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[Hong Kong TVB Drama 2013] Inbound Troubles 老表,你好嘢!

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Details:
Title: 老表,你好嘢! / lo biu nei ho ye!
English title: Inbound Troubles
Producer: 
 Wong Wai Seng
Genre: Modern, Comedy
Episodes: 20
Production Company: TVB 
Broadcast period: January 14, 2013

Cast:
Roger Kwok
Wong Cho Lam
Joey Meng
Ivana Wong
Angela Tong
Louis Cheung
Wong Kwong Leung
Mimi Chu
Wu Fung
Law Lan
Mary Hon
Bob Lam
Whitney Hui 

Synopsis:
The HK native born SZETO PAK YU (Roger Kwok) works hard running a travel agency. Because he helped his girlfriend (Angela Tong) pay off debts, he goes bankrupt, but still carried a never-give-up spirit and continues striving for to make a better living. His cousin KO YAU LAM (Wong Cho Lam) grew up in China and came to Hong Kong to pursue a singing career. The cousins ends up under one roof and due to the cultural differences, they frequently run into conflicts, which brings laughter along the way. Eventually the cousins learn to mutually support and understand one another. PAK YU and a social worker KA PUI CHOI (Joey Meng) developed a relationship when they collectively helped new immigrants. When PAK YU finds out his girlfriend was unfaithful to him, he suffered great emotional impact, but fortunately CHOI was by his side to support him. The courageous LAM sets off on his singing journey, where he meets a group of sidekicks, whom are difficult to find close friends, and he also meets his biological mother. Whether if they are people from Hong Kong or immigrants from Mainland, they're all just struggling to pursue a happier life. (aZnangel) 

Trailers:
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CNY greetings from the cast:
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Episode Previews:
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Episode 9
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Episode 11
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Episode 12
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Episode 13
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Episode 14
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Episode 15
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Replies

  • ladyhotaryladyhotary ItalyPosts: 1,123Member
    wow i like this type of drama dedicated to music
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    "Inbound Troubles" Good Start Peaked 33 PTS, But Lots of Complaints

    Tuesday January 15, 2013 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily, Mingpao
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net
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    Yesterday the cast of TVB new series Inbound Troubles Joey Meng, Roger Kwok, Wong Cho Lam, Ivana Wong, Louis Cheung and Whitney Hui gathered for dinner and to watch the premiere together. It was said Joey had been having difficulties getting pregnant because her husband smokes. She said: "He doesn't smoke 3 packs of cigarettes a day, that exaggerated. I already quit smoking, but sometimes perhaps due to stress, I do smoke a cigarettes. We go for a body check annually and have good health. Whether we decide to have a baby or not, it is between us. Also, I just joined TVB and if I get pregnant that quickly, then it seems strange. Work comes first, but if there is an accident, I don't mind either."

    Inbound Troubles is Joey's first TVB series, she expressed she actually wasn't too nervous, but recently she's starting to feel nervous because people have been constantly asking her about the TV ratings. She laughed: "If the rating reaches 40 points, one said he'll have another baby (Roger Kwok) and the other said he'll get married (Wong Cho Lam), then I really do hope they can get married and have children."

    Also, the premiere rating averaged 31 points and peaked at 33 points, which is much higher than last week's Missing You finale rating (27 PTS). However, the Broadcasting Authority received 10 complaints on the premiere -- the content increased the China-Hong Kong controversy and defamed Mainlanders, but there also complaints that the scenes insulted Hong Kong people and the content is misleading. It appears Wong Cho Lam's catchphrase in the series is "Harmony, harmony , I will learn properly." Wong Cho Lam responded to the Weibo comments on the series, he expressed: "Some people silently observe and analyze; some feel offended by just one or two words; some are very interested and wants to see how the story develops; some said they won't be watching the series anymore; some said I'm defaming Mainlanders and some said I'm insulting Hong Kong people. There are even some people who get specific, saying that I insulted Dongguan or Sichuan people. So just what type of person are you? Do we need these people in our society? If you can boil on and have the courage, then watch on!"

    Ivana's song Leave Blank won the "Gold Song Gold Award" at the JSG music awards. It was said when the award was announced, Joey Yung was completely shocked and had an "O" expression, Ivana said: "I believe Joey wasn't frightened, just surprised. We chatted a lot throughout the night, I believe she's happy for me." When speaking of the public doubting on just how many people actually listened to her song Leave Blank? Ivana said: "I've heard many people liked this song. I'm an optimistic person and I know it's hard to please everybody." Netizens turned the lyrics of Ivana's Leave Blank into a spoof Leave Rice, which reached over 20,000 clicks online. 
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    "Inbound Troubles" 3 Episodes, 64 Complaints; Wong Cho Lam: Based on Netizens' Comments & Current Events

    Thursday January 17, 2013 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily, Mingpao
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

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    TVB comedy series Inbound Troubles has caught a lot of attention due to the incorporation of China & Hong Kong current events -- "rude tour guide" and "famous brand stores refuses to let HK people take photos", which has displeased many local viewers. Just after three days since the series premiere, TVB and the Broadcasting Authority received 64 complaints. Viewers were upset that the story widens the China-HK controversy, insults HK people and beautifies Mainlanders. One is example is a scene where the tour guide, Angela Tong, takes her tourists from China to buy gold, she saw Mainlander Wong Cho Lam take out a bag of RMB (Chinese yuan), then went forward with her arrogant attitude towards him. Wong Cho Lam just quietly said there needs to be "harmony".

    Inbound Troubles producer Wong Wai Sing expressed the story came from a real life case, but he hopes the audience will just finish watching the whole scene before discussing. When asked if Wong Cho Lam created his own lines? He expressed: "He was part of the production team, the 'harmony…' catchphrase is not to beautify China people. Shouldn't people from China and Hong Kong be in harmony anyway?"

    Wong Cho Lam was on CRHK for a radio interview. In regards to the recent complaints, he expressed: "While the series was in production, it was all copy without thinking, the content includes what Netizens' comments and what was written on the news. The dialogue all came from what everyone had said before. As for insulting HK people, that depends on how you see it. If you watch attentively, it is pretty funny, like you're insulting yourself. It's unfavorable on both sides. (Will this affect your work in Mainland?) Not at the moment, the majority are rational. This time, the news I chose were the really popular ones in Mainland and the ones with intercommunication between Hong Kong and China. For example, the D&G tourist incident, everyone knows what happened there. (If there are more negative feedback, will the scenes be cut?) No, the series starts off using the China-HK hot topics, then Ivana Wong and her cousins get into a fight and next week Wong Kwong Leung will come to HK. Soon there will be more comedic scenes."

    It was reported Netizens turned Fat Girl Siu Bo ("Sai Sai Lap") into HK Golden's Goddess? Wong Cho Lam laughed: "I'm very happy, some people say she beats Fun Lo. When I first saw her, she's not just chubby, but also a pretty girl. Online, netizens compare her to Bernice Liu and Christine Kuo. This time, it also proves audience can accept some special artists." 
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    Wong Cho Lam Refutes: "HK Audience Are Killing TV Series"

    Friday January 18, 2013 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net
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    Inbound Troubles starring Wong Cho Lam, Roger Kwok and Joey Meng is an exaggerated comedy series reflecting on the HK-China relationship. Parodies of the HK current events, such as the "famous brand store prohibits photo taking" and "rude tour guide" were seen in the series. Shortly after the series premiere, there has been a load of complaints and hot discussions. Up until yesterday the Broadcasting Authority has already received 70 complaints, while TVB received 2 more complaints. The majority of the complaints were centered around Netizens displeased that the series deepens the HK-China contradicting relationship, insulted HK people and negatively impacts the HK tourist industry. This time, TVB also received 9 praises from audience and asked them not to cut it!

    Yesterday Wong Cho Lam expressed on Weibo, he feels his creative freedom is getting strangled: "When everyone was upset that HK TV series had no creativity and no nerve to write about real life events… what kills the TV series are these kinds of people!" Producer Wong Wai Sing expressed yesterday he got a call from a viewer, who frantically yelled at him for more than 10 minutes, "The caller said Hong Kong people aren't like that. But, with so many people scolding at the series, proves there are people watching! I won't delete scenes or cut the series because of this." TVB executive producer Tommy Leung was extremely satisfied with this series and plans to shoot a sequel: "We have received a lot of opinions, but the rating a few nights ago continue to be 30 points. I'm very satisfied with this result. If the series is getting such good response, we will make a sequel too! The slandering words are basically true, it's just the comedy series magnified it a little. (Producer Wong Wai Sing got an angry caller scolding him for 10 minutes!) I already called the police!"

    In regards to the intention of making a sequel, Wong Cho Lam, who was part of the production team, felt emotional and praised Tommy's loyalty. "TVB had always been afraid of complaints, but this time they are so supportive and have so much faith in us! (What other ideas do you have for the sequel?) I haven't thought about it yet, actually I'm worried it's just a false alarm from the premiere. The series is 20 episodes long, we should at least way until the broadcast reaches to the middle of the series. I'll tell Tommy to wait it out first!" Wong Cho Lam also revealed he thought of the script while he was taking a shower. When asked whether he's afraid of offending people? He said: "I didn't make up anything. It's just like Hong Kong people are looking in the mirror, it's just exaggerated in the series."

    Lead actress Joey Meng also hopes Netizens tone it down. She feels whether Mainlanders and HK people are still Chinese people. She hopes audience can be more forgiving: "A comedy series is often exaggerated, but later there will be other elements added to it. Give it some time! (What about a sequel?) Of course that's good!" In the series, HK people get very excited when they see someone with the Chinese yuan? Mimi Chu said: "Of course, I would react the same way! It is the truth. HK people are really on the hot-tempered side, they get upset no matter what!" 
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    Caucasian "Inbound Troubles" Actress Corinna Chamberlain Can Act & Sing

    Saturday January 19, 2013 Hong Kong
    Source: FACE Magazine, Credit: HKChannel
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

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    Although TVB series Inbound Troubles premiered not long ago, it has already become a hot topic for discussion at the dinner table and online, such as the HK-China controversial issues seen in the series. Actually isn't it great that the series is a light-hearted comedy and not too heavy? Isn't it great the series has refreshing cast and pairings?

    Aside from the leads Wong Cho Lam, Roger Kwok, Joey Meng, Ivana Wong and Louis Cheung creating exceptional amount of sparks, a lot of people are talking about the Inbound Troubles supporting characters. Wong Cho Lam's best buddy, "Sai Sai Lap", played by Siu Bo suddenly rose to popularity. She might just be another fat girl, but she stands out because she's cute and funny.

    In the series, Ivana Wong has a Caucasian best friend "Nip Siu Yin" played by Corinna Chamberlain. She was born to a New Zealand father and an Australian mother, but she was born and grew up in Hong Kong. Her character caught a lot of attention because she frequently starts crying out of the blue.

    Corinna may be a Caucasian girl, but she is very fluent in Cantonese, even better than a lot of local HK artists. She can compare to former TVB Caucasian actor Gregory Rivers. Actually Corinna graduated from the HK Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 2006 and this isn't her first TVB series. She has appeared in several series before, namely You're Hired!Every Move You Make, and Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles. She can consider to have rich acting experiences.

    Aside from acting, Corinna can sing too! When she was studying in HKAPA, she majored in musical theater. She has a good music foundation and singing skills. Corinna sang Jacky Cheung's Love Is Eternity (愛是永恆) before and in 2007 she participated in the chorus at pop queen Sandy Lam's concert. In addition, she sang a duet with William So 來夜方長. She clearly has the singing skills and has listened to many HK singers' music before.
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    "Inbound Troubles" face cancellation

    Monday January 21, 2013 Hong Kong
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    TVB drama, "Inbound Troubles" is in trouble for stirring up controversies for its misunderstood representation of the mainland Chinese and Hong Kong citizens.

    According to Asianpopnews website, the light-hearted drama, written by comedic actor Wong Cho Lam, initially intended to poke fun and celebrate the cultural conflicts between the mainlanders and the Hong Kong residents. But the plot has been severely blasted not only by mainland Chinese but also by Hong Kong citizens.

    Viewers were particularly irked by Angela Tong's portrayal of a rude Hong Kong tour guide who scolded tourists, while Wong Cho Lam and Roger Kwok play a China citizen who speaks in poor Cantonese and a Hong Kong citizen who speaks in badly pronounced Chinese respectively.

    The annoyance has even developed into harassments with Roger Kwok sharing that he was scolded while walking on the streets by a girl who chided him for badly representing Hong Kong citizens.

    Producer Wong Wai Sing also experienced the same thing. Speaking to the media, the producer revealed that a viewer scolded him on the phone for the lack of humour in the drama, saying that the drama only deepened the tension between China and Hong Kong.

    Wong revealed that although they only wanted to reflect the reality and did not intend for the relationship to worsen, the drama will only stop airing if the company decides for it to be.

    The series has received 60 complaints till date. However, it still received better ratings than the recent TVB dramas, with its premier averaging at 31 points and attracting 2.12 million viewers. 
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    TVB Rating Reports (01/14/2013 - 01/20/2013)
    Source: Mingpao, CSM (by wacow)
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

    Dramas:
    Friendly Fire Finale - 法網狙擊大結局 (EP 24) (SATURDAY, 2HRS) - 31 PTS (Peaking at 34 PTS)

    Friendly Fire - 法網狙擊 (EP 19-23) - 30 PTS (Peaking 37 PTS @ FRIDAY 2HRS EP)

    Inbound Troubles - 老表,你好嘢! (EPS 01-04) - 30 PTS (Peaking at 37 PTS)

    Come Home Love - 爱·回家 (EPS 172-176) - 24 PTS

    (CSM Media Research: 1 point represents 64,200 viewers)

    Complaints:
    - Inbound Troubles premiere week, 230 complaints: TVB (6), BA (224). Viewers complained the plot is misleading, increases the HK-China contradictory issues and insults today's young people.
    - Friendly Fire, 25 complaints. Viewers were displeased by the erotic scenes and the unreasonable/unrealistic scenes, especially Benz Hui's bike chase scene. However Friday's episode before the finale reached 37 points @ Alice Chan's bikini enticing Derek Kwok on the yacht scene. 
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    'Sai Sai Lap' Siu Po Does Not Admit to Being Goddess

    Tuesday January 22, 2013 Hong Kong

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    May Chan (Siu Po), who has become known for playing 'Sai Sai Lap' in "Inbound Troubles", and Corinna Chamberlain went to a radio station to accept an interview. The two expressed that many people notice them when they go out. When May was asked about being labelled as a goddess by netizens, she insistently denied: "Which part do I look like one? Goddesses have looks and a good figure. I do not admit to it!" Other the other hand, Corinna brought her new song. The lyrics of the new song were written by Wong Cho Lam: "I am very grateful to Cho Lam. I cried after reading the lyrics. Really expressed the feelings in my heart". 
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    Roger Kwok Has Acting Abilities, Not Afraid of Script Changing

    Saturday January 26, 2013 Hong Kong

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    Roger Kwok, Wong Cho Lam, Joey Meng, etc. were promoting the new series "Inbound Troubles". As for indications of being unsatisfied and at odds with Cho Lam for constantly changing the script, Roger supported Cho Lam and said, "Everybody's screen time is very equal. May Chan and Corinna Chamberlain are newcomers, so their characters must be stand out. We rely on acting ability in order for the audience to relate to it. The ratings for the series are good because of the contribution of the entire cast and crew". Joey said, "The good feedback for the series after releasing is expected". (Also expected your schoolgirl look to be praised by viewers as being pure and cute?) Not this one. I also did not really dare to watch it, but a friend called me saying it was very good. I went online again to use myTV to re-watch that episode". Roger, who was on the side, laughingly said that it had a childhood memories feel: "If you filmed that commercial back then, definitely would have been more popular than that girl".

    On the other hand, regarding girlfriend Leanne Lai saying that she would immediately marry if the ratings of "Inbound" reached 50 points, Cho Lam laughingly said it was impossible: "Fifty points? Then 5,000,000 (actually 3,210,000) viewers would not be going out to watch television. Impossible! Unless there was SARS!"

    Reuniting in "Food for the Slaves"

    "Inbounds" producer Wong Wai Sing will also be filming the new series "Food for the Slaves". He expressed that many actors who took part in "Inbound" will also take on prominent roles in "Food": "Bob Lam and Cho Lam will also film. Linda Chung is taking a two-month break to return to Canada, so found Joey. Ron Ng is also busy, so replaced by Louis Cheung. Previously, Raymond Lam turned down the emperor role...I found Ben Wong as a replacement". 
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    TVB Rating Reports (01/21/2013 - 01/27/2013)

    Credit: Wacow
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

    Dramas:
    Inbound Troubles - 老表,你好嘢! (EPS 05-09) - 30 PTS (Peaking at 34 PTS)

    The Days of Days - 初五啟市錄 (EPS 01-05) - 25 PTS (Peaking at 28 PTS)

    Come Home Love - 爱·回家 (EPS 177-181) - 24 PTS

    Source: Nielsen HK (1 point represents approximately 64,200 viewers) 
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    "Inbound Troubles" suffers cuts in China

    "Inbound Troubles" suffers cuts in China
    Tuesday January 29, 2013 Hong Kong

    Rumours of impending censorship has proven to be true, as it was reported that TVB's controversial drama, "Inbound Troubles" have suffered from heavy editing for its first four episodes in mainland China.

    According to Popular Asians website, it was revealed that approximately 10 minutes of footage from the first four episodes were cut from its mainland broadcast, including the scene where Wong Cho Lam's character, Choi Sum came across some Hong Kong protesters rallying outside a clothing store.

    The censored scene reportedly was inspired by an actual controversy that occurred in January last year, when the staff at Dolce & Gabbana stopped Hong Kong citizens from taking pictures in front of their shop, but allowed mainland Chinese tourists to do so – sparking a rise of anti-mainlander sentiment.

    However, despite the cuts and complaints, "Inbound Troubles" has already achieved an average of 1.92 million viewers in its first week of broadcast and sparked rumours of a movie version in the making.

    "Inbound Troubles" is currently airing in mainland China through TVB's overseas channel and Chinese video streaming websites. 
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    Siu Bo 'Sai Sai Lap': "I Want to Pursue Guys", Vows to Lose 80 Pounds

    Friday February 1, 2013 Hong Kong
    Source: Sudden Weekly, Credit: HKChannel
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net
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    TVB series Inbound Troubles has been a huge hit recently with the ratings peaking at 37 points. Portraying Wong Cho Lam's good friend 'Sai Sai Lap' is Fei Mui Siu Bo (Real name: May Chan Ka Kai). She gained a lot of attention from this series and the 'HK Golden Forum' boys praised she'll be one hot and sexy girl if she losses the weight. As HK Golden's Goddess, the 27 year old actress is still single and a virgin. Recently, she's been actively trying to lose weight and vows to knock off 80 pounds of fat.

    On Sunday (1/27th), [Sudden Weekly] spotted Siu Bo at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade vigorously exercising for 3 hours. She later said out of breath, "My goal is to lose 80 pounds within 2 months. I want to turn into a hot and sexy girl. I want to 'kau jai'!" (TN: "kau jai" = pursue guys)

    Jumping Jacks - FAIL
    Dressed in white shorts, Siu Bo was jogging around the Waterfront for 3 hours and then tried jumping jacks, but she had no jumping power whatsoever. She could only barely lift up her heels, and couldn't get feet off the ground.

    Hip Bending - PASS
    After Siu Bo's jog, she did some hip bending stretches at the park. She even joked she probably won't be able to do it, but unexpectedly she was able to bend forward from her hips despite having a 50-inch waist. Amazing!

    Pull Ups - FAIL
    Hip bending was easy for Siu Bo, but having to lift her whole body up is definitely going to be a challenge for her. Indeed, due to her heavy body weight, Siu Bo was unable to lift her body up. With the encouragement from reporters, she tried 5 more times and barely got her feet off the ground.

    Skipping - FAIL
    Siu Bo frankly expressed she runs out of breath just by walking. That day, she went for another jog on the pedestrian bridge, but this time she had to skip her way through the job. Unfortunately after a few skips, she couldn't move anymore and had to sit down to catch her breath.

    Sit Ups - FAIL
    Don't think it was a success for Siu Bo on the sit ups. Initially she was suppose to lock her feet under the railing to do the sit ups, but her feet were too chubby, so her feet couldn't fit under. With the help from her assistant, she 'cheated' her way and completed the sit ups.

    Rabbit Hop - FAIL
    Children love to play rabbit hopping, but Siu Bo was big child, so of course she never tried rabbit hopping before. Just couching down is difficult enough for her. Her fatty legs getting in the way, made it difficult for her to do any jumping!

    Siu Bo currently weighs 230 pounds, she's been called 'dinosaur' by the Post-90s guys (guys born after 1990), but she has never been aware that she needs to lose weight. Lately because of the series, the media has been doing a background check on her. [Sudden Weekly] actually spotted her consuming 8 dishes of meat. This is when she realized she wants to become a 'true hot girl'.

    In fact, Siu Bo had already gotten the taste of being a 'hot girl' when she was 16. Back then, she only had fruits for breakfast, lunch and dinner and successfully lost 40 pounds in 2 months. However, still no guys were interested in her, thus she decided to just set her weight loss plans aside and went back to being a 200 pound Fei Mui. Siu Bo felt guilty: "Thinking back, I really regret it. Why did I not keep up with the weight loss plan? If I was thinner, then I wouldn't be like this now, still no boyfriend."

    Last year, Siu Bo's mother tried to set her up on a blind date and introduced guys to her. A close friend of Siu Bo reveals: "Auntie really wants grandchildren. She's always nagging Siu Bo, she's so fat, no man would want her. Her mother even made her lunch boxes, so she could eat healthier and lose weight. Auntie tried setting up blind dates for her, one time when the guy saw her, he didn't even stay for dinner and just left. Siu Bo was really unhappy then." After that experience, Siu Bo no longer had the courage to go on another date.

    Regarding this, Siu Bo said embarrassingly: "I'm such a big girl and haven't dated before. I had crushes before, but I didn't dare to confess my feelings. I knew there would not be any good results, so what's the point of telling him? In the past, when I saw other couples on a date, I would really envy them, but a normal guy wouldn't want a fat girl like me as their girlfriend. My mom asked me too, she said I'm already at this weight level and still have no control on what I eat or plan to lose weight, do I want to be single for life? Do I really want to go on a diet? But when I see really good food, I forget everything. So, this time I told myself, I must bring my weight down to 150 pounds. I want to start dating. (Do you mind 'sister-brother' or 'cross-aged' relationships?) I don't mind the age gaps, the most important is for the guy to have a good heart." Siu Bo doesn't want to be a 'sing lui' (left behind woman), so she must have perseverance this time! 

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    TVB Rating Reports (01/28/2013 - 02/03/2013)

    Source: Mingpao, Nielsen HK (credit: wacow)
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

    Dramas:
    Inbound Troubles - 老表,你好嘢! (EPS 10-14) - 30 PTS (Peaking at 33 PTS)

    The Days of Days - 初五啟市錄 (EPS 06-10) - 25 PTS (Peaking at 27 PTS)

    Come Home Love - 爱·回家 (EPS 182-186) - 24 PTS 

    Nielsen HK (1 point represents approximately 64,200 viewers) 
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    Wong Cho Lam criticised by scriptwriter

    Monday February 4, 2013 Hong Kong
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    It seems that not everybody is okay with "Inbound Troubles" actor Wong Cho Lam's scriptwriting venture, as it was reported that the again has received a complaint from his fellow TVB scriptwriters.

    Popular Asians reported that on 15 January, Cat Kwan, the award-winning screen writer for the 1999 film, "Tempting Heart", wrote on her Weibo, "I read a report that wrote: 'New drama, co-written by Wong Cho Lam, discusses about contradicting social differences between China and Hong Kong; many sensitive topics were already played with in the premiere episode.' Does 'co-written' mean that he is part of the scriptwriting [team]? Then I am very curious to which episode Mr. Wong wrote, because I am really interested in re-watching it for my enjoyment."

    The screenwriter continued, "To the lovely audience and all my friends, can you please tell me which episode Mr. Wong was in charge of after viewing the ending credits? If you can't find it, then TVB must have many scriptwriters. The number of people who contributed ideas to dramas is endless."

    The criticism comes after the actor received critical commendation for his bravery in helming the controversial "Inbound Troubles" script, which touches on the cultural differences between Hong Kong and mainland China.

    However, the actor, who heard of Cat's dubious comment, posted a response on Weibo, saying "Beloved Ms. Kwan, you are a scriptwriter that I respected very much. When I was working with the other ["Inbound Troubles"] scriptwriters, we would always bring up your masterpiece "Tempting Heart", and till this day, my heart is still tempted. It is very rare for TVB to have such a great and golden scriptwriter like you!"

    The actor continued, "As for which episode I wrote, there was none. Not even one. However, I had a part in every episode: I had a part in designing the characters and their relationships with the scriptwriters; coming up with the synopsis for each episode; in research, brainstorming, and outlining each episode; in designing each episode's climax, comedic, and emotional timing; I also took part in sharing stress, etc. with other scriptwriters.

    Why is my name not credited after each episode? I asked about it before, but everyone knew that I already had a part in writing the show. I hope the audience will take notice in other scriptwriters and commend them. Our team of scriptwriters does not care about title. We just want to quietly and creatively work on a script together."

    The actor also spoke in an interview a few days later, admitting that it was a mistake when TVB announced that he would be co-writing the "Inbound Troubles" script.

    He stated, "I understood that I could have directly contacted Tommy Leung about my ideas. I also used a lot of non-TVB cast and crew members. This made a lot of people unhappy, and I have heard people gossiping about me. But I hope they will be able to understand me. I only want to write a good script so the audience can enjoy, not trying to steal anybody's rice bowl. I've always respected TVB scriptwriters."

    Meanwhile, "Inbound Troubles" is currently airing on average of 1.92 million viewers per episode. 
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    Louis Cheung "Chiu Chiu" is Despicable, Kay Tse Wants to Sleep in Separate Rooms

    Thursday February 7, 2013 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net
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    In Inbound Troubles, Louis Cheung plays the trendy person "Song Wai Chiu", his role is very charming and Louis has successfully attracted a large group of neighbors to him. He said: "Whenever I go out, there are lot of mothers coming up to me and saying to me, 'Chiu Chiu, I really like your acting! You did very well!'"

    Being able to attract his neighbors, Louis is very grateful of all their love, but he exposed a highly acclaimed role comes with a price, "The most difficult was wearing a 'Lo Lo Lung' ('Granny Dragon') costume in August. The street was so hot, there was not any wind at all. At the time, there was footprints on the street because it was from my dripping sweat, the whole costume was soaked. When I took off the costume, I was like dripping water."

    Louis exposed another miserable incident. It turns out his role 'Chiu Chiu' got his wife Kay Tse scolding him and frightened her so much, she suggested they sleep in separate rooms, he said: "No matter how tired my wife is after work, she will still watch the series, but one time because of Chiu Chiu's bad nature, she said to me after watching the episode: 'Aiya...why are you dressed like that, Song Wai Chiu!' and due to Chiu Chiu's outfits being too trendy, she teased me after watching: 'Aiya! Why don't you sleep in the room next door tonight, you're outfit just leaves too deep of an impression. It won't be good for us to be a married couple!'"

    Son only has eyes on Ivana Wong

    Kay wanted to sleep in separate rooms, even his son James Cheung didn't give him any face. Louis said: "Every night, all he does is stare at his god-mother Ivana Wong on the TV and say: 'Ivana jeh jeh is so beautiful, when can I see her?' He just has no time to watch me at all!"

    Although Louis' popularity has been on the rise due to this series, as a singer, Louis has already prepared to release a new album: "I'll have to shoot another series later, but I will make time on my schedule to do song recording. I hope to release a dance album in the second half of the year. I want to convey a relaxing and happy message to everyone." 
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    Ivana Wong Puts TV Series Aside, Concentrates Entirely on Singing

    Friday February 8, 2013 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

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    Lately, the popular TVB series Inbound Troubles has got the entire cast on a popularity rise. It was announced the series is going to have a sequel and a film edition. As one of the female leads, "Cousin Ching Ching" Ivana Wong expressed she temporarily will not be shooting TV series, instead she will concentrate 100% on being a singer. She wants to focus on the launch of her new album. In June, she'll be participating in a musical. Seems like it's going to be unlikely to have the original cast in the sequel, Wong Cho Lam will really have to spend more time trying to persuade her to come back to the team.

    Ivana expressed: "I will temporarily not be shooting TV series because I have a musical in June, Little Hong Kong Season 4 to work on. It's another comedy as well. I discovered I really like watching comedies, after watching Inbound Troubles, the series was actually really funny. I didn't realize how funny it was while we were filming. (Consider being part of the sequel?) Didn't think about that. We, artists, have a discussion forum and often joke about having many seasons to this series, just like American series Friends, which had like over 10 seasons. (Apparently there is going to be a Qing dynasty version and a film edition of the series?) I don't know, the was an artist on the discussion forum mentioning about Food for Slaves, but I want to concentrate on music first, unless there really is a sequel. The film edition, I know they have this idea, but I don't know if it will actually happen. Just leave it to Wong Cho Lam to handle everything, he started the whole thing. I don't currently have any thoughts, just remember to watch Inbound Troubles. One night, I had to go out on a business trip and couldn't go on tvb.com, so I asked a colleague to record the episode for me. I'm afraid of missing out on what's happening."

    Surprised by the power of TV Series

    Ivana was surprised by the power of TV series, when she first heard her colleagues mention it, she didn't really believe it. Ivana said: "It is all true, my colleagues said before once the series broadcasts, everyone will call me 'Ching Ching'. Earlier when I was at the airport, someone came up to me and said: 'Ching Ching, you came back to HK!' That moment, I didn't know if I should have used my own voice or Ching Ching's voice to respond to her. I really felt the closeness, suddenly felt the distance between me and HK audience had been pulled closer. It's like we became a big family. The power of Inbound Troublescovers all of HK. (Did you get any extra jobs?) I asked my company before, but perhaps I'll just wait for Wong Cho Lam to lead us for a Oh Baby - Classic Song Remembrance Night."

    'Brother Song' Actually Dedicated to Ivana's Actual Brother

    Actually, Ivana continued to collaborate with the Inbound Troubles cast, such as in her latest album released on Feb. 7th, she recorded a song with 'Chiu Chiu' Louis Cheung entitled Flower of Life (生命之花). Ivana expressed: "When we were filming the series, I listened to Louis' first composed work, coincidentally he was 'Chiu Chiu' and I was 'Ching Ching', the feeling from the song was so romantic and the melody was moving. I suggested that I should be the female lead in his MV. He then changed the arrangement of the song into a duet version. (Will the songs from Inbound Troubles be released?) My first song in the series Brother Song (哥歌) was written for Roger Kwok to sing, but in reality the song was written for my real brother. I will be coming up with new lyrics and record a new version for my Mandarin album. Love will be the new theme. I also know Netizens have praised that the 2 minute Cantonese version was really good. I hope to release a full version when the finale airs, so everyone can enjoy it." 
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    Roger Kwok Brings Wife to Watch "Inbound Troubles" Finale to Refute Rumours

    Saturday February 9, 2013 Hong Kong

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    Wong Cho Lam and a bunch of actors from "Inbound Troubles" held a seven-table dinner at a restaurant in Tuen Mun to watch the two-hour finale with the cast and crew last night. The series' lead actor Roger Kwok and wife Cindy Au attended the dinner hand-in-hand. Regarding reports indicating that Roger and wife Cindy have been sleeping in different rooms for a month to help their son get out of using diapers, Roger was asked whether arriving hand-in-hand was to refute the rumours. Roger denied and said, "No, wife painstakingly does everything for our children. We are not at odds. Even if we argue because of the kids, it is for the good". Cindy also clarified, "We would discuss more than argue". Roger, who was on the side, laughingly said, "It has not affected our relationship...still very loving".

    Wong Cho Lam Goes Back on Words: Not Marrying Leanne Li with Rating of 40 Points

    Last night, Wong Cho Lam attended the finale dinner of "Inbound Troubles". Cho Lam, who said earlier that he would marry girlfriend Leanne Li if the ratings passed 40 points, went back on his words: "Wait for Cindy Au to give birth again, then I will consider getting married! (How are they going to have another child when they are sleeping in separate rooms?) Thank them so much for helping me out, but I not getting married that fast...buy a flat first!"

    Joey Meng's Long Legs to Pair with Mimi Chu's Swimsuit Look

    Joey Meng had promised earlier that she would show off her 42-inch long legs if the finale of series "Inbound Troubles" had 42 points. Last night, she attended the finale dinner and regrettingly said, "Mimi Chu said that she would wear a swimsuit...seems more intense. I will move about on the side". She revealed that she will be resting this CNY and spending time with family: "May fly to East Asia for a few days". 
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    "Inbound Troubles" to film this year

    Wednesday February 12, 2013 Hong Kong

    Actor-writer Wong Cho Lam recently revealed that the sequel to the controversial hit TVB drama, "Inbound Troubles" may be filming its sequel and movie version at the end of the year.

    Popular Asians website reported that on 8 February, the cast members of "Inbound Troubles" gathered in Tuen Mun for a dinner to watch the finale together. At the event, Wong Cho Lam disclosed, "The earliest the sequel for the series and the movie version will be produced is at the end of this year. It will consist of the original cast, but there will be a brand new plot line."

    Earlier, it was rumoured that Cantopop singer, Hins Cheung was invited to film the sequel. To this, Wong Cho Lam said, "There is a possibility for that. When the series is popular, it is easier to invite others to participate."

    The actor also expressed his hopes that the finale would reach high ratings of over 40 points.

    Asked if he would marry girlfriend Leanne Li if this happened, the actor quickly directed the attention to married couple, Roger Kwok and Cindy Au, and joked, "Tell them to have another baby. If they agree, I'll get married!" and added, "But I need to work hard and invest in a new house first."

    Meanwhile, plus-sized actress, May Chan, whose popularity rose due to her role as "Little Tiny", enthused that she would eat a 40-inch pizza to celebrate if the series ratings goes above 40 points. 
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    'Inbound Troubles' Recognized Internationally on The New York Times

    Wednesday February 12, 2013 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

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    TVB series Inbound Troubles becomes famous overseas! The New York Times published an article "Hong Kong TV Drama Plays Out Uneasy Ties with China" on February 10th, introducing the series and its topics. Once the news came out, Louis Cheung and Bob Lam quickly reposted on Weibo. As one of the leads, Wong Cho Lam expressed: "Wah! 'Inbounds' on the New York Times? So actually, this series didn't just gain attention in HK and Mainland, but also got international recognition! All the hard work and efforts by the crew and the cast really was worth it!" Also, TVB expressed Inbounds is the current titleholder of the top rated series of 2013, the series averaged 30 points and peaked 34 points.

    Original article from The New York Times:
    Hong Kong TV Drama Plays Out Uneasy Ties With China
    By GERRY MULLANY
    Published: February 10, 2013

    HONG KONG — The tensions between residents here and mainland Chinese visitors dominate the headlines of the city’s papers, with mainlanders blamed for a shortage of school slots, bad manners in stores and a hypercharged property market.

    So it should come as little surprise that a television show would come along to tap into these anxieties and, perhaps in a gift to the show’s producers, also draw the attention of mainland censors.

    “Inbound Troubles” tells the story of two cousins — one from Hong Kong and the other from the mainland — and the tensions in a city whose wealth increasingly rests on a flood of mainland visitors who nevertheless draw scorn for lavish spending and, some say, boorish ways.

    In the show, the cousin from mainland China is shown littering, running red lights and parking illegally, while the one from Hong Kong makes his living with a travel agency that specializes in encouraging new arrivals from the mainland to part with more of their cash.

    The TVB network program, which has just ended its monthlong run, was shown as the city’s leadership struggled to confront the latest supposed peril attributed to mainlanders: a shortage of baby formula said to have been caused by the hoarding of supplies by mainland Chinese who have crossed the border into Hong Kong (apparently out of fear of tainted supplies in China).

    Some Hong Kong residents have become so agitated about the formula milk problem that they have asked the United States to intervene, using a petition on the White House Web site titled, “Baby Hunger Outbreak in Hong Kong, International Aid Requested.”

    The petition, created in late January, has already drawn 23,000 signatures.

    The show’s candid depictions of mainland-Hong Kong relations — one scene focuses on the formula shortage — have drawn hundreds of complaints to Hong Kong regulators from viewers upset at things like its portrayals of mainlanders and its depiction of the Hong Kong’s tourism industry as predatory. And Chinese officials censored trailers for the program on the mainland, where it could be viewed on TVB’s overseas channel or through video streaming.

    China also did some trimming of the version shown on the mainland, once the program began there. It deleted a depiction of a protest outside a Hong Kong clothing store, a scene apparently based on a demonstration against a Dolce & Gabbana store that let free-spending mainlanders photograph merchandise while barring Hong Kong residents from doing the same.

    Still, the show clearly struck a nerve, becoming the TVB channel’s highest-rated drama this year.

    To some, the tensions captured in the show are a natural outgrowth of fears about Beijing’s increasing influence in Hong Kong, a former British colony that retained considerable legal autonomy and civil rights after it was handed back to China in 1997.

    “Politically, more and more Hong Kongers resent the fact that Beijing is tightening its control over Hong Kong’s political development,” Willy Lam, a scholar on Chinese history and politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, wrote in an e-mail.

    He added that the current leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, “is seen as a yes-man chief executive bowing to every instruction from the mainland authorities.”

    “There is a common feeling that fat-cat mainlanders are driving up real estate prices,” he said. “You have witnessed of course the drama over formula milk powder.”

    Although polls show that an increasing number of Hong Kong residents hold pessimistic views about the city’s future and Hong Kong-mainland relations, in “Inbound Troubles” the two cousins gradually acclimate to each other, with the one from the mainland adapting to local ways.

    Viewers say they appreciate the show’s realistic depictions of the shifting social dynamics of Hong Kong and the growing impact of mainland China and its visitors on the city.

    “I have a few bad experiences with mainlanders — most of them have to do with them jumping queues or being rude,” said Tai Wing-yi, a student at Hong Kong Baptist University. “But not all are like that. Some of my classmates are from the mainland, and they are nice to be around, and they work hard. In fact, they are the ones who contribute more than the locals in group projects.

    “The show highlighted the tension between mainland Chinese and locals in a funny way, and got the message across in a lighthearted manner,” she said.

    Chen Min, a mainland journalist who has visited Hong Kong many times, said his social circle in the city included many more-educated and better-off local residents, who were usually polite, but that not all encounters were so smooth.

    “Occasionally you run into problems that you didn’t encounter before,” he said. “Like a taxi driver who refuses to take you because you speak Mandarin, although you’re holding a map and address in Chinese.”

    On another occasion, Mr. Chen said, he was lugging a heavy suitcase to a taxi. “The driver joked, ‘Carrying cash to buy an apartment?’ ”

    The popularity of the show — there is already talk of a movie — suggests that it could pave the way for treatments with similar themes, much as, in the United States, “All in the Family” started a subgenre of politically tinged situation comedies during the turbulence of the Vietnam War.

    In an opinion piece in Global Times, a populist mainland newspaper, Wendy Wang, a freelance writer from Shanghai, noted that mainlanders had long been derided on Hong Kong television, with men often portrayed as mobsters and women as flirty or worse.

    But after the 1997 return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule, “mainlanders’ characters grew wealthier but not wiser,” she wrote.

    Chris Buckley and Calvin Yang contributed reporting.
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