English Title: Pages of Treasure
Vietnamese Title: Click vào Niên Kỷ Mới
This series is one of the more delightful one from TVB lately. At the end of 2008, I am a bit tired of dramatic series such as “Gem of Life” or “Moonlight Resonance“. I am glad TVB release this series with veterans such as Paul Chun and the talented Wayne Lai.
The series is about a family of 5. Father is play by Paul Chun who portrays a similar role as in “Family Man“. Mother play by Mary Hon who plays an ordinary housewife, definitely a change from her recent roles as more of a glamorous housewife. Two sons who are played by Wayne Lai and the cutie, TVB newcomer Eric Suen who usually plays roles in Chinese /Taiwanese productions. The casting of these four is great because Wayne does well as a more hippie brother coming from Mauritus, who sacrificed his education for his younger brother, Eric went on to become an IT engineer in the US. Eric Suen plays great as the grateful younger brother and a dreamy boyfriend to Shirley Yeung. The youngest sister is played by the very young Lily Ho. I didn’t know too much about her but after some research, I found out that she participated in Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2007. Like all the minor roles, she does okay, lots of room for improvements.
This series also showcase the comeback of Sonjia Kwok, who was frozen by TVB due to some unexpected bad news. I don’t particularly like her since her role in “A Step into the Past” but she actually did quite well in this series playing the first foe of Wayne Lai and then friend and then lover. I like this pairing of Wayne and Sonjia. Hopefully this series and this role will help her win some fans.
Shirley Yeung comes in this series as the US girlfriend of Eric Suen and a triangle relationship between Eric-Vivien Yeo-Shirley. Shirley reminds me of the very young Charmaine Sheh, too soft spoken, too childish, lacking presence. It’s been several years now, and even though Shirley was given roles with strong personality, she hasn’t been able to break through her shell. She still looks like she’s working too hard to act, but I like her and Eric together. Vivien Yeo plays the admirer to Eric and this solidifies her place in TVB. I don’t even know how many series she has been in that she plays the third person. Her acting is getting better maybe because TVB forces her to play the same role over and over again, which is common and earns her a spot in the TVB line up.
Overall, this is a delightful series about the importance of family, some comedy and a great series to enjoy without worrying too much about what’s coming up next. At first, I was thinking it is a series about competing brothers Eric vs. Wayne, but the writer did really well showing the great relationship between these brothers. There is really no “bad” guy in this series which I think it’s a good thing some times. If you ever need a rest from the long, action-packed series , this series if for you. I would give it four out of five stars just for its fantastic casting and because I haven’t finished but I might change my mind to 5 stars when I am actually done. (I’m also developing a slight crush on Eric Suen’s role in this series)
Themesong: Sung by Eric Suen