Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! I know many don’t follow or have interest in this movie but I do. They dropped the themesong for the movie sang by Adam Cheng and Karen Mok and it’s epic! I was brought back to the good old tvb days when their themesongs were carefully worded and well performed by the chosen singers. I’m literally still flailing right now! GAHHHHHHH! So good for my nostalgic heart strings!

But let me clarify that it’s a remake of the song Youโ€™re the Best in the World by Roman Tam and Jenny Tseng. Cookies for anyone who knows which drama it is under. The younger generation might not recognize, it’s okay! Lol.


Other cast members that were not presented at the press conference today are Kris Wu, Deng Chao, Show Lu, and Kitty Zhang. View pictures and trailers through the drama tag. The story is typical (love story between a guy on a pirate ship and a mermaid) so I’m here for the special effects and some good old humor.

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The selfie stick is taking over the world. My friend just bought one! Let it out, do you have one? =P

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Still glowing as ever, Karen!

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The handpicked mermaid, Lin Yun. She reminds me of a younger Barbie Hsu…

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Themesongs Released Thus Far:

“Invincible” – Deng Chao

“You’re the Best in the World” – Adam Cheng & Karen Mok

“You’re the Best in the World” – Roman Tam & Jenny Tseng

The Mermaid is produced and directed by Stephen Chow with him and five other writers – Li Si Zhen, He Miao Qi, Zeng Jing Chang, Lu Zheng Yu, Jiang Yu Yi – it hit theaters on February 8th, 2016.

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  1. 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

    Many don’t have interest in this? Like, many of the neitizens here or the C-ET world? Because I’m a huge fan of Stephen Chow’s brand of mean slap-stick comedy and am alway anxiously waiting for his projects.

    • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

      I think the younger generation doesnt really appreciate Stephens humor.

  2. 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

    OMG! This song brings back memories of the good ol’ 80s! Pardon this grandma coz my memory’s failing but if I’m correct, is this the opening OST for one of Jing Yong’s novels. Was it Legend of the Condor Heroes starring Felix Wong? I remember it being super popular back then and the song’s played in almost every sundry and night market shops I went to! Those were the days when “special effects’ in wuxia was limited to wire acts and light plays. Ppl demonstrated more martial arts than relying on computer generated special effects back then. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing and like you, I am always looking forward to Stephen Chow’s movies- whether he acts in it or not. Back in the 80s to 90s, I was a huge Stephen Chow fan. His quirky humour’s an acquired taste. My hubby doesn’t get it but me…I roll laughing on the ground each time I watch a Stephen Chow movie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

    OMG! I just listened to Adam’s song, anf Aryael is right! It’s from the Legend of Condor Heroes 1982!! I’ll recognize ALL songs from that masterpiece drama!!

  4. 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

    This is the opening theme of the 3rd season of the epic 80s version of Condor Heroes with Felix Wong and Barbara Yung. I know this song in my sleep LOL

    No offense but no-one except for Roman and Jenny can do this song justice. I literally had to stop this new version in less than 1 minute cuz holy shit my ears

    • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

      I don’t mind the new version, as it doesn’t sound too different from the original.

      On the other hand, to be honest I’m not too happy the song will be the soundtrack to a romantic-comedy movie. The song has grand feeling to it, it was so fitting with LOCH. If it were to accompany another movie or drama, please make the movie/drama on the similar level of greatness. ๐Ÿ™

    • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

      I’ve seen earlier versions of adaptations of Jin Yong’s other works, but I have to admit, specifically for Legend of the Condor Heroes, I’ve only ever watched the 2003 and 2008 versions. I REALLY want to watch the Felix/Barbara version cuz I hear it’s such a classic and epic (as were all TVB dramas back in the pre-2000 era…God, I remember how much I ADORED the 1984 The Smiling Proud Wanderer. I think we still have that. I forgot if it was vcr or dvd, but I remember it came in the classic large plastic book-like container. Pretty sure it was DVD, one of those, 1dvd per episode things.). Anyways, I REALLY want to watch the ’83 LotCH, but I honestly can’t find it anywhere. I don’t even know if they’re still in circulation. If anyone knows where I can find the eps online, I’d be forever thankful!

    • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

      Haha. I didn’t watch the ’83 version, and I don’t recognize this particular themesong, BUT anyone familiar with the golden TVB era will recognize THIS one: (even I know this song and I didn’t even watch it nor was I born…)

      • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

        Actually all 3 opening themes of the 83 Condor Heroes series are great because they were all composed by the legendary Jim Wong/Joseph Koo duo and sang by the epic Jenny + Roman team! The theme songs of the 80s TVB series are among my fave songs of all time and my parents have the CDs and I listened to them while growing up ๐Ÿ™‚

        My parents also have the 80s dramas on VCD and I watched them growing up, so let’s just say I have very strong feelings about them ๐Ÿ™‚

        I think using these legendary wuxia theme songs (which are all very grand and epic in terms of melody, lyrics, and vocals) as a song for The Mermaid doesn’t make any sense and I can’t understand why they would do that. It would’ve been much more suitable to have new songs that are more romantic to fit the theme of the movie

      • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

        Like Like Superlike! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

        Oh Juli, what games are you playing! We can recognize that song in our sleep! heehehe!!

  5. 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

    I like this new version! Adam is a good singer but Karen surprised me! She sounded very crispy and sharp. The themesong to old tvb dramas. Ahhhhh

    Im in the minority but I prefer Stephen acting instead of Directing. But this looks good.

  6. 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

    OMG yes! Brings back the awesome production classics of the past. Despite the bad resolution and limited technology, the old wuxia dramas were THE BEST. It brings out the best of wuxia, the reason why it used to be my fav genre before all this recent idol/convoluted stuff messed with my impression of the genre. The heroism, the patriotism, the integrity and inner strength and growth of the character, the chivalry, the strong optimism and aggressive inspiring theme songs. The old TVB wuxia dramas bring out the best mix of fantasy and real life; the characters are real enough to relate to and love, but larger-than-life enough to admire and aspire to be like. The crappy effects and muted colors really gave the wuxia dramas a sense of realism. The scenes were gritty and unpolished. But it just gave an even stronger feeling of what “jianghu” is all about. Money doesn’t matter, class doesn’t matter, it’s just you and your strength of body and strength of character; you and your morals and character against the world. It’s hard to describe, but ever since a decade ago, I have yet to truly feel and experience those emotions in any wuxia dramas nowadays. I hope producers learn to bring those feelings back.

    These remind me of the good times as a elementary school kid. Sitting in front of the TV with the whole family watching the 1983 Return of the Condor Heroes, the 1995 version, the 1984 The Smiling Proud Wanderer. That last one, the 1984 SPW I remember watching most vividly. I had a very Jin Yong filled childhood, but at least these are all TVB classics. As a teen, I loved some of the newer versions (but definitely nothing from after 2008). But regardless the late 20th century TVB productions are fucking classics. Haha I look back and realize all of the good remakes, are either TVB or Taiwan- produced. Says something about mainland China. Maybe they should leave classic wuxia alone and just stick to their angsty tropey dramas or idol stuff. Even Louis Cha (Jin Yong) himself is a Hong-kong-nese at heart.

    • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

      I saw a long interview of Jin Yong from a few years back and the old master said that he himself likes the 80s TVB adaptations of his books the best, because they stuck the closest to his novels and especially brought the spirit of his novels to life, and the way he said it also implied he liked the style of the directing and choreography. Jin Yong is an old timer so I think he prefers the more serious wuxia style with actual fights instead of CGI overload … I totally get it cuz TBH I prefer this as well. The overuse of CGI in wuxia dramas seriously downplays the realism of the story – I feel like I’m watching an animation because of all the game like graphics!

      When asked about Return of the Condor Heroes as an example, Jin Yong said that he likes Andy Lau and Idy Chan’s version the best because of not only the script and the directing and the choreography, but the fact that Andy and Idy’s performance were the closest to the book characters that he imagined when writing the novels.

      • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

        Totally. The CGI in classic wuxia really just doesn’t work. I mean, for me the amount of CGI in 2008 LotCH is sort of THE LIMIT for me. I can’t help but love that version, if only cuz it was the first version I watched, but any more CGI than that and I’m out. Like for RPG/MMORPG adaptations and stuff like Chinese Paladin, Xuan Yuan series, Jade Dynasaty, like whatever, I can accept it cuz it’s meant to be fantasy and game-like etc. But for classic wuxia?! No. That’s why when I saw the newest version of the Jin Yong novels (anything after 2010, mostely Yumama), I almost had an aneurism. The amount of CGI, green screen, pretty-fying, really just made me think this was supposed to be fantasy or game adaptation. That’s not was wuxia is about. The heroes are survivalists, non-materialistic, adventurers, capable of living in the woods with no money, why all the lavish palaces and impeccable clothing and pretty stuff? It’s just all so contrived! The cheesy sound effects and abrupt fighting motions of TVB is what wuxia should be! Those little details that seem old-fashioned really bring a high-energy focus feel to things. Those TVB productions just really “feel” like wuxia. There’s no other way to describe it. wuxia is NOT all about the individual romance! there’s so many OTP fluff now adays that they’re missing the point. Wuxia isn’t romantic like OTP-romantic; wuxia is fundamentally and conceptually romantic! Where’s the hero’s journey? where’s the maturing arc? Where’s the selfless patriotic love?

    • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

      The 80s “Golden Era” of TVB had some of the BEST dramas that are still classics even today. Back then the scriptwriters and directors took the adaptations really seriously and really respected the original novels and the original author, so that they stuck as close to the story as possible and at least stayed true to the characterizations.

      Also TVB back then had some really talented actors/actresses along with awesome production crews, makeup artists, stylists, choreographers, composers, directors, etc. And I like the fact that back then the actors had more natural looks and relied on stage makeup instead of plastic surgery. I know plastic surgery is the norm these days and I dunno about you, but I’m starting to get confused with faces because nowadays the young cast members all tend to look alike, almost like they come from a factory mold or something.

      Most of the “beautiful” actresses are thin with V-shaped faces, big/double-eyelid eyes with colored contacts (big pupils), Geisha-like makeup with very white skin + bold red lips, pointy chins, high straight noses, big bold cheeks, etc. As for guys, the highly lauded beautiful idols are usually tall and thin, with long thin faces (and usually V-shaped), high nose bridges + cheekbones, etc. etc.

      Everyone is starting to look alike (with plastic surgery) and it’s only the different looking people (who don’t fit the narrow Chinese/Korean definition of beauty) that I can remember. This is why I like faces like Ma Ke, Jin Dong, Ma Tianyu, etc. because their faces look more natural and are more distinguishable from the cookie-cutter hoard. Same deal with beautiful actresses like Zhao Wei and Ruby Lin, etc. who also don’t fit the typical mold. There are lot more people I can think of but I can’t be bothered listing them all…

      And TBH, with excessive plastic surgery, the facial muscles can’t move properly so the micro-expressions that are so crucial in fine/subtle acting can’t be seen. Which is why if you watch the veteran serious thespians (who may not be the most beautiful looking people), their acting and screen presence is SO AWESOME that they will draw you in regardless. Case in point: the awesome Liu Yijun, Yue Yang, Chen Baoguo, etc.

      • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

        How very true about the cookie cutter looks of stars nowadays. The fault lies with fans and media obsessed with the so-called ‘ideal’ face (pale complexion and big eyes) and their disparaging remarks about actresses who don’t fall into that narrow category. Even worse are blogger comments about the little daughter of Zhang Ting who was called ugly because she doesn’t have double lids. It’s heartbreaking that she heard these comments from her classmates and then asked her mom if she’s as ugly as people said.

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          URGH it disgusts me that even young children can’t go on with their business happily and being carefree without criticism about their appearance! Children can be so cruel to each other sometimes and this bullying over appearance is so unhealthy in many ways and it fucking disgusts me. ๐Ÿ™

          The thing with Asians and double eyelids, most Asian eyes do have that double-lid fold, but because of the shape and depth of the eye socket, most Asian eyes appear single-lidded and have the fold inside the lid, which may gradually appear on the outside as the child grows older into a narrower version of the double-lid (compared to European eyes) because as you grow, your features stretch out with the growth of your skull. The size of the eyeball doesn’t change but the skin surrounding it gets stretched out along with the growth of the skull, thus showing the inner double fold.

          That’s why it’s a very bad idea to perform plastic (cosmetic) surgery on young people (unless it’s for medical reasons to correct deformities or because of accidents … in which case it’s reconstructive surgery that is necessary) because your facial muscles, skin, collagen, cartilage, etc. move around a lot and don’t settle until some time after reaching mature adulthood.

          I mean, all that craze with Botox? It’s SUCH a bad idea cuz that shit will permanently screw up your facial muscles if you use it repeatedly over long periods of time (which celebrities do). The use of Botox on the face was originally designed to help people with uncontrollable teeth-grinding but people use it to slim their faces and prevent wrinkles instead *sigh*

  7. 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

    Despite being a late 90’s baby with a 21st century childhood. I’m glad I was just early enough to enjoy all the classic TVB’s with my family. Precious precious memories.

    • 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

      totally agree ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 24 thoughts on “Adam Cheng and Karen Mok sing for Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid

    Can’t wait to watch this. TVB always bring back good memories. ๐Ÿ˜€

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