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March 2011: new banner & updates!

March 3, 2011

HI EVERYONE!!

It’s been a long while! 6 months to be exact. Been so busy with my exams and all post-exam activities that I’ve completely neglected this site!

I’ve been really addicted to Kpop and K-dramas recently, so much so that I’m guilty about neglecting TVB! I do miss TVB series, but I’ve heard that 2010 wasn’t a fantastic year for TVB, so I guess I didn’t miss much!

My banner was stuck at the Mid-Autumn ‘Moonlight Resonance’ banner for ages! I didn’t have time to create a new banner (no inspiration due to the fact that I haven’t been watching anything). So I have finally decided to create a default banner :D

I haven’t been watching series for a long time, and I’ve finally started watching some stuff again – Ghost Writer, Beauty Knows No Pain and Growing Through Life (on and off). I can’t believe I haven’t watched anything substantial (except for Off Pedder) in the past 6 months! There are also those series which I didn’t follow very closely, so I’m not really qualified to review them haha.

2010 series:

1) A Watchdog’s Tale 老友狗狗 – I enjoyed this. Despite the lack of promotions, I found this to be quite a heart-warming series. Steven Ma doesn’t disappoint :)

2) The Season of Fate 五味人生 – GAVE UP. I was so disappointed in this series! I think I’ve said this before, and will say it again – a very weak plot and a waste of talented artistes – Roger, Esther, Derek.

3) My Better Half 老公萬歲 (have episodes) – GAVE UP. Yet another lousy plot and despite a stellar cast, the acting wasn’t very solid either.

4) In the Eye of the Beholder 秋香怒點唐伯虎 – skipped. Maybe it was due to the fact that I watched the Mandarin-dubbed one, but the characters, especially Moses, were irritating. Didn’t particularly like the plot either.

5) A Fistful of Stances 鐵馬尋橋 – Watched some of this, but didn’t follow it religiously. Would like to watch every moment from beginning to end :)

6) Suspects in Love 搜下留情 – skipped. Pretty much saw most of this series when my Mum was watching it. It was nothing very special, but it wasn’t too bad either.

7) Fly with Me 飛女正傳 – skipped. One of the most ridiculous TVB series in 2010. Although the acting was good, the plot was just insanely out-of-this-world.

8) Sisters of Pearl 掌上明珠 – Watched bits and pieces. Intense, full of scheming and evil people, I expected this to be good. Watched some when my Mum was watching, but it turned out to be a bit draggy. The acting was first class though.

9) Mysteries of Love 談情說案 – Missed this when it was airing on TV due to the fact that I refused to watch it as I have the DVD. But haven’t had time to sit down and marathon through it.

10) Ghost Writer 蒲松齡 – CURRENTLY WATCHING. I’ve only watched 5 episodes so far, but I really enjoy it. The onscreen chemistry between Steven, Fala and Linda is good~

11) When Lanes Merge 情越雙白線- Watched bits and pieces. Raymond Wong really impressed. Roughly know the whole plot ‘cos my parents were watching it a while back. I’d love to watch the whole series from start to end, but I think there are other series worth watching.

12) A Pillowcase of Mystery II 施公奇案II – skipped. I didn’t watch the first installment, so didn’t feel compelled to watch this one.

13) Beauty Knows No Pain 女人最痛 – CURRENTLY WATCHING. I’m enjoying it. Capable cast and interesting theme. It reminds me of La Femme Desperado, and I really enjoyed that series~

14) Growing Through Life 摘星之旅 – CURRENTLY WATCHING. It’s like The Drive of Life all over again. But it is a bit more fast-paced, and the sets are pretty impressive. It’s not bad, but I’m not watching every single episode; just catching glimpses and hearing the dialogue when my Mum watches it.

15) Can’t Buy Me Love 公主嫁到 – skipped. I’m not interested in it. I have a huge grudge against costume-comedies.

16) The Comeback Clan 翻叮一族 – might skip it. I haven’t been hearing much about it. I might fast-forward through it if it airs on TV soon.

17) Every Move You Make 讀心神探 – I have this series, and have heard positive reviews. Looking forward to it.

18) No Regrets 巾幗梟雄之義海豪情 – I have to watch this no matter what. The grandest production of the year! Wayne and Sheren’s award winning chemistry, and pre-modern setting – my favourite.

19) Gun Metal Grey 刑警 – Another series which I’m dying to watch!

20) Twilight Investigation 囧探查過界 – I’ve heard that this is quite funny. Might fast-forward through it.

21) Links to Temptation 誘情轉駁 – might skip it. Reviews aren’t that good huh? I thought most shows with Steven are pretty much guaranteed to be watchable haha.

22) Home Troopers 居家兵團 – Heard that it is good! May fast-forward through it haha :D

2011 series (so far…):

1) 7 Days in Life 隔離七日情 – I’m very excited about this! Heard that many people enjoyed it :)

2) The Rippling Blossom 魚躍在花見 – Might fast-forward through this.

3) Only You 只有您 – might skip it. Doesn’t sound very interesting.

4) Grace Under Fire 女拳 – might give this a try. Pre-modern setting and kungfu themed, sounds interesting.

5) Relic of an Emissary 洪武三十二 – let’s see how it goes~ I like the cast.

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Hmmm… I have no idea whether I’m going to review anything soon. I missed the 2011 Sales Presentation and 2010 Awards Ceremony. And I realise that TVBfocus is a year and 3 months old already! Not done much in this time. I’d like to revive this site quickly!!!

I hope you guys haven’t forgotten about me~ Everyone, come back and visit! Please suggest some post ideas for me to write about ^.^

<3,
kRysTaL~

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August 2010: new banner & updates!

August 4, 2010

hi everyone!

some quick updates! :)

Firstly, I decided to change my banner~

I made it quite long ago, but I hope it still looks nice haha :D

I also managed to make version 5.0. I won’t reveal it now, but it’ll be out during the Mooncake Festival, so I guess you guys can guess what it’s based on?
Yes, Moonlight Resonance is repeating now, and I’m addicted all over again! :) It really is my ALL-TIME FAVOURITE TVB SERIES ^^

Secondly, I am sad to say I’ve no time to do series info posts anymore.

You might also have realised that I took a break from TVB dramas for a few months. I’m now pleased to say that I managed to complete 1 TVB series – Just Love II. I’m currently watching 1 TVB series too – A Watchdog’s Tale ^^ But I’ve also given up on 1 TVB series – The Season of Fate.

Thirdly, I’ll start writing some thoughts!

Ok, now where shall I start?

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THOUGHTS

Just Love II 老婆大人II

some quick thoughts — it was an OK series. I could actually do with fast-forwarding the entire series and just reading the subtitles. The acting was nothing new, and this sequel was a far cry from the magical (to me it was) prequel. The chemistry among the cast and the development of characters was nothing to shout about. Jessica Hsuan is a very capable actress, but this role made her irritating and unbearable. Sunny Chan, another very capable actor, shined only in the episodes where he had the blood clot causing him to be aggressive and Johnson-Li-13-Uncle-like :D Joyce Tang, capable and under-rated as she is, did not have a good role to stand out. Overall, I think I could’ve skipped this series entirely. It was actually a relief to finally complete it.

The Season of Fate 五味人生

I gave up on this series after 3 episodes. Much as I love Esther Kwan, Roger Kwok, Derek Kwok and Michelle Yim, and not to mention Oscar Leung and Vivien Yeo, this series was utterly disappointing for me. I actually had high hopes, especially since my impression of it was this ==> (from my 2010 Sales Presentation post)

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 :)

It was far from dramatic, there was no misery, no slapping scenes. Other than Esther’s character who was so head-strong and lovable, and Michelle Yim, who was rather cute, much of my later impression of the series was cheesy slap-stick comedy delivered by Roger Kwok. Derek Kwok’s sissy weak character was a waste of the talented actor’s acting skills. I expected a dramatic pre-modern series about food. What I got was a comedic pre-modern series about Roger conning people. Ok, so maybe it gets better as the show progresses? I’m not sure, nor do I want to find out. I might just be disappointed again.

A Watchdog’s Tale 老友狗狗

I didn’t have high hopes for this series at all. I thought of skipping it, but I’m glad I didn’t! I was totally addicted to the first 2 episodes! Steven Ma, as usual, doesn’t disappoint. He’s so awesome! And since I’ve put down my bias against Raymond Wong, I’m beginning to appreciate his acting more and more :) I forgot this was a reunion of “A Journey Called Life” cast – Steven, Kent, Linda! I laughed so hard when Steven got stuck in the toilet bowl. Gosh, that was hillarious! And Maggie being kidnapped by her stupid brother – classic! Will be watching on and I think I’ll be able to review this series fully! ^^

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I hope this is enough of an update for now! Exams are coming closer and closer, so wish me luck! haha :D

kRysTaL~

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To Get Unstuck in Time 隔世追兇

May 3, 2010

I meant to complete this post before “Suspects in Love” ended, ‘cos it was Flora’s last series, and SIL is Flora’s comeback series. Personally, I’m not a big fan of Flora’s, but I thought it would be significant to publish this post in this manner. Anyway, SIL has ended, and I still haven’t gotten this post published. Been so busy that I’ve been neglecting my site; haven’t written a review for ages, and have only been doing series info. Guess this has to change… well, once in a while :)

Hmmm… I’m still trying to figure out what the difference between a ‘thoughts’ post and a ‘review’ is. I had planned a ‘thoughts’ post, but it seems to be morphing into a ‘review’ haha :D

OK, this is a ‘thoughts’ post. My ‘thoughts’ posts are much much shorter than ‘reviews’. It won’t feature any pictures either.

Tada! So this is my first thoughts post here at TVB focus!! :D

[official tvb.com site :)]

Starring Roger Kwok as Ho Tin Gwong (Morning Sir), a very dedicated police officer who is sharp and solves cases quickly, Flora Chan as Ho San, a wheelchair-bound novelist who writes detective novels, Benz Hui as Ho Dai Hor, Roger’s father, a policeman who was disgraced when he was found dead of drug overdose on a prostitute’s bed, Kiki Sheung as Mon Jer, Roger’s mother, a forensic technician, Patrick Tang, Cherie Kong…, “To Get Unstuck in Time” is a crime series full of suspense, twists and turns.

“To Get Unstuck in Time” is a different kind of time-traveling series. Our main character, Roger, doesn’t go back in time, but he’s able to communicate with his dead father in a parallel world 20 years ago. The concept is novel, and although the idea of communicating via an old handphone which was struck by lightning and miraculously gave an insight into the past sounds ridiculous, the series was extremely cool and exciting.

Because of this phone, and his policeman father’s investigations then, Roger is able to crack cases which have been deemed as ‘cold cases’. Unravelling the truths in these cold cases, lives are changed, especially when it affects 1) Shek Sau, a murder suspect who has been on the run for years. He’d actually undergone plastic surgery so he could stay and look after his aged father, in the police’s plain sight. 2) Cherie Kong, Roger’s colleague who likes him . She is introduced as Flora’s cousin, only that wasn’t a truth. A deep dark secret revealed that Cherie is actually Flora’s biological younger sister.

Case 1: the serial killings.

For the past 20 years, a serial killer has been on the loose, and he is identified as Hor Ching Nam. When he claims his next victim, Roger and his team are on the case, and Flora keeps tagging along. They later trace Hor Ching Nam’s location to that of… Flora’s boss, the owner of the publishing company. With his father’s help and valuable information, Roger and Flora lure the real killer (Johnson Lee) out.

turning point 1 – Shek Sau is released and cleared of all accusations. He becomes a frequent guest to Roger’s house, and helps Kiki unravel knots in her heart, as he is well-versed in psychology.

Case 2:

I don’t really remember what happened in this case. It had something to do with the note in the greenhouse, among the roses – some kind of dying wish or something. Involves a rich family and the death/disappearance a woman.

The second case dealt with a man who asked Flora to write a story about his late wife (who had just died). There’s a twist to how the wife had died, and involved Roger’s late father, who was part of the reason why the wife had died.

excerpt from tvb#1fan’s review at spcnet.tv :)

aha! I remember this case already! I can’t remember how the rich guy’s wife died, but I remember what the note proved – it helped clear Roger’s dad’s name, as this woman was a prostitute before, and Roger’s dad had ‘patronised’ her on the pretense of using that time to spy on a criminal.

Case 3: coma after falling from a building.

For the past 20 years, this man has been in a coma. He suddenly wakes up, and with his awakening, the case of someone pushing him off a building is passed to Roger and team. The building which he fell from has been demolished, and Roger seeks the help of his father. It is later revealed that the culprit is Flora’s mother, and Cherie is actually the daughter of this guy, who was a baddie.

turning point 2 – This revelation marks a difference in Flora’s family structure. Cherie tries to come to terms with the truth, and it is noticeable how the 2 sisters will be fighting for the same man, Roger, now.

Case 4: the jewelry case.

Starring Rachel Kan, this case was about trying to frame Roger, and where Patrick gets very aggressive. It was a strange case, and Patrick’s sudden transformation leads to another side investigation, and he is suspected of nursing a grudge against Roger, or rather, Roger’s father.

The fourth case dealt with a precious diamond that the CID had to secure. This precious diamond determined if two lovers have destiny together. The owner of it was a young women who had her secrets, and she was actually seeking revenge. This case was where Roger and Flora discovered they were fated to be together. The true reason why this woman wanted revenge was because of Roger’s dad. Roger was accused of stealing the precious diamond one night while on duty, and it was all part of the plan to break his family. It also turned out that the women’s father was the best friend of Roger’s dad.

excerpt from tvb#1fan’s review at spcnet.tv :)

turning point 3 – Roger and Flora get together after clearing up all misunderstandings, including getting rid of Cherie. Cherie gets together with Patrick. But Flora and Roger were not to be. Flora starts feeling insecure because of her disability and she wants to break up with Roger. Roger decides to change the past and save Flora from her accident, thinking they could be together if she wasn’t handicapped…

the ultimate turning point – episode 14.

Everything changes. All the cases and everything which had happened in the past few months were all altered. For one, Flora and her family are no more – Cherie lives with her mother, and Flora’s father is a despicable lawyer who doesn’t care hoots about his family ever since they divorced. Flora is missing. She went missing 20 years ago. Their youngest brother doesn’t exist since it was Flora’s accident which brought the family back together.

Roger is supposed to be dating Cherie now. Shek Sau was still in prison, the note in the greenhouse was never found, and in the jewelry case, it was Cherie who had saved Roger from a bullet, deepening their relationship.

Roger’s performance during these few episodes were the best. He totally radiated the lost and confused feeling so well. This had to be the best episode, as the music and everything fit so nicely to make me, a viewer, also feel so lost and dejected about the whole turn of events. I felt so sorry for Roger, but there was nothing he could do to reverse the situation.

Case 5: the final case.

It is in his confused state that he goes to look for Flora’s father, a despicable lawyer for the underworld. Following him to a house, they narrowly escape death when this house explodes. The events which follow introduce Flora’s character, now called Nicole. Not only can she walk, but she is not in the least disabled as she is well-versed in martial arts. Roger refuses to accept the truth that she is a member of the underworld.

This case is by far the most exciting, as it directly involves the underworld and how they fight for ownership and power. Masquerading as the deceased chief’s daughter, Nicole has immense power and influence. It is later revealed that Nicole had committed crimes – she is sentenced to jail.

Nicole is sweeping floors along with inmates and sees a ring on the ledge. Morning Sir comes up and tells her that he would wait for her until she’s served her prison sentence. He will just let future run its natural course. Morning Sir says he had a dream last night, of the 2 of them, happily under the rays of a rainbow. Nicole said, “That person in your dreams isn’t me.” A rainbow comes out, and Nicole exclaims, “So beautiful!” like the first time Go San said it. Roger says, “I said that person was you.”

excerpt from clouds421’s review at the dramawiki page :)

Flora’s dual roles were a first for her, but they didn’t impress me that much. Of course, I preferred the optimistic Ko San more than Nicole, but Nicole was pretty cool too :D As for Roger, he’s done plenty of these police roles, so it’s nothing new. I did, however, say that he impressed me in ep14. Patrick Tang and Cherie Kong were sweet together, but I didn’t think they gave particularly good performances. As for the veterans, Shek Sau, Benz Hui and Kiki Sheung, they did a great job!

Overall, I really really enjoyed this series! It was very exciting, and although I haven’t commented much on the acting – it wasn’t the main focus anyway, since this great plot overshadowed the performances, it was all bearable, for this awesome plot :) I highly recommend this series for its well-paced plot, and well, it was ultra cool! A very refreshing concept and I’m sure you’ll be addicted like I was! :)

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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!