Introducing TVB’s “Slow Boat Home”
If you are beginning to feel heavy after suffering through disastrous episodes of Bullet Brain <神探高倫布> and the tragic plot of Beauty at War <金枝慾孽貳>, perhaps Leung Choi Yuen’s (梁材遠) latest television drama for TVB, Slow Boat Home <情越海岸線>, can freshen your mind a bit.
Starring Raymond Wong (黃浩然), Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), Aimee Chan (陳茵媺), Selena Li (李詩韻), Elaine Yiu (姚子羚), Matt Yeung (楊明), Cilla Kung (樂瞳), Elliot Ngok (岳華), Ram Chiang (蔣志光), and Susan Tse (謝雪心), the romantic series is set to premiere on May 13, 2013, succeeding the time slot of Bullet Brain. Approximately half of its 25 produced episodes was shot in Cheung Chau, also known as the Dumbbell Island.
Cheung Chau is a famous tourist spot of Hong Kong – among its most visited sites include Cheung Po Tsai’s cave, the Pak Tai Temple, and the Cheung Chau rock carvings. As one of Hong Kong’s oldest inhabited islands, Cheung Chau is an old home to indigenous groups and has a culture that is easily distinguishable from the rest of Hong Kong. The Cheung Chau Bun Festival, one of the world’s largest annual events to honor Taoist deities, is strictly unique to the island.
The Cheung Chau-born Cheung Po Sang (Raymond Wong), nicknamed Cheung Po Tsai, is a man who hopes to know everything but fails at learning everything. The happy-go-lucky and impressionable Cheung attempts to manage his father’s (Elliot Ngok) seafood restaurant business, but his ineptitude as a restaurateur eventually causes the entire business to close down. Cheung falls to despair, but with the support of his best friend Kate Cheng (Aimee Chan), Cheung finds his happiness again.
Kate is a New York television director who goes to Cheung Chau to film a documentary. She encourages Cheung to chase his dreams and stays by his side through thick and thin, even willing to be Cheung’s personal “ chauffeur” when Cheung is confined to a wheelchair after suffering leg injuries.
In a separate but related story arc, Heidi Kwok (Selena Li), an ambitious woman with clear goals, gives up her career in Hong Kong to return to her birth place of Cheung Chau. On the surface, she is helping her mother (Susan Tse) handle the family’s vacation resort business. Behind the veil, Heidi is plotting to develop a large hotel and villa project with her business partner.
Heidi is in love with her childhood sweetheart Ching Lai Wing (Ruco Chan), but in order to achieve her money-hungry goals, she strikes ambiguous relationships with rich businessmen and at one point, even tries to seduce Cheung, much to Kate’s dislike. Lai Wing is heartbroken, but he is also unable to let go of Heidi.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.