Succeeding the time slot of TVB’s first anniversary drama Captain of Destiny <張保仔> is the period epic drama Lord of Shanghai <梟雄>, a series led by Hong Kong award-winning film actor Anthony Wong (黃秋生), Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), and returning actor Kent Tong (湯鎮業). Produced by Amy Wong (王心慰), the 30-episode drama was filmed at the Shanghai Chedun Film Park, a 400,000-square-meter compound that is a recreation of Republican-era Shanghai.
Filmed in late 2014, Lord of Shanghai is Anthony’s first return to television since 2004’s Kung Fu Soccer <功夫足球> and Kent Tong’s first TVB drama in almost 30 years. The series took over half a year to film due to its extensive location shoots outside of Hong Kong. Lord of Shanghai is inspired by the stories of real-life mob leaders Huang Jinrong, Du Yuesheng, and Zhang Xiaolin, all who were active in Shanghai during the early 1900’s.
Lord of Shanghai will premiere on October 24. It also stars Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Ron Ng (吳卓羲), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Louisa So (蘇玉華), and Alice Chan (陳煒).
In a time when Shanghai was controlled by the merciless warlords, sworn brothers Kiu Ngo Tin (Anthony Wong) and Kung Siu San (Wayne Lai) have to rely on each other. Together, the ruthless Siu San and the cunning Ngo Tin create a world of their own, but in order stay on top, Ngo Tin has no choice but to leave his past behind completely, including his confidant and true love Ku Siu Lau (Myolie Wu), a Peking opera apprentice.
Ngo Tin gets the attention of casino boss Yiu Gwai Sang (Alice Chan), who recommends him to her husband Kam Tong (Kent Tong), Shanghai’s most powerful tycoon. Along with Siu San, Ngo Tin and Kam Tong become legendary figures in Shanghai, dominating all lands of The Bund.
But a single city cannot accommodate three leaders; Siu San and Kam Tong enter a battle for power, creating havoc in Shanghai. Ngo Tin uses this opportunity to suppress both of them, becoming the sole leader of China’s largest port city, controlling the police and the underground triads on both fronts.
Amidst the glitz and the glamour, Shanghai enters a period of chaos when the Japanese Empire starts making moves to attack the city. To protect his people and the country, Ngo Tin donates his wealth and time to deflect the Japanese. But Siu San, in an attempt to save himself, becomes a traitor and works for the Japanese army. For his people, Ngo Tin has no choice but to forsake his family loyalty, and destroy everyone in his way.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.