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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 :)

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new layout! :)

April 6, 2010

1st of all, you guys might have noticed my new layout and banner! :) it’s my 1st 700×200 photoshop attempt, and i must say it turned out quite well. :D i’m very pleased! thanks Iris, Lynne and MadamLeung for your nice comments about it :)

i had to change the entire layout ‘cos the previous template doesn’t support a custom header. hope these colours are gentle on the eyes and that you all like it!

version 1.0 – Lai Lok Yi as Deacon from Beauty of the Game.

i’ve kinda gotten the hang of creating such banners that i did another 2 last night – i’ve posted them up at my sina twitter http://t.sina.com.cn/krystaltan, and Edwin Siu even commented on the one i tagged him in! :D

version 2.0 – Selena Li & Edwin Siu from When Easterly Showers Fall on Sunny West.

version 3.0 – Selena Li, Frankie Lam, Charmaine Sheh & Kevin Cheng from Forensic Heroes II.

so i think i have enough banners to last 3 months? i’m not sure how long i should keep 1 banner there… i’m thinking more along the lines of a banner to feature my latest review. so going according to that, i’ll have to do my BOTG review, followed by thoughts on Easterly, and maybe a review on FHII? seems like i’m going back to older shows instead of progressing to newer ones. and that would also mean i will have to do a banner of D.I.E. Again and Threshold when my reviews are out? ok, i’m just making life difficult for myself! LOL! :D

well, anyway, i hope you guys like the banners! :D

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new series in March!

March 3, 2010

2 new series will be released in HK this month!

In the Eye of the Beholder 秋香怒點唐伯虎

(image from tvb.com’s official series site)

the info below is taken from TVB Interaction & Astro on Demand :)

English Title: In the Eye of the Beholder

Chinese Title: 秋香怒點唐伯虎

Cantonese Title: Chau Heung Lo Dim Tong Bak Fu

Broadcast Period: March 8, 2010 – April 2, 2010

Genre: Ancient Comedy

Length: 20 episodes

Producer: Lau Ka Ho

Scriptwriter: Sit Ka Wah & Wong Yuk Tak

Cast:
Moses Chan (陈豪)
Myolie Wu (胡杏儿)
Ha Yu (夏雨)
Fala Chen (陈法拉)
Johnson Lee (李思捷)
Lai Lok Yi (黎诺懿)
Elaine Yiu (姚子羚)
Evergreen Mak (麦长青)

Synopsis
In search of the last model for his painting “Nine Pretty Women”, acclaimed scholar TONG PAK FU (Moses Chan) goes on a trip to Hangzhou with his ardent disciple WAT KEI (Lee Sze Chit). While there, he meets a pretty young maid from WAH’s Residence, CHAU HEUNG (Myolie Wu). FU is mesmerized by HEUNG’s beauty and martial agility and falls in love with her right away. In order to approach the girl, he disguises as a servant and assumes the pseudonym WAH ON, seeking to win her affections with his talent and ingenuity. But contrary to his wishes, HEUNG is unmoved and even harbours an intense dislike for him after a series of misunderstandings. Master of the family WAH HUNG SHAN (Ha Yu) knew from the very beginning that FU is not a common man. By the time his true identity is revealed, the scholar has already developed a close bond with the whole of the family, except HEUNG.
In the meantime, Prince LING (Savio Tsang), who has been attempting to rebel against Emperor CHING TAK (Lai Lok Yi), has managed to involve FU in his conspiracy by stratagem, thus getting the man and the WAHs into big trouble. LING’s daughter CHU TING YUK (Fala Chen) is in love with FU. Desperate to save her dream man, she forces LING to release FU by threatening to kill herself. YUK’s consuming passion for FU seems to have caused a ripple of unease in HEUNG, who is starting to feel a little twinge of jealousy inside.

Comments:

Iris from TVB Interaction — The only reason for me to watch this is to see Fala in her first ancient role. Um, yeah. That’s pretty much it. The plot seems dumb and reminds me of A Bride for a Ride.Plus, I just can’t imagine Lai Lok Yi as an emperor.

Liling from TVB Sensations — Being one of my least anticipated series of the year, I seriously thought TVB was going to warehouse it. While I’m a fan of Myolie, I’m only looking forward to seeing how Fala carries out the role of the “bratty” princess. :P

Iris from TVB Interaction (Part 2) — Zzzz… TVB made a bad decision to air two ancient series at the same time. :P Lai Lok Yi as an emperor? Wha? Feels like a non musical version of A Bride for a Ride.

MY COMMENTS:

ugh. this doesn’t appeal to me at all!

I don’t like ancient comedies, and even though it boasts a great cast, with one of the promotional videos mentioning that this series stars “3 TV Kings” (Moses, Ha Yu and Wayne – in a cameo), the theme video looks like they’ve taken the lame comedy from  “The Gentle Crackdown” and “The Gentle Crackdown II”.

The cast members were in TGC and TGC2! Moses and Johnson were in TGC, and Johnson, Ha Yu, Elaine and Wayne were in TGC2 — and why not? all these 3 series are produced by Lau Ka Ho! Moses and Ha Yu won Best Actor in 2007 and 2008 respectively for their roles in Lau Ka Ho’s productions. Wayne got his Best Supporting Actor 2008 for TGC2, another Lau Ka Ho production. ok, sorry, off track here.

The 2 TGC installments had clever cases, but i never got over the very very lame and stupid comedy. What do we expect here? This series doesn’t even seem to have any cases, which might save the storyline. All i feel now is blah blah blah… i’m pretty sure i’ll skip this.

Cast-wise, Moses is always great! Ha Yu doesn’t disappoint… i’m no fan of Myolie’s, but it is Fala’s first ancient series, which might be interesting? I still can’t believe Lai Lok Yi plays an emperor – but i might just watch it for him :) yayy, Elaine Yiu is here! oh? Savio Tsang plays a prince who is attempting to stage a rebellion? sounds like his character in “The Four”, anyone?

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A Fistful of Stances 鐵馬尋橋 (Tit Ma Cham Kiu)
(pre-modern)

(image from Astro on Demand/ property of tvb.com)

(image from hyn5’s blog; credits to szeki.org)

Broadcast Period: March 17, 2010 – April 18, 2010

Genre: Pre-modern

Length: 25 episodes

Producer: Lee Tim Sing

Scriptwriter: Cheung Wah Biu & Chan Ching Yee

Cast: Yuen Qiu, Kevin Cheng, Kenneth Ma, Shirley Yeung, Selena Li, Dominic Lam, Nancy Wu, Natalie Tong, Kara Hui, Stephen Wong, Jacky Heung, Chung King Fai, Angela Tong, Tavia Yeung, Angel Chiang…

Synopsis:
AU YEUNG WAI-LAN (Yuen Qiu), owner of a martial arts training school, is reunited with her long-lost son KOO YU-CHEUNG (Kevin Cheng) after years of agonizing separation.  On his return home, CHEUNG is shocked to find that his younger brother KOO YU-TONG (Ma Kwok Ming) has been critically ill and that his father was murdered long ago by WING TAK (Lam Ka Wah), the existing director of a pharmaceutical company and a bitter old foe of the KOOs.  CHEUNG has never been into kung-fu but shows glimpses of his potential when he strikes back at the impudent, arrogant WING MAN-KWAN (Jacky Heung), also the son of TAK.  Pinning all her hopes on CHEUNG, LAN not only teaches him a special set of kung-fu skills created by the family, but also registers for him for the Guangdong Boxing Championship Tournament.  Out of the blue, CHEUNG’s opponent in the final turns out to be KWAN.

CHEUNG starts losing his bearings after achieving growing success and recognition in the field of martial arts.  Caught up in the love triangle between LAN’s apprentice YING NGAN-MING (Natalie Tong), his dream girl CHOW MUI-MUI (Nancy Wu) and himself, CHEUNG is utterly confused and exhausted, which later causes his failure in the final tournament.

(info credits to Astro on Demand)

Trailer 1 @ hyn5’s site!

Trailer 2 @ hyn5’s site

Trailer 3 @ hyn5’s site :)

translation of Kenneth Ma’s character @ hyn5’s blog :D

THEME VIDEO (雪下思 by Kevin Cheng) @ hyn5’s site!! :D

Comments:

Iris from TVB Interaction at TVB Sensations— Iron Bridge feels a tiny bit more tempting, but only for its cast. CoughcoughSelenaandKennethcoughcough.

MY COMMENTS:

This series revolves around kung-fu, and I LOVE THE CAST! :) it’s a Lee Tim Sing production, and that’s brilliant. I love Lee Tim Sing’s productions!! :D

Ok, what I’ve gathered is that the series will feature the past (characters when they were young), and the present (characters now). I’m not sure if they’ll do it in flashbacks, or chronologically.

Tavia’s role is really small – she’s the young version of Yuen Qiu, and only appears in 6 episodes.

Kevin plays father (Tavia’s husband) in the 1st generation; and son (Tavia = Yuen Qiu’s son) in the 2nd generation. Apparently Kevin’s role was to be played by Raymond, but due to conflicts, Kevin took the role.

Dominic Lam is the villain. This role was originally to be played by Yuen Wah.
other villains include Chung King Fai (he portrayed a villain brilliantly in “Dance of Passion”), Shirley Yeung and Jacky Heung (apparently they’re not ultimately bad).

Kenneth plays Kevin’s brother (all in the 2nd generation), and will pair with Selena — my favourite pairing in “The Four” return! :)

I’m really looking forward to this!

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fanfic: Timely Connections

March 3, 2010

i wrote my 1st ever fanfic for TVB Central’s 2010 Valentine’s Challenge! :)

Do read it HERE and comment!! thanks! :D


(banner done by Blossom for TVB Central)

read the results post HERE! :D

i’ll be revising it soon; many loose-ends to tie up!

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February 2010: upcoming posts

February 19, 2010

hi everyone!

hope you all are having a great February!! :)

about a month ago, i wrote a post on my upcoming posts, but i’ve not have time to complete the “D.I.E. Again” review. neither have i had time to write the “Prequels and their Sequels” special!

i’ve just completed “At the Threshold of a Persona”, so a review of this series will be in the pipelines too. i might try to attempt a review of “To Get Unstuck in Time”, depending on how much i do remember, and how detailed i want the review to be. for series which i don’t like too much, i think i’ll not add so much pictures and details – eg. “When Easterly Showers Fall on Sunny West”. i’ll just write a raw review. that way, i hope i can write more reviews, and cover more series! :D

and of course, it depends on how much time i have to spare. i’ve been really busy… this year is a nightmare year for me with major year-end exams and all. and now that my CNY holidays are over, it’s back to work!

so… i’m afraid i won’t be able to update this site as much as i’d like to. i hope you guys will understand :)

oh yes! on another note, as seen on my sidebar, i’m part of the TVB Handbook team @ TVB Central! the job there is much simpler than writing reviews. we  have to source and search and link. it’s pretty satisfying though :) really great to be a more involved member of the TVB blogging community :D

:)
kRysTaL~

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! :)

February 19, 2010

hi everyone!

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!! :)

haha i have 15 days so it’s not late XD i had some problems embedding my photo, that’s why it’s delayed!

i’d like to wish all of you a great ‘tiger’ year!!

wishing everyone the best of health and all the best in whatever you do! may all your dreams come true! :D

best wishes,
kRysTaL~

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January 2010: upcoming posts :)

January 22, 2010

hi everyone!

i tweeted that my next post will be on “Prequels and their Sequels” (focusing on Survivor’s Law, Forensic Heroes and D.I.E. are there any others which i’ve missed? ahhh.. The Gentle Crackdown. *edit: i forgot about the 學警series – The Academy, On the First Beat, E.U.!)

i also want to do a review on D.I.E. Again. i’m thinking of doing a special on D.I.E. and D.I.E. Again, but i guess that can be covered in the “Prequels and their Sequels” post!

so, upcoming posts for Jan/Feb include:

  1. D.I.E. Again review
  2. “Prequels and their Sequels”

more to come soon! :)