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Review for TVB drama ‘The Exorcist’s Meter’ (2017).

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2017 by vincentloy

Time for review to another TVB drama that I have watched completely after it aired its final episode just now in the weekend. ‘The Exorcist’s Meter’ which has 21 episodes in total, starred Kenneth Ma as a taxi driver who has accidentally awaken a kind-hearted spirit with power and duty to take down devils roaming on Earth. The drama also starred Mandy Wong, Hubert Wu, Hugo Wong, Moon Lau, Anthony Ho, Susan Tse, Ram Chiang, etc.

I didn’t have high expectation to this series before I started to watch it. To be honest, I decided to watch it because I have nothing else to watch at the moment. In the end, I was surprised by how good this drama turned out. It is not a lousy or ordinary paranormal-themed series. It’s not just about people seeing ghosts and catching demons in a heroic fashion. This series stood out over the rest in this particular genre due to the addition of some very moving storylines, heartfelt characters, and excellent performances by the cast.

First of all, the eyes of the series is on the lead actor; Kenneth Ma. After his success and popularity from his role in 2012’s ‘The Hippocratic Crush’, he didn’t have many good roles later on. This paves way for newer actors like Ruco Chan to speed ahead of him in the race to win best actor. Another newer actor, Vincent Wong is also on the rise very quickly with many fantastic roles in recent years. I’m starting to worry that Kenneth will be left out very soon if he didn’t have a good drama and a good role to take on. Finally, he is back to be noticed again with his role here as ‘Ma Kwai’ in ‘The Exorcist’s Meter’. His acting is very natural and this character gave him opportunity to showcase his acting skill through the many emotional scenes in this series. He nailed this taxi driver’s role perfectly. With his excellent performance here (and also another great work in ‘My Dearly Sinful Mind’ released early this year), I’m supporting him to win best actor at the Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards.

The other cast members were doing exceptionally well too, although they are mostly lesser-known TVB artists. Susan Tse is very convincing as Kenneth’s foster mother and I don’t mind her winning Best Supporting Actress again. Ram Chiang, Moon Lau and Hugo Wong are outstanding too. I think this drama really puts their acting to the limelight besides Kenneth. This drama also propels Hugo Wong to higher popularity from his very challenging villain role in this drama. He usually took very minor roles in the past and after this drama, I’m sure that he will be given more opportunities to take on bigger roles soon. He is also solid in ‘Recipes to Live By’ released early this year and hence, I have no doubt to support him for ‘Most Improved TVB Actor’ this year.

As mentioned earlier, this drama has a very good script. The loop scenes involving Kenneth’s dead parents, conflict and relationship between Kenneth and his foster mother, friendship between Kenneth and the stone spirit, Ber Ber (Moon Lau)’s relationship with Kenneth and her death, Anthony Ho’s tragic death, etc are all very sincere and moving. Even the action scenes involving demons in this drama are produced with effort as not to make them too typical, lousy or emotionless. Besides that, the two theme songs for this drama sang by Hubert Wu are also nice to listen too and they suit well to this drama. Well, there are still some areas in this drama that can be improved like the production designs, the CGI, some exaggerated acting (but still acceptable due to the nature of this story), etc. But overall, it is a highly enjoyable, fast-paced series that will also makes you cry several times. The ending for this series is also surprisingly good. The last scene is a great one when the stone spirit that sat in the taxi was actually Hou Zai (Kenneth’s younger brother’s soul). This is one solid, entertaining and touching drama that is not to be missed. It defies my expectation. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Exorcist’s Meter’ a total of 8.0. This is the one and only drama in the year 2017 that gets over 8 points from me.

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My AOD Favourites Awards 2012 Official Result

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2012 by vincentloy

My home has Astro but we do not subscribe to Astro on Demand that provides latest Hong Kong dramas. That is why I couldn’t get to watch the live broadcast of My AOD Favourites Awards 2012 yesterday’s night which is only aired on Astro on Demand channel. But then, I stay updated too with Hong Kong’s latest series. The Malaysia’s My Astro on Demand Favourites Awards 2012 was held yesterday at Sunway Convention Centre and was attended by 16 TVB artists, hence making it the award show with highest attendance of TVB artists held oversea (outside Hong Kong). The artists attending were Mandy Wong, Nancy Wu, Kate Tsui, Myolie Wu, Moses Chan, Roger Kwok, Tavia Yeung, Michael Tse, Raymond Lam, Kevin Cheng, Wayne Lai, Oscar Leung, Him Law, Ron Ng, Koo Ming Wah as confirmed earlier. And then at that awards night, Kenneth Ma turned up surprisingly too, making up to 16 in total, and all of them are heavyweight artists.

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Well, their presence at that night actually is a confirmation that everyone of them would be receiving at least an award from a total of 26 awards given out. It acts as an early prize for them before another round of much serious battle at the upcoming TVB 45th Anniversary Awards 2012 to be held on 17th December at Hong Kong. I was glad that this Malaysia’s awards presentation is getting bigger in scale and more popular, and that it is able to invite so many popular artists to the country. However, I find the number of awards presented is a bit too much, making the awards appear so easy to be given out to as many individuals as possible and unchallenging. Hence, I prefer the awards for top 15 drama characters to be reduced to top 10 or even only top 5.

Without wasting any more time, I would post the official result here below with my overall comments in the end. Before that, you can view the nomination list of this awards released quite a long time ago from one of my earlier posts found in my blog here too. By the way, congratulation to all the winners, and may this awards presentation gets more and more popularity and broadcast live to all Astro subscribers (unlike now showing only to Astro on Demand subscribers).

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My Favourite Drama Series
“The Hippocratic Crush”

My Favourite Actor in a Leading Role
Kenneth Ma (“The Hippocratic Crush”)

My Favourite Actress in a Leading Role
Tavia Yeung (“The Hippocratic Crush”)

5th Anniversary: My Favourite Classic Role
Michael Tse (“E.U.”)

My Favourite Actor in a Supporting Role
Him Law (“The Hippocratic Crush”)

My Favourite Actress in a Supporting Role
Nancy Wu (“Gloves Come Off”)

My Favourite On Screen Couples
Kenneth Ma & Tavia Yeung (“The Hippocratic Crush”)

My Favourite Promising Actor
Oscar Leung (“L’Escargot”)

My Favourite Promising Actress
Mandy Wong (“L’Escargot”)

My Favourite Drama Song
Raymond Lam (“Highs and Lows”)

My Favourite Top 15 Drama Characters
Him Law (“The Hippocratic Crush”)
Ron Ng (“L’Escargot”)
Linda Chung (“Witness Insecurity”)
Kate Tsui (“Highs and Lows”)
Michael Tse (“Sergeant Tabloid”)
Kenneth Ma (“The Hippocratic Crush”)
Roger Kwok (“Queens of Diamonds and Hearts”)
Tavia Yeung (“The Hippocratic Crush”)
Raymond Lam (“Highs and Lows”)
Wayne Lai (“The Confidant”)
Kevin Cheng (“Gloves Come Off”)
Bosco Wong (“Witness Insecurity”)
Myolie Wu (“Ghetto Justice II”)
Ruco Chan (“No Good Either Way”)
Moses Chan (“Master of Play”)

My Favourite “Outstanding” Popularity King
Koo Ming Wah (“Divas in Distress”)

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Many others have voiced out their satisfaction and positive feedbacks over this result, saying that this result is much pleasing to major audiences, compared to TVB’s decision that is too biased to certain artists or dramas in their awards presentation. Finally, Kenneth Ma took the best actor (most favourite actor in leading role)! His hard work is paid off. Sorry to Raymond Lam, as I find Kenneth performed better this year as Yat Kin in The Hippocratic Crush. Tavia Yeung is likeable as Zi Yu at the same series too, so giving best actress for her isn’t a problem as she had been in acting career longer than her other threatening opponent, Kate Tsui as a controversial drug queen in Highs and Lows. But at TVB awards 2012, I see that Kate Tsui had a higher chance. Yes, on-screen couples goes to Kenneth Ma and Tavia Yeung in the same series. They are so compatible and had chemistry together in the series. Love them both. Drama song goes to Raymond Lam for his theme at Highs and Lows. Well, that’s a good song but I still prefer the theme song for The Hippocratic Crush by Joey Yung. However, since The Hippocratic Crush sweep most of the awards, and so one major one is left for Highs and Lows. I am very happy that The Hippocratic Crush did so well eventhough it is aired earlier this year. Too bad, Michelle Yim didn’t get any award from The Confidant (and yet, Wayne Lai did). I hope she gets one but this awards gave disadvantage to The Confidant as it hasn’t finish airing yet. For favourite actor in supporting role, I actually prefer Power Chan over Him Law for his wonderful performance at The Confidant, but like I said earlier, many Malaysian audiences have voted even before the release of The Confidant. Well, can they broadcast this awards presentation on Channel Wah Lai Toi (311) soon? I want to watch it eventhough it’s over.

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Starting to get back to TVB series, just finished the whole series of ‘Three Kingdoms RPG’

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2012 by vincentloy

After several months of not watching any Hong Kong TVB’s series, I started to feel unusual on every night after work when I have no drama to catch. Then, TVB released quite an anticipating series last month, entitled ‘Three Kingdoms RPG’ starring Kenneth Ma, Raymond Lam, Tavia Yeung, Ruco Chan, Pierre Ngo, Sharon Chan and many other supporting casts. The story as clearly suggested from the title revolves on the three kingdoms back over thousand years ago, but begins with Kenneth Ma, an addicted online game player accidentally travelled back to three kingdoms era and met all those historical figures.

That is quite an interesting synopsis. TVB had not been using the idea of time travel on its series for many years already, after it had been adapted before in ‘A Step Into The Past’ and ‘The King Of Yesterday And Tomorrow’. It’s good to have the time travel idea back into its drama. ‘Three Kingdoms RPG’ also enabled me to learn a bit on the history of Three Kingdoms in ancient China, particularly introducing me to those historical figures like Zhuge Liang, Liu Bei, Guan Yu, Cheung Fei, Suen Kuen, Zhou Xou and many others.

The drama isn’t all only about telling the history. I like the part when Kenneth Ma whom is brought back to the historical era had to adapt to the environment and on the same time influencing the people in the past with modern stuff particularly in modern talks. It’s quite hilarious and entertaining to watch those parts. It has never been that funnier or interesting without the presence of his character. However, I find Kenneth’s character on this series to be a little bit annoying. The issue is not on Kenneth’s performance. He did very well on his acting. It is the poor handling to his character that makes him unlikeable. And I find that he looks much better on appearance in modern world rather than giving him historical character to portray. The ending showing him in the age of sixties waiting to return to Three Kingdoms era is quite interesting. But his singing of the song ‘You Are Always On My Mind’ which linked him to Tavia in the series is quite awful.

On the other hand, I’m disappointed with Raymond Lam’s performance. Luckily, this drama concentrated more on Kenneth Ma and his character’s development. Raymond Lam had been very ‘woody’ on his recent performance and I really get bored by his emotionless and ‘chok’ appearance which isn’t much suitable for the ancient time setting of the series. Zhuge Liang is a great war strategist but Raymond ruined that powerful character. Poor casting is a major issue for this series. Sharon Chan appears with not much of purpose on this series, available only in few short scenes. Selecting Pierro Ngo to act as Suen Kuen is a right decision. He gave a very impressive and solid performance as one of the influential and talented leaders in the Three Kingdoms era. Too bad, there isn’t a lot of emphasis on his character which can actually be developed further rather than having to share most of his on-screen time with Ruco Chan’s character that turned evil due to jealousy of Zhuge Liang’s knowledge.

I like the chemistry between Kenneth and Tavia after their on-screen couple presence in ‘The Hippocratic Crush’, a TVB medical-based drama released early this year. I find there isn’t anything much interesting going on between their relationship on this series and out of sudden, Szema Shun (Kenneth) had his unconditional love to Song Yau (Tavia) in the end after not having any feeling to her in most of the series. It’s disappointing that Szema Shun had not able to express his love to Song Yau after successfully travelled back to modern time while Song Yau couldn’t do so. The ending is quite touching and emotional eventhough the ending failed in a lot of other aspects, like not mentioning what’s going on to Three Kingdoms after the war. Many things are like unanswered in the end. What’s for letting Song Yau to arrive in modern world after Szema Shun had passed away? I am now guessing there must be some sort of strong response and reaction from those people in the Three Kingdoms era after Szema Shun suddenly went missing. There can be a very potential development to that point, but TVB couldn’t think of that direction to give a much better conclusion to the drama. Out of 10 points, I rate this drama 6.7. Ahh…and the visual effect is so awfully bad. Budget issue…

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