The invincibility of Asia's king of pop Rain has been called into question after tickets for his Taoyuan (桃園) concert last week failed to sell like hot cakes. An unwise choice of location and hasty preparation are said to have contributed to the lackluster sales with 40 percent of tickets left unsold: Could the South Korean megastar's sex appeal be waning?
A poor turnout didn't seem to dampen Rain's high spirits and superman-like vigor. During his four-day stay, the star was spotted regaling himself at feasts sometimes with mentally challenged kids as a gesture of philanthropy. He was also spotted going late-night bowling after physically demanding rehearsals that would exhaust an untrained body.
The concert itself was hot, just as expected, but the eye-popping fire spectacle got out of control and set fire to the stage roof that failed to alarm the absorbed crowds but sent two Korean staff members to hospital with slight burns.
After the post-concert party on Sunday night at Barcode, and three-hours of bowling Rain, hit the sack at the break of day.
Rain's first movie I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK is scheduled to hit local screens in the middle of next month, which could indicate the direction of his popularity.
On the other side of the Taiwan Strait, local girl outfit S.H.E. had a slipshod party to celebrate Hebe's 24th birthday last Saturday at Muse, one of Carina Lau's (劉嘉玲) lucrative investments and now the hottest nightspot in Shanghai, since it is the place where the actress and tycoon Terry Gou (郭台銘) first met.
The S.H.E. trio in fashion-deficient outfits immediately became the focus of the night as the liquor quickly kicked in.
The intoxicated Hebe was heard talking in odd English throughout the night and local paparazzi dutifully recorded the birthday girl's last mumble as she paid the check and called it a night: "I bought the YSL by myself, I am an independent woman."
After Tony Leung's (梁朝偉) withdrawal from John Woo's (吳宇森) Battle of Red Cliff (赤壁之戰), the film may yet suffer another last-minute change of cast as recent rumors suggest actor Chang Chen (張震) could be replaced by Chinese actor Liu Ye (劉燁).
When asked by local media about the replacement, Woo didn't give a direct answer but hinted at Chang's dismissal by saying, "Liu is an actor I admire a lot and I've wanted to work with him for a long time."
Four years have passed since Hong Kong legend Leslie Cheung (張國榮) jumped from a hotel roof and ended his colorful life on April 1, 2003. Though fans in Hong Kong and China held commemoratory events on Sunday in remembrance of the late actor and singer, to some the late star is still alive, at least in the widely-circulated tales saying Cheung is spotted living safe and sound in various places across the world.
Some say the actor is in fact leading a reclusive life in China's remote mountains while others believe Cheung now lives in Buenos Aires. And the most farfetched story involves director Zhang Yimou's (張藝謀) meeting the actor for film projects in Singapore last year.
Scott Saulters wasn’t sure if his film had just taken one of the two top prizes at a recent film competition. Although Saulters has been in Taiwan for 15 years and is proficient in Mandarin, the award ceremony for the inaugural “Bi Tian Iann” (眯電影) short film contest was conducted entirely in Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese), a language he can’t speak. “I thought I heard it, but I didn’t want to look too excited,” he says. Despite his limited command of the tongue, Saulter’s entry, Wu Yu Tzu (烏魚子, mullet roe), took first place in the amateur category of the
The Taiwan of yesteryear was dominated in whole or in part by the Dutch, Spanish, Qing Empire and Japanese. But is the Taiwanese name for a popular edible fish derived from the Portuguese language? Cheng Wei-chung (鄭維中), an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History, says yes. The fish in question is the narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, which was listed in early 18th century Qing local gazetteers as Taiwanese specialities alongside milk fish and mullet, according to Cheng’s paper, “Mullet, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel and milkfish: Multiple contextual developments of three certified seafood specilaities in Taiwan, from the
I didn’t expect to spend more than three minutes out of my car, yet the sun was so brutal I put on my hat before approaching the seawall. Beimen (北門) is the flattest and most sun-baked part of Tainan. It lacks trees and people. In wintertime, the weather is often delightful. It wasn’t yet mid-morning in the hot season, however, and I felt like a leaf shriveling in the desert. Atop the seawall but facing inland, I could see dozens of the rectangular ponds which account for a significant percentage of Beimen’s “land” area. Some, no doubt, were dug to produce
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten