Date: January 23, 2014
Temporary Chinese title: 《官場浮世繪》
Pinyin title: Koon Cheung Fau Sai Kwui
Temporary English title: "The Beauty of Bureaucracy"
Producer: Lee Tim Sing
Attending Cast: Kenneth Ma, Tavia Yeung, Lau Dan, Joel Chan, Dolby Kwan, Poon Fong Fong, Susan Tse, Celine Ma, Ching Ho Wai, Benjamin Yuen, Lee Sing Cheung, Ram Chiang, Cilla Kung, Janey Yan, Yoyo Chen, Andy Siu, Leo Tsang, Sam Tsang, Chan Min Leung, Vincent Cheung, Chan Wing Chun, Eddie Law, Wong Wai Tak, Terrence Huang, Lee Kai Kit, Jenny Wong, Shally Tsang, Mikako Leung, Kedar Wong, Lee Chi Kei, Joseph Yeung, Ng Sin Dan, Chu Fei Fei, and Ice Chow.
Place: Tseung Kwan O TVB City Studio One
- 20 episodes long.
- The characters are more weird and let go. The plot will be rather lighthearted and humourous, and it will not be overly serious.
- Lau Dan will play the head of the To family. He has three wives (Susan Tse, Celine Ma, and Poon Fong Fong); their respective sons are Joel Chan, Dolby Kwan, and Kenneth Ma.
- Kenneth will play To Chan Fung (杜振鋒), Lau Dan's illegitimate son. He is Joel's younger brother and Dolby's elder brother. He has dyslexia. He is extravagant but has a great sense of justice. The only reason for his extravagance is to gain his father's attention; however, he is actually a great visionary. His father owns a bank, but he starts up a bank that specializes in giving loans to the poor; he would lend money to the poor, and then find a farming expert to teach them how to farm, thereby giving the poor an opportunity to repay the money after escaping from poverty. He later becomes an official responsible for catching corrupt officials. In the end, he and Joel become enemies.
- Tavia Yeung will play Wai Lam (惠琳), Kenneth's bodyguard who is a good fighter. She is very calm and quiet. She was an orphan who was raised by a nun. She is about to become a nun (i.e., she is a disciple who has not shaved her head yet). In order to get medical treatment for her seriously ill master, and to repair the nunnery, she and her junior, Cilla Kung, go down the mountain to collect money; during this, she encounters Kenneth, who was afraid of being killed, so he asks Tavia and Cilla to protect him. When Kenneth finds out that she has post-traumatic stress disorder, he uses hypnosis to evoke her memories; however, this action makes her fall apart. She assists Kenneth in getting rid of corrupt officials. Through many obstacles, she and Kenneth learn to appreciate each other, gradually developing a romance. She and Kenneth are a bickering pair.
- Joel will play To Chan Ming (杜振銘), Kenneth's elder brother who is both good and evil. He is a filial son. He and Kenneth both had aspirations; however, in the end, because he has no choice, he changes. Because of the family business, he has to associate with evil elements. He goes from good to evil. To become an official, he becomes a tragic character, but he is not a villain. He will have a romantic storyline with Yoyo Chen.
- Dolby will play To Chan Kwan (杜振鈞).
- Benjamin Yuen will play Fong Kwai Cheung (方貴祥), a scholar who grew up in poverty.
- Lee Sing Cheung will play Wing Bak Hin (榮伯軒), the Minister of Personnel. He is Joel's mentor. He is a major villain.
- Ram Chiang will play a prince who chooses Kenneth to help him crack down the corrupt officials.
- Cilla will play Wai Yu (惠瑜). She is rather lively and likes to eat. She and Tavia grew up in the nunnery together; whatever they do, they do it together. When Kenneth sees through her attempt to deceive money out of him, she and Tavia both become his servants. She thinks that Ben likes her, but it is just wishful thinking on her part, as she actually likes him.
- Janey Yan will play So Chau (素秋), Joel's wife.
- Yoyo will play Bak Hau Ling (白巧靈), Joel's lover who is a spy. In order to pry for information, she gets appointed to pretend to be a famous courtesan to infiltrate into a brothel, shuttling between the great and the good. In the end, she becomes crazy in love with Joel. Will she, who gets troubled by love, be able to smoothly complete her mission in the end?
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FYI: The Chinese title of this series has been changed to 《宦海奇官》. The official English title is "Noblesse Oblige".
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Personal Note: Tavia and Cilla's look seems so out of place...seems like a different era....
Not tired of Ma Ming and Tavia's pairing yet, since the different genres and stories give off a different feel.
Poor Tavia...lost her voice again! Like how Ma Ming was speaking on her behalf, but she still had to add in that last part! Hope she gets better soon! :)
*Credits to kennethma.org, taviayeung.com, the-sun, and Weibo