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Van Ness talks about latest album, hopes for F4 reunion

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It has been three years since Taiwanese celebrity Van Ness Wu was last a guest on mainland Chinese program Top Chinese Music, but since that time the singer/actor has made huge strides in the entertainment industry. Following a string of successful acting roles and several album releases including his latest album C'est La V, Van Ness took the time on the show to talk introduce his recent album release and various tidbits behind the album.

Amongst the songs from Van Ness' latest album that he brought to the show was rhythmic song Is This All, where he was in a good mood to discuss the details on the album's production after just having celebrated his birthday on August 7th. One of the topics discussed was the inclusion of Grammy Award-winning American artist Bruno Mars for writing the song Knockin" for Van Ness, which is also in his latest album. In addition, Van Ness spent some time talking about close friend and fellow F4 bandmate Vic Chou's first time rapping for Van Ness' other album song Do It. For the recording of Do It, Van Ness remarked how he originally had the impression that Vic would not be that articulate prior to recording of his rap part for the song, but was proved wrong by Vic when he finished the recording under an hour and demonstrated a remarkable sense of rhythm.

Speaking of Vic, Van Ness admitted that he and the rest of the members of the famed F4 group regularly contact each other in the hopes that they can reunite again at the right time. The Taiwanese superstar also hoped that fans are supportive of his own work and development, and that their support is most valuable to him.

In addition to recording for the album, Van Ness also discussed how Chen Hui Ling, whom directed Van Ness in Taiwanese mega-hit drama Autumn's Concerto and also directed Van Ness' recent MV for album song Aiya, requested that he be reunited with former Autumn's Concerto co-star Ady An for the MV's adorable coupling.

Friends supporting of Van Ness remarked that Van Ness does not slack off when it comes to work, and once spent eighteen full hours dancing without a break in preparation for his latest album. Van Ness also admitted that the work of his album has been mentally brewing inside of him for a decade, and that he put 100% effort into it.

Saving General Yang/ Seven Yang warriors proclaiming brotherhood loyalty, competing in looks

Saving General Yang/ Seven Yang warriors proclaiming brotherhood loyalty, competing in looks
2011.08.20 [World News ╱ entertainment news group 19 (Xinhua) - Hangzhou

Translated by sytwo @ VIC

If we group handsome guys Wu Zun, Vic Chou , Raymond Lam into one movie, I believe that female fans will be screaming. When Raymond Wong announced the cast list for Saving General Yang which he has been preparing for many years, in addition to the above actors, there is also Yu Bo and Li Chen, and "old shuai-ge" Adam Cheng who will be playing General Yang (Yang Ling Gong) in the film..

Comparable to idol drama, challenges TVB’s classic series

According to reports, the Legend of the Yang Saga spread from the Northern Song Dynasty, and there are interpretation from numerous versions. But in the handful of films that were done, the story is mostly about Mu Gui Ying and this group of Lady Yang Warriors, including the 1960 theatrical film "Lady Yang Warriors, "; 1972 movie “14 Lady Amazons” by Director Cheng Gang, acted by Ling Po, Lu Yan; CCTV Movie Channel series of TV movie" Lady Yang Warrior", and the soon to-be-released in September this year, Cecilia Chang’s movie "Lady Yang Warrior : Military Order".

In 1981 Lau Kar Leung produced, directed and acted in the movie by Shaw Brothers, scripted by Ni Kuang, called "5th brother ‘s 8th divinity rod", and is a rare film about the men of Yang Warrior in the last 30 years. The most dazzling star of Seven Yang sons combination came in 1985 via TVB anniversary series "Yang Warrior Saga" - with the seven sons acted by Li Han Chi, Francis Ng, Li Guo Lin , Michael Miu, Felix Wong, Andy Lau and Tony Leung Chiu Wai.

It was report that since two years ago, Raymond Wong's "Yang Saga" already had a prototype, with screenplay by his son Edmond Wong who also wrote "Ip Man 2". The focus of the story is on the brotherhood love of the seven Yang sons. Raymond Wong had even openly posted before on weibo to ask fans opinions on the casting, ie. which are the actors most appropriate to portray the seven Yang sons.

More touching than “Ip Man”, Zaizai and Wuzun shed manly tears

Do not know whether it is to portray a big brother, that during the press conference event, Zaizai kept the moustache-look that he has spotted since June during the filming of "Live With Fashion". Plus he is thinner, the skin is darker and he was wearing sunglasses, from a distance looks like the "narrow version of Aaron Kwok. "

According to reports, this is the first time in ten years since debut that Zaizai will be acting in an ancient costume role. He said that before that he could not find a ancient costume role that he likes: "The Yang Saga is a story that I am familiar with. During the trying out of costumes, I was so surprised – I felt that I really look handsome." However, in the visual depiction released by the film company, Yang San Lang is like the “great change” version of the Elf Prince (Legolas) from "Lord of the Rings".

It was reported that the first time Zai Zai read the script for "Saving General Yang", he started to cry: "The seven sons would rather sacrifice themselves in order to protect their own brothers, I cry each time I read it (the script). "

Besides Zaizai, another son who was moved to tears was Wu Zun. He said that after reading the script, the one thing that he most wanted to do is to look for his family in Brunei, he can deeply feel the family love in the story.

This made the writer Edmond Wong very satisfied. He said that the original design of the story is to let the audience be moved to tears when they see each of the sons collapse, because the original story of the Yang Saga is actually a tragedy. The producer Raymond Wong added that, compared to "Ip Man 1 and 2," "Saving General Yang" will make the audience even more moved to tears. For this reason, he purposely invited his old partner back from Hollywood – director Ronny Yu of "Bride with White Hair," "Fearless", joining forces with Huayi Brothers, Henan Television Group, raising 170 million to film "Saving General Yang."

"Saving General Yang" first son Louis Koo had to retreat (from the film) due to foot injury, whether Raymond Wong’s wishes can come true will depend on the performance of Ekin Cheng and the other six shuai guys.

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Hand of God guides rock singer's new album - Yahoo!

Hand of God guides rock singer's new album - Yahoo!: Beijing (China Daily/ANN) - His skin-fit purple jeans, black T-shirt, that hangs loosely on his strong frame, leather bracelets, and huge finger ring scream the rebellious spirit of a rock singer. But when Vanness Wu, a famous singer nad actor from Taiwan, begins to talk about his new pop-rock album, C'est La V, his first in three years, he is seriousness personified.

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Vic Chou talks about his depression

The Taiwanese actor commented that life meant nothing to him then

Taiwanese heartthrob Vic Chou shot to fame in 2001, after his role in drama Meteor Garden.

Sporting a moustache now, Vic said to the Chinese press, "But many people looked down on me, especially those in showbiz. Who is he? He's just a 'pretty vase'."

He added, "People might not believe me when I say this. When I first entered showbiz, all I wanted was to leave this industry. I kept thinking how I could get out of my contract and say goodbye to all these."

While drama offers came pouring in, Vic still hoped to keep a distance from showbiz because he had seen the things people do to reach the top. The actor was inevitably bullied because he is a person who "is unwilling to fight, and would rather do things quietly".

"I was struggling. With my kind of attitude, I would still be bullied, no matter where I worked; but not wanting to fight is my nature," Vic said.

Vic's emotional burden accumulated over the years, resulting in depression a few years ago.

"I was immune to pain and was unafraid of death, during the worst period when I had depression. Death became optional. In other words, I would die, if I wanted to die today," he let on.

The actor might have talked about his illness lightly now, but his condition was rather severe back then.

"Luckily, I have positive-thinking friends, who were willing to listen to me, towards the end of my therapy, and I would tell them about my condition. You're actually helping yourself, if you're willing to share. The negativity would decrease," Vic said.

Van Ness Wu, "Aiya" MV featuring Ady An

Taiwanese artist Van Ness Wu, "Aiya" MV featuring Ady An.

These two have previously collaborated in a popular 2009 Taiwanese drama entitled, "Autumn's Concerto."


VanNess Wu 吳建豪 - Aiya 哎呀 MV [Eng Sub]

Wu Chun and Vic Chou fights in saving General Yang

The Raymond Wong Pak Ming produced SAVING GENERAL YANG (JUNG LIT YEUNG GA JEUNG) today started production in Kaifeng, Henan. Raymond Lam Fung, Wu Chun, Vic Chou Yu Man, Yu Bo, Fu Xinbo appeared and attracted 300 fans. Later, the team went to pay their respect to the Yang family ancestors at the Yang House. However Adam Cheng Siu Chau who played Yang Linggong, Louis Koo Tin Lok who played the oldest son and Li Chen who played the fourth son. Goo Jai due to leg injury and Li Chen due to work were absent.

The film cost almost 200 million. The Ronny Yu Yun Tai directed, Wong Pak Chi's son Edmond Wong Chi Hung written film starred top film stars of three lands on both sides of the strait. Lam Fung played the fifth son, Wu Chun the sixth son, Chou Yu Man the third son and Yu Bo the second song, Fu Xinbo the seventh son, Dior Cheng Yi Kin as Pan Renmei, and Xu Fan as She Taijun.

The actors shared their feeling after they received the script. Because the story was mainly about siblings and family, Wu Chun after reading it wanted to call his father. Lam Fung already imagined the scenes as he read the script and believed that everyone would like it. As for Jai Jai who would play in costume for the first time, he said that he was very happy to run into a good script. Originally he worried that his costume look would be terrifying, but he was unexpectedly handsome. Later he also added, "The other brothers are also very handsome."

Goo Jai was absent due to his right leg injury. Wong Pak Ming revealed that he has talked with Goo Jai over the phone, although his injury has improved the doctor's report would determine when he would start work. Wong Pak Ming also stressed that he would not recast because Goo Jai was the soul of the story.
Wu Chun, Jai Jai and Lam Fung all worried about Goo Jai's injury and wished him a speedy recovery. Lam Fung ten years ago worked with Goo Jai on STEP INTO THE PAST (CHUM CHUN GEI) so he looked forward to working together again very much. Making his costume debut Jai Jai joked that despite the action director on the hand he still wanted to ask Wu Chun to be his personal trainer. Wu Chun immediately agreed. They also had to learn to ride for the film together. Jai Jai said that he had to foster a relationship with the horse and he already had three lessons. Every time he improved.

Vanness Wu declares that he did not violate any laws

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Vaness Wu declares that he did not violate any laws

Vaness Wu arrived yesterday afternoon at apm for his autograph signing meeting. He was asked about the obscene photos of fight attendants taken from the pilot area of the plane which were recently released, as well as the picture of him and the pilot taken from the pilot area of the plane he had uploaded to Weibo the day before yesterday which made netizens suspect that it had been taken while the plane was still flying, Vaness then declared that he knew the flight rules very well, knowing that while the plane was still flying passengers were prohibited from entering the pilot area and that the picture he took with the pilot was before the plane took flight. The pilot had told him to enter and after conversing with one another, they decided to take a picture. Today was Vaness' birthday and the coordinators of the event had presented him with a birthday cake and he also received a lot of gifts from his fans.

Ella forces Vic Chou to choose her over Yang Mi

The Kevin Chu Yen Ping directed, Vic Chou (Chow Yu Man), Yang Mi, Ella, Benny (Siu Siu Bun) and Ding Shasha starred film HAPPY UNION (TIN SUN YUT DUI) yesterday held a Beijing press conference. With Qixi on the way, the event placed a giant heart shaped floral arrangement for the cast to take photos with. In the film child actor Ding Shasha had a crush on Benny, but when the event arranged for them to hold hands Benny was somewhat upset and even made some funny expressions that made everyone laugh. Rising in popularity, Yang Mi had fans with banners and flowers for her. Because later she still had to work, yesterday she took three hours off to attend the press conference. Jai Jai also had fan cheering him on.

This film will be released during the year end holidays, now the Taiwan segment has already been completed. Later it will shoot in Shanghai. Although during the holiday it will face a lot of strong competition, director Chu Yen Ping was very confident. Because among the action and martial art films, HAPPY UNION was like a fresh breeze, a tears within laughter romance that would gently conquer the tough. He even believed in film luck. Because the cast had strong popularity, the film had good luck. In the film was Jai Jai a Happy Union with Yang Mi or Ella? He joked that Jai Jai this time was very lucky. He not only had two women but also Vivian Hsu (Tsui Yuek Suen). Jai Jai heard and happily smiled.

Yang Mi this time played Jai Jai's former wife, Ella played his confidante and Tsui Yuek Suen played another girlfriend. Which type of girl would Jai Jai choose? Before he was able to answer, Ella already cut in. "He doesn't need to choose, he definitely would choose me." She also said to Yang Mi, "Give me a chance." Jai Jai laughed and said, "Since you say it like that, I choose you." Jai Jai and Benny also had a father and son relationship. Jai Jai honestly said that at first he was worried whether he would be able to work with a child actor. Luckily childhood stardom has not polluted Benny. They had great communication. Reporters asked whether Benny liked Jai Jai or his own father? He directly said he liked his own father. When Yang Mi first worked with Jai Jai, she thought that he lived in his own life and was somewhat hard to communicate with. Later she realized that his eyes were electrifying, which caused her to lose control. Luckily she was able to leave her character.