- September 22, 2008 at 6:13 pm #7841
9 out of 10 Hong Kong TVB drama series exhibit these common characteristics:
* Multiple 3-way love affairs
One series had 4-threesomes, the most ever. The latest “Mooncake series” had 3-threesomes
* All characters know each other
Small world…very small world
* They only sit half of a round table
The intention is for the [stationary] camera to see everyone’s faces. The latest “Mooncake series”, they sit 3/4 of a round table – quite a big improvement
* They talk to themselves like a retard
So that they tell you the story, replacing the need for 3rd person narratives
* Enemies will eventually become lovers
When you’re horny, anyone will do!
* Everyone eavesdrops
The human gene comes with bionic capabilities
* Wrongful accusation or mistaken identity
* Government housing is 2000 sq. ft.
In real life HK, a typical family lives in a 500-600 sq ft. government apartment. That’s already considers quite roomy
* People claim to have no money but live in big apartments
No wonder the real estate industry is in a slump
* They seldom have to wait for elevators
Private elevator – first class service
* They always get hit by a car/bus/truck, sometimes fatal
Talk about Deja Vu…
* Video conferencing on the computer is full screen and very smooth
They all use dedicated lease line full duplex gigabit broadband
* Eye-to-eye contact results in electricity
Chi-Ling baby, here I come!!
* They trip and fall all the time
Shouldn’t they learn to walk before they run?
* An accident results in a kiss on the lips and sparks fly!
In real-life HK, you get a slap on the face for sure!
* The return of a long lost father/mother/sibling
So much for family planning. And 80% of the time their return serves a purpose
* All of a sudden the main characters turned out to be closely related, usually close family relationship
I am speechless. I don’t have the words for this…
* A man gets punched while a woman gets slapped
Whatever happened to equality?!
* A punch to the face will bruise instantly
He’s made of ToFu!
* Person always somersaults after being sliced by a sword (historcial / Kung Fu dramas only)
Dying with style, dude!!
* Person can die by a slice of a sword to the arm or leg (historical / Kung Fu dramas only)
Died of shock or a heart-attack maybe and not by the sword?
* Sliced/stabbed by a sword in any part of the body and his month spat blood instantly (Applicable to both modern and historical / Kung Fu Drama. The only difference though is that modern dramas usually use knife while swords are very rare)
The human anatomy is so mysterious
* Everyone knows “Hing Ku” (a Superman feature, somewhat like teleportation) (historial / Kung Fu dramas only)
It’s in their genes. That will surely bankrupt the transportation industry
If you notice, the main character is always so nice. In a matter of speaking even if you annihilate his whole family, in the end he will forgive you. But his friends and families are more realistic, always giving him advices and direction but almost always the main character never listens. Subsequently, the main character realized he screwed up….
I am pretty sure there are more….September 25, 2008 at 6:36 am #7842
Nice list. Did you come up with these yourself?
They remind me why I don’t watch Chinese TV 🙂September 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm #7843kai920 wrote:Nice list. Did you come up with these yourself?
They remind me why I don’t watch Chinese TV 🙂
Yup. I thought this up while writing about the Picazzo. Actually, I compiled a similar list many years ago and posted it onto TVB’s “communist” forum. All messages were screened and their moderators decided not to post it. So much for freedom of speech.
Like I always say, TVB only has one director and one producer for all their TVB series. Otherwise, their series couldn’t be so similar. Only once in a blue moon there are exceptionally good series.
The 70’s and 80’s TVB/ATV series are actually better. And surprisingly, big production TV series from China are awesome! I guess they have the money and the bigger return on investments because of their bigger market.September 30, 2008 at 5:17 am #7844
I was watching the 8:30-9:30 slot of the current “kung fu” TVB series “??????” that shows a “detective” sitting on a wheelchair and this came into my mind. Since when did historic China invented the wheelchair!?
A search on Google and found this:
The answer was 1932.
I am sure by the end of the series the same detective will be holding an iPhone as well!
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