• @anon "If tvb lacks the resources then they should stop producing so many dramas in a year and focus on producing fewer but higher quality productions, but many of us know that bad habits die hard." Every year, the quality of Mainland Chinese dramas gain more ground. While the quality of TVB dramas have declined because their production methods have remained stagnant for 20 years. As to higher quality dramas, Shaw Brothers has tried to do so through "Flying Tiger" and "Guardian Angel". Although the budgets were higher, the dramas didn't really break new ground in terms of plot or acting. They spent more money to hire more famous actors for cameo roles, film on nicer sets, and have more realistic props. That's all nice eye candy, but in the end, these dramas still feel empty after watching them. Depending on the fees TVB has to pay to secure broadcasting rights to Mainland Chinese shows, it is probably higher profit margin for them to air big Mainland hits (charge HK advertisers more money for those spots) with higher ratings rather than spend money and resources on producing in-house dramas and then having them flop. It is low-risk, and quicker profit turnaround. I feel TVB is taking the direction of ATV several years ago, where TVB will pare down emphasis on its own drama productions to focus more on securing high-profile Mainland Chinese dramas to broadcast. I shuddered when Chairman Charles Chan mentioned shows like "Come Home Love" because while the ratings are steady, the sitcom is similar to past productions and really isn't a step forward. It is just stagnant method of churning out stories. Hardly a production to put on a pedestal as "Come Home Love" is very far from being a quality show meeting international standards. The worst case scenario will be to drop TVB dramas altogether when the ratings are so poor and advertising revenue not ideal. TVB may just broadcast Mainland dramas altogether during prime-time, and channel budget into its news, lifestyle and variety programs (which are cheaper to produce compared to dramas). It can maintain a skeletal staff of artistes to fill these minimal in-house productions, which is what ATV did.
  • @jimmyszeto They should just co-produce with Mainland studios for all, if not, most TVB dramas. It's evident by now that they can't produce a competitive drama on their own. If tvb lacks the resources then they should stop producing so many dramas in a year and focus on producing fewer but higher quality productions, but many of us know that bad habits die hard.
  • @huppertspuppet 'first of all, the West is not worshiping obesity, it’s trying to fight it.' Fighting obesity by having a fat overweight obese slob to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine is not what I consider to be positive body image and fighting obesity. Vogue magazine did the same as well. In fact it has had a negative response by the majority. Many, including myself, feel that such action promotes the acceptance of obesity from a societal level. Again, intentions may be good, but terrible choice of actions.
  • TVB doesn't have a choice not to prioritize mainland dramas over in-house productions. Most of their productions aren't even watchable. They are produced to fill up airtime with little care and effort.
  • @anon Oh God.. first of all, the West is not worshiping obesity, it’s trying to fight it. Second, you misunderstood the body positivity campaign. It is about combatting negative body image and consequent eating disorders. Third just because the West has some effed up beauty standards (that aren’t universally supported btw) doesn’t erase the fact that some Chinese netizens have really effed up world view to insult a young woman for her body just because it doesn’t fit their narrow standards. It should be called out regardless.
  • Edison has the most punchable face in HK entertainment.
  • @sugadough Beauty standards differ in every country. In the west, they preach body positivity that appropriates overweight and obesity, which is wrong on many levels. Now I am not saying that this woman is overweight, and shouldn't be a model. I think she's fine. All I am saying is that we need to stop appropriating obesity in the west.
  • It's like she won the award already. LOL
  • @anon stephen fung is now married, so if he did this, then yes, he will be getting the same treatment as WJ. if he wasn't married, at least people can clearly see stephen fung is good-looking and talented, unlike WJ. so it's a little more palatable. i still think any large age gap is gross. and i've said that even with kevin & grace, aaron kwok & his wife, raymond lam & karena (even though I like karena), jay chou & hannah. so, i don't have any double standards.
  • If this wasn't WJ, but Stephen Fung, I am certain most of you wouldn't be complaining about the director, but casting the blame on the woman instead. The double standards...
  • @anon You really a joker. Those hong kong megastars are still working and producing films nonstop. Your words of irrelevant and nobody shows how ignorant you can ever be. Of course you ignorant can claim china produced many international stars but how famous are those stars in ASIA? Go do a survey and see how many people know the stars that is in your ignorant's mind?
  • @coralie I agree! Unfortunately, his movies are still breaking box office records. I don't think he will stop producing his "mo lei tau" style of comedy in China anytime soon. For the Cantonese viewers watching his style of comedy in mainland fashion, it's downright absurd and cringe-worthy.
  • @lam86 "Whether he cares about HK or not, the fact that without TVB and Hong Kong , he is just a nobody." TVB and the HK entertainment has been irrelevant for a long time - they are the nobody - not Stephen Chow. He makes tons of money in China, whether he will continue to profit in the future with his style of comedy that will remain to be seen. Stop looking so highly of HK entertainment and TVB these days. It's not the 1980's and 1990's anymore. It's straight up embarrassing these days. "And the fact Hong Kong produces the most successfull and talented superstar in Asia. " Yes, in the 80's and 90's. Hong Kong has produced ZERO international mega stars in the last 20 years. Stop being so delusional. "China produces who? Fan bing bing? Yang mi?" You're so ignorant. China has produced many international stars in recent years. This comment alone shows how little you know about Chinese entertainment.
  • @anon No matter how good his box office in china, but having such bad character also useless. Whether he cares about HK or not, the fact that without TVB and Hong Kong , he is just a nobody. And the fact Hong Kong produces the most successfull and talented superstar in Asia. China produces who? Fan bing bing? Yang mi? hahaha
  • @anon in the short run, he's making good profits from his movie ventures. but in the long run, he's tarnishing his own brand by continuously churning out these mediocre, crappy movies. the mainland market isn't dumb. in time, no matter how hardcore his fans are, his movies will get backlash.
  • It looks garbage. Waste of money and time to even attempt this. If they really cared, they should've hired an American production company, but they are too cheap.
  • @c9killer I can't agree more. I think even winning a Canadian Screens Award is slightly more prestigious than a TVB award. LOL
  • @mike Exactly, for a man that loves money (if you believe what people around him say about him), that's exactly what he is doing. I don't blame him. Everybody's goals are different. He doesn't need to cater to a HK market that in the eyes of many is already dead.
  • @lam86 To be fair, his recent movies are only rubbish in the eyes of HK'ers and to those who grew up watching his films. Many of his movies from the 90's are iconic. All of his self-directed and self-produced movies are garbage imo. In the eyes of the mainland, he is a commercial success regardless if his movies are actually good. His name is an instant box office success in the mainland. I honestly don't think he cares about what you nor how HK people feel about him because that's not where his target market is any longer. He's a smart guy. He doesn't care about how 8 million HK'ers feel about him when he has a 1.3 billion mainland population to market to. There's a reason why he has little to zero PR events in HK for like the past 20 years. All of his PR and marketing activity is in the mainland. His filming and comedic style are all catered to the mainland. All of the main casts he uses are mainlanders. He simply doesn't care about HK. Period. I don't blame him.
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