It’s not every day that two generally acknowledged terrible actors meet and post a cute picture together and lead me to think they might actually work well onscreen in some frothy rom-com capacity. Song Seung Heon, who has been fanservicing the heck out of his social media networks all during the filming of When a Man Loves (which is how I’m actually aware of what is happening in that drama despite not continuing to watch it) recently posted a picture of him with Taiwanese supermodel and aspiring actress Lin Chi Ling. I still can’t believe she’s 37 and still on top of her game. As a woman I am proud of her accomplishments in an industry that is all about youth and looks. She might be aging but she’s still rocking the “it” factor. Lin Chi Ling was in Korea last week and was at MBC studios where she snapped that picture with Song Seung Heon. It led to rumors she might be making a cameo appearance (not true), and further led to calls for these two to work together. That might happen, Song Seung Heon has been itching to expand his fanbase outside of Korea beyond his loyal Japanese obasan fans and China is a prime target for his brand of chiseled woodenness. Lin Chi Ling also has a track record of working with non-Chinese actors, most infamously starring in the J-dorama Tsuki no Koibito (Moon Lovers) with Japan’s top idol actor Kimura Takuya. Age-wise and looks-wise she and Song Seung Heon look fantastic together. And truth be told, Shin Se Kyung is proving herself to be such a bad actress that I might even give Lin Chi Ling the edge against her. At least Lin Chi Ling tries and looks alive, though she doesn’t have a clue which emotion to pull up when nuance is called for and her baby-voice is like nails-on-chalkboard for me. It’s always cool when famous people meet each other and I’m sure there is always some degree of awe involved much like when we peons meet stars in person. Lin Chi Ling has really earned her A-list model status by a quick run-down of all the super stars she’s worked with around Asia.
I can’t say that Lin Chi Ling and KimuTaku didn’t have chemistry. They did and looked great together. She just couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag AND her character was genuinely dreadful.
I had major major issues with John Woo‘s Red Cliff (I and II) acting, directing, and script. So Lin Chi Ling didn’t singlehandedly ruin the movie for me, but she was definitely a sore thumb in that enterprise, especially acting opposite Tony Leung. I mean, c’mon!