new series in March!March 3, 2010
2 new series will be released in HK this month!
English Title: In the Eye of the Beholder
Chinese Title: 秋香怒點唐伯虎
Cantonese Title: Chau Heung Lo Dim Tong Bak Fu
Broadcast Period: March 8, 2010 – April 2, 2010
Genre: Ancient Comedy
Length: 20 episodes
Producer: Lau Ka Ho
Scriptwriter: Sit Ka Wah & Wong Yuk Tak
Moses Chan (陈豪)
Myolie Wu (胡杏儿)
Ha Yu (夏雨)
Fala Chen (陈法拉)
Johnson Lee (李思捷)
Lai Lok Yi (黎诺懿)
Elaine Yiu (姚子羚)
Evergreen Mak (麦长青)
In search of the last model for his painting “Nine Pretty Women”, acclaimed scholar TONG PAK FU (Moses Chan) goes on a trip to Hangzhou with his ardent disciple WAT KEI (Lee Sze Chit). While there, he meets a pretty young maid from WAH’s Residence, CHAU HEUNG (Myolie Wu). FU is mesmerized by HEUNG’s beauty and martial agility and falls in love with her right away. In order to approach the girl, he disguises as a servant and assumes the pseudonym WAH ON, seeking to win her affections with his talent and ingenuity. But contrary to his wishes, HEUNG is unmoved and even harbours an intense dislike for him after a series of misunderstandings. Master of the family WAH HUNG SHAN (Ha Yu) knew from the very beginning that FU is not a common man. By the time his true identity is revealed, the scholar has already developed a close bond with the whole of the family, except HEUNG.
In the meantime, Prince LING (Savio Tsang), who has been attempting to rebel against Emperor CHING TAK (Lai Lok Yi), has managed to involve FU in his conspiracy by stratagem, thus getting the man and the WAHs into big trouble. LING’s daughter CHU TING YUK (Fala Chen) is in love with FU. Desperate to save her dream man, she forces LING to release FU by threatening to kill herself. YUK’s consuming passion for FU seems to have caused a ripple of unease in HEUNG, who is starting to feel a little twinge of jealousy inside.
Iris from TVB Interaction — The only reason for me to watch this is to see Fala in her first ancient role. Um, yeah. That’s pretty much it. The plot seems dumb and reminds me of A Bride for a Ride.Plus, I just can’t imagine Lai Lok Yi as an emperor.
Liling from TVB Sensations — Being one of my least anticipated series of the year, I seriously thought TVB was going to warehouse it. While I’m a fan of Myolie, I’m only looking forward to seeing how Fala carries out the role of the “bratty” princess. :P
Iris from TVB Interaction (Part 2) — Zzzz… TVB made a bad decision to air two ancient series at the same time. :P Lai Lok Yi as an emperor? Wha? Feels like a non musical version of A Bride for a Ride.
ugh. this doesn’t appeal to me at all!
I don’t like ancient comedies, and even though it boasts a great cast, with one of the promotional videos mentioning that this series stars “3 TV Kings” (Moses, Ha Yu and Wayne – in a cameo), the theme video looks like they’ve taken the lame comedy from “The Gentle Crackdown” and “The Gentle Crackdown II”.
The cast members were in TGC and TGC2! Moses and Johnson were in TGC, and Johnson, Ha Yu, Elaine and Wayne were in TGC2 — and why not? all these 3 series are produced by Lau Ka Ho! Moses and Ha Yu won Best Actor in 2007 and 2008 respectively for their roles in Lau Ka Ho’s productions. Wayne got his Best Supporting Actor 2008 for TGC2, another Lau Ka Ho production. ok, sorry, off track here.
The 2 TGC installments had clever cases, but i never got over the very very lame and stupid comedy. What do we expect here? This series doesn’t even seem to have any cases, which might save the storyline. All i feel now is blah blah blah… i’m pretty sure i’ll skip this.
Cast-wise, Moses is always great! Ha Yu doesn’t disappoint… i’m no fan of Myolie’s, but it is Fala’s first ancient series, which might be interesting? I still can’t believe Lai Lok Yi plays an emperor – but i might just watch it for him :) yayy, Elaine Yiu is here! oh? Savio Tsang plays a prince who is attempting to stage a rebellion? sounds like his character in “The Four”, anyone?
Broadcast Period: March 17, 2010 – April 18, 2010
Length: 25 episodes
Producer: Lee Tim Sing
Scriptwriter: Cheung Wah Biu & Chan Ching Yee
Cast: Yuen Qiu, Kevin Cheng, Kenneth Ma, Shirley Yeung, Selena Li, Dominic Lam, Nancy Wu, Natalie Tong, Kara Hui, Stephen Wong, Jacky Heung, Chung King Fai, Angela Tong, Tavia Yeung, Angel Chiang…
AU YEUNG WAI-LAN (Yuen Qiu), owner of a martial arts training school, is reunited with her long-lost son KOO YU-CHEUNG (Kevin Cheng) after years of agonizing separation. On his return home, CHEUNG is shocked to find that his younger brother KOO YU-TONG (Ma Kwok Ming) has been critically ill and that his father was murdered long ago by WING TAK (Lam Ka Wah), the existing director of a pharmaceutical company and a bitter old foe of the KOOs. CHEUNG has never been into kung-fu but shows glimpses of his potential when he strikes back at the impudent, arrogant WING MAN-KWAN (Jacky Heung), also the son of TAK. Pinning all her hopes on CHEUNG, LAN not only teaches him a special set of kung-fu skills created by the family, but also registers for him for the Guangdong Boxing Championship Tournament. Out of the blue, CHEUNG’s opponent in the final turns out to be KWAN.
CHEUNG starts losing his bearings after achieving growing success and recognition in the field of martial arts. Caught up in the love triangle between LAN’s apprentice YING NGAN-MING (Natalie Tong), his dream girl CHOW MUI-MUI (Nancy Wu) and himself, CHEUNG is utterly confused and exhausted, which later causes his failure in the final tournament.
(info credits to Astro on Demand)
This series revolves around kung-fu, and I LOVE THE CAST! :) it’s a Lee Tim Sing production, and that’s brilliant. I love Lee Tim Sing’s productions!! :D
Ok, what I’ve gathered is that the series will feature the past (characters when they were young), and the present (characters now). I’m not sure if they’ll do it in flashbacks, or chronologically.
Tavia’s role is really small – she’s the young version of Yuen Qiu, and only appears in 6 episodes.
Kevin plays father (Tavia’s husband) in the 1st generation; and son (Tavia = Yuen Qiu’s son) in the 2nd generation. Apparently Kevin’s role was to be played by Raymond, but due to conflicts, Kevin took the role.
Dominic Lam is the villain. This role was originally to be played by Yuen Wah.
other villains include Chung King Fai (he portrayed a villain brilliantly in “Dance of Passion”), Shirley Yeung and Jacky Heung (apparently they’re not ultimately bad).
Kenneth plays Kevin’s brother (all in the 2nd generation), and will pair with Selena — my favourite pairing in “The Four” return! :)
I’m really looking forward to this!