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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂