January 14th, 2013


‘Meteor Garden'’s F4 To Reunite At China’s Spring Festival

Taiwanese group F4, composed of Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vanness Wu, and Ken Chu, who practically started the Asian male group fever, is set to do a much-awaited reunion, four years since their last performance together.

Fans of the dashing quartet can now rejoice that their idols will finally be together again, performing at Jiangsu TV’s Spring Festival in China by the end of the month, according to Xin MSN Entertainment’s website report recently. Recall that early last year the same rumors sprouted about the F4’s stint at the same event but it didn't push through allegedly due to the artists’ conflicting schedules.

The pop stars, according to the report, are set to take a trip down the memory lane by performing their hit “Meteor Rain,” as well as other songs.

F4’s biggest break in the country happened more than a decade ago through the hit drama “Meteor Garden,” the TV adaptation of the Japanese manga series “Hana Yori Dango.” The same title which inspired the creation of the Korean drama “Boys Over Flowers” featuring Yan look-a-like, Lee Min Ho.

During their heyday, F4, now known as JVKV, (taken from the first letters of their English names) who changed their name in 2007 due to copyright issues with the manga's publisher, aside from being actors on “Meteor Garden” and it’s sequel “Meteor Garden II” also released five studio albums and even performed the drama’s theme song “Meteor Rain.”

More, they also lent their voice to the Mandarin version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for the Disney animated film “Lilo and Stitch,” and the Pepsi theme song “Ask For More” both in 2002.

In 2008 though, after each pursued their solo careers in acting and music,F4 found little time to cater to their group assignments, which led to their silent disbandment. Their last performance as a group happened in Japan that year.

On November 2012, Zhou, in a different Xin MSN Entertainment report, seemingly hinted at the reunion, saying that F4 would "reunite at the right time." Zhou’s manager, however, refused to confirm anything to the media then save to say, “[F4] has always received such invitations from the television stations.”

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Random 'Journey to the West' news plus Show Luo character poster

The Stephen Chow Sing Chi produced, directed and written, Shu Qi, Wen Zhang, Huang Bo and Chrissie Chau Sau Na starred JOURNEY TO THE WEST (SAI YAU GONG MOR PIN) will be released on February 7 for the Lunar New Year film and on February 10 in the Mainland on the Lunar New Year's Day. Yesterday its stills and production special were unveiled

In JOURNEY TO THE WEST, aside from the Shu Qi played demon taming heroine and Wen Zhang played Chen Xuanzang (young Venerable Monk Tang), the comedy team also had Sing Yeh's KUNG FU HUSTLE and CJ7 (CHEUNG GONG CHUT HO) classic support players Jiro Lee Seung Ching and Fung Min Hung as well as new additions like Huang Bo, Show Luo (Law Chi Cheung) and Chau Sau Na. Playing the Sand Monk, Lee Seung Ching also had to perform in the buff with Wen Zhang

In the production special Sing Yeh was very attentive to Shu Qi. He personally demonstrated every stunt. In Shu Qi's fight against monsters Sing Yeh displayed his style. Shu QI and Huang Bo's dance scene also had a comedy feel. Sing Yeh also revealed that he played an important character for viewers to find

When two generations of sexy stars Shu Qi and Chau Sau Na ran into each other, they held back their sexiness for comedy. Sister Na did not feel Sing Yeh was serious at all. She said, "Everyday was spent in laughter." Many compared the Huang Bo played Sun Wukong with Sing Yeh's in CHINESE ODYSSEY. Huang Bo said that this time Sun Wukong was not handsome. Because he was trapped for 500 years he was balding.


Beijing warns residents after off-the-charts smog

BEIJING (AP) &mdash Beijing chools kept children indoors and hospitals saw a spike in respiratory cases Monday following a weekend of off-the chart pollution in China's smoggy capital, the worst since the government began being more open about air-quality data.

City authorities, who began releasing figures about some of the worst kinds of pollutants early last year, ordered many factories to scale back emissions and were spraying water at building sites to try to tamp down dust and dirt worsening the noxious haze hanging over the city.

Demand spiked for face masks an air purifiers, and hospitals saw surges of up to 30 percent in residents seeking help for breathing problems, state-run media outlets reported. Schools in several districts were ordered to cancel outdoor activities such as flag-raisings and sports classes, and in an unusual public announcement,Beijing authorities dvised all residents to "take measures to protect their health."

"It's really terrible. I'm extremely upset, but there's really nothing much I can do," said a Beijing resident out for a morning stroll. Like many Chinese, the man would give only his surname, Kang.

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