Monday, September 15, 2008

Coco Lee

Ferren Lee-Kelly , popularly known as Coco Lee, is a singer, songwriter, record producer and actress.. She is the first and only Asian artist to have multiple top-three singles in the MTV Asia Hitlist. "Do You Want My Love" also entered the music charts in and the entire album, "Just No Other Way" gave Coco a break in the English market.

Coco had first gained recognition when she won first runner-up in the 1993 New Talent Singing Awards with her own rendition of "Run to You". A local record company noticed that Coco's voice stood out aside from being the only contestant to sing in English. The following day, Capital Artists asked her to sign a contract with their label.

Coco is the first to perform in the Oscars, singing the Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song, A Love Before Time from the movie ''Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon'' in the 73rd Academy Awards.
Coco also provided the voice of Mulan in the version of Disney's animated feature of the same name.

Coco's music has been influenced by genres ranging from , hip-hop, R'n'B, adult contemporary and soul. While her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is renowned for her East-meets-West music and sultry vocals. She has also been nicknamed the "Asian Pop Diva" and "Asia's Mariah Carey" by the and due to her worldwide success, critics called Coco the "Best-selling Female Artist" of the continent.

In 2001, ''Asia Weekly'' magazine named Coco as one of the most powerful people in Asia on their Power 50 list.

Early life and discovery

Born in Hong Kong with ancestry from Harbin, China, Coco is the youngest of three children. She has two elder sisters, Nancy, who was her manager before, and Carol. Her father died when she was young, and Coco moved at the age of ten with her mother and sisters to San Francisco, California. She went through school while experimenting with her singing voice, and followed her elder sisters in entering several local singing contests. She attended Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School in San Francisco. Later on, Coco had a brief enrollment at the University of California Irvine. Coco is close to her mother, who managed her career before.

After Coco's high school graduation in 1992, she took a vacation in Hong Kong, to see her two sisters' participation in the Miss Hong Kong Pageant, and while there, she came first runner-up in the 12th Annual New Talent Singing Awards. The following day, she was approached by the record label, Capital Artists.

Record companies

After winning in the 1993 New Talent Singing Awards, Coco was approached by Capital Artists and asked her to sign a contract with them. She made her debut on June 15, 1993, with her compilation album, "火熱動感 LaLaLa" . A year later, she worked with Fancy Pie Records. In 1995, Coco signed a contract with Sony Music Entertainment. Rumors came out that her mother paid $350,00 to end Coco's contract with Fancy Pie Records and transfer to Sony; however, Coco stated in an interview that Sony had bought out her contract. It has also been rumored that Sony hired top lawyers to ensure that Coco's move to Sony was seemless. In 1998, 550 Music represented Coco with her stateside debut album, Just No Other Way and in 2005, released her second English album, ''''. Since then, Sony Music Entertainment continue in handling her career.

Wolrdwide fame

CoCo sang the song "A Love Before Time" for the movie ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon''. She received worldwide exposure when she performed the song live at the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony. Critics commented that she hit the high C6s right on, and delivered solid vocals.

In 2002, CoCo was the featured performer at a Houston Rockets game. She became the first Chinese singer to ever perform the at a major global sporting event.

In addition to her status in the music market, Lee's English-language performance has also received recognition. Her love song ''Before I Fall In Love'' was included in the soundtrack of the movie ''''.

She was invited by Andrew Lloyd Webber to perform ''Phantom of the Opera'' in China.

Also, Walt Disney Pictures hired her to sing the theme song and be the voice of the heroine Fa Mulan in the Mandarin version of ''Mulan''. She recorded the song "Reflections", which she also sang in the 2005 opening of the Hong Kong Disneyland. A "Reflections" Mandarin music video was also filmed. While the Lea Salonga English version is widely known, Coco also sang the English version, including one which she performed together with Lea.

The success of her concert in Taiwan in 1998, second to Michael Jackson in terms of audience, with more than 30,000 people who watched, caught the attention of Sony Music United States and Tommy Mottola.

Coco has also been getting into acting. She co-starred in the Chinese comedy movie, ''Master of Everything'' with John Lone, which won the Best Foreign Film award in the 2005 Beverly Hills Film Festival. While in character within the movie, she sings one of her own songs, "Di-Da-Di", which was the cover of Maria Montell's "And So The Story Goes."

In the world of fashion and commerce, CoCo was an Global Ambassador in 2004, and fashion house Chanel named CoCo its first "Asian-Pacific Celebrity Ambassadress". This brought Ferren's story full circle somewhat, as she got her nickname from being an admirer of the firm's products. CoCo, as the YouthAIDS ambassador had been to Bangkok, Thailand for the global AIDS conference in 2004. She attended the conference as the representative of the Asian artists to meet various youth groups discussing what she can do to educate them about AIDS.

In early 2005, CoCo visited countries all over Asia to promote her latest album "Exposed". During her visit in the Philippines, she guested in SOP and performed the songs Do You Want My Love and I Will Survive with Asia's Songbird, Regine Velasquez. It was remembered that CoCo humbly introduced Velasquez as the "Diva of all Divas" during the MTV Asia Awards back in 2003. CoCo, together with pop singer Shaggy hosted the show while Velasquez won the trophy for the second time in a row as the Philippine's favorite artist.

In June 2005 CoCo's engagement with Canadian businessman Bruce Rockowitz was made public, apparently having taken place some months earlier. Despite their 18 years gap, Coco's mother approved the marriage. Before her relationship with Bruce Rockowitz, Coco has been rumored with the Taiwanese singer Wang Leehom.

Current career

As of 2007, CoCo Lee has yet to break the U.S. market with a big smash hit single. Although both her English albums have sold modestly, regular airplay and recurrent airplay by radio programmers is still lacking. This is the main reason she has not been as successful with her English language output. Her moderate hit single, "Do You Want My Love", remains popular at discotheques and various internet radio stations. Her most recent English single aimed at the North American market is titled "No Doubt", the lead single from the album ''''. Once again because of lax programming on radio station playlists, this single was ignored by radio. The singles have become chart and video television hits in Hong Kong and Taiwan among other places. The second single from "Exposed" is the song "So Good" whose music video is increasingly run on Hong Kong and Taiwanese MTV.
Coco's follow up album to her C-Pop hit album "Promise", titled "Just Want You", features the hit single "Hip-Hop Tonight" with Vanness Wu, which follows in the same vein as "No Doubt." The album "Just Want You" was released on September 22, 2006. The second single from the album was "The Ninth Night", followed by the third single "Love You At 85°C" and the final single, "Dangerous Lover".

Coco Lee returned to San Francisco bay area for a live concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on September 22, 2007 with special guest Alex To. It was her first live performance in her hometown in several years.


"I really idolize everything my sisters do, so I went into singing contests and won also. That's how I really got into singing."

"People liked my voice so much, it was so different. I also combined the R&B feel with the pop music of Taiwan. Everyone there used to sing really conservatively-they sing to the melody and that's it. The music just sounded so dead. I wanted to bring the R&B flavor and other Westernized sounds to my music, because that's the type of music I grew up listening to."

"When I work, I work. I don't think about anything else. I just wanna get the work done. And I'm a perfectionist."

"They cannot imagine what I'll sound like. But always when I'm done singing, people are very surprised."


Studio albums

;Fancy Pie Records releases
*June 1994: Love From Now On
*December 1994:
*June 1995: Brave Enough To Love
*September 1995:
;Sony Music releases
*March 1996: CoCo 李玟
*November 1996: CoCo's Party
*June 1997: Everytime I Think of You
*November 1997:
*January 1998: DiDaDi
*July 1998: Sunny Day
*May 1999: Today Until Forever
;550 Music release
*November 1999: Just No Other Way
;Sony Music releases
*August 2000: True Lover, You and Me
*October 2001:
; release
*March 2005:
;Sony BMG release
*September 2006: Just Want You

Chart-topping hits and singles

* "Di Da Di"
* "Take A Chance On Love"
* "Do You Want My Love" Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #49
* "Before I Fall In Love"
* "Can't Get Over" feat. Kelly Price
* "Wherever You Go"
* "A Love Before Time"
* ""
* "No Doubt" feat. Blaaze
* "Love At 85°C"
* "All Around The World"
* "So Good"
* "Hip-Hop Tonight"
* "Brave Enough To Love"
* "Another Sad Love Song"
* "The Ninth Night"
* "Dangerous Lover"
* "A Love Before Time"
* "I Have a Dream"

Other albums

*The Best Of My Love
*D. IS CoCo
*1994-2008 Best Compilation

Clifton Ko

Clifton Ko is a Hong Kong film director, actor, producer and scriptwriter.

Filmography as director

* ''Forever Yours''
* ''In-Laws, Out-Laws''
* ''Funny Business''
* ''Love Paradox''
* ''''
* ''Ninth Happiness''
* ''Hong Kong Adventure''
* ''Legend of Mad Phoenix''
* ''The Umbrella Story''
* ''Paradise Hotel''
* ''One of the Lucky Ones''
* ''''
* ''I Will Wait for You''
* ''I Have a Date with Spring''
* ''All's Well, Ends Well Too''
* ''Laughter of the Water Margins''
* ''Summer Lovers''
* ''It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World Too''
* ''All's Well, Ends Well''
* ''''
* ''Gambling Ghost''
* ''Daddy, Father and Papa''
* ''Mr. Coconut''
* ''How to Be a Billionaire''
* ''Happy Ghost 4''
* ''City Squeeze''
* ''It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World 2''
* ''Chicken and Duck Talk''
* ''It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World''
* ''''
* ''Porky's Meatballs''
* ''The Happy Ghost II''
* ''Happy Ghost''
* ''''

Cindy Au

Cindy Au Sin Yee, born December 16th, 1979 in Hong Kong with family roots in Shunde, Guangdong, China, is an for . She plays major supporting roles in drama serials.

She began her entertainment career as a singer, and was famous for the theme song to the Cantonese version of the cartoon Chibi Maruko-chan.

On July 22 2006, Cindy Au married her boyfriend Roger Kwok at Disneyland, Hong Kong. She gave birth to their son, Brad, on March 23 2008.


*Aiming High
*Journey to the West II
*The Vigilante in the Mask
*Back to Square One
*Lady Fan
*Misleading Track
*The Gentle Crackdown
*La Femme Desperado


*Get It Right

Collin Chou

Collin Chou Siu-Lun , sometimes credited as Ngai Sing, is a actor and martial artist known in the United States for his portrayal of in ''The Matrix Reloaded'' and ''The Matrix Revolutions'' as well as the ''Enter the Matrix'' video game. In Asian cinema, he has worked in several films with Jet Li and Sammo Hung, including the 2006 martial-arts epic, ''''. He squared off against Donnie Yen in Flash Point, and starred alongside Jet Li and Jackie Chan together for the first time in ''The Forbidden Kingdom'' in which he played the Jade Warlord.


*''Shy Spirit''
*''Into the Fire''
*''License to Steal''
*''Lover's Tear''
*''Slickers vs. Killers''
*''Blade of Fury''
*''Exorcist Master''
*''The Kung Fu Cult Master''
*''Ashes of Time''

*''Hail the Judge''
*''The Matrix Reloaded''
*''The Matrix Revolutions''
*''American Fusion''
*''The Forbidden Kingdom''

Cho Tat-wah

Cho Tat-wah aka. Tso Tat Wah was a Hong Kong based actor.

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Cho Tat Wah

Cho Tat Wah or Tso Tat-wah was a movie actor of Hong Kong, most famous for the roles he played in a number of wuxia films shot in the 1950s and 1960s.

The two names Cho Tat Wah and Shih Kien were synonymous to "good and evil" in the colloquial language of Hong Kong because of the roles the two actors played in those movies. Yu So Chow co-starred many of Cho's movies. The two names Cho Tat Wah and Yu So Chow symbolized a perfect couple. His well-known roles include Loong Kim-fei , Leung Fuen and Detective Inspector Wah .

A native of Taishan, Guangdong, Cho began his actor career at the age of 15, and eventually starred in more than 700 movies. He was a compulsive gambler. Legend has it that he lost the Wah Tat Studio, which produced most of his movies at the time, at the gambling table. However, it is not certain whether the studio was owned by him.

He emigrated to London, England, with his son in 1990, but returned to Hong Kong to join TVB in 1993. He went back to England in 1997 as his wife was then suffering kidney disease. When she died in 2000, he returned alone to Hong Kong. In August 2006, he was hospitalised for a month after falling down stairs at his home. He returned to England in November of that same year, and died of haemorrhage of stomach two months later in a hospital. He is survived by a son in England, and a daughter in the United States. One of his goddaughters is Connie Chan Po-chu.

Chiu Chi Ling

Chiu Chi Ling is an actor that appears mostly in Kung Fu style produced in Hong Kong. He also teaches at Chiu Chi Ling Hung Gar Kung Fu Association, a -based martial arts school he founded, and at the old Chiu Family Kwoon in Hong Kong. Every year he visits his students and grand students around the world and organizes worldwide Kung Fu tournaments. The Kung Fu lineage he is part of was passed down directly from southern shaolin temple and carries names like Hung Hei Gung and Wong Fei Hung.

He has appeared in over 70 movies, both as an actor and stunt man. His abilities as an actor and martial arts practitioner has allowed him to work with most of the top Hong Kong film makers including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat and Stephen Chow.

He started practising Hung Gar Kung Fu when he was six years old under the tutelage of his father Chiu Kau and mother Shiu Ying, who were renowned for their solid Hung Gar. They where also both well known doctors and Chiu Chi Ling learned from his father beside the art of Kung Fu the art of bone setting.

In the early 1970s, he opened a school which attracted many celebrities, athletes and performers. This exposure to the entertainment industry gave him his start in acting. He has appeared in such well-known Kung Fu style movies as ''Snake in the Eagle's Shadow'', ''Duel of the Seven Tigers'' and most recently in the Kung Fu smash hit ''Kung Fu Hustle''.

He currently resides in Alameda, California