This week the Hong Kong Film Association announced the winners of the prestigious Hong Kong Film Awards, held via a video telecast for the first time in the award history rather than one of the most star-studded red carpets and ceremonies in Asian cinema. For me the magnificence, resonance, and inspiring impact of movies that challenge the heart, mind, and soul don’t need fancy events to mark their excellence, and an award means just as much an acknowledgement done remotely as in person. The HK-China joint production movie Better Days (The Youthful Me) directed by Derek Tsang (son of Hong Kong scion Eric Tsang and also who directed hite movie Soul Mate) swept the event winning 8 awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress among the wins.
Female lead Zhou Dong Yu took him Best Actress for playing a high school girl bullied in China and the movie is about her connection with a tough outcast as the two find meaning in living and this movie sounds incredible and also highly triggering for anyone who lived through schoolyard bullying. Best Actor went to HK veteran actor Tai Bo for the senior gay love move Suk Suk (Uncle) as it explored two old men who finally have a chance to experience love after they have lived most of their lives according to society expectations. I’m so happy and satisfied to see the HK Film Awards acknowledge and reward movies and performances that touch upon margins of society yet give hope that perhaps happiness can be within reach.
The 2020 Weibo Awards, celebrating the 2019 year so perhaps the 2019 Weibo Awards would be more apt but it’s held this weekend in January 2020 so imma stick with this year, brought together China’s most popular stars and the … Continue reading →
This is a real work of art and coming 18 years after the original just makes it even more special. The theatrical release of the 2001 animated movie Spirited Away finally arrives in China next week as none of the … Continue reading →
Taiwan’s biggest movie awards night was this weekend with the 54th annual Golden Horse Awards, feting the best of cinematic achievements in 2017. I haven’t watched a lick of Taiwan or Mainland awards worthy movies this year so I was … Continue reading →
This past weekend was the kick off red carpet of the 2017 Beijing International Film Festival, only in its 7th year since starting in 2011 and with plenty of catch up needed to rival the biggest Asian film festival granddaddy … Continue reading →
Being a drama aficionado is akin to trying to find the best fast food restaurant. The reviews are rarely worth the time spent to write it but the satisfying immediate fill the medium offers is nothing to scoff at. With … Continue reading →
The first Korean-Chinese release since the purported Chinese government ban/suspension of Hallyu-related entertainment has arrived and doesn’t appear to be affected in the least. Romance movie Never Said Goodbye (Chinese title Lies in Sicily) starring K-actor Lee Jun Ki, C-actress … Continue reading →
Nothing looks as good as having a hottie doting fiancee by one side, and the star couple of Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen were definitely the major standout at the just held Weibo Awards in China. I feel like K-ent … Continue reading →
There are so many completed filming C-dramasthat aired his year in 2015. A bunch were front loaded into January and February around the lunar new year holiday vacation season but the one I’m looking forward to the most was tentatively … Continue reading →
The stars were out in full style (good, bad, and weird) at the 2015 Fashion Cosmo Gala in Shanghai this week. There were plenty of industry renowned fashion plates present such as idol Show Luo, just married Angelababy, model-actress Bea Hayden … Continue reading →
There was a total “WHUT?” moment when I saw the first SNS posted picture of Korean actor Lee Jun Ki and Taiwanese actor Ethan Ruan. I rubbed my eyes and wondered if somehow my love for both men somehow produced … Continue reading →
I invariably want to reach in there and hug Lee Jun Ki for always managing to put a smile on my face. My boy has been in China since last December filming the upcoming romance C-movie with actress Zhou Dong … Continue reading →
Lee Jun Ki has been active in all three mediums of singing, movies, and dramas so sometimes I think he’s done something already when he hasn’t yet. After doing three well-received K-dramas a year for the last three years, Lee … Continue reading →