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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Famous Quotations in "The Green Hope"

At the end of every episode of "The Green Hope", it shows quotations from famous people from around the world. When my Great Auntie lent the series to me (back in 2000), the writing was very small and blurry. It wasn't until I got the official TVBI version that I could read the quotations.

Quotations

第一集
所有幸福的家庭,都大同小異,但每個不幸的家庭,卻自有其不幸處。
Episode 1
All happy families resemble one another, Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
- 托爾斯泰 Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

第二集
「希望」猶如甦醒著的「夢」。
Episode 2
Hope is a waking dream.
- 亞里斯多德 Aristotle (公元前384-322 BC)

第三集
人類的歷史是耐心等待著被侮辱者的勝利。
Episode 3
Man's history is waiting in patience for the triumph of the insulted man.
- 泰戈爾 Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

第四集
人類擁有一強而有力的武器,叫作歡笑。
Episode 4
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
- 馬克吐溫 Mark Twain (1835-1910)

第五集
濯足清流,抽足再入,已非前水。
Episode 5
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
- 赫拉克利圖斯 Heraclitus (公元前544-483 BC)

第六集
「我們瀟瀟的樹葉都有聲音回答那風雨。但,你是誰呢,那樣的沉 默?」「我只不過是一朵花。」
Episode 6
"We, the rustling leaves, have a voice that answers the storms, but who are you so silent?" "I am a mere flower."
- 泰戈爾 Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

第七集
我說不出這心為甚麼那樣默默地頹喪著。是為了它那不曾要求,不 曾知道,不曾記得的小小的需要。
Episode 7
I cannot tell why this heart languishes in silence. It is for small needs it never asks, or knows or remembers.
- 泰戈爾 Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

第八集
知道為何而活,就知道怎樣熬下去。
Episode 8
A person who knows why to live can bear anyhow to live.
- 尼采 Fredrick W. Nietzsche (1844-1900)

第九集
我們很少想到自己所有的,卻總是想到自己所沒有的。
Episode 9
We seldom think what we have, but always think what we have not.
- 叔本華 Schopenhauer, Arthor (1788-1860)

第十集
不經一番寒徹骨,怎得梅花撲鼻香?
Episode 10
Without going through the polish by windy chill, how could one feel the fragrance of plum flowers?
- 黃檗禪師(唐) Zen Master Huang Bo (Tang Dynasty)

第十一集
羞愧 -- 只有人類這種動物會,或要。
Episode 11
Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
- 馬克吐溫 Mark Twain (1835-1910)

第十二集
朋友才能容忍朋友的弱點。
Episode 12
A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.
- 莎士比亞 Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

第十三集
幾乎所有人都可以忍受不幸,但要試出一個人的真品格,給他權力。
Episode 13
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- 林肯 Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

第十四集
遇亨通的日子,你當喜樂;遭患難的日子,你當思考。
Episode 14
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.
-《傳道書》第七章第十四節 Ecclesiastes 7:14

第十五集
「你離我有多遠呢,果實呀?」
「我藏在你心裡呢,花呀。」
Episode 15
"How far are you from me, O Fruit?"
"I am hidden in your heart, O Flower."
- 泰戈爾 Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

第十六集
我的榮譽,並非由他人之見,而是由我自己的心所構成。
Episode 16
Our own heart, and not other men's opinion, forms our true honor.
- 柯立芝 Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1796-1834)

第十七集
好好渡過的一天能得安眠,好好運用的一生能得安息。
Episode 17
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings a happy death.
- 達芬奇 Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

第十八集
如果只想快樂,是很容易實現的;但想比別人快樂,則難,因我們 總以為別人的快樂較他們所有的多。
Episode 18
If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier that other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
- 孟德斯鳩 Montesquieu (1689-1755)

第十九集
愛乃愛的回報。
Episode 19
Love is love's reward.
- 英國詩人德萊敦 John Dryden (1631-1700)

第二十集
我思故我在。
Episode 20
I think; therefore I am.
- 笛卡兒 Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

第二十一集
忍耐是苦澀的,但其果實是甜美的。
Episode 21
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
- 阿里斯多德 Aristotle (公元前 384BC-322BC)

第二十二集
掌握我們命運的並非星宿,而是我們自己。
Episode 22
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
- 莎士比亞 Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

第二十三集
只管面向陽光,那你就看不到影子。
Episode 23
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
- 海倫凱勒 Helen Keller (1880-1957)

第二十四集
知識是只好沒壞的,無知是只壞沒好的。
Episode 24
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
- 蘇格拉底 Socrates (公元前 470-399 BC)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

TVB's Underrated Series "The Green Hope"

新鮮人
The Green Hope

監製﹕曾謹昌
編審﹕曾謹昌﹐朱鏡祺

Air date: October 2000
Watched date: July 26 - July 30, 2000
Cast: Bowie Lam, Yoyo Mung, Stephen Fung, Joey Yung, Cathy Tsui, Melissa Ng, etc.
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http://tvcity.tvb.com/drama/greenhope/

The title of the series is literally translated as "New Fresh People."

The writer for this series also wrote "La Femme Desperado" and "Men in Pain".

Fong Ka Fai (Bowie Lam) and Fong Ka Him (Stephen Fung) are separated after their parents divorce. Fai decides to sacrifice himself and go with his abusive father and let Him go with their mother. Him develops neurosis because his mother is a drug addict and constantly beats Him.

Fai and Him reunite and Him's illness relapses. Fai finds out that he is responsible for Him's condition because their father is not abusive. The father hit the mother because she was a druggie. Fai decides to take care of Him, but Fai's wife, Sum Gai Kwun (Melissa Ng), does not want to live with Him and wants Fai to immigrate to Canada with her. Their marriage falls apart when Kwun falls down the stairs and has a miscarriage. Fai also faces problems at work. Fai is an interior designer and is framed by a colleague. Fai resigns from the company and Siu Lai Wah (Yoyo Mung) was the only one willing to leave with him. Later, Fai establishes his own company named 'Fong's Brothers & Associates'. Wah lives with her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease, her older sister, and her younger sister. Wah solely takes care of the family because her older sister only cares about her boyfriend and her younger sister is still in school.

Him, diagnosed with neurosis faces, many problems in society such as humiliation and discrimination. Through Him's recovery process, he meets Wai Man (Joey Yung) and Yuen Ying (Cathy Tsui).

*This series is underrated because the newbie artistes did an incredible job in their character portrayals. Many of these 'fresh' artistes have never filmed a television series before. Stephen Fung, a singer, song writer, and movie actor, did a very convincing job as a patient with neurosis. Yoyo's role as Siu Lai Wah is very similar to her real self because, not only does she have a grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, she also has to support her father's family and her mother's family. Yoyo is actually a very strong-willed person. I really do admire her for that. This was actually her first television series. Bowie Lam, being the only experienced actor among the main cast, in my opinion, gave his best performance. even exceeding "War and Beauty". He was able to express his emotions in which he lacks in his present works. Cathy Tsui and Joey Yung met expectations because they were able to 'dish out the dirt'. Stephen's three friends in the series did an excellent job portraying people with mental illnesses. The 'gold leaf' actress who shined was Mary Hon playing the drug addict mother. Her scenes took away a lot of my tears.

"The Green Hope" is definitely one of the most underrated TVB series. It is a very touching series.

*Credits to tvb.com

Saturday, September 23, 2006

"The Departed" October 6th, 2006

In theatres October 6, 2006
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga, Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Anderson, Ray Winstone, etc.

Criminals or Cops...
When you're facing a loaded gun.
What's the difference?
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Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover within the Boston State Police department and the Irish mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made, and the moles are dispatched to find out their enemy's identities.
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"The Departed" is actually based on Hong Kong's 2002 thriller "Infernal Affairs". The film is not a remake of that film, but inspired by "Infernal Affairs". The storyline is very similar. An undercover cop working as a mole in the triads, and a cop from the police department working for the triads. Hopefully, "The Departed" will interest audience viewers with its Hollywood cast. The HK film grossed over 55 million HKD in Christmas of 2002. The cast for "Infernal Affairs" just screams attention. Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Andy Lau alone can capture millions of people from around Asia, nevertheless, having Anthony Wong Chau Sang and Eric Tsang act by their side. The film also features other Asian superstars like Sammi Cheng, Kelly Chen, Edison Chen, and Shawn Yue.
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[This is the famous rooftop scene where Tony Leung (holding gun) finds out that Andy Lau is the mole from the police department working for the triads.]

"Infernal Affairs" swept the Asian Film Awards winning awards like Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound Effects, as well as the Audience Choice Award. "Infernal Affairs" turned into a box office blockbuster that re-wrote HK's movie history.

Awards:

Best 100 Chinese Films Winner (22nd Annual Hong Kong Film Awards - Best 100 Chinese Films 2005)
Best Film Winner (Hong Kong Films Awards 2003)
Best Director Winner, Lau Wai Keung, Alan Mak (Hong Kong Films Awards 2003)
Best Screenplay Winner, Alan Mak (Hong Kong Films Awards 2003)
Best Actor Winner, Tony Leung (Hong Kong Films Awards 2003)
Best Supporting Actor Winner, Anthony Wong (Hong Kong Films Awards 2003)
Best Film Editing Winner, Danny Peng (Hong Kong Films Awards 2003)
Best Original Film Song Winner, Andy Lau, Tony Leung (Hong Kong Films Awards 2003)
Best Picture Winner (Taipei 40th Annual Golden Horse Film Festival 2003)
Best Director Winner, Lau Wai Keung, Alan Mak (Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2003)
Best Leading Actor Winner, Tony Leung (Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2003)
Best Supporting Actor Winner, Anthony Wong (Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2003)
Best Sound Effects Winner (Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2003)
Audience Choice Award Winner (Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2003)

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"Infernal Affairs" is one of my favourite movies of all time. Here is a scrapbook I made, as well as the trilogy DVDs of "Infernal Affairs".

Monday, September 18, 2006

我的電視劇集 II

Here's another series for the Sales Presentation.

前後緣

演員﹕陳豪﹐陳慧珊
“兩個人尋尋覓覓找真愛。 他們不知道另一伴已經出現了。”

簡介﹕香港是一個講極速快的城市。什麼事物都要求行前一步不能退步﹐緣份是一樣。

郭啟斌(陳豪)是個專欄作家筆名為‘文武士’他的題材以女人為主‘女人的秘襪,襪不是密。’他好了解女人﹐不果他的男女關係一榻糊塗。感情上是個失敗者。

歐陽詩(陳慧珊)是一個室內設計師。她最出名的設計是‘C Design。’她是個專業女性活在現在社會﹐不果她不能擁有事業和愛情。她是一個等待真命天子出現的女人。

啟斌和詩是一對註定的戀人﹐不果緣份總要玩弄他們阻擋他們碰面。他們知道他/她存在﹐不果時間是錯的。一個總會前後腳出現同一個地方。

如果一個減速, 命運也許擊中他們然後可以開花結果﹖

Fate's Shadow

Cast: Moses Chan and Flora Chan

"Two people circling to find love.
Two people who do not know that their other half has appeared".
Plot: Hong Kong is a fast-paced city. It is always about being ahead and not lagging behind. It turns out, fate is the same thing.

Kenneth Kwok Kai Ban (Moses Chan) is a columnist who goes by the pen name 'Warrior'. In his columns, he would write about women, titled 'Women Secret'. Although he understands women to the last detail, his past relationships have been failures.

Au Yeung Si (Flora Chan) is an interior designer, famous for the line of 'C Design'. She is a career-focused woman working in today's modern society who cannot juggle career and a love life. She is always searching for the man to show up in her life.

Kwok and Au Yeung are destined to meet. However, fate seems to play tricks on them whenever it has the chance to. They are both in each other's presence, but the timing is wrong. They would be at the same destination, but they would arrive or leave when the other appears.

If one slows down, destiny might catch up to each other and blossom.

*我的中文不是太好﹐請多多原諒!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

A Blast from the Past: "Sealed with a Kiss"

Louis Koo and Yoyo Mung
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This was from 1999's Hong Kong movie "Sealed With a Kiss". It's actually a wallpaper that came with the VCD. The movie was directed by Derek Chiu Sung Kei and produced by Johnnie To Kei Fung. Louis plays Kam Shui, a mute who lives on a Hong Kong island far away from the city. Yoyo plays Mandy, a heartbroken girl who goes to Kam's town. This movie is full of detail and character. Louis does a superb job playing Kam Shui. He was able to express his emotions through his eyes. Unlike other female leads in movies who are only there to pair up with the male lead, Yoyo is more than a 'flower vase'. Louis and Yoyo really make an appealing couple, even though one is dark-skinned and the other is white-skinned. I really enjoyed this movie.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Kelly Chen Wai Lam

Kelly Chen was born on September 13, 1972 in Hong Kong. She was schooled in Hong Kong at a young age, but her father wanted her to learn Japanese, and thus decided to send her off to Japan for her high school years. After high school, Kelly went to New York City's Parsons School of Design, where she studied graphic design. After her education, she returned to HK and, very soon, she caught the attention of an agent and filmed her first commercial ad. Later, she was introduced to her present manager, Chung Chun, and filmed her first movie, "Whatever Will Be, Will Be", in 1995. In the same year, she was signed under Go East Music as a singer.

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Apart from winning singing awards like 'HK's Most Popular Female Singer' and 'Asia's Most Poplar Female Singer', Kelly has other awards like 'Most Poplar Idol'. Kelly also does a great amount of charitable work. In 2002, Kelly started her own fund to help children called "Kelly Chen Children Education Fund". Kelly has built schools in Mainland China named 翰琳院 to help children with their education. She has managed to build 5 schools at the moment. Her goal is to have 10 schools developed. In the same year, she was chosen as one of "Hong Kong's Ten Outstanding Young Persons". In 2004, Kelly was named one of the "Outstanding Young Persons of the World", becoming the first HK celebrity to be honoured with the award. The list for Kelly’s awards is infinite.

I really do admire Kelly. She is the only HK celebrity with a healthy image, and she has managed to keep this image ever since she first started in the entertainment industry. She has never had any bad rumours or gossip surround her. Her singing skills really show improvement year after year. She is the only female singing in HK who can hold the title as "Dancing Heavenly Queen". She is the only one to have kept her 'true colours'. She is never 'fake'. Even when she goes on the game show "Super Trio", she shows off her true personality when she plays. Now, that's cool!

Chi Lam and Kenix Reunite

Julian Cheung and Kenix Kwok will be filming a Mainland China series called 《紅粉》, literally translated as "Red Powder". The series takes place in the '40s or '50s, where Kenix will play a well-known prostitute. Since the series is a pre-modern series, Kenix will be wearing a lot of qipaos.

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It has been a long time since they have played a couple. Although they were both in "Take My Word for It," it was since 1993's "Remembrance" that they have last paired up. That is the series that made me fall in love with Chi Lam.

*Credits to the-sun

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

My Artwork

I really enjoy working on art in my free-time. However, that has not been happening much lately. I tend to discontinue working on a piece if I get bored. I get bored often if I don't like how the art is turning out. Then I just leave it and set it aside, and work on something new. Here are some of my past artwork.

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This was done when I was in grade 9. The centre piece of this drawing is a sculpture taken from an art text book. However, I have forgotten the original artist's name.

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This pen drawing was in my late year of grade 9.

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I did this in early grade 9. It's supposed to be Gallen Lo's Lee Kei and Maggie Cheung's Ching Bo Chu. It kind of resembles them. I think I did a better job on Gallen though.

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This pencil drawing of Julian Cheung Chi Lam was done in grade 9. I believe this was my first attempt at drawing real people.

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This pencil drawing was done in grade 9. It is Monkey King from "Journey to the West". I was aiming for Monkey King to look more animal than human. The result wasn't that bad.

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This painting was done in grade 10. I was supposed to do a master study painting, but I did this instead. Even though I did that, I finished the class with an average mark of 100 percent.

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This "Is There Life After Death?" pencil drawing was done in grade 11. I really like this one because, if you flip the picture around, you will see that the word 'Death' will become the word 'Life'. Pretty cool, eh?

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This is a pencil crayon drawing done in grade 11.

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This abstract drawing is done entirely out of black and blue pen. It is actually Flora Chan's Chinese name 陳慧珊. On the bottom, it is the word 'flora' in handwriting. The pointillism was inspired by my sister. I really like this one because it looks very cool and nice.

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This pencil drawing was done in grade 12 as well.

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This is actually me when I was 8 months old. Too bad on the bad shading job on the cheeks. Other than that, I think I did well.

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This media drawing of "Super Trio" is done entirely out of markers.

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This is only a sketch, but I think it looks cool because it reminds me of '7 Up'.

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I really like this still-life because it's done in pencil crayon plus the colors look very cool.

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This "Panda" was done in grade 12. The whole thing was done entirely out of paper cuttings. The fur was made from thin strips of black and white paper. "Panda" was placed in the Mendel Art Gallery on March 24, 2003. It was my 19th birthday, so it was pretty memorable.

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This is a master study that I was required to do in grade 12. However, the substitute teacher basically finished it for me when she was helping me fix it. The teacher gave it a 8/10, but the substitute teacher said to me, "I think I did better than an 8". Then she changed the mark to a 9. The "I" she was referring to was herself. So funny!

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This is a pencil drawing of my sister, Sarah, at the age of 1. She actually looked more jolly in the actual photograph, but I did a decent job.

Recently, I have been working on a few new ones. Hopefully, I will finish and not give up and just leave them aside.

Saturday, September 9, 2006

Edison Chen Koon Hei

This is Edison Chen Koon Hei. You can so tell it's him! I'm guessing this is a picture from elementary picture day. I recognize the background. Ha ha!

Edison was born on October 7, 1980. He is of Chinese and Macanese (mixed Chinese-Portuguese) descent. He is a singer, actor, and a businessman. He owns a Hong Kong-based fashion design company named CLOT, which has collaborated with Nike and has released a clothing line named Alienegra.
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These here are 2 figurines of Edison released in January of 2002. The figurines were designed by Hong Kong's well-known designer Eric So. They really do look like Edison.