Following his faced pull-outs from as many as 19 endorsers. He is reportedly requested to compensate them NT$50 million (approximately S$2.1 million) in damages.
The 19 companies are split into three groups ' those who had to remove his advertisements and are seeking for compensation, others who are still monitoring the situation, and those like Adidas and KFC whose contracts with Kai have already or are about to expire and thus do not need compensation.
There are news that NIVEA Men and chewing gum company Stride have demanded compensation as well. It is estimated that he has to pay up to twice the amount sought after currently, if another third of the endorsers were to demand compensation.
The manager of the 23-year-old, Angie Chai, said in response, 'The company and Kai will bear the costs. We will go through the hard times together. His mood is still pretty bad so we have not discussed (whether he will bear the entire bill).'
As to previous rumours of the Chinese media industry banning Kai, it will not happen as movies A Choo and Tiny Times 4 will be released as planned. Authorities commended his bravery in admitting his mistake and called him a 'good role model'.
Sep 14 2014
The jury is still out on the fate of Kai Ko's entertainment career, with the spotlight being put on his upcoming movie, Tiny Times 4. The actor starred in three prequels in the wildly popular franchise, which also stars actresses Yang Mi and Amber Kuo.
Director Guo Jingming attended the press conference of an upcoming Guangdong Television reality show, Road to Star, on which he will be one of the three judges. In response to queries on whether Kai's scenes will be retained in the final version, he expressed that no decision has been made yet but that there is a possibility that his scenes may be partially or even fully cut from the film. He stressed that they will do their best to allow viewers to watch the full movie.
He also revealed that he has spoken to Kai recently, but it was on a wholly personal context. He declined to comment if he had found a replacement for the 23-year-old actor.
Taiwanese singer Annie Yi, who divorced Harlem Yu in 2009, was also revealed to be one of the judges. In her first public appearance after her high-profile proposal from fiancé Qin Hao, she was grilled on whether she got pregnant deliberately in order to force the marriage on him.
She rejected all rumours and declared that she will not give birth to any children outside of marriage. When probed further on her wedding day, she coyly quipped, 'I won't tell you.'
Sep 10 2014
Taiwanese singer-host Eddy Ou, commonly known as Ou Di, has reportedly married his girlfriend from Chongqing, Zheng Yun Can, at the Chongqing Civil Affairs Bureau on August 29.
Ou Di shared through his management that they will hold their banquet either within this year or early next year as both of them are currently busy with work. The newlyweds will also not be going on any honeymoon trips as Ou Di is currently filming in Shanghai.
The parents of the 35-year-old have not met their new daughter-in-law, who is not from showbiz, and he will bring her to meet them in Taiwan once her visa is ready.
Ou Di wrote on Weibo previously: 'If you found someone who can make you grow (as a person), he or she is the right one.'
Last Saturday (Sept 6), he posted a photo of a Tiffany & Co. diamond ring and shared: 'After years of roaming around, I am glad that I will finally be forming my own family.'
Fellow entertainer Woo Gwa (Hu Gua) gave his well wishes to Ou Di, 'I hope they can be happy. When Ou Di told me on his birthday (in July) that he is getting married this year, I didn't think he was serious but now, he has really done it.'
Ou Di's debut partner, Show Luo, whom he formed the then-pop duo Romeo with, also congratulated him, 'I haven't received the invitation but I'm very happy for him to be able to find someone to live the rest of his life with.'
Chinese actress Tang Wei, who wedded in Sweden in July, was in Venice for the recent 71st International Film Festival 2014 to promote her latest work The Golden Era together with director Ann Hui and Chinese co-star Feng Shaofeng.
However, Tang Wei was reportedly late for her 1 p.m. interview session by 40 minutes and was disrupted halfway through the agreed 30-minute session by a Chinese lady.
She expressed her apologies to the media, then led Tang Wei and Shaofeng away.
When the person-in-charge of arranging the interview, an Italian, asked the Chinese lady why the sudden departure, she responded rudely, 'I can just return you the 15 minutes (of interview) later, can't I?'
That infuriated the Italian, who then started arguing with her and promised never to arrange future interviews for them, even calling them 'jerks'.
From left: Wang Shaofeng, Ann Hui, Tang Wei
The singer's daughter was seen crying in the preview of the next episode and said, 'Bye, I have to go.'
Malaysian singer Gary Chaw and his two children Joe, 6, and Grace, 3, have joined the second season of China version reality show Dad, Where Are You Going? early this year. But his younger child will now be leaving the show as she bade farewell to co-stars and viewers in the preview of the next episode.
Grace was seen crying and saying goodbye to the other children, 'Bye, I have to go.'
Hong Kong actor Francis Ng, one of the fathers on the show, hugged and consoled her, 'Grace is my goddess.'
Gary's management explained, 'Gary respects his daughter's decision and will not force her to do anything against her will.'
The production unit shared, 'Grace will leave the show and will not participate in the last stop of Dad, Where Are We Going?'
In addition, the host of the show, Li Rui, published a book which included conflicts of the show. A portion mentioned how Francis got angered by Gary during their first meeting when the latter told him, 'I grew up watching your movies,' and elaborated, 'Including the ones with explicit content.'
When this was made public, Francis expressed regret over participating in the show as 'he thought he only had to bring his child to the zoo. Now he has become a gorilla (laughing stock).'
Aug 22 2014
Taiwanese actor Kai Ko receives the highest penalty for celebrities and will be banned from China
According to Taiwan media reports, Taiwanese actor Kai Ko finally met his family members in the detention centre after his 14-day detention, his parents, brother and manager Angie Chai visited him yesterday.
Kai and his mother hugged and cried, while his father told him to take responsibility and face the matter bravely. The 23-year-old apologised repeatedly to those who were present and was sorry for letting his family, company, sponsors and fans down. Kai was also worried that his saga will affect movie earnings (Tiny Times 4) and the reputation of his company.
A Chinese character 'Zheng', which means upright, was written by Kai on the wall of the detention centre, a method he uses to count the number of days he has left in the detention centre.
In addition, The State Administration of Radio Film and Television of China has announced that Kai will be banned from the China media industry. Insiders revealed the ruling set by authorities to be the harshest for celebrities and may therefore end their showbiz careers.
It is said that Chinese movie Tiny Times 4, who features Kai as one of the male leads, will remove his parts in the film before releasing it in cinemas. As filming has already ended and Kai has a considerably large role in it, writer-director Guo Jingming has yet to make a response on this matter.
Co-starring as Kai's girlfriend in the movie, Amber Kuo clarified through her manager that she has not received any news and will continue to work as usual.
Besides the movie, Kai faced pull-outs from more than 10 endorsements including KFC China. Due to contractual terms, another chewing gum company will investigate the matter before deciding on Kai's endorsement.
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Two other reknowned personalities were allegedly arrested at Jaycee Chan's residence
According to Chinese media, the Beijing police suspect that there are at least 120 celebrities who are embroiled in the drug case involving Kai Ko and Jaycee Chan, due to the latter's wide circle of friends in showbiz and the second generation of the rich. Investigations are being carried out to track down all artistes related to this drug case.
More than 100g of marijuana, which can be made into 250 sticks of cannabis cigarettes, were seized at Jaycee's residence last Tuesday. A gift from Jackie Chan to his son, the luxurious apartment often housed parties thrown by Jaycee.
Recent reports claimed that there were two other people, known as 'W' and 'H', who were caught at the scene. Rumours are rife that 'W' refers to Wang Shuo, a billionaire heir who comes from a prominent family background in China. It is believed that news of his arrest has been played down due to his family's influence.
Meanwhile, 'H' has been widely speculated to be Chinese singer-actress Han Xue, the granddaughter of a Senior General. However, the 31-year-old denied the claims via Weibo and reprimanded the people who have been spreading the malicious rumours.
Jaycee Chan and Wang Shuo.
Chinese singer-actress Han Xue
Aug 20 2014
Actress Tang Wei and husband Kim Tae Yong released their wedding photos yesterday after a simple ceremony held in Sweden
Following their simple and low profile wedding held in Sweden last month, Chinese actress and South Korean director Kim Tae Yong released their wedding photos yesterday through a Hong Kong public relations company on Weibo.
The post on Weibo said: 'We are honoured that Tang Wei and Kim Tae Yong have entrusted us to announce this good news. The two officially became man and wife days ago under the witness of both their parents. They will now face their new journey in life. We wish this couple joy and happiness, and we thank all who have been caring for and supporting Tang Wei.'
They have also given out wedding cakes in a three-layered box printed with their English names. It was accompanied by a card with the message, 'Love made our world complete, thank you for your blessings.'
Tang Wei and Tae Yong are said to hold an official ceremony this fall and will only invite their relatives.
The two, who have been dating since last October, first announced marriage plans early last month and drew talks about Tang Wei being a third party and even pregnant.
The rumours of a shot-gun marriage were dispelled when she was slated for promotional activities for new drama The Golden Era and discussions for new shows.
Aug 04 2014
Chinese actress Zhou Xun and husband Archie Kao returned to the former's hometown for a private wedding banquet
After their surprise wedding at the 'One Night' charity gala in Hangzhou last month, honeymoon in the United States, and officially registering their marriage last Thursday, Chinese actress Zhou Xun and husband Archie Kao reportedly held another banquet last Saturday.
This time, it was a low profile one at Zhou Xun's hometown, Quzhou, coincidentally on the Chinese Valentine's Day (seventh day of the seventh lunar month).
That evening, the 39-year-old actress turned up at a hotel in Quzhou clad in a red dress while Archie was dressed casually. The banquet was a heartwarming private affair where the couple posed and took pictures with their guests.
One of Zhou Xun's relatives even praised her on Weibo: 'Zhou Xun is a good lady! Being kind is part of observing our traditions. It is time for them to lead their lives together and bear a child!'
Aug 04 2014
Korean stars are said to have taken China by storm, but how much of that claim is hype and how much accords with the facts has not always been clear.
Kim Soo-hyun, who became a top star in China thanks to the Korean soap "My Love from the Star," is reportedly earning 10 million yuan or W1.65 billion for each commercial he does there.
His colleague Lee Min-ho gets paid 8 million yuan per commercial.
But while their agents make it sound as if the two are among the most highly paid stars in China, they actually earn rather less than their Chinese counterparts.
According to the People's Daily, Jackie Chan is the highest paid star in China. He recently made 16 million yuan for appearing in an electronics advert. Zhang Ziyi usually gets 15 million yuan and Andy Lau around 12 million yuan. Fan Bingbing reportedly makes 8 million yuan, a little less than Kim.
Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyun, who starred in "My Love from the Star" alongside Kim, is said to have made 6 million yuan from a drinking water commercial recently that provoked a storm in a teacup.
Chae Rim, who is to marry Chinese actor Gao Ziqi in October, is more highly regarded in China than in her home country. She earns around 4 million yuan per advertisement.
How much stars get paid for commercials is not the only barometer of their popularity in China. Frequency of web searches is also a good indicator, and there Kim and Lee do stand out.
The Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange tallied up the daily rankings of the most searched celebrities on Baidu, China's largest portal site, for two weeks from July 7. Kim ranked fourth and Lee 10th, while Chan and Lau did not get a look-in.
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