Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Eason Chan Shen Jing Institute

Known as Eason Chan Shen Jing Institute (神經研究所) or Eason Chan International Fan Club Official Site, the official site opened on July 27, 2011 and is dedicated to all things Eason Chan.

Source: eason chan shen jing institute 07.27.2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

30 Years of "Chinese Music Awards"

In celebrating 30 Years, the Chinese Music Awards committee release a series of 30 Artists, 30 Songs & 30 Albums of the past 30 Years at the end of 2010.

Eason Chan made all three lists, ranking 29th under artists, ranking 30th with U87 under albums, and ranking 29th with Next Year Today/Ten Years (明年今日/十年) under songs. The complete lists:

30 Artists
1. Liu Chia Chang 劉家昌
2. Teresa Teng 鄧麗君
3. Paula Tsui 徐小鳳
4. Sam Hui 許冠傑
5. Feng Fei Fei 鳳飛飛
6. Jenny Tseng 甄妮
7. Liu Wen Cheng 劉文正
8. George Lam 林子祥
9. Roman Tam 羅文
10. Luo Da You 羅大佑
11. Fei Yu Ching 費玉清
12. Leslie Cheung 張國榮
13. Alan Tam 譚詠麟
14. Danny Chan 陳百強
15. Chyi Yu 齊豫
16. Tsai Chin 蔡琴
17. Li Gu Yi 李穀一
18. Chyi Chin 齊秦
19. Anita Mui 梅豔芳
20. Jonathan Lee 李宗盛
21. Su Jui 蘇芮
22. Cui Jian 崔健
23. Sandy Lam 林憶蓮
24. Jacky Cheung 張學友
25. Tat Ming Pair 達明一派
26. Beyond
27. Liu Huan 劉歡
28. Faye Wong 王菲
29. Eason Chan 陳奕迅
30. Jay Chou 周杰倫

30 Albums
Artist - Album - Year of Release
1. Chyi Yu 齊豫 - 橄欖樹 - 1979
2. Liu Wen Cheng 劉文正 - 三月裡的小雨 - 1981
3. Luo Da You 羅大佑 - 之乎者也 - 1982
4. Pan Yueh Yun 潘越雲 - 天天天藍 - 1982
5. Teresa Teng 鄧麗君 - 淡淡幽情 - 1983
6. Roman Tam/Jenny Tseng 羅文/甄妮 - 射雕英雄傳 - 1983
7. Su Jui 蘇芮 - 搭錯車電影原聲 - 1983
8. Tsai Chin 蔡琴 - 此情可待 - 1984
9. Hou De Jian 侯德健 - 新鞋子舊鞋子-侯德健作品集 - 1984
10. Alan Tam 譚詠麟 - 愛的根源 - 1984
11. Chyi Chin 齊秦 - 狼的專輯 - 1985
12. Jonathan Lee 李宗盛 - 生命中的精靈(作品精選1) - 1986
13. Tat Ming Pair 達明一派 - 石頭記 - 1987
14. Dave Wang 王傑 - 一場遊戲一場夢 - 1987
15. Leslie Cheung 張國榮 - Summer Romance 87 - 1987
16. Sarah Chen 陳淑樺 - 跟你說, 聽你說 - 1989
17. Cui Jian 崔健 - 新長征路上的搖滾 - 1989
18. Angus Tung 童安格 - 其實你不懂我的心 - 1989
19. Music Factory 音樂工廠 - 皇后大道東 - 1991
20. Tang Dynasty 唐朝 - 唐朝 - 1992
21. Beyond - 樂與怒 - 1993
22. Jacky Cheung 張學友 - 吻別 - 1993
23. Dou Wei 竇唯 - 黑夢 - 1994
24. Various Artists 合輯 - 校園民謠1 - 1994
25. Faye Wong 王菲 - 天空 - 1994
26. Zhang Chu 張楚 - 孤獨的人是可恥的 - 1994
27. Chu Che Chin 朱哲琴 - 阿姐鼓 - 1995
28. Liu Huan 劉歡 - 記住劉歡 - 1997
29. Jay Chou 周杰倫 - 範特西 - 2002
30. Eason Chan 陳奕迅 - U87 - 2005

30 Songs
Artist - Song Title - Year of Release
1. Teresa Teng 鄧麗君 - 月亮代表我的心 - 1978
2. Roman Tam 羅文 - 獅子山下 - 1979
3. Chyi Yu 齊豫 - 橄欖樹 - 1979
4. Li Jian Fu 李建複 - 龍的傳人 - 1980
5. Francis Yip 葉麗儀 - 上海灘 - 1980
6. Tsai Chin 蔡琴 - 恰似你的溫柔 - 1981
7. Johnny Yip 葉振棠 - 大俠霍元甲/萬里長城永不倒 - 1981
8. Sylvia Chang 張艾嘉 - 童年 - 1981
9. Liza Wang 汪明荃 - 萬水千山總是情 - 1982
10. Su Jui 蘇芮 - 酒幹倘賣無 - 1983
11. Leslie Cheung 張國榮 - 風繼續吹 - 1983
12. Cheung Ming Men 張明敏 - 我的中國心 - 1983
13. Alan Tam 譚詠麟 - 愛在深秋 - 1984
14. Various Artists群星 - 明天會更好 - 1985
15. Cui Jian 崔健 - 一無所有 - 1986
16. Cheng Lin 程琳 - 信天遊 - 1987
17. Chyi Chin 齊秦 - 大約在冬季 - 1987
18. Danny Chan - 陳百強 - 一生何求 - 1989
19. Priscilla Chan 陳慧嫻 - 千千闕歌 - 1989
20. Sarah Chen 陳淑樺 - 夢醒時分 - 1989
21. Liu Huan 劉歡 - 彎彎的月亮 - 1989
22. Tom Chang 張雨生 - 我的未來不是夢 - 1989
23. Chao Chuan 趙傳 - 我是一隻小小鳥 - 1990
24. George Lam 林子祥 - 男兒當自強 - 1991
25. Beyond - 海闊天空 - 1993
26. Jacky Cheung 張學友 - 吻別 - 1993
27. Lao Liang 老狼 - 同桌的你 - 1994
28. Faye Wong 王菲 - 我願意 - 1994
29. Eason Chan - 明年今日/十年 - 2003
30. Jay Chou/Fei Yu Ching 周杰倫/費玉清 - 千里之外 - 2006

Official site: Chinese Music Awards

Source: chinese music awards 12.18.2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

"Dream Home" at PIFF

Program Note
What would you do, if someone blocked your view? Cheng's dream home with a magnificent sea view seems forever out of reach. Suddenly she realizes, in order to get what she wants, she must take matters into her own hands even if it means getting her hands seriously bloody. When I saw [Dream Home], the first thing that came to my mind was 'an ordinary woman can really go that far to get what she wants?' Funny thing is that the film is based on the event that actually happened in Hong Kong. The way the director Pang describes an ordinary woman turning into a pure evil gives the audience chills. Josie Ho who plays Cheng Lai-sheung brings out this demonic character so well, I wouldn’t want to meet her in person. I have to say Dream Home isn’t for everyone because it shows what a real slasher is all about. One more thing, reality truly is stranger than fiction.

PANG Ho-Cheung
Born and raised in Hong Kong, the acclaimed Pang Ho-Cheung is an author—whose first novel, Fulltime Killer was adapted into a film directed by Johnnie To—and Berlin Silver Bear-winner for Isabella (2006). Pang’s films include Dream Home (2010), Exodus (2007), A/V (2005), Beyond Our Ken (2004), and You Shoot, I Shoot (2001).

Director: PANG Ho-Cheung
Producer: Andrew OOI
Cast: Josie HO, Eason CHAN, Derek TSANG, Lawrence CHOU, Juno MAK, Michelle YE
Screenwriter: PANG Ho-Cheung, Derek TSANG, Jimmy WAN
Cinematography: YU Lik Wai -H.K.S.C.(Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers)
Art Director: MAN Lim Chung
Editor: Wenders LI -H.K.S.C.(Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers)
Sound: TU Duu-chih
Music: Gabriele ROBERTO
Production Company: ZHAO WEI FILMS

Source: piff 2010 10.08.2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Lover's Discourse" Premieres at PIFF

Having filmed Lover's Discourse just over a year ago, the Eason Chan and Karena Lam starring film made its world premiere at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival on October 12, 2010.

Program Note
Reuniting with a long-lost sweetheart provokes the nascent sense of love, the now-faded memory of heartbreaks, and odd discoveries of belonging to others. [Lover’s Discourse] tells a cliché love story in an irresistibly sweet language. It shows us a multitude of hopes and the desperation of blind love, strange distances between partners, and a double affair. The story soon leads to the tangled threads of suspicion, jealousy, betrayal, and hatred.

[Lover’s Discourse] is an omnibus movie that weaves four love stories into one. Each episode is independent of the next yet each is interconnected. Characters in an individual episode add novel perspectives to the story and thicken the plot. Jumping genres from traditional romance to thriller, we cover [Lover’s Discourse] in familiar movie-speak.

Derek Tsang
Born in Hong Kong to an industry family, Derek Tsang began his career at Peter Chan’s Applause Pictures following studies in Canada. He has since worked at all levels of production for the Pang Brothers and Pang Ho-Cheung. With partner Jimmy Wan, Lover’s Discourse is his feature debut.

Jimmy Wan
Jimmy Wan was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has worked in advertising and in film production, and began his own career as a writer working with Pang Ho-Cheung. With partner Derek Tsang he makes his feature debut with Lover’s Discourse.

Director: Derek TSANG, Jimmy WAN
Producer: Bill KONG, CHIBA Ryuhei, Hugh SIMON
Cast: Eason CHAN, Karena LAM, Kay TSE
Screenwriter: Derek TSANG, Jimmy WAN
Cinematography: Charlie LAM
Art Director: CHAU Cheuk Wai Kitty
Editor: Derek TSANG
Sound: NIP Kei Wing
Music: Peter KAM
Production Company: Irresistible Films

Source: piff 2010 10.12.2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Strawberry Cliff" Makes Its Premiere at PIFF

After more than two years since this blog posted news about Strawberry Cliff, the film (finally) made its world premiere at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival on October 8, 2010.

Program Note
Kate has a special talent. She can foresee exactly when others are going to die just by looking at their faces. One day, she meets a young man named Jason and informs him of his time of death and that he will be able to tell her about life after death. Jason promises he will send messages to her from beyond-if that is even possible, of course. At the time of his predicted death, Jason is mysteriously killed. Kate then receives a call from someone who claims to be Jason and a flight ticket to Hong Kong, where she discovers the painful truth about love, life, and death.

Director Chris Chow was born in China and raised in Hong Kong and learned filmmaking in the United States. As if to reflect his own cross-border experiences, Chow mixed Eastern and Western ideas together to unravel the mysterious story involving prediction and death in an intriguing, yet serious, way.

Chris CHOW
Born in China and raised in Hong Kong, writer Chris Chow is a graduate of USC. As well as a screenwriter, Chow is a playwright and has directed several short films, two of which are award-winners. His credits as writer include Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) and Fearless (2006). Strawberry Cliff is his feature directorial debut.

Director: Chris CHOW
Producer: LU Cien-hioe, LEE Chi-ngai, Mathew TANG
Cast: Eason CHAN, Roy WERNER, Anthony CHAPUT, Leslie-Anne HUFF
Screenwriter: Chris CHOW
Cinematography: YOSHIDA Teruhisa
Art Director: NAKANISHI Rika
Editor: Daniel MARTINICO
Sound: Michael BAIRD
Music: YAMAMOTO Youki
Production Company: Mega Ascent Ltd.

Source: piff 2010 10.08.2010

Also noted at the PIFF were 2 other films in which Eason starred, Lover's Discourse (which also made its world premiere) and Dream Home.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Music Workers in Taiwan 10 Best Albums and Songs of 2009

Organized by The Association of Music Workers in Taiwan (中華音樂人交流協會), the annual Taiwan's Ten Best Albums and Ten Best Songs were announced June 8, 2010, for the year 2009.

Ten Best Albums
Yoga Lin - Senses Around (林宥嘉 - 感官/世界)
Deserts Chang - A City (張懸 - 城市)
Mavis Fan + 100% - Innocent (范曉萱+100%樂團 - 赤子)
Tanya Chua - If You See Him (蔡健雅 - 若你碰到他)
Sofe Lipa - Shou Lian Shui (蛋堡 - 收斂水)
A-Mei Chang - Amit (張惠妹 - 阿密特意識專輯)
Cheer Chen - Immortal (陳綺貞 - 太陽)
Nature Morte - Apple and Orange (靜物樂團 - 橘子與蘋果)
Chalaw Passiwali - The Old Old Car (查勞.巴西瓦里 - 老老車)
Peggy Hsu - Snowman (許哲珮 - 雪人)

Ten Best Songs
Cheer Chen (陳綺貞) - 太陽
Cheer Chen (陳綺貞) - 魚
A-Mei Chang (Amit) (阿妹的) - 掉了
A-Mei Chang (Amit) (阿妹的) - 開門見山
Sandee Chan (陳珊妮) - 雙陳記
Deserts Chang (張懸) - 南國的孩子
Lala Shu (徐佳瑩) - 身騎白馬
Mavis Fan + 100% (范曉萱+100%樂團) - 主人
Eason Chan (陳奕迅) - 床頭燈
Nature Morte (靜物樂團) - 我在歐洲, 打電話給你

Source: udn 06.09.2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Song: "Cigarette" 一支得啩

A not-so-new new Eason Chan song titled 一支得啩 was released today via the CRHK 903 program Vanila Sky (雲妮鍾情) to "celebrate" World No Tobacco Day (May 31st). The song is originally 一絲不掛 from the album Time Flies, whose lyrics were re-written to the theme of cigarettes by Siu Hak, in a cartoon (pic above), was recorded live at CRHK 903 by Eason and played on the station for the first time on May 31, 2010.

曲:Cigarette Chak
唱:煙son chan







誰料這輛車到咗 牛頭角

一支得啩 (live)

Source: 奕奕星神 @ easyjoint forum 05.18.2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A “DUO” Wrap-Up

Several days after his DUO concert series ended, Eason Chan went on the CRHK 903 program Vanila Sky (雲妮鍾情) and discussed the 18 shows with DJ Vani (雲妮). Some interesting, insightful, and special moments discussed are as follows.

(1) What happened to his voice? Steroids?

After the first show, Eason visited a doctor and was told his voice was the way it was because of overuse and not because of a cold (as the media reported). He was given antibiotics and steroid tablets (pills), which is a lot less severe than the steroid injection. He was told to take one steroid tablet per day for 2 days and if he still feels his voice isn’t 70-80%, he can take another tablet. When his voice hits 40% or below, he would then need to go back to the doctor for the steroid injection, but was advised to hold it off until the 16th or 17th show as his body will bloat (a side effect of the injection).

(2) Special thanks to Eric Kwok

Eason knows a lot of people were worried about his voice and he received a lot encouragement from his friends and fans. He wanted to especially thank Eric Kwok for his words of encouragement through an email after he watched 2 shows. Eason says that Eric isn’t someone who will only tell you what’s good (he’ll tell you what isn’t good also), he is extremely insightful and he’ll observe situations and give you his opinion.

The subject: Only if they knew.

A portion of the message: When an artist, athlete, or anyone in general gets hurt, they, themselves, take it the hardest. Yes, on a good day, you are supposed to sing well, but on a bad day, when you are hurt and you are currently last in the race, you continued on and raced to the finish line.

Eason never thought of it in that way, but was deeply touched by Eric’s words.

(3) Fully satisfied with DUO, his voice wasn’t even a factor

Eason knows a lot of people were worried about his voice and he knows some fans were disappointed that his voice was not 100%. However, throughout the 18 shows, Eason was never once disappointed, unhappy or unsatisfied because he was fully satisfied with the production of DUO.

Eason states that because everyone, whether it was the stage crew, the band, the dancers, etc., came together as one, the entire production process was filled with positive energy and happiness. Eason asks Vani, “Do you know how hard it is for a team of people to work together and not have gossip (“si fei”)? If merely one person decided they wanted to be in the center of it all, gossip immediately begins, but there was none of that.” Eason was extremely satisfied that this DUO team worked together for one goal and because everyone was in it together, the state of his voice was never a factor because there was so much positive energy.

Vani analyzes, maybe because one aspect wasn’t going well (Eason’s voice) another came together (the DUO team working well). Eason agreed it might have been just that.

(4) Changing keys to match his voice, not a bad thing at all

In Eric’s email, Eric also praised the switching of keys in each song to match the state of his voice. Eason and Vani go into elaborate discussion about changing keys and moods of songs to match his voice. There were many changes throughout the 18 shows because the state of his voice was different each night.

They further discuss how some people view changing keys as a sign of weakness, but Eason feels that is not the case and he has come out of the 18 shows with much more knowledge. Yes, the original key would probably match the song best, but when you change a key you also change the way you interpret the song, giving it a different mood.

(5) Understands the worries about his voice

Eason understands why people worried about his voice. He recalls when Jacky Cheung did his 100 shows world tour, Eason was in the audience during the HK show where Jacky’s voice wasn’t 100% and when he performed 分手總要在雨天. When Jacky performed the line 但雨點偏偏促使這樣遇見 he gave it his all and you heard his voice almost crack during the two words “peen peen” (偏偏) and as a member as an audience, Eason’s thought was “ouch.” At that point, Eason thought Jacky didn’t need to push it because the audience would love it regardless; Jacky could’ve just brought it back and gave it a subtler sound, but Eason also understood that Jacky wanted to perform at his best and perform it to satisfy fans.

Vani concludes Eason probably isn’t as stubborn when it comes to the aspect of performing it the way fans are used to hearing it. Eason then says it is probably because of the experience watching Jacky’s performance that he learned to hold it back for DUO.

(6) Changes in rundown because he couldn’t remember lyrics

Eason hopes they can do a DUO Tour and it was mentioned that they are considering a Part II of DUO. In either case, especially that latter, there would be changes needed, but it would not be a problem because they had already discussed and practiced a lot of DUO song pairings, but because Eason could not remember the lyrics they were cut them out of the rundown.

It was mentioned that he could’ve used a monitor to display lyrics, but Eason admits that it was never an option due to his stubbornness.

(7) Fans first? No, me first. There is no such thing as absolute fairness.

Vani mentioned that the rundown of DUO consists of a lot of songs Eason likes, Eason says that is true. He elaborates and says a lot of people feel that a concert should be created with “what fans want” being the priority, but for Eason, “what I want” is priority. He feels that if he enjoys his performance, the audience will, in turn, enjoy it.

There was also mention that fans would always complain about something, such as fans that paid good money for good seats didn’t get to see how beautiful the stage was and fans that paid less for seats further away got a better view of the stage, or that different nights had longer or shorter encores. Eason says there is no such thing as absolute fairness. One thing that is never fair to him is that he can never watch himself live.

Eason says the people who got the best view of the stage were the 2 member team who were in charge of recording the making of… (for the DVD) because they were recording from all angles and when Eason saw the pictures afterwards, he even thought the stage was beautiful. There was one shot of the stage where Eason risen up on a small stage and it appears Eason was floating in the middle of air because the black structure that lifted the small stage was on was hidden among the black background.

(8) Live versions of new songs better than recorded versions

Vani mentioned Eason performed two of his new songs (無人之境 and 陀飛輪) off his new EP Time Flies. She and Eason then spoke of the fact that his live performances of those two songs were better than the recorded versions. Vani says it was so emotional that even members of the band were crying after his performances. Eason then says even he cried.

Note: Vani brings up that Eason had said in the past (about two year ago) that he continues to release albums so he can continue to perform live in concert. Vani’s mentioning of Eason’s words references that his goal has been achieved because those live performances are what Eason strives for and not merely the recordings.

(9) Enjoyed DUO much more than Moving On Stage 1

Despite his voice not being in good condition for DUO, Eason says he enjoyed the 18 nights of DUO more than the 16 nights of Moving On Stage, mainly because there was a lot less dancing in DUO so he had more energy. He says that about the 8th show of Moving On Stage 1, he had already changed his mindset entirely because he was exhausted. He fully enjoyed all 18 nights of DUO because he had retained energy through each show, which was also why his voice got better as each night went on.

(10) Special thanks to industry insiders who watched

Eason gives a special thanks to Peter Lam (owner of East Asia Music) because it is said that he does not watch productions of other artists aside from those from his own company. Not only did he watch Eason (who isn’t an artist of his company), he had just gotten off a flight and brought with him coconut and almond bird’s nest for Eason.

He also thanks Sau Gor (Wu Fung), who drove to Hong Kong Coliseum to give Eason words of encouragement those days he did not watch.

Jacky Cheung, who watched every show and had not done such for any artist since he did so for Roman Tam in 1996.

He also thanks other industry insiders who attended, some of which he especially invited and he thanks them for taking their time out: George Lam and his son, Teresa Carpio, Poon Yuen Leung, Terence Hui, among others. Luo Da You who sent a flower basket even though he did not attend. Eddie Ng attended but left after a couple of songs, which Eason attributes to as, “the show wasn’t rock enough.”

(11) The rest of 2010

Eason mentioned there are plans to release 2 EPs this summer and a Mandarin album at the end of the year. Also mentioned was IF they were to tour, there would be changes to the rundown for casino venues since they limit the shows to about 1.5 hours (mentioning the US in reference to those casinos) and there would probably not be much change for a Taiwan show because Taiwan fans want to hear his Cantonese songs. (Is this a hint that the US and Taiwan are stops in the DUO Tour?)

Source: crhk 903 04.12.2010 - 04.15.2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

21st Taiwan Golden Melody Awards - Nominations

The nominations for the 21st Taiwan Golden Melody Awards (第二十一屆金曲獎) were revealed on May 14, 2010. The award ceremony will be held on June 26, 2010 at Taipei Arena (台北小巨蛋) in Taiwan and will award music released from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009. Eason Chan's Fifth Floor's Happiness received two nominations, as follows.

Best Mandarin Male Artist (最佳國語男歌手獎)
JJ Lin (林俊傑) - 100 Days (100天)
David Tao (陶喆) - Opus 69 (六九樂章 Zero to Hero)
Eason Chan (陳奕迅) - Fifth Floor's Happiness (上五樓的快活)
Khalil Fong (方大同) - Timeless (可啦思刻)
Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰) - Princess (王妃)

Best Music Video (最佳音樂錄影帶獎)
Song Title...Album...Director
主人...赤子 innocent...劉明群
日光...春.日光...林暐哲 & 陳映之)
我行來海邊...98年臺灣原創流行音樂大獎作品輯 [風神之歌]...徐東翔
好膽你就來...A-MIT 阿密特 張惠妹意識專輯...比爾賈

Source: golden melody (official government site) 05.14.2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Eason Chan Europe Tour 2010 - Rotterdam

Eason Chan held the third and final show of his Europe Tour 2010 in Rotterdam on May 8, 2010 at Ahoy Rotterdam. The sponsors invited Dutch footballer (or soccer player) Edgar Davis to present Eason with a football/soccer ball as a welcome gift. Eason becomes the fourth* Chinese artist to hold a show in the Netherlands after Leslie Cheung, Jacky Cheung and Leon Lai.

01. Special Thanks To
02. 阿怪
03. 早開的長途班
04. 不要說話
05. 不如這樣
06. 你的背包
07. 單車
08. 明年今日
09. 富士山下 & 愛情轉移
10. Nothing Ever Happened
11. Aren't You Glad
12. Creep (Original performer: Radiohead)
13. 如果我是陳奕迅 (Mr.)
14. K歌之王 (Cantonese)
15. 七百年後
16. 我甚麼都沒有
17. 陀飛輪
18. 沙龍
19. 多少
20. 淘汰
21. 愛是懷疑
22. 這樣的一個麻煩
23. 演唱會
24. 與我常在 (with Alan @ Mr.)
25. 天下無雙
26. Mr.Lonely
27. 好久不見
28. 浮誇
29. 我的快樂時代
30. 夕陽無限好

Source: the sun 05.10.2010
Rundown: KLY @ easyjoint forum 05.11.2010

* News articles mention Eason as the 2nd after Leslie Cheung. I am corrected by a commenter who says Eason is the 4th after Leslie, Jacky and Leon.