The Gentle Crackdown
The Gentle Crackdown is a TVB costume comedy series broadcast in May 2005. An indirect sequel, The Gentle Crackdown II was produced and broadcast in 2008 continued with only Wayne Lai, alongside Steven Ma, Yumiko Cheng, Ha Yu. What would happen when a slow-paced scholar meets an impetuous constable? During the Ming Dynasty, the world is full of corrupt officials. Master Constable Luk Chin fell in love with the female outlaw Fei Ying and they have a daughter - Luk Sap Hei. Hoping to follow in her father's footsteps, Luk Sap Yee is an impulsive and idealistic constable whose skill and competence is dismissed by her corrupt male peers. Meanwhile, her mother has given up her old ways and keeps her old identity and martial arts skills a secret to watch over her troublesome daughter; when Sui Tong-Lau, the newly appointed magistrate, arrives in Sap-Yee's city, they wind up working together to solve a number of unusual cases. TVB.com The Gentle Crackdown - Official Website Butterfly's Place.net The Gentle Crackdown - Episodic Synopsis YouTube.com The Gentle Crackdown - Theme Song Video
Hard Fate is a 30-episode series which aired on TVB in 2004. It stars Flora Chan 陳慧珊, Damian Lau 劉松仁, Kevin Cheng 鄭嘉穎 and Niki Chow 周麗淇. Early in the story, Leung Pak-yeen was in a battle with his wife and they argued on a building rooftop; the wife fell from the building top and the murder was witnessed by one of the construction workers. The worker turned out to be an illegal immigrant in Hong Kong, he spent a great deal of time escaping Leung Pak-yeen and just about anyone who questioned his identity. Soon the daughter of Leung Pak-yeen, spotted a newspaper with the construction worker, she failed numerous times. Upon cleaning up her dead mother's house, she discovered a diary written before her death; the book content was told as part of a flashback. He went to mainland China to do illegal trafficking a long time ago for his business, he sold out one of his partners to gain a bigger share of the trafficking profit. His partner was killed under the custody of the mainland police, never made it out alive.
Ken, the son of the partner, grew up thinking. His girlfriend, warned him about her findings in the diary including her father's murder acts and motives. Ken soon realized. Instead his father was killed. Both of them were motivated to track down the construction worker who witnessed at least one of the crimes. Ken, the construction worker would all end up in Hong Kong's High court in an attempt to put Leung Pak-yeen behind bars. Under oath, the construction worker would testify; because of his poor credibility as an illegal immigrant and weak testimony going up against a top notch lawyer, the case was lost. The father, responsible for the murder of two people earlier was now set free; the story shifted to the young couple with Ken and Ceci trying to put the event behind them and restart their life. Niki went from this immature girl to a more mature woman, consumed with worries with her murderous father set free. Tiffany was married to the murderous father, Leung Pak-yeen, had a baby. To continue the feud, the father, Leung Pak-yeen would compete with Ken in their jade business.
Ken would gain the upper hand, the father was forced once again to do trafficking to sustain his business. His wife, urged him not to take this dangerous route again, he claimed it ventured off to Shanghai. He escaped Shanghai police. Returning to Hong Kong, his wife now mistrusts him, he has been hiding too many secrets about murders and many side stories involving sacrificing friendships for money. To force her trust, Leung Pak-yeen kidnapped the baby to forcefully reconnect the relationship. Tiffany would become miserable. In an effort to chase the baby down, CeCi was violently hit by an SUV. After numerous twists, turns and deceptions Leung Pak-yeen would give up, committing a suicide. With the exception of his wife, everyone in his whole family died. Including Ceci, unconscious from the accident, but died after the second operation. Throughout the story, Tiffany was carrying a cursed jade necklace, which shared a similar fate with its previous owner. In the end, still manages to continue on with life, has the same dream every night of getting married to Ceci, Flora Chan as Mok Hei-yee /Tiffany Damian Lau as Leung Pak-yin Kevin Cheng as Leung Ka-ming /Ken Niki Chow as Leung Wing-Sze /Ceci Mary Hon Maggie Shiu as Yip Suk-gwun /Ivy Ha Ping as Suen Yeen-chou Ha Yu as Mok Sai-long Michelle Yip as Suen Yeen-chou Michael Tong as Mok Sai-long Stephen Au as Leung Pak-git Chan Hoi Yee as Oi Siu-kei Yee Zhi Yuen as Lau Tzi-kerng Hawick Lau as Mok Hei Man Akina Hong Rebecca Chan Hui Siu Hung SPCNET - Hard Fate
Mandarin is a group of related varieties of Chinese spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. The group includes the basis of Standard Mandarin or Standard Chinese; because Mandarin originated in North China and most Mandarin dialects are found in the north, the group is sometimes referred to as the Northern dialects. Many local Mandarin varieties are not mutually intelligible. Mandarin is placed first in lists of languages by number of native speakers. Mandarin is by far the largest of the seven or ten Chinese dialect groups, spoken by 70 percent of all Chinese speakers over a large geographical area, stretching from Yunnan in the southwest to Xinjiang in the northwest and Heilongjiang in the northeast; this is attributed to the greater ease of travel and communication in the North China Plain compared to the more mountainous south, combined with the recent spread of Mandarin to frontier areas. Most Mandarin varieties have four tones; the final stops of Middle Chinese have disappeared in most of these varieties, but some have merged them as a final glottal stop.
Many Mandarin varieties, including the Beijing dialect, retain retroflex initial consonants, which have been lost in southern dialect groups. The capital has been within the Mandarin area for most of the last millennium, making these dialects influential; some form of Mandarin has served as a national lingua franca since the 14th century. In the early 20th century, a standard form based on the Beijing dialect, with elements from other Mandarin dialects, was adopted as the national language. Standard Chinese is the official language of the People's Republic of China and Taiwan and one of the four official languages of Singapore, it is used as one of the working languages of the United Nations. It is one of the most used varieties of Chinese among Chinese diaspora communities internationally; the English word "mandarin" meant an official of the Ming and Qing empires. Since their native varieties were mutually unintelligible, these officials communicated using a Koiné language based on various northern varieties.
When Jesuit missionaries learned this standard language in the 16th century, they called it "Mandarin", from its Chinese name Guānhuà, or "language of the officials". In everyday English, "Mandarin" refers to Standard Chinese, called "Chinese". Standard Chinese is based on the particular Mandarin dialect spoken in Beijing, with some lexical and syntactic influence from other Mandarin dialects, it is the official spoken language of the People's Republic of China, the de facto official language of the Republic of China, one of the four official languages of the Republic of Singapore. It functions as the language of instruction in Mainland China and in Taiwan, it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, under the name "Chinese". Chinese speakers refer to the modern standard language as Pǔtōnghuà in Mainland China, Guóyǔ in Taiwan, or Huáyǔ in Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines,but not as Guānhuà. Linguists use the term "Mandarin" to refer to the diverse group of dialects spoken in northern and southwestern China, which Chinese linguists call Guānhuà.
The alternative term Běifānghuà, or "Northern dialects", is used less and less among Chinese linguists. By extension, the term "Old Mandarin" or "Early Mandarin" is used by linguists to refer to the northern dialects recorded in materials from the Yuan dynasty. Native speakers who are not academic linguists may not recognize that the variants they speak are classified in linguistics as members of "Mandarin" in a broader sense. Within Chinese social or cultural discourse, there is not a common "Mandarin" identity based on language. Speakers of forms of Mandarin other than the standard refer to the variety they speak by a geographic name—for example Sichuan dialect, Hebei dialect or Northeastern dialect, all being regarded as distinct from the standard language; the hundreds of modern local varieties of Chinese developed from regional variants of Old Chinese and Middle Chinese. Traditionally, seven major groups of dialects have been recognized. Aside from Mandarin, the other six are Wu, Xiang in central China, Min and Yue on the southeast coast.
The Language Atlas of China distinguishes three further groups: Jin, Huizhou in the Huizhou region of Anhui and Zhejiang, Pinghua in Guangxi and Yunnan. After the fall of the Northern Song and during the reign of the Jin and Yuan dynasties in northern China, a common speech developed based on the dialects of the North China Plain around the capital, a language referred to as Old Mandarin. New genres of vernacular literature were based on this language, including verse and story forms, such as the qu and sanqu poetry; the rhyming conventions of the new verse were codified in a rime dictionary called the Zhongyuan Yinyun. A radical departure from the rime table tradition that had evolved over the previous centuries, this dictionary contains a wealth of information on the phonology of Old Mandarin. Further sources are the'Phags-pa script based on the Ti
Another Era is a 2018 drama produced by TVB, iQiyi, CCTV and CRTP. It is the sequel to At the Threshold of an Era starring Roger Kwok, Niki Chow, Frankie Lam, Tavia Yeung, Linda Chung, Benjamin Yuen, Pakho Chau, Gloria Tang, Roxanne Tong and Pat Poon; the theme and storyline revolve around the development of Hong Kong's economy in the past 10 years. Production took half a year; the cut 34-episode version was uploaded on iQiyi on 29 August 2018, aired on CCTV-8 on 30 August 2018. The original 36 episode version aired on TVB Jade from 10 September 2018; the story of Another Era begins with the global financial crisis of 2008. Ambitious businessman Leo Ho Ting Sang wanted to buy out Fong Chung Yam’s business group, but Cheuk Kai Tong stopped him in time. Furious, Leo decides to out a plan to destroy him. Ten years Cheuk Kai Tong becomes one of the richest men in the city, but the psychological torment of his son’s untimely death has put him bedridden, soon followed by a coma, his daughter, Cheuk Ding Yiu learns to manage the family business, together with her trusted accountant Ko Chit, she starts a business war with Leo.
Leo’s wife Cheung Ming Hei, Fong Chung Yam’s grandson Fong Chak Yu, rookie entrepreneur Ching Hoi join the war, starting a new era of business politics. At the Threshold of an Era
Kathy Chow Hoi-mei is a Hong Kong actress, known for her leading roles in Hong Kong TVB series during the late 1980s to 1990s such as The Breaking Point and Time Before Time. Her popularity peaked in Asia following her portrayal of Zhou Zhiruo in the 1994 Taiwanese adaptation of The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber, she is an ethnic Manchu. She is a former Miss Hong Kong pageant participant. During the late 1980s and 1990s, she modeled and starred in Hong Kong TVB series, she switched work to ATV in 1998. During this time she would be featured in Hong Kong films and appear in award shows. Kathy was only with ATV up to 2001 and left to Beijing for new prospects in her career. After a period of time, in March 2008, Chow returned to TVB and signed on to TVB's action E. U. the sequel to The Academy and On the First Beat. In recent years, she starred in a few TVB series, but her focus is still in mainland China's productions. Kathy Chow Hoi-Mei appeared in Jacky Cheung's music video for the song 吻別. Kathy Chow on IMDb Kathy Chow at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase Kathy Chow at AllMovie Kathy Chow at Rotten Tomatoes hkcinemagic entry lovehkfilm entry
Patrick Tang is a Hong Kong singer, TV show host, involved in numerous drama and movie productions. He was born 6 May 1974 in Hong Kong, he has three sisters. He started his career with TVB. Official Blog of Patrick Tang Patrick Tang on Sina Weibo Patrick Tang on IMDb Patrick Tang Kin-Wang at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase
British Hong Kong
British Hong Kong denotes the period during which Hong Kong was governed as a colony and British Dependent Territory of the United Kingdom. Excluding the Japanese occupation during the Second World War, Hong Kong was under British rule from 1841 to 1997; the colonial period began with the occupation of Hong Kong Island in 1841 during the First Opium War. The island was ceded by Qing China in the aftermath of the war in 1842 and established as a Crown colony in 1843; the colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. Although Hong Kong Island and Kowloon were ceded in perpetuity, the leased area, which comprised 92 per cent of the territory, was vital to the integrity of Hong Kong that Britain agreed to transfer the entire colony to China upon the expiration of that lease in 1997; the transfer has been considered by many as marking the end of the British Empire. In 1836, the Manchu Qing government undertook a major policy review of the opium trade.
Lin Zexu volunteered to take on the task of suppressing opium. In March 1839, he became Special Imperial Commissioner in Canton, where he ordered the foreign traders to surrender their opium stock, he cut off their supplies. Chief Superintendent of Trade, Charles Elliot, complied with Lin's demands to secure a safe exit for the British, with the costs involved to be resolved between the two governments; when Elliot promised that the British government would pay for their opium stock, the merchants surrendered their 20,283 chests of opium, which were destroyed in public. In September 1839, the British Cabinet decided that the Chinese should be made to pay for the destruction of British property, either by the threat or use of force. An expeditionary force was placed under Elliot and his cousin, Rear-Admiral George Elliot, as joint plenipotentiaries in 1840. Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston stressed to the Chinese government that the British government did not question China's right to prohibit opium, but it objected to the way this was handled.
He viewed the sudden strict enforcement as laying a trap for the foreign traders, the confinement of the British with supplies cut off was tantamount to starving them into submission or death. He instructed the Elliot cousins to occupy one of the Chusan islands, to present a letter from himself to a Chinese official for the Emperor to proceed to the Gulf of Bohai for a treaty, if the Chinese resisted, blockade the key ports of the Yangtze and Yellow rivers. Palmerston demanded a territorial base in Chusan for trade so that British merchants "may not be subject to the arbitrary caprice either of the Government of Peking, or its local Authorities at the Sea-Ports of the Empire". In 1841, Elliot negotiated with Lin's successor, Qishan, in the Convention of Chuenpi during the First Opium War. On 20 January, Elliot announced "the conclusion of preliminary arrangements", which included the cession of Hong Kong Island and its harbour to the British Crown. Elliot chose Hong Kong instead of Chusan because he believed a settlement further east would cause an "indefinite protraction of hostilities", whereas Hong Kong's harbour was a valuable base for the British trading community in Canton.
British rule began with the occupation of the island on 26 January. Commodore Gordon Bremer, commander-in-chief of British forces in China, took formal possession of the island at Possession Point, where the Union Jack was raised under a feu de joie from the marines and a royal salute from the warships. Hong Kong was ceded in the Treaty of Nanking on 29 August 1842 and established as a Crown colony after ratification was exchanged on 26 June 1843; the treaty failed to satisfy British expectations of a major expansion of trade and profit, which led to increasing pressure for a revision of the terms. In October 1856, Chinese authorities in Canton detained the Arrow, a Chinese-owned ship registered in Hong Kong to enjoy protection of the British flag; the Consul in Canton, Harry Parkes, claimed the hauling down of the flag and arrest of the crew were "an insult of grave character". Parkes and Sir John Bowring, the 4th Governor of Hong Kong, seized the incident to pursue a forward policy. In March 1857, Palmerston appointed Lord Elgin as Plenipotentiary with the aim of securing a new and satisfactory treaty.
A French expeditionary force joined the British to avenge the execution of a French missionary in 1856. In 1860, the capture of the Taku Forts and occupation of Beijing led to the Treaty of Tientsin and Convention of Peking. In the Treaty of Tientsin, the Chinese accepted British demands to open more ports, navigate the Yangtze River, legalise the opium trade and have diplomatic representation in Beijing. During the conflict, the British occupied the Kowloon Peninsula, where the flat land was valuable training and resting ground; the area in what is now south of Boundary Street and Stonecutters Island was ceded in the Convention of Peking. In 1898, the British sought to extend Hong Kong for defence. After negotiations began in April 1898, with the British Minister in Beijing, Sir Claude MacDonald, representing Britain, diplomat Li Hongzhang leading the Chinese, the Second Convention of Peking was signed on 9 June. Since the foreign powers had agreed by the late 19th century that it was no longer permissible to acquire outright sovereignty over any parcel of Chinese territory, in keeping with the other territorial cessions China made to Russia and France that same year, the extension of Hong Kong took the form of a 99-year lease.
The lease consisted of the rest of Kowloon south of the Shenzhen River and 230 islands, which became known as the New Territories. The British formally took possession on 16 April 1899. In 1941, duri