Sunday, July 02, 2006 - 11:45 AM
Overview : Safe Guards
I am so happy that Kwok Fung chose to act this multi dimensional character. I quite pity his character because he died due to repetitive shocking news, stress, and his good for nothing sons. I think this is one of the best characters he has played since At the Threshold of an Era.
Sau Ping is a biased mother who wants Chung (Wayne) to get everything. She is ignorant and her knowledge of what is going in the Security Agency is so limited yet she has to open her fat mouth and have a say in everything. It pisses me off how she gets mad at Chi (Steven) for everything that goes wrong in the Security Agency and family. Even after what Chi has done for the family and business, she was still inconsiderate and she was not understanding at all especially during the time when their business owed massive debt. BUT she stopped being an ignorant fool and she became a little more understanding. I'll give her that. Suet Nei is an annoying actress. I can not stand her pouty looks or the way she moves her lips. I have always disliked this actress because she is annoying. In here she is also annoying - as expected.
Pang is a bitter old man who resents everything about his life and everyone around him. He does not want to move on with his old life so he passes his days by stirring up trouble in the family and business. He is a stupid, old man who does not want to do anything better with his life.
Woo, what can I say? A brilliant man with brilliant strategies. The smartest of all yet also the laziest of all. You can say he is stupid for brains like his to spend his time playing with birds and looking at scenery. But I call that smart. He is the happiest of his three brothers; he is the one that enjoys life the most and he does not have to endure constant headaches like Kwok Fung had too. His simplistic, lay back and carefree life is very relaxing indeed. I love it when Kam Cheung accepts these types of smart roles like in The Conqueror's Story. He has chemistry with his wife. The most memorable scene is when he found his wife dead. That scene is torturous to watch. Music always stimulates the mood of the series. But when Man finds his wife dead and cries, there is no dramatic music playing yet it gave off such a heartfelt and dramatic effect. It really shows what an effective actor he is. It made my heart ache. After his wife sacrificed herself, Man became a little more ambitious. He tries his best to save the Security Agency. When the great general asks Ah Hei to give him a simple reason why he should believe him and not believe the pile of complaint letters from multiple generals who criticized him. Ah Hei is an alcoholic and appears to be very scruffy and careless. Man gives him a simple answer - Ah Hei is poor. He lives in a poor house. Why would the great general believe the other generals who live in big fancy houses with luxurious furniture and not believe Ah Hei who lives in a poor shack? Sheer genius right there.
The second brother? As oppose to Steven’s character, he is unable to withstand hardships and degradation without losing his integrity and principals. I think the only reason that he stole Evergreen’s wife away is because she was the only one that wanted him. Their relationship is way too rushed and had no development whatsoever. His character is a villain but one with no brains. His strategies and plans never work out. He is stupid, end of story.
Definitely not Steven-Elaine. It is Steven-Wayne-Kam-Kwok Fung who shares heaps of chemistry amoung each other.
Aside from the worst aspect of Safe Guards (I am sure you can all guess what it is); Safe Guards is a definite must see of 2006. It has a strong male cast but on the female side is extremely weak. Nevertheless, a very good drama. This drama does not include the biggest star names but it sells off because of the depthness of the storyline and fabulous performances from underrated and not so famous stars. The characters develops well and their actions are logic and believable. The script is cleverly written and it does not have many flaws. The pace of the story is very good. The ending is awesome; summary at the end is good and I like how they covered each characters' ending. Two thumbs up for this one.
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