Photos credit: 中国梦想秀’s weibo and Michael Miu's Weibo
Some final thoughts on the overall reunion show….
** As a fan of the original series, I definitely wish that more of the cast could have been in attendance (because then it would have been a true reunion) – I mean, a good majority of the cast (i.e. Louise Lee, Lau Dan, Lau Gong, Rebecca Chan, Ha Yu, etc.) are still active in the industry, so it probably wouldn’t be too difficult for them to attend. Oh and it was awesome to see Wong Wan Choi and Sharon Yeung again, since both of them left the industry already and we rarely get to see / hear anything about them anymore. However, I really would have loved to see more of the artists who are no longer active in the industry and who we really haven’t seen for a long time attend -- i.e. Marilyn Wong (Wah Tsang), So Hung Shuen (Kwok Jing’s mom), etc. But anyways, no complaints -- I'm grateful that ZJTV even made the effort and were able to put such a show together!
** Sort of related to the point above, only 1 of the “5 Greats” (Kenneth Tsang, Yeung Chak Lam, Lau Dan, Lau Siu Ming, Chun Wong) attended the reunion in person – the “5 Greats” were a core component of the series and those actors’ awesome performances were part of what made the series such a classic (plus most of them are no longer active in the industry), so it definitely would have been a ‘historic moment’ to see them together again. Well, at least Chun Wong (Chow Bak Tong) attended and Kenneth Tsang (Wong Yeuk See) sent his regards via a video clip – I’m happy with that!
** Of course, without Barbara Yung, there will always be a missing void that can never be filled when it comes to a LOTCH reunion, but kudos to the organizers for at least making the effort to make Wong Yung a part of the show.
** In terms of the hosting -- I will admit that since I don't follow Mainland China entertainment at all, I had no clue who the hosts were -- but I feel that they did a pretty good job (especially Wah Shao). Though I do wish that they had done a little more homework in terms of the guests (since they did ask some stuff that anyone paying attention to HK entertainment would know) -- but I can't really fault them, since they are probably going off of a script and plus, the organizers are not from HK, so they probably are not as familiar with the artists as HK audiences would be.
** The organizers added some stuff in there that I feel didn't need to be there (like helping that guy fulfill his wish to perform in a kungfu segment, having those people come up to demonstrate kung fu-related moves and having the artists comment, that random part where some guy does some modern dance thing, etc.). It would have been better if they had focused entirely on LOTCH and talked more about behind-the-scenes stuff from filming the series rather than the non-related stuff.
** The theme song performances weren't that great (except for Felix Wong's rendition of course) and I actually cringed when the singers went completely off-tune or messed up on the lyrics, but hey, I applaud the effort -- especially since most of the singers were Mainlanders who don't
know Cantonese. And yes, I felt honored to hear Felix sing (I don't care how he sounded either)...LOL!
** I will admit that I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t much interaction between Yeung Hong and Muk Nim Chi during the show – they were a great couple in the series and I was hoping for a mutual sharing of memories together. But off camera, it looks like Michael and Sharon (as well as Michael’s wife Jamie) were able to get together and share about old times based on the conversations I’ve been following on their Weibos.
** The show overall was well done -- I absolutely enjoyed watching it and it absolutely brought back A LOT of fond memories! How I wish I was I could have been there in the audience!!!
Lastly, for old times sake…..here’s a fun picture I found on Michael Miu’s weibo. Lau Dan (Hong Chut Gong) wasn’t able to attend the reunion, but it looks like some of the cast bumped into him on the plane on the way back! Aww, sweet picture!
And here are 2 random backstage photos of the guys...