Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Generation Show: Takashi Kashiwabara

Takashi Kashiwabara recently appeared in a popular Variety Programme - The Generation Show  in Shen Zhen, China. He was invited as a guest to promote his micro flim - Happy Plan. The format of the popular variety show is to feature a regular set of guests to challenge another group of guests invited to the show. There were some questions related to lifestyle, history, culture, occupation, common knowledge and entertainment. Each team will have to choose the correct answer from the list of multiple choice question. The guest stars of the day were Sean Chen, Michelle Ye and Calvin Chen. Introduction of the theme was the record of the generations pretty boys.  The 80s, 90s and 20th century pretty boys were invited to the  show.

They were talking about the theme on flower boys during the mid-point of the show. The production team specially made a short clip of the heartthrobs series which features International stars and Asian celebrities. Yes, many people were swooning over the short clip. Interestingly, the host added that they have this Ikemen (handsome man) theme is because of the ladies in the production team. The topic about 1995 Japanese flim - Love Letter was brought up during the Q&A session. Question: What is hidden at the back of the book? Everyone answered correctly, it was a pictorial sketch of the lead actress. 

The guest team were asked to guess who is the invited guest of the day. If they guess wrongly , the guest and his partner will join the other team. I personally think that it was a giveaway question since there were many Takashi Kashiwabara fans around. Anyway, Michelle Ye was nominated to guess the identity of this guest. She was blindfolded and behind the screen we can see Takashi Kashiwabara emerged from the back. She was given the clue by her teammates that this guest is a Japanese artise, to which Michelle said that she is not good at. She asked if this guest is still a flower boy? Her team mate hesitated but both agreed that he is still good looking. In the end, she guessed correctly - Takashi Kashiwabara! They bowed to each other politely and Michelle Ye accidentally blunted out, "Sayonara!" I guessed she was just too nervous and she intended to say hello instead of Goodbye. If I were her, I will be very excited too.

Takashi Kashiwabara greeted the audiences and stated that he felt honored to be here. The host asked him is this the first time he came here? He replied that he had visited Hong Kong before and have good friend over there. The host asked him about the movie Love letter which he was the main lead. When he asked is there other representative work done by him, the screen at the back featured Irie Naoki (Mischievous Kiss). 

The host asked him about the role that he acted in Love Letter. Takashi Kashiwanara said that he was only 17 Years old then and the flim was released 20 years ago. The host continued to asked, "Is there any changes in your lifestyle after that hit movie?" Takashi Kashiwabara replied through his translator that after he starred in that movie, the public began to noticed him from that movie and identified him as the young man that read the book at the window curtain. The hosts asked, "did the fans took picture with you?" Takashi Kashiwabara smiled embarrassedly and nodded. 

The host asked if anybody have questions , one of the guest asked Takashi Kashiwabara does he have a girlfriend now? Takashi Kashiwabara smiled shyly and shakes his head. The guest continued to ask does he intend to get married soon? Takashi Kashiwabara shy away from the question. The guest continued to ask the spectators if there is any fans who can speak Japanese to come forward. Two of Kassy (Takashi Kashiwabara nickname) fans came forward to participate. One of them mentioned that she was very nervous, Takashi Kashiwabara comforted her and told her to take it easy. She asked Takashi Kashiwabara what type of girl does he likes? He replied, "Cheerful and bright." Takashi Kashiwabara mentioned that he is a introvert person and he is unable to mustered up the courage to come out like what the fans does and he admires that. The host asked puzzledly, " you are an actor isn't it?" Takashi Kashiwabara replied,"I will only open up when I am acting in a role." 

The host asked,"do you think that you are handsome when you were a child?" Takashi Kashiwabara smiled cheekily and admitted that he was quite good looking when he was a child. The screen showed a photograph of him when he was 3 years old. The host asked him to do the same pose as the photo which he gladly complied. Takashi Kashiwabara mentioned that he does that pose often with his soccer team mates too. He placed his hand around the host and took a picture with him. 

They continued to show the audiences photographs of his younger days and his fans scream out loud when his Irie Naoki (mischievous kiss) photo was shown onscreen. Drama Queen thoughts: Ikemen Kassy, you are always the best Irie Naoki! 

Takashi Kashiwabara continued to promote his latest micro film - Happy Plan. He introduced this flim that was flim both in Tokyo and Guang Zhou. It was about a love that transcend different countries, language and culture. 

A trailer of Happy Plan was shown onscreen. After that, the host invited another speacial guest on stage. This person is from Hong Kong and is Kassy soccer buddy. The host was puzzled that these two are friends because of the language barrier. His friend explained that he used body gesture to communicate with him initially until he pick up some Japanese. He also added that he learned how to play Japanese mahjong from Kassy too. 

Takashi Kashiwabara will stay on to participated in some of the Q&A sessions. They were ushered to the guests team. Fans crowded around and asked for a handshake with Takashi Kashiwabara, while the guest team welcome him. The first question is about Doremon and subsequently it is about Chinese entertainment. The both team have to press the bell and whichever team is fast enough will have the priority to answer the question first. The guest team pressed the bell first and the group teased the delighted Michelle Ye for holding Takashi Kashiwabara hand. Interestingly, the host asked Kassy to answer one of the question and Sean Lim whisper the answer to him in Chinese, which he adorably shouted out. They gave each other a Hi-Five for getting the right answer. After that one of the question is about Faye Wong movie where she dressed as a air stewardess. Just a side note, Kassy favorite actress is coincidentally Faye Wong too.   

The next question was about Sumo wrestler. Takashi Kashiwabara was asked to demostrate the pose since it is a Japanese culture. Kassy adorably did the preparation pose of the Sumo wrestler. Needless to say, he scored a point for his team. 

Takashi Kashiwabara was introduced to a new device which help to create a image from browsing through the application on the tablet. As Takashi Kashiwabara created his ideal lady image on the spot, Michelle Ye adorably tried to change her image on the spot to match Kassy ideal type. It turns out that Kassy 'ideal type' is cartoonish and funny. The host asked his friend about his opinion on Kassy ideal type. He frankly said that Kassy like gentle lady. Michelle Ye hilariously turned into a gentle girl when she heard that. Kassy friend also revealed that he had never seen this (image that Kassy created) type of girl around him.

Next, we were introduced to a group of cute kids. They were trained as soccer player at a tender age. Takashi Kashiwabara favorite sport is Soccer too. He was asked to be referee for this soccer match, while his friend is the goal keeper. If the kids score a goal, the other team will score a point. Not surprising, the kids won the match by scoring a goal. 

Finally, it was time for Kassy and his friend to bid farewell as the host announced his departure from the recording studio. His friend jokingly revealed that Michelle Ye had privately asked Kassy to treat her for dinner if she visit Tokyo. He raved about Michelle Ye taking the initiative to get closer to Takashi Kashiwabara. His fans watched with a tinge of sadness as he politely took the presents handed to him from his fans and waved goodbye to everyone. P.S from drama Queen: hope to see you soon, Kassy. :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kim Hyung-Joong may be hit hard by assault controversy

Source Taken From: Korea Herald

Actor and singer Kim Hyun-joong, one of the most popular South Korean stars in Asia, may take a battering over the alleged assault recently claimed by his girlfriend. 

Kim, 28, had charges filed against him on Aug. 22 by his girlfriend who claimed he beat her on multiple occasions.

The woman claimed that she had been assaulted several times between late May and mid-July while arguing with Kim over women issues at his home in Jamsil, eastern Seoul. 

According to the woman, Kim’s attacks left her with bruises in May and her ribs broken in July, requiring six weeks of medical treatment. She handed in a doctor‘s report to back up her claims. 

A day after the charges were filed against him, Kim’s agency KeyEast confirmed through a press release that their arguments did get emotional and evolved into a physical altercation, but it only happened once, not repeatedly as the woman had claimed.

The agency also said that they are no longer a couple. The pair has known each other since 2012, but they only dated for a few months until recently.

The investigation by the authorities will clarify whether the violence claimed by the woman was used or not in their fight, but the fact that he has been accused of beating a woman will tarnish his up-to-this-point pure, kind and good boyfriend image. 

Kim has enjoyed growing popularity with his drama “Inspiring Generation,” which helped him add a few more destinations such as Peru and Mexico to his concert schedule. Kim is now touring China, Japan and Southeast Asia as part of his worldwide concert tour “Fantasy.” 

But whether he will make his way to the other countries on the tour remain unclear, given he is to be summoned for questioning soon. 

“We don’t know if we will push for the upcoming events. Foreign fans are generous about stars’ sex scandals or love life, but assault charges are different,” said an official in charge of promoting Kim’s events.

“It is still a merely one-sided story, but if the allegations turn out to be true, his image will suffer even more.”

Kim is to be called by the police for questioning around the time of his return to Korea on Aug. 25 from Thailand where he recently held a concert. 

By Ock Hyun-ju (

My thoughts 

In my opinion, the most memorable role Kim Hyun Joong had to date was his protrayal of Baek Seung Joo in Mischievous kiss and the YouTube special version. I know that he is also the leader of Korean boyband SS501 and he starred in 2009 popular drama - Boys Over Flower. He was known to be a pretty flower boy (heartthrob), until he recently change to a more macho image. 

Kim Hyun Joong used to be very charming and I like him in korean drama such as Boys Over flower and Mischievous Kiss. However, recently I noticed that his facial features became rather strange. I wonder if he does any plastic surgery? He tried to project a more manly image which was considered to be quite successful to some extend. Fans all over the world still adore this Korean idol. 

We know how fame and fortune can cause a person to go wild and turn into criminal. For example, the recent news report about famous celebrities Jaycee Chan and Kai Ko drug abuse arrest. A person will reveal his or her 'true colours' in a matter of time. It is no longer surprising that celebrities are not what we thought or imagine them to be. Truth to be told, celebrities are humans too. We all make mistakes in life and what matters most is to learn from these lessons. 

I am sure this accusation is going to affect Kim Hyun-Joo good boyfriend image. He appears to be gentle and loving to the female counterparts. It still remains a mystery regarding the accusation by his ex girlfriend. Hopefully, this scandal is only a one sided story and things were being blown out of proportion by the accuser. Otherwise, Kim Hyun-Joong will have to face the consequences of his actions. 

Nonetheless, this scandal may tarnish his reputation in the entertainment industry and it will be make worse if he was found guilty of these charges. That really reminds all of us, to be careful with every decision that we make. After this scandal went viral online, there are fans who supported him and netizens that wrote nasty comments. What do you think of this scandal? Do you think there is some truth behind this accusation?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Takashi Kashiwabara: Happy Plan Episode 3

Starring: Takashi Kashiwabara, Lin Chu Han

Zhi Yan and Si Si arranged to meet at Guangzhou Times Square. Si Si packed her luggage and wore the pair of high heels shoes before she head down to the airport. It symbolized a new beginning for Si Si as she look forward to meeting Zhi Yan in Tokyo. On the other hand, Zhi Yan was filled with excitement as he waited at the bridge. Unfortunately due to miscommunication, they showed up at the wrong venue. To make matter worse, Zhi Yan and Si Si could not contact each other because of bad reception on their mobile phone. 

Zhi Yan arrived at Guangzhou Times Square and mistook somebody else as Si Si. Meanwhile, Si Si asked a passer-by for directions and arrived at Zhi Yan family ramen restaurant. Puzzled that this customer did not order any food, Zhi Yan father approached Si Si who in turn asked him for help. He informed Si Si that Zhi Yan had took a plane to Guangzhou to meet her. Coincidentally, the name of this ramen restuarant is the same as the China Times Square at Guangzhou. 

Si Si frantically asked Zhi Yan father to give Zhi Yan a call. However, he rejected her request, since Zhi Yan could not speak. Zhi Yan father revealed to Si Si his son's childhood trauma when he witnessed his mother been knocked down by a car. Before Zhi Yan's mother passed away, she told him to move forward in life. 

His father tried to protect Zhi Yan and pulled him away but it was too late. Zhi Yan suffered from the childhood trauma and had since lost the ability to speak. It was only recently, his father noticed that Zhi Yan had became happier and even quietly smiled at the phone. After Si Si left, Zhi Yan father left a message to Zhi Yan and apologized about the revelation of his childhood trauma to Si Si. At the same time, Si Si finally understood why Zhi Yan apologized to her earlier because he could not speak on the phone. 

The both of them finally contracted each other through mobile phone messages. However, it was a pity that they have to board the airplane next day and return to their respective country. This miscommunication had caused some regrets and disappointment on their part. 

Si Si arrived home and charged her mobile phone. she saw the messages that Zhi Yan send to her mobile phone while he was in Guangzhou. Meanwhile, Zhi Yan returned to his family Tokyo ramen restuarant feeling dejected, he decided to roam on the street.

Si Si message Zhi Yan, acknowledging that they do not know each other very well and admitted that she had lied to Zhi Yan about the email. It was her ex boyfriend that send the email to him, but she did not reveal the truth to Zhi Yan as she wanted to keep in contact with him. Si Si stated that she wanted to understand him better and would like to meet him personally. She send a picture of herself taken with the Chinese words of apologies written behind her. Zhi Yan shyly smiled, taking comfort in her words. He stepped into his family restuarant and ate a bowl of ramen which his father specially prepared for him. 

Their destinity was not an accident, it was a pre-arranged fate that brought these two people from different countries and culture together. The end of this drama showed us that Zhi Yan and Si Si were present at the airport but they missed each other. Yes, it was so near yet so far away. 

My thoughts

This micro movie had ended too fast and i felt a little dissatisfaction. I think Lin Chu Han short hair is better than the long hair wig which she wore earlier in the movie. Her protrayal of the protagonist Si Si was like a big fan looking forward to meeting Zhi Yan (Takashi Kashiwabara). I can feel her excitement about the date with Takashi Kashiwabara. The drama had also cleverly used the cute Line Icons (Brown and Corny) to represent Zhi Yan and Si Si. 

Zhi Yan had initially thought that Si Si had stood him up and was dejected when his father revealed that he had met Si Si and told her about his childhood trauma. However, he was delighted when Si Si suggested that she wanted to know him better despite knowing his condition. Kashiwabara Takashi had brilliantly expressed these feelings very well using his body language and facial expressions. 

Initially, i thought that the main leads will meet each other and have a romantic time together. However, sometimes things in life may not happen the way we desire. Due to miscommunication, they had missed each other during the journey. However, they know more about each other after this trip. Si Si knew about Zhi Yan handicap and Zhi Yan knew about the revelation of the mysterious email. This is not an unfruitful trip, because it has caused the main characters to know more about each other and to cherish this fate that brought them together. 

This micro movie does not end here, it is a continuation of the future possibility and hope. The ending of this drama features the two main characters turned up at the airport at the same time, although they did not know of each other presence. It was destiny that binds the two of them together. The ending song carried the beautiful meaning of this film. Bravely take the first step in life and embrace the unknown future. 

Running Man Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head to promote awareness of the disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral throughout social media during mid 2014.

The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

Famous celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, David Beckham to CEO of companies and politician George W. Bush were seen supporting this campaign. In Asia, this campaign went viral with high profile celebrities taking part in this challenge. Andy Lau, Jay Chou, Mayday, Gem and Fala Chen had accepted this challenge. Korean famous celebrities such as Choi Si Won, Lee Seung-Gi and Miss A Suzy had accepted this challenge and nominated others to support this cause. 

Running Man stars such as Lee Kwang Soo had accepted this challenge after being challenge by Jo In Sung. In turn, he nominated Kim Jong Kook to take up this challenge, which he gamely accepted. National MC and comedian Yoo Jae Suk, Leessang Gary, Haha and Ji Suk Jin were seen on the video participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. The only person left to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge is Song Ji Hyo. Ji Suk Jin had nominated her for this challenge, however so far there has not being any video of her online accepting this challenge. 

Many celebrities were spontaneous in creating awareness for this disease. Not only did they accepted the challenge, some choose to support this campaign by donating to the fund. In the hope to create more awareness and to raise fund for more research on this disease, it was indeed meaningful to support the Ice Bucket Challenge. 

However, we need to keep in mind that we should respect the decision of each individual. President Osama did not accept this challenge, in my opinion it is understandable. There was no need for online criticism. In fact, we should keep an open mind regarding this issue.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jaycee Chan admits to smoking weeds for 8 years!

Source Taken:

Jaycee Chan, the son of action superstar Jackie Chan, has admitted to smoking marijuana for the last eight years following his arrest on drug charges in Beijing, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

In a new video released by Beijing police, the 31-year-old Jaycee was seen leading officers through his luxury apartment as he revealed his stash of marijuana and smoking paraphernalia hidden in a locked safe along with bottles of vitamins and health supplements. Reports say he told police that the first time he tried smoking marijuana was in 2006 in Amsterdam, where personal use of cannabis is legal.

Jaycee was arrested with 23-year-old Taiwanese rising star Kai Ko, also known as Ko Chen-tung, following a tip-off from the public, police confirmed Monday, adding that both men tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug.

About 100 grams of marijuana was taken from Jaycee's Beijing pad along with security surveillance footage that revealed many other stars entering and exiting the building, leading to speculation that more high-profile arrests may follow. Since the start of the year, nine celebrities have already been apprehended for drug offences in China.

Jaycee's father Jackie Chan is an anti-drug ambassador in China, while Ko, who rose to stardom for his award-winning performance in the 2011 Taiwanese blockbuster You Are the Apple of My Eye, had previously starred in a short film telling young people to stay away from drugs.

Ko has revealed that he smoked marijuana for the first time at Jacyee's apartment in 2012, the year he appeared in the short film, adding that he was initially surprised by his friend's habit.

Jaycee's apartment in the 99-unit luxury complex was reportedly bought by his father in 2008 for US$6.7 million and is now worth around US$28.3 million. The complex comes equipped with a private gym, swimming pool, cigar room, red wine bar and karaoke rooms.

My thoughts

I read an old article about Jaycee parents who were apparently worried that Kai Ko would lead their son astray. They would never imagine that their son was the main culprit in this series of drama. In their mind, Jaycee is well disciplined. Sadly, that impression was such an irony from the truth, since we know that Jaycee Chan is the one that introduced Kai Ko to drugs. 

On the other hand, Kai Ko was foolish when he make the decision to follow his friend in drug abuse. He was old enough to think for himself and his playful nature had costed him his entire career to be gone. Many people criticized their non-drugs campaign. It was indeed funny that their endorsement of this campaign ended up a joke. 

Parenting issue had been raised, their respective agencies have released an apologies on their behalf too. Both celebrities fathers were seen traveling to BeiJing to meet up with their sons at the detainment  centre. Sadly, their sons actions had implicated their friends and family too. Netizens had commented about this high profile celebrities drug bust online. Some stated that the celebrities had chose the wrong place to smoke weeds and it is not a big deal in other countries. 

I thought that Jaycee should know that it is unlawful in China but he is addicted to drugs and have to carry it everywhere. It is just a matter of time they will get caught, but they never thought too much about the consequences given the priorities of druggies were to satisfy their addiction. They did the crime and have to pay for it. 

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 captured onscreen. To be able to captute 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. 


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. 


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

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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

1996年日剧 一吻定情 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。