The drama tells the story of Consort Shen and Prince of Guangping (who later becomes Emperor Daizong of Tang). Actress Jing Tian plays the consort while actor Ren Jialun as the prince; Wan Qian stars in a supporting role as Dugu Jingyao, a general who later becomes the king’s concubine.
Chinese TV shows
Promotional images for Chinese drama series The Imperial Doctress, starring Liu Shishi, Wallace Huo and Huang Xuan. The drama is based on famous female doctor Tan Yunxian [1461–1554, wiki] in Ming Dynasty, the plots seem fictional though.
Regardless of the storyline, the costumes look really neat and attentive to details. It’s also said to adhere to the real fashion in that era.
Lives of Omission is a Hong Kong TVB drama series. It’s a spin-off of crime drama E.U. (2009) with Michael Tse reprising his role as Laughing Gor, an undercover cop. His co-stars includes Bosco Wong, Fala Chen, Kate Tsui and Damian Lau. Premiering in Malaysia and Hong Kong next week.
Laughing is an undercover officer who infiltrates a large triad in the original show. Gor literally means brother, a term for senior gang members. Laughing Gor becomes the right-hand man of the crime boss, and at some point it’s not certain whether he sees himself as a gangster or policeman.
His affiliation becomes clear when he sacrificed himself to save another cop late in the series. Despite not being THE main role, the character becomes so popular that TVB jointly produced a prequel/spin-off movie, Turning Point, shortly after the end of the show.
The film was a decent success and prompted TVB to revive the character in Lives of Omission. The loose sequel/spin-off follows Laughing after he completes his undercover mission. He joins the the Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CIB) and becomes the handler for other undercover agents instead.
Laughing is the only notable character from E.U. in the new series. Fala Chen – who starred in Turning Point as Karen, Laughing’s girlfriend – plays a different role as senior inspector of CIB who resembles her character from the film. The actress will also appear as Karen in some flashbacks.
The supporting cast includes Cheung Kwok-Keung, Elena Kong, Ben Wong, Derek Kok, MC Jin, Mandy Wong, Mary Hon, Daniel Chow, Bella Lum, Law Kwan Moon, Candy Yuen, Adrian Chau, Yu Yang, Sammy Sum, Det Dik, Eddie Li, Shermon Tang, Matthew Ko, Jim Tang and Marcus Kwok etc.
Some promotion images for the show below. Updated with news and short review.
Updates 2012 – Great drama / sequel movie
Life of Omission is the second highest rating drama series of 2011 in Hong Kong. It also won the Best Drama at the 2011 TVB Anniversary Awards, with Ben Wong named as the Best Supporting Actor.
It’s a great drama series. Good plot, nice action and great overall performance from the cast. To be frank the Laughing character is not as amusing after he becomes a real cop. The likes of Bosco Wong and Ben Wong steals the show instead, and this is probably the best performance of Fala Chen to date.
Not a fan of the ending though, it’s a bit rush and messy. Apparently it’s to pave way for a followup movie, Turning Point II, which aired in December 2011. Haven’t watched the film so I can’t tell much, hope it provides better closure than the TV series.
Promo stills of Hong Kong actress Charmaine Sheh in drama Female Constable (带刀女捕快, tentative English title), a China-HKG joint production. HKG actor Bobby Au Yeung is among the co-stars, with some other mainland Chinese cast.
Malaysian TV network Astro have launched their video on demand service (AOD) in partnership with Hong Kong broadcaster TVB. The first show on the service is The Drive of Life, a business drama filmed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China from United Kingdom.
The TV series is a joint production by TVB and CCTV. The story, which spans over 40 years, follows three brothers who overcome their prejudice and build a successful local automobile brand. The cars and factories in the show belong to Chinese company Geely but appear under a fictional entity.
The drama was filmed in Hong Kong, Beijing, Ningbo and Vancouver. The cast includes Damian Lau, Liao Jingsheng, Michael Miu, Charmaine Sheh, Jessica Hsuan, Joe Ma, Raymond Lam, Sheren Tang, Feng Shaofeng, Myolie Wu, Ron Ng, Toby Leung, Lawrence Ng, Zhao Ke, Gigi Wong and Maggie Chan.