Hong Kong Drama — Captain of Destiny 張保仔
At this point of writing, the drama stands at 11 episodes.
In short, highly recommended! Watch past the first 3 episodes. It gets fun when the female lead, 特區女警黃娣妹, played by Grace Chan (陳凱琳) travels back in time to 200 years ago.
There are NO spoilers in this review.
The first 2-3 episodes may seem confusing, low quality or having a tasteless storyline even, but as you watch on, the early episodes will prove themselves to contribute to the story in later episodes.
Some of you may already know this, but the chief bandit character 張保仔 has been recast 3 times. First was Bosco Wong, then Raymond Wong, then Tony Hung. Bosco Wong turned it down due to schedule conflicts, Raymond Wong turned it down due to his health and medical condition. Tony Hung is playing the character that the show is titled, 張保仔.
I think Bosco Wong would have played 張保仔 really well, but Raymond Wong …not so.
Raymond Wong makes a particular expression, his hallmark expression, in most of his shows, which I find incongruent with the particular situation he is acting in the show. It’s like, he doesn’t know what expression to put there, so he falls back on this expression. He also makes the expression a lot, enough for me to memorise it. If anything, he does have the “worn-out pirate” look, which might have been why he was cast for the show. He doesn’t have the “comedy” look which the laughing scenes call for though.
I am pleased with Tony Hung’s performance as 張保仔. He is mischievous enough and fierce enough and gives off the first love look, and makes the laughing scenes enjoyable. I enjoy the subtle expressions he gives off, which are not contrite nor exaggerated. He’s natural in this role and performs well as the scenes call for it, so it’s all good.
Grace Chan’s acting though, might draw more attention, given the amount of screaming she had to do in the show. She comes off really naturally in some scenes and in other scenes, either overacting or illogical progression of acting or unnatural acting. Some of the laughing scenes could have been done a lot better, they could have had me falling off my chair laughing, but no, they just got a “HA… yeah that’s funny” from me. Didn’t do the script justice. I felt her performance was a lot better in Raising the Bar 四個女仔三個BAR, and I was expecting more than just this from her in this show.