Sheren Tang is the role model for modern woman
After the success of "War and Beauty", Sheren Tang still has Yue Fei's ability to capture audiences with her modern look as a career-oriented woman--independent, full of charisma, ruthlessness, and insulting others to the ground. What does Hilda do when she wants to have a baby? She uses artificial insemination to reproduce. Hilda is evidently the role model for modern woman, and she is the soul character in "La Femme Desperado".
Melissa Ng explores versatility in acting
Many problems arises in modern women nowadays including career, love, marriage, non-married mother; now encountering 'older female younger male' relationships, artificial insemination, and the equality between males and females. The series is able to grab a hold onto the audience although the series is only 20+ episodes long. The 3 different females with 3 different age groups played by Kate Tsui (24), Melissa Ng (32), and Sheren Tang (37) are very close to their own age. The series talked about issues that would arise for modern women like stress and other problems, but the ideas are not at all exaggerated. Melissa plays a traditional and conservative little woman. In portraying the role, Melissa is able to explore her versatility in acting. During her sad scenes, she was able to show off her weak side by flushing her eyes with tears. For her to take on this role, she is able to let go of her roles that she had been typecast for showing off her professionalism, elegance, calmness, and the smart side of her. In spite of this, she still lacks in the comedy area, but she has successfully widened her acting road.
As for Sheren, there is no need for more appraisals. She is basically the mother of acting; she is the whole package with her sharp eye movements, stable voice, clear enunciation and no exaggerations in her facial expressions. She is a natural when it comes to acting. Until now, she still has the self-confidence, power, and grace from Yue Fei. With such a powerful opposite to act by, the 2 male leads did not freeze up. In "Virtues of Harmony", Michael Tse's acting was ordinary, but when a strong character comes along, he is able to turn into a new leaf. In the first 3 episodes, Cheap Man was hated by every woman. Michael is able to play Cheap Man with no exaggeration, and he was easily into character. Cheap Man was cheap on the outside, but he was really kind at heart. Raymond Lam is able to wash off the unpleasantness of "Lethal Weapons of Love and Passion", playing the young energetic male who falls for the older female, Melissa.
Great cast, fast-paced storyline, and wonderful topic. "La Femme Desperado" is definitely TVB's best small production series in recent years.
*Credits to mingpao