Many top artists fled TVB after their contracts have expired in hopes of earning more money in Mainland China. Although he was uncertain about his own path when he left TVB, Bowie Lam (林保怡) was eager to break free and follow his heart.
Without a single plan in mind, Bowie decided to not to renew his TVB management contract in 2011. “It was very ambiguous in the beginning; everything I had built up from before were all gone. There was an uneasy feeling of unemployment since I didn’t even find another company to work with yet. Thankfully, I had some friends who knew a lot about the Mainland market.”
Bowie explained that the working environment between Hong Kong and China are completely different. Hong Kong is heavily regulated by license agreements and a few large companies dominate the television market. However, there are too many entertainment companies in Mainland – making it harder for outside entertainers to succeed.
Since leaving TVB, Bowie has been involved in high-profile projects. He filmed 2012’s Chinese-Japanese-Korean collaborative drama, Strangers 6 <六個陌生人> with Toshiaki Karasawa and Oh Ji Ho. Last year, Bowie was recruited by director John Woo (吳宇森) to film disaster epic film, The Crossing <太平輪> with Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武) and Song Hye Kyo. In The Crossing, Bowie has a relationship storyline with Zhang Ziyi; he even disclosed that there was definite chemistry between him and the actress.
Has Not Given Up on Hong Kong Series
Similar to Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼), who still maintains a friendly relationship with TVB, Bowie has not given up consideration to film with the station again. Stating that compensation is not the key-motivating factor, he stressed the importance of having a good script and challenging role.
Bowie also does not mind working with HKTV’s Ricky Wong (王維基) as long as the script for the project is worthy. Bowie believes that greater competition in the Hong Kong television market allows viewers to have more choices.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.