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

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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
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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

Top 50 Actresses of 2015

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Okay, this is for the female side. (Go here for the male list.)

Translation:

1. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên

2. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh

3. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng

4. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

5. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh

6. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào

8. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy

9. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi

10. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân

11. Janine Chang / Trương Quân Ninh

12. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi

13. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng

14. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ

15. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như

16. Park Shin Hye

17. Ada Liu Yan / Liễu Nham

18. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á

19. Viann Zhang / Trương Hinh Dư

20. Michelle Chen / Trần Nghiên Hy

21. Jia Qing / Giả Thanh

22. Yang Rong / Dương Dung

23. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên

24. Wang Li Kun / Vương Lệ Khôn

25. Lemon Zhang Meng / Trương Mông

26. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy

27. Mabel Yuan Shan Shan / Viên San San

28. Victoria Song / Tống Tây

29. Ma Su / Mã Tô

30. Loura Lou Yi Xiao / Lâu Nghệ Tiêu

31. Yang Zi / Dương Tử

32. Hayden Kuo / Guo Bi Ting / Quách Bích Đình

33. Hu Bing Qing / Hồ Băng Khanh

34. Jennifer Shu Chang / Thư Sướng

35. Lin Qin / Lý Thấm

36. Jacqueline Li Xiao Lu / Lý Tiểu Lộ

37. Krystal Jung Soo

38. Huo Si Yan / Hoắc Tư Yến

39. Bai Bai He / Bạch Bách Hà

40. Li Qian / Lý Thanh

41. Mao Xiao Tong / Mao Hiểu Đồng

42. Cecilia Han Xue / Hàn Tuyết

43. Ivy Chen / Trần Ý Hàm

44. Ying Er / Dĩnh Nhi

45. Yoki Sun / Tôn Diệu Kỳ

46. Di Li Re Ba / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba

47. Sophie Zhang / Trương Tuyết Nghênh

48. Anita Yuen / Viên Vịnh Nghi

49. Song Ji Hyo

50. Song Jia / Tống Giai

14 Blades

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

Wow! I didn’t even expect much of it, considering how long it was I last seen a movie. I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much from all the cast. I thought that what was even better was having a decent plot to move the story along and then leaving a lot of time for fighting scenes. Of course there were romances too but it was only briefly and only existed between one couple in here and I was glad. They focused on the right elements so the whole movie did not drag at all.

Donnie Yen was great as always in his fighting sequences. It was an interesting collaboration between him and the rest of the cast. What I thought was interesting and found quite fascinating was having seen Donnie’s interactions with Vicki, Wu Zun, and Kate. Their relationships were very different yet each played an essential part to the story. It brought out his and their characters as well. There was no lack of screen time for anyone OR at least I thought it was relevant for the story and was not overdone.

So who was Donnie Yen really in here? Donnie portrayed Qing Long (青龍 aka Green Dragon), a leader of Jin Yi Wei (錦衣衛 – Cẩm Y Vệ), who possessed 14 blades. With those 14 blades, he had the power to off anyone to protect the emperor and defend the dynasty. All in all, it seemed like the best position. However, that was not easy since he was set up by Eunuch Jia Jing Zhong (賈精忠–who gave him the orders to kill Councilor Zhao Shen Yan) and betrayed by his own fellow guards (except for Bai Hu and Zhu Que who were killed off by Xuan Wu and Tuo Tuo respectively). However, he managed to escape and seek shelter elsewhere until he was able to recover the Imperial Seal (which was snatched from him while he was in the middle of confronting the councilor).

Vicki Zhao portrayed Qiao Hua (喬花), the daughter of Qiao Yong (喬永–whom was the head of the Righteous Escort Agency aka Zheng Yi Biao Ju – 正義镖局). She encountered Qing Long when Qing Long arrived at the doorstep of their agency, offering them money for their service. This time, they had to safeguard him out of the city. It was not a problem since Qiao Yong was thinking of marrying his daughter off and was ready to set out with her within several days. After some corny jokes from Qiao Yong’s old friend–and some offering of money (of course), the group was able to pass since Qing Long was hidden inside the bride’s carriage. They found out Qing Long’s truth identity when they were ambushed in the woods. Qing Long took Qiao Hua as a hostage after fighting off all the guards and told Qiao Yong and his men to head east to divert attention from himself. They were to meet him at a village up ahead so he could return Qiao Hua to them unharmed. Along the way, Qiao Hua discovered that Qing Long was not a cruel or rough person liked it was led on at first. They exchanged some witty comments between each other at this one rest-stop and somehow explored more about each other along the way.

Wu Zun came into the picture when Qing Long and Qiao Hua arrived at the pre-planned village. He was seen spying on them from a distance at first. He was introduced as the leader of the Heavenly Eagles Clan (天鹰幫 aka Tian Ying Ban). He was actually the real World’s Number One Sabre (天下第一刀 aka Tian Xia Di Yi Dao), ‘Judge of the Desert’ (大漠判官 aka Da Mo Pan Guan), not like the impersonator of that one group who tried to rob Qiao Hua’s agency in the woods (and was also killed off by the guards awhile after). Anyway, he challenged Qing Long at the inn. It proved that they were a match for each other and Qing Long decided to join forces with them to go against the eunuchs, the guards, and Prince Qing (whom Qing Long found out had join forces with the eunuchs in an attempt to overthrow the emperor). In exchange for their help, Qing Long offered the golds that were transported by the guards. It was impossible and seemed too easy yet Qing Long convinced the Heavenly Eagles Clan that he wouldn’t go back on his words aka letting the clan have all the golds.

What was admirable about Da Mo Pan Guan was not only the fact that he kept his words to help Qing Long, but he even interfered with the battle – aiding Qing Long when Qing Long was surrounded by the guards. Qing Long took a quick glance at him before turning his cautious eyes back on Xuan Wu, asking, “Da Mo Pan Guan, don’t you just know how to rob?” He returned those words by uttering, “I love to rob, but I love fighting more.” Witty exchange. Probably their first time fighting alongside one another and it was also the last since Mr. Heavenly Eagles Clan’s Leader got killed off after saving Qiao Hua and sending her off with his last words to Qing Long.

Kate Tsui appeared at various points of the movie and was known as the adopted-daughter of Prince Qing. Her named was Tuo Tuo (脱脱) and she was one powerful fighter all right. She had major scenes with both Donnie and Wu Zun. The fact that she was responsible for both guys’ death was even more chilling. It was hard to swallow but somehow that was some of the most powerful scenes. Tuo Tuo was not only skillful but she was so chillingly scary. She was one of the most powerful fighters in here yet in a way she was very pitiful because she was only her adopted-father’s tool. She was only a killing machine. She ended up paying a price for all her dirty works. It was mentioned that Prince Qing had shed tears upon hearing about Tuo Tuo’s death but was it true? Not impossible but what was the point after she was dead? Or was it because he trusted her so he bestowed upon her shoulders of such duties? Something to think about really.

What was really cool about the whole thing was the amount of gadgets each character possessed and/or specialized in. Vicki did not get to use as much since she did not have many fighting scenes though Qiao Hua’s bravery and intelligence made up for it. Among the other three characters, Donnie’s Qing Long beat the other two by miles since he had 14 blades to begin with. There was also the whole idea with his wire that he manipulated to move from one location to others or hang loosely high above. He also had some of the other weapons inside the blade box, which was equally useful and not to be taken lightly by anyone – friends or enemies.

Wu Zun came in second with Da Mo Pan Guan’s razor sharp saber, lethal flying double saber, and hidden little arrows strapped on his leg. There was also golden coins that he used as weapon, flicking it in the air–saving Qiao Hua that one time from her near death experience. Then the last one could be said as part of his clan’s weapon, which was the special bow and explosive arrows they shoot out to inflict damage from a distance. And did anyone realize how his image sort of looks like Jack Sparrow? (Okay, that was just me since it was a big difference between being a pirate and some person famous for roaming the sands.)

Kate’s Tuo Tuo came in third with only two gadgets–her long flexible rope and the sharp stick she used to strike at her enemies. Because she was extremely skillful, the lack of gadgets did not decrease her powerful stances either.

The other cast were as great though they only appeared at various points. Damian Lau was Councilor Zhao Shen Yan so he only appeared at the beginning and the little of the ending part because he was imprisoned for the majority of the movie. Still, that was a relief that he was alive and was able to reunite with his family. Law Kar Ying was portraying Eunuch Jia Jing Zhong–who taught Xuan Wu about the importance of success and only others were able to see that part of the achievement, not all the means that one used to reach that point; and was ironically killed by Xuan Wu for that same philosophy. Sammo Hung was Prince Qing – who was seen giving orders to Tuo Tuo at the beginning and then was seen near the end with the voice-over of Qiao Hua telling the audience that he committed suicide before his execution date. It was interesting to see Wu Ma as Vicki’s father in here also – though brief but convincing. The production team should not be forgotten either because without them, it was not possible.

The plot aka the story itself was another typical corrupted officials, eunuchs, incapable kings, heroes among thieves with the mixture of subtle romance, friendship, and companionship. Yet what made up for the rest of the story was the fighting sequences. It was enjoyable that it made way for lots and lots of fighting scenes yet the story still made sense. They did not linger long to drag out the feelings between Qing Long and Qiao Hua nor were they stressing too much of the ‘knowing the hero, respecting the hero’ concept between Qing Long and Da Mo Pan Guan.

It was there through the stories told or brief words exchanged. It was not dragged out or overly dramatic about the themes mentioned. The humor was subtle, really subtle so I was glad of that. You know it was there, but it was not dragged out OR to the point where you roll your eyes and mutter, “Lame.” It was in there at certain points to ease the moment or showed to some extent that they were not in danger–yet. All in all, the fighting scenes were well done. That was the hallmark of the movie and they had succeeded.

Acting? This was like 90% fighting between the main cast so I won’t say much but I thought they did their part to make it happen and that was what mattered. I thought it was a great opportunity for various cast members to learn from some of the veterans and/or the ones before them. Wu Zun got his wish to work with Donnie Yen and that was great. Not sure about Kate but I’m sure she learned and interacted with all the cast members well enough to make it work. She had fun with her action scenes–it seemed, but probably a lot of hard work for everyone involved, including herself. One thing I notice was practically everyone had to maintain their cool looks throughout. It was hard not to, considering how the story was. Everything was so intense. So that was an easy part? OR was that a challenge to try and not laugh?

Recommended or not? I thought it was worth it for action movie fans. But it depends on your standard. I am no expert, so I can’t speak out of professionalism. But I thought it was one of the best out there.

*All images were scanned and/or captured by DTLCT