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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 Foreword; Part I.

27 Jun

Hello guys! I don’t think I’ve done a proper introduction of myself since I hurriedly threw this blog together at the beginning of this month. I’m Wendy, and I also go by the moniker of glazed.over or glazedover08 in forums (Update: And as of 2010, @glazeover on Twitter too!). As you can probably already tell, by me opening this blog up, I’m a TVB fanatic and watch its series religiously. Other interests are music, pop culture, and the Internet. Amongst the things you’ll see on this blog, besides my random ramblings about TVB, will probably be a little bit of fanart or icons, and possibly more fanfics like the Raymond/Tavia one-shot below.

Choosing to read a blog is a little like dating, no? You don’t date a person without knowing his/her interests and finding that you have a little something in common. Same goes for TVB blog-hopping. I’m obviously going to be writing about things that pique my interest, and if we don’t share that, then you’re not going to have a lot of fun at this URL. So here, goes- a little on my favourite TVB actors and actresses.

My Leading Men

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Raymond Lam Fung

Why he wins my heart: Superman; this guy can really act, sing and dance. And he’s so natural and at the top of the game for all three. He is, in my opinion, the most versatile actor in his generation. He sounds good singing live, which many TVB artists don’t. Plus, he’s extremely easy on the eyes. Raymond is also the kind of actor who is able to elevate his co-stars performances because he has got great good chemistry with almost everyone he stars with.

Aesthetic value: I think he’s extremely good-looking. He’s got that very dreamy look, and just emits charm without trying. Many guys would kill to be that way. I preferred his look a few years ago, compared to his hairstyle and his body build now. I think he’s way too skinny as of late. But with a voice like that, who really cares anyway?

Favourite Series: A Step Into the Past, A Taste of Love, Eternal Happiness, Survivor’s Law, The Last Breakthrough, Twin of Brothers, La Femme Desperado

Remarkable Partnerships: With Myolie in SL, Tavia in TOB, Leila in TLB. I can’t decide which one I like best.

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Moses Chan Ho

Why he is the apple of my eye: He can do both comedic and serious roles with ease. He’s hilarious with comedic roles. Mastering both genres is hard, and although critics say TVB should never give him serious characters to play, I beg to differ. I think Dr. MC Lam in the Healing Hands franchise is an excellent serious portrayal by Moses. Can’t wait to see him in Heart of Greed. But yes, Moses has very precise comedic timing, very reminiscent of Kate Walsh who plays Dr. Addison Montgomery in Grey’s Anatomy. Unfortunately, I can’t think of a good male example to compare him with, as of now. His characters in Sui Tong Lau, Sek Sui and Kelvin (The Gentle Crackdown, Love Bond and Family Man respectively) were so, so hilarious.

Aesthetic value: Moses is a great epitome of the tall, dark and handsome fairytale Prince Charming. Swoon, enough said. And, he’s got a great smile that makes me feel very cheerful.

Favourite Series: Family Man, Where the Legend Begins, Love Bond, Healing Hands II & III, Perish in the Name of Love, The Gentle Crackdown, War and Beauty

Remarkable Partnerships: With Bernice in LB and HH3. And yes… just Bernice. They’ve really won me over.

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Steven Ma Chun Wai

Why he gets my two thumbs up: If TVB were a racetrack, Steven would be my favourite ‘Ma‘ (Oh wow, that was an awful pun, I’m sorry. Lol.) But horse jokes aside, he is definitely one of my favourite TVB actors. Steven plays the strong, virtuous, righteous male very well. He’s mastered that role so perfectly that he could probably do it in his sleep. But he’s also done some completely opposite roles like his rich kid role in Ultra Protection, and his stint on Virtues of Harmony, which I didn’t watch, but heard he delivered well.

Aesthetic value: He’s got that adorable baby-face which is money in the acting world. I honestly can’t see much difference in his face over the years. Except for the fact that he was definitely not as tanned when he started out. If I remember correctly, he got an insta-tan when he appeared in Healing Hands II.

Favourite series: Healing Hands I, Ultra Protection, On the Track or Off, When the Legend Begins, Perish in the Name of Love, The Brink of Law

Remarkable Partnerships: Hands-down, definitely with Ada in OTTOO and WTLB. Also with Marianne Chan in Ultra Protection and Charmaine in PITNOL. I must say, however, he and Bernice look extremely compatible, but they didn’t have as much chemistry as the rest.

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Bosco Wong Chung Chak

Why he gets a golden star: Upon seeing him in TITS, I predicted he’d make it soon and I’m so happy he did. Bosco has received a lot of hate in TVB blogs lately, due to his apparently wooden acting in HOG, and in my opinion, probably due to overexposure on TVB’s part. I haven’t watched HOG, so I honestly can’t comment on it much, but he’s still one of my favourites. He’s got a lot of potential, and I think he can act and he’s got charisma on and off screen, unlike certain Mr. Hong Kong contestants. Another actor who handles all genres pretty well.

Aesthetic value: For me, Bosco might not be as classically good-looking as some of his peers (Although I found him extremely hot in his office gear as Michael in Life Made Simple, and in the HOG screencaps I’ve seen), but he’s attractive in his own way and he makes up for it in personality. Loads and loads of personality. He never fails to make me laugh in his interviews and he’s got a lot more wit than could be said for a lot of others. He seems to have great relationships with all his co-stars and I love that.

Favourite series: Triumph in the Skies, The Last Breakthrough, War of In-Laws, Life Made Simple, Under the Canopy of Love, Dicey Business

Remarkable Partnerships: I really liked him with Tavia in DB and Myolie in WOIL. Also with Leila in LMS and TLB.

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Michael Miu Kiu Wai

Why he makes me swoon: I’d heard so much about him from my mother and sister that when he appeared in the Academy, I was probably already made an honourary fan by the both of them. But I wasn’t disappointed, it was a great performance, followed by what I thought was a stellar performance in the first three quarters of DB. Him as supposed-antagonist in The Academy and as the villain Kiu Ching Cho in DB actually made me root for them, instead of wishing their demise, and to me, that’s effective acting.

Aesthetic Value: I don’t think you could find me another TVB actor at his age who oozes as much charm, charisma and sex appeal as he does. He’s very handsome, to put it succinctly. He’s what every young actor right now, should want to be. If I had to choose, I’d say he’s Hong Kong’s equivalent of George Clooney.

Favourite Series: The Academy, Into Thin Air, Dicey Business. I never watched any of his series before his comeback, but so far I’ve liked every performance of his in all his series that I’ve watched.

Remarkable Partnerships: I loved both the different partnerships with Michelle Yim in TA and with Jessica in DB, which were relationships that were complete polar opposites.

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Sammul Chan Kin Fung

Why he gets five out of five: I actually think Sammul has great potential, but is overshadowed by the rest of his TITS pilot castmates at TVB. I was very pleasantly surprised at his devious Vincent and cool Wai Pak Kiu in Survivor’s Law and The Academy, respectively. Both are characters with many layers and back-stories and if played by a lesser actor, would have come off as one-dimensional. Sammul does just the opposite, and I have to admit, that was fresh and that was what won me over. Definitely looking forward to seeing more of him and am trying to get Bar Benders and When Rules Turn Loose to watch.

Aesthetic value: Cute. Another baby-face club member.

Favourite series: Survivor’s Law, The Academy

Okay Partnerships: Sammul and Bernice had a handful of cute scenes together, but nothing memorable. Fiona was slightly better, but still not remarkable. I’m looking forward to watching the two series I named above to see if any better partnerships surface. And of course, not forgetting SL2.

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Ron Ng Cheuk Hei

Why he makes the list: Previously, I was not a huge fan of Ron’s. Of course, like any other girl, I could appreciate his good looks, was rather indifferent towards Ron’s acting. but Apologies to all Ron fans, which I know there are many, but I felt his performances in The Academy and Triumph in the Skies and Revolving Doors were all almost carbon copies of one another (I, however, liked his RDOV character). Stubborn, impatient, irrational young protagonists who later realises and changes for the better. Yes, I agree that it is TVB who casted him in all three roles and that he was given that script. But as an actor, you could still work with what’s given and churn out different performances. He could have given his characters some special gestures or trademarks or remarks to establish some differentiation between. He’s a good actor, but he needs to put more thought into developing his characters. I did, however, really enjoy his change of character in BOL where his Tung Yat Jun was calm, intelligent and rational. Ron did that exceptionally well. Another stand-out role for me, was in Twin of Brothers.

Aesthetic Value: Ron is very physically attractive, and I believe I am also speaking for a lot of other girls when I say that. He has a good fashion sense for what works on him and what doesn’t, and he’s got that very handsome, healthy image. Definitely hot. Also, like Bosco, this guy has a huge personality. I love watching his interviews and clips of him horsing around with his cast-mates because he loves to joke around with them.

Favourite Series: Lost in the Chamber of Love, Twin of Brothers, Revolving Doors of Vengeance, The Brink of Law

Remarkable Partnerships: With Myolie in LITCOL, Leila in TOB, Ella in RDOV and although I didn’t like his character in TA, I liked him with Tavia in it.

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Derek Kwok Jing Hung

Why he gets my vote: This guy, to me, is extremely underrated and deserves more roles, with more screen time from TVB. I’m so glad to see him getting a big role in the recent The Family Link, but then I was annoyed because they couldn’t even put him on the poster. All the other main male casts were, but he wasn’t. He’s perfect as a villain as demonstrated time and time again, but even more effective in his show-stealing, quiet, subdued role in RDOV.

Aesthetic Value: I find him good-looking, but sadly often overshadowed by his younger counterparts. If I ever get a high-flying job at TVB, the first thing I’d do is to promote him. Plus, he really delves in martial arts, so extra points for him.

Favourite Series: The Kung Fu Master, Shades of Truth, Revolving Doors of Vengeance

Remarkable Partnerships: For sure, with Jade Leung in The Kung Fu Master. The strange thing is that I don’t remember much of the series, but I remember Derek and Jade’s parts, and their love story pretty clearly. Definitely NOT Elaine Yiu in RDOV.

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Raymond Cho Wing Lim

Why he gets a tick: I’ve always noticed Raymond Cho as a supporting actor in a lot of the TVB series I’ve watched and liked him. If Derek Kwok is the king of supporting villain roles, then I’d say Raymond is one of the better supporting comedic actors. For me, he stole the show in HH2. And while I watched HH3 mainly for Moses and Bernice, Raymond’s continued portrayal of the spunky and cute Chris, again stole the show. Give me Dr. Chris to watch over Lawrence Ng’s Dr. Paul anyday.

Aesthetic Value: Yet another baby-faced guy. They just never seem to age, do they?

Favourite Series: Healing Hands II & III, Life Made Simple

Remarkable Partnerships: On paper, Raymond and Maggie Shiu as a pairing seem to be a trainwreck, but they really deliver on-screen as Anson and Chris. They had chemistry and made the age-gap work and were believable.

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Fred Cheng Chun Wan

Why he might make it on my list one day: Another Canadian-grown artist in TVB. He’s one of the male newcomers whom I feel has the freshest look and best potential. With time and guidance, I think he could do third lead roles very well, and slowly work his way up. He’s already had bit roles in a coupe of series, so hopefully he’s on his way to better things. Also, having grown up overseas, he can probably converse fluently in English, which is a huge plus for me and usually for TVB as well. Subsequently, he was recognised in the TVB New Talent Singing Contest in which he got second place. TVB loves their actors who can also sing (or rather, loves to make their actors who can’t sing, sing) so that’s another advantage for him.

Aesthetic Value: He’s cute, with a very marketable image which I think TVB could really capitalize on because he already has a lot of fans, and he has that aura which could pull in a lot of new fans.

Another few actors whom I always enjoy watching are Benny Chan, Wong Hei, Deric Wan, the awesome veteran Paul Chun, the ever-dependable Benz Hui, Alex Fong and Bobby Au Yeung. Also, can’t forget Gallen Lo, Nick Cheung and Marco Ngai, all of which are under another special feature I have planned.

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Wow, so that came out rather long. I shall continue on the pretty ladies another time, so look out for that one. Hope you enjoyed reading my two cents. Who are some of your favourite TVB actors? Do leave me a comment! Oh, and if anyone wants me to link you, just drop me a line, and I’ll link you right back. 🙂