News: Xiao Zhu’s ‘Dancing Diva’ Not Feminine Enough

22 04 2010

The launch of “Xiao Zhu” Show Luo’s latest world tour has been very well-received with many ticket offices informing him about the good results. He has put all his effort into practising his singing and dancing, even taking up the challenge of Jolin Tsai’s ribbon dance but Xiao Zhu is most worried about his arms and legs being too slow which would cause everyone to see through his 1 second costume-change magic trick.


On April 30, Xiao Zhu will start his “Wu Fa Wu Tian” world tour in Hong Kong. After announcing additional shows, all three have been sold out. He has added an extra show on May 15 at the Taipei Arena and only a few hundred tickets remain from the total of three shows. The Singapore show at the end of May was already sold out long ago. It is estimated that 80,000 people will go to see Xiao Zhu perform at these 7 shows so he is hurriedly exhibiting all his true talents.

This time, Xiao Zhu has already announced that he is taking up the challenge of ‘heavenly queens’ including Jolin Tsai’s ‘Dancing Diva’. He has hired the same teacher as Jolin to teach him the ribbon dance, has practised 3 times, each time for Read the rest of this entry »

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Abnormal Weather Cause for the High Ratings?

22 04 2010

The spring season of TV doramas has arrived and across-the-board there have been ratings higher than usual these days. Usually there is only one maybe two big doramas with ratings above 15% each season, but this time we have “Shinzanmono” (TBS) that even broke the 20% mark, “Zettai Reido” (Fuji TV) with 18% and “Keibutsu-kun” (NTV) with 17.5%. Other doramas that started one week earlier such as “Rinjo 2” and “Team Batista 2” also were able to gain higher ratings during their second week , a rare sight among doramas in general.

What’s the cause for all this? Are the doramas really that much better this season or is it something else? J-Cast thinks that the unseasonable and cold weather that is currently hanging over Japan might be the actual reason for the above average ratings. It’s not just the signs of rain that make people want to stay at home and watch TV, on the 17th it even has been snowing in Tokyo again. The city hasn’t seen snow flakes in April since 1969.

A producer from one of the five key stations in Japan on the matter: “I’m afraid to say that the abnormal weather is going to continue until Golden Week. The number of people who can’t travel to Europe because of the volcanic ash is increasing as well. On the other hand we are registering some record high ratings for most of our TV programs these days.”

The producer is optimistic that the high ratings are going to continue until at least early May. It will be interesting to watch the trend of the dorama ratings over the next couple of weeks. Yesterday the third episode of “Team Batista 2” aired and was able to improve its rating once again. Unfortunately “Zettai Reido” lost some ground this week, but it’s still close to the 15% mark.

Credits: asianfanatics





News: Jiro Wang Stranded in Holland

22 04 2010

Jiro Wang who went to Amsterdam, Holland to do some photoshoots for his art photobook, was supposed to be back in Taiwan April 19 but due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, he has been forced to stay in Holland. Luckily Jiro is a very optimistic guy because he won’t be able to take a flight home until Friday at the earliest. Due to too many tourists left stranded in Europe as a result of the eruption, food and accomodation costs have trebled, with a crew of over 10 people in Holland, it’s expected that they will have to spend an extra $NT1.5 million.

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Besides this, the meteorological office of South Korea has predicted that the volcanic ash will reach the Korean Peninsula and China’s north/east on April 20. In regards to the weather in Taiwan, the weather bureau has expressed that the chance of the volcanic ash affecting Taiwan shouldn’t be very big.

Not knowing when he’ll be back, many fans have been very worried even communicating online with fans from Europe, trying to find out whether Jiro is okay. Artist Jiro Wang, “Hello everyone, I’m tourist Da Dong. Originally I was going to return to Taiwan but have a look behind me.”

The entire airport was empty, there weren’t even any workers at the counter. Originally Jiro was going to return to Taiwan on April 19 but due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, he has become stranded. Jiro Wang: “But I’m still fine you see, full of energy Read the rest of this entry »





News: Lee Jun Ki Representing Korea in Shanghai World Expo

2 04 2010

Actor Lee Jun Ki has been picked to promote Korea at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. He received a letter of appointment from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency at its headquarters in Seoul on Wednesday. Lee will attend various promotional events at the expo to be held from May to October in the Chinese city.

Lee was selected for his huge popularity across Asia, especially in Chinese-speaking countries as well as Japan and Thailand, KOTRA said.

Lee has also been serving as the promotional ambassador of the Korea Tourism Organization since last year. He recently made a free voice appearance on Korean language learning materials for foreigners slated to be published this month.

Credits: asianfanatics

Source: Chosun Ilbo





News: Mikako Tabe, Haruma Miura to Star in “Kimi ni Todoke”

2 04 2010

The “Kimi ni Todoke” live-action film now has a cast: actress Mikako Tabe (21) and actor Haruma Miura (19) will take on the starring roles. The movie was first revealed in January, though no details were known at the time.

The original manga by Karuho Shiina has sold more than 10 million copies over 10 volumes so far, and an animated version just finished airing on NTV. The story revolves around a shy and misunderstood high school girl named Sawako Kuronuma (Tabe), whose appearance resembles the character Sadako from the horror movie “Ringu.” When Shota Kazehaya (Miura), one of the most popular boys in school, begins talking to her, her life completely changes.

Although the manga is still ongoing, the movie version is said to have an original ending. Shooting starts in late April, and the film is set to open in theaters on September 25. Naoto Kumazawa (“Rainbow Song,” “DIVE!!”) is directing.





News: Show Luo’s Autographing Cut Short

2 04 2010

Show “Xiao Zhu [Little Pig]” Luo’s seventh solo album “Lover’s Puzzle (Roshomon)” once again stands at the top of both G-music and 5-music charts, winning by a high percentile, 10 consecutive weeks at the #1 spot, just dominating! Show is in China from 3/29 to 4/1, holding large “Lover’s Puzzle” autograph functions in Chengdu, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangdong.

In previous interviews, Show expressed that there never seemed to be enough time spent in China, so he hoped that he’d be able to fill his “Wives/Fans” wishes of seeing him again soon. Today, Show held his “Lover’s Puzzle” autograph session in Shenzhen, but it somehow caused a commotion, and was suddenly called off.

At 5:30 PM today, Show Lo was at Shenzhen Futian District center plaza holding his autograph session. There were lots of fans that held their “Lover’s Puzzle” album in hand, waiting for their close interacting moment with Show. And as expected, Show carefully signed each album presented to him, and also talked to his fans and even shaking their hands. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Wonder Girls Dominate Charts

2 04 2010

After becoming the first Korean artist/group to make it onto the Billboard Charts with their hit “Nobody”, the Wondergirls are showing no signs of slowing down by dominating the music charts in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

After releasing their “Taiwan Special” album in Taiwan last February 10th, they quickly shot to number one on several of the major online and offline music charts such as G-Music, E-Momo Music Channel, Chinese Telecom emomo Charts, etc. It was announced that they even took the top spot on the major KK Box chart this week!

The Wondergirls have sold 25,000 copies of their album in less than two months time. To put that into perspective, the record number of albums being sold by a foreign Asian artist in Taiwan or Hong Kong during a short amount of time stands at 30,000 albums. Read the rest of this entry »