Hong Kong TVB drama NoRegrets, set in wartorn Guangzhou, may well be a hit series.
The stars of Hong Kong TVB drama NoRegrets, set in wartorn Guangzhou, talk about their latest series.
CHAI Gau! Chai Gau!” For the past year, TV audiences have cried with, rooted for, and even worshipped the complex character of Chai Gau, the coolie who became rich in the award-winning TVB drama Rosy Business.
The name became a household name and propelled Hong Kong actor Wayne Lai Yiu Cheong to acclaimed stardom for his excellent portrayal of the role.
At last year’s TVB 42nd Anniversary Awards, host Carol Cheng had even addressed Lai as Chai Gau.
For the record, Lai bagged three awards that night – Best Actor, My Favourite Male Character and TVB.com Popular Artist. It was one of the defining moments of his career that prompted Lai to describe the character as his representative work. Not surprisingly, the huge success of Rosy Business has sparked a spin-off of sorts, No Regrets, featuring some of the stars from the earlier series. Lai was in Kuala Lumpur last week with No
Regrets co-stars Pierre Ngo Ka Nin and Fala Chen to promote the 32-episode series that is available on Astro On Demand (AOD).
The room was abuzz with excitement as soon as Lai sat down to field questions from the press.
“I definitely hope No Regrets will be wellreceived. To all of you who had rushed home after work in time to watch Rosy Business, I hope you would do the same for No Regrets,” says Lai, 46, who was casually garbed in a Tshirt, vest and slacks.
Throughout the press conference, he kept press members in stitches with his witty repartee.
He says he does not feel any pressure of having to live up to the expectations and hype that came with his superb portrayal of Chai Gau. “I don’t actually feel much pressure when I act,” he says. “It’s like I tend to forget the previous shows I’ve acted in. For me, every new show is a new chapter.
“In fact, I call it a coincidence that my character Chai Gau is wellreceived; we never imagined that it would be such a hit.”
The good-looking and slim Ngo says everyone in the team is just as excited about No Regrets’ premiere.
The 34-year-old actor is remembered for his portrayal of Cheung Bit Man in Rosy Business, for which he won the Most Improved Actor Award at the 42nd TVB Anniversary Awards.
While he played the useless eldest son of the Chiang family whom everyone loathed, Ngo’s role in the new drama is the complete opposite.
“My character now is a poor rural boy who becomes a mild-mannered police officer whom the audience would sympathise with,” he says. “We are confident No Regrets will be even better than Rosy Business.”
Chen, who looked pretty in her grey dress, says she had previously collaborated with Lai but this is her first time acting alongside Ng.
“I had watched some episodes of Rosy Business, but when I was given the opportunity to read the script for No Regrets, I liked it very much,” says Chen, 28.
“I wanted to be as involved as possible in the whole show, which ended up with me asking many questions. Also, I tend to ponder deeply over my character so that I deliver well.”
She adds that her character, as Lau Sing’s (played by Lai) sister who is bed-ridden, is difficult to portray because she is not one who falls ill or cries easily.
The show is set in war-torn Guangzhou, China, in the 1930s, some 100 years after the events of Rosy Business.
In NoRegrets, last year’s TVB best actress Sheren Tang Shui Man plays the eldest daughter of a gang leader, Cheng Kau Mui, who returns from Shanghai to have a share of the lucrative opium trade.
Lai is the upright Lau Sing, the leader of a criminal investigation team.
Fate brings Kau Mui and Lau Sing together as fierce contenders from contrasting worlds. Through time, they begin to understand each other.
Lai says what makes the storyline different is that it does not revolve around just two central characters. “Every character is just as important and each is given room to grow.”
He adds that the series is different as it showcases China and her people from the 1930 to the 80s.
“To me, the challenge lies in holding the viewers’ attention through the different eras and, at the same time, remaining focused on
(From left) All smiles, NoRegrets... Fala Chen, Wayne Lai and Pierre Ngo.
Deadly confrontation: A thrilling scene with the main characters, Sheren Tang and Wayne Lai (second from left), from NoRegrets.