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Idy Chan Yuk Lin, Damian Lau Chung Yan, Joe Ma Tak Chung, Fala Chen, Sharon Chan Man Chee, & others attended “Thieves With Principles (lit.) 盜亦有道” costume fitting function. This is the first TV series for Idy’s comeback to the circle, and to welcome her, Damian specially gave Idy a thermos so she can use for tea breaks during the shooting, others joined along by setting a folding chair for her to sit at break times. Seeing everyone’s so caring, Idy was very touched.
Idy revealed that this time working for TVB all because of her connection with Chung Gor [Damian]. Last year, Damian & other “歲月風雲 The Drive of Live” cast & crew went to Vancouver for shooting, they encountered Idy during a tea break at the restaurant. Everyone started soliciting support Idy to resurface, she then told them that she’ll consider it. When TVB informed that Idy’s considering to make a comeback, they have different managers & producers to contact her. Hasn’t acted for so long now, worry any unfamiliarity? Idy said “I most worry about having NGs or outtakes, because the other day I was acting guest role in Ann Hui On-Wah‘s production on two filming locations & because of walking positions & dialogs weren’t right causing several NG takes.” Idy hopes others will go easy on her for this series. “I’m mentally well prepared, therefore I hope to act my role calmly, thanks to everyone, hope everyone is somewhat harmonious, forgive me when I have NGs.” (Can ask for a certain time for break everyday?) (Reported that Anita Yuen Wing Yee [Mrs. Julian Cheung Chilam] has requested a certain break time everyday since she’s going to play in another new TVB series) “No, but everyone has clearly understood what need to be done.” Idy will be playing a married woman with a young child, but there’s no intimacy. There’s three that Idy doesn’t want to play: sex appealing, kissing, and love talks.
TVB City is just like Department of Defense! Threading her steps into TVB City, Idy joked that it feels like going to Department of Defense. She said “TVB City is just like DOD, because of so many customs, just like this morning, because I hadn’t signed the official contract, the staff wouldn’t let met to put on make-up. Until I fulfill signed the agreement, they let me put on make-up”.
Damian serves as “Ah Sai” [probably a Cantonese slang for servant or maid/helper] Damian said TVB entrusted him to treat Idy well & would make her feel like home again, he ensured Idy that he’ll be pouring water & serving tea for her during filming. Damian said that he’s making this series because of the courtesy calls between Idy & him. Idy modestly said “Chung Gor favors me! Chung Gor & Mr. Ma [Joe Ma] will be leading…”. Joe’s face got blushed & he appeared awkward. Damian will be a thief robbing the rich & helping the poor and he has to keep fit to play this role with Idy. Idy said “I haven’t been keeping fit, but I know when start filming will become thinner”.
[Also see translation @ JayneStars][It’s very nice to see everyone welcomes Idy so heartily. It’s totally awesome to know that director Ann Hui offered Idy to guest star in her new projects. If you have time, revisiting the article on MingPaoWeekly dated Apr 14, ’07 @ CYLO. I guess Idy lately has expressed that filming is tiring & she’s so used to be “spoiled”, and hadn’t worked in wee hours for years, with the thermos gift & folding chair treatment, I hope she’ll enjoy filming this series]
[ON.cc] Damian Lau Chung Yan attends “Thieves With Principles (lit.) 盜亦有道” costume fitting function today & indicates that he agrees to make this series all because of Idy Chan Yuk Lin. Earlier Damian said that he wanted to take a break, but can cooperate with a good person in a good movie is recommended. He said “I met her in Canada, I had a mouth full to convince her to come back. I haven’t officially worked with her before, it’s because of her I agreed to make this play, also because there’s lack of good strong actresses in the circle now, so I have to keep fit, all because of her”.
Idy Chan doesn’t want intimacy on screens. Long time absence from the circle, Idy resurfaces to act in “盜亦有道“, she said “I’m part of this series all because of Chung Gor (Damian Lau), he & I worked together on “風雲 This Land Is Mine” before, when I just freshly graduated from training class. (Do you feel extremely flattered?) I haven’t yet feeling calm. But many thanks to him. (Have you requested sleep time?”) Supposedly no, we all have mutual agreements, I think I can deal with it (What kind of plays you wouldn’t act?) Sex appealing, kissing, love dialogs, though holding hands would be no problems, this role I play is my husband doesn’t want me, so there’s no intimacy!”
[Damian looks very good at his age. No photos of Idy yet. It’s very nice that Damian delays taking his break to be part of this new series all because he’s the one who convinced Idy to come back & make this series. I guess Idy didn’t realize that she still has so many friends in the circle, who still care for her huh? Ah, just realized that it’s Mr. Andy Lau Tak-Wah’s birthday today. Happy Birthday Andy! Blah!]
Many special thanks to Kit for corrections on the translation of the whole interview. Please revisit the interview entry for many questions & answers that I wrongly translated or missed.
[It’s very interesting to know that Idy & Andy Lau personally do keep their friendship going. I do hope they get together “publicly” & collaborate in a movie! I probably would faint the moment I hear this wishfulness!]
[Oriental Daily /The Sun /AppleDaily] Just returning from visiting AIDS patients in Gansu, Maggie Cheung Ho-Yee arrived in Changsha to guest host a joint show by HunanTV & TVB “舞動奇跡 Strictly Come Dancing”. Besides having the privilege to stay in the hotel’s Presidential Suite, the most pleasant surprise for Maggie is to meet with the honored guest judge “SLL” Idy Chan Yuk-Lin for the first time. After the show, Maggie arranged to have late night meal with Idy, Sonija Kwok Sin-Lei, Stephen Wong Cheung Hing, & other colleagues. Maggie heartfelt for Sonija & Stephen [both are contestants on the show] when seeing them practice nonstop without getting much sleep. At first meeting, Maggie feels like old friends with Idy. She seized the opportunity to take group photos, full to “fans” spirit!
[I could be a reporter, I found Maggie’s blog entry on Idy almost the same day Maggie posted it, faster than the media. Anyway, Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2007!]
[The Sun] Fala Chen as Joe Ma Tak-Chung‘s wife! Fala Chen tends to have rumors working with male co-stars, has given a nickname “a trouble thing”! After being informed to work with Idy Chan Yuk-Lin, Damian Lau Chung-Yan, & Joe Ma in a new serial “Thieves With Principles (lit.) 盜亦有道”, besides as a working woman, Fala will be playing Joe’s wife! Although the filming hasn’t yet started, a number of crew and staff are afraid that of the pair Fala & Joe will easily create more rumors! Possible that rumors can’t be avoided for every filming!
[Argh, only Idy’s name got mentioned. I hope the media will cover the filming process of this series, esp. on Idy’s & Damian’s characters]
Maggie Cheung Ho-Yee shared her personal photos taking with Idy Chan Yuk-Lin at her official blog.
Maggie shared her experience working on Strictly Come Dancing! She said that she’s always liked Idy Chan. For the first time she’s finally got to meet Idy in person & praises the natural beauty in Idy. Even though they just get acquainted, Maggie & Idy feel like long time friends. They both agreed to meet up at the hotel’s restaurant after the show for late night snacks, then came along Sonija Kwok Sin-Nei & Stephen Huynh (Wong Cheung Hing) joined in for a souvenir group photo.
[Quite rare & nice photos! Imagine way back in the old days, these photos could only be obtained through insider’s sources. Thanks to the modern technology of the internet & more friendly, closer connections between artists & fans, many celebrities share a lot of personal activities & thoughts on their official blogs. I made a mistake between Francois Huynh (Wong Cheung Fat) – Mr. HK 2006 with his older brother Stephen (one of the finalists in the first Mr. HK 2005). I think Stephen is such a cutie, much cuter & more masculine then his younger brother Mr. HK Francois. Stephen resembles Miu Kiu-Wai in some ways! Maybe the eyes! Blah!]
[Ta Kung Pao – by reporter Yueng Bun from Changsha (captital of Hunan)] Feeling good for the first time returning to hometown Hunan/Regards Andy Lau as idol.
Because of holding a post on this week’s “Strictly Come Dancing” as a judge, recently resurfacing “SLL” Idy Chan arrived in Changsha as promised. Being half of Hunan origin, Idy Chan expressed that it’s great to go back to hometown first time. Fading out from the showbiz for 16 years, Idy has become appreciating Andy Lau more, but when asked on the past affair with Chow Yun-Fat, she only politely answered with one word “Thanks” and prefers not to discuss more.
Due to her portrayal of SLL, Idy Chan does have a great affect on generation of TV viewers. But there’s no resemblance, she has the Hunan fire blood in herself.
Smiling Idy Chan said that her mother is Hunan native, therefore, there’s always a special sentiment towards Hunan, and this time when she got the invitation she agreed immediately. “This is my first time returning to Hunan, it’s very good feeling!” Idy expressed that before passing away, her mother often suggested that must come to Hunan for a visit, this time Idy arrives at Changsha to fulfill her mother’s wish.
Avoid to discuss the love affair with Fat Gor [Chow Yun-Fat]
SLL image has deep roots in people’s hearts, Idy & Andy Lau’s ROCH1983 version is the classic of the classics. Although separated for more then 20 years, when mentioning Andy Lau, Idy is full of approval. She frankly speaks out that although Andy is little younger than her and entering the showbiz a bit later than her. “But everyone can see that Mr. Lau’s reputed career, his today success results from diligent steps.” She said Andy Lau’s not only her partner once, but he’s always her idol.
Overwhelmingly praising Andy, but when reporters asked on her past affair with Chow Yun-Fat, she appeared to try to avoid it. It’s possible that at her middle-age, she doesn’t want to talk about old stories. When asked about the former relationship, she’s becoming awkward but quickly answered “Thanks” politely and wanted to change the topic.
Returning to showbiz due to destiny
Idy Chan’s career seemed almost rest to seclusion, now appearing as a “divorcee” in “Thieves With Principles (lit.) 盜亦有道” Once the young, innocent “SLL”, now turns into every opportunity of a housewife, the future of Idy Chan’s resurfacing is not so bright. Early many HK media make that the reason she returns to showbiz now because of financial reason.
Regarding this, Idy relates the script in ROCH to explain the reason she returns “Gor Yee, we haven’t seen each other for 16 years”. She said that this year happens to be the 16th year since she faded out the showbiz, just a coincident. “Perhaps this is destiny” She sighs!
[I saw the entire episode, of course, the show centered the contestants, so her screen time is like 1/10 of the episode, which is quite fair. Idy seemed to grade the performance fair and correct & modestly gave her opinions to the dancers. The host He Jiong was joking that he & Idy had same outfits in the photo – the only one I’ve found so far. Attempted to do screen captures from the stream video, can’t seem to do it.
Idy dressed conservative in white suit but very elegant, Maggie Cheung Ho-Yee also has recently returned active in showbiz after a long rest for illness, she looked beautiful. Michael Tse Tin-Wah’s quite gifted for dancing, Sonija Kwok looked tired but her dancing is not bad along with Carlo Ng Ka-Lok. The pair was eliminated from this round is Zhang Jiani, the girl who shared the photo taking with Idy in her blog (linked in previous post), and her partner, Benjamin Yuen Wai-Ho (newly-crowned Mr. HK 2007]. And a lot of crying, esp. the pair Stephen Huynh (Wong Cheung Hing) & Qin Lan. Have no clues what they were saying most of the time, it’s time to learn some Mandarin]
Idy’s at the very end of most clips:
- http://show.hifly.tv/vshare/play.php?vcid=18164 or Youtube
Host=H, Idy Chan Yuk-Lin=I, and Reporters=R, * correction by Kit
H: Hello fellow net friends, this is the HiFly and the SINA Net synchronization live chat room. Now having with me right now is the honored guest that everybody’s has been anticipating, Miss Idy Chan Yuk Lin. Idy, how are you?
H: I know that you come today, my heart pumps fast as if it jumps out.
I: My Mandarin is not that good, my heart pumps fast as if it jumps out too.
H: Today you’re coming to sit on the judging panel?
I: Yes, I need to dance too! *
H: How’s it coming to Hunan for this program?
I: I feel very amusing, have heard that Hunan is very beautiful. Also, my mother’s Hunan native, so I must come.
H: So you’re really of Hunan origin.
I: That’s right, I never had a chance to visit. My mother passed away already, but when she was alive she told me must visit Hunan. So I’m here as her wish.
H: How do you feel about Hunan now?
I: I haven’t get to see anything yet, just got off the plane.
H: Are you familiar with Hunan food?
I: In Hong Kong, my mother cooked Hunan dishes before, I’m certainly familiar with it.
H: Do you watch “Strictly Come Dancing” at home? Have you seen any dancing competition?
I: In HK, this program hasn’t been aired yet, but I’ve read magazine reports on it.
H: What’s your thought on “Strictly Come Dancing”?
I: Very amusing program. Beautiful. Because everyone is beautiful, and dancing makes it more attractive!
I: I haven’t, but have heard to the “Super Girl” program
H: Yes, there’s also “Joyful Male Voice“, how do you think about New Talents contest?
I: It’s great! We must keep moving & can’t stay forever in one place. It’s impossible to see those certain people. Some new faces must come out. *
H: The contest has selected many new talents like Jason Zhang Jie. Jeffrey G (Ji Jie) is also from New Talents Contest. Wait a little more and you will see their dance performance. There’s so many media friends here, they have questions to ask you. Now I give the time to you all [reporters].
R: I would like to ask what is your next function? or your plan?
I: You asked here [in Hunan] or in HK?
R: Arrangement in HK.
I: Actually no big plan, will make a TV serial with TVB, and after finish it then will see.
R: I would like to ask. It has been more than 10 years since you have acted. What made you return to acting?
I: Come to think of it, it is very fun. When you asked me that question, I thought of something. When I was filming ROCH, Yeung Gor [YG] and I were separated for 16 years. It’s such a coincidence now, it feels like YG & I have set a date, I’m out now to meet him.
I: I was just calculating, it has really been more than 10 years since I’ve acted. I just thought of a sentence from the script in ROCH.
R: Then, when you acted with Andy Lau in ROCH, it became a classic which everyone remembers. Do you still keep in contact with the cast in that series?
I: Andy Lau. We don’t meet up much but we’ll see each other occasionally. He’s a nice guy. Once a host asked him to write me calligraphy & he wrote for me immediately. * [Wow, thanks so much Kit for your correction, what was I reading? I turned Andy Lau’s name into a totally different name! I’m sure you all know what she’s talking about here! So major cool that they do keep in touch]
R: Then, you were Andy’s idol, now as you look back, what are your thoughts & feelings?
I: Andy is my idol.
R: Over 10 years have passed, can you grade him? Then, he was just a young lad.
I: Actually, I’m only a little older than him, our age gap is not big. He entered into showbiz a little later than me. He is very diligent & puts in his heart in his work. Therefore, he deserves what he has earned today!
R: I would like to ask now that you’re coming out, people on the internet talked about the past affairs between you and Mr. Chow Yun-Fat, you do mind they at all?
I: Thanks, wait a little and I’ll tell you again.
R: Can you disclose how life has been for you after all so many years absence from the showbiz?
I: I did charity work, so many charity organizations in HK. Several years ago, I also studied pottery. After that I helped mentally disordered patients, I also taught them pottery at hospitals, so the years had passed like that.
R: Why did you do these things?
I: Actually, when I have more information I will tell you.
H: Ha ha! [Ha ha! I feel like laughing along with the host!]
R: How different between doing charity work and making a movie?
I: I felt very tired when filming. But I’ve learned a lot through volunteer work. For instance, someone had bad breath but I couldn’t back out. I know that I must teach him [pottery] & can’t just walk away. I’ve learned that if you want to get along with others, you must let them feel that your love first, then they’d return the same to you. *
R: So many years of doing charity, what is your source of income?
R: Is this your first time on the judge panel?
I: It seems so.
I: I don’t have any standards, we’ll see when on the show.
R: You haven’t thought about it?
I: It hasn’t happened yet, I cannot guess.
R: How you do you prepare to appear as a judge? Friendly gentle or strictly hard?
H: His question to you is are you easily kind or very strict?
I: I think we only know when at the scene.
R: Your SLL image was brilliant in ROCH. Over 10 years has passed, now you’re walking on the street, do people can still recognize you as SLL? Would you mind if they said “SLL is getting old”? *
I: Oh, what a question! First, there’s so many people told me that why don’t I look any different from TV. But of course, reports intentionally gave me hard time & trouble. There’s a magazine article that I thought it’s quite funny when they zoomed up to my nose & said there’s hair inside. Come on, everyone has [nostril] hair & why picked on me? So I won’t put this thing to heart & will just let it go. *
H: Yes, I’m sitting very close to Idy & can see very clearly. She does have very fair skin. *
R: What do you know about Hunan? *
I: Not much. I’m told that many beautiful girls here so I come to see. *
H: Fellow net friends, our interview time is up. We’re very happy that Miss Idy Chan Yuk-Lin comes here to sit in judge panel on “Strictly Come Dancing”. Hope that Idy will discover her potential as a judge after the show. *
[The interview script is in simplified Chinese, so don’t trust my translation completely. Again, having never have any formal Chinese lessons, I’ve tried my best to put out the translation. Perhaps, a more accurate translation by Kit will be available soon. I like how Idy cleverly answered questions about Mr. Chow, & the reason she returns to the showbiz now because she’s out to meet “YG” Andy again]
China HunanTV & HK TVB jointly made show “舞動奇跡 Strictly Come Dancing” [or the Chinese version of British BBC show with the same English title or similar to American ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”] The focal point for the competition this Thursday & Friday [Sep 20-21] is the honoring guest judge Idy Chan Yuk Lin. Other well-knowns had been on the judging panel before are Michelle “Mei Suet” Yim, Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Nancy Sit Ka-Yin, etc. Maggie Cheung Ho-Yee [TVB] will be the show’s host along with He Jiong [HunanTV]
[This is very interesting to see Idy takes part in this show. Hopefully, there’ll be clips with Idy in them circulated on the net soon. For local China/HK fans, please tune in for these episodes. It seems that this show is more popular in the mainland than in HK.]