• @jjwong Yea, I wasn’t too keen on the whole politics thing either but still loved The Election (hated the ending though – I’m still kind of ticked at the ending being the setup for a season 2 that never happened due to government not granting a license…argh…). For Hong Kong Wall Street -- Female side is so-so – other than Maggie Cheung Hor Yee (not to be confused with the other Maggie Cheung, lol), the rest are mostly newbies or lesser known actresses. But that’s ok though, since this is a male-oriented series anyway and the male side is pretty strong. In addition to Francis and Uncle Chi, there’s also Patrick Tam, Carlos Chan, Poon Chan Leung, and Taiwan actor Joseph Chang…also a bunch of familiar supporting actors as well, such as Alan Luk, Deon Cheung, etc. The other Fox Asia series has a lot of potential as well – the detective thriller starring Anthony Wong and Kara Hui (I think the English name for the series is “Stained”). The only thing is that the series is being produced/directed by Patrick Kong, whom I’m not too fond of -- didn’t like any of his movies, plus this genre seems to be a bit out of his league, since his movies are usually romantic comedies…we’ll see though…he might surprise us but even if he doesn’t, the acting will definitely make up for it!
  • @llwy12 The Election was a lost to me; only because I don't understand HK politics or live in HK. So I don't get to enjoy the history or relation or tidbits. I still thought the series was well done though. I watched for the cinematic and directing style. I also liked the acting. Ugh, that Fox Asia sounds enticing with good casts. Hope their female counterparts are as good...?...
  • @jjwong Yup, agreed….all that plus weak cast aside from Roger. Definitely going to skip. Besides, if I want to watch a financial-themed series, I would rather watch the series that Fox Asia is producing – Hong Kong Wall Street -- which will be available before the end of the year. With big name movie stars involved in that series (Andy Lau is the producer and Francis Ng as well as Liu Kai Chi are starring alongside a bunch of other film and television stars), plus it’s short (only 5 episodes) and the format is similar to American series, all that alone already puts it levels above TVB series. Oh by the way, the director of the series is KK Wong (yes, the same KK Wong who produced The Election for HKTV – he is apparently working for Fox Asia now…).
  • @rucofan1100 LOL! Good jab. Worse, some doesn't even speak Canto xD Though in their defense, MHK doesn't do any HK-ambassador things like Miss USA. MHK is basically a foot in the TVB door. So it isn't a big deal for them to know nothing about HK IMO. I'm curious: Does HK not have homegrown beauty? Do these contestants and/or past winners rly have no ties with HK whatsoever (i.e. relatives in HK)?
  • @opalowl Agree. It's a beauty pageant so looks is the main focus and critics. Though I don't see Moon Ho and Voldermort resemblence. And why Amanda doesn't have a last name? Lazy writing, lol. And none of these girls look anything like the so-called look alike mentioned. Credible of this article is questionable xD
  • Shesh, what walks of life have a 25 years old experienced? Even as an athlete... Well then again, 50k isn't much. Some indi-films are good. Most are whacked. I hope hers is the former. She hasn't been in the entertainment for that long to able to use the friend-card so I'm surprised she can pull this off on just volunteers. Good on her.
  • @llwy12 Yea, TVB needs to stop. They’re tainting and ruining the classics by comparing and connecting them with unrelated and subpar quality stuff. I know they do it for attention but it doesn’t make it any less stupid and irrelevant. Ugh. Wow, I don’t see Tik Lung in Shaun Tam at all. Bad pic. It took me a second to remember Tik Lung’s real surname, lol. On an unrelated note: the blind legal drama with Vincent Wong isn’t all that bad. You should give it a try if you have some down and bored times. The cases don’t have much depth but they’re different topics and shine a better light to some controversial ideology/trend now a day. There are still some bad TVB habits, e.g. same flashback over and over again, unfitted love song every time the to-be couple is together, and the likes. Though the males are better in acting than females, I’ve enjoyed all their acting too, surprisingly enough, lol. If you do check it out, we’ll discuss more :)
  • Eh, can't bring myself to get excited about this. Yet another business war with friends become enemies, enemies turn friends, convenient plot holes, and final showdown for power in the end. Eh. The cast isn't exciting either. Bleh.
  • @peanutbutterjelly @llwy12 I didn't mean to imply that WJ is better than JL. I was just saying WJ didn't want to be compared to JL hence he said this series is more like on of his own films. I said he (WJ) himself saw it a jab to himself. Trust me, I agree that JL is a better influence than WJ.
  • @jjwong I beg to differ. Jeff Lau is an all around better director than Wong Jing. His quirky brand of comedy is not something that is digestible for everybody but I'm glad he was part of the HK film industry during its glory days and gave us classics like All for the winner and A Chinese oddysey part 1 and 2. Not to say he didn't make a lot of crappy movies also but his best works are miles better than anything Wong Jing has ever touched.
  • @jjwong LOL...true, but given Wong Jing's reputation, if I were Jeff Lau, I would be offended at the comparison....
  • @jjwong Yea, TVB is obviously grasping at straws trying to get people to watch their series by comparing to old classics. This is the fourth time in less than a year (that I know of) where TVB (and/or the media) has made reference to some part of a series “paying homage” (aka indirectly copying) to a previous classic, whether movie or TV series. Just a few days ago, Bet Hur got compared to gambling parody movie All For the Winner (and of course we all know that series is essentially a “reboot” of The Shell Game). A few weeks back, the producer of My Unfair Lady compared the ending of that series (the part with Vincent and Natalie separating and “reuniting”) to the romance classic An Autumn’s Tale, claiming once again that they were “paying homage” to that movie because it was one of the producer’s favorite movies (ok so I guess that means Vincent was technically Chow Yun Fat and Natalie was Cherie Chung?). Earlier in the year, the series Burning Hands was compared to yet another classic HK movie, Once A Thief (again starring CYF alongside Leslie Cheung and Cherie Cheung). Sure, I understand that the entertainment industry has been in a “nostalgia” phase this past year, but honestly, this is too much. There are ways to “pay homage” to classics without “remaking” or “rebooting” them….wish TVB would get the picture…. P.S.: The guy next to Rebecca is Shaun Tam. I actually didn’t see the resemblance to Raymond until you pointed out….I think it might just be that picture. I actually think Shaun looks more and more like his dad Tik Lung now that he is older and more mature. Can’t comment a whole lot on his acting yet though, since the last time I saw Shaun in anything was like 15 years ago (when he played Jacky and Anita’s son in the movie July Rhapsody)….I’m sure his acting has matured now but I guess we’ll have to wait and see….
  • @peanutbutterjelly Comparing WJ with JL is more of a jab at WJ IMO. That's why I think WJ so quickly said, nah, it's more like a movie I made and not another person's work. Eventhough WJ hasn't have an ounce of originality as of late....
  • @peanutbutterjelly I agree with you that how they spend their money is their own choice. They make them. They spend them. How is it our business to judge. Even if they lived outside of their means, it doesn't make their marriage any less happy or real than those more frugal. Again, one is taking while the other is giving. Both are blissful in a two persons world. Let them be.
  • I'm NOT disagreeing that meds do help people with depression. The beef I have with is too many western docs prescribe them left to right and solely believe that is the cure. It's only a bandaid IMO. It helps to open up neurological chemicals in our body (idk the proper terms). However, I believe psychological illness needs more than just meds and pills. Psyc docs help and go hand in hand. An analogy I would draw is as followed. Patient= Overweight person : person with depression. First step = Diet pills or surgery : Prozac and other anti-dep meds. Short term benefit = cut down pounds : feel less crappy bc they don't give a crap anymore. Long term fix = dietary change and exercise : outlook of the world and self change for the greener. /that's all my 2 cents. Peace.
  • Hold on, this series has so many laughable holes. 1. They're stuntmen yet they'll need stuntmen to do their stunts which they're supposed to do those stunts for the series actors/actresses. Lol. WTF. If they're gonna do it, use real stuntmen to "show hardship." It's a low and ironic and so darn fake jab. 2. How is Rebecca and Shaun anything similar to All About Ah Long. Have he ever seen the movie? Sure they both ride bikes but CYF was never a stuntman. He was a washed up biker who took work over love and then raised their son as single father. Their romance was matured like fine wine, going from naive love ar firar sight to grown to love til death. Unless this article is missing a big chunk of info, there is no similarities. IF ANYTHING, TVB had a series with Noel Cheung and Felix Wong. It was about she had a kid with Felix besties. She left them to married a rich dude played by Cheung Kwok-keung. Felix raised the kid for them then she came back for the son. They fell in love, and the rest is history. 3. I haven't been impressed with Rebecca so far her to said to hope to do someone else's job justice when she hasn't done her own job in acting properly is laughable. 4. Why is that dude next to her in the pic above looks like Raymond. Oh gawd, is he a wannabe? Idk these "leads." Is this gonna be that Young Charriott series where it was just an airspace waster. O.O
  • @jjwong Yea...I'm actually kind of surprised Carlos would go back to filming TVB series (or that EEG would let him do it) after he was on such a winning streak with the movie "Happiness" last year (great movie by the way, with memorable performances by both Carlos as well as Kara Hui, who again deservedly won multiple Best Actress awards for the role). It's not like filming a TVB series will help him in any way given he's already established a pretty good path in movies. Worst decision ever if you ask me.... Inviting Patricia Ha to film for TVB of course makes sense, since she was pretty famous back in the day and basically already retired -- though the irony here is that TVB didn't get "first dibs", as Patricia already filmed the next installment of the Margaret and David series for ViuTV (hence the article's "first TVB series" reference -- for once, Oriental Daily actually got it right, lol).
  • @jjwong Yup...that's the way Wong Jing has always been...that's why he never gets any recognition in terms of awards in the movie industry. His stuff is formulaic and he's best at rehashing old storylines, scripts, plots, etc. -- this is well-known in the industry. If it weren't for his plethora of connections in the industry (though many of those connections were due to his famous father), he wouldn't have been able to get as far as he has all these years. China loves him because he kowtows to them -- he's a big Mainland advocate and actually writes all his scripts with a Mainland bias. I honestly don't even know why they are calling Bet Hur a HK series because technically it's not....just like his last movie From Vegas to Macau, the script was deliberately written for Mainland audiences....
  • @jjwong shhhhh, never draw attention to mo's receding hairline; we're not supposed to notice!
  • WJ is rly one trick pony huh? His last "TVB" series was God awful. Is he rly srill that successfully and popular in HK and/or China??? His movies are cringe af. The innuendo makes my skin crawl and not funny at all. Bleh. Predictable plot. Same old. Same old. Wow.
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