Taiwan 2016 Golden Horse Awards

Hey Guys!

This past weekend was the 53rd Golden Horse Awards (see 2014 and 2013 here). Awards were a little more spread out compared with the last time I recapped the ceremony in 2014, but again, feel free to skip past the awards if you’re more interested in the fashion.

AWARDS

Best Feature Film: The Summer is Gone
Best Director: Feng Xiao Gang for I am Not Madame Bovary
Best Leading Actor: Fan Wei for Mr. No Problem
Best Leading Actress (Joint Winners): Zhou Dong Yu and Ma Sichun for Soul Mate
Best Supporting Actor: Lin Po-hung for At Cafe 6
Best Supporting Actress: Elain Jin for Mad World
Best Documentary: Le Moulin
Best Short Film: A Sunny Day
Best New Director: Wong Chun for  Mad World
Best New Performer: Kong Wei Yi for The Summer is Gone
Best Original Screenplay: Trivis.a
Best Adapted Screenplay: Mr. No Problem
Best Cinematography: Crosscurrent
Best Visual Effects: Mojin-The Lost Legend
Best Art Direction: Chao Shih Hao for Godspeed
Best Makeup and Costume Design: Stanley Cheung for Detective Chinatown
Best Action Choreography: Wu Gang for Detective Chinatown
Best Original Film Score: Lim Giong for City of Jade
Best Original Film Song: Arena Cahaya
Best Film Editing: Trivis.a
Best Sound Effects: Crosscurrent
Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year: Midi Z
Lifetime Achievement Award: Chang Yung-hsiang
Audience Choice Award: I am Not Madame Bovary
FIPRESCI Prize: The Summer is Gone

FASHION

Shu Qi is the fan favourite from what people have said online, and I’m inclined to agree. She looks absolutely gorgeous in her dress, and very classy. I like how she let the dress shine by keeping her hair simple, and not wearing too much jewelry.

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My second favourite has to be Ann Hsu, who wore a white gown with embellishments and a train. Over the top? Almost, but I thought she stood out and pulled it off among the sea of nude and white. I do not, however, like the wet hair look…

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Let’s check out the back and the train shall we? I’m such a sucker for backless/nearly backless dresses.

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Fan Bing Bing is widely applauded as a fashionista, however this dress was just boring. The colour was standout among the muted dresses, but the shape and decorations were nothing special.

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Li Xing’s dress looks more like bridal wear.

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The two leading lady winners, Zhou Dong Yu and Ma Si Chun looked adorable on the red carpet. I prefer Zhou Dong Yu’s (left) for its simplicity and structure, although I do wish it was a bolder colour. Ma Si Chun’s is alright, but not standout.

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Cue the black and white…

I’m torn with regards to Gui-Lun Mei’s dress. Not a fan of the square shoulders, but the detailing is lovely. I do wish she let the hem touch, or almost touch the floor rather than wearing such high heels.

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Ariel Lin’s dress…I’m really not a fan of the cap skirt, as I mentioned in the 2014 post that it reminded me of a cuttlefish. I don’t dislike it nearly so much here, possibly because of the clean cut and lines. Simple, elegant, but safe.

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Coco Lee was a guest at the ceremony this year. I like the silhouette, it’s daring, but the colours render it a bit lackluster and the green earrings didn’t compliment. Nude, white, and black, the three colours found most often this ceremony.

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Malaysian actress Angelica Lee chose a beautiful colour, but the drawstring effect on the top just reinforces the shapeless look.

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fashion flops…

Qian Pei Yang wore a green pansuit, and I can’t say I care for the ruffles, the hair, or the shape in general.

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Annie Chen looked a bit drab, despite the myriad of rhinestones on her dress. Boring cut, colour, and it seemed like a princess dress better suited for a sweet 16.

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Actress Wu Ke Xi has my least favourite look. Another sweet 16 dress, but it checks off the sparkles, pink, flower appliques, and ballgown this time.

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*Credit to CNA for the photos, which are linked from their site.

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Greengrassjelly is Back!

Hello world!  After over a year (two years…? I can’t even remember, and that says something…) hiatus, I’m back (with a degree!)  Haha. As you’ve heard from Redbeanmochi, we’ve both graduated from university this year, and now that summer’s in full swing, it felt like the right time to pick up where I left off…Fated to Love You.

So an update on my upcoming goals–NUMBER ONE: FINISH RECAPPING FATED TO LOVE YOU!  It’s been a project since the beginning of GMD and it’s time I wrap it up, haha.  I’ve also had attempts at other dramas, but none of the shorter ones seemed to keep my interest, and the ones I wanted to recap all tended to be the 60 or 80+ series…. So I’ll dabble in recapping of some of my favorite movies in addition to Fated.  However, of the recent/upcoming spring/summer dramas, some possible ones I might pick up are Boysitter (Annie Chen, Huang He), When I See You Again (Jasper Liu, Mandy Wei), Future Mr. Right (Lin Yo Wei, Tia Li), and Baby Daddy (Li Jia Ying, Zhang Shu Hao).  Feel free to let me know in the comments if there’s one of these you’d like to see, or of you have other recommendations or requests let me know too and I’ll look into them!

 

 

Celebrity Instagrams Pt. 4

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Part 4 of the instagram series! 🙂 Remember to check the masterpost for the fully updated version! Continue reading “Celebrity Instagrams Pt. 4”

2013 Sanli Entertainment Television Awards Ceremony

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Recently (well, in the end of December 2013), the Sanli Entertainment Company celebrated its Awards Ceremony, and the voting was broken down in the following way: 30%: Sanli staff/behind the scenes personnel, 30%: fans/audience, 30%: reporters/media/paparazzi, 40%: acting/drama professionals.

So below are the nominees as well as winners in bold!  Of course, I also couldn’t resist to add some of my own reactions to the results, as well as some fun highlights from the Awards Ceremony.

Online Popularity Award

  • Lin Yo Wei [Two Fathers]
  • George Hu [Love Around]
  • Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan [Just You]
  • Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Chris Wang [Love Family]
  • Yao Yuan Hao [Déjà Vu]

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  • Comment: I might be offending many of you out there, but I’m not a huge fan of Aaron.  I’ve seen quite a few of his dramas (MIT, Gloomy Salad Days, Alice in Wonder City etc.) but I don’t think he has a large enough range of characters/acting personalities.  He always just seems like the cold-hearted (rich) character with few words and a wall built up around himself to protect his vulnerable heart…it does start to get old…

Best Chinese Representative Star (sorry for the bad translation…)

  • Chris Wang

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Most Foolishly Sentimental

  • Ke Shu Qing [A Hint of You]
  • Fang Wen Ling [A Hint of You]
  • Wang Juan [Love Around]
  • Yang Li Yin [Just You]
  • Li Zhi Qing [Second Life]

Best Noona-Killer

  • Zhang Guo Zhu [Two Fathers]
  • Jian Chang [Love Around]
  • Shen Meng Sheng [Just You]
  • Bo Lei [Second Life]
  • Ai Wei [Second Life]

Best Tearjerker

  • Lin Yo Wei/Le Le [Two Fathers]
  • George Hu/Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan/Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Xie Kun Da/Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Yao Yuan Hao/Mandy Wei [Déjà Vu]

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  • Comment: I’m super happy for Lin Yo Wei and Le Le, because I remember the scene that they showed in the nomination clip, and it was quite a heart-wrenching one.  As a father himself, I think Yo Wei did a very good job of expressing that fear of losing his daughter as well as the anger that emerges once they find her.  He’s angry that he she didn’t listen and ran away, angry that she’s capable of causing him so much worry and fear, but he’s also angry that he didn’t protect her well enough.  Like people say, when parents spank/slap their children (literally or hypothetically), the parent is always the one that hurts more, and I think Yo Wei and Le Le’s relationship and this scene definitely portrays that.

Best Child Star

  • Lan Ai Zi [Lady Maid Maid]
  • Le Le [Two Fathers]
  • Qu Xiao You [Two Fathers]
  • Zhang Ting Yi [Two Fathers]
  • Zhao Yi Cheng [Love Family]

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  • Comment: Le Le had the largest role within her drama, is the most mature for her age, and acts so naturally that there was no doubt the award would go to her.  It was awkward that they had Le Le, Xiao You, and Ting Yi present the award together though.  I understand that the three of them are the trio of friends in Two Fathers, but they are, after all, kids still–and kids get jealous and upset.  When the award was given to Le Le, Ting Yi had to stand by her side and watch her get the award as the hosts asked her and Xiao You how they felt about it.  It’s hard enough for adults to put on a fake smile and congratulate someone else for getting an award, how can you expect a child to do that?  So Ting Yi (who acted as Xiao Wei in Two Fathers) broke into tears and said that Le Le already got an award with Lin Yo Wei (implying that things should be fair and that someone else should get this award…).  Sigh…poor choice on the company or whoever organized the ceremony’s part…

Best On-Screen Couple (OTP)

  • Michael Zhang/Li Qian Na [A Hint of You]
  • George Hu/Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan/Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Xie Kun Da/Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Chris Wang/Serena Fang [Love Family]
  • Yao Yuan Hao/Mandy Wei [Déjà Vu]

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  • Comment: Puff wasn’t there, so Aaron was the only one who came up for the award.  This night was a pretty successful one for him and for Just You as well.  Also, Yao Yuan Hao and Mandy Wei were asked to present the award together, which they were very cooperative and cute.  Again though, why they would choose a pair that was also nominated to present the award is beyond me–it’s like they’re asking for awkward situations…Good thing they are adults and were professional about it!

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Best Kiss

  • Michael Zhang/Li Qian Na [A Hint of You]
  • Leroy Young/Megan Lai [Two Fathers]
  • George Hu/Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan/Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Xie Kun Da/Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Yao Yuan Hao/Mandy Wei [Déjà Vu]

15 kiss

  • Comment: I’m glad the award went to Kun Da and Cyndi, and not the typical super romantic/emotional/PDA-filled kiss.  This scene was adorable and sweet in its own way, especially with the first part where they both turn their heads to the right and wonder where the other person is 😛 I know a lot of people complain about pairs having so much chemistry and so much potential, but then the kiss isn’t real enough or good enough, but this proves that although it may be a very simple peck on the lips with no movement, it portrays the innocence and butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling associated with first love and shows that sometimes, that’s all it takes.

Overseas Popularity Award

  • Lin Yo Wei [Two Fathers]
  • George Hu [Love Around]
  • Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan [Just You]
  • Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Chris Wang [Love Family]
  • Yao Yuan Hao [Déjà Vu]

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  • George wasn’t in Taiwan so he made a clip of his thank-you message.  I’m really happy that he got this award, because I was actually hoping he’d get the  Online Popularity Award, but this makes up for it 😉 I haven’t seen all of Love Around (it’s definitely on my To Watch list!) but I’ve seen clips here and there of him and Annie, and I think they’re both really talented, have improved a lot, and had very good chemistry in the drama!  I’ve also recently watched him in Prince Lanling and although he was only a side character that was like the comedic relief and the goofy, quirky one, it shows that he can act in modern-day dramas as well as historic/period dramas, and that he’s met all sorts of acting challenges well and is becoming more and more of a well-rounded, skilled actor.

Best Actress

  • Li Qian Na [A Hint of You]
  • Megan Lai [Two Fathers]
  • Annie Chen [Love Around]
  • Puff Guo [Just You]
  • Cyndi Wang [Second Life]
  • Mandy Wei [Déjà Vu]

18 bestactress

  • Comment: Annie also didn’t attend the ceremony and had a clip prepared.  To be honest, I was hoping Megan Lai might win this award because I really liked her in Two Fathers, but I do think that Annie deserved this award.  I’ve seen her in Prince & Princess 2 (her first drama), Volleyball Lover, to Inborn Pair, to Love Around, and I do think that her acting has improved a lot and become much more natural.

Best Actor

  • Michael Zhang [A Hint of You]
  • Lin Yo Wei [Two Fathers]
  • George Hu [Love Around]
  • Aaron Yan [Just You]
  • Chris Wang [Love Family]
  • Yao Yuan Hao [Déjà Vu]

17 bestactor

  • Comment: WELL DESERVED! The number of times I’ve talked about Two Fathers, how much I liked the drama, and how much I like the actors/actresses…need I say more? 😀 P.S. If you like Lin Yo Wei, I would highly recommend the 2011 drama Next Heroes–he was a cop and did a very good job, and also acted alongside Megan Lai!

Most Popular TV Series (completely voted on by the audience)

  • A Hint of You
  • Two Fathers
  • Love Around
  • Just You
  • Love Family
  • Déjà Vu

  • Comment: I would’ve really liked to see Two Fathers (of course), Love Around, or even A Hint of You to win this award.  I think Just You has definitely overshadowed a lot of other good dramas, especially becuase I’ve watched interviews etc. on A Hint of You for example, and they put a lot of money and effort into filming/production, and even got special cameras to film the food and cooking processes in high definition! I have heard many good things about Just You and about the great chemistry between Aaron and Puff, but despite all of this, I still couldn’t bring myself to watch it… I’m not a huge fan of Aaron as I mentioned earlier, and although Puff is very cute and is very humble/doesn’t seem to use or abuse her beauty, I think her acting still has a bit of room for improvement.

Ceremony Highlights

-Della Ding is a super talented singer that has sung many theme/ending/insert songs for dramas, and this night, she performed three of her songs: It’s Not Your Fault (不是你的錯) from Inborn Pair, Don’t Ask (不要問) from Love Family, I Love Him (我愛他) from Autumn’s Concerto.  Side note, I’m absolutely in love with her recent song, Heart of Palms (手掌心), that’s the ending song for the period drama Prince Lanling/Lan Ling Wang! (Redbeanmochi has a post about the OST–check it out if you haven’t already!)

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-Yao Yao (Guo Shu Yao), who awarded the Most Foolishly Sentimental Award and the Best Noona-Killer Award, just recently received the Best New Actress Award at the Golden Horse Award Ceremony

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-Lego Li and Kirsten Ren (Ren Rong Xuan) from In A Good Way awarded the Best Kiss Award.

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They started off by complimenting each other on how successful and well talked-about each other’s dramas were (lol), and Rong Rong even joked about the fans creating a nickname for Lego: Picachuan (after Pikachu, since Lego’s name in the drama is Chuan).  They talked about first on-screen kiss experiences, Lego also made fun of Rong Rong’s smile, and she teasingly hit him and complained that he’s always making fun of her.  Everyone teased that they are already a couple 😛  The hosts even tried to get the two to rub noses for the camera, but they finally settled with holding hands and gazing deeply into each other’s eyes ❤

gazeSide note, I wasn’t a huge fan of Lego’s slicked back hair… But Rong Rong was wearing a knee-length black dress with her hair down, which was very simple and sweet (well…minus the large bow).

New Drama! Love Around

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Love Around is a new Taiwanese drama (airing today, June 9th) starring George Hu and Annie Chen. The two starred together in Love, Now and will be playing a pair that meets when rejected by their respective girlfriends/boyfriends. Through the course of the drama they get closer and closer, until they begin to fall in love. Sounds simple enough, but this is drama-land so something is bound to go wrong.

Trailer:

No word yet on whether or not it will be picked up for subs.