and the award goes to…

(this post is dedicated to mehmeh) So another award-giving season is over in Taiwan (though there is still the Golden Horse next month) and what of the results? I am happy that Bolin Chen won best actor. He deserves it. His role as Daren Ge in In Time With You was the more difficult one.…

selling the drama: how to sell Gionee with Ethan and Yoon Eun-hye

(This is part of an ongoing series on ploys that production companies use to “sell the drama”.) I should say on the above–not just production companies, but companies selling a product in general. In this instance, Taiwan mobile phone company Gionee. Now, people who haven’t heard of Gionee now knows what it is, especially Tiffany…

movie: LOVE (teaser)

You gotta hand it to Doze Niu for bringing together some of Taiwan’s top actors of this generation: Ethan Ruan, Mark Chao, Eddie Peng, Amber Kuo, Ivy Chen and Shu Qi, then throw in China’s Vicki Zhao. The result? You got a powerhouse cast and… L-O-V-E. But does Doze also have to appear? OK, he’s…

Golden Horse 2011: first-hand account, sorta

(Dateline Taipei part 3) It was my first Golden Horse Awards ceremony live experience and while I’m thankful for the privilege of being in the seated audience, I would still have preferred to be out there on the red carpet shooting pictures. I had my DSLR camera with me but it was all for nothing…

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…

Golden Horse 2011: Ethan Ruan & Hou Hsiao-hsien

This year’s Golden Horse Festival (Chinese Oscars) has last year’s best actor winner Ethan Ruan (for Monga) as the official ambassador. And no less than renowned Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsia-hsien helmed the 30-second film that features Ethan to promote the festival. The official poster: (Side note: I like Ethan. Among the Catwalk trio–Joe Cheng, Mike…

drama: it all ends tonight

The drama that not a few thought would fail exceeded minimum expectations. I say “minimum” because Drunken To Love You, often referred to wrongly as the spin-off of Fated To Love You, was expected to do as good as FTLY. It did not. But considering that many doubted how Rainie Yang’s team-up with Joseph Chang…

the ‘not-so-brave’ ones

Taiwan is making a military drama that’s supposed to encourage the young and able male generation in serving, as well as extol the armed forces’ contribution to the country. Read: propaganda. I wonder if this was the drama that they were talking about before where they planned to cast young, popular actors to make the…