THE UNEXPECTED STORIES BEHIND THE STARS OF "THE WILD GOOSE LAKE" 《南方車站的聚會》
Written by Jenni Li
Translated by Jennifer J. Lau
The two main characters of “The Wild Goose Lake” are not only stunningly handsome and beautiful, but both also hold life-changing moments and histories close to their hearts. Read on to find out more about Shanghai-born Hu Ge (Hugh Hu) and Taipei-native Gwei Lun-Mei.
胡歌 GE HU：
MEANING OF LIFE
Hugh searched for the meaning of life very early on. After debuting at the age of 14 as a TV host, he gained fame playing the role of Li Xiaoyao in "The Legend of the Sword and the Chivalrous Man" in 2005. But one year later, he suffered immensely from the car accident and underwent major facial reconstruction. He even experienced blindness at one point. During the treatment, Hugh was sadden to learn that one of the assistants also involved in the accident succumbed to their injuries and died. At that time, because of his eye treatments he could not cry naturally — he could only bow his head and let the tears fall to the floor. After a year of treatment, he chose to return to the stage.
Since then, he has been labelled as an inspiration although the actor does not seek such praise. Over a decade later when asked about the accident, he remains calm about his appearance or surviving the ordeal. As an actor, appearances are of course important. At one point, Hugh Hu used his hair to cover the scars on his forehead and turned to make sure only the left (uninjured) side of his face was always showing. But now, he has a new resolve and a new outlook towards the camera lens. He has also contemplated about life:
“I can remain [on earth] because there is something for me to do or some sort of calling to answer… many people may think I’ve been well over the last 12 years because my career has evidently taken off, and my earnings and fame have increased. But I personally feel that that is not the meaning of life.”
This year, Hu Ge’s starring Yan Yinan’s film “The Party at Southern Station” was selected as the main competition unit of the Cannes International Film Festival. As for the first time I brought my work to the red carpet of Cannes, Hu Ge also had a good sense of humor. She said bluntly that she was a little nervous, so she drank some wine from the director before she set foot on the red carpet.
桂綸鎂 LUN-MEI GWEI：
Since her debut during high school, the agile image of Gwei Lun-Mei has become familiar to many. In 2007, you may remember her as the female student protagonist of Taiwanese mega-star Jay Chou’s self-directed fantasy movie “Secret.” This movie resonated with many audiences worldwide because it created nostalgia for young and innocent love.
Gwei’s unique temperament was appreciated by the Parisien creative designer and legend, Karl Lagerfeld. Thus in 2016, she became an official brand ambassador for CHANEL. She was the second brand ambassador for the haute couture house of Chinese heritage — the first being actress Zhou Xun. This year, Karl Lagerfeld passed away and Gwei revealed how honoured she was to have met him after being invited to Paris by Lagerfeld with VOGUE Taiwan. She wanted to personally thank him and waited long after the show was over to do so. She used some broken French to express her thanks and obtained their first photo with him. Thereafter, her relationship with the brand grew more and more each year, bringing her to places she had never been before.
When she met him again she wanted to reintroduce herself and recalls how Karl Lagerfeld surprised her by telling her that he knew everything about her. As an Asian actress, she felt even more honoured to be remembered. On the red carpet of this year's Cannes Film Festival, Gwei Lun-mei continued her partnership with CHANEL, dressed in a haute couture piece. The mint dress was simple yet complex; more than 600 hours were required to complete it.