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By Max Woodworth  /  STAFF REPORTER

Dylan Kuo explains himself.

PHOTO: TAIPEI TIMES

Singer and actor Dylan Kuo (郭品超) found himself in some hot water this week when it became known that he was the accused in a hit-and-run case in Taipei. The accident took place May 22 when Kuo was driving through Shihlin and hit a woman pushing her scooter down a road. He then kept driving.

According to Kuo, after hitting the lady, a car behind him began honking its horn and, assuming it was because his car was in the way, he chose to circle the block and come back to check on the woman. But, by the time he made it back to the accident site, the lady was gone -- to the police station, as it turned out.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Kuo decided to

apologize to the victim by saying: "This misunderstanding was caused by my ignorance of the law," and promised to cover her medical expenses and the repairs for her totaled scooter and handed over a stuffed red envelope. With that, charges were dropped.

Another gaffe, albeit of far less consequence, was committed by Vic Chou (周渝民) of F4 last week when he said in an interview that he thought all South Korean girls looked the same. His comment was reported in South Korea, predictably setting off an anti-Vic firestorm on the country's Internet, with one netizen, according to the Apple Daily (蘋果日報), complaining: "He's not even a Westerner. How can he not tell the difference among Asians?" The singer's agency, hoping to defuse the situation, displayed its diplomacy skills by clarifying to the South Korean media that Chou originally meant to say that South Korean girls are all similarly beautiful, but that he'd forgotten to add the last word in the sentence. He's a bit slow that way, so all was forgiven.

With Kung Fu Hustle (功夫) about to be released in the region, the movie's director and lead actor Stephen Chow (周星馳) paid a visit to the promotion crew in China on its last stop at Chengdu's Southwest University for Nationalities sparking yet another scary situation for a star by an unhinged Chinese crowd. When the thousands of massed students caught sight of Chow, they began crushing each other as they surged forward to shake his hand, get an autograph, give him a hug? Who knows? But the chaos was enough to prompt Chow to try to calm the students by saying he's just a regular guy and that he's actually a really bad actor. Someone still managed to steal the hat off his head, though, despite Chow's efforts to get everyone to take a chill pill.

In stark contrast to the excitement in Chengdu, things were somber in Hong Kong over the weekend, as 35,000 people assembled to pay their last respects to James Wong Jim (黃霑), one of the city's most beloved lyricists, who penned some well-known Cantonese pop songs. Wong died last week of lung cancer. He was 64. He was known as a legend for his eccentric sense of humor and long list of hits that included Shanghai Tang (上海唐). His career spanned 30 years in Hong Kong's entertainment industry.

The Golden Horse Awards last Saturday offered a few surprises and for Tony Leung (梁朝偉) one major disappointment, when he lost in the best actor category to his buddy Andy Lau (劉德華). He had chosen to miss his mother's birthday, which fell on the same day as the awards ceremony, hoping to take home one of those coveted awards for his role in 2046 to make up for his absence. Instead he had to do some last-minute gift shopping.

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