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What’s Up; #4.

16 Jul

So, besides finishing up my holidays, starting class back up again, having computer problems and procrastination, what’s been up in the world of TVB?

Love Exchange

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As you can see from the new banner, I’m enjoying this series. Although it seems like a let down in certain ways because the intriguing sales presentation promised so much more, but I’m really loving the series not so much for the plot, but for the acting alone, mostly from Anita Yuen.

While I don’t ever remember seeing her in a TVB series before, that doesn’t make a difference. I warmed up to her immediately on-screen. Anita really is such a brilliant actress. I don’t know how much TVB paid to lure her away from her adorable baby boy and back to film but she is worth every single cent. She is wholeheartedly Sit Chi Yiu, from top to toe, in and out. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that was how Anita is in real life too. And well, what can I say? Gotta love Michael Miu too. Surely it must be illegal to still look so good at his age? He’s my George Clooney of Hong Kong.

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I didn’t expect much from the Michael/Anita pairing, but the sparks between them on-screen is so evident and so natural.

Power Chan and Krystal Tin are perfect choices for the second leads. Often underrated, both of them have been great so far and I expect we’ll see a lot more from them soon as the plot thickens. Special shout out goes to the guy who plays Kei Chai, Chi Yiu‘s little brother-in-law (I think his name is Alex Lam?). Gosh, this kid is hilarious! I’ve never watched him before but my dad keeps on eagerly informing me that he’s the disciple from Men Don’t Cry, so I deduce he must’ve been good there as well because my dad rarely gets that excited. Heh.

In terms of the plot and the mystery it promised in the sales presentation on the other hand, there’s nothing yet. So far most of it has been filler, but we’ll see. I think there’s definitely more to the death of Dick (Eddie Kwan) and Bonnie (Angela Tong). I get this feeling that Jackie (Krystal Tin) might be tied to it somehow since she has that one “great love” which they’ve mentioned a few times now. Might it be Dick?

On a different note, I don’t know why they named him Dick, considering they have to mention his name so many times in the series. Heh.

I also really, really love the themesong. Every Kary Ng song that I’ve heard, I’ve liked. This one is no exception. As usual, I haven’t a clue what it means, but the melody fits the series quite well.

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The Speech of Silence

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I expected SO much more from this. I enjoyed the first few episodes, watching the dubbing, enjoying the initial squabbling between OK Chai (Kenneth Ma) and Tong Tong (Kate Tsui), but as the series progressed, I found myself dragging through the episodes. Lau Dan is great as usual, but I couldn’t have cared less about the entire she-bang with him and OK Chai. Ditto for the Tong Tong and Mary Hon storyline. Stephen Huynh is atrocious, awful, whatever you want to name it. The only thing that I actually enjoy are Chris Lai and Elaine Yiu. Chris cracks me up whenever he’s on-screen, and Elaine has improved in spades. I’m not saying that Kate hasn’t, but I can’t help but feel that her acting pales when she’s next to Elaine on-screen.

I’m the kind of person who can’t bear to watch a series out of sequence or not finish a series I’ve started watching (Part of the reason why I haven’t attempted Gossip Girl, because my first episode is missing) but last week I missed Episodes 10-14 of this series and I didn’t even feel like catching the re-runs on Astro On Demand. Right now, I’m just catching bits and pieces here and there when I walk in and out of the TV room when my family watches it. I suppose I’ll try to finish it, but at the rate I’m going, this might be the first series I abandon in 2008.

It’s such a shame though, that an interesting theme had to be wasted in this way. There was so much potential for it to be the underdog series of the year, but that title still remains with A Journey Called Life, I reckon. I’ve seen people comparing the series, saying that Speech is superior to Journey, and I just absolutely have to disagree.

(Ehh, this may be an unpopular opinion but part of the reason I might not continue is also because I cannot stand the themesong by Joyce Cheng. The tune is fine, not so much her singing.)

Moonlight Resonance

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I love the poster. It’s quite crowded, but then again, I didn’t expect anything less. I also may be biased because purple’s my favourite colour, heh. The trailers have gotten me all hyped up so far. I just worry about it production value-wise because it was so rushed to be in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Didn’t they just finish filming about a month ago or something?

I enjoyed Heart of Greed, so obviously I have high hopes for this one. So many of my favourites are in here – Moses, Tavia, Raymond, Bosco, Michelle, Wayne. Can’t wait to watch all the veterans in action again too. This time round, some of the rest have also grown on me – Linda, Fala, Chris. Let’s see if Fala handles acting a disability better than Kate in Speech of Silence. I do wish they’d kept Yoyo, though. First, she had a much reduced role in Forensic Heroes II, and now completely ignored for Moonlight Resonance. Poor thing.

Will Moonlight surpass its predecessor, the ratings-darling Heart of Greed? Guess we’ll all find out really really soon.

What’s been on your playlist? Are you watching Love Exchange or Speech of Silence? Are you anticipating Moonlight Resonance?

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The Tangled Web of TVB; #2.

22 Jun
The Tangled Web of TVB will be an
ongoing feature in this blog featuring the
many different relationships between
artistes and/or characters that occur,
be it through coincidence, things they
could have in common, mutual friends
or just an interesting little tidbit
that I have to share about these artistes.”

The Tangled Web of TVB #2: It’s All in the Name

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Ella Koon Yan Na, Sonija Kwok Sin Nei & Linda Chung Ka Yan

After being a subscriber to Astro on Demand since the beginning of the year, I’ve had the pleasure of watching every single TVB show that has been broadcast in Hong Kong, simultaneously. And throughout this luxury, I’ve noticed a running pattern.

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Nancy Wu Ting Yan, Idy Chan Yuk Lin & Kate Tsui Tsz San

What could beauty queens Sonija Kwok, Linda Chung and Kate Tsui have in common with recent Strictly Come Dancing TVB representative Nancy Wu, songstress Ella Koon and veteran Idy Chan?

Yes, they’ve all had TVB series that has broadcasted this year (with the exception of Kate Tsui, whose series broadcasts tomorrow). That’s just only half of the coincidence. Another running theme that they all of them have participated in thus far? They’ve all played characters with… here, I’ll let the pictures do the talking for me.

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Lei Lei, Jing Jing, Ka Ka

The year first kicked off with flamboyant lawyer Suen Lei Lei, also known as Lily, by Ella Koon in Survivor’s Law II. Starting a trend of sorts, it was followed with the prominent Jing Jing, Sonija Kwok‘s Madam Ying in D.I.E., with rough-talking Ka Ka by Linda Chung simultaneously airing in A Journey Called Life.

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Fei Fei, Yung Yung, Tong Tong

Right after that, the trend continued in Catch Me Now‘s Bao Yung Yung (even called “Ku Ku” sometimes!) by Idy Chan. Nancy Wu, who played Pui Pui in D.I.E. earlier in the year, followed up with her Fei Fei in The Silver Chamber of Sorrows while after that, Linda Chung did it once again by reprising her role in Forensic Heroes II as the tragically dead Lam Ding Ding. And now, the pattern is soon to follow with Kate Tsui’s hearing impaired Tong Tong in The Speech of Silence.

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Ding Ding, Pui Pui, Sa Sa

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Long Long, CC, Coco

Of course let’s not forget the repeating syllables in “English names” like Joyce Tang‘s fabulously played Coco, Ko Ka Po in War of In-Laws II and the feisty Sasa, Wong Chi Kwan in The Seventh Day, as played by Natalie Tong.

And you know, if I were to really nitpick, there’s also been the hilariously camp CC by Derek Kwok in War of In-Laws II, Roger Kwok‘s Yu Chi Long nicknamed Long Long by his ghost fanatic, as well as little Lok Lok who’s Toby Leung‘s son in Money Maker Recipe and the adorable twin treasures Hei Hei and Lam Lam in WOIL II, to name a few. I’m sure there were more kids with names like these ones throughout the year so far.

(Which by the way, if TVB is a real representation of Hong Kong, there must be at least 21387 boys there named Lok Lok. Can we have some variety, already?)

I just thought it was too much of a running pattern. Seriously, what is up with that? All the bit characters aside, that’s five main female characters (yes, five, count ’em – Survivor’s Law II, D.I.E., A Journey Called Life, Catch Me Now and now The Speech of Silence) with single-repeating-syllables as names. Is this the new trend in TVB? Is it now hip to repeat something twice? Is this Hong Kong’s answer to funky Western names like Romeo Beckham’s, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt’s and Apple Martin’s?

I wonder if the trend’ll continue throughout the year. Guess only time will tell.

Miss Hong Kong 2007

22 Jul

So, with much hype and news coverage, the new Ms. Hong Kong has finally been crowned, taking over the crown from the beautiful Ms. Hong Kong 2006, Aimee Chan. There has a lot of talk about Ms. HK over the past month or so, and I’ll admit, I did go have a look at the contestant profiles, and tried predicting who would place based on their official pictures alone, and I failed miserably. I predicted #7 Lorretta Chow to win, #12 Nicole Lee, and probably #2 Lily Ho since she got so much publicity in the run-up to the finals. But as we all know, pageants, very much like the TVB Anniversary awards, love to throw us off guard, and do something completely shocking and unexpected.

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Miss Hong Kong 2007 1st Runner-up #9 Grace Wong Kwan-Hing, Miss Hong Kong 2007, #3 Kayi Cheung, Miss Hong Kong 2007 2nd Runner-up, #7 Lorretta Chow Mei-Yun.

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#3 Kayi Cheung
23 yrs, 5’4″, 111 lbs, 33-24-34
Occupation: Student
Education: University
Hobbies: Traveling, snowboarding.

Note: Kayi is one of the overseas delegates hailing from Vancouver, and won the pre-competition title of Miss Vitality Ambassador.

Comments: Well, this one came as a bit of a shocker to me. The official MHK profile pic of her in the top left hand corner is not flattering at all, but her other photos don’t wow me either. 5’4″ is a tad short for a beauty queen too. I suppose she did really well with her interview sessions and/or catwalk to win. You guys who watched the pageant, do you think she deserved to win? Canada seems to be a lucky charm in pageants though; contestants from Vancouver and Toronto always seem to place in MHK. Aimee Chan and last year’s 1st runner-up Janet Chow are both from Toronto, while the winners of ’97, ’98, ’99 and ’00 hail from Vancouver. And that’s not counting the runner-ups, and finalists. Let’s not forget the MCI pageants too, where Ms. Vancouver always takes the crown. Kayi apparently was a contestant in the Miss Chinese (Vancouver) International Pageant in 2005; winning the Vivacious Beauty Award. Maybe her experience in pageants gave her an edge in this year’s MHK, then. She’s also had experience presenting for Fairchild Television, and with that, I’m pretty sure we’ll see her hosting in TVB soon.

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#9 Grace Wong Kwan-Hing
21 yrs, 5’6″, 116lbs, 33-24-35
Occupation: Student
Education: University
Hobbies: Dancing, Singing, Reading, Acting. 

Note: Grace also won Miss Photogenic and Miss International Goodwill yesterday night during the finals.
Comments: She doesn’t look that good in her official photo, but from the other photos in the collage above, it does appear that the camera loves her. She looks a whole lot better with her hair down than up, though. Miss HK Beauties reports that she’s from New York, USA, but I don’t think she’s one of the official overseas delegates, is she? Fala Chen also hails from New York, and also got 1st Runner-up for the year she took part in MCI. Fala is outperforming that year’s MCI winner, Leanne Li, in terms of acting roles and popularity, and I could see Grace shadowing that feat.

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#7 Lorretta Chow Mei-Yun
19 yrs, 5’9″, 124 lbs, 33-24-34
Occupation: Student
Education: University
Hobbies: Singing, Arts and crafts

Note: Lorretta won the unofficial pre-pageant award of Most Attractive Legs, and was also labelled by the press as the ‘Flora Chan Lookalike‘ of this year’s finalists.

Comments: I don’t know why the press like to have their ‘lookalikes’ every single time, but after a look, she does resemble Flora Chan a little. Based on her pictures and her height, she seemed like a strong contender for the title. However, I’m only just realising that she’s only 19, although she looks older than she really is in her pictures. The age might have deterred her claim for the crown though, I don’t remember MHKs being so young.

The other two finalists were:

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#14 Candice Chiu Ga-Dik (above) & #4 Mandy Wong Chi-Man, both 24 years of age.

Comments: Candice looks extremely youthful despite her age. She reminds me a little of one of the female cadets in The Academy. TVB’s always favoured girl-next-door looks like hers, I wonder if they’ll sign her. Mandy’s make-up is way too heavy in her official picture, and she just doesn’t look very good there. Nothing special, IMO.

The rest of the Top 8 Finalists:

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#1 Joey Mak Ho-Yee

Comments: Again, nothing special. Sweet-looking, girl-next-doorish. We have plenty of those already.

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#5 Destiny Cheng Ying-Ying

Comments: Okay. She kind looks like your average university student. But I just simply cannot take someone named Destiny seriously.

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#6 Anita Wong Wai-Lam

Comments: She needs to find a hairstyle that suits her. What were the stylists thinking?

The hot favourite that failed:

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#2 Lily Ho Ngo-Yee

Comments: I’m extremely surprised she didn’t even make it into the top 8, considering the amount of press coverage she got before the competition. She even won Miss Tourism Ambassador, and was labelled ‘Gigi Lai Lookalike’ and everything.

Note: Beauty pageant winners have to be complete all-rounders; firstly being physically attractive, intelligent, graceful, talented, worldly, and they have to excel in all the different segments of the pageant. However, my comments are based mainly on the pictures alone and nothing else, since I have not watched the pageant. This is where you guys who have watched the pageant come in – do let me know if there were any outstanding girls in the interview sessions, catwalk, etc.

Pageant contestants aside, it looked like a rather fun night as the previous MHK winners/TVB artists came out to play.

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Raymond Lam & MHK 2004, Kate Tsui performing on the night. Hope this comes up on Youtube soon.

I also found pictures of hosts Eric Tsang and Nat Chan doing a little dance segment with the previous MHK winners and runner-ups. Would love to watch this as well, because they all look like they’re having so much fun. Especially the two men, of course. I find it hilarious how all the MHKs tower over the guys, heh.

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MHK 1998 Anne Heung, MHK 1999 Sonija Kwok, MHK 2003 Mandy Cho & MHK 2004, Kate Tsui. They all look so gorgeous. Kate looks extraordinarily good in her beauty-queen getup compared to how she usually looks in series and her tomboyish image.

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I’m not entirely sure on the first three pictures, but I think they’re MHK 2005 Tracy Ip, MHK 2005 1st Runner-up Sharon Luk and MHK 2005 2nd Runner-up Carrie Lam. I always tend to mix up Tracy and Carrie. I thought ‘Cho Pang‘ in HOG was Tracy for ages before Tracy’s character actually turned up, lol. And of course the last picture is none other than MHK 2006, Aimee Chan.

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Such pretty dresses.

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More ex pageant contestants. Shirley looks so pretty. I’ve never been a fan of Mandy‘s but she looks really good here too, very elegant. Last year’s 1st runner-up, Janet Chow was looking very beautiful and radiant in all the pictures I saw. Suki Chui, one of last year’s finalists also attended. And Moses, I know he’s not a contestant, but I put him here, just because. (Oh, and also because he looks awesome in a suit.) Lol. I think he was one of the judges?

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Aimee Chan bids being the reigning MHK goodbye.

What do you guys think of the results? Do you agree?

Pictures thanks to Sina, Miss HK Beauties, and Amelie’s TVB Blog.

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