• When it comes marrying one’s first love, no one beats veteran actor Wu Fung! He and his wife were each other’s first love, but what’s even more remarkable is that their marriage truly reflected their vows to “love and cherish one another forever, ‘til death do we part”...Wu Fung and his wife of 59 years (they married in the 1950s) were a tremendously loving couple and so when Mrs Wu died in 2016, Wu Fung was absolutely devastated (to the point that his kids wouldn’t let him out of their sight for awhile afterwards because they were afraid he might want to go with her). Even now, whenever he talks about his wife in interviews, he gets teary-eyed and his voice cracks up. I can’t think of anyone, whether celebrity or otherwise, who not only married their first love, but also had a loving marriage for nearly 6 decades, parting only in death....in my opinion, that’s truly the greatest love story ever told!
  • @hetieshou Yes, those were the 2 series I was going to bring up as well...there’s also The Turbulent Decade where he was part of an “all-star” cast and the sitcom My Son-in-law, which he starred in — loved his interactions with his brother in the series Sean Lau. And yes, the series that really put his name on the map was Mystery of the Twin Swords (and it’s sequel). Oh I also remember his more serious roles too, like in Glittering Fortune and Withered in the Wind...those roles proved his versatility as an actor and his ability to tackle comedic as well as tragic roles well (a talent that most newer TVB artists nowadays don’t have).
  • @coralie Yup, he’s done...TVB already confirmed that after he finishes filming his current series, they will “not be arranging any more work for him” (aka he’s going into the freezer...). This is actually one of the few times where I agree with TVB’s actions, lol!
  • @m0m0 Therein lies the problem…the “golden rule” of scriptwriting is that the opening must be strong, since that is what gives audiences their “first impression” of the series and also sets the tone for whether they want to continue watching. If the first half hour of the first episode “is not the best part,” then unfortunately, the scriptwriter doesn’t know what they are doing. And to be honest, this series more than others needed to get everything right in terms of script because from the getgo, it already had very little going for it other than D-icky. As much as I like D-icky and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job acting-wise, I unfortunately can’t stand the rest of the main cast (with the exception of like 1 or 2 people), so I don’t plan on wasting my time watching. With that said though, I still feel it’s a shame that TVB kept delaying the broadcast date for the series, as now we will be going into the Anniversary Awards with the series only half-finished….I’m all for D-icky getting TV King (if TVB decides to give it to him that is), as no doubt he deserves it, but it will be super awkward. As I keep saying over and over again — TVB definitely needs to get their act together when it comes to scheduling their programs for broadcast...
  • Awww, so sweet! Definitely one of my favorite real-life celebrity couples! :-) Who says that for a couple to not have kids means they aren’t a “real” family? To me, that makes absolutely no sense. In today’s day and age, there are many different definitions for “family” that don’t necessarily equate to mom + dad + child(ren) and that’s perfectly fine! I actually have a lot more respect for a couple who makes a mature and responsible decision not to have children (for reasons that make perfect sense to them) over a couple who does have children (whether out of obligation, “accident” or whatnot) but never wanted them or aren’t fit to be parents (which almost all of the time negatively impact the child/children). I know plenty of couples who decide not to have children and they are perfectly happy (of course, by the same token, I also know plenty of couples who do have children and they are also perfectly happy). Basically…each person has their own definition of what “happiness” and “family” mean to them and as long as they are not hurting others with their decisions (actions, words, etc.), I don’t see a problem.
  • @llwy12, that sounds about right... I remember reading about it or in the few interviews he's done... It was public knowledge that it was all handled for him that way...
  • @llwy12 You know, I used to feel damn sorry for Lin Fong-jiao as a modern woman/mother myself. Esp as someone who grew up as a kid watching Alan Tang-Chen Chen, Chin Han, Lin Ching-hsia, Lin Fong-jiao movies. Like how hard is it to be manning the fort with a dude who doesn't even know whether his son is in Elem or High school? Poor mom and child. Then when I learned Jaon Lin was the chief CFO of his finances And prob put up with all his infidelity escapades (including s'times affairs with actresses he favoured on set) as long as his affairs didn't meet public eye like Etta ... the empathy stopped.
  • Here’s a more updated article from Variety...not as detailed as the Daily Mail one but this one does give better insight into how the book came to be: https://variety.com/2018/film/news/jackie-chan-memoir-never-grow-up-english-version-1203078161/
  • @sas318 Both. He can’t read or write period. To be the kind of actor he was (martial arts + slapstick comedy), it wasn’t necessary for him to learn to read or write (whether Chinese or English) – he has even said himself in previous interviews that audiences don’t watch Jackie Chan movies for the plot or dialogue, they watch to see him fight…so basically, all he has to do is supplement all those fight scenes with a few memorized “funny” lines and he’s got it made…. By the way – one of the reasons the late Willie Chan stopped managing everyone else to focus only on him back then was because of the reading and writing thing…..until he got dumped by Jackie, he had worked really closely with him on every single script, speech, etc. to make sure he got it right…which is why in recent years, without Willie by his side, Jackie gets into trouble every time he opens his mouth (look at how many times over the past decade or so where his public comments have caused controversy). In one of his last interviews before he died, Willie actually revealed that the infamous “speech” Jackie gave back in 1999 when the whole Elaine thing erupted actually did not follow the “script” that he was originally given – that was one of the few times when Jackie deviated from the agreed to script back then and of course, it ended up a disaster…. As for whether he pays everything with cash — probably not because technically he can still use his credit cards in certain instances even without signature....though more often than not, it’s likely someone in his “entourage” (i.e. his assistant or manager or someone of that sort) pays for him. He has said multiple times in the past that he has no clue how much money he makes or how much money he has – all he knows is that he has money available whenever he needs to spend it. He has said before that sometimes when he goes out to dinner or whatnot, he just eats and the bill somehow gets paid (which I interpret to mean those around him take care of the bill for him).
  • @bubbles23 Yup...TVB has a history of doing this. The most recent example (though still from 5 years ago) was HKTV’s The Menu - it was revealed that a story similar to it was pitched to TVB execs a few years prior, but they rejected it because they were concerned it would affect their relationship with local media outlets. Their loss was another station’s gain, since The Menu went on to become such a popular and successful series (as well as hit movie).
  • @nomad822 Well-said! It’s sad what he did to Willie Chan, who gave up his own lucrative career as “golden manager” to the industry’s biggest names to focus his efforts entirely on him, only to be tossed aside once he gained international prominence (despite the fact that if it weren’t for Willie, Jackie would not have been able to break into Hollywood in the first place). He pretty much lost all respect from me ages ago. I also see him as nothing more than a monkey act. The only reason that Golden Harvest took him in was because they saw an opportunity to “harvest” another martial arts star after Bruce Lee died at the height of his career (by the way, speaking of biographies, there is a new Bruce Lee biography that came out over the summer which I read and highly recommend — it’s 600+ pages but well worth the effort). Yea, every time I saw Jackie on one of those American talk shows, it makes me want to throw up how ridiculous he comes across — he makes us Hong Kongers look bad!
  • @llwy12 Yes Raymond Chow and Golden Harvest, as well as Willie Chan who shaped the " poor illiterate stunt man…." ... and seemingly a person without much gratitude either. Willie Chan and him - while they used to be like twin brothers - their relationship also soured towards the end, as Jackie went international. Regardless of how HK regards him as a 大哥 big brother (fame and $ does a lot) = he does NOT earn any respect from me. As compared to say enigmatic Mr Chow, who holds his own so well, even when on Jay Leno. And in comparison, Jackie Chan who comes across like a performing monkey. 丟價 to the Chinese. It's not hard to see how Etta would naturally prefer a female, over a male partner. If her dad is anything to go by.
  • @funnlim He probably used a stamp for his signature (or his manager signed for him....back in those days, his manager Willie Chan was like family and basically stopped managing everyone else’s careers to focus exclusively on his). Nowadays, with everything being paperless and whatnot, it’s even less of a problem, as he can always get an electronic signature.
  • @msxie0714 It’s true...it’s been a known fact for a long time. He can’t read or write....all his so-called “autobiographies” were ghostwritten by others. Every interview, every speech, is scripted by others and he just memorizes the content right beforehand. He doesn’t need to know how to read and write when he’s got people who make all the arrangements for him. That’s why I always say the people around him (his manager for instance and also Raymond Chow and Golden Harvest, which helped turn him into a martial arts superstar) deserve a lot of the credit for his success — without them, he would still just be a poor illiterate stunt man....
  • @llwy12 Celebrity parents are using their kids to revive their fading careers, while the kids are getting abnormal amounts of attention and money and grow up as entitled brats rather than role models.
  • @llwy12 you may be right about the Christian thingy. If that is the case they should have learnt to wipe their mouths clean after "偷吃" (stealing food)lol.
  • @coralie That department is still around, they just changed the name and put it under the CCP’s Propaganda department instead of being a separate entity as it was before. I believe the rule does apply to child actors as well, at least that’s what I had read. Technically though, it’s not entirely to protect the children, as the other concern (at least what is stated in the documents) is the bad example it sets for society (more specifically, ordinary kids — meaning non-celebrity offspring — may see these kids on TV getting so much fame and money and because they lack the maturity and life experience to understand what’s going on, they may try to emulate them). So yes, part of it involves “protecting” children, but in a sense, it’s also part of China’s “greater” political agenda of wanting its people to be “model, upstanding citizens”.
  • @passingby Not sure about Ruco and Phoebe but I believe both Linda and Grace are Christians so it makes sense why they would try to hide it if they truly did get pregnant prior to marriage. Majority of people probably won’t care (I personally don’t) but no doubt there are people out there (maybe even their own friends and family, especially if they are particularly religious) who will condemn them for not living up to the tenants of their faith/religion.
  • @llwy12 Thanks for the explanation. So it seems it's for protective measures, which is fine & dandy...but does that mean they apply this rule to child actors as well? I mean, we know SAPPRT is inept and their rules don't always make sense, but if they're going to be consistent, they should be consistent across the board (side note: looks like SAPPRT was abolished since last yr - probably in name only - per this article: https://deadline.com/2018/03/china-film-industry-regulation-communist-party-propaganda-department-1202350328/). I don't consider it an exploitative practice, but I can see how some can apply this for their own benefit. On the other hand, doing this to protect children's childhood is a pretty noble aspiration, IF they actually implement this across the board.
  • Hmmm…this news actually came out a couple months ago…not sure why Cosmo HK is only reporting on it now…. @coralie @jimmyszeto Anyway, I need to go back and look it up, as I don’t remember the wording exactly, but this “restriction” has actually been in place since 2016, it’s just that the enforcement of it has been spotty. In the official announcement that came out from China’s Radio, Film and Television Board back in 2016, their stated rationale for the restriction was to prevent the exploitation of children by celebrity parents – their argument is that when these celebrity offspring go on those reality shows and amass a huge fanbase/following at such a young age, it prevents them (the children) from having a “normal” childhood, which they (the government) claim negatively affects the children’s well-being. This is actually just one of the many restrictions that SAPPRFT put in place relating to the entertainment industry….some of the restrictions make sense but many of them are ridiculous….yes, China is a lucrative market when it comes to entertainment, but it’s also one that’s not easy to maneuver through successfully without good understanding of the various regulations and restrictions….
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