Despite averaging 30 ratings points in its premiere broadcast, Three Kingdoms RPG
<回到三國> has been criticized by viewers as being a low-budget production. The props and rudimentary computer graphics were ridiculed. The fiercest criticism was directed at Kenneth Ma (馬國明) for his exaggerated acting in portraying a time traveler to the Three Kingdoms era
. Viewers also complained that Raymond Lam’s (林峯) slow reactions in the drama made Zhuge Liang appear dumb! Raymond Lam Defends “Three Kingdoms RPG”
Yesterday, Raymond Lam, Kenneth Ma, Tavia Yeung, Sharon Chan (陳敏之) and Kaki Leung (梁嘉琪) appeared at a promotional event. Portraying brilliant military strategist, Zhuge Liang, in Three Kingdoms RPG, Raymond’s gentle manner was a stark contrast to Kenneth’s outlandish and street smart ways. Appearing with a full beard throughout the drama, Raymond was careful not to laugh too loudly during filming, ”I laughed like Santa Claus in the series because I was afraid that my beard would fall off!”
Regarding complaints that Kenneth was too old to portray a video gamer, Raymond replied, “A television drama is an entertainment medium; it is more important that everyone enjoys watching it. Kenneth Ma’s personality tends to be quiet, so his performance this time is a major breakthrough! I portray a historical figure, while Kenneth plays a modern character. Of course, the manner in which we speak will be different!” Tavia Yeung Supports Kenneth Ma
Tavia Yeung also did not feel that Kenneth Ma was too old to portray the role of “Sima Shun” in Three Kingdoms RPG. Tavia said, “I do not think that he is too old. His performance is very good. There is not distinguishing as to how old a diamond bachelor is; he can be 50 years old!”
Tavia denied that the production was shoddy in quality, but the drama did not warrant staging large military battles as it was a comedy foremost. Tavia felt that it was more important to deliver a humorous and refreshing feeling to the audience, by contrasting the differences between ancient and modern perspectives.
Addressing criticisms against his exaggerated acting, Kenneth said, “Yes, the character is very ‘high’ and cannot be too quiet!”
Despite the criticism that the low-quality production did not do justice to a drama revolving around the Three Kingdoms era, the drama has captured the attention of viewers and was hotly discussed in online forums. With Raymond Lam focusing more on his music and film career, he is currently filming only one TVB drama per year. As his TVB drama output decreases, fans will likely cherish his television performances more and continue to watch ensuing episodes of Three Kingdoms RPG.
Creds: Ming Pao