Reaching the midway point of Armed Reaction 2021‘s <陀槍師姐2021> broadcast, Joyce Tang’s (滕麗名) character seems to have gone missing. Resuming her iconic role as Chan Sam Yuen from the classic 1990s franchise, Joyce’s scenes are surprisingly few in the fifth installment.
In the beginning five episodes of the drama, Sam Yuen appears as the superintendent of the Regional Crime Unit. Chief Inspector Mung Tan Sam (Moses Chan 陳豪) admires Sam Yuen after working together, and asks her out on a date. Sam Yuen breaks down when she realizes that she is unable to move on from her husband’s disappearance. Learning that she must let go, she decides to take a vacation to help her finally gain closure.
It is said that she will appear again in the finale of Armed Reaction 2021, but this totals less than 10 episodes for Joyce. Many view Joyce as an important leading character and the soul of the Armed Reaction series, so there is a lot of discontent over her lack of screen time.
Addressing the questions, producer Dave Fong (方駿釗) stated, “Joyce is a very important character in Armed Reaction. However, she also needed to film for Come Home Love: Lo and Behold <愛·回家之開心速遞>. It was hard [for her] to find time to film two dramas, but I already knew that when I reached out to her. She had also suffered a severe accident from skiing at the time.”
Joyce’s injury further complicated filming, as her action scenes had to be cut or altered. “Originally, she had fighting scenes with Him Law (羅子溢), but we changed that to a fight between Him and Moses Chan (陳豪). Other action scenes were changed or given to other actors. She also needed adequate time to rest after the accident, so her screen time is a little less than expected. We did not purposely cut her scenes, but this was the best solution given the circumstances,” the producer said.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.