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  • Saturday, January 27, 2007
    Dicey Business Review: Part one

    Background:
    Kiu Jing Chor (Michael Miu) is a successful CEO of a casino called Onisac, who has worked very hard to earn his fame and money that he has now. His life is the opposite of his adversary Chai Foon Cheung (Bobby Au-Yueng). Ah Chueng has nothing, running away from his past (losing his brother) he ends up in the Philippines were he coincidentally runs into Chou Fok Ying (Benz Hui). With the help Ah Chor and Ah Ying, he is able to get his life back together. And the three become the best of friends.

    With the introduction of Lee Ching Wan (Jessica Hsuan), an addicted gambler, she complicates everyone’s lives in many ways. Ah Chueng find his long lost brother who coincidentally is Ah Wan’s tenant back in Hong Kong.

    When things start to turn against Ah Chor, he starts going down a dark path. A path that he himself is not able to turn back. He loses everything, his love (Ah Wan), his friends (Ah Chueng and Ah Ying), money, fame. While Ah Chueng gains everything that he used to have, including Ah Wan.

    He gambles his life away trying to gain back what he loses, only to further go down the wrong path. In the world of gambling, there is always someone that loses.

    Cast List
    :
    Chai Foon Cheung (Bobby Au-Yueng)
    Kiu Jing Chor (Michael Miu)
    Lee Ching Wan (Jessica Hsuan)
    Cheung Loi Fu (Bosco Wong)
    Kiko Chung Chui Yee (Tavia Yeung)
    Chou Fok Ying (Benz Hui)

    Overall Cast:
    I’m not going to individual critique of the main cast because I felt that everyone did a standup job. Impressive for the standards of today. Where each series contains that weak link, and filled with inexperienced cast.

    The trio Bobby Au-Yueng, Michael Miu, Benz Hui, truly stole the show with their talent and experience. Who said men can’t cry? These three prove that they can. I forgot I was watching a series… I truly felt all the emotions all the characters were feeling.

    What I loved:
    Benz Hui- He stole the show at the end. Plain and simple. His character was so sweet, and so unselfish. He was a simple guy, a friend that every one would like to have. He was a mediator between his friends, taking both sides. No matter what anyone said, he would stand up for them even when things looked grim. His simple solution to all the problems in the world? Hot Pot.

    Bobby and Jessica’s friendship- I’m just saying friendship here. I am personally not a fan of their romantic relationship, but as friends. They rocked! They were just so fun to watch on screen, whether they were fighting or I would like to call it bickering. I love bickering couples! All my favorite couples bicker. There was just such an intense friend chemistry that no one can deny. BFFs!

    Bosco and Tavia: One word: Cute!! They are so sweet together.

    Michael and Jessica's "Love": Besides how they got together *rolls eyes at the originality of it* I couldn’t help but to like these two together. Was it true love? I would like to believe it was. I never thought that I would see the chemistry between these two. I was pleasantly surprised.

    The trio Bobby Au-Yueng, Michael Miu, Benz Hui. Hot pot!!! Ying’s Honey and Baby.

    Not so much

    Tavia Yeung- That wisps in her speech irked me to no end… how is her character perfect without it (referring to Tavia adding the wisp to make her character not so perfect) She was ditzy but she had a good heart. Besides the wisps, I liked her character.

    Bosco Wong- He was so cute when he started working at the Casino. All the way up to when he left the casino I really liked his character. Then he became so naïve. It kills me that he chose that path. Okay and one more thing, I do not believe he was the best actor in the series… just look at the show from an objective standpoint, I know there is a lot of Bosco fans around but his acting was grossly overshadowed by more talented and more experienced actors. He still needs a few more years. Plus he’s change in character was a bit awkward.

    Simple equations for DB
    Ah Chor + Ah Wan = Bad Luck
    Ah Chueng + Ah Wan = Good Luck

    Part Two: Coming Soon.
    posted by toomanysidesofme @ 11:14 PM   9 comments

    Sunday, January 07, 2007
    TVB Top Ten Artists Vote
    There is a poll over at NetMovie (China Site) here

    I voted for Jess of course, with my newly rejuvenated fan-ish behavior due to Dicey Business. I well ashamed that I had dropped my interest in her these past few months.

    I say Vote for Jess! She is in Third with 3,385,477 votes behind Liza Wang and Tavia Yeung.

    No limit
    so VOTE VOTE VOTE!

    Instructions: Here (provided kindly by sehseh)

    I know that Jessica has a huge fan base in China due to her exposure there due to her famous series, pairings, fuctions, etc. I think Jess is very lucky to have so many series that really boost your popularity. Also an added plus that she has filmed a few series outside TVB. Will Drive For Life, make her popularity explode once again? well we will have to wait and see.

    I have to admit I don't know why TVB chose her to do this series. I see this as a huge promotion series, mainly to make money and to expose TVB artist to the China Market. Jess already has that China fanbase, is TVB trying to tap into that to ensure its success? Now that Jessica is no long managed with TVB, is there any true gain for TVB if Jessica becomes Highly Successful. Or is it that these Grand Productions needs people that are very experienced and Jess is a representation of that generation that seems to have disappeared? Or is Jessica's loyalty to TVB for so many years being paid back with this popularity boosting series? Big questions about the world of TVB politics... (sorry this whole paragraph was just a mindless rant)

    On a different note, Jessica's lock is fresh. The short hair reminds me of her early days. Sigh I still miss her long hair.

    and remember to Vote!
    posted by toomanysidesofme @ 1:06 PM   0 comments

    Monday, January 01, 2007
    Golden Faith part 2: Dicey Business?
    I have to admit I never thought I would be so engulfed in this series. I was planning to watch it when it all comes out and when I have more time (which would be in June) but I had a little time this busy vacation and I said why not?

    First few episodes doesn’t really grab you, its basically Bobby’s character with nothing and raising up from the ashes and having a steady job and stop gambling. Things get interesting, when he returns to HK and really pick up when Love is thrown into the show. Though it has its draggy part, I haven't noticed though... MAJOR SPOILERS ahead

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    Golden Faith part 2: Dicey Business?

    I can’t help but to think of the similarities that these two series share. Golden Faith has to be one of my favorites series of all-time, because of the amazing chemistry exhibited by Gallen and Jess and the hurdles they had to jump to finally be together.

    So how are the two series similar?

    Cast for Reference
    DB
    Kiu Jing Chor (Michael Miu)
    Lee Ching Wan (Jessica Hsuan)
    Chai Foon Cheung (Bobby Au-Yueng)
    Cheung Loi Fu (Bosco Wong)
    Kiko Chung Chui Yee (Tavia Yeung)

    GF
    Ivan Ting Sin Boon (Gallen Lo)
    Rachel Ching Tin Lam (Jessica Hsuan)
    Chung Sau Hong (Deric Wan)
    Oscar Ting Sin Hang (Raymond Lam)
    Tam Chu Mei (Tavia Yeung)

    The Biggest Similarity is the Love Triangle.
    One Girl, Two Guys. One Decision.

    Ching Wan was friends with (Fai Lo) Ah Cheung. She met CEO (as she call him before) Ah Chor, and always admired him. She got involved with both Ah Chung and Ah Chor, who are sworn-Brothers.

    Ching Wan was help by both guys though rough and difficult times. Ah Chor help get past her parents death that she had kept tucked away all these years. She was help by both to quit gambling. And Ah Chueng as always had been there for her, in a very open mutal relationship, as she had done the same for him

    Ah Chor broke it off because he was being blackmail and it would put her in greater danger if he was involved with him, he let her go despite loving her. From friendship with Ah Chor grew into a relationship. But when Ah Chor lost everything, Ah Wan was there. And he came back for her when she was in the middle of a relationship with Ah Cheung. Now Ah Wan is faced with a difficult decision of which path to take The Safer Path (one with stability and openness) or Love with everything that comes with it…including several broken hearts.

    Now doesn’t that seem familiar to Golden Faith?

    Jess again this time as Rachel stuck in the middle of two guys one who is safe and stable, the other is who she truly loves but has broken her heart numerous times. Ivan and Ah Hong are brothers fighting for the same girl…in which Jess here chooses Ivan.

    Sigh I really do think it’s the Curse of the Long Series for Jess…

    Anyways my prediction is that she chooses Ah Chor but in the end, ends up with neither.

    Bobby and Jess’s chemistry is wonderful… as Best Friends. Which I love seeing them together but I don’t see any romantic love between the two. I say better off as friends.

    Michael’s character is not cut and dry bad guy or good guy, he very complex. He is not perfect, he has made so many mistakes. I have to admit I never though Jess and Michael would have such chemistry. I really do believe that Michael’s character really loves Jess. But then there is always trouble in paradise for these two. I think they been together for less then a few days as a couple (in which they slept together for sure on more than 3 occasion, shocker there). This next thing is mind blowing, I don’t remember the last time Jess’s character actually cheated, okay I don’t mean emotionally cheated, Cold Blooded Warm Heart which was over 10 years ago! Poor Bobby…

    Simple equations for DB
    Ah Chor + Ah Wan = Bad Luck
    Ah Chueng + Ah Wan = Good Luck

    I know that only very bad things can happen in the end of the series… lets just see with the last 5 episode… then a real review! And more comparison with Golden Faith (yes there is tons more)
    posted by toomanysidesofme @ 4:25 PM   3 comments

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