TVB’s last blockbuster anniversary dramas of the year, With or Without You <東坡家事> and Lord of Shanghai <梟雄>, are currently airing in Hong Kong to great success. With the former being a light-hearted comedy and the latter being a dark epic drama, the current primetime lineup is attracting a myriad of different audiences.
But while the two dramas are being praised for its high production value, not everyone seems to be very satisfied with the acting performances in the two series. Some online critics said they are quite disappointed with Wayne Lai’s (黎耀祥) performance in Lord of Shanghai, finding that his acting is too over-the-top at times. Anthony Wong’s (黃秋生) decision to incorporate Shanghainese into his dialogue is not well-received at all, and Bobby Au Yeung (歐陽震華), while likable, is not showing any breakthroughs in With or Without You.
Bobby Au Yeung “Recycles” His Acting
With his comedic talent and playful personality, Hong Kong’s “happy fruit” Bobby has always been a favorite actor among the Hong Kong public. Many viewers said they missed seeing Bobby on TV, and that a mere physical appearance of Bobby would make them smile and laugh.
However, an online critic challenged popular opinion when he criticized Bobby for being a “safe” comedic actor, saying that he always uses “recycled” expressions in his acting: whenever Bobby widens his eyes, he is scared; whenever Bobby rolls his eyes up, he is contemplating. The critic said Bobby’s performance in With or Without You is satisfactory, but no where near memorable.
Anthony Wong: Eunuch Wong?
On the other hand, Hong Kong Film Award-winning actor Anthony Wong is getting a lot of Best Actor buzz for his lead performance in Lord of Shanghai. His polished and mature acting is receiving almost unanimous praises, but many viewers said they found Anthony’s way of speaking Cantonese with a Shanghainese accent to be very strange, as it does not seem to match the mood of the rest of the series. Most viewers also do not like his high-pitched voice, as it has made his character, who is supposed to be a Shanghai tycoon, less domineering. Some netizens even jokingly called him “Eunuch Wong.” Quite a few viewers said they actually find Kent Tong’s (湯鎮業) performance to be the highlight of the series, saying he outshines both Anthony and Wayne.
But amidst all the complaints, both series have gotten netizens to look forward to the year-end TVB Anniversary Awards, which will happen in December. Netizens predict that Lord of Shanghai will without a doubt win Best Drama, while Best Actor will be a tough fight between Anthony Wong, Wayne Lai, Bobby Au Yeung, and Captain of Destiny’s <張保仔> Ruco Chan (陳展鵬).
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.