Agent J (album)

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Agent J
Jolin-Tsai Agent J Cover.jpg
Standard edition artwork
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 2007
Recorded2007
StudioMega Force Studio, Platinum Studio, Quang Studio, VIP Studio, M.E Studio
GenrePop
Length42:47
LanguageChinese
LabelCapitol
ProducerAdia, Paula Ma, Paul Lee, La. Quang, Nik Quang, RnG, Michael Lin, Derek Lin
Jolin Tsai chronology
Final Wonderland
(2007)
Agent J
(2007)
Love Exercise
(2008)
Jolin Tsai studio album chronology
Dancing Diva
(2006)
Agent J
(2007)
Butterfly
(2009)

Agent J (Chinese: 特務J) is the ninth studio album by Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai. It was released on September 21, 2007, by Capitol Music Taiwan.[1] It was renamed Love Mission (Chinese: 爱情任务) in mainland China. Tsai's last studio album, Dancing Diva (2006), not only brought her to the top of the charts, but also won her the Golden Melody Best Mandarin Female Singer and Most Popular Female Singer awards.[1] Expectations were naturally high for the new record, and Tsai was upping the ante with eleven new tracks and her first ever music movie.[1] The album is set to be as successful as Dancing Diva, and keep her at the top of the Asian pop lists.[2] The album has sold more than 2.5 million copies in Asia,[3] with more than 200,000 copies sold in Taiwan alone,[4] and became the best-selling album of the year in Taiwan.[4] The eleventh track, "Sun Will Never Set", reached number 1 on the Hit FM Top 100 Singles of the Year.[5] The title track, "Agent J", reached number 14 on the chart.[5] The second track, "Bravo Lover", reached number 41 on the chart.[5] The album earned Tsai an MTV Asia Award nomination for Favorite Artist Taiwan.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Agent J – Standard edition
No.TitleLyricsMusicProducer(s)Length
1."Agent J" (特務J)Sunny Lee, Matthew Yen, Neoh Kim HinOoi Teng FongAdia3:35
2."Bravo Lover" (愛無赦)Issac ChenLin Rafn, Adam Powers, Paw LagermannAdia3:53
3."Alone" (一個人)Al KuanEric NgPaula Ma4:39
4."Fear-Free" (怕什麼)Cheng Shu-feiPaul LeePaul Lee4:35
5."Ideal State" (桃花源)Alang HuangKaede ChongPaul Lee3:31
6."Prologue of Tacit Violence" (冷·前言)   0:21
7."Tacit Violence" (冷·暴力)Isaac Chen, Howard Chiang, Sunny LeeNik Quang, Thea Hall, La. Quang, RnGLa. Quang, Nik Quang, RnG3:01
8."Priceless" (非賣品)Gino Chen, Ang Swee Giap, Tam Jung ChenTam Jung ChenMichael Lin4:33
9."Metronome" (節拍器)Jolin TsaiJamie HsuehDerek Lin4:37
10."Golden Triangle" (金三角)Issac ChenNik Quang, La. Quang, RnG, Thea HallLa. Quang, Nik Quang, RnG3:02
11."Sun Will Never Set" (日不落)Luke TsuiAlexander Bengt Magnus Bard, Anders HanssonMichael Lin3:46
12."Let’s Move It"Bruce YaoNik Quang, La. Quang, RnG, Sasia Nielsen, James ChuLa. Quang, Nik Quang, RnG3:14
Total length:42:47

Film[edit]

Agent J
Jolin Tsai Agent J Film Poster.jpg
Promotional poster for the film
Directed byJeff Chang, Kuang Sheng, Marlboro Lai
Produced byChang Chih-fa, Liu Chun-hao
Written byJeff Chang, DJ Chen
StarringJolin Tsai, Kim Jaewon, Stephen Fung, Carl Ng
Narrated byJolin Tsai
CinematographyWang Tsan-chin, Chin-hsin, Tiwa Moeithaisong
Edited byChen Jung-huang, Chiang Chih-hsin
Production
company
Digital Vision
Distributed byCapitol
Release date
September 14, 2007
Running time
1:10:00
CountryTaiwan
LanguageChinese, Korean, English, Thai
BudgetNT$33 million

To further promote the album, Tsai made her film debut and released a film under the same title. Agent J (Chinese: 特務J) is a 2007 Taiwanese romantic action drama film directed by Jeff Chang, Kuang Cheng, and Marlboro Lai and starring Jolin Tsai, Kim Jaewon, Stephen Feng, and Carl Ng.[7]

Plot[edit]

The film is divided into three sections. In the first section, Tsai played the role of a girl who traveled with boyfriend in Paris. She was taken away by a secret organization and got brainwashed, and was selected as a special agent due to her lithe physique. Tsai's boyfriend worked as a private bodyguard in a specialized agency of the witness security protection, and tracked down the Agent J who looks like his girlfriend. Tsai's latest mission was to assassinate her boyfriend. Tsai was confused about the smile the man gave to her when she fired the gun, and she went to his apartment and found the old photos bearing witness to her past.

In the second section, Tsai played the role of a girl in prison, and was selected by a secret organization to carry out an assassination in exchange for her freedom. Her target Blue Beard received intelligence and sent two killers to assassinate her in London. She met a photographer in an alley and fled under the cover of the man. Later they started a relationship, but one day Tsai found her photographer boyfriend was actually a special agent sent by her target. On the night she went to assassinate Blue Beard, and Blue Beard shot her boyfriend from behind.

In the third section, Tsai played an undercover agent who was instructed to save another agent who approached a gang boss in Bangkok. However, she found the agent was her ex-boyfriend Vince who was supposed to be died a few years ago. One day both of their undercover identities exposed, and they started a gun battle with gang members. Vince took a bullet, and Tsai took him back to her apartment to repair his wound. Another day Vince asked her to leave, and he decided to assassinate the gang boss alone. Vince successfully assassinate the gang boss, but took a bullet in the chest.[8]

Cast

  • Jolin Tsai as Agent J
  • Kim Jaewon as Bodyguard S
  • Stephen Fung as Lu Hsiao-tung
  • Carl Ng as Vince
  • Brian Lynch
  • Willian Rogers
  • Alistair Hudson
  • Brain Franchell
  • Craig Crawford
  • Alexander Pereira
  • Anna Lewczyk
  • Magaywer Wenclav
  • Aguero Mariano
  • Bambera Modibo
  • Cohen Lionel
  • Driggs Jarol
  • Gasc Marie-Pierre
  • Leleu Blanche
  • Malphettes Benoit
  • Marquet David
  • Moure Pierre
  • Vago Laurent
  • Laurence Delany
  • Sean Douglas
  • Michael Hannigan

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Jolin Tsai Prefers The Mr Nice Guy Approach". MensHealth. 2016-01-20. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
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  6. ^ "罗志祥打败蔡依林获台湾最受欢迎歌手奖(图)_影音娱乐_新浪网". ent.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  7. ^ "蔡依林38日子首播MV 北京搞超大螢幕排場 | 蘋果日報". 蘋果日報 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  8. ^ 网易. "蔡依林《特务》3男接力"死" 被指克夫命_网易娱乐". ent.163.com. Retrieved 2016-10-09.