1. Fan Bingbing
Actress Fan Bingbing has topped this year’s Forbes China Celebrity 100 List.
Released earlier this week, the Forbes list ranked Chinese actress Fan Bingbing at the top with an annual income of 122 million yuan (RM58.56mil). Joining her in the top 10 were familiar names like Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Jackie Chan. Celebrities were ranked based on their commercial value, which is calculated based on their income and exposure.Here are the other top 10 Chinese celebritiess who made the cut.
2. Andy Lau
Ranking within the top five in the last five years, the heavenly king of Cantopop has proven that his star still shines bright.
The Guinness World Record holder for “Most awards won by a Cantopop male artiste” held a sold-out concert tour late 2013. Earning 89 million yuan (RM46.47mil), Lau’s films in 2013 include Blind Detective, a romantic-comedy also starring Sammi Cheng and Firestorm, which he starred in as well as produced.
Lau also had a role in the film Golden Chicken 3 in 2014.
3. Jay Chou
The Taiwanese singer-songwriter places third on the list, though his earnings are the highest at 156.5 million yuan. The multi-talented artiste not only composes for himself and other singers but has also tried his hand at acting and directing.
Selling over 30 million albums since his debut in 2000, Chou has kept himself busy recently with his concert tour titled Opus Jay World Tour. The response to his 2013 concert in Singapore was so overwhelming that the singer will be performing a one-night only show this year in Singapore’s 30,000-seater National Stadium.
4. Huang Xiaoming
Rising to the fourth spot from the eighth last year, Huang Xiaoming has made the successful transition from television idol to big screen male lead. The actor has numerous films waiting to be released including Chinese 3D epic drama The Crossing and The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom.
5. Zhang Ziyi
Film actress and model Zhang Ziyi takes fifth place in 2014. Well known for her roles in films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House Of Flying Daggers and Memoirs Of A Geisha, some of her more recent works include Wu Wen Xi Dong and John Woo’s The Crossing.
6. Yang Mi
The young starlet, who started acting at the age of four, gained popularity through her breakthrough role in Chinese television series Palace in 2011. Though she was awarded Most Disappointing Actress at the Golden Broom Awards in 2013, Yang has films and TV shows lined up this year with films The Breakup Guru and Tiny Times 3 premiering in June and July respectively.
7. Lin Chi-Ling
Referred to by many as “The First Face of Taiwan”, Lin’s beauty and gentle demeanor gained her a wide fan base. The model-turned-actress skyrocketed into the limelight in 2004 with a series of advertisements in Taiwan which led to a craze for supermodels and what was eventually called “The Lin Chi-ling Phenomenon”.
8. Li NaThe only athelete to make it into the top 10, the professional tennis player is currently ranked world #2 by the Women’s Tennis Association. Li Na defeated Dominika Cibulkova in the 2014 Australian open finals to become the first Asian Australian Open champion.
Li Na also managed to beat Cibulkova in straight sets and win the title after being match point down, the fourth woman to do so.
9. Nicky Wu
The Taiwanese singer and actor started his career in the boy band Little Tigers Team before persuing a successful solo career which saw him release both Mandarin and Cantonese albums.
Wu’s most recent TV series, Scarlet Heart 2, premiered in China on April 22. Wu takes the male lead opposite real life girlfriend Cecilia Liu.
10. Jackie Chan
Action star Jackie Chan takes the final spot on the top 10 though the multi-talented veteran hasn’t been too active lately. Chan starred in Police Story 2013, a reboot of the Police Story film series in which Chan takes on the role of a mainland Chinese officer, the film was released in December 2013. — The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network
May 7, 201214 progress: 3 movies
1) Drunken Master II (1994)
This silly film shouldn’t work; the fact that is does is a testament to the talent and charisma of Jackie Chan.
The plot, an amalgam of a case of mistaken luggage and father / son issues, is just an excuse for Chan to showcase his skills.
After watching this, I think what Chan does is closer to slapstick than a fighting technique. Many of the stunts in this film rival the legendary stunt work by silent film legends Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. It’s an amazing physical performance.
This a fun movie with jaw-dropping stunt work. The English dub is a little awkward (Chan recorded his own; none of the other actors did), but this only adds to the movie’s low-fi charm.
2) The Wages of Fear (1953)
This movie is an exploration of the power of desperation, the limits of friendship, and the lure of money.
Desperate to escape a life of poverty, four down on their luck immigrants in a small South American town agree to haul trucks of nitroglycerine 300 miles to put out a fire at an oil rig. Transporting nitroglycerine is dangerous, but the money and the opportunity it represents is too much to pass up.
The trip does not end well.
In a tense sequence in the final half hour, Mario and Jo pass over an oil slick to reach their destination. Jo gets out of the truck to help navigate with disastrous results.
The ending is a cautionary tale of hubris. The surviving members of the group are buoyed by their success, feeling that if they survived this harrowing journey, they must be invincible; they learn too late that no one is.
The movie’s success allowed director Henri-Georges Clouzot to make the much more unconventional film Les Diaboliques the following year.
3) Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
This is a whimsical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children ‘s book.
Anderson does a great job of matching the aesthetic of the film to a pop up children’s book.
The animation is primarily stop-motion but incorporates a number of different styles to create a sense of excitement and spontaneity.
The light, folk-infused soundtrack adds to the whimsical feel.
In keeping with the children’s theme, there’s a great recurring gag where the characters substitute the word “cuss” for any profanity.
Clooney, as bravura thief Mr. Fox, is in full swagger mode, acting like he knows he’s the coolest guy in the room.
In a cool bonus, one of the writers of The Simpsons, Wally Wolodarsky makes a rare film appearance as Kylie Opossum.
Michael Gambon is perfect as the menacing farmer Franklin Bean.
In one of the rare disappointments in her career, Meryl Streep barely registers here. This was her first animated film and it’s like she didn’t know how to make the part come alive.
Owen Wilson doesn’t get a lot of screen time, but it wouldn’t be a Wes Anderson film if he wasn’t involved.
A lot of directors develop a repertory of actors, but somehow Anderson’s seems more like a traveling circus than a group of professional actors.
Anderson has embraced Bill Murray as the elder statesmen / mascot of his group of travelers, and because of my love of all things Murray, by default I have a soft spot for Anderson’s films.
Wes Anderson is a cross between John Hughes and Tim Burton.
His films are full of angst and existentialism like Hughes, but he’s developed a distinctive visual voice like Burton. While Burton’s films are grayscale with the muted color, Anderson’s are hypercolor with little black or grey.
This is an adorable film and a perfect way to introduce children to the off kilter world of Wes Anderson and maybe encourage them to enter into the crazy literary world of Roald Dahl.
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