Jackie Chan now K-pop manager

HONG KONG - In between his film and other work, action star Jackie Chan has for years been secretly putting together a K-pop group.

Now the five-member JJCC - or Double JC as they are referred to on Korean websites - are set to debut in Chan's plan to enter the global music market, according to reports.

The name is an obvious reference to the initials of the actor and film-maker, whose musical efforts in recording Mandarin pop songs and albums have been far less stellar than his movie career as a worldfamous action star.

The all-male band comprise four South Koreans and an Australian-Chinese in their early 20s, reported the Associated Press on Wednesday.

They plan to release their debut album on March 24 in South Korea and promote it in China.

Chan, 59, who helped to audition the members, will manage the group personally, according to Sha-sha Lee, chief executive of the Jackie Chan Group South Korea.

The band are Chan's effort to "join cultures" in Asia, and his first foray into K-pop, which is winning fans in many countries.

Lee told Associated Press that the five can sing, dance and rap, and may act alongside Chan in the future.

On its website on Wednesday, Daily K-pop News said the Korean members were SimBa, E.Co, Eddy and SanCheong, and the Australian-Chinese was Prince Mak. Eddy is the stage name of Oh Jong Seok, known as the Cooking Rapper on reality show Master Chef Korea.

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