Friday, February 23, 2007

Hacken Lee: A soccer fan’s diary of TV productions (2006 TVB magazine article)





[THANKS, Hianez for the translation of this long article!! i haven't even read it cuz it's so long, but scrolled thru it to edit (spelling or grammar, typos)/bold/italize stuff and i REALLY ENJOYED SEEING ALL THE 'how awesome is he'S !!! haha. hacken is really AWESOME!! (**click on the scans above to see the FULL SIZE pics!**all magazine articles, do that 2 make sure u see the big pics. ALSO, IN THE REGULAR NEWS pics, MAKE SURE U CLICK ON IT 2 KNOW IF U'RE SEEING THE FULL VERSION!) -kate]

[Sources: TVB Magazine, Issue 460 (Pages 54 to 58), scans from www.leehacken.com]

2006 April 11

Hacken Lee: A soccer fan’s diary of TV productions

The World Cup which occurs once every 4 years is kicking off soon. This has stirred up the World Cup fever in Hong Kong. This year’s host for the World Cup programme is the Most Welcomed Male Singer, Hacken Lee. Why him? Besides the fact that he is a soccer fan, and can even forget about eating when it comes to soccer, it’s also because of the word, “Awesome”.

How “Awesome” is he? Before the World Cup, Hacken has decided to reminisce his past productions with TVB, to let us know that his performance has always been “Awesome”. So with him as the host, it’s the most “Awesome” choice. For this month, the theme for TVB’s Classical Channel is The Month of Hacken Lee. The channel will be broadcasting Master of Martial Arts, A Life of His Own and many more of his series. Till then, we will be able to see if Hacken Lee is really “Awesome”.

Awesome teenager:

When Hacken Lee first entered the entertainment circle, he gave people the impression that he’s just a young lad. The roles he played were centered on student and university graduate.

1988 Teenagers No More – Starred as Mai Ka Yong

What is the show about?
It is about how a group of teenagers face studies, relationships, family and other problems.

Awesome lover:

Having grown up, getting involved in love and relationships is inevitable. Besides having Miss Hong Kong as his girlfriend, the ladies who acted as Hacken Lee’s lover were either the queen of the entertainment or the best actresses. It’s true indeed that he’s Awesome as well when it comes to going steady.

How Awesome is he?

Hacken says”This as the first time I was filming a drama series. I was a newbie and I don’t know about a lot of things. I only remembered that the whole bunch of us teenagers had laughter while we worked, it was very fun indeed. Though I was just a newbie, I could take up the role of a major character already. How can you say I’m not Awesome?

1989 Two of a Kind – Starred as Cha Xing Yu

What is the show about?
The show revolves around the happiness, anger, sadness and fun that teenagers experience. The teenagers kept trying to overcome obstacles and this show was out to inspire teenagers to be brave and not be intimidated by obstacles they face.

How Awesome is he?

Hacken says “I was the twin brother of Huang Gui Zhong. There was also Huang Jia Qiang and Aaron Kwok who have yet to enter the entertainment industry. When we are free, we’ll sit together and discuss about music. So, this drama can be termed the “development” of the music industry newbies. Not only did we overcome many obstacles in the show, we were also Awesome in developing our career in the music industry.


1990 When the Sun Shines

What is the show about?
The show revolves around 3 men’s ambitions and wishes. As the story was largely related to life, it was a very popular series back them.

How Awesome is he?

Hacken says “The whole series had 150 episodes, all the casts such as Roger Kwok met everyday and we often had meals together. The entertainment news often report artiste having conflicts, but back then we seemed to have known each other for very long. Don’t you think we were very Awesome?


1991 A Life of His Own – Starred as Jiang Jie

What is the show about?
Hacken starred as the wealthy boy Jiang Jie and gets to know an interior design faculty student played by Sammi Cheng. Although both of them have varying family background, they turned lovers and their love story unfolds.

How Awesome is he?

Hacken says “This show is a classic to many audiences because the relationship with Sammi is inseparable. Everyone, please do not think that only Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng are lovers on screen, actually I’ve acted as lovers with Sammi much earlier before Andy. Ha! I’m even Awesome than Heavenly King Andy Lau!”


1992 Angel’s Call – Starred as Wu Fu Ji

What is the show about?

Wu Fu Ji dreams of becoming wealthy overnight. One day, he met an angel who was hit by a satellite and landed on Earth. He thought that heaven had granted him the God of Fortune. After that, he realizes that besides having an amazing memory, the angel had nothing else and created many problems for him instead.

How Awesome is he?

Hacken says “Miss Hong Kong champion 1990 Anita Yuen had not even filmed movies like C'est la vie, mon chéri and He's a Woman, She's a Man to be crowned the movie queen and I’ve already collaborated with her. Is this considered Awesome at having luck first?


The Awesome Professional:

As Hacken becomes matured, the roles he played became more Awesome. He either played a professional or someone who have brains.

1997 As Sure As Fate – Starred as Lee Siu Sam

What is the show about?
Joyce Tang starred a Murong Fei whose boyfriend got into a relationship with Lee’s finance. The 2 of them planned a getaway. As Fei and Lee searched for their lovers, they fell in love with each other.

How Awesome is he?

Hacken says “There was much laughter when we were filming. Everybody wanted to make this good and helped each other. It was a battle of the Awesomes. No wonder after we filmed the series, everyone said that their IQ has increased.”

2000 Street Fighters – Starred as Yeung Doi Bo

What is the show about?
Yeung was kidnapped when he was young, then adopted and lived at Temple Street. Years later, his biological mother came to acknowledge him and Yeung had a feud with his twin brother due to a misunderstanding. His adopted father got betrayed by his son who created turmoil for Temple Street. At the end, Yeung and his brother worked together to restore Temple Street.

How Awesome is he?

Hacken says ”Yeung’s character is like the kind you find in the marketplace, he’s also the kind who creates comedy. When acting, I think of speeches which have a variety of tones to improve the quality. Although Yeung’s knowledge is not as awesome as his police twin brother Edmond Leung, he still has the intelligence to challenge him. From this, you can tell how Awesome I am!”

2002 Legal Entanglement – Starred as Mark

What is the show about?
Mark has caused Hee (played by Kenix Kwok) to lose the custody of her son and thus she decided to work and study law at the same time to fight the case herself. Five years later, she became a lawyer for a law firm and once again, she encountered Mark. After having worked together, both of them developed a deeper understanding of each other and from enemies, they turned loves.

How Awesome is he?

Hacken says “Actually, this is my first time playing the role of a lawyer and I was quite nervous, especially when I had to play solo when making the final statements in the court room. There were many other casts who act as the audience, so every time I’d memorize the script well and try not to have NG so I will not delay others. In the end, I was able to perform well each time and my partners said I was Awesome too.”

Awesome in Post-Modern series:

Besides being Awesome in acing modern characters, Hacken knows how to handle post-modern characters too.

1992 Eastern Hero – Starred as Zhuan Jia Bao

What is the show about?
Bao, who was brought up by his adopted father, likes to fool others but he is actually kind by nature. Fate brought him and his biological father together and the acknowledge each other. However, his father was killed by villains. To have his revenge, he decided to become the disciple of the Eastern Hero who despises evil.

How Awesome is he?

Hacken says “On the surface, this series seems like a comedy. Many commented that it was funny to see the serious looking me thinking of funny speeches, such as “Name, it’s not important. It’s just that at dawn (Leon Lai), I like to appear at Kwok Fu City (Aaron Kwok), my real name is Andy Lau. From this you should know how Awesome I’m at when it comes to creating humour!” [Leon Lai’s Chinese name sounds like dawn, Aaron Kwok’s sounds like the name of a city, as for using Andy Lau, his name does not mean anything in that line,]

The original line:名字,是不重要的。我只不过喜欢在黎明时分,出现在郭富城,我的真名叫刘德华。

1994- Master of Martial Arts – Starred as Leung Foon

What is the show about?
Foon’s parents passed away when he was very young and he always gets bullied. He decides to use martial arts to challenge those in control and becomes the disciple of Huang Fei Hong, learning martial arts from him. He always stirs up trouble, but got inspired by his master later on.

How Awesome is he?

Hacken says “Leung Foon’s role required me to fight almost every day. I don’t know martial arts, and had to rely on the martial arts director. I did not do too badly at the fighting scenes and some people even thought I could actually fight. So I’m Awesome in a way that I was able to learn and imitate well. However, I had some regrets. James Wong wrote the theme song for me to sing, it’s a disappointment that it wasn’t really a hit, I’ve got a little bit of disappointment.”

Awesome at hosting too:

From drama serials, we watch Hacken Lee grow and mature. No matter which role he plays, he changes his character to suit it. Besides drama serials, Hacken brings his Awesomeness further in the programmes he hosts.


1992 – The century of great people (rough translation) [
Talk of the Century (AKA Smart Person in the New Century)]

What is the show about?
The programme introduces people who excel in different areas and was very popular when it was aired. A sequel was filmed later.

How Awesome?

Hacken says “Joey Leung and I were the hosts. As we are familiar with each other, we had the chemistry. The other party could always understand and get what the other was getting to. If both partners are not as Awesome, it is hard for us to have a smooth co-operation.

1998 – World Cup

What is the show about?
TVB got Hacken Lee to be the host for the World Cup since 1998. Being the host again this year, he is sure to be familiar.

How Awesome?

Hacken says “I love soccer, TVB gets me to be the host of World Cup, of course I’m happy!” Also, there’s Lam Sheung Yee and Ah Lek to have ball talk with. This is more like entertainment than work. I’m used to going to bed early and waking up early. For the World Cup, I have to work many late nights. This kind of perseverance deserves to be termed Awesome.”

1999 – Jade Solid Gold

What is the show about?
TVB got Hacken and Lui Fong to be the host in 1999. Hacken’s hosting and singing are great, and singers who attend the programme are dare not let down their guards!

How Awesome?

Hacken says “I get in touch with lots of new songs while hosting the programme, so I can update my knowledge on music, chat with people and talk about the pop culture of Hong Kong’s music industry. When it comes to which singer is ‘hitting’ which song and the latest popular songs, no one is as Awesome as me on these.”


2005 – Minutes to Fame

What is the show about?
Last year’s classic game show not only lasted in Hong Kong, the MTF fever has reached overseas countries. And the 2 words “Yat Ding” has become a popular phrase.

How Awesome?

Hacken says “I really have to thank General Manager Mr. Chan who got me and Joey Leung to be the hosts for MTF. I think that this programme can become successful due to all the Awesome people who competed. Only then can we continue to host and it’s also how the programmes can become popular. Of course, if the hosts aren’t Awesome, how can we attract competitors?”






1 comment:

hianez said...

thanks for including all the bold, italics..and colours and everything else! - hianez