‘Limelight Years’, a very meaningful and positively-inspiring TVB drama.


‘Limelight Years’ (華麗轉身) is a Hong Kong’s TVB modern drama of 22 episodes which starred Liza Wang, Damian Lau, Linda Chung, Alex Fong, Eliza Sam, Michelle Yim, etc. It mainly revolves on an unlikely friendship blossomed between a veteran singer (whom is successful in her career but failed in two marriages and her relationship with her two daughters) and a photographer (whom doesn’t want to move on after the death of his daughter and wife) when they met in a flight to Taiwan. 101246grd01v9vfa4bgrvf First of all, I like the overall concept behind the drama’s storyline which is hinted in the drama’s title that is translated directly to ‘elegant transformation’. This drama teaches us that no matter how far or successful we go, we should look back to our root, turn around and mend the mistakes we make in our life. It also taught us not to give up, but to stand up elegantly from the problems, overcomes them and move on. It is certainly a drama filled with positive messages to all. The series also came with heavy emphasis on friendship and romance and touched on issues like fame and materialistic world we are in now.

Generally, I enjoyed every episodes of this drama. There is nothing intense or anything of actions, but there are still some dramatic moments, some hilarious scenes, some touching segments, some impressive acting-showcase bits, some beautiful sceneries (from Taiwan where parts of the shooting of the drama took place), and some meaningful messages as mentioned earlier. I am also surprisingly in the position to like the two songs (one always played almost in every episodes throughout the whole drama and another one is the main theme song) by Liza Wang, also the main actress in this drama. Both are very touching and have meaningful lyrics, and suit very well to this particular series.

Liza Wang is wonderful in this drama. Her character is fully presented, and she had no problem of taking this interesting character. She nailed all the emotional parts in the drama very well. She stands a chance for Best Actress award again by the end of this year. Damian Lau is also as good as always. Linda Chung is also far more natural on her acting in this series but her character here is too dumb and is easily fooled by Alex Fong. Talking about Alex, it has been many years of which he had not filmed any TVB dramas. Good to see him back but his acting is only at average. Even his buddy is more convincing than him. Eliza Sam is very bad (her shouting and facial expression are stiff and awkward). Even the newbie actor that portrayed her mentally-ill brother in this series did better. 20150513_EN_華麗轉身_01 2-150512150559A5 The final two episodes had just been aired yesterday. I like how it ends for Linda and Alex as a pair. I’m glad that it’s not the typical happy ending for this couple of which I’m not too happy for. It’s good that now Alex has to wait for Linda after she had done so for the whole drama. That’s a good conclusion for both of them. It’s also nice to see Liza Wang and Damian Lau becoming best friend after all the things they have been through from Hong Kong to Taiwan. This is a good quality ending to a good quality drama. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Limelight Years’ a total of 7.7.

(Images in this post are from TVB.com)

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2 Responses to “‘Limelight Years’, a very meaningful and positively-inspiring TVB drama.”

  1. Spot on . This serial is made watchable mainly due to Liza Wang and Damien Lau’s acting. Liza -gave a understatedly impressive performance well complimented by Damien’s more expressive nuances eg when he rolled his eyes at Liza’ antic. And his exasperation with her quietly diva ways. And the rather engaging dialogue that spars them at times esp last episode when he had to manage two bicycles for a diva who could not ride was refreshing. None of the oft repeated cliche lines from TVB depleted writing resources. We saw different side to Linda Chung’ acting. At least this role as Dik Dik stretched her rather lack of acting skills to a new level we have not seen before. At least she dared to move out of her comfort zone of playing sweethearts or girl next door roles into a performance that required her to cringe , cry, grimace , goof , smile, as her character went thru a myriad of emotional roller coaster. Her best role so far. The chemistry between her and Alex was lacking tho the storyline gave their roles much character exploration.

    A somewhat different n refreshing storyline from TVB told in an understated and elegant style. Liza and Damien’ acting – conveyed to us good acting need not shout nor require excessive facial nuances like the unbearably pseudo conscientiously ‘put on ‘ acting of some actresses eg Charmaine S .

  2. I haven’t completed this series yet and now at episode 15. What you mentioned about friendship, and about how materialistic the world could be from this series, I could not agreed more.
    However, I dislike at how Alex Fong character is until now. How can he be so blind and emotionless towards Linda Chung’s confession and what she has done for him. Is his career so important? And what kind of career is that to write about other people (Liza Wang) dark stories, which might even affect her family relationship. I was so irritated and dislike his character up to this point. And i could not believed, how can Linda’s character be so blind about this. Time after time, Alex Fong breaks her heart. When she thought she has hope, and Alex Fong has to just kill it. From this point onwards, it is a little bit hard for me to move on, but as usual, once i start watching a series, i will end it. 🙂

    Ok, now moving on to characters.
    I never watched Alex Fong in TVB series before (and seriously i had watched tons of them but he was never in any of them) I believed this is his first TVB series.
    Anyway, first few episiodes, he portray the character well as a charming romantic bachelor. I was attracted to him thinking that he is the best guy for Linda. True enough, i judge the book cover too early. Cause after that, i could not stand his character anymore. But, i have to give some credits to him to make me dislike him so much, meaning he is able to portray his character well. I feel he is still missing something in his acting, but could not tell what is that. Maybe lack some charismatic? 🙂

    Linda Chung: I feel her acting is the same from day 1 to now. Not much changes and i dont really feel her sadness when she is angry or sad. I feel like she force herself to act it out, hence i cannot feel it. One credit I can give her is that I can feel how she change from someone who is materialistic about getting married to a rich guy change to wanting to have a guy that she really likes and wish to spend the rest of her life with. In my opinion, i think that overall she still need to improve in her acting skill, i still feel that her acting is not at the height yet.

    Liza Wang: I have to give her a like for her acting. I think when she acts, she is acting her true self, coming from entertainment background at the young age, i believed she has gone through as much as her character in this series. This makes her even more convincing when she acts this character out. Maybe that marks the difference between a veteran artist with new artist. 😛

    Damien Lau: I dont really watch his series that much. But in this series, I can say that his acting is pretty good. He is able to bring out his character as Law Ban as a wise person but still make mistakes in his life as a normal human being. But able to realize and make amends to it.

    This is my thoughts so far for this series. Still have 7 more to go. 🙂 Hopefully towards the end will be better.
    Will comment more on the overall series once i finish. ^_^

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