Hong Kong Entertainment, Hu Ge, Mainland China Entertainment, Taiwanese Entertainment, Wallace Huo, Zhang Han

Top 50 Actors of 2018

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Once again, here’s the list of the most popular people based on searches on Weibo.

Translations:

1. Yang Yang / Dương Dương

2. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca

3. Zhu Yi Long / Chu Nhứt Long

4. Wang Jun Kai / Vương Tuấn Khải

5. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm

6. Jackson Yee / Dịch Dương Thiên Tỉ

7. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi

8. Deng Lun / Đặng Luân

9. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình

10. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong

11. Jin Dong / Cận Đông

12. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng

13. Zhu Ya Wen / Chu Á Văn

14. Huang Zi Tao / Hoàng Tử Thao

15. Wang Kai / Vương Khải

16. Wallace Chung / Chung Hán Lương

17. Luo Jin / La Tấn

18. Cai Xu Kun / Thái Từ Khôn

19. Zhang Jia Yi / Trương Gia Trạch

20. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ

21. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên

22. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn

23. Roy Wang / Vương Nguyên

24. Elvis Han / Hàn Đông Quân

25. Huang Xiao Ming / Huỳnh Hiểu Minh

26. Zhang Han / Trương Hàn

27. Allen Ren / Nhậm Gia Luân

28. Yu He Wei / Vu Hoà Vỹ

29. Shawn Dou / Đậu Kiêu

30. Kenny Lin Geng Xin / Lâm Canh Tân

31. Michael Chen He / Trần Hách

32. Louis Koo / Cổ Thiên Lạc

33. Lei Jia Yin / Lôi Giai Âm

34. Johnny Bai / Bạch Vũ

35. Bai Jing Ting / Bạch Kính Đình

36. Deng Chao / Đặng Siêu

37. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa

38. Alan Yu / Vu Mông Lung

39. Dylan Wang / Vuong Hạc Đệ

40. Mark Chao / Triệu Hựu Đình

41. Huang Xuan / Huỳnh Hiên

42. Wu Xiu Bo / Ngô Tú Ba

43. Bosco Wong / Huỳnh Tông Trạch

44. Zhang Dan Feng / Trương Đan Phong

45. Nicholas Tse / Tạ Đình Phong

46. Ma Ke / Mã Khả

47. Chen Kun / Trần Khôn

48. Guo De Gang / Quách Đức Cương

49. Song Wei Long / Tống Uy Long

50. Zhou Yi Wei / Châu Nhứt Vi

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Aaron Kwok, Andy Lau, Eddie Peng, Hong Kong Entertainment, Hu Ge, Jacky Cheung, Mainland China Entertainment, Ruby Lin, Taiwanese Entertainment, Wallace Huo, Yang Mi

Forbes China – Top 100 Successful Celebrities 2017

(image credit: Zhao Li Ying’s Studio Weibo)

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

Aaron Kwok, Andy Lau, Ben Wong, Charmaine Sheh, Gallen Lo, Hong Kong Entertainment, Jacky Cheung

Miss Hong Kong 1998

The hosts for this year were Eric Tsang, Lawrence Cheng, and Bobby Au Yeung. The year that it started to deteriorate. Trust me, the hairstyles the contestants were wearing at the beginning were enough to turn everyone off. The stylists should be fired. Even if the contestants weren’t that pretty, the make-up artists and the stylists made it even worse. It was hard to swallow and took a lot of energy to continue watching. Jacky was one of the judges so it was something to look forward to. NOT to mention we would get to see him perform later. (Gallen Lo was also among the judges.) Must agree with the result that #6 was the best among the first group since her answer was the strongest. I swear I don’t know what half of them were saying. Worth millions of yawns. I was waiting for the questioning parts to be over so I could listen to some of the songs, lol. Eric was the hardest, Lawrence was minimal, and Bobby was the easiest. The short version? If one couldn’t pass Bobby, one don’t deserve to be there. Eric’s comment regarding the quality of beauty that year! LOL! I must agree though. #13 – don’t like her but must admit she was the smoothest among all the second group who answered. #14 was WAY off topic. She was so stuck up that I didn’t pity her at all when Lawrence was picking on her. #17 was standing at the wrong place! LOL! #20 got killed by Lawrence! My gosh! Eric was so funny! He said if he was #20, he wouldn’ve slapped Lawrence already! LOL! #19 won for that group with the best answer. Agreed since Anne got creamed major time!
They moved on, but Eric and Lawrence were trapping Bobby with questions! LOL! Okay, entertainment part. Sort of since this year, they had to use some of their artists. The girls were divided into four groups. Michael Tse performed with the first group and then the contestants had to talk about different strengths of Hong Kong. The first group talked about the economy of Hong Kong and their experiences. The second group performed with Halina Tam. (I don’t recognize her. Strange…) The second group of contestants talked about toys and their personal experiences. Eason Chan was leading the 3rd group. This group talked about electronics. Hawick Lau wrapped up the performances with the 4th group. The last group talked about jewelry. This was definitely a sign of TVB using artists internally and not being able to invite outside guests as much anymore. (OR at least they were trying to cut back on inviting mega-stars, LOL.)
Anne Heung won over the contestants with the last performance. Not a surprise since she seemed to shine out the most among all the contestants–regardless of the horrendous make-up and styling. Anyway, it was funny that Lawrence said Jacky was the best ’cause he didn’t wait for Lawrence to open the envelope. (LOL!) Jacky was the most courteous all right.
The contestants were then changed into different outfits designed by four famous designers and was led by four different gentlemen. Ben Wong led the first group! (I almost forgot that one!) Marco Ngai led the 3rd group. Anne won again for this round.
Okay, live performances aka pre-recorded stuffs that they traveled to different places. Who performed during these scenes? Edmond Leung, Mariam Yeung, and Nicholas Tse. The girls looked better in these scenes. Probably because the horrendous hairstyle was gone already. And the performers were brought on stage.
Eric was trying to sneak into the judges’ panel and pry the answers out of their mouths! LOL! Nancy Sit was telling Jacky to keep quiet! Hilarious! At least there was something to look forward to.
By this time, I’m not surprised that Anne keeps winning. New method to know who got in. I guess they needed something to create some hype for the show. Each of the hosts led a contestant one at a time and had them placed their ticket into the machine. They either got a ‘Welcome’ or a ‘Sorry’. Eric = sure win, Lawrence = NO WAY, Bobby = mixed. (Well, only 1 slipped with Eric’s guidance, LOL. Good enough! Lawrence got one in, lol. Poor Lawrence. YET #14 got in. Darn! Why didn’t Lawrence jinx her too? She was seriously stuck up!) Eric was so smart, he led Anne since she had been winning so it was easy to say, “If you lose, I won’t host the pageant anymore.”
The second part’s theme was International. The best part was having Jacky opened the performance. What could go wrong, right? Something else that was encouraging–they got rid of that weird hairstyle at the beginning. That was horrendous all right. After the contestants told us about their supposedly ‘goal/wish’, Jacky came out to wrap up the performance once again.
Natalis Chan replaced Bobby Au Yeung and Philip replaced Lawrence in this part. Great to have Philip back! (Eric even welcomed Philip back personally.) After the brief talk, Jacky was back with his hit song “頭髮亂了”.
They ended up doing the theme with different continents. And Africa was first. Ekin Cheng performed first. The contestants looked slightly better in these types of customes but still…some couldn’t even change my opinion regardless. Like the next part more. Eric was trying to talk and then he spotted Natalis and Philip filling out the forms, saying stuffs about him, LOL. They said it was only a sample! (LOL!)
Asia was the next stop after the random talk. Pretty cool since the contestants were in various oriental outfits. Definitely TVB’s attempt to recruit new artists since they were tested with the voice among other things. Andy Hui was the main singer for this one. He had to change into several outfits, considering it was relevant for different regions of Asia.
They moved onto the swimsuit part and like usual, they would squeeze in the questioning part. #1 seriously got straight to the point. She was definitely jealous of Anne, wanting Anne to disappear. Eric got her big time all right, exposing her intention and all. #6 got guts. Man, I can’t believe she would resort to those methods. Okay, it was getting worse and worse. One of the contestants didn’t even get what Eric was saying. They need to filter out these people. Not understanding the language fully and participating? Seriously? (I know I can’t have a say but probably any country would want someone who is fluent in their language.) Man, I love Eric’s mocking and Philip’s constant stabs. Philip hasn’t lost it at all. In fact, he was entertaining the audience more than the contestant could ever impress with the answers. By the time it got to #17, though her answer should be consider minimal, but I thought she was the best thus far, not stepping past the lines. Yay! Agree that #17 should get the prize since she has the best answer. Anne was all right but #17 had to think more to word it correctly and/or appropriately.
Of course it wouldn’t be the same without a skit from Eric and Natalis. Almost forgot that Jordan Chan was also in this one. Cool! Once again, the  girls look better during the shoot for the scenes outside. Not sure what happened. (Some of them still look so-so but most of them somehow look less unattractive.) Funny that he was dreaming! LOL!
Another highlight of the show (though most of the performances from the guests were great) was the part where Andy was portraying the prince who was in love with his servant. (The servant was of course portrayed by the previous Miss Hong Kong since it was like tradition to have the previous Miss Hong Kong participate in some scene and/or story.) A nice and cute story. (It would’ve been perfect if #14 wasn’t hugging the camera so much! Gosh, get a grip girl!)
Eric, Philip, and Natalis were back at backstabbing each other. They’re a riot. Moving on (again…), the contestants got to show their talents in different sports. (Sort of like Olympics theme.)
Seriously? #14 is Miss Goodwill? Honestly? Seriously? She looked like she wanted to challenge half of the world. But I guess it passed already and nothing happened so never mind. Doesn’t matter anymore. At least she wasn’t in top 5.
I so forget that Aaron and Sammi were also in here! Seriously? How could I forget? But I guess it was kind of long… Another cool performance.
Umm…before they announced the top #5, Anne managed to snatch another award! AND of course #1 must be even more jealous and feeling beyond threatened by now.
Top 5 (as announced): #9, #20, #19, #6, #17
The funniest part and probably tough–since they had to answer to the criticisms written on the forms.
#6 – Darn…she dived right out of that one…
#9 – She managed fine BUT I must agree regarding how it was a pageant after all.
#17 – Cute! LOL!
#19 – She managed all right. So funny! Eric’s so funny. At least she didn’t insult anyone.
#20 – Smart!
Yay! It wouldn’t be the same without Jacky closing the show up.
The results were too obvious. Though I prefer #17 to have one of the spots BUT I guess it wasn’t too bad.

Mainland China Entertainment

The Spirit of the Sword

Thoughts? It was good enough.

Like Factors:

  • Nicholas Tse as Hu Yan Da Zang. I really liked the character Da Zang. He seemed to be cold-blooded and ruthless through his actions at the beginning of the series. However, he was the most honest among all the others stating his motives from the start. He wasn’t like some other pretentious heroic figures in here. Acting wise, I think Nic did a great job. Even if he wasn’t the best out there, but I think that he passed for this series. I’m not much of a Nicholas Tse fan but for some reason, I feel that he was robbed in this series. Honestly, the majority of the cast had more screen time than him and Gillian. That was just too strange. Yes, there were scenes of him when he first appeared and all, but after that, it seemed to be less and less of him appearing somewhat in the middle and then near the end.
  • Gillian Chung as Zhu Er. As I mentioned before, I usually like the strong and skillful female characters more than the weaklings, but I really liked the character Zhu Er in here. She was very innocent and lively at the beginning of the story. Then she accidentally discovered her father’s secret and her life became so much more complicated. She suffered a lot and was forced to mature at such a young age. Gillian was a bit rusty at the beginning with her character transition but she picked it up as the series progressed and really made up for the rest of the series. Her portrayal of Zhu Er made me feel sorry for her yet it wasn’t forced or overdone at all. Zhu Er had gone through so much but she became so much stronger later on. (There were various schemes where she was overly worried for Da Zang but that was understandable. She wasn’t whiny at all so I really admired her for that.)
  • Patrick Tam as Zi Yi Hou/ Hou Feng. Although he wasn’t the most perfect character in here, he was a very interesting character. It was actually the mixture of good and bad that made his character more real than any heroic figures in the other stories. He knew he’d done wrong in the past and knew that he would have to face it one day. He didn’t hide from his past. There were delays of it, but because of other more crucial matters that they needed to take care of before that. Do I still question Patrick’s acting? No. He was good as always. He was very convincing with how he portrayed his character.
  • Zhou Li as Bai Yan Zhu. Although I have mixed feelings for her throughout the series, I must admit that I liked the complexity of her character also as an overall. She was stubborn and persistent in what she did the majority of the time but she did have compassion for the people around her. She could be rash or ruthless at times, but she still knew her limits. She wasn’t a perfect mother but she did whatever she could to protect her sons. No complaints about Zhou Li’s acting either.
  • Qiao Zhen Yu as Fang Bao Yu. I might not like Bao Yu at various points of the story, but I do like his character as an overall. It was great to know that he did eventually learn the skills to protect himself and matured along with the experiences he acquired from there on out. I think that Qiao Zhen Yu’s acting was really good since he managed to make me hate him at various points of the story for being so annoying and also to pity him because of all the burdens landing on his shoulders near the end.
  • The other characters. Interestingly, the majority of the bad guys in here somehow realized their wrong near the end and tried to make up for past failures. It somewhat highlighted the idea of forgiveness. Moreover, it reminded us that a person won’t just continue down a path forever. They could turn back like in the cases of Bai San Kong and Wang Dian. Whether they deserved to be forgiven or not was debatable but it wasn’t clear cut like that with “black” and “white”, but there were gray areas as well.
  • The friendship/ brotherhood between Da Zang and Bao Yu. Yes, they’d been enemies for the majority of the series because of revenge and conflicts of interest. (And possibly love rivals at one point as well.) But I liked it that they had this unsaid appreciation for each other as friends during the last few episodes of the series. It showed their great companionship while investigating and attempting to save Ben Yue. It shedded some light and paved the way for them to become friends first before dropping the big news on them that they were brothers. The last scene where they finally fought side-by-side as brothers and Bao Yu actually said that he knew that Da Zang won’t abandon him in the final battle was nicely done since they’d reached an understanding of one another–both as friends and brothers. (I actually enjoyed the scenes where they were competing to see who could carry more water, etc. It was quite hilarious to watch.)

Dislikes:

  • The ongoing struggle between Mu Lang Shen Jun and Princess Tuo Chen. I know that there were great conflicts going on between the two after Princess Tuo Chen found out about Mu Lang’s true self, but dragging it on for the rest of the series made it so lame and unnecessary. Yes, there was a deep love between them that was hard for either one to let go but emphasizing it the first several times was fine. After that once too many times was just unbearable.
  • The misunderstandings between Bao Yu and Ben Yue. I know it was really important and I got why Ben Yue couldn’t forgive Bao Yu for it but the dragged out element of it made the story so slow.
  • Hairdos and costumes. It was strange with how they did the hairstyle for Zhu Er/ Gillian near the end of the series. It was just too weird. And I think the only person who could pull off the one earring piece is Ady An in Chinese Paladin. (They should’ve at least made the earring smaller for Annie because it looked really disturbing more than creating a stylish effect.) Another complaint was the hat piece that they did for Gillian at the beginning of the story was too modernized–not to mention the outfit. Lucky she wasn’t wearing that anymore later on. However, the hat got transferred to Annie’s character or something. It wasn’t as strange but I thought it was still too modernized.

The first two factors above were actually the major reasons why Da Zang and Zhu Er had less shared screen time. It was like they were so robbed as a couple because of other side stories. I actually enjoyed watching Zi Yi Hou and Bai Yan Zhu more than those other two couples.

Relationships:

  • Da Zang and Zhu Er (Nic and Gillian). They were my favorite couple in this series (of course) because of how they were brought together and how they learned to appreciate each other’s company. It could be said as the typical hero with the weakling–as I like to put it. But it wasn’t typical at all in how they met and wasn’t as fond of each other at first because of how weird Da Zang seemed to Zhu Er. However, she was a smart and considerate person, not to mention observant too so she came to understand him more. He also learned to loosen up with her around. They were randomly tossed together because of a misunderstanding but clanged onto each other later for support throughout the series. They actually complement each other really well.
  • Hou Feng and Bai Yan Zhu (Patrick and Zhou Li). If it was being broken down and analyze more closely, it was very messed up with them. However, I think that it would be safe to say that she actually loved him–even if it was 20 years late. She was touched by what he’d done for her–always helping her and waiting for her, etc. (After all, she was forced to marry Bao Yu’s father in the first place and never really loved him since she was still thinking of Da Zang’s father the whole time.) It was really complex with them to clearly say who was really right or wrong. It was really subtle at the very end whether they ended up together or not–probably did. But it was acceptable in a sense that they still maintained their companionship.
  • Bao Yu and Ben Yue (Qiao Zhen Yu and Yang Rui). They were not my favorite couple at all but I actually liked how they grew and matured–eventually as they went through obstacles. However, I have to say that it got annoying at times, more Bao Yu’s fault near the end of the series with how he couldn’t make up his mind who to be with, etc. Yes, it was trying to show his responsibility for Zhu Er as a friend but it got annoying because he apparently said that he cared for Zhu Er more than that during that one time that Ben Yue walked in on them. So how in the world should Ben Yue react? Anyway, they were all right together since I don’t think I could find my favorite pairing for QZY yet.
  • Mu Lang and Tuo Chen (ZHF and Annie). It was funny that I actually liked how their friendship was developed at the beginning of the series. Their companionship eventually turning into love, etc with their understanding of one another. Maybe it was because of their deep feelings for each other that actually lead to such a tragic ending. As I mentioned before, they were the other reason why Da Zang and Zhu Er got less screen time near the end. It got really repetitive and annoying. But maybe it was how they kept stressing how much they loved each other and couldn’t live without each other that paved the way for the outcome, which was totally unexpected. He never saw it coming. Character-wise, not bad at all as a couple. Off-screen, freaky. Maybe it was because he looked older than his actual age so it made her look younger than him (plus the amount of makeup used on her).

It was a decent series overall. (The ‘good’ comment at the beginning was my personal opinion but to compared with other series, it was considered decent.) It wasn’t one of the best series ever made, but comparing to TVB ancient series, I say this was one of the better ones nowadays. (Somehow I can’t feel the mood for the ones by TVB anymore. It’s just too cheesy and forced.) This one was more daring yet didn’t seem fake with making it tragic but that was just how things turned out to be. (TVB tries too hard to teach us lessons that it tends to get cheesy with their ancient series nowadays. ATV makes better ones but they rarely make ’em anymore.)

Posted (on Xanga): February 23, 2009

Re-posted: Thursday, April 22nd, 2010