Although a free broadcasting license for the new station is still pending, HKTV is showing no signs of slowing down its drama production.
On Wednesday afternoon, the cast and crew of HKTV’s new television drama, The Menu <導火新聞線>, held its blessing ceremony press conference. Targeting on the topic of Hong Kong press freedom, the main focus of The Menu will be on the ethics of press censorship and control. For mass appeal, The Menu will also incorporate elements of thriller and suspense, with stories concerning the gripping experiences and sacrifices that must be taken in order to strive in the press industry’s fast, deadline-driven environment.
The project was first announced to be in production last year at HKTV’s Sales Presentation event, in which a 2-minute teaser trailer was released.
The Menu will star Kate Yeung (楊淇), Catherine Chau (周家怡), and Noel Leung (梁小冰) as three news reporters who clash with each other due to their different outlooks and philosophies in regards to news reporting. The editor-in-chief only has eyes for money and will not hesitate to over exaggerate news to gain attention, while the hot-blooded news director and reporter will do anything to reveal the injustices of society.
Directed by established television director Fong Chun Wah (方俊華), who has directed many famous TVB dramas in the past, The Menu is written by former TVB scriptwriter Poon Man Hung (潘漫紅), best known for her work in Armed Reaction 2 <陀槍師姐II>. Ex-TVB scriptwriter Lam Siu Chi (林少枝), whose last work with TVB was 2010’s Can’t Buy Me Love <公主嫁到>, will serve as The Menu’s creative director.
Shek Sau (石修), Benji Chiang (姜文杰), and Kwok Fung (郭鋒) will also star.
“The Menu” Trailer
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