Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Hong Kong Drama - Heart of Greed 溏心風暴
I have been hooked to this Hong Kong drama (40 episodes) recently showing on Starhub channel 55 every Monday to Friday 9pm, titled "Heart of Greed" as alot of my favourite artistes are starring in the drama like Raymond Lam, Moses Chan, Tavia Yeung and Linda Chung. The exciting plot which focuses on the head of the family, Tong Yan Gai's family feuding over his abalone business and assets after his death and the love relationships centering around the 3 male leads, Moses Chan, Raymond Lam and Bosco Wong, makes the drama even more interesting. The reception was excellent for the series when it was showing in Hong Kong in 2007, and subsequently led it to win many of the TVB Anniversary Awards in 2007, including the 'Best Series' Award.
Due to the success of the series, an indirect sequel was produced. While featuring a similar cast, "Moonlight Resonance" has a different storyline and would be released in Hong Kong in July 2008.
Back to the drama, Tong Yan Gai 唐仁佳(Ha Yu) is the head of the family and owns a sea-products store. He has 4 children, Tong Chi On 唐至安 (Moses Chan), Tong Chi Yat 唐至逸 (Bosco Wong), Tong Chi Foon 唐至歡 (Lai Lok Yi) and Tong Chi Yan 唐至欣 (Fala Chen). Together, the Tong family run a happy family, full of laughter. Gai is married to Ling Hau 凌巧(Louise Lee) and has a concubine Wong Sau Kam 王秀琴 (Susanna Kwan). Hau had cancer and didn't expect to survive and wanted Gai to be happy with another woman and wanted Kam to take care of him after she dies, but she recovered. Her siblings Ling Lei 凌莉 (Michelle Yim) and Sheung Joi Duk 常在德 (Lei Seng Cheung) also stay with the family and help out in the family abalone business.
Kam thinks that she has no power in the family because she has no true status and becomes a woman stirring a range of petty acts that tend to haunt her in full circle. She seeks the family fortune and in order to do that she causes trouble in the family. Hau, a wise lady pulled the family back together and turned their frowns into smiles. Unfortunately, Hau's cancer comes back and she dies leaving her struggling family behind. It seems like a peaceful family, but Kam starts planning evil ideas with Sum's brother Duk and together they cause a lot of trouble in the family.
Some other characters in the drama are Linda Chung, who stars as Sheung Joi Sum, the love interest of On and Ching Leung(Raymond Lam). Sum starts off the series as a poor, unconfident and struggling young woman trying to look after her father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. On, who had feelings for her was rejected by her because she loved another man, Leung. It so happens that she manages to end up working with him in a lawyer firm and they eventually develop a relationship. Yoyo Mung stars as Shui Mak Mak (Yoyo Mung) who is Sum's best friend and also likes Leung and is a third party in their relationship. Tavia Yeung stars as Cheuk Man Lai Jackie, who is Yat's wife.
My favourite character in the drama is On and i was really impressed with Moses Chan's acting as On as he was so cute and funny in the drama. He really makes the character of On real likable. Nicknamed Xiao Bao, after his father’s nickname Da Bao in the drama, On is the closest to Gai. He is bubbly, optimistic, friendly and also very witty, being able to be flexible in any situation.