Sheren Tang and Ada Choi Disappointed by “Beauty at War’s” Poor Ratings
It has been nine years since the series War and Beauty <金枝慾孽> was aired. It is still considered to be one of TVB’s most successful dramas and is the only series to feature an entire main cast made up of Best Actor and Actress winners. The viewers were ecstatic when TVB announced that a sequel would be filmed despite the fact that it will not be featuring many of the original cast members.
Beauty At War <金枝慾孽(貳)> may not be an Anniversary series, but TVB considers it to be a fairly grand production which features Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯), Ada Choi (蔡少芬), Christine Ng (伍詠薇), Moses Chan (陳豪), and Kenny Wong (黃德斌).
“Beauty At War” Drops to 19 Points
With such a powerful cast, no one would have expected that the series would hit an all time low of 19 points. Many blamed that Beauty At War was too difficult to understand and the plot was too deep. However, when interviewed, the three lead stars – Sheren, Ada, and Moses had different views on the drama’s unsuccessful run.
Sheren Tang Not Afraid in Speaking Her Mind
Earlier, reports have pointed at Sheren’s displeasure with fellow cast member, Christine Ng, and producer Jonathan Chik (戚其義). When asked about being unhappy with Jonathan and script editor Chow Yuk Ming (周旭明), Sheren admitted that she regrets accepting the role, “I’m not upset at them; we just have different views on some topics. I really admire Jonathan’s work and Beauty At War is still important to me. I’ve already rejected a lot of other series just to film this one, so it’s very disappointing when the time and effort doesn’t pay off like you expect it to.”
The low ratings of Beauty At War have been the biggest talk lately, but Sheren said she did not pay attention to the ratings. Sheren focuses on how much a series helps improve her acting and confessed, “It’s like that time I filmed The Intangible Truth <生死訟> with Roger Kwok (郭晉安) and Esther Kwan (關詠荷). The ratings were so low that they nearly had to cancel the show, but I enjoyed it a lot considering it really brought out my acting abilities. To be honest, this is why even if filming a sequel to War and Beauty might destroy a classic, I knew I had to do it anyway, because the original series dramatically improved my acting.”
Ada Loves Jonathan Chik’s Work
Ada Choi has collaborated with Jonathan Chik seven times. Her earlier work with him was in Secret of the Heart <天地豪情>. Ada openly states that she loves his work and there is solid trust in the work relationship.
“I’m very comfortable working with both Jonathan and Yuk Ming. If I don’t understand something, I would simply ask them without hesitation. Jonathan is especially hardworking and will continue even if times are tough. With the issue of scripting problems, Yuk Ming actually had an initial script for us, but he just wanted a better one so that our work could go more smoothly! I fully agree with them and I really have to credit their amazing screenplay in the end.”
With regards to the low ratings, Ada disclosed that she was slightly disappointed, but she is not too focused on the ratings alone. She believes that the quality of the series is more important and that Jonathan was never one to direct mainstream dramas. Looking at his past productions, The Dance of Passion <火舞黃沙>, and Fly With Me <飛女正傳>, both series had many controversies and were not well received by the general public. “I know Jonathan’s concepts are rather special compared to what is traditionally accepted, but I always have fun working with him. Success doesn’t necessarily have to be measured by how many awards you get or how good the ratings are!” Ada also tells the public that they should not give up on Beauty At War yet and give it another chance.
Moses Believes Ratings Are Not Correlated With Success
With similar views as Ada, Moses states that Jonathan has been present during filming every day and offers a lot of advice. “He gives us creative freedom to express ourselves and his inputs really help me grasp the concepts on many of the topics.”
Moses admits that the plot may have been too deep for some viewers. But like the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder – although some viewers do not like the drama, it does not mean it is a bad series. Moses said, “The ratings for my series could be over 40 points, but if I don’t have a sense of pride afterwards, the ratings won’t matter to me at all.”
Christine also understands that the script may be too difficult to comprehend. Although it is necessary to spend a little more time trying to learn everything, she liked the experience and expressed that team spirit and great relationships from filming are worth more than ratings.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.