Fate Takes a Hand


Reviewed by: sukting

December 22, 2009

Rating: two-point-five

How long
20 episodes

Foreword
This is a story on the revolutionary hero, Du Xin Wu. He has to sacrifice a lot of things in order to do revolutionary work.


Story/Introduction on characters

1. Du Xin Wu – Cheng Siu Chau
He is a scholar but is also a martial arts expert. He witnesses how France attacks China and hates the incompetent Qing court officials. He wants to serve his country. He doesn't want his fate to be controlled by his father and moreover his heart is with Feng. So he leaves home on his wedding day. He goes to the capital to try to get the top pugilistic scholar title. He is attacked by assassins on the way.

2. Nong Xiu Fu – Yam Tat Wah
He is Xin Wu's friend but is very jealous of his capabilities. He comes in second in the competition. He is interested in Jie and is angry that she doesn't love him. Thus, he looks for chances to harm him. Both men have a final duel and Xin Wu finally kills him to avenge many deaths.

3. Liu Fu Hai – Yim Chau Wah
He is Xin Wu's servant who keeps on blaming his own fate. Like Xiu Fu, he is interested in Feng but she also doesn't show interest in him. He then works for the court but he has no heart to harm his young master. He provides them a pass to leave the capital but the court discovers his act and imprisons him with the 'rebels'. He realizes his mistake and joins them after their escape.

4. Fang Jie – Chow Hoi Mei
She comes to the Dus after her father's death. She is enraged when the Dus uses a chicken to go through the wedding ceremony with her. This makes her no different from a widow. She vows to seek revenge and leaves for the capital. She meets him and also gets involved in his activities. She is killed when shielding him from an attack.

5. Guo Feng – Lau Kar Ling
She fishes for a living but the revolution blood runs in her. She attempts to kill the empress dowager but fails. From then on, she is on the run. Xin Wu is sent to capture her. She analyses the situation for him but he still chooses to work for the court although he lets her go. But later, she manages to persuade him to join them in the future.

6. The Empress Dowager – Heung Yee
She turns the country upside down by giving favours to the foreign countries. She orders assassins to kill the revolutionary members. She kills Zhi Tong and thus Xin Wu also kills her. He becomes a fugitive from then on but he has no regrets.

7. Tse Yuet Ming – Chan On Ying
She is Feng's neighbour but also joins the revolutionary. She is very daring and that is why she calls Fu Hai a coward when he cries in jail. She does not fear death and her courage is well paid off when Xiu Fu lets them off instead of executing them in order to have a last duel with Xin Wu.

8. Du Yu Wen – Tien Ching
He is Xin Wu's father who believes in valuing promises to his dead friend. That is why he forces Xin Wu to marry Jie to make him rest in peace. He is later killed by Xiu Fu.

9. Lu Xing Er – Kwok Fung
He is Xin Wu's friend who gets along well with him although they have differing views. He feels that Xin Wu has wasted his talents to work for the court. His helping of Tan Zi Tong makes Xin Wu realize that he has worked for the wrong person and he switches camps.

10. Nong Yun Tian – Kwan Hoi San
He is Xiu Fu's father who feels sorry over what has happened but is helpless to stop all tragedies from happening. He doesn't know how to face his countrymen as they condemn Xiu Fu's act.


Favourite character/Most hated character
None, as no one created any impact in this drama.


Song
Cheng sings the song 執手同行. I find it boring. Lai Siu Tin seems to have run out of musical notes then as almost most of the songs done in these two years sound the same.


Conclusion

No doubt Cheng does a good job in the martial arts scenes but somehow, he fails to come across as a chivalrous hero. I only marvel at how matching he is with Hoi Mei and Kar Ling despite his age. The two actresses do not show their best in the drama so it falls short of expectations despite a star-studded cast.

There is a Chinese saying 'Since Zhou Yu is born, why must Zhuge Liang be present?' Xiu Fu is bitter over what has happened to him and he never stops seeking revenge. In the end, he has nothing. He is the only one who shines in the drama. I feel sorry for Tat Wah for being cast in so many villain roles. No wonder he left TVB in the end. This drama is only average as only half is based on historical facts. However, I am glad that it still managed to bring out the truth of the revolutionary hero.


Sukting's ratings :

On acting : *** (Scale of 5)

On story : **1/2 (Scale of 5)

On songs : **1/2 (Scale of 5)


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