Tuesday, January 3, 2012
"Bottled Passion" Review
Premodern dramas and romance dramas are my two least favorite genres. Just by the genre, I should've hated "Bottled Passion". However, due to great pacing, script, and acting, "Bottled Passion" ended up not only being an exception, but one of my favorite series of the year.
Elaine Yiu did a great job with the staring and sneering, but still wasn't too likable. Katy Kung has a lot of potential as an actress, but her character was extremely irritating to watch.
Other notable performances include Eric Li, Claire Yiu, and Jack Wu.
Eric Li is one of those actors who is capable of giving a memorable performance no matter how unlikable his character is. Lucky for him, this underrated actor was able to portray a likable and funny character here. I enjoyed watching the friendship between him and Raymond. Sadly, I don't think he'll be getting promoted anytime soon.
Claire Yiu has been stuck playing some terrible roles lately, but I surprisingly loved her here. She was hilarious as the talkative and loud mouthed wife. She could've easily been annoying, but Claire somehow makes her an entertaining character to watch.
Although boring at times, Jack Wu does well as the kind hearted doctor who loved Tsui Sum. A decent actor who can emote, I'm surprised Jack has been stuck playing small roles for so long. This is the most significant role of his I've seen in a while.
Rebecca Chan also showed some vicious acting here as the villain.
The first two episodes start off quite slow, but fast paced afterwards. Almost each episode ends with a cliffhanger. It is entertaining to watch and I found myself surprised at how fast each episode seemed to pass. For once, the tragic love story was done right.
I didn't expect a happy ending for Tsui Sum and Boon-Sin, but Raymond and Niki had so much chemistry I wished it would work out. They were so passionate and sweet. After watching 20 episodes of the two trying to find their way back to each other, I couldn't help but hold onto the hope that Boon-Sin was still alive all the way until the end credits started to roll. Despite that, Tung Boon-Sin's death is fitting due to the nature and genre of the drama and makes their tragic love story memorable.
However, I still have many complaints about how his death was executed. First off, why was the city square, which is usually bustling with people, completely empty except for one passerby in broad daylight? Second, if Boon-Sin had enough energy to hobble all the way to the river and get on a boat, surely he could've walked to the hospital. Silly Boon-Sin. You could've easily lived happily ever after with Tsui Sum.
After the first two episodes, "Bottled Passion" is a captivating and entertaining drama about two lovers. I normally turn away anything premodern or romance driven, but this was a wonderful exception due to the acting, script, and pacing. It deserves all the glowing praise it's been getting and Raymond Wong is already one of my picks my Best Actor this year. I am very satisfied with the ratings it raked in for the finale despite its terrible time slot. Unlike many other series I watched or tried to watch this year, this is one of the few that didn't make me feel like I wasted my time. The highlights of the series however are still definitely Raymond and Niki.
Rating: 4 stars