By Joanna Goh
RBKD: Definitely a must-read for all fans! And a highly recommended article to the rest.
In this 14-page interview done in English with Rui En, we follow Toggle’s lead to revisit Rui En’s 14-year acting career journey in her own words. What a long ride it has been………
In this post, RBKD shares with you our after-thoughts and how to better appreciate this article, sparing you the exact details of the interview so that you may enjoy in its original state at Toggle. It’s like wine pairing you know? :P
Read on for those who prefer to read RBKD’s sharing first, and for those who prefer to head to Toggle first, click here.
English Version: Toggle: Rui En, in retrospect
RBKD’s insights: Just scroll down :P
RT @ToggleSG: Rui En, in retrospect (All Time Favourite Artiste Special)
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Pre-2007: The days of being ‘7 princesses’
Those were the days when “7 Princesses” were the talk of the town. Labeled as the “Ice Princess”, the association has always been a double-edged sword and understandably, non-conformist Rui En wasn’t comfortable with the labeling.
Still, what doesn’t kill you make you stronger; despite being ranked among the bottom few frequently back then, Rui En has certainly come a long way to her current state now.
Witty Rui En quipped, “who doesn’t love Elsa?” Indeed, now we know why even our young cousins adore Rui En? :p
Pre-2008: Before having a fanclub
Rui En described the years as ‘fuzzy’ and didn’t think she would have any fans or fanclub. We are really thankful to you peeps out there, for quietly supporting Rui En before RBKD came into the picture. Thanks for the love on our behalf :)
— Toggle (@ToggleSG) April 1, 2016
A role that got her on everyone’s radar: Metamorphosis (2007)
If each role was a generation, then ASP An Xiaoqian would be the predecessor of our beloved ASP Hu Xiaoman and INSP Ng Tze Keat. When you think of policewoman in local dramas, you think of Rui En. ’nuff said, we are thankful for that.
Post-2008: When RBKD came into her life
This page is diabetic and sugar overloaded. Warning: you may need your insulin shots.
Rui En shared with Toggle that everything changed when RBKD started. Quoting her, “they are everything to me and I’d not be where I am without them. That’s just as simple as that.”
Thanks Rui En, our lives changed when you entered ours too.
LOL at Rui En “complaining” to Toggle that RBKD sabotaged her. Who? What? When?! Read on as she shared more about her RBKD. :)
The role that proved naysayers wrong: Happy Family (2010)
Xiaodong will always be simply special to fans. *wink*
The role she gained ‘acting enlightenment’: With You (2010)
Her first ever acting nomination, her first ever “Best Actress” award at Star Awards. Rui En said she was in a daze when she won, so were we. We are just glad and thankful, how Rui En has grown as an actress especially after this role.
The role that left everyone shell-shocked with her transformation: A Tale of 2 Cities (2011)
There were days when we were not used to seeing Rui En in heels and now there are days when we wonder how tall her heels have become. Her transformation and acceptance of more feminine appearance is just like her acting career, always changing, improving and open to changes.
Every role is a result of blood, sweat and tears and like reverse-horcrux, a part of every role will always live in Rui En. Just like Ya Le, just like any other role…..
The role in which she won her second and third best actress: Unriddle 2 (2012)
Fans, you get the answer you have been craving for.
Does Rui En want Unriddle 3? The answer is a big ‘Yes’. Read on to see how would she hope Xiaoman’s character would develop.
It is of course a pity, to note the harsh reality that Unriddle 3 is unlikely to happen any time soon (if it will ever happen) due to high cost and budget cuts. Never give up hoping ya?
Shoutout to Unriddle’s producer Paul Yuen and storywriter Phang Kai Yee, what say you? ;)
The first time people saw her in a comedic role: The Dream Makers (2013)
“Crane up, tilt down, zoom in. 最好有点王家卫的feel~”
Everyone loves Fang Tonglin; be it Tonglin on her own or with her bro as Fang Siblings (speaking of which, did you know that RBKD was the one who coined the term when reposting one of their selfies back then?) or with Zhanpeng and Jason. That’s why Tonglin gets the man! :p
From initial scepticism of being an over-the-top performance to eventual well-reception and love for a character so adorable, no wonder Tonglin makes it to Rui En’s Top 3 career-defining roles, after Siqi and Xiaoman.
The first time she crossed over to the dark side: Against The Tide (2014)
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, hate cannot drive out hate, only love can.”
Who can forget this? Need we even say more?
There are times, most of the time in fact, when we hope that Rui En can be duly recognised for her respective roles with acting awards. But there are roles, not confined nor defined by the rules of awards, but recognised and acknowledged by the yardstick of the common viewer. This is one of those. Always our Best Actress. :)
Where to from now: Rui En’s progression to mature roles
Sure, fans might worry how Rui En has entered the land of no-return after her first ‘aunty’ role in upcoming “If Only I Could…..”
But more than anything else, fans just hope that Rui En gets to try a myriad of roles, defined by their depths and not age. Just like how Rui En do not wish to trap herself to the pigeonhole of being an idol or just become known for a certain type of roles, fans hope that her willingness to try diverse roles can be matched by equally varied range of opportunities too.
Aunty? Woa. Policewoman? Awesome. Goofy? Why not?
As long as you can deliver (and we know you will), by all means, challenge us with your multitude of roles and acting. We have adapted pretty well over the years, haven’t we? :p
So what motivates Rui En and keeps her going today?
Yup, so now Rui En has 2 cats and Bingo has been renamed muffin. Why huh? :p
Rui En claims that reading interviews of actors and actresses she admires as the fuel to keep her passion burning. Thank goodness for these people, hence you are still here in our lives.
Rui En also gave special thanks to many, including “angels sent from God” and her “Hype family” for always being there for her. Indeed. If you are reading this, you know you are included, you have always been there for her. Thank you for that.
Rui En’s legacy: To be able to empower women and young girls
Awards do not define Rui En.
There are those who crave for awards and fame, and there are those who wish to use the awards and fame for greater good.
In Hollywood there’s Leonardo Dicaprio who lent his voice for climate change in his acceptance speech for the coveted golden man trophy he had waited 22 years for.
In Singapore, Rui En shares how she hopes to inspire and empower women and young girls through her acting and everything. Keep it up, girl!
English Version: Toggle: Rui En, in retrospect
Note: The “All Time Favourite Artiste Award” will be given out on “Star Awards” Show 1 on 17 April 2016, Sunday.
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日期: 31/12/2011 | 新闻来源: 联合早报 | 记者: 洪铭铧、李亦筠、黄靖晶
Code of Honour 正义武馆 debuts 5 December 2011 7pm on Channel 8.
Categorised in 30th Drama Anniversary, A Tale of 2 Cities 乐在双城, CH, Dramas - General, Joys of Life 花样人间, On The Fringe 边缘父子, Ratings 节目收视率, The In-Laws 麻婆斗妇, Unriddle 2 最火搭档 2, With You 我在你左右, Zaobao.
During its run on MediaCorp’s Channel 8 the past four weeks, much has been discussed about Love Thy Neighbour’s scripted dialogue and representation of locals and foreigners. Despite the wide discussion on the drama, the show has been attracting a steady stream of viewers, even surpassing the one-million viewership mark on Oct 13.
According to Paul Chan, vice-president of MediaCorp Channel 8 Branding & Promotions, viewership rating for Love Thy Neighbour has already surpassed the 900,000 mark — even before the series ends concludes on Monday. It joins the ranks of police drama series C.L.I.F, and A Tale of Two Cities starring Rui En and Joanne Peh, which are the other two dramas which have successfully attracted an average of more than 900,000 viewers during its run.
Thanks to a wide variety of drama genres this year, before the year concludes with two more shows — The Oath and A Song to Remember — 2011’s dramas on Channel 8 have attracted an average of 870,000 viewers to date, which shows an increase in viewership, as compared to 2010’s average of 859,000 viewers.
These dramas are also attracting online viewers on xinmsn’s Catch-Up TV. Popular youth drama On The Fringe, which, tackled delinquency issues and the rise of youth gangs, was most popular online attracting more than 1.3 million views during its run.
By Rachael Boon
Ongoing series Love Thy Neighbour has sparked a wave of criticism against local Mandarin TV dramas.
Channel 8 drama Love Thy Neighbour has not been feeling the love. In recent weeks, it has been the lightning rod for all kinds of criticism directed at locally produced contemporary dramas. Viewers have taken issue with the show’s lack of subtlety and poorly written dialogue, among other things.
The gathering storm of protest eventually involved two Members of Parliament.
Last week, one of them, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, questioned in a Facebook post the need for characters to shout or scream in order to express themselves.
Mr Lee, who is also Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development, tells Life!:”It was not just a particular episode that I based my comments on, but over a period of time. I find that Chinese local drama production has a lot of conversations that feature raised voices, a bit of screaming and shouting to express anger or frustration.”
“Of course human emotions are complex and there will be moments when you will be really angry. But I think in a good drama, everything should be in proportion – you have some gentle, soft moments and then the emotional moments and so on.”
Lianhe Zaobao senior correspondent Ang Ming Hwa agrees, saying that frequent arguments in a drama have become “the focus of the show” over the years. “It becomes a habit they find hard to break. They think that with loud voices, they will catch the audience’s attention but they actually lack creativity,” he adds.
In response, Mr Paul Chan, vice-president of MediaCorp Channel 8 Branding & Promotions says:”For each drama, the dialogue is specially crafted and relates strongly to the social status of the characters, the genre and era. For instance, in a youth drama such as On The Fringe, the teen characters would have more youth-speak dialogue. If we do not capture the essence of the different characters or genres in each drama, we would not be reflecting reality.”
Civil Servant S.L.Leong, 43, has been turned off by Channel 8 dramas because of the quarrelling scenes, which she says happen “most of the time”. She now prefers to watch Channel U’s local productions, some of which are made outside of MediaCorp.
She likes the more “wholesome themes” of shows such as Secret Garden (2010), which looks at psychological problems.
In contrast, she says Channel 8’s recent youth-oriented drama On The Fringe glamorised teen gangs. She adds:”I thought it was a negative portrayal of youngsters, even though the ending was good.”
Assistant Professor Liew Kai Khiun of Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information says the problems he has observed in recent Channel 8 dramas have to do with “little imagination, inspiration and realism in the plot of grumbling parochial and unconvincing characters.”
“I am not convinced that the audience would be pleased with the frequent pretexts for explicitly explaining government policies and the reminders on how fortunate Singaporeans are in receiving handouts.”
This trend of poorly written scripts with propaganda-like dialogue was also seen in shows such as police drama C.L.I.F., which aired in the middle of this year, says student Hubert Wah, 23.
“The police would be introduced into the scenes mid-way, which made part of the show seem like a corporate video or propaganda. It was so fake to me.”
Source: The Straits Times