Gillian Chung (鍾欣潼) represented Hong Kong to compete the acting skills against 50 artistes from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan during a Chinese variety show (演員請就位). Other than her, Cherry Ngan (顏卓靈), Chen Kaige (陳凱歌), Vicky Zhao (趙薇), Guo Jingming (郭敬明) and Li Shaohong (李少紅) were present. Since joining the industry for 18 years, Gillian’s appearance gave a shock to everyone and Kaige said: “Gillian’s appearance really makes me shocked as it is unnecessary for her to participate in this program. She makes me feel touched as she is willing to face it bravely.
Gillian explained her participation made her felt less regretful: “I was supposed to act in the film, Forever Enthralled (梅蘭芳) but had to give up because of an issue. Hence, I decided to join this show in order to feel less regretful.” At this point, Kaige said: “I understand it completely and feel very touched. Let me give you an applause!”
Forever Enthralled movie made the debut in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in December 2008 and January 2009. It was a pity that Gillian’s scenes were removed because of sexually explicit photos at the time.