In TVB’s currently aired drama, Queens of Diamonds and Hearts <東西宮略>, Fala Chen (陳法拉) portrayed “Chung Mo Yim” and Sharon Chan (陳敏之) portrayed “Ha Ying Chun” fighting for emperor, Roger Kwok’s (郭晉安) affections. Due to Sharon and Fala’s onscreen performances as love rivals in Queens of Diamonds and Hearts, this may have prompted tabloids to fabricate an offscreen “rivalry” story between the costars!
Regardin the rivalry rumors, Sharon laughed and stated that she got along extremely well with Fala and Roger. Sharon only sung praises for Fala, noting that she had prepared some western dishes for her to eat recently. Sharon added, “Christine Ng (伍咏薇) and I had celebrated Fala’s 30th birthday with her earlier.”
“Fala Chen Is Not Ugly Enough!”
While tabloids ran with the alleged “rivalry” rumors, the online community was concerned with a more serious matter: the inappropriate casting of Fala Chen as the lead character, “Chung Mo Yim,” in Queens of Diamonds and Hearts! Netizens complained that Fala was too beautiful to portray the character, which was known for her ugly facial birthmark repulsing even the emperor!
Although Fala had vowed to do her best to fit into the unflattering role and exhibit her rough side, netizens denounced, “Fala is not ugly enough for the role!” and “She is not suitable at all!” A male fan even remarked with wild disbelief, “If I were the emperor and saw such a pretty ‘Chung Mo Yim,’ I will immediately give her a Consort title!”
Lead Characters to Swap Souls
While Fala may not be physically suitable for the image of “Chung Mo Yim,” fans praised her for her colorful and cute expressions. Sharon Chan also praised Fala for her humorous streak while filming, adding creative ideas to their comedic performances. In an attempt to add new material to the classic rivalry between “Chung Mo Yim” and “Ha Ying Chun,” Queens of Diamonds and Hearts will feature a plot twist in which the two female leads and the emperor will swap souls, due to the rare alignment of six heavenly constellations! No doubt this scenario will result in many gag jokes!
The premiere episode of Queens of Diamonds and Hearts, which had aired in Hong Kong on February 27th, garnered overall positive reaction due to its comedic elements. Queens of Diamonds and Hearts was the third Hong Kong adaptation of the popular “Chung Mo Yim” story. In 1985, TVB cast the Carol Cheng (鄭裕玲) in the title role and Rebecca Chan (陳秀珠) as the evil “Ha Ying Chun.” The 2001 film version cast featured the awkward casting of Anita Mui (梅艷芳) as the emperor, Sammi Cheng (鄭秀文) as “Chung Mo Yim” and Cecilia Cheung (張栢芝) as “Ha Ying Chun.” It will be interesting to see how Queens of Diamonds and Hearts measures against its two previous incarnations!
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