Audience Favors HKTV’s Dramas Over TVB’s?
Above: HKTV releases trailers for “Police Boundaries” and “Flow of the Years”.
Ricky Wong’s (王維基) HKTV had expected the Hong Kong government to approve its application for the free television broadcasting license in March. HKTV had applied for the license at the end of 2009, but the government has still yet to approve it. Nonetheless, HKTV has already been promoting their new dramas online through social media websites such as YouTube and Facebook to enthusiastic public response.
Rival station, TVB, is recently suffering from low viewership ratings that have dipped below 2o points. Seeing this as a great opportunity to showcase HKTV’s productions, Ricky decided to release numerous trailers of their dramas at this time. An 11-minute trailer of Police Boundaries <警界線> has already received 133,000 clicks. Netizens praised Liu Kai Chi (廖啟智) and Dominic Lam (林嘉華) for their acting, as well as the intense action scenes. Leila Tong (唐寧) also stars in the drama.
On the other hand, Lawrence Chou’s (周俊偉) acting was criticized by netizens as being not up to par. Kai Chi expressed that the cast collaborated very well together. He said, “Everyone has room for improvement. The trailer is 11-minutes, and he is the focus. People will be more picky if I take up more time.”
Another HKTV drama that has just started filming includes Flow of the Years <歲月樓情>, starring Ha Yu (夏雨) and Paw Hee Ching (鮑起靜). It will have a total of 14 episodes. A 5-minute trailer was already released on Facebook, featuring Hee Ching’s character being beaten up by her former husband, while Ha Yu’s character came to the rescue. The scenes were violent and of heavy taste.
HKTV’s assistant director of corporate communications, Jessie Cheng (鄭靜雯), was asked if they would release the entire drama online if the broadcasting license is still not issued after a lengthy period. She replied, “I don’t think so. The drama will broadcast after the license is officially received.”
Netizens were quick to praise HKTV’s filming methods, and compared it to that of TVB’s. A netizen remarked, “All the scenes look as if it were a movie. If I’m the boss of TVB, I would be very scared.” Another said, “I’ve put up with TVB for a long time! Quickly issue the license!”
“Police Boundaries” 11-Minute Trailer
“Flow of the Years” Trailer
This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.