Seeing Double?

Let’s go on a little adventure with this blog hey? Ever since I started this blog, it has just been locked between the actual drama itself. I have always written recaps and reviews but I think it’s time to broaden out the topics of this blog. I want to try something new and not just be stuck in the tiny ep by ep universe. I want to actually start to pull out the pieces of drama and enlighten the way I see dramas, so without ado, let’s kick this thing off with a bang! Btw, I had no idea what to put for the titular image so I decided to go without one.

In dramaland, the number of actors and actresses are limited and there is no question that we have seen the same actor playing a different character on our screens one time or an other. SETTV (Taiwan) and TVB (Hong Kong) are the prime victims (I don’t think that’s the right word to use here!) for using the same actors drama after drama.

Hong Kong: Let’s be frank, TVB is short of actors on their hands so if you are a frequent watcher of TVB dramas, you should know every actor’s name by heart now.

No doubt Linda Chung tops the list. Last year alone she starred in four near back-to-back dramas! I love her and all but seeing her time and time again – despite her playing different characters – can get a bit tiring and boring.

Tavia Yeung starred in three productions in 2012 and Kenneth Ma was her co-star in each of them and to top it off they played a couple in two of the three. Now that’s some overuse.

In 2012, Kenneth Ma starred in four productions and he had quite a heavy role in all of them. After many years he has finally risen up the ranks and there is no doubt that he is not going to disappear from our screens any time soon.

Not exactly the best actress and nor does Christine Kuo have the great Cantonese but she is firing up in our screens like wildfire in prominent roles.

Mary Hon must be the mother of all mothers in TVB because every youngster has been her child at least once! Her most frequent re-occurring child is none other than Tavia Yeung.

If Mary Hon is the mother of all mothers, then Benz Hui must be the father of all fathers.

Korea: Korea has a larger batch of artists to choose from so there isn’t that must overload of the same people gracing our screens, though that is not to say that Korea is not victim to this.

Yoo Seung Ho was in two dramas in 2012, and in k-dramaland, two is considered an overload. However, since he has enlisted in the army and won’t be gracing our screens for at least two years, I guess that doesn’t really count.

In 2012, Park Yoo Chun was in two dramas and that is just too much.

She has a one-year cooling off period with her dramas but Park Shin Hye has become a household name since starring in You’re Beautiful in 2009, Heartstrings (AKA You’ve Fallen For Me) in 2011 and most recently in 2013’s My Flower Boy Neighbour.

Lee Min Ho is a household name and he has starred in at least one drama per year since 2005. Though  he may be overused but you cannot get past the fact that he is just so handsome to look at!

Since 2011 after starring in Lie To MeSung Joon has starred in quite a fair few dramas (and he plays second lead in the soon-to-air Gu Family Book).

The title of mother of all mothers must go to Song Ok Sook.

Han Jin Hee must be most overused villian in k-dramaland.

Taiwan: With SETTV dramas being 18-25 eps each and airing once a week, it can quite boring to see the same actor time and time again because you can get them on your screens for over a year!

Once on our screens in literally every drama, but now Rainie Yang has decided to focus her career on singing.

Watchers of Taiwanese dramas must be sick of James Wen by now as he has played a lead role in at least one drama each year.

Contender with James Wen for the most frequently appearing male on screen with a prominent role is Mike He. I have lost count of how many dramas he has been in.

In tw-dramaland, the mother of all mothers must be Yang Li Yin having played mother to Alice Ke in Office Girls, Ruby Lin in Drama Go Go Go (AKA Older Woman Marching Forward), Megan Lai in Miss Rose and most recently, Nikki Hsieh in King Flower (AKA Substitute Princess OR Replacement Princess OR The Adventure of King Flower).

A serious contender of the title of mother of all mothers is Lin Mei Xiu until Yang Li Yin took over in 2011.

I never took notice of Zhao Jun Ya until he graced my screen in Miss Rose but he is back for the consecutive drama King Flower (AKA Substitute Princess OR Replacement Princess OR The Adventure of King Flower).

I guess there can only be so many artists in dramaland!

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7 thoughts on “Seeing Double?

  1. heisui April 5, 2013 at 11:21 am Reply

    Hehehe this is a fun post! I think TVB is the one that has the most limited amount of actors. T____T I never thought about how tw-dramas tend to have the same big names over and over but..you’re right! Korea on the other hand has a large amount of big name actors..

    • misscupcakees April 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm Reply

      Thanks sweetie!

      Yepps, that is true! TVB has been using the same actors time and time again!

      Ahahahahas! Yeahhhh, I sometimes get bored with seeing the same tw actors over and over again, especially if they are playing the same role, namely Yang Li Yin!

      • heisui April 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

        Yes generally I get annoyed when they have one actor playing two different characters in the SAME DRAMA. T___T Even if they are supposed to be twins, or people who look extremely similar, I just get annoyed with that. >_>

  2. lifewithdramas April 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply

    Esp TVB!! I believe that TVB’s logic is, “No more fadans and siusangs? No worries we’ll reuse them over and over again. And MAYBE promote those potential ones we neglected while we also promote can’t-act-for-their-lives but pretty actresses (preferably sucky at canto) and handsome actors who also unsurprisingly can’t act.”

    • misscupcakees April 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm Reply

      Ahahahas, I am totally agree with everything you said because they are all true! TVB really needs a new batch of actors, ones who can act!

  3. Joy April 8, 2013 at 4:27 am Reply

    TVB is definitely overly short of actors. It makes me wonder why they aren’t promoting newbies or perhaps deem current TVB trainees to be undesirable for promoting. I would assume trainee artistes are most likely 20+yo, which is probably now considered too young for HK’s current aging demographics. It may be ideal for TVB to scout potential 30yo stars on the street.

    • misscupcakees April 8, 2013 at 9:03 am Reply

      Ahahahahas, well TVB do promote newbies, it’s just that they are usually Miss Hk or Chinese International stars who have no acting experience and their cantonese is off.

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