TVB’s “Elegant Transformation” Halts Plans to Film in Vietnam
TVB is forced to change its plans to film upcoming drama Elegant Transformation <華麗轉身> in Vietnam after Hong Kong issued a red travel alert triggered by the country’s recent anti-China protests. The cast expresses relief and calls the decision wise and reasonable.
Elegant Transformation is a modern drama helmed by director Chong Wai Kin (莊偉建), who has just finished work on the soon-to-air The Ultimate Addiction <點金勝手>. It will reunite classic TVB couple Liza Wang (汪明荃) and Damian Lau (劉松仁) and will also star first time collaborators Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣), Alex Fong (方力申), and Eliza Sam (岑麗香). The series is scheduled to begin filming in June with location shoots in Vietnam set for August.
Due to the escalating protests and negative sentiments towards Chinese people in Vietnam, TVB has decided to put its artistes and crew’s safety first and has cancelled plans to film in the Southeast Asian country. The company is currently scouting for a new location and is considering Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan. Director Chong spoke about the situation on May 19, saying that although they would have to give up filming against Vietnam’s beautiful backdrop, the cast and crew has very legitimate reasons to worry about their safety during this sensitive time.
TVB’s “Top Sister” Liza Wang applauds her company’s decision, saying that the situation in Vietnam is complex and could even be life-threatening. Damian Lau agrees and believes that his company is doing the right thing by making safety top priority. Linda Chung also expressed relief, revealing that her parents were nervous about her upcoming work trip.
Alex Fong, who is eager to film his first major comeback since 2005’s My Family <甜孫爺爺>, praised TVB as well for the change of plans. “Of course we must take care of everyone’s safety. It really is quite messy in Vietnam, so it is a good idea to change location.”
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.