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50th Golden Horse Awards Red Carpet and Winners!

50th golden horse

 

Stars from China, Singapore, Hongkong, Malaysia and Taiwan gathered at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall for the prestigious 50th Golden Horse Awards this weekend. It was a who’s who of the greater China region as A-listers attend the Chinese version of the Oscars. The event is even more sentimental because it brought together previous winners over the years who normally don’t come together in one occasion. It was specially nice to see Brigitte Lin and Maggie Cheung, two of the best actresses,in one event again. Singaporean film Ilo.Ilo won top honors as it bagged the Best Feature Film while The Grandmaster took home several major awards.

Fashion-wise, I like Maggie’s royal blue Elie Saab lace gown and Sonia Sui’s daring, elegant black gown. Shu Qi’s Valentino dress is sort of out of place and her hair is just plain wrong. The french braid can be both casual and dramatic if done the right way but hers was just messy. Yao yao’s mini dress is age appropriate but she should have gone for pumps instead of those hideous platforms. The men were almost identical in their black suits.

 

Here is the List of Winners

Best Feature Film: Ilo Ilo

Best Director: Tsai Ming-liang (Stray Dogs)

Best Leading Actor: Lee Kang-sheng (Stray Dogs)

Best Leading Actress: Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster)

Best Supporting Actor: Li Xuejian (Back to 1942)

Best Supporting Actress: Yeo Yann Yann (Ilo Ilo)

Best New Director: Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo)

Best New Performer: Guo Shu-yau (Step Back to Glory)

Best Original Screenplay: Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Li Qiang (So Young)

Best Cinematography: Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)

Best Visual Effects: Pierre Buffin (The Grandmaster)

Best Art Direction: Chang Suk-ping, Yau Wai-ming (The Grandmaster)

Best Makeup/Costume Design: Chang Suk-ping (The Grandmaster)

Best Action Choreography: Jackie Chan, He Jun, JC Stunt Team (CZ12)

Best Film Editing: Matthieu Laclau, Lin Xudong (A Touch of Sin)

Best Original Film Score: Lim Giong (A Touch of Sin)

Best Original Film Song: Rock Me To The Moon (I Love You)

Best Sound Effects: Tu Duu-chih, Kuo Li-chi (Soul)

Best Documentary: Beyond Beauty, Taiwan From Above

Best Short Film: Butter Lamp

Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year: Yeh Ju-feng

Lifetime Achievement Award: Chen Chen

 

Check out the gallery

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Aaron Yan and Puff Kuo Spotted Together

 

What is it with celebrities these days? It seems like they are becoming more and more transparent with their personal lives. Before, it was almost close to impossible to spot celebs dating and when the public catch on, everything’s over. But maybe it is due to something else altogether, the thing which everyone has called instagram or weibo or twitter. Blame it on social media. Even celebs have become shutter happy clicking away and posting even very private moments on their personal accounts.

Just last week, Nicky Wu and Liu Shi Shi’s budding romance came to light straight from the horses’ mouth via weibo. This week a reel couple is in the center of the rumor mill once again. The couple in question is none other than “Just You 就是要你愛上我Qi Yi and Liang Liang better known as Aaron Yan and Puff Kuo. I suppose the two got so close during filming for the drama which ran for close to five months! Who wouldn’t get close in that condition? According to eye witnesses Aaron was spotted in Puff’s neighborhood and the two were chatting casually but when they noticed people snapping at them, Puff got into the car. But thanks to technology we could still see some paparazzi shots with them in the car.

Incidentally, today is Aaron’s 27th birthday and two posted a picture of them having dinner. They also exchaged what fans like to call “coded” messages with each other. Personally, I don’t want to read too much into this. After all, friends DO hang out and act sweet especially when you’re comfortable with one another.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sweet Pudding AARON!!! Jiā yoú!

 

 

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Show Luo Gets Lucky, Smooches Screen Goddess Shu Qi

Asia’s dancing king, Show Luo has been busy promoting his 10th and latest studio album Lion Roar. He died his hair blonde for his album’s cover in an avant-garde inspired theme. Whereas he was black, red and phantomish in Roshomon, he is golden, yellow and regal for this album. He’s also in the middle of a world tour aptly called Over the Limit. He just landed back in Taipei from his performance at the first annual YouTube Music Awards held in South Korea. Nope, the man ain’t busy at all. Its’s a wonder how he finds time to kiss and fool around with sexy screen goddess Shu Qi. The two even shared a bed together! They are both cute and intimate with Shu Qi biting Show’s shoulder. Don’t us girls love to do that to our boyfriends?  All right, settle down ladies…and gents. This is not for real. The two are working on set for Show’s latest MV Unfinished Promise 未完的承諾. They have previously worked together in the Stephen Chow produced and directed megahit film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons so it is probably why Shu Qi agreed to guest star in the MV despite her full schedule. It’s always a good thing when artists help each other out.

 

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Who Wore it Better? Nicky Wu VS Bolin Chen VS Daniel Chan

 

It’s a three-way battle!

The look: Biker Chic
The Event: OK! Magazine Celebrity Street Beat Ceremony (Shanghai)

 

It might be cliche but this trend gives a tough yet ultra chic statement. But not everybody can pull it off. Even the most expensive Balmain jacket or a Burberry Prorsum cannot make the man (or woman). Character makes the difference whether you’re walking the street, the ramp or in this case, the red carpet.

Let’s take a look at what these stars have.

Motorcycle jacket, Check. Riding boots, check. Leather pants (or tight fitting black jeans), check. We all know the the jacket is the key element for motorcycle or biker fashion. It’s where you can make a statement.

All three men exude a different aura. Nicky Wu chose to prep it up with a striped tie. Daniel Wu glams it up with a black turtleneck and those boots! I would love to have them myself. He puts the “chic” in biker chic. But I think the gold chain is a tad much. I say lose it. But as far as overall appeal is concerned, I gotta hand it to my boy Bolin Chen. The zipped up leather jacket, black leather shoes, skinny jeans, facial hair and a devilish grin to top it off, make up for a complete cute-meets-rebel look.

Who do you think looks best?

 

Nicky Wu

Nicky Wu

Daniel Chan

Daniel Chan

Bolin Chen

Bolin Chen

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Cover Wars — Ivy Chen VS Kwai Lun Mei (Taiwan)

Both are award winning actresses. Pretty and petite. One is my favorite, the other I respect.

 

IVY CHEN for W Queen October 2013

She’s got a best actress trophy for the movie Hear Me at the Taipei Film Festival. This pixie like goddess is actually turning  31! Would you believe it? She looks like a fair princess for W Queen magazine.  On the cover Ivy wears the white macramé lace sleeves from Miu Miu. She showcases her angelic beauty in a white lace mini dress with white flower adornments from Jill Stuart and Red Valentino Faille Mini Tank Dress in Sand.

 

 

 

KWAI LUN MEI for ELLE October 2013

She’s got a best actress trophy for BF*GF at the Asia Pacific Film Festival. Always edgy, she rocks the vintage glam in a chiffon dress decorated with metal love from Burberry Prorsum; knot bracelet by Balenciaga; ring and diamond earrings both  from Louis Vuitton; Heels by Dior  and the hollow carved lace dress, decorated with feathers gradient sequined vest, gauze bow hair bands, thin belts, lace high heels all by Louis Vuitton and platinum diamond bracelet from Chanel.

 

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Hear Me: A Heartwarming Unconventional Love Story

Hear Me Official movie poster

Hear Me Official movie poster

Who has not seen this movie? Raise your hands! If you haven’t, you better buy the DVD, download it or just watch it on line. I’m telling you, this movie is a  must-see. It’s not over glossed, overly hyped or formulaic like most movies nowadays are. Hear me 听说 is a beautiful, simple and heartwarming movie. It was released in Taiwan in 2009, directed by Cheng Fen fen.

There are many reasons why you will enjoy this movie.  First of all it’s a love story. Who doesn’t love a love story? But this kind of love story is so cute and innocent that it makes you remember your first love.  Second, the actors are great. Ivy Chen even won a best actress award for this role and Eddie can disarm you with his boyish charms.  To be honest, they are two of my favorites but I’m not saying this movie is great just because I love them.  Lastly, it’s interesting to see that communication is not only through words.

 

A Quick Recap.

The story is about 2 sisters, older sister Xiao Peng (Michelle Chen) who’s aiming to be part of the Deaflympics swimming team and younger sister Yang yang (Ivy Chen) who supports her older sister in every possible way, taking odd jobs just to earn money. This peaceful dynamics between the 2 sisters is tested when Tian Kuo (Eddie Peng), a young man who sells bento lunches, came into the picture. He takes an interest in Yang yang and soon the 2 of them develop a special relationship.

But when Xiao Peng’s life was endangered due to a fire in the neighborhood, younger sister Yang yang blamed herself for not being present. She feels that she has been drifting away from her so she decided to avoid Tian Kuo.

Soon after, Xiao Peng realizes what Yang yang has been trying to do for her and encourages her to live her own life.  But, despite her strong feelings for Tian Kuo, Yang Yang is hesitant to accept him because he is also hearing-impaired, or so she thought. It turns out that TK and YY can both hear and speak. It was just a misunderstanding from the very beginning. The story ends in a hopeful note, with Xiao Peng going back to win a medal at the Deaflympics with the couple (TK and YY) supporting her all the way.

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The Pursuit of Happiness Special Screening Held Today

 

With just two days left before it’s premiere on October 11th (TTV), the entire cast of The Pursuit of Happiness 爱的生存之道 led by Sonia Sui and Tony Yang held a special screening today in Taipei to hundreds of loyal fans. The media and fans alike were also privy to the different pairs jostling, which is a “must” for Taiwanese promotions I should say. I don’t know why they always do the “dip and pose” thingy. I have yet to see a pair for a Taiwanese drama not doing that. The cutest that I’ve ever seen to date is probably Chris Wang and James Wen‘s “dip and kiss” during their promotional activities for The Fierce Wife movie. That one was hilarious!

This is what I'm talking about!

This is what I’m talking about!

Sonia, who was the titular character in the movie and in this drama as we all know is a jilted girlfriend. Much like her character Ji An Lei, her boyfriend left her for another girl (Yao Yuan Hao whom she dated for 7 years is now Cyndi Wang‘s current flame). I don’t mean to condone nor point accusing fingers on anyone, it’s their life! Besides who needs a douche! I bet a Huang Yi Kang portrayed by Tony Yang, is just around the corner waiting to sweep her off her feet. Tony was even teasing Sonia during the event that it’s about time for her to “open her heart” to which Sonia laughingly replied “Where? Show me who!” Other co-stars in attendance were; Zhuang Kaixun, Xiepei En, Xiaoxian, Guo Xin Xu Yi-Fan, Zhang Jiahui, Xin Yue but unfortunately child actors Jane Wang Lin, Zeng Yi-Chia, Hoi Yu Fen were unable to attend the press conference.

Oh well, my late nights are just about to get even “later” with this new addition to the slew of other dramas already in my watchlist. But there is no way I’m letting this one pass. Thank God for eye creams or else I would look like I’ve been punched in the eyes all the time.

 

Cast L-R:  Xiao Xian, Guo Xin, Zhang Jia Hui, Xu Yi Fan, Zhuang Kai Xun, Sonia Sui, Tony Yang, Xie Pei En, etc.

Cast L-R: Xiao Xian, Guo Xin, Zhang Jia Hui, Xu Yi Fan, Zhuang Kai Xun, Sonia Sui, Tony Yang, Xie Pei En, etc.

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Ariel Lin Enjoys the Simple Life in the UK

After finishing her promotional duties for the hit series King of Lan Ling <兰陵王> and gracing numerous endorsements in Taiwan, Ariel Lin packed her suitcases and flew straight to the UK. She had been wishing to study and take a break for a long time but didn’t have the time due to her hectic work schedule. She has worked non-stop since her debut. Most stars choose to study in Europe or in the US away from the public’s prying eyes and to experience a normal day to day life however short-lived. Last month Jolin Tsai did the same and Chen Qiao En vacationed in New York early this year. But of course they cannot completely go stealth. And thanks to weibo, we can actually get a glimpse of them every now and then.

Recently Ariel uploaded a few pics on her personal page on weibo. She’s wearing casual clothes, big black rimmed glasses sans make up while enjoying a leisurely walk in the park on a beautiful sunny day in Greenwich. She looks absolutely carefree and pretty. I think she’s one of the few celebrities blessed with youthful looks. It’s probably because of her small frame and her ever present smile. Some people are asking whether her rumored boyfriend came along for the trip. I bet he did!

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Cover Wars — Godfrey Gao VS Tony Yang (Taiwan)

It’s about time to bring the MEN out! Go grab some tissues, turn on the AC and grab a cold drink because it’s going to be hot in here. Feast your eyes on these two glorious Taiwanese stars.

 

GODFREY GAO for Men’s Joker October 2013

I dream of Godfrey every night and I wake up still thinking of him. Can you blame me?!  It should be a crime to look this good! Asia’s first male supermodel clenches his jaw and broods the night away for this Men’s JOKER photoshoot for October.

 

 

 

TONY YANG for GQ Taiwan October 2013

Amber Kuo is one lucky girl. Tony sweats it out on the cover of GQ Taiwan,just like your regular guy and gives us a glimpse of his assets. And look at that winning smile! Enough to melt any girl’s heart.

 

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Wu Chun Finally Admits, He is Now a Father and a Husband

 

Why am I not surprised about this at all? I guess it’s because it’s been common knowledge since forever that he is in fact committed to his high school sweetheart. I remember this news was so big back in 2011 but he downplayed it then and his agency denied it. I, myself actually believed it then. Flash forward 2013 — with a new book coming out tomorrow, aptly titled 決定勇敢 “Courageous Decision” he finally decided to come out in the open about his personal life. The press conference will be held tomorrow wherein the press is expecting him to confirm this news which is in fact already posted on his official website.

What news you ask?
He is married to his sweetheart of about 18 years whom he meet at the age of 16 and a father to a 2 and a half year old cute baby girl. Yes, the once Fahrenheit member is a husband and father. He said that the reason for his denial in the past was to protect his family from public scrutiny. I totally understand where he’s coming from. The public can be really scary and over zealous at times. Mayhaps, he just didn’t want the papz snapping pictures of his wife and daughter. But some fans are of course crying themselves to death and mourning their loss. What loss?! Good riddance! Get a hold of yourselves (crazy) women. The guy deserves to be happy! So be good and be happy for him.

I remember seeing Chun Ge for the first time in Tokyo Juliet (with Ariel Lin). I thought at first -this guy can’t act but sure is cute! He then joined the group Fahrenheit along with Jiro Wang, Calvin Chen and Aaron Yan and the rest as they say is history. I still think he needs some acting workshop until now though.

I too am a (zealous) fan (not of him though) and I do get jealous when I hear rumors of my “ai ren” rendezvousing with some ladies. We can dream but then we should know what’s impossible and what’s real.

Congratulations Chun Ge and best wishes!

He's taken ladies! Retract those claws!

He’s taken ladies! Retract those claws!

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