Definitions of commonly used terms or phrases when discussing about Hong Kong dramas.

  1. Fa Dan* – 花旦, the female counterpart of Siu Sang, essentially a pretty actress who takes the leading or secondary female role in a drama. Example: Myolie Wu, Fala Chen, Linda Chung, etc..
  2. Siu Sang* – 小生, refers to a (good-looking) young or up-and-coming actor who usually stars in a drama as the lead protagonist or a vital secondary role. Examples: Raymond Lam, Bosco Wong, Kenneth Ma etc…
    *Note that (relatively) older/veteran/experienced actors and actresses like Wayne Lai or Sharon Teng also usually take the leads in a drama, but are not referred as Siu Sangs or Fa Dans. Another critical difference is that they made a name for themselves through superb acting or memorial roles rather than by appearances
  3. Warehoused Dramas – dramas that have long finished filming but is saved or put to storage until a later, more suitable time to broadcast. Some are broadcasted in other countries first and then shown in HK later, others are broadcasted in other countries but never in HK.

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