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Asian pop stars sparkle

ASIA'S 10 most popular young (and not so young) pop stars were recently honored at a ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning Province, and Shanghai Daily spoke to three winners, including the 57-year-old Taiwanese "godfather of rock" Lo Ta-yu.

The winners honored by China Entertainment TV included heartthrob singers Peter Ho and Jerry Yan and famous singer-songwriter Lo. Mainland singer Sun Nan was also honored.

Lo Ta-yu

Lo is often called the "father of Chinese folk pop," and in Taiwan he's known as the "godfather of rock." Lo has been writing and performing music since the 1980s. He held a solo concert in June in Shanghai.

Q: You and Cui Jian have been called "music poets" by famous Taiwan-based poet and writer Yu Guangzhong. Do you like the description?

A: I am so flattered, but I do agree that music and poetry have things in common.

Q: What's your secret of writing so many beautiful and poetic lyrics?

A: When I was young, I loved to read poems by Guo Moruo. The verses are similar to lyrics and inspired me. I strongly suggest today's young songwriters spare some time to read poetry.

Q: A lot of Taiwanese celebrities are writing autobiographies. Will you write one?

A: Music is the best way for me to express my moods and emotions. I am very used to writing songs when I face hardships, problems and difficulties in life.

Q: What are your hopes for young songwriters?

A: Each song can be a mirror of our era. I hope young songwriters will observe and think about the people and society around us so their songs will resonate in listeners' hearts.

Peter Ho

Although singer-actor Ho started out as a model, he quickly became famous as a singer and actor. He has released seven music albums and has starred in more than 25 films and TV dramas.

Q: You are now shooting the highly anticipated TV series "Legend of Chu Han," said to be the most expensive-ever Chinese TV drama. How do you view the character of Chu State General Xiang Yu?

A: I have read extensively about Xiang who is considered a military genius. But I want to show a different side, his vulnerability, hesitation and innocence when it comes to political maneuvering. I want him to be more human than deified hero.

Q: Chen Daoming will star as Liu Bang, Xiang's biggest rival. Might he also rival you in acting?

A: It's a great opportunity for me to learn from him but I don't forget that the man I portray battled Liu for supremacy after the fall of the Qin empire (221-206 BC).

Q: Tell us about your photography.

A: I hope photography will be another life-long career. Some of my works have recently been honored by National Geographic magazine and I hope to take more travel photos.

Jerry Yan

Yan, a member of the famous Taiwanese boy band F4 (Flower Four), rose to overnight fame in 2001 after appearing in the Taiwan drama "Meteor Garden" in which he played a handsome "rich second-generation."

Yan's latest drama, "My Brilliant Life," was filmed in Shanghai and will be aired on Dragon TV in November.

Q: How do you recall the days of the F4 band?

A: That was a sweet and happy time when we were young and busy.

Q: What are you future plans?

A: Film and TV will be a new career focus. I have received several film offers and may star in an action costume drama. Some films will be collaborations with mainland actors and producers.

Q: What do you think of the future film market in China?

A: I think it will be quite vibrant. In recent years we have already seen a lot of creative and wonderful domestic works. In the near future, the film market will become more mature and appealing in terms of diversity.


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