Sunday, January 13, 2019

I Bet Your Pardon Theme Song

The theme song for I Bet Your Pardon is "Hollywood Has a Big Con Artist" (荷里活有個大老千), sung by Jackson Wan.




Overview - I Bet Your Pardon



Con artist Kent Cheng is imprisoned after being set up by Chinese detective Kent Tong and his senior Paul Chun. Kent T. even steals his girlfriend, Angie Cheong. Five years later, Kent C. has become a renowned film producer. He has two assistants (Babyjohn Choi and James Ng), as well as his daughter (Ada Wong), whom he recently reunited with. When his junior Parkman Wong is murdered, Kent C. suspects that his disciple (Edward Ma) did it. The two face off on the gambling table... Ada confesses to her dancing teacher Angie that she has a crush on rookie director Dominic Ho. It leads to an unexpected reunion between Angie and Kent C. Angie steals Kent T.'s books with his illegal transactions and prepares to elope. Outraged, Kent T. tries to destroy the pair. As Kent C. is escorted to prison, he is broken free by a mysterious person. They plan a trap and vow to lure the tyrannical Kent T. inside.


Tuesday, January 01, 2019

New Banner


New year, new banner! Big thank you to Jacqueline (@jnewin10), a long-time friend of this blog, for designing this banner. It includes pictures from Succession War, Deep in the Realm of Conscience and The Learning Curve of a Warlord.


Monday, December 31, 2018

Year in Review

Whew, made it through another year!
2018 was a big year for me personally. I graduated from law school, passed the bar exam and moved to New York City to start a new job. I also did a lot of travelling, which I hope to write about at some point. But for now, here is a look-back at the TV and movies that I watched!

TVB Series

The list of TVB series that I have watched this year is a short one:


  • Threesome - A gem that TVB did not know how to appreciate. Mandy Wong is the true Best Actress in my mind for playing three vastly different characters and switch effortlessly between them.
  • Flying Tiger - A run-of-the-mill police procedural with familiar elements - undercover agents, black cops, a brotherly showdown and a hot-headed Ron Ng.
  • Deep in the Realm of Conscience - A messy, overpopulated series that tried to use extravagance to compensate for its lack of substance.
  • Succession War - The better historical drama of the summer. The story was well-written, coherent and enticing, even if history books were thrown out the window.
  • Life on the Line - A mundane series with too many convenient coincidences and miracles. I watched the majority of this, but never bothered to finish the last week of episodes.
    • The Learning Curve of a Warlord - Without Dicky Cheung, this series would have easily been left in the skip column.


    American TV

    In the absence of good TVB dramas, I have turned to American TV. The first show I watched was Timeless. It is a history lover's dream show. It is well-researched and seamlessly incorporates historical details into the story. And it covered all sorts of historical events and characters. I loved tuning it each week to find out which historical time period the Time Time would travel to next. The second show I watched was Billions, a fast-paced, clever battle of the wits with unpredictable turns. The best thing about it is watching how far the characters are willing to go to win this fight.


    Movies


    I got to see a lot of movies this year because of Moviepass. Sadly, good things don't last forever.
    • Jumanji
    • The Shape of Water
    • The Post
    • I, Tonya
    • All the Money in the World
    • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    • Black Panther
    • Annihilation
    • Kingsman: Golden Circle
    • Marshall
    • Avengers: Infinity War
    • Guardians of the Galaxy I and II
    • Game Night
    • Chappaquiddick
    • RBG
    • Mission Impossible: Fallout
    • Antman and the Wasp
    • Agent Mr. Chan
    • Searching


    Books

    Now that I don't have to read for school anymore, I am rediscovering the joys of reading for leisure. The first book that I finished in a long time is The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne. It was an unexpected emotional experience as I followed the life of an adopted Irish boy who struggles to understand his identity. The book was captivating, eye-opening, at times shocking, and deeply emotional. Highly recommend!


    What reflections do you have on 2018? What do you hope for in 2019?