The Golden Horse Awards, Taiwan’s Oscars, was held last week and there were some upsets as well as some expected victories. I didn’t watch most of the movies nominated since I barely have time for dramas much less movies. One of Taiwan’s most acclaimed movies of 2012 was Gf*Bf (Chinese title Girlfriend, Boyfriend) starring Gwui Lun Mei, Joseph Chang, and Rhydian Vaughn. The film was nominated for best film but lost, while the two leads were both nominated in the best acting categories but only Gwui Lun Mei won Best Actress while Joseph Chang lost out on Best Actor to Lau Ching Wan, which is kinda like losing to Robert DeNiro so nothing to cry about. The movie was a coming-of-age tale set in the ’80s Taiwan towards the end of the period of martial law surrounding three high school best friends. Gwui Lun Mei is in love with Joseph, who is gay and in love with Rhydian. Since she can’t have Joseph, Gwui Lun Mei ends up dating Rhydian, who breaks her heart and leaves Joseph picking up the pieces of a friendship torn asunder and destroyed by growing up and becoming jaded. The movie was brilliant.
Seeing Joseph sporting an Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedo on the red carpet did sent my heart rate soaring, and he’s been a spokesperson for the brand these past few years in Taiwan. While I admittedly have a super soft spot for very pretty boys (Shin, Yoo Seung Ho), I do know when a sexy as all hell real man’s man is before me and Joseph fits the description to a T. While I want him to keep doing movies and getting the critical acclaim he so deserves (he really is the most talented and versatile Taiwanese actor of his generation), I’m sad he’s not on my small screen more. Seeing him be all hot and swoonworthy led me to rewatching scenes from Drunken to Love You. Song Jie Xiu still remains, hands down, THE BEST male lead in any TW-drama ever. Below I’ve linked to what I consider one of the best airport scenes in any drama, plus a wonderful ending montage of the OTP being so wonderful together you’ll want to just sigh and rewatch it over and over. My love for DTLY has grown over time as all the imperfections have melted away leaving only the great memories.
Epic Airport Scene in Episode 17 of DTLY (English-subbed):
DTLY last episode sweet moments montage: