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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Interview With Female Cast From 'Beauty Knows No Pain' - 'Middle-aged Women Stand Tall and Be Strong'


During different stages of life, different issues emerge – this of course applies to middle-aged women as well.

Four women who have reached the ‘middle-age’ mark – Maggie Cheung, Joyce Tang, Elena Kong, and Michelle Yim – got together recently to refute the ‘myths’ that many people have of middle-aged women. Maggie talks candidly about society’s use of the phrase “敗犬” [TN: literally translated “defeated dog”] to refer to unmarried middle-age women; Michelle cleverly discusses the concept of “中年雙失”[TN: “middle-age double loss”]; and Joyce agrees with Elena’s opinion that being the 3rd party in a relationship is ‘asking for trouble’.

J = Joyce
E = Elena
Y = Michelle
M = Maggie

Question 1: One myth regarding middle-aged women – plastic surgery! No matter how pretty a woman is, she is no match for the ‘passing of time’ and eventual old age. Therefore, it seems that plastic surgery has become the ‘life-saver’ for women who do not want to lose their beauty with age. So how do these 4 beauties (Joyce, Elena, Maggie, Michelle) view plastic surgery?

J: If one is ugly, it does become a bit of a hindrance psychologically. I feel that there is nothing wrong with plastic surgery, as long as one is careful not to become obsessed about it – since it is very easy to continue having surgery after surgery once started. Of course, it’s best to not alter one’s appearance if at all possible. Actually, as long as a woman possesses confidence, she is already a beauty. It’s more important for women to have ‘inner beauty’ – if a woman speaks in a way that is tasteless and insipid, with no meaning to her words, it doesn’t matter how pretty she is on the outside – it’s pointless.

Y: But I feel that if a woman doesn’t have enough confidence and doing a little bit of plastic surgery will give her that remaining boost, I would support it.

E: Actually, I did alter….(the Ladies: What???)…..my teeth! I’m grateful to my family who took me to get braces when I was 13 years old. My teeth used to have a lot of gaps, to the point where I wasn’t able to close my mouth – after I got braces, not only did my teeth become straight and orderly again, my nose also became straighter and I became prettier! However, I had to pay a heavy price for the beauty – at the time, I had 4 teeth pulled in order to accommodate the braces and I was in pain for 3 years!

J: When I was little, I had also wanted to get braces, but after having 4 teeth pulled, the dentist said that my teeth are ‘too thin’ so I couldn’t get them.

M: Elena looks very different now than she did previously? I’m interested in seeing the pictures! In terms of plastic surgery, if it can make one’s physical appearance more pleasing to the eye, I’m not opposed to it, however, absolutely cannot go overboard – one needs to know when to be satisfied and stop.

Question 2: Many young women in Hong Kong have their own careers and are financially independent, but if they reach middle-age and are still single, it’s hard to avoid society’s ‘criticisms’ and gossip – in Japan, they use the words “敗犬” [“defeated dog”] to describe unmarried women….

Y: No one is immune from having enemies – if someone doesn’t like you, they will have a lot of different gossips and ‘nicknames’ for you…there is no need to take what they say to heart.

M: Since there is no way to control what people say, just ignore it!

Y: “敗犬” is just a ‘nickname’ after all.

E: I feel that if I’ve reached middle-age and I’m still single, it’s no one else’s business but mine! As long as I’m happy with my life, that’s all that matters! Again, whether a woman is physically beautiful or not isn’t the most important, as long as she has confidence in herself – if she has confidence, she will automatically have radiance and splendor – this is something that comes from within, no one can ‘give’ it to another.

M: The words “敗犬” – is this actually a phrase that some arrogant man with an inferiority complex came up with??

The Ladies: Yeah!!

E: Yes, it was created so the guy with the low self-esteem could feel better! Haha!

Y: Exactly…why can’t they use a ‘prettier’ nickname?!

J: For instance, the phrase “女優” [TN: literally translated “female superior”] isn’t bad at all!

E: “優女” [TN: literally translated “excellent/superior female”] actually sounds better!

Y: “優女” sounds too much like “憂女” [TN: literally translated “worried female”]. “女優” is actually better, since it means “outstanding woman” according to the traditional Chinese language.

Question 3: Some women persevere with their careers when they are young, but then when they reach a certain age, they’ll discover that they are in a somewhat awkward situation: the single men around them are not worth their time and the ‘good’ men are all already married. If at that point in time, they feel that they are ready to let go of their careers in favor of romance, there is a possibility that they may fall in love with a married man and become the ‘3rd party’ in a relationship without realizing it. If these 4 found themselves in this situation, how would they handle it?

E: If you like someone, there’s nothing that says you have to make it known – there is such a thing as a ‘crush’. Making it known would only break up the marriage – it’s better to just admire from far away! As the saying goes, the most unobtainable things are the best – the moment you try to get closer to ‘obtain’ it, devastation occurs – being a ‘3rd party’ in a relationship is definitely ‘asking for trouble’!

M: I’m the type of person who dislikes troublesome matters; I prefer a simple life where I don’t have to worry about how to handle these types of complicated matters! If I were in a situation where I fall in love with a married man, I would only silently admire him from afar and wouldn’t take any action because if I take action, I don’t know what types of problems will arise – it’s not worth it. If I was truly fated to be with that person, he wouldn’t be married – so there’s no point in forcing things!

J: I completely agree with Elena and Maggie – it’s impossible for a person to possess everything that is the prettiest and the best!

Question 4: Once women reach middle-age, what is the thing they fear the most? Michelle’s character in <> loses both her career as well as her marriage. If these 4 were to experience this unfortunate ‘middle-age double loss’, how would they face it?

E: In life, it’s important not to be completely reliant on someone else – not even on your parents, since one day they may no longer be with you. Therefore, the most important thing is to be able to take care of yourself so that even if you lose both career and marriage in middle-age, you can still face it bravely.

M: Having a career means having financial security, having financial security means having independence, having independence means having freedom. There will always be ups and downs in life, so it’s necessary to plan ahead and be prepared – this way, there’s no need to be afraid of change.

E: Also, for those who are currently in a ‘high position’ in their careers, they must be prepared to ‘start over’ so that even if they lose everything, they are not afraid to take jobs such as a bank teller, waitress, etc. – don’t let the grandness of the past become a burden – nothing in this world lasts forever.

J: Even if you are married, don’t lose touch with the world. Don’t become entirely dependent on one person because if that person leaves you, it will be like the end of the world. A married woman still needs to maintain her own circle of friends. Since a long time ago, Maggie has been telling me: “Love yourself and be strong!”

Encourage women to stand tall and be strong

Y: To be honest, one purpose of this interview is to give some encouragement to women who have encountered these types of difficult situations and show them how to stand strong. The first thing is to put their lives back in order mentally and emotionally and to remember that it’s not the end of the world – continue to get to know more people, read the news so that they are on the same page with the rest of the world, work hard to save money, and prepare for the unexpected. Good things don’t last forever, so it’s necessary to learn to have an optimistic attitude and turn negative situations into positive ones. This way, nothing can stop them.

J: That’s right! For instance, if you break up with someone, you can think of it as having more freedom now – it may sound silly, but thinking positively will only do you good, not harm.



There’s a saying in Chinese that ‘three women make a crowd and four women make gossip’…but these 4 actresses who came together for the series <> are opposite – instead of being a ‘crowd’, they have built a deep friendship that continues long after the series is over. Asked how they are able to have such a close relationship, Michelle smiles and responds: “Because we are very mature in our thinking and understand how to show tolerance – plus all 4 of us are the type of people who take our work seriously and are very focused, so it makes us very comfortable with each other.”

Out of the 4 women, Michelle has had the most life experiences and so has developed a unique perspective on many situations. Therefore, oftentimes, when her friends encounter difficult situations, they like to seek her advice. She feels that through television and movies, one can learn a lot about the realities of human life, so when some of her girlfriends encounter marriage issues, she would tell them to watch Stephen Chow and Sandra Ng’s film <>, which brings out the lesson that married women still need to advance together with the times, or else they could be left behind.

Asked what she thought about the young models coming out with sexy picture books, Michelle smiled again and said that young people are interested in that kind of stuff because they most likely want to capture the beauty that they have via photos while young so they can reminisce when they get older. Unfortunately though, the picture books that have been released in recent years have gone more and more in the wrong direction, to the point where it has created an unhealthy atmosphere in society. 

Source: Oriental Daily / Translation: llwy12@ asianfanatics

Angela Chang's Parents Were No Show At Her Concert

Angela Chang returned to the Taipei Arena for the first time in 3 years for her “Pandora” world tour.  The concert attracted 9000 fans and earned 18 million NTD in ticket sales. All eyes were on whether her parents would attend after she had a very public feud with her mom last year. She openly invited her parents to the concert two months ago, but in the end, they were nowhere to be seen. Her so-called very important male friend “Sky” was present at the show but hid himself among the crowd.  He sent her a floral arrangement with the message “An angel with invisible wings stole my heart.”

Linfair Records contacted Angela Chang’s parents numerous times but her mom declined saying that she “didn’t want to take away the attention, and family matters should be resolved in private.” The organizers reserved 6 seats in the VIP area for her family, which her younger brother and sister eventually shared with their friends from Canada.

It was a very different story back in 2006 when the entire Chang family attended her first ever world concert tour in Shanghai.  Later in 2007, her mom happily accompanied her at the after party of her first concert at the Taipei Arena. Angela Change previously said she has done everything she could, but she couldn’t predict whether they would come in the end. After the concert, she responded through her company, “Maybe my effort wasn’t enough. It’s a bit of a pity.”

Among the concert attendees was her ex Jason Hsu, who went to the show with his friends Sam Wang,Mickey Huang and Xiao Tian Tian. When asked if he is worried about running into Sky, he said, “I won’t know it's him even if he sits beside me, but if it happens then (I) will politely greet him.”

The concert was an extravagant fashion show for Angela Chang.  She descended onto the stage wearing a 5 kg antler head piece looking like a “Pandora bride”. After her veil was lifted, it revealed a diamond studded outfit that increased her cup size from B to D. She sang many fan favorites including “Aurora” and “Invisible Wings”.  Weibird Wei and Chen Han Dian were the special guests of the night.

Source: Appledaily, Libertytimes, UDN / Writtten by: PA @ CpopAccess

Raymond Lam Ready to Battle Ah Sa On the Bed

Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi (Ah Sa), and Wong Cho Lam went to a theater yesterday to hold a thank-you event for movie "The Emerald and the Pearl." Arrived to the event first, Raymond was surrounded by many fans when he showed up at the theater. He expressed he didn't get scratched by fans.

Relax personal limit

Because Raymond and Ah Sa have a kissing scene in this movie, asked whether he feels it wasn't extreme enough and would he give more surprises to viewers? He said: "Then let's be more extreme in the next movie. (Bed scene?) Okay. I would relax my limit if the story is set at a modern time. But the selling point of this movie is not the kissing scene." Earlier Joey Yung and Ah Sa expressed if box office of this movie is good, they would rip off his leg hair and his leg hair is safe at this moment. Raymond joked: "Hope the box office can get better. It doesn't matter to give up some leg hair!"

Ah Sa said she enjoys filming the movie and doesn't mind other things. As for filming bed scenes, in the beginning she didn't believe Raymond said that. Later she joked: "Okay, if it's necessary. But I'm afraid because he has so many fans. He is prince charming. (Whether he is your prince charming?) I can only answer yes! (Electrified by him?) Electrified? Many times, even causing hair loss."

Suggests Raymond to run nude

Ah Sa expressed it was her first time promoting in theaters in Hong Kong, but she has to do the same thing when she go to Mainland. Asked how would they promote, Ah Sa said: "Don't know! Maybe ask Raymond to run nude, because he has lots of fans! If Joey and I were to run nude, no one would want to watch. We can support Raymond next time!"

Source: Oriental Daily / Translation: KAY @ kays-entertainment.blogspot.com

Michelle Yim and Maggie Cheung Supports 'Beauty Knows No Pain'

  TVB series "Beauty Knows No Pain" is accused of copying American TV series "Ugly Betty." Michelle Yim attended to the promotion of "BKNP" yesterday and expressed genres of series are always related to love, career, and family etc. But even the settings are similar? She said: "I didn't watch 'Ugly Betty.' Actually, it's just like 'The Legend of Condor Heroes.' There are many remakes. Most importantly, it has been improved." TVB's "Mysteries of Love" earlier was accused of plagiarizing Japanese drama "Galileo." As for TVB has been accused of plagiarism many times and has no creativity, Michelle said: "Actors are the most important ones. Actors' good performance, good image, it's another type of performing. Anyways, I said all the genres can't leave out love, career, and family." Maggie Cheung said she watched "Ugly Betty" and admitted some parts are similar, she said: "But our setting is prettier. It's most important for viewers to relate to the characters. Over all, we're not alike."

Source: Mingpao / Translation: KAY @ Kay's Entertainment

Metro's Mandarin Awards 2010 Winners


Metro's Best Mandarin Male Singer: Eason Chan / Gary Chaw / Jam Hsiao / Khalil Fong

Metro's Best Mandarin Female Singer: Joey Yung/ Bibi Zhou / Charlene Choi

Metro's Most Popular Global Singer Big Award: Joey Yung / Eason Chan 

Metro's Extreme Global Stage Award: Eason Chan

Metro's Mandarin Global Dance Singer Award: Show Luo

Metro's Mandarin Supreme Singers: Lui Fong / Sun Nan

Metro's Mandarin National Most Popular Idols: Charlene Choi / Raymond Lam / Yoga Lin

Metro's Mandarin National Most Popular Singers: Joey Yung / Bibi Zhou / Sun Nan

Metro's Mandarin National Most Popular Group: Twins / Lollipop

Metro's Mandarin Song of the Year: Eason Chan <給你>

Metro's Mandarin Singer of the Year: Eason Chan

Metro's Mandarin Album of the Year: Eason Chan - 上五樓的快樂

Metro's Mandarin Songs: Bibi Zhou <魚罐頭> / Lin Lung Hsuan & Jing Chang <怎麼開始忘了> / Jing Chang <讓我照顧你> / Richie Ren <愛情躲避球> / Denise Ho <詩與胡說> / Aarif Lee <歲月輕狂> / alan <有ME就好> / Joey Yung <信今生愛過> / Charlene Choi <知己> / Vincy Chan <天使的決定> / Raymond Lam <我們很好> / Liang Wen Yin <哭過就好了> / Genie Zhuo <1 + 1> / Gary Chaw / Yoga Lin <說謊> / Jam Hsiao / Jam Hsiao <新不了情> / Focus5 / Xiao Lin <我是不是該安靜的走開> / G.E.M. / Peter Ho <我記得我愛過>

Metro's New Force Mandarin Singers: Yan-j / Zhang Lian / Khloe Chu / Adason Lo / Cindy Yen

Metro's New Force Mandarin Group: Sugar Club / HotCha

Metro's New Force Band: Focus5

Metro's Best Newcomer King: LaLa Hsu / Huang Hong Sheng (Xiao Gui) / A Lan / Abin Fang

Metro's Best Original Mandarin Songs: Jonathan Wong <幾米的距離> / ViVi Chan <東方兒女> / Yumiko Cheng <背叛被判> / Ken Hung <無人認領> / Lin Lung Hsuan <桃花源> / Irene A <夜店>

Metro's Best Dance Mandarin Song: Wang Zi & Xiao Jie <舞可取代> / William Chan

Metro's Best Mandarin K Song: Club de banana <小丈夫> / Joey Yung <很忙> / Sherman Chung <給自己的信> / Abin Fang <壞人> / Della Ding Dang <我是一隻小小鳥> / Xiao Lin <我是不是該安靜的走開>

Metro's Mandarin Best Duet: Khloe Chu & William So <當我愛上你之後> / Enzo Siu & Jinny Ng

Metro's Most Popular Hit Mandarin Song: Aariff Lee <歲月輕狂>

Metro's Mandarin Popular Idols: Liang Wen Yin / Wang Zi, Xiao Jie

Metro's Most Improved Mandarin Singer: Genie Zhuo / Peter Pan / Liu Xuan

Metro's Best Mandarin Dance Singer: William Chan

Metro's Best Singer-Composer: Shadya Lan / Jonathan Wong

Metro's Best Performer Award: Jing Chang / Yoga Lin / Della Ding Dang / Denise Ho

Metro's Best Mandarin Album of the Year: Jane Zhang <我相信> / Richie Ren <音樂旅行者> / Irene A <送給你的歌>

Metro's Mandarin Producer Award: Gary Chaw

Metro's Mandarin Popular Idol: Jam Hsiao / Peter Ho / Raymond Lam

Metro's Mandarin Asian Singers: Richie Ren / Jane Zhang

Metro's Mandarin Asian Creative Singers: Gary Chaw / Khalil Fong

Metro's Mandarin Asian Dance Singer: Cyndi Wang

Metro's Mandarin Asian Dance Group: Lollipop / Wonder Girls



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