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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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September 2010: new banner and updates!

September 8, 2010

It’s September! And today (Sep 8th) is the start of the 8th Lunar Month, which means mooncake day is just 2 weeks away! keke ^^

ta-da! So this is my new banner~ I hope you guys like it; I’m really pleased with it haha :D

hope everyone is fine and well! :)

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I’ve completed “A Watchdog’s Tale”! Sorry, but I’ve no time to write my thoughts~ Guess it’ll have to wait till another time! It was an enjoyable series though! ^^

I’m currently not watching any TVB series ‘cos I’m super uninterested in what is showing on TV now = “Cupid Stupid” and “My Better Half”. Sigh, Michael Tse overload. My Mum says “Cupid Stupid” is a waste of time, and I did catch a bit, and I guess it’s not worth spending time on – even though there’s Stevia! As for “My Better Half”, 8 minutes through and I was going crazy; I couldn’t watch that ultra lame series anymore!

The good news is that “Rosy Business” is airing now! But I prefer watching it in Cantonese, and even though I’ve seen it before (not entirely though), this is a series worth rewatching, and so I’ll just have to wait for my friend to return my Canto DVD to me hahahah :D

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Exams are looming ever closer for me! And so I’ve to prematurely end this post! Take care everyone!

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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July 2010: new banner

July 5, 2010

to start the month, firstly, i changed the banner! was getting a bit tired of ver. 3.0.

this is ver. 2.0 by the way – the orders are all wrong, but oh well…

i only have 1 more version left. guess i’ll have to find some time to create a new banner. hmmmm any ideas anyone? ^^

so, how’s everyone? i hope everyone is good and well! :)

i haven’t had time to update! no time even to compile the series info post for both Ghost Writer and When Lanes Merge! i’ve heard good things about those series, and will be watching them… though i don’t think i’ll be able to do that anytime soon
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4 more months remain till November, the month of exams! 5 more months to free-ness and freedom :) i’m looking forward to that. i hope by then i’ll be able to get this site up and running. i realise i’ve not done much with it since i set it up in December. oh wait. in 5 months i’ll be celebrating TVB focus’ 1st anniversary? wow. time does pass really fast, doesn’t it? hmmmm not much to celebrate then huh! hmph. argh enough emo-ness.

i’ll like to thank you all my faithful readers and wonderful online friends :D i’ll make my reviewing comeback soon!

<3,
kRysTaL~

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new banner & TVB Central Mag!!

June 9, 2010

hi guys!!

finally found some time to update! :)

firstly, you might have noticed my new banner! it’s version 3.0, ‘cos it was the 3rd banner i created for this site, but it’s the 2nd banner i’ve decided to feature here at TVB focus, so now i’m not sure how my ‘version’ thingy works! anyway, i’ve decided to feature Forensic Heroes II ‘cos they’re now repeating it on TV, and i’ve been re-addicted (well sorta) :D

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TVB Central Magazine –
Issue 1, featuring Mysteries of Love

my article, “Love, according to TVB” is featured inside!! :D do download the .pdf from TVB Central and leave me a comment at my twitter, weibo or at my shoutbox please!!!

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lastly, i’m sad to say that i don’t think i’ll be able to churn out any reviews in the next few months. my exams are coming closer and closer. and i’ve taken a break from TVB series too; i’m only watching Off Pedder now~ (actually i’ve been watching 3 K-dramas — ‘You’re Beautiful’, ‘Cinderella Man’ & ‘IRIS’ — so i have to complete them before i resume a TVB series) :D next on my TVB playlist – A Fistful of Stances, followed by Sisters of Pearl and then Mysteries of Love! :D lets see if i can actually find the time and energy to catch these series! i’ll be leaving the mediocre series for after my exams :D these are the best series of this year so far, aren’t they?

oh wait. i’ve forgotten about Beyond the Realm of Conscience – they’ll be showing it on TV very soon… i think i’ll be watching that. the possibility of me watching this is higher than the 3 series mentioned above since it’ll be on TV ^^

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my next post will be “new series in June!“, featuring Ghost Writer 蒲松齡 (wrote about it in my Sales Presentation post) and Love for Double White Lines 情越雙白線 (hmmm? not heard of this series!!)

take care everyone! till my next update! :)

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new series in May!

May 3, 2010

hi guys!!

i’m pretty excited about the series in May! Yayy – Sisters of Pearl and Mysteries of Love! I’m pretty sure I’ll be watching both!! :D

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Sisters of Pearl 掌上明珠 (Jeung Seung Ming Jue)

(picture credits to OFFICIAL SITE @ tvb.com)

Broadcast Period: 3 May 2010 – 6 Jun 2010

Genre: Pre-modern

Length: 28 (HK) / 30 (overseas) episodes

Producer: Lam Chi Wah

Scriptwriters: Suen Ho Ho & Lee Yee Wah

Cast: Jessica Hsuan, Kiki Sheung, Bowie Lam, Michael Tao, Joyce Tang, Macy Chan, Joel Chan

Synopsis:

After the death of her husband, CHU PIK-HA (Jessica Hsuan) returns to her maiden home with her son, in a deliberate attempt to take over the family jewelry business from her big sister CHU PIK-WAN (Kiki Sheung).  To prevent HA from getting too out of hand, WAN needs her matrilocal husband HO CHEUNG-HING (Bowie Lam) to create trouble for her sibling.  HING does not follow her instructions, but instead secretly helps HA tackle her problems one by one.  WAN soon comes to realize that HING has never really got over HA.  WAN’s little sister CHU PIK-LAM (Macy Chan) is still attending school and too young to deal with such family issues.  WAN feels a profound sense of helplessness and becomes even more frustrated when SO LAI-SHEUNG (Joyce Tang) turns up suddenly claiming to be a mistress of her late father and pregnant with his baby.  Out of respect for their father, the sisters agree to put SHEUNG up for the time being until the situation becomes clearer.  Shortly thereafter, HA discovers that SHEUNG is just a tool of her cousin HUNG YIU-SANG (Michael Tao), who has been plotting to wage a battle of wills against the CHUs.

(info credits to Astro on Demand)

MY COMMENTS

I wasn’t aware of such a series, but after watching the trailers, I’m so excited about it! For one, I love the pre-modern theme, and with such a solid cast, with people we’ve not seen in a while – Jessica Hsuan, Bowie Lam and Michael Tao, I’m quite sure the acting won’t disappoint! Stories about large families, dominated by women, is definitely a big selling point, and I’m really anticipating this! Although I’m not a fan of Kiki Sheung or Michael Tao, there is no doubt about their acting abilities! Not to mention Joyce Tang, who is very underrated. Yes, I’ll be watching this!! :)

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The Mysteries of Love 談情說案 (Taam Ching Suet On)

(picture credits to OFFICIAL SITE @ tvb.com)

Broadcast Period: 24 May 2010 – 25 Jun 2010

Genre: Modern

Length: 25 episodes

Producer: Lau Ka Ho

Scriptwriters: Wong Yuk Dak & Leung Mun Wah

Cast: Raymond Lam, Tavia Yeung, Kenneth Ma, Bernice Liu

Synopsis:

This is a love story between a professor and a policewoman. Their dating experience is enhanced with sense and sensibility through the application of interesting physics theories on the investigation of various crime cases.

KING POK (Raymond Lam) is regarded as the youngest genius in physics and he is appointed as an associate professor in a Hong Kong university. Invited by his good friend LO TIN-HANG (Kenneth Ma), Senior Inspector of Police at Regional Crime Unit, POK assists in cracking many mysterious crime cases and he also meets the policewoman CHUI SIU-LAI (Tavia Yeung) during the process. The rational POK evaluates that he has fallen in love with LAI because of a love hormone called “phenylalanine”. However, owing to the huge difference in their family background and life value, POK fails to tackle their ever-changing relationship problems with formulas.

On the other hand, the romantic and uninhibited HANG has been maintaining a sex only relationship with the journalist LING MAN-KA (Bernice Liu). HANG doesn’t believe in eternity and he is only looking for sensual pleasure in a woman. However, his belief is suddenly shattered when he learns that MAN is going to get married.

(info credits to Astro on Demand)

MY COMMENTS

I covered this series shortly in my TVB 2010 Sales Presentation post:

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 :)

This is still my stand! :) After the Forensic Heroes series, this has a potential to be another series with sequels? And with FungYi, it’s almost guaranteed to be a hit! :D

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Till next month to the next series information! :)

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new series in April!

April 18, 2010

hi everyone!!

haven’t updated in a long time, so many reviews are overdue etc. etc. etc.

sorry! i’ve been so busy with studying and homework! major exams are coming soon… not much time left for preparation!

so do bear with me for a few more months, then hopefully i can start writing reviews again! :)

for now though, i’ll be updating with the latest series info and my thoughts!

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Suspects in Love 搜下留情 (Sau Ha Lau Ching)

(picture credits to OFFICIAL SITE @ tvb.com)

Broadcast Period: 5 Apr 2010 – 30 Apr 2010

Genre: Modern

Length: 20 episodes

Producer: Poon Ka Tak

Scriptwriters: Yuen Siu Na, Yip Siu Hong

Cast: Flora Chan, Joe Ma, Sharon Chan, Power Chan, Him Law, Mandy Wong, Louis Yuen, Shek Sau, Rain Lau

Synopsis:

In order to rescue her best friend COCO KAM (Rain Lau), masseuse CHENG SIU-YAN (Flora Chan) is embroiled in a triad murder case. Misconceiving that she has killed someone, YAN hides away from the police and gangsters by reluctantly returning to her long-separated father CHENG TSUN-CHEONG (Shek Sau). CHEONG opens a Chinese herbal tea shop but the business is failing. YAN drags through the days stressfully until NG CHUNG-MING (Joe Ma) comes into her life. MING claims to have a secret prescription for making Chinese herbal tea but he is actually an undercover police. By investigating YAN’s case, MING hopes to get promoted and marry his inspector girlfriend CHEUNG SZ-MAN (Sharon Chan) at the end. MING’s supervisor CHEUNG SZ-CHAI (Power Chan) used to oppress him a lot and MING is losing confidence at work. However, ever since he meets the cheerful YAN, MING begins to develop his self-esteem and find his life path. His delicate relationship with YAN also starts to grow.

MING’s younger brother NG CHUNG-HONG (Him Law) meets YAN’s younger sister CHENG SIU-MAN (Mandy Wong) and love grows spontaneously. However, YAN finds out MING’s identity and she believes that the two brothers are making use of them to carry out investigation. On the other hand, MING learns that YAN’s cousin LEUNG KING-HO (Louis Yuen) is just released from jail and he is familiar with the gang leader, and YAN is considered in connection with the case. Their blossoming relationship is thrown into turmoil as they get closer to the truth.

(info credits to Astro on Demand)

MY COMMENTS

I’m not a big fan of Flora Chan’s. However, I do enjoy Joe Ma and Sharon Chan, and with the ever-versatile Power Chan, this seems like a very entertaining series. I wouldn’t expect anything great from it. Plot-wise, it’s typical and therefore not very promising or surprising. Cast-wise, I’ve heard that Him Law and Mandy Wong are the most refreshing pair to grace our screens in a long while! I might give this series a try sometime!

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Fly with Me 飛女正傳 (Fei Nui Jing Chuen)

(picture credits to OFFICIAL SITE @ tvb.com)

Broadcast Period: 19 Apr 2010 – 21 May 2010

Genre: Modern

Length: 25 episodes

Producer: Jonathan Chik

Scriptwriter: Chow Yuk Ming

Cast: Ada Choi, Moses Chan, Raymond Cho, Kenny Wong, Chan Hung Lit, Rachel Kan, Queenie Chu, Catherine Chau

Synopsis:

LEUNG HAU-CHI (Ada Choi), a career woman in her 30s, has all the attributes of a typical Hong Kong girl – fussy, arrogant and easily irritated by the sight of beautiful young ladies.  She is desperate for love and has been eagerly waiting for the thrilling miracles of life.  As CHI is plunged into misery and despair, something strange happens and leads to her abrupt transformation into a superwoman of charm and immense strength.  Every time CHI mutates, she is equipped with extraordinary powers, through which she fights for justice and helps the weak, joyously exploring and experiencing a dazzling kaleidoscope of adventures.  Along the way, she is happy to have met three nice men, namely the brave yet traditional policeman YEUNG HO-YIN (Kenny Wong), the good-natured gentleman turned nouveau-riche businessman TSU WING-FAI (Raymond Cho), and the super-talented genius KAN MING-HIN (Moses Chan).  Fortuitously, HIN is in love with CHI in both her usual and mutated states, leaving her stranded on the horns of a dilemma.

It is always hard to be plain and perfect at the same time.  Despite the extraordinary powers she has, CHI is unable to get out of the maze of love.  How is CHI going to handle it all?  What more perfect choice could there be for her?

(info credits to Astro on Demand)

MY THOUGHTS

Firstly, that is one of the ugliest posters I’ve seen ever! It’s very very strange. But yet again, the theme of this series seems pretty… unique? In terms of cast, it’s a typical Jonathan Chik production – his favourites, Moses, Ada, Kenny are all inside. Ada is a fantastic actress, and I’m curious to see how she pulls this character off. But what worries me is the possibility of horrible CGI, as this is the weakness of most TVB series which require it. I probably won’t watch it, ‘cos I think it’s really strange. But I’m tempted by the fact that Raymond Cho is in it! haha :D I guess I’ll hear what others have to say about it before deciding!

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I’m afraid this is the end of this post! I probably won’t update for another month. Sorry about this. I really want to produce a review or at least a thoughts-post, but I can’t spare the time!

Take care everyone!

I’ll be contactable via twitter or sina anytime :)