• @coralie I think lead actress did surgery to her face or at least face shape. Credit to charmaine she is aging elegantly. But acting wise still lacking.
  • I can honestly say I watched this for Charmaine. However, once I started, it wasn't about her anymore. I quite like the drama and think everyone did their part adequately. Some people commented that the main lead Wei Yingluo is too ugly...I did think she looked a tad bit too alien. And her expression a bit pokerface & eery. But because her face is so distinctive and her acting convincing, I now find her attractive lol. But for Charmaine herself...how do I say this. I think she recycles her expressions too much. I don't mean recycle in this drama, I mean I've seen her use the exact same expressions in her previous dramas. It's not dynamic enough. If an actor uses the same mold of acting across all their roles, it starts to look boring, recycled and too unskilled. I've been following Charmaine through a lot of her career, and her skills look like they're stuck. In comparison to her mainland counterparts, I feel like she holds up adequately, but unable to excel.
  • @coralie I know most would frown at the big age gap but it is their choice. I just wonder if that big age gap will pose problems for them later? Is she pregnant? Time will tell all....
  • A couple of things jumped out at me from the article. One, that KC requested to cast her personally and two, he deliberately made that comment about scaring his mom (not getting married till he has a baby.) It's pretty suspicious if you ask me. I suppose you can say it's romantic how he purposely tried to connect with her, but to me, knowing the age gap, it's kinda gross. Anyways, it's their decision. I'm sure they'll be great
  • @hetieshou Yes, unconditional love is very, very, very rare. If even possible, depending on how you define unconditional. There are usually implicit conditions that needs to be met when choosing partners. But even though we might pick partners based on attractive external traits (riches or looks), that doesn't mean we can't grow to love the other person after spending a lot of time with them. Can you say that's not love, then? Or is it not real love because it's been tainted with outside influences? I might scorn some women for picking out men who are filthy rich & old (because the motives are so clear), but I do think love is possible between them if given enough time.
  • @coralie True that there are various types of love, but honestly you must admit that some external factors do come in. One of my former friends married a guy from a rich family who gave each of their kids a free house all paid for, free car all paid for and other perks. She even admitted to me that she of course loves her husband but admits that she is partially with him because he has money. He even admits to her that he is with her because he finds her pretty. Basically it comes back to the old saying, guys like beauty and girls like wealth.
  • It sounds like he has stabilized somewhat. Thank goodness! Hope he recovers quickly
  • @coralie Time will give the reply but in my experience of watching TVB stuffs, TVB artists have the tendency to become very pretentious after a while, normally after 4-5 years. Moreover the TVB series now do not allow them to have room to improve, to be honest. Acting can do well partly due to a good character and plot, of which TVB is having none so far. I like Ali and I have hopes on her but I think she should try to expand the world out of TVB. In TVB, she will soon be faded away. My opinion, the quality of acting in recent TVB series are even worse than some Chinese series. It is even not to mention that Chinese series now have more topics, more young and pretty girls and guys. Regarding the care to image, I disagree with you, that is all.
  • @alluka it's about progression of their acting skills. And if you gotta compare Charmaine, with her decades of experience, with these newbs (Mandy & Ali), then you're already on unleveled playing field. But Mandy & Ali has a chance to beat Charmaine if they continue on their current trajectory. Even in the new drama, "Story of Yanxi," I still find her postures and face somewhat pretentiousness. it's hard to break the TVB acting mode
  • @coralie Come on, you cannot base on the past to judge the present. If they care that much for their image, they did not take the challenge roles. Ah Sheh recently is trying several different kinds of role especially in movie and currently a villain while Ah Fung is acting from crazy monkey with 10kg of make-up on him to a serial psycho killer to a cold-blooded murderer. When you only base on their past, you will forget a point that when they was in TVB, they have no right or limited right to choose the series they are in. Moreover, TVB in the recent years has just few good series, mostly are trash so the artists acting for them have no room to develop their performance.
  • There are so many types of love - how can anyone say their kind of love isn't valid or is the only valid one? As long as you love the other person and you're able to sustain that kind of commitment to them, that's as true of a love as any other. People develop deeper love over time, if they're able to make it past the initial hurdles. Maybe in the beginning they didn't love each other, but they grew to love one another. That's real love to me too. As long as it's not attached to some sort of external factor, like money, looks or fame, then love is love.
  • Loved Moses and Wayne in Scholar Meets Soldier. They make a hilarious pair. If this is a comedic drama, I'm definitely watching!! Two funny Kings!
  • @coralie I’m with you on HXM lol. With FSF, his role as the eight prince in jade palace lock heart and as The Gao General really captured me, so that’s why I love him lol! Hasn’t managed to see his other dramas because he loves to pick tragic story -.- for ZLY, I’m yet to love her, I’ve seen a few series from her, and she is basically the Female version of HXM for me atm lol
  • part of me hopes whoever wins BA this year will deserve it and then part of me hopes it's not one of my favorites lol. whoever wins BA usually gets typecasted after and has a hard time breaking through again.
  • @littlefish i find FSF's face too swarmy to portray main leads. not questioning his talent, but just can't get over the face. Huang Xiao Ming has the same problem, except his face is too smug. Can't get over it either =/.
  • @coralie Sheren did an interview with Mingpao yesterday and absolutely loved what she said when reporters asked her about turning against TVB by filming for ViuTV. Her response is exactly what we’ve been discussing in this thread, about people being afraid to speak up when they see things that are wrong or don’t make sense and that just because she criticizes TVB, doesn’t mean she hates them. There is such a thing as constructive criticism and if she didn’t care about TVB, she wouldn’t even bother giving them feedback in the hopes that they improve. Acting talent aside, THIS is one of the reasons why Sheren is so many levels above everyone else!!
  • @sugarcane Mandy tries really hard. She just lacks a very juicy role. The one thing I admired about her is that she hasn't had one role that's flopped yet. Charmaine doesn't have her track record. I liked Charmaine when she was doing Country Spirit. She was good in Line Walker too. Everything else in between was meh for me
  • @coralie lol, I have little hope that any current (or future) TVB actress could reach Sheren's caliber of depth and refinement. If I had to pick between the 3 listed, my vote goes to Mandy, as I've consistently enjoyed her performances and something about her (off-screen) personality appeals me. Still far from what I'd consider a quality actress, though. I like Alice, but as someone who has been in the industry much longer than the rest, her performance in DITROC left a lot to be desired. Good acting, to me, is having the ability to respond to human impulses with the given circumstances of the character. If an actor/ess goes into a role simply focused on character portrayal and not reality, then they can get lost and wind up as some weird caricature, which I believe to be the case for Alice. Charmaine at her peak was better than both Ali and Mandy at their best IMO, but I do think she's over praised. I'd throw her in the same pool as Nancy and Tavia. Good, but not exceptional. I think the only reason she has more popularity/leverage over Nancy is because she's more conventionally attractive & charismatic.
  • @coralie We have very different opinions on the term 'good' therefore our views of who is deserving of what differs as well.
  • @coralie Of course, TVB will say that they have never discouraged their artists from stating their opinions freely, which is true in that publicly they are not going to do anything, but they have been known to take action behind the scenes to retaliate against artists who said/did something they didn’t like (we all know how easy it is for TVB to withhold job opportunities for an artist whose careers they control – which is one reason why many of the established artists nowadays refuse to sign management contracts with TVB)….this is common knowledge within TVB which is why most artists go the “self-censorship” route so they don’t get in trouble. Another more recent example – the hot topic right now is the upcoming MHK pageant, as TVB recently announced that they are cancelling the travel abroad segment and instead will have candidates do a photo shoot in Sai Kung (in HK) instead. Most of the non-TVB people that the reporters have asked for opinions have said mostly critical stuff (i.e. TVB is being cheap; and the one I like, lol -- so after cutting awards show, cutting sports department, cutting staff, now they are cutting MHK perks too? Wow!) but with almost every single TVB person they’ve asked (including former MHKs and/or pageant winners such as Louisa Mak, Rebecca Chu, Crystal Fung, etc.), the response has either been some vague comment that neither supports nor criticizes the move (which is acceptable I guess) or some type of patronizing comment in favor of TVB’s decision (not going to list specifics because most of the responses make me want to puke, lol). It doesn’t sound like TVB cares much about loyalty nowadays because if they did, they wouldn’t be making some of the stupid moves that they have recently. The mindset with management has always been that they (TVB) have a guaranteed audience pool and therefore guaranteed base ratings, which ensures that they will always be relevant in HK no matter what happens so there is no motivation to do anything outside of the basics or to change things for the better or whatever. Who cares if the talented artists leave? They can always find newer artists out there who are more than willing to replace those artists – sure, the newer artists’ acting is crap but hey, the 50+ year old housewife audiences aren’t going to notice and even if they do, it’s not like they’re going to turn off the TV and refuse to watch. TVB had actually signed Mandarin actors/actresses before (I don’t remember the specifics but I know they had some type of exchange program thing back in the 90s where students studying drama in Mainland universities were given the opportunity to film with TVB as part of their studies) – it was mostly small scale though and most of those artists didn’t stay in the industry. With the recent mandate handed down from management that ¼ of TVB series must be collaborations with Mainland, audiences will likely see a lot more Mandarin-speaking artists in TVB series, but most likely they won’t be TVB artists -- it’s not necessary for them to sign Mandarin speaking actors/actresses themselves because the Mainland production companies they collaborate with probably have plenty of Mandarin-speaking artists to supply to them. Also, depending on how much say TVB has in the production, it’s possible that some of the meatier roles in those collaborations will have to go to Mandarin-speaking artists (I had read some stuff earlier in the year that said one of the conditions that most HK/Mainland collaboration contracts have is that a certain number of roles have to be reserved for Mainland artists – this is the way it works currently with all those HK/Mainland movie collaborations you see in the HK film industry)….the problem then of course will possibly be fewer opportunities for HK artists in TVB’s own series….
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