One old serial which stood out is The Greed of Man, which truly brought back memories. It was during those years when I had to travel almost every weekend to and from Batu Gajah. My elder daughter Cheng was around 10 years old then and used to keep her eldest aunt company, watching TVB tapes. I watched whatever they were watching during the weekends so I did not follow the story completely. Even now, I watch whenever I am free and at home, and when my wife did not ask to see BBC World News or CNN. My eldest sister-in-law was really addicted to Hong Kong serials and even took the trouble to tape all the episodes of Man in the Net! The worst part was having them on Betamax which went out of favour soon after.
When I was in PJ recently, I asked my son about The Greed of Man and he used his Blackberry to show me the two theme songs by Adam Cheng and Alan Tam. I can never remember the Chinese names of the songs. But lately, I can hum to the two tunes and particularly like the bass in Unkind years sung by Adam Cheng. The last episode was shown on Astro last Friday night.
Wikipedia has a synopsis of the story with the following introduction:
The Greed of Man (traditional Chinese: literally "The Great Times") is a TV drama series broadcast byTVB in Hong Kong in 1992. The story, spanning three decades from the 1970s to the 1990s in Hong Kong andTaiwan, addresses various social and financial phenomena of the times, from violence in triad criminal organizations to corruption in the Hong Kong stock exchange. It featured a top roster cast, including veteran TVB actors Adam Cheng and Damian Lau. The series is also well remembered for a Hong Kong stock market cultural phenomenon called the "Ting Hai effect".
The Ting Hai effect , Adam Cheng effect or Chiu-Koon effect is a peculiar stock market phenomenon. The phenomenon is observed that whenever Hong Kongactor Adam Cheng stars in a new television show, there is a sudden and unexplained drop in the stock market. This is still a popular topic amongst stock brokers, years after the drama series Greed of Man was broadcast in Hong Kong in October 1992. The effect is named after Ting Hai, the main antagonist of the show, played by Cheng himself.
(My Life, My Love) Alan Tam Wing Lun
Unkind years by Adam Cheng (a quick search shows it is unavailable because of copyright)