Upcoming 2010 TVB Series Copying Overseas Productions?

The Mind Reading Detective versus The Mentalist

In The Mind Reading Detective <讀心神探>, police officer Bowie Lam learned how to read the weaknesses of people from observing them closely. Bowie learned this skill from his father, who was a fortune-teller. Afterwards, Bowie studied Criminal Psychology in the United States and combining this skill with his observational talent, he was able to repeatedly solve difficult crimes.

Airing in 2008, the American television series, The Mentalist, Simon Baker also solved difficult crimes through his excellent observation and analytical skills. It is up to the audience to determine whether TVB copied elements from The Mentalist.

The Mind Reading Detective also stars Bosco Wong Chung Chak, Crystal Tin, Aimee Chan Yan Mei, and Lai Lok Yi.
Gun Metal Grey versus Life

In Gun Metal Grey, <刑警 2010>, former police officer, Felix Wong Yat Wah, was sentenced to prison for several years for a crime he did not commit. After he was released from prison, Felix sought to execute justice using his own methods.  As a result, this caused strife between Felix and his good friend and righteous police officer, Michael Miu Kiu Wai.

Earlier, TVB broadcast American series, Life, which spoke of Damian Lewis was innocently given a life sentence for murder. After  proving his innocence and subsequent release, he returned to the police force for vindication. His alternative approach for justice sparked discontent from other police officers. Hopefully, there are no further similarities between Gun Metal Grey and Life!

Gun Metal Grey also stars Jessica Hsuan, Crystal Tin, Nancy Wu Ding Yan, Vincent Wong Ho Shun, Kenny Wong Tak Bun, and Rebecca Chan Sau Chu.

Excerpt from Face Magazine #156

Jayne: I think the title Gun Metal Grey sounds really cool, almost like the name of a Japanese manga! Anticipating Felix Wong’s return, but from the early synopsis, I prefer The Mind Reading Detective more.

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  1. I am a big fan of Life quite simply because instead of revenge the protaganist took the approach of zen but in actual fact is struggling to bury his hate for his accusers. If Felix Wong’s series can emulate that as in 50% of that, I would say it would be a great watch. I like Felix, so I shall let the copying pass…

  2. The Mind Reading Detective sounds similar to the USA Network Psych. Shawn learns his observation skills from his father who is a retired cop.

    There really isn’t an “original” idea anymore. It is not copying but inspired. There will always be similarities but it won’t be the exact same thing. The directors will give it his own spin.

    I am looking forward to watching these new series.

  3. TVB has always copied foreign movies and shows. They have been doing this for as long as I can remember (early 80s). People are finally catching on now and complaining? The HK media must really have nothing better to do with themselves.

  4. Ffs this is hong kong we are talking about, stop bringing these pointless news that some tvb series is copying overseas, hong kong is known for this stuff already nobody cares!

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