Chinese Paladin, Mainland China Entertainment, Taiwanese Entertainment, Zhang Xin Yu

Jia You Ba! Xiao Xiao Yu

Before she was an adorable young artist, she was a star swimmer. That was the main reason how she got the role of the cute Rui Rui in Legend of Star Apple. Before she was cast as  Cao Ke Rui, she took a small part in Chinese Paladin I as one of Li Xiao Yao’s girlfriends at his home town, the silly Ai Qie. Fellow Tangerine colleague Joanne Tseng was also seen by her side as the other girlfriend, Xiu Lan. Those who have watched Chinese Paladin might not even remember her. So Legend of Star Apple was actually her break and also her first starring role. She proved to have a lot of potentials although some anti-fans who preferred a certain pairing might disagree. She brought out the many sides of Rui Rui very well–from the simple minded, uncouth yet cute girl at the beginning to the more matured young woman toward the end of the drama.

Around that same time, she also managed to bring out her debut album, titled “A Little Fuss (鬧鬧)” and coincidentally, it was also the opening theme song for Legend of  Star Apple to which she sang with fellow Tangerine colleagues Esther Liu and Joanne Tseng of the band Sweety. The album also included the ending song of Legend of Star Apple called “The Rainy Season Has Started (雨季開始了)“. Other tracks in the album showed different ranges and variety that young fans might enjoy.

As fate has it, her next drama was another collaboration with Ming Dao. However, as fate likes to play with people, she was not paired up Ming Dao, but with 5566 member Jason Hsu in Ying Ye 3 + 1. On a more positive note, it seemed that she and Ming Dao still maintained a good friendship within the set. Luck was more on her side when she brought out another album, Jia You Ba! Xiao Xiao Yu, with four tracks and a special DVD with MVs as well as clips of her working behind the scenes with the crew to make it happen. Her image for this album had transformed from the typical cute girl to the more matured girl. However, there were still traces of cuteness within her that was hard to hide.

While fans are wondering if she will bring out another album, fans could wait to catch her latest drama, Always Smile!, very soon. This is–coincidentally–another collaboration with Ming Dao. And as funny as it gets, she will not pair up with him either. Anyway, she’ll be busy–like the rest of the cast–in promoting the drama and participating in other events. I guess we can wait for the upcoming album since she’s already so busy, right?

*All images were scanned by DTLCT

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Cyndi Wang, Taiwanese Entertainment, Tony Sun, Wallace Huo

The Forgotten Tragic Couple

Xing Wang and Shen Yin He was one of those perfect couples that the writers managed to come up with without trying too hard to make them perfect because they weren’t perfect to begin with. However, it was often overlooked by viewers because of other details or ongoing plot that diverted attention from them. Moreover, it could be possible that it was hard to accept their behaviors or decisions at one point or another.

Wallace Huo as Xing Wang
Wallace Huo as Xing Wang

Xing Wang was a genius to say the least. He graduated from Harvard with straight ‘A’s. However, sadly to say, he wasn’t satisfied with those things. He would rather trade those for some times with his father and to be exact, his family. Loneliness has been his friend since young. Solitude was the game he played once too many times. When he went on an adventure around the world to explore its many wonders, he encountered with a former gangster leader, Di Wu Zheng, and was mistaken that the guy was still carrying on with those ‘activities’. He pretended to be the boss’ long lost son, You Ya Yu, but little did he knew that he could not fool the old man–even for just a second. The man played along with him and allowed him to make his escape afterward. Upon his encounter with this ex-gang leader, Xing Wang found out about the most powerful person of a place called Westside Street, which was You Ya Yu. Maybe it was his curiosity. Maybe it was his disbelief that anyone could be that powerful as legend says it. Or maybe it was his attempt of wanting to deliver a message to the young man about the whereabouts of his father. After all, no one knew more than Xing Wang himself the pain of not having a father (or not having any fatherly love). It was then that he was determined to enter Westside Street–a place so different from his, yet he was willing to step forward and experience.

Cyndi Wang as Shen Yin He
Cyndi Wang as Shen Yin He

Shen Yin He, on the other hand, was an unfortunate girl who lost her mother since young. Not only did she had to raise her siblings all by herself, but also had to look after her father–who was once a gambler. Having such a heavy burden on her shoulder, she had no choice but to turn to other means in earning money. Hiding her truth self and entering the complicated world of Westside Street, she became a person who will not be accepted by the society. It was not because she wanted to choose an easy way out and not cared about other things. She was a bright person with high intelligence and loved to study. But she did not have as many options as she wished. People who did not know her would consider her as ‘having an angel face but possessing a demon’s heart’ or a person who only cared about money, but it was not the case at all. She was just a young girl who had to carry such a burden, knowing her future will be ruined if she was found out. She was just a person drifting slowly along the path of life, doing what she had to, not caring if she was misunderstood.

Their lives crossed path when everyone was in search for her whereabouts because of her mysterious disappearance. Her friends and non-friends were searching for her because of the need to and tints of curiosities creeping about in their minds. It was the intriguing romance between her and a mysterious man named Gu Tian Le. Little did the others knew that the little challenge set out by Xing Wang to You Ya Yu will change their lives forever. It was a path they were taking because of a silly misunderstanding between You Ya Yu and Xing Wang. (You Ya Yu teased Xing Wang and was not taking his offer of friendship seriously upon their first meeting, causing the delay in information being exchanged between You Ya Yu and Xing Wang as to where You Ya Yu’s father was at. The little tease also caused Ya Yu the challenge since Xing Wang felt the need to prove to Ya Yu that he was worthy of Ya Yu’s friendship.) Everything started out with innocent intent or a casual challenge. But because of how the story finally unfolded, things changed. After solving the mystery of Yin He’s disappearance, they were back again to their own lives, living normally–or so they thought.

Many incidents–whether accidental or on purpose, pulled their lives together again, causing many stories to unfold. However, the more they knew about each other, Xing Wang and Yin He found out they were just right for one another. So right yet they could never be together because both feared that they would betray a friend’s and lover’s trust.

To sum this up, I want to add in their song from the drama, Jian Ao, sang by Tony Sun and Cyndi Wang–a song that describes their characters and obstacles so perfectly.

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Stay tune for the upcoming parts.

*All images were captured by DTLCT

Angela Chang, Cyndi Wang, Taiwanese Entertainment

Comebacks

Several artists are trying to make their comeback this year. As debates are taking place at various sites in cyberspace, the questions are somewhat similar. When will they release an album? Will it affect their sales after so long? Will their style change? What songs will they choose this time? Will they compose their own music? What about dramas? Are they planning to participate in any?

To get to the the point, who are those making their way back into the public eye?

Angelas pose for Ang 5.0 Album
Angela’s pose for Ang 5.0 Album

Angela Chang was out of the radar for much of last year after filming Romantic Princess and releasing her 5th album, Ang 5.0, to take care of her health problems. Now she is back to give us more great music (although anti-fans might disagree). Those who are anticipating another drama will have to wait even longer since she is focused on her singing career for the time being. (Though she haven’t give up acting yet. Sorry, anti-fans.)

Cyndi posed for Heavens Wedding OST
Cyndi posed for Heaven’s Wedding OST

Cyndi Wang turned down Invincible Shan Bao Mei to pursue her education futher in New York. She has been back for quite a while and has been actively attending functions and doing ADs. She has also been working on her next album while looking into another talent agency and finally settling on DayStar Music. Just as she was ready for the upcoming release of her new album, reporters are crowding her and asking questions all over again, stirring up more troubles. While many anti-fans scolded her straightforward answers, calling her various sort of names. It was only while I was discussing this with V that she brought something to my attention. She said, “What if it is not Cyndi who wants to talk about her relationship and it is those reporters who are asking those questions?” (Thank you, V!) But we all know anti-fans would ask the next question to discredit others again, like “Why can’t she just not answer those questions?” (I got an answer ready for that one too. If she would not cooperate with the press, she would end up being called snobby or arrogant, like she was accused of on past occurrences.)

So to dive away from the negativity, more good news for fans since she will be starring alongside Jiro Wang of Fahrenheit in the upcoming GTV drama, Momo Love.

*All images were captured and/or scanned by DTLCT

Ady An, Autumn's Concerto, Dylan Kuo, Taiwanese Entertainment

Next Station, Happiness?

So news has it that Ming Dao has dropped out of the drama due to some schedule conflicts. (The real story: It was Sun De Rong.) If this keeps up any longer, Ming Dao might be dubbed as the ‘arrogant’ dude who is too good for some productions. Let’s hope that news are confirmed soon since it is believed that Van Ness Wu is taking over Ming Dao’s role as the male lead. (The reason why I have to say ‘wait for further confirmation’ is because there could possibly be some dramas going on behind-the-scenes again and everything won’t be for sure–just like last time.) If it is true, then it will be interesting to see the collaboration between Van Ness and Ady. (I suddenly have this evil thought of hoping that IF there’s a chance that Dylan would join Ady instead. But I’m all for new pairings too!)

It seems like there hasn’t been any luck surrounding this production so far. First, it was the female lead having communication problems with SETTV. Then they were back to searching for possible candidates as the female lead. Now that they finally found her, the male lead pulls a ‘disappearing’ act on them.

Is it because of the title that’s making it ironic all the same? When will the production team find their happiness? (Cliche, I know.)

Chinese Paladin, Hu Ge, Mainland China Entertainment, Wallace Huo, Yang Mi

Chinese Paladin III: The Wait Is Over

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After the confirmation that part III was in the making, fans anxiously waited and searched for news and pictures to understand more about the production. The wait was quite nerve-wrecking and kept everyone on the edge as to whether the production would succeed or if it would live up to the previous one. It was only awhile ago that filming wrapped up.

So what is exactly in it for part III?

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More action/ magical scenes: Most people are against the whole CQI effects but does anyone ever consider those suits for the magic purpose of the storyline? (I must admit that it doesn’t go well with those martial arts dramas though.)

More of Hu Ge: Yes, he’s back as the lead for this drama. Who else but Hu Ge to continue the Chinese Paladin sagas, right?

Wallace Huo joined the production: What was his latest ancient series again? Exactly. Fans will be happy.

Another Hu Ge and Yang Mi pairing: So before the ‘bashing team’ comes on with the whole whatever else ‘Hu Ge pairings’ that are out there, Yang Mi starred with Hu Ge in one of the stories of Strange Tales of Liao Zhai (aka Liao Zhai 1). This is another collaboration between them, but this time, her character is more lively and will be a bickering couple with him instead of the tragic romance scenes from last time. (Or let’s hope that the story won’t turn out with a tragic ending but let’s not hold our breaths too much.) Another consideration would be, Hu Ge is the one coming back to portray another character, so it is NOT Xiao Yao anymore so no need to attack Yang Mi just because the other cast aren’t back. This is a prequel to part I.

Jerry Huang as the bad guy: Okay, so this might get interesting and we’ll see if he’s really up for the part.

Official Website: http://www.xianjianqixiazhuan3.com/

More about the game version: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Sword_and_Fairy

Other than that, you can pre-order the DVD set here or wait for upcoming versions.