“My Unfair Lady”: A Different Kind of Gentle Woman

Starring Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), Frankie Lam (林文龍), Natalie Tong (唐詩詠), Vincent Wong (王浩信), Samantha Ko (高海寧), and Lai Lok-yi (黎諾懿), TVB’s upcoming romantic comedy drama My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人> will be arriving to television screens on May 1. Produced by Kwan Shu-ming (關樹明), My Unfair Lady is TVB’s first drama shot in 4K and at real locations.

The drama centers on Mall (Jessica Hsuan), a successful career-minded woman who re-encounters an ex-boyfriend Gordon (Frankie Lam), who she broke up badly with over fifteen years ago. Gordon, cheeky and promiscuous, likes to get on Mall’s nerves at the office, much to the amusement of most of her coworkers. Kaman Kong (江嘉敏) and Yeung Chiu-hoi (楊潮凱) play the younger Mall and Gordon.

As Producer Kwan likes to put it, My Unfair Lady is a drama that “brings justice” to [Hong] Kong girls. The story follows several different Hong Kong women and their different perspectives on love—while some like to avoid it, others crave for it. Natalie Tong, who plays Cherry, falls in love with the “cheap” Saving Gor (Vincent Wong) after a bad breakup with Hanson (Lai Lok-yi), who cheated on her. Just as their love starts to blossom, a cute Taiwanese girl Chunchun (Mico Chang 張瑋純) comes in between them, forcing Cherry to find alternative ways to win back Saving Gor’s heart.

But Cherry really didn’t need to change at all.

“Hong Kong women possess a different kind of gentleness,” said Producer Kwan. “They stick with their loved ones through thick and thin, for better or worse.”

My Unfair Lady is Natalie’s first collaboration with Vincent. “Although this was our first collaboration, everything turned out really well for us,” she said. “There was a lot of chemistry and sparks, and we also think the same as well. We share a lot of the same ideas about acting.” (Even in love as well?) “I don’t know about that. We never talked about it!” (Do you guys have a lot of kissing scenes?) “Not too much, but we spent a lot of time together for the show, so we had time to get in character. It wasn’t embarrassing at all.”

Meanwhile, Samantha Ko plays Mi, a girl from the Mainland who lands a job at Mall’s office, and gets involved with Gordon. On working with Frankie, Samantha said, “There was a lot of pressure at first. My character is very flirty, so as every small touch would attract a man. Because I’m such a wooden person, it was really embarrassing at first!”

The 30-year-old said she learned a lot about being gentle through her role, saying, “You don’t need to sound very cutesy. Just don’t be so straightforward in your speech.” (Were you not a gentle girl before?) “That’s not really in my personality.”

My Unfair Lady premieres on May 1 through TVB Jade and TVB’s streaming service, myTV SUPER.

”My Unfair Lady” Promo

Source: Oriental Daily

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

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  1. tvb’s always bragging about how much money they’re spending, where they’re shooting, new tech they’re using- they should really spend more time developing a decent script!!! also frankie lam? great looking guy, but not exactly known for his great acting, huh?

    1. @rucofan1100 true they need to invest in themselves rather than any external component, but in this case, i think it’s more as a promotional tactic to entice viewers. TVB is known to be cheap-@$$ about onsite cinematography and so they use indoor sets most of the time. the fact they’re investing in filming outdoors onsite is very different and worth a watch.

      also, not sure if it’s just me, but it seems TVB is actually improving this yr as far as dramas go. hope they keep it up.

      1. @coralie tvb improving? lol i’ll have whatever you’re smoking!
        jk, but i did enjoy tiger mom blues this year (maybe cuz they werent trying to do too much and focused on the story and characters)

      2. @rucofan1100 i’m enjoying no-no girl after the initial 3 episodes. haven’t seen tiger mom blues, but heard great things about it. my dearly sinful mind is interesting. now “my unfair lady” is on my watch list. not bad since we’re only in april.

      3. @coralie @tiffany Yup…those were the pre-2003 days when TVB’s super expensive (to the tune of HK$2 billion) studio in Tseung Kwan O didn’t exist yet. I guess they felt they had to get their bang for their buck the past 14 years considering how much they paid to build the place (though to do it at the expense of their productions was not that wise IMO). I actually miss those days when their studios were at Broadcast Drive (in the 80s) and Clearwater Bay (in the 90s). Sure, the studios weren’t as massive, but it gave TVB the opportunity to be more creative with their location shoots. This is one of the reasons why I prefer watching older series (outside of the obvious script, cast, acting, etc.) – those series may feel “dated” but the aesthetics were more authentic.

        In terms of TVB’s supposed recent “improvement” with their series…my question would be whether it is true, consistent improvement and also for how long? I think Anthony Wong put it best when he said that in order for TVB to truly improve, their attitude toward their productions needs to change. This was in reference to his conversation with the Lord of Shanghai production team, when crew members told him that they were paying close attention to the quality of that series because they knew it’s an anniversary series and also he was starring in the series. His response was (and I’m paraphrasing here) – so if it’s not an anniversary series, you’re going to let the quality go to hell? He said that unfortunately, that has been TVB’s mentality for a long time, which is one of their biggest problems…they should be treating all their series as though they are anniversary series and paying attention to quality on all of them, not just select ones.

      4. @llwy12 guess that’s why post 2003 every staircase, lobby, rooftop, reception, parking lot, office entrance looks the same in every drama…

  2. What about a woman who doesn’t want love, doesn’t get love and in the end is happily single?

  3. I’ll give this a try for Jessica and the new pairing Vincent/Natalie.

    I prefer Michael Tao to be paired with Jessica instead of Jessica/Frankie.

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