Synopsis of “Bullet Brain” Starring Wayne Lai

By on March 20, 2013 in TV Dramas


Loosely inspired by the American detective series Columbo, TVB drama Bullet Brain <神探高倫布>, previously known as Detective Columbo, will premiere in TVB Jade’s second prime time slot on April 8. The detective serial stars Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Sire Ma (馬賽), Ngo Ka Nin (敖嘉年), and Natalie Tong (唐詩詠).

Produced by acclaimed TVB producer Lee Tim Sing (李添勝) and with a script helmed by returning scriptwriter, Ip Kwong Yam (葉廣蔭), Bullet Brain has a total of 25 episodes. In contrast to previous detective dramas, the character-driven storyline of Bullet Brain only centers in on one murder case – a gruesome case that involved a wife dismembering the body parts of her husband and slowly cooking them.


Set in 1960s Hong Kong, the serial tells an intriguing story on the kind but gullible Ko Dai Hei (Wayne Lai), a stowaway who escapes to Hong Kong. There, he meets his father’s friend Kam Lo Yik (Joe Junior), a top police executive, who recruits him into the Hong Kong Police force.

Hei takes a bullet in the head in an accident. Although he recovers quickly from his injury, the wound dramatically alters his personality. The fragments of the bullets have activated Hei’s brain cells, turning him into a genius. Cracking numerous mystery cases almost single-handedly, Hei soon makes himself known as the British colony’s legendary detective. Despite the glory, Hei’s newfound brain turns him into someone churlishly cold, heartless, and ruthless. However, Hei retains a bit of his older compassionate personality whenever he is around his best friend and crime fighting partner, Pao Ping On (Ngo Ka Nin).

Meanwhile, Hei’s superior, Yik, begins to feel intimidated by Hei’s growing power in the police force. He sends his adopted daughter, Inspector of Police Kam Yi Wah (Sire Ma), to spy on Hei.

After meeting the courtesan Szeto Nam (Natalie Tong), who highly resembles his former lover Mui Mui, Hei takes another deeper step into darkness. Wanting to pull Hei back out to the light, On tries to devise ways to revive Hei’s older personality. The plan nearly backfires as On injures Hei in the process. Hei’s personality goes through another big change once again.


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  • 12 comments to Synopsis of “Bullet Brain” Starring Wayne Lai

    1. chiki says:

      how did this series escape my radar? never heard of it before. sounds intense! who is the said wife?

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    2. Michael says:

      It used to be called Detective Columbo. They changed the name to Bullet Brian probably to piggy back on the recent movie, The Bullet Vanishes.

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      • Ric replied:

        The Chinese name is unchanged. How does adding “bullet” to the English name piggy back off of anything? I doubt anyone in HK cares about the English name of a show anyway.

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    3. Panzer says:

      I was going to steer clear of this series because I am not a fan of Wayne Lai’s one note acting ability. (It seems like they are all about the same character, only different costumes in each drama.)
      After reading that, the plot seems really interesting and different and sounds like it may give him a chance to branch out with a new type of character.
      I also thought it was a comedy, but the synopsis makes it sound more like a drama.
      Look forward to checking it out now.

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    4. Ric says:

      I thought the show was a comedy too. It’s kind of weird that the trailers TVB showed for their sales presentation presented some series as comedies but then the FILMART trailers make them look like dramas.

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    5. Funn Lim says:

      Am excited but does sound like a Japanaese sort of series.

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    6. sushiroll says:


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    7. bebe says:

      Wayne Lai is always being a dog in most recent series. He pretended to be a dog in Rosy business 1 and 2. He was a dog in the King Maker and The Confidant.

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      • ebbie replied:

        Ya defintely didnt like his character in the Confidant!!!

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    8. vann says:

      I am looking for this series. Wayne lai looks cool and attractive; the cast is great too. I like Ngo Ka Nin and Sire Ma; they are good actor/actress.

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    9. 939393 says:

      I cant help but notice the similarity between Rosy Business 3 and this particular series

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    10. Amar says:

      yay for Ngo Ka Nin and Natalie in one drama again!!!

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