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Some of Amy's famous series:

Among these she is mostly known for The Good Old Day as Sau Hau:

 

THE GOOD OLD DAYS:

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·         Chinese: 见艳阳天

·         Cantonese: Joy Gein Yein Yeung Tien

·         Vietnamese: Ngày Mai Troi Lại Sang (Loạn Thế Tinh Thu)

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INTRODUCTION:

The Good Old Days centers mainly on moral values, families and friendships. Its setting takes place in the 1930s, throughout the war among China and Japan. The series portrays the love between a man and a woman, who's love conquer even death.

CAST:

  1. Amy Chan Sau Man
  2. Gilbert Lam Wai Sai
  3. Steve Ma Jing Tao
  4. Sheren Teng
  5. Maggie Siu

THEME SONG:

  1. Main theme I sung by Amy Chan Sau Man
  2. Main theme II sung by Amy & Mak Chi-Kit

SUMMARY:

In the year 1930, the war between Japan and China is at peak. Millions die! Thousands loose their home and family. Steven Ma, an intellectual-well educated young man, is born from a rich family with high political morals. He meets his first lover at a Medical School. They engage and are ready for a blissful marriage. Sadly, during a revolt, she dies while trying to save his life. He then goes on to meet Sheren Tang, whose looks exactly as his first lover. He falls for her.

His mother is ill and to raise the family spirit they arrange a marriage for him with Amy Chan (the family's house maid). The mother really likes Amy Chan so even though Steven loves Sheren he doesn’t want to see his mother illness getting worse so he goes along with the marriage.

At first he doesn’t like Amy and treats her very badly but as the series goes on they go through a lot together -.... he realizes Amy is a really good person, whose loves him dearly and would do anything for the him and his family. He eventually falls in love with her. Although Amy is a peasant girl, she foresees his goal as Sheren does not. She knows that her husband is a patriot. She does not stop him from pertain his desires. He joins the army to fight the Japs, thus leaving his wife and family to carry on the family business.

At first the family struggles but with Amy, Gilbert and Sheren's hard work, they manage to keep the family business going, even expanding to Shanghai then to Hong Kong.

One stormy night, Sheren turns up at Steven's home. Amy Chan, being the kind and understanding wife, accepts Sheren (whose is four months pregnant) in the family as Steven's second wife (even though the guy isn’t even around). Gilbert Lam (Steve's younger brother-the unwanted child in the family), touches by Amy's gratitude toward Sheren, starts to see her somewhat more than a sister-in-law. To him, Amy has it all: talent, beauty and moral values. His feelings for her enhance day by day. After the downfalls of the family, Amy, Gilbert and Sheren try their best to keep things intact. They sale most of the family's properties and are heading to Shanghai to rebuild the family's status. Since Amy and Sheren are both illiterate, Gilbert tries his best to help. Amy is an intellectual girl, she learns quickly.

The three live together in a small apartment and are happy as friends and family. No-one awares of Gilbert's feelings toward Amy. Years pass by, Amy learns of Steve's death by a comrade (although he is alive, but loses his memories). She still takes good care for Steve's family due to her promises before he left. Sheren and Gilbert stay by her side. Time after time, when Amy accepts Steve's death, Gilbert wants to replace his brother's shadow in her heart. He wants to take care for her, but too afraid to speaks of his intentions. He knows now that he is much in love with her. He shows his concern for her by putting her on top of every thing. When she is sick, he stays up all night. When she weeps, he feels heartbreaking inside. He buys a stone necklace for her. This symbolizes his love. One night, Gilbert is too drunk, he confess and is rejected by her. This pains his heart. He then realizes that he can never replace his brother's place in Amy’s heart. He finally sees the truth: he will never have her. So he leaves quietly to Hong Kong at the next twilight.

Whilst in war Steven looses his memory; he meets and falls in love with a nurse, Maggie Sui Mei Kei. After the war they both try and seek Steven's past. Maggie does not know that Steven is already married and has a beautiful seven-year-old daughter.

This is where things gets more exciting & complicate. Steve’s real love is Amy, but due to the loss of memory he can’t recognize her- thus rejecting her. While Amy is facing a toughest moment in her life, Sheren falls for a business man in Shanghai. Gilbert comes back from Hong Kong and his love for Amy hasn’t changed though time has passes...

"This is a very long series but very good and worth watching."

By Lilmissword

Edited by: Allison

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Another summary of the good old days part II only:
Sheren, Amy and Gilbert went to Guangzhou to collect the money from a man that owed them way back. Gilbert and his best friend were rob and because they cursed at the owner of a bar, one of the most powerful and well known woman at the time, they got throw in jail. Amy, Sheren and the uncle worked on a plan to save the men. Gilbert's friend thought of a plan that could help them escape, it worked (by complaining about the hard condition and the worse food in jail). They met Amy, Sheren and the uncle at the bus station. Gilbert did not want to go back home empty handed, he lost the money, and he wanted to return home with the money he had lost. Amy told him: “we, the Fong family has farm land, we can farm our land and live off of our foods, no need to worry about starving to death.” He told her: “my family own a fabric factory and a wine company, we are not farmers, we are the landlord so I will work hard and gain back our status…”- he headed for the city. Amy was touch by what she heard, agreed to stay. Sheren stay also. Now, Sheren realized how hard it must be to leave her daughter at home. She realized her mother’s pain. The two women could not find a suitable job. They both work at a construction. Sheren was very upset with the wages and the condition at the new job, she argued with the boss, both got fire. They met Gilbert; he was working for a rickshaw company. Gilbert agreed to move in with his sisters. One day, as he was passing by a fashion shop (which owned by his enemy), he figured out a way: to use the fabric of that store and make clothing with it since his sisters are expert at sewing. They sold clothes in a nearby market. One night, Gilbert tricked his sisters so that he could eat the bigger piece of chicken. They lived like a family, he care for her a lot. When she was sick, he bought her cold medicine and offered to take her home. When their apartment was taken by a group of businessmen, they were force to relocate. Amy hurt herself when she stuck her palm in the machine. They did not have a place to stay so their friend, Kim, let them stay at her place. Kim was also the person that put Gilbert in jail. Together, with Kim’s help, they open a small business. Gilbert discovered the new pants. Only Amy took his idea seriously, he admired her for that. Then the world accepted his idea. Gilbert and Amy want to open their business to other cities such as shanghai… As they walked side by side in a small market, he fell for her. He realized his feeling as he held her hair, when he accidentally got sugar candy on her hair. He quickly stopped what he was doing and looked at her. Then on the day the newspaper reporters came and interview the Fong family, Gilbert secretly bought a necklace for Amy. He gave it to her on the last night. The necklace, he told himself: he only gives it to the one he loves. She did not wear it however; she put it in her wallet. The story got interesting when Gilbert fought a robber for her and found his gift in her wallet....Then they came back to see the father, who is marrying another wife. Gilbert was very disappointed in his father’s action but later accept the new wife and called her: aunt. The wedding took place; other people asked Gilbert when would he find his lover. He smiled secretly. That night he thought of Amy. The next morning, his mother forced Amy to ask him who he is in love with. Before that, he told his mother that he has a girlfriend, she asked him who? He said: never mind. Then Amy went and asked him about his lover. Ironically she did not get the clue he gave her. As he was going to tell her, she went dizzy and almost collapse, he was worried and did not reveal his feeling because he was shy. The next morning they got back to Guangzhou. Sheren knew Gilbert’s feeling. She was not sure but she kept on hinting it. The way she looked at him revealed that she knew something was going on between him and Amy. Sheren and Amy did not get along, they argued on the way back to the city. Gilbert picked Amy’s side so Sheren was unhappy. Then the war came. Then the business partners tricked Sheren. Sheren wanted to move out when she found out that Steve was not in love with her ever since he knew Amy’s personality…. She knew that when she read Steve’s diary. This diary was brought home from Steve’s friend. This friend was in love with Amy also. He admitted his feeling toward her to Gilbert. Gilbert was not happy. Gilbert saw how Amy cared for this new friend, he was furious. Gilbert went drunk and confessed to her. She ran out of the room and refused to talk to him the next morning. He went away on his business trip to hide from her. Then surprisingly he got a letter from her when he was working far away, and the story continued onto part III…
 
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