Faye Wong’s Ten Best ‘Minor’ Videos – #10

This last selection for Faye Wong’s (王菲) ten best minor videos was a tough call. I was torn between significance and beauty. Should I go with a video that’s not so hot visually but has a lot of significance or meaning? Or should I go with one in which Faye looks really good? In the end, I decided to go with beauty. This video is from a 1999 disaster relief performance in which Faye sang “Overthrown” (推翻), from her Lovers and Strangers album (Sep 1999). It was added to YouTube by StuffysFaye on 24 May 2007.

There’s just something about Faye with long straight hair. Absolutely beautiful! We’ve seen Faye in a million and one different hair styles, but when you come right down to it, this is her best look! Long, straight, black hair. Awesome. I don’t think I’d get many arguments from fayenatics — especially the guys.

See “10 Best Minor Videos” in the right sidebar for links to the other selections. The introduction to this series is in selection #1.

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Faye’s Walk – Sexiest on the Planet

No one can walk like Faye Wong. Here’s a clip from her 2004 film, Leaving Me Loving You (大城小事 , Big City Minor Matter, rel 12 Feb 2004). [7.12.08: This video is no longer available on YouTube. I’ll add a replacement when I find one.] In the first 03:10 of this 4.5-minute segment, the camera zeroes in on Faye. There are brief cuts to other scenes, but the focus is Faye, and more specifically, the way she walks. She’s probably one of the few actors in the world who can carry a scene this long by just

walking. In a tight skirt and heels, Faye demonstrates why and how she can literally carry a film by just being there. She does the same for Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046 (rel 9 Sep 2004). This is my favorite scene in the entire film.

[This video is no longer available on YouTube]

Additional info:
Click here for a video of the charity auction/bazaar premiere.
Click here for a video of the Malaysia opening.
Click here for a related article and additional video links.

Faye and Teresa – Where Comes the Wind

To fully understand Faye Wong’s (王菲) history, we first have to grasp Teresa Teng’s (鄧麗君, Deng Lijun) place in the ’70s and ’80s Asian pop scene. In short, Teresa ruled. She was the inspiration for aspiring young singers, and Faye was no exception. Thus, on 15 June 1985, when 15-year-old Faye released her first album in China, the title track was taken from one of Teresa’s hits, “Where Comes the Wind” (風從那裡來). To place this event in perspective, we could say that Faye’s first album and the first track on that album are directly linked to Teresa. In fact, most of the tracks are covers of Teresa’s songs. To listen to Faye and Teresa’s versions, click on the audio icons below.

As we listen, though, I realize it’s nearly impossible to resist comparing the two. Thus, we have to remember that, in 1985, Faye was barely into her teens and her voice was still maturing, while Teresa was already in her prime when she recorded this song. Also, and perhaps more importantly, the production resources available to both were vastly different, with Teresa enjoying a huge advantage. What Faye had access to in Beijing in 1985 couldn’t compare to Teresa’s resources in Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong. Ten years later, in 1995, when Teresa tragically dies from a severe asthma attack, Faye is poised to become the diva of Asia and the inspiration for youngsters who dream of becoming pop stars. Judging from the countless numbers of novices who try to cover Faye’s songs, I think we can safely say that Faye is following in Teresa’s footsteps in serving as an inspirational model

Faye’s version

Teresa’s version

Note: Other posts in this series:Faye and Teresa – 1,000 Words, 10,000 Phrases