Willie Wai Carries “The Witness” Through the First Week
TVB’s new comedy drama The Witness <木棘証人> may be a small, low-budget production, but it is far from being the worst one.
Similar to Go! Go! Go! Operation C9 <C9特工>, which was also produced by Leung Yiu Kin (梁耀堅), The Witness stars a dynamic trio never seen on the same stage before, bringing a sense of freshness into the scene. It stars Him Law (羅子溢) as a policeman who is tasked to protect an important witness, portrayed by Willie Wai (韋家雄), the eyewitness of a murder. In the meantime, Him and Willie grow from hating each other to being close friends, and Him also falls in love with Willie’s younger sister, portrayed by Kelly Cheung (張曦雯).
Due to the relatively fresh cast and production team, expectations for The Witness were kept low, but viewers are now pleasantly surprised with the turn out. Critics rated the first five episodes favorably, calling it “enjoyable and acceptable.” The first five episodes featured a mixture of comedy, action, and romance as entertaining buffer. With mystery at the center of the storyline, critics are calling The Witness as a comedic version of Brutally Young <十八年後的終極告白>.
Critics also praised the chemistry between the leads and their supporting cast. Main actors do a good job leading, and “green leaf” actors do a good job supporting, creating a perfect harmony.
But when it comes to the star of the show, one cannot argue that Willie Wai was the one who carried the show through its entire first week. The actor plays Lee Ho Fan, the murder case’s central witness, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and a speech-language impairment. Willie made Ah Fan into a character of his own. Playing a character with disabilities, it was initially feared that Willie’s “Ah Fan” would be compared to Roger Kwok’s (郭晉安) TV King winning role, Ah Wong, in 2003’s Square Pegs <戇夫成龍>. But Willie did a complete 180, and rewrote the character into his own style.
“The very first scene we shot was in episode one, when Kelly and Willie were picking up forks on the road,” said producer Leung. “After watching Willie’s performance then, I knew that I chose the right actor. He was perfect in it. Not only was he able to digest his character’s dialogue, he was also able to add a lot of his own interpretation into the role. It was perfect.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.