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Oh yeah, that taiwanese guy can't act too! Very boring character! Can't believe that he had a crush on Sau Hau!
I think that Maggie looked better with the Jap guy anyway, though not many scenes together. Felt sorry for the jap guy at the end. He had his feelings cheated, lost the war, and committed suicide. He was actually quite a nice guy except for his occupation.
BTW: I think Ho Mun's about 30. Judging from the age of Sau Lai, the age when she first appeared to when she reappeared appeared is around 8-9 years. So Ho-Mun was in his early twenties in teh beginning, so that makes him around 30 when he meets Sau lai again.
"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."
After hearing his side (his patriotic dedication to his country), everyone supported him anyways. Therefore, I don't bring Ho Sang to fault (it isn't his fault that Sau Hau lost her baby nor was it his fault that the family business was burnt down, etc.) - he did what he could and when he heard news about it; he can't just run home mend everything that was broken. If he did, he'd be SHOT and KILLED!
Overall, it wasn't his fault. But I did hate that he had hurt so many women; and yet, the story with Sheren's character - he was into her (but for the wrong reason... her resembling his first love), then his neglience to Sau Hau (he was forced to marry her - but didn't he learn to love her afterwards?), then his marriage to Maggie's character (he lost his memory, and did try his best to pacify her needs after he regained his memory... Remember, he truly loves Sau Hau and clicks with her... Its hard to try to love another woman when you only truly love 1)!
HAHA, Let's just say, after all the hardship that Ho Man has to go through (bankrupancy, rebuilding the business, pulling carts, fighting for food, experiencing a bandit pointing a gun as point blank, etc.) he better have learned to fight and defend himself a bit better. Truthfully, Ho Man didn't appear as much of a fighter until after they became poor - he kind of looked like a 'little sissy' at first with his suits and pretty-boy looks. ^_^ But afterwards, you can see his manliness that is to died for!
MEN AREN'T ALL BORN WITH A 'FIST FOR FIGHTING' - but they are all born with a stubborn attitude!
I personally thought that actress that plays Sau Lai was the most ill-fitted actress. She was stiff, her emotion was annoying, and so much more I could say. But luckily, she was paired with Gilbert, which made her scenes more bearable! GOOD GOD, there would've been so many more who fits that role!
YEAH, it was unrealistic that a 10 year old girl would grow into such a tall and 'mature-looking' lady in such short number of years - but again, THIS IS TV!
- When Sau Hau married Ho Sang - Sau Lai was about 10 years of age.
- When Sau Hau got pregnant with her first child that was like 3 months onto their marriage, then when she got the miscarriage that was 7 months after her pregnancy notice... Let's just round that up to a year (so Sau Lai is about 11).
- After the miscarriage, they lived for about 2 years until the fammiyl went bankrupt. (so Sau Lai is about 13)
- After the bankrupcy, Sau Hau, Ho Man, etc went to the city to rebuild their family name, which took about another year - then they bought a place, etc. (so sau lai is about 14)
- After hearing of Ho Sang's death, they said he went missing for 6 years (so Sau Lai is about 20 - less, accoring to what her mother said about her being an actress under the age of 20)
- Then when Ho Sang came back, they lived together for about 2-4 years before Sau Lai and Ho Man got married... (so Sau Lai is about 22-24 when she married Ho Man)
Ho Man is probably 10 years older than Sau Lai... But it doesn't really matter!
Maggie definitely had better chemistry with Zhong Ho (something like that) the guy who played Lok Bang (Ho Sang's mate from the army)! Otherwise, I agree, her character isn't very likable - such a cry baby and really can't compare to Sau Hau, who is the modeled wife and mother!
HAHA, I'm thinking Sai Lai was around 19 almost 20 when Sau Hau found her, and she was possible around 22-24 or maybe older when she married Ho Man...
When Sau Hau married Ho Sang, she was 24... And Ho Man is definitely older than her, possibly 24 or 25 (not much)... So doing the math, Ho Man is about 14 years older than Sau Lai...
But you must remember, men in that period are used to marrying women 10, 20, 30 years their junior...
Take for example Ho Sang's father, marrying Sau Hau's friend, played by Kiki... She's even younger than Ho Sang (and he's like 26 or older)... ^_^
Lok Ping is a singer and actor; more famous in the 90s for both talents... There are quite a number of fans... You'd be surprise. Personally I don't enjoy his acting too much; as I think its too overdone... But his singing isn't too bad... He sung a duet with Amy for one of the sub-themes (which there are a handful for TGOD part 2)!
HAHAHA, everyone female in the series, their story was written to illustrate feminine flaws; even Sau Hau has her 'jealous' moments (though not many)! But regarding those who aren't in the TSE family, then I think the scriptwriters do make them appear more FLAWED; therefore it strenghten our likeness towards Sau Hau - no?! Seriously now, Sheren's character can be so stubborn and unlikable sometimes (though I do like her character, she annoys the hell out of me so much sometimes), Maggie's character... Lets just say, its hard to like her selfishness!
Anyways... I didn't think Maggie did such a great job here; her character was unlikable so I can't say she was horrible. But she was a lot more experienced here, so I expected more. But that was then, Maggie had a number of impressive series; so I respect her in that area!
I say, Maggie does have more chemistry with the jap guy. And I've always pitied the Jap guy, such a sad story!
Regarding the age difference between Ho Man and Sau Lai, I suppose 10+ years age difference is not a big deal. I'd swoon over Ho Man in a second if he'd glance in my direction.
I know you liked Sau Hau with Ho Sang, but I actually enjoyed the Sau Hau parts in the very beginning of the series when she was just a poor girl struggling to put bread on the table. Excellent actress! Then, later on, I very much enjoyed the parts between Sau Hau and Ho Man. If I had to support any couple in the series, it would be Ho Man and Sau Hau. I saw understated chemistry there that could have been a big hit if it were developed. I think the audience would have loved Sau Hau just as much if she were to end up with Ho Man rather than Ho Sang.
I remember the scene you're talking about; I can see the expression on Sau Lai's face, clear, front and centered... HAHAHA, that's hilarious... It's no wonder it sticks with you; the expression is indeed 'ahhhh, hedious and confused' - I wonder what that expression means to her?! o.O
I mean, seriously now... The actress who played Sau Lai is nothing compared to Amy and Sharon, they are heavens and shoulders (infinitely) greater than her in talents and skills as an actress. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!
I guess I do pity her; I mean, she's starring in a series with 2 extra ordinary actresses; one being Amy and the other Sharon... Its hard to outshine any which one of the two actresses... Just being in the same room as those two; its hard to compete! Even if she did a little better, her performance would still be seen as 'nothing compared to the other two' - AGREED? I do pity her!
HAHAHA, I loved Sau Hau's parts, ALL OF IT! Whether it was at the beginning where she's tending the fields, whether it is when she's marrying in Ho Sang's family, whether she's struggling to make Ho Sang accept her, whether she's working hard to feed her new family, any scenes... Whenever you see her happy, you laugh with her... Whenever you see her cry, you cry with her... Whenever she's feeling anything, that's how you'd feel too! Yes, Sau Hau's character is extremely lovable, but Amy as an actress was who made the character so REAL and all that much more interesting to watch! She's PHENOMINAL!
SORRY FOR MY GLOATING, I couldn't refrain myself! Mind me, this was the series that made me fall in love with Amy... ^_^
As I've said, I love the chemistry between Sau Hau and Ho Man... Whether as brother-in-law and sister-in-laws or friends... They excelled in their performances. Amy and Gilbert looks stunning together; a possible GREAT PAIRING! AGREE?
But as I've said, because of who Sau Hau is and how she grew to the audience... I know many (especially in the 90s) could only picture her with Ho Sang, never Ho Man... Because no matter what, Ho Man is her brother-in-law and can't be seen as anything else. THAT'S JUST WHAT TRADITIONAL WOMAN DO, they stay a widow!
Yes, Ho Man and Sau Hau are very caring towards each other, but that IMO can only be because they are in-laws... NOTHING MORE! I'm totally devote the Ho Sang and Sau Hau (despite IMO, in this day and age, I'd definitely fall for Ho Man - not including just because Gilbert is hott, I'd go for him on a heartbeat!)...
HAHAHA, its so hard not to want Sau Hau to be with Ho Sang, but its even harder to convince myself that Ho Man isn't the better man! Because, HO MAN IS THE BEST MAN!
My philosophy here is; for a traditional woman like Sau Hau, once she loves a man, she will love him even in death! And that's the reason I fell for her character... She's 100% devote and 100% giving! LOVE SAU HAU 4EVER!
Sau Hau and Ho Man would've been a dreamy pair, for sure, if they were developed... But its hard to create such an image in my mind; because Sau Hau is forever Ho Sang's, IMO! ^_^
Mnd my rambling... HAHA... It's hard to focus my words if I can't even seem to clearly agree with my brain's work... The thoughts are so conflicting!
I love Ho Sang & Sau Hau, but I love the chemistry between Sau Hau & Ho Man, LIKE NONE OTHERS! *SIGH*
This series still gets me thinking, even till this day...
There are so many "WHAT IFs?"
I just finished watching this extraordinary series. Loved it.
I have a quick question. Did they cut out the scene (shown in the themevideo) in which Ho Sang escapes from his execution by the Japanese? They showed him at the execution site and then the next scene was "1945" and the characters stopped talking about him in order to not make Sau Hau sad. I assumed he died since everyone was telling her to "move on".
Then, in the last 4 minutes, he came back and she just smiled. The final minutes of the show are just about them at the age of 90's in modern times talking. They did not mention or explain how he survived and came back. Were we supposed to just assume that Ho Sang has really good luck and manages to escape death time and time again? Can someone please clarify for me? Thanks!
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I remember watching this series when I was very young. I was never a big fan of Steve Ma but I could actually stand him in here.....perhaps because he was paired with Amy Chan who really outshone him so it was easier to neglect him. Overall it was an excellent series.
When I watched the beginning (didn't see the theme video), I always thought that Sau Hau would end up with Ho Man.......until Ho Sang stepped into the picture.
Anh Thanh, the reason they didn't clarify and gave every detail of Ho Sang's return was because they ran out of time... LOLZ, if you recall... When the series was coming to a close, they said that Japan has lost and retrieved and all its prisoners (if alive) where released. Because the troops are nomadic (so to say), they change their base often... Because their base changes, the prisoners (who does forced labor) also move with the troops - therefore during his imprisonment he was also living a nomadic life, moving from city to city!
At the end, I don't remember the exact scene... They told her that Ho Sang has been removed from their base and moved to another one... And he is expected to be release then... Then she waited and waited and he finally comes back...
I really need to watch it over again... HAHAHA, I can't believe I don't remember the details. *SIGH*
I'm just now starting to watch The Good Old Days. Woah, such an interesting cast of people! Gilbert Lam *nosebleed* He's so handsome!
The themesong is sung by Amy Chan right? The song is really nice.
When did this series come out? If it came out during the time, I only watch ancient/wuxia series then ok. But if it came out and I didn't know anything about it then I seriously missed out in watching it.
Well now is not too late.
I think I see Sheren Tang in this series. Does anyone know how old Amy Chan was when she starred in this series?
There seems to be a lot of big names for this series. I see Paul Chun, Kiki Sheung, Steve Ma Jing Tao, Gilbert Lam, Amy Chan, and others. Can someone post the cast list?
Here you go, the main casts:
Steven Ma Jing-Tao
Amy Chan Sau-Man
Sheren Tang Shui-Man
Maggie Siu Mei-Kei
Gilbert Lam Wai-San
Now upon reading the chinese title, I remember this show! Good old days, indeed. Amy Chan should be in her early to mid 30s back in that show. I vaguely remember there are many other minor casts who were also familiar faces.
Amy and Sheren are one pair of veteran actresses.
What can I say? I'm still standing! No weapon against me shall prosper! I am more than a conqueror!!!
I don't care to sit by the window on an airplane. If I can't control it, why look?
Yeah, Gilbert was so handsome in TGOD, but for the most part, he always look very handsome and gentlemen-like with a suit on!
Yeah, again, you are right... Amy sung the theme song of TGOD, as well as the Sub-Theme song.
The series came out during 1997-ish, but the series run so long, I totally don't remember its exact date!
I've seen the series about half a dozen times already, so trust me, I do love it! Its my favorite!
Considering this series was a bit over a decade ago (around 12 years), and Amy is currently 46... I would say that Amy was between 35-37 years old when she was filming this series! She started filming this series almost immediately after leaving TVB in 1995.
There were a lot of veteran actors in this series; the only big name you're missing in that list would be Maggie Siu. But she doesn't appear until the second part of the series!