It's been a busy end of the year and start to the New Year. After getting my body into shape for my movie, I finally started shooting on Dec 13th in Rui Li (Yunnan), China. So far, it has been a great experience. The cast has been fun to work with and my director, Bruce Li (not Bruce Lee) has taught me many things along the way. I love the story, my character, and the importance of doing this movie. Not many people know the history behind the comfort women (that includes me). So, I am thankful to have this opportunity and to learn even more about Chinese History. The movie is called "Comfort Woman" ("黎明之眼“） Getting my make up done before going to location.G In my Japanese costume for the movie. Shooting at a beautiful location with a waterfall in Rui Li.Waiting on set with my assistant Tong Yun (on my right), Director Bruce Li (on my left) and my driver, Xiao Yang (far left of me)Playing around on set with Shi Tou, one of the actors playing a Japanese solider.My fellow actresses, Ying Nuo and Tong Yun.Just before starting the shoot we had a press conference. I'm so happy to do the movie with my mom and my sister. I'm playing the younger version of the same character that my mom is playing and my sister is playing my daughter when she grows up, of course...Shooting a scene with my husband in the movie, Zhong Yi.A scene from the movie with my daughter and husband.
I have a few days in Hong Kong to rest a bit and then I'm leaving tomorrow to finish the rest of the shoot in Hen Dian. Then I come back to Hong Kong with just enough time to rehearse for Musical Moments. The show will take place in Central, City Hall in the Concert Theatre on Wed, Jan 22nd at 8pm. I'm very excited to be reunited with my friends to put on the 8th Musical Moments. Pls come and support us!!!
I just got back from Beijing last night. I was supposed to get back earlier but I missed my flight and then the next flight was delayed....so, it was a pretty long day for me. Luckily, I was flying in business class so it was a very comfortable flight. It's been awhile since I've flown in business class too...so, I was very excited because the food is so much better...hahaha My business class breakfast on the flight to Beijing.Wed, Sept 18th, 2013 was the press con for my upcoming chinese movie. The movie is set during World War II and is about the comfort women who were used to "comfort" the Japanese soldiers. It's a part of history that has been very hush hush...and though some surviving comfort women have written stories about their situation over 70 years ago, the alligations have been denied by the Japanese. I have to admit, growing up as an American born Chinese, I don't know much about Chinese History. But, I have recently been given opportunities to be a part of projects that involve historical events. I feel very blessed to have these opportunities and to touch base with Chinese History. It's probably the best way to learn about it. I am very proud to be a part of this project and to be a part of such a meaningful topic that will open people's eyes to the injustices that these women faced during the war. It will be a very challenging role for me and a very serious topic for such a happy person that I am....but very very grateful for the chance thanks to Director Bruce Le and his confidence in me. I'm also excited to be playing the same character that my mom, Cheng Pei Pei will be playing. I'm obviously going to play the younger version of our character. Since I've been in the entertainment industry, many people have said that I look so much like my mother when she was young. But, never in the years that I've been acting, has anyone found us to play a role together until now. I am very very excited about itThis is my mom and me when I was just a little kid. And, I know I look like a little boy!!! We had a very successful press con on Wed with many very important people there to support the project...including Madame Moa's daughter!!! After learning more about the comfort women with the research that I've had to do in the past few weeks, I feel such a great empathy for these women and hope to do the best that I can with this movie. I will keep an update with the progresses of the movie as we prepare to shoot, during the shoot, and leading up to the promotion and release. Stay tunedThis was our movie backdrop for the press con.Here's an article in the Chinese paper about our press con.
It's been awhile since my last blog. I'm back in Hong Kong and getting back to my "regular" life. Right now, my main focus is to get my butt into shape before I start my next movie. I'm trying to eat healthy...no bad carbs (bread, pasta, rice), dairy, or sweets!!! I've done this for the past 3 wks and I'm noticing a change in my body, of course! I also started taking up something called SMAC (Strength, Mobility, And Conditioning). It's actually a pretty tough workout and my right knee isn't feeling too good because of all the running it requires. After the session today, I had to go home and ice my knee! OYE!!! Yeah, I know that sometimes I can push my body a little overboard....RMP, yoga, dance, pole dancing, and now added to my routine is the SMAC. I have to keep telling myself that it's ok for me to rest so that I can recover.....You don't understand how hard that can be for someone who likes to workout. My definition of a rest day is to do yoga! Anyways.....It was very hard to change my LIFESTYLE (notice that I don't like to call it a diet) but, now I'm starting to get the hang of it and I feel great! I do allow a cheat day....AKA Happy Friday!!! I'm also trying to save money and eat more healthy by cooking more at home. I won't have that luxury once I do the shoot in China...so, I'm going to take advantage of this time to enjoy some alone time as well as cook. My latest creation. I'm starting to love those grilled carrotsI've also been trying to train myself in pole more. It seems that I've been focusing so much on my classes and teaching my students, I've neglected to train myself!!!!So....as for work... it looks like the rest of my year will be blessed by lots of it! Next month, I will start shooting a movie in Nanjing and Yun Nan (Burma). In btw the shoot, I will be back in Hong Kong to do a few corp events and teach if I am able to... Then, after I finish that movie, I will be starting on another movie that will be in English. So, this year is looking to be a very busy one and I am sooo very grateful for that. Happy Happy!
It's been an eventful week. I helped my best friend from High School get ready for her wedding all week in Oxford. I was her only bridesmaid. This week, I've learned how to make a wedding cake decoration, make my own bouquet, make boutonniere and corsages, AND do hair and make up for the bride. Whew! It was a busy busy and stressful week...but, in the end the wedding was absolutely beautiful. There is something about those traditional church weddings that is so beautiful and pure. I am thankful for having such a wonderful experience with such a close friend. I still have a long trip ahead of me partially for pleasure, family, and for work. Exciting :)On another note, I have 4 nominations for this years Heckler Awards. It's an award event that HKeld holds for shows in HK. Pls go to this site and make a final vote for the following:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GBZWW7F1) Best Show (Musical)"When Rick Met Marsha"2) Best Dance Show"Les Illusions De L'amour"3) Best Original Work"When Rick Met Marsha"4) Best ActressMarsha Yuan (ME!!) in "When Rick Met Marsha"If the link above doesn't work pls go tohttp://www.hkeld.com/articles/view/the-20122013-hecklersAnd enter your email address at the bottom of the page. They will send you the ballot via email to ensure a fair vote. I appreciate all of your votes!!! Thanks!!!這是很奇特的一個星期，我高中時代最要好的女朋友在英國Oxford舉行婚禮，我是她唯一的伴娘，結果這個星期我學到很多東西，我學會怎麼樣裝飾結婚蛋糕，替我自已做我的伴娘花球及主婚人、嘉賓的衿花 , 我還幫新娘子化裝梳頭，哇，真是非常忙碌緊張的一個星期...幸好一切順利，婚禮非常圓滿，一個非常傳統的婚禮在教堂舉行，是那麽美好莊嚴，我慶幸能參與其中，見證和分享我最要好的朋友的重要時刻...這只是一個開始，接下來我將會從一個城市走到另一個城市，除了工作以外，也會和家人相聚，可想而知現在我的心情是何等興奮...另外在這兒，我要告訴大家一個好消息，在今年的Heckler Awards我有四項提名，能否得勝就得靠你們大家的支持了，請到以下的網站投我一票吧！非常感謝！https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GBZWW7FHere's the decoration on the cake that I made This is the bridesmaid bouquet that I made with real flowersThe brides beautiful hair for the wedding that I somehow created thanks to all the times I got my hair done for me :)
It's taken me over a week to write about our show last Wed. It was a big success and we had a great time in the process. The quick costume changes were a little stressful, but in the end we managed to pull it off. Here are some photos from the show as well as a review from HKeld. (click on the link below to view the review) http://www.hkeld.com/articles/view/reviewles-illusions-de-lamour[!(/attachments/2013/07/04/22/23285_201307042233223.thumb.jpg)](/batch.download.php?aid=11355476)Our Disney Medley Routine"I'm Still Hot" jazz funk routine"A Thousand Years" lyrical routine (my favorite!!!)"When You're Good to Mama" Musical Theatre Song and Dance"Dance Again" Latin Routine"Fashion Freak" Jazz Funk Routine"Skin/Red Lipstick" Jazz Funk RoutineMy next performance is actually be on Sat, July 6th in Guangzhou. We will be doing our 3rd run of "When Rick Met Marsha". Pls come if you can!!! The show starts at 8pm and the location is at:English: Alive@, D3, 128 Yuancun Si Heng Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, P.R. China Chinese: 拉阔现场，广州市天河区员村四横路128号红专厂艺术园区D3栋 Finally, next weekend I will be back again with my stellar band for a night of music. It's been over a year since I've performed a live jazz gig and I hope to pack a crowd on Fri, July 12th. So, hopefully we will have a good crowd and have a great time! Pls spread the word!!! You can get your tickets by calling Backstage (number is on the poster)Sat, July 12th at 10:30pm @ Backstage in Central, HK
Lately I've been busy with my own projects. It's been nice to have this time to work on things that I love to do. Coming up next, I will be creating a dance show with my dear friend Eddie Villanueva. He is a great choreographer/dancer from New York. And, we are going to be performing together on Wed, June 26th at Bisous. It will be a great show because Eddie is an amazing choreographer, Come support us! Pre Sale Tickets are starting today and you can order them by emailing us at email@example.com Don't miss out! "Are you READY? Are you READY for THIS?"
Singer/Dancer/Actress and Pole Instructor, Marsha Yuan, joins forces with loved and versatile NY diva, Eddie Villanueva in creating this very funky and sexy dance show. Come to one night only of song and dances from jazz funk, hip hop, latin, musical theatre and lyrical. BE READY FOR IT!
Artistic Directors/Choreographers: Eddie Villanueva and Marsha Yuan
Dancers: Eddie Villanueva, Marsha Yuan, Sarah Max Mackenzie, and Josh Pagtalunan "When Rick Met Marsha" will be showing in Guangzhou for our 3rd run on July 6th @ 8pm. It's been nice to have this project as an on going thing and I know that it's only the beginning for more things in the future. So, for those of you who live in Guangzhou, pls come out to support us!!! The address is: Alive @ , D3, 128 Yuancun Si Heng Rd., TianHe District, Guangzhou. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your tickets. Thanks
Only 5 more days till our opening for "When Rick Met Marsha". And, I'm sick!!!! I'm fighting it so that I'll be 100% by Wed. I had to teach today, and I'll need to teach tomorrow. But, other than that, I'm trying to stay in bed for as much of the day as I can. I attempted to sing a few notes just now and I think my voice came back...but, I'll find out for sure on Monday at our next full run rehearsal. The congestion just comes and goes...one minute I think I'm almost rid of this thing...and the next minute I'm congested and my head is aching. Let's pray that this thing is over VERY soon!!! Anyways...if you haven't already bought tickets for the show, pls do so!!! Tickets are on sale at HK Ticketing and you can also get them at The Fringe Club!!!!CK out our "making of" video directed/filmed/edited by Harry Yuanhttp://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151486293975921&set=o.524414710925017&type=2&theater[!(/attachments/2013/01/28/20/23285_201301282014141.thumb.jpg)](/batch.download.php?aid=11333806)
As the year is coming to an end, I can't help but think back to what a great year it has been. I'm so very thankful for all the opportunities that I've had in this year. It seems like the turning point was last December when I got closure on some "complications" that took over a year to settle. And, holding on to my faith, no matter how terrible things got, from that point on one opportunity after the other came and blessed me. Thank you thank you!! I am so grateful. I'm forever grateful for my wonderful family, my close friends, and my someone special. It only makes life more worthwhile to be blessed with such loving people. And, to be able to share significant points in my life with those people means more to me than anything in this world. The 2 biggest challenges in my life happened in this year and I know that they have shaped me into the artist that I am today. There's nothing more rewarding than feeling a sense of improvement and accomplishment at the end of 2012. "I, Ching" was my first challenge this year and along the way I was able to work with such wonderful people. I'm forever thankful to Jacob Yu for believing in me for the role of Madame Mao. And, giving me my first challenging role. I'm also thankful to Cecile Tang for creating this show and trusting that I can do the job even when she felt like I wasn't mean enough for the role. hahaha....I'm also thankful for meeting Lowell Lo and Susan Tang. One of the sweetest couples I know....and I'm so happy to have met them. It was also such a pleasure to work with such a wonderful cast and meet my partner for "When Rick Met Marsha", Rick Lau. I truly believe that you meet each person in your life for a reason. Rick and I worked so hard on my second challenge of the year, "When Rick Met Marsha". Thinking back, I can't believe we were able to pull off the show in such a short time. But, it has become an experience that has challenged me and forced me to go out of my comfort zone. But, how rewarding it has been!!! And, I definitely feel like I've improved in many aspects of my art. I'm smiling now as I type out this blog....and feel like this past weekend has definitely been a good end to the year...as far as projects and career opportunities go....I'm also thankful to Amuer Calderon. I really think that he has helped me improve in my vocals just from the 2 months we were working on the show! Thanks Amuer! I wish I could pronounce your name betterPhoto taken by Harry Yuan Photo taken by Michelle O'BrienPhoto taken by Michelle O'Brien with Rick LauPhoto taken by Michelle O'BrienPhoto taken by Michelle O'Brien. New Years resolution. To practice playing guitar more so that I deserve to get a new guitar!!Photo taken by Michelle O'Brien. Our drummer and guitarist, Antonio and musical director/pianist, Amuer!Anyways, I am looking forward to what 2013 has in store for me :) And, if anything, I feel inspired, fulfilled, and very very appreciative for everything in my life.... 2012年接近尾聲了，我卻無法停止去回想，這是多麼令人難忘的一年。我非常感恩，這一年裡我有那麼多的機會，這個轉折點應該是從去年十二月那個煩人的官司結束了以後，盡管當時這一切有多可怕，但就是從這時開始，一切都有了轉機，一個機會接著一個機會都迎向我來。我要向我的家人，我親愛的朋友們致謝，謝謝，謝謝，是你們讓我的生命充滿了意義。這一年裡，這麼多機會中，其中有兩個最大的挑戰，讓我藝術生命跨進了一大步，在這一年裡讓我感到最大的欣慰，就是這一年來的進步。
"I, Ching" 是我第一個最大的挑戰，我能夠延續地有機會和這麼多好人一起工作，我得首先感謝我們的導演Jacob Yu，因為他對我的肯定，他相信我能勝任毛夫人江青這個角色，當然我也得感謝 Cecile Tang（唐書璇）寫了這麼好的一個角色以及製作了這齣音樂劇，盡管一開始的她曾經懷疑我是否能像江青這樣兇狠，但是她還是給了我這個機會，哈哈哈.... 同時我也很榮幸能認識Lowell Lo and Susan Tang 夫婦.他們是我認識的其中一對可愛的夫婦 ....我很感激不但認識了他們還能跟他們一起工作。當然能夠和這麼多好的演員同台演出是我的最大收穫，尤其能認識Rick Lau.我相信在我們一生中，人和人的相遇相識，一定有他的原因，我和Rick非常努力地創作我今年的第二個最大的挑戰 "When Rick Met Marsha". 回想當時簡直不敢相信我們能在這麼短的時間能夠製作出這個節目，但是卻是給了我一個最好的經驗，讓我對自己有個更大的挑戰，因為我們成功地接受了這個挑戰，讓我今天能很自豪，坐在這裡笑著跟大家在我的博客分享我的經驗，讓我感到這是我今年最好的句點 ...在我的事業和創作中還有一個人我要感謝的....就是 Amuer Calderon. 在短短兩個月裡，通過我們的排練他幫助我的聲音有了很大的進步 ! 謝謝 Amuer! 我希望我學會怎麼唸正確你的名字!
Today is our opening for "When Rick Met Marsha" and I'm feeling pretty good. I got some preparations out of the way, got my workout and now I'm having my congee as I write this blog. Every so often, I get these stomach pains caused by stress. Here they call it "Wai Tong". I remember getting these pains when I was a rhythmic gymnast btw the age of 10-15. I used to get these familiar pains right before competition. I don't get it every time before a show. For instance, when we were performing in front of 1000 people in LA, I did not get it for "I, Ching". Go figure! Why why why??? this time? Who knows....but, I guess, Rick and I put a lot of work into this show and we hope that it will be fun for everyone. The good news is, I think a lost a little weight through it all and my stomach has never been so flat....that of course, probably won't last long with the holidays coming up...hahaha.... What's next? I'm going to take a little nap, get things ready and together, get my hair and make up done, pick up stuff from home and head over to the Fringe club to warm up and prepare for the show. A reminder to those who are coming....the show starts at 8:30pm!!! We will start on time! The entrance of the Cabaret Theatre @ HK Fringe Club is on the side of the building!!! As far as I know, there is 1 ticket left tonight and 1 ticket left on Sat night...ALL SOLD OUT!!!! YAY!!!See you all soon!!!
ATTENTION!!! Anyone going to "When Rick Met Marsha" on any of the 3 nights!!! Due to unforeseen technical issues, the time has changed to 8:30pm!!! Pls note this! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are soooo very thankful and happy for all of your support! See you soon!
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