My late father was a WW2 soldier in the British army(known as Desert Rats) fighting in Egypt.
Vera Lynn undertook concert tours in Burma, Egypt and India for the troops. She remained popular after the war, appearing in movies and on radio & TV. At the age of 92, Vera became the oldest artist ever to top UK music charts with a melody of her famous songs. She outsold outselling both the Arctic Monkeys and the Beatles.
My favourite rock group Pink Floyd even had a track about her in their superb album ‘The Wall’.
Whenever my wife hears anything about Vera Lynn she would burst into song of We’ll meet again
If the Virgin Mary had been Korean or Oriental, she would have looked like Choi Ji Woo 🙂
The gorgeous Joe Chen is a Taiwanese actress. She is apparently known in Taiwanese and Chinese showbiz as a Wang Fu, a wife that brings good fortune to her husband. This means that she has brought fame and fortune to her leading men, after having starred with them in various movies, films and tv dramas.
Marian Rivera is a Filipina Spanish mestiza. Mother is Filipino and father is Spanish. Marian is Philippines’ queen of television, handbags and shoes.
Forget about Hollywood. The best looking men in the celebrity world can be found in Asia. I know what I am talking about as I have watching Korean dramas, Japanese dramas, Chinese dramas, Taiwanese dramas, Filipino dramas, Thai dramas and other south Asian dramas non-stop from 8 am to sometimes until 2am almost everyday for the last seven months. Hehehe
I can’t believe how many gorgeous men from Asia who can easily eclipse any Hollywood hunks in appearance and aura.
To be honest, in watching dramas the first thing you thing about is who the male lead was. The actors can easily be prettier than the female lead. Probably that is the reason why they are paid more than the actresses. Don’t get me wrong, they all work for their money. Most of them are versatile; they can sing, they can dance and of course good actors.
Best Looking South East Asian Actors
Here are a few of my choices: (a work in progress)
Jo In Sung (aka Zo In Sung) is a Korean actor. He is so beautiful that even celebrities are blown away and left quivering in delight when he is around.
Apparently he is very choosy of projects. The dramas and film he made though are thoroughly enjoyable entertainment and he just so visually beautiful.
See for yourselves:
A Frozen Flower is a beautiful film. My first historical film that I saw, where the men are dressed in intricately embroidered long colourful hanboks and freshly shampooed long hair. 🙂 I did not really read much about the film before I watched it, I just wanted to see more of Jo In Sung film.
Films starring Jo In Sung:
The Winter the Wind Blows
It’s Okey, It’s Love
Jang Hyuk is a Korean actor, who has the most captivating sexy laugh. His rather guttural throaty way of talking would send chills through your spine :). He looks wickedly handsome as well. A true romantic hero. He has the sexiest laugh that run through your spine. hahaha
Fated to Love (my favourite); I love this drama so much. His chemistry with Jang Na Ra is just amazing.
The Flu (http://dramacool.io/drama-detail/the-flu), I love this film.
Tomoya Nagase is a Japanese actor. He is adorable as a rather illiterate son of Yakuza boss in My Boss, My Hero.
Recently he made a Japanese tv drama called Fragile, as an irascible but brilliant pathologist. Every sneer, every frown and then every thoughtful look are just so sexy!
Godfrey Gao is Taiwanese born but grew up in Canada. He was the first Asian male model to work for Louis Vuitton.
He has returned to Taiwan and has been active in showbiz.
Film & Drama: (I have seen)
The Queen of SOP, love him in this drama though he was only the second male lead.
So Ji Sub
Ji JIn Hee
Jo Jin Hee is a Korean actor
Films & Drama
I have a Lover
Lee Dong Wook
Bomb Tanin Manoonsilp
Jung Woo Sung is a South Korean actor who started as a model.
The King – Though the film was really a Jo In Sung film, Jung Woo Sung was really what got me excited. It actually pained me to say that as I am Jo In Sung no 1 fan ;), there is something magnetic about Jung Woo Sung.
The Good, The Bad and The Weird
(I love this film so much; it is a South Korean western a la Sergio Leone. Jung Woo Sung was a stand out. Riding a horse in tight jeans was dreamy! 🙂
Forget Brad Pitt, forget George Clooney! Forget Tom Cruise!
For the real eye candy, Jo In Sung is IT! He has no bad side. He is impossibly gorgeous. So gorgeous he is so delightful to look at!
Jo In Sung, Gorgeous!
Jo In Sung is Korean actor, a model and has been a popular product endorser (he’s got the look)!
I first came across Jo In Sung in the movie called A Frozen Flower, which is a real treat 🙂 The movie is an erotic fictionalised account of the goings-on during the Goryeo Dynasty. I must say I have never seen so many gorgeous men in long hair – high pony tail a la Orlando Bloom’s Legolas of Lords of the Ring. Korean men in long hair were so aesthetically pleasing. I have to warn you though the film is rated 18 (wow) I highly recommend this film!
After watching this film, I would suggest to follow it up with That Winter The Wind Blows! If you have not fallen in love with him over George, Tom and Brad then what is wrong with you. LOL
In Sung was so beautiful in the film that he eclipsed one of South Korea’s most beautiful actresses. Song Hye-Kyo looked rather ordinary in some scenes beside the luminous In Sung. 🙂
Jo In Sung Harpers Bazaar March 2013
Jo In Sung, Gorgeous!
Apparently Jo In Sung is very choosy with what he does, so he has not done films in the last few years but having said that he was apparently shooting a film this year called The King. I you can’t wait for that film, please watch It’s Okay, That’s Love and be astounded how versatile In sung is.
I was doing tonnes of ironing today and to make it more fun and makes the task goes faster and easier, I always listen to Mariah Carey’s No 1 album.
I could always rely on good old Mariah to make my iron sing and glide silkily into pile of wrinkled cottons (ah I hate them).
Anyway, while mist from the vapour iron gently sprays the clothes and evaporate straight into my face, it sent me into my wonderful world of daydream. I thought if you can make a dream team from a football most capable players why not have my own dream team for a girl band.
It was not really hard to choose my squad my a a multitude of talents and utter gorgeousness because I can my girl band in my mind’s eye.
I can imagine Mariah and and Whitney outdoing each other for the high notes. While Carly is full of humour and gumption.
Agnetha Folstog would be the blonde ice-queen, posing for her life.
Blondie is the coolest!
And JLO, she will be gyrating to the music like no one can!
After the sad passing of David Bowie, we mourn too fast and say farewell Alan Rickman.
He was one of my favourite actors, truly!
He was born 69 years ago in Acton, North London not far from where I live.
I remember in 1982, first seeing him brilliantly playing the slippery unctious almost creepy Reverend Obadiah Slope in the excellent BBC drama series Barchester Chronicles, based on the novels of Anthony Trollope. Even then he was a standout.
Such role type would follow Alan Rickman throughout his long and varied career.
He appeared in many TV programes, theatre plays and movies. He was a theatre director as well as a consummate actor.
You could see in his eyes that he had a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ (not take seriously), some of his roles although he always gave a brilliant performance.
In movies as a co star, he often out-acted the lead actors/movie stars.
Sometimes underated and indeed he should have been the lead in many more movies.
Rickman was deliciously over the top, sardonically as the Sheriff of Nottingham to Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.
This was followed by playing another baddie, Hans Gruber winning the battle of wit and acting with Bruce Willis in Die Hard with a Vengeance.
The movie that for me showed Rickman was a brilliant actor and playing a non baddie role. was in the excellent humourous and moving 1990 movie Truly, Madly Deeply.
Alan plays the ‘ghost’ of a recently deceased husband who returns to his desperately grieving wife to try and lessen her grief by showing what he was really like.
To younger generations, he was famous by reverting to type but playing the ultimately heroic character sneering Severus Snape in the immensely successful and popular Harry Potter movies.
For me, he would have made a superb Dr Who, He had all the attributes, eccentricity of Snape, humour (as he showed in the funny sci fi comedy Galaxy Quest) and commanding voice of reason essential to the good Doctor.
Added to that, Alan Rickman could also have been a flamboyant USS Enterprise starship captain in Star Trek 🙂
Alan Rickman had a wonderfully mefluous baritone voice and could supebly deliver & convey dry humour, sarcasic and sardonic undertones to his lines with a twinkle in his eyes.
As noted, he had a marvellous range of expressions. Sneers, dry humour & poignancy would play across his face.
English & British acting has lost one of it’s crown jewels.
As an wedding anniversary treat from the hubby, he took me to see Miss Saigon as I have been longing to see it for a very very long time, since its original inception back in 1989, but have not had the opportunity.
Though I really wanted to see it, I was moaning at Peter for booking it. I don’t understand myself sometimes. LOL
Anyway, in the end, I truly enjoyed the show, very much so. It was much, much better than I thought.
The Prince Edward theatre was in the heart of London’s famous West End so called theatre land. It is not the biggest venue and thus it is more intimate that you see the cast with no problem.
All seats were taken ; a ‘full house’ as they say in theatres.
I was quite surprised as it has been running for over a year already. We did not see any empty seats. Miss Saigon is a hit!
It was very realistic. the opening scenes was surprising, seeing women cavorting in their underwear, simulating sex & erotic dancing made me feel rather a bit of a voyeur, but I got used to it quickly as the show has no ‘lows’ it was just one amazing act after the others. You must go and see Miss Saigon if you can.
It was actually different and better seeing acting and singing live to an audience rather than watching flat celluloid/movies.
I applaud the actresses to be going out night after night in their skimpy costumes, doing all manners of acrobatics, mainly sexual! lol Nice!
The orchestra was conducted well too to keep the singing and music flowing to the story.
But the night or probably night after night,in my opinion, the stage belongs truly to Jon Jon Briones. He makes Miss Saigon the hit it is.
His singing is powerful.& he owns the stage when appearing. Everytime he was on it. you only concentrate on him. He has humour, he has pathos, he has salaciousness, he has deviousness and he was able to bring out the motivation of the situation he was portraying.
It is all about the American Dream as most Filipinos and Asians long for. Jon Jon easily connected to this aspiration.
Of course the rest of the cast are also brilliant. I was expecting the cast to be made up mostly of Filipinos but there are plenty of Korean actors.
Newcomer, Eva Noblezada, whilst no Lea Salonga (the original lead Kim), has that vulnerability required for her role. Her singing is sweetly pure with a touch of purring a la Britney Spears, I thought!
Gigi was well played by Natalie Mendoza who gave the role sassiness and very overt sexiness and wantonness.
Chris Peluso’s Chris, I thought, was rather weak. Perhaps his character was not fully realised. What came out was a very dorkish man, who is too dramatic and not really know his mind. It was really hard to sympathise with him.
I thought Sangwoong Jo’s Thuy was more fanciable. Kim should have gone with him and not kill him but probably Kim is really after her own American Dream all along by way of Chris or any G.I.
Overall the stage effects, music, singing, dancing and acting were superb and standing ovations to the cast and crew were given by us the appreciative audience. We saw why it had won many awards and critical acclaim,
Miss Saigon is of course based on the consequences of the Vietnam war . Its theme was partly based on one of my favourite Puccini operas ever – the ‘Madame Butterfly’. I want to see next!.
Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera tied the knot just before 2014 blew its final breath.
The tandem of Dingdong and Marian has been brangelinalised into their very own DongYan moniker! 🙂
The wedding was lavish, to say the least, fit for a king and queen of prime time television in the Philippines, where 100 million, and counting, viewers are regularly glued to various teleserye (television drama series) where this couple reigns supreme.
Marian Rivera wore an impossibly gorgeous wedding gown by an up and coming Dubai-based Filipino fashion designer, Michael Cinco, who designs clothes for the moneyed Hollywood celebrities.
The wedding was the talk of the town as well as the cyberworld for its mega extravaganza and unbelievable extravagance.
The wedding was attended by PNoy himself – the incumbent president of the Philippines. One thing to take into consideration is that, PNoy is apparently a very, very busy man. Afterall he is THE numero uno servant of more than 100 million Filipinos, who are in varying degrees of wealth and much poverty. PNoy was so busy dealing with ways in how to make more money for the country, for thieves in the government to make merry with. LOL.
But the DongYan matrimonial jubilation was not something to be missed. They are a powerful couple, very influential. Holding onto their coat tails can only be for the better. Anyway, PNoy knows this and knows where his priorities lie and therefore, despite his busy schedule he had to attend and be one of the shiny, happy people partaking the generosity of the couple and their sponsors.
As we can now know a few weeks later, PNoy went back to being really busy again that he cannot attend the arrival/repatriation of the bodies of 42 slained policemen, who valiantly fought the insurgents in Mindanao. PNoy was much too busy instead celebrating the opening of a new plant of Mitsubishi, somewhere in Laguna.
King & Queen of Philippine Prime Time TV
The DongYan wedding may have created a world record for the hugest, biggest wedding cake in the world, ever. The cake stood at 12 feet tall, certainly enough to sweeten the palates of the thousands of wedding attendees.
After the wedding DongYan enjoyed a romantic European honeymoon.
But even kings and queens have to surface and join the hoi polloi in the real world sometimes. And yes, Dingdong and Marian are back to doing what they do best – teleserye!
Dingdong has just started the GMA drama series called Pari ‘Koy (Priest Koy), where he will be playing a Catholic priest (ideally a celibate priest 😉 lol) And wait for this, Marian is doing The Rich Man’s daughter, and by early account, sweet, fragrant Marian will be entering the world of lesbianism. hehehe
celibacy and lesbianism for the newly married king and queen of Philippine prime time tv?!!! Good choices or more Freudian in nature?!!!
Put even the plainest woman into a beautiful dress and unconsciously she will try to live up to it. – Lady Duff Gordon 20s fashion designer
The unPhilippine Terno
One of the things that I admire most of the Philippines, is the terno, which makes even the plainest of wearers looks positively elegant and lady-like.
But seeing how the Miss Universe/Philippine representative wore her country’s national costume is making me think twice.
This overly colourful gown is reminiscent of a rather gaudy cake, which no self-respecting bride would use as a wedding cake.
The lovely MJ Lastimosa was very let down by her gown and more so by her weird head-dress, which was too vast for her head. She was drowned by too much overpowering colours, which does not enhance her morena skin but somehow made her appear like all mouth and teeth.
Shame that the national costume failed to bring pride to the wearer, Whoever designed the gown should not try to make another terno, ever again. Rather harsh but true, I am afraid.