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These comments were taken from another blog, it's quite nice to hear that some audience liked Damian's role as a father in Drive of Life
These were actually picked out based on votes on a number of TVB dramas; Drive of Life was just one of it. I sieved out the ones only from this drama.

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This is the award that goes to your favourite cast as a whole. The individual cast members just fit together like a puzzle, a jigsaw, and you couldn't imagine anyone else fitting in that could generate the same chemistry with the others. Here are your choice ensembles.


Joint 1st Runner-up: Drive of Life 13%

The grand production of the year, Drive of Life delivered some brilliant character growth. You cannot help but feel for each and every single character and laugh and live with them as they encounter stepping stones and maturity. It was spot-on casting for the characters, and the chemistry that was cooked up made for a fantastic watch in this character-driven series. The male driven cast of Damian Lau, Liu Ging Sang, Michael Miu, Raymond Lam and Feng Shao Feng were brilliant, with each one of the Wah men bringing a different trait to the family and its business. Sheren Tang, Jessica Hsuan and Charmaine Sheh shone opposite their respective male casts. Round that off with the villainous Ngais; the sinful Joe Ma and the eccentric Ng Wai Kwok; and you've got your 1st runner-up for this category.


The head of the family; these men are strong, true, just and loving. They may show their care and affection in unorthodox ways, but truth be told, they're actually huge softies inside. Father figures, whether really a dad, a big brother or just simply a "si-fu", are big icons in TVB, and here's who you thought were the best at portraying father figures throughout the year.

Best Father Figure Award


1st Runner-up: Damian Lau Chung Yan as Wah Man Hon [Drive of Life] 19.4%

Often misunderstood, Damian Lau's Wah Man Hon, as the protagonist of the entire series was a stunning father figure. While heavily flawed and sometimes the maker of skewed decisions, there is no denying that his main objective is to protect his family; both his younger brothers, and his two children. From the get-go, he was a father figure to both of his younger brothers, always putting their well-being first; even when his brothers were both grown men. His unconditional love for his children, Ching Yu and Chan Bong, time and time again even when they both mess up is evident. While he might not show his love all the time in conventional ways, there is no denying his good intentions and his true fatherly support. Wah Man Hon is a great father to the core, and that is why he has won this award.

TVB is known for its awful endings with no closure, no satisfaction. It's famous for making you feel like you've wasted twenty days of your life following the series every weeknight. Hence, when TVB actually produces an ending worth your time and emotional investment in the series, it's a shocker, to say the very least. No commentary due to possibility of spoiling the endings for readers. Banners also possibly contain spoilers, so scroll past at your own risk!

Best Ending Award

2nd Runner-up: Drive of Life 16.7%


My Favourite Ensemble Award


How many times have you found yourself humming along to a theme song, or warbling the lyrics to a sub-theme in the shower? These are the scenes that make the series or a particular scene all the more poignant and the series would be a little poorer without them playing in the background or before every episode. Here's who you picked as your favourites.

My Favourite Sing-along Theme Song Award

Subtheme [Drive of Life]

This poignant debut song by Raymond off his first album drives all of his romantic scenes opposite Charmaine Sheh and Myolie Wu in Drive of Life as its subtheme, and rightfully so. Not only do the lyrics fit the strong melody and arrangement in a perfect match, but also his bittersweet love relationships. Plus, Raymond's rich, melodic voice carries the song very well. Every time the opening stanzas of the song play over one of his scenes, you feel the emotion.


It's not the professional entertainment critics or the tabloid reporters that are the harshest of them all. It's the viewers at home; us. Equipped with eyes sharper than an eagle when it comes to TVB and its artistes, we absolutely love to comment on appearances in series, especially hair. 2007 had some pretty flattering hairstyles for the actors and actresses, but it was certainly not short of atrocious and awful hairdos

Most Atrocious Hairstyle Award
Winner: Power Chan Kwok Bong as Wong Siu Leung [Drive of Life] 36.4%


Yes, we understand that at the start of Drive of Life, Power Chan was playing someone in the nineties. And while men in the nineties did have rather longish hair (think ala Nick Carter in his Backstreet Boys days with his floppy centre-parted hair), TVB could certainly have done a better job with the wig Power Chan had to wear. It looks like some kind of animal went to sleep on top of his head, died, and permanently attached itself there. It's no surprise that it was your number one Most Atrocious Hairstyle. Thank goodness Power Chan gets to retain his usual crew-cut later in the series.


1st Runner-up: Sheren Tang Shui Man as Wong Siu Fun [Drive of Life] 18.2%

Again, while we do understand that Drive of Life spans about a decade in time, and that hairstyles and fads change, but forgive me when I say that I don't ever remember knowing anybody who had Siu Fun's hairstyle back in the nineties. Poor Sheren Tang had to deal with this oversized perm which looks like it has a mind of its own. The Posh Spice-Rihanna-bob she donned after getting her bank job was not 'all that' either, but it was certainly easier to get accustomed to compared to this. Boo TVB's hair department, for it is your first runner-up in this category.

Close behind: Gigi Wong Suk Yee as Hui Zham Yan [Drive of Life]

Interesting fact: The Drive of Life swept this category away; honestly, hairstyles weren't as bad as TVB/CCTV made them out to be, ten years ago, were they?


Ever watch a TV series and wished that there were more scenes of a certain storyline, character or pairing? This award was specially crafted to honour just that; the story, person or couple that had such a profound impact on you, resulting in you wanting more of them.


The I-Wanted-More-of-Them Award


Joint 1st Runner-up: Zhan Man & Bing Yee as played by Feng Shao Feng & Myolie Wu Hung Yee [Drive of Life] 9.5%

From two colleagues who were initially at odds with one another, to slowly gaining respect for each other as professionals, and then as individuals; their relationship then progressed to being each other's support system when their previous relationships failed, to being in love and cherished life and work partners alike. The Zhan Man and Bing Yee storyline might have started out as a way to tie up the love lives of these two individuals, and served as a very minor plot to the main drama, but it indeed won the hearts of many. It was sweet and romantic, and balanced the rest of the drama out nicely. Unfortunately for us, their relationship only started, and developed, if you could even call it that, somewhere after Episode 50. What a shame; they could at least have given us a complete scene of their wedding, couldn't they?


2nd Runner-up: The Wah Family as played by Damian Lau Chung Yan, Gigi Wong Suk Yee, Jessica Hester Hsuan & Raymond Lam Fung 5%

The only non-romantic partnership to place in this award, Damian, Gigi, Jessica and Raymond portraying the Wah Family of Man Hon, Zham Yan, Ching Yu and Chan Bong take second place. The chemistry that they channeled in their scenes with one another were a joy to watch. The father-son relationship between Man Hon and Chan Bong were flawlessly acted out, the scenes between the two veterans were subtle, and the sibling relationship that Jessica and Raymond acted out were nothing short of believable. Together as a family, they just worked, and it's no surprise that you wanted more of their scenes.


TVB has undoubtedly grown more and more daring as time goes by with its kissing scenes. Once limited to just a quick peck of lips, this declaration of love is now documented in more detail. Passion, romance and lust are all now shown too. Here are your favourites of the year.


Best Kiss Award


2nd Runner-up: Raymond Lam Fung & Charmaine Sheh Sze Man as Wah Zhan Bong & Wing Sau Fung [Drive of Life] 15%

Raymond Lam's Zhan Bong and Charmaine Sheh's Sau Fung were different as night and day. While Zhan Bong was idealistic and rash, Sau Fung was realistic and calculated, however, both had strong personalities. As a result, both clashed and were at loggerheads with one another. Zhan Bong playfully went after Sau Fung again and again, until this one night where the pair shared this very pivotal kiss in their story. Although it was for business benefit, because he cheekily promised her he would release as many units with as many pecks she gave him, it did make for a very memorable kissing scene due to the setting. The editing, the different camera angles and the fantastic theme by Raymond playing in the background made the scene one of your favourite kissing scenes. Ending with a real, sweet kiss unlike the earlier ones, huddled under his jacket from the rain, this scene comes in third.


There are the characters that you live with for many episodes and that you just want to continue living with after that. They've made such a big impression on you that you know their name, their history, their hobbies; you root for them, have faith in them, want the best for them. Not only is this attributed to the good writing of the character and script, more than not it is because of the actor and actress' good portrayal. Here are your favourite characters of the year, both female and male.


Most Favourite Female Character


Joint 2nd Runner-up: Myolie Wu Hung Yee as Fong Bing Yee [Drive of Life] 8%

Hardworking, filial, strong-willed and patient, Fong Bing Yee might not have been a major player in the Drive of Life, but she certainly was a character that the series could not have done without. Without her support and concern, Raymond's Zhan Bong would not have gotten his life back on track. Without her management skills and organised work ethics, the car factory would not have ran as smoothly as it did. Her conscientiousness and her earnest, self-sacrilous persona, makes her a character that everyone loves. Not only would Bing Yee qualify for the Secretary of the Year Award, she also gets your 2nd runner-up prize as Favourite Female Character.

Most Favourite Male Character


Joint 2nd Runner-up: Raymond Lam Fung as Wah Zhan Bong [Drive of Life] 10.2%

Zhan Bong starts out to be your typical rich man's son. Playful, witty, ambitious, rash and stubborn in the beginning, but matures out to be more analytical, intelligent, and less rash and hot-headed. Raymond acts out this vital character perfectly, while adding another dimension to him as the man who is dares to love and strongly devoted to his co-star's character, Charmaine Sheh's Wing Sau Fung. Wah Zhan Bong is just the right mix of charm, strength and growth, and that is why he is on your list of favourite male characters.


Like a diamond, she is perfect, sparkling and captivating on-screen. As pretty as a diamond is, it is also tough, and your Best Actresses are strong, talented and formidable artistes in their own right. Here are your very own Best Actresses of the year 2007.


Best Actress


Joint 2nd Runner-up: Sheren Tang Shui Man [Drive of Life] 10.2%

One of the characters that has undoubtedly experienced the biggest growth throughout the span of a series in the past year has got to be Sheren's Wong Siu Fun in The Drive of Life. The progressive growth and maturity portrayed by Sheren was excellent as she made the audiences feel like they were right there with Siu Fun, growing from an immature, rich wife who needed the finer things in life surrounding her and who was highly dependant on men; to a full-fledged compassionate, independent woman, earning her own living, who was learning to trust and love again. One of those actresses who are not satisfied with just merely theoretically acting by the book, she wholly immerses herself into those roles. Siu Fun is a woman with many human layers and a rich past, and if played by a lesser actress, would have come off as a one-dimensional brat. Together with her startlingly top-notch emoting, she makes this character come to life. Despite being robbed of the Best Actress Award from TVB countless times, you still obviously love her and she comes in third with your vote.

Every year, there is that one man who captures your heart. He is captivating on-screen and possesses charisma that no one other has. Talented, inspiring, together with passion for what he does, he is your Best Actor of the year.

Best Actor


1st Runner-up: Raymond Lam Fung [The Drive of Life] 15.9%

If his roles in A Taste of Love, Golden Faith, Food for Life and the TVB 2006 Best Series La Femme Desperado are anything to go by, it is no secret that Raymond Lam can play a sometimes rash, very idealistic, ambitious yet stubborn young boy, and play him very well indeed too. However, it is with his Wah Zhan Bong in The Drive of Life in which he showcases how much his acting has matured over the years. In the beginning of the series, Zhan Bong is a boy who is in a life transition to becoming a man. Immature, at times inconsiderate, impulsive and very playful, Raymond showcased the journey from spoilt rich man's only son to adulthood for Zhan Bong, slowly becoming a strong-willed, mature, thinking adult while keeping his sense of charisma, courage, loyalty and ferocious ambition with him all the way. He fleshed out his character from the start till the very ending, and the result was nothing less than impressive. His crying scenes are most definitely up to par, and he shines exceptionally on screen, even more so opposite the fantastic Damian Lau. With a fanbase that grows every day, its no surprise that he comes in second here.


The biggest award of the year - this one definitely needs no introduction.


Best Series


Joint 2nd Runner-up: Drive of Life

This star-studded collaboration between TVB and CCTV in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the handover set out to be a meaningful story and symbol of the journey of the Chinese people and it accomplished just that. The Drive of Life is not for the fast-paced and quick-movers; instead, it is a series that is significantly meaningful and tackles many life and family issues in depth. Enthralling dramatic scenes together with riveting A-class performances from the veterans, and the young cast not far behind; plus, the enchanting sweeping shots of China and Hong Kong, this cinematographically-pleasing drama is your other third placed series in this category.


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Credits to: http://aglazeoveroftvb.blogspot.com/2008_01_01_archive.html
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发表于 2010-2-10 09:11:09 |显示全部楼层
I like The Wah Family. Husband & Wife, Father/Mother & Son/Daughter, Sister & Brother relationship are so perfect. It's a warm & caring family.
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发表于 2010-2-10 12:33:54 |显示全部楼层
Wow, this is great compliment to the cast of this drama. Damian and Jessica's chemistry were really great too and maybe should should get into the "I wanted more of them". Thanks for sharing.
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发表于 2010-2-11 11:00:21 |显示全部楼层
The Drive of Life was a very meaningful series to me because of the way every character changed and improved through life experiences.    I enjoyed the chemistry that the Wah Family had together.  The cast made me felt that they were really a family.   The three family relationships/scenes that I bonded with the most were (1) when Damian was talking to Jessica at episode 60 about what she did to frame/protect Raymond, (2) when the three brothers agree to work with each other and respect each other chosen methods to get things done, and (3) when Damian was yelling at Raymond and teaching him the meaning of responsibility.  Thank you for sharing!
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发表于 2010-2-12 00:27:55 |显示全部楼层
Fully agree Awm. Excellent comments. I could not have said it any better myself.
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发表于 2010-2-12 12:02:05 |显示全部楼层
Original posted by VictorPenny at 2010-2-11 11:27 AM Fully agree Awm. Excellent comments. I could not have said it any better myself.


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