TVB Top Ten Highest Rated Serials

Friday, December 28, 2007
TVB 2007 Top 10 Series (Based on average rating)

1) The Family Link - Average 32.4
2) Fathers and Sons - Average 32.3
3) Heart of Greed - Average 32
4) Ten Brothers - Average 31.3
5) On the First Beat - Average 31.2
6) The Green Grass of Home - Average 30.8
7) Steps - Average 30.4
8) The Drive of Life - Average 30.3
9) War and Destiny - Average 29.7
10) Men Don't Cry - Average 29.4

TVB 2007 Lowest 3 Series (Based on average rating)
1) Life Art - Average 26.6
2) Best Bet - Average 27.2
3) The Conquest - Average 27.3

Source: Ming Pao Daily
Credits: asianfanatics

Congrats to Kenix, Frankie, & Sunny for making it to the top ten list! From the list, I have only finished watching Ten Brothers & the Green Grass of Home. I started on Heart of Greed and War & Destiny but did not have time to finish. I watched WAD solely because of Sunny but i really dislike his mustache. Despites of the fact that Sunny is the lead, Ron Ng has way much more screen time so I gave up on the series. I like Ron as a new actor, but him appearing more often than Sunny, no way! I was attracted to the star-studded cast so I gave the Drive of Life a chance but it's so boring even at the first episode. Michael Miu was really charming and funny; Jessica had a different role instead of her usual strong character; Damian gave a strong performance as always. However, that's not enough to save the whole boring & draggy plot. I watched here and there and then totally gave up on the series.

I know everybody has been saying this for countless times, but I still want to say it again: TVB is going downhill. As of right now, I only look forward to Catch Me Now and Forensic Heroes II for the sake of Idy Chan and Frankie Lam.

Randomness on My Favorite Artists

Friday, December 14, 2007

Kenix's recent appearance on Dec. 8. There is no news apparently. She just keeps appearing here & there but won't mention anything about coming back. *sign...* Her outfit is nice & she looks pretty overall. However, I still don't like outfits that have animal prints. I don't know if it's just me, but she doesn't look as horribly skinny as before, which is a good thing. Hope to see her back soon!
I was watching random videos on youtube last night and came across this picture. It was from Secrets of the Heart's Special. In the show, I guessed [for I had no clue what they were saying] Nick Cheung & Gallen Lo were going around interviewing fans and celebrities for their opinions about the series, and Kenix happened to be one of them. She was filming Till When Do Us Part with Lawrence Ng. What a pleasant surprise!!! I really love this picture because Kenix & Nick had only two pictures taken together and both have Ada Choi on them. I really like Nick as an actor and wish that Kenix can collaborate with him. I totally love his villainous role in SOH, especially the very last dying scene of his. Gosh, he was so wicked, even in death. I bought the series because of him being the villain and Sunny Chan, but I ended up loving only Nick's character instead. I wonder what Kenix said that gave him such a smile *___^.

Catch Me Now is my beloved Idy's first comeback to the small screen after 14 years. Besides Damian Lau, I'm quite disappointed with the casting but whatever. As long as I can see my Idy onscreen again, it's worth it. Joe Ma is a wonderful actor but too bad his villainous roles were too convincing that his "bad" image already sank into my mind. I just can't accept him as the good guy. Fala Chan, hm..., before I even know who she is, she already won Best Supporting Actress Award at 2007 TVB anniversary. TVB is going to get worse before it can get better.
Anyway, I really hope that this series will achieve satisfactory ratings to boost Idy's popularity. Many veterans had come back to the small screen recently and most of them were successful, namely Michelle Mei Suet in the Brink of Law, Lee Si Kei in Heart of Greed, and Michael Miu in the Academy. Hopefully luck will smile at Idy with open arms!

Mr. Leung Chiu Wai won another Golden Horse - Best Actor for his superb acting ability. I might be wrong but it looks like he did not attend the award ceremony since I couldn't find any picture of him. I guess he has won so many Best Actor awards that he gets tired of coming to the ceremony ^__^. I don't think I'll watch this movie because of "the scene." I get really uncomfortable watching my favorite artists performing such acts, so I rather avoid them. It was bad enough for me to watch him in a love scene with Leslie Cheung from Happy Together. By the way, both actors were amazing in this movie. No wonder Tony had won a Best Actor award for this role.

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HK Artists Featured on Poker Cards

Saturday, December 8, 2007

ent.163 opened a poll for the audience to choose TVB/HK artists that they would support, and the top 54 artists with the highest votes were selected to appear in a deck of Poker Cards.

I totally love this idea. The illustrations of the artists are very pretty and unique in a cute way. I'm so glad most of my favorite actors & actresses made it to the list, including those who have been neglected/underpromoted by TVB for quite a number of years, such as Sunny Chan, Deric Wan, Frankie Lam, etc...

If Idy Chan was featured, it would be 100% perfect for me. I wonder if she was nominated on the list. Seeing all the four Tigers making it to the set, I'm sadden by the fact that Kent is never as popular. Regarding the Heavenly Kings, it's curious that Leon Lai made it to the list while Aaron Kwok didn't. I always thought they are about equal in popularity and talent.

Despites the drawbacks, I'm quite happy that Kenix made it to the 10th position, leading most other female fadans except for Esther Kwan. Congratulations to all the winners! I'm looking forward to buying this deck of cards ^__^

Ranking based on votes:
1. Liza Wang
2. Angie Chiu
3. Adam Cheng
4. Andy Lau
5. Hon Kuan Ting
6. Chow Yun Fatt
7. Esther Kuan
8. Chilam Cheung
9. Leon Lai
10. Kenix Kwok
11. Damien Lau
12. Roger Kwok
13. Nnadia Chan
14. Kwong Wah
15. Steven Ma
16. Frankie Lam
17. Deric Wan
18. Maggie Cheung
19. Maggie Siu
20. Bosco Wong
21. Eddie Cheung
22. Louis Koo
23. Tony Leung
24. Bobby Au Yeung
25. Stephen Chow
26. Barbara Yung
27. Jessica Hsuan
28. Kathy Chow
29. Maggie Cheung
30. Charmaine Sheh
31. Ho Bou Sang
32. Ada Choi
33. Gigi Lai
34. Sheren Tang
35. Michael Tse

I Weekly Magazine Top 10 HK Actresses - Kenix in 7th Place

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Kenix wins 7th place among the Top Ten TVB Actresses conducted by the I Weekly Magazine in Singapore. i'm happy, & kinda surprised, that she still wins a place in this poll after a year hiatus. Anyway, congrats to our beloved Kenix for she's still loved by many.

It's refreshing to see Ada here, because it seems like she rarely wins any popular votes. Jessica tops the chart as usual. Here is the list of the female winners:

1st-Jessica Hsuan
2nd-Charmaine Sheh
3rd-Myolie Wu
4th-Lee Sze Kei
5th-Bernice Liu
6th-Ada Choi
7th-Kenix Kwok
8th-Sheren Tang
9th-Linda Chung
10th-Gigi Lai

Credits: & Jessica's Bravenet forum

Kenix Kwok at Vagheggi Promotion

Monday, November 12, 2007

Stunning Kenix Kwok Wows The Crowd
Emma Lam

Kenix Kwok wore an elegant black dress to take part in the press conference for her sponsors Vagheggi slimming, showing off her shoulder and beautiful figure for the media.
To mark the brand's eighth anniversary, a cake was presented for Kenix and company executives to blow out the candles. She was so excited and happy, it seemed like it was actually her birthday. Kenix has been relaxing recently as she takes her time in selecting her next project.

credits to Em for the translation.
image: tungstar

Kenix's birthday is coming up, actually. She does look pretty, but not as gorgeous as the event from yesterday (below). She wore 2 black dresses 2 days in a row. They're elegant & classy though.

Kenix Kwok at Sina Awards Ceremony

Sunday, November 11, 2007
Nov. 11, 2007

The 5th South-East Music Chart Awards at Fuzhou's Fujian was held in grandeur on the night of 10th November 2007. Angela Zhang, Fish (Jasmine) Leung, Jeff Chang, Ah Du, Victor Wong, Penny Tai, Mayday, 183 Club, 5566, Peter Ho, Evan Yo and several more singers were present at this event.

Every celebrity in their glamorous attire strolled down the red carpet to enter the venue of the event, each with their unique makeover. Every celebrity autographed on the lucky charm (a soft toy) and also penned down their wishes.

The awards ceremony began at 7:30pm sharp, the event was segmented into five parts: the beginning, the maturing, the transformation, the gains, the touching. At each segment, after revealing the results for each award, popular singers will perform a song: Jeff Chang, Angela Zhang, Fish Leung, Penny Tai all entertained the crowd with their respective song. Mayday, 5566, 183 Club, Korean artist Lee Jung Hyun, Nam Hyun Joon, also performed dance and sang for the crowd. TVB fa dans Nadia Chan, Kenix Kwok, Sheren Tang, Michelle Ye, Monica Chan were also present to give away awards.

Ray Ma and Li Na both won Mainland's most popular male / female singers award respectively while best male / female singer awards went to Pang Lung and Jing Sha. Wu Ke Qun and Angela Zhang became Hong Kong's most popular male / female singers, while Jeff Chang and Fish Leung were the most explosive male / female singers. Vision was the year's most voted singer. The event will be re-played on 11th November at 19:35pm.

Kenix looks absolutely stunning in the pictures. i wonder if she has met up with old friend Monica Chan for a chat? it's been a long time since i last saw her with a friend.

Credits: Michelle Ye's Realm
Source: Tom Music
Image: Sina

Kenix Kwok Enjoys Her Leisurely Lifestyle

Thursday, October 18, 2007

18 October 2007
Emma Lam

Kenix Kwok was a guest at the Sisters Pictorial Beauty Pro awards 2007 on 15 October 2007. Other guests included Tracy Ip and Niki Chow.

Tracy received the award for the female artiste with the most perfect skin and she wore a low cut dress and about HK$600,000 worth of diamonds to receive her award. Asked how she keeps her skin looking so good, Tracy replied that she will drink a glass of warm water every morning and watch her diet. She will be taking on a spokesmodel job for a health food brand shortly, which she tried out for herself. She found that it reduced the size of her pores, so she is recommending it to her friends. Niki was one of the judges for the event and she said that she has been busy putting on weight recently, but has not been very successful and has had to resort to waking up at night to eat cup noodles.

Kenix was asked about the problems that she and husband Frankie Lam were having with their builders. She said that they have already issued a solicitor's letter to the company. She pointed out that they had wanted to handle the situation peacefully, but it was not possible in the end and their lawyer had pointed out that there had been too many mistakes. However, she added that they were not bad people and she was simply looking for fair treatment after paying for an incomplete job.

Asked if she felt that the builders were being difficult because they were celebrities, Kenix said she did not think this was the case and it was just down to their inability to complete the work. She complained about the inconvenience of living in a hotel: "We were not desperate to move out of the old house, but we never thought the work would take this long." She refuted rumours that they had to sell up to raise money for the new house, saying that the reason they did not rent out their old house was because they got a good price and did not want the hassle of dealing with tenants.

Asked about her work, Kenix said that she has a few scripts that she is reading, but has not accepted yet because she is still resting. She is enjoying the leisurely lifestyle, so she is in no rush and can wait for the right script to come along. She said that TVB have not sent her any scripts and she has not confirmed anything with ATV yet.

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image: ON.CC

Frankie & Kenix sought legal action against interior design company

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Frankie Lam Shocks Linda Chung With A Kiss

16 October 2007
Emma Lam

Frankie Lam and Linda Chung were filming in a Tsimshatsui wedding studio for TVB series Forensic Heroes 2 today in a scene where they were trying on their wedding outfits. The scene told of how they suddenly feel very loving towards each other and share a kiss, but when Frankie kissed Linda, she looked a little shocked.

Frankie revealed that the storyline is quite tragic and even his wife Kenix Kwok was quite overwhelmed when she read his script. He said that this is the series in which he has to cry the most - even on the first day of filming, he had to cry for four hours with just an inanimate object as his co-star. However, he is not worried about becoming unable to detach himself from the character afterwards. Frankie and Linda have worked before on the first Forensic Heroes series and he still finds her to be quite an innocent young lady, just with a little more colour added now.

Having recently bought new home, Frankie is threatening legal action against his interior design company because they have missed the deadline for completion of the work on his house. He said that a lot of the original designs have changed and there is a third of the work that is not complete, but the firm seem to be pushing the responsibility back onto Kenix. He said that he plans to use another company to complete the work and in the meantime, he and Kenix have no choice but to stay in a hotel.

Linda responded her description of being innocent with a little colour, saying that she agreed with Frankie. She indicated that she lacked self-confidence in the past and when she filmed the first series, her acting was quite poor and she was not brave enough to chat to Frankie. It was only after she built up the courage to let herself go that she became more assertive and expressed her opinions if things were not right. As for why she looked shocked during this scene, Linda said that the script changed at the last minute and the kiss was originally planned to be on the face and not on the lips, but the director wanted it to be more intimate. She said that for a husband and wife to kiss each other on the lips is a natural thing, but she was too busy trying on the dress to check the script.

Sunny Chan's philosophies about why he likes acting

Saturday, October 13, 2007
Sunny Chan Kam Hung advocates going green and philosophises about why he likes acting.
"Hello, good morning!” chirped Sunny Chan Kam Hung as he strolled in for a recent interview in Kuala Lumpur. Dressed in a red shirt and white pants, the Hong Kong actor was in a very good mood. He had recently become the proud father of a healthy baby boy born on May 2. And lately, he’s been a stay-at-home dad like Kot Kok-kong in Just Love (Lou Poh Dai Yan).“
After Yuin Loi Zhi Yau Gei (The Green Grass of Home) in late April till now, I've been on a break from filming. My wife was about to give birth so, I took three months off to be with her and help care for my baby boy,” revealed the actor who was in town to promote TVB titles to be shown on NTV7. Happily married to Ada To, Chan refused kissing scenes with his co-stars, Christine Ng Wing Mei and Suki Chui Suk Man, during the filming of The Green Grass of Home to avoid upsetting his then-pregnant wife.
Following this, Chan will begin filming Dai Dong Gua (Big White Gourd) produced by Poon Ka Tak who did Sui Yuet Fung Wan (Driveof Life)and Sap Hing Dai (Ten Brothers). “Big White Gourd is like a prequel to Ten Brothers. It’s a fairytale, about how good begets good.” He has been cast as a farmer who unearths a big white gourd with a magical copper gong inside.“Just strike the gong and your wishes will be granted. It’s actually the Chinese version of Aladdin’s lamp,” he continued with a laugh.
Environmentally-conscious at heart and in practice, Chan portrayed the eco-friendly Choi Ka-sing in The Green Grass of Home, which revolved around environmental concerns and organic foods. The series, which reflected healthy lifestyles, achieved high ratings and was well received as it dealt with current issues close to people’s hearts.
In real life, the actor is probably even more dedicated to reducing his carbon footprint. The 1.77m-tall actor revealed that the character was modelled after him. “It’s a lifestyle, an attitude. He tries not to be wasteful. What this means is when a person does something, he expends effort. So, being wasteful means you’ve squandered another’s efforts. Similarly, wasting the earth’s resources means squandering the earth’s efforts.” The youthful-looking 40-year-old also tries his best to conserve energy and reduce chemical usage. “In Hong Kong, if I can reach somewhere in 30 minutes on foot, then I won’t drive. That’s why people always say that I walk. I treat it as exercise. It’s good for health. Also, I rarely go shopping. Because what I have is adequate. So, I’ve no need to shop. Except for work, when there is a need to purchase new garments or cosmetics. The most is I’ll go marketing. I buy fresh produce every day and cook my meals at home,’ laughed the new father. “I also try to avoid the use of chemicals; they’re bad for health. Even for washing, I try to use less detergent. I try not to rely on the air-conditioning either. If it’s hot day, I’ll take a cool shower.”
Love for acting
Chan graduated from The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in 1990. Since then, he has filmed close to 40 TVB serials and over 20 movies. Although Chan has played a great variety of roles, he still maintains a healthy interest in acting.
“Acting is an occupation that makes me like myself more. Through acting, I improve myself, and change for the better. Before, the process involved modifying my technique and developing my skill. Now through acting, I improve myself as a human being.
“For The Green Grass of Home, I took some parts of myself and put them into Choi Ka-sing, with the hope of making a positive impact on the audience. Hence, I began to like myself more because of these good points, which others reacted positively to.”
Chan is mostly cast in good guy roles, in his own words “nine out of ten”, not that he’s complaining. But, there is a role he’d really look forward to? “I’d like to portray a military man. A soldier who would sacrifice anything for his country ... even his family. How heroic! Only in movies will I get to experience this, never in real life.”
The actor also tried his hand at running a business. Although it was profitable, he was not happy.“Three years ago, I opened a restaurant. But now, I’m no longer interested in such things. I want to focus on my family. To be an actor, to care for my family and run a business ... it’s not possible to do them all well at the same time.” So, why did he make that choice? He could have forgone acting and chosen the business instead.
“It wasn’t enjoyable. Doing business is no fun. It’s very boring. Many things happen every day, but they’re repetitive, unlike acting, where every day is different. As an actor, I have a status. I am an artiste. I am an artisan/craftsman. I can influence society. I can move the community to advance. But, doing business is different. It slowly distorted my perception of others. I began to measure others’ worth with money. The more they spent at my restaurant, the better I’d treat them. And, I didn’t bother with those who didn’t give me business. I began to dislike myself because of this. After a year, I wanted to stop. But I couldn’t since I promised my business partners, so I had to continue.”
At first, he thought if the business became profitable, he would open branch after branch, next in Shanghai, then in Beijing.“After one year, I didn’t think like that any more. I had to make sure there was profit, split the gains among shareholders, and ensure they didn’t make a loss.“When my wife became pregnant and I was to become a father, I felt it was time to tell them I wanted out. Finally, they all agreed to stop and we sold the business for more profit. So, if you ask me now whether I’d want to run a business, I’d say no. I want to continue being an actor.”

Source: StarTwoCredits
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Kenix & Frankie went to dinner with family

Thursday, September 27, 2007
Source:, the Sun, Orientaldaily.
Pictures reposted by Miki at TVBVNFC

Tony Leung's interview with

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Exclusive: Chinese Superstar Tony Leung
Source: Edward Douglas

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September 24, 2007

Some day, everyone in the United States--particularly the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences--will recognize China's Tony Leung as one of the greatest dramatic actors of our times. He was amazing in Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love and 2046, originated Leonardo DiCaprio's role in Martin Scorsese's The Departed in the original Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs, and who can forget his romantic role opposite Maggie Cheung in Zhang Yimou's masterful epic Hero?
With his latest movie, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, Leung is one step closer to Hollywood, although it's another Chinese language period piece like the ones Leung has done so well in the past. Set in World War II Shanghai, Leung plays a Chinese politician collaborating with the invading Japanese, who has an affair with a pretty young woman (newcomer Tang Wei) who happens to be a mole for a group of young revolutionaries who plan to assassinate him.

It was thrilling that finally had a chance to meet and interview this amazing actor, especially to learn that he was such a pleasant and gracious person to talk to, and also that he spoke perfect English, which isn't always the case with Chinese filmmakers and actors we interview. Is the book on which "Lust, Caution" based very well known in China?
Tony Leung: I think Eileen Chang is a very well known writer in the 20th Century. In that period of time, she's very well known.

CS: When was it first published?
Leung: (To his manager) When was it published?
Leung's Manager: The book was not published until 30 years after (WWII). I think in the '70s or '80s. Ang would have more accurate information, but she wrote it some time earlier and kept revising it and published it thirty years later. It's only 28 pages.

CS: How was it received when it first came out? Was it controversial?
Leung's Manager: It was not known to be one of her best known books, because she has many very famous books. This is something that was published as a short story within a longer book.
Leung: And the most interesting thing is she's been writing this short story for ten years.

CS: So you'd read the story and were familiar with it?
Leung: Mmm. Ang gave me the book when we first met, so I read the book first before I read the script. I found the story very interesting, and I was very curious how and why she spent ten years writing the short story like this, only because it has a lot of space that you can create your own stories. What really attracted me was the character.

CS: Oddly, Ang's last movie was also based on a short story. They must have developed your character a lot more for the screenplay.
Leung: Yeah, they wrote a lot more.

CS: What were some of the things you noticed that were different or better about your character in the script?
Leung: It's more rich. I think in the script they add more context to the character. He added a lot about how before he moved to Shanghai, before he became chief of the secret agents, he was still human and after he moved to Shanghai, a lot more about the relationship between him and the girl and to his wife, too. That was not a lot in the short stories.
CS: When I talked to Tang Wei, I asked her about working with you, and she said that you were very generous about helping her since she'd never done a big movie like this. Can you talk about doing a movie with a first-time actress and whether your system was different because of it?
Leung: I think it's much easier to work with someone who is not experienced, because she doesn't have a specific style or way of acting, so it's much easier to work with and more interesting, because they're very unpredictable. (laughs) You never know how she'll react, so it's more interactive and it's more fun. I think what I can help her out with is to just make her relax, and make her feel more comfortable, and she's very talented. I think it'll just come out subconsciously, but you have to make her really comfortable.

CS: I assume as an experienced actor, you can do multiple takes the exact same way, but being less experienced, does she do each take different?
Leung: Ang Lee is very demanding, so actually, we had to do many, many takes. Ang always asks you to make more variations, different takes, yes.

CS: When you saw the final movie, were you surprised about any of the decisions he made, since you never know what might end up in the movie?
Leung: But somehow you know.

CS: Tang Wei mentioned that when Ang filmed your love scenes, it was just the four of you…
Leung: Ang, the DP and sometimes the camera assistant or the soundman.

CS: How was it going from having a big crew for all those epic scenes to something intimate like that? Had you ever done something like that before?
Leung: This is my first time. I think our love scenes were so intense so it makes us more relaxed to do it in a mini-group.

CS: Did you not even do that on the Wong Kar-wai movies like "2046" when you were working in smaller spaces?
Leung: Yeah, but not as small as this one.

CS: You are somewhat of a chameleon in your roles, in that it's not always easy to tell it's you. You definitely look very different in your role in this movie, so do you deliberately try to look different in your movies?
Leung: Yeah, I really made a lot of changes this time, because Ang really wanted me to be a different Tony Leung this time, so I changed a lot before the real shoot. I tried to change my body language, even my voice. I used a different voice, even my expression and it really helps me a lot. Ang taught me to walk like his father. He remembered the men from that period of time used to walk like this, especially the officers, and I studied the gestures from some documentary and also from books, psychologically. I read a lot of books about how the secret agents functioned at that time. I wasn't familiar with the history, so I had to study a lot of books.

CS: Was this the most research and preparation you've ever had to do for a role?
Leung: Yes, yes. You have to do as much detail as you can to bring more depth to the character, so actually, after I saw all the real characters in life, I tried to figure out how Mr. Yee grew up, and where he was born, and how he got into military school, so I made him very detailed.

CS: The romance in "In the Mood for Love" is never consummated on-screen, while this one we see the sex in full detail. Can you talk about the differences between your character in the two movies?
Leung: Oh, they're so different. The characters are so different, and it made it very difficult to play Mr. Yee, because I tried very hard to get out of that character, Mr. Chow from "In the Mood for Love," especially when I was working for this movie. Any time I wear that kind of costume with that hair, it reminds me of that character. It's two different kinds of characters. I think this one is more masculine, darker. It's very different.

CS: Did the period costume help get you into the character?
Leung: I think the costume didn't help me much this time. I think the make-up really helps. It made me look more pale, so that makes me--at least when I saw myself in the mirror--think, "This is Mr. Yee." Without the make-up and the other stuff, it's really difficult.

CS: Difficult in what way?
Leung: Somehow, I was in that character (Mr. Chow) for eight years, and it was also a period movie, especially after you put on those costumes and have very similar sets. It's very easy for me to jump back to that character. I remember one night when I was doing the scene where I walk Tang Wei back to her apartment. When I did the walking scene, I said, "I just cannot do it. I cannot find the right rhythm to walk. I just walk like Mr. Chow." He had this sound coming from his high heels, and that hair gel, and you just feel like you're walking in Mr. Chow's rhythm.

CS: You're also doing the "Red Cliff" movie with John Woo and that's a period piece like "Hero," so are you able to use some of the martial arts you learned for "Hero"?
Leung: It's a very different thing. In "Red Cliff", it's a real war happening in those times. It's very different.

CS: How was it working with John Woo again after so much time?
Leung: I worked with him twice, and he's still very energetic. (smiles) I think this is his dream, "Red Cliff," he always wanted to do this, but he never had the chance, and he told me he always wanted to do this. I think this is his 31st movie made in China, so I think it means a lot to him.

CS: There's been a resurgence in period pieces in the last few years. Do you think that the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is what's allowed so many Asian directors, both Chinese and Japanese, to make these types of epics?
Leung: No, I think every Chinese director wants to do some historical epic, and you can only do it in China, because you can't find that kind of landscape (anywhere else).

CS: Did you see "The Departed," Martin Scorsese's remake of "Infernal Affairs"?
Leung: Yes, yes, of course I saw it.

CS: What did you think about the changes they made to it?
Leung: I'm a big fan of Martin Scorsese, so I think it's very Scorsese and it's really hard to compare, because we have different culture and backgrounds. He's doing it in his own style and very different from ours, which is more stylish, and he's very solid on the script, also on the background of the character. I think he did a great job.

CS: And what did you think about Leo's portrayal of your character?
Leung: I think he portrayed it in a very different way. I don't mind very much because I like DiCaprio.

CS: They also built-up his back story a bit.
Leung: Right, right.

CS: You're one of China's top dramatic actors, you and Chow Yun-Fat. Where do you see yourself in the future? Do you see yourself doing Hollywood movies and has it been deliberate that you haven't done anything here?
Leung: No, I think I really interested in working with people from different countries. I did a little like I worked with Tran Anh Hung on a Vietnamese movie and I worked with Hou Hsiao-hsien or even Zhang Yimou. To me, that's foreign language, because I don't speak Mandarin. Actually, I would love to work in Hollywood, too. I think once in my lifetime, it would be a very good experience for me, but I haven't found the right script. I should find the right script or the right man in order to do that.

CS: Did you have a lot of people approaching you for their movies after "In the Mood for Love" and "Hero" or "Infernal Affairs," all of which were fairly high profile?
Leung: Yeah, I have some offers, but I'm not interested in the role they showed me, so not at the moment.

CS: There aren't that many strong Chinese characters in Hollywood movies either.
Leung: Right, not much so…

CS: Would you ever consider doing an independent movie, even if it's something like playing someone's father?
Leung: Yeah, I would love to, in the near future.

CS: We've mainly seen you playing a romantic lead, but never a father or a family man with kids. Is it hard in China to get away from the things people are used to you doing?
Leung: Of course. Once you're an icon of something, it's hard for you to change.

CS: That must be why Hollywood is always so intriguing to Asian actors, because there you can do something completely different, for better or worse.
Leung: Mmm-hm.

"Lust, Caution" opens in New York on Friday and in other cities on October 5.

Kenix attended a function in Guangzhou

Sept. 22, 2007

there are only pictures and no news, apparently. i wonder what her upcoming plans are...


TVB Weekly - Frankie in Forensic Heroes

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Magazine Scans -
Miki @ TVBVNFC for reposting the scans.

Quick updates on Frankie & Kenix

Friday, September 14, 2007
Frankie wen to to Taiwan to take pictures for the TVB 2008 calendar. he will be featured in June with Yoyo Mung, Kenneth Ma, & Chris Lai Lok Yi. there are a few more newcomers too who i'm not familiar with. in the year of 2008, over 60 artists will be featured on the calendar. 60! that's A LOT of people! TVB is loosing their sense of decency in recent years. anybody can be on their calendar now...

info taken from TVBVNFC

Sept. 6, 2007

Kenix finally appeared in public on a shopping spree with her mother. while shopping, Kenix and Yumiko Cheng spotted each other. apparently, not much is going on with Kenix lately. i wonder if she's concentrating on starting a family or she's just enjoying the comforting break from work. hopefully she'll return to showbiz soon. i miss her performance.

Forensic Heroes II Costumes Fitting Ceremony

Monday, September 10, 2007
Frankie is finally back with TVB, again, for the filming of Forensic Heroes sequel after the success of the first part. however, this time, Kevin Cheng & Charmaine Sheh are added to the casts. with Bobby- the leading man, and Kevin - TVB's new favorite, i wonder how big Frankie's role will be. hopefully TVB will keep his character as important as in Part I and that he'll have a decent amount of screen time. i dont really look forward to watching this series because unlike many, i didnt enjoy the first part. i thought the pace in discovering the evidence and solving the crimes was way too fast. looking backward, i see that no matter how hard TVB try, they can never remake another detective plot like they did for Detective Investigation Files. however, i might still give it a chance for Frankie's sake, if his role is significant ^__^.

Jessica Hsuan's Future Plans

Sunday, September 9, 2007
Jessica starred as a simple girl who was stuck between her father and lover in the Drive of Life, which was very different from the Jessica who is very clear of her directions on her road of love in reality.
Jessica did not have any love encounters recently but she is going select her boyfriend carefully. Jessica mentioned, “Now, I would prefer to be lacking of love than have an excess of it. Actually, there is someone interested in me outside the entertainment industry. I will think of trying it previously but now I will only start dating if I had a strong feeling towards him. Although I have this change in mentality, I had always hoped that the person I am dating would be the choice on my marriage.”

Happy Things in Life
Most of Jessica’s friends were married and were parents, which caused a change in her attitude towards children. Jessica commented, “After getting along with children, I have found out that I am capable of looking after children. However, the responsibility of having a child is too heavy as I worry about the problems on environment and education. As for now, I will not ponder too much about it.”

Jessica did not want to think too deep into her love life and focused on her career. The Drive of Life is the first show Jessica filmed after she signed the ‘per series’ contract with TVB. The ratings of the show were average despite the high regards for the show, Jessica commented, “As an actor, I would certainly have some hopes on the Drive of Life. As this is collaboration with CCTV, I am more concerned about the feedback from viewers than the ratings. I disliked my character in the Drive of Life during filming as she was more stupid and different with my own characteristics.”

Jessica felt that the best reward from the filming of the Drive of Life was the opportunity to work with Damien Lau; Jessica stated, “The happiest thing in life was cooperating with Damien Lau. I liked him and felt that he is gaining charisma. I learnt many things on acting and life from him.”

Enjoying Life
Jessica also learnt the way of enjoying life from Jackie Lui, she commented, “I know how to balance my life now. This August, I filmed a show in China and went on to tour Japan with my friends. I am resting now and would fly to Singapore in October to work on an English sitcom. I planned to go skiing at the start of next year; and film another show in Feb and March. My work and break are alternative. I only knew how to slog for my career in the past and learnt to allocate my time to my family and friends now. I would no longer grab hold of all opportunities in front of me and will not force myself onto things.”

Source: Mingpao Weekly 2026
Scan: Mrs Luk - Jessica's Bravenet Forum
English translation: siaozhabor - Jessica's Bravenet Forum

i'm glad that she decides to cut down her work load and focuses more on her personal life. i'm worried for love life too as she's still looking for Mr. Right at this age. hopefully she'll be able to find him soon, settle down, and have a nice family. all the best wishes for Jessica!

'True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle’ made into a movie

Thursday, September 6, 2007

If you thought Johnny Depp was the world’s unlikeliest buccaneer, just wait’ll you get a load of Dakota Fanning in “The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle,” enthused director Danny DeVito.
The movie, an adaptation of the book by author Edward Irving Wortis (better known by his pen name Avi), centers on the adventures of a 19th Century 13-year-old girl, who must forswear her ladylike upbringing when confronted by intrigue and danger on the high seas.

“[Dakota] is a very proper girl who is thrust into a situation where she has to take this ship and there’s a mutinous crew on board — all sorts of intricate loyalties, and storms, and gunfights,” DeVito excitedly revealed about the set-up for the upcoming flick, for which he is currently “working on storyboards,” he said. “It’s really cool stuff.”

Many daring escapades follow (which we wouldn’t dream of ruining for those not familiar with the book). DeVito says he plans on including all of them. “I’ll be pushing the envelope as usual,” he declared. “It’s a movie I’d love to take a kid to [but] it’s not just for a kid. It will probably be a PG movie - edge of your seat PG.”

Joining Dakota in her journey across the Atlantic will be an Oscar winner and a super-spy, DeVito revealed. “Morgan [Freeman] is the captain, captain Jaggery [and] Pierce Brosnan is Zachariah, the ship’s cook, surgeon, and carpeneter,” he said.

Published by Shawn Adler

this is such a wonderful news! i read The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle years ago but i still remember loving the book. the climax near the end was so dramatic that i cried as i was reading it. i definitely look forward to seeing the movie ^__^