I finally picked up the first 5 episodes of “Born Rich” and ended up watching them all in one go- I’m loving it!! The series contains both dramatic and light-hearted funny scenes. (It gives me the same feeling as Dicey Business ^^) I love all the characters so far and can’t wait to see their story unfold.
The story is fast paced and dynamic, with each character, relationships and plot developing nicely. These episodes are like a forecast for what’s to come! I especially loved the first episode when the characters are introduced and it really develops the backdrop for the entire story.
Episode 1 was both really sad and touching, watching the Cheuk family coming to accept the loss of their father and letting go. It has been over a year and a half since the Cheuk’s male head in the family went missing after going to “Saaba”.
Mixing in with that, the family faces a crisis at the Bank ( their family business) when a manager mistakenly signs off the wrong batch of safe deposit boxes to get destroyed- including their missing father’s ones. Ray Lui, who plays the filial son desperately tries to retrieve it back. It was also really sad when his mother (Nancy Sit) mistakes him for being a bad son for stopping the search operation and the fact Ray’s wife (Jamie Chik) was in the mood to prepare a party at home! They all miss him so much, yet Nancy thinks she’s the only one who actually still cares. It turns out that it was actually Ray’s birthday that day, so his wife wanted to prepare a party for him to cheer him up and to bring the family together. His mother has forgotten..and even Ray himself has forgotten =( I’m glad that misunderstanding was resolved and the mother and son made up with each other.
As the episode is about to conclude, Joe Ma (a close family friend/Chief operational Officer at their bank) manages to retrieve Ray’s father’s Safe Box back as a birthday present. To Ray, it would have made him so so happy… who would have known that what lies inside the box was one of their father’s biggest secrets! – the fact he has been having an affair and having another son whom he has been trying to search for!
Ray Lui as Marcus/Cheuk Yat Yuen (One dollar)
Ray Lui is a really filial son and values family- you can understand why in this aspect he really wants to find his half brother back. He wants to fulfill his father’s wishes which he never got to, which was also the reason he went missing at Saaba. I really like Ray’s character so far, especially that filial heart and dedication. One of the downsides I feel is that he doesn’t see it as much of a big deal about his father having an affair, foreshadowing his affair with Kenix! I think it’d be interesting to watch how all that will turn out!
Gallen Lo as Sha Fu-Loi / Cheuk Yat Ming
Gallen is awesomeness!! I absolutely enjoy his performance so far XD Because of his poor background and being an orphan, he and his brother (Kenneth Ma) make a living being con artist. Even though he’ s a con-artist, he still has a good heart and will not do anything that will “harm” other people. He is so funny to watch and it’s entertaining to see his acting skills in play in the series. By chance, he stumbles upon the opportunity to take on Ray’s step brother identity! Seeing that this was his perfect opportunity to make a load of money, the two plot to make this happen…
I really miss watching Gallen’s appearance. Love his role! I also love his chemistry with his Anita <3 Will do more posts on them in the future!
Anita Yuen as Rene/ Cheuk Yat Sum(One Heart)
I love watching Anita! She’s so pretty in this series! I love her look and her personality. Some of the things she says are quite straight forward which is entertaining too. Anita plays Ray’s sister and Nancy’s daughter. She has good chemistry and relationship with most (if not all) the characters in the series. She can be quite dopey and funny, yet can also get quite serious, direct, and harsh on words with her strong-headed and daring personality. I love watching Gallen and Anita together XD They’re so romantic lol It’s like typical-ish, but refreshing at the same time. Maybe it’s the new pairing hehe I look forward to their every encounter. I think Anita has fallen for Gallen because he gives off that ‘mysterious’ feeling to her and she enjoys that kind of excitement in her life. At the same time, Joe Ma is also in her life and they have a bickering type of relationship with each other. Anita appears very compatible with both guys~so I’m looking forward to seeing more of this love triangle ^^
However, a conflict appears to be arising. With Gallen pretending to be Ray’s step brother- that would make Gallen and Anita biological brother and sister! =X Anita also despises the idea of Ray bringing back their step brother and refuses to acknowledged him. How will Gallen and Anita react when they find out about their ‘relationship’? Gallen will be forced to choose between love and money…I personally hope she doesn’t find out soon, so at least they can spend more time together as a couple..
Joe Ma as Topman
Joe is quite an interesting character and can be quite charming too. He and Anita bicker a lot and the two constantly tease and challenges each other. They’ve known each other for years and have always been friendly rivals with each other. Joe gives off the impression a lot of woman fall for him although he’s just playing around with them. Joe also flirts with Anita which does not impress her lol I get the impression that Joe actually secretly has feelings for her, although he acts like he doesn’t. He can be quite sensitive towards Anita’s feelings and feels bad (hurt?) when he makes her upset and tries to cheer her up because he doesn’t really mean to play overboard with her. What a sweet guy XD
Judging from the opening sequence, it looks like Joe will be quite hurt..
Jamie Chik as Connie/ Ho Tseuk Nin
Jamie plays Ray’s wife of 12 years and two kids. She gives off a lovely wife- and motherly feeling. Coming from a rich family background, Jamie does not give off any of that ‘classy’ attitude. She values family and wants to make things good with her mother-in-law Nancy, although Nancy doesn’t seem to like her much and misunderstands her because of their difference in background and values (Nancy was not from a rich background). Jamie makes attempts to though. She also defends for her husband and is caring wife.
It was sad to find out that Jamie was holding onto ‘sadness’ for all these years married. On her wedding day, Kenix’s father went to tell Jamie that her husband-to-be did not love her and that he was seeing Kenix while she was away. Jamie was so upset to find out Ray was being unfaithful towards her, but she loved him and didn’t want to let him go even if he did cheat on her. As a result, Jamie lied to Kenix’ father, saying she already knew, and that Ray was only using Kenix to make her jealous, so they could get back together!
All these years, Ray and Nancy did not know Jamie had already knew and tried to keep it from her while Jamie pretended she didn’t know in order to keep her family together, but all these years she was upset her husband was not honest with her…Now that Kenix has returned to Hong Kong , Jamie starts having insecurities …Poor thing : ( I really pity her!! She should have more faith in her husband though- he still picked her in the end. I can understand why she was still bothered though..I’m glad the couple were finally able to confess to each other the truth..
Nancy Sit as Sheung Hoi Mei
It has been a while since I’ve seen Nancy back on screen 🙂 [although that probably applies to every other character in this series, which I love ^^] Nancy’s character is quite funny to watch at times. Coming from a dancing background (and uneducated?), you’d often find her dressing up and dancing around like back in those days. She and her husband worked really hard to get to where they are now as they were both from a poor background. She can be quite childish at times even for her age, complaining and whinging like a little kid when she can’t get her way, especially around her other old friends. Nancy can become so stubborn and unreasonable at other times and can get quite scary when she over-reacts.
I do feel sorry for her character though. She loves her husband a lot and after this loss and thinking she’s had a perfect 40 year relationship with him, the memories are shattered when she find out he has been having an affair all along and even has a son! She stands firmly of not giving in any part of her husband’s will to her stepson. She demands Gallen to have a DNA test!
Will Gallen be able to convince her otherwise..?
Kenix Kwok as Angie/ Tung Ling Chi
Kenix plays a wealthy Lawyer and is close with the Cheuk family through her father. Friends since young, the family were always really close. 12 years ago before Ray and Jamie got married, the couple had some arguments and Jamie left for England. During this time away, Kenix and Ray started a secret relationship and Ray cheated on Jamie! However when Jamie returned and Ray had to face the decision of getting married, he could not leave Jamie and as a result the heartbroken Kenix left for England for 10 years. Finally upon returning to Hong Kong, she said she has put the sad past behind her and has moved on. However, when she learns from her father that Ray did not truly love her and only used her to make up with Jamie, Kenix becomes enraged.
I have a feeling Kenix is going to plot her revenge on Ray and Jamie..>< it’s quite scary really because Kenix starts acting like she’s fine with everything…It feels kind of sad when misunderstandings like this arise because Ray did love her during that time, but Jamie’s “lie” got passed to her >< and she doesn’t learn the truth…
I also feel that Ray and Kenix still have feelings for each other after all these years… how will all this turn out?
Like Anita, I think Kenix also looks really pretty in this series 🙂 Can’t wait to see more of her!
Kenneth Ma as Sha Po-loi
Kenneth is so adorable in this series XD He acts like a little kid and I love his brotherly bond with Gallen XD It’s so funny how he has to constantly stick on a moustache hehe and you often find him as a happy boy. Looking forward to seeing more of him!
I really hope that more people will give this series a go (maybe even after Beyond the Realm of Conscience if you only have time for one of them XD)! Judging from the first 5 episodes, this series looks promising! Can’t wait t watch more!!