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[ATV drama] [Drama Critique] Yesterday's Glitters

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发表于 2009-3-21 15:01:25 |显示全部楼层

Review from:

http://www.spcnet.tv/TVB-Series/Yesterdays-Glitter-p667.html

Feel free to discuss, I copied this from the above site, all copyrights and perspective belong to the author

 

Year:
1980
Section:
TVB Series
Genre:
Romance, Family, Period
Number of Episodes:
25
Average Rating:
      (out of 1 review)
Chinese Title:
京華春夢

 

Yesterday's Glitter

Reviewed by: KMD
Rating:      

 

 

Starring:
Damian Lau - Kum Jun Sai
Liza Wang - Ho Yin Chow
Hon Ma Lay - Hung Lai Chu

 

Summary:
This is a classic series by TVB and is called by many to be one of the saddest series ever produced. The series focuses on the downfall of the wealthy Kum Family. Damian Lau plays the Kum family's seventh child, the youngest son, Jun Sai. Jun Sai's father is a successful business man in China. He has three older brothers, the eldest and third brother were only interested in sex, money, and gambling. His second brother smokes and eventually dies from lung cancer.

 

One day, while Damian was horse back riding, he sees a bunch of school girls catching butterflies. He quickly notices Yin Chow and developed a huge crush on her. He eventually moves next door to Yin Chow to court her. They got married after Jun Sai got Yin Chow pregnant.

 

Lai Chu was Jun Sai's ex-girlfriend who is the sister of a General. Lai Chu is a spoiled brat who disliked Yin Chow from the start. It began when Yin Chow was over at Lai Chu's house to sell a painting. Her hatred deepened when Yin Chow married Jun Sai. Lai Chu eventually destroys Jun Sai and Yin Chow's marriage to avenge the humiliation of being dumped by Jun Sai for a poor girl.

 

The Kum family was well off until the death of the family's father (the main source of income). The two older brothers were useless. Instead of making income for the family, they were gambling it way. The two brothers accidentally burned down the mansion when they were fighting for a jade buddha. Everybody thought that Yin Chow and her son were killed in the fire. The two brothers eventually left the family with their wives, stealing what's left of the family's valuables.

 

When Jun Sai discovers Lai Chu lied to him and caused the divorce of his marriage with Yin Chow, he accidentally kills Lai Chu. He became the most wanted man in China and this leads Jun Sai to go in hiding. He eventually finds out that Yin Chow is not dead and he goes out to search for her. Jun Sai is now a beggar and he develops lung cancer as well. He reunites with both of his brother who are now poor. His eldest brother is still an addictive gambler and rats on Jun Sai for reward money. However, instead of getting the reward money he ends up being killed by the gang who owns the gambling ring.

 

Jun Sai runs into an old deserted temple to hide and he hears little kids singing a song that Yin Chow sang before. It turned out that one of the kid is his son. He sees Yin Chow again but she refuses to forgive him. When Yin Chow desides to forgive Jun Sai, it was already too late and Jun Sai dies in her arms.

 

Acting:
The acting by everyone was exceptional! Damian Lau was magnificent as the playful, lovestruck boy at the beginning. He was very charming and his charisma shown throughout the film. He grew with his role. The scene where he has to tell Yin Chow that he wants a divorce is one of the most touching scenes in the entire movie. You can tell he was totally heart broken because he was forced to leave the woman and son that he loved, yet, at the same time he was scared of Lai Chu's older brother. Another touching scene was when he was trying to find Yin Chow after the mansion was burnt. He seriously though his son and Yin Chow were killed in the fire. The scene where he picks up the photo of his wedding picture is so sad. And finally, the last scene where he dies in Yin Chow's arms is another touching moment.. his whole body language and facial expressions like he was dying from cancer looked so real that one can't help but to cry.

 

Liza Wang was also wonderful. Her character was very opinionated and strong. Out of all her roles, I think this role suited her best. I have never seen her look prettier. The songs that she sang were all very good. She just has this aura and charisma that just attracts attention. Oh yeah, and her acting is nothing to sneeze at either. The scene where Jun Sai leaves her for Lai Chu was done so well. Her emotions looked so real when she was waiting for Jun Sai to tell her if he is leaving her, yet at the same time, she was already in tears. When you see her together with Damian, one can't help but think "Wow, that is chemistry!!" because Damian and Liza looked really compatible together. All their scenes together were wonderful.

 

Kent Tong also has a small role in this movie and I think he looks charming. All the acting were done very well, especially the two women who played Yin Chow and Jun Sai's mother. Credit also to Jun Sai's servant, Ah Fook.

 

The costumes were all appropriate and some are very pretty, especially Hung Lai Chu's dresses.

The main theme sung by Liza Wang is a classic as well as all the songs throughout the series.

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发表于 2009-12-21 00:00:45 |显示全部楼层
The movie is being shown on TV today in Malaysia. I can totally agree with you regarding Damian acting as a young playful rich man son in the first two episodes. Look forward to seeing this drama again.
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发表于 2009-12-21 00:05:31 |显示全部楼层
Original posted by VictorPenny at 2009-12-21 00:00 The movie is being shown on TV today in Malaysia. I can totally agree with you regarding Damian acting as a young playful rich man son in the first two episodes. Look forward to seeing this drama agai ...


I watched it too!!Did u catch it on TVB XingHe channel?
They will be showing The Awakening Story from around 21st Jan 2010, mon-fri.  That makes 6 out 7days per week's worth of Damian and Lisa Wang's drama. hahhaaa

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发表于 2009-12-21 13:36:07 |显示全部楼层
Yeah, I watched it on XingHe channel. Yes, I saw the advertisement for The Awakening Story. Any idea where I can download this drama online? I mean TAS.
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