Recently finished watching Moonlight Resonance and wow, this series has received the highest rating in TVB (a peak of 50 points!!)
Main cast: Louise Lee, Ha Yu, Michelle Yim, Susanna Kwan, Raymond Lam, Linda Chung, Tavia Yeung, Moses Chan etc
Broadcasting period: July 28, 2008 – September 21, 2008
Genre: Modern Drama
Theme song: “無心害你” by Susanna Kwan
Ending theme song: “愛不疚” by Raymond Lam
Synopsis (a long one)
Chung Siu Hor (Lee See Kei) and her husband Gam Tai Jo (Ha Yu) have been working hard for many years to establish a famous reputation for their Moonlight Cake Shop. However, Hor discovers that Jo committed adultery with her best friend Yan Hung (Michelle Yim Mai Suet) and she breaks up with him miserably. Hor brings along her children Gam Wing Ho (Raymond Lam Fung), Gam Wing Hing (Fala Chen Faat Lai), and her adopted daughter Suen Ho Yuet (Tavia Yeung Yi) and sets up another cake shop for a living.
Hung moves in to live with Jo and she starts playing tricks in the family. She tries pleasing her mother-in-law Sheh Kwan Lai (Lee Heung Kam) in every way while disuniting her stepsons and Jo. Outside the family, Hung starts expanding their business rapidly. Hor’s younger sister Chung Siu Sa (Susanna Kwan Kuk Ying) is displeased. Sa decides to fight for the ownership of their cake shop’s brand name in court with Hung. Their relationship with Hung further deteriorates.
Apart from the cake shop business, Hor also spends a lot of efforts on her children. Her oldest son Gam Wing Ga (Moses Chan Ho) is not interested in managing the cake shop at all and he indulges himself on stock trading. He also develops an entangling relationship with his cousin Lo Ga Mei (Kate Tsui Tsz Shan) and Yuet at the same time. On the other hand, Hor’s younger son Wing Ho takes up the role of a father in the family and he works hard all of the time to earn a living. Wing Ho loves his childhood friend Chau (Linda Chung Ka Yan) whole-heartedly, but Chau is in love with the doctor Ling Chi Shun (Bosco Wong Chung Chak).
Hor works hard unconditionally to strive for the well being of her family members. Hung, on the other hand, is a very mean person who values her own benefits only. Jo is caught between the two women all of the time and he feels helpless. One day, a disaster happens at the cake shop. Here comes a time when human nature, family bonds, and love are brought to a trail.
After the watching the first episode I was already deeply intruiged and fascinated. I could tell it was a series that had potential with a great storyline and acting abilities as well as a A-list cast to boot. Was I right? Definitely, this is one of the best series TVB has produced in it’s history.
The veterans – Louse Lee (Hor Ma), Ha Yu (Jo Bau), Michelle Yim (Auntie Hung), Lee Heung Kam (Grandma) and Susanna Kwan (Sa Yi) never fail to impress. Michelle Yim has got to be one of the best villains, her acting was superb, her plans were scheming, her thoughts were evil and her actions were deadly. Although Susanna Kwan bought many troubles to the family, she was a character that annoyed me at first but soon, you could see her pain and efforts in why she doing these deeds. Lee Heung Kam blew me away, she’s already in her 70s yet she delivered her lines strongly and her acting was excellent. She really excelled in this series and I loved her character, she was so loving and protective towards her children and grandchildren. Louise Lee of course didn’t fail to impress, her “golden lines’ were awesome and her character was almost flawless! She doesn’t care how other people thought of her, she manage to forgive and forget, she would manage to get through the hardest times of her lives strongly and she loved her children deeply. I disliked Ha Yu’s character at first but soon, his acting and changes in his character moved me and left a deep impression for me.
Younger generations – Moses Chan (Ah Ka), Raymond Lam (Goon Ga Jai), Tavia Yeung (Ah Yuet), Linda Chung (Yu So Chau), Bosco Wong (Ling B), Kate Tsui (Ka Mei), Fala Chen (Ah Hing).
Moses delivered really well. I thought his character in Moonlight was better than the one in Heart Of Greed in which his character was almost flawless. However in Moonlight, he was the oldest of the children yet he seemed to be one of the most irresponsible one, constantly involved in the stock market and making his family worried. Nevertheless, he finally sees what is right and wrong (thanks to Tavia’s character) and takes on more responsibility in his family. Ah Yuet was Tavia’s breakthrough role. I’m glad that she finally gets some recognition in her acting which was breathtaking. She made great use of the screen time dedicated to her and showed her capabilities of having a leading role. Her character was my favourite, the way she cared about her family, the way although she knew she was right she still had to pretend to be wrong because of her family, the way she loved Ah Ka (Moses Chan) unconditionally and would do anything to prove that so and so is evil and cunning and not as innocent as everyone thought he/she was. Tavia was awesome in this series J Although I’m not really a big fan of Kate Tsui, I think this was one of my favourite roles from her (must watch the end of episode 35, she’s awesome there). Even though her character was evil and calculating and I’m supposed to hate, I think she suited the role quite well and managed to show her improvement in acting. Her character as Ka Mei was a character we would love to hate and every step she took has been carefully considered and schemed. I hated her. I hated how she would act innocent and naïve yet she was one of most manipulative woman you can ever meet. This was my favourite love triangle relationship, cliché’d a bit with the good woman, bad woman, naïve man but all three’s acting were done really well and Moses had great chemistry with both of them (more with Tavia than Kate though) and their relationships didn’t drag on unnecessarily for too long.
Raymond Lam was excellent! His character was the perfect brother and/or boyfriend. He has a high chance of winning an award in the Anniversary this year. Linda Chung’s character was constantly crying in Heart of Greed, I really didn’t expect her character to be crying in every scene in Moonlight Resonance either! It really annoyed me (must watch episode 40, she was great there) I was angry that she couldn’t get over her relationship with Ling-B (Bosco) and choose Goon Ga Jai. I also thought their triangle relationship was so boring. It dragged on and on and seemed to never end and if you thought it would, it starts all over again. It was really irritating. Bosco didn’t have much screen time and I thought his character could be developed better yet it didn’t, he was a man that was indecisive although filled with vitality. I didn’t think he had that much of a good chemistry with Linda either.
Other characters – The other supporting character played a really important part. Whether they were part of Hor Ma’s gang or Ah Hung’s gang. The characters in Hor Ma’s gang were greedy for money and would betray their family and friends whereas the people in Hor Ma’s family was completely different. Fala Chen (Ah Hing) although didn’t really get focused on in the series, I though she played a great mute girl and she seemed really fluent and natural doing her sign languages. Wayne Lai and Chris Lai both did a great job and although with limited screen time, they still portrayed their role quite well.
More about each character here
There was many scenes were the whole family was involved which added more tension and anxiety. I loved how whenever Ah Hung would do something evil, by the end of the episode or next, her deeds will get revealed and/or she would be betrayed. Almost all the scenes were interesting and involved some drama eg backstabbing, lies and really added the emphasis of family drama. There were a few comedy and sweet scenes which loosened the tension and balanced out the drama. Many scenes caused me to cry, whether it was because of Hor Ma being protective of her children, the deaths etc and there was many scenes which caused me to crack up (mainly because the evil person got their punishment!!) and laugh with glee.
The scenes filled at the different houses were great and made a great contrast to the wealthy and the middle class households whether it was the clothes, the environment, what they ate etc. A point that also annoyed me was during the first half of the series, when Ah Hung (Michelle Yim) cunning deeds has been exposed, the family would just get angry in that episode but soon after they would forget about it and acted like nothing happened. But I guess if that didn’t happen then there wouldn’t be a whole 40 episodes of hands gripping, eyes bawling, emotive and strong dialogue, superb acting, awesome plotting and everything else that comes with a awesome drama series!
9.5 out of 10. The Linda, Raymond and Bosco triangle annoyed and dragged on for too long causing a loss of perfect 10 L However, this is definitely a must watch series especially for those that adored Heart Of Greed and/or one of your beloved actresses/actors are in this because chances are, they don’t fail to impress.