ViuTV’s latest original drama series The Gutter <歎息橋> has finally premiered on Monday. Produced by Bowie Lam (林保怡), The Gutter follows the intertwined lives of six individuals in a story that spans 20 years. It stars Bowie Lam, Catherine Chau (周家怡), Michelle Wai (衛詩雅), and Hanjin Tan (陳奐仁).
The Gutter features the production crew behind ViuTV’s opening drama Margaret & David—Green Bean <瑪嘉烈與大衛系列 – 綠豆>including directors Fatball (肥波), 25, and HKFA-winning scriptwriter Norris Wong (黃綺琳). It reunites Green Bean costars Bowie Lam and Catherine Chau, with the addition of Leila Tong (唐寧), Christine Ng (伍詠薇), Alan Luk (陸駿光), Angie Cheong (張慧儀), and Poon Chan-leung (潘燦良). It boasts a solid veteran supporting cast, including Paul Chun (秦沛), Lau Siu-ming (劉兆銘), Bonnie Wong (黃文慧), Wilson Tsui (艾威), Kwok Fung (郭鋒), and award-winning stage actress Luna Shaw (邵美君) in her television drama debut.
A co-production with China’s Youku, The Gutter was produced with a budget of over HK$10 million. A large section of the budget was put aside for on-location filming, including sites in Belgium. The 15-episode series aims to deliver a “cinematic” experience to its viewers. It includes original music composed by Mike Orange, and a theme song written by Chan Wing-him (陳詠謙), performed by Yoyo Sham (岑寧兒).
The Gutter introduces a new manner of story-telling to Hong Kong viewers in a style that netizens have described as “swampy”: the more you watch it, the more you sink in and unable to pull yourself out. The first 15 minutes of each episode starts off with a God’s eye view of introducing each main character in their youths. The final 45 minutes takes viewers back to the present, using a first person point of view to narrate the story in the eyes of six different characters.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.