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    Thursday, November 15, 2007

    What is a vase? Well basically, it’s meant to be a container to hold flowers. But really, it’s just there to make your flowers look more eye catching and pretty. Do we really need it? Not really. Is it of any use? To hold flowers.

    Chinese people often use the term “Flower vase” or pronounced fa jun with the acquainted with the word “pretty” to form “Pretty Flower Vase” aka lang fa jun. What’s the difference?
    Well, suppose you were to purchase a really elegant vase (like the one above). And you take it home and when you put the flowers into it, you realize the flowers don’t go well with it. Both are very beautiful and when you put two really beautiful things together, it turns out like trash. Thus you rather put your flowers into a simpler vase.

    So what do we do with this pretty flower vase? Nothing. We use it as decorative furniture. Do we really need it? No. Is it of any use? No. In other words, it’s just a really pretty vase that is of no use.

    Thus, when we use the term pretty flower vase with celebrities, we mean this actress or actor is all looks but they have no talent and are of no use.

    A Message From the Editor: Ratings are compared to the actresses’ other series. If the actress had shown more than one good performance, rating for that role may be lower.

    Who Was or Is Considered A Pretty Flower Vase:
    Charmaine Sheh

    Charmaine Sheh is the 3rd place of Miss Hong Kong 1997.

    Charmaine started off her acting career with many criticisms. People didn’t like her chicken voice and felt her acting was lacking something. She was literally called a pretty flower vase.

    Charmaine began improving herself and taking the rude remarks into constructive criticism. And with luck, TVB also gave her many likeable roles that increased her popularity with viewers. Today, she is one of TVB’s leading ladies and has won 2006 TVB Best Actress award.

    My Thoughts
    I started off being a fan of her since she started acting since I liked her innocent or playful roles. I didn’t really mind her voice as much as I was still young thus I thought everyone on TV was good actors. As time goes by and I start noticing the flaws, I wasn’t as fond of Charmaine. One reason may be the fact that TVB didn’t give her more challenging roles, like she use to get. As well, maybe in her recent dramas, she was overshadowed by someone I thought deserved the award more. I’m still waiting for Charmaine’s extraordinary breakthrough performance where I will have no choice but to root for her =]

    My Most Memorable Drama of hers:
    The Heaven Sword and the Dragon Sabre
    Acting Rating: 4/5
    Anne Heung

    Anne Heung was crowned Miss Hong Kong in 1998, where she snagged 3 grand awards: Miss Hospitality, Miss Photogenic and Universal Beauty Award.

    Although Anne is really photogenic and pretty, she lacks in acting skills, popularity with viewers and her vixen roles at the start of her career. When she first started acting, she played many important roles in series such as The Legend of Lady Yang and Love is Beautiful but eventually she was demoted to act as the secondary characters and eventually guest stars. What might have affected her most would have been her feline roles of ruining relationships. Since most viewers are women, they’d hate females that seduce men causing ruined relationships and broken families. This is why even though TVB is giving Anne more pitiful or pleasant roles, viewers still won’t accept her. It takes one evil role to get a bunch of haters but it’d take dozens of good roles to get some acknowledgement.

    My Thoughts:
    I find Anne to actually be a really good actress when she first started out. She played evil roles well and sometimes when we watch dramas we get so involved that we forget that they are just actors. I found Anne’s portrayal of evil characters to be convincing even though the role was dislikeable. Now though, since TVB is giving her more pleasant roles, I find it doesn’t show off Anne’s real talent thus making her seem like a horrible actress.

    Her most memorable series for me:
    Love is Beautiful
    Acting Rating: 4/5
    Sonija Kwok

    Sonija is winner of Miss Hong Kong 1999 and had also won Miss Photogenic, Miss Intelligence and Miss International Goodwill. In 2000, she then won Miss Chinese International, Miss Internet Popularity, and Miss Vegas Gorgeous.

    Sonija was like Anne; she was seen as a 3rd wheel by the female viewers and had horrible acting. Sonja didn’t start of playing evil, she actually played the nice fiancé of Louis Koo in the past and present in A Step into the Past. The only problem was that to fans of Louis and Jessica, she seemed like the 3rd wheel. Then she played evil roles afterwards in Where the Legend Begins and Perish in the Name of Love. Three evil roles were enough to kill her popularity!

    In recent years, her roles were of the extreme nice and were highly popular after On the First Beat where she showed improvements in her acting.

    Sadly for Sonija, she was linked to the cause of Michael Tao and his wife to divorce. Her popularity is again on the rocks…

    My Thoughts:
    I was never too fond of Sonija thus I haven’t seen many of her series. I too didn’t like Sonija due to her role in Perish. I did like her in On the First Beat though.

    My Most Memorable Drama of Hers:
    Mandy Cho

    Mandy was the winner of Miss Hong Kong 2003, where also won Miss International Goodwill, Miss Figure Beauty and for having Diamond Skin (?). Later at Miss Chinese International 2004, she was first runner up and had won Miss Friendship.

    As friendly and pretty as she may be, her acting wasn’t up to par compared to her previous pageant winners. She had very few series and hasn’t made it to be playing an important role.

    My Thoughts:

    Some people find her annoying, although from the two dramas I’ve seen her in (WAD & Beneath the Charm) she doesn’t seem too bad. Her voice seems a little low but still squeaky. I hope she improves.

    My Most Memorable Drama of hers:
    Linda Chung

    Linda is the winner of Miss Chinese Vancouver 2003, where also won Miss Talent, Miss Photogenic and Miss Snow Beauty. She later on won Miss Chinese International 2004.

    Her first debut in Virtues of Harmony II, as Hung Bak Lam would have been a popularity booster and a chance for familiarity for viewers but like Charmaine, she suffered the criticism of horrible acting and a chicken voice. Her acting was considered weak because her role was someone sophisticated and bossy type. Although she did end up being someone really nice and caring, she was the replacement. Originally, Virtues of Harmony had their very own pageant, Bernice Liu who had first hand as the loveable princess. Due to the fact that Frankie decided to leave, they had no choice but to write off Bernice and put in the strict Linda. People were upset to see Bernice go and weren’t as fond of Hung Bak Lam thus leading Linda to be easily compared. Thus viewers already had a reason to not like Linda leading it to be their reason for every series Linda was in. She was just not good enough.

    After practicing keeping her voice lower and stronger, Linda was able to overcome this criticism too. And after many more dramas, her acting began improving and was shown in series such as Forensic Heroes. She then later was acknowledged of her improvement by winning 2006 Most Improved Actress Award. Recently, her breakthrough performance as Seung Joi Sum in Heart of Greed leads to her sky rock popularity.

    My Thoughts:
    I never thought Linda had a chicken voice but I did feel it was hard to link with her in her early series. I always felt she didn’t have enough breath or something which lead to me being really paranoid. I wanted to feed her a microphone so she’d speak louder. Thank goodness, by the time I watched Forensic Heroes she had managed to be louder and her acting was more flowing. I have to say, I grew fond of her after watching Heart of Greed because it seemed like the role fit her well. She was able to cry, be happy and be angry more naturally which made watching her more enjoyable.

    My Most Memorable Drama of hers:
    Heart of Greed
    Acting Rating:4/5
    Kate Tsui

    Kate Tsui is the winner of Miss Hong Kong 2004 where she also won Miss Photogenic, Miss International Goodwill and Fitness Award and later made it in the top 5 of Miss Chinese International where she also won Miss Glamourous.

    As beautiful as she may be and a successful beauty pageant but she made the mistake of openly talking about sex on a RTHK radio show which caused her popularity to fall at the start of her career. Then she was criticized for her horrible acting skills, where she was often ranked #1 by netizens as worst actress. Her exaggerated expressions and annoying roles made it hard for her to be liked. Recently, news said that TVB was planning on casting Kate Tsui in HOG II. Her popularity was shown when TVB 2008’s Sales Presentation Booklet was released; her name didn’t appear on the cast list. Did TVB decide to cut her due to people’s dislike or was it a “misprint”?

    My Thoughts:
    At first, I too was like everyone else. I hated Kate Tsui and her horrible acting skills. I hated her voice and felt she was exaggerating. That was until I watched The Price of Greed, where she played a supposedly crazy girl of a rich man who was constantly having these illusions of her fiancé. Her acting was superb in the series because she had to have many different emotions at once. Some times she was happy and normal but then she’d go crazy or in shock. I truly loved her role as Lam Ping and it gave me another look at Kate. I then followed up on her in Steps where I was fonder of her than I was of Bernice. And then when I was watching re-runs of When Rules Turn Loose, I realized her cameo was also a good performance as a psychologist. Which helped me with my conclusion; blame TVB for giving her all the tom boy-ish roles. Kate’s acting was much better when she plays femine roles than to have her play the tom boys. Kate would have been much more popular if TVB had given her the sophisticate roles first before her manly ones that has overshadowed her acting causing her to be labeled “a horrible” actress when she isn’t.
    My Most Memorable Drama of hers:
    The Price of Greed
    Acting Rating: 4.5/5

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