“Across Heaven and Earth” Trailer Reveals Lack of Originality
A 28-minute trailer for Wong Jing’s (王晶) new drama, Across Heaven and Earth <風雲天地>, was revealed last week. Netizens criticized that the melodramatic plot was not fresh and lifted ideas from TVB’s older dramas and Korean shows.
Liza Wang (汪明荃) stars as the matriarch of the Cho family who rose from poverty to set up her own company with her sons, Hawick Lau (劉愷威) and Edwin Siu (蕭正楠). Liza raised adopted son Kenny Wong (黃德斌) and adopted daughter Kimmy Tong (童菲) as her own children. Angie Chiu (趙雅芝) stars as a lawyer who had secretly given birth to Kenny.
The 40-episode drama features Liza facing threats from business rivals Suen Hing (孫興) and Monica Mok (莫小棋), who attempts to control the company by seducing Kenny. As her sons’ bonds break over self-preservation and financial interests, Liza later suffers from temporary amnesia.
Hawick Lau will turn from a kind-hearted man to a ruthless schemer. His greatest wish was to marry girlfriend, Tiffany Tang (唐嫣), who was recovering from leukemia. Although the couple planned a life of bliss together, Tiffany was killed in a car accident that involved Edwin. Going through one betrayal after another, Hawick was charged with rape. Facing vicious inmates in prison, Hawick toughens up and prepares to exact revenge on those who have wronged him. Will his adopted sister Kimmy, who has secretly loved Hawick for years, be able to bring back his former self?
The trailer for Across Heaven and Earth revealed similar plots fold in TVB’s older dramas, At the Threshold of an Era <創世紀>, Secret of the Heart <天地豪情>, and Cold Blood Warm Heart <天地男兒>. Netizens complained that the love arcs and Tiffany’s death scene appeared to be lifted out of Korean dramas.
“Across Heaven and Earth” Extended Trailer