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Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Drama Review -King of Yesterday, TVB 2003

A friend of mine gave me a big bag of video tapes of TVB drama series recorded from Hong kong. Yes, those are antiques. I mean, how many would have VCR in their house, especially in london. I have verified that fact by asking a few. I am one of those people from those generation. Mainly because Albert has one.

Two weeks ago, albert and I needed some amusement and entertainment. So we watched King of Yesterday. More chinese synopsis from here.

清 朝 康 熙 帝 在 位 六 十 一 年 , 統 治 期 間 文 冶 武 功 , 史 稱 康 熙 盛 世 , 又 因 皇 子 眾 多 , 形 成 眾 皇 子 爭 奪 皇 位 繼 承 人 之 激 烈 場 面 。 康 熙 帝 四 子 胤 禛 ( 即 雍 正 ) , 憑 著 其 堅 毅 性 格 、 處 事 果 斷 和 對 權 術 的 熟 諳 , 終 在 九 子 奪 嫡 之 中 脫 穎 而 出 , 於 康 熙 六 十 一 年 繼 位 , 次 年 一 七 二 三 年 改 為 雍 正 元 年 ; 正 登 基 後 , 深 謀 遠 慮 , 欲 令 大 清 皇 朝 繼 往 開 來 , 走 向 另 一 個 繁 榮 盛 世 。

雍 正 十 三 年 , 八 爺 黨 策 劃 政 變 , 欲 逼 宮 令 雍 正 退 位 , 但 正 以 權 術 謀 略 破 解 眾 人 奸 計 , 引 領 自 己 和 江 山 走 出 困 局 ; 唯 漢 女 呂 四 娘 仍 末 拋 卻 亡 國 之 恨 , 誓 要 反 清 復 明 , 怎 料 卻 在 行 刺 正 之 時 , 風 雲 變 色 , 二 人 被 捲 進 湖 中 黑 洞 , 時 空 轉 移 下 , 一 同 來 到 現 代 的 香 港 。

It's a story about a king from Qing Dynasty and a lady from opposition group who wanted to kill the king. They somehow got caught in a time capsule and transported into 21st century. There's where all the humour came in. Never even seen a car or a computer in their lives and in split second, everything has changed. The story went on about how they learn about the culture of those in 21st century and how the King used his wisdom in dealing with politics in a family-run business. A lot of wisdom from this words, his observation on human nature, behaviour and motives of their hearts and in his dealing with those politics and human heart.


He said although time has changed, but human nature and their motives haven't.

We both enjoyed it very much. It's definitely one of our favourite. A clear illustration of humanity, with its hunger for power, riches and fame. Sometimes in this process, has sacrificed relationships and love to gain those illusion.

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