Monday, 22 August 2016

Quick Update!

Hello everyone!

This is just a small update for CeeJay's Pick of the Month for August and also for the third week of reviews for AFWFW. We unfortunately cannot post them because we are so busy right now but we will be back in September.

Sorry about that :'( Hope you guys still enjoy our other posts.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A Fist Within Four Walls 城寨英雄 TVB - Week 2 Review (Ep 8-14)

Hello! Hope you had an awesome week! We are back with the weekly review of A Fist Within Four Walls! If you have not seen our first review, it's just the post before this one or you can click this.

We are going to try keep this review shorter since we are a bit short on time this week so sorry about that. This drama has been getting a lot of great feedback and the viewership ratings are some of the highest TVB has seen this year. Our top three concerns still remain concerns because Ruco is just adequate here and good in his fight scenes but the character seems to have forgotten about where he came from and his family history and now he's just happy and irrational when it comes to saving people. Nancy has definitely surpassed our expectations as we said in our last review and continues to do so this week but we heard that she was going to show up in her black leather fighting suit soon so there will be more of her fighting scenes after a break for most of the second week. Thirdly, Ben is still very wooden but he has a rival for wooden-ness! Philip Ng is proving to be more wooden than Ben and Moon's Audrey even calls him out for it.

Episode 8:

This episode starts off with people mourning the tragic death of Yam Yam. Honestly, we were very sad that she had such a tragic end even though the Walled City neighbours all worked hard to bring her out of the Walled City. Next time something like this happens, hopefully the Walled City heroes (Kuen Lo and Ah Lo) will be successful in saving the person and helping them find a better life. By the way, we wonder what happened to her dad Lee Fat. Hope he stops gambling or even just gets hunted down by the loan sharks or people of The Association. He was a horrible father and even put his daughter up for sale, just despicable!

For the relationship line between Tiu Lan and Ying-Fung, we are sensing that they are just good friends. She doesn't seem to really like him and we think she is in love with the idea of being with him since he's a dentist, he's kind, he fights well, he's good looking and has a great body but when it boils down to who she really likes, we think it will be Kuen. They have more chemistry together as well. Ying-Fung suspects that she had a cardiac arrest while saving Yam Yam and that means that she has a heart disease and should not fight or do anything that causes stress physically or mentally. It feels to us like they are "guarding" each other and looking out for each other but that is what good friends do.

Next scene that is worth mentioning is actually quite disturbing. It is of Tiu Lan's past as a poor child who had to kill people for a living. We did not really recognize the little girl as Chiu Ha, Kuen's sister so maybe this is just a different girl with a very sad childhood as well. So this is how she got all the money for her flat and the hair salon. Her split personality will be interesting for Kuen to discover and we are looking forward to that scene.

Moon is now a teacher for the Walled City children and to get them to pay attention she has to buy food for them since they're too hungry to even hear what she has to say. We would not want to be this teacher, pouring in our own money for kids haha. A little selfish of us but realistic when your dad is not as rich as O Man Cheong haha. So turns out that the jelly pudding cake that she bought were poisoned and she immediately blamed it on the owner of the jelly pudding cake company who we find super suspicious and may even be an assassin... This is a set up for But Duc Liu to register for the black market boxing event and of course, the two heroes of the Walled City will fight for him! The pudding cake was actually poisoned by Fuk Sau-Kam and gang because the pudding cake owner refused to deliver their drugs out of the Walled City, hmm... is there another side of the story?

This is another round of guesses for the assassins and another great episode! Although this one did not have as many fight scenes, it sets up the stage for next episode!

There are 9 choices so far:
A: O Man Cheong (KK Cheung) - he seems to be hiding his kung fu
B: Lee Fat (Ngai Wai-Man) - OUT
C: Fung Mei-Chun (Carlo Ng) - YES
D: Mr. Dei Zee  (sorry his name is not on the wiki list :( ) - really don't know who he is
E: Fuk Sau-Kam (Vincent Lam) - haven't seen him fight yet but maybe
F: Yeung Chuk-Lun (Jimmy Au) - HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS
G: Duen Chit-Keung (Stephen Ho) - again suspicious but he is not an assassin
H: Yuk Bo-Fung (Yuen Chau) - Wasn't she in Thailand?
I: Lung Sing-Fu (Philip Ng) - OUT

Episode 9:

This was one of our favourite episodes so far!!! Last episode ended with a cliffhanger of But Duc Liu waiting to die in the boxing ring. The Walled City Benefits Club is finally stepping out to show their strengths! Their first fight was an ok scene and they each took on one of their opponents in the end and Kuen used his Chiu family Bajiquan. When Ying-Fung asks him how he knows the Chiu family Bajiquan, Kuen brings out the whole, "Ohhh I'm friends with Chiu Yeung so he taught me a few move..." We can't wait until Ying-Fung finds out that he is Chiu Yeung. That better be a highlight for the two actor's performances. If Ben Yuen is looking super wooden in that scene, then he just missed a great opportunity to show off his acting.

There are a variety of different fighters for this boxing tournament and Lung Sing-Fu has been the winner for the last two years already. This time, he is fighting with a partner who placed second last time and they are paired together for a sure win. His partner, played by Otto Chan, just fans at the corner of the boxing ring. They will probably fight Kuen and Fung for the final and Fu looks like he wants to take out Kuen completely and kill him. Of course, we are looking forward to a great fight between the two teams and some blood and bruises (none of that fake CGI blood pls lol). Thai Po, Fu's mom is not pleased that he is fighting again and urges him to have mercy on his opponents. We really don't like Philip's voice here because it is super harsh but his face is still wooden so it does not match and makes it look very awkward on screen.

Ying-Fung's uncle is against him fighting in this tournament and even punches him a couple times and injires him hard. So wow... how did Tiu-Lan endure BOTH Kuen and Fung punching her chest that episode? Must be superwoman haha. This uncle is suspicious indeed, he has been hiding away his Bajiquan for years and lives with the lie that Chiu Mang-San killed his brother. He must have been tied into the death of him somehow and we are eager to find out what happened. Anyways, the two heroes are taking on the two masked girls. This is our favourite part of the episode because it is super funny as Tiu Lan changes into one of the girls and starts to touch Fung all over!

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Of course Kuen recognizes it is Tiu Lan and just lets her have a go at Fung hahaha. Also we want to correct something from our last review. So it turns out that from the original script, the relationship lines have changed and Ben won't like Moon, but instead will be paired with Grace Wong and then Moon will be with Philip. Back to the drama, we laughed super hard during this scene even though it was a fight scene. Great way to add comedy!! Nancy's Tiu Lan is really uplifting to see in this drama and so is Moon Lau's Audrey O. The guys haven't had much to do but fight these few episodes.

Grace Wong finally shows up as Fa Man, a beautiful woman who wants to bet on the boxing tournament and by chance of the die, she chooses to place her suitcase of money on the two heroes. We believe that she may be the piece to our puzzle, (she is Chiu Ha) but we are just waiting for her to show off her kung-fu!

The end of this episode is another cliffhanger! Turns out the fan guy (Otto Chan) slices Fu's neck with poison and blood squirts our and he is no longer able to hold his balance! Looks like Chun Mei is behind this plot! He is back to take revenge for his brother and looks like The Association is back with another member. This is going to get interesting and Carlo is going to show us more of his acting chops with this great role. Overall, awesome episode with comedy and action! More development on the character relationships and also the return of Chun Mei Gor!

Episode 10:

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The action continues as Fu keeps fighting off even though his blood is splattering out of his neck. Super graphic of TVB considering what they have shown this past year. Saving the best for the summer? lol. Amazing summer for sure, not Daddy Dearest as much though. Anyways, Fu could have killed Kuen with his elbow as he was charging down but he remembered his mother's words and just hits his shoulder. O Man Cheong is pissed at this and wants Fu to win so the bets go well. The fight ends as the three are all in mid-air and each take a jab and they all come flying out of the ring... except for Kuen who hangs on at the last minute! They take the title and their club starts getting noticed by The Association! So whoever is the first one to take them out gets to be the new leader. One thing that we didn't like about this fight scene was how Fung took off his glasses... like, can you still see Fu's punches? What is going on? We thought it was very illogical of the scriptwriters to have him take off his glasses lol.

Fa Man is a dancer who works under Chun Mei and things are going to get interesting because we believe that Chun Mei is one of the assassins who killed Chiu Ha's father and if we are correct, Fa Man is Chiu Ha. This is really all we have to say for this episode. We are happy that Fu has gotten his senses back and we hope his relationship with his mother will improve as well. Very good chemistry with Moon Lau so far!

Episode 11:

Another episode of action!! This time, Fuk Sau-Kam is finally showing off his kung-fu. This further confirms his role of an assassin back in the day. Two down, one to go and we are suspecting O Man Cheong might be one because after that, the three came into power. Vincent Lam is showing a great performance so far as a drug addict especially in the scene where he takes his drug and then fights without a shred of fear of the three top boxers of the black market.

Fung Chun-Mei is continuing his schemes and got Fa Man to steal Fuk Sau-Kam's store of drugs. Meanwhile he is just sitting back and watching Fuk Sau-Kam scurry around the Walled City to find his stock. Smart move by Chun Mei and it looks like he's back not only for revenge of his brother but also for securing his spot as leader of The Association. It is without doubt that he has the brains and the fist to take the spot but will O Man Cheong fight it out with him? We are very curious to see the three battle it out so The Benefits Club can rise and have citizen support.

O Man Cheong is not one to be belittled but it looks like he is losing his power since his daughter got kidnapped by Fuk Sau-Kam. Remember when we said we were looking forward to Audrey's reaction to her father's ties with the triad? Well here it is! She is unhappy that her dad is a triad boss but still stands up for him in front of the Walled City clan because after all, he is her father. We think that she is not proud of the stuff he does but she knows she can't change what's been done so she has to find a way to have him exit The Association. Maybe she will be the deciding factor for O Man Cheong.

Episode 12:

This is probably the most intense episode of the week, not because of the fighting but because many changes are happening to Chun Mei's plan and also Kuen and Tiu Lan have a life/death moment as well.

Fuk Sau-Kam is making O Man Cheong take out the rest of his drugs and if he can't find it, he will have to buy them off the market in exchange for his daughter. This kidnap was already uncalled for but on top of that, Audrey escapes and now Fuk Sau-Kam can't even find her to use her as an exchange for his drugs.

Meanwhile the stock that is at Mei Mun Dance Club is stolen by Ying-Fung who begins to learn about Fa Man. He knows that Fa Man fights with Bajiquan which she learnt somewhere else (or so she claims) from an old customer of hers or something like that. This is it! She is Chiu Ha indeed! She intercepts between Fung and Chun Mei's fight and helps Fung bring the drugs to a small remote warehouse looking thing and there they start to trust each other. She has a flash of courage where she wants to stab Fung but when Fung asks her to help him with his wound from Chun Mei, she decided to spare him. She is very mysterious right now and Fung seems to place complete trust in her despite this.

The last half-ish of this episode is just as fast-paced as the first half. O Man Cheong barges into The Benefits Club just a second after the drugs Fung stole were given to the pudding cake store owner. Kuen realizes that there is still a small corner of a package on the floor. He quickly retrieves it and swallows it! At first we thought it was just the paper of the package but it actually contained a lot of the drug, (okay we think it is cocaine or something but aren't sure so we are just going to call it the drug LOL). When O Man Cheong and gang leave, he starts showing symptoms of overdose. Tiu Lan frantically tries to remember her acupuncture to see where to stab him but she cannot remember and just takes a stab haha. This scene reminds us a lot of when Charmaine had to stab Raymond Lam on the thigh after his overdose on drugs. This is from the same producer too, so LOL, no surprises there? It was still well done here and put us on the edge too!! When she sliced his wrist, we were scared that he would bleed uncontrollably but that ended up being what saved him because the poison leaked out. ahh! Very intense scene! The ending of this episode was very cute! Them sitting by the tree really added to the feeling of their love for each other. We hope Tiu Lan starts to notice Kuen more and forgets about Fung lol.

Episode 13:

This episode solves the drug stock problem. So first of all, Fu saves Audrey and ends up taking a bullet for himself. Their relationship develops further and we feel that he wants to make an excuse for not falling for her by always saying that it is his job but we are hoping that they get together soon. It is always such a letdown of TVB scriptwriters when the pairs end up together on the last episode! House of Spirits, Between Love and Desire, Angel in the Making and a bunch of other ones have been like that so far!

Kuen finds out that O Man Cheong is looking everywhere for money to rescue Audrey and he wants to butt into the situation by handing over the drugs to save her. Fung and Tiu Lan don't support this because saving one life means ruining another thousand lives to drugs. So those two are the brains of the club and Kuen just has the courage and braveness to rush out there to help those in need. It is a great pairing indeed but as far as acting goes, Kuen's character is just missing a little something to skyrocket Ruco to TV King position. Anyways, the drugs get set on fire by Fung and Tiu Lan amidst the fighting of Fuk Sau-Kam, Kuen and O Man Cheong's men since O Man Cheong finds out that Fu already saved Audrey.

The next part is the answer to our question!! Fa Man corners Fuk Sau-Kam into a back alley and reveals her identity as Chiu Ha. Fuk Sau-Kam now has nothing left and still has to run away from the people he owes the drugs to. However, he pleads Fa Man to spare his life so he can help her investigate who the big boss behind the assassination of Chiu Mang-San and Duen Tung-Tin is. Now this part where his skull is all cracked up is a recurring image for people who use the Mang Fu Pa San strike of the palm on someone's head.

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So the three assassins are: O Man Cheong, Fung Chun Mei, and Fuk Sau Kam. The big boss is yet to be found and there is now a new question! Who is the big boss in charge of these events?

A: O Man Cheong (KK Cheung): He was already an assassin so maybe not
B: Lee Fat (Ngai Wai-Man): Why is he here again? OUT
C: Fung Chun Mei (Carlo Ng): Maybe since he seems super evil but he is also already an assassin
D: Duen Ying Fung (Benjamin Yuen): What the heck? OUT
E: Tiu Lan (Nancy Wu): What the heck again. OUT
F: Choi Suk-Guen (Natalie Tong): We aren't really sure right now
G: Yeung Chuk-Lun (Jimmy Au) - He is definitely on our radar! Maybe he is supporting Kuen and Fung to build their own club to defeat The Association since they are getting out of hand or he is losing control of them.
H: Duen Chit-Keung (Stephen Ho) - Extremely suspicious
I: Yuk Bo-Fung (Yuen Chau) - She was probably in Thailand again so OUT
J: Lung Sing-Fu (Philip Ng) - OUT... what is TVB thinking having him as a choice?
K: Fa Man (Grace Wong): Wasn't she a kid? OUT

Fung now knows that Fa Man's main objective is Fung Chun Mei and doesn't really bother asking why because he does deserve to die for doing so many nasty things. We think that they are a good couple as well but Ben Yuen is missing a little bit of expression of admiration for her. He doesn't really show why he likes her or anything. He is just kinda there.

Episode 14:

Last one of this week!! This one is a funny one after all that suspense and action! Audrey is now trying to veer her father away from his gambling business and such. She wants him to do some actual, legitimate business that doesn't have to do with gangs and violence. Therefore, she goes to his gambling places and pours his money out of his pocket as she helps the people win big money. Funniest part is when she runs up to Dai Deng and asks him to pay up! Turns out that O Man Cheong is the one that owes Dai Deng money haha. Moon Lau is very cute and natural in her role and is our favourite new actress so far. Sisley and Grace have just gone downhill with their acting.

Another funny scene is when Tiu Lan finds a pair of flats underneath Fung's pillow and thinks that he bought them for her. So at dinnertime, she keeps waving around her feet in front of Fung to remind him of her shoes. Instead, he gives her some ointment for her bunion or corn and the whole dinner table laughs! We know that the shoes are for Fa Man since last episode, he said that she should buy a pair of flat shoes to wear after work since high heels are bad for her knees in practicing Bajiquan. Ruco goes around trying to find who got the shoes and stares down women's feet and is called a pervert lool. But he ends up buying a new pair for $2.50 and fights with a rowdy woman who raises up the price of the shoes but ends up not buying them! It is so unfortunate that he has no courage to give them to her since she already set up another fight between the two brothers and the deal is for Kuen to win and tell Fung to date Tiu Lan in turn for free rent for the rest of his life. He has the courage to go out and fight for what he believes in but when it comes to girls, he has no strategy and no hope.

We really did not like the kung fu between Fa Man and Fung at the Benefits Club. It was very choreographed and looked like a dance instead. We expected more and something faster. It is heartbreaking when Tiu Lan sees Fa Man wearing the new shoes but inside, we were looking forward to this moment so that she could end up with Kuen. She finds out that Kuen likes her since the shoes that Kuen bought but was too scared to give out lands in her hands. Hopefully, she starts to like him instead!

This is it for this time and we don't think we can make another post for next week. Sorry about that but let us know what you thought of this week's episode!


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A Fist Within Four Walls 城寨英雄 TVB - Week 1 Review (Ep 1-7)

Hey everyone!

Since it's summer time and we have a little more time on our hands, we were thinking of starting a weekly review for seven episodes of A Fist Within Four Walls (AKA FWFW). We will cover our thoughts and opinions on the performances of the actors, specific scenes worth noting and it goes without saying that there will be spoilers for each of the episodes. We will not walk through every single part of the episode because we are sure you have or will be seeing it for yourselves. Let's get started!! :)

Before watching the show:

If you guys have read our FILMART 2016 review of the dramas that will air this year, you know that we have been anticipating this drama for a while. First off because of the cast, second because of the plot and its genre similar to A Fistful of Stances (one of our favourite TVB dramas), and third because we like period or rather 1950's kind of dramas. Of course with the production and script quality of TVB these days, we did not want to go in with high hopes and be let down. While we were excited for this drama, we had three primary questions with the cast. We know that the cast has been remodelled into what it is today from having Him Law, Sammy Sum and Ben Yuen to Ruco Chan, Philip Ng, and Ben Yuen. Here were our concerns before watching the drama:

1. Ruco is no doubt a great actor but will Ruco be able to surpass what he is at right now with this role? Will this role give him the ability to shine and develop enough to show a range of emotions?

2. Nancy has just been crowned TV Queen and many people say for the wrong role. After House of Spirits has aired many people said she was not very TV Queen level and it is up to this drama to show what she can do, we are both anxious to see her acting chops really come out more naturally in a more dynamic character.

3. Ben Yuen has always been known for his wooden acting and after Speed of Life, he has just been going downhill with the wooden-ness. Can he show a more emotional side of him? He has mentioned while filming Three Women, One Gene that he knows he has to break through that barrier in order for him to secure a leading spot soon.

With that said, there are of course worries that the plot may be illogical (like many other dramas) and the ending may be very twisted and sudden. At 28 episodes, we hope this doesn't drag on for too long.

Episode 1:

The beginning scene was just hilarious. Ruco fighting the tiger... LOL. We don't know why it caused such laughter between us but it did. Maybe because it was so sudden and just weird. Then it jumps right into the two families of the Bajiquan style of Kung-Fu. These two families both have a master of this style of Kung-Fu- of course one is Ruco and one is Ben. Ruco is the poor one and still works hard for his family to make ends meet. But Ben is well respected and well off. We thought that this was going to be their roles until we saw the two sons and we thought... ohh maybe this is just the set up and the two kids will turn into them. AND WE WERE RIGHT. We liked the two actors acting as the fathers before their sons and although it is very seldom that father and son look EXACTLY alike, meh, we are overlooking this fact. Also, it was surprising to see Natalie as Ruco's wife, we had no idea she was even in this, even as a guest but no complaints from us because Natalie is great at emotional scenes. She just has that pale and frail frame to make everything so sad haha. Back to the story, one of our favourite scenes of this episode was the water cup scene between the two masters because it was so well executed and looked very professional. We saw later in the bloopers that they had to work on it for a long time so again, Ruco and Ben further show their professionalism.

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At around the half hour mark of this episode, the time flies to Ruco being over in Macau as the grown up son, Chiu Yeung. He is packing for his trip to HK to the Walled City to reunite with his long lost sister. This part of the drama is the comic relief when he meets Jazz Lam and is finding a "woman" and Jazz (But Duk-Liu AKA over the top great haha) misinterprets this as watching striptease shows and getting a girl that way. We have noticed that Jazz has been in these loud rowdy roles for so long and this especially reminds of the poor little brother of the Koo Family in A Fistful of Stances. He is probably another super irrational character who is gonna use his fist before his words again. The case of Yam Yam and her gambling addicted father begins and Ruco being from out of the Walled City tries to save the dad from a beating. However, Duk-Liu tells him to just leave since it happens all the time and he is not ever going to change anyways. Looks like this new role for Ruco as Chiu Yeung or now, Chor Au-Kuen is a righteous man that does not mind helping out people in need despite his own financial situation. We wonder if he is going to go back to Macau?

This first episode was action packed and provided a lot background for Ruco's hardships and how he will face his identity as the son of the killer of a great Kung Fu master. Ben Yuen will also be showing what he has gone through since the death of his father. The acting was great in this episode. We have no complaints of Ben being wooden because quite frankly, we have gotten used to it and now his subtleness as a character trait he has written into every character he acts as. The story is good and so far the action is what is making it different than previous TVB dramas. It is well rehearsed and at least they researched a little bit into Bajiquan from what we are hearing. Episode 1 is a quick and good start for this drama.

We will also be doing a before and after guess of the three assassins for the first question for TVB. After ep 1 and lastly, after ep 7.

There are 9 choices so far:
A: O Man Cheong (KK Cheung) - probably? he is always evil
B: Lee Fat (Ngai Wai-Man) - The gambling dude? uhh of course not him!
C: Fung Mei-Chun (Carlo Ng) - he looks creepy as heck, maybe?
D: Mr. Dei Zee  (sorry his name is not on the wiki list :( ) - maybe? who is he?
E: Fuk Sau-Kam (Vincent Lam) - maybe again?
F: Yeung Chuk-Lun (Jimmy Au) - hmmm, maybe?
G: Duen Chit-Keung (Stephen Ho) - this is the older version of Jonathan Wong and we are suspicious of him however, he may not be an actual assassin.
H: Yuk Bo-Fung (Yuen Chau) - Probably not
I: Lung Sing-Fu (Philip Ng) - Definitely not! Wasn't he a baby? or not even born? why is he a choice?

Episode 2: 

The story starts with Chor Au-Kuen finding the place where his dad supposedly killed Duen Tung-Tin and hears the footsteps of the Bajiquan. He now sees his old friend Duen Ying-Fung but is too afraid to tell him about his real identity. He feels remorse for his father and accepts the fact that his father murdered Ben's father. We are not really happy with this choice of the child believing his dad is a murderer... it would be more fitting for him to believe his father was innocent because at the hospital, he defended his father in front of Jonathan Wong and said, "My dad would never kill anyone!" What a change in character..? 5 minutes in, Nancy shows up and the comedy starts! This drama is also inspired by comic books so we can see the style in their acting! We read that they were a bickering pair and rightly so. They are very compatible with each other and we are happy with the pairing! Nancy as Tiu-Lan is great and although her expressions are large, this character is better than Chu Chan-Chan in HOS. Her lips are always so red here, we wonder if there is a scene with her bare lips haha. We like the hair salon setting and it looks pretty real. This leads us to talk about the new streets and at least TVB is investing in a new set and trying to make this look like the Walled City. We are seeing some of the same streets and buildings but at least there is some change. Hopefully the sets and such continue to develop and grow to provide a fresher environment for the audience to watch.

So Zoie Tam is Jazz Lam's wife. We like to see her in more roles but we do not like her wig. It just doesn't fit her very well and looks very fake. Hope her story is good but her character looks like it is too small for a breakthrough after Over Run Over. There are also four other girls who are dancers and the only we recognize is Carat Cheung. We do recognize another one who was in HOS and Blue Veins and just found her name, Chloe Nguyen. They should be providing the comic relief but doesn't look like their stories need to be told to detract from the main story. Below are some screenshots of our favourite scene for this episode! It was super hilarious and reminds us of how we used to joke about using floss on a door to try to pull our baby teeth out.

Yuen Chau's character as the mini store owner is also very funny. We never really hear Thai so we aren't sure if her Thai accent is good but it is something new. After seeing Maggie and her friends as Indonesians in Between Love and Desire, it seems like TVB's scriptwriters are trying to mix up the bag for heritages and cultures. We know that Yuen Chau is a great martial artist and it looks like she will be using it to her advantage this time. Last time she was wasted in a crappy drama, Wudang Rules, and we are excited to see more of her fight scenes with Muay Thai and Wing Chun.

Then the three big "mountains" of The Association than rules the Walled City is described. The first one is Fuk Sau Kam (Vincent Lam), a huge druggie who overlooks the underground drug business and does drugs avidly himself as well. We are not surprised that he is an antagonist in this drama as he is evil a lot of the time. We know that he won't disappoint as a drug lord and his opening scene was already very convincing. The second two are the Fung Brothers, one is huge and looks like a pirate with dirty teeth, Fung Ha-Mun (Oscar Li) and the other is completely opposite and very feminine, Fung Chun-Mei (Carlo Ng). The two brothers run the prostitute houses and such. We have to say we were very shocked to see Carlo Ng acting so feminine with a full face of makeup on! This is sure a breakthrough role for him and looks like he is one of the top contenders for Best Supporting Actor this year. His brother is also always in gangs and such so no surprises there. The final big brother of The Association is O Man Cheong (KK Cheung). This has got to be the 100th time we have seen KK this year and 90/100 times, he is evil! LOL. So no comments about KK.

The relationship with Nancy and Ben also develops and now Ben is a dentist and has to hide his kung-fu. The reason isn't told yet though. Their scene with her toothache is pretty funny and cute but Ben is very nonchalant about it haha. We know that Nancy ends up liking Ruco so maybe Ben will not like her back so she goes to Ruco and realizes that he is the one that she really loves.

Moon Lau as O Duk-Lei is also introduced in this episode as O Man-Cheong's beloved daughter who has just finished her studies in England and she is like the typical rebellious rich girl, oblivious to her father's connections with The Association. Looks like she will serve as a comic relief and introduce some more feminine charm to the manly fighting. No comments on performance yet, it is adequate.

Phillip Ng shows up at the end as O Man Cheong's top fighter who takes on 10-20 people at once. He said no lines in this episode so we also have no comment. This episode introduced a lot of new characters and was funnier than the last episode. We really enjoyed it!

Episode 3:

The episode starts off with The Association meeting together since O Man Cheong is back and the two Fung bros wanna take the lead spot. LOOL @ Carlo Ng and his quiet words and bleached eyebrows. He is indeed creepy with his embroidered cheongsam as well. We are excited to see him fight as a contrast to his feminine side. We don't see him acting too much and the last time was in Come Home Love and he was very much himself. He must have a story behind his behaviour and of course, we believe it is a tragic one. Also, the three leaders remind us of the three leaders in Lord of Shanghai as well and how they all want the top leader position.

Lee Fat the addicted gambler is causing some more trouble again and Tiu Lan (Nancy) wants to get to the root of the problem to help her friend/worker Yam Yam. In the Walled City, it is not uncommon to see poor gamblers on the streets, waiting for the loan sharks to come and beat them up again. When there is no other choice and no opportunity for an education or for better jobs with better wages, people resort to these measures. Of course, the corruption and illegal markets in the Walled City make life even more difficult and Lee Fat is a real life example of this. Although we have a feeling the story is going to end tragically with Yam Yam becoming a prostitute, hopefully Duen Ying-Fung (Ben) comes to his senses and helps out Ruco in saving the poor citizens of the Walled City. The poor lifestyle in the Walled City also raises the question of how Nancy afforded her hair salon and a property owner...

Yuen Chau is Philip Ng's mom and they argue about how he earns money by killing people with his fists and how he used to be weak so Ah Mei (the mom) trained him up. Looks like there will be tensions between the mother and son. We have never seen Philip in any movie before but we found his voice to be very deep and hoarse which we did not expect. It does fit with his character though? But it is a little hard on the ears LOL. That is not something that we are super concerned about though. His acting is a little wooden as well so only the fight scenes are good so far with him.

Looks like Ruco's sister that he was searching for is already dead. He feels remorse of course and finds out that Ben still comes to visit her and he feels even more guilt because he is the son of his father's Bajiquan victim. This is why Ruco has hid his kung fu and has not practiced because he feels like he cannot live up to the martial arts. Although his technique and training is lost, he is still gifted and has incredible strength. So Thai woman (Yuen Chau) teaches him one strike with the elbow and he picks it up right away and even knocks out a couple bricks. She may be the one who trains him up to become the hero of Walled City! Now his objective is to save Yam Yam! Ruco is not disappointing with his physique and fighting. He is also good at comedy, especially with Nancy. For these three episodes, he is doing great and this may go towards his Best Actor nomination. The next thing that we will mention is Carlo's fight scene with Ruco.. It is clear Chun-Mei is trained in martial arts and he uses his "claws".... hmm... one of the assassins used his "wolverine" looking fingertips. So we are betting that Chun Mei is one of the assassins of Ruco the dad. There is a lot of action in this drama, way more than in Fistful of Stances and there are also a variety of different types of martial arts here.

Then the story shifts to the Duen family and it talks about why the cannot fight anymore. There is a mentally challenged boy named Siu Chi (Jonathan Lee) and he makes candy and is Ben's protege for Bajiquan. It is nice to see that these usual kelefes are getting different roles to help them get recognized. So Fung Ha-Mun makes them break their own wood sign of masters of Bajiquan and forbids them to practice it or something. Anyways, this was again a good episode, no complaints yet.

Episode 4:

Story continues with Ha Mun forcing them to break their sign and Ben is just standing their fists clenched. But he is still standing like a wooden plank lol. Ben is on and off with his scenes. Sometimes he is able to show facial expressions but sometimes it's just not there.

The task now is to help Yam Yam escape from the Walled City but Ruco is injured and they are hiding in Thai Po's ceiling and they can't wait much longer. These scenes are done by TVB a lot and we know that they will be successful in the end for escaping even though they will almost get caught. They are always stopped by guards or something and then someone or something distracts the guards so that they are free to go LOL. And sure enough, this is the same. Tiu Lan (Nancy) convinces the But Jai Go (Jelly cake ) store owner to help them leave the Walled City since his carts are the only ones that can go in and out all day. We have a feeling that the store owner may be evil or just hides some secret. There is something fishy about him and he may be an assassin. We will wait and see.

There is a fight scene between Ha Mun and Sing Fu because Ha Mun charges to Thai Po's store because he heard that Yam Yam and crew were hiding there. Of course Philip comes to save the day and they roll all over the floor of the store throwing punches. It was a more intense fight scene and Sing Fu is a persistent that he will win Ha Mun, and any other opponent in that case. He is pissed or just unhappy with his mother hiding Yam Yam and Kuen (Ruco) because they are bringing her trouble and he may not always be there. Although he is out there and helping The Association kill people, he justifies it because it helped him to become a strong and famous fighter and also protect his mom in his own way.

The next fight scene comes right after a short break with the dental office! This is an action packed episode for sure! Lee Fat is now caged with a hand cut off from Ha Mun. Ha Mun is giving the citizens three days to help dig out Yam Yam and Kuen. Ben Yuen finds them hidden at his dentist office. Tiu Lan was the one that brought them there because she had no other choice and one of her favourite moments for further falling for Ying-Fung is when he has to take off his shirt in front of her. It was very funny because of her expressive eyes in the scene and it is very comical as well. This is a way better role than her HOS ones as we said before and she is very different than Chu Chan-Chan. There are some actors that look and act the same in every drama no matter what character they are in so it feels like they are not really acting, and instead just being themselves. One example of this is Johnson Lee in Daddy Dearest right now... he is talking the same way as his Sze You Tonight show and Officer Geomancer. Same old mischievous wanna be funny yet serious acting. Anyways, Ben is reluctant to help because his old pride with fighting caused Siu-Chi to become mentally challenged. However, he cannot pass his own conscience so he chooses to help Yam Yam.

The fight begins when Ha Mun goes into a back alley and sees Kuen at the end of the alley. Ruco just has to rip his shirt off to show his body... First Ben Yuen, now Ruco. Looks like they are selling the muscles hard this drama haha. On the other side, Siu-Chi is standing up for Yam Yam and is getting beaten very badly but he won't back down. It was a very brutal scene and very bloody. Finally, Ben comes to the rescue with slow motion shots of his punches. While Ruco takes on Ha Mun, Ben is taking on lots of people at once who are trying to harm Yam Yam. He shows off his skills in his dress shirt and tie, looking classy as ever. These two scenes side by side is one of the best editing we have seen so far lol. Although it switches back and forth between two fight scenes, one has many people in it and one is a one on one battle so it doesn't feel too overwhelming. When Moon Lau accidentally walks into the one on one fight, she introduces the comedy and again adds that comic book element that this drama was inspired by. When Ruco falls to the floor, Philip Ng comes to rescue Moon and even kills Ha Mun with his lethal Muay Thai kicks from the knee. What a scene haha. We have not seen so much hand to hand combat in so long and it is definitely the most violent show TVB has broadcasted in a long time. We quite enjoy these scenes because they are suspenseful and they are choreographed well. Right now, if you saw our dramalist, you would know that we are also watching Ice Fantasy. Although a lot of money was poured into it, the fight scenes are a joke! They don't even show the punch sometimes and the other guy just dies... so TVB is showing something here! The stunts are always shown in the bloopers too to show the audience how long it took to get a shot looking real. This was by far the best episode in terms of suspense and fighting. The comedy is still there and we are now exploring more characters and their backgrounds.

Episode 5:

Fung Chun Mei finds out that his brother is dead and is initially reluctant to believe it. He shows that he cares deeply about his brother and that Ha Mun is his weak spot. Maybe this death will fuel some negotiations within The Association. This is a rash side of Chun Mei because his brother is proclaimed dead. We wonder what he will do and we are sure he will get his revenge, when he finds that Philip is the killer. Of course, Thai Po knows that the only person capable of killing Ha Mun with those blows is her son, Sing Fu (Philip). We think she feels bad for the death even though Ha Mun was such a bad person because before you use your fist, you should use your words. Ha Mun would not have listened anyway but it is a dangerous thing to kill a leader of The Association. O Man Cheong is not pleased with this obviously and looks like Sing-Fu has that I Don't Really Care attitude since Ha Mun was a scum bag anyways lol... this might foreshadow why he will team up with Ruco and Ben to be the three heroes of the Walled City. He thinks for himself first (besides his mom) and his boss's words don't really move him either so he acts on his own accord.

OKAY, now comes the scene where Yam Yam is shipped out and as we said before of course he almost got caught with his small straw hat! Of course there was that suspenseful aspect to it, we expected nothing less. When we first saw these scenes, we were scared for the protagonist. But now, we treat these like a normal occurrence LOL.

Our favourite scene in this episode is the one where Chun Mei is measuring his brother's body for new clothes and such. The other members of The Association are in attendance and Kuen is now the prime suspect for killing Ha Mun. Carlo's Chun Mei is now so calm and collected after his brother's death and it raises a few hairs on the audience's back! His snide remarks about how he promised to take care of him are still so creepy. He reminds us of Foon Hei Gor (Benz Hui) in Line Walker. Prior to watching this, we had no idea Carlo was even in the drama! We are very surprised by his character and now his performance is awesome. His speech and tone of voice is enough to be a cunning concubine on an ancient drama haha.

Next, the Duen family is not happy with Ben back into his heroics again because he is putting the family on the line. He is desperately trying to find a balance between doing what is right and protecting his family. Ben Yuen's performance is adequate here so we hope to see some more emotional scenes from him further down the story. His chemistry with Nancy is missing something but that fits well because she is supposed to be the aggressive one pursuing him. So in other words, they are working very well together.

Ok, break time from fighting is over! Let's get back to the fight scenes with Yuen Chau and Carlo Ng! Thai Po is attempting to save Kuen who is all tied up in a chair at the top floor of the brother's entertainment building. Looks like Thai Po's kung fu cannot beat Chun Mei's and although his face was injured, she was coughing up blood! We liked how it was the face that she hit so that he would show even more of his feminine side. LOL @ her calling him a (deadly) girly crossdresser while running around to throw some punches.

Thai Po locks herself in a small shack and they are going to burn her alive until her son comes to save the day lol. The fact that he decides to save Kuen (they told Fu that Kuen was inside) shows that Fu has a conscience and still listens to what his mother says. He is so far the most unmoved of the three and we can't wait until he joins the group. Meanwhile, more fighting is going one with Ben Yuen and Ruco Chan both defending the water source so that Carlo can't use it to put out the fire that will soon reach the top floor where his brother's body is lying. And... of course. TVB must advertise those muscles and hot bods again so the water must explode everywhere so their shirts are wet. It is a great uniting scene for the two friends though and the last stance they show against Chun Mei is strong. Seeing that Chun Mei is losing power, the other two mountains go against him so Chun Mei promises to put aside their ill feelings and stuff like that to get the water to save his brother.

An awesome episode ends with Ruco joining the Walled City family! This episode was again packed with fight scenes. There is no shortage of manliness in this drama haha. We don't remember a more intense drama since the first Tiger Cubs. The first five episodes have been great but we still have 20 ish more episodes to go so hopefully there will be more character development, especially for Lung Sing-Fu.

Episode 6:

The episode begins with Nancy pushing off her group of girlfriends from liking Duen Ying-Fung. Of course, she is trying to keep him to herself. So far, for romantic relationships, Nancy likes Ben, and Moon likes Ruco for saving her from Ha-Mun. We know that these initial pairings are not going to work out since Ben will like Moon (we read this somewhere but now we can't find it, maybe things have changed?) They do seem like opposites though because she is loud and bubbly but he is quiet and seems stressed a lot. Opposites attract? We have no idea. TVB makes the impossible possible with their love squares. The love triangles are no longer a thing it seems, the love hexagon is the new trend of TVB!

The story continues with Ruco and Ben deciding to fight and if Ruco is the winner, he will be able to guard the street independently. This is going to be another upcoming fight scene and we are betting Ruco is going to lose even though he asks Thai Po to teach him a few tricks. She cannot compare with Chun-Mei and others for martial arts but Kuen still sees her as a master. This is quite a funny scene with her just chomping down her fruits. Looks like she does not get any business.

Yam Yam is now working at a newspaper publishing office as a janitor but at least there's hope that she will be a writer/journalist one day. Although Tiu Lan is super cheap, she is very generous towards her friends and especially towards Yam Yam who she sees as a sister. The close friendship of the Walled City people despite the conditions they are living in make this drama heartwarming as well. We still keep with TVB dramas because we enjoy the family feeling that it gives us.

The last scene is of course A FIGHT SCENE. But it isn't that exciting because we already know that Ruco is no match for Ben (YET) haha. Also he is unwilling to use the Chiu Family Bajiquan because he feels like it is what killed Duen Ying-Fung's dad. Instead, he learns Thai Po's Wing Chun and Muay Thai and he loses anyways. He sure picked up her moves fast but she is unhappy because he is "dirtying" her name in the martial arts realm lol. We really like her character here and it is super funny. She is dead serious when she says:

" If you have chosen to use your fist to protect the Walled City, then you must prepare your fist well. Wing Chun, Muay Thai, even Bajiquan, if it makes your punch stronger and harder, it is good kung fu! "

This is one of the most inspirational quotes pertaining to the theme of the drama so far.

Episode 7:

Kuen has promised to learn the Duen Family Bajiquan but only if Siu-Chi is teaching him but instead, they just go out to play. If Kuen and Fung learn each other's Bajiquan, they will truly be masters of the Bajiquan and it will definitely help them prepare their fist better for fighting The Association.

O Duk-Lei (Moon) is now teaching at a school in Hong Kong, or at least that's what her dad thinks. In reality, she is teaching in the Walled City and the kids are not interested in school at all. They are just waiting for the day to end and even play tricks on Audrey. It is pretty funny but we can't wait until she finds out her dad is doing illegal business and we wonder if her character will become devastated and join forces with the three heroes or will she be too ashamed to face them anymore?

More comedy comes in this episode when Ruco finds out that Nancy is crushing on Ben. Their chemistry is great and we can see that they will end up together because they aren't afraid of showing their true selves to each other.

The intense part of the episode comes at the end! Yam Yam's father gambles again but this time because he was winning too much money, he gets framed for cheating. He brings up his daughter as payment. It's a really tragic scene because Yam Yam just started to be doing better and she was trying to earn money for a better life for the both of them. The two heroes and Nancy come to the scene at the fruit yard. This is where Nancy goes super ninja and uses knives to kill all the fruit yard guys. This sudden character change is quite a jump and some people have complained that it was illogical.
We are wondering if Nancy is Ruco's sister but probably not since they say that she fights with a lethal type of kung fu that they haven't seen before. Nancy passes out and her heart stops. Ben and Ruco do CPR on her but suddenly, they start violently pounding on her chest! We don't like this part at all and considering the force that Ben and Ruco have in their punches, we are surprised Tiu Lan didn't get any ribcages broken! We could see this pad she was wearing on her chest to protect herself in this scene though lol oops. We are not sure what type of CPR this is and the funny thing is that it works. This scene was both funny and ridiculous especially with the slow motion shots.

Tiu Lan wakes up and forgets everything and doesn't even know that Yam Yam is dead yet... maybe she has on and off amnesia and turns into some superhero, sounds like bipolar as well.

So far this week was awesome. It has been packed with action and great characters. We like the set and how it is new for the Walled City. Some clichés and obvious casting choices don't bother us too much. Hopefully this will continue with this fast pace and we hope it doesn't drag!

The end of the first week guesses for the three assassins are:

A: O Man Cheong (KK Cheung) - Hmm, it seems like he is just in the business side of things and doesn't fight. Or at least he hasn't shown his kung fu yet.
B: Lee Fat (Ngai Wai-Man) - This one is out for sure!
C: Fung Mei-Chun (Carlo Ng) - His claws in the Thai Po shack scene give it away that he is most likely one of the assassins.
D: Mr. Dei Zee  (sorry his name is not on the wiki list :( ) - still don't know him
E: Fuk Sau-Kam (Vincent Lam) - maybe but again he hasn't shown his fighting.
F: Yeung Chuk-Lun (Jimmy Au) - suspicious...
G: Duen Chit-Keung (Stephen Ho) - of the assassins that were shown, none of them looked like Jonathan Wong so we aren't sure but something is up with him otherwise
H: Yuk Bo-Fung (Yuen Chau) - There were no women in the jail cell and Thai Po was against fighting and besides, her kung fu isn't up to their level
I: Lung Sing-Fu (Philip Ng) - DEFINITELY NOT.

THE END! Hope you enjoyed our review. We aren't sure if we have the time to recap the next week. We will try but next week is going to be busier for us. Let us know what you think of this drama and it's opening week :)


Sunday, 7 August 2016

House of Spirits 一屋老友記 TVB Review

Hey friends!

Since House of Spirits from TVB just finished airing, we decided to do a quick review for it.

Basic Overview: House of Spirits is a supernatural comedy that was released June 27th and ended in July 31st. The main actors and actresses of the drama include Bobby Au-yeung, Nancy Wu, Joyce Tang, Jonathan Cheung, Koni Lui, Bob Cheung, Bowie Wu and Helena Law. The eldest son of the Po family, Po Foon (Bobby Au-yeung), comes to his father's (Po Luk played by Bob Cheung) house one day and he finds he has passed away while waiting for all his grown up children to come home for dinner. Po Luk’s dying wish is for Foon and his other siblings, Po Yan (Joyce Tang), Po Yue (Jonathan Cheung) and Po Yi (Bob Cheung), to come to better terms because of their terrible relationship before. In the father’s will, it is written that before they can sell the old house that their father has left for them, all the siblings are required to live together in the house for 9 months. After finding out the worth of the house in the market, the siblings all agree to move in so that after nine months they can each receive a quarter of what they sell. Po Yoon soon finds out that two old ghosts reside in the house. Can Yoon, with the help of these ghosts, bond the family together once again?

Our thoughts and opinions: This was a very light-hearted and warm drama and we absolutely loved it. The story is simple but it is meaningful and very inviting for the whole family to join in to watch. After the first episode, we thought that the story somewhat resembled Wudang Rules because of how the people were forced to live together for a while and how they will eventually build a good relationship with each other. House of Spirits, however, surpassed our expectations and was way better than Wudang Rules. We loved the home and family feels that HOS brought us and it’s rare to find dramas now that can provide this feeling.The story was easy to follow and the acting was good from everyone. We like how all the characters has their own flaws in the drama but they work to improve on them. We’ll talk a bit about the acting and characters later. There was a good portion of funny and emotional parts which in our opinion, is hard to achieve a good balance of. Also, we enjoyed the new addition of bloopers at the end of each episode as they added some humour. The bloopers gave the audience a better perspective on the acting since we only see the good takes and sometimes forget the difficulties involved with memorizing the script for the actors. It also looked like they had a lot of fun filming which is great to see. The only thing that we would say is disappointing is that TVB didn’t do more with the ghost element of the story. When we first heard that they were filming HOS,we were pretty excited that TVB may do something close to a horror show. After seeing the trailer, we knew that that was never going to happen. While HOS was a great family comedy, the idea with the ghosts was just a side aspect and it wasn’t the focus of the show. We felt that this was just more about the problems of Po Family and the ghosts were just a gimmick to give the old plotline a new packaging. It’s a shame TVB always does this. We really would have liked to see more of different ghosts and their stories. That being said, while HOS failed as a spooky drama, it turned out to be a heart-warming story about home which surprised us. Another thing we were a little upset about is that the characters never wore the costumes they wore for the trailer like Nancy dressed as Edward Scissorhands. We thought they would do something cool with that. Overall, this was an amazing drama that was entertaining and comforting. It was especially emotional at the end and it even threatened tears down our faces! Although it didn’t turn out to be a horror drama or anything, it became a pretty hilarious comedy. There’s not much more to elaborate for the plot so we will only do the character reviews next and not the plot review.

Character/Acting Reviews:

Bobby Au-yeung as Po Foon (寶歡): Awesome job from Bobby Au-yeung and he picked up his acting after the plain With or Without You role. Po Foon’s character is dynamic because we see him faltering in the role of being a good brother and regretting his actions in the past of leaving his family when they needed him. Bobby excels at the comedic parts as usual but also does well in serious parts like when we see his teary scenes. We liked how he gave up his job as a principal but ended up as a rice noodle roll maker or a snack shop owner because it’s the simple things in life that give people the most joy as displayed here. He was the star of the show and delivered his character greatly. Glad to see Bobby come up with another great role.

Nancy Wu as Chu Chan-chan (朱燦燦): A lot of netizens have complained about this role in HOS and said that this was more like the 2nd female lead instead of the first.  We agree that the role of Chan-Chan is a bit bland and there isn’t much to her. But given the boring character, we don’t see how Nancy could have acted any other way. She tried her best and just acted the character that she was given. When we were watching the drama, we didn’t really think of her as a TVB Queen or anything and we just treated her like any normal character. We are now more interested, however, in watching her in A Fist Within Four Walls. The character of Chan-chan really doesn’t have much to give and unfortunately there is not enough screen time for her to develop either. Her role was just basically to be a companion of Po Foon and Po Yan and help fix things in the house since she was an electrician. This was overall a pretty disappointing role.

Joyce Tang as Po Yun (寶欣): We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Joyce in HOS and this was definitely one of her best roles. We felt, like many others, that she was the first female lead of the series. Joyce did well in the role of a woman attempting to pursue her own dreams but struggling to do so because of the commitment of taking care of her family. This happened when she was a kid and wanted to study abroad but she had to give that up to take care of her younger brothers after Foon left. As an adult, she faces a similar situation because she wants to start a business of her own but finds herself unable to balance the time dedicated for family and work. This results in her always quarrelling with Mui Chiu (梅昭), her husband, and she eventually realizes that Chiu and her have become very distant. Joyce’s acting is good when Yun finally breaks down from all the stress and cries. We can also feel her bitterness towards her family and Foon because they prevented her from being able to accomplish her goals. This character showed Joyce’s versatile acting as we could see several different roles in one character (a bossy sister, a loving mother, a confused wife, a responsible daughter, etc.)

Jonathan Cheung as Anthony Po Yue (寶愉): For Jonathan, this was probably one of the larger roles he received. He did good in his role but Po Yue was not as outstanding as the other characters. Po Yue is the third sibling of the family and he is materialistic like his wife, Fiona Yue Fa (余花). He is fearful that if he becomes poor and cannot buy brand name items for Fiona, she will not love him anymore. He works hard and strives to earn as much money as he can in an investment company. We liked seeing Jonathan but there wasn’t much to the character. We can definitely see him getting more roles in the future though.

Bob Cheung as David Po Yi (寶怡): This was definitely a surprising role! We don’t recall having seen Bob before although he has been in several TVB productions in the past. We are very glad that another talent has been discovered in TVB. This is most likely the biggest role that he has gotten so far and Bob does a good job for a less experienced actor. After HOS, we;ve seen him in Between Love and Desire and Daddy Dearest and we hope he will continue getting some more roles. He has a good voice so we hope he gets some songs to sing too instead of the same people always singing for TVB. It was a little sad how Po Yi didn’t get Sing-san in the end but at least he got Jeannie Chan so it’s all good. Character wise, Po Yi is just a lazy guy who is passionate about music but afraid to show his talent.

Lau Kong as Po Luk (寶祿): Lau Kong is a great veteran actor and it was nice seeing him in HOS. A little scary when he was beating the young Po Foon up though… And it was sad to see him waiting for his kids for dinner and then dying. We’re glad he got the chance to talk to his children as a ghost and he looked after them as the cat, Fei Jai.

Tsui Wing as Mui Chiu (梅昭): After being freed up from Come Home Love, Tsui Wing finally appears in another drama. Nothing much to say about him, but he’s funny when the ghosts enter his body.

Pearl Chan as Bianca Mui Siu-fei (梅小菲): She was okay and better than certain kids that act in TVB. We like her as Bianca better than the kid in Daddy Dearest. Of course, she’s really young and we can’t expect much from her, but some of the crying scenes felt pretty fake (even though they are supposed to be fake in the movie), but even the crying scenes that are supposed to be real look fake too.

Koni Lui as Fiona Yue Fa (余花): Fiona was awesome in her supporting role and for comic relief. Definitely good to see Koni after a while since she’s had her son and since we didn’t watch Fashion War. She plays a convincing role of a dumb model and bratty wife or family member. She’s a bit annoying at times but of course, that’s part of her role so we can’t criticize that.

Bowie Wu as Bak Wah (白樺): Bowie is another veteran actor and we always look forward to seeing him. He did a good job as Bak Wah and he plays a cute couple with Yi Lan. He served as a good comic relief.

Helena Law as Mrs. Bak - Yi Lan (白太-依蘭): Same comment as above for Helena. She did a lot of Long Po (Dragon Granny) roles before so it was a bit different seeing her as Yi Lan, who was a kind-hearted ghost. But then again, she did become Long Po at the end when she scared the people off so they wouldn’t force them to sell the old house.

Moon Lau as Liu Sing-san (呂星晨): Moon was pretty good and cute and she’s one of our preferred actresses in the line of TVB newbies that came from Miss HK. Enjoying her in Fist now.

Jay Fung as Jay Fung (馮允謙): Jay didn’t do much - he was just himself. We actually wanted to see Sing-san end up with Po Yi instead. At least get got to advertise himself a bit in the drama…

We won’t go through the other characters since we couldn’t think of much to say for them.

We give House of Spirits around an 8.5 out of 10 because this was one of the best dramas so far this year and everything including the theme, story, and characters just elegantly tied together. Although this isn’t like an action-packed drama, it is a sweet and meaningful drama for the family telling us that relationships within a family can always be bettered by communication and understanding each other better.


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