Ngai Man Ho Badmouths Sammul Chan and Alex Fong in “TVB’s Blood, Tears and Dirt”
A former TVB production assistant (PA) by the pen name Ngai Man Ho (偽文豪) took Hong Kong by storm when he announced that he plans to release a tell-all book about TVB’s poor working conditions and celebrity secrets. The book TVB’s Blood, Tears and Dirt <TVB血淚屎> will hit shelves on April 14.
Ngai Man Ho, who declined to disclose his real name, worked as a TVB PA between 2007 and 2008. Frustrated with TVB’s unnecessary heavy work load and inadequate working conditions, he left seven months into the job. The 30-year-old revealed that it was his first real job in the workforce, and he had entered the field with many dreams in mind. “I really love to write. I do have a lot of directors I admire, such as Johnnie To (杜琪峯) and Wai Ka Fai (韋家輝). Actually, going in as PA, I knew I would have a difficult time, but I did not expect the environment to be so vile.”
Ngai Man Ho revealed that there was a point in time when he could not go home for three full days. He had to stay over at TVB’s resting lounge with other colleagues. “There were beds, but I don’t know when the last time the bed sheets were washed. I am also not used to having people snoring next to me. I’ll rather bring my own sleeping bag and sleep in the office, but I couldn’t do that.”
Though TVB’s working environment was brisk, intense, and brutal, the difficult environment was not the main reason that pushed Ngai Man Ho to leave his job. “They say just struggle for one more month. Or one more year. But what is the point of that? I quit because I didn’t want to go on like that anymore. I didn’t hurt anyone. It was my own decision. I felt that my job had no future. I heard that talented PAs back in the day were promoted to director within three years, but now, you can’t even do that even with eight to ten years of experience. One friend of mine said that HKTV has been stealing some directors. TVB rather uses retired ‘taxi drivers’ to come back to work for TVB, and not even willing to promote a PA with a decade of experience. That’s just so weird.”
He spent the last few years compiling data and rewriting his experiences with TVB into a book, titled TVB’s Blood, Tears, and Dirt, a book which will be released in Hong Kong on April 14. “I added in my objective observations. I just wanted to share my experiences. I talked about both good and bad things, but most of them are bad,” he laughed. “Everyone should read it as a novel. The book discussed about how I got in and why I left. There is rising and closing action. It’s not just a book about me listing out who hated me and who treated me badly. It’s not like that and it’s useless to present it that way. No one would be happy reading something like that. Everyone should just treat it as another version of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The things I mentioned in the book did happen before.”
Ngai Man Ho’s determination to publish his controversial book garnered mixed reviews from Hong Kong netizens. There were those who praised him, revering him a hero, but there were also those who called him stupid. Ngai Man Ho does not take the criticism to heart. “You could say Sun Yat Sen was stupid, or Lincoln. There were also probably some who called Socrates stupid, because they’ve all done things that people once thought was stupid.”
Ngai Man Ho, however, admitted that he was a bit unhappy when Wong Jing (王晶) openly criticized him on his Weibo account, calling him shameless, full of nonsense, and weak. Ngai Man Ho sighed, “Eighties kids like me grew up watching his films. I don’t mean to harshly criticize, but I do want to give a response. I really want them to know that being able to endure and not wanting to endure are two different things. Just because I can put up through some suffering doesn’t mean I want to. Why should I go through it if I have a choice? We cannot compare generations to each other; the previous generation definitely suffered more than us. You can’t expect Wong Jing’s dad to complain to Wong Jing that he didn’t suffer as much as him. The world isn’t like how it was before. If we have to compare, why not go back all the way to the Qin Dynasty. They didn’t have cars like us. They had to walk miles at a time. There’s no point to have to these comparisons.”
Dishes on More Artists
Ngai Man Ho explicitly mentioned two artistes “Chok Fung” (Raymond Lam) and “Chau Har Gor” (Ron Ng) as two TVB artistes who had rude behavior. “Honestly, I’m fine with them. They probably hate me now, but I did praise Raymond Lam! However, I really don’t like Ron Ng. In a world like this, there will always be people who you dislike! He doesn’t need to like me either.”
In his novel, he also spilled some secrets about a “B*tch Fung” (speculated to be Sammul Chan 陳鍵鋒) and a “Richard Pig” (speculated to be Alex Fong 方中信).
“They say he doesn’t like women. One time, when I was about to give a schedule to B*tch Fung, I saw that a female PA from another team also had a schedule for him. At Hengdian, you usually leave phone messages, so I told him in advance that he would be receiving another schedule from another team. It turned out that B*tch Fung pretended to not have received the female PA’s schedule and he didn’t show up at the shoot. The producer obviously demanded to know who was responsible, and B*tch Fung blamed the female PA for not giving him the schedule. The matter ended only when the female PA apologized to B*tch Fung.”
In regards to “Richard Pig”, Ngai Man Ho disclosed, “While I was on our way back in the company’s car, I heard Director Butt said that, at the Clear Water Bay studios, Richard Pig saw that it wasn’t his turn to film yet so he drank some alcohol and fell asleep in his car. When it almost his time to shoot, the PA went over to wake him up. I don’t know if it was the PA being disrespectful or Richard Gere was drunk, but a fight broke out and he threw a punch at the PA!”
Asked if Ngai Man Ho would ever consider going back to TVB in the future, he said it would be impossible at this point. “What I really want to happen is for TVB to treat their employees better, treat their audiences better, and give consideration to the audience. Make things that the audience wants to see. Make things that are higher quality. [TVB] should be capable to do that.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.