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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It Started With a Kiss…TW Remake?

I guess the TW dramaland folks have decided a decade is enough time to remake It Started With a Kiss, fondly known by its fans as ISWAK. The original aired in 2005, which I still can’t believe was 11 years ago..until I see the fashions and filming quality from back then haha. I made a post previously about ISWAK and it’s many remakes (K-drama, J-drama), and now it’s getting a revamp back in its native country. Err..sort of native country, since to be fair it was inspired by a Japanese manga.  Continue reading “It Started With a Kiss…TW Remake?”

In Time With You to be remade as a Kdrama!

Breaking news! The popular 2011 drama In Time With You, starring Ariel Lin and Bolin Chen has been verified for a Kdrama remake! Continue reading “In Time With You to be remade as a Kdrama!”

Lan Ling Wang OST

This drama has one of the most beautiful and hauntingly gorgeous OST tracks I’ve heard in a long time…probably since Secret.

My favourite:

The gorgeous closing sequence:

The catchy almost-rock-but-slightly-traditional opening sequence:

You can watch Lan Ling Wang on Dramafever here:

The Manga Series: It Started With a Kiss

In this series I’ll be covering dramas based on mangas, especially ones with multiple adaptations.

Today’s is It Started With A Kiss (ISWAK), or Itazura na Kiss

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It’s a shojo manga first published in 1994 and later adapted not once, but four different times (1996, 2005, 2010, 2013). Meet the love triangle – Ikezawa Kinnosuke is our Sixteen Candle’s Ducky character who has two loves, leopard print and our heroine; Aihara Kotoko is our heroine who has been in love with Japan’s #1 genius for two years straight; and Irie Naoki is our #1 genius who cares nothing for anyone not on his level.

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ISWAK was first adapted into a Japanese drama in 1996, but didn’t cover the second part of Kotoko and Naoki’s life. In 2005, ISWAK became a fan favourite when it was adapted into a Taiwanese drama starring Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng. So much so, that a sequel (They Kiss Again), was produced – unheard of in dramaland. A Korean adaptation aired in 2010 called Playful Kiss, starring Jung So Min and Kim Hyun Joon. It received mixed/poor reviews, but still achieved high viewer ratings. Most recently, ISWAK has been re-adapted into a Japanese drama (called Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo to distinguish it from the first Jdrama) starring Miki Honoka and Furukawa Yuki.

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So how do they compare? 

Name

Country

Pros

Cons

Rating

ISWAK/TKA

Taiwan

-characters are funny

-phenomenal chemistry between the leads!!! (just watch TKA)

-good second lead

-good male lead

-fantastic kisses 🙂

-long (24 first season/30 second season)

-sometimes the female lead gets annoyingly slow-witted

9

Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo

Japan

-great second lead

-friendships are solid

-great lead characters

-the female lead makes some faces that are a little too exaggerated

-boring kisses

~7.5

Playful Kiss

South Korea

-very shiny packaging

-pretty decent kissing

-wooden male lead/bad acting

-bad writing/plot

5

You can watch them all on Dramafever!
Taiwanese–>It Started with a Kiss , They Kiss Again
Japanese–>Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo
Korean–>Playful Kiss