I meant to do this saga for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it until now. But first off, I want to share regarding Wallace and Van. I never realized how close they are, but I have always associated them together because of Sound of Colors. Some might be confused by now. But if you haven’t forgotten, Van sang the ending theme “Listen With Your Heart” for Sound of Colors.
I could only find the photo above as one of the times they’d promoted Sound of Colors together. To me, they were the perfect team–for cast and singer for the soundtrack. (That, of course, also meant Ruby.)
Interestingly, what also linked them together for me was how Van and Tammy used to star together in this drama called The Success Story of a Formosa Girl (寶島少女成功記). If it wasn’t for the failed collaboration between Wallace and Tammy years back, then there would be another interesting link between them all.
And of course, the link between Wallace and Tammy was when they collaborated together in World’s Finest but wasn’t romantically linked. Although they got along quite well on set, considering how they were both from Taiwan.
Yet have no fear, because I had already placed them all in a story I’m currently working on. Although the story seemed kind of controversial on some levels, I was experimenting so it wouldn’t be just another typical soap.
So until next time for another random post about some celeb friendships.
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So I decided to start some kind of saga to share the things I love and hate about my favorites. Who’s the first one on the plate? Who else but Mr. Huo, right? But before I get started, DO REMEMBER that these are my personal likes and dislikes SO if you don’t agree with me, IT’S OKAY. I’m just sharing, NOT forcing anyone to agree with me.
Best Character EVER: Tang Lang (from Detective Tang Lang), intelligent and hilarious. NOT completely perfect but super righteous at times. Also, his kick-ass martial arts in here.
2ND Best Character EVER: Lu Yun Xiang (from Sound of Colors), OMG, he’s an artist! Super hot-headed character at times, but he’s so sweet and cute at other times.
Favorite Swordsman Character: Gui Hai Yi Dao (from Tian Xia Di Yi). (I would’ve put “Ling Hu Chong” BUT thanks to YZ, I can’t anymore, because I can’t ignore the fact that his character got ruined really badly in there.) So anyway, this was the character that brought me into being one of his fans. He really convinced me in here and come on now, his martial arts skills really ruled too! (Did he do the stunts himself back then? At least some of it?)
Devilishly Witty Character: Xing Wang (from Westside Story), a genius and bordering on the side of a nerd, but was also quite awesome with various talents.
Most Hateful Character (in my book): Li Wei Xiang (from 100% Senorita), NOT because of the other girl, but I hated the fact that he was portraying a supposedly intelligent lawyer and supposedly a very understanding boyfriend YET he was more than stupid could describe. Like how he didn’t forgive his ‘godfather’ until he needed the old man for a favor near the end to help his girlfriend. Then there was the whole thing with claiming to be supportive and understanding toward his girlfriend, he acted super annoying with kept confronting her and forcing her to see how ‘hurt’ he was YET didn’t think to investigate into her strange behaviors for some ‘side’ story. It could also be the stupid plot’s fault with affecting his poor character development BUT still, I didn’t like it one bit though I felt Wallace did a really good job with portraying such an annoying role when he was still struggling between roles and trying to make it happen during the beginning of his career.
Annoying YET Can’t Hate Character: Li Ya Shou (from Wu Shi Lang). I don’t know. I couldn’t explain why I didn’t hate him. Well, partially it was Wallace and how hilarious his character was at times that I couldn’t blame him for being up to no good with his ‘getting rich’ schemes. Perhaps, it was also the fact that he knew his father died from hunger that he got so freaked out with the whole landing into the same fate as his father so I was sort of sympathizing him on that front too. And Wallace’s haunting eyes at times when he looked after Shi Lang that made it sooo hard to hate him. (Besides, I don’t really like those insanely ‘good’ characters nowadays. It’s just too flaky.)
Best Drama Ever: Detective Tang Lang, just because I’m a fan of detective/police stuff and action/martial arts stuff as well. It’s a mixture of both and Wallace so kicked ass in here with his moves. The cases were quite interesting and the pace was fast enough. Plus most of the characters made it lively most of the time and hilarious during others. This drama wasn’t flawless but I seriously felt it was one of Wallace’s best choices BECAUSE though at times he picked good roles BUT failed to pay attention to the plot that made it SUPER hard for some people to watch. (I seriously am not that ‘obsessed’ yet obviously to go through every single one of his series.)
Most Touching Drama: Sound of Colors. Okay, I think some of the others were quite touching as well, but I felt this one with how it made me cry more than usual, even during re-watches, deserved the spot the most. Jimmy Liao’s adapted story, wasn’t perfect and I could detect all the goofs throughout. Yet the overall story was quite good and touching. The ending was worth a box of tissues already. But I didn’t hate it. Sure, I felt bitter after watching the ending for the first time and it stuck with me for several days (or more). Then I became more accepting of it and even felt in a way, it was meaningful. Perhaps, it was somewhat paving its way and dropping hints with how things would eventually come to that point (aka making sense), so I was able to accept it better as well.
Worst Drama Ever: 100% Senorita. NOT just because I hated his character, but I felt so robbed with how it was supposed to be a revenge plot. Then it got side-track AND got so draggy that I ended up hating almost all the characters in there. Then only the last ten episodes seemed to be worth watching. (Or so I thought.) And the fact that Deric Wan was part of it puzzled me even more since he could DO WAY BETTER than got stuck with this stupid stuff.
TOO BAD: Xiao Ao Jiang Hu, seriously, I think it’s too obvious. It’s one disastrous, nerve-racking journey from the start. It’s a train-wreck that most of us should see it coming YET refuse to believe BECAUSE some of us actually believe in Mr. Huo’s judgment and how he would be able to control more factors coming into this drama–with his going somewhere and reading the script and studying it to death with other information before taking the role. YET he got conned as well with the script changes. AND of course it’s NOT something new that scripts get change in the industry, sometimes it happens the night before even. BUT the fact that he barely could do anything about it was so frustrating. He wanted more of the ‘martial arts’ side and less ‘romance’ side (like how a typical wuxia should be) YET he couldn’t fight too much with the rest of the production team and make it ‘difficult’ for them. (OR so I heard. I also heard two of them were women so he couldn’t ‘bully’ them too much.) He only won over some of the fighting scenes with Howie Huang (aka he was able to suggest certain scenes and that was it). After what happened though, the next time I see Mr. Huo caving in and agreeing to some YZ production again, HE’S ON HIS OWN. (People say you could only fall for something one time AND the next time it’s your fault, so that’s that for me. I won’t abandon him BUT just won’t watch it if he’s going to fall for YZ’s trap again.) AND what else? Um…the fact that Wallace criticized Taiwanese soaps for keep having the same formulas (and I agreed with him when he listed all the repetitive formulas during that one interview) YET accepted and went through with YZ’s schemes? WOW! Being in YZ’s production is actually worse than starring in a Taiwanese soap, I’m telling you. At least most of the TW soaps make sense with some twists–even if it could be frustrating.
Favorite Female Co-Star: Ruby Lin. YES, unlike some of the fans of his who are like attacking her, she’s actually my favorite among all his co-stars. And I felt they were actually quite cute together. If only they would work together again and there would be a happy ending at last! (How many times do the guy have to die for her, really? LOL…) UPDATE: They got together and got married in 2016 already so that was happy news for me. I’ll take whatever I can get. (LOL!) (Go here and here for more coverage relating to their relationship.)
2nd Favorite Female Co-Star: Alina Zhang. Words have it that they’re more like ‘sisters’ in real life OR something like that. But I really enjoyed their chemistry in Detective Tang Lang. They didn’t click for me at first yet in the later parts, it got to me with how funny they were with the constant arguments and many more.
3rd Favorite Female Co-Star: Mariam Yeung. How can I not like it that she got him out of his shell after their collaboration? It was so cool that they were getting along so well afterward and she even invited him to co-star again in one of her MVs. Aside from that, I thought they were quite funny in WSL together.
Favorite 2nd Female Lead Pairing: Yvonne Yao. To be honest, I have to skip around to watch his and Yvonne’s scenes only when I was watching since I couldn’t stand the main story when I was reading the spoilers. That was too bad that she would only be ‘second’ in his heart. I didn’t see the big deal with the main girl. One of the rare times when I actually get quite bitter with the main characters. And when I say the ‘main girl’, I meant the character AND not the actress so don’t misunderstand. Maybe one day I will watch it the right way with how the plot go and get it. But as of now, NOT happening.
Favorite Male Co-Star: Wei Qian Xiang. OMG, they were a hilarious team in Detective Tang Lang. Both were so crazy at times yet didn’t fail to impress.
Most Pitiful Co-Star: Yuan Shan Shan. Seriously, people might not like her. But I felt she was sooooo robbed with her scenes being stolen when she was the ‘main lead’ AND then bashed to high Heaven. Then what else? Her character got reduced to some silly girl instead of the supposedly awesome, witty character I was looking forward to. (Like seriously, I thought I could trust people when they say she’s one of YZ’s favorites! Never know she got sacrificed and got thrown ‘invisible rocks’ at while YZ stood laughing and shaking his head.) I’m not saying YSS is a great actress OR trying to convince anyone to like her, I just felt soooo sorry for her with what happened. (People might also be saying she’s a grown-up and could take care of herself and who cares, etc. But for me personally, I couldn’t hold it in anymore. It’s just ridiculous.) AND I seriously don’t care about those who are telling the rest of us who read the novel to “shut up” because we actually took the time to read the novel. AND without the freaking novel, it would be just another stupid soap. AND most importantly, Ren Ying Ying IS actually my favorite Jin Yong female protagonist ever so of course I’m pissed off. (SO YZ wasn’t the first one who created the ‘soap’ with twisting some characters within XAJH since I felt XAJH had always been the most butchered novel ever regardless of adaptations. It’s still such a shame that people have the resources to make this the best BUT didn’t?)
Compensation Paring: Penny Lin. I felt robbed from the stupid 100% Senorita drama. They had great chemistry and I could see the sparks BUT I hated how the plot was and his stupid character in there. I wish they could work on another project together and with an ideal plot. (Update – 12/30/22: The ideal plot was At the Dolphin Bay BUT SETTV messed up and made the wrong call regarding his pairing.)
Missed Chance Pairing: Tammy Chen. Honestly, I felt soooo disappointed that they didn’t get to star in Lucky Days together.
Didn’t Happen Pairing: Angela Chang. Okay, I admit, I was skimming too with some scenes when I was checking on At the Dolphin Bay. I might one day go back to properly watch it. But I really like this pairing too. Too bad. (Update – 12/30/22: I finally watched At the Dolphin Bay properly and understood why it had to be that way regarding Ambrose and Angela, but I still don’t support his paring in there. It was just too rushed.)
Could Have Been the Ideal NEW “Ling Hu Chong and Ren Ying Ying” Team: Cecilia Han Xue. Okay, I heard they don’t get along in real life? (Where was that rumor from or was it real?) But seriously, it was interesting that they were cast as Ling Hu Chong and Ren Ying Ying but from different production teams. Too bad the other side got snubbed. YET I swear I could enjoy it with this second collaboration. With some alterations here and there to compromise, I felt the other side did a better job creating the wardrobe for Ren Ying Ying. Even if she had to wear pink and white (for one of her outfits), I felt it projected the whole “thánh cô” (聖姑) vibe better.
AS A SINGER:
Favorite Song: “Fragments”, because it hit so hard. Yes, that song was relatable in so many ways.
Favorite Theme Song:
Bottom line? He needs to bring out another album. (And possibly sing a song or two with Angela Chang, lol.)
Liu Kai Chi. There was this one article I read with how he was talking about Liu Kai Chi as his mentor at one point of their collaboration and the way he described it, it seemed he really respected LKC.
Kent Cheng. Wallace recently visited Kent while both were in Hengdian filming, and then later when Kent was on break, he returned the favor as well. It was cool to see how Kent was posting it up on Weibo and they seemed to be getting along fine.
*Will be updated as I catch up like INSANE with all his “works” (EXCEPT for anything YZ related since I swore off YZ dramas after Tian Di Bu Rong BUT had to make an exception for XAJH because of Mr. Huo. Now? I’m really out!)
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Coincidentally or not so coincidentally, the second one I want to discuss also involves Wallace Huo. Fans might still remember the tragic story of Gui Hai Yi Dao (歸海一刀) and Shang Guan Hai Tang (上官海棠). They went through so much together yet was not able to stay together because we all know that she died at the end–well near the end.
Although Hai Tang’s death was done beautifully, it was also too frustrating. It was just too much and heart-wrecking to see Yi Dao discovering her body and then confirming her death after checking for the last time. He’d done it slowly and calmly yet the pain in his eyes was unmistakable. Then he said, “Hai Tang, Yi Dao is here. No one could harm you anymore. Don’t be afraid.” (I started crying about then. The scene was just too much.) But then it was slightly ruined because someone had to speak up in a fake rant to score some points with the three guys.
Luckily, it was brought back to focus with Yi Dao carrying Hai Tang’s body on his back, walking out into the rain. He finally broke through at last and cried out her name–with much pain in his voice. Raindrops were falling down his face mixed in with his tears. (It sounded dramatic but it was nicely done.)
Then the funeral was just sad although it seemed a tad subtle with everyone looking so calm, especially Yi Dao. But it said a lot with Yi Dao’s eyes looking so haunting.
The theme song sang by Wallace “Your Number One” was playing in the background the whole time since the part where Yi Dao discovered Hai Tang’s body. It was a big contribution to the scene played out. Though the song aimed at the majority of the characters in their valuing love overpower, I thought it emphasized Yi Dao and Hai Tang’s story the most since he was the most caring toward Hai Tang and was the most hurt from lost love than anyone. In fact, the song fitted perfectly with the Tian Ya – Hai Tang – Yi Dao triangle, especially the phrase: “What’s the difference between him and me?” The comparison between the two guys since Tian Ya and Yi Dao did not get along that well at the beginning, but it was only because of Yi Dao’s stubborn nature. Another phrase that was worth mentioning was, “It doesn’t matter who is the world’s number one, I only want to be number one in your heart.” Though Yi Dao seemed cold-blooded on the surface, he valued love more than anything. His caring toward Hai Tang showed a lot. He only wanted to protect her yet he no longer could.
I must admit it was my very first series of Wallace and I was really taken by his acting and also the story between him and Michelle as Yi Dao and Hai Tang in there. Both had great chemistry and did very well portraying their characters. It was too bad they did not have too many scenes together.
Even though I finally accepted that she died and that was that, I–like some others–am still pissed off at the ending. There was no reason for her to die except that it led to others becoming more active in exposing the other parts of the plot. There were still other ways for it to work out. So they wanted a tragic ending or wanted to pave another dramatic event in Yi Dao’s life but that was too much. Hasn’t he gone through enough? Making it cheesy with everyone living happily ever after would be too much but killing off one of the main leads? Those things do happen but there were other alternatives around it. Enough about that.
After watching several series of Wallace’s fate, I’m convinced that either one of the leads has to die or separate in his series. (Wu Shi Lang is different since that’s basically a comedy. Those TW dramas do not count either.) I also have to come to the conclusion that Wong Jing (Wang Xing) is messed up in so many ways that he likes to kill the majority of the cast just for kicks. (Luckily he was only one of the ones writing the script or if he was the only one, everyone would end up dying in this series already.)
Anyway, still one of the most memorable couples of ancient series.
While doing routine browsing, I just decided to check DramaWiki to see what’s up lately–though it is not as reliable sometimes (not as updated–that is) and found out about Wallace and Tammy’s upcoming drama,Lucky Day. I think it would not be an exaggeration to say that it is more of my lucky day. With his intention of establishing himself with a totally different image and not wanting to be just another typical idol, I really admire him for his hardworking attitude and the bravery to step out and start anew yet at the same time I was disappointed that I would not be able to see him in Taiwanese dramas again. So, of course, it made my day to have discovered this so I searched around the net for more news of it and of course it is true. Wallace is coming back to SETTV to film this new drama with Tammy Chen. I think the script sounds promising enough and hopefully, it won’t be too silly. I’m sure it should be worthwhile since Wallace said it was due to aspirations that he came back to film it (and even willing to lower his pay for it). As for Tammy, she recently got nominated for Best Actress in Story of Time for the upcoming GBA (Golden Bell Award), which I haven’t watched yet but feel that she’s one of those that deserves it for whichever drama she’s in. (Hopefully, she will win but that’s wishful thinking on my part since the outcomes are always surprising and interesting.)
Wallace and Tammy filmed Tian Xia Di Yi (World’s Finest) together in 2004 so it has been five years now since they worked together. Though they had numerous scenes together, their characters did not allow any romance story between them. It would’ve been interesting if it was included but I thought I enjoyed how their characters were anyway. Finally, this time around, get to see them as a couple–and a married couple even (sadly they’re filing for divorce so the plot will probably focus on how they mend their relationship to avoid the worst with a twist of technology playing a hand in the whole story).
With all this talk about them reuniting for this drama and how Wallace is coming back, I’m starting to feel hopeful that he could possibly be singing for the main theme song or possibly the sub-theme songs. Hopefully so if time provides for it.
Anyway, found this cute clip of Wallace and Tammy on Youtube uploaded by shinching:
Nice going, Wallace. Luckily he was fast enough to direct it back on himself. (But of course, they’re joking.)
Just for this, I’m anticipating it even more. In fact, it’s definitely on top of my ‘To-Watch’ list for upcoming dramas. (And to show my support toward it–not to mention obsessed craze–I decided to call this pairing ‘YiHua’! Cute enough?)
Hoping and wishing a successful drama and collaboration between YiHua!
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This song was my first time listening to Wallace Huo and Tian Xia Di Yi (World’s Finest) was also my first series of watching him also. I remember the reason why I wanted to watch the series was because of Roger Kwok. But I was glad to discover Wallace Huo since he is one of those that isn’t just about all looks. Sure, he is not the most extraordinary singer out there, but his voice is unique. (It counts more than those repetitive voices out there so that’s why I don’t go for the awesome ones because I often get bored with those.) I also think that he’s one of those that deserved his fame since he worked really hard for it over the years, portraying all sorts of characters–whether it was admirable or not. He was not good at every single one of them, but he tried and worked very hard for it. He was brought to fame because of those hunk roles he got, such as the role of Xing Wang from Westside Story or Li Wei Xiang from 100% Senorita, but he did not stay comfortable in those roles. He wanted to try out different ones too–even when he could not look his best in those roles, especially the role of Lu Yun Xiang in Sound of Colors. Not to mention, he specifically wanted to cut his hair for Wu Shi Lang to complete the new image of the hateful, money greed Li Ya Shou. (It was said that he didn’t wear makeup to have a more realistic effect but I can’t account for it.)
Anyway, I think he is one of those that I don’t mind watching every single one of his work–although I would get frustrated sometimes at his roles or other roles in that particular drama. It just shows that he’s portraying that role the exact way it should be to get such a reaction.
I’m also looking forward to his upcoming projects as well, especially Chinese Paladin III. But somehow, I wish he would come out with another album. He’s probably too busy with filming to take on singing? It would still be great to see another album in the future. Maybe a duet with Angela Chang?
Regarding MV: I was going to choose Tian Xia Di Yi‘s opening theme version but ended up using this one since I just need to get this out of my system. People need to grow up already. That was for the context and controversial effect of the story weaved in the MV. I read an article that it was Wallace who chose Rosamund Kwan to be the female lead for the MV because they collaborated in the Hands in the Hair movie around that same time. But I could not be sure since I read the article years ago and could have missed something or remember it wrong. However, it could probably be for promo purposes of that movie also. (I never got the chance to watch the movie but heard it was built around the same concept with the MV.) Plus, it’s Wallace’s album, after all, I think he deserves to have a saying as to who he wants to invite to star in. Work is work after all. Just because the media loves to blow everything up and create stories, do us fans have to believe? (He was rumored with quite a few co-stars. If he had so much time to spend with all of them as the media said, would he have time to film or rest?) Think about it. (And even if he was with anyone of them before or will likely to be in the future, it’s his life after all. Would you want everyone to influence your decision as to whom you should be with?)