The Most Disturbing Scene

8. “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Sherman Alexie

How Long
20+ tapes

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery — or at least, that’s what his adoptive
parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery,
then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her
rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin
couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is
adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship
with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the
mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to
know himself and where he came from – and over his many years, will
struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.

I wanted to put this here first coz this will be a rather lengthy review
so I might as well spare you the pain of knowing the obvious.Classic.It
doesn’t mean it is flawless but as far as the story and characterisation
goes,you would wish it was a TVB production but no,it is a collaboration
between ATV and another production company of the best of 1999.


Michael was so in love with Kathy that he pursued her relentlessly.He
didn’t and wouldn’t give up on this woman whom he had some years of
relationship together and they had broken up.Why you might ask?Because
this is one woman that didn’t want his money but wanted his affection
and love as opposed to other women.He had to wait in the rain for her
and withstand her icy composure when he is around.But he won because as
Kathy told Patrick why she was refusing Patrick’s love because Patrick
was never in the race for her love at all.All along it was Michael’s
race and actually Michael was already at the finishing line but it was
just a matter of whether she wanted to join him at the finishing
line.The fact that she was pregnant with his child was an added bonus
point for Michael of course.Now you may ask,how could she be pregnant
with his child when she got pregnant via artificial
insemination?Well,Michael asked his doctor friend to inseminate her with
HIS sperm.


Is Patrick Any Worse Than…

2. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng

Patrick was a poor boy from China but is educated and smart.And he is
also a very sweet boy that clearly loves his mother.But due to his
obsession and love for Kathy(which was unreturned in the same
proportion),he changed into an ugly man.He was not greedy but because
due to his intense desire to beat Michael in everything,he sold his soul
to the devil(so to speak) and he married his bosses’ daughter,Cat and in
turn tortured her emotionally by having an affair with a very bitchy
vixen in the form of Bi Bi.He even killed people,some indirectly,some he
didn’t mean too(including his very pregnant wife who became crazy when
she lost her baby) and in the end,to avoid prosecution for crimes he had
committed to whom only his mom knew of the true facts,the mom confessed
for his crimes and went to jail.But that was not enough because Michael
was trying his best to get his mom out.And so he pressures his mom to
take her own life so that the secret will be a secret for life.You will
hate him but yet,you will pity him because he was such a nice sweet
young man.

5. “Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari

But I must mention this.The best of this kind of series in
ATV/TVB,modern drama wise,for my generation(so forget about The Bund or
the 70’s) would be Looking Back In Anger with Felix Wong and a very
young but very good Deric Wan.That is in my opinion a classic of this
sort of the story.For this decade,well Flaming Brothers would be it.

9. “Sourdough” by Robin Sloan

The almost ending,where Deannie was in prison grounds trimming the
grasses(or well,doing something) and Patrick walked right up to her at
the fence and just looked at her with this intense stare.When she saw
his stare,she knew what she must do for her son.His stare was
like,”Prove it,Prove it that you love me more than Michael by doing what
I asked you to do” .Which she did and we all know that she loved him
more than Michael.


The Most Difficult Person To Be Is..

10. “The Dry” by Jane Harper

And last but not least,the best of the lot would be Michael Tao.He is a
fine actor and here,he is great.His Lei Siu Tin could be irritating at
first but you still like him no matter how mean he was.And personally,I
feel that if an actor who cries and when you cried with him,I would dare
say he did a great job.And the reason for watching this series will be
Michael Tao.He not only shines,but his performance is like a supernova,a
star explosion,which is big,long and very very bright.Excellent


Set in modern HK,it is a tale of rivalry,jealousy,bitter hatred of two
brothers and their mother who is caught between her love for two sons.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk
arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the
funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused
of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of
suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim
that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more
than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is
dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective
question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates
to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be,
long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them.
And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

The Worst Of The Lot is


Flaming Brothers [ATV]


We all will hate Patrick for the above reasons.It is not Michael coz
though he’s mean,he will only be at most,the Most Irritating
Character.But the one person that you’ll hate is Bi Bi,the mistress of
Patrick.If only I could be the mistress that could slap the wife of my
BF and insult her when I should be the one who should be insulted,I
don’t mind being the Bitch and Vixen here.She even pushed Kat during one
argument which was why she lost her baby.But justice would not be
long.She died in the arms of Patrick,or shall I say because of his arms
or hands.He strangled her when she became too much too handle.

Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie’s bond with
his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family
into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on
the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but
created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for
strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the
affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for
her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to
achieve it. It’s these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a
beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human
woman. When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother
shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting
ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he
knew how: he wrote.

The Verdict


Is it worth Renting

In “Killers of the Flower Moon, ” David Grann revisits a shocking
series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood.
Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a
masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation
reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that,
it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward
American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for
so long.

Interestingly,this is not a 100% ATV production.It was a collaboration
with another local production house and ATV does not own the rights to
this series.Which was why when rumours broke out over some fight over
the series with ATV,they threatened to take it to somewhere else(TVB
perhaps?).Anyway,a sequel is at hand,of course I don’t see how Patrick
and Deannie’s character can be reprised in this sequel unless it is a
different story altogether with the same casts.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything
is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the
houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no
one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding
principle is playing by the rules.Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist
and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged
daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and
Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn
to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past
and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this
carefully ordered community.

Definitely but there are a few embarrassing points of this series that I
would say is the Number One sin of TV/Movie history:


Kelvin Kam of Secret Of The Heart?Same reasons for killing people but in
a way,he repented at the end of the series whilst Kelvin,well,died way
too easily.But one person that he could never rival is Lei Chi Hou of
Kindred Spirit.So that guy never killed anybody(ok,so he threw Gwai Yah
Loi into the sea) per se,but this man is a scum.He tortured his mom,made
his wife to eat dirt,ignored his only child,caused the downfall of Ah
Hoi.And so when he died,everybody cheered.But when Patrick died,there
was a tinge of sadness that you could just say,”What if” or “Only

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human
agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we
set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? “Homo Deus” explores
the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first
century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the
fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect
this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next
stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

The Love factor


All those dramas above rivalry amongst rich people from TVB/ATV?Yep.This
has the best story of this decade so you kinda forgive them for the
above mentioned mistakes.


The Editing

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the
forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But
down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the
working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason
people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their
junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals,
and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of
this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Beartown” explores the hopes that bring a small community together,
the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an
individual to go against the grain.

They’re supposed to be the creme de la creme,that is the richest amongst
the richest but my God!Their dresses,coats are so well,either over done
or looked cheap.Like so much money spent on the sets and nothing left
for make-up and dresses.Again,I would dare say that TVB’s dresses or
make-up artists are much more practical and yet stylish that they really
make the actors looked glamorous and very rich.



3. “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman

The Best Scene

1. “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann

At the beginning it was Michael’s character.He was
egoistical,rude,domineering,and he beats up his best friend.But due to
the biggest mistake of his life(he ordered somebody to kill Patrick and
that somebody opened the gas thing in the kitchen,and on that wedding
day after Patrick threatened to commit suicide,on the request of Deannie
Yip,Kathy Chow went into his apartment and the phone rings and well,the
rest is history) which he will regret for the rest of this series,and
due to losing all his money and being kidnapped and narrowly escaped to
in the middle of poor rural China,he learnt his lesson about life and
money and discovered that money isn’t everything,and pride isn’t
everything.When he came home safely after many many weeks,he was a
changed man who didn’t want to fight with Patrick anymore and who just
wants to live his life peacefully.


Michael is the spoilt son of a very rich woman who isn’t his real
mom.Patrick is the son of Deannie Yip,a poor,uneducated woman who came
from China.Both of this men would never have known each other if not for
the fact that they both share the same mother and father.Their
father(played by Michael) was a poor,educated man from China who married
young.They had a son together.Then this man left for HK to hide from the
government due to his involvement with the reform movement and there,he
met a rich man’s daughter,married her and had forgotten about his
wife.Then his very pregnant wife came to HK to search for him only to
find out he was married,has a comfortable life and his new wife is so
bloody understanding to the point that she didn’t mind sharing her
husband.But her husband thought otherwise.Because they were
childless,the husband took Michael when he was born and kicked his wife
out of the house.She had no choice but to go back to China to wait for
her husband’s return which he did.And they shared one night together and
when he left,she was pregnant.But she didn’t tell her husband of this
son(Patrick) because she wanted a son by her side.But later,she tried to
leave China with Patrick but the son very unselfishly told her mother to
run whilst he got caught.This was the beginning of his poor motherless
life.His mom succesfully entered HK and went insearch of her heartless
husband whom she later found out was dead.She w\almost wanted to
reclaim her eldest son,Michael but when she saw how much her son had
grown,such a handsome young prince riding his pony,she knew she could
never give a better life to his beloved son that this woman could.Due to
an arrangement,she became the boy’s governess or some sort and saw him
grew up.She secretly kept all his magazine interviews,portfolio of his
many girlfriends and even his fallen tooth.And she kept defending his
very ruthless business decisions to the point that people,including
Michael himself thought that she was in love with him.But during one
kidnapping attempt where they were imprisoned together in a dark
hole,they bonded and became closer.Then the second son got a visa to
come to HK.On first sight,he fell in love with Kathy Chow,who so happens
to be the on/off GF of Michael’s.He learned to drink wine,worked hard so
that he could have a chance to woo this former model turned designer but
it was destined to be a failed attempt because Michael,who realised that
he really loved Kathy pursued her tirelessly that she finally agreed to
marry him because all along,she loved him and also,because she was
pregnant.This caused the first most intense rivalry between this two
brothers that Patrick,on the day of the wedding threatened to kill
himself if Kathy does not show up which she did,with Michael.And before
he jumped,he knew two things;Kathy doesn’t love him and Michael is
actually his big brother(his mom shouted that when they were both
punching each otehr on top of the rooftop)and then he pulled Michael
together with him when he jumped.Michael suffered minor injuries but
Patrick was more serious.Then that night,another tragedy happened.Kathy
died in an explosion in Patrick’s house when she went in there to take
some stuffs,as requested by Deannie Yip.And that made the two brothers
fought even harder.And when Michael lost the financial battle to Sek Sau
and thus,lost all his money and was again kidnapped by some kidnappers
and escaped in the middle of nowhere in China,for the first time in his
life he realised what does suffering mean the mean time,Patrick married
Sek Sau’s brother and well,many many things happened that could make you
hate him.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—
sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They
embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature
intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning
familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they
begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away,
if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and
Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland
and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

The Sets


Deannie Yip.Some may say she smiled a lot in here but if yous ee,it is a
smile of unhappiness in her heart,her reluctance and her sorrow.She is
really good in here and well,quite sad too.


The storyline

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco
robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and
collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who
run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every
evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and
fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the
sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they
tell her―feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.Lois is
no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of
microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread,
she’s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The
company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer’s market, and a
whole new world opens up.

Any scenes that have Michael and Kathy in it.And this I feel is the best
scene.Michael just came home after a gruelling few weeks spent on trying
to some home to discover that his best friend/assistant which he
frequently beat up when he was not happy was standing by his
arch-enemy’s side,Patrick.Before Thai scene,we see Patrick persuading
that man to be his ‘dog’ and gave him large amount of cash.And when they
were standing eye to eye,Patrick demanded that this ‘Dog’ of his to
punch Michael.And when he flung his hand,you almost thought that this is
a ‘running dog’ or traitor but that punch was for Patrick.He really
hated that man and he would rather be Michael’s dog than

“February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting
has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a
long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved
eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely
ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies
and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too
good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called
him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns,
alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.

The Most Irritating Character


I know the sets /scenes of Michael’s house was supposed to cost more
than a million dollars to make.But they are so noisy and over decorated
that it is almost embarrassing to watch. All you could here when they
are in this house was “Konk..Konk…KOnk..Konk” that is the footsteps of
the actors when you’re trying hard to hear and concentrate what they’re
saying.I would dare say that TVB’s interior or set designer are much
more better because it’s more down to earth and practical.


Interesting Facts


“It is one thing to be a villain but to be a villain that we all will
feel pity for and forgive him at the end of the series takes a great
actor (Patrick Tam) to portray.”


Patrick for his fine performance.It is one thing to be a villain but to
be a villain that we all will feel pity for and forgive him at the end
of the series takes a great actor to portray. He isn’t a great actor but
he was really good.He reminds me of Kong Wah’s performance in Secret
Battle Of The Majesty.He may have killed,raped,swindled. But if at the
end you pity the character to the point of saying,”why does he have to
die” I personally feel that actor deserves an award for it.


The mother. Michael was her son that she could not touch nor love whilst
Patrick was the son that disappointed her the most.Rivalry was so
intense that when she talked about helping Michael financially when he
was down and out,Patrick accused her of favouritism.When Michael was
kidnapped,she had to pretend to be happy and reluctantly smile in her
youngest son’s wedding.She did scold Patrick for his actions but she
could no more that just talk and with words,nothing will be successful.
And she can’t help but remember that this son of hers aren’t born evil
but was a good son and she couldn’t give up hope on him.We thought that
she loved Michael more because it was the son that she never could
openly loved but in one of the most touching scene in TV history,she
told Patrick that she loved him more because after all,they had spent
years together and because of that she has great affection for this
son.And now we do know how much she love this bastard of a son;she
killed herself so that the secrets of him killing his wife will never be
known.It was sad and it makes you feel so angry that such a son could be
so selfish and unremorseful and yet,it was also touching because this
mother could be so giving.


And then she died. Michael was full of regret but he could do nothing
else but cry and cry and cry.Then there came Kristy Yang,Kathy’s little
sister who is also a model who had been secretly in love with Michael
since day one.She was the most supportive friend and he fell for her but
couldn’t let her know because he was afraid if she knew the truth about
how her sister died,she would hate him.But the thing is,she knew.And so
they began their relationship but dear Patrick,who was a fugitive by
now,kidnapped her but she escaped and she ran towards Michael’s
direction and then…bang…bang.She was shot and she was badly
hurt.Could this be a sad ending?Let me just say that there is no happy
ending here.


This is the biggest hit for ATV for year 1999,and one of the biggest hit
that year for TV world.It made Patrick into an instant star and a
leading man and made Michael into a bigger star.It made Kristy Yang very
very busy lately.

7. “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne

What & Where

6. “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders

The HATE factor

4. “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid

Michael Tao ~ Lei Siu Tin
Patrick Tam ~ Ming Chi Kit
Deannie Yip ~ Ming Sing
Kristy Yang ~ Lou Suet
Kathy Chow ~ Lou Wan
Lau Sek Yin ~ Yuk Gwok Hung
Bau Hei Jing ~ Bak Yin
Cheung Man Chi ~ Bi Bi
Sek Sau ~ Ma Sau Naam
Tien Yui Nei ~ Ma Kit Sum (Cat)
Lee Siu Gei ~ Chui Siu Gei
Au Gam Tong ~ Chui Siu Lung
Kenneth Chan ~ Joe
Lam Wai Gin ~ Chui Siu Fu
Wong Oi Yiu ~ Ma Siu Ling
Lo Ga Ying ~ Kui Ga Ying
Annie Man ~ Ming Sing (Young)
Wong Mei ~ Bak Yin (Young)
Ka Ling ~ Siu Man
Wong Tin Lam ~ Bak Sai Whang

Is It Better Than …

Four people.Kristy Yang though she may not be a great actress but she
really is pretty.And here,she was sweet,nice and hopeful for love of her
brother in law.You would wish that the two of them just get together.


The Dresses

Written by Funn Lim

People was not happy with the final scene.Too many questions was left
unanswered like did Siu Gei really died?He was supposed to be one of the
main characters and people could not believe that he died just like
that.And Michael and Kristy’s relationship was like,neither here nor
there.So a special 1 hour documentary of the actor’s feelings of this
series was made and a special definitive ending was filmed.A happy
ending if you must know.

A very embarrassing fact happened. Kathy who for some reason could not
film some of the pivotal scenes but we could hear her voice.And so what
do the director do? He super-imposed some other scenes with some
corresponding emotions on her face (like confusion,sadness,smiling) onto
the scenes that where Kathy is supposed to be or that he used the back
of a double for Kathy.The thing is,you would know because suddenly the
scene would be slow-mo in action,or the camera kinda concentrated too
long on Michael’s or Kristy’s face or that the super-imposed scenes was
like entirely different from the scene we are supposed to be seeing,
like the background which was supposed to be a ballroom scene became
some bushes and that Kathy’s dress that was red became blue,with a
collar.It was very funny when all this scene was supposed to be of great
drama in it.Which was a pity.Almost 80% of Kathy’s scenes were like
this.And this was supposed to be the best scene where Michael would be
trying to flirt with Kathy that is clearly annoyed and what do you
see?Another woman’s head with her voice.Such wasted scenes and

Michael at first.The more notable one is Patrick’s wife,Ah Cat.Maybe she
deserves our pity but if you watch carefully,she brought this all onto
herself.She could have just walked out but she was weak.Which was
strange,She was supposed to be this strong willed and independent modern
girl and after her marriage she is a total wreck.But her most irritating
moment would be when she went crazy after she lost her baby.We should
feel sad for her but maybe it’s the actress portrayal of her character
that made me could not feel anything for her.

The Best Performance