Holland V (荷兰村)

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Holland V was the first channel 8 drama series extending beyond the usual duration of 20 or 30 episodes. It contained distinct characters in the form of 6 siblings living life together. Jeanette Ow played her first major character in Caldecott as the fourth sister, Jing Jing and played it well. Jing Jing is naive, innocent and kind, often going out of her way to help others, her very strength being her weakness as she often gets taken advantage of by the people she helps.

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.
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Old favourite
(Updated: January 08, 2013)
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4.0
Ask any adults about this show and I bet they'll remember it, mostly for Chen Liping, who acted as the very memorable and likable female lead. Even though I'm just a teenager who was in primary school at the time the show was airing, I still have fond memories of rushing home after school, taking a quick shower (much to my grandma's chagrin, as she insisted that I get myself clean), and settling down in front of the TV to eat my dinner while watching the show (bad habit, I know. But the show was so good that even the adults did the same!).

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.
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One of Channel 8's best
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4.0
This was my childhood drama! I would sit down on the couch after dinner excitedly, waiting for Holland V to begin airing. Those were certainly good times, and Holland V was an exceptional drama serial.

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.

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Childhood drama
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It's been 9 years since I last watched this drama, and I could still remember the names of the characters from the Mo family! Wan Wan, Ling Ling, Yan Yan, Jing Jing, Rou Rou and Yang Yang.

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?
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A true classic
(Updated: December 13, 2012)
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I will never forget Holland V. Till today, it remains one of Channel 8's best dramas - I have yet to watch another one as good as this although Portrait Of Home would be a close rival.

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!

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A captivating drama serial
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I remember when this drama serial was first screened on television, I was only seven! Yet, I loved it nonetheless. (Even if half the time, I sort of had difficulties understanding some words the character uses.)

This is one of those drama serials that kept me on my couch for the entire hour, completely absorbed in the episode. Credit it to the actor's seasoned acting skills, the extremely intriguing plot that leaves me craving for more every episode.

I sometimes find myself hating the advertisements that leaves me with the unbearable suspense when the climax reaches it's peak.

My favourite characters would include MoWanWan and MoJingJing - WanWan, the big sister, head of the household. Her plump size together with that boisterous manner in which she carries herself disguises the heartwarming love for her younger sisters that she had brought up painstakingly. That makes her an interesting character that appeals to the audience.

JingJing - the pure, innocent (and gullible) girl whom is dim-witted never fails to contain bona fide intentions of helping others, and her heart of gold instantly makes her a likeable character nobody can resist.

I would never forget those evenings as I sat on the couch infront of the television, eating my dinner while watching this awesome drama serial. I can even remember those catchy theme songs they always play before the start of every episode!

It would be great if more of such drama serials would be screened nowadays.

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I am a proud Channel 8 watcher
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Only for this show.

I have lost count of the laughs this show brought me. I used to camp in front of the tv during my younger days, happily enjoying my dinner while I watch the show. My favourite character was Patricia Mok and Chen Liping herself. In later years I would remember this show was Xie Shaoguang's legacy, but I was blissfully unaware then so I watched this and immersed myself in it.

I do not understand why Singapore doesn't re-run shows like this. Would I willingly watch 100 episodes of this hilarity again? Yes. It is authentic Singapore. There are Singapore jokes, stereotypes, and heartwarming family values. And there are the biggest names in Singapore's media industry. And it's so cheesy it's adorable. How can it not be on re-run.

I wait desperately for the day this show re-runs.

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One of the few local dramas that I willingly and consistently kept up with!
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Not having my own room and having my laptop placed on a table facing the television has its consequences. I tend to look up and see shows on television that my family members are watching at the moment, and at 9pm, for the most of the time, my younger sister would be booking the television for Channel 8 9pm dramas. Therefore, I usually have no choice but to watch the shows sometimes, and I'd follow most of the story even though I am not consistently watching it myself.

Holland Village is no doubt an exception. When the show was out, since the first episode, I diligently catched the show everyday at 7pm (if I am not wrong). I loved the show so much: the plot, the characters, the comic relief, the twists and turns of the progression, and so on! Wan Wan and Jing Jing (Mo Xiao Ling and Jeanette Aw respectively) are the most memorable characters in the show, and also somewhat my favourite, although most of the time, Jing Jing was a sad and forever crying girl, and I didn't like that. Jing Jing is also one of the little roles of which I liked the performance from Jeanette Aw, and it's the show that earned my respect for her!

I liked how the story was not rushed, with over a hundred episodes to properly tell the story of Holland Village with a right pace, unlike the modern Chinese dramas of today, where 20 episdoes basically kill the story overall, especially the last episode, and even the shows that receive oiver 20 episodes do not get to tell a story that feels complete to the audience sometimes!

I think dramas need to follow the ways of how Holland Village was made, and follow in its footsteps. Maybe I will start gaining back the will to watch dramas not just based on my favourite actors and all. Even some Rui En casted shows disappoint me a lot, and it's a worse feeling when you find a show with your favourite actor suck so bad...!

They should air re-runs of this show (are they doing so right now?), I for one would definitely catch it again if I could!

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They need more of this
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It's almost comical to see how low local drama productions have fallen. Holland V has to be one of the instant classics, the kind that you mention in the same sentence as Phua Chu Kang, Crimewatch, and The Little Nyonya. It's a good show.

I remembered rushing home after primary school (I was in the afternoon session) to catch the latest episode of Holland V. The adventures of Chen Liping and co never failed to amuse and entertain me. What should have been a predictable show about Nasi Lemak captivated me and thousands of others around our little island. It was also then a starlet by the name of Jeanette Aw received mainstream popularity, and kickstarted her career.

Great show - catch it if you haven't already.

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