I just watched Ekin Cheng: Beautiful Life a few days ago on TV. It’s nothing special, just your run of the mill 1hr feature meant to promote Ekin’s 2011 concert. Andrew Lau, Andy Lau, Sandy Lam, Chin Kar-Lok all make appearances and really can’t seem to shut up about Ekin’s trademark long hair and Young and Dangerous. Intercut between the interviews are clips of Ekin riding an unicycle, a scooter, and baking chocolate treats with Charlene Cho. You see, all of this is suppose to show that Ekin’s all about having fun and being kooky. I was almost sold until I noticed how miserable the longhair fellow looked on camera. It seems as if he has long outgrown this carefree image and is simply going along with it because that’s the Ekin everyone knows and loves.
The special left me feeling nostalgic in a sad way. I felt old because Ekin was getting older. For a moment, like everyone else on the special I lost track of time thinking about Ekin’s career.
And then I found myself asking:
“Was Young and Dangerous really 15 years ago?”