Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Executioner 刀下留人 - Thoughts and Opinions

Hey! We are back with another drama "review" but we decided to call this our Thoughts and Opinions since we weren't paying much attention to this drama. We didn't finish all the episodes because it was usually seen around dinner time and nobody really felt good watching it when we were eating so we dropped the series around ep 15. Also we were too distracted/bored to write a more in depth review. So apologies for that! And also apologies for this coming out so late!!!

Basic Overview: Midwife Fa Yui-Hung (Maggie Siu) and executioner Yip Sheung-Luk (Kenny Wong) come together, while one welcomes life and the other takes away life. They come across this new life that they must protect against the imperial Ming government. Their stories then intertwine with the Emperor's story. Fa is a well renowned mid-wife and is brought into the palace to aid with Consort Wan (Akina Hong)'s childbirth. The two become close only to find that there are many secrets and two-faced people in the royal family.

On the other hand, Tsee Chau (Matt Yeung) comes back home to take care of his older sister played by Rachel Kan. Rachel Kan's character is a prostitute who works at the brothel and Matt Yeung who is raised there gets bullied a lot because of his upbringing. Meanwhile Siu Moon (Katy Kung) falls for Tsee Chau (Matt Yeung) but she is only a lowly maid at the brothel. The two go through hardships together and fall in love with each other. Everyone ends up having a connection to each other and together, they bring both life and death.

Opinions from us together:

On a more general note this drama started off all mysterious and got very slow in the middle. We were very lost with what was going on even though nothing much was going on haha. We don't even know how TVB manages to do that.

First off, as we said before, this was played during dinner time and nobody really wanted to watch executions when they were eating so it was hard for us to watch it. Second of all, it was broadcasted during the holiday season so we had to skip it on Christmas Eve, Christmas, a birthday, New Year's Eve and New Years day, The momentum of the plot was slow too so we didn't feel the urge to binge watch like five episodes the next day. We're also finding that ancient dramas produced by TVB just aren't as good anymore. They tend to be the same thing over and over again with the same ancient street and costumes. If it's not a funny one with Bobby, it's some palace one. And this one is a palace one again only there's another storyline with the normal people. It felt very disconnected and forced to see these two stories intertwine at the beginning. We felt that this was an interesting idea for the plot and we liked the central theme of life and death, but TVB failed to the series remarkable.

Acting wise, no doubt Maggie was the real star in this drama even though we felt nothing special from her. Maybe it's because we haven't seen the ending and everyone says the ending is the best part. We found her character naive the times we saw her on-screen. She was really great at playing her part as the aloof but compassionate mid-wife but we just didn't like her character. However, her crying scene was great and deserves more recognition than actresses who can't even squeeze a tear out! We're actually not liking how TVB is making a lot of their female leads really aloof and oblivious. This comment is more directed at the recent characters of Grace Chan's Wong Tai Mui, Sisley Choi's Bui Sum Yau in Speed of Life and even Samantha Ko's Ko Gwai Fun is really irritating sometimes. Louisa So's character in Lord of Shanghai was the same thing! We want to see a stronger female lead that is more three dimensional like Alice Chan's Yiu Gwai Sang in Lord of Shanghai and Charmaine Sheh's character from Line Walker.

As for Kenny Wong, we have no comment. He's just in character being wooden and stern, much like his character in Speed of Life. The only thing worth mentioning or remembering about him was the way he would stare down people's necks hahaha. Ok, in all fairness, Kenny Wong is Kenny Wong, and there's not much we expect.

We both felt that Rachel Kan and Akina Hong did well in their roles. Something that surprised us was that Akina Hong is actually in War of the Genders! We've been rewatching it recently and saw her as a guest star. Can't believe she's been acting for so long, we're really out of the loop for veterans haha. We read that she left TVB, so we feel sad about it since she is a mature beauty. Of course, we have to mention Matt Yeung and Katy Kung but in all seriousness, they did nothing. They were kinda just a side story and sometimes caused trouble to stir up the plot. Their acting has improved but it's not anything spectacular. Although the series did not look appealing with the cast for many people, we feel that overall it wasn't too bad and none of the actors were cringe-worthy.

Although the storyline felt forced at times, it's just complying to TVB's normal cliches. Acting was good and for this timeslot, it's actually quite good.

We didn't watch it all but for the parts we saw, 7/10.

-CeeJay

Saturday, 16 January 2016

愛情食物鏈 Love As A Predatory Affair TVB Theme Song - 何雁詩 Stephanie Ho

Hi everyone!

As the new drama, "Love As A Predatory Affair" came out this week, we decided to do a short post on the theme song. The theme song is also called " 愛情食物鏈" which is the same as the drama and is sung by 何雁詩, Stephanie Ho.

We thought this song was suitable for the drama's theme. It is pretty catchy and Stephanie's voice is easily recognizable. As a song itself it's alright but sometimes we're finding that after watching the drama, we don't hear a normal song but instead, we see flashes of the drama and the song just has another meaning to it. We found that especially with Hubert Wu's theme song for The Executioner. When it first came out in the summer, we thought it was just a song about climbing higher for something. But after watching the drama, all we can see is Kenny Wong staring down people's necks haha. Not that associating the song with a few characters is a bad thing but after time, the song loses it's meaning beyond the drama.

This song isn't bad overall but we want to see some more meaning put into tvb theme songs. We hope to see Stephanie get more theme songs, especially slower songs, since we've seen her sing quite a bit of fast ones.


曲/編:張家誠 
詞:張美賢 
監:何哲圖/韋景雲 

男生的品味 膚淺得要死
如果公主病 美貌也會博得 最歡喜
憑肉眼 作標記 無耐性去知道 心底希冀
誰又信 有公理 如沒有我的矮小怎墊高 她的美

人生難得一知己 有著靈犀無須捉摸心理
遺失人氣 尋到自己 平凡中 有福氣
人生難得找到你 繼續純真無須辛苦演戲
難解難分 緣消緣起 藏玄機
贏得到偏想輸給你

誰不想驕傲 高高天際飛
如不支倒地 當天摔低那點 再企得起
男共女 我與你 情和愛 最銘記 卻要賭氣
行盡了 數百里 無名次 有勇氣 未見得 空歡喜

人生難得一知己 有著靈犀無須捉摸心理
遺失人氣 尋到自己 平凡中 有福氣
人生難得找到你 繼續純真無須辛苦演戲
難解難分 緣消緣起 藏玄機
贏得到偏想輸給你

迴腸盪氣將結尾 從頭於原點 尋找你
人生難得一知己 有著靈犀無須捉摸心理
無驚無險 做好自己 平凡中 有福氣
人生難得找到你 繼續純真無須辛苦演戲
無聲無息 提升自己 尋玄機
從低處可以高攀你

-CeeJay

Sunday, 10 January 2016

鄭俊弘 Fred - 炮火

Hey everyone! Sorry we haven't posted until now! We've been swamped with work lately and we meant to post this when it came out but never too late haha.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year since this is our first post in 2016! We hope everyone's wishes will come true and that you will all have a splendid 2016!

This is Fred's newest single called 炮火. This is written by himself and a lot of listeners have noticed his own rock style incorporated into this song. Overall, it is a good song that's both comforting and has good meaning.

Cee: It starts off very comforting and once you hear Fred's voice, it's easily recognizable. No doubt this is a good song, however, (I think it's just me) I think that he is forcing out the words 刀割痛楚 maybe because he's out of breath and has to say them in one breath or it's probably because he's too into singing the song with emotion and chooses to execute the song that way. Either way, it's one of Fred's better songs but there's not much good cantopop songs these days that aren't filled with random lyrics and boring melodies. As seen at the awards shows so far... everyone gets an award no matter how bad the song is and the live performance were pretty bad too. I sound like a hater right now haha but if you call yourself a professional singer, maybe get some lessons before performing to accept an award because a lot of the singers had no voice and you could only hear their breath. Furthermore, there were a couple girls who scrunched up into a ball and sang with their shoulders cramped up so high that their airway was blocked and they couldn't produce a voice. I am no singer but I still cringe when I see singers doing that because as a normal human being, I find it difficult to breathe cramped up and I just can't imagine singing like that... On a more positive note, this is a good song and Fred does not sing like that so yay for him. The better live singers are basically just Fred, Hubert Wu, Joyce Cheng and that's about it.

Jay: This is one of those songs that is easily likable and doesn't take brainwashing to get people to enjoy it. On the first or second try of this song, I was already impressed with the song. I was surprised to see that Fred composed the song but I think he did a phenomenal job and incorporated his own pop-rock style in. It's been a while since Fred has come out with more upbeat and faster songs since his last ones were on the slower side like "當狗愛上貓" which was also good. He puts emotion and feeling into all of his songs and that is how the audience and fans get connected to his music. This song has a great melody and is simple, but the way in which he sings it creates a special feeling which is inspiring and soothing. His passion into the song is clearly evident and is not forced. I think a lot of people are wowed by this piece. I agree with Cee that there are limited singers who can actually sing in HK nowadays. Fred continues to bring surprises in the Hong Kong music industry and I hope he continues to produce more meaningful songs! Great work!

鄭俊弘 Fred Cheng - 炮火


曲/唱:鄭俊弘 

詞:張美賢 

編:韋景雲 

監:韋景雲


當 長夜孤單很赤裸 無淚哭泣都有歌

描畫灰色這感受 是如何

如果 前路寬敞不會阻 如夢初醒不再躲
來面對這最壞的 好結果



來不及再瘋癲過炸開沖天的炮火

來不及倒帶轉播那天彼此相見最初

分岔太多 轉身可以跨過
別又浪費力氣與苦惱去拔河



當 遺憾堆積得太多 難道必須給戰火

來絕了這最後一支探戈



這定格必須一方將困局衝破 反覆的折磨

情願離座 從頭找到自己 來尋覓快樂



來不及再瘋癲過炸開沖天的炮火

來不及倒帶轉播那天彼此相見最初

分岔太多 轉身可以跨過
別又浪費力氣與苦惱去拔河
來不及再燒起過已經吹熄的愛火
來不及再安撫我然後又再傷害我
揣測太多 誰明白我都難過
回話錯 沉默錯 懷念錯



來不及再瘋癲過放低雙方手裡炮火

來不及倒帶轉播那天分手刀割痛楚

關起耳朵 轉身可以跨過
別又讓你任性再一次去扮傻
來不及再欣賞我理想追趕心裡有火
來不及再解釋過時日沒有變改我
傷口結疤 猶如沒有執迷過
其實我 還是我 還是我

- CeeJay