Hakka Women (客家女人)
.— Wow -- absolutely awesome first 11 minutes! Definitely want to continue watching to see what happens next!
.—My only ‘complaint’ with the trailer is that the first 2 minutes or so were a bit torturous, as the 2 actresses who play the younger versions of Maggie and Prudence’s characters really weren’t good at all in terms of the acting. I have no clue who either young lady was, but I’m assuming they were newbies because their acting definitely needed work – the one who played the young Prudence especially, as she sounded like she was reading her dialogue. Even though that scene ‘sets the stage’ so to speak, it was very short and not really worth haggling over, so I’ll let it slide…lol!
.— The rest of the 8-9 minutes or so were primarily filled with scenes involving Maggie (her character’s name in the series is ‘Anson’) and her boyfriend Poon Chan Leung (his character is ‘AuYeung Shan’).
.—Of course, with Maggie’s acting chops, no need for me to go into how good her performance was (even if it was only the first few minutes of the series). As expected, Maggie’s acting was ‘spot-on’: from her facial expressions to body language to delivery of dialogue, she was great all around! Definitely enjoyed watching her scenes.
.—Poon Chan Leung was a surprise to me because even though I was familiar with who he was (a well-respected, award-winning theater actor), I had obviously never seen any of his acting performances before, so didn’t really know what to expect. He was great though and absolutely delivered the goods, holding his own opposite a strong, experienced actress such as Maggie. But then again, I probably shouldn’t be surprised – since Poon Chan Leung comes from the theater world, of course his acting would be good! As a sidenote – I personally ‘love’ theater actors/actresses and have a high level of respect for them!
.—So many familiar faces during that ‘wedding’ segment in the last few minutes! Of course, there were Prudence and Savio (both of whom will have significant screen time, since they are considered leads in the series – yay!!) – glad that we got to see a little bit of them in the first 11 minutes! Then during the actual wedding ceremony scene itself, there were May Tse and Wilson Tsui (happy to see Auntie May again – hadn’t seen her in such a long time!) – I also spotted Peter Lai and Leung Kin Ping in the crowd of wedding guests as well as a few others whose names I don’t remember at the moment.
.—Lastly (for now)….great ‘argument’ scene between Maggie and Prudence at the end! Absolutely looking forward to seeing how the relationship between these 2 sisters evolve and how much of an impact they will have on each other’s lives. Despite the fact that I’m not a fan of either of the female leads, I have a feeling that I’m going to end up enjoying this series!
Hidden Faces (三面形醫)
.—Very interesting series indeed! The clip was only 7 minutes, but yet there was already plenty going on -- we got to see all 3 main doctors (John Gor, Frankie, Wilson) in ‘action’…in those short 7 minutes alone, we already get to see what each doctor’s main specialty is as well as an idea of their personalities.
.—I’m actually quite excited to see Wilson Tsui playing a doctor again -- so far I like his character quite a lot. Frankie’s character also sounds interesting – definitely different from the way I’m used to seeing him (he definitely looks a bit haggard and ‘rough around the edges’ in this series, which I think is part of the character?)…anyway, sounds like he will be a doctor ‘with an attitude’!
.—I’m actually curious to find out the name of the actress who played Lun Jai’s mother in this segment – she definitely looks familiar....is that Koei Leung Suet Mei? Because there's a bit of a resemblance there but the voice doesn't sound like her (unless her voice changed or something). In any case, she was actually quite good in these first few minutes!
.— One thing that I was concerned about is whether the dialogue and some of the scenes will be able to pass the strict ‘censors’ of the Broadcasting Authority (now the Communications Authority). I have a huge feeling that when the series actually airs on TV, it will likely be heavily edited to fit within the restrictions of television rules (in that case, I prefer to watch the web version!).
.—Overall, this is definitely another series I am looking forward to watching!
Flow of the Years (歲月樓情)
.—For starters…what, only 5 minutes??? NO!!! Definitely not enough!!!
.—I actually really want to watch this series primarily because of the cast, since most of the ‘main players’ are artists whom I haven’t seen in awhile, so it will be nice to see them grace my television screen again!
.—I have a feeling this is going to be one of those series where even if the script / plot is not 100% up to par, it’s not going to be as noticeable because the acting chops of the main leads will make up for it. I mean, in what other series do we see such a talented group of actors / actresses? Ha Yu, Paw Hee Ching, Felix, Emily, Leila, Savio, Lam Lei, etc. – awesome cast!!
.—Glad that this clip actually has Leila in it (I must admit that I was a tad bit disappointed that the Police Boundaries clip didn’t have Leila…lol). She’s one of my favorite ‘newer generation’ younger actresses and I was really starting to miss seeing her in series!
.— Based on the clip as well as stuff I’ve read, it sounds like this series will have some interesting relationship arcs going on…no, I’m not talking about the typical love triangle stuff that we’re used to seeing, but rather a focus on all the other types of relationships outside of that (i.e. father/son, mother/daughter, friends and neighbors, etc.). Good to see that we’ll be able to get away from all that ‘lovey-dovey’ stuff for once and actually see some pure, intense relationship stories for a change!
.—And of course, having Felix in the cast is an added plus because that’s pretty much a guarantee that I’ll be watching this series (obviously a Felix supporter…haha!). His role actually sounds quite interesting in here and I’m really curious to see how everything turns out for him, especially in his relationship with his father (Ha Yu) as well as with Emily and Leila…oh and it doesn’t help that Felix had been ‘dropping hints’ on his Weibo earlier in the year after he read the script and actually started filming the series…made me even more curious to watch the series….lol!
.—Obviously a ‘must-watch’ for me! If this will truly be the ‘grand production’ opening series for HKTV once they get their license (well, at least that was the rumor, though not sure how true it is), I for one totally support it (though I’m ok with a few of the others being ‘opening series’ too)!