Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
December 25th,2005 - Director Peter Chan, Mainland actress Zhou Xun, Japanese-Taiwanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro and Korean star Ji Jin Hee promoted their latest musical movie Perhaps Love in Taipei!
Download or watching online here (from sina.com): Perhaps Love promotes in Taiwan!
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Saturday, December 24, 2005
Perhaps Love director Peter Chan mixes music and drama to great effect. Review by Elaine Chan - Saturday, December 10, 2005
Director Peter Chan is unashamedly pitching Perhaps Love at the international market.
The film is an attractive package that's certainly watchable, offering a mix of Broadway and Bollywood-style fare with Chan's very own brand of love story, and a star-studded international cast.
Mimicking the red curtain style of Moulin Rouge, the opening features colorful umbrellas in a dance choreographed by Bollywood's Farrah Khan.
This is a movie within a movie. Actor Lin Jian-dong (Takeshi Kaneshiro) arrives in Shanghai from Hong Kong to star in a musical by reknowned director Nie Wen (Jacky Cheung) with co-star Sun Na (Zhou Xun), an old flame from his days at Beijing Film Academy when she was a showgirl at a Sanlitun (Beijing's Lan Kwai Fong) bar.
The subplot focuses on an amnesiac female circus performer who is dating the circus owner. Lin's character comes along and restores her memory, as Lin and Sun rekindle their real-life romance. Nie, the circus owner, is unaware that his two stars had been lovers.
It's the magical Peter Chan love triangle formula, orchestrated by veteran screenwriter Raymond To and Aubrey Lam.
Love is a subject that Chan is quite familiar with and in most of his films the plot is driven by an ambitious woman with big dreams for herself (Zhou in this film and Maggie Cheung in Comrades, Almost a Love Story).
Chan's characters are often full of doubt about themselves and their relationships, which often begin with utility rather than love.
Rather than telling the love stories in his usual subtle and intimate style, Chan this time lets his characters break into song and dance. This transformation is brilliant and the film has received 18 million yuan (HK$17.28 million) in box office earnings since it opened in cinemas in the mainland on December 1.
The most notable performance comes from Zhou Xun. She is a combination of Gong Li's elegance and Shu Qi's charms, a versatile actress, convincing in her role.
The most memorable scene takes place in a hotel swimming pool, in which the lovesick Kaneshiro spends his sleepless nights fully dressed. The best kiss also takes place here - underwater.
Also noteworthy is the hearty singing from Jacky Cheung, not to mention, Ji Jin-hee's great looks and the breathtaking circus performances.
Perhaps Love has been nominated for the 2006 foreign film Oscar as Hong Kong's entry.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
December 21, 2005
Perhaps Love and The Promise have both been touted as the biggest Chinese movies this year. How do they compare in terms of story, stars and cast? CHANG MAY CHOON and WENDY TEO give their take
WE HAVE these past two weeks been hit between the eyes with more stardust than we can handle. Japanese-Taiwanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro swept into town on 4 Dec with his Perhaps Love co-star Zhou Xun and director Peter Chan, while The Promise's Korean star Jang Dong Gun had his fanatical fans banging on glass doors to catch his attention last week. Both are possible contenders for Best Foreign Film in the Oscars race, with Perhaps Love as Hong Kong's entry and The Promise, China's.
With so many parallels, how do the two films compare?
# The Promise: In director Chen Kaige's own words, the story is set '3,000 years ago in the future, somewhere in Asia'. Doesn't make sense? Neither does the movie, sadly. Even though it is the most expensive Chinese film ever, with a bill of US$35 million ($59 million).
A mighty general, a humble slave and an evil duke all compete for the affections of a beautiful princess. But she can love no one because she had made a pact with a sorceress to give up true love for irresistible beauty. Not that the besotted men realise it, so the shallow result is one mindless tussle after another to win the reluctant trophy princess.
# Perhaps Love: This musical within a movie - the first Chinese movie musical in 30 years - will touch even the most cynical viewer. The film is about two top actors and ex-lovers, Lin Jiandong and Sun Na reuniting in a musical.
While Sun Na, who is now dating Nie Wen, claims to have forgotten Jiandong, the latter is determined to make her remember their passionate affair. Meanwhile, Sun Na and Nie Wen's plateauing relationship makes him wonder if theirs is one of mutual benefit or true love.And the musical he directs turns out to be an aching parallel to the real-life love triangle.
# The winner: Perhaps Love, easily - simply because it has a strong, heart-rending plot.
THE MAN AT THE HELM
# The Promise: After making a stunning debut in 1984 with the multiple award-winning epic, Yellow Earth, the highly-respected Chen, 53, went on to produce another masterpiece in Farewell To My Concubine.
It not only won a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994, it also got an Oscar nomination. Hollywood beckoned, but Chen's first English film, Killing Me Softly (2002), was a flop panned by critics for its wishy-washy, melodramatic story line. The Promise is his latest film after the well-received Chinese film, Together (2003).
# Perhaps Love: Hong Konger Peter Chan, 43, is one of very few directors with a flawless track record and the Midas touch.
He has produced critically-acclaimed work such as He's A Woman She's A Man I and II, Golden Chicken and Dumplings, while his 1996 film Comrades, Almost A Love Story won him a Golden Bauhinia, Golden Horse, Hong Kong Film and the Hong Kong Film Critics Society awards. His Going Home segment in the trilogy Three also won him a special mention at the Brussels International Festival Of Fantasy Film.
# The winner: Perhaps Love's Peter, for being unbeatable so far.
Perhaps Love's Korean hunk Ji Jin Hee may have a growing fan base here thanks to his drama serial, Jewel In The Palace, but his kimchi is nowhere near as hot as The Promise's Dong Gun.
However, The Promise's stern-faced Japanese lead Hiroyuki Sanada is no match for the swoonsome pretty boy Takeshi in Perhaps Love.
China's Zhou Xun (Perhaps Love) and Liu Ye (The Promise) are both on top of their game.
On the Hong Kong front, the combined acting experience of Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung (The Promise) barely matches Jacky Cheung's (Perhaps Love).
# The winner: It may be a tough fight in terms of star power, but The Promise takes a slight lead in the numbers game.
STAR TOUR POWER
# The Promise: The most promising thing about The Promise has to be Dong Gun.
Always smiling, he was a walking swoon magnet who charmed every woman who crossed his path last week, from the 600 fans at the airport to the 1,000-strong crowd at The Heeren and another 500 at the gala premiere at Great World City. Nobody had anything bad to say about him and newspapers raved about his obliging ways, mesmerising eyes and charisma.
# Perhaps Love: Perhaps the fans didn't love enough.
Compared to Dong Gun, the power of three - Takeshi, Zhou Xun and Peter - had only 200 fans turning up at the airport to greet them. The gala premiere and red carpet walk at the Victoria Theatre fared slightly better with 100 more. But to the fans' disappointment, Takeshi whizzed past the red stretch in 10 minutes without shaking hands or signing autographs. Another blip on Perhaps Love's scorecard was how Takeshi's reticence translated to front-page tongue-lashings on two major newspapers here.
# The winner: The Promise, for Dong Gun truly worked his magic here.
# The Promise: China's critics praised it to the skies, but our local reviewers stomped on it, giving it an average of 2.5 ticks.
Both Lianhe Zaobao and The New Paper gave it 2.5 ticks, while The Straits Times called it a 'spectacular failure' worthy of just two ticks.
# Perhaps Love: The Straits Times gave it 3.5 ticks, saying it 'leaves you stirred but distanced at the same time'.
Lianhe Zaobao gave it four ticks, calling it the best performance by Takeshi ever.
The New Paper also gave it four ticks.
# The winner: Perhaps Love, with its high average of four ticks.
# The verdict: Perhaps Love may have won over the critics, but The Promise - by the power of one man's charm - created more buzz here.
Source: The Eletric New Paper - Singapore
by SHARON WONG on Dec 21, 2005 - New Straits Time, Malaysia !
Perhaps Love heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro has more than just good looks, with director Peter Chan praising his talent and dedication as an actor. SHARON WONG writes.
UPM IT has been more than 12 years since Takeshi Kaneshiro has been to Malaysia and naturally, fans and curious onlookers alike grabbed the opportunity to see the Japanese-Taiwanese heartthrob when he was in town to promote his new movie Perhaps Love.
When asked the reason for the long absence, the handsome actor said the opportunity just never presented itself. This short trip, he added, gave him a chance to see again the beautiful country of Malaysia.
Takeshi, who first burst upon the entertainment scene in 1992 as a singer, has gone on to carve out a niche for himself as an actor. Today, he is not only a much sought-after actor in Hong Kong, he is also a big star in Taiwan and Japan.
"After my first movie, I realised that I much prefer acting. As a result, I decided to put singing on hold. I wanted to learn more about acting." "It was great fun having the chance to sing again in Perhaps Love. My only regret was that I did not have the opportunity to sing with Jacky Cheung but still, it was very satisfying. However, I have no plans to release albums again."
As for the character he portrayed in Perhaps Love — as someone who is obsessed with one woman for 10 years — Takeshi admitted that there were indeed some similarities, for instance, the growing process of the character. "I relate to how he thinks about love 10 years ago. As we grow, our perspective changes. We change all the time. To fully understand love, I think you need to love and understand yourself first."
With his doe eyes and good looks, Takeshi is perfect for those lovelorn roles. Where the emotional scenes in the movie are concerned, he gives credit to the director for being able to draw him into the part.
"A good director helps. An excellent cast is also important. Zhou Xun helped me a lot in bringing out the emotions. Even the climate — the dark and dull atmosphere, snowy weather and the cold — all helped to create this sad and forlorn situation.
"Many outside factors contribute to the ultimate success of a movie. If a film causes the audience to cry or if a comedy causes them to laugh, then it is a success."
While Takeshi credited director Peter Chan for helping him flesh out the role, the latter felt that it was the other way around. When Takeshi was filming Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express and Fallen Angels about 10 years ago, the director had spoken highly of his depth and versatility, not to mention his dedication to film-making. It was reported that Takeshi collaborated on ideas for certain scenes.
For Perhaps Love, Chan saw the same motivation in the actor. "Initially, Takeshi was rather quiet and seemed worried about his role. He asked a lot of questions and it was obvious that he did a lot of thinking about his character. "Through all my years of film-making, I have come across actors who would have their own opinions but not one as totally submerged into his role as Takeshi."
The director also discovered something about Takeshi as filming progressed. "Takeshi’s character is that of a man who is sick ... that’s not the right word. He’s obsessed, damaged and has not grown since the age of 21. He’s emotionally frozen and this is shown through the underwater scenes. "We discovered that he has a special feel for the water. As a result, we gave it more duration and it became a romantic filter for the movie.
"The tear he shed while hanging upside down was real. It took numerous shots and numerous tears to get it to land just right but he did it." A man of few words and an elusive figure — it is a well known fact that Takeshi is always reluctant to be in the spotlight — in the Chinese entertainment circle, he guards his privacy closely.
Perhaps it stemmed from being born of Taiwanese and Japanese parents, which caused some problems for him during his childhood. He was often bullied at school and had difficulty fitting in, feeling like an outsider in school and in his neighbourhood. But his mixed background also gave him an opportunity to become fluent in several languages like Mandarin, Japanese and English.
Being good-looking helped open doors for him. Takeshi started making commercials while still in school. At the age of 15, he was offered an opportunity to be a pop star. In 1992, he released his debut album and was on his way to becoming a teen idol.
The big screen soon beckoned and he appeared in such films as Chungking Express (1994), Fallen Angels (1995), and Lost And Found (1996). It was not long before he was also spotted by a Japanese TV producer. His subsequent role in the mini-series God Please Give Me More Time (1998), about a musician who falls in love with an HIV-positive girl, shot him to superstardom and ignited his Japanese film career. Other blockbuster films followed, including Sleepless Town (Japanese, 1998), Space Travellers (Japanese, 2000), Tempting Heart (Hong Kong, 1999) opposite Gigi Leung, and Lavender (Hong Kong, 2000), with Kelly Chen. More recently, Takeshi starred in the 2002 Japanese box office hit The Returner, and worked opposite Leung again in the Hong Kong flick Turn Left, Turn Right (2003).
Up close but please, not too personal
IT was a close — but short — encounter with Takeshi Kaneshiro and mainland China star Zhou Xun when they were in Kuala Lumpur to promote their movie Perhaps Love together with producer Andre Morgan and director Peter Chan.
Sensitive questions were quickly ignored by an over-zealous emcee before anybody had the opportunity to attempt an answer. The photo shoot was limited to a bittersweet few minutes at the end of the Press conference.
Given the presence of big stars for a big production, the room was jam-packed with journalists and photographers from different media. Chan was in his element, fielding questions in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. The stars, however, seemed a little reticent.
Perhaps Love is a movie-within-a-movie featuring a love triangle. Zhou Xun plays an actress who forsakes her love, played by Takeshi, and enters into a relationship with a director, played by Jacky Cheung.
Jealousy, hatred and passion are ignited as memories of the past and the love of the present collide when Zhou and Takeshi are brought together in a new musical directed by Cheung.
According to Chan, the audience were given the freedom to make up their own minds about the final choice of love partners. "There is no definite answer in the movie," he said. "This is a modern love story. In the past, it was usually some tragedy which brought lovers together or parental objections which tore them apart. "In modern times, the lovers have to make up their own minds."
When asked what her choice would be if she were faced with the choice of a director who could take her to the pinnacle of her career or a lover and companion, Zhou deliberated for a while before finally settling for the director. "The director would also become my lover and companion."
Where the song and dance sequences were concerned, both Takeshi and Zhou agreed that they were a lot of fun. Zhou, an award-winning actress who trained at the Hangzhou arts school in folk dance, said it was great to be able to work with cast and crew members who came from different countries.
The Perhaps Love entourage met fans at the Esplanade of KLCC. They also had an exclusive lunch date with winners of a contest held by Astro and Golden Screen Cinema during their promotional visit here.
Article source: www.nst.com.my
Image source: ent.tom
By HARI AZIZAN
Rating(out of 5): NR
(Golden Screen Cinemas)
Starring: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhao Xun, Jacky Cheung, Ji Jin-hee, Eric Tsang, Sandra Ng
WHEN it comes to musicals, you either love them or hate them. So why any sane, award-winning director would choose to return after almost 10 years with such a hit-or-miss comeback is anyone’s guess.
For his daringness alone, Peter Chan (Comrades, Almost a Love Story, He’s A Woman, She’s A Man) deserves an award. From the outset, Perhaps Love affirms Chan’s flair with its bling-bling set designs, colourful circus scenes, and mesmerising Bollywood-styled musical numbers. It is touted as one of the very few, if not the first, Chinese musicals ever produced on film.
And with choreography by Bollywood’s Farah Khan, the song-and-dance here is something to shout about.
Perhaps Love opens with actor Lin Jian Dong (Takeshi Kaneshiro) arriving in Shanghai to take on the starring role in a new musical helmed by renowned director, Nie Wen (Jacky Cheung), fully knowing that his old flame from a decade ago, Sun Na (Zhou Xun), will be his co-star. When they first met, Lin was studying at the Beijing Film Academy while Sun was performing at a local bar. He was a poor student, and she a songstress down on her luck. The two lonely souls connected and fell in love. But, Sun’s burning desire for fame ended their relationship. She left Lin for Nie, who then made her a star.
The musical they are both acting in is also coincidentally about a love triangle: an amnesiac woman, who forgets everything including her lover, is saved from the streets by a generous circus owner. The two fall in love but her lover finds her and tries to win her back. When she recovers her memory, she finds herself torn between her past and present.
As tale would have it, the actor slated to play the role of the circus owner turns it down at the last minute, and Nie has to step into the role. And so, life and art become entangled. Not surprisingly, the set sizzles with repressed emotions and unresolved tension as soon as the ex-lovers meet. And as Lin and Sun spend more time with each other on the set, memories of their past begin to overwhelm them. As the production of the musical progresses, the romance of their past is rekindled?
Told in a movie-within-a-movie style, the love triangle plot that mirrors the actors’ own lives promises an interesting dénouement. The actual execution, however, requires huge doses of faith on the part of the audience.
As jealousy, hatred and passion collide on the set of the musical, the movie flips back and forth in time as Lin and Sun’s past love story is revealed, evoking the intoxicating feeling of love as they shoot their movie. Unfortunately, as the narrative grows chaotic, so does the film.
The irreverent style and choppy editing make Perhaps Love attention-grabbing at first, but the novelty wears off. Too often, the movie’s irreverence comes across as self-congratulatory, and this makes it difficult to connect with it emotionally.
There are brilliant moments, though, which are complemented by the excellent cinematography by Paul Pau and Wong Kar Wai’s regular collaborator Christopher Doyle. My favourites are the tongue-in-cheek’s takes on the movie industry, including the promotional press conference scene.
The hits, unfortunately, are outnumbered by the misses. In particular, the overly-sentimental and melodramatic tone of the film works against it
Still the actors shine through the loud colours and blinding lights that is Perhaps Love. Here, Takeshi Kaneshiro does what he does best – playing the naïve, lovelorn puppy who is lost in his foolish romantic dreams. His quiet moments breathe life into the the film despite its ostentatiousness. Sleepless because of unrequited love, his character Lin wanders through the hotel alone at night. These scenes, though not totally original, resonate with the weight of emotion.
The under-rated Zhou Xun (of The Little Chinese Seamstress), also stands out. It’s about time people realise that there are many worthy Chinese actresses other than Zhang Ziyi.
An interesting character is Montage (Ji Jin-Hee), who plays the angel or muse of the musical. Sent down from the heavens, he appears in Shanghai with a mission – to put the tragic love story with the wrong ending right.
This little device, although obtrusive, gives the film an interesting angle. Only Jackie Cheung’s performance is a little wanting. Even so, he manages to steal the limelight in a few scenes. As a musical, the music in Perhaps Love is only passable; sometimes it even seems jarring to the action, making this a curious musical.
One thing is for sure: this is one of those movies that are an acquired taste. And pretensions aside, it is no Moulin Rouge.
- Zhou Xun in Cosmopolitan Magazine !
- Zhou Xun in Jessica Magazine !
- Zhou Xun in Marie Claire 2 magazine!
- 12th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Ceremony pix
- Perhaps Love in Magazine
- Sexy Zhou Xun in Maxim Magazine
Monday, December 19, 2005
Article: 29th November 2005
In the movie Zhou Xun met Takeshi in a noodle shop. It was on the coldest winter in Beijing, Zhou Xun had came to Beijing from her village town with no money, she was starving. She was waitng outside a noodle shop, Takeshi was a customer, eating a bowl of noodles but he didnt finish the whole bowl and left it, as soon as his back was turned Zhou Xun saw the chance and stole the noodles and scoffed it quickly. Takeshi took pity on her and offer her a place at his home after knowing shes homeless and with no money.
Off the movie Zhou Xun could not forget the 2 most memorable scenes, the noodle eating and the bicycle ride on snow. She had burned and nearly choked herself doing that noodle scene as she had to scoff down the noodles quickly, this had put her off eating noodles for a week.
With the bicycle scene, she was too busy concentrating on her acting that she kept losing her balance, luckily Takeshi was beside her, he kept her safe.
In the movie it was very cold winter, both of them trying to keep warm by having "steam boats" (like a fondue). At the end of the shoot, Peter Chan and crew had a steam boat party.
Friday, December 16, 2005
December 16, 2005
She may look every inch the fragile and demure damsel in distress.But Chinese actress Zhou Xun is not as vulnerable and powerless as she appears to be. Just ask her Perhaps Love co-star, Takeshi Kaneshiro, who she 'assaulted' in one scene together. And when it came to love scenes, it was Zhou Xun, not Takeshi, who took the initiative.
The 29-year-old, who was in town last Monday to promote the movie with Takeshi and director Peter Chan, told The New Paper that her co-star was very shy throughout. 'So I was like, here I come!' she joked as she pretended to grab a person in front of her. In her enthusiasm, she even caused the Japanese-Taiwanese actor to hit his head accidentally.
'It was the scene where Sun Na (her character) was leaving Lin Jiandong (Takeshi). She had to initiate a kiss with him, and I think I went overboard with that one and knocked his head (against the bed),' she said sheepishly.
But apart from the sizzle they created on screen, there weren't many sparks off the set.
Zhou Xun explained: 'He (Takeshi) is a man of few words and we didn't know each other before the movie. But he's not difficult to get along with.'
Perhaps Love, which is showing in cinemas now, is the husky-voiced star's first mainstream movie after art films like Little Chinese Seamstress and Baober In Love, and one that she almost didn't get.
In a separate interview, Peter had told The New Paper that the film investors had wanted a newbie for Sun Na, but he was certain that Zhou Xun could pull it off.
'I've always known she was a fine actress, and I saw bits of Sun Na in her after speaking to her at length.' Zhou Xun had been surprised at the offer too. 'I was actually talking to the director about another movie, and he offered me this. But I like the director a lot, so I agreed immediately.'
SPYING ON JAY CHOU
Next up for Zhou Xun is director Feng Xiaogang's Banquet, a loose adaptation of Hamlet, which will co-star Zhang Ziyi, Ge You and Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu.
She also recently volunteered her services to singer Jay Chou, who's a good friend of her celebrity hairstylist boyfriend Li Daqi, for his music video Besieged (Si Mian Chu Ge).
In it, Zhou Xun plays a female spy who shares a waltz and a night with the singer. She smiled at the memory: 'We were both in Venice for the film festival, and he said that I can play a female spy, so I thought it would be fun. Jay is a smart kid, we got along very well on the set.'
And since Zhou Xun just branched into singing earlier this year, has she thought of asking Jay to return the favour by helping her with a song or two? Zhou Xun laughed: 'It depends on whether he has the time.'
From: http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg - Singapore
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Article: 26th November 2005
After winning the "best foreign film award" in the Queens film festival, Perhaps Love had scooped two more awards at the 2005 MTV movies awards, "best original style actress" for Zhou Xun and "best original style movie" awards.
Peter Chan and Zhou Xun were delighted with their acheivements, gaining 2 more awards before the public release of the movie and this is also his first movie that is made in China. Orignality is the best description of this movie, the romatic storyline, grand music and dance scenes, chinese and korean stars' best performances, the number one choice big movie this Christmas season.
Zhou Xun's performance was exceptional in the movie, she had many different looks and styles, singing and dancing, and how she portrayed the character who abandon love for vanity was her best. Peter Chan had said she is a completely different person in real life, the charcter she played was so convincing, nobody will doubt her performance, she deserved this award.
With the acheivements from the Queens and 2005 MTV makes PL more intriguing and the anticipation for its release. Also, PL would now stand even a greater chance of gaining an award at the Oscars.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Article: October 20, 2005
Jacky Cheung was making a MV for the movie Perhaps Love and the OST Gold Label spent over 7 figures for the production of this song. The main theme has Jacky Cheung singing and Zhou Xun took time out from Beijing to be the actress for the MV.
Following the instructions of the director, they continued the mood from the movie as a pair of lover. The atmosphere was sad and sorrowful. In one portion, Jacky touched Zhou Xun's face slightly but when they looked into each other's eyes, suddenly Zhou Xun could not help it and smiled. It so affected Jacky that he too started laughing aloud. The director had to NG right away. And it took another 15 minutes to get into the mood again to continue with the shoot.
Later on, Zhou Xun said that because she saw Peter Chan visiting, she was excited and couldn't focus and forgot her expression and smiled foolishly. She apologized to the workers at once.
To watch the "Do you love me" Music clips , click on this link: http://www.perhapslovemovie.com/video/pl_mv2.swf
Article: 26th November 2005
The main attraction of Perhaps Love are tremendous singing, dancng and the romantic love story. Especially, the passionate kiss scenes of Takeshi kaneshiro and Zhou Xun were so emotionally romantic. Peter Chan was very impressed with their performances after the 3 kiss scenes. Chan said," There were only 2 kiss scenes in the original script but we had added an extra one, after I have explained the need for this scene, both of the actors agreed and practiced the scene infront of me, thats how professional they were."
The first kiss scene took place when they were still unknown actors and it happened in their run-down home, this kiss scene lasted for a whole one minute, they kiss scene was so passionate and the actors were really into the roles. The second happened when they met after 10 years in a movie that they were making. The last kiss scene was when they were watching the playback of the movie they reminisced their past passion.
Also, Takeshi's water scenes, in the movie he often have insomnia caused by the heartache of love, he would numb the pain by jumping into the swimming pool. It was so emtional when he shed an underwater tear, expressing the pain he had in his unhealed heart. An addition to the scene by Takeshi himself.
Article: October 13, 2005
In Perhaps Love, Ji Jin Hee performed two scenes of dance - Umbrella and Circus dance.
He wore a black top hat, a strange purple velvet coat and in the cold, danced away with over 100 dancers and acrobats.
In this scene, Ji Jin Hee, who is Montage the angel, came to earth and found sadness in people's life - their comings and goings, and so he changed into different shapes and give the happy memories footage back to the pair of lovers who are drowning in the sea.
In this Umbrella scene, over 30 dancers were there and to create rain, Peter Chan brought in water trucks to create it along with a huge rainbow sign. He used over 1000 red lanterns to decorate the background. This scene cost over 6 figures.
At the end of the dance, rain became snow and Ji Jin Hee danced with light steps in the flurry of snow on the streets of Shanghai.
In the cirucs dance scene, he also danced. He remembered most that many children were on the set for this scene and they opened their palms and looked wonderous. After he made the scene, the young actors all cheered and he felt like a child again. When he went back to the hotel, he was so excited he couldn't fall asleep.
Article: September 22, 2005
It talks about how Takeshi and Zhou Xun first met and Zhou Xun as a young girl was attracted by the outside world and materialism. And 10 years later, she arrived where she wanted. This section is the soul of the movie and therefore it was carefully shot.
To create the 30's and 40's feel of Shanghai and its prosperity, the set along cost over a million to create. Over 50 dancers were hired and they had rehearsed for 3 weeks and they filmed it for over half a month.
Zhou Xun praised Farah, the dance choreographer for leading her and to understand the magic behind each move. Zhou Xun's outfit was rather sexy and she was asked if she was worried about it. She said, "I was very engrossed when I was shooting and I didn't even have time to recover, so why would I even have time to worry about my exposure? I trust the director and if the shots shows too much, he would tell me." While shooting, Zhou Xun encountered many different funny incidents and so when she was dubbing, while thinking back, she would suddenly laugh aloud and would shocked the ones near her and even Peter Chan.
As for Takeshi, in order to perform with a certain naivety, before shooting, he has been renting a lot of Mandarin movies from the 50's and 60's as reference. Even though he didn't dance much in this scene, but his nostalgic outfit is very eye catching.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Article: November 8, 2005
Perhaps Love has three snow scenes. The first two scenes were real snow. It was filmed in a busy river in Beijing and at that time, Takeshi and Zhou Xun attracted many passers by who cheered for them (In other articles it was said over 1000) Zhou Xun smiled and said that many passionate scenes were shot in the streets and alleys and every time, they attracted many people. She said she was not embarrassed at all because when the crowd cheered, she felt enlivened.
Zhou Xun indicated that when they were filming the temperature was negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit and everyday, her teeth clattered as she started work. It was not a good feeling. Even though the actors got to wear warm clothes but lying on the ice river, it was not sufficient to protect them from the cold. So when she filmed the embrace scene with takeshi, they could both keep each other warm and felt very comfortable. So they didn't really want to let go.
Zhou Xun also laughed and said that when she was lying on the ice and heard some noise, she thought it came from the bottom of the river. She was afraid that the ice would crack and she would fall in and she screamed. Remembering the high wire act, her eyes were all red and almost fainted when she hung upside down and with an ice scene, this movie was almost like leaping out of the frying pan.
Takeshi in one scene where he meet Zhou Xun again performed perfectly . It only take one take. The snow scene was filmed on the eve of spring festival (new year) and so there were crowds everyhere.
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China's first movie musical in years is a gorgeous cinematic treat
BY BRYAN WALSH - TIME Asia Magazine - Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005
When the producer André Morgan proposed making a movie musical in 2003, indie filmmaker Peter Chan was less than receptive. "I thought there was a reason no one had made a musical for 35 years," says Chan. "Audiences wouldn't go to them." But the lure of shooting in mainland China for the first time was enticing, and Chan saw an opportunity to make a modern musical without compromising dramatic complexity. With Morgan, the producer behind Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby, and a $10 million budget, Chan assembled a starry cast: Taiwanese-Japanese icon Takeshi Kaneshiro, rising mainland actress Zhou Xun and Jacky Cheung, the one Heavenly King of Canto-pop who can really sing. But would audiences accept a big-budget Asian film without a flying kick or aerial swordfight? And was Chan—a Hong Konger best known for delicate, tightly-observed dramas such as Comrades, Almost a Love Story—the man to bring this improbable project off?
Let there be no doubt: Perhaps Love is absolutely wonderful. Chan's film brims with pop energy, without sacrificing emotional punch. He creates real characters we care about, then lets them sing, dance and break each other's hearts. Yet he lavishes as much attention on stillness as on sound. And while Perhaps Love has an Asian feel, its production values match those of any international film. The result is dazzling proof that Chinese cinema will no longer be confined to the twin ghettos of martial arts and art house.
Modern audiences are bound to be suspicious of any film in which actors break out in song, but Chan avoids cheesiness by embedding the musical scenes in a movie being shot inside his movie. Arty director Nie Wen (Cheung) is making a blockbuster musical in Shanghai, starring his longtime lover Sun Na (Zhou) and a hot Hong Kong idol, Lin Jian-dong (Kaneshiro). Nie's musical is set in a Chinese circus, which allows Chan to use acrobats, contortionists, fire-breathers, trapeze artists, clowns and dwarves to liven up the dance numbers. But the musical inside the movie is just a shadow play for the complex drama behind the scenes. Sun and Lin were lovers 10 years before. Lin has grown obsessed with her over the years; Sun, who left him to find a career as an actress, wants the past demolished. But as filming sputters, Lin keeps pulling her back—until Nie notices he's losing his lead actress and his love.
Chan deftly switches between the pulsing musical scenes, the growing tension among the cast in Shanghai and lengthy flashbacks to Sun and Lin's love affair in Beijing. The songs have a sense of the subcontinent, courtesy of top Indian choreographer Farah Khan, who taught the Chinese cast how to use their hips and added a few Bollywood dancers to round out the action. Two of Asia's best cinematographers—Peter Pau and Christopher Doyle—split time behind the camera, and each creates distinct visuals. Pau shoots the baroque hotels and classic Bund streets of Shanghai with a warm and romantic eye, all burnished greens, blues and browns. Doyle, Wong Kar-wai's longtime collaborator, gives Sun and Lin's flashbacks a gray, wintry look, as if we're peering through a window on which memory has accumulated like ice. The melodies in the musical may range from fair to forgettable and neither Zhou nor Kaneshiro have Broadway-class voices—though Cheung compensates—but you could hang Perhaps Love in an art gallery.
Musicals usually swim in the shallow end of the genre pool, but Chan's film borders on the subversive—there are no fairy-tale endings, and no character escapes unscathed. That may challenge audiences in Asia and beyond, but Perhaps Love deserves as wide a following as it can find, not least because it's a harbinger of a time when the global movie industry will be increasingly driven by Chinese tastes and Chinese stories. But that's for tomorrow's film execs to contemplate. Today, Chan's images rattle in the mind: a distraught Lin wading through his midnight-green hotel pool; Nie and Sun in a darkened theater, silhouetted against a screen that has gone as blank as their relationship; Sun and Lin on a frozen lake, wrapped in a decade of love and hate. And crimson stage blood staining stage snow, as bright as the future of film in China.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Having switched to acting, the former singer is now in great demand, says Peter Yap
Takeshi Kaneshiro first joined showbiz in 1992 as a singer but turned to acting a few years later after receiving offers to act.
He went on to star in acclaimed films such as Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express and Fallen Angels, Johnnie To's Turn Left, Turn Right and Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers, which was nominated for best foreign film at the Golden Globe Awards in the US.
A big star in Hongkong and Taiwan, the half-Japanese, half-Taiwanese actor's popularity also extends to Japan, where he has starred in high-profile movies including Space Travellers and Returner. Takeshi, 32, has also found success as an international print model for the designer label Prada and has appeared extensively in advertisements all over Asia.
In his latest film, Perhaps Love, he plays actor Lin Jian Dong, the star in a new musical helmed by renowned director, Nie Wen (played by Jacky Cheung). Lin's co-star, Sun Nan (Zhou Xun), is an old flame from a decade ago. Sun is in a relationship with Nie, who made her a star. When the ex-lovers meet at a press conference, Lin is hurt by Sun's indifference towards him.
Directed by Peter Chan and produced by Andre Morgan, the US$10 million (RM38 million) film also stars Korean actor Ji Jin Hee. Chan, Morgan, Zhou Xun and Takeshi were in town recently to promote the film.
The actor spoke to theSun about the movie.
It has been 12 years since you last came to Malaysia. How do you feel?
Yes, it has been 12 years since I've last visited Malaysia. Back then I was doing promotional work for my album. After such a long time, it feels fresh to be here again and I think Malaysia is more beautiful now.
You have evolved from a singer to an accom- plished actor. What inspired you to change from singing to acting?
When I first started out, I thought that singing was more suitable for me but later I felt acting was what I could do better.
Coming back to the film, how does it address the subject of love?
Basically, it tells what we have gone through and our growing pains. It tells us that our view towards love might have changed from 10 years ago compared to now.
Do you have plans to release any albums in the near future?
I feel very happy singing here. The only regret is that I did not have the opportunity to duet with Jacky Cheung. But I feel great having taken part in this project, this `work of art'. But I have no plans to launch any albums.
What is the most challenging aspect for you in this movie? Is it the intense love story or some other thing?
For me, it's more on the emotional part. I only sang and did not have to dance in the movie.
Do you think you can best express yourself with emotionally gripping characters?
I think it all depends on how the character develops and how best an actor can suit the character. I feel if I play an emotional character in a movie and the audience leaves the hall feeling sad, or if I play a comedic role and the audience leaves the hall laughing, then I have succeeded.
Did this movie change your perspective on love?
I think Lin Jian Dong's character reminds me of how our feelings of love change over a period, say 10 years. But it reminds us that it is also important to love ourselves.
Updated: 09:25AM Mon, 12 Dec 2005. Source: http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=12275
2005-12-11 18:07:58 CRIENGLISH.com
After telling nuanced, heartwarming love stories like "Comrades, Almost a Love Story" and "Alan & Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye", Hong Kong director Peter Chan continues his quest for love in "Perhaps Love"—a Chinese-language, Broadway style musical film.
Director Peter Chan plots the film with a mix of Mandarin pop songs, Broadway dances numbers, and a love triangle.
The story itself is simple. With its backdrop in present-day Shanghai, a female film star Sun Na (Zhou Xun) runs into her ex-lover, Lin Jiandong (Takeshi Kaneshiro), also a famous actor on a movie set in a circus troupe. But, the actress is now together with the director Nie Wen (Jacky Cheung). Lin Jiandong harbors mixed love and hatred for Sun Na, and plots to take revenge to her for ten years of waiting after she left him to chase her dream of being a star. The three characters struggling in the circus troupe movie happened to suffer the same triangle in real life.
The easy-touching scenes are romance pieces which happen between Sun Na and Lin Jiandong in Beijing, when Sun was a girl with no money, making a living by performing erotic dancing in the Sanlitun bar street area, and Lin was a poor student in film academy.
Especially under the lens of photographer Christopher Doyle, scenes are tender and sensitive, such as the hug on the ice along the moat, the young couples enjoying a hot pot in her dark but cozy basement apartment, and the street restaurant with mist-covered window.
Other scenes like Lin Jiandong sinking himself in a swimming pool and his teardrop falling under the water also generate lots of tears for women audiences.
Dance and Music
Director Peter Chan invites celebrated Bollywood choreographer and dancer Farah Khan to design the Broadway-style dance numbers set in Old Shanghai in the movie. And, the result turns out to be quite good.
Dancers including the star - wanna-be Sun Na - show off sexy thighs wrapped by tight dresses with long slits and cheap gold-sequined costumes, singing sarcastic and relentless stage songs at Shizi Crossroad, a kind of red-light district. More impressive parts of the musical take placed in the carnival-like circus troupe performance. Perhaps it cannot compete with Moulin Rouge or Singing in The Rain; but still, it is good enough to boast as one of the most dazzling and extravagant musical movies in Chinese film history.
Jacky Cheung’s voice also deserves much credit. He is the only professional and veteran singer in the music industry for years to have four leading screen roles and his own stage musical “Snow Wolf Lake” proved to be a great success. This time, Cheung impresses his audiences with musical songs in Broadway-style. The other three lead roles also give all their best and do not disappoint audiences at all.
ALL About Love—The One Besides You Is the Best One
After seeing the film, audiences are likely to have questions like just what the film’s name Perhaps Love exactly means and which one the lead actress actually choose at the end. That’s what Peter Chan wants to express to you or make you think about.
How much Love weighs in your heart? What is true love? Whether it is good or not to be indulged much in relationships? You are supposed to find out answers in the film itself. Peter Chan expressed that the relationship between director Nie Wen and Sun Na is not broken or has any problem. Their relationship, based on benefit, and showed the worst side to each other and they lived together for so many years. The one besides you is the best one.
While, for the role of Lin Jiandong, Chan said that he was a young adult who over-indulged memory, which did not exist now. For the ending, Chan said that he does not have any preference. There are many possibilities to happen between the three roles, which leaves audience more space to wonder. What really matters is that after they experienced this, they are released from the trio relationship.
Zhou Xun (Sun Na)
Almost all critics gives this actress’s performance positive or even high appraisal. Her excellent delivery of the role almost overwhelms the other two male stars. She depicts a girl who met a Hong Kong boy and used to be in love with him, but left him to chase her dream of being a star. She has to erase her memory to be saved or escaped from self-blame.
This is a role that deserves no forgiveness. With Zhou Xun’s performance, audiences just can’t hate her but instead, feel more sympathy for the role. Many people think that it is because that Zhou Xun has has a similar real-life experience in her career with the role of Sun Na in the movie. However, Zhou Xun denied, saying that she is totally different with the role of Sun Na. Sun is a kind of person who are willing to give up love for career, but she says she is just the opposite.
She acknowledged that it is the most difficult film among all her films, yet she really enjoyed it.
Also, Zhou surprises with a simple, innocent rendition of the folksy "Outside."
Takeshi Kaneshiro (Lin Jiandong)
Chinese-Japanese heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro’s low key self-promotion and his good delivery of alienated, introverted roles has gained him mysterious charm.
He depicts a man who is over indulged in memory, who has a craze for her ex-girlfriend which leads to hatred and revenge, and who also has a penchant for swimming fully clothed and releasing a teardrop under the water. His character repels himself to fall asleep at night and types messages repeatedly into his computer as well as recording his words to tapes for ten year, wishing his girl to come back.
His voice perhaps is a far cry from Jacky Cheung, but his sincerity and characteristics shine through nonetheless.
CRI Exclusive by Chen Ying
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Story: ★★★★ acting: ★★★★☆ song-dance: ★★★ entertaining: ★★★★
Perhaps Love is a different kind of movie that had been made in recent times. It was thought to be a musical but later the director stressed it is not a musical, more like a love story because there was only 30% of music in the whole movie.
Nevertheless, it is a good movie for everyone.
Ratings for the actors:
Zhou Xun ( Sun Na): ★★★★★
She had played this role like she was actually Sun Na, she had brought out the essence of this character, especially through her eyes she had expressed a lot of feelings of Sun Na.
Takeshi Kaneshiro ( Lin Jin Tung): ★★★★
Takeshi, himself has a feel of loneliness, the scenes that he was in with Zhou Xun, he seems to have a sense of lost and confusion, not giving his all to the role. This is more obvious when compared to Zhou Xun's brilliant performance, but when he was in the scenes by himself it was a totally different story, you could really feel for his character, this is the one and only Takeshi.
Jacky Cheung ( Nip Men): ★★★☆
His singing was just brilliant, when he sang the the main song "Perhaps Love", it gives you a feeling of being in a live musical theatre. Peter Chan had spend more thoughts on the image design of this character, but Jacky lacks a bit on his acting skills and the affectiousness to the audiences. However, the screenwriter had wriiten a good storyline for jacky's role which had helped, especially the ending.
Chan said there could be many different endings, it all depends on the the individual.
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Thursday, December 08, 2005
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Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Sharon Wong Posted: DEC 8, 2005
Directed by Peter Chan
Starring Jacky Cheung, Zhou Xun, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jin Jin-hee with special appearance by Eric Tsang and Sandra Ng
WHEN the hype about a movie becomes too intense, chances are there would be some disappointments because of high expectations. Perhaps Love found itself in such a situation recently.
The movie opened with grandeur and continued to mesmerise viewers with spectacular sets and no-holds-barred costumes. There were also circus performers, Broadway-style song-and-dance sequences, and a touching love triangle.
However, some people found it rather flat, unrealistic and even meaningless. Then there were those who sang praises of it, relating to the hard knocks of reality and the beauty of love lost and found. For what it’s worth, I think director Peter Chan has definitely achieved his goal of drawing attention to his movie if such heated debates are anything to go by.
Perhaps Love, a US$10 million (RM66,000,000) production shot in Beijing and Shanghai, is both a musical and a love story. Set in a movie-within-a-movie style, it features a love triangle plot that parallels the actors’ lives. Jealousy, hatred and passion are punctuated by flamboyant songs and dances that tell the same story on screen. And flirting through events, linking them together in a fluid flow is Montage (Ji Jin-hee), a muse. You might find his presence — as different characters in different situations — a little amusing. Yet somehow, the movie would be incomplete without him.
The movie begins with a new musical helmed by renowned director Nie Wen (Jacky Cheung) bringing together two of the hottest stars of the times, Sun Na (Zhou Xun) and Lin Jian Dong (Takeshi Kaneshiro). Sun is to portray a girl who meets a circus owner after losing her memory and they eventually fall in love. But then her former lover appears and becomes the third party in the triangle. Little does Nie know how close his movie is to the real lives of his co-stars. Lin and Sun were lovers 10 years ago until Sun’s ambition and desire for fame caused her to abandon her love for greener pastures.
Today, Lin is still obsessed with her and is torn by feelings of love and jealousy and a desire for revenge. Takeshi’s portrayal of Lin’s pain is pointed.
Initially, Jacky Cheung’s character as the rather broody director doesn’t seem to carry much weight but towards the end, he manages to garner much sympathy as he discovers his love’s betrayal, which leads to one of the most spectacular scenes of the movie.
Zhou Xun, for all her beauty, is definitely the villain here and fingers wag at her ruthlessness, forgetting that she was also a victim in the past.
A mention must also be made of the special appearance by Eric Tsang as the musical’s backer and Sandra Ng as Takeshi’s agent, who are like a breath of fresh air every time they appear.
And as the movie weaves through past and present, real and celluloid, you marvel at how well everything gels together. The fusion and the flashbacks are smoothens the journey into a wonderfully different world that is Perhaps Love.
By Jeanine Tan . Posted: 06 December 2005
So young and so handsome, yet he cooped himself up in his hotel room like a recluse when he wasn’t needed for the day’s filming.That was how director Peter Chan described Takeshi Kaneshiro, the star of his new film Perhaps Love, during a press conference yesterday.
Chan, Kaneshiro and Chinese actress Zhou Xun were in town to promote the film, which opens here on Thursday. The way Chan talked about his leading man made Kaneshiro, 31, seem like a bit of a curious character.
While he took his director’s comments with good humour, his retort was half-hearted.
“It’s because I make fewer appearances so people say I’m reclusive. I do go out when all of you are filming, only it’s a little less often than everyone else,” he said.
“When I’m in my room, I fill the bathtub with water and submerge myself to practise for the underwater scene in the film,” he said with a laugh.
But the ribbing about the actor’s supposed eccentricities did not stop there. Chan praised Kaneshiro, saying he was impressed with the actor’s emotive portrayal of a heartbroken lover, but added with a laugh that he didn’t think someone so handsome could have had his heart broken.
And it was here that Kaneshiro made this surprising proclamation: “It’s no use being handsome.”
For someone blessed with such flawless features to say something like that smacks of irony. But in the evolution of his decade-long career, which has included making movies in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, Kaneshiro has steered clear of typecasting, even if he hasn’t gone so far as to downplay his looks.
As a 15-year-old studying at the Taipei American School, Kaneshiro — the son of a Japanese businessman father and Taiwanese homemaker mother — launched his career as a slickly packaged teen idol.
He wasn’t much of a singer, yet he released his fair share of albums. He wasn’t a polished actor either, but he still managed to make a name for himself in Hong Kong films.
The toothy grin that characterised those early days of stardom is flashed less often now. He has since remade himself into a serious actor who seems to have eccentric taste in movie projects. These days, his image is more brooding than cute — and if media reports are to be believed, the man is occasionally more temperamental than congenial.
But in an interview after the press conference, Kaneshiro was, thankfully, in a good mood. While famously defensive about his personal life, he was fairly candid in his responses. When his overly protective publicists leapt into action whenever a personal question cropped up, he would wave them off.
“Appearances aren’t important to me. Looks are a factor if you’re a model, an actor or a singer, because you are presenting yourself to an audience. But in real life, the way you interact with people has little to do with how you look,” he said.
“When it comes to work, your looks get you noticed but it’s the other things that determine whether you progress beyond that stage.”
Kaneshiro has certainly progressed far beyond the stage when he was known primarily as a pretty face, but he does not deny how he got his start.
“In the beginning, it was easy to be typecast as a pretty face. But even pretty faces have their role in a film and you do learn a lot even if you’re only in a film as a pretty face.”
“My looks came from my parents and I can only say I’m blessed. A lot of people look good and everyone has different tastes so there’s no saying who is the most handsome.”
He also spoke about his so-called mysterious nature. His singing career ended long ago and, in recent years, he has made an average of just one film a year.
As his official public appearances have become increasingly rare, one would think the paparazzi would try harder to dig up details about his personal life. But if they have tried, they haven’t been too successful.
“I’ve stopped being in the limelight so much that people think I’m mysterious. I don’t see the point in attending events. I’ve always been an introvert and I don’t like to be in crowded places.
“Whenever I’m out in Taiwan or Hong Kong, people tend to be very friendly when they see me. This makes it awkward for my friends and family, so they would rather not go out with me.”
Nonetheless, there were reports recently that Kaneshiro was spotted with another man on a hotel balcony at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
While he did not refer explicitly to that incident, he said: “People can say whatever they want, I’ll only be unhappy for awhile. Then I’ll think: They’re really clever to be able to write something like that. It’s not something that you can do anything about.
“Not being in the public eye actually helps my films a lot. The less news about your personal life there is out there, the more people are able to take you seriously in the roles you play.”
It’s hard to imagine a pretty face saying that. Those seem like the words of a serious actor.
“Of course, I’ve changed. No matter whether I work with a famous director or a little-known director, everything is an experience.
Even if you have the best director, cast and script, that doesn’t mean the film will be the best film ever. Working with so many people over the years, I’ve l e a r n e d quite a lot.”
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Perhaps Love Review - By Wendy Teo - December 07, 2005
STARRING: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jacky Cheung, Zhou Xun, Ji Jin Hee
DIRECTOR: Peter Chan
The skinny: Top actress Sun Na (Zhou Xun) comes face to face with her ex-lover, Lin Jiandong (Takeshi Kaneshiro), when the latter agrees to co-star in her latest movie. It is directed by Sun Na's boyfriend, Nie Wen (Jacky Cheung). Despite Jiandong's persistence, Sun Na refuses to acknowledge him. Jiandong can't get over her betrayal for the sake of fame. 10 years ago, while a creative drought leaves Nie Wen wondering whether his relationship with Sun Na is one of mutual benefit or true love.
When the movie starts taking on a dangerous parallel to their real-life love triangle, Sun Na is forced to make a decision between the two men.
The review: A musical within a movie sounds unwieldy in concept, but Peter Chan has proven otherwise. Peter segues the three key characters' mirroring reel and real lives so masterfully that there's no room for incoherence. The well-contained Broadway bits - choreographed by Farah Khan, who also did Mira Nair's Vanity Fair - are lovely bursts of colour, dance and song that perk up the production at the right intervals.
The soundtrack by Peter Kam and Leon Ko has a good mix of catchy musical numbers and modern pop ballads to distinguish between the two story lines. And Korean actor Ji Jin Hee (Jewel In The Palace) proves to be quite the surprise despite his wonky Mandarin. While his multiple-cameo part as the memory angel Montage - who pops up everywhere as a chauffeur, projectionist, noodle shop owner etc - doesn't exactly stretch his acting chops, Jin Hee pulls off a decent showing with his vocals.
As the only cast member with proper singing credentials, Jacky doesn't disappoint with his expansive baritone. Unfortunately, the only moment for him to shine is in his musical solos.
For, in the acting department, being up against Zhou Xun and Takeshi Kaneshiro leaves him in the supporting shadow. Zhou Xun is magnetic as the opportunistic Sun Na heading for a comeuppance. She swings between fragility and calculated shrewdness with ease, and is the perfect match to Takeshi, who displays a never-seen-before vulnerability as the jilted Jiandong.
The camera simply laps up his close-ups at every opportunity, but his performance will show that he's no mere idol. Perhaps Love will make the most cynical viewer fall for him.
The one scene that justifies the ticket price: When Jiandong reveals to Sun Na the reason behind his decade-long insomnia.
Takeshi cries with such conviction and heartbreak that it will give you goose-bumps.
The one scene that will eject you from your seat: The slow-mo 'death fall' of the circus master in the musical - Jacky/Nie Wen/Circus Master's cramped expression of horror was corny beyond compare.
Best quote: A bitter Jiandong tells Sun Na: 'You made me love a person I despised, and made me despise myself.'
Moral of the story: Don't let fame get to your head.
Another article: Interview with Takeshi Kaneshiro - Prima donna or painfully shy?
Monday, December 05, 2005
2005-12-06 10:45:33 CRIENGLISH.com
CRI Exclusive by Chen Ying---The first Chinese musical in four decades, "Perhaps Love" has received 18 million Yuan in box office earnings since it opened in cinemas across China on the 1st of December.
The number makes a new record for domestic cinema of the romance genre in recent years. Shanghai cinemas top the box office, boasting 2.7 million in ticket sales during the first weekend.
The film has drawn all ages of audiences and enjoyed wide recognition both from audiences and film critics.
The love triangle's international cast stars Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung, South Korean actor Ji Jin-hee, Taiwanese-Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro and Chinese actress Zhou Xun.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
The beautiful stars of upcoming movie Perhaps Love, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhou Xun, were in Malaysia on Saturday, together with acclaimed director Peter Chan.
They were meeting fans and promoting the movie at the Esplanade in KLCC park at 8.30pm on Saturday.