Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Angel in the Making 實習天使 TVB - Review


Angel in the Making 實習天使 - Review

This is our review of Angel in the Making. This time we are also featuring thoughts from our part-time contributor Ah Tao!

Basic Overview: (We're gonna skim through this part so we can get to our thoughts!)

Halley Kei's (Eliza Sam) dream is to become a nurse and in this drama, she plays a part of TUNS 6, a group of intern nurses going through an internship at Hang Yan Hospital. She is a caring and kind character that works under her "devil" mentor Ray Yeung (Tony Hung). Tony Hung is an enigmatic character that is still traumatized by his family's death in a car crash when he was six. He was the lone survivor and was taken up by Dom Cheung (Chung King Fai "King" Sir). Tony became a nurse under the care and love he received from the nurse Dom. Initially, TUNS 6 (consisting of Eliza Sam, Moon Lau, Jinny Ng, Momo Wu, Oil Chan, and Kevin Tong) hated Ray because he always yelled at them for doing things wrong. Adding to this, they were on the brink of drifting apart as a result of Abby Tang (Moon Lau) having a drunken one-night-stand with Halley's boyfriend, Patrick Ko (Jay Fung), with Alison Yu (Jinny Ng) revealing this to the entire group. Eventually, however, they overcome this hurdle and rekindle their bonds amid the challenges ahead of them. Soon, they start to see that Ray uses a different teaching style to challenge them to be better nurses and they end up liking him.
On the other hand, we have Defea Cha (Alice Chan), a senior nurse who has marital problems and often seeks relief from her marriage through Doctor Kennedy Tong (Pal Sinn). The two are old lovers but somehow things didn't work out. Defea finds her husband half-naked with another man and realizes he is gay further damaging their marriage. Throughout the drama, her daughter shows weird behaviour and is diagnosed with a mental illness. Under all this stress, she looks to Pal Sinn but he's already dating fellow nurse Sylvia To (Elaine Yiu). All these characters get tangled together in relationships and together, they look after a variety of patients and the interns show their love for nursing.

Thoughts from Cee:

First off I'm gonna start with the songs. We've noticed a lot of people wondering about the rap song that's in the drama. We tried finding it but we couldn't and instead we found this. When I initially saw it, it had 280000 views but now its got over 300000. I wonder where the views are coming from lol. This guy is actually going the Korean route and he actually wrote all the lyrics too which I really admire. There's a lot of heated discussion about this cover right now but too bad we can't find a version of the Angel in the Making sub-theme song by him and Kevin Tong. It's a crazy funny copy of the original.

Aaryn Cheung - CROOKED HONG KONG (G-DRAGON COVER)

UPDATE! - Thanks to a fellow commenter that found the song for us, we'll link it here for everyone!

Various Artists - Real Me
 



Alright, now back to the drama. Initially we watched this being aware that we might be disappointed with the rookie cast. Instead, we found this to be a good drama although it had some flaws. First off, this role was practically written for Eliza Sam to shine as a caring nurse. The writers added depth to her character with the missing mom story and the dramatic friendship with Moon Lau. Personally, I think this is Eliza's best roles to date, if not the best one. Many of my friends like her role from The Hippocratic Crush 2 but I didn't really like it so I'd say this is the best one. She can still play young roles even though she's rather old for them. Her crying scenes are quite spontaneous and aren't too forced like Tony Hung's. Moving on to Tony Hung, this is one of his best roles again besides the crazy plotline in the last 2-3 episodes. Of course Tony has improvement for his crying scenes because it was hard to watch him cry for so hard and only have one tear. Maybe get tips from Natalie haha. With that being said, Tony did well in the rest of the drama as the monotonous mentor. He kept in character the whole way through and when we saw interviews/bloopers from tvb's channel you could see the difference between his role and his actual self. Some actors are the same in every drama and are the same in real life which is not acting. The rest of the cast did well except the beginning with Jay Fung was a bit awkward but that is forgiven since it's his first drama. I found Jinny to be great in her role and hope she sticks to acting instead of singing lol.
Like Jay and Ah Tao will mention, this drama simply suffered from poor transitions and a lot of untied ends. Is tvb planning a sequel for this? Because what happened to the nurse clinic? and the weird UFO thing on the last episode? and the love square between Jinny, the intern doctor, and the two guys from TUNS 6? and did the rowdy nurse assistant ever break up with her counterpart? LOL. The worst part was the ending I would say because of these loose ends and there was no time for Tony and Eliza to bond which I was waiting for. I haven't seen a good romance from tvb in such a long time since I skipped Every Step you Take (because of Moses LOL). The last memorable one I saw was Swipe Tap Love... two years ago. Anyways another thing that I didn't like from the scriptwriters was how Elaine came back with a daughter.... like... was that a joke or something? Because how can Alice Chan's character possibly be ok with her husband running back and forth between so many children? Will their marriage be doomed like her previous one? and why didn't Elaine come back or call him about it before having it and raising it for a couple years? These questions sound like they lead to a sequel, not that I'm against one but they tend to flop a lot. Overall, I just liked Eliza Sam and especially Tony Hung more in this drama. That's about it but it was good so I'd say 7/10.

Thoughts from Jay:

I initially thought this drama was gonna be like The Hippocratic Crush but with the nurse perspective. But as things progressed, it wasn't really like THC. Especially towards the end, things got so weird and creepy... it was just unexpected from TVB. I liked seeing some newer faces in TUNS 6 and all of their acting was acceptable, thank goodness. Jinny Ng seems to be a pretty good actress so far, hope to see more dramas with her! Most supporting roles were portrayed well by the actors and actresses. I was never too fond of Pal Sinn but he seemed to be fine as Dr. Tong, with the exception of his glasses without lenses. It really bugged me. Alice Chan's acting was exceptional just as in Lord of Shanghai. She puts just the right amount of emotion into acting, making her character convincing and natural. Tony Hung and Eliza Sam were pretty good leads and did not let the series down like Cee mentioned.  It was definitely disappointing we couldn't see more of Tony and Eliza because they were only together for the last two minutes and I think a lot of people were anticipating them together since the start. There were several story lines so that sort of took the spotlight away from them. The story between Alice, Elaine, and Pal was good and more mature, but I feel like there should have been more screen time for Tony and Eliza. Story wise, it was better than expected because after seeing all the big anniversary dramas, I didn't expect much from this. It followed the similar case-after-case formula that dramas usually have. However, many parts were kind of disturbing, gory, super creepy especially during the holiday season! That being said, there were humorous parts too, which made the series more enjoyable and less dark. But what's with Noddy (Tony Leung) asking to marry Mo Chi-fung (William Chak) all of a sudden when they weren't even in a relationship? Noddy always just went to nightclubs and everything... The worst part is HE SAID YES! That was just so awkward and bad.




The case of Joel Chan as Arthur or should I say... "Veronica" was just really weird and unexpected but he didn't have a big role so I don't know why his picture kept appearing on the poster during the break before and after commercials. Near the end of the series, things just turned sloppy and unexplained, which was unfortunate because of the successful beginning. There were some things that didn't need explaining and were unnecessary but they still put it on. The finale episode was a bit of a letdown, to be honest, and I agree that there should have been more episodes! Overall, I think I really got a deeper understanding of the nurse occupation which was the whole point of the drama. Besides that there were several memorable parts and it was a great opportunity for fairly fresh actors to improve. 7/10.

Thoughts from Ah Tao:

I haven't watched a TVB drama recently and even chose to skip the grand productions like Lord of Shanghai, so I thought Angel in the Making would be a good one to pick up that delight and sense of 'homeliness' you can find with (good) TVB productions. Overall, the drama was mostly well written and brought plenty of awareness about the nursing profession and their challenges. Like what Jay said, I was very impressed by Jinny Ng's acting; let's just say she isn't the most stable Cantopop singer out there but her acting skills prove otherwise. Her portrayal of the scene where she dumped Hugo Wong, who had placed a lot of negative pressure on her to become more 'lady-like' and adopt a more mature image, was relatable and made you empathize with how she had suffered. Initially, the TUNS 6 characters and their storylines weren't all that intriguing for me; I was rather always anticipating the Alice Chan-Pal Sinn-Elaine Yiu veteran 'love triangle' and their backstory. Elaine Yiu and her longing love for Arthur (Joel Chan) was clearly expressed through how she handled emotional scenes and it just made me thought about how she has attained 'fa dan'-level acting skills but missed her opportunity... I felt the same way with Alice Chan's character, the abuse she suffered from her husband, and her motherly instincts for her daughter. Both veteran actresses and Pal Sinn held their ground despite the TUNS 6 group being promoted as the highlight of the drama. Each component of the storyline was written well, but it was just the organization of it that got disjointed and made the drama feel rushed towards the finale. The plot might have worked better if there were more episodes to cover all the necessary plot transitions. 8/10.

We found this funny video on Tony attempting to surf! :)

Final Verdict:

Cee: 7/10 - Tony and Eliza were the highlight with the plotline being bad.
Jay: 7/10 - Some ridiculous scenes (William and Toby's flash marriage) but overall it was interesting and we kept wanting to watch more.
Ah Tao: 8/10 - Meh, it was above-average for TVB but the flow (or lack thereof) detracted from it.

Together we give this a 7.3/10 for the new attempt at using rookies for a nursing drama. We all loved the acting and hope that next time TVB puts in more time and effort in editing their script and final editing of the broadcasted episodes for a more coherent story.

Please let us know if you like these posts and what you want to see more of!

-CeeJay and Ah Tao!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

連詩雅 Shiga Lin - 舊街角

Hi everyone!

This is a new update on Shiga Lin's new song that came out 5 days ago called 舊街角. We've started listening to more and more Shiga Lin's songs this past year and we are starting to really like her. At first we noticed her song 只要和你在一起 on the side of our YouTube account but it wasn't until Jay gave it a try that we discovered her songs. She usually comes out with singles every month or two months always bringing new surprises. As the year is ending we're finding this new song to be super fitting because it talks about reflecting on one's past life. There's no turning back, 時光總不留人 as the lyrics say. There's always going to be that street in your life which reminds you of a special someone or a special time in your life.

Watching the JSG awards this past weekend also made us wonder where the awards for Shiga went. This year she had some great songs especially 大了一歲 . But with the politics at TVB, she was snubbed of all awards and instead, Alfred Hui and TVB's other singers just took home numerous awards. There's no saying what's gonna happen at the other awards for HK music but hopefully she gets some recognition.

This is the song:  連詩雅 Shiga Lin - 舊街角


曲:徐浩 / 齊樂平
詞:朱琳
編:徐浩
監:徐浩

街角 小店 記錄愉快相見 喊又笑的膚淺
別離 幾年 紀錄已經不見 昨日記憶斷線
細雨下約會你記得嗎 悄悄在耳後說的話 陪著我
 靜聽歌 看星星 一處漸漸繁華
時光總不留人 難得過去幸運
明日如何地變 仍是努力去捉緊
回憶彼此同行 和街角故地這樣襯
仍可 重溫 曾經憧憬這街中 笑著興奮
紙碎 一片 約定夏季相見 卻定格了冬天
走了 多遠 腳步踏進這寸 昨日腦海看見
挖去樹幹視野更廣嗎 擦去年少時對的罵 平淡似
 靜聽歌 看星星 今晚亦是無暇
時光總不留人 難得過去幸運
明日如何地變 仍是努力去捉緊
回憶彼此同行 和街角故地這樣襯
仍可 重溫 曾經憧憬這街中 笑著興奮
留低 餘溫 藏一點收進心坎 暖和黑暗

Hope you guys like this song as well!

-CeeJay

Sunday, 20 December 2015

2015 TVB Anniversary Awards Thoughts and Red Carpet

Firstly, we would like to apologize for the late post on the TVB Anniversary Awards this year. We have been super busy with the holidays coming up!

We will first talk about the winners this year and our opinions about them. Then we will have a red carpet section to take a look at some of the outfits of the night.


Award Winners: 
Best Series: Lord of Shanghai

Definitely the best drama of the year. It was amazing to watch and TVB hasn't had too good of
dramas in 2015, so this one was a huge contrast to that. All of the actors and actresses did a great job acting and didn't mess up the drama like how COD was messed up. It was so suspenseful and the characters were just so well written. The drama was so highly anticipated before it came out and thankfully, we were not disappointed! We hope to see more of these dramas from TVB but that seems a bit unlikely from the sales presentation we saw....



Best Actor: Anthony Wong (Lord of Shanghai)

He was no doubt the best actor this year and totally deserves this award. He not only brought his character to life, but worked hard to adapt the script and work with the directors to produce a truly inspiring drama. The only question was whether or not TVB would give it to him from the beginning since he is already an award winning movie and stage actor. 

Best Actress: Nancy Wu (Ghost of Relativity)

We are glad that Nancy won over other actresses... namely Linda. Nancy has improved so much over the years that it is nice to see the good results she has gained. Her role in Ghost in Relativity was enjoyable and very compatible when working with Kristal. Nancy did seem like the best choice this
year since all of the top 5 nominated actresses were bad. When they said that Nancy acted for over a
decade to gain a leading female role, we gained all the more respect for her, (unlike some actresses who have acted for a year and already have PLENTY of leading roles!)... we wonder how those select individuals feel after knowing that the REAL winners have working for so long for the opportunity and they are just wasting it away. 

Favourite Male Character: Ruco Chan (Captain of Destiny)

We definitely think that this is the best place for Ruco to receive the award. He showed vast improvement in Captain of Destiny than from previous roles and carried the whole series. Of course, when put beside more experienced actors such as Anthony or Wayne, he still lacks the experience. Still, outstanding performance from Ruco and we look forward to seeing him in other dramas. He is
really a keeper for TVB.

Favourite Female Character: Kristal Tin (Ghost of Relativity)

We really liked Kristal's role in the series and she was hilarious. Again, this was a deserved win. It is good that they gave awards to both Kristal and Nancy since it wouldn't make sense if one got an award but not the other. However, a lot of netizens have been complaining about her attitude the
whole night and we think that netizens should really treat this as a show. It's entertainment after all, and she has claimed many times that she was trying to add humour to the show.

Best Supporting Actor: Willie Wai (Lord of Shanghai) 

It was actually hard for us to take our pick for the best supporting actor category since there were so
many good candidates. We are thoroughly satisfied with Willie Wai winning this award and think it's well earned. It is nice to see TVB giving out awards not only to the more popular actors but also to people who earned the award by skill. We remember watching him in War and Beauty back in 2004 and he was already a concrete actor, it was a shame that we wasn't put to much use after Jonathan Chik left. Hope he continues to get more opportunities.



Best Supporting Actress: Elaine Yiu (Captain of Destiny)

Elaine is a very good actress and has shown she can play many diverse roles. We liked her evil role in Captain of Destiny as Consort Yim although we thought it was pretty predictable. Elaine has been in the industry for a while and she hasn't gotten much in the past years, so to see her making progress is nice. She was so emotional because she knows that she's really come a long way. More than anything, this award went to her as sign of recognition.

Most Improved Actor: Tony Hung
We were kind of expecting this win. Tony was alright but we think he is better in Angel In-the-Making now but that sort of counts for next year .... We also thought that he did show improvement
stepping up to be the lead in COD. It is too bad for Matt Yeung since we think he deserved the award
too as he did awesome in his dramas and he's been in the industry for over a decade! How time flies! This award really came down to politics at TVB.

Most Improved Actress: Grace Chan

Also expected even though Grace's acting was not outstanding because of the politics. However, we think that Rosina Lam deserves this award more and has shown actual improvement. Even Tracy Chu and Jacqueline Wong would've been better picks since they've worked for a longer period of time and THERE HAS BEEN IMPROVEMENT. We hope to see Grace's acting improve in the future, because honestly, there wasn't much improvement this year other than her taking part in a lot of stuff. To be honest, her acting kind skills actually became WORSE from Raising the Bar to Captain of Destiny. Don't know how that counts as improvement.

Mainland China Most Popular TVB Series Male Artiste: Bosco Wong

Cool.......

Mainland China Most Popular TVB Series Female Artiste: Linda Chung

This is only because of the amount of fans that Linda has but to be quite honest, she has not shown any good acting qualities as far as we know.

Best Hosts: Liza Wang, Adam Cheng, Jerry Lamb (Sunday Songbird)

Thought that they were relatively good hosts as Adam and Liza took part in singing as well. Jerry
Lamb also kept things on track and made the show smoother. It was a pleasant show and we don't have too much to say about it.

Best Variety and Special Programme: DoDo Goes Shopping

The program was funny and entertaining, although some parts were boring. It was cool to see different shopping areas in England, France, and Australia.  Didn't like how Sharon Chan kept saying "CHEAPER PLEASE" when they were in Australia though. The Australia part was just a complete let down.

Best Informative Programme: Big Big World II

No comment since we did not see this.

Best Theme Song: 眼淚的秘密 - Jinny Ng (Empress of China)

Weird enough, this one was actually the award that surprised us the most. Although, the song isn't bad, we just totally forgot about it. We thought that it would either be Alfred's 歲月無悔 or Fred's 揚帆 or even Linda's 一顆不變的心 winning since there was more hype for these songs.

Best Classic Series: The Greed of Man:

This was interesting but we don't have much to say about it once again.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Natalis Chan

We were never a huge fan of Nat Chan but to be fair, he has been with TVB since such a long time and has contributed every year to his shows. ONLY PROBLEM IS... he's just treating this as a joke. He really doesn't care. So we can TOTALLY see where this is coming from. Good for him! PROUD!

Red Carpet Looks:

Best/Nice looks:

Nancy Wu looked great in this long-sleeve glittering, silvery dress, fit for a TVB queen. This is
custom designed by her good friend, Kev Yiu. The stars and embellishments were beautiful. This wasn't just some school girl prom dress, it was mature and inspiring.


Both Ruco Chan and Kristal Tin looked stunning that night. We love Ruco's regal deep purple suit and we like how he paired it up with a bow rather than a tie. But the shoes.. or moccasin looking shoes threw us off. Kristal on the other hand looked great as well. We heard she didn't eat to wear this dress and it is really beautiful and accentuates her curves very well. The blue pendant also really brought out the colour of her dress.



We heard this outfit of Tavia's was super expensive, especially her jewelry. We really like the design of the dress with black floral designs. It is simple but works out well with the jewelry. We think the straps are a bit awkwardly placed but she wears it well.


Eliza Sam was fabulous in this outfit. She finally moved away from the girly dresses to something more mature and the slow cascade of glitter looked beautiful as well. A winning look!


Awkward looks:

Selena Li has definitely worn better gowns than this one. Although we like the ombré pink tulle it's a bit too much and it looks like it's weighing her down.  If there was less tulle this would've looked flawless. The choppy cutting of the top part doesn't blend in with the bottom. But really we think this is more towards a great look than anything bad.




Nat Chan: Well. What have we got to say? Is this a school uniform with the crests on the suit jacket? and what's with the pants? The shoes are also very awkward. They look more like slippers.


Grace Chan: We know that Grace was super excited about this dress and said she wanted to go for something different but we really didn't like the colour of this dress because it was a bit murky and took away from her youthful charm. As for the cutting, it was just a lot. Way too much draping and mixed up patterns to distract us from her skinny figure. This style just poofed up her body as an illusion.


Jeannie Chan: The pattern of her dress was quite new and we're alright with it? The only problem is that it looks like a beach wrap over her bathing suit and her hair looks right out of the water as well.



Safe looks:

Sharon Chan: She knows she's tall and has a skinny body so she just keeps going for these dresses because they're safe. Also, she wore white last year again... still on her wedding phase? At least no legs this time?
Tony Hung: Although Tony looks quite good dressed up, we think the full black is a bit on the dull side of things. We liked his suit at the Starhub TVB Awards better than this one.


Wayne Lai: Same comment as Tony Hung, a bit dull.

Carol (DoDo) Cheng: Wearing her go-to designer Dorian Ho, Dodo never fails to look underdressed. But this time, it's on the safe side with the monochrome colour scheme.


Nasty looks:

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Joel Chan: uhm.. well, we'll ignore Elaine Yiu because we think she looks great but this was the only picture we could find of Joel Chan. What style... From the mis-matched cutting of the suit to the kilt like bottom. And what are those? Sandals? The socks are coming through. Disastrous.


Moses Chan: Nice.. Street style? Oh, just the shoes. Better prepare for the winter with that scarf and the bright blue suit just looks silly. This is too much.

Linda Chung: And to say that she looked beautiful? Come on! This is another cheap beach wrap like Jeannie Chan. It was not elegant at all and she really gave up all her effort into looking better since she's been losing her BA award for seven years! This look was disappointing..

Kenneth Ma: Oh no! Just like Linda, he's now hopeless for the TV King award. All he cares for now are intimate scenes. Are we right? And this is just a bath robe... with black on top.
Elena Kong: Must've been comfortable for her that evening. Better ask Moses to borrow that scarf for her thighs! What's with the undergarment theme this year at TVB? Elena Kong being red and ... hot? WONDER WHAT THE BEHIND LOOKED LIKE ;) full on lace? or a bit of cover up haha.

Thanks for checking this out as always! And we'll have more coming up! Let us know your thoughts on this year's awards and fashion. Happy Holidays everyone!

Also, we have kept the sources on the pictures like TungStar or from TVB.com.

-CeeJay




Saturday, 12 December 2015

2015 TVB Theme Song Review!

Hey everyone! With the TVB season wrapping up this year, we decided to create a post on TVB's theme songs this year. Just a small note that we will not include sub themes in this post, there will be a post on that later! Hope you enjoy our little review/opinions on them.

TVB Theme songs:

鍾嘉欣 Linda Chung - 我不夠好 (劇集"東坡家事" With or Without You 主題曲) - ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING.... HORRIBLE! Spare your ears and do not listen to it!!! Yes.. it was that bad and as much as Linda had bad songs before, this is probably her WORST. She literally sounded like she was suffocating and could not catch up with the lyrics. She is bad at singing fast songs and keeps breathing heavily. It was like she didn't even want to be there to sing it and had no heart whatsoever. SO ANNYOYING TO LISTEN TO.

泳兒 Vincy Chan - 獨一無二 ( 劇集"無雙譜" Under the Veil 主題曲) - The song was soothing and very comfortable to listen to. Her voice is soft and not forceful to convey emotion through the song like some other singers... ahem.. LINDA. Lyrics are also better than a lot of TVB songs. Vincy hasn't sung much other TVB songs that we know of so well done and we hope to hear more theme songs from her.

鄭俊弘 Fred Cheng-揚帆 (台慶劇 "張保仔" Captain of Destiny 主題曲) - This is a powerful song from Fred that we really didn't notice too much. After hearing a whole years worth of the same boring stuff from Voice Entertainment, we kinda gave up on their theme songs. After listening to this one more, we appreciate Fred's heart and passion singing this song despite the redundant lyrics.

胡杏兒 Myolie Wu-天使 (劇集 "陪著你走” Every Step You Take主題曲) - didn't really watch the drama but the song is good and Myolie has a sweet voice.

張繼聰 Louis Cheung -月無聲 (劇集 “收規華 ” Momentary Lapse of Reason 主題曲) - Louis's old songs were not as good and we found that his voice wasn't pleasant to listen to but this song really changed our thoughts on him as a singer. He has a powerful voice here and it fits the drama really well. The only issue we have with this is the repetitive lyrics.

蕭正楠 Edwin Siu - 400呎 (劇集"樓奴" Brick Slaves 主題曲) - This song was kind of a funner one and served as a nice theme for the series. We also enjoyed the jazzy theme. Didn't like how in the middle his voice got kind of blocked with some effects and the lyrics weren't great. Not bad though!

許廷鏗 Alfred Hui - 迷宮 (劇集 '拆局專家' The Fixer 主題曲)  - Sigh... another song that is just slapped together with some meaningless lyrics and same flat tune. We aren't too sure if we should call it a tune actually, there is no tune. It's just words strained together by a voice. Disappointed in this song.

C AllStar - 天光 (劇集"鬼同你OT" Ghost of Relativity 主題曲) - uhh LOL. This is a song that only fits to the drama and it's a weird listen outside of it for us. BUT we think C Allstar has great voices and is better than a lot of other current singers. It's just kind of a weird song.

鄭俊弘 Fred Cheng - 愛同行 (劇集"愛回家" Come Home Love II 主題曲) - This song is nice and heartwarming. Fred has a nice voice that is easy to listen to. Too bad Come Home Love had to continue on this way, what a waste of a great song.

蕭正楠 Edwin Siu -轟天動地 (劇集"風雲天地" Master of Destiny 主題曲) - This one was alright, nothing too surprising but we have heard it a lot so we aren't brainwashed yet ;)

側田 / 李思捷 Justin Lo and Johnson Lee - 出口 (劇集"以和為貴" Smooth Talker 主題曲) - Uhh. First of all, half the time, we couldn't hear the lyrics and they made absolutely no sense. There isn't really a tune and it's another one of those meaningless last minute theme songs from TVB.

倫永亮 , 蓋鳴輝 Anthony Lun and Joyce Koi - 天衣無縫 (劇集"水髮胭脂" Romantic Repertoire 主題曲) - Ummm... how does this sound again? OH YEAH!!!! This was not good at all. In fact, it was pretty terrible. The song was awkward and their voices are not suitable for this type of song. it was a mix between modern and canto opera styles? Considering both their singing skills, we would have expected a better song.

汪明荃 Liza Wang - 華麗轉身 (劇集"華麗轉身" Limelight Years 主題曲) - At first this song was very mediocre and Liza Jeh isn't that good at singing modern pop songs so we really didn't like this. But we realized that this was already edited a lot and tbh.. it sounds good now. Live on sunday songbird was worse, so this is good.


C Allstar - 無懼 (劇集"潮拜武當" Wudang Rules 主題曲) - We don't really understand why C Allstar is singing a bunch of theme songs now, aren't they with their own record company? This was an ok song but it just felt like it was put together very last minute and it's just a weird song.

許廷鏗 & 胡鴻鈞 Alfred Hui and Hubert Wu - 真相 (劇集"天眼" Eye in the Sky主題曲)" - When we first heard this song, we couldn't hear Hubert at all and we both agree that he is the better singer. This song has really random lyrics that again sound like they're just put together last minute. Don't know why it won best theme song at Starhub Awards!!!

何雁詩 Stephanie Ho - 我和你 (劇集"四個女仔三個Bar" Raising the Bar 主題曲) - This one was also okay. Nothing much to say except that we look forward to hearing more songs from Stephanie with improvement.

蕭正楠 Edwin Siu - I'll Always be Yours (劇集"師奶Madam" Madam Cutie on Duty 主題曲) - We really liked this song and it's an easy listen. Edwin has a great voice and it probably helps since he's singing about Priscilla LOL.

吳若希 Jinny Ng - 美好的時光 (劇集"衝線" Young Charioteers 主題曲) - This song fits the drama which is good as some songs have no relation with the drama. We have definitely heard better from Jinny but this one is a more cheerful one than many of her other songs.

鄭俊弘 Fred Cheng - 造反 (劇集"八卦神探" Officer Geomancer 主題曲) - Just a weird song in general. Don't know how to explain it but it wasn't that great. I think we all can say that we have heard better from Fred, although the song isn't terrible and the style suits Fred.

王君馨, 羅鈞滿 Grace Wong and Ronald Law -是非 (劇集"宦海奇官" Noblesse Oblige主題曲) - Overtime, we kind of forgot about the song so it wasn't memorable at all. Wasn't bad but wasn't too good either. Grace and Ronald are mediocre singers which brings a kind of mediocre song.

薛家燕 & 蕭正楠 & 麥長青 Nancy Sit, Edwin Siu and Evergreen Mak- 報恩 (劇集"倩女喜相逢" My Spiritual Ex-Lover 主題曲) - Since we didn't watch this drama we didn't get a chance to listen to this song much but right now we're finding Evergreen Mak's parts really funny! SOUNDS A BIT LIKE SANTA! No comment since this is just for CNY.

Be sure to keep checking for updates on the sub-theme songs review!

-CeeJay


Monday, 30 November 2015

TVB 2015 Top Drama Countdown

Hello! This is our TVB Drama countdown list of all the dramas we have seen this year and our thoughts on them!! As always, comments are encouraged to share your views on dramas as well!
As we didn't watch or finish some dramas, we decided to leave them out of the countdown since it would be unfair judgement if we never watched the whole thing.
The Ones we Didn't Watch (and why):

Every Step You Take - Nothing interesting and Moses Chan is such a bore with his dramas this year. We aren't too into dogs and stuff either so no.
My Spiritual Ex-Lover - NO THANK YOU.
The Empress of China - It was way too long and although it did look appealing, we didn't have time. There's also something weird about dubbing, maybe it's just us? But it's not original and the mouths don't match and it's just not real so you will find that we don't watched dubbed stuff.

Half-Watched or Not Finished Dramas:

Come Home Love - Saw a lot of it but missed some, way too many episodes towards the end and got boring with new cast.
Come Home Love 2 - Bad continuation, please refer to the post specifically about this.
Young Charioteers - Saw 5 episodes and it was too silly. We're really done with the fact that Sisley is in everything yet she has no acting background and she's just a fraud.
Romantic Repertoire - Saw 1 episode and it was just uninteresting. No need to mention Moses again LOL. We're finding that he doesn't put effort into his acting anymore and just does whatever.
Limelight Years - Saw most of it but Linda Chung's character was so stupid... and Alex Fong just kept tricking her. What a dumb girl and what a mean douche. Damien was good and Liza was good but the songs were mediocre haha. TBH though, aside from the fact that Linda was acting cutesy and dumb, this was a great drama with great meaning. Liza did a truly a great job in this and it's something different from TVB.
Master of Destiny - Saw 2 episodes and the mainland collab made it too weird. We don't like mainland collabs with dubbing lol.
Under the Veil - Saw 2 episodes, ridiculous computer graphics, slow and illogical plotline. We couldn't bear it!
The Fixer - Missed last 2 episodes because it was a chore to keep up with especially the constant flashbacks. I guess it was alright? But we're finding that TVB is promoting the bad guys in their dramas and making them all dark and cool. The police didn't do anything.
With or Without You - We gave this one a try since Bobby doesn't film often but boy were we disappointed! We saw about 6 episodes and called it quits! We were DEFINITELY not going to go through 30 episodes of family affairs. And the family affairs were so petty! Jacqueline and Vincent were annoying, Joey is always the nice one, the KID! OMG! We haven't seen the end, but is the kid supposed to be a boy or a girl? IT'S AN ACTRESS after all... so umm?

Official Countdown:

13. Tiger Cubs 2
      No need to explain about it, especially with Linda Chung's performance LOL. SO disappointed with the sequel since we really enjoyed Tiger Cubs 1. The cases were just uninteresting and stupid especially with the CONSTANT flashbacks of TIGER GOR dying. Like, we get the point and we get the guilt from Oscar Leung. Him Law and all the other guys had nothing to do though. This was a waste of time. Love the Café Fu name though.

12. Wudang Rules
      Not a bad drama, it was just not memorable and there was hardly any kung fu. It was just about a bunch of rich people running around the mountain and there were too many flashbacks on each person about what made them go to Wudang. That creepy old lady who flew around had no purpose either.

11. Noblesse Oblige
      We don't remember too much about this besides the weird character of Ram Chiang who just went around seeking for something or someone against corruption. Weird series that we always mix up with Ghost dragon, hidden mountain or whatever it's called. This is the 5th collab between Kenneth and Tavia but not much chemistry here and she's a nun again... Just a plain series.

10. Officer Geomancer
      Johnson Lee is being "cool" in this drama as SIT DOWN SIR... what a name (we're biased here since we don't like Johnson Lee though). Mimi Chu and Mak Ling Ling were funny fighting for Lo lok lam. Joey Meng is ok and the cases were alright. It was just nothing really special although we're glad to see Candace Chiu with more opportunities but she was kinda creepy in the end.

9. Smooth Talker
      Funny to see Joe Ma like this after the strict SDU Tiger Cubs role. But yet another funny name, THICK TOAST! How does TVB have time for funny names but no time to make the plot more logical... we wonder. Anyways, it was ok. Funny a lot of times but wow with the ending with Au-Yeung Been. The TVB calendar photo of this looked techy and classy but the poster... is a 360 degree turnaround to graffiti and gangsters wow WOOT FAKE GANGSTERS (in the beginning they seemed tough but they're actually just chill dudes with a mahjong social club and a dingy garage)!

SmoothTalker2015TVB.jpg



8. Madam Cutie on Duty
    This was a pretty funny drama and not at all bad with Priscilla and Edwin as leads. They had some real chemistry and the idea of her having plastic surgery and all that added to the humour. The only problem was that they took the whole series to solve one case and the case was pretty boring. We liked how Priscilla became more see-lai ish by the episodes. That's pretty much it. We enjoyed this light hearted drama.

7. Eye in the Sky
    Seeing the trailer in the Sales presentation created a lot of hype for this drama and in the end, it disappointed. The CCTV's were not really the focus especially towards the end. Also... being located at the hotel for the whole entire drama wasn't interesting at all. The twin plotline was okay. There's really nothing to say. Tavia as Jan was not too good though, it was rather bland and she was annoying with Kevin Cheng. Her dad was funny. Kevin and Ruco did well though. Meh series. Like... We want to explain a bit more on why we put it kinda low, but we can't because there's really nothing to this.

6. Brick Slaves
    Although this drama looks like a boring filler. it actually brought some surprises. It was very comedic and the cast did well. Selena only films one series for TVB a year so it was nice to see her. Vincent did well leading for the first time and he had funny expressions. Evergreen Mak was good too but the guy that played his son was just weird! He kept calling his mom chu ma (pig mom) but he has this weird accent and underbite so when he talks it sounds like chu muk ahhh... like (pig muck?) And Kiki's character was so manipulative for this type of drama, Eliza was ok. It kinda reminded us of Madam Cutie on Duty with the bickering pair that lives together. All in all, we ranked it higher than Eye in the Sky because it was entertaining and when you have so much hype (like EITS), you become disappointed.

5. Raising the Bar
      Not a bad drama at all, lots of newer faces and they were pretty good. It was interesting because although there have been dramas about lawyers in the past from tvb, this one was different and focused more on the younger people than on cases we think. This series was kinda weird though... Elaine's relationship with Ben was like non-existent and her affair with the creep Don book meditation studio dude was too much. Like... we feel like it must've been a very deep love at first sight thing. What was Natalie's purpose, they wasted her. The four girls were great except Grace in the end when she decided to go against everyone. If you were a real lawyer, you wouldn't just use your emotions and quick judgement like that. Very despicable. Other than that, ok drama. Oh and the Joebee kid was too old to be their kid and had zero chemistry with them, especially Elaine but he is a cool monotonous dude.

4. Ghost of Relativity
    This was a good drama with Kristal Tin and Nancy Wu. Both actresses did a wonderful job and were very professional, especially when they were talking at the same time. Moses on the other hand... was completely irrelevant. It's hard to describe it, we feel like he was in his own world when he was filming this and bad hairstyle on him too. He was just unprofessional and brought nothing to the table in terms of acting ability. The three guys, however did a good job and were very funny in their roles. Mimi Chu and Wai Lee did not disappoint at all with the badminton skills ;) Overall, it was a great drama filled with laughs but we don't feel good about the spin-off coming up.


3. Captain of Destiny
     This was definitely a good drama but we ranked this lower than MLOR because there were some MAJOR issues with this. If we were ignorant people living in some crazy world then maybe this would've been fantastic but... it was a real nuisance having questions at the back of your head that would never be answered. Like, why does Grace's gun have unlimited bullets? There were lots of these moments! We do explain in detail on our review of this. Ruco is like the only reason why this was good. And also the battle scene. But that's it.

2. Momentary Lapse of Reason
    This is one of our favourite dramas of 2015. It was really great in all aspects. The ending was super suspenseful and TVB really went all out with the big gun scene. The friendship between the four main characters was so real and beautiful. All of them went through great development except for Tavia... who was a nun. Again.. and fell in love.. and wanted to not be a nun but nun master not happy and.. it was not good. Although Tavia seems to be the big lead, Rosina, Louis and Matt Yeung outshone her. Louis was perfect as the titular character and did not disappoint being the lead for the first time with major character development. The twist with Lau Kong being the kidnapper was so scary but created so much suspense. Rosina really shows her acting abilities in this drama despite the huge drama surrounding her character. She does not over exaggerate anything despite her character's circumstances and we hope to see more of her in the future. Bravo to TVB for creating this!


1. Lord of Shanghai
     We ranked this one number one because it was great, hands down one of the best dramas these past few years. With this one, we didn't find ourselves asking dumb questions like COD, we didn't question the OTT acting (From Grace in COD), and we really loved the set. Maybe it's just because Cee particularly likes pre-modern times or maybe because this was so real unlike TVB's usual streets. Acting wise, we can't complain. Anthony Wong's accent did bug a lot of people but that's a personal choice from actor and it didn't impede from the story at all. Kent Tong was despicable and so was Wayne Lai. However, they were both evil in their own way which made the drama wonderful. What really surprised us was Alice Chan. We will say right here, WE WANT ALICE TO WIN BEST ACTRESS. Sure, this is about men but she did great. This is more complex than Kristal and Nancy's characters who were just for laughs. Her only rival is Liza Wang in our opinion. Myolie, Louisa and Natalie were useless so whatever about them. We really liked Ron Ng and Eddie Kwan! This is our favourite role from Ron so far and we are so glad that he is considering a per-series contract with TVB! We overlooked him in the past and didn't like his acting but he has definitely matured. The story was great. We do admit the ending was a bit... small for the big scenes that we've seen but we understand that choice. How can you have something big when everything was broken after the war? We could go on forever but we will end it here! Great Drama!

OVERALL: TVB made some great dramas this year and we hope next year will be even better (we have our doubts). We will skip like half of the dramas again though since we simply don't have time to watch two dramas a day. It was kind of surprising how many dramas we skipped this year because last year we only skipped like 2 dramas. That says something about the quality of TVB dramas lately.


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Angel In-the-Making 實習天使 Theme Song TVB


The theme song of "Angel In-the-Making" (an upcoming TVB drama) was released early on and is sung by Jinny Ng. The song is called "我們都受傷". We think that this song is okay but it from what we know of "Angel In-the Making" so far, we don't know how this will even tie in with the drama. It's sorta a thing on its own and not really that suitable as a theme song. The Voice Entertainment Group has been putting out some really poor quality MVs and songs lately and even this song isn't great. This MV is just basically the same as Hubert Wu's "明知故犯" that was posted around the same time. We understand how it is a collaborated MV, one from Hubert's point of view and one from Jinny's but it just doesn't cut it.  Voice Entertainment is trying to use one stone to kill several birds by filming one MV for many purposes.

No offense, but we think The Voice Entertainment Group's MVs have become really cheap. Most MVs are just singers standing and singing their songs with a different setting and background each time. Like the MVs have no point whatsoever. Alfred Hui's 郵輪 has him singing with some mist around him. In the "歲月無悔" MV with him singing again, it's the same thing with a trashed place and a chair in the middle. Furthermore, in "迷宮" ALSO SUNG BY ALFRED, there is some fire on the side to make it look "cool" but we all can tell it is the same as the others. The "不顧一切" MV was Linda Chung standing and singing with some mountain background and rose petals falling everywhere. And the camera kept trying to focus on her face but couldn't so it just kept shifting and was annoying to see. And they did the MV so late after the song was released that it was pointless, having nothing to do with the song.  It just shows how cheap The Voice Entertainment Group has become.

Moving back to Jinny's song, This one is a bit different, thankfully, but we don't know what's really going on in the MV LOL. This song is just.... meh. The melody is kind of weird too, and it takes a few times of listening to adjust. We feel that Jinny was pretty hea for the song and the lyrics aren't that memorable.

Here is the MV:
Lyrics: 
曲:徐洛鏘 
詞:張美賢 
編:johnny yim 
監:何哲圖/johnny yim

在那天 彷彿白紙一張
明眸一雙 亦像琉璃雪亮
聲線多麼鏗鏘 懷著最偉大理想
突然一不小心 感冒著涼 感染了風霜
人無力再上 笑不出 開始缺氧

那一天我受過傷 所以理解這狀況
迷糊裡 救藥無方的感覺 曾流淚到天光
請不要消失希望 夜長還是有星光
若是你 仍然有心跳 來陪著我經風與浪 信可靠岸

在那天 寫低最痛一章
從前信仰 但願仍然閃亮
相信簡單開心 才是最偉大理想
未忘一不小心 感冒著涼 初次染風霜
尋尋覓去向 至走出 溫室中央

那一天我受過傷 所以理解這狀況
迷糊裡 救藥無方的感覺 曾流淚到天光
請不要消失希望 夜長還是有星光
若是你 能挨過沮喪
從前陣痛傷患 不需再講

請不要消失希望 別來無恙也不枉
盡力氣 曾挨過沮喪
誰人沒有經歷 一些輕狂

This MV is Hubert's for "明知故犯" and you can see it is the same.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Captain of Destiny 張保仔 TVB Review


Captain of Destiny 張保仔 Review



Basic Overview: Captain of Destiny is a historical fiction/sci-fi drama of TVB. It is a time travelling
series where Wong Tai Mui (Grace Chan) who lives in Hong Kong 2015, goes back to the Qing dynasty. Wong Tai Mui is a Hong Kong policewoman who got stationed at Cheung Chau. There, she encounters a criminal mastermind, Bowie (Ruco Chan) and during a motorboat chase, she gets sucked into a waterspout and travels back in time. There she meets a group of pirates including Cheung Po Tsai (Tony Hung), Cheng Yat (Lo Lok Lam), Shek Gui (Maggie Shiu), etc. The story basically unravels from there and talks about conflicts between the pirates and the Qing army and journey of Wong Tai Mui trying to go back to 2015. Along with that, there are other stories like in the palace about prince Man Ho/the 11th prince (Ruco Chan), Imperial Consort Yim (Elaine Yiu), Imperial Consort Shun (Susan Tse), the Jiaqing Emperor (Lau Kong), or in Macau with Chu Suk Kwan (Mandy Wong) and Wong Yat Hin (Joel Chan). Later on, Mui is caught in a love triangle between Cheung Po Tsai and Man Ho and other complications arise. A lot of stuff happened, but we don't wanna go too detailed in case someone hasn't watched it yet or finished.

Thoughts from Cee:

For me, Captain of Destiny was enjoyable overall but it created a lot of frustration. As a viewer, of course I am watching this just for entertainment and I should be "ignorant" to the stupid mistakes but this just transcends the normal plot holes that I ignore in movies. That aside, let's talk about the good stuff first.

The fact that TVB went out of it's way with all the CGI just shows you that there is emphasis on those scenes. TVB did not fail in this department. I had expected it to be not that great since it's TVB I can't expect Hollywood special effects but this was good for me. The one significant battle scene was very well done. I noticed at the end credits that there was a special fire/pyrotechnics group, so they must've had some experience in doing this. That aside, I did not like the underwater scenes between Tony and Grace. Those were really fake and their hair didn't flow naturally and a lot of other things bugged me about this scene.

Plot wise, it was... I mentioned talking about the good stuff right? Okay, then let's move on to characters.

The titular character, Cheung Po Tsai was not really how I expected him. I feel like Tony's portrayal of this character dumbed him down a lot. I do understand that Tony accepted this role had to film it right away so it seems like the only way to portray a character without getting scolded too much was to make it simpler for yourself as an actor. In some scenes I like Tony better than Ruco, and I know a lot of people will disagree, maybe let me rephrase this. I liked Cheung Po Tsai better than 11th Prince sometimes because he connected more to me than 11th Prince did. 11th Prince was too harsh for me in the beginning and I guess that his first impression made me kind of back off from his character. It seemed really irrational too, like he would scold people for the littlest things. He's a prince so he has that ability so it's understandable I guess... but the fact that he changed so drastically after meeting Wong Tai Mui is kinda weird for me. (Never mind about the good stuff first) I guess that's how love works then, you meet someone who is rude to you despite your identity and somehow their scolding turns into love and of course, confessing has to happen when he's drunk because if not, this strong prince won't admit his faults and love for others. The parts when Tony gets heartbroken by Grace are much more real, (not really because of Tony's portrayal) but because we see him fall in love with Grace and confess to Grace in front of all the pirates. We see him hide behind a wall and see her kiss Ruco and for me, that was so sad and in that moment, Cheung Po Tsai was so human. He was not an almighty pirate anymore, he was one of us and in my opinion he was more of a man than Ruco for confessing his love to her in front of everyone while Ruco had to do it drunk and alone. That is just for the two characters. The whole pirates are innocent thing did not make me happy and I won't elaborate. It's just because they're supposed to be bad yet they have stories and it's just confusing. Of course, I am being hypocritical by saying I like the fragility of Tony but come on, I am human so I have flaws and will side with Tony in this matter.

The plot I will skip. Jay has more to say on this topic. I know that this was very brief and it sounds like I'm just ranting. I just want to get a few points across here for the characters. We do have more sections of this review for other parts, so this is just my thoughts.


Thoughts from Jay:

It was definitely cool to see this type of drama from TVB with the pirates and CGI and everything. I feel like there were a lot of stories going on and they tried to put a whole bunch of elements into the thing like pirates, palace competition, huge battles and military, time travel, modern criminal investigation, astrology with Eunuch Lai (Elliot Ngok), Wu So-na's (Oceane Zhu) witchery-sorcery-creepy critter-poisoning powers, Western aspects in Macau, etc.. etc., etc. If they eliminated one or two things, the story may have been better.

There were a lot of characters as well, but a lot of them didn't have enough development to make them stand out too much like Wong Yi (Eric Li) or Cheng Yat. The only person who went through more development was Man Ho, oh and Mui but she was developed to become more and more ANNOYING. I also felt the pirates were really  ridiculous and trying to be funny with their comments. Cilla Kung's character as Wong Wing-yu was pretty much useless except for screaming a whole lot and she was introduced so late in the drama. Ruco Chan as Man Ho was really good and it is one of his best roles yet. He did very well in portraying two characters; Bowie and Man Ho and they were very different characters which shows Ruco's versatile ability.

One of the things that really upset me was that even though Mui is from the future, her knowledge of the future does not help with anything and she just caused trouble instead. She didn't even use her tablet/iPad to do anything like take pictures except read about her ancestry. She could have done so many cool things to make her useful but all she did was scream in happiness when she saw chocolates. What a waste... and especially as a police, all she cared about was herself which makes me think how she even qualified for the job. This made her character really unlikable in the first place and add Grace's poor acting, it was pretty bad. Grace was actually more natural in Raising the Bar, so she really needs to work on these inconsistencies and perhaps stick to more modern dramas for now.

I found Kelly Fu as Ha Sim much more bearable. Tony's acting was alright and managed to do fine, but alongside of actors like Ruco, of course it still needs improvement. But the series shouldn't be called Cheung Po Tsai, he isn't really the most "main" character. Joel, Mandy, and Elaine's acting was pretty good as well. The special effects were pretty impressive for TVB and I did overall enjoy some of the scenes as well. If you aren't too nit-picky about watching dramas and just let the thing play out, the series would be fine to watch.

Thoughts together:

We wanted to see more of a meaner side from the pirates but they did serve as a comedic relief from the intense palace scenes. We thought that the pirates were gonna be gross and steal and abuse people but they were the exact opposite. They were portrayed as the nice people and the Qing Dynasty people were the mean ones ruining their lives. This is not a dark and scary drama, so we understand that part of it.. we think. Or maybe we are just justifying for it even though it's so dumb :( We weren't expecting too much from it in the first place so maybe that's why it ended up being alright. With the weak cast and emphasis on the CGI, we knew that something would have to be sacrificed and of course, the plotline is kinda.. not too good lol. Grace pissed us off a little bit... OR SHALL WE SAY A LOT? She defied our expectations, AND THIS WAS NOT IN A GOOD WAY. The crazy way her eyes would bulge at the thought of going back to Hong Kong in 2015 through the storm. This type of character is hard to portray, especially with the dilemma of the love triangle so a more experienced actress would have fared better. But thinking about it now, the character itself was just so stupid. Who would actually run around and scream and hug themselves about random little things?? In the end, this is definitely not the best drama that TVB has broadcasted but for this year... it's been one of the better ones (wink, wink, Romantic Repertoire, The Fixer, My Spiritual Ex-Lover).


Favourite scenes and LOL or WOW times:

1) When Imperial Consort Yim and Shun got poisoned by the emperor. This scene was funny for us because they finally admitted their faults and revealed each other's intention. We were surprised to see Shun be cunning and manipulative as well. It was funny to see them address each other as sisters as they departed to die and even held hands.

2) The Slow Boat Home reunion especially with Evergreen Mak being Raymond Wong with the hat and the nasty looking wig. We didn't realize the Slow Boat Home characters until the theme music rolled in.

3) Again, same kind of deal with Raymond Wong's cameo. This pretty much implies that Raymond is the real Cheung Po Tsai or they found a new leader (dai lo) or something like that.

4) Fok Yee Tai seeing the gun in Ruco's office when he thought that Ha Sim killed his son! This was super funny for the both of us. What's even more is when he was trying to find his stamp or whatever and pulled out the little kids toy from his sleeve and started wailing like a baby. He yelled back at Ruco about how he didn't give two cents what the army was going to do, he just wanted revenge and RAN OUT OF THE OFFICE SAYING 逢佛殺佛, MEANING THAT IF HE RUNS INTO THE BUDDHA, HE WILL KILL THE BUDDHA or that he will not stop at anything to kill Ha Sim!!!

5) When Cheung Po Tsai was going to show Grace the coral reefs they once saw in the Qing dynasty and they dived into the water in modern times, it was really funny because they end up swimming in trash and plastic bags, as a result of the litter nowadays. The whole coral reef thing looked like it was ripped off some discovery channel video too!

6) Also this little part when Cheung Po Tsai drinks the nail polish and farts and then his two subordiantes/mates are like. BO YEH LAI SEE!!! 保爺拉屎!!! Also, it was funny when 保爺's sky lantern came right back down all burnt up after he wished for marriage or whatever.

7) Our favourite scene has to be the epic battle scene. It was super intense with the Man Ho's canons and arrows firing out at the ships and Po Tsai at a lost of words seeing all his "brothers" die. Great effects once again, with the blown apart ships, explosions, etc. We would have liked to see more of those. During the opening when they played a theme song, they showed when Man Ho and Cheung Po Tsai's stop in midair fighting and their blades clashing and then Mui falls to the scene with her police attire and aims her gun. However, we don't think we saw that in the drama which was disappointing because it looked like a cool and intense scene.

DOES NOT MAKE SENSE PARTS

1) As many people have mentioned, Grace's guns had unlimited bullets which was stupid. it seemed like she relied on the gun for everything. Her tablet also never ran out of battery until the 25th episode or something like that and there was 5% left but after, she still used it to the end of the drama. We need one of those super tablets! Her backpack, also, didn't get wet after entering the waterspout and falling to the ocean and the contents inside were still in perfect condition!?

2) Why didn't she ever take any souvenirs or pictures of her adventure in Qing dynasty? It would have been normal for anyone to do so and even if she forgot Po Tsai in Hong Kong, she could look into her "waterproof" backpack and say "Oh yeah, there are pictures on my tablet or souvenirs. I must of actually forgotten about something." But no, she was just like "I don't know who you are so GET OUT or I'll charge you for sexually abusing me" to CPT. It would have been normal to understand her reaction since she forgot but who wouldn't take a keepsake back to the future? Like ummm.... YOU JUST TIME TRAVELLED and it ain't everyday you can do that!

3) When Mui told the 11th prince, "I feel the same about you and CPT actually". Why would you tell him that when you're about to leave at last minute? And so what do you mean? DO YOU LIKE THEM BOTH OR NOT LIKE THEM BOTH OR THINK THAT BOTH OF THEM ARE FRIENDS? But then again, you never trusted him in the first place... and isn't love about trust too? SO.. WHAT IS SHE DOING? She just kept interrogating Ruco for stupid reasons! She didn't seem to have this problem with CPT, but isn't he the pirate that's supposed to be immoral? And in the beginning she kept screaming at him and saying that he was a ruthless guy who just stole from people and raped women... like? WHERE IS YOUR LOGIC?...??? But after she heard the stories from the priates and immediately agreed that the Qing people were the bad ones. As a policewoman, shouldn't you analyze both situations and not be so biased? So yeah. There you have a glimpse of our frustration with this simple quote.

4) Why did Man Ho even KNOW that he had a grand x4 son/future relative Bowie and how did he know his Chinese name and everything? Mui didn't even know that Bowie was related to Man Ho until she read the letter from Ha Sim with CPT and that was after everything. She just thought that they looked alike but never told anyone. And if she learnt if from Ha Sim and Man Ho, who told Man Ho? Like where did Man Ho get the info about Bowie at all if even Mui didn't know? That part REALLY DIDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE!

There are probably a bunch more parts where it did not make any sense but that's all we're posting for now! Hoped you enjoyed the review and our opinions. If you have any scenes you enjoyed or disliked, let us know by commenting!

CeeJay :)

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_of_Destiny

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Awards - Starhub TVB Awards 2015 Thoughts!

Awards - Starhub TVB Awards 2015 Thoughts!


My Favourite TVB Actress Liza Wang from Limelight Years

Wow! We both think that this is surprising but at the same time expected. At first, we thought that the people voting online would be cheering for their idols and not for Liza Jeh. But, Liza's acting is undoubtedly the best out of all the nominees. Although we didn't watch the whole drama, we managed to see more than half the episodes and it's really something special from TVB. We were originally planning to skip this drama but after some recommendation, we decided to give it a try. If you put aside the naïve Linda and her story with Alex Fong, it is a great drama. Liza puts in her real life experiences into acting this role and we have to say that she performed better in here than Master of Destiny and Divas in Distress. We are happy that she is the winner of this award.

My Favourite TVB Actor
Ruco Chan from Captain of Destiny

As for Ruco, again expected. Ruco has been working hard these couple years and deserves this recognition. His performance in Captain of Destiny outshone his co-stars. He acts very well as the strong willed 11th prince and I (Cee) applaud the subtle tears that roll in his eyes during his breakdowns. The only thing I think is missing is the connection to the audience, of course I've never been through what he's been through but for me, the characters that live with me are the ones that I cry with. Nonetheless, Ruco is a worthy winner.


My Favourite TVB Supporting Actress
Lin Xia Wei (Rosina Lam) from Young Charioteers

We actually didn't complete this drama because it was very slow and seemed to be going nowhere so we really can't comment but we think that she did great in Momentary Lapse of Reason.

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor
Vincent Wong from Tomorrow Is Another Day

Again, we didn't complete this drama as we aren't fans of prison dramas. Kinda depressing... Anyways, all we can say is that we enjoy watching Vincent and we hope he improves more.

My Favourite TVB Female TV Character
Eliza Sam from Under the Veil - We skipped this drama as it was super slow and the CGI was horrible, therefore we have no comment on her performance but for this award category it's just for fans to vote.

Kristal Tin from Ghost of Relativity - Kristal never fails to deliver a great performance. She created many laughs for us during the summer and we're happy that she received an award.

 Nancy Wu from Ghost of Relativity - Same comment can be said about Nancy Wu, her acting has been improving a lot and we hope she gets a good leading role soon.

Tavia Yeung from Eye in the Sky - We feel like she just got an award because she's like the only original fa dan left haha. Her performance was mediocre and the two males overshadowed her. She created more complications than anything else.

Linda Chung from Tiger Cubs II - LOL... need we say more? Why is she even here? glad she took a break from acting so my TV screen can be relieved but her new songs. Oh dear!

Selena Li from Brick Slaves - Selena is a great actress that we think is under used by TVB but I guess that's the nature of her contract. She has improved lots and although some of her scenes were overdone here, overall it was a great performance.

Priscilla Wong from Madam Cutie on Duty - At first, we really didn't like Priscilla and hated all her performances. But after putting away our biased view, we found that she did improve in her acting. This was her best role yet and the one from Swipe Tap Love. We think that she acts with a lot of herself in her roles though, so there's not much versatility.


My Favourite TVB Male TV Character

Wayne Lai from Overachievers - It's now obligatory to give Wayne an award so need we say more? We barely remember his performance... This was not that great.

Kenneth Ma from Noblesse Oblige - Same as above.. what was this even about? He fails to deliver meaning into his characters anymore and all he wants is to have intimate scenes.

Lawrence Ng from Tomorrow Is Another Day - We didn't see this so no comment and we've only ever seen THC 2 with him in it so no comment at all.

Moses Chan from Every Step You Take - LOL. We didn't watch this drama and partially it was because of Moses's lazy acting from Ghost of Relativity so we are really questioning the legitimacy of this award in terms of acting. Although this is about characters and favs and voting, he really fails in all those departments. He needs to step up his game.

Edwin Siu from Madam Cutie on Duty - Edwin is alright. We don't really have much to say about him. He's just there.

Louis Cheung from Momentary Lapse of Reason - This has got to be our favourite drama this year and we're so happy to see Louis win this award. His character Kam Wah was so dynamic and went through so much development. This was a well-written character and definitely worthy of this award.

My Favourite TVB Drama
Captain of Destiny - We are sill awaiting the final episode tomorrow but we agree with everything that is online... Grace is way too OTT. Her character is so naïve and 低 B (if you know what that means ;) ). Her whole storyline is just wrong from her tablet's year long battery to her unlimited bullet gun. We have no comment on Tony but the pirates themselves aren't even pirates in the end! WOW... ok... way to call this Cheung Po Tsai. Ruco is good but the story is just not good. The palace too! Wow. This is just a little comment so please be sure to check out our upcoming FULL review (rant) on Captain of Destiny. Momentary Lapse of Reason should've won!!!

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme
Sunday Songbird with Adam Cheng, Liza Wang and Jerry Lamb

We actually have seen most of the episodes! The beginning is always boring with Adam singing in his usually style that doesn't fit most other songs so it's super funny. Liza doesn't sing much and some days they invite these old singers to come and sing. Some days it's multiple people, some days it's like this one man/woman show. We think that it's alright to watch when you have nothing to do, unless you want to put yourself into misery watching Sze You Tonight!!



My Favourite TVB Informative Programme
Not Far but Away with Tony Hung

We didn't watch this but we really appreciate the idea behind this. Tony is good with his travel shows and he should stick to them.

My Favourite Onscreen Couple
Edwin Siu & Priscilla Wong from Madam Cutie on Duty

All the other couples were so bad haha. And of course they would win, they're a couple in real life so maybe they must have SOME chemistry.

My Favourite TVB Theme Song
Eye in the Sky - Alfred Hui & Hubert Wu

Oh dear!!! We have to say that this was not a good song at all! It was a bunch of typical crime drama lyrics mashed together last minute and you can't even hear Hubert when in our opinion, Hubert has the better voice... This is bad.

My Favourite TVB Variety Show Host
Adam Cheng, Liza Wang & Jerry Lamb from Sunday Songbird

Again, they were good. Nothing much to say.

Best New TVB Artiste
Grace Chan

Another oh dear moment... If this is based solely on her performance from COD then WE ARE HAVING A SERIOUS OH DEAR MOMENT. But this also counts her performance in Raising the Bar and Overachievers. I would say that for the latter two, she was fine EXCEPT THE ENDING. We do apologize for the caps lock but up to this point, we can't hold it in... Everytime, her characters ALWAYS end up being super unrealistic and soo 低 B. The whole COD was 低 B. She should stick to hosting news or whatever she did before dramas.

Most Improved Artiste
Tracy Chu

Meh.. She has potential and her acting is alright. We didn't like her in The Fixer at all though. I guess we will have to wait and see with her case.

Star of the Stars Awards
Liza Wang
Adam Cheng

Both of them are very worthy of recognition and have worked in this industry for so long and this perseverance and dedication is something that we personally admire.

BottomSlim The Perfect Figure Award
Linda Chung

What is this? Whatever... makes her feel better since she probably knows deep in her heart that the Fav Character award was a joke.

Tokyo Bust Express The Sassy Award
Grace Chan

What bust? We are sorry we have to end this post in such a blunt manner... but where is the bust? Express the sassy? Okay, that we get with her whole BE RATIONAL 11th PRINCE! (she was so sassy even though she had absolutely no IQ). Whatever. One year of acting and already receives an award. Wow. We should sign up for MHK too, anyone with a decent face and nice family and academic background could.

All in all, some were well deserved. Some were just oh dear! See you soon!!

Cee and Jay

*all winner info retrieved from hyn5 @
http://hyn5-hyn5.blogspot.ca/2015/10/starhub-tvb-awards-2015-results.html
http://starhubtvbawards.com/en*

Photos retrieved from: http://news.asiaone.com/news/showbiz/hk-actresses-light-red-carpet-starhub-tvb-awards-2015

Monday, 12 October 2015

Come Home Love 2 愛·回家 Thoughts, Opinions, Review

Come Home Love 2 is the spin-off of the TVB sitcom Come Home Love with a new cast and story line. It stars Louis Cheung, Priscilla Wong, Katy Kung, Owen Cheung, Quinn Ho, James Ng, Evergreen Mak, Helen Ma, Li Fung, and some other actors.

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The story focuses on the business and workers of See See Fitness, some on-goings of On Fai Dry Goods, the Lun Family, etc. However, viewers have complained that this drama was a bad continuation of Come Home Love and lacks the theme of "home". Some also feel that it should be called "愛瑜伽" (Love Yoga) instead. The story is uninteresting with Anson (Owen Cheung) and Billy (Quinn Ho) constantly bickering over Lei Lok Yee (Katy Kung). She serves no purpose and is even naive... having two boys just fight over her yet she has no feelings for them. She should just say that she doesn't like them instead of cringing at the sight of them each time. Does she think she's being cute? Because, girl let me tell you. You are just being annoying. Billy (Quinn Ho) is trying to be classy and smooth but there's no background on him at all. Priscilla's character had mentioned that he is untrustworthy yet there's no story or anything telling us why. A problem we have with the yoga idea is that they play the same beginning section of their yoga song everytime they're in the studio... maybe we could switch it up after playing it 3 times in 20 minutes.

The On Fai Dry Goods is also a boring part of the sitcom as nothing special happens except for (Lun Bak Fuen) Evergreen Mak trying to bring his son, Anson to take over the business. Helen Ma and Li Fung's characters are just causing a lot of trouble and does not bring much of the "warm family feel" that is expected. Also, there are a bunch of other useless characters who don't really have a purpose other than "being there". The two old women are really just there... doing nothing. They have no story. There is nothing on how they came to be in the family. What is with this family? There is no family! Thanks for calling it come home love... it's home right? Not apartment flat? Home is the social idea of having a safe and warming place to be while house is the physical habitat. So we're really wondering if it's supposed to be Come Back to the House, Irrelevant Family.

It is really boring overall and the characters are not dynamic. After so many episodes, the scenes look repetitive and the same. We did watch the first few weeks of this continuation but found it to be uninteresting. We just watched the latest episode and found that nothing really happened. Anson and Billy are still fighting. The only question is where are the "main" characters, Louis and Priscilla? There is no family and nothing is flowing. It seems so disconnected with the yoga and the Dried Goods. It also seems like this series is not really going anywhere and lacks humor like in the old Come Home Love. With this series being so pointless and uninviting, it seems that viewers are all asking the same question: when will this end?

However, the theme song "愛同行" is pretty good with Fred Cheng singing it. It is nice sounding and does a better job in portraying the "family" theme than the series. Below is the MV for the song.