My lean current drama plate

In short:  QIHM, Master of Play, and IDID (big maybe)

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TVB awards


The 2 big winners of the night.

This awards show started 1997.  I've never watched it, I don't care for award shows in general, I like what I like and can care less about the rest.  All I rem for the first one, my (still) fav Old Time Buddy was the big winner.   This year, I like 2 TVB dramas (3 if counting When Heaven Burns) and I'm surprised I can predict every single of the winners given how little I've seen.

It's such a relief to see Kevin holding the best actor awards in his hands (and lovingly teased by Sheren Tang).  He's my vote and imo most deserving but that's exactly the opposite how TVB awards work.  I'm not sure how KC bargained his win, but he must have had signed some slavery contract we'll know later on.  Lives of Omission is a well deserving Best TVB Drama.  Producer/Director Chik's fanclub has very snarky words to say on how unfair TVB is, airing When Heaven Burns just past the deadline for any awards contention.  WHB is the talk of the town but it's nicked a 'cult' drama whatever it means in TVB/HK lingo.

Myolie, I'm all for her to win for her job in Ghetto Justice, but for what she did in that PoS Curse of the Royal Harem?!  NOOOOO!!! That shiteous horreur makes Goong a watchable delight in my eyes.  The drama is crap, her acting, crappier.   But she's clearly very well networked amongst the TVB honchos, getting an acting award for her currently airing drama, a most loved character for her Kris Wong fr Ghetto Justice and one of the 2 favorite Star awards, the other went to her RL love Bosco.  It's very sweet, and everyone is chanting 'get married!' but it's too obviously milking it to the max. 


*Don't ask me what Bosco is wearing, it's exactly the vein of what Bosco always dons in public (this outfit is completed with thigh high boots @_@).  That's why I've shamefully saved his nikked pics the scummy paparazzi has snapped of him in the privacy of his apartment because he really looks SO much better naked*

The winner I'm most happy for:

Sharon Chan for her supporting role in Ghetto Justice.  She stole every scene she's in.  Bravo!

All in all an entertaining show just on the blatant hints of backstage shenanigans alone.  Francis Ng said the quote of the night: 「玩足咁多年都仲係孤家寡人,呢個先係高深學問呀!」 'Staying 'single' and still playing the field for all these years….this takes real skills!' Jabbing at how you only get any status in TVB joining the clans…. lolz

This list of winners:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_TVB_Anniversary_Awards

TVB Drama: When Heaven Burns/ Heaven and Earth (天與地)

I swear, this will be the 'best' TVB has done this year, better than that crazily addictive but plot holes ridden Lives of Omission, better than the cute and earnest but fluffy Ghetto Justice.  I marathoned 4 eps and it's nth like what I've seen fr TVB for the longest time. I've an uneasy feeling in my gut: is TVB at its death bed, glorious light at end of tunnel epiphany?  I'm impressed but not yet frenzied, and here I'm posting coz this is sth Fresh yet Nostalgic fr TVB. It dabbles in music, grief/depression, redemption/atonement, and even politics!  We have a radio talk show host heroine, a shady stockbroker, a social worker/politician and a happily married successful songwriter…and a cannibalized dear friend!  This drama was slated for 2009 but had been gathering dust in storage since, starring heavyweights of TV actors, one of the supporting actor has passed on in the time between (RIP!), no need of a sharp olfactory to sniff sth funky going on with the backstage shenanigans. TVB is now a drama equivalent of a grandaunt with dementia at family gatherings for me, I rem her very fondly, but it's a shock and utmost pain to see the deterioration. It's almost like TVB has given up and just stop freaken care.

This is still not up to par near anything seminal by the standard of all the dramalands combined, but for TVB, at least scriptwriter Chik has burnt the worn to bones playbook on this one, start fr scratch and clearly some thought has been put to it to no longer insult intelligence, character development is well paced and more gritty without forcing it.  It's well-acted all around, can't have a complaint there.  I don't really care for any of the main and supporting cast, maybe Maggie Siu back in the 90s, but at least they all are allowed to play age appropriate intriguing damaged characters.

The synopsis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Heaven_Burns is so farfetched I was swearing absolutely no chance I will try it out. (Plus, it can so easy be very poor taste to parallel the key plot of a young 4 member band leaving for a trip with only 3 returning when the hottest HK band of the late 80s, early 90s Beyond shared a similar tragic fate, and a member of the group is now singing the title song.)  The gist: 18 years ago, 4 young guys in a band, went on some snowy mt trip and….cannibalism! One of the friend was declared missing and we met his gf first scene ep 1, 18 yrs later, rolling out of a bed, naked guy in shower and she is looking for a ring, her wedding ring. Nonchalant yet smiling, it's her wedding anniversary dinner later that night and the more time we spend with her, we'll notice she's in a constant state of void…and later we know it's mourning and grief.  Married to a guy who loves her wholeheartedly, infidelity and all, she has a lover who also will lick the earth she's walked on but still the void is not going away.  The remaining 3 guys are all in different walks of lives, no longer seeing each other at all, yet there's an intense bond btn them palpable the second of their fateful meeting at present.   The ladies in their lives, wives/gfs/lovers/flings are all 'victims' of their trauma to varying degrees.  Everyone seems to be settled in a new normal yet a bit frayed and messed up, lines are sharp and controlled, quiet scenes hit me in my gut when least suspecting. I've cried twice!!!! And I've spent good half hour digging when I've last cried watching a TVB. It's still early on but already we know shades of every character, steadily peeled before our eyes scene by scene…yet we are certain there are WAY more to know of them and this is still the very balmy calm before the storm.

Caveats: The average age of the characters is mid 40s, the actors are not tight pretty faces, we had a murky feel of all the characters still, after 4 eps. There won't be obvious OTPs/shipping.  It's also not the usual lightning speed of storytelling, a whole first episode is time with our main lady with not much of the backstory.  The background music is excruciating Crap. There are still campy TVB cliches here and there but we love us some cheese in our TVBdramas.
 
IF you were a fan of the gold old days of TVB anniversary dramas or is curious, this is an updated spicier comfort stew grandmaTVB used to cook up.

Driveby post on upcoming HK dramas (I will watch)

1. I've been following every little tidbits on Ghetto Justice 2. 

I will be !#$%^&*(&*@^!ing if Kevin didn't get his best actor award come Dec 5th, the TVB awards.  If it's up to me, I'll give one to Myolie as well and the drama, just coz she's her least annoying self playing an easily extremely bratty annoying noisy character (ie her usual typecast)

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I can’t believe what I’m watching…and absolutely addicted

I’m not talking about MQ, which I’m watching and totally enjoying and OMGing at how marvelously awesome it’s written, directed and acted mostly… I still find VanNess perf ala spastic albino chimp *some dearie at Koala’s Playground coined sth very similar and apt a description*, BUT even with this usu major glib, I’m LOVING it to bits, it’s just so HQ a drama it doesnt come as a surprise just watching 10 mins or almost 10 eps of it, it’ll totally slay and floor me.

What I’m guiltily pleasuring myself drama-wise, totally addicted to is a…*grasp* TVB drama LoO *yes L.o.O.~! standing for en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lives_of_Omission* O my…. I watched max 2 TVB shiz a year, purely out of filial duties, 50% of the time I want to pick my brains to pieces with my own fingernails instead, the other half of the time, mildly entertained for hearing some slangy Canto + kinda bored. 

Lives of Omissions is a spinoff The Academy Series.  Strictly speaking this is the 4th installment.  It’s a sprinkle of Infernal Affairs police undercover procedural with heavy doses of  triads wars + bromances, forever the fav. HK trope.

This is not as brainmeshing in silliness as the usual, the story is actually written with some care and logic and the omnipresent TVB gorges of plotholes can be easily scoffed off.  What I’m watching are the characters played by Bosco Wong and the lead actress Fala Chan.  They don’t bug me on my TV screen as actors, that’s very rare for the TVB lot nowadays.

What’s selling me, Fala Chan is playing the ladyboss in the undercover squad, but she’s the typical dorama heroine quirkiness I soooo adore.  Usu it’s packaged to us in a Kdrama lead guy ahjusshi…to make us fall for the CUTE.  Here it’s all on the shoulder of her nerdy Madam Jo.  And yes, she also is responsible for the angsty PTSD showers, rock climbing, in minimal yards of fabric….to the extreme glee of my hubs, and somehow I’m not offended by the rampant fanservice.

Bosco is playing some lowly gang member/informant for the police in the beginning but playing both the Black and White soon, climbing up the triad ladder of command.  He has a history with an up and coming big shot barrister who owed him BIG for calling it off while he’s in prison and he paid for her law school tuition.  When we meet this dysfunctional pair, the animosity is quickly followed by some serious making out…she offered to pay back the $, he wants it paid back his way…by hot sex.

And so every time they share a scene there’s some hot grabbity possessive smooching, in public.  It’s so rare to see I’m still in shock.

Critics r praising he’s channeling some Tony Leung.  I won’t go as far even if I’m in a full blown fangirl mode, but he’s owning this hot, sexy, shady gangster.  And he can carry a pornstache.  I give infinite points of merits for any Asian actor able to rock that.

But really I’m sooo in shock and dumbfounded I’m at edge of seat watching it an ep a day like a druggie.  Last time a TVB drama hits me this hard with a perfect timing of me watching as it airs…. my highsch uniform days.

Have an MV of the end credit song Bosco sang:

And the official trailer: