Category Archives: TW Celebs

Yi Kang & Lei Lei’s Pursuit of Happiness



It’s a rare case of obsession and love, as I’ve never really been much of a TW series fan. The last I’ve ever watched fully was In Time With You, and though my love was equally immense for that where I rem I had endless to die for squeesqoonworthy moments, I did suffer bits from dragginess and frustration with the narrative motif of certain characters (especially You Qing, when dealing with her relationship with Li Da Ren and the other guy Sunny Wang played). But I adored the execution and the vibe, as well as the amount of thought and consideration put into the dialogues. It was really a one of a kind piece, you don’t get  a lot of those in mainstream Taiwan industry, which is almost always amassed with chic flics and sugary cheesy stuff which give you major whiplashes right from the beginning.

Then The Pursuit of Happiness came along, and literally SLAYED ME. This IS PURE SOLID STUFF, about almost everything anything that you want to know about falling in love and finding the love that you want and need.

Bear with me. <3333

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The Pursuit of Happiness 愛的生存之道


So much in so little, the simpleness painting so much, why can’t K-drama posters be this gorgeous and understated? Love love love it!

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Joseph Chang and Amber Kuo “On The Loose”

Being all free and loose, don’t we all want that? How I wish I could just drop everything work shit stuff and let loose, go anywhere and everywhere, free my mind and just not “think” for once. :/

I wish.

Check out  Joseph Chang and Amber Kuo‘s specially filmed CF “On The Loose” for the Taipei Film Festival 2013.


Pretty cool stuff despite some staggering similarities to Kristen Stewart’s indie flic On The Road.  Joseph and Amber look great together and rawk with plenty of chemistry. Can we have like a 30 minute mini film instead?

Not having Joseph Chang for 20 eps in a series or something killlssss me. ;(

credits: TFF @ Youtube

Joseph Chang & Janine Chang DARE TO LOVE

Dare To Love

I love the idea of mini films or 微電影 in Chinese as you call it. It has the atmospheric mood and vibe of a music video, and doesn’t lack in execution of a story (usually a love story) that resonates.  It doesn’t drag on as long as a film, and yet execution is usually done aptly and tastefully to appear like one. The Korean MV makers are the most expert in this field, almost all their MVs tell a story,  either one that makes you bawl like a baby (just because you can’t have a Korean MV with noone crying) or a story that doesn’t make sense LOL. But either way, we know well enough. TW has been following the trend for quite some time now. The most prominent or let’s say, the one I remember most, Rainie Yang who’d done a few mini films/MVs for her songs, Show Luo, I remember seeing a few of his. And recently, JJ Lin who’d announced that he’d filmed a total of 10 MVs in mini film format for all of his songs in his new album! Get that baby, it’s the trend now!

And now we have Joseph Chang and Janine Chang <333 collaborating together (for the first time if I’m correct?) in a mini film for Marie Claire’s TW 20th Anniversary celebration. This is a combo that I’d never seen coming though not really unexpected given their A-list status in TW.  And they’re absolutely adorable, and not to mention swoony hilarious together. Certainly don’t mind a drama pair up in future! 😛 The title of this mini film is called “Dare To Love 勇敢去愛” and is part of a tri-project titled <<Dare Generation勇敢世代>> undertaken by Marie Claire TW to commemorate the magazine’s 20th year entry into Taiwan.

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Joseph Chang’s SOUL


I realise the above may be to sickening a picture to start the new snake year. But after a long week of MIA hiatus from writing and blogging (CNY has drained me empty), I sorta have lost my zeal to write and ramble the way I normally do. I am supposed to do a write up about the recent dramas I’ve watched and dropped, but I just can’t THINK of anything coherent, everything that comes out spell JISLOVEJISISSOHOT )pu$_*#_)(+#)(#+( (blame the man why is he so captivating?!) Arrrhhhh. Decided just to go with this.

Joseph Chang‘s new and upcoming film “Soul”. A gory eerie film about murder conspiracies and freakish eerie souls occupying bodies and stuff, yaiks! After Joseph’s successful stint in GF.BF. he has again! chosen something different to challenge and to add to his acting credentials. This time he plays a mentally challenged and inept man who returns to live with his reclusive father (played by the renowned Jimmy Wang Yu) and sister in the woods. Demise occurs and soon all eyes and suspicion fall on him… but little does everyone know, something dark and creepy lies beneath and within..

Check out the spooky but fantastically edited trailer:

Joseph is made for films, but can I have a drama soon? Pretty please! I miss him so.

credits: ifilmFilmware @ youtube / poster as tagged

Girlfriend. Boyfriend. 女朋友 .男朋友. ramblings


This is NOT a full review of the film. I still need to get some things sorted out.

I finished the film last night, in tears and in total utter blankness. Moments and scenes touched and moved me, made me ache in agony over the characters’ experiences and feelings. Scenes stalled me, giving the wondrous and loveliest of feelings. The performances, utterly wonderful, with touches of explosiveness and restrained nuances, added with a mix of boldness and vulnerability. I was emotionally engaged. But ONE THING, it may have been my lack of understanding and afterthought, it may have been the drink I had last night, it could be just me, cos in spite of the combination of such exquisite direction from Yang Ya Tze and the award-deserving performances by the actors (esp by Kwai Lun Mei), the film failed to connect with me at an intellectual level. It felt confusing at times, convoluted and somewhat a bit of an overflow of effort trying too hard to achieve something out of its reach. But I’ve read countless glowing reviews praising the entire film’s intention and aim at presenting what we may call, the complexity and sensitivity of youth and adolescence. In that it manages to tell a story of friendship, not in the usual sugary sweet and naive context, but in ways in which circumstantial factors may come into the picture, making things a lot more complicated. I’m pretty sure I’m on the same track despite my lack of understanding of certain scenes. As much as certain scenes manage to swallow and engulf me emotionally, there is no denying the disconnect is there, I need to overcome it in order for me to fully understand and give this film a fair judgment overall.

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Joseph Chang for VOGUE’s Power 10


I doubt anyone remembers him anymore now, it’s been a year plus since DTLY ended? The actors all parted ways, went on to do their own stuff, never read or heard of any news of them getting together for hang-outs or anything, considering the close friendship and bond they’d forged during filming. I guess life goes on, you move on to different phases and you start anew.

Joseph Chang has been and is still quite the low-profile man he is. Besides GF.BF and some CF endorsements following DTLY, he hasn’t done anything particularly attention grabbing. No dramas no nothing (which I’d expected him to do given his sudden soared popularity after his stint as SJX). But I guess that’s him, who he is, the quiet and reserved man who prefers to keep everything in wraps, who prefers to shy away, the one who prefers to be tight-lipped even when limelight is on him. I do still think he’s the goof (as show in DTLY BTS) behind the scenes, but it’s a pity that we don’t get to see that as often now.

He’s being doing rounds of promotions of GF.BF. over TW the past few months, haven’t had the opportunity to watch it, but heard it was really solid, and had earned Joseph Chang and the rest of the cast major thumbs up and accolades. And naturally VOGUE was fast to snap this hot Best Actor contender for their Power 10 series, you can’t miss it when a hottie’s around!

Check out JC @ the shoot:

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