Starring Steven Ma (馬浚偉) in his first TVB television drama since leaving the station’s management in 2012, the upcoming period mystery drama series Storm in a Cocoon <守業者> will premiere in Hong Kong on Monday, February 17. Produced by Leung Choi Yuen (梁材遠), one of Steven’s most frequent collaborators, the series balances the thematic problems of business politics and a family murder.
After Poon Hau Yee (Akina Hong 康華), the leader of a Shunde-based silk business, mysteriously commits suicide one night, her youngest brother Poon Ka Sing (Yeung Chiu Hoi 楊潮凱) suddenly falls extremely sick. Second son Poon Ka Yeung (Steven Ma), who worked as a military doctor, returns home to help his father and the family business.
Hau Yee’s best friend, traditional Chinese medic Tong Bing Bing (Tavia Yeung 楊怡), finds Hau Yee’s death suspicious, and together with Ka Yeung, she launches an investigation on her death. Ka Yeung realizes that the family business is not like what it appears on the surface, and every worker, including every family, have become suspects in Hau Yee’s death.
One of the biggest suspects is Ka Yeung’s older brother Poon Ka Hin (Evergreen Mak 麥長青), the Poon family’s eldest child. Ka Hin is an honest, forgiving, but foolish man, prompting his father to give his younger sister Hau Yee the reins of their family business. After Hau Yee’s death, Ka Hin attempts to reassume power.
Ka Hin was in love with factory forewoman Sin Bik Wan (Maggie Shiu 邵美琪), but due to their socioeconomic differences, they were pressured to stay apart. After Ka Hin failed to elope with Bik Wan, she vowed celibacy. Ka Hin ended up marrying the ambitious Yeung Yim To (Tracy Ip 葉翠翠), who hopes to see her husband take the silk business in his own hands. Meanwhile, con artist Fung Chi Ching (Natalie Tong 唐詩詠), in a struggle to avoid monetary debt, gets offered a job in the factory. Calculative, Chi Ching is unwilling to work as a factory girl forever.
Leung Choi Yuen, who has worked in countryside dramas such as Plain Love <情濃大地> and Country Spirit <酒是故鄉醇>, based Storm in a Cocoon on the countryside culture of Shunde, a district of Foshan, China. “This time, we added detective elements into the plot of a countryside drama. We hope to challenge old-fashioned mindsets by using a modern approach to problems. In a story built on the foundation of a hundred-year-old silk business, the series will also be enveloped around a family murder case,” explained producer Leung Choi Yuen.
The cast and crew of Storm in a Cocoon traveled to various villages and countryside districts in the Guangdong Province of mainland China for location shootings, including Foshan’s Shunde district and the Zhaoqing villages. To stay true to the Shunde spirit, the cast visited local silk museums and the dormitories of celibate factory girls. They also reached out to local silk weavers to help with the filming of the drama. Stressing the importance of scenery and realism, the producer recommended the audience to watch out for a particular typhoon disaster that will occur in the series, revealing that a real typhoon invaded the villages while the crew was on location. The scene was a reenactment of what the villagers suffered.
Source: TVB Magazine via kuangaitvb.com
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