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Television review: Ex-Taiwanese heart-throb Chin Han still worries about his make-up on Chinese version of Grandpas Over Flowers

The Chinese version of Grandpas Over Flowers is duller than the original Korean reality show, but big names redeem it somewhat

Published on Jul 24, 2014 6:22 PM

Kenneth Tsang, an elder statesman of Hong Kong cinema, is the bossy, worldly grandpa in Grandpas Over Flowers, the Chinese version of the South Korean reality show hit that took four aged actors backpacking around Europe.

Mainland Chinese actor Niu Ben is the impish one, scampering around attractions in Paris, scoffing down ice cream and rebelling against Tsang's directions on, for example, the right way to eat French food. Lei Quesheng, the other mainlander, is the undemanding, beer-guzzling one.

And erstwhile Taiwanese movie idol Chin Han must be the flower - the good-looking, imageconscious senior citizen who worries that the cameraman might catch him without his make-up on.

Getting a leading man of Chin's iconic standing is surely a coup for the show.

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