Singer and actor receives tearful sendoff from fans as he starts compulsory national service at ripe age of 29.

 

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This article titled “Rain, South Korea's modern-day Elvis, joins army” was written by Justin McCurry in Tokyo, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 12th October 2011 07.33 UTC

More than half a century after the US military draft put Elvis Presley's career on hold, his modern-day South Korean counterpart bade farewell to tearful fans this week as he prepared for two years' national service.

Sporting closely cropped hair, Jung Ji-hoon – better known as Rain – gave his fans a military salute before starting life as a soldier at an army base in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul.

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