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Year:

2007
Section:
TVB Series
Number of Episodes:
60
Average Rating:
      (out of 4 reviews)

 

Synopsis:

"The Drive of Life" is a mega 60-episodes collaboration drama between TVB and CCTV to commenorate the 10th year anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Mainland China. The drama showcases many of TVB's popular stars, including Raymond Lam, Charmaine Sheh, Damien Lau, Michael Miu Kiu Wai, Jessica Hsuan, Joe Ma, Myolie Wu, and Ron Ng.

 

 

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Reviewed by: temptingtruth
Rating:      

 

Cast:

Damian Lau as Wah Man-Hon
Liao Jing Sheng (Mainland) as Wah Man Hung
Michael Miu as Wah Man Shek
Raymond Lam as Wah Chan Bong
Joe Ma as Ngai Wing Biu
Jessica Hsuan as Wah Ching Yu
Charmaine Sheh as Wing Sau Fung
Sheren Tang as Wong Siu Fun
Myolie Wu as Fong Bing Yee
Gigi Wong as Hui Zhan Yan
Feng Shao Feng (Mainland) as Wah Zhen Man
Ng Wai Kwok as Ngai Tin Hang
Chan Mei Kei as Wai Cheung Ping
Chiu Ngor (Mainland) as Lee Seen Sin
Toby Leung as Wah Ching Lam
Ron Ng as Sin Gai Keung/Ngai Gai Keung
Benz Hui as Ngai Lin Tai
Mary Hon as Lu Ho Yuet
Power Chan as Wong Siu Leung
Michael Wong Man Tak as Will a.k.a Wai Lun

 

Plot Review: 4/5

Since everybody is reading this, they probably already have watched the series am I right? So I'll just get on with it and tell you what I think. I thought that the plot was great, not amazing though. It was a bit boring watching how it was all about cars. But the part that excited me was how they wanted to bring their dream into the world. To let everybody know what it was. Plus, I thought that drama was fantastic. It was more believable and exciting. It got me gripping the couch at the suspense.

 

Charactors: 5/5

I won't go with all the characters, just the ones who I thought had a bigger impact.

 

Damien Lau: I thought he perfected his role well. Being the considerate father and a good business man, he brought out the true meaning of forgive and forget, and not hold onto a grudge. I loved the part where he made himself start walking to stop Joe Ma from doing something bad to the company; it made me almost cry.

 

Joe Ma: Overall, great. He made his charactor surprisingly hateful. It was so good to watch him as the bad guy because my grandmother would react every time he appeared differently. Joe made the role so evil that my grandmother would say something bad about it everytime. It made me laugh to see how he covered it well.

 

Ron Ng: Not his best performance, but I think he did well as a nice guy and great race car driver. His image was perfect, and it was a hated scene to see where he was in a coma.

 

Raymond Lam: Ahhhh, dream boy...as everybody calls him. I believed that his portrayal of his character was fantastic, I think that his acting between arguing with his family about his love life, to the point where he gets hurt from his love was good. I cry at almost all the sad scenes I saw him in.

 

Charmaine Sheh: After many great TV shows, I loved seeing her in this one with Raymond. It doesn't matter if you're getting older by the years, it doesn't mean she can't act. I hate how everybody judges all the actors by their age. They're still the same people, and they still have feelings. I loved the way she turned from a money lover to someone who actually feels something. I especially loved her scenes with Raymond and when she confessed to her dad that she didn't want to run him over. It made me cry. Really cry. I cry every time I watch that part.

Myolie Wu: Great change in this. From a geeky girl having no guy, to falling in love with her most

hated enemy. Then she sacrifices her love and gives it to the person who really deserves it. Or is meant to have it. The pity role worked for her, and it was great to see her move on with another guy afterwards.

 

Couples: 5/5

Michael Miu & Sheren Tang: Oh gods. I loved the drama between them. It was utterly wonderful to watch. I love the fight where she left him to look over her ex-lover and all that.

 

Raymond Lam & Charmaine Sheh: I seriously love their chemistry. I also loved them in LWOLAP. It was great. I don't get why people judge them about their age. They're acting a role out, and it fits them amazingly. Plus, in real life, age doesn't really matter. Guys are mostly older then their wives, so why can't the women be the ones older a little bit. But that's not the point. It's how people judge them about their age or appearance. I believed that Charmaine did not look older then Raymond in this, or to the fact that she looked like an old lady.

 

I think that most people are hated against this pairing, probably because they dislike them together, and wanted another actress to be in her place. But I think that their chemistry worked, and how they had looked into each others' eyes. Each moment they had in the series was perfect, and I don't think that just because he's younger or she's older, gives people the right to say something bad about them.

 

Mostly, the most drama was against the both of them. I wish to see more of this pairing in the future. Their acting together is perfect.

 

Rating against other Series:

I think that if this series was to go against "Heart of Greed", I would prefer this one more. This is what I PREFER, other people may have another opinion. I think that the "Heart of Greed" was a bit boring, and it dragged on to more then what it was suppose to unlike "The Drive Of Life" where there was a drama part where it could go on. Plus, I believed that "The Drive of Life" portrayed better acting than "Heart of Greed".

 

It's a pity to see such a overrated drama "Heart of Greed", getting better ratings than "The Drive of Life". I personally believed that the TVB award should've went to "The Drive of Life". "Heart of Greed" was too melodramatic and looked for more pity viewers.

If I honestly had to say, "The Drive of Life" is a must watch. Forget your grudges for the actress or the actor. Watch because of the plot and drama, not just stopping because you hate one person in it. Development was excellent.

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Reviewed by: villian123
Rating:      

 

 

 

Hong Kong's turnover in 1997 marked the end of British rule for over a hundred years. The shame endured by the Chinese for losing their most glorious state was finally over. Now, in 2007, two major television companies, TVB and CCTV, have united to create a grand television series to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

 

The series is star-packed with old, half-retired actors like Damian Lau and popular new teen idols like Raymond Lam. It's truly the most anticipated series of 2007. But in my opinion, it didn't really meet up to the standards. My standards. But my standards are exceptionally high, so don't curse me if you think I'm too harsh in this review.

 

I will start with a very brief summary: (spoilers!) The story starts out in 1994, Hong Kong. It starts by talking about ambitious business tycoon Wah Man Hon (Damian Lau). Then, his son, Wah Zhan Bong (Raymond Lam) comes to work in his company. As the story goes, we realize Raymond Lam (I will use real names to make sure things are easier )is immature and very inconsiderate. And in the end, he loses the whole company on stock market, causing everyone in the company to become bankrupt. There are also many side-stories, like the relationship between Sheren Tang and Michael Miu, which ends up destroyed because of the bankruptcy and some other minor misunderstandings. Then it's the love of Charmaine Sheh and Ray Lam which is also ruined by the bankruptcy. And then there's the whole brother story between Damian, Micheal and the Mainland actor who plays the second brother. This 3-brother relationship is first broken, then through the course of the story, it lightens up. The brother relationship, I think, is an image of the China-HK relationship, which, in the end, is reunited.

 

After the 1998 disaster, a new villain is introduced - Ng Wai Kwok. His character is jealous and power-driven. He is even richer than the Wah family and will stop at nothing until he has destroyed them. He suffers from pains from his defeat by Damian and holds an unbearable grudge against them. He is the prime obstacle for the protagonists of the show until an even more powerful villain arises: Joe Ma! He is my favorite character - I will explain why later. So back to the story. After many break ups between the characters, Ray Lam decides to go to Mainland to help his uncle with their car factory. The car is the main focus of the story. So finally, the family decides to invest a large amount of money in creating their own factory and car label. The reason is because it is their family dream. They want to finish the dream of not only their ancestor, but also the dream of the entire Chinese population!

 

So with problems (mainly created by Ng Wai Kwok), the story continues on a steady and somewhat exciting course. The best part, I think, was from Joe Ma, who played the traitor of the Wah family who went and helped Ng Wai Kwok. But the bad thing is that Joe Ma is in love with Damian's daughter, Jessica Hsuan, and eventually marries her. After being treated like a dog by Ng Wai Kwok, Joe Ma finally decides to help the Wah family (with some evil schemes in mind!) Then Kwok gets cancer, which is another love obstacle for Sheren Tang and Michael Miu for Tang loves Kwok! Finally, Kwok dies after the realization of being a good person and gives his money to Sheren Tang, his lover. But Joe Ma, being Kwok's very disconnected nephew, fights a court case with Tang. And in the end, the winner is Joe Ma, the evil nephew!

 

The next part is the climax of the story. Joe Ma, after using very dirty schemes, finally becomes CEO of the Wah car company. He objects almost every idea of Raymond Lam and does more and more illegal things in order to prove himself. His evidence of crime is soon revealed and he is given one final chance with the pleading of his wife, Jessica Hsuan. But instead of going to the police, he traps his pregnant wife, Jessica, and tries to ruin his company so he can finally defeat Damian. But in the end, after the dynamic scene with the staircase, he finally understands and goes to jail.

 

Review:

Now, for the actual review. This story started out pretty funny with Ray and he was actually quite charming. But the story between him and Charmaine dragged and dragged until it was too annoying to endure! Joe Ma was my favorite character! For one, he was the prime villain, and two, because he acted so well. From 1994 till 2007, he endured so much pain and was bullied so much. His Uncle Kwok treated him as nothing and took anger out on him. Ray, who was obviously less capable than him, gained more attention than him. He was so MAD!!!

 

Now, for our leading man, Damian Lau - at first, he was the best of the show! But then, they got into too much explaining and useless scenes. Why does it have to be 60 episodes?! They could have shortened it to 50, maybe even 45. The scenes where they sat at a table and talked was so boring and took too much time! Not enough conflict! And there were so many useless characters as well! What does Toby Leung and Ron Ng have to do with anything! What about Myolie Wu, her role was just to be a third party for Ray and Charmaine! Was she necessary? And then there's the mainland actor, who was supposed to be the second leading man, but had like no parts! Don't even mention the acting. It was worse than Ekin Cheng! NO, it was worst than Ron Ng!!! Man. If he was to be a main character, why not give him more parts!? But the true problem is that everything seemed sloppy, especially the angles. You would think that such a big production would develop their characters deeper. But they didn't. Not at all. And some were overused. But the biggest problem of all: long. Too long, the scriptwriter should have planned it out better.

 

Favorite Scenes:

Now, the series wasn't THAT bad. I mean, there were some good and/or touching scenes. But it surely had less violence than many other TVB big productions in the past. Maybe it was because CCTV was in it too. But yeah, back to the good scenes. The scene where Sheren Tang's father died and they wouldn't let Damian Lau to his funeral was touching because it really showed the deep bond of Lau and Tang's father. It was especially touching with the their picture shattering and the butterfly flying in the sky.

 

The second scene that was great was when the mad Micheal Mui was about to leave HK and Damian came and said goodbye. He said: "Though you are a husband and a father, I still see you as my baby brother" and they hugged. The hug was long and touching. I remember the lines because it was so good!

The third is when Ng Wai Kwok ripped up the check in front of Power Chan's (the most underused character!) face. And then Kwok threw it at him like a dog. Power Chan is such a good actor, and had a pretty important role, but was not developed and left too early.

 

The fourth is when Joe Ma got beaten so badly by Kwok. This is when Kwok realized Joe as a traitor and sent hitmen to beat him with metal poles. It was so intense! I watched that part like 3 times!!

 

The climax scene was definitely one to remember! The dynamic staircase scene. In this scene, Joe Ma trapped his wife in his house and was about to sell the company to another Japanese company. But suddenly, the 3 brothers showed up and began to persuade him. Damian said the most and said many touching lines. "Don't you want your son in the future to drive the car that you've created? Don't you want him to be proud?" That was said to Joe Ma in order to persuade him. Then, he started to go down the stairs, but with each step, it showed the pregnant Jessica Hsuan trapped in her house, about to give birth. And with each step, Damian said something touching to Joe Ma. In this scene, Joe completely explodes and cries and yells and released all the anger he endured through the years. This was the best scene and a good climax.

 

Quotes

Many quotes in the story are said time after time. Like "Chinese people's car can ride throughout the world" or quotes related to that idea. But some were too overused. The rivalry between the 2 older brothers and their conflict happened in the beginning of the story but was too easily resolved.

 

Conclusion:
Big production with hard-to-find locations and big stars. The story is alright but too long. It's not bad, but didn't really meet fully my expectations.

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Reviewed by: Itrymybesttobefair
Rating:      

 

Synopsis:

The story starts with 3 successful brothers who obtained success in making cars using technology that was developed by the Chinese, over the ten years that Hong Kong was officially handed over back to China. The series then unfolded to introduce how the 3 brothers had overcome many obstacles in order to start up their company. In the process, they had to deal with external enemies who tried to break them apart, and many tests on their brotherhood and love between their family members. The story also highlighted the interaction between Mainland and Hong Kong, as well as some differences that existed because of the differences in the pace of development.

 

I like the way they included the “car” theme into the series. Other than using the main plot of starting up a car company, the scriptwriter also subtly put this theme into the other subplots. For example, in the very start, Man-shek first tried to revive his marriage with Shiu-fun, he described himself as a car which was old, hence inevitably making mistakes along the way. Another example was when Sau-fung met Zhan-bong on the Peak just before the financial downturn, she was showing off her new dream car, a sports car. It was subtly hinting that the relationship between them was measured by materialistic things like a sports car. And at the very end, they drove their patented car on a rocky path, signifying that sometimes the road might be tough and difficult, but with their determination and unity they would be able to drive a smooth journey. I thought it was quite an interesting concept.

 

Cast:

Damian Lau as Wah Man Hon
Damian Lau had always been reputed to be a great actor. You could see his character change as the series unfolded. From a very irritating and strong-headed director, to an understanding and loving father, Damian’s performance had been so superb. Especially when he was recovering from his injury, you could almost believe that he couldn’t walk at all, because he was just so convincing as a recovering person. At the end of the series, I could say that I wished I had such a great father.

 

Liu Ging Sang as Wah Man Hong
I had never seen Liu act in any series before, but he was reputed as a great actor too. Perhaps in this show he was supposed to be portrayed as a serious person who was also a fanatic of cars, hence he seemed to lack facial expressions. I have something against dubbing in Cantonese when he’s obviously speaking Chinese, perhaps that also affected my view towards him.

 

Michael Miu as Wah Man Shek
I was pleasantly surprised by Michael’s character in this show, since Michael had always been portrayed a serious and driven person in most of his recent dramas. In this show, however, he was portrayed as a rash, and even childish person who slowly learned through many mistakes.

 

Raymond Lam as Wah Zhen Pong
He definitely looked so good after losing his baby fat. Zhen Pong was a rash and ambitious person, but I liked his character for his courage in pursuing his love, despite many obstacles. Initially I thought he was irritatingly childish because he had always insisted on his way without thinking of the consequences, but gradually, he matured and at the latter part, even had his partner Sau-fung to help out in planning, who helped to make him a successful career man. He was definitely convincing as a playful and a little spoiled rich man’s kid.

 

Joe Ma as Ngai Wing Biu
I’ve never been a fan of Joe, but in this show, he was just bad. Yet at the end of it perhaps you would feel a little pity towards him. The poor guy was just so disillusioned. He played his role well as a guy who was trying hard to gain recognition yet felt that he was under-appreciated.

 

Feng Shao Feng as Wah Zhen Man
This guy is definitely one of the eye candies in the show, but his character was not very outstanding in the show, perhaps shadowed by Zhen Pong’s strong character. Even though Zhen Man was supposed to be also a very smart person, but was not enough to make me feel that he was as strong as he was trying to portray. Rather, I thought he did better as the sensitive nice guy towards his girlfriend.

 

Ng Wai Kwok as Ngai Tin Hung
This guy is just irritating. But I thought he could have done more to be more irritating because his character was just meant to be. There are some scenes which I thought he could have been stronger in his emotions and to be even more evil. At the end I also felt a tinge of sympathy for this man who thought he had earned so much from money, yet lost so much in relationships.

 

Sheren Tang as Wong Siu Fun
Sheren was another breakthrough because she had always been that strong career-woman in many series, yet in this series she became a spoiled and dependent socialite. Her change from the dependent woman to the career lady in the latter part was a little unconvincing, though I had to say that she looked better in those office lady wear than the bombastic hairstyle at first.

 

Jessica Hsuan as Wah Ching Yu
Ching Yu could easily qualify for the silliest woman in this whole series. Why did she believe everything that Wing Biu said whole-heartedly? I was almost angry with her at the latter part for her naivety and foolishness. But it was a fresh change from her past characters too, because I’ve never seen this demure Jessica and I would say that she definitely convinced me as that meek woman who loved her husband too much.

 

Charmaine Sheh as Wing Sau-fung
Charmaine is a great actress, and she was part of the reason why I wanted to watch this series. She did well in this show, but I won’t say that this is her best. She was interesting as the money-driven agent in the start, and later converted into this vengeful woman who would give up everything to get her revenge. Then she returned to become this remorseful and capable woman who would support her husband in his career. She wasn’t excitingly good, but my heart did wrench a little when she felt that deep remorse for her wrongdoing in the end.

 

Myolie Wu as Fong Bing Yee
Bing Yee is one of the characters in the show with quite little transformation. I would say it didn’t give Myolie a chance to show off her acting skills, and she was just overshadowed by Charmaine’s strong character. Perhaps that subplot when Zhen Pong was dating her wasn’t as exciting as the Zhen Pong/Charmaine line, so I expected Zhen Pong to go back to Charmaine anyway. Her pairing with Feng Shao Feng was acceptable, but not entirely exciting either.

 

 

Others:
Gigi Wong as Man Hon’s wife could again qualify for the silliest woman award in this show too. She was ignorant and superficial. You could argue that she’s the typical housewife, but I just can’t forgive her for being so superficial. I can only say she did well as the loving and caring wife/mother in the family. Toby Leung was ok as a newbie, but she needs to work on her emotional scenes. Ron Ng had quite little screen time compared to the others (for half of the series he wasn't there, the other half he probably spent most bedridden), but he was quite good as the quiet and subdued racer. I have to give special mention to Ellesmere Choi for his geeky character. I guess he’s the only one who could pull this off, and convincingly tell people that he’s a geek. He probably provided some form of comic relief for being so nerdy.

 

Chemistry:
Jessica/Joe
I have seen them in other series before, but I’ve never had a good look at this pairing. I think it was ok, but I was a little repulsed towards this pairing just because Joe was too scheming, and Jessica was too naive.

 

Raymond/Charmaine
I would say I enjoyed their scenes the most in the show, their chemistry was just electric compared to the rest. I was touched when they finally got back together after all those misunderstandings, I could almost feel the love they had for each other. Even in the beginning when they were always squabbling, they were entertaining and refreshing to see. And when Raymond was down because Charmaine left him, my heart just broke seeing him cry.

 

Raymond/Myolie
I think I was just too much part of the Raymond/Charmaine camp that I didn’t believe Raymond would be with Myolie for long. They worked well as friends, and I guess that was the end of the chemistry.

 

Michael/Sheren
I read somewhere that this is the first time they are pairing together, and the effect was quite good. They do match quite well in looks, but I thought their chemistry onscreen was more like friends than lovers. Or perhaps the script required them to remain as friends first.

 

Production:
Also a special mention to the sound group of this production, though most of the background music was recycled from other series (which sometimes temporarily made me think that I was watching some other series), but I loved the subtheme by Raymond. Every time the music comes on I just felt that deep love between Raymond and Charmaine. Also the theme music was refreshing because of the orchestra music, and the original MV actually ended the song with both singers singing in Chinese, as if signifying the return of Hong Kong to China, though cliché, yet meaningful.

On the whole, I would recommend this series if you are a fan of the above, and it is definitely an interesting script. It might get a little draggy in the middle, but definitely an interesting watch.

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Reviewed by: ada0001
Rating:      

 

I've wanted to finish this series as quickly as possible so that I can write a review. This has been one of the more enjoyable series I've seen in a long time about dreams, ambitions, family and love.

Plot: 4.5/5


Even though this series stretched 60 episodes long, the show was very well produced and the plot was quite refreshing centering on the automotive industry. From the love relationships to the corporate strategies, the twists and turns kept me coming back for more and I normally get tired of a series fairly quickly. The cooperation between the Mainland and Hong Kong actors was quite smooth and I found the casting to be quite appropriate. Anyway, the focus of this review will be on the main HK cast and their acting. (THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!)

 

Damien Lau:
As Wah Man Hon, Damien did an excellent job as the strong-willed, wise and compassionate entrepreneur, father, eldest brother and husband. In both the corporate world and in his family, he always remained calm and collected and was respected and adored by his wife and children. Damien played this role perfectly and was able to demonstrate his emotions in these different roles very well. A lot of his scenes were so good that I just had to replay them over again. Many of my favorite scenes were those with Damien and Jessica, who played his daughter. They play a very convincing father-daughter relationship. I give Damien 6 out of 5 stars! (That's how good he was)

 

Michael Miu:
As Wah Man Shek, the youngest of 3 brothers, Michael plays the impulsive, flirty, and dependent youngest brother. I would say he played the flirty role so well that I wondered if he is really flirty in real life. However, since his return to show biz, I feel that his acting has gotten a bit stiff compared to his acting back in the 80's. It's almost like he isn't sure how to react in certain scenes that he just puts a smirk on his face. I've noticed this in Dicey Business also. Regardless, I think he's very good looking (not just for his age) and has a very good height. He's probably the only close-to-50-years-of-age actor that is getting so much on screen action with all these beautiful women such as Jessica in Dicey Business, Sheren Tang & the mistress, (whom I can't remember the name) in The Drive of Life. I give Michael 4 out of 5 stars.

 

(Spoiler! If you don't want to read the spoilers, skip the next paragraph)
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Very worth mentioning was his attire in this show – he always looked sharp and cool even at the moment he tried to commit suicide. Near the end of the series, you'll notice him sporting some very nice ties too.
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(End of spoiler)

 

Raymond Lam:
As Wah Zhen Bong, he plays the jovial, excitable, somewhat impulsive and extremist son of Wah Man Hon. He is the type of person that would think of an idea and regardless of what extreme conditions, would manage to convince the people around him to help him materialize the idea. Don't hate me but I've never been such a big fan of Raymond. Raymond does an above average job with this role and I can definitely see that he has improved since the first time I saw him in Step Into The Past with Louis Koo. I give Raymond 4 out of 5.

 

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In this role, he falls in love with Charmaine Sheh's role and gets deeply hurt. Most of the romance in this show focused on the relationship between Ray and Charmaine. There were 2 memorable scenes for this couple: First, in the later part of the series, where Ray begs Charmaine to stab him with the broken bottle in order for Charmaine to get over the burden and hurt from her mother's death. Charmaine, still deeply in love with Ray, drops the bottle and they hug and cry. Second, in the earlier part of the series, where they were both on the upper level of a double decker bus and he convinced Charmaine that the more she kisses him, the more money she'll earn.
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(End of spoiler)

 

Joe Ma:
Joe plays Ngai Wing Biu, Wah Man Hon's power thirsty son-in-law who is always trying to gain the respect and recognition of his father-in-law. I do not have much to say about him other than that he did an average job as the villain in this series. He has been heavily promoted by TVB in the past few years but I am still waiting to be awed. I give him 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Jessica Hsuen:
Jessica plays Wah Ching Yu, the filial daughter of Wah Man Hon (Damien's character) and loving wife of Ngai Wing Biu (Joe's character). I was very disappointed that Jessica did not get a bigger role in the series. For someone who normally plays the leading role in all her series, I felt that she not only has reduced screen time compared to the other actresses, but she also had a role that would normally be given to less prominent actresses. You can probably tell I am a die hard fan of Jessica so my review of her may be biased. Opposite to Damien, Jessica did an excellent job as Wah Man Hon's daughter. The emotions that are communicated when she looks into her father's eyes were so powerful. I give Jessica 5 out of 5 stars even though her screen time was limited.

 

(Spoiler)
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As soon as I saw this scene, I couldn't wait to write my review. My all time favorite scene was where the Wah family went to the house of Joe and Jessica (who is now married and pregnant), to confront Joe about his evil deeds and Jessica was pretending to side with Joe in order to get evidence of his wrong doings. Damien (Jessica's father) told her to look him in the eyes and repeat what she said. With the emotions communicated from Jessica's eyes, without saying a word, you could feel that the father could read into her soul and understand exactly what she was trying to do. Jessica was awesome in this scene where she wants to tell the truth but feeling so trapped that she just cannot. Your heartbeat would definitely rise by watching this intense scene.
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(End of spoiler)

 

Charmaine Sheh:
As Wing Sau Fung, she was very convincing in her happy, sad, manipulative, and torn scenes. In this series, she demonstrated that she could be a very flexible actress as she plays the different roles from good to evil and back to good. Charmaine was the leading actress in this series from beginning to end. I find that she has very powerful eyes that can easily go from naïve, innocent and caring to coy and manipulative. I really like her sad scenes especially the ones opposite to Damien. (Hmm, there seems to be a recurring theme here – Damien) Anyway, I am glad that she is getting recognized for her work. I give her 4.5 out of 5 stars as there is still room for some improvement.

 

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Charmaine easily plays her roles going from the strong-willed money crazy daughter trying to make a better life for her abused mother, to the manipulative and torn daughter trying to revenge her mother's death, and then back to the caring wife who desperately wants to help her husband succeed. I really felt sorry for her when she lost her baby and started siding with the villain just to defeat the Wah family in order to revenge her mother.
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Myolie Wu:
Myolie plays Fong Bing Yee, a very conscientious, hard working, loyal and sentimental secretary to Wah Zhen Bong (Ray's character). This is one of her very typical roles so it was not very refreshing to see her in this series even though she does her usual good job. While I don't think Myolie is very attractive, I usually like her acting just because of the sincerity she exudes in her roles. However, because of how well she does these roles, I find that she tends to be typecasted into these types of characters. Anyway, the usual good job from Myolie deserves a 4 out of 5 stars.

 

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I am still surprised at how quickly she ended up with Zhen Man (Raymond - Zhen Bong's cousin from Mainland). I feel as though the directors felt sorry for her breakup with Ray so they just wanted to match her up with someone.
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Just a few nominations:
Best hair: Charmaine Sheh in the earlier part of the series & then in the later part of the series Chiu Ngor (Mainland) as Lee Seen Sin
Worst hair: Raymond's curly hair and sometimes his straight hair looks really dry (get some conditioner/moisturizer!)

Best dressed: Michael Miu, Charmaine Sheh & Sheren Tang
Worst dressed: Myolie Wu & her father

Best crying male & female: Damien & Jessica & Charmaine
Worst crying: Toby Leung & Michael Miu

Best couple: Ray & Charmaine (because they have the most screen time)
Worst couple: Ron & Toby

The Canto version of the series had a mandarin-cantonese duet as their theme song which was quite good. However, I have to say that Raymond Lam's sub theme took the prize. I'd say Ray is a much better singer than actor at the moment. This was also the theme song for the Ray and Charmaine romance story in this series. An excellent song!

 

I would definitely recommend watching this series, it's long but it's worth it!

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发表于 2009-4-30 10:58:49 |显示全部楼层
great chemistry between damian and jessica in the last few episodes. :[79]
joe ma's performance was also impressive, a lot better than i expected.
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发表于 2009-5-11 22:51:22 |显示全部楼层
i agree...damian and jessica had great chemistry...especially in the last few episodes...when the whole world didn't understand why jessica would stand by the villain joe against her own brother...and only damian knows...and you could see it in his eyes!!! he doesn't need to say anything and we can see what he's feeling! perfect acting! :lol
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发表于 2009-12-20 13:58:18 |显示全部楼层
I also concur that Damian and Jessica had a great father-daughter chemistry together.  I enjoyed everyone of their scenes together.  My favorite episode is where Jessica begs Damian to give Joe another chance and where Damian convinces Joe to not do anymore wrong things.  It was so touching.
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