Wednesday, 30 November 2016

CeeJay's Pick of the Month (November):龔嘉欣 - 孤單的心痛

Greetings again!

We are back with our song pick of November. Unfortunately, none of the new songs this month really attracted us. So for the pick of the month, we chose to do 孤單的心痛, which we know is an older song originally sang by Vivian Chow. We recently found this new cover by TVB actress Katy Kung and we were surprised that she could sing! We like her soft voice and considering her little singing experience, we are fairly impressed (although we know there's auto-tune in there). Anyways, we don't have much to comment for this since we are busy preparing for more posts!
Hope you like it!


孤單的心痛

作曲:Ron Miller、Ken Hirsch
填詞:簡寧
原唱:周慧敏
主唱:龔嘉欣
錄音年份:2016

* 愛與情 似場夢 彷彿給操縱
  留下你偷偷的哭泣 我已經不懂心痛
  寂寞是孤單等你 在深宵多冰凍
  越要不想起 但卻偏想起 共你虛假的抱擁
  也許我明晨離別 或你會了解 在孤單中的心痛
  你會發現 這當天的約誓 經已看不懂
  卻知道緣來緣盡 在你與我之間 愛已有著裂縫
  感覺不再相同 熱愛今天已是凍 *

Repeat*

也許我明晨離別 或你會了解 在孤單中的心痛
然後你會發現 這當天的約誓 經已看不懂
卻知道緣來緣盡 在你與我之間 愛已有著裂縫
我早知相愛是難永遠 但我真心已斷送

只有是忘記你 不需再恨痛

Until next month for another of our song choice! 

-CeeJay

Sunday, 27 November 2016

UPDATE/RANT

We just heard that TVB is going to do another drama with the same cast of My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan and we just need to say:

TVB, STOP MILKING SEQUELS, SPIN-OFFS, PREQUELS, ETC. OUT OF OLD DRAMAS FOR EVERYTHING. COME UP WITH SOME ORIGINAL IDEAS AND PAIR SOME NEW PEOPLE TOGETHER FOR YOUR DRAMAS. THAT WAS A DECENT, YET FORGETTABLE DRAMA THAT DOES NOT NEED TO BE RESURFACED AGAIN! WE ARE SO SICK OF THIS!!!!!!

Apologies, we just had to get this out because we are super annoyed with how TVB is acting and uncontrollably spitting out sequels.

A Look At TVB's 2017 Calendar

Hello again!

This time, we are trying out a new post and giving thoughts about the freshly released TVB calendar for 2017. It has been traditional that every year TVB makes a calendar, although we're not entirely certain of the reason why. But we are sure that these recent years, it has become another method to advertise and sell their upcoming dramas to get people hyped up about them - even though it probably doesn't work very well. We remember that back then the photos had themes for each month. They are really more like drama posters rather than something you would really hang up on the wall...
Nonetheless, hope you enjoy these pictures and our comments:

Front Cover


The cover looks clean and the main focus is on the '50' since its TVB's 50th anniversary next year.
The gold background gives everything a grand and elegant touch and we do like the collage of small pictures of scenes from the past dramas that have aired since the beginning of TVB. It certainly brings back nostalgic childhood memories and perhaps serves as a reminder to people how "great" TVB once was.
January
People: Nat Chan, Wayne Lai, Johnson Lee, Kenny Wong, Ben Wong, Selena Li, Grace Wong, Raymond Wong?, Elena Kong, Raymond Cho, Joyce Tang, Vivien Yeo, Carlo Ng


This is one of the better photos of the calendar (as you'll see later), although it is a bit cliché and we feel as if we've seen photos of this sort many times before in TVB calendars. We can definitely see the connection of January's festive, New Year mood depicted in here. The gold, black, and red colours give a polished look, but the glitter adds to the celebratory tone. We must, however, add that Raymond Wong looks weird - not in an offensive way, of course, but we just couldn't tell who it was. We are having trouble identifying who's who, like Grace Wong, maybe because of over-photoshop. Also, we dislike Joyce's dress with the long sleeves, it would be better without them.


Feburary
People: Gallen Lo, Ali Lee, Fred Cheng, Jonathan Cheung, Jacqueline Wong, Roxanne Tong



We're having serious trouble with identifying faces in this one and Ali's pose is quite unnatural. We have no clue what this has anything to do with February and we are totally confused with the paints/makeup palettes in the background. Sure...it adds colour, but the point of it is..? We hope they are not going to be makeup artists and actually... we know they aren't a bunch of artists and makeup artists so why this background? We had a really hard time identifying the two other girls as well.


March
People: Kevin Cheng, Kristal Tin, King Kong, Kwan Gor


We are very disappointed with this poster. There are FOUR people in this...FOUR! We have no idea what they are doing with a row of clones for each actor. Are they trying to create an illusion that there are a lot of people? Why are King Kong and Kwan Gor even here, looking like leads of the drama? Well, maybe they are the leads now since TVB is not really promoting anyone else that can act better. This gives us zero indication of what the drama is about except that it might be mysterious with people opening their eyes. How is this even calendar-worthy?

April
People: Ruco Chan, Nancy Wu, Paw Hee Cheng, Pierre Ngo, Joel Chan, Elaine Yiu, Oscar Leung


Fore some reason, this just doesn't appeal to us. Especially the huge shadow of Ruco in the background, it actually reminds us of his deadly palm in A Fist Within Four Walls. If they are using the same stuff again with the deadly palm then we are not interested. So far all of these posters for dramas have been lacklustre. We again have no clue what the drama is about just by looking at this! A family feud in a big city? What? 

May
People: Vincent Wong, Sisley Choi, Ali Lee, Owen Cheung, Tracy Chu


This kinda tells you that it will be about law with a bunch of cool new people. We have noticed that TVB is picking a lot of oxymorons and bad juxtapositions as their drama names, Unlawful Justice, Unholy Alliance, Destination Nowhere for this calendar set. At least in this poster we can tell who's who? It's one of the better ones and it looks a tad more interesting.

June
People: Gloria Tang, Samantha Ko, Natalie Tong, Rosina Lam, Mayanne Mok (we have no idea who it is and if it even is Mayanne...), Kelly Cheung, Kelly Fu, Louisa Mak, Moon Lau, Rebecca Zhu?, Mandy Wong, Grace Chan, Jinny Ng, Stephanie Ho


This calendar has the most people in it and most of them are MHK's but then there's a couple odd ones like Jinny and Stephanie. It really looks like they took individual photos and photoshopped them together, you can even tell that the lighting was different when you look at Kelly Fu. For some reason she just stands out and looks different from the rest. For us, because there are so many of them, you can't actually see who they are on a small screen and it looks like they just put in people that didn't have dramas as posters. We liked how the old ones only showed a certain artist only once... now you get duplicates of some people and nothing for others. For example, if you have Jinny and Stephanie, why don't you have Kayee?

July
People: Michael Miu, Moses Chan, Jessica Hsuan, Priscilla Wong, Benz Hui and Benjamin Yuen


They look smart and everything for this prequel (which was unnecessary in our opinion) but we didn't like how the guns were all pointing down. Michael looks especially awkward walking with the gun pointing to the ground, it just doesn't give us that intensity as pointing the gun in the air or towards someone. The female leads are also lacking in our opinion. Last time Jessica was in Tiger Cubs, we found her to be quite wooden and although Priscilla has improved, she needs to work on playing stronger roles. Hopefully this one will be better or as good as the original. Priscilla's outfit is a bit awkward since everyone is looking sleek and cool in suits, then all of a sudden, you get this baggy dress from her. Overall, this poster lacks the "wow" factor and we are not getting the excitement.

August
People: Wong Cho Lam, Ada Choi, Roger Kwok, Louis Cheung, Mag Lam, Joyce Cheng, Law Lan, Wu Fung, Ram Tsiang, and Bob Lam


This blown up head poster has been done by TVB since the early 2000's and this just reminds us of the olden days however, with the flop of Come on Cousin... we wonder why there's a third one in line? What do they have to talk about now? The cast looks the same with the addition of Ada, Joyce, and Mag but this just seems very overdone. The poster is just alright but we have our doubts about the drama. Last two times, they tried to pull off a musical-style thing but it just didn't work out with only a few people being able to sing. With Mag, Joyce, Ram, and Louis, are they gonna do that again? Also, are there actually legit cousins this time?

September
People: Ha Yu, Louise Lee, Michelle Yim, Bosco Wong, Susanna Kwan, Louis Yuen, Vincent Wong, Eliza Sam, Priscilla Wong, and Sharon Chan


My my... here we go again... as if Line Walker, Come on Cousin, Beyond the Realm of Conscience next, Threshold of an Era prequels, sequels, spinoffs whatever they wanna do AREN'T ENOUGH... Heading to a 50th year anniversary does not mean remaking your past success that aired a decade ago because the times have changed. People aren't looking for the same things anymore and to attract a greater variety of audiences, broadcasting the same stuff that was catered to see lais 10 years ago won't increase the viewership. The people at TVB now seem quite scarce with their promoting techniques. This is another drama with Priscilla, are there no other people? With only the older generation left, it seems pointless to work them out for 40-50 eps of screaming again. Only Bosco is left from the younger generation of HOG and MR so it is even more pointless. The current cast is just not as interesting and "epic" as the old ones with Raymond, Linda, Kate, Fala, Bosco, Tavia, Moses, etc.. Now its like 3 new generation on each side which isn't even new.. like Sharon? She's been here for ages...Why not just make a new drama with new pairings and a new storyline? Poster-wise, it just doesn't scream EPIC. In fac, it seems a bit weak with only a few people. While we like idea of the split family, with one side looking like a rich family, and the other side with a warm, happier family. However, we think that the happy side impedes from the grandness of the poster. The title for this is Heart and Greed, and seriously, can TVB possibly get lazier than that? The answer is no! From Heart OF Greed to Heart AND Greed, they changed one word, and maybe this is implying that the drama itself will be a mere copy of the Heart of Greed's story-line with a change of setting. 

October
People: Steven Ma, Nancy Wu, Alice Chan, Annie Liu, Kenneth Ma, and Edwin Siu (why is Chrissie Chau missing lol)



Here comes another sequel again or spin off again. From 宮心計 to 深宮計, it's basically the same title again except for switching one character and rearranging the words. And instead of Beyond the Realm of Conscience, this time, they have Deep in the Realm of Conscience. This is just so frustrating to see and why can't they just make a brand new drama without tying it to old dramas? Besides, they already had Can't Buy Me Love which was a spin-off from BTROC. The cast seems fairly appealing especially with the females (event though they are old). However, we are worried that Edwin and Kenneth will not be able to pull off their roles. We are anticipating Steven in this drama as we are sure that he will not disappoint. The poster is dull and there's no background, just huge faces...

November
People: Bobby Au Yeung, Moes Chan, Maggie Shui, Benz, Hui, Louis Cheung, and Sammy Leung, Ali Lee, Eddie Kwan, David Chiang, Katy Kung 

Wow, Ali Lee again... and Moses looks the same as from Line Walker and here, did he even bother to change? We are glad that TVB is promoting Katy Kung since she's been here a while but never got much recognition. Bobby looks like a priest here and once again, we have no clue what the drama is going to be about and the poster does not help. No themes, just faces and the worst part is that actors and actresses keep getting reused and most people show up at least 2 times throughout the calendar. Nothing much to say about this drama, since we don't even know what it will be about.

December
People: Liza Wang, Tony Hung, Matt Yeung, Jason Chan, Hugo Wong, Brian Tse, Alfred Hui, Lai Lok Yi, Hubert Wu


This poster is usually where all the leftovers get put into and looks like it's no different this year, with Liza being the centre again. If Liza gets a picture, what about Do Jeh? Favoritism? Anyways, we don't like how red clashes onto red and it's just too much for us. Some people's smile just looks too fake AHEM: HUBERT, LAI LOK YI, TONY. Nothing much to say for this otherwise except that it is not very Decemberish and it is just plain hard on the eyes. 

Back Cover


TADAA!!! Here comes perhaps our favourite poster, just because of how bad everything else was. The TV Buddy and the robots, each with a different TVB colour looks cute and we can't really find anything bad to say about it. 

So those were our thought on the calendar and as you can imagine, we were not at all pleased with the calendar. Anyone in their right mind (except for TVB fanatics) would not want this as a calendar to remind them of which TVB dramas are coming up. The old calendars would have maybe been a nice addition to decorating a house, but not anymore.  We want the old type of calendar back with many different artists posing for a different theme in each month and without repeats of people! Unfortunately, we doubt that the calendars will get any better in the future. 


-CeeJay

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Awards - 2016 TVB Star Awards Malaysia

Hey! hope everyone has been doing well! We are personally super excited for Christmas coming up in a couple weeks here!

This round of awards were in Malaysia and we are going to give you our thoughts on the winners! 

My Favourite TVB Drama Series:

A Fist Within Four Walls - No surprises here at all! We knew this drama was going to win. It was one of the best ones this year with action, family, romance and some twists along the way. The cast was great too and nobody let us down in their roles. We are pretty sure that this one will win at the TVB awards as well.

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role:

Ruco Chan as Chor Au-Kuen in AFWFW - Again no surprises here! At least there are no double wins for pork prizes and such. We don't have too many comments on this win as we have already said them in the Starhub post. Wonder if he will snatch it at TVB finally after many wins in Singapore and Malaysia now.


My Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role:

Nancy Wu as Tiu Lan in AFWFW - This year, her win was well-deserved compared to the one last year in Ghost of Relativity. In all honesty, GOR seemed to be a filler drama that turned out to be a great success. With the flop of the spinoff AKA THE DIRECT COPY, we hope Nancy can get some better roles and continue to try out different roles to test and expand her acting abilities.



My Favourite TVB Actor in a Supporting Role:

Mat Yeung as Liu Shau-Kei in My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan - This was pretty much the only surprise of the night! We did not expect him to win at all with all the other contenders on the nomination list such as Raymond Cho, Power Chan, Philip Ng, Carlo Ng etc. It was not really a memorable character in our eyes and he went from most improved in Singapore... to Best Supporting Actor? Wow haha, nonetheless happy for him and hope TVB continues to promote him in bigger roles.


My Favourite TVB Actress in a Supporting Role:

Joyce Tang as Po Yan in House of Spirits - What a well-deserved win after many years in this industry. We thought she shined in this role and it even surpassed Nancy's Chan Chan in the drama. In this drama alone, she showed her loving side to her daughter, her loud and brassy side to her family, and her moments of desperation when she almost got a divorce. We loved the relationships that her character built with the rest of the cast. 


My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actor:
Jonathan Cheung - Well we can say this is a little surprising too. Actually just surprising in terms of the nomination since he has been in the industry for a while now and is mostly a kelefe. This must be a great achievement for him. We have never seen him as leading material but rather the funny sidekick, more like a Ron Weasley to Harry Potter. We sometimes see him acting in Louis Cheung's roles as well and hopefully he can give us a memorable performance in the future. Apologies for not finding a better picture, but it shows that he has worked hard and is proud of his achievement so far.



My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actress:

Moon Lau - Again, we will say it again as we did at the Starhub awards, this is a newcomer to look out for. Moon has had numerous roles this year and her newest one to date is Emma in Two Steps from Heaven as a rebelious young woman (homewrecker). It was quite scandalous at first for someone with her innocent and cute image to play but she carried it well and has convinced us of her acting ability in a variety of different roles. In our mind, she is the most deserving to win the TVB Award for MIA as well but with the favouritsm, it looks like Ali or Sisley will get it this year unfortunately.


My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple:

1. Vincent Wong and Tracy Chu in Over Run Over

2. Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu in AFWFW

Did they have to have two winners for the couple one again?? It feels like they just felt bad that AFWFW was sweeping the awards so they had to have multiple awards. Anyways, both couples were great and had good chemistry. We still think ORO and AFWFW are two of the top dramas that aired this year and part of it was because of the chemistry between the two leads. When we first saw the nominations list we were wondering what the definition of a couple meant to these awards anymore... since they had choices like Bosco, Edwin and Priscilla from Two Steps and also Moses, Kristal and Nancy from Planet Meow so you know maybe next time they're just gonna put in the whole love square or however complicated things get!



My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song:

Never Know You Were the Best - Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu
Again we knew this one would win haha. It was a great duet that matched well with the drama however we do have a comment on the live performance. When we heard the Singapore and Malaysian live ones, Nancy was off tune for the most part which we expected but when we watched the TVB boradcasted version of the Starhub awards, they dubbed the live part so their artists wouldn't sound as bad on screen to the HK audiences. We just didn't appreciate that and wanted to hear the real version even if it is off tune.

My Favourite TVB Variety Program:

Sunday Stage Fight - We saw a couple episodes of this but it got boring after 2-3 weeks because they kepy playing the same games and there just wasn't enough variety in the show. The actors sometimes were just used to create some laughs like King Kong not pronouncing Cantonese right AGAIN. Overall, we did not think this was our favourite.

My Favourite TVB Enrichment Program:



Wellness on the Go 4 - We have never seen or heard of this lol... and to think that it's on its fourth run already!! Most of the hosts were in attendance of the awards so it looks like they gave it to them just for them to have another award to take home. Also we won't be putting our thoughts on the fashion but we do not like this look from Natalie Tong, it really ages her and the shoulders should be more clean in our opinion because the hanging tulle just looks sloppy. 

My Favourite TVB Host in a Variety Program:

Mat Yeung and Benjamin Yuen in All Work no Pay Holidays: India


This was unexpected as it looked like there were hosts with more buzz this year. It seems like it was given to them just because both of them got other awards as well so they just gave it to someone that was attending so they didn't have to deliver the award to someone else. Side note - Ben looks very tired at this event, hope he gets some good rest.

My Favourite TVB Drama Characters:

Ruco Chan as Chor Au-Kuen

Benjamin Yuen as Duen Ying-Fung

Philip Ng as Lung Sing-Fu

What a great group of actors for AFWFW. They carried their roles very well in the drama and without them and their brotherhood, this drama would not be as successful as it is today. They each had their own character and you can tell from the picture that they're great partners off screen as well. We are waiting for another group that is as charismatic as this one. For us, the weaker link was Ben since he once again gave a kinda wooden performance, for the next drama in which he leads with Mandy Wong, we are hoping that he redeems himself.

Nancy Wu as Tiu Lan

Grace Wong as Fa Man


Again, without them there would not be AFWFW. Both of them had great performances that showed their heroine side which we really enjoyed. Before this, we seldom saw Grace Wong on screen but this role proved that she is ready for more and we want to see more of her in the future. Nancy is like the new TVB Big Sister so we don't really care for seeing more of her since she already has some big roles up ahead but hopefully she will give us a fresh performance.











Sisley Choi as Eunice Yan - This is Sisley's best role to date. We are hoping that she continues to improve in her upcoming roles. As for the character itself, it was just alright and sometimes quite confusing with the plot holes so she did well with what she was given. She definitely has learnt to control her voice on screen but needs experience for her emotional scenes.



Natalie Tong as Yiu Yiu in Speed of Life - It seems like Natalie's first leading role was pushed aside by TVB and it she never had the chance to show her acting capabilities with the surge of new actresses like Grace Chan, Sisley Choi and Ali Lee. Natalie's status seems to have fallen even though we think she is a solid actress. These actresses, like Mandy Wong have worked for many years to finally get a chance to lead only to be overshadowed by rookies that get leading roles after a year of acting. In our opinion, Natalie deserves more roles and Grace and Sisley should be pushed back to gain more experience.




Grace Chan as Lam Meng-Yiu in Blue Veins - At least she won for this drama instead of Nana in BK2 LOL. We can't be a judge for Nana since we only saw snippets of her face in the first 5 eps but we saw her character Yiu Yiu through all of Blue Veins and honestly she was very annoying in the drama and her character made no sense at times... We really don't know why she won and since she's being promoted heavily by TVB, she better step up her game. She has a new pre-modern drama about her being Western and coming back to conservative China and we can already imagine her overacting what she feels like in real life. 


Kristal Tin as Miu Miu Miu in My Lover from the Planet Meow - We actually dropped this drama after 15 episodes and didn't get a chance to see the ending and the full range of her character this time but from what we saw, she acted well as the cat. She had great facial expressions and everything but our problem was how she wore the same gray knit sweater for the entire show... how cheap can you get? The drama was a let down no matter how Kristal acted. 


Mandy Wong as Fong Ling
Ali Lee as Cheuk Yi-Chung

We are honestly surprised that Alex Fong and Liu Kai-Chi have not been recognized because compared to the actresses, we thought that their performances were way better. Their characters were a lot more interesting as well. It's all about the fan base here though for the votes. Overall, we thought that they both did well but in terms of character, both lacked depth and development. Mandy, like Natalie has not really been given that opportunity to shine especially with the addition of the highly promoted Ali costarring in this drama. Ali is a stable actress but she is lacking in her emotional scenes and her Hazel although watchable seemed very one dimensional.

Eliza Sam as Ho Fuen Sum in My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan - Finally not playing an American or Canadian girl, Eliza Sam shows a more Chinese side of her by participating in Chinese lion dancing. In terms of character, Fuen Sum was cute and bubbly and we really enjoyed Eliza's portrayal of Joyce. She is going to be taking on a bigger role in Heart and Greed, a big anniversary drama for the 50th anniversary of TVB and we are hoping to see bigger and better things from her. She has improved tremendously and her emotional scenes are a lot better along with her cantonese. 

Bobby Au-Yeung as Po Foon

Koni Lui as Yu Fa 
Joyce Tang as Po Yan

We really enjoyed the bickering relationship these two had. Koni was especially convincing as a spoiled brat and we have already mentioned Joyce's character above. This is Koni's first acting award and she has never really been promoted by TVB besides playing some side hot girl roles when she first debuted. Now that she has her own family, we don't think she's really concerned about rising to the top. Bobby never fails to deliver a good role and he's been a solid actor for decades at TVB. Looks like he will be leading the My Ages Apart for 50 eps so lots of Bobby next year!


















Wayne Lai as Lee Suk-Gong in SEOTS - Did not attend.


UPDATE: This is a video of one of the performances that we really enjoyed in the awards. We thought the idea of doing a story with a medley of HK songs was creative and there was a theme of young love throughout this performance which set up the mood for the on-screen couple award.




More photos: 


















All photos are from TVB's official Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/tvbcom


The next awards are going to be the TVB ones! We think that after the wins in Singapore and Malaysia, some of these actors already have it in the bag for TVB but knowing TVB, something surprising will come up as usual! This year we have noticed a decline in the number of female nominations compared to the men for both leading and supporting roles. In the coming year, it would be great if TVB could promote and train their actresses more. Let us know what you think of these awards this year or if you have any thoughts on the TVB awards coming up in December!

-CeeJay

Monday, 21 November 2016

Dead Wrong- 致命復活- Songs Review and Premiere Thoughts

Hey everyone!

Hope everyone has been doing well! This is going to be a review of the two-episode premiere of Dead Wrong and a small thoughts section for the Theme song and Ending Theme song. We have dropped the other two anniversary dramas because we just could not continue a) watching a direct copy of Ghost of Relativity and b) watch three guys talk about their romantic relationships for 35 episodes (Two Steps from Heaven). We are hoping that Dead Wrong will surprise us and finish this year off with a bang! We also saw the anniversary show last night! There were ups (Comedy of Wong Cho Lam, Johnson Lee, and Louis Yuen) and downs (MHK singing part was horrid) but it was standard.

Premiere Thoughts:

The premiere was a connection of 2 episodes and it already hooked us onto the show! We loved how the filming was done in Vietnam to give the setting a little change and the scenery was beautiful. Despite tranquil blue waters and a luscious forest, it was difficult for us to truly admire the scene since we were completely absorbed by our compassion and pity towards Vincent's (Roger Kwok) situation. These first two episodes were intense and captivating.

We get a little background from Roger's life before he heads onto Vietnam for a business trip. He is excelling at his job and has a family of three: Ah Kiu (Joey Meng) as his wife and a child with autism. He has an older brother (Koo Ming-Wah) who is always looking for some more money to start a business. This is a typical TVB character that always goes on failed business ventures and cause trouble within the family, most recently we have Chiu Chik (Wai Lee) in Planet Meow. We can already tell that he is going to cause trouble and try to smooch off as much as he can from his successful brother. Talking about the family and the home, we like the house that Vincent and Ah Kiu live in at the beginning because it is very real and the new lighting style for the filming of this adds a film kind of feel to this drama. It isn't one of those fake apartment sets from TVB that always use the same couches and pictures (you know which ones we're talking about ;) like the eiffel tower picture). We also noticed the office that Vincent works at is a real workplace with REAL windows and REAL skyscrapers in the background unlike the old skyscraper wallpapers as windows that don't move with the picture. TVB is slowly improving!! It's sad that we consider something a big production with a big budget if they have real windows LOL.

After seeing the new sets on the HK side of things, we were expecting better sets in Vietnam too and sure enough, we were impressed. We already mentioned the beautiful blue waters and tropical islands but we also loved seeing the scenes with the huge traffic circle because it adds to the confusion and mayhem with the situation in Vietnam. We were also impressed by the number of people the had for the police and the factory workers. This is great filming in terms of location and lighting.

The characters haven't really been developed yet but we know there will be lots of that coming in the next episodes when Vincent comes back to Hong Kong and starts his revenge. Our only complaint is that we think 10 years in the cave is a bit long, they could have cut it to 5 years and it would still be a miracle. 10 is a little far-fetched for us. We are curious as to the what Ivy (Toby Chan) wanted to say Vincent before they got kidnapped and what relationship they had. These first 2 episodes have introduced a lot of characters that will be interesting to see in the future.

We won't go over everything that happened plot-wise but some key scenes we wanted to cover are:

- The chasing scene when Ah Kiu is taken away and Ho Yan (Kenny Wong) quickly hops on a motorcycle and races down the streets of Vietnam. We enjoyed all the filming angles and how Kenny Wong drove the motorcycle. Then he drops the bike and quickly starts the motor of a speed boat and chases after the boat with Ah Kiu in it. At first we were thinking, is this guy superman? He knows how to ride a motorbike and drive and power a boat as well!? We learn later that he used to be in the army. Anyways, the bird's eye view of the two boats were great and this scene was a look like a Bond chasing scene! First motorbike, then boats (usually some place like Venice).

- We are missing a key part of the emotional scenes when Ho Yan gets shot in the leg and becomes handicapped. Since he was in the army, his leg must be a huge part of his life and losing it would have been devastating. We wonder what happened in the ten years and how he adjusted his life to this new condition.

- As we predicted, Vincent's brother is eyeing Vincent's life insurance as future business money... Even the mom is in the plan! What a family! This is a key scene to fuel Vincent's revenge perhaps and we read that he becomes divorced later as well so the main driving force for the past decade in the cave will completely ruin him when he comes back to HK.

- Ah Kiu seems to have matured a lot over the past decade especially when she shows up at Tse-Chong's school. It's difficult to show that when she is already a wife and mother in 2006 and still plays that same role ten years later. We are glad that Joey could portray a difference in her character.

Overall, this was a great start to the drama and we are looking forward to see more episodes and more character development. At 28 episodes, this is just the right length we think. 40 episodes is WAY too much especially when there is nothing to talk about and they just drag it out.

Theme Song Thoughts: 

Theme Song: 

The theme song is sung by Vincent Wong after many, many years of debuting as a singer. We know that he's been waiting for an opportunity to sing a song for TVB ever since War of In Laws II way back so we are happy he has the opportunity now for this highly anticipated drama.

We like this song because Vincent's voice fits well with the melody and because he took part in the drama, there is a different type emotion that you can hear. We would rather hear some singing from the cast like the ones for A Fist Within Four Walls rather than The Voice "Big Hits" just moan about random lyrics that they can't connect to whatsoever.

Our only complaint about this theme song is the repetition of the lyrics. He sings the chorus part three times! We think twice is enough and we are noticing in a lot of recent TVB songs, a bridge is missing.. That's just laziness and lack of preparation/effort into writing the songs in our opinion. If you can write a whole song, why don't you take a bit more time to create a bridge for the song? We know that only a minute of the song is played on TV but that is not an excuse to repeat the chorus twice in the full song, especially when they have their own Youtube channel. Most people also listen to the full song on their channel anyways so hearing a more complete song with less repetition would be better.

The lyrics of this song speak mainly to Roger's character which makes sense since he is the main one. There isn't anything mind-blowing or super poetic in the lyrics and they all make sense at least. Overall, a good song for the drama with a lot of repetition.


王浩信 Vincent - 不可告人 (劇集 "致命復活" 主題曲) 



:朱俊傑 
:張美賢 
:朱俊傑 
:何哲圖/朱俊傑 


原來無須一個絕症 顛覆我生命
人從來行錯一步便罪成
如何徒手掩蓋罪證 漂白蒙騙眼睛
面目這樣的冷靜 但熱血尚未平靜

問誰沒不可告人的一句 要生存就有眼淚
理想必須進取 不知道錯或對
到末日再處分判罪
蔓延著不可告人的心碎 要治癒無藥水
傷痕裡 能勇敢走出去
人生捨不得告吹 留在身邊會是誰

原來曾經一秒任性 改寫了生命
讓其餘時間都負著罪名
連場回憶充滿視聽 你在離去背影
為著那日的決定 睡夢中都可扎醒

問誰沒不可告人的一句 要生存就有眼淚
理想必須進取 不知道錯或對
到末日再處分判罪
蔓延著不可告人的心碎 要治癒無藥水
傷痕裡 能勇敢走出去
人生捨不得告吹 留在身邊會是誰

問誰沒不可告人的一句 要生存別再畏懼
錯失不可以追 只可以去面對
看凡人正作出壯舉
蔓延著不可告人的心碎 要治癒無藥水
傷痕裡 能勇敢走出去
人生捨不得告吹 留下的牽掛 為誰


Ending Theme Song:

The ending theme is sung by Stephanie Ho and she has been singing a lot more songs after signing with The Voice Entertainment, this year alone she has sung 5 including this one. She has a distinct style but again we are disappointed in the repetition of the chorus. Again there is no bridge so this is the new Voice Ent. style? Sometimes it is not easy to listen Stephanie's songs because she yells and we hear her straining her voice to sing loudly on high notes. We noticed this especially in 只想可以跟你走. The chorus was a really sudden change from the verses and it was a little hard on the ears the first time. Listening to the song repeatedly helps us to get used to her style and songs. We hope it's the same for this one! With Jinny gone for a year, Stephanie and Kayee are on the rise in this company so we better get used to this or we will have to skip the songs. 

We did not know this before but she is also part of the drama so we're looking forward to her character and how it may or may not relate to this song. So far the lyrics just sound like it's from Joey's character's point of view in searching for her husband. The lyricist is the same as the theme song however some of these lyrics don't make sense. The chorus is fine and straightforward but one of the verses was literally like hey there was a lot of competition for you and we didn't match together but we're attracted to each other and who is our other half? We're still scared that our ending will be bad, letting our feelings become too deep, liking you, it's serious. WHAT? that felt like a mix of mumble jumble about five different relationships. We don't think the competition part fits with the theme of the song at all. And what do they mean by being serious when you like someone? Isn't that a given for the theme of the song? Whatever... the lyrics don't seem to be a priority anymore. The song is mediocre but we are sure we will hear it a couple dozen times on screen.


何雁詩 Stephanie - 愛需要勇氣 (劇集 "致命復活" 片尾曲)



/:張家誠 
:張美賢 
: 何哲圖/韋景雲 

似遠又近 令我這麼敏感
提詞亮了 再度暗 埋藏著十個可能
如像斷了線一只風箏 飛蹤必須勇敢
都不會 灰心

愛上自困 面對多少競爭
從來未襯 卻很吸引 誰人才是對的人
然而害怕最尾只得傷心 將感覺收得太深
喜歡你 其實認真

謎似是你 看似沒法一起 就算收不到訊號仍找你
難極都不放棄 遲早可給你看得起
誰是你 有愛就有傷悲 但我更加想親近你
進入了禁地 別貪生怕死 難關必須勇氣

似遠又近 要發生終發生
猶豫著你與我不相襯 垂頭便士氣消沉
然而在暗處有一把聲音 催促我加點信心
喜歡你 才投入認真

謎似是你 看似沒法一起 就算收不到訊號仍找你
難極都不放棄 遲早可給你看得起
誰是你 有愛就有傷悲 但我更加想親近你
帶著了好奇 未貪生怕死 才伸手去觸摸你
謎似是你 看似沒法一起 就算收不到訊號仍找你
難極都不放棄 自己都感到了不起
誰是你 有愛就有轉機 極渺小都想保護你
跳越了距離 未貪生怕死 如果可以捉緊你


That’s it for this post! Thank you so much for reading and let us know what you think of the drama in the comments down below :) 
We will be back soon with the Malaysian Star Awards and the TVB Anniversary Awards.

- CeeJay