Vic Chou and Wang Luodan were among the many celebrities who graced the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival. They were there to promote their latest summer offering Detective Gui, and completing their small entourage on the red carpet were the film’s director Oxide Pang and the film’s producer Hongkong model-turned-producer Marie Zhuge.
Before I go on, let me be clear on two points. First of all, I have always and always believed that Vic has the kind of body type that can get away with whatever he wants to wear, that he will still be an eye candy even if he’s just stripped down to his underpants. Secondly, I never did, never do and never will claim to be a fashion connoisseur, so I’m no expert when it comes to trendy outfits or whatever. Having said those two points, I must say that Vic’s suit at the red carpet just didn’t sit well on me. When I looked at him from the waist up, it was so impeccably perfect, that I couldn’t criticize even a single stitch. But then, when I looked at him from the waist down, that’s where he failed miserably. It was an outright fashion faux pas that could make Gianni Versace turn over his grave. I just couldn’t figure out his pants, as it looked too short, too tight and too small for him. It’s almost like it’s one size smaller than what he’s supposed to be wearing that I couldn’t help but think that maybe his pants might have been accidentally exchanged with someone else’s pants, like with Wong Cholam’s perhaps?
On the other hand, Wang Luodan was the epitome of perfection at the red carpet. She wore a simple strapless black dress that hugged her curves to perfection. She wore her hair long and flowing, and with a simple make up to match. She gave off that simple but oh-so-elegant look on the red carpet that very few artists could pull off.
Also worthy of mention was the film’s producer Marie Zhuge who clearly showed that she’s still, first and foremost, a first-class model. She wore a long floral blue gown that only she could wear to perfection, and she easily towered over her companions with the advantage of her 5-foot-7-inch height and super high heels. She was even mistaken to be part of the main casts because of her striking good looks that many producers and directors had asked for her information and contacts. Later on, she shared to the media how she almost tripped down the red carpet’s stairs but was thankfully caught by Vic on time before she made a complete fool of herself in front of millions who were watching the event.
Inside the venue, it became a small reunion of sort for Vic as he met up with his celebrity friends, including Janine Chang and Peter Ho. But his most notable meet up was with his F4 buddy Ken Chu. He even posted two photos of them together on his weibo, which unfortunately attracted many unwanted attention. While netizens complimented Vic for being able to maintain his svelte figure and still looking hot through the years, Ken on one hand was criticized severely and was made fun of for looking heftier than he was before. One fan even commented that it’s a reunion of F2, Hua Zhe Lei and Ximen Plus.
In another photo posted by Vic which showed him with Janine and Ken, one netizen left another insulting remark, saying that Ken looked like a farmer-turned-entrepreneur who brought his young wife (Janine) along to meet a big star (Vic).
Some even remarked that Ken looked tired with his worn out face and dark circles under his eyes. However, despite the many insensitive innuendos, he was able to take in the nasty comments with just a small grain of salt. He, too, posted on his weibo and commented that he knew he’d get himself into trouble just by standing next to Vic. Two thumbs up for him for being such a good sport and for being mature enough to not take the criticisms to heart. Out of all the members of F4, Ken is the one who just doesn’t care at all about show business. As long as he can live his own life well on his own terms, then he can be happy as a clam in a mud. Eventually, no harm was done and everyone can just move on with their own lives.
On a side note, an interesting tidbit came up from a seemingly simple statement from Vic during his red carpet interview. He mentioned that he earlier bumped into Ariel Lin and casually added that he would meet up again with her soon. Now, I don’t want to draw any conclusion yet, but I have been reading some news before that Vic would be collaborating with both Ariel and Chen Bolin in a rom-com movie called Lala 2, although I never believed it to be true. Even if Vic and Ariel had already worked together again for a tea commercial years back (their first collaboration was in Vic’s Make a Wish MV), never in my wildest dreams have I ever thought that they would be working together for a movie, especially after Ariel was allegedly quoted as saying years ago that she would never work with Vic again after his nasty break up with her best friend, the late Taiwanese actress Beatrice Hsu. But then again, time can heal all wounds, and the recently married Ariel has matured enough to know that such previous conceptions were shallow and childish. If this collaboration would really push through, then this would really be good, as it’s going to be a collaboration of the triumvirate of Golden Bell Awards’ best of the bests.
Ironically, the leading lady of the TV series version of Lala was Wang Luodan, who’s now the female lead in Detective Gui. For a short synopsis of Lala 2, this movie is about a 30-year old office woman named Lala (Ariel) who’s at the peak of her career and about to marry her fiance Wang Wei (Vic). Everything was going well for her until she’s suddenly caught in a love triangle as new suitor Chen Feng (Bolin) suddenly appeared in her life.
Nothing is set in stone yet, so for now, it’s safe to just wait for the official confirmation of this movie. But with all the information that are fast trickling out, it seems this movie is already in the bag.