Thursday, August 14, 2008

Moonlight Resonance / 溏心風暴之家好月圓

(Updates: "Moonlight Resonance" has started showing on Channel U every Mondays to Fridays, 10:00PM since 30 June 2011)

This new Hong Kong drama is an indirect sequel to the 2007's award winning series, Heart of Greed and features most of the original cast members from the previous drama like Louise Lee, Ha Yu, Susanna Kwan, Michelle Yim, Raymond Lam, Moses Chan, Bosco Wong, Linda Chung and Tavia Yeung. I had enjoyed seeing the pairing of Raymond Lam and Linda Chung in the previous drama and looks forward to their acting in this drama.

This grand production was released on 28 July 2008 and is currently airing in Hong Kong till September 2008. It will focus on Louise Lee getting her family back together in the background of their family bakery business. I have watched the first episode online and finds the plot interesting. I also enjoys watching drama with a food theme and it is also quite heartwarming to see a drama made to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, which is a time for unity and happiness.

The story goes that Chung Siu Hor (Louise Lee) and her husband Gam Tai Jo (Ha Yu) have been working hard for many years to establish a famous reputation for their Moonlight Cake Shop. However, Hor discovers that Jo committed adultery with her best friend Yan Hung (Michelle Yim) and she breaks up with him miserably. Hor brings along her children Gam Wing Ho (Raymond Lam), Gam Wing Hing (Fala Chen), and her adopted daughter Suen Ho Yuet (Tavia Yeung) and sets up another cake shop for a living.

Hung moves in to live with Jo and she starts playing tricks in the family. She tries pleasing her mother-in-law Sheh Kwan Lai in every way while disuniting her stepsons and Jo. Outside the family, Hung starts expanding their business rapidly. Hor’s younger sister Chung Siu Sa (Susanna Kwan) is displeased. Sa decides to fight for the ownership of their cake shop’s brand name in court with Hung. Their relationship with Hung further deteriorates. Jo cares a great deal for his sons and daughters, but doesn’t know how to raise them. He will only put on the appearance of a father.

Apart from the cake shop business, Hor also spends a lot of efforts on her children. Her oldest son Gam Wing Ga (Moses Chan) is not interested in managing the cake shop at all. On the surface he is frivolous, boastful, eloquent, business-oriented, always fixated on the stock market, has the countenance of a stock broker, and is careless towards family affairs. In truth, his character is cold on the outside, hot on the inside. He cares deeply about love and has clear distinction between love and hate. He is full of pride and does not want to depend on his father and stepmother's help and wish to be self-reliant. He also develops an entangling relationship with his cousin Lo Ga Mei (Kate Tsui) and Yuet at the same time.

On the outside, Yuet appears strong, but her heart is actually quite frail. Hor isn’t Yuet’s birth mother, but the mother who nurtured is bigger than the biological mother. Therefore Yuet is especially grateful to Hor for taking care of her. However, in Yuet’s heart, she cannot bury her “Not a Gam family member” inferior thinking. That is why Yuet whole-heartedly looks for someone who can bring her happiness.

On the other hand, Hor’s younger son Wing Ho takes up the role of a father in the family and he works hard all of the time to earn a living. After Jo and Hor divorced, he became the family’s "Housekeeper”. He dares to undertake burdens and is hot on the outside and inside. He understands that he is the only male in the family and has the responsibility to maintain the family’s integrity. Naturally bright, he is smart and clever. He is deeply loved by his parents and grandmother and so on.

Wing Ho loves his childhood friend Chau (Linda Chung) whole-heartedly, By coincidence, Ho and Chau met again on the ferry they used to ride together, Ho then discovered Chau is now an intern doctor. Chau was as warm and close as before, causing Ho to remember their sweet moments during childhood. Since then, Hung and Hor’s conflicts have escalated, causing turbulence in both families. This actually resulted in Cho and Ho being closer, Ho gave everything for his family, Cho saw this and admired him.

When the relationship between Ho and Chau deepened, Shun (Bosco Wong) interferes. As Cho and Shun worked in the same hospital, they developed feelings for each other. Ho knows that he cannot compare to Shun in terms of status and background, so he feels Shun is the person who can give real happiness to Cho. So Ho decided to retreat and let the two to be together.

Hor works hard unconditionally to strive for the well being of her family members. Hung, on the other hand, is a very mean person who values her own benefits only. Jo is caught between the two women all of the time and he feels helpless. One day, a disaster happens at the cake shop. Here comes a time when human nature, family bonds, and love are brought to a trail…

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