or "My Buddy and Me"
future, as everyone knows, cannot be predicted. When I first
started this LoveHKFilm.com
thing, I didn't know that I'd still be doing it over a year
later. I didn't know that the site would be closing in on
1000 reviews. And I didn't know that my web sitea humble
fan site devoted to the love of Hong Kong Cinemawould
be inexorably linked to one Hong Kong personality.
Unfortunately, that personality is
not Chow Yun-Fat. It's not Jackie Chan. And, most despondently,
it's not the Twins. No, LoveHKFilm.com
is pretty much tied to one man: Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin. And the
perception is that this site hates Ekin Cheng. How this happened
is anybody's guess. In truth, I don't hate Ekin Cheng. The
guy doesn't even bother me in the most remote possible way.
And yet most people think that Iand by extension this
sitehate Ekin Cheng. What the hell?
I wish I could tell you how
this site became the official Ekin-hate site of the World
Wide Web, but to be honest I'm not really sure how that happened.
It all sort of snowballed. I might have poked fun at Ekin
Cheng one day and got a great response via e-mail. Then, as
people in my position are likely to do, I followed that successful
joke up with another one. Then I got even more praise. So
I made another joke. Repeat cycle. It's the defining characteristic
of all popular entertainment: give them what they want. If
new readers of LoveHKFilm.com,
a fansite in its infancy, wanted Ekin Cheng jokes, I could
give them that.
But then came the dark
side. Yes, I fell prey to the karmic payback inherent in all
sorts of media skewering. If I was to make Ekin Cheng the
butt of many jokes, then I would have to deal with the consequences.
And those consequences were annoyed fans of Ekin Cheng. Yes,
there are people who like Ekin so much that they feel compelled
to write in defending him from this unwarranted libeling of
his character and personality. After all, what did Ekin ever
do to me? And how can I knock his acting? If I think acting's
so easy, why don't I do it? Let's face it, I'm just jealous
of Ekin Cheng! I wish I could wear leather pants as well as
he can! I wish I were as handsome and talented as he is! That's
why I'm so mean! Just give up this unnecessary hate, Kozo!
*sigh* All the above statements
have been directed to me at one time or another. Well, all
except the one about leather pants.
Am I jealous of Ekin Cheng?
Probably. After all, the guy worked with Sammi Cheng twice
AND he dates Gigi Leung. He's kissed Shu Qi more times than
any man should be allowed to. Cecilia Cheung and Charlene
Choi seem to be in all his new movies. He's paired with Gillian
Chung in The Twins Effect. And this summer, Ekin Cheng
will co-star with Karena Lam, Vicki Zhao and soon Miriam Yeung.
As a heterosexual male who's still single, I must say this:
Ekin Cheng is the man.
But I don't hate him. Honestly,
he seems like a decent guy. He's reportedly a big practical
joker, and always acts like a kid on movie sets. Heck, I'd
love to go drinking with the guy, if only to smoke the peace
pipe. Still, if Ekin is as cool a guy as he seems, I doubt
he would even care that I make fun of him occasionally (And
yes, it's only OCCASIONALLY). Ekin's a big boy; I'm sure he
can deal with some dippy web site making the occasional joke
about his acting ability. It's not like I'm attacking his
character or personality. Do I question his sexuality or candidacy
for sainthood? Nope. In fact, I could care less about those
Then why do I do it? Why make
fun of a guy if I don't hate him and actually admit to liking
him? Why must I cause so much pain for a man who doesn't deserve
Well, first of all I don't think
I cause Ekin Cheng any pain. If there is concrete evidence
that my words have hurt Ekin Cheng in any way, then I would
gladly stop. If Ekin Cheng, Sandy Lamb (his manager), Gigi
Leung, Jordan Chan, Andrew Lau Wai-Keung or Jerry Lamb Hiu-Fung
ever wrote me to say Ekin was really hurt by LoveHKFilm's
April 1st joke, then I would immediately send out a letter
of apology. I would also request a signed 8x10 saying, "To
my buddy Kozo...shut the hell up! Love, Ekin Cheng,"
and post the picture on LoveHKFilm.com
for all the World Wide Web to view in its good-natured sarcastic
glory. I would probably view such an event as this site's
Second of all, I make fun of
Ekin Cheng because I can. He's really a very easy target.
If I tried to make jokes about Andy Hui Chi-On, I'm sure I'd
be hard pressed to find any material. Let's see, I can make
fun of his rumored relationship with Sammi Cheng. I can also
make digs about how she's the real breadwinner, and he's just
swimming in her wake. I can make digs at the two times he's
worked with Simon Lui. Come on, Andy! Can't you get better
And since we're on the subject, why
can't I make fun of Simon Lui? I'm sure that shaved-head mega-hyphenate
would dress up some snide comments real well. Wanna hear a
joke about Simon Lui? Two words: Troublesome Night.
But would anyone show up to
a Simon Lui joke-a-thon? Most likely not. Ekin's an easy target
for laughs because of many sarcasm-rich reasons. There's the
hair, which is silky enough to make Fabio jealous. There's
also his much-publicized girlfriend trade-in, where he exchanged
last year's model Maggie Siu for this year's model Gigi Leung.
Then there's the acting ability, which has been noted by more
than one film critic as "wooden" and "stiff."
Hell, if you want Ekin Cheng abuse, I can direct you to some
websites where the reviewers pull no punches. I just make
reference to this acknowledged critical opinionthe fact
that some people find it funny just shows that I'm not the
only one who's thought this.
(Side note: does anyone remember
that great April Fool's news item from HK Entertainment News
in Review a few years ago? It claimed that Michael Wong and
Ekin Cheng were arrested at the airport for impersonating
actors. To prove their innocence, each was required to act
their way out of a paper bag. Ah, I still love that one.)
But the crowning reason that
Ekin Cheng is primo for sarcasm-rich jokes is this: people
react. I've said it before and I'll repeat it here: I can
make fun of many Hong Kong personalities and I usually do.
Aaron Kwok, Cecilia Cheung, Wong Jing, Raymond Wong Bak-Ming,
Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Miriam Yeung, Michael Wong and probably
even Ng Man-Tat have all been skewered on my site at one time
or another. But nobody raises the roof like Ekin Cheng. When
Ekin Cheng jokes get made, people go nuts. I get e-mails from
people loving it, and I get e-mails from people hating it.
It's like that mythical switchboard: when Ekin jokes get made,
the thing lights up like a Christmas tree. I gotta say, when
you're a person who's putting all this crap out there for
people to like/hate/ignore, there's nothing more satisfying
than an instant response.
Which brings me to the final
point of this massive diatribe on all things Ekin. Why do
I have to make fun of anybody? Why can't I just write my reviews
in a respectful manner, and refrain from making "annoying"
and "inappropriate" remarks about various Hong Kong
personalities? If I truly love this stuff like I say I do,
why can't I just shut up?
Well, probably because it's
fun. I make fun of Ekin Cheng because I like him. My best
pal James can tell you this: I rip on him more than any person
imaginable. And even though he frequently is left a broken
man, he will usually return the favor. And I'll try not to
cry. Strangely enough, there are some people who show their
affection by roasting the objects of. Basically, it's all
in goodthough not always universally understoodfun.
And has anyone out there noticed
makes fun of one other person more than Ekin Cheng? Usually
no update goes by without some sarcastic dig at a certain
individual who DOES NOT date Gigi Leung. The entire LoveEkinCheng
April Fool's parody contained wall-to-wall knocks on this
certain other person. If you head by the LoveHKFilm
forum, you'll find that many other people make fun of this
guy as well.
If you haven't figured it out, here's
a hint: his name begins with "K" and ends in "O."
And strangely enough, sometimes I like Ekin Cheng a lot more
than I like him.