10 Best Videos II – #1 Faye and Takeshi 1999

With this video, I’m beginning a second round of Faye Wong’s (王菲) 10 best “minor” videos, or videos that were never officially released by Faye as MVs or in conjunction with albums. These are usually from live TV broadcasts. This one’s from 10 Dec 1999. Faye and Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武 Jincheng Wu) are onstage at the 36th Golden Horse Awards (金马奖), held annually in Taiwan. It’s considered the most prestigious awards ceremony for Chinese films.

This video was apparently shot on the same day as the video for Faye’s appearance on the 41st Japan Record Awards when Faye was recognized as the best Asian singer outside of Japan. I like this video a lot because it brings together the co-stars of Wong Kar-wai’s 1994 masterpiece, Chungking Express. Faye and Takeshi are perhaps the most attractive actors in China, and to have them onstage at the same time is amazing. It’s obvious from the get-go that they share a chemistry that’s much more intense and visceral than the one shared by Faye and Tony Leung. In the photo sequence above, we see Faye smiling in a way that’s reserved for special friends, and we can see that she’s having a great time with Takeshi. Faye looks especially beautiful in a very natural sort of way, with a tan and her hair pulled back in a ponytail. I’d really like to see a new film starring these two friends. It would be a box office smash.

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