• @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.
  • @jjwong You mean HKTV’s Nightshift that starred Dominic Lam and Frankie Lam (that’s the series that was filmed entirely at night)? That wasn’t supernatural (except for the ending, which I personally thought was stupid…the series itself was not bad but the ending was hugely disappointing, though I cut them some slack knowing the story behind why they did the ending that way). Doom+5 had supernatural elements too (it was kind of the premise of the series) but it wasn’t heavy stuff, plus only 5 episodes so it was fine. The HKTV series I didn’t watch (despite the awesome cast) was Karma, since it was full on horror series. Detective Psycho is more of a supernatural cop series with some horror elements to it. Joman Chiang plays a cop (again, lol) and David Siu plays a Maoshan master / geomancer guy (sorry, not familiar with the terminology in English) tasked with hunting out and getting rid of the ghosts and spirits wreaking havoc in people’s lives. Some of it is based on real events and some of it isn’t. Supposedly some of the cast did encounter some “situations” when filming, which is why they have a real-life Maoshan master accompanying them on set during filming (he serves as consultant and also can “step in” if needed). Yea…non-TVB stuff a lot of times is covered negatively by mainstream media because at the end of the day, they all have their biases. Social media does help though, as a lot of times mainstream media doesn’t pick up on things until it becomes a “sensation” on a smaller forum….which is essentially what happened with Detective Psycho -- the traditional free TV ratings suck but internet hits are off the charts supposedly and feedback from audiences have been largely positive (lucky for them ViuTV management doesn’t care much about actual TV ratings – unlike at TVB…)….so now some of the mainstream media outlets are covering it more…. Yup, I hear you about not enjoying much from TVB (and HK in general) as of late…not interested in any of the new series currently being filmed either. I’m waiting for ViuTV to announce the details on their upcoming 10 series….looks like they are taking HKTV’s route in exploring different genres (so far, I heard there is a musical in the works and also a sci-fi themed one based on an internet novel)…hopefully something good will come out of that lot….
  • @cutie777 Drive () was a big collab between HK, China, et al so it's not shocking to have so many eps. It had many actors across the spectrum so many side stories can be told. Gems () was their anniversary series and again had many developed and known actors. It was lengthy but somewhat expected considering the casts. Ages () essentially has relatively nobody... for them to milk 50 eps... eh... snorefest xD I like Life too and not so much with Gems.
  • @llwy12 I'm intrigued with this series now lol. Didn't you watch or like the HKTV that filmed all at night? That's kinda supernatural. Idk, it just seems like other than TVB, media doesn't treat or give as much attention. Sure, things can explode on social media but that doesn't seem to do any good. So many praises for HKTV series and I mostly saw negatively covered by mainstream. Eh, then again, I'm not from HK nor keep up daily so it's probably not true. I really hope ViuTV does well and goves TVB a run for their money and HK peeps accept changes. Like most, I have yet really really enjoy anything from TVB or HK as of late. Sad.
  • Eh, doubt Carlos had to reject any jobs because there are probably no time for him to accept anything. I'm sure this requires him 20 hours a day to film like the rest of other filming schedule lol. Wait, who's playing the coma dude? If he was in a coma in the 40s, he'll be 90+ years old in present day 2017. O_o
  • @anon @jjwong Yup, well-said and agreed! I haven’t watched a TVB series from beginning to end in a long time either (not counting re-watches of old 80s/90s classics of course). The episode count itself is already a deal-breaker – TVB can’t even make a 30 episode series nowadays without it being draggy and a waste of time, yet they’re going to make this one 50 eps? When are they ever going to learn that dragging a series out in order to fulfill a certain episode count is stupid and they need to let the content dictate the number of episodes instead? I guess the answer is never...
  • @jjwong I actually haven’t watched the series, since it’s horror / supernatural genre so not my cup of tea. However, from what I’ve read / heard / seen, the feedback from audiences has been pretty good so far (target audience is obviously the younger generation though). Of course, can’t compare to TVB’s “steep pockets” in terms of production budget, so visual quality is not going to be “high definition” like TVB’s recent series (with the exception of Phoenix Rising, which is being bashed daily for its horrible visuals and aesthetics). Acting wise, the series stars David Siu and Joman Chiang (both good actors/actress) alongside a diverse supporting cast made up of newbies and veterans (many of whom I’m sure people will recognize from TVB and ATV series). If it weren’t for the genre, I would probably consider watching, since I like the cast. Oh well – guess I will have to wait until next month when ViuTV airs the next installment of Margaret and David to tune in…. By the way...there's actually plenty of promo and media coverage for ViuTV's programs, just depends on which media outlets you go with. HK01 has been doing a pretty good job covering HK entertainment stuff (very detailed interviews and exclusives too), Mingpao is still a relatively good source as well but less detailed coverage and some of the articles have gotten wacky in recent years (I'm talking about the news side, not the magazine...MP Weekly is still one of the best HK entertainment/lifestyle magazines out there), Apple Daily has some good stuff too but unfortunately their reputation is horrible so they have least credibility, Oriental Daily I've pretty much given up on (still read some of their stuff but sparingly) because they're too TVB biased and I get ticked off a lot when reading their poorly written articles (many of which are short and contain only cursory info). Outside of mainstream media, I would recommend the radio stations, as they are excellent sources of HK entertainment info (the artist interview shows on CRHK, Metro, and RTHK are especially entertaining and informative).
  • @jjwong I agree, one of many reasons why TVB is no longer relevant. I can't remember the last time I watched a TVB series from beginning to end.
  • @jayne I hope you understand how the original title is just plain wrong. It isn't just ambiguous. Mistakes are understandable. Purposedly mislead isn't. I'm not accusing either, just making a statement. Anyways, good work and prompt response!
  • @bubbletea Apples and oranges here. Title and article. We said the TITLE was misleading NOT the ARTICLE itself. Since @jayne had fixed the title, now both title and article match to say it's only a rumor that Mike He was forced. Regardless, before the change, it still was wrong. /peace
  • @llwy12 Is Detective Psycho honestly any good? Haven't seen much media coverage or promo.
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