2014 End of Year Review!

Wow, another year has flown by and I am starting to feel really old….Which, numerically isn’t true, but man does it seem like dramaland across all countries keeps churning out more and more dramas. This is my first time doing a year end review, so go easy on me! I was also really busy this year, and unfortunately ended up dropping a lot of dramas or putting them on hold! Continue reading “2014 End of Year Review!”

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Celebrity Instagrams Pt. 3

Part 3 of celebrity instagrams! 🙂 Always remember to check the masterlist for them all though!

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Blackie Chen: http://instagram.com/blackielovelife
Christine Fan: http://instagram.com/christinefan
Danson Tang: http://instagram.com/dt_0902
Eddie Peng: http://instagram.com/yuyanpeng
Godfrey Gao: http://instagram.com/godfreygao
Joe Cheng: http://instagram.com/joseph820619
Sonia Sui: http://instagram.com/suitangtang
Sunny Wang: http://instagram.com/sunnyboyyy
Yumi (BY2): http://instagram.com/yumisecrets

Taiwan 2013 Golden Horse Awards

Hey guys! I’m finally done with exams, just in time for all the year-end reviews and holidays. First up however, the Taiwan 2013 Golden Horse Awards, held in Taipei.

This year offered a surprising selection of winners, namely a Singapore movie for best feature. Stray Dogs and The Grandmaster swept up a large majority of the remaining awards. If the red carpet is more your taste, scroll past the awards see who dazzled and who fell flat.

Drumroll please….

Best Feature Film: Ilo. Ilo.
Best Short Film: Butter Lamp
Best Documentary: Beyond Beauty, Taiwan from Above
Best Director: Cai Ming Liang for Stray Dogs
Best New Director: Anthony Chen for Ilo. Ilo.
Best Leading Actor: Lee Kang Shen for Stray Dogs
Best Leading Actress: Zhang Zi Yi for The Grandmaster
Best Supporting Actor: Xue Jian Li for Back to 1942
Best Supporting Actress: Yeo Yann Yann for Ilo. Ilo.
Best New Performer: Shu-yau Kuo for Step Back to Glory
Best Original Film Song – I Love You (Lyrics & Composition by Spark Chen, Performed by Sleepy Dads)
Best Original Film Score – LIM Giong for A Touch of Sin
Best Original Screenplay: Anthony Chen for Ilo. Ilo.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Li Qiang for So Young
Best Cinematography: Philippe Le Sourd for The Grandmaster
Best Visual Effects: Pierre Buffin for The Grandmaster
Best Art Direction: William Chang Suk Ping, Alfred Yau Wai Ming for The Grandmaster
Best Makeup & Costume Design: William Chang Suk Ping for The Grandmaster
Best Action Choreography: Jackie Chan, He Jun, JC Stunt Team for CZ12
Best Film Editing – Matthiew Laclau, Lin Xudong for A Touch of Sin
Best Sound Effects – Tu Duu-Chih, Duo Li Chi for Soul
Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year – Yeh Ju-Feng
Audience Choice Award – The Grandmaster
FIPRESCI Prize – Rigor Mortis
Lifetime Achievement Award – Chen Chen

Lots of Monochrome filled the carpet, with silver and black being the most popular colours.

Sean Lau and Amy Kwok (HK) made a lovely couple on the red carpet. They both kept it simple, with simple accessories and colour palettes.

Maggie Cheung (HK) played it bold in a blue Elie Saab, and kept the look together by matching her shoes to the dress. Definitely one of the best dressed of the night!

Shu Qi (Taiwan) looked darling in her Valentino Couture dress. She stood out amidst the black and silver – and in my opinion had the best look!

Cherry Ngen felt a little flat for me in Lanvin – the colour looks good on her, but the bottom of the dress looks a bit awkward. She manages to pull it off with grace however, so props for that.

Carina Lau (HK) looked queen-like in Elie Saab.

Li Bing Bing’s dress was probably my third favourite of the night. She chose a silvery blue Elie Saab gown, and I love love love the lace detailing.

lots of white….

And a parade of black…

I really liked Sammi Cheng’s outfit at first…until I realized her clean cut suit also had a cape. Not too sure how I feel about it.

Sonia Sui followed the ever popular trend of a black dress, but kept it interesting with velvet details and a structured top on her Giorgio Armani dress. I really like her makeup and jewelry for the night.

Zhang Zi Yi wore two dresses, but she wore this Chanel gown on the carpet. I like it, but it doesn’t have a “wow” factor for me.

What were you thinking dresses:

I tried really hard to like this dress, I swear. It’s just…the sheer but not really sheer (or even matching her skin tone) panel threw me off, and the miniscule buckle that doesn’t do anything was just distracting.

There’s sheer lace…and then there’s sheer doilies. I think I would have liked it better if the top didn’t look like a bra.

Brigitte Lin is probably the queen diva of all actresses. Although I dearly love the colour, I think her petite frame gets lost (drowned) in the dress/top.

no red pleather. please.

The guys seemed to fare better, although to be fair they all pretty much stuck with the classic black suit.

show hosts of the evening! His quirky horse vest made me laugh – it’s perfect for the 50th anniversary.

Eddie Peng (Taiwan) was nominated for his role in “Unbeatable”, and looked dashing in his matte black suit.

Andy Lau (HK) was all smiles in his classic tux.

Aaron Kwok (HK) opted for the classic tux as well, though for some reason his pants look like they gather a bit too tightly around the ankles.

Tony Leung (HK) opted for a dark black velvet suit, which suited him rather well.

Tsai Ming Liang (Malaysia) opted for a more traditional outfit for the evening.

As did Jackie Chan…

Guys what were you thinking?

Ethan Ruan looks great from the waist up, but has a major case of flood pants down below.

Lang Lang and Denise Ho. Denise looks great, if not in a gown that could be a little more colourful. Her partner on the other hand, chose a shiny bright red suit.

This is part suit (note the tie, dress shirt, and vest underneath), part traditional dress. In my opinion however, this combination didn’t work that well.

NO PLEATHER.

What did you guys think?

17. Who would you give the best acting award of all time to.

Redbeanmochi:

Wahhhhh I have to pick one???? 😦 Can I do it Oscar style – Best Actress and Best Actor? Screw it, I AM doing it best Actress and Best Actor. Now how do I choose across all the j/k/tw actors….gulp.

Best Actor Award goes to…Vic Zhou.

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Once upon a time I watched Meteor Garden and fell in love with Hua Ze Lei, played by Vic Zhou. Then I grew up and stopped watching asian dramas, until I rediscovered them through Black and White…where I promptly re-fell back in love with him. I don’t think I’ve seen one project of his I didn’t like: Meteor Garden, MARS, Black and White, Perfect Two….

But this guy can act phenomenally, is downright gorgeous/attractive, and from what I’ve seen in interviews, sensitive and humble. Definitely a winner in my books :)

P.S just to be fair to my other actor hubbies – gong yoo and chen bo lin tied for honorable mention 🙂

Best Actress Award goes to….Ivy Chen.

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I guess it’s only fitting that my favourite actress is not only a TW actress, but Vic Zhou’s OTP in Black and White. Ivy Chen is probably the most cheerful person I have ever seen, all of her behind the scenes show her laughing and smiling. Her works are pretty diverse too, and she has played a huge range of characters. I really enjoyed her in Black and White, Hear Me, and Skip Beat!

Greengrassjelly:

It is a tie between Sonia Sui and Ivy Chen—they’re both so beautiful and talented! Sonia started out as a model (and I have my bias, but models turned actresses don’t tend to be good at acting…) but took on all sorts of roles, including her most memorable role as Xie An Zhen in The Fierce Wife, where she downplayed her looks and we saw her as a simple-minded housewife who no longer worries about her looks and make-up. As for Ivy, she also has taken on many varying roles, from a mob boss’ daughter in Black & White, to a lesbian in Spider Lilies, to a sign-language expert in Hear Me, to the fresh actress full of expressions in Skip-Beat! At first glance, Sonia looks like the typical first female lead that’s gorgeous and rich, and Ivy looks like the innocent, carefree, young girl looking for her first love—but both these talented women have found a way to break free from these stereotypes and proven over time that their acting skills are what make them famous, not their looks.