The album sold a million copies in Asia, and established Rain as an international star.Rain made his acting debut in the 2003 drama Sang Doo! His lead role in the pan-Asia hit drama Full House (2004) established his status as a Hallyu star.Rain's musical career includes seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 28 singles and numerous concert tours around the world.
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Rain released his first Japanese album, Eternal Rain on September 13, 2006.
He held his first Japanese solo concert, Rainy Day Japan.
Within that same year, Rain was recruited as a trainee for JYP Entertainment, led by recording artist and producer Park Jin-young.
In a CNN interview and also in a Discovery Channel documentary called Discovering Hip Korea, he recalled being repeatedly rejected because of his looks: "In fact, I was told after one audition that my singing and dancing was great but I did not make it because I did not have double eyelids." However, he finally got in as producer Park Jin-young saw his drive and persistence.
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Following the success of his debut, Rain released his second album, Rain 2 with the lead single "Ways to Avoid the Sun".