Hong Kong dramas all have a way of getting us excitedly awaiting upcoming episodes. And yes, this was long before streaming apps like dimsum, so cliffhangers always got us feeling some kind of way back in the day!
So calling all TVB fans: we are taking a (virtual) stroll down memory lane with some picks that are just as gripping to watch today, as they were when they were released years ago. Scroll down to start reading!
The adrenaline and the glamour surrounding the lives of lawyers have always been a subject for great tv, and Law dis-Order is no different. We are picking this TVB series out not just because it’s new on dimsum, but also for its realistic depictions of professional relationships and office politics.
Charles Cheuk, chairman of a successful law firm, plans to step down but hires Kent Cheung as a partner in the company. He hopes that the new attorney will balance out his managing partner, KC, and his endless thirst for power. The show will see both lawyers engaging in a power struggle in a competitive environment where things aren’t 100% black and white. So if you like the look and feel of Law and Order or even Suits, give this Hong Kong series a shot.
2. Tiger Cubs I and II
Eager for more police dramas? We daresay that some of the best Hong Kong dramas revolve around the city’s finest. Special Duties Unit (SDU) instructor Jin Hon Tou is a no-nonsense, tough-love superior who is highly respected by his team. But life isn’t always a bed of roses, and relationships in the team threaten to complicate their working lives. Alerted to a possible robbery, the squad will have to put their differences aside and work together as a unit.
As SDU continues under its new Chief, Hon Tou rescues fellow agent Chung Wai Yan, from a hostage situation. While Wai Yan searches for the person who blew her cover, Hon Tou’s leadership is called into question after another mission goes awry.
3. Brother’s Keeper I and II
This story takes us back to Hong Kong and Macau in the 1980s. Two half-brothers flees mainland China but ended up separated. Kiu Tin Sang joins the police force in Hong Kong, while Law Wai Shun and his mother found themselves in Portuguese Macau, living completely different lives. As fate would have it, their destinies will cross paths in the most unexpected way.
The story continues with Law Wai Shun and his friend, Yiu Man Ying and their thriving pastry business. Lo Shun Kei (yes, it’s inspired by a real brand!) is now a reputable chain in Hong Kong and Macau. The business’ success threatens a land developer who constantly find ways to complicate their plans. As things heat up, Wai Shun flies to Okinawa for a temporary retreat, and Man Ying’s husband suffers from amnesia after an aviation accident. Will their relationships (and their business) stay strong through all the turmoil?
The walled city of Kowloon (dissolved in 1993) has always been steeped with fascinating stories. A Fist Within Four Walls centres on Chor Au-kuen, a martial artist who returns to the walled city. His friendly personality leads him to meeting new people, even rallying the residents against gangs in the area. As conflicts continue to rise from both sides, Au-kuen stumbles upon a dark family secret from his past.
And there you have it – 4 great shows to tide you over until your next TV marathon. Which of these Hong Kong dramas will you be checking out first? Let us know in the comments, or share with us other TVB dramas that you love!