Moving from art to artiste, a big thank you to BAIDURI BANK for the exclusive treat along with a Prestige entrance ticket-cum-bookmark to remember the event by. In spite of heavy rain reminiscent of the heart wrenching scene in the film, having also driven from Seria to join the capacity crowd, we escaped the rain for a night of anticipation. An online contact in Singapore who attended the Singapore premier of BUTTERFLY LOVERS 梁祝 recently expressed her disappointment of not having lead actress Charlene Choi there.

Flowers and congratulatory messages—a scene reminiscent of Wu Chun’s Grand Opening of Fitness Zone!

The theater’s overhead display sets the scene for what’s to come as Baiduri Prestige guests young and elderly with complimentary bags of popcorn and drinks are ushered into each cinema.

I thought these introductory screen shots would help readers who aren’t fans of either celebrity understand the film’s genre. I was skeptical at first not knowing what to make of the film as I had neither researched nor heard much about it. Those who have seen it, feel free to post your critique or comments. I’ll reserve mine for another day! The film comes in two versions: mandarin and cantonese and Brunei audience gets the latter. Butterfly Lovers is a HK$20 million film based on a Chinese love story whose main characters Liang Shanbo, Zhu Yintai and Ma Wencai (played by actor Hu Ge) get into a messy love triangle.

© Butterfly Lovers

© Butterfly Lovers

“SMARTER” is an acronym of Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training Education and Resources and SMARTER Brunei, formed on September 9th 2001, is a member of World Autism Organisation.

Capacity crowd gathers at the entrance of Cineplex after watching Butterfly Lovers as the emcee periodically teases them about the imminent arrival of the celebs and their entourage of fans and media folks. As I am not a regular movie buff, I’d venture a guess that this crowd overwhelms even a blockbuster movie evening. Yes or No, you tell me.

Representing Baiduri Bank, Mr Ti Eng Hui, Deputy General Manager welcomed the HK celebrity with a bouquet of flowers …

… while Alvina Chung, Manager of Baiduri Prestige and Yayasan Branch welcomed our home grown celebrity to the delight of Charlene.

I thought this photo was rather interesting to include here. Clearly there’s some kind of point-a-thon going on where emcee is seen pointing to either the floor or crowd while Wu Chun gestures to a fan maybe and someone behind Charlene holding a compact camera is saying something else.

In a split second, Wu Chun and Charlene exchanges a glance while Brunei Tourism Director SHEIKH JAMALUDDIN and SMARTER President MALAI HJ ABDULLAH shake hands in appreciation of the generous donation of B$10,000.

Wu Chun works the crowd while Charlene looks in. Boyish charming good looks, he makes the whole business of being an international artiste seem to easy but we know that isn’t the case if it weren’t for his dedication and commitment to always do the best you can and exceeding expectations when you can!

Charlene hanging on to an autographed poster while Emcee Mei Ting makes an offer to the first person in the audience who answered the question correctly. Note the interesting silhouette resembling that of someone pointing a gun. Butterfly Lovers is not an action movie and there are certainly no guns in an era where swords and bow and arrows.

Wu Chun rolls up a poster to the delight of a very lucky and ecstatic winner (female participant in pink top).

Proud owners of a poster autographed by Wu Chun and Charlene

It’s not everyday that you have major celebrities make a public appearance in Brunei and the overwhelming turnout time and again says volumes. Having experienced first hand the sensational Grand Opening of Fitness Zone Kiulap Branch last year, this event while not nearly as big managed to pull it off rather well in comparison.

Know where’s Jan Shim?” Correct guesses win nothing. I suggest you use your time wisely. About 4 years ago, I began using the Lightsphere II diffuser at weddings and major event shoots and used to always get strange looks from onlookers. I used to have to come up with spur of the moment answer when I would get asked what it is. The LS-II has evolved quite a bit but I continue to use and believe in its effectiveness to create softlight (can also produce harsh  light in the wrong hands), and I just call it my ‘rice bowl’ literally and metaphorically speaking! So there I was captured by ranoadidas.com with visible beads of sweat running down my face!

NOTE: All photographs except where indicated including flash gallery © Jan Shim Photography. Under no circumstances should any of these images be used for commercial purposes without express written consent of the owner. Linking of images to other sites is allowed as long as © JAN SHIM PHOTOGRAPHY or © SHIMWORLD.COM is indicated below each image (right-click on image, select properties and copy .jpg link).


  1. Wow~
    This post was exceptionally faster than I thought.
    And its really A LOT of photos taken..

    Good job! Charlene is getting prettier under your lenses~ Hehe~

    Ok, i shall go & enjoy the flash gallery now~!


  2. 说真的艺人的魅力真的无法想象,尤其是偶像派的,无论去到何处,都会不乏各年龄阶层的支持者。


  3. Well taken shots! Wu Chun came to SG but i missed the chance to see him. Your post definitely made me happier. :)
    I am so going to watch this movie next week!


  4. Fay

    I’ll post them on my web board and give you credit if you don’t mind.

    Sure thing! Please credit photos to SHIMWORLD with a link to:


    A word of caution: Do not follow the foot steps of “Ronacious” from AsianFanatics Forum. She has downloaded pictures from various sources and rehosting them on the AsianFanatics server for instance RanoAdidas.com and Shimworld.

    Let’s take microscopic view of the AsianFanatics Forum Terms and Rules

    You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this bulletin board.
    You also agree that, by posting on this board you give this board the full permissions to publish what you have posted

    Clearly “Ronacious” and many others like her do not take rules seriously. In spite of my instructions which are easy to understand and very reasonable, they go unnoticed.

    Under no circumstances should any of these images be used for commercial purposes without express written consent of the owner. Linking of images to other sites is allowed as long as © JAN SHIM PHOTOGRAPHY or © SHIMWORLD.COM is indicated below each image (right-click on image, select properties and copy .jpg link).


  5. Come here to thanks again.:) You can take a look at my web board I followed your instruction seriously..hihi

    So bad that some of fans didn’t respect to your copyright. I knew for the photogarpher (and also other career) copyright is very important. I think you can tell the webmaster of asianfanatics for deleting your works from the web or something.

    Anyway, thanks for you kindly sharing again. :)


  6. Thanks Fay. I appreciate that you take this matter seriously. I’m sure your idol would not expect anything less from his fans in this regard. You know this isn’t about money, it’s simply and fundamentally about respect.

    So far I have made only one exception where I allow re-hosting of my images and that’s BAIDU.com because a forum member apologized for the breach of trust but later explained that the mainland Chinese fans were unable to view SHIMWORLD.com due to Chinese internet censorship.

    From BAIDU

    还记得我们的老朋友吗,在去年,尊的fitness zone开业时,给我们带来了一组完全别样的图片的摄影师–Jam Shim

    Jam Shim又和大家分享了他所拍摄的图片

    Thanks again to Jan Shim – the Brunei photographer-for taking the fabulous photos of Chun.
    Photos credit to SHIMWORLD :


    感谢汶莱摄影师Jan Shim为尊拍摄的照片
    更多详情,请访问其blog (可能需要用代理) :



  7. This morning, SHIMWORLD stats registered a number of sites that link here and a particular one by Amy Leung caught my attention. Not only has she done so respectfully, her blog also plays the audio from the film, the Mandarin version that I hadn’t heard before and honestly, the music instantly brought me back to the movie like a jolt of lightning. I think the Mandarin version would, in my opinion, be more authentic and has broader appeal to audiences worldwide.

    Another site with a link to an article on ChinaPress.com brought home something that I can relate to. Since I cannot understand Chinese, I had the article Google-translated and was able to understand the gist of Chun’s interview:

    — ChinaPress.com

    Nothing is ever what it seems. Some of us understand the painful and often jaded reality of being an international celebrity and the stress, pressure and expectations that come with the territory. I would call the situation the bitter taste of success as nothing rarely ever comes easy and so much sugar coating is done in the entertainment industry to please the fans/audiences/viewers/stakeholders—the on-going need to please others can drive even the most seasoned player to the edge!

    Though I do not personally know Chun well nor do I follow the entertainment industry much, I respect the choice he’s made that has taken him this far and despite the trials and tribulations that he and everyone of us must go through, we always find the will in us to survive. I am inspired and motivated by Chun’s survival in the highly competitive and mentally tough industry, an aspect of which no amount of wealth can help overcome.


  8. So you watched the movie already? Wow! so envy! I think agency in my country may not bright this movie into the theater. So jealous!! Watching this on a big screen would be more touched and AWESOME!!


  9. Yes I have and Baiduri Bank Prestige customers had an exclusive screening of the film before meeting Chun and Charlene. The first picture of this post, the Baiduri bookmark is the Entrance Ticket and cinema ticket (not shown). Under normal circumstances, you would only the other half of the ticket back but here audiences got to keep the whole ticket (I think this would make fans real delighted).


  10. Thanks for the quality photos of the event.

    i agree with cat…looks like celeb life is taking a toll on Chun’s health…I hope that he gets to rest after his engagements and concerts..

    Lucky Bruneians…can’t wait to see the movie!

    As always, great pics Jan!


  11. Thank you very much for uploading great photos of Butterfly Lovers premier in Brunei. I got a very close feeling from your photos….as if I were there,too. I am from Japan, and would like to link your website to my blog which shows mainly about Fahrenheit (especially Wu Chun). I won’t show your photos and articles, just introduce your website link to other Japanese fans.

    Hope I could get your approval. Very best regards from Japan.


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  13. Cat, Mai and Baron

    Thank you for dropping by and for your kind comments. With the current global economic crunch, life in general has just become more challenging. While successful celebs seem to be unaffected by this, the very idea of losing one’s privacy is, in my opinion, life’s major inconvenience. In contrast, I’m happy to be able to enjoy my favourite food without attracting attention. But again, when Chun’s back in Brunei, it’s not nearly as bad and I think he’s most happiest when he’s grounded in his gym.

    Catch the movie when you can. It’ll change the way you look at butterflies! :)

    Baron, you are more welcome to include a link on your site. Moreover, if you have a favourite picture from my post, you could perhaps include one such as:

    (Right-click | Properties)


  14. Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I included a link to your webpage regarding to Butterfly lovers in my today’s article. Well, I didn’t put a link for individual photo. I love all photos and want people to visit your site to see all photos and articles….hoping they would visit other pages and get to know more about you and Brunei.


  15. Hi baron, many thanks for the link. Though I don’t understand a single word you’ve written, I am fascinated by the mystery.

    ブルネイ在住のフォトグラファー、Mr.Jan Shim のサイト(Shimworld)に写真がたくさんありました。

    Getting it translated online is too easy although the technology is a little quirky it is good enough to digest. I visited Japan in Spring of 2007 with my family and we had such a great time we often talk about making another trip there.


  16. Wow, I’m very happy to know that you tried to understand what I wrote in Japanese. It’s my great preasure to translate it in English :

    Here is about “Butterfly Lovers” premiere in Brunei.
    There are so many photos in Mr Jan Shim’s website (Shimworld) who is a photographer in Brunei.
    All those photos convey atomosphere of the show very well and I get a strong sense of existence of Wu Chun and A-Sa as a celebrity from them.

    Again, I’m very happy to know that you visited Japan! I live in Tokyo, but my hometown is Kyoto ( where Heian Jingu is located)…I think I can say the name of almost all place where you took photos!


  17. I’ve just added a Mandarin audio clip from the film that includes the theme song by Charlene Choi to give readers who have watched their performance on the big screen association and reminiscence. Audio player is right after the last picture. Although this piece of audio clip can be found on majority of Butterfly Lovers related blogs, I must emphasize that the material is copyrighted. Please respect the works of the publishers.


  18. wow!.. i love the movie..
    it’s very sad at the end!…
    wu chun and charlene make a cute couple..
    the only thing thats wrong with the movie, is that it’s a little bit too short..
    it’ll be better if the drama was longer!..


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