehard worshippers was waiting for him. But among the crowd, someone noticed a familiar face in local pop culture. It was none other than influential artist manager Florence Chan Suk-fan, who handles singer Jackie Cheung Hok-yau and, most recently, was one of the main organisers of the memorial for the late Lydia 'Fei Fei' Sum Tin-ha (also known as Lydia Shum) as well as the star-studded concert to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing's death.
Well, some of the Rain supporters assumed Chan was one of his more 'mature' fans, and generously offered the star manager their homemade banners and even a prime spot up front in the arrivals greeting area. The embarrassed Chan politely declined and moved away from the crowd. One fan thought she was being timid and chased her, shouting: 'There is nothing wrong about having an idol, don't be shy.'
It turns out Chan was at the airport not for Rain, but to pick up another friend flying into town. I guess it was unlikely that an artist manager would be so star-struck as to show up at the airport to scream over another singer, especially one so much younger. How could she live it down?