The Untamed Director Chan Ka Lam Speaks in Support of Xiao Zhan

The Untamed Director Chan Ka Lam Speaks in Support of Xiao Zhan
Today marks The Untamed’s one year anniversary and my, what a year it has been for the drama and its two male co-stars Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo. Pretty sure no one could’ve ever predicted how big of a hit The Untamed would be and how much of an impact the show’s mega success would have on both actor’s careers. 

For Xiao Zhan particularly, it’s been roller coaster year of highs and lows. After being subjected to the antics of overzealous fans and “antis” earlier in the year dubbed the A03 / 227 incident which forced him to lay low from the industry for a while, last night’s “win” at the virtual Golden Broom Awards was undoubtedly another blow.  

The Untamed Director Chan Ka Lam Speaks in Support of Xiao Zhan
China's answer to the US’ Golden Raspberry Awards, the Golden Broom Award was meant to “honour” the worst movies from the previous year. And unfortunately for Xiao Zhan, his “lackluster” performance in the movie Jade Dynasty according to film critic and Golden Broom Award founder Cheng Qingsong, won him the honour of being awarded “Most Disappointing Actor”. 

Luckily for him, his The Untamed director Chan Ka Lam has his back. The director wrote a lengthy post on social media in his defense, and although it’s quite “blind item-y” with no names mentioned, it appears to be his response to the criticism on Xiao Zhan’s acting.

The Untamed Director Chan Ka Lam Speaks in Support of Xiao Zhan
"While filming a drama two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a group of hard-working rookie actors. Amongst them all one particularly stood out to me for being tireless and diligent in his work. He was very polite and humble. He would greet everyone every day upon stepping on set and would thank everyone for their hard work each time he finishes filming.

The summer in Hengdian (studio) was particularly hot that year. I remember when we were filming a scene requiring him to pick up some poop and then later having to be strapped up in a harness and hung mid-air. With nary a cloud to filter the heat from the sun, he was in danger of getting heat stroke. I immediately went to him to check if he was alright. He assured me that there was no problem and that we should continue shooting.

There was also a time when we shot rain scenes for seven nights straight. The sprinklers kept spraying water and his eyes were often bloodshot because of the long hours. Aside from that his eyes had gotten inflamed because of the artificial rain, but he kept going and pushing to finish shooting the scene. Another time when he busted his lip shooting an action scene, he readily completed filming his night scenes after having his busted lip stitched up at the hospital. There are too many examples. As an actor, he is very much worthy of the profession. Singing on stage, he is worthy of being called a singer. I filmed with him for more than four months, from sun up to sun down and from night to morning.  What about you? Do you presume to know him better than me? Do you even know him? Have you met him before? Please, learn how to be more human!” writes Chan Ka Lam. 

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38 comments:

  1. Yay!!! I'm glad that people are standing up for him. He definitely deserves it.
    Here is the 2nd story that they stood up for XZ.

    2nd story:

    "More and more people are stepping in to speak up for Xiao Zhan.
    Beijing Huaxiang Xidai Culture Communication Co., Ltd. by name Sidai Floral La Cité which was in charge of the floral and environmental embellishments on the movie Jade Dynasty and also on his Bazaar Fashion photo-shoot, speaks up:
    "In Shanghai in December, under the early morning of the drizzle, everyone was wearing heavy jackets and still shivered outdoors. He wore the lightest spring clothes and kept filming for several hours. It took a few sneezes to realize that he was already freezing...
    Such a dedicated person, if you don’t like it, don’t defame it."

    Also since he is trending and the news that his song Light has broke the records, the sales of the song has spiked and continues to increase. We should thank haters for the golden broom award I guess. Now all the news and media are talking about our Idol! ????
    Those haters don't understand a basic thing: bad publicity is still publicity. Now even those people who still didn't knew who Xiao Zhan was, has come to know him and watch his works. His popularity has increased ten folds. Thank you bullies. Now get a grip and let our boy to focus on his new works, thanks. ??"

    You can find these this story from this FB's account.

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/xiaozhansean/

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  2. @ Chase She: Here is the same story like what you listed, but it was google translated.  There are more, and more people spoke up for Xiao Zhan. Yay!!! I found this story yesterday on FB. He definitely deserves it:

    1st story:

    "The Director of THE UNTAMED stepped in to defend Xiao Zhan after today's golden broom award criticism.
    "I made a drama two years ago, and met a group of hard-working newcomers, including a particularly hard-working actor. He was very polite and humble. He would greet everyone every day when he started work. He would tell the staff every day when he finished work. Everyone worked hard, the summer of Hengdian was very hot that year, I remember one day they filmed the scene of punishing the teacher with the teacher, and later I had to hang Weiya in the sky. There was no cloud in the sky that day, and the sun was like trying to kill people. Like the sun melts, I think he has a feeling of heat stroke, I immediately asked him how are you doing? He replied that I was assured that there was no problem and I could continue to shoot. Another time we took seven consecutive night rain scenes. It was raining for ten cars and ten cars. His eyes often have red blood because of long hours of work. In addition to those big nights, his eyes were inflamed by artificial rain again, but he still dedicatedly finished shooting. Once again, I broke my lip because I missed it while shooting an action scene. After going to the hospital to treat the wound, I continued to switch to the night scene. There are too many examples. As an actor, he is worthy of the profession of actor. Singing, he is worthy of the profession of singer. I filmed with him for more than four months, from morning to night, from night to morning, how about you? Do you know him better than me? do you know him? Have you seen him? Please be personal!"
    (Google Translated)
    Xiao Zhan is much loved by the people who knows his real value! ❤️"

    You can find this version on this this FB's account.

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/xiaozhansean/

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  3. WTF!!! This makes my heart boil!!! XZ is an amazing actor. What kind of piece shit award is this shit!!!! Ugghhhh haters gonna hate. Please XZ keep your head high, I know there are horrible people out there to get you, but you're strong and this particular shit award show is nothing to you. You are already thriving, because there are so many fans and people you worked with that supports and loves you!!! Jia Yao!!!!!

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    1. A great actor can also involved in shitty movie, as the case with him here

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    2. @ 3.a

      Here we go again. It's must be a mean person from those people who attacked him on previous articles here before - he/she is back again. Ignore them and DON'T debate with them. Don't waste your valuable time and energy. I'm just warning you all that's all. Thanks!

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    3. Don't pay attention to an award which absolutely holds no weight. And is run by someone who everyone knows hates XZ since the beginning. And his attitude doesn't come across as a neutral critiquing but something that feels like he just doesn't like him period.

      Anyways, XZ was nominated in the Best Up and Coming Actor category for CCTV6 for the same role months ago. And, from what I hear, that award is voted by legitimate critics and professionals.

      So which award should you be really paying attention to and waste your time on?

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    4. WARNING the XZ hater is from his competitor. She are jealous of his quick fame and earning awards she think should belong to her idol instead.

      She thinks her idol worked so damn hard for many years and deserve more popularity and awards but XZ kicked her idol out and took all the resources. She is trying to smear him everytime. For sure they are involved in all the XZ incidents such as A03, causing trouble for him by pretending to be his fans, his foes, the upset A03 users, etc.

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    5. @ 3.d

      Can you please tell me who she is? That's is so wrong and crazy. Thanks!

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    6. @3.e
      Nobody knows who she is. But based on all the things she said up to now, we can gather up what she's after already.

      She is bitter about XZ being new, but overnight, he is top #1 in everything.
      XZ suddenly have more followers and more fans. He get lots of endorsements. He get all these big awards. He is almost always the top billable actor. He is the new face of Chinese celeb. He is always in top trending. Everything is all him first. She just can't stand it, he was nothing, but out of the blue without any warning, he snatched everything away just like that. She doesn't understand years of experience don't equal to natural talent. XZ has natural talents so he doesn't need to waste 10 years of his life doing random support roles. I just don't get it because he did started out with small roles first but she is still so unsatisfied. It sounded like, only because their idol took forever to get famous, they think everybody else on earth has to do the same thing. Such as lead in 10 bad dramas first then the dramas after that can finally get more hype. They are not allow to lead for the first time only and then already gain so much hype. Very stupid logic. Everybody has their own routes! Not everybody is the same.

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  4. @ 3.f

    I know right. Some people are so crazy. He works hard & he has the talents - therefoe he deserves all that stuff. Thank you for your reply. We'll always support XZ right? Jia you XZ.

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  5. I think XZ addicts are the ones out of touch with reality. XZ is far from being an 'amazing actor". Love him all you like, whether for his looks, his personality or whatever. But he sure isn't an "amazing actor". He couldn't handle his characters in Jade Emperor or in Joy of Life. And so what that he works very hard and has suffered while doing shootings? Almost all the actors/actresses who has made it (or not yet) work very hard too and have their own physical and mental sufferings to tell. Most have talent. This is not a gentle profession. It is to be expected. Suffering and talent don't entitle a person to success. Ya,ya, I know I'm gonna get a lot of swear words and labelled anti-fan in response, but that's all XZ extreme fans do anyway, curse at people who don't have the same crazy love for him.

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    1. Your fave aint that great. Everything you said applies to her as well.
      The only talent she got is owning water armies that acts like you. All you do is spread lots of good words about your idol, and create tons of fake accounts to give the impression like she's so good that's why everybody likes her a lot. On the other hand, also use those fake accounts to spread hate on others, to make it look like everyone else always get lots of hate because they sucks! Of course, by doing that, nobody, NOBODY can act at all, ONLY your idol can act. Xiao Zhan has way more fans that you can't win this time, that's the only reason why you hate him.

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    2. Although he may not a real amazing actor but his acting is not the worst. He got Golden Bloom award because of cyber bullied not because he is terrible actor.

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    3. @5.a you are an examle of XZ's terrible and disgusting fans, who cursed at people who didnt have same crazy love for him.

      btw, There are a lot of young amazing actors who got prised about good acting skill and working hard. But you chose to point out that Anonymus 5 is an actress's fan, not actor's? Sexist?

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    4. Maybe that idol you wish to promote is a she after all, was just testing the water. If it wasn't correct you'd be happy we got it all wrong but being this angry something must be right.

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    5. Read again what 5 said:

      "...isn't an "amazing actor".
      "...so what that he works very hard"
      "...and has suffered while doing shootings?"
      ...and then stuff about others being more talented and suffered more.

      Tell me if I'm wrong but "amazing acting", "works hard", "suffer from shooting", all sound like somebody we always know.

      I think, 5 probably thinks Xiao Zhan is a rival to somebody who also acquire all these similarities?

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  6. Somehow after his AO3 scandal, his fans have become even more toxic and belligerent. If your comment is not about how great he is, then you get bombarded by his protection squad. Comment 3.a wasn't even attacking him, and look at the response they got. At this point you are all just blowing smoke up your own asses. Don't worry I'll show myself out. There is no need to click into his articles anymore since no real discourse is ever allowed unless you worship at the alter of the Xiao Zhan Cult.

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    1. @ Anonymous 6

      Constructive criticism is a BIG different than attacking a person - in this case it's Xiao Zhan. His REAL fans defense him because of viscous people. It's ok to debate, but when people are attacking him based on baseless accusations. It's not fair.

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    2. I had no issues about his acting be praised by his fans. That’s what fans of other actors also worship their idols as well. But seeing comment 3.b, 3d, 3.e, 3.f and 5.a, some of his fans are paranoid bunch and really toxic

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    3. 3.b, 3d, 3.e, 3.f, 5.a Found out the truth. Her/his reply to the haters was because the haters started in the first place that there are "certain" idols better and not getting the same attention. If it's not the truth the haters wouldn't act so angry. You just proved it.

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    4. @6.c, I never said anywhere that he was "an AMAZING actor". I reminded others not waste their time and emotions with a two-bit award. The CCTV6 nomination was voted by legitimate professionals in the industry; this is a fact and not an opinion. If they think he was good to great enough to nominate him then what does that say about the legitimacy of the Golden Broom. Who are the people who vote there? Stop and think about it...

      And for your information, I may be his fan but I definitely don't think XZ is the best actor out there. Not even an amazing actor. Acting-wise he impressed me since The Untamed. I think he has lots of potential from what I've seen since. I do think he's already alot better than many big name actors out there where I've seen several works and still find them bland. Another thing that helps XZ is he has lots of onscreen charisma. It's the extra x-factor which causes people to pay attention to him/her. Unfortunately there's some amazing actors out there that don't have it and are forgettable even if they are good looking.

      I look forward to Oath of Love and Doulou Continent to see if he's gotten better to cement that my opinion of him if he is in fact a great actor. Or if he's only great in a certain type of role.

      I don't begrudge someone for not thinking he's a great actor or even think he's a bad actor. That's fine. Film is subjective. But don't just go around calling people "haters" and "toxic" if they are just stating an option and not attacking anyone. Heck, my post wasn't an angry attacking post. It was just a "guys just calm down" post.

      - 3.d

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    5. 6.d You're just changing words now because you're scared.
      Things you said were so rude, not even constructive reasoning, if someone call you hater I can totally see why. Funny thing is you blame all fans calling others antis or haters, but what you said was offensive in the first place. I sound mean when you already try to act nice now, but you are wrong again when you say your post wasn't angry and attacking anyone. It's like starting a problem first, when others go on defensive mode, you call them out attacking you and claim yourself peaceful. It's not as nice as you think.

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    6. *sighs* You obviously aren't up for a civil discussion. LOL. I'm trying to make you sound mean. So trying to clear up a misunderstanding is make myself look nice and you look mean. You know, two people can discuss things in a civil manner without resorting to getting all offended and defensive. Oh any please point specifically the exact phrase in my post was I rude and offensive. No paraphrasing. Exact quotes please. What I posted about was the award itself and my opinion that the founder is probably biased on how he feels about XZ. I don't recall attacking anyone personally nor their character.

      Anyways, I'm not interested in giving anymore attention to someone who isn't willing to discuss things in a peaceful and civil manner. Now here is where purposely I'm "name calling". You are obviously a troll whose just in this comments section to try to get others riled up. Bye.

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    7. You’re right...but you know? It’s weird? When she calls out there’s a hater it shouldn’t be applicable to you? But you suddenly jumped right in to admit the hater is you though. And then also brought up other actresses or actors are better. You’re inconsistent so not so sure if it's really true when you want civilization and when you praise him if you really mean it...or just tryin to dodge something. Just sayin.

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  7. Jeez, crazy fans really be like this. Just because we're not addicted to XZ doesn't mean we're haters. I think he did great in the Untamed; loved the show, but that doesn't mean I have to worship the ground he walks on. Everyone has their own opinion and bullying people into agreeing with you is SO low.

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    1. Exactly. So because we're not active fans we're haters? WTH.

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    2. As all fandoms, there will be the alot of immature ones out there. But please don't lump all XZ fans together. The majority is his fans are a silent majority. Also weirdly skewed older and are new completely new to any type of fandom and all they really do is buy stuff and watch stuff and not interested in engaging in negative acts.

      I also think fans (can't tell these days who is a fan and who is an anti masquerading as a fan) that engage in mass bullying (not civil discussion) are definitely not fans no matter why they think if they don't understand why engaging in things like that is wrong by now.

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    3. @7, When 90% people already find him a good actor, and you try to give him a bad award when he did not deserve, that is hating. How you feel if you perform the best at work and get 100% on everything, but 1 hater discredit you and spread rumors you only earned 0% on everything? I'll find it unbelievable you don't call that person "hater". Next is the hater has the face to say, you are the hater because you will let him express what he wants to express.

      If you're giving him such a bad award and most people agree with you then maybe you're right. But you're just forcing this on him to look down on his skills and abilities.

      It's really contradicting how some people here say bad stuff about him then next thing say good things about him, they forgot which side they're on and supposed to play.

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    4. Please don't pay attention to whoever 7.c is. The poster is obviously someone that isn't a XZ fan and is a troll and trying to rile people up to start fanwars.

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    5. @7c I wasn't talking about the award. I'm talking about people like you. And stop making everything seem so complicated. Most of us are not schemers unlike SOME people.

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  8. I love Xiao Zhan and want to see him in more things but even I can admit his performance wasn't the greatest in Jade Dynasty. But he is far from the most disappointing. I've seen far worse actors out there. I also think it wasn't just on him because the whole movie was a disaster. But I do hope he continues on and makes more dramas because I loved him in Untamed and really liked his role in Joy of Life.

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  9. To Xiao Zhan's REAL fans & haters

    Simple logic:

    No unreasonble attacks from haters = no need to defense him from his fans.

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  10. Of course XZ is not the best actor on earth but the poorest is so reaching.

    XZ’s role in JoL is so small I don’t get it.

    If people can’t blame XZ for Jade Dynasty they blame MMQ, or LQ. But the novel itself has problems. Even with 60 episodes like the drama, it’s still so bad. Compare to the drama which one is worse is so obvious, but where was the bully at on Li Yi Feng? At least XZ and LQ was given only 50min, and they didn’t let the second female lead steal the entire thing to herself. Li Yi Feng was given 60 episode and I heard only the second female lead drove the entire thing herself, everything else was boring. Even though it’s her fault everything was ruined, she ruled what she stole really well, it’s a double slap on LYF’s face along with the true female lead. I think JD did so great on cinematography as well as choreography, the actors worked much harder on their action scenes than the drama that got so much hyped.

    I don't understand why out of everything they choose to attack XZ based on Jade Dynasty.

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  11. Hahaha! So funny at all the people commenting claiming not to like Xiao Zhan but click on a Xiao Zhan article, leave a comment on said article.

    It is so totally okay for people not to like Xiao Zhan as an actor. Heck, y'all don't have to even like him as a person. That is your own opinion to have. What I don't stand for is bullying and malicious commenting. For sure, his fans can be overbearing and straight up rude if you don't worship XZ. Just like how there are some people (with the luxury of staying anonymous) who don't like him (as an actor or person) choose to call him names, and write uncalled, mean things about his acting, his looks, his fanbase, his entirety. Criticism done with the intent for improvement is definitely something welcomed but can be different from what some people choose to write sometimes and it can come off incredibly spiteful, hurtful, and like bullying. Literally the Golden Broom Awards is a joke... I'm glad the people who has worked with him are standing up for him. They know him best! His role in Joy of Life was so small, we didn't get the chance to see his growth. I've watched XZ's interviews, and he honestly admitted that his role in JOL was challenging because his character is really different from who he is a person. Perhaps, the execution wasn't good, but he's got potential for season 2, hopefully. He improves a bit in each project, adapting to a new persona/character within each role. He's definitely more than a pretty face, and he appears kind and humble. I guess being kind can be a distant concept when engaging with others online. Well, all the best to XZ. I'm sure his career is going to be active for a few more years until it's no longer bearable to be a public punching bag for toxic fans and rude haters.

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  12. If y'all have problems with the award, why aren't you calling out the founder of the magazine that created these awards? It's been around for 10 years and y'all enraged now because Xiao Zhan won the award? It's also pointless to say he doesn't deserve it just because 90% say he was good. That's not even a real stat. Where's the proof that he got this award because of cyber bullying? Hand me the receipts. What about the actors before him that got this award? Why do you think they got this award? Cyber bullying too?

    People don't have to like XZ's acting. They can freely express that here. But are they making up rumors about him? No. They're just saying they didn't like his acting. Suddenly y'all jumping on these people...isn't this what XZ is fighting for? I don't think he believes his fans should be attacking others for their mere opinions. Seriously? XZ's team is helping someone fight off cyber bullying and here y'all labeling people as haters for not having the same opinion, making up crap about them...?

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    1. I'm sure there has always been an upset within fanbases of actors who have received the award. Not only are the fans upset about the award but even Chen Kan Lam who was the director working with Xiao Zhan in The Untamed came forward to defend him. To answer your question: No, he did not receive the award based off of cyberbullying but probably from a selective group of people from Golden Broom or whatever. But let's not ignore that Xiao Zhan does get a lot of hate online. His acting isn't gonna be explosive every time like every other actor, every role is different and can be challenging to execute. He's not perfect. I mean people who don't like XZ are free to voice their opinions, but that doesn't mean XZ fans like me aren't allowed to engage in discussion. Ultimately, it's just an agree to disagree situation. But yes there are crazy, toxic fans who lash out and can't formulate coherent words without verbally attacking.

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    2. Golden Broom actually has a panel of film critics, cultural critics and other pros that work in the industry. While the nominations are given by the netizens, the panel decides the final winners...

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  13. Added to 12.b: The nomination was closed in the middle-Feb, before the fight within his fandom that got out of control and still ongoing until now.

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