News Bites: December 29nd, 2014


  • The cast of upcoming Taiwanese drama, Heart of Steel (鋼鐵之心) held a screening event on 26th of December. In the drama, Alan Ko will be playing as an aspiring motorbike racer and will win the hearts of Phoebe Yuan, Hannah Quinlivan and Andrea Chen who plays as his ex-girlfriend in the college era but later becomes his buddy, Darren’s girlfriend.  Member of the Taiwanese boyband group Lollipop F, Awayne Liu (Ah-Wei) will play as a character that loves Hannah Quinlivan in the drama. Heart of Steel is slated to premiere in January 4th, replacing X Lies (謊言遊戲) for the Sunday drama timeslot on CTV. In the event, Alan Ko teases that Hannah Quinlivan already has another “Lun” (Alan Ko’s chinese name is Ke You-Lun) in real life, hinting about her real-life fiance, Jay Chou whose chinese name is Zhou Jie-Lun, ha! [WOWnews]
  • South Korea is planning to create a drama remake of the hit Taiwanese drama penned by Mag Hsu, In Time With You (我可能不會愛你). Mag Hsu have named the ideal people she wants for the Korean cast, which are So Ji-Sub or Gong Yoo as Li Da-Ren and Jeon Ji-Hyun or Jung Yu-Mi as Chen You-Qing as she thinks that both actresses are able to portray the prideful heroine well. No words have been said on the Korean cast but it’s said that the Korean remake will be written by the screenwriter of Full House and Attic Cat. Hopefully this remake will turn out good but I’ll probably skip it since I tend to avoid watching Korean remakes of Taiwanese dramas as I’m too familiar with the story. [Now News]
  • News are out for the top grossing Taiwanese films of the year 2014. KANO and Café. Waiting. Love (等一個人咖啡) are the top 2 local films that made into the top 10 list. Taiwanese comedy hit film, Twa-Tiu-Tiann (大稻埕) which stars Taiwanese veteran comedian-actor, Chu Ke-liang, Jian Man-Shu, Chris Wang and Sonia Sui also successfully entered the top 10 list. [Yahoo Taiwan]


  • Aaron Yan will be making his cameo appearance in tonight’s episode of SETTV latest hit daily drama, Dear Mom (我的寶貝四千金). He already appeared for a brief while without full shot of his face in last friday’s episode as a gangster that finds the missing son of Jennifer Hong‘s character. Aaron Yan will cameo as a bad-mannered Taiwanese gangster that speaks a lot of Hokkien-Taiwanese language and his appearance will heat up the romance between Joanne Tseng and Melvin Sia. He said that he had a lot of fun playing a gangster as it’s a type of role that he won’t get to play in idol dramas.
    Aaron Yan and Joanne Tseng collaborated before for a short while in Love Buffet (愛似百匯) before Joanne Tseng dropped the heroine character as the production was caught into a delay due to certain circumstances. It was a pity that she dropped the drama and take on other drama projects, if not they might have collaborated long before. Aaron Yan said that Joanne Tseng and him are good friends in real life. He jokes that she’s a boring woman in real life because she’s so mature and serious, ha! Currently, Dear Mom is enjoying a continuous rise in rating, with the latest episode breaking 2 in rating, that’s even higher that the overall average rating for their predecessor drama, Love Cheque Charge (幸福兌換劵). [WOWnews]
  • Eric Chou who gained popularity and recognition for the theme song, Don’t Be Friends Anymore in the Future (以後別做朋友) he wrote for hit drama, The Way We Were (16個夏天) finally releases his highly anticipated debut album, My Way to Love (學著愛). Tiffany Hsu will be romancing the 19-years old rookie singer in the MV of his title track. Watch the MV HERE. He’s definitely a young talent that I’ll be looking out for. [WOWnews]
  • Sad news for the week. Manager of Taiwanese girl group, Dream Girls passed away due to cerebral hemorrhage. It was said that she also lost her unborn 6-months old baby in the process. Members of Dream Girls, Puff Kuo, Tia Lee and Emily Song were in tears as they sent her off in her funeral held in the 23rd of December. Puff Kuo said that it’s hard to get used without her manager and hope that she and her baby will rest in peace. My condolences to the manager’s family. [China Times]
  • Icon of the Chinese cinema, Taiwanese actress, Brigitte Lin shows off her timeless beauty for the cover of Elle China. She’s already 60 years old this year but still so beautiful and elegant. She was also my mom’s idol and I guess pretty much the idol of most Chinese parents, ha! Probably most known for her roles in Taiwanese famed romance novelist and screenwriter, Qiong Yao and she’s probably one of the most beautiful “DongFang BuBai” in history. [Elle China] [wtoutiao]


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