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The professional and personal rivalry between Vic Chou (周渝民), aka Tsai Tsai (仔仔), and Mark Chao (趙又廷) has intensified with the approach of the Golden Horse Awards. The two actors, who came to prominence with the somewhat inexplicable success of the police drama Black & White (痞子英雄), began their rivalry after Chao pipped Chou to the post for a Golden Bell Award in October last year.

Since then, Chou’s career has been in the doldrums, with a number of scheduled projects being put off and his professionalism coming into question after spats with Black & White director Tsai Yueh-hsun (蔡岳勳). He also refused to participate in a group photo at a classmate’s wedding, priggishly citing contractual obligations.

The only bright spot had been the August release of Love You for a Thousand Years (愛你一萬年), which will put him in contention for a Golden Horse nomination. Unfortunately, given Chao’s involvement in the hugely successful release of Monga (艋舺) last month, Chou’s chances of outdoing his rival are slim.

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