• @ross Yea, she should definitely have known better given the never-ending tension between HK and Mainland. It’s sad that HK has come to this (where a celebrity can’t even express their views without getting lambasted), but that’s the reality of the environment we live in. To be honest, it’s gotten to the point where celebrities might as well shut down their social media accounts so they don’t have to worry about accidentally posting something offensive to Mainland China. Seriously though, the actions of these Mainland netizens illustrate exactly why the massive protests in HK going on currently are necessary (there was another protest this past Sunday with supposedly 2 million Hong Kongers in attendance). If anything, they’re giving more ammo to the movement rather than helping their Communist rulers suppress it.
  • @jimmyszeto I just watched TVB entertainment news’ recap of the Huading Awards and guess what — no mention of Catherine whatsoever. Practically all other winners were mentioned, including those from Mainland whom no one in HK knows, yet Catherine, who is from HK and won a major award, wasn’t mentioned even in passing. There’s biased, petty TVB for you!
  • @jimmyszeto Yea…the twist was from Usual Suspects but they also copied from HK movies too, as there were scenes reminiscent of Chow Yun Fat’s iconic classic A Better Tomorrow (ironically, those comparisons were part of Project Gutenburg’s promo efforts too, whereas they tried to downplay the similarities to Usual Suspects – I guess it’s ok to to be blatant about copying from other HK movies, lol). I agree that the best thing about the movie was Catherine Chau’s performance – as much as I love Chow Yun Fat (as an actor and as a person), I watched that movie mostly for Catherine.
  • @llwy12 Amazingly Catherine is catching up on her buddy Charmaine....
  • @coralie Yes, she’s been doing well and I’m extremely happy for her. It’s a hard pill to swallow for TVB though, since Catherine represents those neglected artists who toiled at TVB for decades (in her case, it was 17 years) and never got an ounce of recognition, then after they leave, they come into their own and are able to make a name for themselves without TVB’s help. On the male side, Leung Kin Ping is another artist on the same level — given mostly kelefe roles at TVB for nearly 3 decades despite his strong acting, he left and was able to make a name for himself on the international circuit. Absolutely TVB’s loss....
  • @sherla1019 They were given opportunities, it’s just that TVB still treated them like crap and didn’t cherish them….and of course TVB’s antiquated, restrictive policies had a lot to do with it too. The current talent drain is TVB’s own doing and if that means they have to settle for artists like Hugo, then too bad for them. Speaking of ViuTV, I’m happy to see that they’ve really come into their own the past few years. Yes, their series have been inconsistent and not all are worth watching, but I like their refreshing cast mix and also their willingness to try new things (as opposed to the constant rehash of the “tried and true” formula from TVB). I heard that the series ViuTV is airing right now (the teacher one starring Liu Kai Chi and Amy Chan) is really good – some people have even said it overshadows TVB’s currently airing (and majorly hyped) series Big White Duel (which, despite the hype, is pretty much the same TVB thoroughfare). I haven’t watched ViuTV’s second currently airing series yet, but they brought Flora King back out of retirement to star in the series (along with Keung To, the dude who won that ViuTV talent contest King Maker last year), so I’ll probably check it out….
  • Sorry but those 5 reasons are not compelling enough to convince me, especially with TVB’s production standards nowadays. There are plenty of classic series that fulfill those 5 reasons and then some — I’d rather re-watch old series.
  • @orchid123 Lol...this article is full of errors. It’s also not David Chiang, it’s John Chiang (John gor had said in interviews in the past that people assume his English name is David because of his Chinese name but it’s actually John....he said people kept calling him by the wrong name throughout his career — it got to the point where he would start ignoring everyone who calls him David because that’s not his name)...
  • @llwy12 Glad to hear from someone else who also thinks it's terrible. At first I was indifferent but watching more it's like...what the heck is this?? This is not wuxia at all. I'm too young for the 86 adaptation but I've watched the 2001 one and even with the cheap props and super old ZWJ it's so much better than this version...
  • @llwy12 1000% agree. It hurts but true :) i dont mind seeing 80s and 90s actresses on tv again, they are beautiful and really can act. Ironically, half of them were miss HK lol
  • @vodka Let’s do even better - bring back the actresses 80s and early 90s era, most of whom had beauty as well as acting talent (though sadly, many of them are either retired or no longer with us). But even the lesser talented ones back then could run circles around every actress TVB has currently...that’s how bad things have gotten nowadays...
  • Kenny has always been a boring actor, no charisma whatsoever, so it’s actually not tremendously surprising why he hasn’t gotten many lead roles given how TVB operates...with that said though, he’s competent enough an actor that I don’t think he’ll have a problem finding work outside of TVB.
  • @hazel I agree. And to be honest, I wouldn’t read too much into Fala’s HBO role because it’s actually not a major role (I should know, as I read the book the series is based on). The biggest positive with Fala’s casting is that she is playing a non-Asian character, unlike many of the big name Asian actresses in Hollywood productions who are typically cast as the token Asian or in some type of stereotypical role. I think as long as Selena doesn’t accept roles that typecast her as Asian, she has as good a chance as Fala does at succeeding in Hollywood.
  • @llwy12 Hit it right on the nail!
  • I’ve seen parts of this adaptation here and there and the slo-mo with every single fight scene is super-irritating. And the series drags like crazy...the worst part though is the mis-cast of practically every single character (ok, maybe second worse because the very worst is the acting, which is very unnatural and cringe-worthy with many of them — at some points, the performances were so laughable, I thought I was watching a comedy rather than a serious wuxia drama). More specifically in reference to this article, the girl who plays Siu Chiu is actually very meh in my opinion— she is supposed to be known for her beauty (as was her mother before her), but the 2 actresses who play the 2 characters really aren’t pretty (and they can’t act either). For me, the best ever version of HSDS will always be the 1986 TVB version starring Tony Leung. The casting in that series (from main characters to supporting / minor ones) was absolutely perfect, the acting was superb, and the overall production trumps even the ones that came after it (this was in the days when CGI was not available, so they had to rely on the real stuff, such as wires and actual martial arts training for the actors/actresses). To this day, I still re-watch this version at least once a year (though it’s been much harder in recent years because watching the older classics reminds me of how badly TVB — and the HK entertainment industry as a whole — has deteriorated).
  • Sorry, but none of the listed actresses were that good to begin with (and many are still either mediocre or cringe-worthy even now). TVB has been lacking in competent leading actresses for at least 2 decades already (though if you ask me, it’s been longer than that). Same goes with leading actors too — it’s across the board pretty much. If they had enough competent leading actors/actresses, they wouldn’t have to keep inviting veterans (ones from the 80s and early 90s) back to lead series for them.
  • @m0m0 Yup, that’s generally true, though there are also instances where getting married and having a son doesn’t guarantee they’ll get in on the inheritance (just ask Michelle Reis’ husband Julian Hui, lol)...and the battle for the inheritance that always ensues after these rich tycoons die could drag on for years, maybe even decades, so might not be able to get their hands on the money for a long time anyway. In some cases, it might actually be better to take advantage of the wealth and living a lavish lifestyle while the dad is still alive...
  • @joycek Stage plays are the ultimate test of acting skill in my opinion and if Anne couldn’t get that right, then no, don’t come back because that means her acting is still not up to par. Yes, life experience does help, but not in every case….it depends on the person…some people just might not be cut out for acting and no amount of life experiences will help them….to me, Anne seems to be one of those people because her acting in the past was pretty bad (like “cringe-worthy” bad) and by the looks of it, things haven’t gotten any better. Both series mentioned were memorable, but as others had mentioned, it wasn’t really because of her….
  • @anon So true! I’ve seen so many fake profiles of celebrities online that it’s not even funny....even when the celebrities themselves show evidence that it’s not them, or the imposters are exposed, some people will still believe the rumors and initial reports. Knowing that there are a lot of very technologically savvy people out there nowadays who are able to do some really sophisticated stuff with technology and social media, when it comes to this kind of stuff, it’s always smart to take it with a grain of salt...
  • @llwy12 hahahaha 70/30 rule so funny. I was thinking you'd say 70 truth, 30 rumors/fake news, except it's the opposite. That's a huge discrepancy there hahhaa
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