Ok, so the Taiwanese series obviously had some people speaking Chinese, but what about the Japanese and Korean series? They have a little Chinese in em as well. Thought that was interesting…
Abe Tsuyoshi, who played Akira in the Japanese F4 is part Chinese. He was born in He Longjiang, moved to Japan, but went back to China for acting school, and he apparently still has friends in China. Long Ze, who is a model, and whose modeling pics keep getting skankier, but still quite artsy in a way, had posted pics of them together in his blog a couple of years ago when Abe came to Beijing to hang out.
Also Ding Haiming (I don’t know his last name, sorry!), the Chinese guy from AST’1 of DSP, the idol manufacturing company in Korea who actually who has probably the catchiest tunes, but can’t really seem to promote their stars well enough to match their song quality (unless their personality can shine its way out of a paper bag like Lee Hyori), was spotted with his senior in the company, Kim Hyunjoong at the airport on the way to Macau. Below is a fancam with gratuitous arm around shoulder action from Kim Hyunjoong to Haiming, ableit way towards the end. It’s worth watching through however, simply because Hyun Joong is amazing looking even in creepy stalkerish fancams.
They say that he is there because a good chunk of this Korean version will be filmed in Macau, which is one of the special administrative regions of China, and most people can probably understand Mandarin though it’s mainly Cantonese that they speak. So he’s supposedly doing some translating, but it’s also rumored confirmed that he’ll also have a part in the series.
On that note it worries me that they will be filming in the coastal glamour of Macau because guess what? That coast faces Zhu Hai, another city in China whose coast can be seen from Macau and viceversa, and where the Chinese “New Meteor Garden” is set to take place. The two sets of F4 could basically be directly looking at each other if they were filming at the same time. All they would need is about an hour by boat and they could meet up for brunch. Haiming and Han Geng could translate. I hope people don’t get De Ja Vu looking when they watch the Chinese version because some scenery is going to look awfully familiar.
Edit: And according to this article from HunanTV, given to me by darklight, the Taiwanese F4 might sing with the new F4 (whom at least half of can definitely sing) on New Years. They’ve been invited. So there you go. All the F4 are one big happy family now.