Someone who didn’t need a classical musical education is occasional singer, actress and model Lin Chi-ling. Her 32-year-old 34D, 174cm assets and sweet smile were enough to get her where she is today. Last week Lin was named by Sina.com Web site as the hottest "middle-aged superwoman" on the planet. China and Hollywood’s Gong Li was second with 41 years and Hong Kong actress Athena Chu, 34, was third.

Internet sites have been saying "Ice Cream" Lin was paid NT$1 million to hang from the arm of Terry Guo at the Hon Hai Precision Industry Co chairman’s recent year-end celebration. TV personality Patty Hou fittingly ended up on Gou’s other arm. Maybe Tsai Ming-liang was piqued because he never managed to end up as the filling in a Hou-Lin sandwich, but the director savaged Gou in the Apple Daily. He lambasted Taiwan’s richest man for spending so much on a year-end party rather than on projects for the disadvantaged. Perhaps Tsai was thinking of himself as his latest NT$30 million movie Black Eyes has not been that well received and Gou has been talking about financing films. Coincidence? We think not.

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