A 'handsome' minister

Feng Shih-kuan
Feng Shih-kuanPHOTOS: FACEBOOK PAGE OF TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, THE NEW PAPER, KBS WORLD
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Takeshi KaneshiroPHOTOS: FACEBOOK PAGE OF TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, THE NEW PAPER, KBS WORLD
Taiwan's Defence Minister Feng Shih-kuan (above) in a photo taken when he was an air force pilot in his 30s. Mr Feng, 72, has made headlines in Taiwan this week for his tongue-in-cheek claim that he was more good-looking than movie stars Takeshi Kane
Song Joong KiPHOTOS: FACEBOOK PAGE OF TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, THE NEW PAPER, KBS WORLD

Taiwan's Defence Minister Feng Shih-kuan  in a photo taken when he was an air force pilot in his 30s. Mr Feng, 72, has made headlines in Taiwan this week for his tongue-in-cheek claim that he was more good-looking than movie stars Takeshi Kaneshiro and Song Joong Ki in his younger days. The minister was speaking at a parliamentary session on Monday regarding the defence ministry's plans to produce a military-themed idol drama in the vein of South Korean hit Descendants Of The Sun, in which Song starred. Asked by a legislator whether he was more handsome than Takeshi Kaneshiro - the Japanese-Taiwanese actor who starred in a Taiwanese military movie in the 1990s - in his youth, Mr Feng answered without skipping a beat: "He wasn't as good-looking as me, of course." What about Song, asked a legislator. Mr Feng's reply? "Still not as handsome."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2017, with the headline 'A 'handsome' minister'. Print Edition | Subscribe