The TVB anniversary drama The Man Who Kills Troubles <解決師> covers a very sensitive topic. With approval ratings for the Hong Kong Police Force at an all-time low, it seemed a little strange, even insensitive, for TVB to broadcast a drama that centers on the heroics of the HK police. But The Man Who Kills Trouble isn’t what it appears to be.
It tells the story of Karson (played by Vincent Wong 王浩信), a former member of an Australia-based Chinese triad who carries out assignments that “cleans” the triad of its problems. His girlfriend Chloe (played by Kelly Cheung 張曦雯) convinces him of a better life outside of the triad. Karson agrees to leave that life behind, until Chloe dies of a horrible accident, and the triad accuses Karson of killing the boss. Karson escapes to Hong Kong, takes up a new identity, and works as a physical education teacher at a high school. He befriends the high school teacher Jovy (played by Natalie Tong 唐詩詠), who turns out to be the daughter of triad leader Chiang To (played by Law Lok-lam 羅樂林). Chiang To is willing to leave his underground life behind, but finds it difficult to complete break away due to his history. Karson has no choice but to step in as the school’s “fixer”, defending it from enemies.
It is a very familiar genre. Stories about the police and organized crime have always been TVB’s forte. Dramas such as Line Walker <使徒行者> and E.U. <學警狙擊> have released successful sequels and spin-offs, and while this genre is nothing new, audiences are just as eager to take it all in again. TVB has confidence in The Man Who Kills Trouble for delivering solid entertainment.
Vincent Wong is another reason why TVB insists on airing The Man Who Kills Trouble. The TV King has been releasing representative work each year, starting from 2015’s Brick Slaves <樓奴>. Last year’s Fist Fight <兄弟>, an anniversary drama that also starred Vincent, was a huge hit, solidifying Vincent’s status as TVB’s top-earning lead actor.
The Man Who Kills Trouble, produced by Lau Ka-ho (劉家豪), also features guest stars Ha Yu (夏雨) and Michael Tong (唐文龍).
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.