Complaints over big-budget bonanza of intrigue, double-dealing ... and rape

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 December, 2009, 12:00am

TVB's dramas might be the popular choice for most households for their nightly television viewing, but that doesn't mean everyone's happy with them, especially regarding its most recent hit, Born Rich. The series, set in the world of high finance, involves a brother and sister who meet a dubious big-time international investor. The plot involves (what else?) intrigue, romance, double-crosses and family drama. Among its stars are (from left) Hui Siu-hung, Anita Yuen Wing-yee, Sharon Chan Man-chi and Gallen Lo Ka-leung.

The finale on Sunday scored the week's biggest rating (more than 2.6 million), but as one of TVB's biggest-budget productions ever, it was a slight disappointment that the numbers weren't higher. What's more, it drew 13 complaints to the Broadcasting Authority. Some were frivolous, from disappointed viewers who thought the plot was unconvincing or the villain didn't receive the punishment he deserved (he lost all his memory). Others felt the ruthless plotline with murders and amoral swindling was a bad influence on society.

However, what shocked audiences the most was a rape scene between the characters of Yuen and Lo. Speaking about the scene at a wrap-up dinner on Sunday, Yuen said: 'The producers had told us that the [rape] scene would be disturbing and we had already edited some parts of it out. But as actors, we can only listen to the response and try to avoid making the same mistakes again.'