Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

I couldn’t help myself since once again, courtesy of Netflix that I dived into this one.

This was one of the few times that I watched Gao Yuan Yaun since I wasn’t a major fan of her back in the days. It wasn’t her fault–as I later realized–because she was often cast in similar roles so I thought her acting was lacking. However, I felt that she did better in modern series and/or movies than in ancient settings. She was so lively and lovable that lit up the whole movie and set the stage for what was to come. So, we soon found out that her life was much more complicated than the early morning wakeup scene led on. However, her sorrowful days were short-lived–thanks to her encounter with Kevin and how they ended up changing each other’s life perspectives for the best. That also unleashed a chain of events as she became more confident with herself and took notice of her surroundings thus leading to her finally meeting Sean. Her world became quite chaotic and unpredictable as her fate was tied with Sean for the upcoming years. However, in some ways, she still retained her innocence and kindness. Sure, she could get so mad and became so scary at times, but overall, she was a gentle person. I felt Yuan Yuan brought out all those sides of Chi Yan really well. It was like walking into her world and going on a journey with her–whether through the goods or bads. It was somewhat addicting to watch in sense. Sometimes the plot was ridiculous–to say the least, but her character was never dull.

Despite reading a bit of spoiler–mostly how the second movie was perceived, I felt like I enjoyed the second movie more. Yes, I said it. The first movie was somewhat innocent and genuine–mostly because of Chi Yan’s personality and how she saw the world along with Kevin’s character. Yet I felt the second movie had its own charm. Although there was a lot of repetition of the first movie playing itself into the second movie, I felt it worked well with tying in with the first one because it reminded us of how such details in life could repeat or could also happen to someone else. For instance, Paul and Yeung Yeung having a pet octopus, Genie, like how Chi Yan and Kevin had Froggie. Interestingly, both pairings also failed in the end. The similarity with how Sean also filmed Yeung Yeung and tried to guess her song–but failed. Hilariously, his ring ended up being used by Paul to propose to Yeung Yeung later when he told her he had figured out the song she was singing already.

Daniel’s lack of appearance in the second movie angered many people–as I read various reviews. I totally understand that for loyal fans of the first movie–and also for his own fans as well. However, I felt the addition of Mariam and Vic–although sending the plot off the rails–made the movie tenfold more hilarious and also cranked up the hype. Daniel fans will probably kill me for it, but I felt the first movie was really bland at times with Daniel’s story. I guessed his character was supposed to be a counterbalance to Louis’ craziness, considering how they were from the opposite spectrum. However, I think I lost interest in his character around the time he became perfect when he met up with Chi Yan again. I didn’t want him to continue moping in sadness and drowning in his wine. Yet I felt his perfection was a turn off for me, feeling like his character just stepped out of an idol drama, too good to be true. Although it completely made sense with Chi Yan’s decision at the end of the first movie with her choosing Kevin, I felt they could have developed her story with Kevin a little more. It was like Johnnie To was already planning the second movie hence leaving it open or something. Because seriously, I saw it coming a mile that it wasn’t going to end well, especially how she looked back when she saw Sean on the way to the restaurant right before the proposal happened. There was still too much baggage and too many unresolved feelings. Not to mention how I was never completely sold on their pairing because of their lack of chemistry. They radiated off the “friends” vibe major time. Yes, they had some intense scenes and even shared a passionate kiss near the end of the first movie, but I didn’t feel anything at all. Hell, I felt Yuan Yuan had way better chemistry with Vic–who was supposed to be portraying her brother. Perhaps, that was why Vic was chosen and how it ended up being a misunderstanding for the majority of the parties thus leading to the big fight near the end of the second movie.

Once again, although having Mariam and Vic in the second movie sent the plot off the rails, it had somehow in its twisted way helped majorly with the main plot. It ripped right through the so-called normal lives of the others–or how Chi Yan had wanted to move on and was ready for the wedding ahead. What brought the second movie to a whole new level of craziness was the confrontation between Sean and Chi Yan and eventually leading to the big fight in Suzhou. I couldn’t even imagine what in the world the plot was going toward even. Everything was so chaotic, so random yet had to happen for things to finally resolve. In fact, the big fight wasn’t the highest level of craziness either. Because at least that fight was somewhat relating back to the fight between Sean and Kevin like the first movie. In actuality, the plot reached peak craziness around the time the wedding rolled around. Who could have guessed Sean would pull such a move? He scared half of the population present to death–while the other half just wanted to film it on their cameras to share it online (probably). What made it crazier yet hilarious was the part where Paul decided to spring a proposal and added to the already chaotic atmosphere after Kevin and Paul had succeeded in rescuing Sean from his crazy climb. I literally laughed out loud because I couldn’t believe it. We got to hear Vic sing “It’s Not That Simple” (沒那麼簡單) but that was seriously random. Also, Paul acted like it wasn’t a big deal after he got rejected and then even jumped into the pool to retrieve Yeung Yeung’s other shoe before heading to the elevator to send her off and even helped her put ’em back on again.

Many are probably thinking that I side with Louis’ character, Sean, hence downplaying Daniel’s character, Kevin. But honestly, I didn’t even like Sean at all throughout. Partially, it had to do with the plot. But overall, he was a let down throughout. Okay, saying “at all” might be a stretch. I actually quite liked his character as the movie started–as it was with Daniel’s character as well. I initially thought his character had more depth than that. Seeing how he saw her and wanted to cheer her up. I knew he had a crush on her at the beginning and was trying to get her attention. It was cute and all. But it went completely downhill as in he was dead to me right after he fell to temptation and slept with Angelina. He didn’t have to explain anything to her, seriously. She misunderstood. If he didn’t show up, it was obvious that she got the wrong idea. So if he wanted to be a gentleman and explain, fine, do it and leave. Yet it turned out, he was just using his weakness as an excuse. Whether his high testosterone issues were a real medical condition or not, it was never addressed throughout. So that led me to assume that it was just there to add to the humor, which wasn’t funny to me. It just degraded women or put the blame on them just because he couldn’t control himself. With Angelina, it could be said that she tried to seduce him but it was his choice to react or not. But the other women appearing throughout in there? It was hard to swallow with making it like it was partially their fault or something for dressing sexily. Then there was also the whole saying about there were two types of men, etc. Sean wasn’t the only one who said it but Joyce also said it later to Sean. I felt it was a slap in the face that it was a principle in general that they just accepted. So yeah, those two things combined made me despise Sean even more. Sure, it was his life, he could live it however he wanted. But I found it super hypocritical that he would get overly jealous–whether it was Chi Yan or Yeung Yeung–when they were spending time with another man. Then what bugged me more was seeing how his turnaround after his failed proposal to Chi Yan had led to his out of control womanizing schemes. It reminded me of the whole disaster with How I Met Your Mother steering Barney right back to his old habits just like that and dismissing his past growth completely. Anyway, contrary to the character, I felt Louis’ portrayal was very convincing.

In a way, to sum up Sean, Chi Yan, and Kevin’s relationships all around, Kevin was actually the one who brought Sean and Chi Yan together. If it wasn’t for Kevin, Chi Yan wouldn’t be able to change her outlook on life and gain her confidence again thus finally seeing Sean–who was trying to get her attention for so long. Their links were different on many levels but it wasn’t possible without one or the other being their course of actions had affected all one way or another. Again, I seriously felt Chi Yan was better off with Kevin like the first movie had ended, considering how it was ironic that she ended up with such a womanizer–and how she had detested what her ex-boyfriend did to her. But I guess the second movie wanted to take back Chi Yan’s safe choice and chose to let her end up with the one she actually loved–for better or for worse. It was just how Yeung Yeung said, telling her not to hide anymore.

Aside from that, I felt that it was such a shame that Paul and Yeung Yeung couldn’t end up together. It would be seriously chaotic if they did since Yeung Yeung and Sean would end up in the same family. Well, even more chaotic than before. But I felt it was just a shame that Vic and Mariam didn’t end up together. Their chemistry wasn’t bad at all. I enjoyed watching the scenes where they went out to eat and talked and just be random at times. Their interactions were so natural and so addicting to watch. The fact that both of their portrayals were so on par that saved the movie a little more.

After all that was said, my favorite character was surprisingly John. Yes, John was such a minor character or so it seemed yet I found him hilarious throughout. Regardless of how intense the main plot got, he was always there to contribute with much humor. Of course, he had no clue how comical he was yet his silly actions seemed to dissolve somewhat of the hectic atmosphere. I initially thought he would be Chi Yan’s asshole boss who would eventually fire her. The reason why I thought that was because during the meeting at the beginning of the first movie, he was trying super hard to deescalate the situation during the meeting and he was sweating so bad, I thought he would use Chi Yan as a scapegoat to get past that obstacle. But it turned out, he was really supportive of her and actually acknowledged that she was really hardworking and talented. He even risked his job to defend her when she saw Sean and called Sean “asshole” but he diverted it to himself. He also tried to convince Chi Yan not to quit and later became her ally with spying on different parties for her and reporting the events to her. It was refreshing, especially how it was known within those industries that there was major backstabbing going on. In the second movie, he was seen chiding Chi Yan and telling her that he shouldn’t be seen with her because he might get fired yet he still managed to give her information at times regarding Sean–or others. Yes, he seemed nosy overall but he truly cared for Chi Yan as a friend.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

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Top 50 Actresses of 2017

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Translation:
1. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh
2. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch
3. Di Li Re Ba / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba
4. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng
5. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi
6. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên
7. Yang Zi / Dương Tử
8. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào
9. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân
10. Guli Nazha / Cổ Lực Na Trát
11. Lin Qin / Lý Thấm
13. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ
14. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh
15. Victoria Song / Tống Tây
16. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng
17. Crystal Zhang Tian Ai / Trương Thiên Ái
18. Ju Jing Yi / Cúc Tịnh Y
19. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm
20. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng
21. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ
22. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi
23. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn
24. Jennifer Shu Chang / Thư Sướng

25. Shen Yue / Thẩm Nguyệt

26. Wang Li Kun / Vương Lệ Khôn

27. Tan Song Yun / Đàm Tùng Vận

28. Tang Yi Xin / Đường Nghệ Hân

29. Janine Chang / Trương Quân Ninh

30. Regina Wan / Vạn Tây

31. Cecilia Han Xue / Hàn Tuyết

32. Yang Rong / Dương Dung

33. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như

34. Jacqueline Li / Lý Tiểu Lộ
35. Mao Xiao Tong / Mao Hiểu Đồng
36. Li Yi Tong / Lý Nhứt Đồng
37. Zheng He Hui Zi / Trịnh Hợp Huệ Tử
38. Sun Yi / Tôn Di
39. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy
40. Lolita Wang / Vương Hiểu Thần
41. Adi Kan / Khám Thanh Tử
42. Gina Jin Chen / Kim Thần
43. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên
44. Mabel Yuan Shan Shan / Viên San San
45. Bridgette Qiao Xin / Kiều Hân
46. Maggie Huang / Huỳnh Mộng Doanh
47. Viann Zhang / Trương Hinh Dư

48. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy

49. Jiang Shu Ying / Giang Sơ Ảnh
50. Janice Wu Qian / Ngô Thiến

Forbes China – Top 100 Successful Celebrities 2017

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I usually don’t do this, but I just thought I do it since year since I saw the list the other day.  (Go here for the list in its originality.) And I know she’s not ranked first, but I just like the picture, lol. Anyway, here goes the translation for the list:

  1. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng

  2. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm

  3. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

  4. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh

  5. Yang Yang / Dương Dương

  6. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào

  7. Jackie Chan / Thành Long

  8. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh

  9. Jay Chou / Châu Kiệt Luân

  10. Wu Yi Fan / Ngô Dịch Phàm

  11. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong

  12. Deng Chao / Đặng Siêu

  13. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ

  14. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên

  15. Chen Kun / Trần Khôn

  16. Huang Xiao Ming / Huỳnh Hiểu Minh

  17. TFBOYS

  18. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca

  19. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi

  20. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng

  21. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình

  22. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa

  23. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi

  24. Jing Bo Ran / Tỉnh Bách Nhiên

  25. Huang Zi Tao / Hoàng Tử Thao

  26. Wu Xiu Bo / Ngô Tú Ba

  27. Andy Lau / Lưu Đức Hoa

  28. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy

  29. Li Bing Bing / Lý Băng Băng

  30. Huang Bo / Huỳnh Bột

  31. Wallace Chung / Chung Hán Lương

  32. Lin Chi Ling / Lâm Chí Linh

  33. Jia Nai Liang / Giả Nại Lương

  34. Chris Lee / Li Yu Chun / Lý Vũ Xuân

  35. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm

  36. Mark Chao / Triệu Hựu Đình

  37. Di Li Re Ba / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba

  38. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á

  39. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng

  40. Cheney Chen Xue Dong / Trần Học Đông

  41. He Jiong / Hà Cảnh

  42. Wang Kai / Vương Khải

  43. Kenny Lin Geng Xin / Lâm Canh Tân

  44. Xue Zhi Qian / Tuyết Chi Khiêm

  45. Faye Wong / Vương Phi

  46. Eddie Peng / Bành Vu Yến

  47. Lu Yi / Lục Nghị

  48. Shu Qi / Thư Kỳ

  49. Nicky Wu / Ngô Kỳ Long

  50. Jin Dong / Cận Đông

  51. @@@

  52. Liu Wen / Lưu Văn

  53. Guo De Gang / Quách Đức Cương

  54. Michael Chen He / Trần Hách

  55. Li Chen / Lý Thần

  56. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân

  57. Jacky Cheung / Trương Học Hữu

  58. Eason Chan / Trần Dịch Tấn

  59. Donnie Yen / Chân Tử Đan

  60. Zhou Xun / Châu Tấn

  61. Louis Koo / Cổ Thiên Lạc

  62. Huang Lei / Hoàng Lỗi

  63. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi

  64. Sun Hong Lei / Tôn Hồng Lôi

  65. Show Luo / La Chí Tường

  66. Tony Leung Chiu Wai / Lương Triều Vỹ

  67. Ryan Zheng / Trịnh Khải

  68. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như

  69. Sun Yang / Tôn Dương

  70. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn

  71. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ

  72. Ni Ni / Nghệ Ni

  73. Yang Zi / Dương Tử

  74. Victoria Song / Tống Tây

  75. Xie Na / Tạ Na

  76. Hawick Lau / Lưu Khải Uy

  77. Mayday

  78. Huang Xuan / Huỳnh Hiên

  79. Sandra Ma / Mã Tư Thuần

  80. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng

  81. Chen Dao Ming / Trần Đạo Minh

  82. Carina Lau / Lưu Gia Linh

  83. Jolin Tsai / Thái Y Lâm

  84. Nicholas Tse / Tạ Đình Phong

  85. Aaron Kwok / Quách Phú Thành

  86. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên

  87. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn

  88. Kevin Tsai / Thái Khang Vĩnh

  89. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên

  90. Han Han / Hàn Hàn

  91. Feng Xiao Gang / Phùng Tiểu Cương

  92. Xu Zheng / Từ Tranh

  93. Zhang Jia Yi / Trương Gia Trạch

  94. Zhang Ruo Yun / Trương Nhược Quân

  95. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ

  96. Jason Zhang Jie / Trương Kiệt

  97. Zhang Hui Mei / Trương Huệ Muội

  98. Zhang Yimou / Trương Nghệ Mưu

  99. William Feng Shao Feng / Phùng Thiệu Phong

  100. Lin Qin / Lý Thấm

Top 50 Actresses of 2016

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Translation:

1. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh

2. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào

3. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên

4. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng

5. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi

6. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

7. Victoria Song / Tống Tây

8. Crystal Zhang Tian Ai / Trương Thiên Ái

9. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như

10. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng

11. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng

12. Di Li Re Ba / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba

13. Yang Zi / Dương Tử

14. Guli Nazha / Cổ Lực Na Trát

16. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân

17. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh

18. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ

19. Ada Liu Yan / Liễu Nham

20. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi

21. Yoona

22. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn

23. Gina Jin Chen / Kim Thần

24. Tang Yi Xin / Đường Nghệ Hân

25. Jiang Shu Ying / Giang Sơ Ảnh

26. Jia Qing / Giả Thanh

27. Mabel Yuan Shan Shan / Viên San San

28. Zhang Xin Yi / Trương Hâm Nghệ

29. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy

30. Erica Song Hye Kyo / Tống Huệ Kiều

31. Tan Song Yun / Đàm Tùng Vận

32. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên

33. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á

34. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy

35. Alina Zhang Meng / Trương Manh

36. Lin Qin / Lý Thấm

37. Hu Bing Qing / Hồ Băng Khanh

38. Sebrina Chen Yao / Trần Dao

39. Yang Rong / Dương Dung

40. Janine Chang / Trương Quân Ninh

41. Mao Xiao Tong / Mao Hiểu Đồng

42. Viann Zhang / Trương Hinh Dư

43. Xie Na / Tạ Na

44. Michelle Chen / Trần Nghiên Hy

45. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ

46. Park Shin Hye

47. Song Jia / Tống Giai

48. Ju Jing Yi / Cúc Tịnh Y

49. Krystal Jung

50. Angel Wang Ou / Vương Âu

Celebs Real Life Couples

Okay, I was just bored and wanted to start a list. But I will only include the ones I know for sure of OR care about somewhat. So if you don’t see your favorites on there, DON’T freak out. Also, I’m not including any past relationships OR rumors. AND–yes, this is the last one–I’m dividing them by region since I was getting a headache trying to group ’em one way or another.

Hong Kong

  • Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng
  • Angela Tong and Chin Ka Lok
  • Edmond So and Winnie Lau
  • Eric Suen and Macy Chan
  • Ekin Cheng and Yoyo Mung
  • Felix Wong and Leung Kit Wah
  • Frankie Lam and Kenix Kwok
  • Hacken Lee and Emily Lo
  • Jacky Cheung and May Lo
  • John Chiang and Lee Lam Lam
  • Kevin Cheng and Grace Chan
  • Leila Tong and Desmond Tang
  • Liu Kai Chi and Barbara Chan
  • Michael Miu and Jamie Chik
  • Noel Leung and Gary Chan
  • Power Chan and Mimi Lo
  • Roger Kwok and Cindy Au
  • Simon Yam and Qi Qi
  • Stephen Fung and Shu Qi
  • Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Carina Lau
  • Wong Cho Lam and Leanne Li

Mainland China

  • Benny Qian and Coco Lv
  • Deng Chao and Betty Sun Li
  • Dong Xuan and Gao Yun Xiang
  • Fu Xin Bo and Ying Er
  • Kevin Yan and Sunny Du
  • Qiao Zhen Yu and Wang Qian Yi
  • Tiffany Tang Yan and Luo Jin
  • Tong Li Ya and Chen Si Cheng
  • William Feng Shao Feng and Zanilia Zhao Li Ying
  • Zhang Jie and Xie Na

Taiwan

  • Alice Ko and Kunda Hsieh
  • Alyssa Chia and Xiu Jie Kai
  • Blue J and Sandrine Pinna
  • Blue Lan and Jade Chou
  • Calvin Chen and Joanne Tseng
  • Chen Yu Feng and Ye Jia Yu
  • Eric Huang and Jenny Lu
  • June Tsai and Lee Yi
  • Justine Ji and Wu Jian Xin
  • Leroy Yang and Jiang Zu Ping
  • Nylon Chen and Lene Lai
  • Phil Chang and Shi Yi Lang
  • Vic Chou and Reen Yu
  • Wallace Huo and Ruby Lin
  • Wesley Chia and Amanda Chu

Singapore

  • Christopher Lee and Fann Wong

MIXED

  • Ada Choi and Max Zhang
  • Archie Kao and Zhou Xun
  • Dicky Cheung and Jess Zhang
  • Gallen Lo and Sophie Su
  • Mark Chao and Gao Yuan Yuan
  • Michelle Chen and Chen Xiao
  • Nicky Wu and Cecilia Liu Shi Shi
  • Sonija Kwok and Zhu Shao Jie

*This list will be updated from time to time.