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On Call 36 Hours II ep4

10 Nov

yes, I’m alive, just that life has been taken over by work. I’m following 4 dramas concurrently *pls refer to sidebar* and all are decently entertaining but none has made me want to write about it. Even the highly anticipated sequel to On Call 36 Hours took a while for me to warm up to, with the bunch of new characters and screechy patients running about but golly, Yat Kin and Yu Zai continue to be the heart and soul of this drama. Ep 1 was busy explaining missing characters and introducing new ones, but once Yat Kin and Yu Zai showed up, my anchor to this show was back. I love the  Love Actually thing Yat Kin did for Yu Zai to cheer her up while she was under quarantine and how in tune they were in wishing for the same thing (that both mother and child are fine). But there wouldn’t be much to watch if their lives were henceforth smooth-sailing so poor Yu Zai suffers a cancer relapse in ep 4 and has to abort her baby before she can start her treatment. Continue reading

On Call 36 Hours II

2 Apr

All these recent talk of ‘On Call 36 Hours’ is making want to re-watch the show and it’s also getting me real excited for the sequel which is in the works. I’ve translated a recent interview of Kenneth Ma and Tavia Yeung where they talk about the sequel.

Sequel’s teaser from TVB’s sales presentation.

– On the sequel’s story

T: In this sequel, it’s impossible that we (Yat Kin Tau and Yu Zai) separate or have a 3rd party come between us. We got married and in the show we will have a kid but because my illness recurred, we had to abort the baby and this caused some problems between us. He doesn’t want the baby because it would endanger my health but I really want the baby because he is the only son in the family and I  wanted to give him a child so that’s the cause of conflicts. Family, career and his own personal career will also encounter problems because of me.

K: I will need this wife to support me and give me strength to get back on my feet.

T: He will have major problems with his career – his job, his confidence, family will all have problems. And in order to encourage him, I gave up my favourite cardiothoracic surgery and switched to the pathology department where I will work with Lawrence Ng.

Interviewer: And there may be some relationship complications?

T & K: Oh nononono, no 3rd party can get between us. ❤

K: An interesting thing about this script is, if you’ve watched ‘On Call 1’, you will know that she was the more pro-active one but in the sequel, when we are apart I will be the one taking the initiative to woo her back again. I find that interesting.

Both of them says that about 1/3 of the sequel has been filmed.

– Talking about each other

T: He’s a great guy, fantastic! He likes to stay at home. Not the kind who stays at home glued to the computer but to accompany his mom. He takes good care of his family is and very filial (Kenneth interjects to say ‘so are you’ and Tavia agrees. lol) His usual activies – though I don’t stay with him – he leaves work late and wakes up early. There’s lots of time but he doesn’t sleep, don’t know what he’s doing. Reading the newspaper at home, ask his friends out for soccer, go for tea with his mom, pick his mom up after she is done with mahjong. Haaa~ am I right? (K: Yes) I don’t stay with him but I know all his daily activities (K: Why do you know so much) I don’t know~

K: I know her very well too. Usually when she’s not filming, she also stays at home with her mom. (T: And what else?) oh yes, her dog.

They then talk about how they wish to take on happier or comedic roles in the future so they won’t have to keep crying or dying. Haaa.

Drama status: a mixed bag

17 Feb


~ On Call 36 Hours [25][HK drama]
It doesn’t bring anything new to the plate as far as plot points are concerned – if you’re a tvb regular you’d have seen them one time or another – but’On Call’ brings it all together seamlessly with the briskness and humour I have come to expect of hk dramas. It also has lots of heart and I was moved to tears at quite a few scenes from the beautiful relationships between family members, friends, lovers.
Unlike previous hk police procedurals which hurt my brain with some less than logical cases, this one’s a medical one and I gladly bought into all the foreign medical jargon and cases thrown at me. Plus there were many meaningful lessons taught through the life and death situations encountered by the doctors at the hospital and gives the viewers food for thought on life and hope. The slow burning romance between Yat Kin Tau and Yu Zai was also the highlight of the drama and I love how their relationship is based on their mutual admiration and understanding of each other’s strengths and flaws. Once I start writing on ‘On Call’, I feel like there’s so many things I want to say about the individual characters but I’ll leave that for another post. For now, I highly recommend everyone check it out here with english subs
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Watching now

13 Nov

Besides ‘Qi Pao’, I’m also following two other dramas which are as different as night and day.

First we have ‘Tur Gub Kao Lae Ruk Kong Rao (You and him, and our love)’ starring Pancake, Pae and Pete in a melodramatic love triangle where everyone seems to be mopey/angsty most of the time. I have no interest in the cast or another Ch7 lakorn and wouldn’t even be aware of this lakorn’s existence if not for me stumbling upon a MV by Clash who sang the theme song (which I love and can I say the lead singer of Clash is quite manly man hot). Just so happen I’m in the mood for something cheesy and dramatic so there, I went and downloaded a few episodes on my iphone to pass time while commuting to work. I’m only halfway into ep1 and am getting a bit concerned that I prefer sugar daddy Pete over our emo p’ek Pae (I’ve watched a few clips of him in later episodes) and like the secondary charaters (Pete’s siblings) more than n’ek Pancake. We’ll see how many episodes I can last for this and if it will join the collection of lakorns where I liked the OST more than the drama itself.

Next is TVB Anniversary drama ‘The Confidant’ which chronicles the rise of the infamous eunuch Li Lianying in the courts of the even more infamous Empress Cixi during the late Qing dynasty. Unlike past media representations of Li Lianying as an evil power/money hungry official, Wayne Lai’s version starts off as lowly, humble eunuch with no ambitions and plenty of heart unlike his glib buddy An Dehai (another eunuch well known for the wrong reasons) who’s already well versed in currying favour with Empress Cixi. The eunuchs in ‘The Confidant’ have also been called the most ‘manly’ eununchs by netizens because they aren’t the sterotypical eunuchs who speak in high pitched voices with feminine mannerisms and they even have their own love lines!

While Li Lianying’s story is interesting, I want to see more of Shuang Xi and his encounters with an odd palace maid Yi Lan who may or may not be a ghost – ok, I’m pretty sure she’s not a ghost and is really a princess but I’m avoiding spoilers to see if my prediction is correct. I’m appreciative of how Yi Lan’s appearance was neatly weaved into the current plot line of the young prince’s ghost haunting the medical quarters where he died and I look forward to more masterful storytelling in ‘The Confidant’.

Drama status

12 Apr

Rak Ok Arkad [ep watched 2/total ep 14][lakorn]: This sounds like a reverse ‘Poo Yai Lee Gab Nang Mah’ which I enjoyed tremendously and I wanted to like this for Cherry but the laughs were too slapstick and Om’s acting too stiff for me to carry on.

Forensic Heroes III [6/30][HK drama]: This one went for the CSI route but didn’t match up and it didn’t pull me in on the character front either so bye bye it was. Random observation: Age is really catching up with Maggie Cheung Ho-yee!

Too Late to Say I Love You [15/36][Cdrama]: Wallace Chung as Murong Feng charmed my socks in this one and I also loved the strong-willed heroine Jing Wan but after skimming through the novel on which the drama is based on, I couldn’t bear to watch the betrayal that I knew Jing Wan was going to suffer later. I did catch the last two episodes and the drama version white-washed Murong Feng to give him and Jing Wan a happy ending when in the novel, Murong Feng engineered an accident to kill Jing Wan's husband and daughter and to revenge him, Jing Wan carried her dead daughter to Murong Feng and lied that she was his biological daughter, then proceeded to kill herself with the gun that Murong Feng gave her years ago. How fun. I might finish this one day when I’m in the mood for angst.
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Looking back on 2011 – Chinese dramas

25 Dec

Sealed With A Kiss: The premise of a man blackmailing a girl into becoming his mistress in order to exact revenge for her father’s sins might not sit well with many but if you’re a lakorn veteran, this would not faze you a bit. It has all the elements of a typical slap-kiss – Greed! Betrayal! Revenge! Abuse! Manipulation! – and I was expecting a standard lakorn with the only difference being the characters speaking Chinese but I was pleasantly surprised by nuanced characterization and tight plot. lengthier than I thought

真相 The Other Truth

22 Nov

I had this written a while back but my work avalanche happened and I forgot about it. XD

Synopsis and cast information
Eng sub Download links / Watch online

Ahh, good to be back in the fast paced world of HK dramas where the only thing I fastfoward is the opening credits. The Other Truth is labelled as a legal drama and in the initial episodes, I thought it would be one that explored the limitations of the judicial system in meting out ‘true justice’ (going with the title of The Other Truth) but as the series progress, it became more like standard TVB case-based drama with lead characters who happen to be lawyers. The cases featured were definitely a marked improvement from those in Mysteries of Love but loopholes still abound in the last couple of cases. It’s best not to have too high expectations of the cases in HK procedurals because they deal better with character relationships than with logic but overall pacing is brisk and light-hearted moments are nicely balanced with intense ones.

I love watching the characters interact and their sharp, witty lines make even the most casual conversations fun to watch. I’ve been watching mostly foreign language dramas of late so it was a nice change to be able to understand the dialogue and puns, with help from Chinese subtitles of course since my grasp of Cantonese is only mah mah dei (so-so).

The Keith-Mavis-Wallace love triangle was a tad unsatisfying because I felt Keith-Mavis had a lot of potential but the scriptwriters chose not to play out the romance part. Still, I’d rather they do it this way than have it all drawn out and melodramatic as HK dramas are wont to do with their love triangles/rectangles/pentagons. I appreciate that though falling for the same woman added a dash of competiveness between the boys, it never affected their friendship and they would always have each other’s back. Friendship takes centre-stage instead of romance and I really enjoyed the bromance between the guys in the two offices. They like taking jibes at each other but when it comes down to the crunch, they’ll be there for you.

I rate this: 3.5/5
Could’ve been a 4 if the ending cases were better written.

A Rose Without Thorns

29 Jun

Too much has been going on in RL and I’m back to seeking emotional refuge in the make-believe world of dramas where everything gets tied up nicely by the last episode.

The only lakorn I’m looking forward to is Ken/Ann’s “365 Days of Love” but it’s not airing so soon and I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to find a lakorn to entertain me in the meantime. The story for Rome’s new lakorn “Kulap Rai Nam (A Rose without Thorns)” is just typical beyond typical, what with the sweet nang’ek getting bullied by her conniving elder sister but she’ll end up winning over the handsome pra’ek with her pure heart. The only reason I will give this a shot is not for Rome, but for Ploy who is playing the evil nang’rai yet again. Heeh, I don’t know why, but I just enjoy watching Ploy on screen even though she often ends up as the villian.

I’m also done with TVB’s “The Mysteries of Love” which was initially criticised for ripping off the plot of J-drama “Galileo” but the two dramas are actually very different. Kings (Raymond Lam) is a genius physics professor who gets roped in by his police inspector pal Gordon (Kenneth Ma) to help solve cases and that’s really where the similarities end. “Galileo”, as with many J-dramas, is not romance centric and concentrates on solving the cases in a systemetic manner. For all the cases in “Galileo”, physics played a central role in uncovering the truth and the eccentric Yukawa is the main star of the drama (I ignore the female side-kick Kaoru ‘cos she’s too annoying. Anyway I’m still pissed that the scriptwriters pretty much replaced the role that Shunpei had in the novel with Kaoru just so that a female character gets more screen time with Yukawa.)

“Mysteries of Love” on the other hand, honestly … the cases are so lame. The audience easily picks up the clues before the police gets them and the cases are always so conveniently resolved. Some physics theories get thrown in here and there but it’s more like an afterthought rather than the key to solving the cases. Actually, they don’t even use that much physics ‘cos Kings was always calling up his professor friends in other faculties to help.

So, what kept me watching for all 24 episodes and even made me cry on a few occassions? The star of MoL isn’t any one character but the various kinds of relationships potrayed. The love and support 犀利妹’s (Tavia Yeung … I’ll just refer to her character as SLM!) family have for each other, the camaraderie in Gordon’s unit, the friendship between Gordon and Kings, the love that SLM has for Kings. A quick poll among my friends indicate that Kings and SLM’s relationship got a few tears out of all of them and I must say Tavia did a very good job with SLM. Kings on the other hand… hmm, I think Raymond Lam did alright as Kings but it was the scriptwriters’ fault for not doing enough to shape the character. Oooh yes, Kenneth Ma didn’t leave much of an impression on me when I saw him in a couple other dramas but he’s definitely got my attention with his potrayal of Gordon. Erm, but I didn’t quite get his relationship with Nickole (Bernice Liu) so I ended up fastforwarding all their scenes in the later part of the drama! And even though I said the cases are lame, they can be entertaining if you don’t bother too much with logic. XD