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Jolin Tsai to Break into Movies
    2007-10-21 10:18:45     Agencies

Taiwan singer Jolin Tsai poses for a photograph in Taipei October 20, 2007. Tsai, a Taiwan pop phenomenal and a famed dancer-singer throughout East Asia, said on Saturday she aims to break into movies with sights on scenic spots in the large, lucrative mainland market. [Photo: Reuters]

Jolin Tsai, a Taiwanese pop star famed throughout East Asia for her singing and dancing, said on Saturday she aimed to move into film.

Tsai, who has experience of appearing in videos, said she was looking to star in light-hearted movies with a dance theme, initially to keep her name strong among fans in the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Chinese-speaking Southeast Asia as well as ethnic Chinese people elsewhere in the world.

"Movies are something I haven't done yet, and I've got to find a chance," Tsai, 27, said at her Taipei recording company offices. "I'd like to use my movements to evoke dramatic feelings."

She has set her sights on shooting films in scenic areas of the mainland, such as the lakes and mountains of Jiuzhaigou in the western province of Sichuan.

Tsai, one of the most popular and successful singers in the Mandarin music market, has performed in the mainland countless times and sold millions of albums there.

Tsai recorded a duet with Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue for Minogue's new album due out next month. So far, she says, that tie-up with the West is a one-off thing, but she hopes it can be extended.

"I hope, of course, that in the future I can do it again," said Tsai, who was dressed in black.

"I'm someone who doesn't stop. I'm always doing something. I'll always look for more stuff to help me grow up."

Tsai's break into movies could generate recognition outside the Chinese-speaking world, where other local pop singers often fail because of differing music tastes and language barriers.

Tsai first made a name in 1999 by winning first place in an MTV singing competition with a cover of the Whitney Houston song "The Greatest Love of All."

Her first album, Jolin 1019, came out a year later and sold more than 400,000 copies in Asia. She has released nine albums altogether. The most successful, Dancing Diva, sold more than one million copies following its release last year.

Her latest album, Agent, has sold 150,000 copies since its release in September.

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