TVB’s new drama, Master of Play <心戰>, continued to send chills down the spine of its viewers. In the second episode, Moses Chan (陳豪) murdered his uncle in a cold-blooded manner. He burned the corpse and flushed the ashes down the toilet. Due to the explicit violence in Master of Play, TVB has received a total of 54 complaints in the broadcast of its first two episodes!
While the subject of serial killers in Master of Play did not appeal to housewives, the online community was full of praise. Following When Heaven Burns <天與地>, producer Jonathan Chik’s (戚其義) Master of Play was praised as possessing deeper and more provocative material. Netizens also praised the use of sand drawings, which added to the atmosphere of the series. The first episode of the thriller was regarded to be terrifying, resulting in 24 complaints, while the second episode triggered 30 complaints at the Broadcasting Authority.
Moses Chan Commits Murder in Cold-Blood
Portraying a magician in Master of Play, Moses put his skills to good use when committing murder. Moses’ calculative and meticulous execution of his uncle’s murder unnerved viewers. After strangling his uncle to death in the phone booth, Moses burned the corpse in an electric kiln in his work studio. He then flushed the ashes down the toilet, erasing evidence of the murder.
Netizens were eager to see how many murders Moses will commit in Master of Play. Already, he was branded as the “King of Serial Killers” and speculated to be the murderer with the highest body count in TVB history!
The radical theme of Master of Play drew netizen comparisons to Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, in which TVB quickly dispelled. TVB Deputy Director of External Affairs, Tsang Sing Ming (曾醒明) said, “After speaking with our production department’s Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍), Jonathan Chik, and Zhou Xuming (周旭明), they felt as if the reports twisted the creative intention of the drama. It was already stated that the series explored moral destruction, the ugly and beautiful sides of human nature.”
Mr. Tsang emphasized that the violent scenes were necessary in Master of Play. “It has nothing to do with the Tiananmen Square protests! The bloody scenes add to the suspenseful story. The drama does not contain political messages.”
TVB was recently criticized for producing dramas that were based on formulaic elements which have not changed in the last 30 years, unable to forge new innovation. Mr. Tsang said, “TVB supports the exploration of new subjects in its dramas. But the complaints made the company feel a bit helpless. However, TVB will continue to support creative development and keeping up with the times.”
Source: Ming Pao via Yahoo.com.hk
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