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Written by Funn Lim






However one of the best female character to have written in recent TVB memory has to be Sze Ka Ka and the credit goes to Linda Chung for giving perhaps her best performance todate and her breakthrough performance for playing against type.












SPOILERS ... SPOILERS ... SPOILERS



Released on
2008

Episodes 
20

Cast-Character
Kent Cheng as Kam Shek
Steven Ma as Sing Yat On
Linda Chung as Sze Ka Ka
Fala Chen as Sing Mei Sum
Raymond Cho as Kam Wing Loi
Angelina Lo as Chin Sau Ching
Mary Hon as Ho Bo Ling
Helena Wong as Sing Mei Yee
Kwok Fung as Sze Lap Chi
Helen Ma as Yeung Dai Fun
Eric Li as Cheung Chun Wing
Stephen Wong as Cheung Chun Hing
Minnie Cheung as Cheung Lai Kuen
Hoffman Cheng as Cheung Chan Keung
Halina Tam as Tin Na
Johnson Law as Chu Tin Chak
Elaine Yiu as Ching Hoi Shan
Cheng Tse Sing as Tung Ka Cheung
Johnny Ngan as Cho Tim
Queenie Chu as Keung Ma Kei
Yvonne Ho as Gloria
Amy Ng as a make-up lady
Shermon Tang as Stephy (eps14 & 20)
Claire Yiu as Doctor Ho (eps16-18)
Stephen Huynh as Chris
Sharon Luk as Tung Ka Cheung's girlfriend
Lam King Kong as Ho Chi To
Cheung Ying Choi as Chan Kau Sau
Ricky Wong as Mo Ko

Official Plot
Taken from D-addicts

Linda Chung plays the role of Sze Ka Ka, a girl who has gone out of control ever since her mother passed away. Lost in a world of drugs, lies, and sex...Ka meets Sing Yat On (Steven Ma), who is deeply moved by her love for her deceased mother. However, due to a series of past events, Ka and her family have gotten into an almost unfixable relationship. As she spends more time with On, she realizes that she's been going about her life the wrong way. They fall in love with each other, but come across many obstacles due to Ka's old lifestyle. TVB brings you a story of atonement, sorrow, hope, and redemption.

COMMENTS
I don't know why it took me this long to write this review. It is very strange considering that I love this series and considers it one of the recent best in TVB memory, after having sat through junks and craps dressed up as good series, this series is a fine example of very good acting combined with great chemistry and a killer story. It took me so long that frankly I can't remember many names (well, thanks to D-Addicts for the list!) and some plots but overall the story remains with me. It is also that sort of series I can never remember the English title even when I kept looking at it. It is not because I don't like it, but somehow I just can never remember it. I suppose there is a reason why I remember Gem Of Life.

Anyway the official plot is not far off. But before you think this is all about Linda Chung, it isn't. In a way it centres on Steven Ma's character. And if you think "Journey of life"? PREACHY! No it isn't. This is not a preachy sort of series. It tells a story not about lesson in life and an education in whatever. It is however truly a story about atonement, sorrow, hope and redemption as the official plot puts it. But in the end strip everything away this is a story about love. Love of all sort. Love driving us do stupid things. Love making us make sacrifices for the worse of us. Love making us be better, making us want to better ourselves. Love in its pure simplicity. I see this series as a story about love.

Like the plot says, Linda Chung is a good girl gone bad. She comes from a troubled home, blaming her father and her stepmother over her mother's early death, she is often abused and a few times sexually molested by her stepbrother but her father did nothing. I think she hated her father more than her stepmother because as her father, he failed to protect her. Truly a dysfunctional family, more so when her father is very scared of her stepmother. She comes and goes at the place they all live in and spends most time out of the home, working at her handphone shop which she co-owns with her boyfriend. I think in a statement of how screwed up she is, her boyfriend is a lazy good for nothing. Her best friend, San (Elaine Yiu) is also as screwed up, but still is a nice girl even if lacking in education, opportunities, grace, etc. Put it simply, Linda Chung is your typical screwed up teenager who grew up to be a screwed up adult, but earlier on we know she is really not that bad a person. Her love for her mother for one. She has been looking for her urn for years, and although she tricked Steven into buying a faulty handphone, when she found out Steven who works as a stone carver apprentice (more like someone who makes signboard or nameboard out of stones which includes headstone used for cemetery) and whose master, the happy go lucky Kam Shek (Kent Cheng) who kept the unnamed urn for many years, she was so grateful they became friends. Whilst Steven may also be uneducated, having to work early in life to help support his family as his father, good friend of Kent died young. He has 2 younger sisters, one of whom is Fala who is materialistic but isn't a bad person and a studious youngest sister. He loved them both very much, but I suspect he loved Fala more as he doted on her, even when knowing her greedy nature. So he is uneducated, sees Kent (who has a son, Raymond who is more educated but as materialistic as Fala) as his father figure and has no asset, no money, nothing much, but Steven is a good man. This is something Linda sees earlier on. He is also boring without much nightlife or friends. He works hard, earns hard, do the best he could in everything, and his one main hobby is running. He wants to run in marathon and Kent has been training him. His pacifist sort of nature is greatly suited for marathons as it is a test of endurance, something Linda was influenced to take up.


Now you may think how these 2 vastly different individuals could ever fall in love but this series shows us convincingly why Linda would fall for the boring Steven and how Steven fell for the bad girl turned good Linda. I love watching them slowly realising their feelings for one another and how Linda felt she wasn't good enough or Steven thought he may be too old for her (he's in her 30s I think, she early 20s) but in the end when it came to that one kiss that started their relationship, it was neither cheesy or fake. It was an inspiring moment of 2 individuals who found one another, especially for Linda who for most of her life is surrounded by useless men but here before her is this wonderful good man she knew she can't let go. So we see them fell in love, married, start a family but with tragic consequences thanks to Fala.


Fala is so materialistic she is willing to be a temperamental rich man's girlfriend, but her heart is with Raymond. They're 2 people exactly alike, and Raymond never stopped her. When she fell pregnant with his child, in desperation to continue her privileged life, she aborted her own child but by then the rich man knew and beat her up and if I remember correctly threw her out. At this point Steven has helped her sister through many troubles but this was one trouble he didn't want to get involved in anymore. He was fed up, very disappointed that she aborted her child for money. The scene where he confronted her in the hospital was emotional and one of the best in the series, as he told her face on "From this day forward I will not interfere in your affairs anymore. You do what you like, the way you like, I am done with you, I am done as your brother" and he walked off, and Fala stricken with sadness at her foolishness. True to his words he stopped bothering about her and out of severe guilt she became an alcoholic. Although in time Steven would have forgiven her, he loved her very much. Another scene that really struck a chord in my heart was Kent scolding Raymond for letting Fala waste herself; "She did what she did, that I can't blame her because she is young and foolish. But you, Bad Boy (his nickname), you're older, you should know better! You knew her all your life, you knew she was walking on this dangerous road and you did nothing! Nothing at all!" and even Kent refused to forgive his son and lamented at times "How I wish Onn Boy (his nickname for Steven) is my son but that is my misfortune that I did not have him as my son". However as a testament to a father's love for his son, when Raymond owed millions to I think loan sharks or someone thanks to the vengeful rich man who was Fala's lover (he knew Fala was having an affair with Raymond but kept quiet, intending to make them both suffer which they're at this point), his parents, old and supposed to have retired after letting Steven takeover the business had to scrap every penny they have to save their son. They even sold off their old apartment and had to move into countryside to save money. Kent felt deep sadness at how his son turn out to be but in the end he is still his son.


Likewise with Fala. At this point Linda is heavily pregnant and is also trying to patch things up between brother and sister as well as sister and family. Steven's heart was softening, after all that is his sister. I can't remember the exact storyline but I think Fala was becoming reckless, was very drunk and took into the car and drove on despite Steven screaming at her not to and of all people she crashed into, she crashed into Linda whose child died in the womb and she had to give birth to a stillborn child. It was an extremely difficult scene to watch as she cried and cried with Steven holding on to her and as she pushed the dead little girl out. Fala was full of regrets and when Steven walked out, in one of the most emotional scene, Fala rushed to her brother thinking her brother would as always protect her and forgive her cried "Brother" and if I remember correctly Steven slapped her or maybe he didn't but he did grab her and chased her off whilst crying "It is your fault! You killed her! You killed her!". Can't remember the exact words but kinda close. That is the trouble with writing a review so many months later. Steven could never forgive Fala and Fala ran away. Linda being a strong person recovered and forgave Fala, knowing she was reckless but it was an accident. Fala tried a few times to reach out to Steven, hoping for forgiveness, he rebuffed her. I missed the saddest scene by a few minutes but anyway, when Steven finally went to look for Fala, she was so drunk she drowned or something and as Steven crying hard and holding her she breathed her last breath whilst begging Steven to forgive her. After that Steven was a changed man. He was no longer interested in anything, he lost hope in life, he could not forgive himself for not being able to protect the people he loved and he became sullen. Linda encouraged him to run in marathon but he did it half heartedly until he just stopped and gave up. Suddenly a little girl appeared to give him a drink and he felt recharged and what may have been just an imagination, he thought the little girl he saw looked exactly like the little girl some computer generated stuff said could look like if she were to have both his and Linda's features. He realised his daughter paid him a visit, and as Linda cried her heart out when Steven did not run alongside her, suddenly she saw him being his old self again and all was happy.


Meanwhile, Raymond was very angry with what happened to Fala and blamed the rich man. He kidnapped him, intending to kill that rich jerk but his father and Steven came in time. All being very emotional, Raymond pushed Kent aside and even in anger used a brick and hit his father's head. Realising what he had done, he suddenly woke up. Next we know, Kent is ok and visiting his son in prison who promises to be good when he comes out of prison and his parents wait for him with the hope that the future will be better.


Steven bought back Kent's old apartment as a gift for Kent whilst Linda realised her mother wasn't an angel herself for reason that she was a gambler and began to see her stepmother in a new light. For all her faults, her stepmother did love her cowardly father very much. In the end all was happy as Linda I think announces she is pregnant again.

There are many heartwarming moments in this series, as well as heart wrenching. I think many parents could very well identify with Kent who laments how he wishes Steven was his son because Steven is such a good boy whilst his own son, Raymond is as he nicknames him, Bad Boy. Whilst I thought at some point Raymond will become a jerk and do everything to destroy Steven, the storyline thankfully never went that way. Yes, Raymond was at some point jealous of Steven but then he himself knew he wasn't the world's greatest son. In some ways there is a tacit respect between Raymond and Steven and Steven sees himself as Raymond big brother and so feels responsible for him as well. I love the relationship between Steven and his father figure, Kent. Kent is the happy go lucky sort of person, married to his childhood sweetheart and is a great man who somehow has this almost useless son. Makes you wonder how can that be? Well, in life that is realistic. Like Steven who is a decent guy with a decent mother and a decent youngest sister ending up with a gold digger sister. In a way Steven acknowleged he had a role to play in how his sister turned out as an adult, as he often spoilt her when she was little. Their age gap is very wide so he is like her father figure. In those scene where Kent or Steven expresses their deep disapointment in the people they love, it was never accusing sort of way or preachy but realistic and very good entertainment. I feel for them.

I also love the relationship between Linda and Steven, how it blossomed. The relationship between Steven and Fala, how it ended tragically through no fault of his but it is just the way it is. How Kok Fung became a braver man to stand up for his daughter, Linda at long last instead of being the cowardly bystander.

Every character has a role to play, a story to tell, from Kent to Fala to everybody else.

However one of the best female character to have written in recent TVB memory has to be Sze Ka Ka and the credit goes to Linda Chung for giving perhaps her best performance todate and her breakthrough performance for playing against type. She should have won something for this, like Most Favourite Actress because she was that good. She made Sze Ka Ka into a real character, she gave her an attitude, she gave her a personality. Ka Ka was never quite likeable until she met Onn and from there her character grew stronger. Even during the worst of time that is the birthing scene to after, she makes you believe that Ka Ka is that strong that she can live through that time. Ka Ka has always been a strong girl. But what makes her want to change is the unnecessary death of her best friend, San and she changed after that. She wanted a life, she wanted to live a good life and you may think she settled for Onn, but the truth is she fell for Onn for all the right reason. When she found out she couldn't give birth as she had abortions in the past, she cried "This is my retribution! I was such a horrible person, I didn't love myself enough, look how in the end it becomes for me now. I deserve this! I truly deserve this!". But Onn would hear none of that. He loved her for who she is, that is a good person and he takes her past, present and her future which is why Ka Ka loved him even more. All credit goes to Linda Chung. I did wonder how Linda could portray this classless, uneducated ill mannered troubled girl. Well, she still talks like Linda Chung as in breathy whisper but everything else is a marvel to watch. I have never seen her dress sexier but in here, her short skirts and all were really short and bravo to her for sitting realistically like how she did; legs wide opened! At times I thought be careful Linda, you could expose yourself. She didn't quite care. She went all out with this performance, giving it all she got and her birthing scene was so realistic, so well done, you will cry watching that scene. I also love how she walks. She doesn't walk like she normally does, like a lady but notice how she walks, how she talks, it's like Linda Chung is no longer there but just Sze Ka Ka. Who knew Linda could give such a great performance? Someone else will make it into a screamfest or point everywhere but Linda Chung, even when Ka Ka was at her worst, she gave Ka Ka a certain dignity, that somehow you feel Sze Ka Ka can be redeemed, she is not a bad person. I believed that when I watch Linda's performance.

It helps when she is paired with someone to create that chemistry. Again I didn't know she could have such great chemistry with Steven Ma. Steven Ma proved himself worthy in Safe Guards, again in Land of Wealth, again and again in lesser series. I just hope he doesn't recite poem or talk when he is crying but other than that, Steven Ma is now my most favourite younger actor. He oozes this ordinary man charm, he plays the ordinary bloke to perfection and in Onn, I see a good man that is so believable that you could fall in love with. So he is boring. So his favourite past time is jogging but in this boring man lies a responsible man who sees the good in people. He saw that in Ka Ka. Despite what Sum (Fala) or Bad Boy did again and again, he sees the good in them in the end. No wonder his master Shek loved him like his own son, even more than his own son sometimes. When he cries with disappointment, you will feel it too. Every emotional high or low, you will feel it too. All kudos to Steven Ma. If this was filmed many years before, Wong Hei would have nailed this role. But Wong Hei these days, I just can't pinpoint what is wrong with him but he is still one of my favourite actors. I just love the chemistry between Linda and Steven and when they kissed, I confess, I feel so much happier for their characters than I did for Raymond Lam and Linda in whatever series they kissed. Steven Ma is turning into a dependable leading actor.

Kent Cheng is a complete and utter surprise. I never knew he could be so lively, so bouncy, so cute! His scenes with his secret admirer, Halina Tam was very very funny but his best scenes are always with Steven Ma and their touching close relationship. It feels like father and son the way Shek would have wished it but Onn wasn't his son that he knew. One scene he sadly said "I think of myself as a good man, I tried to teach my son good values, but why did he turn out to be so rotten? What haven't I done enough? Where did I go wrong?" A very lively colourful performance.

Fala Chan must be mentioned. I think this is the 2nd time she played Steven's sister and again a similar role, someone materialistic but not as vindictive as her previous character in the series about ballroom dancing. Anyway, never mind her accent (how on earth a sister could have such a different accent than her family?!) or that she would later give a breakthrough performance in Moonlight Resonance. In here her character is consistent in the sense materialistic till almost the end until guilt consumed her. I just couldn't believe how her character ended up in the series though. Frankly when I watched it was shocked, I am still shocked but I suppose it is an appropriate end. Also a brave performance, with some intimate scenes with Raymond in the bathtub.

As for everybody else, each was effective in their given role. Frankly I can't remember much. Oh yes, Kok Fung. Makes me want to punch him, his character was that useless in here.

Many memorable scenes which I shall not list. I find this series evenly paced, well written, well acted and has an uplifting ending. However one scene I felt was not right was Steven seeing his little girl if she had lived to that age. I thought in his grief and sadness over what happened to Sum, and his need for redemption and forgiveness (he did say very sadly "I have failed as a brother. I have failed terribly. I have failed" when my family and I was screaming "No! No! Onn Boy! You did not fail! They failed you!!") he should have seen Sum instead of his daughter. Sum for me was his path to forgiving himself and it should have been Sum giving him that bottled water and smile sweetly at him.

But save for that tiny but pivotal scene, everything else was great! Where could you find a series where the actors share great chemistry together, see Linda Chung not be Linda Chung, Steven Ma at one of his best, some very touching moments and some all out cry out your heart moments?

This series. Indeed, A Journey Called Life.

VERDICT
This series will be showing on TV soon (17.03.2010) and safe to say, this must be your TOP PRIORITY to watch. A must watch! Forget about Gem Of Life and 3 sisters crying how much they care about one another. If there is a series that shows you love, how to love, how to be loved, how to find love, how to give love, how to keep love ... this series is it. Fans of Linda would be amazed, new fans would appreciate Linda's performance, Steven Ma is definitely a draw to watch, Kent Cheng will surprise you but most of all, the story will at some point move you to tears as it shall make you laugh earlier on.

A MUST WATCH.




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18 comments:

  1. I'm watching this series on TV now. So far, I find this series good.

    Si Ka Ka's father is crap. I check up the family relationship in wiki. Si Ka Ka is his one and only biological daughter and he let his mitress-turn-second wife and his step children bully Ka Ka like that? Look at Ka Ka's room, so tiny. Look at how most of his step children (except for Chun Hing) talk to Kaka. What kind of father is that?

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      Do you know what is the website for it?

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  2. SPOILERS

    Yes the father is super crap. You must watch on as Ka Ka stood up to him and kinda sever relationship with him.

    WAIT! I thought you've seen this?

    Anyway yes the only biological child of his is Ka Ka. If I remember correctly one child was miscarriaged. Anyway she is bullied because the stepmom bullies her. The father stood by and did nothing because he I suppose feels indebted to her. In the end whilst I still hate the stepmom I emphatise with her because she has her problems and reasons. Imagine having a young child who thinks of you as a slut, hates you, was never cooperative, I think the stepmom once long ago tried to have a relationship with Ka Ka but Ka Ka absolutely never tried so in the end the reationship went from bad to worse. This Ka Ka understood after she got married I think. The stepmom wasn't really faultless but her mother was no angel. For better or worse she really loved Ka Ka's father.

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  3. Bridget23.3.10

    Great review!

    I agree on all our points, esp. about Linda as this was definitely her breakthrough performance. I really liked Steven Ma in here too, as well as Kent Cheng.

    This series is definitely one of my favourite TVB series of all time. I wrote a review on it too! Don't remember if I sent it to you though.

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  4. Bridget, just checked the list and indeed you have sent one to me before and I have posted it some time ago.

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  5. Great review Funn! :) Definitely agree with you! I actually quit TVB now. No series interest me anymore. A Journey Called Life was probably the last TVB series that I truly loved. It went downhill from there. Lol.

    Linda got into Top 5 for "Best Actress" category in 2008 (the year the series was aired) for her performance as Ka Ka so I think that counts as recognition. Plus she earned high praises all around.

    2008 was a year of high & low for Linda. Ka Ka allowed her to soar but her stupid role in Moonlight Resonance sent her way down. :\ Fortunately TVB "ignored" Yu So Chau in the awards.

    What do you think of Linda as Elise? I thought she did a fantastic job too, better than Ka Ka. As Ka Ka I felt she exaggerated and overacted some scenes (in the first half). The still birth scene is by far her best performance to date (so realistic). She cried for an hour to film it.

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  6. MetalAZNWarrior, first of, thanks for your compliments.

    Now to the crux of the matter, how can you quit TVB?? Remember that stupid line in Brokeback Mountain "I wish I knew how to quit you?". Well I can use that with TVB and I can't quite TVB because the whole damn channel is on my TV and it is way more entertaining than China/Taiwan series. In fact I kinda quite Taiwan series when it is all about idol series.

    Don't quite TVB just yet. You may discover gems like JTTW, Safe Guards or like this series or my anticipated series Rosy Business. Everyone will come up with junk but sometimes 10 craps there may be 1 treasure and I prefer to think TVB in line with that 1 treasure, however much I may complain.

    Ahhh give TVB another chance!

    As for Elise, truth is Gem Of Life is like a schizophrenic series. I will explain later in my review. But again Linda Chung was wonderful as the super annoying Elise who turned good towards the end, or at least where I am watching. I like her Wong He. She really has chemistry with the oddest men! A pity her character is not really that fleshed out but interestingly for a series so brimming with women, Elise is considered one of the better written ones in here. Of course TVB had 80 episodes or so? Even then I see more question marks than answers. I hate Elise but I like Linda Chung. Kudos to her.

    And even in Moonlight Resonance some of the best scenes is always her and Hor Ma, ever noticed that? Ok she cries non stop but if my mom was as bad as that and guilt is eating me, I will cry non stop.

    Who shouldn't cry non stop? Those taiwanese series, those Manchor time series, cry cry cry cry cry throw table cry cry caress hand cry cry throw plates cry cry cry hug.

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  7. With the abundant amount of American TV series out there, I can no longer bring myself to watch TVB (or any Asian drama).

    Beyond the Realm of Conscience was the last straw for me. It was really crap. I felt cheated of my time. I tried and gave TVB chances over and over again only to be disappointed.

    While there was a good series now and then I feel that every TVB series is the same now -- just different people & names. I feel that I've seen every series. I also can't stand the slow pace anymore. I don't want to watch peripheral characters/stories. I can't even watch old series. :\ I just don't enjoy TVB anymore.

    Entertainment should be about strong writing, great acting, and high production value, right? Many, many US TV series deliver on that aspect. I love that there are more and more serialized series these days (no longer stand-alone procedure dramas and/or sitcoms) so I'm never bored or void of series to watch. Furthermore, it's a lot more time-effective for me. I can devote less time and get to enjoy more series. :)

    I'm much happier with my TV watching now than when I was with TVB having a blog a few months ago/last year.

    It's strange to suddenly not be a TVB fan anymore about being one for 10+ years (and being an online fan at forums with my own site & blog for 9 years) but my heart has honestly closed on TVB. I can't care about it anymore. I can't afford to waste those hours.

    Hope you understand! But I will continue to read your reviews and check out your blog. I seem to agree with what you think for the most part.

    Gem had a lot of potential but they wasted the amazing cast. I wanted to give up but because of Ada & Linda I continued to watch. Luckily the series gets a LOT better in the last 20 or so episodes and in the end it felt worth it. It all tied together well at the end I thought. Anticipating your review!

    Agree, Linda shines with veterans. If she has a good co-star who can teach her, she does well. Wong He & Linda get along well and he taught her a lot (which is why I believe her Elise is well-acted).

    I love the scene in Moonlight where Linda stands up to Michelle and gets slapped. Though she cries well I wish TVB would stop giving her the pitiful crying role who only worries about romance. I think she's good with versatility. It's refreshing to see Linda transform into different characters. Impressive.

    By the way, Steven & Linda have such awesome chemistry because he was her first on-screen lover in 2004 in her debut Virtues of Harmony II. They are very comfortable with each other and treat one another like bro/sis -- very touching how Steven is protective & takes care of her. When the media criticized Linda in the past Steven defended her (particularly the Moonlight backlash). I love their chemistry. They look great together.

    They have 2 other series after Journey: recently-released A Watchdog's Tale (also with Kent; Linda's role is a tomboy -- have you heard about this series?) and Ghost Writer (upcoming series about Dark Tales writer). I can't stomach HK/TVB comedy anymore so I couldn't watch Watchdog (though I'm happy it got good ratings & reviews).

    Ghost looks tragic & dramatic -- very beautiful. Linda's role is challenging (lots of crying again) and she actually had insomnia for 3 months while filming the series. Out of all upcoming TVB series this is the only one that captivated me. I might check it out when it's released. Have you heard of it?

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  8. I didn't know Linda and Steven were paired before A Journey Called Life. Interesting.

    Of the 2 series you mentioned, I have seen the 1st episode and trailers and promos for the dog series. Frankly, if you must know, I hate it whenever TVB make series from pet's perspective, even if again Linda is playing against type. I don't think I want to watch that one. The other Ghost? Never heard of it. What is it about? If Dark Tales writer wrote it it must be ancient costume series about love between the living and the dead? Sounds very interesting. Haven't seen such series in a long time. I hope there won't be any cheap special effects. Could it be Steven is the dead one and Linda the living, since loads of crying?

    I don't think I will put Beyond The Realm Of Conscience as the bar of quality for TVB. Ever notice those series they promote like crazy always tank in terms of quality?

    Now I wonder whatever happened to that Raymond-Tavia-Galileo rip off series??

    Ok now to American series. Some are quite good, some are excellent but they have their fair share of crap in high profile series like the entire CSI franchise, Grey's Anatomy and such. There are great ones but even these days American TV is suffering from bad ratings or bad executive decision.

    What's your current favourite show?

    You've been a fan of TVB for 10 years? I think I have been for well...more than 20 years. I remember vividly Looking Back In Anger as one of my first series, one that I watched back to back chasing after it. I can't remember anything before it though. So my generation starts at Deric Wan to be more precise since Felix Wong has been there far longer. I wish Deric Wan and Felix Wong would make another series. At least the acting will be amazing.

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  9. Here's the trailer to Ghost Writer: http://www.megavideo.com/?v=LV559EV2

    Beautifully haunting trailer full of dramatic intrigue, right?

    It's an ancient series set in Qing dynasty about Pu Song Ling (Steven) and how he came to write Dark Tales stories. Both Steven & Linda are humans. Fala is also in the cast but this time not as Steven's sister but his lover. She's a fox spirit.

    Linda's character is a smart girl who fights demons. She knows martial arts. In the series, all of her family member dies. In the beginning she's trying to find her sister (who turns out is a ghost). Not really sure of all the plot details, but Linda will be forced to marry Sunny Chan, will be a ghost, and will also be turned into a spirit/demon. So plenty of emotional scenes and drama to act out.

    Unfortunately due to the supernatural nature of the series there will be lots of special effects. Hopefully they won't look too cheap and take away from the dramatic story-telling. It is from the same producer as Journey and Watchdog.

    Raymond/Tavia Galileo rip-off is upcoming release (already finished filming and in post-production). Called The Mysteries of Love.

    I started watching TVB back in the early 90's (so over 15 years) but I only "actively" became a TVB fan starting in 2001 when I joined online world and rented my own series.

    Ratings in US is suffering I believe because a lot of people don't watch TV "live" anymore or even on TV. Plenty of people stream and download (myself included).

    There will always be ups & downs in television as it's not high-budget or quality as movies. It's rushed so it's acceptable. You can't ask for perfection in every episode. :) However, in terms of hits & misses, I'd say US series hit far more than miss.

    Currently watching the following: Mad Men (Season 2), LOST (Season 1), Desperate Housewives (Season 6), Brothers & Sisters (Season 4), The Vampire Diaries (Season 1), How I Met Your Mother (Season 5), Glee (Season 1), Modern Family (Season 1), Cougar Town (Season 1)

    So as you can see I have my TV watching full. :P Might start watching The Good Wife when I'm done Mad Men season 3 because of all the high praises & ratings.

    If I had to pick my most favorite current series it has to be The Vampire Diaries -- exciting, compelling plot with well fleshed-out characters.

    The one thing I dislike sometimes about US TV is the random hiatus throughout the year. Although I don't mind it that much anymore since I have 100+ episodes of LOST to watch.

    Are you watching any US series?

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  10. I really like the character Si Ka Ka. A wery well written character. I saw the episode where she tried to sell drugs to save her company. Usually, in TVB world, if the character is innately good, he/she will never touch drugs. Even 'good' gangsters will has principle to not sell drugs even though they do other illegal stuff. Here, we have Si Ka Ka, who actually tried to sell drugs. This made her character very real. She has very real flaws, just like those youth who deviated from the right path in the real world.

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  11. She will change because of what happened to her best friend. It also shows how good an influence is Onn Boy is. Which is why their love story may be boring but it is also very real. Mix with positive people and you will end up with positivity too.

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  12. I didn't notice there is a link to Ghost Writer trailer! But from what I can see, Steven Ma seems to die! What?! Sunny Chan is the bad guy and I don't think I have ever seen Linda with so many hairstyle before.

    BUT what a pair. I am beginning to like Linda-Steven combo rather than Raymond-Linda combo.

    Do tell when Mysteries of Love (an indication how terrible the series will be with such a blahhhhhhh title-Raymond you ain't Yukawa sensei!!!!!!!!) is released. Am sure it will be a hit but a hit doesn['t make it good, low ratings do not make it crappy.

    Sorry must repeat;

    RAYMOND YOU AIN'T YUKAWA SENSEI!!!!!!!!

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  13. Steven's character can't die. Otherwise how can Pu Song Ling finish writing Dark Tales stories? :P

    I personally believe that Linda is a ghost in the end and Fala is a fox.

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  14. kidd5.4.10

    Personally, I've never thought Raymond and Linda that matching. I always thought Linda match with Steven more.

    Anyway, watching the scene where Ah Hing working in a coffee shop and his brothers went to sabotage him. Why they did that to their own brother? I can understand if they want to make Ka Ka's life hell. But, this is their own biological brother. What happen in between? I miss a few episodes.

    Secondly, why Ah Hing chose a job that need writing when he knew his own weakness? Couldn't he find a job that just handskill more i.e. being apprentice in bakery, learning carpentry or even be a comic artist.

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  15. Anyway, watching the scene where Ah Hing working in a coffee shop and his brothers went to sabotage him. Why they did that to their own brother? I can understand if they want to make Ka Ka's life hell. But, this is their own biological brother. What happen in between? I miss a few episodes.

    Because his siblings are bullies, pure and simple. No other reason other from the fact they love to belittle him.

    Secondly, why Ah Hing chose a job that need writing when he knew his own weakness? Couldn't he find a job that just handskill more i.e. being apprentice in bakery, learning carpentry or even be a comic artist.

    Because he didn't know his own worth or skill. He is quite timid. He is a good guy but also a quiet and well mannered man. He needed a job and would have coped well if not for his brothers. Later he will make good use of his handskill in carving things.

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  16. In the hospital scene, yes, Onn Boy did slap his sister. I don't remember exactly what he said but it's something a long the line of "That's baby is called Shing Hoi Yin. She's my daughter. You killed you own child not enough, but, you even killed my daughter."

    Personally, I think Roy is not as bad as Sum. They both love money. But, at least, Roy still has a conscience. He wanted to be responsible and take care of Sam and the baby. It's Sum who didn't want to loss her luxurious lifestyle. Roy loves her very much but she love money more.

    It's kinda interesting. In Onn Boy's family, every family member is nice and down to earth except Sum who is extremely materialistic. In Dai Fun's family, all her kids are bad unfilial kids except Hing. How doid these two turn out to be so different from the rest of the family?

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  17. How doid these two turn out to be so different from the rest of the family?

    That's the ironies of life. Whatever you do sometimes things just doesn't turn out to be the way you want it.

    Yes I agree Sum was stupid but as Roy's father scolded Roy, Roy knew better and should have stopped her. He wasn't any better than her.

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