Meteor Garden, and 17 years in between

Meteor Garden as a drama still makes us swoon over the leads, sing along to foreign songs and make us want to go places.

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Ko Kai… to be 20 and famous

Ah to be 20 and at the top of your world. Debuted as an actor in a movie that topped boxoffice in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore and won the best new performer award at the Golden Horse, all in one year. What a way to be 20. I’m talking about Ko Chen-tung or Ko…

movie: You Are The Apple of My Eye

(Dateline Taipei part 12) I was disappointed. I could no longer find You Are The Apple of My Eye in the theater listing on the newspapers. I thought, well, it’s been screening for months now, fat chance I’d have been able to catch it. When I interviewed Angie Cai in January this year, Apple was…

it’s going to be F4 day, sorta

(Dateline Taipei part 4) Been really busy running from one place to another. And tomorrow is gonna be a crazy schedule because after starting it off with a visit to the presidential office for a tour, I’d be meeting him: Then him… … to talk about this movie: …where he sort of parodies himself. Then…

drama: 11.11.11–the ELEVEN list

I’m reposting this from my old tumblr site. That’s 10 on the list but since it’s a once-in-a-lifetime day today, I want to commemorate it by listing my 11 favorite dramas, order according to year. Meteor Garden, 2001 The drama that started it all for me. I watched it first out of curiosity and was…

100 reasons why I ♥ Taiwan

Taiwan marked its 100 years last October 10 and to mark it, I have decided to list the 100 reasons why I love the country. I haven’t really been all over the tiny island that is shaped like a leaf so the list could be limited. But that is my dream, to take one month…

movie: apple of Taiwan’s eye

It’s the season for nice, successful films in Taiwan right now. After Eddie Peng’s Jump Ashin, here comes The Apple Of My Eye, based on the love story of famous writer Giddens Ko. Angie Cai, Taiwan’s most famous and powerful female impresario, co-produced this through her Star Ritz. When I interviewed her last January, she…

Wanted: Movie Stars

Taiwan’s entertainment industry may be crowded with ‘idols’ but none of them are bonafide film stars  By Yasminka Lee in Bangkok Taiwan has no real movie stars. This observation was made by no less than an industry insider, Yeh Tan-ching, the scriptwriter behind Night Market Hero, the year’s biggest box-office hit in Taiwan thus far.…