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【18:34】2011年03月29日【on.cc 東方互動 專訊】 久未露面的「小龍女」陳玉蓮表示，多年來一直忙於內地處理慈善事務，現時有意再拍劇集，與觀眾見面。她透露正與內地商談拍劇。早前更與TVB商議，但要等到有適合的劇本。問到何謂「最適合的劇本」，她揚言最想拍打戲，古裝片亦不介意。
Idy Chan accepted as a guest on “Eva’s Guestroom” hosted by Eva Lai herself, which is part of aTV program “Enrich Your Lifestyle“. Eva originally wanted to invite Idy be on the show since last year, but because Idy was occupied with her charity work in many mountainous areas of rural China. Having been back to HK not too long ago, Idy kept her promise and agreed to come on the show. Also, Eva and Idy have formed a strong friendship ever since they worked together on “Stage Door Johnny” years ago.
Even though, Idy has been in rural and mountainous areas but seems to keep her skin well. Last night when she attended Ken Choi’s concert, the makeup artist asked if she’d be interested in being a spokesperson for their cosmetic products, she’s afraid that she won’t have to time for promotional functions, but will think of the offer. Last time attending Andy Lau’s concert was also her last minute plan upon her return to HK.
Idy also shared her interest in planning to act again this year in HK. Earlier she and TVB had a discussion on possible scripts. She prefers to play in a costume drama and would like to play a martial arts role because it’s more suitable for her. She recalled her uneasy feelings when holding hands with Damian Lau in “Catch Me Now“.
Idy Chan in ROCH1983 as Little Dragon Girl, after 26 years, the image still carries deep in people’s hearts: cold, distant, yet also the image of Idy Chan herself. Can’t imagine this Ancient Tomb Sect’s legend has transformed to “peripatetic”, putting aside all the past feelings of over 20 years. Idy Chan said “I’m now a nun!”
The plan was Idy to return to Canada with her mentor to continue with self-cultivation study, however, the plan has changed. She’s been in Hong Kong and accepted to host RTHK series “Hong Kong Stories”. She interviewed people from all walks of life on their jobs and lifestyles, she’s been working hard like a true journalist, and it’s also her way to exercise her spiritual practices. [related]
Known for her reserved and quiet nature, this time Idy will talk about others in “HK Stories”. “Doing this project is so fun, it is to send out meaningful messages to the public, they are the stories of everyday heroism by real people, and it’s charity work for me. Some stories I couldn’t help but just laugh.”
“No Had Knowns, No Plans”
On talking about other people’s stories, Idy inadvertently deep talked about her beliefs, “I’m not superstitious, but I believe in God. All thing has its path and it’s you to decide. Especially if you decide to do something, then must put all your heart and soul into making it happen, there’s no second chance for anything. When one day you’re on sick bed and cry ‘If I had only known’, it’d be too late by then.”
“Sometime ago I suddenly wanted to do a martial arts drama, and forwarded the ideas to TVB, they gave me an action costume drama. The script was ready as well as the time slot, then the company postponed the shooting. And my original plan to come with my master to Canada couldn’t be delayed, so the play never happen. Eventually I had to stay in HK because of other matters, so now I have a chance to do ‘HK Stories. So we can’t control things in life, no expectations, it’s a ‘impermanence’!” [related]
Improving Ideological and accept the reality
Idy worked with young staff and crew, and she’d ask the party “What’s the meaning of life?”. If the other party show interest in discussion, she’d be ready to share her thoughts. From “HK Stories” interviews, Idy led fellow reporters to the “twilight zone”.
“I used to work mentally disordered patients, so mentality is the target. I hope to lead others in the spiritual aspects of progress, change the idea of wisdom and growth. In particular, young people, their self-cultivation, cognition may be limited to any religions like Buddhism, Christianity, Catholicism … I want to tell them of self-cultivation is not a religion, is to improve the ideological and accept the reality. The purpose of self-cultivation is close truthfully, truthfully what exactly? Death is inevitable in life, but some people will not dare to face, we should learn to accept the reality. I also taught to be self-discipline and have consciousness, yet do not constraint yourself …”
In recent years, “master” is often mentioned in all her interviews. Idy has followed her “master” in Canada, US, and mainland China. And for over 2 years, she was “closed door” from the outside world, and she’s now at “self-cultivation” stage. To most people, it’s just a mystery.
“We also use books as the master, I read scriptures, from Bible to Laozi, and following the path of wisdom. I’m open to believe that there are many different Gods. I’ve known ‘master’ for 10 years now, and it’s been 5 years into my practice. Master has disciples come from US, Canana, China, they’re all accomplished professionals, compared to them, I feel so little.” Still, no disclosing of who is the “master”
Adopting a young girl. [related]
“I had left the circle for a long time and the locals didn’t know who I am. I went online and downloaded some ROCH photos of Andy Lau and me as Little Dragon Girl. Master told me to show them to the students. We each picked a family to support, there’s this pretty and healthy little girl, we took her to Guangzhou and lived there like a family. It’s like temporary support of their lives. If any kids want to return back to their parents, we would just send them home. We instruct the children from academic study to spiritual teaching. Some people ask me why it has to be girl? To be honest I chose based on merit, she and I will spend a lot of time together in the future, so had to select a right person”
Love life is self-cultivation
Once in love with Chow Yun Fat, admired by Andy Lau, married to Peter Chan Siu-Moo but marriage failed [related], rumored to have homosexual relationship with advertising director Maisy Choi. So how is Idy Chan’s love life now?
“My love life is to self-cultivate. (So there’s no love life at all?) I’m now a nun. (Being nun means no more feelings? Putting aside all feelings in the past?) Being a nun means going forth, this question is actually very interesting. Let me me think about it before giving you the answer. I will need more time to really think about it, haha…”
Idy Chan has really enlightened with her practice.
Producer Albert Cheung praised how Idy takes the job seriously, putting her best in every story.
[Extract from The Electronic New Paper] These classic Asian beauties, who hogged TV screens in the ’70s and ’80s, retired at the peak of their careers to get married. But they’ve all been in the spotlight recently, reports AVIS WONG
She was once known as Hong Kong’s Marilyn Monroe.
But the pictures we have seen of Cherie Chung recently were not those of a glowing beauty. They were those of a grieving widow.
Cherie, 47, lost her husband of 16 years to cancer on 24 Aug.
Though friends worry about her health, she has retained her elegant composure, at least in public.
The classic beauty was third runner-up in TVB’s Miss Hong Kong pageant in 1979 and made her film debut in Johnnie To‘s first film, The Enigmatic Case, the following year.
She went on to star in more than 50 movies, working with many top leading men, most notably Chow Yun Fat and Leslie Cheung in her last film, Once A Thief, in 1991.
She retired to marry advertising guru Mike Chu, who is best known for his creative work in the Titus watch commercials and for creating Titus’ famous Chinese tagline: ‘I don’t care for eternity, I only care for the moments we once shared.’
After marriage, she was active in charity work, especially in promoting environmental protection.
Aside from a few select endorsements, she turned down all acting offers as she wanted to lead a peaceful, normal life.
But in February this year, tabloid pictures of the couple revealed a thin and gaunt-looking Mike.
In May, Cherie was spotted taking her 53-year-old husband – who looked to have lost 20kg and donned thick clothing despite the hot summer weather – to a traditional Chinese clinic and to see a qigong master.
Despite rumours that he had colon cancer, Cherie kept giving the excuse that he was on a diet.
The two have no children but shared a loving relationship and were considered a model couple in showbiz.
A Taiwanese friend reportedly said: ‘Cherie once told her husband that she would still want to marry him in her next life.
Mike humorously replied to her, ‘Why won’t you let me take a break?’. They were indeed a great couple.’
Mike reportedly left HK$50 million ($9.8m) to Cherie.
RETURN OF LITTLE DRAGON GIRL – IDY CHAN
WITH those crow’s feet, freckles and slightly pudgy figure, Idy Chan is a far cry from her most famous screen persona, Little Dragon Girl.
After all, it has been a good 24 years since she was catapulted to fame playing the surreal beauty opposite Andy Lau‘s Yang Guo in the 1983 TVB adaptation of Louis Cha’s The Return Of The Condor Heroes.
Idy Chan and Andy Lau in a recent game show on Hong Kong TV
Now 47, Idy has been under the spotlight lately, granting interviews to the Hong Kong media and making public appearances.
Most recently, she promoted an Asia Television Hong Kong travel programme with Athena Chu.
She even walked the red carpet with actor Simon Yam at the 12th annual Golden Bauhinia Awards on 1 Sep and presented the Best Actress award.
Her recent appearances begged the question: Is she returning to showbiz?
It has been 14 years since she retired from the scene.
Idy told the Hong Kong media: ‘I never thought about quitting acting before. Now, I don’t know whether I will act or not either. I’ll just let things run their natural course.’
She told Ming Pao Weekly that she’s interested in acting again, but kissing and intimate scenes are out.
Idy married casino executive Peter Chan Siu-Moo in 1984 at the height of her career and settled in New York.
Even though the couple divorced in 1992, she remained inactive in showbiz, only making the occasional appearance on TV shows in China and Hong Kong.
She was also an active charity volunteer.
Then in 1999, she was rumoured to have secretly married 1980s singer Louis Castro after she told the media that she has been seeing a mysterious ‘tall, gentle and caring’ man for five years.
But soon, the paparazzi found that she was living with famous advertising director Maisy Choi. According to the tabloids, the female relationship lasted 11 years, ending in 2005.
Once known for her icy and sullen image, Idy is now chatty and more adept at dealing with the media.
‘Many reporter friends tell me they had wanted to slap me in the past because I didn’t know how to answer their questions and had always put on a black face then.
‘But they just loved asking me about Chow Yun Fat, so what could I have said?’ she told Ming Pao Weekly.
She and Yun Fat had dated for five years – from 1978 to 1983 – during the early days of their TV careers.
Idy has not worked in recent years and it was reported that she struck the lottery twice, winning about HK$17 million ($3million) in Canada, and another HK$30 million in a Hong Kong lotto 11 years ago.
But she told reporters that ‘the rumours will stop with the wise’.
DEPRESSED OVER MARRIAGE? – LIN CHING-HSIA [Brigitte]
LIN CHING-HSIA may have retired and been married for 13 years, but the former queen of Taiwanese romance films is still a popular paparazzi target.
And the rumour mill has been churning overtime when it comes to her marriage.
The 53-year-old was recently spotted by the tabloids at the International Financial Centre in Hong Kong with her friends, former Taiwanese actress Hsieh Ling Ling and retired Hong Kong actress Amy Tao.
They had gone to watch Jay Chou’s latest movie, Secret, and Ching-hsia had reportedly seen the movie twice.
She looked radiant and happy. But it wasn’t always so.
The tabloids had said last year that Ching-hsia had moved out of her marital home in Hong Kong and was staying in an apartment in Kowloon Tong alone.
The reports also said that despite being married to billionaire businessman Michael Ying, she did not have a property or car to her name.
They have two daughters, aged 10 and 6, but the reports alleged that Michael was dating a divorcee from Shanghai and that the woman bore him a son.
When Ching-hsia’s father died in May last year, the media noted that the couple had little interaction despite attending the funeral together.
Then, she was purportedly hooked on ballroom dancing and was spotted hanging out at clubs, dancing and having supper with younger men in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
But in March this year, she reportedly moved back home.
Last month, a Taiwanese report said she visited the Hong Kong Mood Disorders Center at the Prince Of Wales Hospital in Shatin, Hong Kong, but friends have denied she is depressed.
[Citation needed for several items in this article, use your own judgment on these stories. Quite coincident that both husbands of Cherie & Brigitte have the same English name & million-/billionaire businessmen]
[Translated by Jaynestars.com] It has been 14 years since Idy Chan Yuk Lin last filmed a television series. Apparently, due to TVB’s persuasion, Idy will be returning to the small screen once again!
Idy will be filming a series with Damian Lau Chung Yan, Joe Ma Tak Chung, and Fala Chen. Entitled, “Thieves With Principles (lit.) 盜亦有道”, the series will film in October.
Idy commented, “Both TVB and ATV have been actively recruiting me to film for them. The details are not finalized yet! I will be leaving Hong Kong shortly. It really depends on how the schedule works out!”
However, TVB executive, Virginia Lok Yi Ling said, “We’ve very happy that Idy agreed to film for us!” (Did TVB offer Idy a hefty fee?) “No, Idy was unconcerned about the money. The more important thing was the schedule.”
Producer Chong Wai Kin revealed that Idy’s character will be a divorcee who falls in love with thief, Damian.
[I’m SO looking forward to this. I’ll continue to follow any future Idy’s news obsessively! HAHA! I’m neutral towards Damian, but I guess he’s one of the few veterans at TVB & matchable with Idy. Eye candy Joe Ma is a GREAT bonus. I yet haven’t seen any Fala Chen’s works, but I hope her character will be likable. I’m TOTALLY biased]
An opinion column on Idy in Mingpao US West SF – Supplement dated Aug 21, 2007. [I don’t want to withhold any news pieces of Idy that I know of]
2007.08.26 陳玉蓮 香港十大自然勝景 梧桐寨 (第2集)
However, according to “HK Best 10 Scenics” homepage, Idy’s exploration to Ng Tung Chai is the 2nd episode of the series, and will be aired this Sunday August 26, 2007 on ATV. For HK resident fans, please tune in for this episode, in which Idy co-hosts along with Albert Au [who played the tutor Chun who fell in love with his female pupil, played by Cheung Tak-Lan, in ROCH1983]
PS. I bet many HK locals tuned in Stephen Chan’s Be My Guest in which Idy Chan was the guest aired on Aug 11, 2007 [read July 28, Aug 09, & Aug 12 news @ CYLO] The Sun’s E+ (dated Aug 21, 2007) featured an article in which the author (*) praised Idy’s courteousness and elegance when answering Stephen’s sensitive questions with catchy phrase 私底下告訴你 Tell you in secret.
(*) The author appears to be a very popular freelance writer/reporter/columnist/blogger in Hong Kong media. Click here for his official website.