Healing Hands II Thoughts

Healing Hands 2 runs around the hospitals, telling stories about the doctors that work inside. Doctors are human too as they run through each and everyday trying to save everyone then can. At the end of the day, they are still normal human beings with relationship problems and life problems. They faced happiness and sadness as they are able to save lifes and helplessly lose some, even some of the ones that they loved.

Paul (Lawrence Ng),  which seemed to be one of the bigger focus throughout the series, is like the big brother of all the doctors in this hospital. He is a neurosurgeon, actually a well known one.  He cares for his patients more then anyone else. The reason why he works so hard is so he can maybe one day help his girlfriend wake up from her coma. Paul was an unselfish guy as he helped a lot of his friends through many things. He is one of the characters I felt bad for. Everyone left him, honestly he has the worst luck as most of his friends died in front of him. I pity him as he watched one of his friends die and his girlfriend who was in coma for a long finally left him. He cried and was sad throughout most of the series. I don’t find his character too interesting though. Paul to me is the unromantic boring guy, but he still a pretty good guy. I do like his mature presence over all the “immature” doctors. I am not a fan of Lawrence as I found him more of a serious actor who could play serious roles very well but when it came to being funny or whatnot he is pretty stiff.

Henry (Bowie Lam), is one of the carefree doctors. He is a fun doctor with a playful character. When it came to love, he was clueless as he didn’t know who he really loved. This created the most problem with his life. Besides that he was someone who can’t commit to someone. His mom finally came back and even though he didn’t like the way she acted much, he realized he did care for her and he cherished her days before she died. I really love watching his character. I thought he was pretty funny sometimes as he tried to avoid many situations in his life. Bowie did play out his character very well as I like him playing these carefree guys.

M.C (Moses Chan), who is an egotistic doctor makes his appearance into this hospital as a heart surgeon. He seems like a big shot as he wants to be on the top and be the one that makes the most money. Sometimes he does seem to get a bit selfish. He was at odds with Paul, because as it seemed  to M.C, Paul was trying to gain Tracy’s friendship and liking for something more. When he needed help, Paul was there to help him which ended the cold feelings. Toward the end of the series, he does seem like he does have a heart after all and he doesn’t seem as selfish anymore since he does care about the people around him after all. I honestly like his character as he was selfish in many ways but as days went by he began to change a bit. By having Moses Chan, it helped me like his character even more. He was gorgeous in this series.

Chris (Raymond Cho),  is an E.R doctor who is still pretty young. He is the one that makes everyone laugh with his some what clueless ways sometimes. Even though he is a bit immature he does handle a lot of situations with a mature state. I love the way he could make any dull moment funny by popping some jokes up or nonsense. Unlike Henry, Chris was a good guy. He was faithful in relationships and tried his best to win the heart of a doctor of a higher ranking. In doing so he worked his butt off hoping he would get promotion soon to match her status. I think he would be my favorite male character in this series. He is so cute, it made me happy whenever I see him on screen cause I knew he was going to say something interesting. As for Raymond’s acting, I loved him ever since I watched him in Welcome to the House and Healing Hands III. He is a delightfully funny guy ever here and there.

Anson (Maggie Siu), a strong doctor who doesn’t really fall for love anymore. That was broken when of course Chris came along. She was the type of women that cared about her image as a doctor as she kept on telling Chris to called for his image more. At time she does tend to be harsh but she is a career women, as I would like to say, so she does seem a bit tough. Her expectations for her sister were high, but it was a regret on how harshly she treated her when her sister finally died. Her sister’s death was her biggest breakdown. I strongly liked her, but there is nothing too special about her though. I found her as being one of those mature doctors too.

Suki (Fiona Yuen), who is Anson’s younger sister who is still in training of becoming a real doctor. She tends to break down a lot under the pressure of her older sister. I honestly didn’t care about her, but she grew on me and I started to like her. Then when I did started to like her, she died. Her death was very sudden and sad. I felt as if her death was one of the biggest ones beside Jackie. No one saw it coming and when it happened it was a big blow on Anson and Edmond(Michael Tong). She was so innocent in her murder. I found her pretty cute, especially her relationship with Edmond and her sister. I did wish she didn’t die and got back together with Edmond though.

Dorothy (Kit Chan)  is another carefree doctor. She is the girl version of Henry and Chris mixed together. She is playful and funny as she would fool around with Chris a lot hinting that there might be something going on when there was nothing going on between them. There was not much to her character. There wasn’t a big emotional scene with her. I like her character though, I love how carefree she was, but I didn’t care too much for her. In a way I felt bad for her also as she loved Henry but she could never really have him. I think this is the first and only time I saw Kit acted, and her acting is very cute, I think.

Tracy (Yoyo Mung)  is the typical rich girl who took the road to become a doctor. She carried her princess attitude to work and to the people around her. It only changed when M.C finally left her and Paul woke her up from her selfish attitude. Even though she wasn’t selfish later on, I still found her to be a childish in many ways. Honestly I don’t have much to say about her. Her character wasn’t something I adore too much.I think she falls too fast, in love I mean. One day she was depressed, the other she told Paul she liked him.  Yoyo did a good job playing a brat, which is something you don’t see anymore, at least I don’t think.

Annie (Flora Chan), is not a doctor but a lawyer. Most of her friends are doctors as she worked for some of their patients and is the girlfriend of one of the doctors there. She was a loving person especially toward Henry, but that love wasn’t fairly returned, or it didn’t showed like it did. There wasn’t too much to her character because she didn’t stay too long,which I blamed Henry for. I wish she did, I love Flora. I think she has great chemistry with anyone that she worked with. I wish they focus on her more but she does seem neglected from this serial. I loved her relationship with Jackie, they are clearly good friends and when she died, she broke down crying, which was a very sad scene to watch.

Relationships in this series, what do I have to say. It’s messy. Triangles and mess, honestly this serial felt the most like Grey’s Anatomy due to the relationships around the hospital, well kinda. All in all, it was still pretty good to watch these character develop their relationship within one another.

Paul and Jackie. Jackie has finally woke up from her coma and she is in the hands of her loving boyfriend again, but their story was short lived. Soon into their bliss, Jackie was inside a burning building and with her kind heart, she helped some people get out of the building but herself she die from all the inhalation of the smoke. I felt bad for Paul, as he waited so long for her to wake up and when she does, she is gone for good. It was a pity how Jackie only lasted for a couple of episode before she was taken away. I liked them together. I found as if they had great chemistry together that was brought over from the first serial. I wish Jackie did lived a little longer, perhaps even married to Paul, maybe it would make this tragedy even harder. I found the writers waking her up was tease. They do look cute together. No matter what happen I found Paul always belonged to Jackie.

Paul and Tracy. Love that was form from friendship. After Tracy broke up with MC, she was really down as she really did love him and she couldn’t bare the breakup. Paul was there to help her get back up and through it all Tracy fell in love with him. I don’t really like this couple. I found as if there is no base to their relationship, like there was nothing special to them. She was the type of girl Paul would like also.  I also felt as if Tracy was just a replacement, I didn’t feel as if Paul loved her enough. For some reason I felt as if he still loved and couldn’t put down Jackie. I found as if their relationship was a bit forced too.

Tracy and MC. Their story is pretty simple as MC dated her just because she was wealthy. He needed her to help him climb up the social ladder a bit. Their relationship started to crumble as MC cared more about stocks then her and Tracy felt like she didn’t like him as much as she did before. MC did grew tired of her princess ways and dumped her. After a while, MC grew up from his selfish ways and he became good friends with Tracy. Tracy loved him all along as it was seen when they broke up, how down she was. As for MC, I don’t know if he really did or not. I believe that he did for a while but he couldn’t stand her princess ways anymore and that is how it fell. I found them pretty cute and matching but it was a pity that they didn’t last too long. I really love the Yoyo & Moses pairing.

Henry and Annie. It seem as if Annie cared more for Henry then Henry cared for Annie. Soon Annie found out that Henry had a string of girls and felt unsecured with him so she decided to leave him. It was not when she left he realized that he cared for her the most. I don’t love this couple, I just like it. I don’t know what the rave is about Flora & Bowie, but I don’t think they are that great together, Flora looked better with a lot of people also. I do think they were pretty good together here, its just that I felt bad for Annie as she was neglected a lot from Henry. I didn’t feel as if Henry loved her enough, even when he only missed her when she left. They did have a happy ending as I guess the back of Annie appeared and Henry embraced her in his arms.

Henry and Dorothy. Their affair does seem like a Grey’s Anatomy affair. It was really based on attraction that were exchanged in the hospital. When she down down he was there and when he was down she was there and that is bascially how it led to the deadly attraction. Dorothy did cared about Henry, but Henry, especially after Annie left only cared for Annie. I didn’t really cheered for this couple as because they happen, Annie left. I didn’t think they have too much chemistry either when they were together. Also the baby, is it Henry’s? I believe it is, I think Dorothy doesn’t want Henry to know because then Henry would have to think all over again of who he wanted to be with. Now we don’t want that to happen again since, it does take him a long time to think about these things.

Anson and Chris. Their story seems simple compared to all the other ones. It started with them at odds with each other, well not really. Anson just didn’t really like Chris’s character and how he doesn’t care about his image on being a doctor.  After a while these two got closer and Chris started to chase her, but she didn’t accepted him until later on. I think this couple is adorable. Even though the age difference they still can make it work. I think in real life “Chris” is actually older then her, or the same age, maybe just because he doesn’t seem to age that much makes it seem as if he was younger then her. They do have some chemistry together but not a lot. I just found them pretty cute to watch, maybe it was from the influence of Healing Hands III.

Besides all the love relationship, a lot of friendship happen within the hospital. I loved watching a bunch of them hanging out at Pandarama just joking around. All of them look like they have a great connection with each and and felt as if they were really good friends. Of course the friendship between Paul,Henry, & Chris, Chris & Dorothy, Jackie & Annie stood out a little more but all in all the chemisty with each other is fairly great.

There wasn’t a big connection between Healing Hands I and Healing Hands II. There was the cross over of doctors such as Paul and Henry, but many of the doctors from I left and many new doctors arrived at II, such as M.C and Dorothy. Honestly, it makes you wonder what happen to the old cast as they were mentioned only a couple of times. Some of them left to be doctors elsewhere and one even died. Anyone can watch it without the background from I.

I really like these Healing Hands serial because I love the intense situations of being a doctor and it also showed that doctors are humans too, they have feelings and they can’t save everyone that comes to their hands. They watch people that they love leave them even as doctors unable to save them. The plot was very simple, but it was good to see how these doctors lived outside the hospital and saw their friendship and relationship develop within one another. I definitely like this one more then the 3rd one but I don’t know if I can say I like it more then the first one because the first one and the second one is 2 very different ones as most of the cast did change. Nonetheless, this serial is a great one to watch.


Time Before Time Thoughts

Finally, it took me forever to find this series. After reading MetalAZNWarrior’s review on this series back in April I believe in 2008, I was determine to watch this. After searching online, going to numerous of video stores, that told me it was out of print and that it was too old for them to carry, I finally found it. It took me one year and 3 months before I finally got to watch this series. Of course I could have watched it online since I believe it has been uploaded on Tudou, but I like watching my TVB series on the big screen. I was overjoyed when my dad finally brought home this series in VCD for me.

A typical love story, about a ghost searching for (normally), her long lost lover from when she was alive. As good as this story was, it was a bit typical as there are many adaption of how a ghost searches for her lover on earth, which is believed to be a live. In some cases they are and in some cases they aren’t. Hong Kong movie such as Rouge, (1988) to TVB’s Time Before Time, based their storyline on a girl ghost appearing onto this world to search for the long lost lover that they have left behind. With this base, the storyline of course are all different. Time Before Time had a mystery involved on how this pair of lovers died. This created a love story and a mystery for the audience to watch.

The story started off as a couple, which seem to have died together. Fu Yung (Kathy Chow) was actually the one that eventually died but her spirit was trapped inside an umbrella. Man Kwong (Gordan Lam), didn’t actually die, he lived but he died soon later, and was killed by his brother. Fu Yung who was accidentally released from the umbrella is here on earth to find her long lost love, hoping to find out that he is still alive. Under all the investigation, Man Kwong was killed soon after her and probably reincarnated, which was now Tai Kwong(Gordan Lam). One night, Tai Kwong recall his past life with Fu Yung and he slowly falls in love with her because he knew he loved her in his past life, but now he also had a wife, Mei Ying (Florence Kwok). This caused a love triangle between two humans and a ghost. Along with this love triangle, there were more problems to be dealt with along the storyline.

Man Kwong and Tai Kwong are both very love-able characters. Man was more of the serious type of person while Tai was more of the playful funny guy. They are both very different in character. Tai Kwong’s character really made me angry when he cared for Fu Yung more then Mei Ying. I found him a bit foolish in the way that he couldn’t tell what was real love, something that he had with Mei Ying, not Fu Yung. He only loved Fu Yung because he realized he used to love her in another life. Other then that fact, I thought he was pretty cute as he was pretty funny in some scenes.

Che Tat Fu is also one of those love-able character. He wasn’t selfish like his dad and even tried to fix his dads old ways to help him become a better person. Tat Fu is one of those characters you feel sorry for as he never gets the girl he wanted even though he was always by her side, the girl only loves another guy. Yet he still doesn’t mind and stood by her side through everything. Even when he died and was also a ghost like Fu Yung, he would rather stay a ghost in the world then to go to the peaceful after world.

Fu Yung is very unrealistic with my thinking. Could you really love someone that long? Even when the person you love can’t love you and when there is another guy who does like you and care for you is in front of you, you still can’t seem to let go? Maybe girls do tend to be the one that can love someone longer. I do love her character because she is so determined to find her lover again. I found as if her character is too dependent on love, which I guess could be a girl thing also. I feel bad for her in a way and sometimes I do wish she would just go away. I pity her in the sense that her old lover isn’t here with her anymore and I wish she would go away in the sense that I didn’t want her presence to ruin the relationship between Tai Kwong and Mei Ying. I guess you can’t make her go away since she is the main reason for the story.

I love Mei Ying. She is such a cute character. I just adored her. She was so innocent in this whole series. She did nothing wrong and yet she still had to fight with a ghost for the feelings of a guy that she was with since they were little. I also found her character very carefree which was love able too.

I thought the relationship of Fu Yung and Tai Kwong would be great and I thought I would love seeing them together as they developed their ghost and human love relationship, as I read many great reviews on this relationship. I was pretty much wrong, as I didn’t really like their love part of their relationship. For some reason it kind of bugged me.  I just thought it was foolish how obsesses Tai Kwong was with Fu Yung, he only loved her because he realized in his past life he loved her. To me I don’t think its that great and its not real love because Tai Kwong isn’t Man Kwong, Tai Kwong don’t love Fu Yung, its Man Kwong that does. Honestly I felt as if it would have been better if Tai Kwong just slowly fell in love with her instead of him remembering how he loved her and that is why he loved her. All I have to say is that as cute as this couple should be, I don’t think Tai Kwong should fall in love with Fu Yung, at least for not this reason of loving her in his past life.

On the other hand I love Fu Yung with Man Kwong. I think they were cute; Man Kwong was willing to sacrifice his fame and fortune to be with the one he loved. I mean how many men could do that, willing to give up everything and to be poor again just to be with someone. I felt as if their love was more genuine then Tai Kwong and Fu Yung. Their chemistry is great here, I could feel their love as I watched them together. This relationship was more real and honest compare to Tai Kwong. I honestly wished they had more scenes together or more flashbacks.

Mei Ying and Tai Kwong were very cute together. They were like the high school sweethearts, they messed with each other and they loved each other. They are too adorable together.  I really enjoyed watching their chemistry together. Maybe that is one of the reasons I didn’t like the way Tai Kwong started to like Fu Yung. I felt bad for Mei Ying, as she watched her husband love a ghost. It was very unfair to Mei Ying as she had to win her husbands affection with a ghost, not human but a ghost. Tai Kwong should have only love Ying as in this life, she is his and Fu Yung only belonged to him in his past life. At the end of the series, Mei Ying and Tai Kwong were together until the end and lived a happy life with each other.

I found Che Tat Fu and Fu Yung a bit more cuter then the relationship of Fu Yung with Tai Kwong. You can really see how much Tat Fu loved her, he was always by her side when she was sad. No matter how much Tat Fu liked her and showed how much he cared for her, Fu Yung didn’t seem to care too much for him in the romantic way. All she wanted was Tai Kwong/Man Kwong. Even though they didn’t get together I really do love watching their scenes together, especially in the beginning on how he played the piano for her. I wish they did get together when Tat Fu died and became a ghost couple. Sadly, that couldn’t happen since I guess writers really want Fu Yung’s character to be loyal to her old lover.

The last few episodes kinda bored me and I found it a bit pointless. I guess it was a good intense hair grabbing, if I have to say mini storyline. Mainly, it just pissed me off in some ways as it didn’t have to do anything with well…the storyline of Mei Ying and Tai Kwong or Man Kwong. It just talked about super powers. I found it a bit pointless to the overall storyline and things could have ended early with the series if this part didn’t happen.

The ending was a good one. Tai Kwong was to live the rest of his life as Man Kwong and took over the business. He was able to spend the rest of his life with Ying and he died peacefully while he accidentally dozed off. In his after life he saw Fu Yung waiting of him to die so they can reincarnate together so they will have a chance on being together in the next life. I found it cute and not cute at the same time since Fu Yung was able to wait for Tai/Man Kwong but Tai Kwong won’t wait for Mei Ying to die so they could reincarnate together. In this new life, Tat Fu, Tai Kwong and Fu Yung were together but not Mei Ying. This makes me a bit sad as she was left out.
In the end, I was glad that Tai/Man Kwong was able to find Fu Yung in this new life and was hinted that their new love story will start soon.

The theme song was great too. 抱緊眼前人. The lyrics were very fitting to the storyline.I recall listening to that same song when I was little. It really brought back some memories. This really reminded me of how there were a lot of great songs during the 90’s, they all had such deep meanings behind them. Out of all the songs the late Anita Mui had ever sang, I think this has got to be my favorite one. This song was so fitting too, as Anita’s deep voice filled the dramatic scenery of it all. From listening to this song, it really gave me the kick to listen to the 90’s canto pop music again.

The storyline mostly was based on the Chinese view of the after life and how people do live again and how ghost works. It didn’t really interest me too much as believe that once you die, you die, you don’t reincarnate. Your soul will go to heaven and stay there forever. Of course its only my belief, no one exactly knows what happens after you die, only stories could be told. Everyone will one day know the answer to that once you leave this earth.  It was still nice to see how the Chinese culture saw the after life as. The love story in the storyline was great as it was romantic. Can love stand the test of time?

The acting done by everyone in this cast was great, I felt as if everyone did their part and contributed to making this series memorable. What really stood out of course was Gordon Lam. I never actually saw him in a series this serious, well besides all those comedic parts, he was a good actor. He did a great job playing both Man Kwong and Tai Kwong, which I thought was pretty difficult to do as they were both very different character but he played it like his only role in the series. On the other hand with Kathy Chow, I didn’t love her too much. I mean I think she was perfect for the casting of Fu Yung, but she isn’t one of my favorite actresses. With her, I like her sometimes and the other times I don’t, you can say I have a love hate relationship with her. There are times in this series I think she is so great with her acting and all but then when she looked pitiful I don’t like her. I guess to me I don’t like the way she is sad, it’s exaggerated? to me. All in all, I have to say each actor and actress portray each character nicely and perfectly.

All in all, I think this series is a must watch for a lot of TVB fans. It might be hard to find in my case, but I am pretty sure you can watch it on-line on Tudou, or maybe you are luckier then me and are able to find it on VCD at any video store in Chinatown. However your case is, you should get your hands on this series. It doesn’t drag and it’s pretty short also so it’s a plus if you think you don’t have time for a long series, or even a normal 20 episode series. There was never a really big dull moment in this series. This series is perfect for ones who are looking for a good nice love story or comedy or even some suspense.

Just Love II. Sunny & Jessica’s Beginning

It happened in epsiode 10. I have to say I love this part the best out of the whole series. As viewers we got to know how they actually started, more in depth then one week together and then getting married with a contract. Jessica and Sunny are so cute in this episode. I have to say their chemistry in this series was way better then the first one.

It seemed as if Sunny and Jessica met, well at least Sunny knew Jessica when they were in elementary school. It was spilled on the night that he was drink and Joyce overheard that he loved her for 20 years and it started back in school. When this was known to her she tried to help Jessica find out about his love for her that lasted that long.

As Jessica went back to her old school, she talked to her old bus driver and they started to talk about Sunny, and how he had a crush on her, but she didn’t knew. She wanted to know more of this boy. When she went back home, she looked through her old yearbook she realized that there Sunny was her old classmate, and founded out his nick name which is also the same as the nick name of the boy that had a crush on her.

When Jessica was sad about her report card, Sunny drew a happy face on a ball and threw it over to her. This cheered her up and Sunny watched her smile from a distance.

It also seemed as if Sunny got his nickname, from getting hurt all the time when he was secretly watching Jessica. He hurted himself by bumping into things as he hide from her. Throughout the year it also seemed as if Sunny was always secretly putting things on her desk and seat, things that were broken, missing, to make her happy. Jessica never knew who knew who did this.

Years later they Sunny recongized her at the ski resort from her name at the front desk but she didn’t know who he was. He started to watch her secretly and one day she looked down and when she left her seat, Sunny drew the happy face on a coaster and placed it on her table before she came back. When she got back she saw it and cheered up.

Of course in the end they made up. Jessica went back home and saw Sunny packing all his stuff, she thought he was really leaving her and told him that she knew how he loved her since they were little. He said that he wasn’t leaving and that she was the only one that he loved.