- Four of the artists are from Taiwan (one of them was in F4!)
- Four of the videos feature tinkling piano music intros and an orchestral swelling in the middle of the song.
- All five MVs do the dramatic singer camera sweep. You know the one – where the singer’s making his or her “I’m so moved by this music face” while the camera sweeps from one side to the other. While this is by no means a Mandopop only convention, it’s funny how overused it is.
Our award for most interesting song/video is Penny Tai’s Dilemma (两难). Tai, a Malaysian Chinese singer/songwriter released her 9th album this May, called Forgive Me For Being The Girl I Am (原谅我就是这样的女生). Which features some actually artsy-looking shots and a bit of bondage.
Meanwhile, the most WTF song/video goes to Jerry Yan’s Say I Love You at KTV (在KTV说爱你). Besides having one of the dumbest names and concepts for music we’ve seen recently (hard to beat on the Mandopop scene), it also features an incredibly creepy girl lead who floats onto Jerry Yan’s hand and proceeds to play the (tinkling) piano with her feet.
Most unintentionally funny explanation of video by CCTV goes to the Jackie Chan & Zhou Hui duet Film of Myself (自己的电影):
Action star Jackie Chan and Taiwan pop diva Zhou Hui formed a duo to present this song. The music video was filmed by Chan’s exclusive crew. For them, it might be their first non-Kung Fu production. Zhou Hui plays an innocent student in the 1980s and a leading actress of a movie. For her it is a rare attempt at acting.