Specially filmed in Shanghai and Zhejiang, TVB blockbuster drama Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles will air on 22 October 2012 in Hong Kong. To commemorate TVB’s 45th anniversary, the 40-episode mega budget drama has a star-studded cast of 30 over veteran and popular actors and actresses of the TV station.
Against the backdrop of the 1930s in the British Hong Kong, Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles centres around the lives of a large and influential Chung family and women tussle within the household.
Cast and characters:
– Damian Lau (劉松仁): Patriarch of family / a barrister
– Mary Hon (韓馬利): Damian’s first wife (comes from a noble family, a traditional woman)
– Idy Chan (陳玉蓮): Damian’s second wife (an ex-princess of a fallen Qing dynasty)
– Elena Kong (江美儀): Damian’s third wife (banker’s daughter who eventually divorced with Damian)
– Tavia Yeung (楊怡): Damian’s fourth wife (a peking opera singer who believes in equality between men and women)
– JJ Jia (賈曉晨): Damian’s lover (a dance hostess who exchanges love for money)
– Kenneth Ma (馬國明): Damian’s elder son who is a barrister too (has modern mindset)
– Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗): Kenneth’s wife
– Vincent Wong (王浩信): Damian’s illegitimate son (has no goals in life)
– Sire Ma (馬賽): Damian’s daughter
– Ron Ng (吳卓羲): a gangster who is in love with Rebecca (exacts revenge on Chung family after losing Rebecca to Kenneth)
Damian is the first Chinese barrister in the British Hong Kong. Although he studies abroad and leads a westernised lifestyle, he is still a deeply rooted traditional Chinese man. Having many wives is a symbol of power and status in the society.
Damian’s first three wives are from noble family, except Tavia, a opera singer who later marries him out of gratitude and admiration. However, Damian loves his second wife, Idy the most. When he knows that she met her ex-lover Ben Wong (黃智賢), jealousy takes over him. Damian intentionally shows his favouritism to Tavia to spite Idy.
On the other hand, Kenneth idolises his father since young. Following his father’s footsteps, Kenneth becomes a barrister too. With a modern mindset, Kenneth is determined to abolish the system of Polygamy and slavery, and resulted in conflicts with his father.
The family is also tearing apart when Vincent falls out with Damian and Sire marries a poor man despite the objections of her father. Ron also plots revenge on the Chung family.
Tavia bites Damian’s lips
In a scene, Tavia bites Damian’s lips when he forcefully kisses her. The scene looks very real with Tavia kissing very hard with Damian and bites his lower lip. This is a breakthrough performance for Tavia which is different from her doctor, police or sweet girl roles.
Damian seduced by Elena
To lock the heart of her husband, Elena performs erotic dance to her husband. Elena, eventually, divorces with Damian and enlists Kenneth’s help to fight in her divorce case.
Speaking about his intimate scenes with so many “wives”, Damian said, “Kissing is a small matter but all the wives are so beautiful. It looks so real when they are sexy and immersed in the intimate scenes.”
Damian also leaked out the spoilers and mentioned that he will join hands with Kenneth to abolish the polygamy and slavery system. “After my first wife dies, my character changes a lot. My second and third wife all found their true loves At the end, I finally realise that I love Tavia the most and will court her all over again,’ said Damian.
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