Premiere Episodes of “Lord of Shanghai” and “With or Without You” Garners Positive Reviews

TVB’s last two anniversary dramas for 2015, Lord of Shanghai <梟雄> and With or Without You <東坡家事>, premiered to positive reactions on Monday, October 26. Lord of Shanghai pulled in an average viewership rating of 26 points, while With or Without You averaged 25 points.

Lord of Shanghai, which stars Anthony Wong (黃秋生), Kent Tong (湯鎮業), and Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), is an epic story about three business tycoons from Shanghai during the 1930’s. With high production value, strong cast, and a thrilling script, the series is raking in extremely positive reactions from viewers. Producer Amy Wong (王心慰) said she is very proud of the series, calling it one of her best productions to-date. She believes that the ratings of Lord of Shanghai will increase in time.

Wayne Lai shared that he has received many positive messages from his friends and colleagues when the first episode of Lord of Shanghai premiered, all praising the drama’s engaging  story and gripping plot. “Now that people are talking about the first episode, hopefully the ratings will continue to increase,” said Wayne.

With or Without You, starring Bobby Au-yeung (歐陽震華) and Joey Meng (萬綺雯), is also garnering positive reviews. The comedy drama about the Song Dynasty poet Su Tung-po is light-hearted and funny. Many viewers praised the drama’s visual direction and stunning scenery.

Joey Meng said, “25 points is a good start. Hopefully it’ll go higher!” Vincent Wong (王浩信) also expressed his confidence in the ratings, saying, “It’s been a while since the audiences have seen Bobby on TV, so hopefully it’ll continue to be a success!”


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  1. For both series you can see better costumes and great locations, especially for With Or Without You with what looks like an Authentic So Dong Po location! Very impressive. Maybe China comes with package plan; scenery, costumes AND plenty of extras to walk up and down. Impressive.

    Story wise, so far both have stories that has yet to be mapped out, especially With Or Without You and hopefully less or no spoilers. Acting wise, both have good and bad points but so far, these 2 series are entertaining and impressive. Hopefully TVB doesn’t “Craptise” them.

    1. @funnlim are you able to tell me on how to watch With or Without You with english subs? or do you understand the language? Been watching too much tragic period dramas so I want to watch something that has a good laugh and really light-hearted.

      1. @riceball120 I understand Cantonese. It is playing on local TV so there is malay subs which I can understand as well. There might be fansub somewhere although I am not sure any fans rushing to sub this series.

      2. @funnlim ah okay, thank you for replying. gosh, not understanding the language is already awful. trying to find English subs is almost beyond impossible.

  2. Did anybody notice that we are always observing the same cast? Matt Yeung have been appearing in Sau Kwai Waa, COD and now Lord Of Shanghai. And for 5-6 consecutive dramas, all are period drama? In the past, period drama used to be rare and always the highlight of audience and most of the time one of the best show in the year…

  3. Def. watching “with or without you!” Love Bobby and Joey. LOS, I will pass… but will grab for my Mom as she love these kind of drama.

  4. I love Bobby so much but after finish watching Joey Meng in Officer Geomancer I really don’t like her acting. Maybe when I was little I thought she was pretty but never thought she was a great actress. Is anyone here not a die hard fan of hers that recommends this drama?

    1. @kaykay408 She is a far better actress than a whole lotta actresses out there. That series is not her best but other than that she is a very good actress unless you hate her voice or the way she speaks.

  5. Kaykay408 Joey is a good actor not the best but better then all the noobs Tvb promoting I would recommend u give it a try I mean it’s ok so far and it’s a comedy u might like it

    1. @sherla1019 I still have a very special place in my heart for the Bobby and Esther onscreen couple so just the thought of seeing Bobby onscreen pairing with Joey Meng making me not wanting to watch it. Maybe I’ll give it a try for Bobby. Thank you 🙂

  6. My oh my! How low has TVB’s expectations sunk? LOS with the combined “pulling power ” of multiple award winner Anthony, 3-time tv king Wayne and old tiger Ken Tong only managed 26 pts on average? And that is considered good? It isn’t much better than the preceding 2 anniversary dramas which has a “lesser ” known cast esp COD which has 2 noobs in starring role (but of cos we know who’s the person pulling in the viewers ). Anthony better take a reality check and get off his high horse. Wayne’s dramas also no longer pull in viewers like before. Overachievers and that 2013 law drama with Moses are good examples.

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