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Kim Hyun Joong, Vanness Wu to help Philippines via charity event

It will be some sort of F4 reunion as "Boys over Flowers" star Kim Hyun Joong and "Meteor Garden" star Vanness Wu will be participating in a charity event in Japan to help children in the Philippines and Cambodia.

Hyun Joong and Vanness will be appearing in the charity event dubbed "Message! To Asia." The event is part of Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK) or Children Without Borders and Japanese TV station DATV's joint venture, "Project Smile".

The two together with hallyu actor Bae Yong Joon, Japanese singer GACKT and other stars from Japan, Korea and Taiwan will be holding a charity show on Dec. 14 at Tokyo Dome in Japan.

The proceeds of the project will help poor children in the Philippines and Cambodia.

"Bae Yong Joon and Kim Hyun Joong willingly decided to take part in the project by considering that the project is a long term project to help children under difficult situations to smile again. Two people expressed the thought that they wish more smiles could be spread to more children, and that the children will be able to smile again with renewed hope in their lives through this event," KBS quotes a Keyeast Entertainment agency spokesperson.

Yong Joon and Hyun Joong belong to Keyeast.

Both Kim Hyun Joong and Vanness Wu starred in "Boys over Flowers" and "Meteor Garden" respectively, the TV adaptations of the Japanese manga "Hana Yori Dango."

Ken Zhu and Kelly Lin split up

The rumoured couple is said to have broken up after five years in a relationship, citing personality differences

They say love can conquer all.

But in Ken Zhu and Kelly Lin's case, their love was not enough to overcome their differences.

According to reports, the pair has split up and Kelly has moved out from their home. Close associates of the couple revealed that their differences in personality were the cause of the break-up.

While Kelly is cool-headed and reserved, Ken is panicky and easily irritated. This difference in attitude led to many quarrels - even over trivial matters such as watching television.

Even though Kelly was said to be hopeful that their love can overcome all at the beginning, the pair eventually gave up after a five-year run, deciding on an amicable split.

The couple met in 2005 when working on a movie and their relationship was kept under wraps until the two were caught wearing couple outfits at their home in 2007. The lovebirds were even reported to have registered their marriage in Taiwan last year.

When both were quizzed about the split, neither one confirmed the news.

Kelly, who is currently busy with filming in Xi An, China, only replied that Ken and her were "only friends" before hanging up on the phone.

Ken was in Hangzhou, China when reporters asked him if he has broken up with Kelly.

Ken first asked if they had asked Kelly, and the reporters replied in the positive, Ken said, "Then it's whatever she told you."

Even as reporters probe, Ken repeated the same line, saying that it is "whatever she said".

Ken Films New Drama

Ken filming new drama 《富二代》 @ Hang Zhou

thanks to Michi @ OnlyF4

Love You 10,000 Years (愛你一萬年)

Love You 10,000 Years (愛你一萬年)
In “Love You 10,000 Years,” local heartthrob Vic Chou is hilarious while Japanese beauty Kato Youki is slightly over the top and amateurish in places. (Courtesy of Arc Light Films)

A light-hearted spin on Taiwanese cinema, “Love You 10,000 Years” is created by Japanese director Toyo Kitamura (北村豐晴), starring Vic Chou (周渝民), Taiwan's answer to Tony Leung (梁朝偉).

Kitamura directs the film that co-stars Japanese beauty Kato Youki (加藤侑紀), whose undertaking of her first Mandarin-speaking role meant she received Chinese lessons in order to learn her lines.

This is an unusual romantic comedy and it will likely prove a hit amongst the teenage fans of its heartthrob local star Vic Chou and the romance that ensues between himself and Kato.

The story is a tale of two sides. A Japanese girl Sakurada decides to visit a foreign country with a friend after going through a painful break-up. They choose to visit Taiwan for a few months and soon after arriving she chances upon a local rock band led by Wu Qifeng (Chou). The pair is an unlikely couple as there is an unpleasant chemistry in the air due to Sakurada's despising of Wu's disheveled, yet, striking looks. That and a low tolerance to alcohol results in a less-than romantic first meet as she crashes the bands' gig in her own dramatic performance.

Later on, they run into each other again, but this time there's nowhere to run; they're stuck on a bus together. They discover the softer side of each other through a fight and a bicycle ride. Soon comes the realization that Wu, having never dated anyone for longer than three months, could be an ideal match for Sakurada, who only has 3 months in the country. It might seem like destiny is at play here, but they are total opposites in reality.

Here Wu is seen with a decadent, unkempt appearance, unlike Chou's usually well-groomed look. This sets the stage for an altogether different impression from the way his fans know him best.

The film's theme song, of the same name, has been sung by many, but Chou offers a different vibe as he belts it out for all to hear while fashioning an outrageous pink suit and some ludicrous dance moves. Chou's performance is hilarious while Kato's is slightly over the top and amateurish in places.

The movie has a lot of humor and certainly an original style. Its zany game-show style actually works well for the film, on a weird level. Jokes aside, the satire is supported by an earnest thespian substance that keeps the audience grounded with the weight of a slightly serious undertone added into the ridiculous mixture.

Unfortunately this doesn't always have the desired result as it leaves a false air about the film, where we're not sure if what we're hearing is realistic or just put in place for comedy effect. As most of the humor is local, foreigners watching the film may find that some of the jokes go over their heads, and a few are also lost in translation. But this shouldn't necessarily put you off watching it, though it may help if you have knowledge of Taiwanese pop culture.

Comedy is the driving force of “Love You 10,000 Years” and an ideal movie for those wanting a little humor during the summer.

► Directed by Toyo Kitamura / With Vic Chou, Kato Youki, Huang Teng-hui and Born Li / Drama / Taiwan / 2010 / 108 min. / Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles / ★★★☆☆ / Now Showing

Aja Asianovela on ABS-CBN

Watch out for Jerry Yan's Down with Love and Vanness Wu's Autumn Concerto at ABS-CBN.

Van Ness Wu Birthday Party - House of Glam



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