I just found this clip that someone put together in regard to Joanne’s journey up until now. Well, for the most part. But it really brought back lots of memories. She had gone a long way, worked really hard, and now becoming an established artist. I’m so proud of her.
Wang Zi just posted a message on Facebook saying he had a new project with Qiao Qiao, asking if we were looking forward to it. That was when I went to search for news. (Go here and here for articles.) It had been four years since their collaboration in Ti Amo Chocolate. This was his first project coming back to Taiwan since he had been working in the mainland for the past four years. The drama focused around high school years. It had been awhile since they were students so it might take some used to. However, it seemed like they were up to the challenge. Wang Zi disclosed in the message he posted that his character was Yan Li Zheng (顏力正) and Qiao Qiao’s character was Zhong Xiao Xi (鍾少曦). Apparently, it was also a reunion for the two with Gao Shu Yao, because she was also in Ti Amo Chocolate.
Anyway, they just had the blessing ceremony for the drama. The story supposedly was about how Wang Zi and Qiao Qiao’s characters were in a prearranged marriage and Wang Zi’s character lived with Qiao Qiao’s character’s family since Wang Zi’s character’s parents had already passed away. The basis was mentioned as that. However, if there would be any changes, we’ll just have to wait and see. But I’m wondering if they would sing the main theme together or possibly some other songs in the drama, considering how they had sang together in the past already.
Some other cast members included Huang Xin Di (who had worked with Qiao Qiao in True Love 365), SpeXial’s Riley, Greg Hsu, Zhang Guang Chen, Barry Qu, Carolyn Chen, Xu Fan, and Scott Yang.
*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.
Favorite Role: Jiang Qing Mei (from Liu Mang Xiao Zhang). A princess role yet didn’t lose too much touch with reality. She was funny and silly but wasn’t overly obnoxious with her tricks. Her bubbly side made it cute but other times, she was a as normal as how a typical student should be. Qiao Qiao expressed that she was so happy when she received this role because she finally got a chance to portray a princess with beautiful wardrobes and I must agree. It was a different role for her and she wasn’t too over with it. Just the right touches here and there. This princess role wasn’t too much either or stayed the same, because she did learn something and become an even more matured person in that she did in the end.
2nd Favorite Role: Zhang Bi Ting (from True Love 365). I never like a role more than this. Perhaps it helped because it was fresh on my mind. But it was like she was portraying an independent girl but wasn’t WAY too silly like some past dramas. Sure, she got a tad too weird when she was meeting her ‘prince in shining armor’ at first but that was understandable with how people acted silly when they were in love (at least that was what I saw with some people). Other times, she really lived up to being an independent girl, living alone in some unknown place and trying to make a living, saving money to fulfill her dream but it wasn’t too silly of a dream. She was able to take care of herself and didn’t need help or rescuing. (Though she was helped at some point but she didn’t act super pitiful to earn more points or anything. Those people just happened to be there, etc.) Then there was the whole idea with her fashion wasn’t too badly snubbed as it was in other dramas where it kept saying how the main lead had poor fashion sense, etc. Though she seemed to not be up to ‘perfection’ with some other females in here, but she didn’t need to dress in weird outfits either to make the other characters WAY better. After all, she was in a business where she knew how to handle herself professionally and didn’t need to be told about everything. It sure added to her independent image and all.
Totally Ruined: Bei Ruo Yi aka Xiao Bei (from The Magicians of Love). I swore I tried to make a lot of excuses for her actions in here and how she couldn’t be blamed. Yet I find it really frustrating at times too. Though I had rooted for her with Ya Si/Ming Dao since the beginning, I felt there were many things that could have been better. In the end, I realized it was the plot that had dragged her character down more and more–to make the guys seemed so heroic and all. It seemed that way to me. I read comments in the past that blamed her lack of chemistry with both guys and that her acting was also lacking hence not being able to exude the cute/lovable image, etc. YET I think many had looked past the way the plot had been crafted. It didn’t help her cause at all. Then I wondered if that was another excuse I used to make myself feel better. But when I went and searched around for more information, I realized that there was an extension of episodes hence making it even worse and worse for her case.
Favorite Male Co-Star: Ray Chang. Honestly, I finally found someone opposite her that I really like without needing to make an excuse for her actions (whether regarding to the character or other factors). It’s not just because it’s still fresh on my mind either but finally a guy who I felt the chemistry too strongly because of their interactions and also appearance-wise. (Go here and here for more discussions about them.)
2nd Favorite Male Co-Star: Chen Yi. I had to struggle a bit to think since it has been awhile with their last collaboration in a drama. But I remembered how cute they were together at times. Off screen? They’re like brother and sister (mostly visible through interactions on Weibo nowadays).
3rd Favorite Male Co-Star: Alien Huang. So cute and unexpected. I liked how their relationship developed in there. First, I thought it was another typical crazy girl scheming to go after the guy who saved her (which was true with her bizarre switching school at first), but it turned into a much more mature relationship than I expected.
4th Favorite Male Co-Star: Sun Quan. Don’t be mistaking this guy for one of Sodagreen’s band members. He collaborated with her in Dreams Link. Though there were many things I disliked about that drama but I loved them in there. They were like the comic relief for the show in general.
Missed Chance Pairing: Calvin Chen. OMG, how many fan fics must I write before I could finally see them collaborate for real? After the failed collaboration the previous time, I’m more than eager to see them in another drama together. Hope it would be a good script too so it’s not just about having them in the same drama for the sake of viewers, etc. Note that this was written way before her collaboration for the MV with Calvin so it would sound odd. So yes, their collaboration finally happened but I greedily want a drama too.
SO History: Ming Dao and Sam Wang. YES, I used to like her with them too. But I fell out of the obsession. Half due to other fanbase attacking her AND half because I no longer care. Maybe one day when I go back to watch those dramas again (which is rare of recent), I’ll get back into obsessing over these two pairings again. Who knows?
But talking about Sam, he and Qiao Qiao are also close outside, not just for the sake of promotion of dramas either. Or more like she, Chen Chen Yi, and Sam. Chen Yi’s message that one time said it all. (Click here.)
Frustratingly Unbelievable: Tang Feng. I couldn’t believe the day that I rooted for the bad guy more than anything when I watched Mr. Fighting. I enjoyed her chemistry and interaction more with Tang Feng for that role. I could even conjure up a side fan fic to change the ending too. It wasn’t because of his appearance either that made me root for him but more like how the plot was full of holes hence making me sympathize with him more than the supposed “good guys.”
Hope to enjoy: Wei Qian Xiang. I haven’t watched Our Love yet but the pictures showed a lot of promise. Just that I need to actually watch before I make more comments about it.
Interesting Pairing: Jacky Chu. Disregard all his ‘colorful’ lifestyles off screen, I always thought they would make an interesting on screen couple. There were some scenes in The Magicians of Love that had made me curious. First hilarious then later how their interactions suggested that they could make an interesting pairing. Like how she was giving him looks so he could explain and cover for them during the wedding reception. There were also signs of him being overly happy when she was able to stay at Neo-Image at one point (or so it was when the camera moved toward his direction). Yes, those little signs got me into writing fan fics for them. But what got even more interesting and the dream almost coming true for me was seeing them together in Liu Mang Xiao Zhang. Though that didn’t work out but I enjoyed their interactions in there. Off-screen, though they probably aren’t close (except for the few times they worked together and were even under the same management at one time), but I still enjoyed the few genuine interactions on shows or BTS.
AS A SINGER:
*Will be updated in the future.
*Images were either collected around the net (hence belonging to their rightful owners) OR were captured by DTLCT and ShadowoftheNight
At long last, I’m reviewing this. Yes, I sure took my precious time. Anyway, like the packaging and how it was with traditional booklet and all. The pictures inside were artistic with half black and white and the others with color. Nice touch actually.
This album is addressed to the audience (or fans). He wrote in the ‘thank you’ section about how he suddenly left Taiwan 9 years ago and never said goodbye so it was like an apology. It was also meant to say that he’s back. (When I said ‘9 years’, I meant that was what he wrote in the ‘thank you’ note and NOT according to the current time in case anyone’s confused.)
1. Count On Me. Starting out with an upbeat song. An inspirational, uplifting song. It started out with the somewhat sad theme of the inevitable turn of time and how people would grow old, etc. However, the lyrics eventually steered around to encourage everyone on with enjoying life the way it is and not worry too much about the inevitable that one can’t change anyway. Nice one, but I didn’t like the crazy yelling at the end.
2. Never Said Goodbye (沒有說再見). A sad love song. Donning on a totally different meaning than the actual intention of the overall album. Yet another good one penned by Eric.
3. You And I. A mellow love song. More hopeful than some of the past songs, which is a good thing. A change really, lol. Nice and sweet song overall.
4. The Tear That Doesn’t Belong To Me (不屬於我的淚). This song was actually also one of the songs used in Ti Amo Chocolate. (Don’t ask me which episodes since I didn’t touch it yet, not really.) Another song penned by Eric. He’s truly amazing! (I might be exaggerating but I don’t care.) The songs keep getting better and better. Sad song, but not too pitiful. The touches are just right.
5. When I See Your Face. Another good song and a nice collaboration between the two lyricists.
6. The Best Arrangement (最好的安排). The music was composed by Eric. Another nice song with trying to encourage one to bravely move forward and accept what is coming in life, whether regarding challenges or love. And not to live in the past all the time, etc.
7. Really (真的真的). Upbeat song. Mixed feelings. It was trying too hard to convince at various points. I meant the relationship/story between the two, not Eric’s singing. He made the song quite good if I’m not paying attention to the lyrics in totality. I do like some of the verses but it seemed like the other girl needed too much reassuring. It seemed to imply insecurity issues or something. OR it’s just me.
8. Have You Changed? (你變了沒有). Another mixed feelings. The lyrics are nice and flowery. The music is nice also. Yet I couldn’t get into it as much. Maybe I need more time to let it sink in for me.
9. Lost Glory (失落的輝煌). Yet another mixed feelings. Maybe it’s just plain me at this point. Because I feel like it’s also a good song with its lyrics and the way the music flows. But I can’t get into it yet.
10. The Next Page of Love (愛的下一頁). Finishing the album with a final morbid song. Another great song actually.
1. The Making of the Album aka Lao Sun’s 365 Days Production Diary (老孫365日創作日記). Eric’s recounts of the process they went through in making the album, plus other bonuses of interviews, perspectives, etc. What was funny though was how Eric kept switching back and forth between Cantonese and Mandarin throughout the narration/explanation of the process, etc. (But it made sense, depending on who he was conversing with at one point or another.) What was great was being able to see and hear some of the things from the other songwriters/producers too. They greatly deserve the credit, considering how they worked as hard putting everything together.
2. Count On Me (MV). OMG, mad lively and awesome! I think it was like watching art merging into pop. It’s like so amazing. Okay, I know I must be exaggerating. But I was surprised the MV was that good with mixture of playfulness yet lively. Apparently one could merge art into pop stuffs without making it too lame. Just have to know how. Great work! (Not to mention they didn’t need to put in some other shady/bordering selling yourself kind of stuffs in order to make the MV interesting. YES, I just have to put this in since I’m really sick of seeing how others like to throw some imagery in to sell stuffs YET keep slapping on the art label as an excuse to get by when you know obviously it’s NOT art. Well, art has no boundary, but sometimes you could see it and you would be like, “What are they trying to pull?”)
3. Never Said Goodbye (沒有說再見) (MV). Another great MV. Though there were no other people in there aside from him yet the morbid mood and the changes in the images help moved the song along. In fact, I think the vocal just overrides it and makes the MV awesome without trying.
4. You And I (MV). Cute one. Like the feeling of it and the hinting at changes of weather at times and its somewhat Heavenly feel.
5. The Tear That Doesn’t Belong To Me (不屬於我的淚) (MV). Did I mention loving the piano tunes at the beginning? Okay, might have missed it in the song, but it’s really nice. Anyway, very morbid, very intense–along with other emotions merging in all at once. It captured the feeling of the song really well. Another great MV.
Final decision? Totally recommended for Eric fans! You won’t be disappointed!
Some of you might have watched it.
The following will be listed in the order it was announced and the winner would be in bold (and only dramas were listed because I got lazy with translations like last time with the nominations list):
Best Film Editing – Presenters: Janel Tsai and James Wen:
Chen Yu Jie (陳鈺傑) and Wang Xi Jie (王希捷) – Thief (小偷) Chen Xiao Dong (陳曉東), Zheng Zhi Liang (鄭志良), and Jiang Yi Ting (江依庭) – Dear Mother Earth (跟著賴和去壯遊) (Hakka TV)
Zhang Fei Qi (張斐棋) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Liao Qing Song (廖慶松) and Liu Yue Xing (劉悅行) – Record Standpoint – 303 (紀錄觀點—《303》)
Gu Xiao Yun (顧曉芸) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)
Best Cinematography – Presenters: Janel Tsai and James Wen: Li Wei Jie (李偉傑) – Treasured Taiwan Series: 99 Feng Ying (寶貝台灣系列：九九蜂鹰) (PTS)
Shen Rui Yuan (沈瑞源) – Luo Pan (落番) (PTS)
Lin Jun Yang (林君陽) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)
Liang Jie De (梁皆得) – Emerald (翡翠) (PTS)
Chen Yu Jie (陳鈺傑) – Thief (小偷)
Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Janel Tsai and James Wen:
Xu Ya Qi (許亞琦) – Jiao Cuo (交錯)
Gail Lin (林嘉俐) – Sui Yue De Ji Shi (歲月的籤詩)
Chamder Tsai (蔡燦得) – Ting Jian Xin De Sheng Yin (聽見心的聲音) (DaAi TV) Lai Xiao Yi (賴曉誼) – Ba Ba Jia You (爸爸加油) (DaAi TV)
Lu Yi Ching (陸弈靜) – Princess and Prince (公主與王子)
Best Sound Editing – Presenters: Novia Lin (林若亞) and Xu Jun Hui (許俊輝):
Wang Gong Cheng (王公誠), Liang Qi Hui (梁啟慧), Chen Yue En (陳悅恩), and Zhu Jia Yi (朱家宜 ) – Dear Mother Earth (跟著賴和去壯遊) (Hakka TV) Shi Min Jie (史旻玠), Ye (葉約瑟), Ye Yue Se (葉約瑟) and Zhou Zhen (周震) – The Moonlight in Jilin (吉林的月光)
Xu Zhong Ya (徐中亞) – Record Standpoint – City Border Revelations (紀錄觀點 – 邊城啟示錄)
Tang Jun Jie (湯鈞傑), Jiang Zhen Dao (蔣震道), Wang Yu Jun (王榆鈞), and Chen Wei Jun (陳惟君) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)
Luo Xiang Ling (羅湘淩) – The Happy Life of Debbie (黛比的幸福生活)
Best Art and Design – Presenters: Novia Lin (林若亞) and Xu Jun Hui (許俊輝): Wu Ruo Yun (吳若昀) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)
Yang Zheng Yi (楊證譯), Zhuang Min Sheng (莊閔盛), and Zhao Zheng An (趙正安) – Fruit Ice Cream (水果冰淇淋) (PTS)
Jian Chun Yu (簡春玉) – I Love You So Much (粉愛粉愛你) (CTV)
Luo Wen Guang (羅文光) and You Li Guang (游麗光) – Ai De Wei Guang (愛的微光) (DaAi TV)
Su Yao Tang (蘇耀堂) – Wei Xiao Mian Dui (微笑面對) (DaAi TV)
Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Annie Chen and Peng Yi Yi (澎怡怡):
Zhu Jia Lin (朱家麟) – Princess and Prince (公主與王子)
Zhou Xu Wei (周旭薇) – The Golden Child (金孫)
Shi Li (施立) – No Way Home (離家的女人)
Lian Yi Qi (連奕琦) – Forgotten (遺忘) Chen Yu Jie (陳鈺杰) – Thief (小偷)
Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies – Presenters: Alice Ceng and Cai Kang Yong (蔡康永):
Wang Xi Jie (王希捷) – Thief (小偷)
Fan Yun Jie (范云杰) – Sui Yue De Ji Shi (歲月的籤詩)
Cao Shi Han ( 曹仕翰) – Wo De Gou Nan You (我的狗男友) (PTS) Cai Yi Fen (蔡怡芬) and Zhu Jia Lin (朱家麟) – Princess and Prince (公主與王子)
Liu Xue Rong (劉雪容), Li Gang (李崗), Zhou Xu Wei (周旭薇), and Hong Wen Jie (洪文潔) – The Golden Child (金孫)
Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Alice Ceng and Cai Kang Yong (蔡康永):
Lu Fu Lu (呂福祿) – Cheng Shi Feng Li De Guang (城市風裡的光) (PTS)
Ma Guo Xian (馬國賢) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)
Xia Jing Ting (夏靖庭) – Sui Yue De Ji Shi (歲月的籤詩)
Gao Meng Jie (高盟傑) – Rou Fan (肉販) (PTS) Xi Xiang (喜翔) – Lao Jie Kuang Xiang Qu (老街狂想曲) (PTS)
Best Lighting – Presenters: Yao Yuan Hao and Ruby Lin:
Li Long Yu ( 李龍禹) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS) Xu Shi Ming (許世明) – The Happy Life of Debbie (黛比的幸福生活)
Chen Zhi Xuan (陳志軒) – Shen Xian Gu Shi Jian (神仙谷事件) (Hakka TV)
Mei Shu Hao (梅書豪) – Forgotten (遺忘)
Lai Tian Jian (賴天健) – No Way Home (離家的女人)
Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Yao Yuan Hao and Ruby Lin:
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Princess and Prince (公主與王子)
PTS’ Student Life Story Collection – Thief (小偷)
PTS’ Student Life Story Collection – No Way Home (離家的女人)
Sui Yue De Ji Shi (歲月的籤詩) The Happy Life of Debbie (黛比的幸福生活)
Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Yao Yuan Hao and Ruby Lin:
Christoper Lee (李銘順) – Forgotten (遺忘) Chen Zhu Sheng (陳竹昇) – My Little Honey Moon (野蓮香)
Tuo Zong Hua (庹宗華) – Ba Ba Jia You (爸爸加油) (DaAi TV)
Huang He (黃河) – Princess and Prince (公主與王子)
Huang Wei De (黃維德) – Fly! Pigeon (飛吧！鴿子)
Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: June (六月) and (?):
Lu Xue Feng (呂雪鳳) – The Golden Child (金孫) Jade Chou (周幼婷) – The Happy Life of Debbie (黛比的幸福生活)
Helen Thanh Đào (海倫清桃) aka Nguyễn Thanh Đào (阮菁桃) – My Little Honey Moon (野蓮香)
Gao Hui Jun (高慧君) – No Way Home (離家的女人)
Esther Liu (劉品言) – The Golden Child (金孫)
Best Marketing Program – Presenters: Li Luo (李羅) and Amanda Chu (朱芯儀):
Office Girls (小資女孩向前衝) (SETTV)
In Between (半熟戀人) (TTV) In Time With You (我可能不會愛你) (GTV)
Remember, About Us (記得‧我們有約) (CTI)
Inborn Pair (真愛找麻煩) (SETTV)
Best Supporting Actor – Drama – Presenters: Li Luo (李羅) and Amanda Chu (朱芯儀):
Wang Jing Guan (王鏡冠) – Wayback Into Love (愛。回來)
Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正) – Accompany With You (陪你看天星) (DaAi TV) Jia Xiao Guo (賈孝國) – Innocence (阿戇妹)
Deng Zhi Hong (鄧志鴻) – Man * Boy (小孩‧大人)
Cai Zhen Nan (蔡振南) – Garden of Life (生命花園)
Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama – Presenters: Chen Bo Lin and Ariel Lin:
Lin Zhi Ru (林志儒), Yang Jing Xiang (楊景翔), Chen Nan Hong (陳南宏), and Zhang Qi En (張綺恩) – Innocence (阿戇妹) Xu Yu Ting (徐譽庭) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Huang Zhi Xiang (黃志翔) – Man * Boy (小孩‧大人)
Zhang Xiu Ling (張秀玲) – Garden of Life (生命花園)
Jian Qi Feng (簡奇峰) and Lin Xin Hui (林欣慧) – Ex-boyfriend (前男友)
Best Supporting Actress – Drama – Presenters: Chen Bo Lin and Ariel Lin:
Ge Wei Ru (戈偉如) – Ti Amo Chocolate (愛上巧克力) (SETTV) Lin Mei Xiu (林美秀) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Hong Xiao Ling (洪小鈴) – Inborn Pair (真愛找麻煩) (SETTV)
Yang Li Yin (楊麗音) – Accompany With You (陪你看天星) (DaAi TV)
Yan Yi Wen (嚴藝文) – Wayback Into Love (愛。回來)
Best Director – Drama – Presenters: Tian Xin and Wilber Pan:
Wang Chuan Zong (王傳宗) – Jump! Cheer Leader (飆！企鵝里德) (Hakka TV)
Wu Mi Sen (吳米森) – Garden of Life (生命花園)
Lin Zhi Ru (林志儒) – Innocence (阿戇妹)
Huang Zhi Xiang (黃志翔) – Man * Boy (小孩‧大人) Winnie Qu (瞿友寧) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Best Leading Actress – Drama – Presenters: Tian Xin and Wilber Pan:
June/ Liu Yue (六月) – Wayback Into Love (愛。回來)
Gina Li (李千娜) – Ex-boyfriend (前男友)
Lee Kang Yi (李康宜) – Man * Boy (小孩‧大人) Ariel Lin (林依晨) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Huang Cai Yi (黃采儀) – Innocence (阿戇妹)
Best Leading Actor – Drama – Presenter: Nicky Wu: Chen Bo Lin (陳柏霖) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Huang Pin Yuan (黃品源) – Rainy Night Flower (雨夜花)
Huang Jian Wei (黃健瑋) – Innocence (阿戇妹)
Tony Yang (楊祐寧) – Ex-boyfriend (前男友)
Long Shao Hua (龍劭華) – Wayback Into Love (愛。回來)
Best Dramas – Presenter: Nicky Wu:
Man * Boy (小孩‧大人) (PTS)
Garden of Life (生命花園) (DaAi TV) In Time With You (我可能不會愛你) (GTV)
Innocence (阿戇妹) (Hakka TV)
Wayback Into Love (愛。回來) (SETTV)
Thoughts? All I can say is this is a year for popular dramas instead of the under-rated ones, except for some instances. And that the judges are definitely playing safe this year. BUT nevertheless, I promise NOT to be a sore loser so congratulations to all the winners!
*Drama titles and such were translated and verified by DTLCT.