March 21 - New K-pop boyband JJCC, cast and trained by Jackie Chan, make their first appearance on a South Korean TV show. Rollo Ross reports.
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JJCC may look like your average K-Pop boyband with their matching outfits, choreographed dance moves, inoffensive pop, and androgynous good looks, but they do have something which adds a little extra to their appeal.
And that is Jackie Chan.
He's taken time out from his action movies and humanitarian work to put together and train JJCC - short for Jackie Chan's Joint Culture.
He even ferries them around in his personal jet.
According to the marketing manager of the Jackie Chan Group, Shim Hyun-Ki, it's all part of a cunning plan.
SOUNDBITE: Marketing Manager of the Jackie Chan Group, Shim Hyun-Ki, saying (Korean):
"He is seen by the Chinese people as a living legend. I think this is the advantage we have when the band enters Chinese markets."
But how do the band feel about having such a big icon putting his name behind them?
SOUNDBITE: JJCC Member, Eddy, saying (Korean):
"It works both ways. It raises expectations but also increases the burden. If we're not good, we're going to bring shame on our 'big brother's' reputation. Anyway, it's already started, so what can I do? I can only do my best and put in the effort."
Despite being together for four years, the band made their official debut on March 20th.
But already they seem to be working well on the teenage girls.
SOUNDBITE: South Korean fan, Noh Eun-Jung, saying (Korean):
"I think they will become very popular as soon as their music comes out. They are super cute, handsome and kind. They're really cool."
Only time will tell if JJCC will enjoy the same success as their very famous mentor, Jackie Chan.
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