Joel Chan and Shaun Tam Return for “Brutally Young” Sequel
A sequel is bound to happen when a drama is well-received, as such is the case with Barrack O’Karma <金宵大廈>, Hong Kong Love Stories <香港愛情故事>, and Return of the Cuckoo <十月初五的月光>. It turns out Brutally Young <十八年後的終極告白> will also have a second installment with original cast members Joel Chan (陳山聰), Shaun Tam (譚俊彥), Nicole Wan (尹詩沛), and Candice Chiu (趙希洛). There will be new cast members joining as well, including Katy Kung (龔嘉欣), who will play the heroine, and new mom Zoie Tam (譚凱琪).
Released in early 2020, the original Brutally Young garnered great feedback for its suspenseful plot despite its average ratings. Viewers were already onboard an emotional roller coaster ride when the first episode kicked off with a compelling murder case involving seven students. In the end, Joel’s character was stabbed to death, while Shaun’s character Sam was imprisoned. After Sam gets released, he imagines a reunion with his friends on the mountaintop, bringing this tragic drama to an end. Many netizens praised the show as beyond exceptional in hopes of TVB coming out with a sequel, and TVB answered their prayers with a second installment.
A Completely New Story
Joel shared that he and Shaun really wanted a sequel as well, given the positive reviews. However, the second installment will have a completely new and fresh story since the entire cast will not be returning. While viewers can anticipate a drama focused on karma like the original, new elements will also be added to the series to enhance the suspense and drama. The actor disclosed, “I will not be playing a triad member this time. Instead, I will be very poised and polite.”
As for whether there would be an encore of the first season’s shirtless fighting scene, he said, “I think they will give me something even more difficult this time. Unfortunately, I can’t share much yet, but I promise it will be very exciting. I have already started working out to maintain my physique.”
Although Brutally Young was the last time viewers saw Joel on the small screen, fans can look forward to seeing him again soon. His dramas, including The Runner <大步走>, Chinatown <唐人街>, I’ve Got the Power <超能使者>, and Barrack O’Karma 2 <金宵大廈2>, are all expected to air this year. Meanwhile, production will soon commence for the sequel to Brutally Young.
When asked how he felt about working with Katy, the newly crowned Malaysia’s Favorite TVB Actress, he joked, “With a Best Actress present, the drama will be drastically different. We need to borrow some of her popularity.”
Katy is Nervous About Her Role
This time, Katy will be pairing up with Shaun, marking their first collaboration. She expressed, “I also watched the first series, and it has a good reputation. I have never filmed anything suspenseful before, so I think it will be very interesting. I’m a little nervous since I have a very serious role.”
As this is Katy’s first drama after snagging two awards at the 2020 TVB Anniversary Awards, she believes viewers will have higher expectations. When asked if she feels more pressure, she said, “Not really because I am happy that people are congratulating me for winning an award. It is very valuable to me.”
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.