I just finished marathoning a heartwarming desk-flipping-histrionics-less TVB drama w/ highschool bestie hours ago. One which does not insult the intelligence (SURPRISE!!!!), warm, cute and endearing and brimming with heart and no frills. It’s not brilliant and masterfully written but it’s as simple as the hint of warmth from the setting sun while driving home at the end of a long day, it just makes me smile a little, from the bottom of my heart and forget snark has any bearing in my being.
It is 老表，你好嘢！Inbound Troubles btw, if you are interested. Not a rec, it started quite silly and rough but it completely owns my heart a few eps in. If you are shopping for a rare TVB show that is like a breath of fresh air, won’t pissed you off every other scene and continuously hosing drama-acid at your eyes and thus prompts you to hurl expletives back just to break even……this is so it. It is a light and cartoon-ish show, which will break into bollywood-esque cantopop sing-along. It is not at all brainy, just with a lot of heart and positive (too naive) vibes touching on the breaking point tension btn HK and Mainland, it makes light of issues and but it’s clearly written with a very good intent. It is just too cute and sweetly acted (and sang) and nicely done, it almost makes the pessimist in me hopeful we can all get along, and just something in Cantonese I thoroughly enjoyed last wk. The star of the show is the hottest darling of HK: 王祖藍 Wong ChoLam, the tiny (5’4″) powerhouse, has the bright future of a second coming of Stephen Chow, maybe not as roflmao funny, but way more effortless and just wayyyyyy nicer and sweeter and a true all round entertainer who can write, act, sing, and his widest acclaim is being an impersonator extraordinaire, the best in the entire C entertainment world atm, he can imitate Angelababy to famous folklore legend White Snake Lady to Jacky Cheung. As the producer and writer of show and like his modest package, his brilliance hides behind seemingly silly slapstick, but then there are layers of heart and soul and love and passion at what he’s doing, what he can do with this medium, and what positivity he can inspire his fellow HKers, rooted in some of the most genuine refreshing not trying too hard I ❤ HK love I’ve not witnessed from a TVB drama since oh…pre-handover?! Fangirl mode FULL ON! And gosh, the Cantopop classics inserted are brilliant and touching and perfect….and perfectly covered!
When do I have a chance to genuinely ship a 78 and an 81 year old in an Asian drama?!?!? They are so adorbs and cute and witty and hip and !#!#$@^#!%$@$^!$! <3333333
The most pleasant surprise of all is the ensemble cast. They are all oddballs. Other than the veterans, I’ve never seen most of them acted, I’ve known 2 of them as strictly singers, but actually they are classically trained performers, each of them is making me weep with joy of just my luck of seeing them shine. I bet they all have their battles of David vs Goliath in the suffocating climate of the industry, and they are like a makeshift family of outcasts in many ways, except maybe the ageless and leggy Joey Meng, the guys all know her as the HK Buffy only leggier and prettier. She is 42 years young and in the drama she rocks cute little dresses throughout, and I’ve squeed at the sight of her legs too many times to admit, as a straight woman. the jawdropping moment: she in a Sailormoon (Venus, I know my Bishojo Senshi) knockoff, I think the Rt pic was from almost…20 years ago!?!?!?GEEZ:
The only weak link is Roger Kwok, never a fan and he NEVER ever improves. I HATE his line-reading all the years, it works if he’s playing a…mentally retard, which he actually did and is still one of his most famous roles.