“Heart and Greed” is Criticized for Recycled Storyline
Due to the success of Heart of Greed <溏心風暴> and Moonlight Resonance <溏心風暴之家好月圓>, the third installment Heart and Greed <溏心風暴 3> was heavily promoted since last year. TVB was extremely confident in the drama and invested heavily into it. Not only were the cast carefully selected, but they also collaborated with Mainland China. Much to their surprise and dismay, the family drama aired to mediocre reception.
The strong chemistry between the original cast members, including Moses Chan (陳豪), Raymond Lam (林峰), Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣), Tavia Yeung (楊怡), and Fala Chen (陳法拉) is hard to replicate. The new starring cast has not been well-received. Despite the strong performances of original cast members Ha Yu (夏雨), Louise Lee (李司棋), Michelle Yim (米雪), and Susanna Kwan (關菊英), viewers are bored with the recycled plotline of family arguments and fighting over family inheritance.
The previous two installments also produced many memorable golden lines, which Heart of Greed 3 again hoped to replicate. Unfortunately, the deliberateness in popularizing phrases was cringe-worthy and came off pretentious and forced. Having the veteran actors talk in slang also seemed unnatural and raised eyebrows.
Despite all the criticisms, there are still some redeeming qualities in the drama. Having aired for merely a week, there is still much to unfold. Perhaps producer Lau Ka Ho (劉家豪) will surprise with an unexpected plot twist. Furthermore, although Ha Yu, Michelle, Louise, and Susanna are essentially reprising similar roles to their previous characters, their superb acting and the chemistry among the veteran group is undeniable.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.