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TVB dramas in 2009: the year in review

January 15, 2010

the original plan was the write a 2009 year in review; then i realised that i’m incapable of writing this post ‘cos i’ve not watched all the dramas in 2009. i’ve watched all but 9-10 — that’s a huge portion which i’ve not watched.

i then decided to cover 2008 and 2009 in the same post, but the 2008 portion got too long i had to split them :)

i guess i have enough to say about the series i’ve watched, and my thoughts on those i’ve not watched, but have read enough reviews about :D

*edit (14/01/10): after reading AnnisaIris and Vivien‘s posts, i feel a need to work my creative juices and come up with some great categories to slot the series in. after thinking long and hard, and pondering on whether using the ‘5 tastes’ would be too cliche, i finally decided on something related to food – oh mann, makes me look so greedy! – … think of each series as a dish. ok, i really don’t know how i came up with this. let’s see how it goes XD

*“The Gem of Life”, “When Easterly Showers Fall on Sunny West” and “Pages of Treasures” were covered in the 2008 year in review post *

2009

nah. i’ll skip.

The Winter Melon Tale (大冬瓜) – skipped.

in food terms: looks unappetizing. (don’t get me wrong; i have nothing against winter-melons :D)

i couldn’t even get past the 1min+ theme song! it seems like “Ten Brothers” again; only it looks even worse. even though it stars one of my faves, Lai Lok Yi, i couldn’t imagine myself wasting time watching this series. and Sunny Chan was in this? what a waste of his talent!

A Bride for a Ride (王老虎搶親) – skipped.

in food terms: might leave a bitter taste in my mouth so i’m staying away.

i couldn’t get past the 1st 10min! seeing Chin Ka-lok behaving stupidly in an attempt to make us laugh was not how i’d like to spend my time. Sammul was in this series, but even this was not enough to get me interested. at least Sammul was in E.U. already so i didn’t need to see another series of his so badly XD

argh. [cringe]

Man in Charge (幕後大老爺) – skipped but saw bits and pieces; not interested in continuing.

in food terms: bland. leaves you feeling so irritated that you need an antidote. very blah.

Matthew Ko is 2nd male lead? please spare me! i ended up watching bits and pieces, and Kate’s character was so awful and violent! felt really sorry for Kenneth, and even though i thought his pairing with Leila was pretty sweet, Matthew Ko spoilt it all (the show i mean) – and as if being 2nd male lead isn’t good enough, he has to be evil! a huge failure.

Burning Flame 3 (烈火雄心3) – currently watching… high possibility of giving up.

in food terms: sour. has potential with great ingredients (cast), but doesn’t deliver.

i hadn’t heard good reviews when i first started this series, but since Wong He and Kevin Cheng were in it, i thought to give it a try; i’ve not watched No. 1 and 2, and that isn’t needed to start No. 3. the show is full of annoying characters! Wong He and Myolie really kinda deserved each other. Kevin was the Mr. Nice-guy who was so lax it was unbelievable. oh wait – i forgot Bosco was even here! LOL :D his character is so irritating! basically, i’ve seen 8 episodes and can conclude that it’s draggy and un-engaging. i really do want to see Stephen Wong and Elaine Yiu pair up so for that i might continue.

hmph. expected more.

Sweetness in the Salt (碧血鹽梟) – watched; was disappointed.

in food terms: salty. how appropriate!

this series started out really promising – the theme of salt was refreshing; the idea of Steven being the in the official salt office and Tavia being in the bootleg salt camp was very Romeo-Juliet-ish. i loved Tavia’s character! Steven was too upright for his own good. as for Raymond W., he was great! this is yet another series where Raymond Wong doesn’t end up with the woman he likes (lost Myolie in “When a Dog Loves a Cat” to Gallen; lost Charmaine in “When Easterly Showers Fall on Sunny West” to Joe…) – he loses Tavia to Steven Ma. loved Kwok Fung and Ram Tseung too :) unfortunately, the series went downhill after ep21. all of a sudden it seemed like the plot went out of control. the ending was the worst – Tavia went to live in the mountains, and it was so freezing cold there were fireflies? OMG. and of course Steven had to be there… disastrous ending.

Born Rich (富貴門) – watched bits and pieces.

possible food term: savoury~
update: it was salty in the end.

41 episodes seems too long; but “Moonlight Resonance” was 40 episodes! i’m not expecting anything of MR standard, but i’m especially looking forward to Anita Yuen’s performance! and Kenneth Ma and Sharon Chan! :D

edit: hands down i enjoyed Anita and Joe’s performances the best! Gallen was so psycho, and i’m not a fan of his, so i can’t really say anything. Ray Lui was ok, but i couldn’t stand his relationship with Kenix. Jamie Chik was boring. basically i didn’t like most of the characters. the story was too long, and draggy. the ending was the worst – it was the greatest downfall of this drama.

haha :) thought that it’ll disappoint but no!

you didn’t expect much but they delivered.

The King of Snooker (桌球天王) – watched; enjoyed it!

in food terms: savoury. refreshing theme but no edge.

i’m not a fan of Adam Cheng’s. other than him, the cast were really low-key. Niki Chow, Patrick Tang, Joyce Tang and Derek Kwok, Benz Hui. i thought the cast reminded me somewhat of the cast for “Wars of In-Laws II”. i didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as i did! the snooker theme was pretty cool; after a while i felt like playing snooker even though i really don’t know how to – hahahh :D the plot flowed really smoothly, the characters were well-developed – loved Joyce Tang’s Chin To-to and Derek’s Ray Lui!! :) then all of a sudden the plot was rushed; Patrick suddenly was the most awful character on earth and he had totally no sportsmanship. blah. it was strange how he changed from good to bad and back to good so quickly. overall, i enjoyed this series, although i’d have liked if Joyce ended up with Derek ‘cos she had absolutely no chemistry with Adam at all.

The Stew of Life (有營主婦) – watched bits and pieces.

in food terms: savoury. satisfying but nothing new.

i hadn’t heard good reviews about this series, but the first 10 episodes were surprisingly addictive! i think this is a pretty good series – it’s a simple series about family, and will bring laughs – but if i’m to choose between this and “Pages of Treasures” (since they have the same concept), “Pages of Treasures” will have priority hands down! this series seemed to reunite the cast of “Welcome to the House” – Chung King-fai, Christine Ng, Johnson Lee, Shermon Tang, even Gill Mohindepaul Singh. although i didn’t watch this series in full, i think it’s worthwhile if you need a good laugh; just don’t expect too much.

hmmm… satisfying!

The Greatness of a Hero (盛世仁傑) – watched; LOVE IT!

in food terms: tangy. not only satisfying but turned out better than expected!

when we first started watching this series, i kept saying that this prepared one for “Beyond the Realm of Conscience”, as both have palace themes. this series only had 20 episodes, which is pretty short for something of this scale! the sets were pretty awesome, and the costumes beautiful; it also had a huge cast, so much so that they could afford to kill Stephen Hyunh and Tracy Ip in the first 2 episodes! Kent Cheng was a brilliant protagonist, against no other than the awesome Wayne Lai as the evil power-hungry advisor. it was a series which had everything – conspiracy, politics, family, love, hate, revenge… there was even some comedy, especially when Bernice’s grandmother and Sunny’s mother were at loggerheads. the ending was rushed; and that was a pity. overall, it surprised me in its plot, acting and delivery. worth watching :)

D.I.E. Again (古靈精探B)

in food terms: tangy. it has the edge to make it stand out!

i was thoroughly addicted to the prequel, and this sequel was high up on my to-watch list. i was disappointed by the monotonous roles Roger, Sonija and Derek resumed. however, the new cast – Kwok Fung, Zac Kao, Him Law, Macy Chan and Jessie Shum added new life to this otherwise it’s-the-same-story-again sequel. the cases were nothing special, and unlike the prequel, where many cases involved the main cast, this sequel had many cases involving Big Mouth Ying! case-wise, the prequel fared better; cast and character development wise, this sequel gets the thumbs up :) a review is in the pipelines, but i haven’t had time to start! nevertheless, i like this series a lot! the dynamics between the characters are really really nice to watch :)

The Threshold of a Persona (ID精英)

possible food term: salty.
update: tangy!

i watched the 1st episode 3 times already! the immigration theme is really interesting; lets us know more about another side of Hong Kong. i heard and read that it’s a big disappointment. that’s really sad. it seems to have so much potential! i really do want to watch it for John Chiang vs Raymond Cho – pretty exciting especially since they’re both brilliant actors, and that they’re father-in-law and son-in-law in real life :) Claire Yiu and Kenny Wong seem to be a good motivation to watch this too… we shall see!

update: i didn’t think i’d enjoy this series as much as i did! the plot was pretty well developed; the myraid of characters were very interesting to watch. they didn’t concentrate too much on one character and neglect others. they covered every character, every subplot (and there were so many subplots), and developed them pretty well! :D overall, i think it had everything – it was about immigration, which also involved the police, the triads, no lack of family/love problems, it touched on social issues like single-parent families, rebellious teenagers, illegal-immigrants… there was an aspect of law too; and office rivalries, interpersonal relationships, numerous problems which are overcome, gambling problems, blackmailing, murder…

A Chip off the Old Block (巴不得爸爸) – currently watching… enjoying it!

possible food term: tangy!
update: tangy!

i’ve heard positive reviews of this so i’ll definitely be watching! the time-travel aspect is nothing new, but i’m sure it’ll bring laughs! and Shirley’s back!! looking forward to Ron and the ever-versatile Sunny :)

update: i love series set in the 1930s, 1960s! so far, i’m really enjoying this series! i couldn’t resist but read some spoilers – haha interesting! the concept is great! the interactions between each character are very fun to watch :) i find it really funny how Ron keeps jumping in cupboards in a bid to go back, to no avail haha :D

yumm! delicious! :D

E.U. (學警狙擊) – watched; LOVE IT!

in food terms: spicy!

hot guys, cool non-stop action…

this was the first drama i saw in 2009. i was pretty skeptical in the beginning, ‘cos i didn’t think “The Academy” was fantastic, and i thought “On the First Beat” was a disaster. i heard and read good reviews, and decided to give it a try… little did i expect that this third installment saved the impression i had of the 學警 series! it was so engaging, and i was so addicted! Ron improved greatly, and although i didn’t think much of his pairing with Elanne Kong, she was pretty sweet; Sammul’s pairing with Cheung Kayi was really sweet. the best part was the non-stop action and numerous connections to the triads through Elanne (her father being Michael Miu, the big triad boss), and Kayi (her older sister being Kathy Chow, Michael’s wife), which resulted in the internal conflicts the 2 characters had to go through. i forgot to mention Laughing-gor, the sensation; to tell you the truth, i think i missed the episodes where Michael T. was most prominent.

haha. i’m definitely going to re-watch this one day!

Rosy Business (巾幗梟雄) – watched; LOVE IT!

in food terms: spicy!

suspense, family politics, heated struggles…

Chai-gau and Sei lai-lai!! this series was brilliant! and i didn’t even watch the beginning or the ending. i really need to watch this series in full one day. it’s a must! the theme of rice was refreshing, and unlike “Sweetness in the Salt” (it makes the most sense to compare these 2 series as they have the same producer, and focus on staple necessities), which had problems with plot development and pacing, “Rosy Business” was well thought out; characters all had time to develop and make an impression – a huge impression. everyone had their place and their time to shine when the time was ripe. the acting was first-class; no one disappointed. this series was aptly awarded Best Drama at the TVB 42nd Anniversary Awards – bravo bravo bravo!

i can’t praise this series enough!! :D

You’re Hired (代商驕) – watched; LOVE IT!

in food terms: sweet and spicy!

a mix of suspense and warmth!

click here for my comprehensive review!

this is one of my favourite series now! i was really so addicted to Dayo Wong’s Mak Tai-song – he was such a great character! the show’s approach was new and it dealt with a different aspect of business (more than just shareholder meetings and aiming to kick the chairman out etc.) – it dealt with business strategies and saving businesses. this series had everything – comedy, love, wit, revenge, family, greed… and i felt so satisfied after i finished watching!

highly recommended! :D

craving

Just Love II (老婆大人II) – anticipating.

possible food term: savoury~

i enjoyed the prequel, and was laughing like crazy! i’m not sure how this sequel will turn out, but i did watch the 1st episode – it’s basically a continuation of Part I. many things have changed – Sunny’s Dad has passed away, and i think Dave Wong is written out – he ended up with Natalie Tong in Part I, they also wrote Fiona Yuen out; Joyce Tang joins the cast as this psycho woman. i wonder if Patrick and Selena are in this… ok, let’s see how it goes! but i really don’t expect much.

A Great Way to Care (仁心解碼) – anticipating.

possible food term: savoury~

this is probably a neglected hidden gem, judging from the reviews i’ve read. i’m no fan of Alex Fong’s or Kate Tsui’s, but since the reviews are positive, i’ll give it a shot!

In the Chamber of Bliss (蔡鍔與小鳳仙) – anticipating.

possible food term: tangy!

this is another series which has positive reviews, but is neglected. Damien Lau doesn’t disappoint; i’m ok with Kathy Chow.. oh, and Kenneth Ma is in this too? this should be interesting, especially with Dominic Lam too! i enjoy series set in the 1930s period! :)

Beyond the Realm of Conscience (宮心計) – anticipating.

possible food term: salty.

the biggest disappointment of 2009? with all the hype and through-the-roof ratings, i should give it a try even though it now has a negative air about it. i want to see Tavia’s breakthrough evil role! and of course i’d watch it for Susan Tse, Michelle Yim, Susanna Kwan, Lee Kwok Lun and the other capable veterans, and captivating costumes and sets :)

**The Beauty of the Game & A Watchdog’s Tale will be considered 2010 dramas as they finish airing in 2010.

I’M DONE! FINALLY!! :D

PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!

THANKS!

*this post will be updated whenever i’ve completed a series :)

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TVB dramas in 2008: the year in review

January 8, 2010

i was inspired to do a year in review post for 2009 after reading Annisa‘s post! then Iris’ post really made me sit down and start! :)

i realised i didn’t see enough dramas in 2009 to write something comprehensive, so i decided to cover 2008’s dramas, as i’ve watched almost all of them!

then i decided to cover both 2008 and 2009’s dramas, but the 2008 section was too long, so i split them into 2 posts! :)

2008

Wars of In-Laws II (野蠻奶奶大戰戈師奶) – watched; LOVE IT!

i didn’t really watch Part 1, however, it’s a spin-off, and not a real sequel, so it didn’t matter. inspired by “The Devil Wears Prada”, Liza amused me with her OTT dress sense and myriad of expressions. the chemistry between all the cast members was brilliant! i was surprised that supporting cast like Patrick Tang, Nancy Wu, Stephen Hyunh and Eileen Yeow appeared in really minor roles! the only bad thing was that Bosco Wong’s hair irritated me so much! it was not purely a love story (there were basically 3 couples: Bosco, Myolie, Vivien and Vincent – 4 sided love square; Joyce and Derek; Liza and Benz), but it also concentrated a lot on the fashion magazine ELVA. overall, the series was very enjoyable – it touched on basically everything — love, family, business, revenge… :)

recommended! :D

The Gentle Crackdown II (秀才愛上兵) – skipped; the last few episodes were exciting though.

i couldn’t get through the 1st 10 minutes. the ultra stupid comedy was unbearable. Yumiko Cheng can’t act well; her attempt to replace Niki, who was in Part I was unsuccessful. i happened to catch the last few episodes, and they were great! there was not a tinge of the ‘stupid-ness’ that put me off in the first place; it was suspense, suspense and more suspense – Wayne and Steven are great onscreen partners, and Wayne did an excellent job — no wonder he got Best Supporting Actor for his role here!

if you can get over the stupidness, it’s quite good.

Wasabi Mon Amour (和味濃情) – watched; gave up halfway.

i’m not a fan of Michael Tao or Louisa So. i was not excited about this series at all, but it concentrated on food – and none other than my favourite Japanese cuisine! i decided to give it a try, only to conclude that this is one of the lamest TVB dramas i’ve seen. Louisa So was so irritating, and Michael Tao was boring. the series was not going anywhere. i gave up.

don’t bother.

The Seventh Day (最美麗的第七天) – watched; LOVE IT!

a spin-off of 2006’s “Under the Canopy of Love”, with main cast Kevin Cheng, Niki Chow and Bosco Wong, with Natalie Tong. this was such a sweet drama! i loved how they used this comic strip approach to link the characters and happenings! although the story was pretty stereotypical, like a Korean drama where the female lead suffers from a terminal illness, it was not a miserable love story. there were many funny moments, and although Bosco and Natalie’s story was really exaggerated, it was sweet in its own way. as for Kevin and Niki’s story, it was touching – the most annoying part was Selena Li’s appearance, and of course Kevin’s awful father. this is probably one of the best TVB love stories i’ve seen! :)

recommended! :D

The Master of Tai Chi (太極) – watched; was disappointed.

with its stellar cast -Vincent Zhao, Raymond Lam, Melissa Ng, Myolie Wu, Kenneth Ma, Selena Li, Derek Kwok etc. – and interesting theme, i expected more than it gave. it was so slow! although the action sequences were pretty exciting, the rest of the show droned. i even fell asleep at some points. the cinematography method made it different; it focused a lot on the characters and their dialogue, and their interactions with each other. i still find it hard to believe how a barbarian like Vincent Zhao’s character could suddenly become a civilised man. overall, the characters were not very likable, and the plot was bland.

don’t bother. it’s slow and boring.

D.I.E. (古靈精探) – watched; LOVE IT!

this series was very engaging! it was a very fresh series, with new pairings – Roger Kwok and Sonija Kwok; Sonija Kwok and Kenneth Ma; and the return of Margie Tsang, who pairs with Derek Kwok. TVB managed to bring forth a police-investigative series with a comedic twist, and this was a success. i loved how this series was basically about rejects in the police force, and the characters were all unique in their owns ways. i like the bond all members of D.I.E. form as the show progresses. as police series go, cases involve their own people, and almost every single character has a past which is dug up in the form of a case; characters had depth, and it was interesting to see how they struggled internally to solve cases lawfully and not involve their emotions. this is a very enjoyable series which, although quite exaggerated most times, brings laughs, and the cases are pretty special too! :)

recommended! :D the alternative ending was really stupid and irrelevant but it would explain why Roger didn’t die and how they could make a sequel!

A Journey Called Life (金石良缘) – watched; LOVE IT!

this series surprised me. it was different kind of family drama. its English titled is very apt – it’s really about life. this series covered so many aspects of life – family, love, career, money, choices, sacrifices, heartbreak, disappointment, greed, accomplishment, failure… each character had enough space to develop and grow; the plot was touching and brought social messages to the audience. when i started watching, i couldn’t stop; it was so addictive! every character had problems, past and issues they had to overcome and it was very real – it wasn’t a happy ending for everyone. through the trails and tribulations, characters grew stronger and more united. i was moved by this series; it was a powerful and touched me deeply :)

recommended!! :D

Catch Me Now (原來愛上賊) – watched; LOVE IT!

i gave up after 6 episodes in my first attempt. it wasn’t engaging enough. i decided to try again, and i was addicted! it was really cool and slick! Damien and Joe are great onscreen partners, or in this case, nemesis. this series is really cool – it’s a modern Robin Hood story, where Damien is the thief who steals from the rich – and not just any rich guy but those who get rich doing shady business – and gives it to the poor. i loved the interaction between all of Damien’s team-members – each of them had their expertise and were dedicated to their double-lives — as thieves no less hahahh :D the interesting part was Joe’s quest to find the culprits of his mentor’s murder. it turned out that Joe’s respected mentor was in Damien’s team. this series was not just about black and white; bad and good; it encompassed many many grey areas which characters struggled to come to terms with.

recommended! :D i forgot to mention Evergreen Mak was amazing as the villain! the ending was really sad. the alternative ending was slightly better; it all depends whether you prefer Damien dead or not.

The Silver Chamber of Sorrows (銀樓金粉) – watched; it was pretty good.

set in the 1930s, it involved one family, headed by Paul Chun, who had 4 wives. his first wife, Nancy Sit, managed the household and has one daughter, Charmaine Li; second wife, Rebecca Chan, was Nancy Sit’s servant whom Paul took a liking for and she is powerful for she gave birth to the sole heir; third wife, Christine Ng married into the family as she had no choice, as her intended groom, Paul’s younger brother disappeared on the wedding day. in order not to loose face, she decided to marry Paul as his third wife. fourth wife is Nancy Wu, a songstress from Shanghai, who is young and sultry. this series was really dramatic and suspenseful; yet it was miserable. the women engaged in a never-ending power struggle; others tried to break free of the feudalism. ultimately, Paul was a super evil guy who wanted to burn his entire family to death in the end!

worth watching!! beware: your blood pressure might rise due to the number of evil people in the series XD

Forensic Heroes II (法證先鋒 II) – watched; LOVE IT!

Bobby was still at the helm of the series, but they killed Linda off, injured Yoyo and wrote in Charmaine Sheh and Kevin Cheng. Charmaine appeared as this aloof and super cool and arrogant NB (narcotics bureau) head, who later headed Yoyo’s team. in the meantime, Frankie was depressed at Linda’s demise, and it was timely that his childhood buddy Kevin Cheng returned, and helped him through his difficult time. the cases were not awesome, but i really enjoyed the new chemistry between the characters! even though many people didn’t like how the ‘original four’ were no more, i enjoyed watching the love triangle between Charmaine, Kevin and Frankie (click for my post on this at my personal blog). what i enjoyed most was the good friendship which Frankie, Kevin and Bobby formed. it gave out a very warm feeling. i was so addicted that when it finished, i missed this series dearly…

worth watching!! :D i would have recommended it, but that’s being too bias on my part already :)

The Money-Maker Recipe (師奶股神) – skipped but saw bits and pieces; lame.

a spin-off of “The Family Link”, but without Sheren Tang, Cecila Yip and Derek Kwok! this series was about Kiki Sheung and Michael Tse. new cast members include Dominic Lam, Joyce Tang, Ellesmere Choi etc. it was basically about stocks and shares. the ‘師奶 (housewife)’ element which made “The Family Link” a silent success was over done here. there was too much emphasis on saving money, making money and much more nagging! however, do look out for Dominic’s great evil performance. Joyce is always a joy to watch too :)

don’t bother.

Speech of Silence (甜言蜜語) – watched; enjoyed it!

i’m not a fan of Kate’s, but this series was really addictive and really touching. it was all about dubbing, and this is the first TVB series i’ve seen about it! Kenneth was very likable and his chemistry with Kate’s is nothing to complain about. i especially loved the Lai Lok Yi and Elaine Yiu pairing – they’re both my favourites :) all the dubbers were interesting characters who basically talked too much for their own good – they were forever up to nonsense, and talking behind others’ backs! i’ve forgotten to mention Claire Yiu, who was the beauty of the series; i didn’t like how her character cling on to Kenneth. overall, this series was very refreshing, and made me see another side of the entertainment industry.

recommended! :D the ending was too cliche though.

Love Exchange (疑情別戀) – watched; it was ok…

i watched this after “Forensic Heroes II”, and i was disappointed ‘cos it started really slowly! the trailers were all about suspense and secrets, but the first few episodes were rather bland. i had expected something like “Last One Standing”, but it was not to be. however, it got better as the show progressed, and i grew to love Anita Yuen’s character. she and Michael Miu made a really sweet couple! i’m not a fan of Crystal Tin’s, and her character irritated me non-stop! thank goodness for Power Chan, ‘cos he’s a brilliant actor; and surprise surprise, he’s evil again! he was such a greedy and unscrupulous fellow! i felt that concept where the spouses of suspected adulterers befriended each other, and later fell in love was pretty novel. overall, the series did not live up to expectations.

it was ok…

When a Dog Loves a Cat (當狗愛上貓) – watched; blah.

wow, Gallen’s return to TVB! this series was basically about dogs and cats, and something about an advertising campaign. it’s pretty forgettable – and i watched every single episode! Myolie was with Raymond Wong in the beginning, and Gallen was an awful guy who was arrogant and full of himself. he had a sad past which no one knew about; he was a very private guy. his family was dysfunctional, as his father and mother divorced when he was young; he lived without family by his side and even battled cancer by himself. as for Myolie, she grew up in a family where she was sheltered, and she single-handedly ruined her family’s business. ok, where am i going with this? oh i almost forgot – Bernice Liu, Margie Tsang and Lui Fong were in this series too.

don’t bother. you wouldn’t miss anything.

Moonlight Resonance (溏心風暴之家好月圓) – watched; LOVE IT!

my ultimate favourite TVB drama of all time!! i watched it twice, and was equally enraged and touched both times! a spin-off of “Heart of Greed”, it more than surpassed expectations – i was never a fan of “Heart of Greed”. although the love triangle between Linda, Bosco and Claire was so draggy and very boring, that was probably the only downside of the series. i enjoyed every moment Hor-ma was with her children, when Sa-yi was up to her nonsense, when Ah-Hung was ruining the family and the business, when Jo-Ba turned over a new leaf and cared for his family, when the Ma-ma stood up to defend Hor-ma and put Ah-Hung down, when Ka-mei was scheming and lying through her teeth… i loved Ah-Ka and Ah-Yuet’s budding love; Goon Ga Jai and Yu So Tsau’s relationship; Ah-Hing’s really sweet character… there were so many touching moments which brought me to tears… this series is absolutely brilliant!

highly recommended!!! :D

Legend of the Demigods (搜神傳) – watched; it was ok…

at first, i boycotted this series ‘cos i thought it was going to be really really stupid and mindless. and it was! but it was strangely addictive. my sis and i would look at each other, bemused on why we were so addicted to this series! XD the acting from the main leads – Linda, Sunny and Benny – was nothing special. Halina Tam did a great job as the villainous snake demon, and i enjoyed Stephen Au’s appearance as the sword spirit! this was a series where it seemed like the scriptwriters were making the story up as each episode went by. when obstacles were created, solutions were found, and they were on a quest to overcome the various obstacles, only to go back to square one again. haha, what a strange series!

don’t bother. trust me, you really wouldn’t miss anything! XD

Your Class or Mine (尖子攻略) – watched; enjoyed it!

i didn’t expect anything from this series. i was afraid it was going to be another Bobby Auyeung disappointment, like the disastrous “Marriage of Inconvenience”. only it surprised me and i enjoyed this series so much! with only Bobby, Sheren, Derek and Benz being the only notable stars, this series was deemed as a filler (that’s what Iris told me), especially with a bunch of virtually unknown young guys and it being sports and school themed. from this series, i found out more about the education system in Hong Kong. Bobby and Sheren worked really well onscreen, and their feud in the beginning where they were trying to outdo each other was really hilarious! i was touched by how Bobby’s motives changed for the better towards the middle, when he really cared about the students. oh yes, and i really liked how TVB wrote Kenneth Ma’s “Survivor’s Law II” character in to fight a case for them! :)

worth watching! :)

The Four (少年四大名捕) – watched; enjoyed it!

click here for my comprehensive review!

i enjoyed this series a lot! there was enough action and scheming; evil people and fighting scenes. the love element was weak, but it was an action series. the acting was also up to par :)

worth watching!!

Last One Standing (與敵同行) – watched; LOVE IT!

wow. this series really took my breath away! it was suspenseful, it involved revenge, deceit, greed, outwitting and outsmarting the ultra evil guy… it kept me at the edge of my seat for a long long time! Roger Kwok was absolutely brilliant – his best performance to date! his evil state and general cunning appearance sent chills down my spine! Kevin Cheng was great! :D being a huge Kevin Cheng fan, he looked so hot (i’m sorry, getting too personal XD) and his performance was great too – so many expressions; internal conflicts. the supporting cast also did a great job – Ellesmere Choi as Kevin’s brother-in-law was like a scared rabbit who was afraid of everything, especially losing face. Evergreen Mak was also great as this super honest guy. the pace is wonderful; it’s such a breath-taking show!!

recommended! :D brilliant plot and performances by Roger and Kevin!

The Gem of Life (珠光寶氣) – skipped but saw bits and pieces; a waste of time.

i think this was the greatest disappointment; with all the glamorous filming locations and star-studded cast, it was a formula for success. only it wasn’t. the plot was directionless and it was so draggy… characters were all in their own worlds – it wasn’t realistic at all.

i don’t think anyone would recommend it. don’t bother. and 80 episodes of directionless droning plot which isn’t even entertaining is really not worth it.

When Easterly Showers Fall on the Sunny West (東山飄雨西關晴) – watched; it was ok…

this series resembles “The Silver Chamber of Sorrows” a lot! i like watching these series where Chinese were embracing that times have progressed and they no longer cared about feudal traditions. it was the usual story of poor girl and rich guy; Raymond Wong was the rich guy who fell in love with Charmaine; his mother, Liza Wang, objected. her sole purpose was to do everything in the interests of the family. Liza Wang annoyed me so much! it was all about the family and reputation… Joe Ma is the long-lost son who comes back to the family and later turns really evil. Charmaine’s role is nothing special, but she, together with Selena Li, represent the new generation of independent women. i enjoyed Selena Li’s pairing with Edwin Siu the most :)

it was ok… “The Silver Chamber of Sorrows” was better :)

Pages of Treasures (Click入黃金屋) – watched; enjoyed it!

i watched the preview of the 1st episode and was so engaged i wanted to watch more! i ended up buying the DVD and it lived up to expectations! the chemistry between all cast members was awesome! the story was basically about Paul Chun and Mary Hon’s 2 sons returning for good – Wayne is the eldest, and has been working in a factory in Mauritius for over 20 years, the factory closed down and therefore he was back in Hong Kong; Eric Suen is the 2nd son, and is a high-flyer in an IT firm in the US, he was back in Hong Kong for a holiday, and ended up joining a HK firm and staying for good. the love triangle between Eric, Shirley Yeung and Vivien Yeo really annoyed me, but the rest of the show was great! Sonija Kwok and Wayne Lai hated each other from the beginning, but later became a sweet couple. i laughed so much watching this series! Paul Chun and Wayne Lai were really amazing :)

worth watching! :)

yayy! done! finally! :D please tell me what you think!

look out for my 2009 year in review post coming soon!!!! :)

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TVB 2010 Sales Presentation

December 12, 2009

this year’s Sales Presentation is the 1st i’ve seen in my whole life! i guess this really marks the start of me doing more than just following TVB dramas :)

these series will be put into 4 categories according to what i’m most excited to to not excited about at all:

  1. MUST WATCH!
  2. LOOKING FORWARD TO
  3. let’s see how it goes.
  4. no thank you.

[all photos belong to TVB; screencaps by me :)]

Cops/ Interpol 刑警

cast:
Michael Miu, Felix Wong, Jessica Hsuan, Crystal Tin, Nancy Wu, Rebecca Chan, Vincent Wong

this 30 episode action drama is Felix Wong’s comeback series, marking a drama where 2 of  the TVB five tigers reunite :)

this is a police drama, which deals with crime and justice. yet, it has a revenge plot which is dark and mysterious. i’ve seen many others mention that this is like a cross-over between “Last One Standing” and “E.U.”, both of which i loved!

the whole edginess is so cool, and i always enjoy a Michael Miu series! :) it looks so exciting! glad to see Jessica Hsuan back to starring in a TVB series! i’m really excited about this; hope it doesn’t disappoint!

current status: on my MUST WATCH! list :D

“Wu Jie Monk” 武偈大師

cast:
Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui, Michael Tse, Sunny Chan

palace intrigue, schemes and blood seem to be the theme of this drama; very ironic for a drama named after a monk. in this drama, TVB seems to be trying to draw the line between ultimate good and ultimate evil – an interesting concept, throwing a pure monk into the treacherous world filled with greed and lust.

Bosco look rather creepy as a monk. and the passionate scene between Kate Tsui and Michael Tse was disturbing.

current status: let’s see how it goes.

“Seven Days of Love Next Door” 隔離七日情

cast:
Bobby Auyeung, Bowie Lam, Sonija Kwok, Myolie Wu, Sammul Chan, Yoyo Mung, Crystal Tin, Dexter Yeung, Evergreen Mak, Ram Tseung

TVB are so smart! this is based on a real event! see BBC, WSJ, CNN 1, CNN 2 :) TVB just spiced it up and made it into a semi-comedy!

i enjoyed this preview the most! the star-studded cast is another reason to watch this series – everyone’s expressions are so cute! the whole pace of this drama and its little sub-plots all seem hilarious and interesting! i can’t stop laughing at Evergreen’s reaction when Myolie dropped the knife on him; and Bowie’s expression when he realised his wife was having an affair with his boss – gosh! Bobby Auyeung pairs with Yoyo Mung again? haha ok. i expect lots of laughs and many memorable funny moments. yes, i have high hopes for this show :)

current status: on my MUST WATCH! list :D

Five Flavours of Life 五味人生

cast:
Esther Kwan, Roger Kwok, Michelle Yim, Derek Kwok, Oscar Leung

this 25 episode pre-modern drama focuses on cooking; this is Esther Kwan’s so-called comeback series since she left “Best Selling Secrets” halfway last year.

this series looks very dramatic; it’s more than just cooking. there’s plenty of misery, family politics, a love triangle (between Esther, Roger and Derek), and many slapping scenes.

that said, i’m looking forward to this series! can’t wait to see Esther Kwan onscreen again, and Michelle Yim, Roger Kwok and Derek Kwok never disappoint.

current status: on my LOOKING FORWARD TO list :)

Shall We State the Case 談情說案

cast:
Raymond Lam, Kenneth Ma, Tavia Yeung, Bernice Liu, Jack Wu, Lisa S.

this 25 episode series marks the return of the Raymond Lam and Tavia Yeung pairing. this is another crime drama, in which physics is used to solve crimes :)

everyone is looking forward to FungYi and Bernice-Kenneth in this series. i actually haven’t seen a FungYi series before, and only saw Bernice and Kenneth in “Into Thin Air”. the way Raymond was solving the cases sounds so super profound. haha :D and Tavia looks so cool as a policewoman. Kenneth Ma seems to have a pretty cool role, somewhat like how he appeared in “D.I.E.”; overall, this series is very different from others TVB has produced, so i’m looking forward to it!

current status: on my LOOKING FORWARD TO list :)

The Legend of Pu Songling 蒲松齡

cast:
Steven Ma, Linda Chung, Sunny Chan, Fala Chen, Elaine Yiu, Matthew Ko, Rebecca Chan

this 25 episode series focuses on the author of 聊齋 (Liao Zhai), Pu Songling, and his lifestory. Steven Ma is Pu Songling, and once again, he acts with Linda Chung and Fala Chen (they were all in “A Journey Called Life”).

i’ve not watched a single adaptation of 聊齋, but the preview of this series looks very interesting. Steven Ma’s theme song is so beautiful, and the whole feeling the preview gave me is haunting, yet it’s sad and tragic. ok, i don’t really know what i’m saying, but i think i’ll be looking forward to this. Steven Ma doesn’t disappoint!

current status: on my LOOKING FORWARD TO list :)

“Female Fist” 女拳

cast:
Liu Xuan, David Chiang

this series features Wong Fei-hung (David Chiang)’s last woman, who was 40 years younger than him. lots of kung-fu and fighting scenes are expected.

other than the fact that the main character is someone i’ve never seen before, much less know who she is (other than that she is an Olympic gold medalist), this series seems to feature a lot of fighting and kung-fu. that’s pretty cool. however, if the storyline isn’t solid, no matter how good the fighting is, it won’t be very engaging.

current status: let’s see how it goes.

Twilight Investigation 囧探查過界

cast:
Linda Chung, Wong He, Raymond Wong, Lai Lok Yi, Toby Leung

this 20 episode comedy promises to bring even more laughs to the crime/detective genre than “D.I.E.”!

haha, Linda’s so cute, in this bimbotic role. LOL :D and Wong He is equally amusing! hold on, is this even a detective series? or are they P.I.s? ‘cos they seem to be secretly snapping photos and placing hidden cameras quite a lot. hehehe.

current status: on my LOOKING FORWARD TO list :)

Growing Through Life 摘星之旅

cast:
Damian Lau, Raymond Lam, Bosco Wong, Toby Leung, Cecilia Yip, Dominic Lam, Power Chan, Mimi Chu, Felix Lok, Tammy Ho, Oscar Chan, Vivien Yeo, Matthew Ko

this 30 episode co-production with the Shanghai Television Station is a dramatic series with tons of family problems, and fights over power and money.

it seems like “The Drive of Life” is back, with Damien Lau, Raymond Lam and Toby Leung. and yes, it’s a co-production with China, like “The Drive of Life” was. it focuses on a huge business, like “The Drive of Life” did. it may not be 60 episodes, so i might give it a try. Bosco seems to be evil; i’ll be looking forward to that – i still can’t get his evil smirk while swirling his wine out of my head. haha :D

current status: let’s see how it goes.

The Arrival of the Princess 公主駕到

cast:
Charmaine Sheh, Moses Chan, Linda Chung, Fala Chen,Raymond Wong, Susanna Kwan, Lee Heung Kam

i’m not a fan of costume-comedies (think “A Bride for a Ride”); and if TVB really adds those ‘special comic effects’ in, it’ll make it look like such a cheap production. i guess that’s not a good impression ‘cos with this star-studded cast, we would really expect something better. the plot doesn’t seem very solid, and it’s probably petty revenge on the princess’ part which will entail her falling for Moses.

current status: no thank you.

Forensic Heroes III 法證先鋒 III

cast:
not confirmed but Kevin Cheng and Raymond Cho will be in it.

the preview was the most disappointing of the whole lot! they didn’t even bother to make a proper preview ‘cos all the clips were all taken from I & II! more crime and solving them by using forensics is expected. the problem is how many of the original cast will be included in this series – if there’s no Bobby, Yoyo and Frankie, there’s no point. we know there’s Kevin (from II) and Raymond Cho (from I & II), but the two of them just aren’t enough to carry the “Forensic Heroes” name properly.

current status: even though there’s no proper preview, plot, or even confirmation of who’s going to be inside, i’ll be LOOKING FORWARD TO it :) yes, i was enjoyed FHI, and was so addicted to FHII, can’t miss this.

“Rosy Business: Righteous Sea of Heroic Love” 巾幗梟雄之義海豪情

cast:
Wayne Lai, Sheren Tang, Susan Tse, Nancy Wu, Fala Chen, Kara Hui, Raymond Wong, Pierre Ngo

this 30 episode series is set in the 1930s and deals with the opium trade. the story starts before the Second Sino-Japanese war, goes through those turbulent times and continues when the war is over.

wow. i don’t know what else to say. the story looks amazing – even better than “Rosy Business”! it’s great to see the “Rosy Business” cast reunite, with the exception of Ron Ng. new cast include Fala Chen and Raymond Wong. Sheren’s role is the most intriguing – OMG she’s ruthless! it was so sad when she was ordering Pierre to kill all those who refused to collaborate with her, and Wayne walked right into that scene with a ring – he was going to propose to her! i’m looking forward to this series so badly!!

current status: on the top of my MUST WATCH! list!!! :D

i’m done with my ‘special’ posts! my subsequent posts will all be reviews on dramas i’ve completed recently, like “You’re Hired”, “The Four” and “To Get Unstuck in Time”. i’ll also review series which i finished a while ago. keep a look out for them!

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TVB 42nd Anniversary Awards: results and thoughts

December 12, 2009

every year’s TVB Anniversary Awards Ceremony (萬千星輝頒獎典禮) is anticipated by tons of TVB followers and supporters around the world. this year marks the 42nd anniversary of TVB, and this event took place on the 4th December 2009, at the TVB City in Tseung Kwan O.

the WINNING LIST:

  • tvb.com Most Popular Artiste – Wayne Lai 黎耀祥 (1st award)
  • Most Improved Actress – Aimee Chan 陳茵媺
  • Most Improved Actor – Pierre Ngo 敖嘉年
  • Favourite Female Character – Tavia Yeung 楊怡 (1st award) as Yiu Kam Ling from “Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計”
  • Favourite Male Character – Wayne Lai 黎耀祥 (2nd award) as Chai Gau from “Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄”
  • Best Supporting Actress – Susan Tse 謝雪心 “Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄”
  • Best Supporting Actor – Michael Tse 謝天華 “E.U. 學警狙擊”
  • Best Performance of the Year – Tavia Yeung 楊怡 (2nd award)
  • Best Actress – Sheren Tang 鄧萃雯 “Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄”
  • Best Actor – Wayne Lai 黎耀祥 (3rd award) “Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄”
  • Best Drama – “Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Lee Tim Sing

WOW, Wayne walked away with 3 awards! i was so so so so happy! and Tavia garnered 2 awards! Sheren won Best Actress!
Aimee winning Most Improved Actress was the biggest disappointment of the night. but well… it was expected, but since TVB gave us so many surprises, why couldn’t they have given it to Sharon and surprise us and make us all happy? :)
Pierre Ngo’s Most Improved Actor award, Susan Tse’s Best Supporting Actress award and Michael Tse’s Best Supporting Actor award were all expected but nonetheless, they were very well-deserved :) i’m so pleased that “Rosy Business” is the drama which swept most of the awards, like what 2007’s “Heart of Greed” and last year’s “Moonlight Resonance” did! i was quite surprised that TVB’s grand productions, “Beyond the Realm of Conscience” and “Born Rich” were neglected when the Top 5’s were announced; but i guess that worked out to “Rosy Business” advantage! i really couldn’t have asked for more in these awards; i’m very satisfied! :)

tvb.com Most Popular Artiste

Wayne Lai 黎耀祥

[photo credits to ent.163.com & tungstar]

congrats, Wayne!

i never expected Wayne to win the tvb.com award! i was out, and couldn’t watch the awards ceremony, so my friend was SMS-ing (texting) me, and he was saying that maybe TVB gave Wayne the tvb.com award as a consolation prize as they won’t give him Best Actor (and we know it isn’t true, heh). at that moment i was quite worried ‘cos i was fully supporting Wayne for Best Actor!

i was really sure Tavia was gonna get this award, so it came as a surprise to me when my friend told me that Wayne won! and it’s a great result too!! :)

Most Improved Actress

Aimee Chan 陳茵媺

[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]

nominees:
1. Queenie Chu
2. Koni Lui
3. Catherine Chau
4. Sharon Chan
5. Aimee Chan

it was an expected result, and the most disappointing one of the night; i had really hoped Sharon would get it, but, Aimee’s speech showed how humble she was, and i do wish her all the best!

Most Improved Actor

Pierre Ngo 敖嘉年

[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]

nominees:
1. Johnson Lee
2. Pierre Ngo
3. Raymond Wong
4. Raymond Chiu
5. Jim Tang

it was again, an expected result. he really deserves it!! :) wow, 10 years with TVB and he is finally given the recognition he deserves. his roles were portrayed so well that finally, he managed to make his mark in TVB and the audience noticed him! look forward to more great performances by Pierre (no more wastrel roles, please)!

Favourite Female Character

Tavia Yeung 楊怡 as Yiu Kam Ling 姚金鈴 from “Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計”

[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]

top 5 nominees:
1. Teresa Mo (Off Pedder 畢打自己人)
2. Sheren Tang (Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄)
3. Charmaine Sheh (You’re Hired 絕代商驕)
4. Charmaine Sheh (Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計)
5. Tavia Yeung (Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計)

wow, Charmaine’s 2 characters made it to the top5! this is a great top 5 :) they all deserve the place here…
i’m very pleased that Tavia won this award :) she worked really hard as Yiu Kam Ling (i’ve not watched “Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計” yet, but from the clips i’ve seen, she has impressed me!) and really deserves this award; actually, i wouldn’t have minded if the other 4 won either – i had voted Sheren :)

Favourite Male Character

Wayne Lai 黎耀祥 as Chai Gau from “Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄”

[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]


top 5 nominees:
1. Moses Chan (The Gem of Life 珠光寶氣)
2. Michael Tse (E.U. 學警狙擊)
3. Wayne Lai (Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄)
4. Dayo Wong (You’re Hired 絕代商驕)
5. Kevin Cheng (Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計)

i think Michael Tse, Wayne Lai and Dayo Wong deserve most to be in the top5. Kevin Cheng? Moses Chan? actually Kevin Cheng’s appearance is worse. i heard that he’s the most boring character of the year in “Beyond the Realm of Conscience”?

nevermind that, Wayne won!!! :D and we (Iris and i) had predicted Michael Tse. TVB sure knows how to make their viewers and supporters happy by awarding the person who most deserves it :D it would’ve been great if Dayo won, but Wayne winning is good enough to make me very happy already :)

Best Supporting Actress

Susan Tse (Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄)

[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]

top 5 nominees:
1. Linda Chung (The Gem of Life 珠光寶氣)
2. Susan Tse (Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄)
3. Fala Chen (The Stew of Life 有營煮婦)
4. Susanna Kwan (Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計)
5. Michelle Yim (Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計)

Fala Chen? ok, to be fair, i’ve not seen “The Stew of Life” yet, but from the clips, i only see Timmy Hung’s ‘yeaah’ scene, and not much of Fala’s acting, which i don’t think is very fantastic ‘cos her role seems bland. if she wasn’t in this top 5, it would’ve been a perfect top 5.

Susan Tse! yeah! :) the thing she does with those super expressive eyes are amazing! if she didn’t win, i don’t know who could’ve!

Best Supporting Actor

Michael Tse 謝天華 (E.U. 學警狙擊)

[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]


top 5 nominees:
1. Elliot Yue (The Gem of Life 珠光寶氣)
2. Michael Tse (E.U. 學警狙擊)
3. Pierre Ngo (Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄)
4. Lee Kwok Lun (Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計)
5. Kenneth Ma (Born Rich 富貴門)

Michael Tse, as expected, his name is written on this award, and he does deserve it :) how often does a supporting character make such a huge impact that a movie is made based on his character?

it’s a pretty fair top5; wow, finally “Born Rich” has a nomination! Pierre Ngo is here, not bad, but why wasn’t Ron (for Rosy Business) here? and Derek (for D.I.E. Again)!

Best Performance of the Year

Tavia Yeung 楊怡

[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]

Tavia get award no.2! :) this is a new award too! i’m glad her hard work has been recognised since she joined TVB via the 13th Acting Class 10 years ago!

i chose this photo to show that this is Tavia’s 2nd time on stage; the award was presented to her by TVB’s GM Stephen Chan.

one question – was every single TVB artiste eligible for this award?

Best Actress

Sheren Tang (Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄)

[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]


top 5 nominees:
1. Ada Choi (The Gem of Life 珠光寶氣)
2. Teresa Mo (Off Pedder 畢打自己人)
3. Sheren Tang (Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄)
4. Charmaine Sheh (Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計)
5. Tavia Yeung (Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計)

my friend was supporting Gigi, and actually gave me a scare when he SMS-ed that Gigi won. blah. i was actually quite afraid that it would be a repeat of the disappointment in 2004 when Gigi won Best Actress for “War and Beauty”. NOT HAPPENING. XD

Sheren!! :D i’m so pleased she won! long live Sei Lai-lai!!! again, it’s a good top 5 :)
i was quite amused when Sheren disagreed with what Aimee Chan said about thanking TVB for making her sign a long contract; Sheren was grateful to TVB for not making her sign a contract but giving her great roles! and this is what makes us fans all uneasy ‘cos we know TVB doesn’t favour those artistes who don’t sign contracts or aren’t their ‘biological children’ in their annual award ceremony.

Best Actor

Wayne Lai (Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄)

[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]


top 5 nominees:
1. Wayne Lai (Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄)
2. Steven Ma (Sweetness in the Salt 碧血鹽梟)
3. Bosco Wong (Burning Flame 3 烈火雄心3)
4. Dayo Wong (You’re Hired 絕代商驕)
5. Moses Chan (Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計)

Bosco Wong? what is TVB thinking? Steven Ma is OK. but Bosco could’ve been replaced by either Ray or Gallen from “Born Rich”. i bet their performances are more solid than Bosco’s was.

Wayne gets his 3rd award of the night!! :) i am so so so satisfied! Chai-gau!! i voted Wayne for both ‘Favourite Male Character’ and ‘Best Actor’ and he won both!! i’m ecstatic! :)

Best Drama

Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄

[photo credits to TVB]


[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]


top 5 nominees:
1. Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄
2. E.U. 學警狙擊
3. Burning Flame 3 烈火雄心3
4. You’re Hired 絕代商驕
5. Beyond the Realm of Conscience 宮心計

why is “Burning Flame 3” even on this top5 list?! even though i’ve not completed the series, i think it would’ve been much better if “Off Pedder (i’ve not completed this series, but then, it hasn’t even finished airing in HK yet)”, “D.I.E. Again” (which i’ve not seen yet but i think it should be better than BF3), or “Born Rich” replace it. i’m still puzzled on why “Born Rich” is excluded from this category!

TVB surprises yet again! they didn’t give this award to “Beyond the Realm of Conscience”, which broke all viewership records, and while everyone was anticipating that the award would go to “Beyond the Realm of Conscience” ‘cos TVB usually awards ‘Best Drama’ to the drama which has the highest viewership of the year, they gave it to — Rosy Business!!!

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lee Tim Sing 李添勝

[photo credits to ent.mop.com & tungstar]


[photo/ screencap credits to Ever Star]

wow, 40 years with TVB! amazing! he was a really happy man this night; whenever the cameras focused on him whenever Pierre, Susan, Wayne and Sheren thanked him, he was beaming with joy! his production “Rosy Business” won ‘Best Drama’, and garnered most of the awards in the acting categories :) CONGRATULATIONS!

2 of my favourite shows – “Safe Guards” and “Rosy Business” are produced by him :)

to sum this entire awards ceremony up in two words: superbly satisfying! :)

congratulations to all the winners, and nominees! your hard work is appreciated :) looking forward to TVB in 2010! :D

so here it is, my 1st review! :) please comment and tell me what you think!
my next post will be on the
TVB 2010 Sales Presentation!

it just occurred to me that this is the 1st Anniversary Awards which i’ve been so actively following, commenting on and being so enthusiastic about! :D hope this will mark more years of being addicted to TVB! :)

P.S. Iris, if you notice anything familiar with some of my comments and thoughts, it’s because i took them from the email i sent you; hope you don’t mind!