Monday, March 22, 2010

Suspects of Love

English Title: Suspects in Love
Chinese Title: ????
Cantonese Title: Sau Ha Lau Ching
Broadcast Period: April 5, 2010 – April 30, 2010
Genre: Modern Romance
Length: 20 episodes
Producer: Poon Ka Tak
Scriptwriter: N/A
Cast: Flora Chan, Joe Ma, Sharon Chan, Him Law, Louis Yuen, Shek Sau, Rain Lau, Power Chan, Mandy Wong


In order to rescue her best friend COCO KAM (Rain Lau), masseuse CHENG SIU-YAN (Flora Chan) is embroiled in a triad murder case. Misconceiving that she has killed someone, YAN hides away from the police and gangsters by reluctantly returning to her long-separated father CHENG TSUN-CHEONG (Shek Sau). CHEONG opens a Chinese herbal tea shop but the business is failing. YAN drags through the days stressfully until NG CHUNG-MING (Joe Ma) comes into her life. MING claims to have a secret prescription for making Chinese herbal tea but he is actually an undercover police. By investigating YAN’s case, MING hopes to get promoted and marry his inspector girlfriend CHEUNG SZ-MAN (Sharon Chan) at the end. MING’s supervisor CHEUNG SZ-CHAI (Power Chan) used to oppress him a lot and MING is losing confidence at work. However, ever since he meets the cheerful YAN, MING begins to develop his self-esteem and find his life path. His delicate relationship with YAN also starts to grow.

MING’s younger brother NG CHUNG-HONG (Him Law) meets YAN’s younger sister CHENG SIU-MAN (Mandy Wong) and love grows spontaneously. However, YAN finds out MING’s identity and she believes that the two brothers are making use of them to carry out investigation. On the other hand, MING learns that YAN’s cousin LEUNG KING-HO (Louis Yuen) is just released from jail and he is familiar with the gang leader, and YAN is considered in connection with the case. Their blossoming relationship is thrown into turmoil as they get closer to the truth.

Comments: No fan of Flora and without a doubt she is the least versatile out of TVB's top four fa dans. I've realized I can like Joe and enjoy his performance, but only with a good character (Topman in Born Rich). Sharon does not look the part of an inspector at all so I'm doubtful. At the moment the only thing that interests me right now about the series is seeing Him Law and Mandy Wong. Two of my new favs! :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Not Saying Goodbye, But Not Saying Hello

The peak of TVB Interaction has ended. Although I still get a moderate amount of page views, I rarely get tags or comments. This is a result of me not updating nearly as much as before. I was one of the TVB bloggers that updated most frequently. (Ironically, even with one new post averaging every two to three weeks, I still kinda am one of the bloggers who update most frequently.) While each blog will always have a few loyal readers, people forget fast. I don't resent that, as I am honestly one of those people too. When there is nothing new, there is no need or want to visit.

During the second half of 2009, I followed a 'one post per week' rule. Posts included reviews, articles, satires, or the increasing variety of features. Since 2010 started, I've slowly fallen out of that system.

If you were to take a look at my whole 'home' page which houses my most recent posts, you'll see there are only three 'real' posts. The rest of the page is taken up by several series infos. It's been over three weeks since my last actual post. Although I initially felt bad for not updating like I promised to do so, the feeling is slowly fading.

I had sincerely hoped that 2010 would be a better year for TVB. Some of TVB's most decent series nowadays are the lighthearted series that are enjoyable but quite forgettable. Many have been released over the last few years. I wouldn't have minded too much if 2010 continued to do so until the more promising series (Righteous Series of Heroic Love, Cops, Mysteries of Love, etc) hit the air. What disappoints me is that the TVB series this year (so far) are not enjoyable, but rather crappy. Cupid Stupid holds my record of being one of the worst series ever and by far the worst series of this year. It is truly a stupid series as the title suggests it is. The Season of Fate had an extremely mediocre plot and I wouldn't have struggled to watch to the end if it weren't for the adorable Esther and my favorite Derek. I could go on and on, but this is not a rant post.

My point is, as TVB's series get worse and worse, my interest in TVB goes plummeting down. It has been doing so for over two months. I have not thoroughly enjoyed a series since A Chip Off the Old Block and The Beauty of the Game, which have wrapped up airing since shortly after the year began. As a result, I have no motivation, no inspiration, and no wish to continue blogging about something I have no interest in.

You can be relieved though, because TVB Interaction will not be disappearing off the web. I am not abandoning it, nor am I putting it on hiatus. Instead, I will continue to leave it up and update with serie infos. Whenever I feel like it, I will update with real posts. This can be once a week, once every 3 weeks, or once a month. The time range is a mystery even to me. I myself can not predict it, so I will not be making any promises that I can't keep. It is the end of me updating, just for the sake of it.

You'll be seeing a new post soon, sometime next week. I love the idea of it and am proud of the concept. How it'll turn out with my own writing, I'm not sure. I seem to be having trouble putting it into words. Look out for it! After that, I'm unsure of when the next post will be.

Thanks for understanding and reading everyone. I hope that you will continue to visit, and feel free to leave me messages. They make my day. You will hear from me again...sometime in the future.

This is neither a goodbye, or a hello.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Fistful of Stances

Cast: Kevin Cheng, Tavia Yeung, Kenneth Ma, Yuen Qiu, Shirley Yeung, Selena Li, Natalie Tong, Nancy Wu
Length: 25 episodes
Genre: Pre-modern Drama, Martial Arts
Producer: Lee Tim Sing
Scriptwriters: Cheung Wah Biu & Chan Ching Yee

Au Yeung Wai Lan (Yuen Qiu), owner of a martial arts training school, is reunited with her long-lost son Koo Yu Cheung (Kevin Cheng) after years of agonizing separation. On his return home, Cheung is shocked to find that his younger brother Koo Yu Tong (Kenneth Ma) has been critically ill and that his father was murdered long ago by Wing Tak (Dominic Lam), the existing director of a pharmaceutical company and a bitter old foe of the Koo’s. Cheung has never been into kung-fu but shows glimpses of his potential when he strikes back at the impudent, arrogant Wing Man Kwan (Jacky Heung), also the son of Tak. Pinning all her hopes on Cheung, Lan not only teaches him a special set of kung-fu skills created by the family, but also registers him for the Guangdong Boxing Championship Tournament. Out of the blue, Cheung’s opponent in the final turns out to be Kwan.

Cheung starts losing his bearings after achieving growing success and recognition in the field of martial arts. Caught in the love triangle between Lan’s apprentice Ying Ngan Ming (Natalie Tong), his dream girl Chow Mui Mui (Nancy Wu) and himself, Cheung is utterly confused and exhausted, which later causes his failure in the final tournament.

Comments: Apparently Selena's character is not important enough to appear in the synopsis. :( I'm only looking forward to seeing her pair up with Kenneth again. The fact that it's a Lee Tim Sing series also makes it slightly more tempting. Unfortunately, my interest in TVB is going down down down....

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

In the Eye of the Beholder

English Title: In the Eye of the Beholder
Chinese Title: ???????
Cantonese Title: Chau Heung Lo Dim Tong Bak Fu
Broadcast Period: March 8, 2010 – April 2, 2010
Genre: Ancient Comedy
Length: 20 episodes
Producer: Lau Ka Ho
Scriptwriter: Sit Ka Wah & Wong Yuk Tak
Cast: Moses Chan, Myolie Wu, Fala Chen, Ha Yu, Lai Lok Yi, Lee Sze Chit, Savio Tsang

In search of the last model for his painting “Nine Pretty Women”, acclaimed scholar TONG PAK FU (Moses Chan) goes on a trip to Hangzhou with his ardent disciple WAT KEI (Lee Sze Chit). While there, he meets a pretty young maid from WAH’s Residence, CHAU HEUNG (Myolie Wu). FU is mesmerized by HEUNG’s beauty and martial agility and falls in love with her right away. In order to approach the girl, he disguises as a servant and assumes the pseudonym WAH ON, seeking to win her affections with his talent and ingenuity. But contrary to his wishes, HEUNG is unmoved and even harbours an intense dislike for him after a series of misunderstandings. Master of the family WAH HUNG SHAN (Ha Yu) knew from the very beginning that FU is not a common man. By the time his true identity is revealed, the scholar has already developed a close bond with the whole of the family, except HEUNG.
In the meantime, Prince LING (Savio Tsang), who has been attempting to rebel against Emperor CHING TAK (Lai Lok Yi), has managed to involve FU in his conspiracy by stratagem, thus getting the man and the WAHs into big trouble. LING’s daughter CHU TING YUK (Fala Chen) is in love with FU. Desperate to save her dream man, she forces LING to release FU by threatening to kill herself. YUK’s consuming passion for FU seems to have caused a ripple of unease in HEUNG, who is starting to feel a little twinge of jealousy inside.
Comments: The only reason for me to watch this is to see Fala in her first ancient role. Um, yeah. That's pretty much it. The plot seems dumb and reminds me of A Bride for a Ride. Plus, I just can't imagine Lai Lok Yi as an emperor.