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Kate Tsui Will Be Gang Raped in “Highs and Lows”

By on September 24, 2012

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Kate Tsui’s (徐子珊) “Drug Queen” role in new TVB drama, Highs and Lows <雷霆掃毒>, is already generating early TV Queen buzz. Originally an informer for the police, Kate’s character will be gang raped, pushing her to become a drug dealer and sacrificing her romance with Raymond Lam (林峯).

Veteran actor, Lee Ka Ding (李家鼎), will portray one of the rapists in Kate’s violent gang rape scene. Kate said, “Yes, it’s a very terrifying and pitiful situation.” Aside from dealing drugs, Kate will also be addicted to drugs. “I have a scene in which my drug addiction will kick in. My tears and snot will rush forward.”

Although Kate has portrayed a police officer in five dramas in the past, Kate’s current drug dealer role is an acting challenge and marked departure from past typecasting. Before filming Highs and Lows, Kate researched drug-intake and learned how to play drinking games to make her onscreen performance more realistic. Hoping that her character will create more “noise” leading to additional money-making opportunities, Kate said that she will be filming a mainland Chinese drama later.

Kate Overshadows Ella in Promotions?

After Ella Koon signed a three-year contract with Warner Music for a reported $6 million HKD figure, it was rumored that she had offended TVB. Warner Music has been engaged in a dispute with TVB since 2009, in which it proposed raising the royalty tax that TVB must pay for broadcasting use.

Ella’s scenes have been completely cut from Highs and Lows promotional trailers, which feature Kate Tsui prominently instead. Regarding this, Ella shakily said, “TVB has treated me very well. I hope they will not cut my scenes! My company has asked the producer, who said that my scenes were not cut!”

Bulletproof Cops 

Kate’s “Drug Queen” will have a showdown with onscreen love interest and Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) Senior Inspector, Raymond Lam. In the drama, Raymond will assist Michael Miu’s (苗僑偉) Operational Wing in its anti-narcotics efforts.

The majority of the cast members wore bulletproof vests and carried guns yesterday, speaking of their roles in the drama. After breaking into “good” versus “evil” teams, the cast played firing and dart throwing games. The “good” team, consisting of Raymond Lam and Ella Koon, lost in the contest and had to stand beneath balloons which were popped above their heads, showering them in confetti.

Watch “Highs and Lows” Promo Clip!

Source: Youtube.com, Apple Daily via youtube.com, ihktv.comihktv.com

Jayne: Kate’s character design does stand out more than Ella’s role. However, Kate’s media exposure this year has not been as strong, compared to last year’s Lives of Omission, when it aired.

We’re almost heading towards October and aside from Tavia, Kate may make a good competitor in the upcoming TVB Anniversary Awards, from TVB’s standpoint.

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  • Readers' Comments (103)

    1. Gar says:

      Hope this is the breakout role that Kate’s been looking for.
      How is the first episode so far? Haven’t seen it yet but can’t wait to watch it once I’m home from work.

      • yuaida says:

        There have been many rape/gang rape scenes in the past…….no actresses ever really break out into stardom after such scenes. The tv stations really just promote these scenes to get higher ratings cause they know there are thousands or horny men around the world that would love to fantasize doing these things to the actresses………..wake up kate.

    2. sky says:

      another series with rape theme lol….

    3. smile says:

      Someone mentioned that rap scenes usually means awards…does that mean that Kate might win?

      • Daisy says:

        Kate has a very strong chance. I remember how Natalie wont Most improved cause of the rape scene in Fistful of chances And Sire had a rape scene in Relic of An Emissary and won an award too.

        It may also because not a lot of actresses like to do rape scenes? So it shows professionalism too maybe?

      • Linnh says:

        If you say it that way then Aimee has a chance to win too because she has a rape scene too… So it can’t be the reason.

      • Funn Lim says:

        Wel, why stop there? Gang raped, maimed and with a limp. Sure award buzz eh? Doesn’t make her a better actress.

        • Jayne says:

          Sometimes audience are more drawn with dramatic characters that undergone large transformative changes, rather than an understated character with seemingly less plot changes.

          In past discussions, you may have mentioned that point, that audiences get confused between a good character design versus good acting.

          For example, did Michael Tse make “Laughing Gor” or did Laughing make Michael Tse? Is it the character or the acting?

          Kate will likely be praised for her role in “Highs and Lows.”

        • clamine says:

          It is usually the roles that made the actors. An actor with mediocre acting in a dramatic role will more often than not shine over an outstanding actor in a less dramatic and developed role.

          Yes, Kate will most likely be praised for her role in “Highs and Lows.”

          An actor is only as good as his/her next role.

        • mito says:

          sound like Kick-Ass 2, which will be like rated R.

          @jayne, to be honest, Michael Tse, Jin Men in La Femme Desperado, has much more depth

        • hmmm says:

          Good character design is only a start, good acting is what draws the audiences in to believe in the character. When the audience cannot imagine anyone else doing as much justice to the role, you can then definitely say it is the actor that made the character. And I’d say that was the case with Michael Tse — Laughing was indeed a very well-written character, but it was Michael who took and owned the role, giving him the body language and facial expressions and various quirks and basically becoming a breathing and living Laughing to the audience.

        • salamander says:

          Gang raped, police informer, take drugs until tears and snot come out, play drinking games until drunk, become drug dealer and lost love of her life, what else?

          Might as well make her family members killed and die in her arms? Preggy with her rapists child? Thrown in jail pregnant? have gun fight with her love Raymond Lam? Ok these are all just my suggestions.

        • salamander says:

          Yup Kate might be praised. I admit the role design is very dramatic and full of transformation.

        • Fox says:

          Seem that her brother will die, too.

    4. Terminator says:

      I really don’t understand this HK obsession with rape. Weird…

      Back in the 1990s smutmeister Wong Jing even made a series of movies on the theme.

      • vivien says:

        Well sex themed movies i.e. Sex and Zen and LKF 1 & 2 are box office in HK. That shows the taste LOL

        • jasmine7 says:

          LKF1 & 2, Sex & Zen (note I didn’t waste my time seeing these) are soft porn movies generated towards those who wanted cheap thrills. Many people used to target Wong Jing for putting up movies with a bit of ‘sex’ like women with good cleavage, etc, but at least his movies are funny and with a bit of reservation.

          Most tv stations want good ratings and especially now with CTI starting to shoot, it’s normal tvb wants to go one further and I’d say cast members are up to the challenge. Having said that too many ‘rape’ themes do become boring.

        • SY says:

          haha….bad taste!!

    5. exoidus says:

      Hehe, so typical of TVB to make Ding Jeh a rapist. Why not MM & LF?

      So being gang-raped & raped = BA & BSA awards. I can see TVB entering a new market, LOL

      • vivien says:

        Kate: BA.
        Aimee: BSA.

        LOL yay. Poor TY LOL.

      • Jayne says:

        I felt a bit shocked when I read that Ding Yeh will be a rapist in “Highs and Lows.” He is a veteran actor and to be cast in such a role is a bit dishonor to him….

        It’s almost like asking Paul Chun to play the rapist role…. There are probably younger actors just as suitable.

        • Hannah says:

          Likewise. But, it seems like TVB don’t care much about the veterans.

        • Veejay says:

          hahaha Jayne.. old man can still rape a girl if he wants and Ding yeh has this evil vibe and h0rny looks so it’s certainly not surprising at all.

        • exoidus says:

          Wonder if “So Gei” will be one of the gang? He used to play these roles.

          Well if it’s a series abt serial-rapist it would be fine casting Paul Chun. He is a brilliant actor, but def. not if only rape and go directly to jail or killed, LOL.

          BTW, I was thinking MM = Michael Miu maybe I should’ve used KW. Maybe TVB should cast Ron next time to secure him the BA, haha…

        • Jen says:

          Ding Yeh does look like a horny old man :(

      • Veejay says:

        LOL… Exoidus..

        LF will never become a rapist in any series, neither will he gets any drug addict role. Txb dont want risk ruining LF’s prince charming role..

        As for KM, Txb is promoting him as one of their best asset or siu sang.. we can only see him in doctor roles, princes , lawyer or etc.. never in rapist too haha..

        • Fox says:

          His role in here is far from a prince charming. He was born poor, and he is nothing prince with this character.

        • HeTieShou says:

          Who will play a poor guy?? Kenneth or Ray??

        • Fox says:

          LF, played in HAL.

        • HeTieShou says:

          Oh ok… It is good for him to play a poor role which is different from what he is in real life.

        • Fox says:

          It isn’t the first time he acted poor guy :). He also did hot-temped guy in Ad Mania, a China series.

          But if you want to see him as lovesick general, you will have chance soon. I rmb that you are a RayMic supporter, rite? They are going to reunite.

        • Veejay says:


          I think Exoidus meant evil role like rapist etc.. and LF will never get any evil role from Txb. Its still ok to get a poor role but with good intention. That’s why I always say LF should consider of taking evil role, maybe that will win him an award or something. He’s always in this goodies shoe for quite sometimes and its getting boring.

        • HeTieShou says:

          Oh really, so he has played a poor guy before. I have not seen him in any China series yet. Really?? It would be great if he can reunite with Michelle… I have not seen them together in a long long time. Will it be a series or movie?? I hope they will be in another series together again. It would be great to see them reunite since I really miss seeing them as a couple.

        • Fox says:

          @Veejay: LF will never get any evil role from Txb.

          A step into the past + Golden Faith were the “evil” roles for him.

          But I don’t hope to see him as evil in Txb now because I disappointed with Txb’s “scheme” already. He can have his chances on movies as movies dun have the limitation of rate like TV. He only has 4 more series with Txb in the future, unless he will renew his contract. So with his right of choosing series starting from HAL, I hope he’ll have good decision. HAL is a good decision already.

        • Fox says:

          @HTS: He did act poor guy in Survivor Law. The China series I mentioned is that he acted hot-temped guy.

          For the upcoming China series with Michelle Yip that he is going to act, they will act a couple the third time. Its name is 紫钗奇缘 (The love story of purple hairpin). It’ll start next month. Confirmed that they will act couple, and the better is that it’s an ancient series.

        • HeTieShou says:

          I don’t think I saw Survivor Law so don’t remember him playing a poor guy. Thanks for the info though.
          Thanks for letting me know about their new series too. I think I heard about that series but was not sure who would be in it. It is great that they will be a couple in an ancient series again. I can’t wait and hope that the story is good since I don’t just go for cast. The plot/story/script is the most important thing in a series.

        • HeTieShou says:

          Just wanted to add that I am SO happy that it is an ancient series since I love ancient series and have not seen a good one in a long long time.

        • Fox says:

          It’s about a dancer (Michelle) in Tang dynasty and her love with two guys – a general/hero (with the secret about his identity – acted by LF) and a scholar. It based on an old novel, similar to their 2 previous “Yuen” aka Eternal happiness and Lofty water verdant bow. I think it looks promising.

        • Josie says:


          This new series sounds great. Do u know who will play the scholar? I think I like LF better as the scholar than the general. He has the dreamy look. :)

        • Fox says:

          Dunnoe yet. The full cast isn’t revealed. Up to now only know that the dancer (main lead) is Michelle, the wanderer aka general (main lead) is LF, the heroic girl (2nd main lead) is Tammy Chen. Other ppl will take part in this series are Benny Chan, Kingdom Yuen and several Chinese artists.

          I forgot to mention that the scholar will dump the dancer and run to the heroic girl, but the heroic girl loves the wanderer. However the wanderer will only love the dancer. Square love. The scholar seems to be a xiao ren :P.

        • Josie says:

          Oh, maybe Benny will be the scholar then. It would be interesting to see how Michelle and Benny work together as a couple again.

        • Fox says:

          Heard that Benny is only a guest in this one. But yep, maybe he’ll be the scholar, but he is a bit old to act a young scholar (younger than the wanderer)

        • DC says:

          I wish Jayne can translate the news of RM today hehe.

        • Fox says:

          If like, I can post the link :D.

        • Veejay says:

          They are evil alright but you wont see Lf acting those downgraded roles such as lunatic rapist and h0rny stalker yet. Sometimes evil role like the one that Gallen acted before can be very attractive and stylish and will usually leave a deep memory in audience hearts.

        • swtlav3ndar says:

          Fox: Can you please post up the link? thanx! I’m super excited for another RM collaboration. My favorite couple!

        • Fox says:

          I said to you Veejay, these roles can be found in movie but not Txb now, especially for leading actor. Do you see Gallen in downgraded villain roles in his latest series with Txb? I can’t recall of any roles like this acted by Txb siu sangs as well.

          He said that he wanted to act psycho roles or serial killer with metal problem, but he knows TV has limitations so he also put his bets on movie.

          He has just filmed a thrilling movie, maybe his role there can be a killer.

          Honesty, I lost 90% of my faiths on Txb’s scripts.

        • HeTieShou says:

          Wow, thanks for the info! Do you know who the author of the story is? If it is based on a novel then I really hope that they will stay true to the novel unlike what they did to EH. Maybe I should go and read the novel to see what the story is about. Great to know that Tammy Chen will be in it as well. I loved her and Michelle in TXDY. They were so funny and cute. Great to know that Kingdom and Benny will be in it too. I can’t wait to know more about the series and thanks for the link!!

        • Fox says:

          In the link, they mention the name of the novel and its author.

          Btw, for EH, I prefer the changed plot of Txb than the original one in the novel.

        • vivien says:

          LF new series sounds good! Yah China love ancient series. Popular and successful series in mainland all ancient LOL

        • Gar says:

          Thanks for the info Fox!

        • HeTieShou says:

          Thanks for letting me know!! I just skimmed the info in the link since I often get really lazy to read. I will come back to link and read it more clearly. I often get lazy to read the news in this site as well and usually just skim it which is why I often respond asking questions that have already been mentioned in the article. Gosh, what a bad habit and that’s what I get for being lazy…. Thanks again!!

      • Fox says:

        Oh I want to see that, the rape scene of LF and Kate. But MM, no. His topless body scared me :(.

    6. Daisy says:

      Man what’s with all these rape scenes? Why do they enjoy it? I’m pretty sure a drama could be very good without RAPE!

    7. JJ says:

      Is that headline really necessary?

    8. hanna says:

      Could you please not put spoilers in the title? Thanks.

    9. Ice says:

      I thought Tavia was hot to get the award… now Kate???? Hmmm

      I think Tavia’s acting is a little bit better, but will see how this new series is!

      • Veejay says:

        yes TY’s acting is alot better, atleast there are some expression in TY’s eyes while Kate is still pretty much a pretty vase to me.

        • Fox says:

          Right before but it seems to change. Kate has that facial expessions and eyes acting in HAL. I admit I was surprised at her. She did better than I expected.

    10. advo says:

      I thought for sure that this year was stacked in Tavia’s favour, but a dramatic rape scene will likely tip the scale in Kate’s favour. TVB has a track record of awarding actresses for ‘rape scenes’.

    11. Hannah says:

      Kate does stand a chance at BA. I guess it depends on how much support she gets from the series. Her role is challenging, and a rape scene gives her an edge.

      So typical of TVB to delete scenes of others. Poor Ella.

    12. TN1 says:

      I just hope the older actresses don’t get rape scenes for dat TVB award!

    13. clamine says:

      I’ve watched on dvd The Accused starring Jodie Foster as the gang rape victim and Kelly McGillis as her lawyer. And yep, Jodie Foster won her 1st Oscar for Best Actress for an intense and riveting performance. Let’s see if Kate’s performance can get her TVB BA award.

      • Jayne says:

        With how media publicity is building up, I feel that Tavia might have a better chance with BA.

        The public seems to have accepted Tavia and Him as couple too…so her future romantic rumors will likely only boost her exposure even more.

        If “Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles” has decent ratings, I think Tavia will win the award. SSSS also has the makings of a classic TVB crowd pleaser for the older audience, with the family inheritance battle and multiple wives battling for Damien’s affection.

        • clamine says:

          People had had such high hopes too for Born Rich too before it aired. Actually I think Tavia will win BA this year, and anyway I’ve always preferred Tavia’s acting over Kate’s.

        • Veejay says:

          btw, do you know when Tvb will held their award presentation ceremony? I dont wanna missed it..I also think TY will win this year..

        • Fox says:

          19 Dec, of course to promote the SSSS. If it is a flop then I will laugh at Txb. Before they changed to 5 Dec for BTROC and it has many criticisms. Now they delayed longer, to 19 Dec for SSSS and we know how.

          My only hope for SSSS stays in Damien. I also wanna know how Rebecca Zhu act.

        • HeTieShou says:

          WHen you guys say BA, I always think that it is the BA degree…

        • vivien says:

          LOL no offense but after the TY Himhim car shock, Himhim is the one who has lots of positive articles but TY is hiding silent and is becoming a laughing stock among netizens for her dumb reflex and drunkenness.

        • Veejay says:

          Actually TY didn’t get any bad news too from what I understand.. Tabloids said they had sex in the car but ppl who have common sense will know that TY was just drunk and Him was fully clothed. If they really “had” it in the car, I doubt HIm Law will have enough time to put back his pant..

        • vivien says:


          Most people around me think TY is stupid for hiding her face in that place but many think Himhim is a sweet and romantic bf after the incident. LOL

        • Veejay says:

          Maybe she thought hiding between his legs is the safest place to hide? LOL

          And no..any guy with beating woman record can never be a good bf, once he can beat you up, he can beat u for the 2nd time..too. It’s a matter of when only haha.

        • Nicole says:

          I thought she was “drunk” and not hiding from paparazzi? It’s contradicting. Someone tell me, if you are drunk, and vomitting, will you double over in that position, it’s very uncomfortable. Try sitting that way when you are feeling unwell, and it will feel even worse.

      • vivien says:

        With this promo for Kate’s breakout explosive character I think TVB is still deciding who to give the BA award LOL especially after TY image tainted with latest event :P

    14. Bambi says:

      Haha at everyone talking about rape scenes = awards. Personally I think that rape scenes are just so incredibly emotional and so violent that not many actresses are capable of doing it well. It’s not as easy as screaming and just crying, as people seem to think it is, and it’s not a big sexual thing – it’s highly emotional and it’s the aftermath of such an event that may win an actress an award not the actual scene. Personally, I can’t wait for this and I’m more interested in the drug addiction scene. They need more shows like this in hk to bring more awareness to such things, which was why I loved Beauty of the Game.

    15. kk says:

      geez, isn’t it too early for all the buzz of kate competes for award, let wait and see how her acting would turn out in H&L first. but then again, if myolie could win best actress for a lousy acting in that crappy role in a not so good series, anything is possible after that lol.

    16. Hannahh says:

      Who care about the rape scene, let focus on her acting instead.

    17. Ciara says:

      Seriously…having a rape scene means an increase in chance of an actress winning Best Actress???! … What is the meaning of a ‘Best Actress’ nowadays.. -.-“

      • Fox says:

        If Kate’s acting is terrible in HAL but still can win due to the rape scene, then you can say such thing. But if Kate’s performance is good in HAL including the rape scenes, this Best Actress title can be issued to her with full meaning.

    18. Danny says:

      It is sad for Ella………….

      Ella acts very than Kate actually…


    19. TVBFanatic says:

      I can’t put my finger on it… but something has changed with Kate. Back when I first saw her in “Short of Love” and “14 Blades” she had a very exotic/sultry look about her face. In almost all the photos over the past couple of years that has completely disappeared.

      Based on my first two movies that I saw her in, I NEVER would have guess the above photo was of Kate… EVER. Doesn’t even look like the same woman…

      • star says:

        I agree! I can’t stand her look in MR. I think its her eyes, she used to have 凤眼, now she’s much more pleasing to look at imo.

      • Tegan says:

        I agree about Kate looking somehow different recently. I nearly couldn’t recognise her when I watched a recent video clip of her.

    20. LinTheCarToZzZzZ says:

      I’d be disappointed if TVB shows Kate being forced to a room, then wakes up next day crying. I’d say Kate would be bruised and battered, all covered in tears. TVB wants Kate to stay, so she will be rewarded, I mean awarded.

      • VFC says:

        It might be worse I saw a short shot of it at the end of the MV that showed her face down crying, I believe that would be the rape scene, they might even show some of the process of it which can be quite disturbing. It’s all about how well she does in this series and from the first couple of episodes she’s done really well.

      • Fox says:

        You want to see the full process of the rape? Contact with Justin Lee and tell him to give you, don’t request a series to have this.

    21. Daa says:

      NOBODY TALKS ABOUT ELLA KOOn. ella does not even appear on the video clips promotions……….

    22. Tegan says:

      I find it quite disturbing when the media hypes up a rape scene as if it’s a major highlight or selling point of a series.

    23. Hmmm says:

      Geez what’s with the heavy handed title >:(

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