Viva Le Famille

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Viva Le Famille
好儿好女
Genre Family
Starring Chen Shucheng
Zheng Geping
Huang Biren
Chen Hanwei
Richard Low
Lin Meijiao
Opening theme Part 1: 不要轻易松手 by Wang Minhui
Part 2: 身边的你 by Cavin Soh
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) Chinese
Production
Running time approx. 45 minutes per episode
Release
Original network MediaCorp Channel 8
Original release 2002 (Season 1)
2003 (Season 2)

Viva Le Famille (Chinese: 好儿好女) is a Mediacorp TV Channel 8 Singapore Chinese drama serial that revolves aroung a big family that faces many problems which other Singaporean families may also face, such as expenses on giving birth to a child, staying with their in-laws, etc. There are 2 parts of the show and were aired in 2002 and 2003 respectively. The cast for Part 1 includes mostly veteran actors such as Chen Shucheng, Chen Hanwei, Huang Biren, Zheng Geping, Lin Meijiao, Chen Huihui, San Yow, Richard Low and Li Yinzhu.

Due to the popularity of the series, a sitcom spin-off-cum-sequel A Toast of Love was produced and aired in October 2003. It stars original cast members Richard Low, Hong Huifang, Lin Meijiao and Chen Huihui in their original roles as well as Dasmond Koh, Rui En and other artistes as guest stars.

Story (Viva Le Famillie I)[edit]

The Sun family is headed by retiree, Sun Yong Shun (Chen Shucheng) who brought up his four children on his own when his wife died twenty years ago. Other Sun members include his eldest son, Yu Guo (Zheng Geping) and his wife (Lin Meijiao) who are obsessed with pursuing money and material gains that they neglect their only son. Second son, Yu Tai (San Yao) has a wife (Chen Huihui) who is more capable than him. Third daughter (Huang Biren) is a successful career woman who prefers to remain single. And youngest son, Yu An took up a filmmaking course on the pretext that he is pursuing his MBA in U.S.

Story (Viva Le Famillie II)[edit]

A continuation from part I, Vive La Famile II showcases an original cast with 2 new additions, namely Pan Jinlian (Hong Huifang) as Thomas' (Chen Hanwei) auntie who hails from Penang and Stephanie (Cassandra See) as Stella's (Lin Meijiao) sister.

Long-time widower Sun Yongshun (Chen Shucheng) suffers a stroke and his four children decide to employ a maid to manage the household chores, while his sister-in-law Sixuan (Lin Yinzhu) offers to take care of Yongshun. In this season, everyone is plagued by their own problems and the household fails to enjoy a moment of peace.

Second son and wife Huifen (Chen Huihui) decide that Yutai (San Yow) will quit his job to be a househusband when Huifen's career soars. The pressure the couple faces by reversing traditional roles soon takes a toil on them. The Sun family's life is turned upside down when third daughter's (Huang Biren) aunt-in-law, Jinglian (Hong Huifang), from Penang moves in to live them. Jinglian assumes the role of the matriarch in her attempt to help, frustrating every Sun family member.

Meanwhile, eldest son Yuguo (Zheng Geping) and his wife (Lin Meijiao) have to reconcile the fact that the latter is retrenched. In addition, Yuguo's boss tries to seduce him and to bribe his family by offering to buy over the house to help tie over the bad times. Will the Sun family be able to tide over their troubles?

Cast[edit]

  • Chen Shucheng - Sun Yongshun, head of the family
  • Huang Biren - only daughter
  • Chen Hanwei - Thomas, her husband
  • Zheng Geping - Sun Yuguo, the oldest son
  • Lin Meijiao - Stella, Yuguo's wife
  • San Yow - Sun Yutai, second son
  • Chen Huihui - Yutai's wife
  • Richard Low - Sun Yongfa, Yongshun's younger brother
  • Li Yinzhu—Chen Shucheng's sister-in-law

2002 Accolades[edit]

The show earned several nominations in the Star Awards 2002.

Award Nominee Result
Best Actor Chen Shucheng Nominated
Best Supporting Actor San Yow Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Hong Huifang Nominated
Best Drama Serial Nominated

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