November 2008, 12.30pm at Orchard Cineleisure KBox
You’d almost think that 30 year old singer (now
actor) Van Fan is boastful about his newfound fame when
he is asked about how the phenomenal Taiwanese film
Cape No. 7 has changed his life.
are singers who have released five albums, and then
there’s me who has only acted in one movie. You
do the math," he tells movieXclusive.com in Mandarin
during an interview, that is, before feigning a proud
expression and breaking out in hearty laughter.
singer (now actor) was in Singapore with his co stars
Chie Tanaka and Shino Lin to promote their movie. Thanks
to the movie, the Taiwanese aboriginal artiste is enjoying
immense popularity like never before. Unflattering pictures
of Fan peeing in public surfaced two years ago, and
not only did they shatter his Mr. Nice Guy image, his
career began going downhill as well – not that
he cares a lot about that media hoohah though.
explains calmly: "Everything happens for a reason.
To the public, it may have been fatal to my career.
But sometimes I think, I won’t be where I am today
without that incident.
don’t worry too much about it," he says reassuringly.
in a chic black jacket, the good looking Fan has been
sporting a goatee recently. He clarifies that this is
to allow people to make a connection with the character
he plays in Cape No. 7, a failed singer who leaves Taiwan
to pursue his dream in a small town named Hengchun.
first time actor recalls the process of bringing this
role to life: "I discussed with the director on
why this person would behave this way. I analyzed the
script with him and gave suggestions on how to make
Aga (the name of the character) more believable.
I realized that I was the only actor to give feedback
to the director about the role," he laughs.
No. 7 features many first time actors, and Fan finds
himself having the most chemistry with Min-Hsiung, a
fellow Taiwanese aboriginal artiste who plays a heated
police officer who finds himself playing music: "It’s
probably the culture we share. He understands what I’m
talking about almost instantly."
ensemble piece has garnered nine nominations at the
upcoming 45th Taiwan Golden Horse Awards, including
Best Feature Film, Best New Performer and Best Original
Song. However, Fan’s composition for the film’s
soundtrack "No Limit to Happiness" wasn’t
nominated in the Best Original Song category. Also,
he was overlooked a spot in the Best New Performer category,
which many members of the media thought he deserved.
cheekily admits: "Of course I was disappointed.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t.
remember the day the nominations were announced. Someone
posted the news on my fan site, and when I didn’t
see my name there, I refused to believe it and wanted
to confirm the news from other official sources."
the disappointment dissipated after one day, and the
energetic singer was up on his feet again. Amidst the
promotional tours for Cape No. 7, he is now preparing
for a concert next month at 'Xiaojudan', the centre
for leisure and entertainment in Taiwan. His on screen
partner Tanaka may even make a guest appearance at the
concert for a surprise item.
his foray into acting, does Fan see himself giving up
music anytime soon?
states coolly: "Anything is possible these days.
Even if I’m not in the entertainment scene, I
can still play music. I need not release albums to play
there is nothing I can’t let go of. We should
learn to be more carefree about things," he adds
with a poised tone in his voice.
Click links below for more:
No. 7" opens on 27 November and is reviewed here
of "Cape No. 7" Official Soundtrack