November 2008, 12.30pm at Orchard Cineleisure KBox
Honoured: This is the adjective Japanese actress Chie
Tanaka used when movieXclusive.com asks her how she
feels being compared to Taiwanese model actress Li Chi-ling.
all, while pundits betted that Lin would score a nomination
in the Best New Performer category at the upcoming 45th
Taiwan Golden Horse Awards for her performance in John
Woo’s Red Cliff, it was Tanaka who surprised everyone
by edging out the competition, leaving Lin empty handed.
27 year old actress smiles and says in Mandarin: "It’s
an honour that you’d compare me with Lin Chi-ling.
She is a talented person and well liked by everyone,
and I think that’s a very admirable trait."
was in Singapore to promote Cape No. 7, Taiwan's entry
to compete in the 81st Academy Awards for Best Foreign
Language Film. It has also been nominated in nine categories
at the upcoming 45th Taiwan Golden Horse Awards. From
the looks of it, the prim and proper actress looks totally
unlike her fiesty character in the film.
movie has allowed many people to know me," states
the actress who has had bit roles in Andrew Lau and
Alan Mak’s Initial D (2005) and Felix Chong and
Alan Mak’s Moonlight in Tokyo (2005).
didn’t think I’d become popular so fast."
adds: "I’ve also achieved a level of performance
which I never knew I could achieve."
her home country, Tanaka has always played quiet and
reserved characters. In Cape No. 7, she undergoes a
transformation and plays the role of a heated and outspoken
Mandarin-speaking Japanese fashion model dispatched
to Hengchun in Taiwan, and is assigned the difficult
task of managing a hastily assembled band led by Aga
(played by Van Fan). Sparks fly between the two and
results in a romantic love story set against the picturesque
backdrop of the small town.
film has definitely opened doors for the pretty actress,
who can expect more offers to star in movies to come
knocking at her door. However, the best blessings come
from her family back in Japan.
especially pleased that my parents are happy with what
remembers how her parents initially objected her to
enter showbiz because it would be tiring and difficult
for someone young like her. But she pursued her dreams
and eventually convinced her parents that she could
take care of herself.
any assistance in translation, she says: "I know
how parents want the best for their children so they
can lead an easy life, but I’m also very thankful
that they believed that I could make it in showbiz."
subsequent efforts in learning Mandarin also paid off,
considering how popular she is after Cape No. 7 has
charmed worldwide audiences.
having tackled both introvert and extrovert roles, what
would the fast rising star wish to play in her next
who can’t see or someone who has a weird personality.
As long as it’s something I haven’t played
before, I’d like to take up the challenge."
links below for more:
No. 7" opens on 27 November and is reviewed here
of "Cape No. 7" Official Soundtrack