• @wm2017 so true. handmaidens was SO bad all around. i've never cringed so much so quickly right at the start of a drama. maybe i've been spoiled by all the lux sets, beautiful cinematography, magnificent costumes and simple color schemes that chinese series use, so when i look at this drama, it was like holy crap, so much gaudiness! and tony hung really should stop acting. i don't mind him as a host, but as an actor, he has very little charisma. jw's acting here is also super dramatic. only roxanne tong, angie cheong and tim cheng are tolerable, but they can't save a bad drama. florence kwok also does not have a motherly aura...she should not be playing a mother's role.
  • It;s pho sure tasty. I've been wanting to try a recipe myself.
  • @coralie Yes and your husband are family but I think he was referring to blood family which does not include husband and wife as you can divorce your spouse. But you cannot divorce your parents, children and siblings as you are connected by blood. Once husband and wife divorce, they are no longer family but if they divorce on good terms, then they can remain friends. Of course he is not that dumb which is why he made it very general and not specific. However, for him to even talk about that truly implies something which may or may not be his marriage. I just get the feeling that he is truly unhappy in his marriage which may be why he suddenly brings this up. I have known a number of people in my life that suddenly said the things he said too and it was because they were very unhappy in their marriage and realized that mainly blood relation bonds last for life while marriages may or may not. But time will tell all...
  • @coralie Samantha has a sexy body and the back of the dress adds a nice touch.
  • @wm2017 yup! i've only ever liked her in one drama - Eternal Happiness. she makes a really good tomboy. otherwise, all her other works never really awed me. so she's not really relevant or successful IMO as far as the mainland market is concerned. but like @jayne mentioned, the market is big and diverse enough to support celebrities like herself, even if her works aren't really popular.
  • @m0m0 yes i think most people want a companion or to start a family, but even then, marriage isn't a goal for some of these people. and they can still be very happy. marriage is a promise but because of its legal powers, also confers some protection/rights to both parties, i.e., spousal support, health proxy, etc. and makes it more difficult to separate. but if you're not in the marriage for these benefits or can achieve them through other means, why get married? i think for the sake of children, marriage is better because it legitimizes the union (in the eyes of the law) but also in the eyes of the child, they know they're not a product of two non-committal parents. nevertheless, what you can achieve with marriage can also be achieved through other legal means. some people fight for this legitimacy because they never had it and because with this piece of paper, it gives them easy & convenient status and authority on their spouses' behalf. all of which can be done separately with other legal documents, but you know, more work.
  • @coralie maybe some people don't start or need to start a family but i think most people do want to have kids and have a companion. the idea that one has to be married by and certain age, or have to have kids to maintain marriage in order to be happy are outdated thoughts. if marriage is indeed an antiquated idea, then why do some people fight for the rights to get married? these are extreme ends here, marriage = happiness vs marriage no longer relevant. at the end of the day, most people including myself complaint about starting a family etc is b/c at least in my case, lament not being able to experience the alternative and the stress of handling kids. once things calm down, i do appreciate my family and happy that they're with me.
  • @coralie I agree 1000%. I was never in awe of her acting or anything no matter what role she played. I know, all those articles on JS were mostly on that ex of hers that she was gushing over. I am also not a fan of hers so guess we just didn't pay attention much even if she is that popular? haha lol..
  • @coralie Yes, absolutely hubby is also considered family but in this case and the way he says it clearly hints at a love or family relationship. What he said is 1000% correct too. Just like the saying goes - # you can choose friends/lovers/or anything but you can NOT choose family meaning blood bond. They will still consider as family but just not pertaining to a love relationship or that's how I am perceiving it based on what he's saying. I have not watched much TVB dramas at all besides one last year or was it the year before? Anyway, this TVB show called "The Stunt". A very typical tvb drama but I actually enjoyed it and found it quite interesting. The main lead had a kid w/this gf but they were never married and she went away and the kid was really young. The mother of his child came back and she's now married to someone else and the guy didn't hold grudges rare haha but hey it's just a drama. The ex of his said something like this " our son and you are the only family I have in HK " which even thou they were never married but she or him still considered each other as 'family' even thou they were never married on paper or together anymore and I think that bond is their SON. I thought that was pretty interesting and actually pretty positive. You can't be lovers/friends for life but you don't have to enemies due to children involved.
  • @coralie Michelle has produced Chinese dramas "Athena" and "The Purple Hairpin" which she also starred in. These were two of her more popular recent dramas. Her success is not on the level of Fan Bingbing or Yang Mi, but with the diverse Chinese market, there's a place for Michelle. As for always making the tabloids for personal reasons, that's largely due to her personality and tendency to not back away from controversial situations.
  • @jayne She has achieved a lot, but I don't know if I can call her successful? I mean she's in the news frequently but they're mostly for personal reasons, and not for her work. I haven't seen anything from her post-TVB that's considered a classic or got rave reviews. But I'm also not her follower, so maybe I missed her prime productions.
  • @hetieshou I consider my husband family just as he considers me family. So when HXM says family is most important, I just assume he's talking about AB, son, mom & pop. So there's no discord that he's hinting at that I could see if that's what he meant. But if you judge it firmly based on blood relationship, then yea I could see where you're coming from. I just don't think he'd be that dumb to add oil to a flaming situation.
  • @coralie Michelle came from a divorced family and by the time she was 13, she was living by herself in Brooklyn, New York with a monthly allowance from her father. No doubt this affected her view on marriage and family, and taught her to only rely on herself in life. Also, I think she is too ambitious in her career to slow down for now. One day, she may have want to have her old child, as she has chosen to freeze her eggs. But she may not need a husband to do so.
  • Marriage is an antiquated idea, but it does lend legitimacy towards a union which is especially important where kids are concerned. That's not to say you can't be happy in a relationship without a title or that it's not a legitimate relationship, but it does make you question - especially since everyone else does - why you won't validate the bond legally. I think Michelle hangs with too many people who are either in showbiz or are very high-powered, to see "many married friends who are divorced or in the process of divorcing." Because only these people would be divorcing all the time. due to their busy lifestyles and self-importance. They cluster towards one another and their actions cause a ripple effect, effectively convincing others that marriages won't last. But as I try not to be biased, I admit there is still a large percentage of people who divorce even when they're normal everyday folks. I believe that statistic is skewing down, though. Fact of the matter is, Chinese people tend to marry young. And when they marry young, inevitably they're not mature enough to withstand a long union. Not to mention, they also have kids young. Even at my age now in the early 30s, kids take the winds out of my sail. When you add the pressure of work over there and economic stress plus children, that situation is intense. If these conditions were alleviated, a marriage is much more durable.
  • kenneth was in eternal love??? how come i don't recall this nevermind. he was the husband of tavia.
  • Here's what I think on this award debate in regards to whether it's related to her race... I think a lot of other races tend to stand together when one of their own accomplishes something. Whether that win is worthwhile or not, doesn't matter to them. Because they do not reflect on its merits when judged with similar contributions by other races. They stand in solidarity with what they can claim, in part to show support and also because they want more promotion. I don't agree with that form of biased reasoning, but I understand the desire to support a piece of work for the sake of encouragement. It just depends on which side of the coin you're standing on and whether you understand the complexity of what that means.
  • Err what? There's nothing in this interview to hint that he's not getting along with AB.
  • @coralie Oh nooo that's a shame I like him. Wonder what's gonna happen to his role in Barrack O'Karma 2?
  • @coralie I am personally saddened by this news. Last I've heard, an interview from late last year, he stated that he was planning to slow down his overall work output yearly, but he made no decision to retire in 2020, nor halt his projects completely this soon. I think it's either a health issue or a TVB management issue as they have declined to renew contracts of greenleaf actors in recent years. Another reason to not watch TVB for me.
  • @coralie i thought he was good looking too before but he fattened up
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