Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jaycee Chan and Ko Cheng Tung drug arrest

Source taken: Straits Times

Hong Kong - Superstar Jackie Chan arrived in Beijing on Monday and is expected to see his son today as the world waits to see how the anti-drug ambassador would react to the arrest of Jaycee on drug charges.

This morning, Taiwan star Kai Ko's father was at the Beijing detention centre to visit his son, who was arrested last Thursday along with Jaycee and a 36-year-old Beijing personal assistant surnamed Sun. Ko senior told reporters he had not taught his son well and apologised on behalf of the family. 

Police said they seized more than 100g of marijuana in Jaycee's home in Dongcheng district, Beijing. Both he and Ko tested positive for marijuana and confessed to taking it. A 33-year-old unemployed Beijing man was arrested the day after on suspicion of selling drugs to Jaycee.

The 31-year-old was suspected of accommodating drug users, an offence which carries a penalty of up to three years in jail. Ko, 23, was accused of drug possession, a less serious charge, and was being detained for 14 days. 

In footage released by the police, the actor was seen on Monday on a China Central Television broadcast weeping as he apologised for his misdeed. "I have set the worst example," he said, "I have made a big mistake."

An anti-drug video he shot with his You Are The Apple Of My Eye co-star Michelle Chen and director Giddens Ko in 2011 showed him declaring, "I don't use drugs". Jaycee was also seen with police officers in the clip as they searched for drugs in his home, said to be a penthouse bought by his father. 

Shown boxes containing some drugs, he confessed three times that they were marijuana. Asked where they came from, he said, "I have had these for two years". His management yesterday apologised on his behalf in a statement, saying it would supervise him as he turns over a new leaf.

The two stars have been buddies for years. Jaycee's mother, the former actress Lin Feng-chiao, had reportedly warned him about Ko after the two were pictured pubbing in Hong Kong. 

When Jackie Chan celebrated his 60th birthday last April and declined gifts, Ko had said he had promised the gongfu actor not to lead Jaycee astray.

According to Ming Pao Daily, Jackie Chan, who was named an anti-drug goodwill ambassador for China in 2009, had once spoken against drug abusers, saying that if he met an offender, he would personally take him to a rehab centre, even if the person was his son. Last year, as reported, he said if Jaycee were to commit a bad deed, he would call the police and have him jailed.

Ming Pao said that with his image sullied, Ko could stand to lose or face demands for compensation over more than 10 commercial engagements that he has. 

He also has movies up for screening, including the fourth instalment of his Tiny Times film series. Jaycee had been due to finish work on a Chen Kaige movie The Monk yesterday.

The drug arrests are the latest involving celebrities. Others recently busted included actor Gao Hu, Voice Of China star Li Daimo, director Zhang Yuan, writer Chen Wanning, actor Zhang Mo and Hong Kong actor Roy Cheung.

My Thoughts

This news had taken the entertainment world by storm. I am so surprised that Jaycee Chan and Ko Cheng Tung were involved with drugs! We all know that Ko Cheng Tung love clubbing at pubs, but Jaycee Chan seem to have a clean image. I can't imagine the two of them were arrested for consumption of marijuana, Jaycee Chan even kept some drugs at home. 

It was a heartbreaking news that two celebrities were involved in this drug arrest. Their confession to drug procession and consumption had cost them their future. Yes, their misdeed should be punish but it was so sad that they were promising stars that could have a bright future. 

Ko Chen Tung who won the best actor in the movie - The apple of my eyes had a breakdown when he confessed on his crime. I think it was a pity that Ko Chen Tung had took this route and damaged his image. Hopefully, he will learn this hard lesson and be a better person after he serve his jail sentence. 

Jaycee Chan could face death sentence if he is convicted of drug trafficking and that was really sad. Due to personal problems, Jaycee had make such a big mistake. That should set as an example to the youth on the consequences of drug abuse. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy Plan: Takashi Kashiwabara Exclusive Interview with IQIYI

Takashi Kashiwabara Interview with IQIYI

Kassy: Hello friends at IQIYI, I am Takashi Kashiwabara. My first online film: Happy Plan will premiere at IQIYI on 2 July. Don't know whether you know about The line application. This story is about how a girl from China get to know a Japanese man online and they eventually fall in love with each other. The love story was based on the IT generation we are living now, whereby internet is widely used everywhere. In the film, both of the main leads did not use language to communicate verbally. I think this type of love story is special, that is why I wrote this story. Please watch this film if you have the time. 

Q:  In 1996, you starred in Mischievous Kiss and it was very successful. In 2013, you guest starred in Mischievous Kiss - Love In Tokyo. What is your thoughts regarding the 17 years gap?

Kassy: It had been 17 years since i starred in Mischievous Kiss, I personally felt that it was like reminiscing the past. It had been so many years ever since. When I saw Irie Naoki been reenact again onscreen, I felt very happy. At the same time, I am glad that Mischievous Kiss is still popular after 17 years. Yuki Furukawa did well acting as Irie Naoki too. It was like reminiscing the past while enjoying a dream ride in the time machine. 

Q: The media labelled you as "The last pretty boy (handsome young man) in Japan".  How do you feel about being crowned by this name? Nowadays, artises have a variety of images, personalities and charm. There is also a demand for younger artises that look handsome. Some of the artises even shared about their daily life in the social media, what is your thoughts about this trend? 

Kassy: Regarding the "pretty boy" label, that was 20 years ago already. I had became an uncle now. (Shy) When I thought about myself being labelled as a pretty  boy for ten over years, I felt very happy.  This has also reminded me that I am no longer a pretty boy. When I was younger, I disliked this name and strongly rejected it. However, now that I am getting older, whenever I thought about this, I still feel happy. 

Regarding the social media, I am not good at it and I don't like to post my personal stuffs on the website. I prefer to stay at home most of the time , therefore in Japan I don't use social media such as Weibo ( Twitter) or blog too. However, recently I have opened a Weibo (Twitter) account in China. If there is any news I would like to share with my fans, I will post it online. In order not to disappoint my fans, I will try to interact more with them in the future. 

Q: It looks like you are not contented to stay as an artiste. We know that you are a fan of Oasis and you formed a band before. Not only that, you wrote lyrics and was the vocalist for your band. In this recent film - Happy Plan, you became the scriptwriter and director.  Are you planning to work behind the screen? 

Kassy: As a matter of fact, when I was 23, 24 years old, I formed a band with my brother and was involved in some musical activities. Although I am not an all rounded artiste, I formed the band to challenge myself. After writing the script for Happy plan, I felt that being a scriptwriter is an enchanting job. I will not be working behind the screen, but in the future I will focus more attention on scriptwriting. Although I do not know which type of method I will use to meet everyone, i may not appear as an artiste too. However, one thing is certain, that is I will work hard in every project that I received. Please continue to support me. 

Q: Is there any director or actor you would like to work with in China? 

Kassy: Personally, let's not talk about whether I will work with any China director or actor first. From my innocent point of view, I like director Zhang Yi Moe directorial film - Under the Hawthorn Tree. When I watched this film, I could feel the emotions of the main characters. Those strong feelings of sadness and pain, and how both the actor and the actress thought about each other. These delicate and deep feelings were captivated onscreen. To be able to captivate a person feelings and present it in such beauty, I think director Zhang Yi Moe is really a great director.  Although I do not know if there is any chance for a collaboration, but if you ask me is there any director or actor I want to collaborate with, I would definitely choose director Zhang Yi Moe. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Takashi Kashiwabara: Happy Plan Episode 2

Starring: Takashi Kashiwabara, Lin Chu Han

Cheng Si Si (Lin Chu Han) and Zhi Yan (Takashi Kashiwabara) continue to keep in contact after the previous encounter. Although, both of them were living at different side of the world, they were able to overcome the language barrier and communicate with each other. 

Zhi Yan apologized to Si Si for the misunderstanding , and she apologized to Zhi Yan for venting her frustration on him. Perhaps because of what happened recently (loneliness, fall out of love and was dismissed from work), Si Si opened up her feelings to Zhi Yan. she shared about the supposed trip to Japan with her boyfriend next month. Zhi Yan suggested that she go traveling happily by herself. After that, he continued to promote his Happy plan which irritated Si Si who just wanted to find somebody to talk with. 

Eventually, Zhi Yan suggested to Si Si to carry out the Happy Plan to make herself happy. First of all, she have to go for a haircut. Si Si was hesitant initially but still went ahead with the plan. She went to a hair salon and cut her hair short. She immediately took a picture of her new image and send it to Zhi Yan. Both of them text message each other using LINE frequently, as a result their relationship became closer.  

Zhi Yan is interested in chinese culture and shared that his family ramen restuarant is called Guangzhou Times Square. On the other hand, Si Si revealed that she wanted to visit Japan and she had learned some Japanese too. Finally, Si Si mustered up her courage and requested to speak to Zhi Yan on the phone. However, Zhi Yan kept silence for a period of time before he apologized to her. Although Si Si was disappointed with the rejection, she tried to laughed it off. She told Zhi Yan that she had brought a pair of shoes and is ready to take the first step now. 

At the Ramen restuarant, Zhi Yan appeared to be troubled as he finds it hard to explain his difficulty (he could not speak). A flashback showed us that Zhi Yan encountered a terrible experience when he was young. The family photo revealed that the Ramen restuarant boss is Zhi Yan father and his mother is no longer around. From then onwards, Zhi Yan had lost his voice and became antisocial. 

Si Si asked Zhi Yan for his name in one of the text message. He was surprised that Si Si does not know since he had emailed to her the proposal for the Happy Plan. Si Si was embarrassed and explained that she had overlooked the message as she was not in a good mood during that time. Si Si checked the email again and realized that his name is Orihiko Amano, a Japanese travel insurance agent. Zhi Yan thought that Si Si had send a email to him about The Happy Plan and was curious that the the surname was different (Cheng and Wang).

Si Si suddenly remembered that a few weeks ago, she and her boyfriend intended to visit Japan and they even brought the air tickets. Her boyfriend used her mobile phone and emailed to Zhi Yan travel insurance company. This encounter was not accidental, in fact Zhi Yan got confused with the data and thought that Si Si intended to purchase the Happy Plan. In order to keep in contact with Zhi Yan, Si Si decided not to disclose this matter.

They did not exchange text message with each other for the next two days. Suddenly, Zhi Yan send her a formal message and apologize for sending the email to the wrong person, as he was newly employed as the company travel insurance planner. Si Si was upset that the message sound so distant, but she was thankful to Zhi Yan for being there during the lowest point in her life. Therefore, she suggested the final chapter of the Happy Plan is to meet up with each other. She boldly took the first step and asked Zhi Yan for a chance to meet up with him, in order for her to move on in life. 

Initially, Zhi Yan was hesitant about the meet up, however he appeared to be deep in thoughts as he stared at the family portrait. Soon, Si Si received a Japanese text message, she used the dictionary and interpreted that he will be meeting her at the Guangzhou Times Square. Si Si was so excited and happy that she message back, "Ok darling" to Zhi Yan. 

My thoughts

What a dreamy show! How I wish in reality I will have this encounter too. However, in this society is it so easy to believe someone especially since the other party is a complete stranger? The storyline is unique but the content need to be strengthen. This is Takashi Kashiwabara first debut as a scriptwriter, thus he definitely needs more encouragement. His performance was good for a newbie writer and can be further polish in his way of writing. 

The story has continued after their first encounter on the phone and in this episode, there are more interaction between the leads. Takashi Kashiwabara acted as a reserved and antisocial insurance agent in this short film. He have to rely on his facial expression and gesture to convey his thoughts and feelings since he does not have any dialogue. The only time we can hear his gentle voice is when he read out the text messages. I like the scene where Takashi Kashiwabara was flipping through the book and appears to be deep in thoughts. He executed an attractive sophisticated charm from head to toe.

Lin Chu Han who acted as Cheng Si Si did moderately well, despite her stiff expressions. Her performance can be further improved as time goes by and when she accumulate more experiences. Subsequently, I look forward to their first meeting and what type of adventure awaits them. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao dated for 9 years?

I remembered those days when I loved to watch Hana Yori Dango so much! I can't believe it when I read this article! Arashi Matsumoto Jun (30) and Inoue Mao (27) have been dating for 9 years and they will be tying the knot in August! If this Japanese gossip tabloid is true, I will be so excited for this pair of lovebirds.

We all know that Matsumoto Jun gets along well with his Hana Yori Dango cast members especially Oguri Shun. If this piece of rumor is announce by the agencies to be true, Matsumoto Jun will join in the happy news with his best pal Oguri shun.  If you still does not know, Oguri Shun wife is expecting his first born and according to the Japanese magazine, she is six months pregnant. Meanwhile, Oguri Shun acting career has reached another high peak with his hit drama - Borders. I am so happy for the both of them. 

Source: koalasplayground.com

Oh, how I love this couple! They look so sweet and compatible on and off screen. I am sure majority of their fans are rooting for this pair to be together. Forever Hana Yori Dango! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Running Man coming to Singapore on 29 November

Running Man season 2 is back! On 29 November 2014 (Saturday), they will gather 5 members to Singapore. Kim Jong Kook, Ji Suk Jin, Song Ji Hyo, Haha and Lee Kwang Soo will be performing at The Star Performing Art Centre, 7.30pm. Look forward to an exciting night from the dynamic stage presence from the cast and hilarious banter between them. 

The 2 hours performance will include a mix of comedy and song performance by the singers among them. Fans will get to win opportunities to share the stage with the stars through interactive and specially tailored games. 

The ticket price is $348 (VIP), $258 (CAT 1), $228 (CAT 2), $198 (CAT 3), $168 (CAT 4), $148 ( CAT 5). VIP ticket holder will receive an autograph pass, where they will have a chance to meet the stars up close and personal. They will receive an autograph from one randomly picked Running man members. More details about the Meet and Greet event will be available in due time. 

Source: Showbiz.omy.sg

My thoughts 

I am personally disappointed that Yoo Jae Suk and Gary will miss this fan meeting. Perhaps, they are really very busy with their work schedule in Korea. However, I really hope that all the Running man members will participate in this fan meeting next time. At least Lee Kwang Soo is able to join into the Singapore leg of The Running man season two. I look forward to their interactive perforamance this time round. Those who have missed their Fan meeting last year, make sure to mark down this date so that you will not miss it again. :) 

This is the Running man schedule starting from Bangkok all the way to Singapore. Please support Running man wherever you are!

2014 Eco Music Challenge

Eco music challenge was held every year, therefore this year is no exception. We have many participants sending in their entries until 11 August. You can either film a video or sing a song, just present your originality and creativity. 

There are some wacky and interesting videos that received many viewerships. In terms of song writing, I think this particular song - 爱地球 stand out from the rest of the songs because of the guitar accompaniment and the nice melody. There are indeed many style of music and I realized that there are many talented people around. 

Please note that you can vote the songs/video that you like multiple times. The rule is just one vote for each video or song. Simply go to the website and browse through the play button to vote for them. If you missed out the entries this year, you can compose a song next year.  There is a chance to win attractive prizes if you are selected. 

After browsing through the website, I am surprised with the song writing abilities of each individual and we do have talented people in our midst. The importance of protecting the environment begins with you. Voting ends on 11 September, hurry go and cast the vote for your favorite song or video! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

恶作剧之吻 经典回顾 第六集


琴子和爸爸搬离入江家就能过风平浪静的生活吗? 观察力强的欲树发现哥哥的困扰。直树和欲树在整理琴子房间时找到一些琴子留下来的东西,直树回想起珍贵的回忆,表情流露着微笑。直树妈妈还坚持留着房间等待琴子回来。眼看房间又让给琴子,欲树感到无奈。直树立刻把欲树带走。











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