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"Rhythm Of The Rain" cast members Vivian Hsu, Alan Ko and Ginnie Han share their thoughts about working on Taiwan lyricist Vincent Fang's directorial debut, as well as getting "passionate" and "intimate" in the film.
SINGAPORE: Even at 38, Taiwan actress Vivian Hsu remains every bit a “goddess”, says her “Rhythm Of The Rain” co-star Alan Ko.
“When we see Ginnie (the film’s other female lead Ginnie Han) on the set, we go ‘Wah!’.
"When Vivian walks into the room, we go ‘Waaaaah!’ said Ko, during a recent media conference in Singapore.
“She is mature and womanly. She has something special that attracts people.”
Ko revealed that he had admired Hsu ever since his father introduced them many years ago.
“I met her when I was young, after I returned to Taiwan after studying in Singapore. My father was still working at a record company at the time.
“I saw Vivian there. My heart was beating so fast. Then my father came over and said ‘Let me introduce you to Vivian!’ “
“We got a photo together and I still have it. I was about 17 at the time,” said the 32-year-old singer-actor.
Man of good fortune
Indeed, Ko was grinning from ear to ear when he, Hsu and the rest of the “Rhythm Of The Rain” cast attended the Singapore premiere of the film on Tuesday.
Hsu looked gorgeous and outshone even the impossibly svelte and bubbly Han at the event.
When asked what it was like to have a bed scene in the film with Hsu, the woman he had admired for the past 15 years, Ko said it was “rare to have such a passionate scene shot so beautifully”.
He went on to reel off a string of ‘symptoms’ he experienced when shooting the scene with his goddess.
“My face was red, I was shivering and I was really nervous.
“My heart was beating so fast and my palms were sweating. I have fulfilled my dream!” said Ko, who had previously said he “used all my strength” to shoot the scene.
Ko is a lucky man.
In “Rhythm Of The Rain”, Ko plays Allen, a guitarist torn between his old girlfriend, the rock chick Sharon (played by Hsu) and his new love Xiao Jie (Han), a deaf girl who makes a living as a doll-maker at the night market.
So he got the chance to get “passionate” with Hsu and “intimate” with Han in the film.
“I shared a kiss with Ko in the movie and it’s my first onscreen kiss! It was in a small place packed with production crew members.
“I had to overcome my shyness to do the scene. It was a good thing Alan guided me along!” recounted Han, who was picked from 20,000 hopefuls to play the lead role in “Rhythm Of The Rain”.
The Singapore connection
“Rhythm Of The Rain” is Han’s first foray into acting.
It is also acclaimed Taiwan lyricist Vincent Fang’s directorial debut.
The lyricist, who co-wrote the film’s theme song with Mandopop superstar Jay Chou, spent five years working on the film, which revolves around young love and loss.
Fang expressed that he was “excited” to have the film open in Singapore, where it was partially shot, and get the chance to work with such a talented cast, during the film’s Singapore premiere.
Hsu said she was only too happy to help.
“When Vincent asked me to appear in the film, I immediately agreed!” said Hsu.
“I really wanted to support him and bring his wondrous ideas to life.”
“Rhythm Of The Rain” also stars Ashton Chen, Jiao Xu, Zhou Mi, Jason Tsou and Queen Wei, who performs the film’s theme song.
The film opens in Singapore on Thursday.