King Maker < 造王者>
Hong Kong TVB Drama 2012
Producer: Leung Cho Yuen
Genre: Historical Fiction
Kent Cheng as Tung Chiu
Perhaps it was the length of the drama. The Greatness of a Hero was fast-paced with only 20 episodes. King Maker felt a lot slower with 28 episodes. There’s no need to repeatedly show the flashback montages. Nor the long heart-felt conversations paired with slow music. They can even cut some of the added attempts at drama, such as the whole Vivien Yeo jealousy act at Natalie Tong. I would have preferred it if everything was crammed into a much more intense 20 episodes.
Or perhaps it is the familiarity of it all. The same old plots are being recycled again and again. Where have I seen the voodoo doll scheme before? The failed delivery of rice? The is-he-the-real-son crisis always leading to a highly dramatized blood-test which never fails because of some type of trick? We need some new creativity. Also please end the recycling of those “golden” lines from previous dramas.
In what was billed as “TV King meets Film King,” Wayne Lai and Kent Cheng did their job BUT… For Wayne, I feel like there’s nothing new. The holding-his-anger-by-
Special praise should go to Ngo Ka Nin for his excellent portrayal of the traumatized prince when he returned to Song.
Mind you, the drama is not nearly as bad as I’ve made it sound. It is a drama full of schemes, deception and betrayal. There is a unique take with the First Prince having to recover from post-traumatic disorder. The character relationships were intriguing. Initially, the sons of the minsters weren’t on their father’s side. Elaine Yiu had complicated connections to all three ministers. This series will leave you wanting to watch the next episode, except you may want to fast forward within some episodes.
By the way, in real history, Ngo Ka Nin’s First Prince is indeed not the son of his predecessor. However he was still a descendant of the Song royal family.
The review is written by Miriamfanz, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com. Visit Miriam’s blog!