Review: “Will Power” (By Funn)

By on December 10, 2013 in NEWS, REVIEWS

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Will Power <法外風雲>
Hong Kong TVB Drama 2013

Producer: Tsui Ching Hong
Genre: Modern, legal
Episodes: 32

“Nowadays, like Will Power, the plot takes over from the characters. There is no proper investment or writing in the characters. It is often a character does A B and C but not much is told why they do. They just do and since A is surprising, B is interesting and C is shocking, in the end we forget about the character.”

SPOILERS … SPOILERS … SPOILERS

Cast of Characters
Wayne Lai as Wilson Yu Ying Wai
Moses Chan as Morris Lee Ming Yeung
Fala Chen as Eugene Shum Yut Kan
Christine Ng as Sheila Luk Sze Ying
Jason Chan as Ching Ka Ming
Sire Ma as NaNa Lo Siu Lo
Vincent Wong as Gilbert Sung Ka Yiu
Elliot Yue as Lo Sam Po
Chung King Fai as Shum Yik Wor
Mary Hon as Ching Shuk Hing
Susan Tse as Mrs Song
Power Chan as Sung Ka Cheung
Samantha Ko as Elly Yip Nga-lai

Bits and Pieces and Some Rambling
From my opinion post on this series at http://www.point2e.com/2013/10/o-will-power-2013tvb.html

Plot
Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Power_%28TV_series%29

Will Power Wayne LaiThe two well known lawyers YU YING WAI (Wayne Lai) and LEE MING YEUNG (Moses Chan) are against each other in court. Because YING WAI wanted to win a case, it almost cost him his life and after that incident, he had a new view on life. Experienced lawyer LO SAM BO (Elliot Ngok) viewed the changed WAI differently, and recruited him to join his law firm as a probate lawyer. Due to his debt, YEUNG was forced to go back and work at his mentor SUM YIK WOR (King Sir) law firm and collaborates with his daughter and lawyer SUM YUT KAN (Fala Chen). KAN had been in a relationship with the wealthy SUNG KA YIU (Vincent Wong) for many years, but YIU loves merit too much and had no interest in ambitions, which gave YEUNG an opportunity to win KAN’s heart. When the hearing for a case involving a will began, the judge happened to be WAI’s ex-wife and YEUNG’s ex-girlfriend LUK SZE YING (Christine Ng), the two heroes meet again, but together they discovered there was another side to the case. The person involved just happened to be WAI’s apprentice CHING KA MING (Jason Chan), who had a huge connection to the case. The actions of the lawyer lifted a crisis of life and death…

The two lawyers battle for wins but one man goes too far to get what he wants from his biggest client…Yeung’s boss.

Comments

For the start of my review of Will Power, let me begin it with an end, which is my recommendation.

It is a highly enjoyable series that many will find they rather like it. I rather liked it a lot. I liked it so much I chased it every night and I find myself laughing along (during appropriate times) and cursing (during even more appropriate times). It is to me one of better series of 2013 which boasts some fine acting from very unexpected people as well as the usual expected people. And if you want my recommendation, I will highly recommend this for a fan of TVB who longs for a better series to watch, chase and root for.

But… and there is always a but… at the end of the day, after finishing this series, I find no compulsion nor any need or any want to return to it. It is for me a 1 time series only. Whilst most who upon knowing Will Power as a legal drama will go “nooooo”, which is perfectly reasonable, as a legal drama itself, this series tries hard and at times does present itself as a smart legal drama. However for most of the time it just either falters and dies or never had a decent chance. The only truly impressive legal drama that feels like a legal drama that is from TVB which I really liked was The Other Truth but that in itself had its procedural problem. In Will Power of all the cases which is mostly succession cases (cases involving Wills and Probates and what nots) that is considered legally sound even if procedurally haywire is the trial for the rape of Nana. The arguments, counter arguments, theories, submissions, etc actually covered a wide ground that you will usually find in real legal world and the some of the arguments which led to the release of Gilbert despite being guilty of the act of raping Nana is actually pretty possible in its context. However like in many TVB legal drama, the execution of court room trials are often screwed by the “anyone can call anyone’s witness at anytime during the trial presided by the same judge over and over again in all sorts of cases” approach. It is so messy and you will wonder is it that way in HK legal system? There is no proper start or proper end? Any time is submission time? Any time I can just bring in any evidence in any way? At least there was some good moments of possible OBJECTION!! sort of scenes but when the crunch time comes for a good OBJECTION!! moment, it never came. My biggest problem with such legal drama, apart from the pretty messy way it is presented is the fact that each and every lawyer in the trial seems to take everything like a personal insult and in Will Power, they take defeat very badly. And when I say very badly, I meant they slumped down onto their chair in a look of total defeat. If lawyers are that way every single day, therapists will make a killing. And in a curious twist, that “total defeat look” does not extend beyond the court room. Meaning once they walk out of the court room, the entire “total defeat look” goes for a reset and you have the “let’s socialise with other lawyers look”. Often lawyers are shown having wine in pubs. Here we have them drinking Mafitte (or is it Lafitte but somehow mispronounced as Mafitte or whatever?), a very expensive wine all the time. But at least, less on pub scenes and more on working late in office scenes which is quite realistic. I am also happy there isn’t much nicknames but since this is a 100% legal drama, no police best friends etc, I suppose you don’t give professional people nicknames. These may be nitty gritty stuff, but it is often the unnoticed nitty gritty stuff that lends credence to the universe you will see in Will Power which is reality based. That is where Will Power fails. For a series about the legal world, it is enjoyable. For a legal drama, it fails.

It so happens that when I was watching Will Power, I was also watching Legal High and Legal High 2. Legal High is a Japanese drama, 11 episodes of straight to the point wonderfulness. It is a legal drama. I am not sure if Japanese court or saiban is that way, but in my world, apart from the over the top lead character that is Kamikado the sleazy lawyer, everything seems pretty normal to me. That series works because whilst Kamikado is that sort that is loud and often times annoying but funny, everybody else that surrounds him functions normally. No one tries to outdo him and so Kamikado is this sort of oddball. Will Power tries to have some sort of an oddball character with Moses’ Morris who started out as a comic relief but 3 episodes in lost his sense of humor and sense of fun and became dead serious. Wayne’s Wilson which started out as a serious character ended up providing some genuine funny moments and it is often the combination of Wilson and Morris that provides the genuine laughs rather than each alone or rather Morris alone. With each character having the lead, none really stood out for that matter. Will Power towards the middle lost a lot of steam because no one was effectively leading the series. Neither Morris nor Wilson is interesting enough to dominate. Maybe for costars this is good but for us viewers who look forward to some great moments, what we have are moments dominated by very good acting but not very memorable scenes. I kept comparing Will Power with Legal High because I find Legal High much better character wise despite being much shorter. There is also a very good reason for such a comparison.

Have you noticed these days TVB series is not concerned with growth of a character? It is almost always plot driven. In the past for the golden years, there was balance between plot and character. Plot thickens and the character grows, whether good or bad. Surprises are plot devices but not the main purpose. Nowadays, like Will Power, the plot takes over from the characters. There is no proper investment or writing in the characters. It is often a character does A B and C but not much is told why they do. They just do and since A is surprising, B is interesting and C is shocking, in the end we forget about the character. This is the case with Brother’s Keeper, a series more interested in piling the shocks and dramas rather than letting the characters grow on us and actually have an actual story to tell. Which is why TVB has no consistency. Same can be said of Will Power, except it is not as bad as Brother’s Keeper.

Will Power Fala Chen Vincent WongOne character I feel immediately interested in is Gilbert and his brother Ka Cheung and the impact of the mysterious third part of the Will as well as what Ming got to do with it. I thought perhaps since this is a series about Wills and probate, maybe Gilbert will be the human factor, the growth factor that as a character will in the end be the purpose of this series. Often times Lo Sam Po often says his duty as a probate lawyer is to carry out the wishes of his dead clients. And in this intriguing case of the super rich Sungs, I thought Gilbert and Ka Cheung will be given room to grow into purposeful characters that epitomises the idea of carrying out the wishes of the dead clients. Alas, lo and behold, TVB in all its glory in setting up this series decided to go for the plot driven angle rather than character driven angle. Gilbert and Ka Cheung in the end are nothing but one of those shock tactics used. Gilbert from being bad to the core remains bad to the core to his death whilst Ka Cheung from dependent becomes as dependent towards the end. No brotherly unity, no brotherly love and the meaning of the Will by Mr Sung got lost about 80% into the series and when revealed, was nothing anyone will feel bothered about because by then, it really doesn’t matter. In fact by then I was confused if the Will is valid, not valid, partially valid or what? The trials really confused me and I didn’t quite care.

Another character that could have some good growth is the strong Mrs Sung and she did have growth, as in became a better person but that was last episode and for the last 30 minutes or so. Prior to that, she had the potential of a great villain or a possible story of a great redemption of the wrongs she did to Gilbert by doting in him too much. The idea about DNAs and all that were thrown around to create some suspense but I felt so cheated when we find out Gilbert is not Mr Sung’s son. How easy isn’t it? What a plot spoiler. I just didn’t expect Gilbert to die or the way he died. Poor Mrs Sung.

As for Ming, he was quite a funny character at first but again there was no growth. He remained as he was as before and I find it disappointing plot wise that I feel he is rather underused. And I wasn’t surprised he was charged with a crime since it is very convenient and plot wise exciting but for someone who has watched the same thing again and again from TVB, it is boring and predictable.

The 2 leads are interesting with good chemistry but the tagline of best lawyers in town seems excessive. Morris and Wilson don’t seem to be best lawyers in town to me because they don’t look nor behave like one. I thought wouldn’t it be funnier if they were the average joes but got caught up in major cases with major clients in major law firms? There arises the situation comedy as these 2 average joes, not that bad but not that great wrestles with their conscience and some incompetence to become better advocates?

Anyway, surprisingly there are 2 characters that stood out in terms of change and growth, one subtly, the other more obviously. The father-daughter duo of the Shums.

Eugene Shum is a strange name for a girl. Anyway she started out as someone who goes to court to someone who hangs around the office. The growth I meant though is her gradual dislike of her own father but in the end daughterly love wins over her disgust over her father’s conduct. I like the fact that she did nothing to stop him nor did she do anything to help him. She just stood aside and became the moral observer. I also like the fact that whatever Morris did, he did it for her and for his mentor but he simply refused to trade his soul to the devil fully.

Shum Yik Wor is perhaps the best character in this series, growth wise. I will like to emphasise that his actions as a lawyer are the actions of real life lawyers except minus the devious evidence planting devils. The methodical way in which he cross examines the witnesses are truly one of the more realistic moments in this series. In fact when Eugene said her father had to do so much to counter Wilson’s argument in court, I laughed. So much? Dear, your father trampled all over Wilson! I thought the old man did so well! The progression and true nature of his character becomes clearer as the series reaches the end and his ending, whilst pitiful is deserving. This is the only truly ONE character in this series that shows the potential of this series. And shockingly he is acted by a veteran I never really liked.

Will Power Christine NgOne character is however a total write off and that is Sheila the judge and ex wife of Wilson. Talk about one note, one sided, one dimension, no personality, cardboard personality, tree trunk, etc and you got the basic description of Sheila. It is not like she has nothing to do. She is a judge in 9 out of 10 cases in this series, be it criminal, probate, civil, everything. HK has very small legal world. My problem with this character is how unnecessary she is. Just because she is acted by Christine Ng, every attempt to maximise her screen time is made and she is inserted into every case there is and not to mention how unrealistic that is, it is also incredibly boring. I don’t see why can’t just take out Sheila’s character and let Wilson have an unseen ex wife. Wouldn’t it be fun to have guest actors as judges? Like spot and name them sort of moments. Her ending was also ridiculously stupid. She quit her job as a judge due to some unnecessary principle which I thought is the nail to the coffin so to speak. Sheila just nailed herself into her own coffin with that stupid ending. Of course the even worse end is Eugene ending up as possibly the youngest High Court judge, ever.

Story wise, Will Power has the potential. But the lack of room for characters to grow makes Will Power into a wasted potential. It just isn’t sure if it is a comedy or drama but I will say it is more drama than comedy. The issues dealt with are very very serious stuff.

Performances Evaluated

Performance wise, Will Power shows its strength as a series. So story wise it is predictable, character wise nothing much changes but this is one series populated by veterans who gives surprising performance. And let me declare, I shall comment on them all. Notice the English names. You can’t be a professional without an English/Christian name.

Wayne Lai as Wilson Yu Ying Wai
Wayne is a fantastic actor but he is not a convincing first class lawyer. He is however a convincing actor working as a lawyer. The greatness of Wayne is in his subtlety. I thought the compassion in his eyes when Power’s Ka Cheung cried and urinated in court was so convincing, and I screamed GIVE HIM THE BEST ACTOR AWARD!! He may not be the most convincing lawyer, but he is a convincing actor.

Moses Chan as Morris Lee Ming Yeung
Will Power Moses Chan 2This is one of Moses’ better roles todate and funnily, his expression hardly changed from serious to serious. This is one actor who can survive an entire series with one single expression. His acting is not great. He also is not not a convincing first class lawyer but earlier, he is convincing with his comic timing, especially those scenes where Morris was harassed by debtors. But apart from that his acting is pretty usual with the frozen look. I enjoyed his performance but this series shows next to Wayne Lai who is capable of so much more, Moses is rather restricted. However he has great chemistry with Wayne Lai and his performance is enjoyable because he is one part of a dynamic duo. The only problem with Moses in this series is towards the end his character disappears from screen a lot, as if Wayne is the 1st lead and he is 2nd which is most likely the case. Wayne seems at times to be the main actor carrying this series.

Fala Chen as Eugene Shum Yut Kan
This is by far a much better role for Fala than that insipid Triumph In The Skies II’s Holiday. Her Eugene may be fresh and green as a lawyer, but she has a conscience. Whilst she is bound by her love and respect for her father, she never quite helped her father at all as well. I like her Eugene. I also like the nitty gritty stuff like how earlier she would run after Gilbert carrying his sunglasses or cleaning after him, like how she is mothering him and he is taking her for granted. She is more relaxed with Moses than with Francis Ng and it shows. She may not be a great actress but given a good role, she is competent enough to be memorable in it. And I like her style in this series. My only objection is Eugene started out strong but towards the end faded into the background.

Christine Ng as Sheila Luk Sze Ying
The worst character and one of her worst performance.

Jason Chan as Ching Ka Ming
2nd worst character and the worst performance in this series. I read how Jason Chan will win Most Improved Actor and I just choked on my KFC. How ridiculous is that to give Most Improved to someone who has deproved or rather never improved? The only improvement is in wardrobe perhaps? He was unconvincing with his briefcase, he was unconvincing with his co stars, he didn’t look like he bothered much when his Nana got raped and even as a defendant, he can’t even do the dejected look convincingly. He just looked totally and absolutely lost all the time and that is his best acting look. His best moment was the writing demand letters for Nana and replying to himself, etc. That was a situation comedy and it was funny but then anyone in it will be funny. Off camera, Jason Chan is a charming sort of guy. I kinda like him. But in front of the camera, I hate him. He is to me the male version of Miss HKs who can’t act and is thrown in front as lead and with fake positive news to convince us he is the next big thing. Right now he is my next big headache. He has successfully made Ming into a non entity and that is a tall order since Ming is the younger character’s lead character. Is it the way he talks? Yes. He needs speech therapy. I am not convinced by everything he said. “I killed a guy?” Really? “I love you” Really “I just pooped in my pants” Really. In retrospect his best role was No Good Either Way and that is because he was playing a sleaze ball that no one is convinced about. But other than that, everything else is just a matter of how bad it was. Like all Miss HKs, I hope he improves. Takes years but if Gallen Lo can improve from a log of wood to a very good actor so can he. Meanwhile he and Selena Li should marry and have fluffy babies. They’re so alike.

Sire Ma as NaNa Lo Siu Lo
Ahhhh scandal scandal poor poor Sire. She is a competent actress but Nana is such an annoying character who went through some terrible moments. I hate how there is no follow up to her Nana. After the rape case, her Nana is discarded, no more surprises, no more story, just there.

Vincent Wong as Gilbert Sung Ka Yiu
My candidate for Most Improved Actor for 2013, Vincent Wong proves yet again he can endure dozens of slaps by a veteran and he can almost outshine half of them. He is a good actor, learning his way around giving credible convincing performance. I had high hopes for his Gilbert but was more let down by the writing than his performance. I can’t fault his performance.

Elliot Yue as Lo Sam Po
He is the unexpected comedic element in this series in the beginning. I find his Lo Sam Po rather mysterious at first, who appears when someone died, etc. He is the honourable character as opposed to Shum Yik Wo and each has different approach to their conduct as lawyers. Elliot Yue was fun to watch and whilst he is not Paul Chun Pui, he proves that veterans can still be a highlight in a series populated by younger actors. In fact he is one actor you won’t overlook in this series.

Chung King Fai as Shum Yik Wor
This is another actor you will not overlook in this series. In fact towards the end he has so much screen time, so much more than Moses that I can’t help but feel he is sharing the leading actor’s duty with Wayne! I never like King Sir as an actor. I dislike his expressionless monotone voice and yet here, there were raw emotions. His scenes with Fala playing his daughter, there were genuine delights and affections, his ruthlesness in court and how he conducts his cases, his sparring with everybody else, the way he was manipulating Moses’ Morris. This is perhaps his best work. His Shum Yik Wor is complex as a man, selfish as a boss, loving as a father and scheming as a lawyer. Most of all he is manipulative even to his clients. He is the villain in here and yet I can’t hate him much. He schemes but within the legal ambit (except for the incredible lapse of judgment when Gilbert died- that was more out of ego and what he could do). His character is perhaps the best written and Chung King Fai did not disappoint. I find that rather shocking.

Mary Hon as Ching Shuk Hing
Standard performance and I dislike how she did not stand up for herself when she was slapped. After all she stopped being the mistress like more than 2 decades ago. I wonder though why Mary never gets the role that Susan Tse gets?

Susan Tse as Mrs Song
A disappointingly developed character but wonderfully acted by Susan Tse. Her dozens of slaps on Vincent Wong is fantastic but it was that raw emotion, that calmness before the storm, the unleashing of the slaps and her cries and tears of frustration that was as scary as it was moving. You will feel for this woman.

Power Chan as Sung Ka Cheung
So disappointing. I don’t mean his performance. Power Chan delivers, most of the time. I am talking about his character who never really had much to do and in the end is more or less the same. But within the ambit of what he is given, Power Chan shines with his wonderful portrayal of a likeable and innocent Sung Ka Cheung. His best was the court room scene and well matched by Wayne Lai and oh, I hated that Shum Yik Wor at that moment more than anyone! Pity though that this character was not given room to grow.

Samantha Ko as Elly Yip Nga-lai
Samantha Ko is fast becoming one of my most favourite actresses in TVB. She has improved so much since The Last Steep Ascent. She stepped up her game in Friendly Fire in one of those rare portrayals of rape victims who refuses to be a victim and she was simply delightful in Bounty Lady. This girl is not the best looker or the slimmest or the best actress there is but she is charming. Like Eliza Sam, she is cute. Unlike Eliza Sam, I notice she has less coverage which is good for her. In here her Elly doesn’t have much to do but well, what more can I say? I am writing this in light of Bounty Lady so it is a bit biased but seriously though, I am looking forward to Samantha Ko’s next performance.

A SUMMARY
Best case
Nana’s rape trial. Convincing, somewhat.

Worst case
The intimidation and the very unspectacular fall of the gangster as well. I watched in total disbelief why no arrest was ever made to the intimidation to Sheila. That case was to me the pimple of this series. Except it started with a good premise about the gangster’s right to the symbol of power within the triad. I mean that is interesting and Legal High would have made a great fun case out of it. TVB chose to make it into Wilson rescuing Sheila. Bo-ring.

Best performance
Veteran
Chung King Fai. Give that man an award.

Lead actor
Wayne Lai. Nominate that man for an award.

Supporting actor
Power Chan.

Young actor
Vincent Wong. Give him some award.

Worst performance
Jason Chan. Banish him to Never-Act-Again-Land!

Best Scene
The slaps by Susan Tse on Vincent Wong perhaps. The ending scene of Shum Yik Wor telling I believe Morris to take care of Eugene if I remember correctly. But to me if was that moment, that short moment of Ka Cheung crying and scared in the court room and Wilson looking at him with such.. compassion. Not pity but compassion. That is why Wayne Lai is acting God. Since TVB is Hindu style when it comes to Gods, Wayne is one of the acting Gods.

Worst Scene
Sheila saying she quits her job and then Eugene becoming a judge. Yeah, not some Ming scene. Worst actor but not quite worst scene.

VERDICT
A legal drama not from TVB universe? Legal High is better. But within TVB universe, Will Power is one of the better series of 2013.

The review is written by Funn Lim, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com. 

Notes
1. This review was originally posted in http://point2e-reviews.blogspot.com/2013/12/r-will-power-tvb-2013-funn-lim.html

2. Legal High & Legal High 2 at http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Legal_High

3. Brother’s Keeper at http://point2e-reviews.blogspot.com/2013/09/brothers-keeper-tvb2013.html

35 comments to Review: “Will Power” (By Funn)

  1. bern says:

    Too long none bothered to read. Nevertheless Funn always good at lenghty writing and patient.

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    • Thurf replied:

      Yea it’s like 1-2 week old review

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      • buzz replied:

        Looooooong-winded as usual. A good review should be concise not 100 pages long.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        buzz, lucky I am not dying to meet your standards.

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      • buzz replied:

        @Funn, I’m sorry you’re taking this so badly. It’s meant to be constructive criticism, though 100 pages is an exaggeration of course. In case you didn’t notice, I’m not the first or only person to say this and i won’t be the last either.

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      • Anthony replied:

        I personally thought it was short because I enjoy reviews that talk more and has some depth to it but I guess everyone has different expectations and preferences so there’s no need to comment about it

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      • amonymus replied:

        buzz,long or not its a question of taste.funn is known for her detailed reviews and a lot of ppl like it,if you dont like then dont read,its simple.

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      • buzz replied:

        @amonymous, i didn’t read it.

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      • amonymus replied:

        buzz,if you even didnt read it then you are not in the position to give criticism,so you just only make yourself ridiculous.

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      • buzz replied:

        @amonymous, you’re the ridiculous one. I said nothing about the content of the review, only commented on the length which is so daunting as to put some people off.

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  2. miriamfanz says:

    Most ridiculous scene was when Judge Fala says “Bring in the witnesses” and it’s animals

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      That scene itself got 3 ridiculousness.

      1. Judge fala – high court judge at such a young age

      2. the animals being witnesses – but it is a comedy in the end

      3. didn’t judge fala know the animals are the witnesses?

      But the worst was the whole gangster intimidation story.

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      • Hannah replied:

        I think they wanted to end the series in a funny way since somewhere along the series, the comedy disappeared.

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  3. jasmine says:

    I agree with the Samantha Ko statement. I never thought I would come to like her as I find her face kind of weird, especially her nose. But she has shown improvement in her roles and I quite like her performance in bounty lady as the naive innocent lang mo and how she kind of speaks in a dumb girl tone which I would usually find super annoying but I actually find it kind of cute.

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    • Shrimpboat replied:

      agree! I just finished episode 10 of Bounty Lady and my favorite scene so far is when Sammy washed his eyes and opened them to see Samantha. her expression was just so spot-on!

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      • jasmine replied:

        Ya I used to think she was sooooo bad at emotional crying scenes that they seem so fake. But she was pretty spot-on and good at delivering her emotions in that scene. Great improvement!

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  4. sandcherry says:

    Funn’s review is always long, but is very detailed.

    I agree with her in the following:

    1) Chung King Fai acted really well in “Will Power”. I never liked his acting or his voice, but I think he was the best actor there, especially towards the end.

    2) Wayne Lai acted very well in “Will Power”. He was not a very convincing first class lawyer, but he was a convincing little-man-lawyer. He had a lot more screen time than Moses Chan, particularly towards the end. If he deserves a 3rd time TV King, he should get it in “Will Power”.

    3) I also liked Vincent Wong’s acting. He eyes were so scary when he found out about his real identity and lost his self-control. I think he should at least be nominated for Best Supporting Actor, not just for “Most Improved Actor”. TVB should promote him more.

    4) Moses Chan acted well, but not outstanding, so did Fala Chen. Eugene is a straight-forward character and is more likable ……….. a lot easier to act than Holiday in “TITS 2”.

    5) Power Chan – good acting, but not enough screen time.

    6) Elliot Yue – acted well as a prestigious and classy lawyer

    7) Mary Hon, Samantha Ko – acting okay

    8) Christine Ng – dull and boring

    9) Jason Chan – needs improvements in facial expressions and speaking dialogues

    On the whole, I think “Will Power” was a good legal drama series/comedy. It was not too heavy for most audience. I also looked forward to watching the next episode during airing.

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    • MinMin replied:

      Nominated as most improved is better than best supporting. Most improved actors or actresses all have thriving careers after their wins, myolie, Linda, Fala, Aimee all received most improved then got heavily promoted. Best supporting winners all somehow disappear after winning their awards. Look at the previous winners and most of them are stuck in supporting and they are rarely promoted.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        You are probably right. Hope Vincent Wong will get promoted by TVB after winning “Most Improved Actor” award in 2013.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        However, the acting ability of a “Best Supporting Actor” is always more superior than a “Most Improved Actor” to me.

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  5. AC says:

    The gangster intimidation storyline was pretty stupid, but the only reason I didn’t really mind was because it led to my favorite episode of the series where Wayne and Moses were in the hospital and helping exaggerate each other’s sickness to Christine and Fala. Will Power was definitely one of my favorite series this year.

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  6. Cm says:

    I agree with all the assessments of the main actors. Vincent should win most improved actor and Jason Chan needs to develop more than one expression. He’s much like Moses Chan in this respect, he has a default look that he can’t change. Its like having a little lost puppy on the set that doesn’t know what is going on.

    Moses is very lucky that he works in an era were there is not alot of talent. He never seems very engaging.

    Writing wise, the review is spot on, we get no insight into the character’s motivations and don’t see any real growth

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  7. Ks says:

    I agree that this is by far the better drama by tvb this year. Possibly because they have ‘heavy weight’ actors in there. Compared to on-call, it’s more convincing to watch this than the few rookies in on-call.

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  8. bern says:

    fully agreed with sandcherry comments on the actors/actress. linda chung voice, face and figure give me goose bump, worse than chung king fai’s voice and slow motion action.

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  9. hong duong says:

    Wayne Lai is excellent in the series “Will Power”. I love the chemistry between Moses and Wayne, also most of the cast did a good job. I really enjoyed watching this series from the beginning until the end.

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  10. smurf120 says:

    i enjoyed this series for the comedic and acting value but really had to turn off my brain plot-wise.

    Jason was very blank and provided unintentional comic relief. I think Vincent benefited from experience with veterans in SSSS and was able to “let go” more in his playboy portrayal which I did not think he was able to do well (“Wish and Switch”) before.

    Perhaps it was the repetitively small cast of lawyers, judge(s), locales, and clients, I did not feel that this was in any way a large scale drama – perhaps too many episodes to get to the ending.

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  11. llwy12 says:

    Another awesome review — thanks, Funn! Your assessment of the series was spot on, especially the part about the various performances and the lack of character development. I agree with most of it and even the parts I didn’t agree with were still enjoyable to read. Keep up the great work with the reviews!

    On a related note…it’s funny, but when I read the part about best and worst performances and who should get an award, I couldn’t help thinking once again how screwed up TVB is. Chung King Fai should definitely get an award for his performance in this series, but unfortunately, he’s not even nominated…I guess his only chance for an award is Lifetime Achievement…or perhaps, if they’re going to do those Outstanding Artist awards like they did last year — you know the one that veterans such as Lee Sing Cheong and Benz Hui got — then he might get one. Same with Power Chan — he got shut out from the nominations as well, despite his great performance and being widely recognized as a great actor. And Vincent Wong, though nominated for Most Improved, may not get the award if TVB has their way and decides not to care about the backlash that would ensue if Jason Chan were to be given the award (personally, I felt that Vincent should have been nominated in Best Supporting Actor as well — after all, Jason was horrible in WP, yet he got a BSA nomination, so why can’t Vincent as well?)

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  12. sandcherry says:

    I think TVB purposely nominates some artistes who do not even deserve their awards so that it will be easier for them to get their favourite ones to win.

    There is no way why Jason Chan was nominated for BOTH “Best Supporting Actor” and “Most Improved Actor” with his poor acting in “Will Power”. Vincent Chan beats him in both, and Power Chan beats him in “Best Supporting Actor”.

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    • llwy12 replied:

      Exactly. That’s why I was a sort of pissed at Jason Chan being nominated in both those categories when Vincent only got in Most Improved — it’s sort of an insult if you ask me because TVB is essentially saying that Jason is better than Vincent. I totally agree that TVB most likely made that stupid move to set it up so that whoever they want to win will have a better chance, but still, why make it so blatantly obvious? By doing that, TVB is basically telling us that they have no confidence who they want to win will be able to do so on their own merit, so they have to ‘rig’ it in order to make sure the results will come out as close to what they want as possible. So pathetic!

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    • sandcherry replied:

      I meant Vincent Wong, not “Vincent Chan”.

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  13. daisuke says:

    does anybody else agrees with me that sire ma is pretty attractive but when u stare at her for longer than 5 seconds she starts to looks ugly lol…??

    she has a nice jaw line but when she smiles her teeth just blast out at u, and godammnnn when she has no make up she looks rlyy .. different/bad , but i guess thats wat make up is for, whe she was in the scene, when she in the hospital after she got raped, she looked so badd, like a bird lol, her nose and small mouth,

    thoughts on her everyone?

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  14. Kidd says:

    “Standard performance and I dislike how she did not stand up for herself when she was slapped. “

    This confrontation scene reminds me very much of Mary and Susan’s character in BTROC. In BTROC, Susan is also the bossy one and Mary the timid one.

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      Ever notice Susan is almost always the bossy one and Mary is almost always the timid one.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Personally I don’t like Susan Tse. She seems to act the same in all her characters, especially the way she speaks her dialogues. The movements of her lips are always the same.

        However, I don’t find it the same with Mary Hon. Mary Hon is very versatile in her acting, though she has been cast to act weaker characters more. I like Mary Hon’s acting and the way she speaks her dialogues.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Susan Tse – Her tones are more or less the same too.

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