Love will find a way against time itself!

Silence wrapped around us as time itself held its breath, quietly coaxing us to that secret place of sighs and whispers where we lose ourselves completely and truly find each other

William Rolfe, A Vampire’s Dominion

Title
Love in Time (2012)
Also known as
 Still Have Time to Love You Again
Genre
 Fantasy, Romance
Written by
 Lam Siu-chi
Directed by
Ben Fong
Starring
 Danson Tang, Michelle Wai, Terence Yin, Sherming Yiu, Charles Ying, Kathy Yuen, Carlos Chan, Rachel Lam, Wong Ho-ting, Bond Chan
Country of Origin
 Hong Kong
Episodes
 9 

oh! … brief

A 224-year-old vampire, Roy Thackeray, who had previously been an ordinary human, was rescued by a vampire following his lover’s death. His lover had been killed by a demon 200 years earlier. He is reluctant to interact with humans and has no interest in love until he crosses paths with a young lady, Lok Hei-ham.

Unable to grieve his lover, he eventually is warmed by the affection of Lok Hei-ham.

oh! … talks drama

I was, or, rather I am a fan of vampire movies, the classics being the best, but I did read the Twilight books and watched all the movies, so it’s understandable that I might be attracted to some of the same with an Asian spin on them. This particular production was, for all intents and purposes, an interesting take on Twilight. Though I can’t know for certain if the writers used the Twilight movies as a basis for the script, it has some similarities that are comparable.

Lam Siu-chi, who wrote the script, actually had a great idea and could have taken his initial concept further than settling for similarity with an extremely popular youth-cult phenomenon. At least, that’s my opinion!

I personally liked the idea of a centuries old vampire falling in love with a human while aiding his ‘master’ in a fight to annihilate the demon who caused his human demise! However, while this premise is woven into the fabric of the drama it fell short and the drama, unlike Twilight, is entirely forgettable!

The addition of a fox-spirited woman was really odd! I thought kumiho was a South Korean thing? No? I guess though that other Asian cultures must also have similar mythical beings. Whatever the purpose (whether to replicate the werewolves in Twilight or not), it was an odd addition to the characters and the script and it played out miserably.

The plot was as clichéd as you will find for a vampire film, I mean honestly? Do we really believe vampires have the time or inclination to be involved in so much human drama? No! And the romance that develops between Roy Thackery and Lok Hei-ham was so fast that it was incredible and not believable at all. The depiction of trust by Lok Hei-ham was mind-blowing! And her stupidity, even more so! I don’t know but this production wasn’t a winner for me. I did stick it through to the end so I could give an honest, thorough review.

The script was abysmal. The humour was irritating at best and felt out of place. The character George Spenser as a vampire Casanova with a jackass attitude was a little too over the top for me. It distracted from the story, but the way the story was written was really not that great, to begin with.

I’m guessing Ben Fong took the script and did the best he could with it. However, writing that I must admit that perhaps the budget was low because the filming and the special effects and CGI were terrible. The speed travel was hilarious half the time. There is one scene where Roy Thackeray and George Spenser speed off and their speed is supposedly so fast it sets off car alarms. Doesn’t make sense! It was really stupid to include that. Vampires wouldn’t disturb their surroundings to that degree, even with super speeds! Come on Lam Siu-chi!

The stunt pulled at the beginning with the Roy Thackeray rescuing Lok Hei-ham with the radical motorcycle movement was perhaps the most exhilarating thing in the entire production. Too bad it was marred with poor editing!

The accompanying soundtrack was nothing to write home about, but the wardrobe for the cast was pretty good considering pretty much everything else was off centre.

The cast was a mixture of good, bad, and really awful.

Danson Tang played our 224-year-old Roy Thackeray. His performance was neither here nor there. Sometimes he was good, really good in fact, and other times he was really bad. And they dubbed him, which doesn’t make sense but I’m guessing it was because Danson Tang’s Cantonese apparently is heavily accented. His acting was mediocre at best, but, he does provide ample eye candy for his fans. I would like to see another of his dramas before I decide whether he’s any good at acting with a good director.

Michelle Wai played Lok Hei-ham. She’s a recent addition to the hkdrama scene with only a few projects to her name. She was perhaps the glue for this production. Her performance was the better of the bunch but it doesn’t take a whole lot to be better than the rest of the cast, believe me!

George Spenser played by Terence Yin was a miscast for sure! The writing of the character was in my opinion really flawed and then Terence Yin’s interpretation and delivery were excessive. His suave came across as corny and trying too hard. I didn’t like Terence Yin’s performance, not one bit. He’s a much better actor than this performance so hopefully, this will be a hkdrama that never airs anywhere else than Youtube!

oh! … sidekicks

There are only two individuals I will reference here.

The evil demon Marcus Morris was played by Bond Chan and about the only good thing I can say is that he sported dreads. That was pretty cool and a nice touch on behalf of the costume designer. His performance was okay.

The beguiling fox-spirited woman Koo Yuet Mei-loi was played by Sherming Yiu. Because I struggled to understand why they included this character, I think my opinion of her performance may be tinged with just a little bias. She took the role she was handed, interpreted her character well and delivered a fair to middling performance. It could have been better because she has a lot of other films and drama productions she has been cast in. This one was odd!

oh! … that’s a wrap

I didn’t entirely hate this production, but I certainly didn’t love it. It was a good distraction after some serious pieces I had been watching and a book I had been reading. There is, however, no re-watch value whatsoever so I will not be recommending this production. I won’t be adding this to my collection.

You might get a kick out of it if you’re into comical vampire productions, or, Asian drama and film ‘fromage’.

oh! … soundtrack

oh! … gallery

oh! … trailer

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