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Chen retires

02.21.2008
I don't know if any of you guys have been aware of this whole scandal but in the wake of a bunch of intimate leaked pictures featuring Edison Chen and a slew of major female actresses, he today retired from the film business. He's been prominent in the Asian cinema scene for years now, and like most over there he has made the foray into music, hosting and clothing too. He was in the movie INFERNAL AFFAIRS that was eventually remade by Scorsese into THE DEPARTED, and he was also set to make an appearance in THE DARK KNIGHT, although it is unknown now whether his scenes will remain in the final cut. He called a press conference today, wherein he made the announcement. You can check it out BELOW.

It is pretty incredible the results of this scandal, when we know that over in the West this kind of thing would propel someone to fame. It's pretty sad for him, but even he must recognise his incredible stupidity in this whole thing. Still, it's not like he hasn't been having a ball, rolling around town and bedding hotties. If his life could manifest itself as a person it would drop-kick the shit out of mine. In fact I would want it to drop-kick the shit out of my life, that thing is totally holding me back. It needs a good push.

Extra Tidbit: Chen was born in Canada but he went over to Hong Kong to start his career.
Source: Twitch

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7:22PM on 02/21/2008
Bah, that Bollywood chick Shetty? She kissed Gere in India, they got charged or something, and now she's a Bond girl. As long as he can avoid that bounty on his hands (yikes) he can make a comeback. At the very least, he can attempt a career in the lucrative Canadian market. Did anyone catch the last "Corner Gas"? Riveting stuff.
Bah, that Bollywood chick Shetty? She kissed Gere in India, they got charged or something, and now she's a Bond girl. As long as he can avoid that bounty on his hands (yikes) he can make a comeback. At the very least, he can attempt a career in the lucrative Canadian market. Did anyone catch the last "Corner Gas"? Riveting stuff.
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6:15PM on 02/21/2008

Dude's got principals

It's very rare over here for celebrities to take responsibility for being role models. So however I feel about his decision, I gotta say I respect this guy for being so modest and apologetic, and I hope someone who shows as much character as he does can continue to work, just because I feel like guys like that are in short supply.
It's very rare over here for celebrities to take responsibility for being role models. So however I feel about his decision, I gotta say I respect this guy for being so modest and apologetic, and I hope someone who shows as much character as he does can continue to work, just because I feel like guys like that are in short supply.
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6:00PM on 02/21/2008
Still, I think it's a little bit too drastic for Edison to be quitting. Sure he might go to Hollywood, but he's going to have a much harder time maintaining a career there. He should just probably lay low for some time. People will forget, it's just a matter of time. A few years ago, Jackie Chan had a little "baby's daddy" scandal back in Hong Kong. He's still going strong today.
Still, I think it's a little bit too drastic for Edison to be quitting. Sure he might go to Hollywood, but he's going to have a much harder time maintaining a career there. He should just probably lay low for some time. People will forget, it's just a matter of time. A few years ago, Jackie Chan had a little "baby's daddy" scandal back in Hong Kong. He's still going strong today.
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4:26PM on 02/21/2008
Plus, it's not only that image is important in the Asian entertainment industry, it's that sometimes image is all you have and all that matters. Many famous Asian stars (I can speak of HK and Taiwan, at least) have very little talent, so they have to ride on their image. It's definitely more so for women than men, not surprisingly, although Asians go for the "pretty boy" more than the "bad boy" (when compared to the West). I'm making some sweeping statements here, of course. But usually, stars
Plus, it's not only that image is important in the Asian entertainment industry, it's that sometimes image is all you have and all that matters. Many famous Asian stars (I can speak of HK and Taiwan, at least) have very little talent, so they have to ride on their image. It's definitely more so for women than men, not surprisingly, although Asians go for the "pretty boy" more than the "bad boy" (when compared to the West). I'm making some sweeping statements here, of course. But usually, stars start of as the pretty boy, and then as they age, become the more bad boy (think Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok, etc.)

What surprises me is that people have said so little in defense of the celebrities. There's definitely an element of sadism here.
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4:19PM on 02/21/2008
The funny thing is people wouldn't probably bat an eye about his sexual "conquests" in the States. The thing is that the Asian film industry is very particular about "image." They expect everyone to be all squeaky-clean and innocent. If they do something that doesn't go with that image, then it's pretty much a PR disaster for them. In hindsight, he hasn't done anything that should deserve that much scrutiny (humans fuck all the time, it's human nature). The only thing he ever did wrong was
The funny thing is people wouldn't probably bat an eye about his sexual "conquests" in the States. The thing is that the Asian film industry is very particular about "image." They expect everyone to be all squeaky-clean and innocent. If they do something that doesn't go with that image, then it's pretty much a PR disaster for them. In hindsight, he hasn't done anything that should deserve that much scrutiny (humans fuck all the time, it's human nature). The only thing he ever did wrong was leaving the racy pics on his computer hard-drive, and his handling of the whole fiasco.
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4:15PM on 02/21/2008
This dude seems to be the Asian Bill Clinton. Maybe he should run for president ? Why the heck is he retiring? Paris Hilton has made a career out of appearing in scandalous photos.
This dude seems to be the Asian Bill Clinton. Maybe he should run for president ? Why the heck is he retiring? Paris Hilton has made a career out of appearing in scandalous photos.
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2:35PM on 02/21/2008
I guess this is one of those things that's a big no-no in Hong Kong. Around here, he'd be in the tabloids for a week or two, until the next star does something embarrassing.

He also seems to make it clear that he'd done with only Hong Kong films, not entertainment as a whole. Considering he speaks perfect English and this story is getting decent press so far, I'm thinking he's looking to cross over to Hollywood.
I guess this is one of those things that's a big no-no in Hong Kong. Around here, he'd be in the tabloids for a week or two, until the next star does something embarrassing.

He also seems to make it clear that he'd done with only Hong Kong films, not entertainment as a whole. Considering he speaks perfect English and this story is getting decent press so far, I'm thinking he's looking to cross over to Hollywood.
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2:12PM on 02/21/2008

Interesting story...

you are leaving out such great parts though.

The fact that this guy was such a big deal to the entertainment industry over there and how gangs have a big cut in the industry, they have issued a bounty on his hands. Whoever chops off his hands will receive 500,000 yen I believe.

Plus, one of the women in the pics is Maggie Q. I caught the video yesterday of her. However, there arent many pics of her just that one quick video.
you are leaving out such great parts though.

The fact that this guy was such a big deal to the entertainment industry over there and how gangs have a big cut in the industry, they have issued a bounty on his hands. Whoever chops off his hands will receive 500,000 yen I believe.

Plus, one of the women in the pics is Maggie Q. I caught the video yesterday of her. However, there arent many pics of her just that one quick video.
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1:00PM on 02/21/2008
What a shame for such a thing to happen to someone so young. He might still be able to make it in the US though.
What a shame for such a thing to happen to someone so young. He might still be able to make it in the US though.
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