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'Sneezer', on 28 Apr 2010 - 11:57 PM,
Start watching Return of Cuckoo, wow all the cast look so young back then, probably except Nancy Sit.. she looks the same!!! I think it's like 10 years old but still really enjoy the storyline. The acting is a little sophmoric. ChiLam stood out and Steven is so into his zone playing this good guy character... I can see why so many like him through the character he played. At some scenes, the face slapping seem so fake and cheesy!! kinda funny to watch.
Tamaya: I should re-watch that series again. It is considered a classic by baidu netizens but I thought though above average I didn't enjoy it as much as other Steven's series - maybe because I watched it online, (inferior quality & buffering) but more importantly Steven did not have too much screen time. Plus I was super annoyed by Kwan Ho, especially her indecisiveness and willfulness. Anyway, most Steven fans think that Sittu Lai Seon is way too good for Kwan Ho, just like how Chi Yat Bo is also too good for fickle-minded Jing Gao. Yeah, Chi Lam stood out. Though Steven was a bit green in his acting, his performance was naturally done. Also usually goody-2-shoes characters can come across as fake and super annoyingly, but not Steven's Lai Soon who just seems so super nice with a good heart, and oh so very adorable. Are you watching the series online or from dvd? I don't feel compel to buy the dvd set as keepsake because Steven's screen time wasn't all the much, and the story is way too melodramatic for my taste, not to mention I'm not all that into angsty triangle love. Overall, I didn't enjoy ROTC as much as I thought I would, considering its great online reviews, but then again I didn't enjoy many netizens' lauded TVB series either.
Sneezer on 01 May 2010 - 11:47 PM Tamaya - I watch Cuckoo on DVD as online is too slow and and the quality is choppy which affects the enjoyment experience. Anyways I finally finished watching Return of Cuckoo. Feel kinda bad for Lai Seon that he is the "fall back" guy for Kwan Ho and yet he doesn't know that. He thinks he got both, her heart and the person but in truth, he captured her physically. Their relationship is clearly not equal. The ending was open and abrupt, easily leaves me the impression that, based on her unwillful character, she may even leave him for ChiLam. Her heart is uncommitted - I totally don't appreciate her character. Nevertheless the open interpretative ending left much to be desired, I did enjoy watching it..only wish they develop more on Lai Seon's character.
Mag scan: In ROTC, producer Tsui Yu On gave the role of Szetu Lai Soon to Steven, and in the latter’s portrayal, this 3rd person role that should have provoked viewers’ hatred instead set off a tug of heart war among the viewers. If at the time, Kwan Ho were to end up with Man Cho, then Lai Soen would have been the one secretly licking his wounds. (hence, reversing viewers' sympathy towards him.)
Akazukin: As for ROTC, I don't really agree that Lai Soon's 3rd party was written as likely to provoke audiences' hatred. Lai Soon was as close to perfect as perfect, it is hard to hate him. I remember reading an interview of ROTC scripwriter somewhere and the scriptwriter said that she was inspired by those wuxia story where the heroes can love many women at the same time, so she thinks if man can do it, woman can do it too. Therefore, Kwan Ho loves both guys but she can only love one guy physically and that guy is Lai Soon.
Despite me thinking that Lai Soon is a likable character himself, it is still necessary that the actor who acts him out make him likable and I think Steven did just that. I find him not only likable there, but also very lovable.
2013 Eta: Actually, a few years back, I browsed HK Golden Forum and I was shocked to read that many of its active members have hated Steven ever since Cuckoo to these days, totally merging the line of make-believe and reality. I kid you not. Even now, they still hate Steven (blurring the actor for the character) for 'stealing' Kwan Ho from Chor Gor Gor - imagine that - such delusional people.