Monday, November 30, 2009

Filming Black & White film sequel continues as planned without Vic Zhou

Source : MediaCorp TV

The production for the movie sequel of hit Taiwanese drama series, Black & White, is stuck in its own development hell.

Ever since the nomination list for the Taiwan Golden Bell Awards was released, rumours on the discord between the two lead actors Vic Zhou and Mark Chao have been spreading like wildfire.

After the Golden Bell Awards, Vic reportedly requested to have a look at the film script. However, director Tsai Yueh Hsun’s company wanted the actor to readjust his work schedule instead, causing things to reach a standstill.

On various occasions, director Tsai openly expressed his plans to wait for Vic despite the latter’s busy schedule. Mark had also openly declare that he will not take on the movie if Vic is not starring in it. However, production has to start by April 2010 as investors are panning for a Christmas release next year.

In a meeting two days ago, Tsai finally cleared the air on Vic’s participation in the movie. The producer, Yu Xiao Hui, shared that the fifth version of the altered script still includes Vic’s character, however, Vic’s busy schedule and non-commitment to the movie is causing much headache to the team.

Tsai jokingly commented, “As to how we should resolve this problem, I welcome everyone to send in their scripts.”

A representative from Tsai’s company expressed that they might have to strike off Vic’s role in the show “because there can never be another Chen Zai Tian (Vic’s character in the series).”

While Vic is currently in Taipei filming his upcoming movie, Ai Ni Yi Wan Nian, his manager commented on the decision made by Tsai and said, “Didn’t they say that they would not shoot without Vic?”

“I respect the decision made by director Tsai and I can only say that it is a pity.”

Takaso gets 2-year suspended sentence

Yuichi Takaso (41), the husband of actress Noriko Sakai (38), received his sentence on Friday at the Tokyo District Court. Found guilty of multiple counts of drug possession and use, he was given a 2-year prison sentence, suspended for 4 years.

Sakai received her own sentence a couple weeks ago - 18 months, suspended for 3 years. In Takaso's case, prosecutors had sought a longer sentence for reasons such as his heavier drug use and a larger amount of drugs found in his possession. Given that Takaso was the one obtaining the drugs, prosecutors also argued that the probability of a repeat offense is high.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Girlfriend Is An Agent

Soo-ji and Jae-joon were once a couple until Jae-joon could not take her lies anymore. Years later, they meet each other again and the situation is changed. A Russian organized crime syndicate sets out to steal an advanced chemical weapon from Korea and two secret agents from separate departments are assigned to stop them. Soo-ji is a veteran secret agent who has mastered all forms of martial arts, and Jae-joon is a rookie cop and always goofs up on the job. While the two work out their relationship, they go behind each other’s backs to fulfill their mission to save the world!


GOKUSEN is a popular manga series that started running from 2000 to 2007. In 2002, it was adapted into a TV series with great success and a 2nd season followed in 2005. In 2008, the series returned for its 3rd and final season and was the best-rated TV series for the year. This film will conclude the popular series.

Kumiko Yamaguchi, aka Yankumi, oversees the new students of Class 3D of Akado High School. Her class is full of delinquents, but she tries her hardest to teach them not just about academics (her subject is Mathematics), but about lessons of life. However, shes also the granddaughter of a Yakuza boss, Kuroda of the Kuroda Ikka, and is seen as the next in line to head the family business.

Her true passion lies in teaching however, and she's forced to lead a double life and keep her family a secret from the public. However, her Yakuza upbringing also happens to give her the strength and the experience to reach out to her students, and at the same time provides many moments of comedic relief.

Overall a very comedic and touching show at the same time.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Xiao Zhu helps his mother celebrate her birthday by spending over $1 Million NT on a worldwide trip

Source China Times
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Show Luo (Xiao Zhu) planned out a 21 day worldwide trip to help celebrate his mother's 51st birthday. During the 20 day visit she pleaded that she would not be able to speak English and would get lost, insisting that she would rather not go out of the country to have fun, laughing he said "you save all your money, but in the end you will leave it all to me, I don't need it!". In the end he suggested "An exclusive tour guide, spending money for each country and also accompanying her to play in Hawaii" with the 3 criteria she finally agreed, it is estimated the around the world trip will cost close to $1 Million NT, showing that he really is a filial son.

Before going to dance practice last night, Xiao Zhu met with his mother to celebrate her birthday by eating Japanese cuisine, because he has been busy shooting his drama "Hi My Sweetheart" and also had other oversea events, mother and son had not seen each other for 3 months. She even complained that she could only see him over the TV, hearing this Xiao Zhu immediately laid his head on his mother's shoulders and complimented that she had become thinner and younger, looking no more than 31 years old. Using his sweet talk he was able to stop his mother's complaints.

Being extremely considerate, he orders a cake suitable for diabetics
Last year Xiao Zhu gave his mother a big red pocket to celebrate her 50th birthday, this year using new tricks he said he had to rack his brains to think of a present to give, since he had already done all the things that his father had not done in the past. His mother cannot speak English but since he was in New York in April this year he had half a month of experience to learn the language, but he also emphasized that body language can be used all over the world.

He pre-ordered a cake and also desserts suitable for diabetics, last year due to diabetes there was a period of time his mother was critically ill in hospital, but she can now be at ease and eat the birthday cake at her heart's content. Teasing the extremely happy Xiao Zhu she made a wish for her son to grow more successful at work so he can earn more money for her to spend.

Punishing Xiao S, he puts her head under his armpit
Previously Xiao Zhu was in Hangzhou participating in Kangxi grand ceremony, because Xiao S loves punishing the male celebrities, wearing a vest he deliberately sprayed perfume under his armpits and once he got onto the stage he lifted up his arm and put Xiao S's head right under his armpit, it wasn't until Xiao S cried out "I can almost eat your (armpit) hair" that he let her go.

Top 10 Mandarin Albums (November 13 - November 19)

Source: G-Music
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1. Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰) and 'LOVE Moments' (愛的時刻自選輯) with 20.47% sales (NEW!)
2. Landy Wen (溫嵐) and 'Dancing Queen' with 14.83% sales
3. Elva Hsiao (蕭亞軒) and 'Diamond Candy' (鑽石糖) with 10.09% sales
4. Genie Chuo (卓文萱) and '【1+1】Play n Fun' with 5.85% sales
5. Yoga Lin (林宥嘉) and 'Senses Around' (感官/世界) with 4.72% sales
6. Jade Liu (劉力揚) and 'Forward' (轉寄劉力揚) with 4.62% sales
7. Ding Dang (丁噹) and ‘Night Cat’ (夜貓) with 3.92% sales
8. Yao Yao (瑤瑤) and ‘Free Love’ (愛的抱抱) with 2.09% sales
9. Crowd Lu (盧廣仲) and 'Seven Days' (七天) with 1.72% sales
10. 1976 and 'LIFE or LIVE' (不合時宜) with 1.58% sales

Album chart compiled from G-Music based on retail sales

The relationship between Angela Zhang and her parents is still salvageable

Source : Media Corp

Plagued with ongoing rumours of familial discord, Angela Chang admits that they still needs time to settle their issues with each other

In an interview with Taiwanese actress-singer Angela Chang, commented on her ongoing family fight, “Regardless of what happens, these things should be handled personally by me. It does not really affect my work.”

Angela’s management company decided to halt promotional activities for her latest and sixth music album, Fifth Season, after the discord between the singer and her parents grew out of control. The 27-year-old was accused by her parents for abandoning them, and Angela once public said that the relationship between mother and daughter have reached ‘the end’.

“It needs time. There is a need to communicate properly during this period of time. Perhaps it wasn’t done well in the past. However no matter what happens, I should still try and attempt to handle it.”
When the singer was probed further about salvaging her relationship with her parents, she said, “I prefer to handle it myself. I would rather not talk about this part.”

“I have always placed emphasis on my family. My family is very important.”

The Taiwanese pop singer migrated to Canada when she was 12 years old. She bore the burden of supporting her family after her father was diagnosed with a heart problem when she turned 15 and took on two jobs washing cars and delivering lunchboxes.

She returned to Taiwan when she was 16 year old and began to focus her sights on the music industry. Looking back on her past 10 years in showbiz, she poignantly said, “In the process of singing, I gained a lot and lost equally as much. I lost my freedom and my private matters are under public scrutiny.”

“Many things happen in life. Despite of how much I’ve experienced, the most important is to be supported by your family and friends. They will always be protective of you all the time, even in your setbacks.”

The petite singer shared on her siblings’ opinion of her, “If they love me, they will support me in the things I do, in the things I love. Despite of the choice I make, they will always be supportive of me.”

“I am thankful to my brother and sister for accompanying me. Their mobility has allowed me to feel their warmth… After going through so much, the ones who have been with you at the end of things are the ones who love you and are most supportive of you. It is very hard to meet family members who are devoted to you.”

After resting for a period of time, the rejuvenated idol expressed, “I am very happy to have time to rest and recuperate. There is new meaning in my life. After resting, I feel rejuvenated.”

Angela Zhang reminisces about her Primary school days in Singapore

Source : Media Corp

It has been two years since she last set foot onto Singapore and the Taiwanese pop singer reminisced about her younger times spent here

Taiwanese pop singer Angela Chang recently visited Singapore after a two-year window period to promote her latest and sixth music album, Fifth Season. After she was diagnosed with a heart problem, mitral valve prolapse, in March last year, the petite performer also has to deal with an ongoing domestic strife between her parents and her.

At the press conference for her music album, the 27-year-old performer seemed to have grown from her recent experiences and appeared more mature than usual. Unable to contain her excitement on performing in Singapore again, she said, “I used to stay here for awhile when I was younger. Thus, I am a little familiar with Singapore.”

The songstress shared that she and her family came to Singapore to learn English during her Primary School years. Viewing the sights of Singapore while sitting in a public bus would be one of her most memorable experiences on this little island.

Unlike the past where her mother would handle her earnings for her, Angela revealed that she has opened her own personal bank account and is currently learning how to handle her own finances. Her eyes glistened with excitement when reporters asked if she was interested in investing in a Singapore property. “If there is a chance, it would be quite interesting.”

After going on hiatus for one year and nine months, the sweet lass commented on her return to the music industry, “The new album is like a growing up process. This album feels closest to heart and I have tried a new music style and image. You’ll see a different Angela.”

“I would not waste my time in life. To me, every little or big thing, troubles and setbacks, they are all colourful. I feel that it is a learning process.

Fairy Tail Episode 1

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DaS lowest times : no will to eat

translated by little bee @

People say, life is like a roller coaster, Xu Xi Yuan (DaS) the actress who just brightly succeeded in a movie which box-office made more than 100 Millions Yuan, is standing on the top of her career and recollecting her past, she once experienced her career's and life's lowest points, her frail heart, went through its darkest, in the end she got anorexia, everyday not feeling hunger at all... But her love life was totally the opposite, she loved passionately, not minding what others might say, even when she broke up, she still looked at it positively, she is one who can take it up and put it down !

Starting to get noticed since "Connected", DaS slowly expanded to the big screen, accepting one movie after the other, and even succeeded with her first comedy "Forbidden City Cop" to become a 100 Million box-office female star. With the help of luck, her road into the big screen world was really smooth, DaS stated that she was also very surprised herself, from the success of "Forbidden City Cop", there really were a lot of scripts asking for her, and her acting opportunities dramatically increased.

Acting as a role with a personality opposed to hers
But, holding onto the moto "You'll never know if you don't try", DaS likes to challenge herself with personalities opposite to her, chosing roles that would surprise the audience, like her participation in Jonh Woo's new movie, being her first experience as a vilain. She's acting as a cold-blooded and heartless woman and will have many fight and kill scenes even action scene with international star Michelle Yeoh, making DaS at the same time anxious and expectant. 

To be able to cope with all those action scenes, DaS had been training a lot lately at home, reinforcing her legs and arms muscles, and learning swords skills with a master. She, who is very experienced in yoga, said about herself that she was very flexible, even joked : " With my sister, we often take the horse pose and chat while lifting our legs up; so I knew about it already, and had less kung fu to learn. I will give it my all learning everything I need to know, and doing everything the best possible, when the time comes, we will only use a stunt if the action scenes are really bad, but the director can also cut them off, no need to fight la ! "

DaS frankly expressed that she is at the summit of her carreer, so for the time being, she'll focus on developping in the Big Screen, leaving hosting and other things on hold.

Troubles because she strongly wanted to express herself
On the outside, DaS seem multi talented, singing, movies, TV dramas, hosting, endorsement, even being an author, : she touches at everything, but behind all that success, DaS had once been through her career and life lowest pits. She stated that it all came from a too strong sense of justice, everytime she used to encounter an injustice, she'll voice it up and seeing all the bystanders around her doing nothing made her feel the world was different from what she imagined, that's why she had once wanted to be a policewoman, it was really overreacted.

DaS said that everytime she was unhappy, her brain would come like to a dead end, often forgetting to eat, even to sleep, her sister used to force her to close her eyes. She says " I used to forget that there was something called "eating" in life, at that time, we couldn't do music, and even though we had some shows to host, but it was a really low pit, I was not used yet to handle the turns that life would take, it had nothing to do with things being smooth or not, it was as if a devil appeared in my heart, making me see everything the bad way, forgetting how it used to be. (Did you have anorexia ? ) Yes, I lost 12Kg in one go, never feeling hungry" Luckily, with the help of her family and friends, DaS could slowly go back to normal.

No fate knowing people outside the entertainment industry
About love, DaS past lover were all from the enteertainment industry, about that fact, she came to the conclusion that the people she knows is a very restricted circle, apart from her work and her family, she has no way to meet people out of those two areas She joked " People often ask me if I like to date co workers ? I think me not having a broad circle of friends is also a matter destiny, and people tell me to go out more often to meet new people out of the show business, but I won't change myself for something like that."

DaS revealed that in the past, going out with co-workers didn't put any pressure on her, it became a habit for her to be discussed about, tagged and photographed, she who puts love above everything else thinks that when you are in love, there's no need to hide it, but after cooling down, recollecting what happened in the past, she feels that it's really freaky, thinking that she had lots of guts ! DaS says " Was too transparent, I thought over it, in the future, if an opportunity coomes up, I may be more low keyed, because letting people staring at you, looking at your every gestures, is something that make people uneasy. I'm a very peaceful person, so when arriving to a state when you can't continue to go out together, no need to end it hurtfully. We all work in the same sphere, we might meet again, so having a friendly attittude will make everyone happier"

Deep sisterly love : love to say nonsense the most
Since debuting as singers to hosting entertainment news, DaS and her sister Dee Xu Xi Di (Xia S) had been linked together like siamese twins. Thinking back about the little things that happened when they hosted together, DaS can't help but shake her head saying : "I used to be very wild, daring to say anything, not afraid to get scolded at. When we were walking on the streets, there used to be people behind always scolding us. We loved to say nonsense, really stupid things, we were used to that style, then the audience slowly accepted us, thinking we were hilarious ! "

Once, 8 years ago, XiaoS was on the show crying her eyes out, asking the audience to help her look for her sister, DaS laughs and says " At that time we were broadcaasting Live everyday, so whatever was happening, we had to go on and host. That day, I don't really remember but maybe I got into a fight with my sister, when I was outside, everyone seeing me told me "Your sis is looking for you !" making the whole thing such a big deal ! "

Friday, November 20, 2009

Conflict Between Jerry Yan and Vic Chou Complicates F4 Reunion Efforts

Source: CpopAccess
While members of legendary Taiwanese boy band F4 (JVKV) have been pursuing solo activities for several years, appeals for the group to reunite still remain prevalent. With news of Jiangsu Satellite TV inviting F4 to perform for their New Year’s Eve Concert spreading like wildfire, discussions are heating up once again.

In addition to the New Year’s Eve festivities, there have been rumors of the group reuniting for next year’s Spring Festival evening festivities. As of now, some members of the group have responded to such an invitation, but some have yet to reply back. Furthermore, since the schedule of the invitation has yet been set, chances appear slim of it occurring. There are currently problems with F4 getting back together to perform, as it appears that such a reunion trip may rest on Jerry Yan’s schedule at the moment. However, informed sources have recently conveyed hidden reasons in the difficulties in an F4 reunion.

It has been reported that an F4 reunion is the one trump card for the New Year’s Eve event, and the newest developments regarding the invitation for F4 to participate has remained tightlipped with the organizers, whom have stated that “they are still striving for it, but it is still difficult to determine F4’s schedule.” Yet, informed sources have reported that the statement provided by the organizers served only as pretext to the real reason, which is that Jerry Yan and Vic Chou no longer wish to perform on the same stage.

Contrary to what has been observed at the various events attended by F4 in recent years, the state of the group has often been one where not all members have been fully committed in participating, including news of Jerry Yan and Vic Chou’s slim changes of sharing the same stage.

Despite the fact that the four members of F4 have often demonstrated public displays of solidarity, the vast differences between what is publicly displayed and what actually occurs between the members are often heard in the news. One case involved Jerry Yan’s unwillingness to compromise on the release of CDs and DVDs from their 2006 concert in Hong Kong, which led to the loss of tens of millions of Taiwanese dollars in royalties. In another case when F4 was invited to go to Japan, the group arrived to the airport in separate cars, and then deliberately went into the same car afterwards.

While an F4 reunion is wished upon by many viewers, such a possibility has been complicated with the four members belonging to different management. It took three years to organize the four members’ schedules to sync for their 2008 concert in Japan, so while organizers are working hard to get F4 to participate in the New Year’s Eve festivities in good faith, time constraints may diminish the success of such participation.

When a reporter contacted a representative of the group organization, the representative did not deny a statement in regards Jerry Yan and Vic Chou making it difficult for F4 to reunite. He only expressed that while the organization has not received a clear response from F4, both sides are actively working hard at it, and are still seeking ways to further communications.

Earl and Fairy

The story is set in Victorian England. It follows the adventures of 17-year old Lydia Carlton, who is nicknamed the "Fairy Doctor" due to her interest in fairies, and her ability to actually see fairies (inherited from her now deceased mother).

Her life takes a 180-degrees turn when she meets Edgar J.C Ashenbert, the "Legendary Blue Knight Count" and his crew on a sea voyage to London. Edgar hires her as an adviser during his quest to obtain a treasured sword that was supposed to be handed down to him by his family. And so their adventure begins...

Kimi ni Todoke

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This story is centered around a girl named Kuronuma Sawako who is nicknamed Sadako (ghost girl from "The Ring") by her classmates due to her scary face and demeanor. She greatly admires a new boy she meets, Kazehaya-kun and is able to draw in people with his personality.

Unlike her facial expressions she yearns to make friends and live as a normal student. But her face freezes up when ever she attempts to be friendly. Gradually as she starts to hang out with Kazehaya-kun and makes some new friends of her on, she starts to affect those around her, including Kazehaya-kun...

Cruel Temptation Sypnosis (Complete)

Cruel Temptation

The plot of this drama revolves around Gu Eun Jae's life and revenge on her cheating husband and once best friend. Eun Jae, having graduated as a fashion design major at a university, begins preparations to go to France to further her studies and hone her skills. However, her dreams to study in France are soon disrupted when she gets pregnant with Jung Gyo Bin's child. As a result, she decides to give up on her opportunity to study in France and marry him. Unfortunately for Eun Jae, her pregnancy is short-lived, ending in a tragic miscarriage. It will take a long time time until Eun Jae becomes pregnant again in the show, but that too ends in a miscarriage.

During the time when Eun Jae finds out about her 2nd pregnancy, her best friend since high school, Ae Ri returns from France. Ae Ri was an orphan who stayed with Eun Jae's family. She was also the ex-girlfriend of Eun Jae’s brother Kang Jae. Bedore Ae Ri left for France 5 years ago, she mentioned that someone was helping her take care of her tuition fees: it turned out that Eun Jae’s husband, Gyo Bin, was the one helping her with the finances.

Not long after Ae ri's return, Eun Jae finds out that her husband had been cheating with Ae Ri 5 years ago. To make matters worse, Ae Ri even had Gyo Bin’s child, Nino. Initially, Eun Jae’s brother assumes that the child, Nino, is his. However, when he finds out that the child's real father is Gyo Bin, he beats Gyo Bin up badly. This causes Gyo Bin and his mother to force Eun Jae to sign for a divorce. Eun Jae refuses to sign the papers, thinking that her unborn child will be able to salvage the marriage. Her mother-in-law, upset that Eun Jae would not sign the divorce papers and already favoring Ae Ri, makes life miserable for Eun Jae.

Feeling threatened that Gyo Bin is wavering because of his unborn child in Eun Jae, Ae Ri convinces him to get Eun Jae to get an abortion. The 3 of them have this discussion by the sea. Gyo bin attempts to drown Eun Jae by dragging her out to sea, threatening her that he will kill her if she does not agree to the abortion and divorce. Gyo Bin throws her necklace, given by her father-in-law as a promise not to give up on Gyo Bin into the sea. In an attempt to retrieve the necklace, Gyo Bin abandons Eun Jae at sea, leaving her to drown and eventually die.

Believing that Eun Jae drowned, Ae Ri and Gyo Bin decide to keep this matter a secret, lying that Eun Jae had committed suicide. After the divorce is finalized, Gyo Bin and Ae Ri get married, while Eun Jae survives and moves to an island to get away from it all.

Eun Jae survived and was washed ashore on to an island which Gun Woo, the adoptive son of Lady Min happened to be near the island searching for his missing sister. He finds Eun Jae unconscious and takes her to the doctor. When she gains consciousness, she finds out she had another miscarriage and is very upset.

Having heard about Eun Jae's plight, Lady Min brings Eun Jae into her home as her experience was similar. Soon, in order to seek revenge, Eun Jae takes the identity of Lady Min's presumably dead daughter, So Hee. As the story progresses, and Eun Jae intent on her revenge, she and Gun woo and Eun jae eventually fall in love.

Putting her plan in to action, Eun Jae seduces Gyo Bin and is successful. As "So Hee" and Gyo-bin "fall in love", Ae Ri gets suspicious of "So Hee". To confirm her suspicions that "So Hee" is indeed Eun Jae, she tests "Soo Hee". Ae Ri is positively sure that this "So Hee" is indeed the supposedly downed Eun Jae. But Eun Jae feigns innocence and insists that Ae Ri is crazy. Not wanting to lose Gyo Bin to another woman, Ae Ri keeps going to Lady Min's house and makes a scene.

Gyo Bin disgusted by Ae Ri's behavior and eager to marry "So Hee". So he divorces Ae Ri and marries "So Hee". After the divorce has been finalized, Gyo-bin kicks Ae ri out of his house, but keeps Nino. Nino upset that his mother left on account of "Soo Hee" is rude to her, the situation is made worse with Ae Ri telling Nino that "So Hee" is bad. But Ae Ri still does not give up, instead she gets even more suspicous when she sees "So Hee" and Gun woo embrace, she calls to tell Gyo Bin.

When confronted, "So Hee" kisses Gyo bin, ensuring him that Gun woo and her are just close siblings. Gyo-bin wants to consummate the marriage with "So Hee", but she avoids it by buying twin beds instead of one big bed, settling the problem. Meanwhile, Ae Ri begs Gyo-bin and his family to give her custody of her son.

In the end, Ae Ri gets Nino, but Nino gets injured. Ae Ri pities for her son, as she was poor and could not to afford to get him anything he wanted.

The real So Hee comes back, and suffers from serious depression. She gets mad at Eun Jae because Gun woo fell in love with her. She gets even more angry when she finds out that they are planning to get married. So Hee crashes the wedding.

One day, when Eun Jae went to work and while everyone was praising her make-up artist skills, the real So Hee, shows up and tells all the workers that she is the real daughter of Lady Min, proclaiming herself the owner of Min Beauty Shop. Ae Ri witnesses this and asks So Hee to cooperate with her to ruin Eun Jae's life. However, their partnership soon this partnership ends.

Lady Min had a history with Gyo Bin's father, Jung Ha Jo. They even had a child together (they were not married at the time), named Byul (meaning Star.) Ha Jo supposedly killed Star and Lady Min's father, and stole a land deed that made him rich to this day. In a turn of events, Lady Min has the upper hand and is able to get revenge by demanding that Ha Jo give up all his assets (including Chunji Constructions) and selling his house.

Feeling guilty and not wanting Lady Min to find out that their daughter is still alive, Ha Jo does as Lady Min requests. As a result, Eun Jae's family stays in the house Ha Jo and family used to stay. So Hee persuades her mother to get Gun Woo to marry her. So Hee is Lady Min's real daughter and Gun Woo was adopted. Feeling bad for her daughter, Lady Min tells Gun Woo that he had two choices: marry So Hee and Eun Jae's alliance will be better than ever, or marry Eun Jae and Lady Min will never talk to Gun Woo or Eun Jae again.

In order to make Eun Jae's life better, Gun Woo marries So Hee thinking that her depression would get better, and that she would treat Eun Jae better. Instead, So Hee does the complete opposite. One day, Gun Woo went to work to sign a contract with Harrison. Ae ri wants to be back with Gyo bin, so she told Gyo-Bin to sign the contract.

Meanwhile, So Hee ruins Eun Jae's artwork and rips a page out. While they fight, Ae Ri calls Gun Woo and informs him about how Eun Jae is getting bullied by So Hee. Gun Woo turns the car and drives straight to the Beauty Shop. He sees So Hee ripping the page and tells her that he wil divorce her. As a result, Gun Woo is late for his meeting, so Ha Jo tells Gyo Bin to sign the contract instead.

Since the incident, Gun Woo is determined to divorce So Hee. Ae Ri comes back to Gyo Bin's family and gets pregnant. During her pregnancy, she finds our that she has an advanced stage of stomach cancer. Doctors tell her to get an abortion so she can have the cancer surgery, but she refuses, thinking that the baby is the only way to keep Gyo Bin and her together.

Ae Ri and Eun Jae join a make up competition that has three stages. The first stage has Ae Ri, another lady, and Eun Jae competing. In the second stage, Ae Ri and Eun Jae and would be competing against each other. And finally in the third stage, Ae ri gets so desperate that she bribes the judges. The competition has different judges for each stage. Ae Ri sabotages Eun Jae by getting her another model, who is allergic to natural make-up, which was about this competition. The judges ask Eun Jae why she kept erasing the model's make-up and Eun Jae tells about the model's allergy. She covered the rash with her concealer. The judges proclaim Ae Ri as the grand prize winner.

Fortunately, the judges find out in time that Ae Ri had bribed the judges, so the winner was Eun Jae. Despite Ae Ri has having miscarriage, she and Eun Jae reconcile and became true friends again. Eun Jae tries to persuade Ae Ri to get the cancer treatment surgery, but Ae Ri is scared that she will die.

Finally in the last episode, Hanuel (who is the real, living Star) gets married to Eun Jae's brother and becomes pregnant. Ae Ri and Gyo Bin go on a vacaton. During this vacation, Ae Ri made a sea shell necklace for Nino, ans she pens two letters: one for Gyo-bin and one for Eun Jae.

After writing the letters, Ae Ri attempts suicide. Gyo-Bin discovers her and tries to save her. Ae ri was screams at him to let go because he needed to take care of Nino and that she was going to die anyway. However, he said he that he was not going to let go and he was going to save her. In the end, the couple down.

Eun Jae gives Nino the sea shell necklace that Ae Ri made for him, saying "This is the last present your mother is giving you."During their funeral, Nino almost has a car accident, but he insists that his mother and father was on the other side of the street. Everybody assumed that they were protecting their son from danger. Ae Ri's letter to Eun Jae said to bury her ashes on the beach where Eun Jae almost died.

So Hee and her mother decide to go to America together. Lady Min gives Ha Jo the papers to own Chunji Constructions again. Gun Woo meets Eun Jae while she was spreading the ashes. He apologizes for hurting her feelings and promises that he will not do it again. He wants Eun Jae to be his wife again. So hee gave Eun Jae two rings with a note saying "I broke you two up. Here's the chance to get back together again." Gun Woo puts his arm around Eun Jae and looks at the sky with her. They were positive that they saw Ae Ri and Gyo-Bin together. The whole drama ends by having the two couples smiling at each other, with Ae Ri and Gyo-Bin in white, looking back at their friends.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fairy Tail

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In a world where magic is very real, and being a wizard was an occupation, Lucy, a 17-year-old girl wants to be a full-fledged mage. One day when visiting Harujion Town, she meets Natsu, a young man who gets sick easily by any type of transportation. But Natsu isn't just any ordinary kid, he's a member of one of the world's most infamous mage guilds: Fairy Tail - the guild that she wants to join. Join them on their adventures and enjoy the fun!

Cruel Temptation (Complete)

One night Goo Eun Jae got drunk and Jung Gyo Bin took this opportunity to take advantage of her. Thus, Eun Jae and Gyo Bin got married, but their marriage is not a very blissful marriage.

Eun Jae's best friend, Shin Ae Ri, openly flirts with Gyo Bin in front of Eun Jae. Gyo Bin decided that he did not want to remain married to Eun Jae and tried to kill her.

Eun Jae was presumed to have drown and died. Gyo Bin thought he was successful in killing Eun Jae and moved on with Ae Ri. Years later, Eun Jae is back for revenge. She pretends to be another woman and appears in front of Gyo Bin's eyes. How will Gyo Bin react to a girl who looks exactly like his presumed dead wife, Eun Jae?

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No easy time for actors playing villains in Korean drama Cruel Temptation

BADDIES had a hard time in the Korean drama Cruel Temptation.Not only did they have to memorise difficult lines, they had to cry buckets too. And that's before they got dunked into icy waters.

Actor Byun Woo Min, 44, is the cheating husband who tries to kill his wife, played by Jang Seo Hee. His partner-in-crime is his onscreen lover, played by Kim Seo Hyung, 33.

When U-Weekly met up with Woo Min and Seo Hyung in Seoul last month, both said their roles as indecent lovers were very challenging.

Woo Min said: 'There's lots of yelling and quarrelling in the show.'

He added that they had a hectic filming schedule - six days of shooting per week for this 129-episode series - but watching the drama would be a breeze.

'It has a fast-paced storyline. So it's like watching a movie.'

Strange as it may sound, their characters cry a lot in the drama, although they are the ones hurting people around them.

Said Woo Min: 'I had to wail three times in one scene. That's really draining.'

Seo Hyung agreed: 'It's very taxing, both physically and emotionally, to act as an evil person.'

Both agreed they couldn't learn how to be a crook from each other because they are nice people, really.

But they still managed to help each other understand their roles better, and became as close as siblings during filming.

Physically demanding

The drama's ending was the most physically demanding scene, where Woo Min's and Seo Hyung's characters go out to the sea.

'The water temperature was only 13 deg C. And we had to shoot the fighting scene in the icy waters for six hours,' said Woo Min.

Be sure not to miss the twist at the end, said Seo Hyung. 'Although my character starts out as a baddie, she becomes a nice person eventually.

'That's the ending the scriptwriter promised me, and the audiences must not miss it,' she added with a laugh.

Still, filming was tough. When shooting wrapped for Cruel Temptation, Seo Hyung took a break from work for three months.

Don't mistake her as a drama novice though.

She entered showbiz in 1994 and played Sunshine Ha in the 2005 Korean hit drama Be Strong, Geum Soon!.

Woo Min - who appeared in the Korean film Wedding Story and the drama Jazz - will be in town this Wednesday to promote Cruel Temptation, which ended its run in Korea in May.

It premieres over Channel U on 19 Nov at 7pm.

The New Paper

Super Junior ‘Sorry Sorry’ up #1 on Taiwan chart for record of 30 weeks

Super Junior sets a record for dominating and staying up #1 on Taiwan’s Korean-Japanese music chart for 30 weeks through with their recent hit ‘Sorry Sorry’.

The song is up #1 on Taiwan online music site KKBOX for the ‘Korean Japanese TOP 100 chart for 30 weeks all the way from 3rd week of April (19th~25th) till the 1st week of November. It has gone up to the #1 spot on the chart 1 week after it was released in Taiwan on 17th April.

This definitely points to Super Junior’s popularity in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, SS501 takes over the #1 spot on the chart with the song ‘Love Like This’ for the 2nd week of November (8th~14th November).

source: kbites

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Momo Love

Tao Hua Xiao Mei is adapted from Japan's best selling manga Tao Hua Mei Mei.

Meet Tao Hua, a girl who is pampered, loved and over protected by her 4 brothers; beyond the extent of sister brotherly love. The 4brothers ask the 5th brother, Yu Yi to look after Tao Hua as they go to the same school. Soon with the appearance of prince charming, Shi Lang, a love battle is created among everybody and the comedy ensues.

Episode Guide

Easy Fortune Happy Life

Coming from a rich family, which sells chinese medicine, Yan Da Feng, refuses to honor his grandfather's wish to marry an ordinary country girl, Xie Fu An. He is rich, arrogant, and hot tempered.

Xie Fu An, who is studying herbal remedies with her grandmother. She stays in the countryside with her brother, grandmother, and dog, until a fire destroys her home one day. With nowhere else to turn to, Fu An leaves with her brother to go to the city to look for their grandmother's old friend, in hopes that he will take them in; not knowing that the old friend is Da Feng's grandfather.

Although Da Feng and Fu An meet briefly, Da Feng is unaware of Fu An's name and so to get out of the marriage, he sends a killer to get rid of her.

"Boys over Flowers" nominated for Asian TV Awards

KBS2 TV's drama "Boys Over Flowers" and comedy show "Gag Concert" have been nominated for the 2009 Asian TV Awards, according to a press release on Monday.

Korea's major broadcaster KBS explained that "Boys" scored a nomination in the TV Drama category and "Gag" in the comedy section. Korean actor Lee Min-ho and actress Koo Hye-sun, the hero and heroine of "Boys", are both nominees for the Best Actor and Best Actress award, respectively.

"Asian TV Awards", hosted by Singapore's media magazine Television Asian and sponsored by Singapore Media Development Authority, is considered Asia's equivalent of the Emmys.

The event selects the best television programs that aired in the region including Korea, Japan, China, Singapore, India, Australia and New Zealand. Over 1,000 television programs were submitted in 33 categories this year.

The winners of the 14th Asian Television Awards will be announced at the ATA 2009 Gala Dinner in Singapore on December 3.


Hot Shot

This drama revolves around basketball, and a bunch of basketball fanatics. It is how the overcome adversities to become a recognized basketball team in a school environment where academic reigns supreme and sports are relegated to a dusty corner of the campus.

The principle's daughter, Li Ying has just returned from the United States and vows to revive the school's basketball team by volunteering to be the coach. Her first member is Yuan Da Ying, a country boy with an overwhelming amount of passion for basketball, but has no experience playing the game.

Thus, in their bid to revive the school's basketball scene, their recruitment goes into high gear when Dong Fang Xiang, a legendary basketball player, transfers to their school. Around the same time, Yuan Da Ying falls for Zhan Jie Er, a scholarship student who reminds him of his childhood sweetheart. Things are further complicated by the fact her family works for Dong Fang Xiang, whom she also grew up with. Their encounter may just rewrite the school's basketball history.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


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Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

Ok, so some people liked it and others didn't. Like any other disaster movie, people die and some or majority of the main cast survive. The storyline was what kept the movie going, although the begging was kind of draggy and transition from 2009 to 2012 a little too fast to know what was really going on.

The bottom line of the story is that humans are a selfish bunch, one way or the other only the rich and powerful are entitled to survival in the movie, those who don't make the cut have a difficult time. It is the ugly fact of the world we live in today. But the effects overall was awesome!


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Surrogates, a science fiction film based on the 2005–2006 comic book series of the same name revolves around the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase perfect robotic versions of themselves: being fit, and good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The morale of the story is don't let technology run your life, but in this day and age that would not be possible as technology slowly eats its way into our daily lives, making us more and more dependent on it. Would a scenario like the movie ever happen? Who knows?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Offscreen Calvin Chen and Jiro Wang share room and same blanket

Source: UDN
Translated by catalie @

Calvin Chen and Jiro Wang (Da Dong) work together once again in 'Momo Love', Calvin said, "Previously in 'The X-Family' and 'KO-One' we acted as brothers (good friends) but this time as love rivals, we have more arguing scenes. However, I'd rather have arguing scenes than comedic scenes." Calvin went on to give an example, recently they filmed a scene where, in order to force Da Dong to admits his feelings [for Tao Hua], Calvin had to pretend to kiss Cyndi Wang, "Originally I was meant to make him laugh but in the end, I ended up laughing instead."

Recently, they were filming in Miaoli; in the drama, Calvin and Da Dong have many disagreements, arguing back and forth but as soon as they go back to their room, the two guys become very talkative, sleeping in the same room, sharing the same blanket. Da Dong said, "Although Fahrenheit often goes overseas together to promote in the past 2 years, most of the time we have one room each and rarely get to share a room, I miss that a lot."

The Wallflower Manga Gets January TV Drama Green-Lit

This year's 18th issue of Kodansha' Bessatsu Friend magazine has announced on Friday that a television drama series based on Tomoko Hayakawa's The Wallflower (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge) manga has been green-lit for a January premiere. The story follows four teenaged "pretty boys" who are invited to stay at a posh mansion, free of charge—provided they can transform the owner's standoffish, weird niece into a proper young lady. More details about the drama version will be published in future issues of Bessatsu Friend.

The manga has been running in Bessatsu Friend since 2000, and 24 compiled book volumes have been published so far. Del Rey will publish the 22nd volume in North America next January. The story has already been adapted into a 2006-2007 25-episode television anime series, which ADV Films released on DVD.


Wu Chun’s Transition from Heartthrob to…Menancing Pirate?

Source: CpopAccess

Known more for his part in popular boy band Fahrenheit and in his roles as the quiet and serious heartthrob in idol dramas, Taiwanese singer and actor Wu Chun has been keeping busy with his upcoming role in the martial arts flick “14 Blades”. The Hong Kong-based production marks only his second entry onto the widescreen for Wu Chun, as he has also starred in last year’s tragic love story “Butterfly Lovers”.

Despite Wu Chun’s previous experience in the ancient Chinese period piece from that 2008 movie, Wu Chun’s new acting gig still puts him outside the confines of the safety and familiar territories of idol dramas and into a high-intensity martial arts setting. Furthermore, with Wu Chun’s entertainment debut originating in pop music, it will be interesting to see if he can keep up with the acting chops of established co-stars Donnie Yen, Vicki Zhao, and Sammo Hung. Whether he breaks the mold and becomes a competent actor like Leehom Wang, or fails to break the typecast roles that plague Jay Chou, remains to be seen.

It will also be intriguing to see how Wu Chun especially overcomes his new role as a villain this time around, but judging by the recently released promotional photos of him donning pirate gear, he’s got his work cut out for him already.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Girl (TV Asahi)

The story revolves around a 23-year-old man named, Kazama Masamune and his journey as he embarks on looking after his 5 year old daughter he never knew existed.

During high school, he had a girlfriend four years older than him, but she suddenly decided to go abroad to study. Since then, they have lost contact with each other and six years later, he receives news that she has passed away.

In addition, she secretly gave birth to Masamune's daughter. Now the five-year-old daughter, Koharu, is left in his care and Masamune must raise her.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wu Zun feeling happy to become male lead; collaborating with Kate Tsui in new film

Source : Ming Pao
Translated by Stephy Wephy @
Wu Zun attended a film press conference (14 blades) today. During the press conference, he denied again that he is leaving Fahrenheit (FRH) as well as denying that he has the intention of starting his own company.

Kate Tsui wore a bareback dress during the press conference. When taking photographs, Wu Zun saw Kate posing like a "big actress". He also followed her way of posing and add a "smile" on top of that. The way Wu Zun posed like Kate looks funny. Wu Zun played a magistrate judge in this film. He said, "I finally get to play a manly role."

Calvin Chen's birthday was nothing grand, Fahrenheit did not even attend

Source Liberty Times
Translated by Elvenstar @

Yesterday was Calvin Chen's 29th birthday, but because of rumors of Fahrenheit disbanding which is still a sensitive issue, the other 3 members did not attend the party. Calvin could only self-enact pretending that Jiro Wang and Mark Chao were his two special guests who had come to celebrate his birthday. Yesterday all his fans marched onto his management company's website to criticize how they were treating Calvin unfairly.

Fans heartbroken, on internet criticize the unfairness

Last night coming from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and other different countries, where close to a hundred fans came together to celebrate his birthday, fans were giving out presents non-stop. During the event schedules, the birthday boy Calvin got over excited, one moment he was copying Mark Chao's running in the coffee advert and in another moment he was copying Jiro's signature kneeling pose in concerts, making his fans continuously scream.

When it came to cutting the cake, he tried to cut it with the knife but it would not cut, he had been tricked into cutting a plastic cake. He also self-confessed that he wants a girlfriend, while in Canada he had dated his ex-girlfriend for 5-6 years but last year she got married, his friends close by all have girlfriends making him reminisce about love. As there is no one at present that seems to be compatible, he hopes his destined girl will show up next year.

Previous to Calvin's birthday, Jiro and Wu Chun celebrated their birthday in August and October respectively, in which each had their own separate birthday parties. At Jiro's party not only was Wu Chun and Calvin present on stage but "Dong Cheng Wei" also danced to the song "Sorry Sorry". While at Wu Chun's party he had gifts sent by the members from "Wu Hu Jiang" and also a recorded video message from S.H.E to wish him a happy birthday.

In comparison to the other two members, Calvin had to self re-enact other people, fans felt heartbroken that he was fighting a lone battle. Yesterday in the internet people severely criticized Calvin's birthday party in Yang Chun, at the event there were no special guests and the staff members arrived late, showing the biased treatment.

Show Luo Frightened by Crazed Fans on Train

Source: CpopAccess

The media has reported that Show Luo encountered some crazy female fans while in China for promotional business. He divulged that while he was traveling in a sleeper train, the fans groped the boards of the wall across from him and said, “We’re honored that we can go to sleep next to the same wall as yours.”

When Show went to China for promotional business, he took a sleeper car to Guangzhou, since he was worried that the weather was too foggy for plane travel. Upon seeing bunk beds in the sleeper car, it made him remember his former boy band days with “Four Heavenly Kings”, where he would sleep in the upper bunk bed and steal a phone call to his then girlfriend.

While Show was busy recalling old memories and playing video games, some fans from across the wall overheard him and recognized his voice. Not only did they take turns confessing their love for him as they groped the wall, they also played some sort of finger-guessing game to see who would sleep next to the same wall adjacent to Show’s. The winning fan stroked the wall and confessed her privilege of sleeping next to Show across the wall, scaring Show to pray that he would sleep soon.

Mulan's Release Date Set for November 27

Source: CRI.English

Hong Kong director Jingle Ma's movie "Mulan" will join in the year-end battle at the Chinese box office.

The historical epic is set for release across China on November 27, reports.

A premiere ceremony will be held at the Beijing Workers' Stadium on November 16 and will be broadcast live on Zhengjiang Satellite Television.

Cast members Vicky Zhao (Zhao Wei) and Jaycee Chan attended a press conference in Beijing on Monday to warm up for the release.

Vicky Zhao, who plays the title role, said she was moved to tears when she watched the movie and that she's confident it will not disappoint moviegoers.

Of the movie's rivals, Vicky said she most wants to see director Zhang Yimou's "Amazing Tale: Three Guns."

Fish Leong to tie the knot

Source : Diva Asia

Malaysian songstress Fish Leong will have her wedding ceremony in the Philippines, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.

About 50 guests are expected to attend the occasion which will be held on an island in February.

Leong has been busy completing her scheduled concerts.

Currently, Leong is performing concerts in Hangzhou, China.