Holland V (荷兰村)
One of the lengthier Singaporean dramas, spanning over a hundred episodes, Holland V was also one of the more memorable ones with performances from the then popular actress Chen Liping as the main character, and a younger Cynthia Koh and Jeanette Aw. The plot of the show revolves around Mo Wanwan, her famous nasi lemak, her sisters, the relationship between her, her daughter, and her daughter's stepmother, and how she handles falling in love.
Holland V would always hold a special place in my heart as it formed part of my childhood memories in primary school. I remember watching every episode of Holland V as a primary 4 student and all my peers were watching it as well. Day after day in school we would discuss enthusiastically this drama serial and sometimes even enact certain scenes from it, trying to hone our acting skills by mimicking certain characters.
The part about Holland V which struck me most was its totally unanticipated ending. Wanwan, played by Chen LiPing had to choose between the two men in her life, Fang Nuowen (played by Zheng Geping) and Yang Xiong (Played by Xie Shaoguang) . Ultimately, she flips a coin to decide which man she would spend the rest of her life with. It felt like the plot device of deus ex machina was employed as the seemingly unsolvable dilemma was resolved abruptly by the unexpected intervention of some new object - a coin. It came across as a short-cut method used for the series to end on time.
Nevertheless, it was a good series that provided many insights into navigating complex human relationships and life.
With powerful elements of comedy, thrillers and romantism coupled with realistic situations, this drama definitely held the attention of many. In this show, Chen Li Ping really had an image that suited her role, and notable acting skill could be seen in Ye Shao Guang as well, who had managed to transcend into his character very well.
This drama is perhaps one of the only ones where Jeanette Aw acted well, and the comedic role of Patricia Mok and her kicking strength when angry was another eye catching part of this drama. Overall, I feel that this is one of the best local dramas where the cast really acted well and this drama is worth watching again.
In a heart warming story about a Nasi Lemak seller who supported her sisters and brother singlehandedly after their parents died, the story offers a great insight to the real life trails and tribulations of many Singaporeans.
This is undoubtedly my favourite Mediacorp drama of all time. With the bulk of the Holland Village cast still in the acting scene, I don’t quite understand why is Mediacorp not able to replicate the success of Holland Village in newer dramas.
I especially liked the popularity that the show brought Chen Liping. Ever since her Aiyoyo teacher role which makes all kids hate their school for not having teachers like her, she have been assigned forgettable roles and generally been glossed over by all the younger and prettier stars coming onto the scene. This recognition was really long overdue but I'm glad it finally came for her in the role of Mo Wan Wan.
Thinking of the show itself brings a rush of childhood memories. Personally it is the best Chinese drama ever!
I really enjoyed Chen Li Ping's acting (Mo Wan Wan) in the show - it was wild, crazy and so real. In fact, she was one of my favourite characters in the show. She remained confident in spite of her size, loud and loving of her sister; she was what we would term a "nv qiang ren", a woman who could fend for herself. I think most of us actually remember her for how she gained so much weight just to get into character. Her dedication deserves applause. To be honest, the acting of all the actresses and actors in Holland V was great. It was also extremely hilarious, which I would guess is what made the show such a popular one. Till today, I vividly remember Jeanette Aw being the slow and gullible younger sister Mo Jing Jing, and Patricia Mok (Mo Xiao Ling) an extremely fast runner. Their family was extremely interesting because they were all quirky in their own ways. Their love for one another was admirable as they went to lengths, as I remember, trying to catch a molester who molested Jing Jing. And who can forget Xie Shao Guang's character Yang Xiong, with his effeminate ways, as he desperately sought after Mo Wan Wan's heart? Because their acting had been so convincing down to the expressions, I can still remember their characters very clearly.
Holland V is, in my opinion, one of the best dramas of that generation and I honestly hope that they will have a rerun of this show soon.
Like most Singaporean dramas, the show was very Singapore (by which I mean only Singaporeans or people who have lived in Singapore can understand the show) and circled around the theme of family, portraying it in a comedic but touching way. Till today, I have yet to see any other Singaporean drama come even close to rivalling it.
Holland V captures the life of typical Singaporeans perfectly. Armed with good characters like the one that Chen Li Ping acted as - a sassy lady that was larger than life both in terms of her personality and her physique, it definitely made my family laugh whenever we watched it together.
And who can forget Jeanette Aw's character - the ditzy younger sister that was probably the breakthrough role that propelled her into fame.
Holland V was certainly a comedic drama that far exceeds that of current drama serials nowadays. A classic that should be re-aired for the younger generation.
A interesting TV show that has kept me glued to almost all their episodes.Probably one of the better dramas I have watched from Mediacorp. The other local TV shows should just step down and acknowledge how awesome Holland V is.
I guess without Wan Wan and Jing Jing, the show would not be as great to watch. I enjoy watching Wan Wan berating Jing Jing for being so muddle-headed. I've also followed closely to Wan Wan's love life and who would she choose in the final episode. Sometimes I feel sorry for Jing Jing for being such a 'sotong' at times but still, she has a heart of gold and willing to help others.
How can Mediacorp ever top this one?
I recall watching this show when I was in primary school, and I can safely say I will watch it again if Channel 8 starts showing reruns of Holland V. The drama kept me glued to my TV screen for an hour and I eagerly anticipated the next episode. I think this was the drama that made Chen Liping a real star, for without her Holland V would never have been the success it was.
Funny, endearing and lovable, Chen Liping made the character of Mo Wanwan extremely likeable. Other actors also offered credible performances, such as Jeanette Aw (the only time I ever enjoyed watching Jeanette Aw) and Patricia Mok. If you are looking to renew your faith in local television, watch Holland V.
Also, if Channel 8 wants to improve on the quality of its shows nowadays, it should take a few leaves out of Holland V's book instead of always copying Korean or Hong Kong dramas. Long live Holland V!