the bell finally tolls for Zai Zai

After The Big Upset in 2009–that not only upset his fans but ruined his friendship with Mark Chao as well–Zai Zai finally won Best Actor at the Golden Bell, Taiwan’s version of the Emmy’s. Well done, Zhou Yu Min!!!   (credit on the photo) I was reading the Vic Zhou thread on Asianfanatics and I…

drama: AMOUR ET PATISSERIE (first impressions)

I rather like the alternative title of this PTS drama: A PATISSERIE WITH NO NAME, rather than the literal LOVE & PASTRY.     So obviously, it’s going to be about food, in particular, pastries. I’ve been craving for sweets myself (after missing all the delicious desserts when I was back home recently because I…

dream cast for CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Okay, let’s play producer. I have just finished reading CRAZY RICH ASIANS. It was for the most part a fun read with its tongue-in-cheek commentary on the lifestyles of the rich and richer in this side of the world, though I have beef on the ending. It gives the impression that Kevin Kwan is going…

beautiful onscreen couples

This post is inspired by the Jo In-sung and Song Hye-kyo pairing in THAT WINTER THE WIND BLOWS. It’s going to be subjective because as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are just some pairings that catch the public’s attention, sell fantasies and marquees. Individual beauty of course counts but…

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.…

Asia is full of pretty boys

(Asia is full of pretty boys part 1) I might as well start a series on Asia being full of pretty boys or bishounen. And they sell products that are supposed to make you pretty like them too. For example, Roy Qiu why you so pretty for Shiseido and Lisei. Then there’s my ichiban in…

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…

movie: Black & White without Zai Zai is just grey

I don’t know about other people but a movie version of Black & White without Zai Zai is just grey. Lifeless. Boring. Zai Zai’s Pi Zi was the perfect foil to Mark Chao’s Ying Xiong. Without Pi Zi, Ying Xiong looks flat. Not even mainland actor Huang Bo can turn the grey to full color…