Last week, the 7th Vancouver Chinese Film Festival was held, with Anita Mui biopic Dearest Anita bagging four awards in total.
The movie's plot revolves around the late actress. 10 years after the Cantopop diva passed away in 2003, her personal belongings were auctioned off. Items that were deemed unprofitable were discarded in the trash. Fans of the singer then proceeded to go through the trash to unearth the discarded belongings, many of which were letters or gifts given to Anita by fans. The fans then embarked on a journey to reunite these gifts with the people who originally gifted them to Anita.
Hong Kong actress Myolie Wu’s performance as Anita’s childhood friend, Amy in the film earned her a nomination for the Best Actress award at the 7th Vancouver Chinese Film Festival. She was eventually crowned the winner of the award.
Dearest Anita also won three other awards, including the Best Cantonese Film award. Hong Kong director Clifton Ko walked home with the Best Director award for his work on Dearest Anita, while Hong Kong actress Sonija Kwok won the People’s Choice award.
Myolie was unable to attend the festival in person, but prepared a speech beforehand, which Clifton read out on her behalf. In her speech, she thanked Clifton for giving her the role, as well as Anita, and her fanclub Mui Nation, who had set the ball rolling for the movie.
Last Sunday (August 18), Hong Kong martial artist Jackie Chan made an appearance at an event in Beijing. During the event, he took the stage to perform a song, where he met with a small mishap.
As he walked around the stage during his performance, he was kicked by a young monk who was performing martial arts at the side. Jackie’s surprised expression was captured on camera, and screen-captures of the moment soon begun making the rounds online. He later entered the trending searches on Weibo, as the moment went viral soon after.
Although the kick from the young monk seemed to be rather forceful, Jackie quickly recovered his composure, and completed his performance without any other issues. His professionalism was also praised by netizens online.
Later that night, Jackie took to his Weibo to post a short message addressing the kick.
“(I’ve) entered the trending search (on Weibo). I do have to apologise to the little monk, because I must have ventured somewhere that I shouldn't have. Thankfully, the young chap’s foot is fine,” he wrote.
On July 31, Taiwanese media uploaded a report claiming that Taiwanese model Lin Chi-ling underwent an advanced form of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) that was suitable for older women as it can reduce the possibility of having birth defects and other issues common with advanced pregnancies.
This was accompanied by photos of her driver delivering a stack of documents to a National Taiwan University Children’s Hospital staff member, who was later identified as a maternity nurse who is part of the fertility centre team.
Rumours of Chi-ling having a bun in the oven soon gained traction, with reports stating that she will likely be able to fulfil her wish of having twins.
On August 20, however, Chi-ling put her foot down with a stern warning against the paparazzi who have been stalking her.
The statement, which was uploaded on her Facebook, wrote, “Illegally following others and revealing personal details to the public are all intrusions of privacy.” She then quoted privacy laws, stating that they were put in place to protect a person’s rights.
“As a public figure, Lin Chi-ling has been under tremendous stress from the public’s opinion and from the untrue rumours about her (…) We thank everyone for their continued support for Lin Chi-ling, but we ask for everyone not to cross the line.”
Netizens showed their support for her in the comments, asking her to stay strong in the face of malicious comments.
Taiwan-based Japanese singer and former Da Mouth member Aisa Senda attended a promotional event for a skincare brand in Taipei yesterday (Aug 20), where she shared about her struggle with eczema.
Because of the condition, the 36-year-old’s skin is extremely sensitive and prone to allergies, so she has to be very careful when selecting beauty products. In one horrifying incident, she used something that was not suitable for her skin, causing the area around her eyes to swell, burn, and ooze tissue fluid.
Aisa also goes for monthly facial treatments and pays great attention to the cleanliness of her skin, especially since she needs to wear makeup often for work. Now, she rarely suffers from allergic reactions.
In other news, Aisa’s friend and former Sunday Girls bandmate Mai Sato was revealed to have divorced her husband of five years, Taiwanese heir Wang Quan Ren. Mai is also said to be getting full custody of their son, even changing his surname from “Wang” to “Sato”.
When asked for her thoughts, Aisa shared that she and Mai have always kept in touch with each other. Aisa even confided in Mai when the former was going through her own divorce from Taiwanese actor Zhou Ming Fu earlier this year. “She was a good listener and offered me a lot of support,” she said.
That said, Aisa refrained from commenting too much on Mai’s current situation, and only stated that she will support her friend no matter what. “When I came to Taiwan at the age of 18, I didn’t speak any Mandarin, but because of the encouragement I received from people like Mai, I was able to remain in this industry for so long.”
Jay Chou has publicly shamed a scammer who claimed that the multi-hyphenate is selling his house.
The post, which was made by a Joshua Wu, wrote, “Helping Jay Chou to sell a house. When you buy it, you can meet Jay personally to sign the contract.” The post quickly gained traction online as many wondered why he was selling his house, and if Jay was in financial trouble.
Jay took to Instagram to clarify the matter, posting a screenshot of the original post along with the words, “Scammer. Do you want me to catch you and beat you up?”
After further investigation, the rumours first started when a netizen shared a screenshot on Weibo. In it, a property agent claimed to be helping Jay sell a house in Japan, adding that the apartment is 717.01 square meters. It was listed as a three-minute walk from Harajuku station in Tokyo.
The two-storey place also includes a huge living room and sprawling kitchen, along with a balcony. The price tag was a cool 2.68 billion yen (SS$34.9 million).
Before Jay clarified that the rumour is false, netizens quipped that it was perhaps time for the singer to release a new album if he was in need of money urgently.
Lin Chi-ling’s father claims that she couldn’t get married to a Taiwanese man because they have “no guts”
Lin Chi-ling getting married to EXILE’s Akira is still the talk of the town, almost two months after she dropped the surprise announcement that she had tied the knot with Japanese singer Akira from the group EXILE.
This time around, the Taiwanese model’s father, Lin Fan-nan, has joined in the fray as he spoke about his daughter’s nuptials. During an event last Sunday (August 17), he praised his daughter as a beautiful woman with a down-to-earth personality, and declared that she “got stolen by a Japanese man” because Taiwanese men “have no guts” to marry her.
Fan-nan also praised his son-in-law, saying that he is a tall man who “probably has good DNA”, and is humble with a good personality.
Reporters also took the opportunity to ask him if he is eager to become a grandfather soon.
“I don’t know. I always get my information after everyone else!” he chuckled, adding that he is not pressuring his daughter to start a family.
Chi-ling and Akira met while working on the musical Red Cliff -Love-eight years ago and have been friends ever since. They registered their marriage on June 6 after six months of dating.
It’s back to work as per normal for Hong Kong actor Simon Yam, close to a month after he was attacked by a knife-wielding man onstage at an event in China. The actor sustained severe injuries on his right hand, which he underwent two different surgeries to treat.
However, he has since been spotted attending promotional events for his latest movie, Little Q, which premiered in cinemas last week. When asked about his injury, Simon shared that it was healing well, and that a nerve in his hand had been “severed and later reattached”.
He also let on that the scar on his right hand will “most probably follow me for life”. When asked if he had regained all movement in his right hand, Simon declined to go into specifics, though he did let on that he is supposed to keep his injury dry.
“Some muscles (in my palm) have hardened, but some parts are still numb,” the actor said, hinting that a full recovery is still a long way away.
The 64-year-old also revealed that he hopes to let bygones be bygones, and that he hopes to put the incident behind him. He also reiterated his desire to focus on his family in the future, and to take on less work.
Chinese actor Li Chen made the headlines last week when a picture of him backstage at Chinese singer Jason Zhang’s concert was posted online.
The photo, which was posted by Jason’s wife, Chinese host Xie Na, saw Li Chen looking especially haggard and thin, and almost unrecognisable.
Many fans were taken aback when they saw the picture, with some speculating that the actor’s weight loss had something to do with his recent breakup with fellow actress Fan Bingbing. The actor announced that he and his fiancé of two years decided to remain as close friends in late June. A number of reports claimed that the actor had succumbed to depression after breaking up, and that he had isolated himself from his friends and family.
However, Li Chen’s agency later stepped up to deny the reports, explaining the reason behind his weight loss. According to his agency, the photo had been slightly retouched, and the lighting in the room was unflattering, causing him to look especially haggard.
Additionally, the actor has been working hard to lose weight to better suit an upcoming role that will require him to play a teenager for a particular segment. The 40-year-old therefore went on a diet to look the part.
Veteran singer-actress Tsai Chin held a three-day concert at the Taipei International Convention Centre from August 16 to 18.
In addition to her performances of beloved classics like ‘Read You’ and ‘Forgotten Time’, the 61-year-old diva surprised audiences on the last day with her own rendition of Jay Chou’s ‘Love Confession’, which she first covered at a music festival in Beijing last year.
Despite boasting a long and illustrious singing career, Tsai Chin admitted that she was “scared to death” of taking on the track at first.
“Jay wrote the song so beautifully and he sings it so well too!” she exclaimed. “So I made sure to get his permission before covering it.”
Tsai Chin also poked fun at recent - and obviously inaccurate - reports that she had passed away from an illness. “I’m the real deal,” she stated. “I’ve been through so many death hoaxes that I’ve ‘come back to life’ three times already!”
On a more serious and touching note, Tsai Chin confessed that at her age, she has been treating every performance as if it were her last, and she hopes her fans will have the same attitude as well. “When you hear that I’m having a concert, don’t hesitate to buy tickets because there might not be a next time.”
Singapore has many chicken rice stall. But have you tried Uncle Louis Famous Chicken Rice at Zion Riverside Food Centre with 24 years of expertise in perfecting a plate of wholesome chicken rice.
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Uncle Louis Famous Chicken Rice
70 Zion Road, Zion Riverside Food Centre
Stall No 18, Singapore 247792
10.00am - 8.00pm (Monday to Sunday)