Gui Lun-mei is one of the Taiwanese actresses I like not in the fangirl way but in the proper movie critic way. I first watched her in Blue Gate Crossing with Chen Bo-lin during that phase in my life that I was just discovering contemporary Taiwanese cinema, and I never regretted it. I also became an admirer of Peggy Chiao, who in person is quite a formidable, scary woman. Peggy produced Blue Gate Crossing and other gems like Beijing Bicycle, Love of May and Buddha Mountain.
But I digress… though the point is, people like Peggy are those that Gui Lun-mei associate with so you can see she didn’t take the idol route though she has that “cute” quality. And I’m glad she didn’t because you get to see her in memorable films like Tsui Hark’s Flying Swords of Dragon Inn. I like her dress below btw.
Her choice of projects is quite non-contemporary. Taipei Exchanges, for example, is that type of film that would bore you to death if you’re not into quiet films but GLM made it watchable.
I remember one article on her from The China Post where she said that movies exhaust her because she gets lost in the character so that after working on the project, she prefers to be alone, seek solitude that sometimes she’d go hide in the closet just to block out the sound of the outside world. I say characters like her are not so common anymore in the entertainment business that is so obsessed with momentary fame and shallow portrayals.
Despite her non-idol route in acting though, GLM does have her fair share of CMs where she gets to showcase her lighter side. Like this one for an iPhone and Android app:
She can do cute too.
Better than some “idols” I should say.
Here’s the making of the CM:
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