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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Return of the Underdog Heroes:


A Story of Triumph, Hardship, but Never Regret... Its a "dog eat dog world", but the underdogs will always prevail.

If you were not with us for the last underdog piece let me refresh some things that might make reading this a little bit more meaningful. The term Underdog is given to anyone or everyone who is under-rated, under-appreciated, and under-estimated. TVB is home to several underdogs who are waiting to bite back. Underdogs also has another meaning to their names, soon to be victorious. Somehow, it's always told that they always strike back with fury. To get a more detailed intro. or read more about the last underdogs (Kevin & Anne) Click Here. And onw on to our feature presentation:
A Couple of Underdogs:

"The Tangy & Sweet: Joyce Tang"


Joyce Tang has definitely tasted almost all the flavors in her career span. She endured through tough times, and been through times of glory. She is definitely one of the most beautiful TVB actress, but we will find in life looks aren't everything. I personally took notice of Joyce when starred in Armed Reaction I & II. Joyce fought alongside TVB fa dan Esther Kwan, which brought success to the series and gave birth to the future sequels. Her breakthrough was when she took on the plot twist in AR II of being an undercover agent raped. The performance was so powerful, and the story was so great TVB decided make another sequel. AR III this time was missing Esther Kwan so Ada Choi was to fill in for her. In the beginning of filming many were saying Joyce will step up and play lead female since she has been with the series for so long. However, when filming was finished she revealed that it was an equal lead, and later when it aired Joyce was played off as the second female lead. AR 4 was even worse when TVB had so little faith in her that they had to import in Yoyo Mung. To be blunt, Joyce was the third lead and not equal to Yoyo, which equals a supporting role.

Supporting roles were glued to her like crazy after AR III until 2004. She "supported" series like Witness To a Prosecution, Ups and Down a Sea of Love, and the Driving Power. Finally in 2004 TVB promoted her and gave her the lead to not one, but two series! But get this TVB also gave Joyce not one, but two warehouse series! Talk about getting her hopes high. Placebo Cure and Summer Heat were both locked in the vault and still havent been aired in HK. That year was very bitter sweet for her. 2005 was the first year Joyce was excluded from the TVB Calendar, this was definitely the year where TVB showed their greatest de-appreciation of her. The hardship didnt stop there, she was made third feamale lead (Supporting) again in the Prince's Shadow to Sheren Tang and Tavia Yeung. Sheren was no big suprise because she is a veteran, but Joyce had atleast half a decade of acting experiences over Tavia. Discouraging, but nonetheless Joyce moved on and join the cast of Women On The Run hoping for frequent exposure because its a sitcom, but the sitcom failed. She then decided to leave TVB, but later reported that she will return in March of 2006. She is still currently in Mainland searching for better opportunities. I wish Joyce the best because she truly deserves it. Hoping one of our biggest Underdog will become one our biggest success.

Marco Ngai-"One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure"

Marco Ngai is brilliant actor with so much experience. He can only be described as TVB's Trash and Mainland's Treasure. He was consider one of the 90's biggest and hottest actors, but times have changed. The majority of fans these days are at a younger age and won't find him as appealing anymore. Marco is greatly talented and skilled not only acting. Marco had alot martial arts experience perfect for Wuxia type series. Often time people do realized that because he does a very built body since she has practicing it since she he was very young. However TVB doesn't do as much martial art series as 90's anymore to cast him, plus those leading roles would be saved for up and coming actors. Marco like his girlfriend Joyce was also in the AR series, and pretty much got the same treatment when Frankie Lam was imported in the fourth installment.

Marco is best remembered for his role in the classic Return of Condor Hero alongside Ekin Cheng. In contrast Ekin is now one of HK biggest star in both TV and Movies not to mention Music, and Marco is still in the same place if not worse. The best depiction of how he was under-appreciated by TVB was the role given to him in To Catch The Uncatchable. He had the sloppiest role, and it was borderline character acting. Somehow, Marco did the role justice and was completely in character bringing the role to a whole other level. Marco gave one of his best performances as one of best villain in TVB history in Split Second. However, the grand production was one of the lowest rated series of the year so TVB basicly shelved him to the side and ignored his breakthrough performance. The Prince's Shadow was pretty much the same deal, fair ratings so it basicly left him in the same position. Marco decided to leave TVB for halfway through last year to film in Mainland. The press had it that Marco is a hot favorite to many Mainland directors, even introducing Joyce to them with hopes to brighten both careers. Marco has return to film in the new CIB series with Bowie Lam, and Maggie Siu which girlfriend Joyce was originally plan to be one of the leads. Marco is definitely not any lead, considering Wong Hei and Bowie Lam are both in contender. Marco has come back, but will this underdog bite back?

The Underated Test: Both Marco & Joyce have been in dozens and dozens of TVB series, but can you name atleast 6 series that have been in that I didnt mention. If you can than there was hope left for this underdog couple, but if you can't than you know first hand how underated they are.

Comments on "Return of the Underdog Heroes:"

 

Blogger princess chi said ... (1:02 AM) : 

I agree Joyce & Marco are both in the underdog category. I think Mimi Lo deserves to be in the underdog castegory too. I dont know if you agree, but she was pretty impressive in Battle Againist Evil. Although the show did not recieve good rating and the cast was not that impressive. She was also part of a grand production Blade Heart, as the 3rd female lead. She has also appeared in a few other TVB series, but only as a minor character. I hope that someday like Joyce and Marco will bite back.

 

Anonymous MoLteaser said ... (8:59 PM) : 

Marco was in the Legendary Four Aces alongside Bobby Au, Nick Cheung and Gordon Lam and I thought he did a great performance in there as both evil (at the start) and good (towards the middle). He was somewhat a lead in that series but still, his screen time was overshadowed by Nick and Bobby's >.<
Likewise, Joyce is an awesome actress and talented, I loved her in Tiness to a Prosecution 2.
It's such a shame TVB won't promote her further

 

Anonymous MoLteaser said ... (8:59 PM) : 

Marco was in the Legendary Four Aces alongside Bobby Au, Nick Cheung and Gordon Lam and I thought he did a great performance in there as both evil (at the start) and good (towards the middle). He was somewhat a lead in that series but still, his screen time was overshadowed by Nick and Bobby's >.<
Likewise, Joyce is an awesome actress and talented, I loved her in Tiness to a Prosecution 2.
It's such a shame TVB won't promote her further

 

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