Ada Choi- Yun Fok
Steven Ma - Cao Zhi (3rd brother)
Chan - Cao Pi (1st brother)
Lau Don - Cao Cao
Sonija Kwok- Kwok Hsuan (Hsuan Hsuan)
Cheng Chi Seng - Sima Yi
Lam Wai Sun - Yang Suo
Evergreen Mak as Cao Zhang (2nd brother)
What, when, where and who
This story is base on the the parts in the
very famous Chinese novel "The Romance of the Three Kingdom". The story focuses on one of the kingdom, the Cao family. Ada
Choi plays the character Yun Fok, who is a real life historical person. Due to her intelligence and her beauty, everybody
wants her, including Cao Cao, Cao Zhi and Cao Pi. Also, because of she is way too perfect, she has a very tragic story...
Steven plays Cao Zhi, who is a very intelligence son of Cao Cao, but he is way too kind, so that Cao Cao could not give his
power to Steven, instead, he gives his power to the oldest son Cao Pi (played by Moses). Cao Pi is more cruel than the others,
that's why Cao Cao wants Ada to marry Cao Pi to help him, and advise him. However, Ada and Steven were deeply in love, but
for Steven's protection, Ada had to marry Moses instead... Sonija plays the most evil person you can ever imaging, she gets
jealous about everything Ada has. She thought Ada is always on top of her. Sonija plays many tricks and finally got Moses'
attention and soon becomes Moses' second wife. Later, Sonija causes many people's death and even tries to get rid of Ada...
I thought this series is pretty close to the history, because I know lots of
the characters, and lots of the small stories in here, it reminds me a lots of things related to "The Romance of the Three
Kingdom", which is my favorite Chinese classical novel.
1. Program information from TVB official website (Chinese)
2. Series review from SPCNET (English)
- Hate Factor
start with the character you will hate to the bone: Sonija Kwok's Kwok Hsuan
This is about the worst character
you can ever imaging! Kwok Hsuan is not only evil, she is also cruel, ugly, and stupid! First of all, she like Steven, but
Steven rejected her because Steven is in love with Ada. Kwok Hsuan gets really jealous and mad, and tries to get the second
brother's attention. However, the second brother falling in love with someone else. Later, Kwok Hsan started to get Moses'
attention, and uses tricks to marry Moses and becomes his second wife. Kwok Hsuan caused many people's death, such as the
prostitute XiXi, Steven's wife, Steven's teacher, and Ada. I think her ending is way too nice, she should suffer a lot more
than just illness.
Second, the famous evil guy from the history, Sima Yi
You might hate
this character very much, because he basically changed Moses, and makes him become very cruel. However, Sima Yi himself is
not as cruel as Kwok Hsuan, he is just very ambition, he wants to help Moses become the king, so that he can easily take over.
I didn't think he was that bad when I read "The Romance of the Three Kingdom", but in this series, you will hate this character
because of his ambition. In the real history, his son Sima Zhao is the more evil one.
- Love Factor
I think Ada gave her best performances
in this series! However, her character is such a tragic (you will know why when you read further). I think Ada is the best
at playing tragic characters, because she can cry really well! Have you notice most of her characters are really tragic? And,
the people around her character is most likely to turn evil! For example, Louis Koo in ATE II, Nick Cheung in Secret of the
Heart and in this series, it is Sonija Kwok. Poor Ada, she has to face all these terrible facts!
Steven Ma was really good in this series as well. His character
is also very tragic because he is too kind and too smart, just like Ada. I didn't like Steven Ma before, but after this series,
I will start to pay more attention to him, because he can act and cry really well.
- Pity Factor
To all the characters who died in this series, this is
the section contributed to you...
There are lots of pity factors and lots of emotional scenes in this story, especially
towards the end, the characters started to die one after another.
Let's begin with the prostituteXi Xi (played by Kei Kwan Gu)
beginning, Cao Cao's first wife did not like Ada at all, so she bought this very beautiful and talented prostitute named XI
XI The first wife plans to use XI XI to get Cao Cao's attention, so that Ada will be ignored. However, XI XI and Ada becomes
great friends. XI XI has a very good voice, but she also has an illness that could destroy her voice. So, she tried to protect
her voice really well. That's why she often rejected Cao Cao and refuses to sing to him, that makes Cao Cao really mad. Sonija
uses this chance to let somebody else to learn from XI XI and tries to replace XI XI So, Cao Cao killed XI Xi's voice because
he felt XI XI is not useful anymore! Poor XI XI, her life is depends on her voice, now her voice is gone, so she suicide!
The second character who died is Yang Suo
Yang Sui is a very famous
person, his death is really famous, too. He is very intelligence, he can guest what Cao Cao is thinking, and he is always
right. However, because of his intelligence, Cao Cao wants him dead, and the excuse Cao Cao used was the chicken ribs, that's
why it makes Yang Suo's death really famous. Poor guy, he is too smart, but he died because of the chicken ribs! Ok, here
is what happens: there is once, Cao Cao did not want to fight in the war, so he uses "chicken ribs" as his military order.
Yang Suo knew Cao Cao will not fight the war, because of his military order. (The chicken ribs' taste is not tat great when
you eat it, but if you throw it away, you will feel pity, in this case, Cao Cao was not sure if he wants to fight the war
or not, so he uses chicken ribs as his order.) Yang Suo knew about Cao Cao's thinking so he tells others don't have to get
ready for the war, that makes Cao Cao really mad, and he uses that excuse to kill him!
The third one is Steven's wife Cui Fok
You will probably not enjoy
this character at the beginning, because she is not that nice. But, after she married to Steven, she changed a little. Cui
Fok loves Steven very much, and she wants him to become the king, so her uncle and her started to help Steven by building
relationships with the emperor's officers. Because of that, Cao Cao killed her... Poor girl, she completely changed to a better
woman after she married to Steven, and she wants to spent the rest of her life with him and support him, but because of that,
The fourth one is Steven's teacher
He is also a very smart person,
also the best friend of Cao Cao. However he got killed by Sima Yi, who do not allow him to exist, because Steven's teacher
is very smart, and he always support Steven.
The fifthe one is Cao Cao, in the history, he is evil, but he is also a hero. In this
series, the producers tried to make Cao Cao a better man. Cao Cao has a very big ambition as well, and he knew Moses is the
only one that can finish his job and be the king, so he had to give the power to Moses even though he likes Steven more.
Cao Cao killed so many people because of Moses, because he needs to clear out any difficulties that Moses might encounter
in the future. However, Cao Cao did not realized there is a more ambition guy behind Moses, which is Sima Yi. When Cao Cao
realized that, he wants Moses to kill Sima Yi, but Moses would not do it, that makes Cao Cao so angry and died... Poor man,
he tried so hard to work out a future for Moses, but Moses would not kill the man who is going to destroy everything
for Cao family...
The sixth one is the second brother, Moses poisoned him! I can't
believe he killed his own brother just like that! Poor guy, he has a wife and a daughter waiting for him, but he can never
The last one, the most emotional one perhaps, which is the one and only Yun
Fok, her entire life is a tragic! (I will mention that more later) Sonija and Sima Yi made up the rumor that Yun Fok's
son is Steven's son, and Yun Fok is still in love with Steven, that makes Moses decided to poison Yun Fok to death! Yun Fok
knew about it, but she still drink the poison, so that she can protect her son, she wants to use her death to prove her son
is Moses' real son...
- How Come Factor
How can Kwok Husan be so evil all of the sudden?
I mean, at the beginning, she was very nice and saved Ada many times, that's why Ada and her becomes sisters. All of the sudden,
she is in love with Steven, Steven rejected her, and all of the sudden she changed... I think she changed way so fast.
As I said above,
Ada did really well in this series
Ada's Yun Fok
Okey, Yun Fok is such a tragic
character, she is way so perfect, way so smart, and way so kind! Because of that, she has to go through a tragic life. Her
story is like the tragic tale of the fairy Lok Sun, who is well known as the fairy in the Lok River. Lok Sun was punished
into the mortal world for being the cause of rift between her husband and another god. It is not hard to guess that Yun Fok
is the reincarnation of Lok Sun and will have a similar fate. Yun Fok is in love with Steven and even agreed to marry him,
however Cao Cao chose Moses to be the king, and Cao Cao wants Ada to marry Moses, because he wants her to help Moses, and
to advice him, remind him of kindness, also the main reason is to protect Steven Ada had to accept the marriage and helps
Moses, however, Moses did not treat Ada well. After Sonija also becomes Moses' wife, Moses begins to treat Sonija better because
Sonija likes to use tricks. Poor Ada, who is slowly lost faith in her husband and her friend Sonija... At the end, she died
because of the two, poor girl!
Steven Ma's Cao Zhi
Cao Zhi is just like Ada, really smart, really
perfect and really kind. Because of his kindness, Cao Cao could not gives the power to Steven even though Steven is his favorite
son. Cao Cao knew if he gave Steven the power, Moses will not able to give up, he will try to destroy everything. For Steven's
protection, Cao Cao gave the power to Moses and let Steven's true love Ada also marry to Moses! Poor guy, he had to face his
true love as his sister in law! Steven married to Cui Fok, who is truly in love with him, but she was killed by Cao Cao because
of the way she is trying to help Steven... Later, he had to face the fact his brother is going to kill him, but he uses his
intelligence to produce the very famous "seven-steps" poem, and that poem finally makes Moses regret about his way of pushing
away his brothers...
Ada Choi and Steven Ma
These two would be perfect
together, however, they can not be together because one of them is the most beautiful girl, the other one is the smartest
son of the Cao family... Their destiny meant to separate them apart...
Here comes the list:
1. When Steven propose to Ada
When all the pity factors (as I listed above) died, emotional scenes!
3. Everytime you see Ada and Steven together, they
are the perfect couple... but they can not be together... so pity for them!
to all the Sonija fans, I really don't think Sonija can act. I hate the way she cries or talk. Her performances skills have
disapproved since "A Step Into the Past"... I don't know why the TVB producers decided to let her play in a villain role..
Her acting skills are not that good to be a villain.
Sonija's Kwok Husan
As I said above, you will
hate this character to the bone. Usually, I enjoyed the villain, because they made the stories interesting, but this character
is just too stupid and too cruel. Plus, her ending is a little better than I thought, she deserves a much worse ending that
Moses Chan's Chao Pi
Moses' acting skills are average, he is good at
being bad, like the character he played in Armed Reaction III. In this series, his character is not that enjoyable...
Sonija and Moses
I hate to see these two together!
They make me sick!
Everytime you see Moses and Sonija together!
Overall, I really enjoyed this series, because it
is emotional, it is tragic, I like tragic stories ~,~ I think TVB did a good job of producing the series, the outfits are
wonderful, especially the girls' outfits. There are characters you will love and hate, there are performances you will love
and hate, there are scenes you will / might cry, there are scenes you will hate. It is well balanced...
IS IT WORTH WATCHING?
For all the Steven and Ada fans, this
is a must see! All the Sonija fans, you might like to skip this one, because it might offend your feelings!