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Penduduk Beijing Rai Tahun Baru Cina

26 Jan


BEBERAPA penari memakai kostum lembu jantan dalam satu persembahan menjelang sambutan Tahun Baru Cina di Beijing semalam. – AP

BEIJING – Ratusan juta penduduk di sini memenuhi kuil, menaiki kereta api untuk pulang ke kampung bagi meraikan sambutan Tahun Baru Cina semalam.

Jalan-jalan raya utama turut lengang dan ibu kota China itu kelihatan seperti zon perang kerana bunyi letupan bunga api dan mercun kerap kedengaran.

Letupan bunga api itu dipercayai akan menakutkan roh jahat dan menarik Dewa Kekayaan datang ke pintu rumah penduduk sejurus ketibaan Tahun Baru Cina.

Penduduk Cina meraikan perayaan itu yang jatuh pada tahun Lembu Jantan.

Di sebuah kuil di sini, orang ramai mengunjungi satu pesta yang mempamerkan pelbagai kebudayaan tradisional termasuk persembahan tarian.

“Sama seperti orang lain, saya berharap kehidupan pada tahun ini adalah lebih baik daripada tahun lalu,” kata seorang peguam, Angela Ahu.

Seorang eksekutif, Liu Bing berkata, dia berharap sesuatu yang baik akan berlaku dalam tahun ini.

“Saya berpendapat, tahun ini, kami akan menyaksikan China akan terus maju dan menjadi lebih penting,” katanya.

Berjuta-juta penduduk dijangka menonton program Festival Musim Panas di televisyen yang disertai oleh aktor Jackie Chan dan penyanyi Taiwan, Jay Chou.

Terdapat beberapa pantang larang sempena tahun baru itu.

Seseorang yang menangis pada tahun baru merupakan petanda bahawa kesedihan melanda sepanjang tahun.

Mereka yang membasuh rambut pada tahun baru akan menolak tuah manakala kekayaan bakal terputus jika menggunakan pisau atau gunting. – Reuters

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'Letupan' Tanaka, Van Fan

30 Dec

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LAKONAN cemerlang Van Fan dan Tanaka Chie antara faktor tarikan penonton terhadap kejayaan filem Cape No. 7.

SEBELUM filem Cape No. 7 ditayangkan di Taiwan pada 22 Ogos lalu, hanya filem-filem import lain berjaya menduduki carta kutipan tertinggi negara itu. Filem-filem terbitan Taiwan sendiri tidak mudah menerima sambutan seperti filem-filem terbitan antarabangsa terutama dari Hollywood.

Rasanya senario ini juga berlaku di negara-negara Asia yang lain. Namun, keajaiban telah berlaku apabila Cape No. 7 mula menyerang pawagam Taiwan. Bukan sahaja berjaya mengutip NT$440 juta (RM48 juta) setakat 10 November, ia adalah filem yang mengalahkan kutipan filem New Police Story 3 sebannyak NT$320 juta (RM34.7 juta).

Mencipta rekod manis ini, Cape No. 7 juga menjadi filem yang menduduki tangga ketiga dalam sejarah kutipan filem Taiwan selepas Titanic, NT$750 juta (RM81.5 juta) dan Jurassic Park, NT$450 juta (RM 48.9 juta).

Berlatarbelakangkan bandar Hengchun, Taiwan, filem yang diarahkan oleh Wei Te-Sheng ini menceritakan kisah yang berlaku 60 tahun lalu. Semasa Jepun menjajah Taiwan pada tahun 1940, seorang guru Jepun (Kousuke Atari) telah dihantar untuk bertugas di Hengchun.

Di sana dia telah jatuh cinta dengan seorang gadis, Kojima Tomoko (Rachel Liang). Namun, percintaan mereka tidak kesampaian apabila Jepun menyerah kalah dan guru itu terpaksa pulang ke Jepun. Sedih dengan apa yang berlaku, guru itu mengirimkan tujuh pucuk surat cinta kepada Kojima.

Kini, selepas 60 tahun, Aga (Van Fan) merupakan seorang penyanyi rock dari Hengchun. Gagal menjadi seorang penyanyi, dia pulang ke kampung halamannya. Di sana, bapa tirinya (Mai Ju-Lung) telah mendapatkan dia kerja sebagai posmen.

Suatu hari secara tidak sengaja, Aga terjumpa tujuh pucuk surat yang dikembalikan itu. Surat-surat tersebut dikirim oleh anak kepada guru Jepun setelah mendapati surat mendiang ayahnya itu tidak dikirim ke Taiwan.

Aga telah membuka surat itu dan mendapati alamat Cape No. 7, Hengchun Country, Takao Prefecture tidak lagi wujud. Maka dia dan Tomoko (Tanaka Chie), seorang model Jepun yang dihantar ke Hengchun untuk melatih kumpulan muzik yang diketuai Aga, berusaha mencari Kojima untuk menyerahkan ketujuh-tujuh surat itu.

Dipersembahkan sarat dengan budaya dan bahasa Taiwan, Cape No. 7 bakal ditayangkan di pawagam tempatan pada 25 Disember ini.

Baru-baru ini, pelakon utama Cape No. 7, Van Fan dan Tanaka Chie serta pengarah filem itu, Te-Sheng berada di Malaysia untuk mempromosikan filem itu yang diedarkan secara eksklusif oleh Astro Entertainment Sdn. Bhd.

Bagi mengetahui proses, kesukaran dan pengalaman filem itu dibikin, ikuti petikan temu bual seperti berikut.


TANAKA belum memikirkan soal teman lelaki.

Bagaimanakah perasaan anda berada di Malaysia untuk mempromosikan filem dan bukannya album?

Van: Gembira rasanya untuk datang ke sini bukan sebagai penyanyi tetapi sebagai pelakon untuk filem pertama saya. Walaupun filem ini mendapat sambutan luar biasa di Taiwan, kami mahu filem ini dibawa ke nagara luar. Kami mahu berkongsi emosi, tempat, pendapat dan muzik Taiwan dengan masyarakat luar.

Bagaimanakah pula dengan Tanaka? Ini adalah filem pertama yang mengangkat anda sebagai pelakon utama.

Tanaka: Pertama kali saya membaca skripnya, saya amat terharu. Dan saya pasti penonton tidak kecewa. Saya telah berusaha untuk mempelajari bahasa Mandarin selama lapan bulan untuk filem ini. Diharap penonton akan menikmati filem ini.

Dari mana idea filem ini timbul?

Te-Sheng: Asalnya saya ingin mengarahkan filem epik Seediq Bale mengenai satu suku puak asli di Taiwan yang menentang Jepun pada tahun 1930. Namun, saya tidak berjaya mendapat penaja dan menghabiskan NT$250 juta (RM27.1 juta) untuk lima filem pendek yang berjaya mendapat penghargaan. Tetapi masih tiada penaja yang ingin melabur. Maka saya mengubah idea kepada filem ini.

Filem ini ditulis dalam masa dua bulan dan saya membuat keputusan untuk menggunakan muzik Taiwan sebagai keutamaan. Sudah lama tidak ada filem yang mempromosikan muzik Taiwan. Dan idea posmen itu lahir selepas saya membaca satu berita mengenai seorang posmen tua. Dia telah menggunakan masa dua tahun untuk menghantar sepucuk surat yang tidak sampai kepada pemiliknya.

Pertama kali berlakon, bagaimana anda berdepan dengan populariti sebagai pelakon?

Van: Perasaannya amat istimewa dan mengejutkan. Selepas tujuh tahun menyanyi dan mengeluarkan lima buah album, ramai yang sebenarnya tidak mengenali saya. Namun, ini filem pertama saya dan ramai yang sudah mula mengenali saya. Rupanya pengaruh dan kuasa filem amat besar.

Semasa menyanyi, syarikat rakaman sentiasa mencari pelbagai cara untuk menukar imej seseorang penyanyi tetapi ia akan mengambil masa yang panjang. Dan ada kalanya percubaan itu tidak akan berjaya. Tetapi menerusi filem, pandangan penonton akan berubah sekelip mata.

Sebelum ini anda pernah berlakon dengan Jay Chou dalam filem Initial D. Nampaknya anda selalu berlakon dengan penyanyi?

Tanaka: Mungkin ini jodoh saya dan kini saya sendiri suka bekerja dengan penyanyi Taiwan. Sebenarnya saya lebih suka bekerja dengan penyanyi kerana mereka lebih sensitif semasa berlakon. Mereka lebih peka dan kaya dengan perasaan.

Adakah ini bermaksud anda ingin mencari teman lelaki Taiwan?

Tanaka: Apa yang penting adalah hati budi lelaki itu. Tidak kira Taiwan, Malaysia atau Jepun. Lagipun syarat teman lelaki saya amat banyak. Dia perlu menghormati saya, berbakat dan cerdik. Tetapi soal teman lelaki bukan keutamaan saya sekarang.


CAPE NO. 7 merupakan filem ketiga paling laris di Taiwan selepas Titanic dan Jurassic Park.

Terdapat satu babak intim dalam filem ini. Apakah perasaan anda ketika melakonkan babak itu?

Van: Janggal. Bukan saya dan Tanaka sahaja tetapi pengarah juga berasa janggal terutama selepas bercium dan disuruh berhenti pada pertengahan. Saya tidak tahu untuk berkata apa selepas itu. Tetapi babak ini adalah sebahagian daripada filem yang bukan bertujuan untuk menyampaikan mesej seks.

Dengar cerita, anda terpaksa menggadaikan rumah anda untuk meneruskan pembikinan filem ini?

Te-Sheng: Saya hampir gagal banyak kali di pertengahan penggambaran. Namun, saya berfikir jika saya berputus asa, saya akan membazirkan wang yang digunakan sebelum itu. Jika saya teruskan, setidak-tidaknya ia membuahkan hasil. Tetapi untuk berjaya dan mendapat pulangan modal, saya perlu lakukan yang terbaik. Saya tidak mempunyai pilihan selain daripada lakukan yang terbaik.

Namun, menerusi pemilihan pelakon-pelakon dalam filem ini, ramai yang dilihat tidak mempunyai nilai komersial.

Te-Sheng: Sudah terbukti mereka adalah pelakon menonjol kerana itu adalah diri mereka. Seperti saya memasukkan dialek Taiwan dalam filem ini. Ia juga bukan sesuatu yang komersial tetapi berjaya. Jadi nilai komersial saya adalah masa depan. Saya mahu menjadikan ia sebuah filem budaya Taiwan yang diingati dunia yang tidak hanya fokus kepada elemen komersial.

Kosmo

Didenda Kerana Salah Guna Pas Kerja

30 Dec

SEORANG pekerja lapangan terbang telah didenda $700 semalam kerana menyalahgunakan pas kerjanya untuk memasuki kawasan dewan ketibaan Lapangan Terbang Changi.

Lim Miaw Kiang, 51 tahun, mengaku salah melanggar undang-undang di bawah Akta Kawasan Larangan dan Tempat Larangan.

Mahkamah Majistret mendengar bahawa Lim, seorang juruwang, hendak memberi $400 kepada anak lelakinya, 19 tahun, yang ingin membeli minuman keras Sabtu lalu.

Anaknya merupakan seorang penumpang yang baru sahaja tiba dari Hongkong.

Tetapi seorang pegawai Cisco mendapati Lim telah menggunakan pas lapangan terbang musimannya walaupun dia tidak mempunyai sebarang tugas rasmi pada waktu itu.

Pegawai itu melaporkan kesalahan Lim kepada polis lapangan terbang.

Di bawah Akta Kawasan dan Tempat Larangan, seseorang boleh didenda maksimum $1,000 atau penjara sehingga dua tahun atau kedua-duanya sekali.

Awal tahun ini, denda maksimum telah dikenakan ke atas dua peminat penyanyi Taiwan popular, Jay Chou, kerana kesalahan di bawah akta tersebut.

Sin Teck Wee, 33 tahun, dan Jocelyn Soh Chia Ling, 28 tahun, membeli dua tiket penerbangan ke Kuala Lumpur pada 30 Julai tahun lalu tanpa niat meneruskan perjalanan, sebaliknya hanya untuk memasuki kawasan transit Terminal Satu dan melihat Jay Chou, yang ke sini untuk acara bertemu peminat, dari dekat.

Cyberita

Hot Looks, Not So Hot Singing

24 Dec

SINGAPORE : Let’s face it. Some singers are just ironically not cut out for singing. Unfortunately, this is the case for Taiwanese-groomed boy band Fahrenheit.

It’s hence not difficult to imagine the intermittent feelings of agony I experienced throughout the evening during the Singapore stop of the Fahrenheit Fantasy World Tour at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Comprising members Aaron Yan, Calvin Chen, Jiro Wang and Wu Chun, Fahrenheit shot to stardom in Southeast Asia after releasing their first album in 2006.

Acting in multiple hit Taiwanese dramas and aided by their good looks, Fahrenheit has been built on the winning marketing formula of their predecessors, boy band F4, and stands as arguably the most popular boy band in the Chinese music industry today.

So, it wasn’t a real concern of the 7,000 strong crowd full of screaming fans that the boys singing were at best mediocre.

Be it performing fan-favourites like “Little VIP”, “Really Like You”, “New Home” and “Star”, or even rapping to Jay Chou’s “Nunchucks”, one can hardly ignore the numerous out of tune moments throughout the concert.

But, to give the group credit, the singing was actually better than I had initially expected.

Throughout the night, Fahrenheit transported their adoring fans, many of whom flew in from around the region specially for the concert, to their different fantasy worlds.

With elaborate costumes and staging, the boys practically did it all – from wielding light sabres, to donning pilot gear and even swinging swords as ninjas.

Most notably after performing an old school segment which had Fahrenheit decked out in chequered suits and suspenders, performing old songs in English, Cantonese and Chinese, Wang turned to ask the crowd while they removed their jackets, “Did you enjoy our old school segment?”

Amidst the hysterical shrieks from the fans he then rather astutely joked, “You all just like it when we take off our jackets right?”

Mostly made up of young hormonal teenage girls, fans also reciprocated with high decibel screams and bouquets of flowers and stuffed toys of which they tossed on stage to their ever obliging idols.

Chen even noted before performing his solo beat-boxing routine that he had sustained some scratches on his left hand from the overzealous and enthusiastic fans.

There was much to love and definitely much envy as well, when December baby Baoru, the winner of a SingTel contest, got to fulfil her Fahrenheit fantasy as her idols serenaded her on stage with “To Love”.

As the night progressed, Fahrenheit tried very hard to show off their numerous talents. Be it playing musical instruments, Chen’s attempt at deejay scratching or Yan performing the duet “Ti Amo” with special guest Jade Liu, I couldn’t help but feel that their ‘talents’ were somewhat forced and awkward. But I would give the guys an A for effort for even bothering to try.

One talent however, that I must admit came rather naturally, was the four good lookers’ ability to charm and flirt with their adoring fans especially with their runway-like stage that was built right into the heart of the audience.

At the end of the night, while I’d personally prefer seeing these guys on the small screen, acting, as opposed to being on the big stage, singing, I guess that didn’t matter to the true Fahrenheit fans.

After all, Fahrenheit did deliver what they had promised – a lights and stage extravaganza. Not first-class singing.

Channel News Asia

RM76Juta – Jay Chou Artis Paling Kaya!

4 Dec

Susunan Razif Rosdi

TAIWAN, 4 DIS 2008:  Walaupun dunia mula mengalami masalah ekonomi, penyanyi popular Jay Chou tetap menjadi artis nombor satu menerima pendapatan paling tinggi di Taiwan sepanjang 2008. Jay Chou menerima pendapatan  sebanyak TWD700 juta bersamaan RM76 juta. Jumlah ini diperoleh melalui jualan album, konsert, menjadi duta produk dan berlakon filem.

Selepas Jay Chou, Emil Chau berada pada tangga kedua dengan menerima pendapatan berjumlah TWD460 juta bersamaan RM50 juta Manakala Jolin Tsai di tempat ketiga dengan pendapatan sebanyak TWD350 juta RM38 juta. Jolin juga merupakan penyanyi wanita pertama meraih gelaran ini.

Hakikat, Jay Chou sememangnya Raja Pop Asia yang mempunyai rekod pendapatan lumayan melalui konsert dan duta produk. Tidak hairanlah, di seluruh Asia, terpampang wajahnya di sana-sini.

Difahamkan, dengan mengadakan satu persembahan saja, Jay Chou sudah pun menerima bayaran mencecah TWD1 juta. Beliau juga turut tersenarai antara bintang paling kaya tahun lepas.

Sama seperti tahun lalu, Emil Chau masih berada di tangga kedua. Sejak kebelakangan ini, Emil lebih kerap dilihat di Taiwan berbanding di China. Bagaimanapun, karier Emil sebagai penyanyi tidak berakhir di China. Malah, dia membuat  22 konsert dan hanya kalah dengan 1 konsert di belakang Jay Chou.

Pengurus Emil, Yang Yong berkata nilai ini bukanlah terlalu banyak. Tahun depan, gara-gara ekonomi makin gawat, jumlah konsert mungkin dikurangkan dan ia agak merisaukan.

Pun begitu, penyanyi yang dikenali dengan Dancing Diva, Jolin menjadi artis wanita paling kaya tahun ini dengan menjadi duta produk dengan hanya membuat konsert solo sebanyak 10 kali sahaja. Pendapatan Jolin untuk tahun ini berlipat ganda 2 kali berbanding tahun lalu.

“Saya akan bekerja keras untuk hasil produk terbaik untuk semua,” jelas Jolin yang kini belajar menari di Amerika.

Apapun, kumpulan S.H.E yang pernah berada di atas sebelum menghadapi sedikit kemerosotan pendapatan disebabkan tidak mempunyai konsert solo. Pun begitu, dengan menjadi 13 duta produk tahun ini, mereka masih lagi tersenarai sebagai bintang yang paling laris.

“Kami harap dapat membuat lebih kerja amal tahun depan,” ujar anggota S.H.E.

Carta artis paling banyak terima bayaran.

1. Jay Chou
2. Emil Chau
3. Jolin Tsai
4. S.H.E
5. Show Luo
6. Wang Leehom
7. Mayday
8. A-Mei Chang
9. Farenheit
10. Angela Chang

Murai

Jay Chou To Star In Action Film 'Ci Ling'

21 Nov

TAIWAN: Taiwanese singer-actor Jay Chou, is set to star in Chu Yen-Ping’s upcoming action film “Ci Ling”, said the singer’s management company, JVR.

A Korean actress will star opposite Chou in this film which revolves around a young couple who travel back in time to Mongolia, in search of hidden treasure.

The movie will cost around S$10 million to produce and Chou is rumoured to receive S$4 million for his role.

Filming is scheduled to start January next year, and is set for a Lunar New Year release in 2010.

Meanwhile Chu who also worked with Chou in “Kung Fu Dunk”, has crushed rumours of a sequel to the 2008 Asian hit.

“We have already brought the combination of kung fu and basketball to the top with ‘Kung Fu Dunk’, and the worst thing for cinema is to be repetitive and stale, which is why we have decided to make a fresh, action-packed adventure,” said Wu Dun, chairman of Chan Hong Films which is producing “Ci Ling”.

– CNA/km/il

Channel News Asia

ORIENTAL WHIRL: Gallen's Personal Drama

10 Aug

Gallen says Jessica (right) is not the cause of his marriage breakdown.
Gallen says Jessica (right) is not the cause of his marriage breakdown.

DEBONAIR Hong Kong star Gallen Lo, a veteran of those popular long-running drama serials in the 1990s, is back in the limelight for two very different reasons.

Justin (right) plays Goku in Dragonball the movie.
Justin (right) plays Goku in Dragonball the movie.

Jay's new toy, if online stories are to be believed.
Jay’s new toy, if online stories are to be believed.
Miriam shrugs off rumours.
Miriam shrugs off rumours.
One will leave him grinning all the way to the bank – TVB is reportedly paying him HK$80,000 (RM32,000) per episode for his comeback role in a new drama that will begin filming in November.
The 40-episode serial is reportedly about disputes and conflicts of money in a rich family. Familiar territory but one which drama serial fans positively adore, for all its potential drama, heartache and complicated love situations.
The other reason Gallen’s back in the spotlight is the breakup of his 10-year marriage to Clare Fong, reported by a magazine early last month.
The actor has insisted a third party – Jessica Hsuan, as speculated by the media – was not responsible.
Details of the divorce settlement are equally juicy, if true. Rumours abound that Gallen, 45, will give his estranged wife their HK$40 million house and that he has admitted that he will be left with just HK$2 million in assets.
Gallen’s contract with TVB has already ended, so his collaboration with them for the new series is on a freelance basis, which gives him more room to negotiate fees.
As for the new series, many are looking forward to it because it’s been five years since Gallen has filmed a TVB series aired in Hong Kong.
Check out Jay Chou’s new toy. Blogs claim that this SLK 722, which costs about NT$34 million (about RM3.4 million), is the Taiwanese artiste’s dream car and that he has been spotted driving it, and pretty fast too, at night.
Well, all we can say is that the talented singer-actor deserves to splurge some of his hard-earned money on himself.
Last seen in Kung-fu Dunk, Chou’s music career has been going from strength to strength. He has had an album out every year since 2000, selling millions of copies in the process, and won dozens of awards.
In 2003, he was also on the cover of Time magazine, which acknowledged his influence on popular culture. One online report noted that CNN is keen to interview him too.

Miriam Yeung just cannot shake off persistent rumours dogging her these days. Some online stories say the Hong Kong actress is very unhappy with her recording company AMusic – her boss is Leon Lai, by the way – and plans to jump ship as soon as her contract expires.
Another report links her to rumoured boyfriend Real Ding Chi Ko, with one source claiming confidently that the couple was living together.
Interviewed by a local radio station later, Miriam stressed that “everybody knows” she lives with her parents.
As for her being seen with Real Ding, she admitted that he did give her a lift but only to visit her godparents. (And that’s probably the Real deal, folks!)
Incidentally, Miriam, who has always portrayed the girl-next-door image, plans to record a rap song. Way to go, girl!

Who does not know or heard of the anime Dragonball? After the success of Transformers and Ironman, filmmakers are furiously scanning the comics universe for the next box-office star.
Well, they must have figured that they can’t go very far wrong with this Japanese manga series, what with it being such a hit with the children (and not a few adults) too.
So get ready for the live-action film of Dragonball, with Canadian actor Justin Chatwin (remember him in War of the Worlds?) as Goku, the monkey-tailed boy with the martial arts moves and superhuman strength. He’s actually an extraterrestrial from a race called Saiyans, said to be the strongest warriors in the universe.
The Twentieth Century Fox movie, tentatively slated for March 13 next year, will be directed by James Wong (he of Final Destination).

Is the pressure getting to Janice Vidal (or Wai Lan to her Cantonese-speaking fans)? Some online reports say she is suffering from mild eating and personality disorders, the result of high expectations from the public and, to a lesser extent, excessive media spotlight.
When queried, her twin sister Jill, also a budding singer, quickly jumped to her defence, saying, “She is busy recording in the studios everyday and her appetite is normal.”
As for rumours that Janice feels slighted by the recording company management which allegedly favours Jill, the latter had this to say: “Last year, similar reports said Janice was the favoured one. Which can you believe?”
Yes, do not read too much into such reports as they only seek to sensationalise and cause undue friction between innocent parties.
Janice, incidentally, is of mixed parentage with a Filipino father and a Chinese Korean mother.

New Straits Times

Cinema: Kung Fu With A Twist, Hop And Pop

27 Jul

Not much of a story but plenty of dance moves to entertain you in Kung Fu Hip Hop.
Not much of a story but plenty of dance moves to entertain you in Kung Fu Hip Hop.

NOW SHOWING

KUNG FU HIP-HOP
Directed by Fu Hua Yang
Starring Jordan Chan, Fan Bing Bing, Nam Hyun Joon and Alan Wu

IF you are fascinated with kung fu and love to dance, then this is the movie for you. As the title suggests, Kung Fu Hip Hop is a dance that combines martial arts with different dance styles such as hip hop, disco and pop.

Choreography is handled by those who have worked with superstars such as Rain, Jay Chou, Jolin Tsai and Michael Jackson, among others.

The movie will count among its fans youngsters who are into the dance scene.

For those not as enthusiastic about dance, it can be quite tedious, what with lights blinding you and the camera constantly zooming around to leave you dizzy.

This is a story about Dung (Chan) who has to look after his nearly-blind sister. To collect enough money for an operation to save her sight and to make ends meet, he sells trinkets.

His talent for dance is discovered by accident one night when his nifty moves outside a club is caught on camera. The club’s deejay, Tina (Fan) is impressed.

The club’s resident dance king and everybody’s darling, Hung (Nam who incidentally is Korean superstar Rain’s choreographer and the holder of the Asian Dance King title) is threatened.

Tina eventually persuades Dung to enter a competition.

He decides to give it a go because winning would mean his sister’s operation is covered.

He ropes in his pals at a car workshop to form his dance team.

Hung also enters the contest, with backing from a guy (Wu) who has a shady background.

Of course, the fact that Chan has a dance background stands him in good stead for this role. He does not disappoint but his performance pales, however, when compared to that of Nam’s.

However, in watching this movie, be forewarned that you’re going solely for the showdown on the dance floor and nothing much else.

 

New Straits Times

Oriental Whirl: Friend In Love

13 Jul

Vivian Hsu is rumoured to be dating Stephen Fung (left), who split up with Karen Mok (right) early this year.
Vivian Hsu is rumoured to be dating Stephen Fung (left), who split up with Karen Mok (right) early this year.

TAIWANESE singer Vivian Hsu is playing down rumours that she is dating Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung.

Lee Da-hae was admitted to hospital for severe fatigue.
Lee Da-hae was admitted to hospital for severe fatigue.

Ayumi may be going deaf in one ear but she's still going ahead with her concerts in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei.
Ayumi may be going deaf in one ear but she’s still going ahead with her concerts in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei.

“We’re just friends,” protested the demure artiste.

The gossip mill worked overtime after photos of them together appeared in a Hong Kong magazine recently, showing Hsu in shades and Fung wearing a cap.

The magazine claimed the handsome couple had been dating for a year already. Fung and singer Karen Mok split up early this year after a nine-year romance.

Fung was reported to have said recently that “she’s so beautiful. I can’t claim to be her friend”. How does one read into that?

The sultry Mok seemed nonchalant when asked for her reaction to the magazine’s report, only saying “very good”.

In an earlier report, Mok remarked that life was “like a live show” and “one is unable to predict what will happen.”

After ending the relationship with Stephen, she reportedly cried in front of her family but still hopes to be good friends with him.

Incidentally, Mok was once Stephen Chow’s girlfriend, he of Kungfu Hustle and, more recently, CJ7 fame.

Hsu, meanwhile, had once dated F4’s Vanness Wu but they broke up about three years ago.

῕ DATUK Michelle Yeoh has set up a management firm in Hong Kong called Stellar Entertainment Ltd with film producer Terrence Chang as well as veteran journalist Tang Yang.

Artistes in their stable include Kelly Lin, Zhang Fengyi, Pace Wu, Zheng Haonan and Hong XiaoLing.

The idea for the management company was apparently mooted during the filming of John Woo’s Red Cliff.

Its aim is to develop artistes for the film industry in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

῕ RETIRED songbird Faye Wong was named “Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian” recently by Peta (that’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), following a poll. Last year’s winner was sultry Maggie Q.

Wong’s male counterpart for the “title” was Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.

῕ KOREAN star Lee Da-hae was admitted to the hospital recently for severe fatigue, the result of a punishing training schedule for new drama East Of Eden.

For her role, Lee had to undergo almost three hours of physical training every day. In East Of Eden, she plays the daughter of a tycoon embroiled in a political tsunami.

Song Seung-heon and Yeon Jung-hoon are the other stars in this much-awaited drama.

῕ JAPANESE pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki will be holding concerts in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei in the coming months.

She will enthral fans in Hong Kong on Sept 20, the Shanghai Grand Stage on Oct 18 and the Taipei Arena on Nov 1.

There had been reports of her going deaf in her left ear since the beginning of this year but it looks like her popularity has not waned nor has her enthusiasm for singing and performing.

The tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of her singing career, started in Tokyo last April 5. Her concerts across Japan have attracted some 230,000 people thus far, according to one report.

῕ GUEY Lun-mei, the demure lass and Jay Chou’s love interest in the movie Secret, is actually a tomboy. At least that’s what she claims in a recent online report, saying that being a tomboy is the “real Guey Lun-mei”.

In the interview, she also confessed to liking guys “who act like kids” and hoped to star in a period drama in the future. As for Chou having a crush on her in real-life, she had this to say: “No way!”

῕ VETERAN actor Andy Lau has been appointed a JP (Justice of the Peace) by the Hong Kong Special Administration Region government.

Via his publicist, Lau, noted for his active involvement in charity work through the years, called it “a great honour.”

He is the second JP in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry, the first being actor Michael Hui who received the appointment in 2004.

 

New Straits Times

Catch: Up Close With Joey

23 May

Joey Yung performs in Genting Highlands on June 27 and 28.
Joey Yung performs in Genting Highlands on June 27 and 28.

HONG Kong pop queen Joey Yung returns to wow Malaysian fans at Genting Highlands with more of her hits and superb showmanship on June 27 and 28.

Yung, a protege of the late Hong Kong pop legend Roman Tam Pak Sin is not only a popular singer but also an acclaimed television and film actress, as well as TV show host.

With her girl-next-door looks and a bubbly character, she is also a brand ambassador for various products in Hong Kong.

Born Yung Cho-Yee on June 16, 1980, Yung has been singing since she was 15. In 1998, she joined the Emperor Entertainment Group and was mentored by Tam. She subsequently performed with Tam at many of his concerts until his death in 2002.

On Sept 30, 1999, Yung released her debut album Joey, which sold 130,000 copies in Hong Kong. A year later, she made her movie debut in the film Winner Takes All and her television debut in the series The Green Hope.

Yung also released her second album Don’t Miss, and her first studio album Who Will Love Me. Her compilation album Love Joey was released in 2001 and it became the Best Selling Album Of The Year. She subsequently released the albums All New Summer Holiday and Solemn On Stage.

A year later, she performed in Taiwan and released the Mandarin album Honestly.

In 2003, Yung’s hit song My Pride became a monster hit in Hong Kong and was named the country’s Most Popular Song. In the same year, Yung won Best Female Vocalist in her country’s annual CRHK Music Awards.

Sales of Yung’s CDs exceeded five million in 2004. Her most recent albums were Ten Most Wanted in 2006 and Close Up last year. In 2007, she also performed in the Live Earth concert in Shanghai, China.

Besides her mentor Tam, Yung has also collaborated or performed with Hong Kong veteran singer and actor Hacken Lee and Taiwanese pop king Jay Chou. Her most famous films include Winner Takes All, The Attractive One and Crazy And The City, while her television series include The Green Hope, Sunshine Heartbeat and Not Just A Pretty Face.

Besides Hong Kong and Taiwan, Yung has toured Australia, Canada, the United States and Malaysia.

Yung will be meeting fans at Genting Times Square in the First World Plaza at 6.30pm on May 31.

Tickets to Yung’s two-night showcase are priced RM380, RM300, RM210, RM130 and RM70 on June 27 and RM450, RM350, RM250, RM150 and RM80 on June 28.

Venue: Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands. Time: 8pm. Call 03-2718-1118.

 

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