Here's some info on the protests in HK. Thanks for sharing Olivia Chen
I had the opportunity to sing the theme song in my movie #ComfortWomen #TheEyesOfDawn #TheMemoirsOfAComfortWoman Playing in cinemas now throughout China. Here is a link of the song if you wanna hear it. Enjoy!
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)
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