A Tale of 2 Cities

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A Tale of 2 Cities
乐在双城
Genre Idol drama
Romance
Starring Rui En
Joanne Peh
Pierre Png
Zhang Yaodong
Julie Tan
Zhang Zhenhuan
Kate Pang
Yao Wenlong
Mimi Chu
Ho Kwai Lam
Theme music composer Johann Strauss
Opening theme "Springtime Voices Waltz" by Masahiro Kawasaki
Ending theme "Himitsu no Akko-chan" by Satoko Shimonari
Composer(s) Johann Strauss
Country of origin Singapore
Malaysia
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of episodes 21 episodes
Production
Location(s) Singapore
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) MediaCorp
Media Prima Berhad
Distributor MediaCorp Studios
STMB
Broadcast
Original channel MediaCorp TV Channel 8 (Singapore)
NTV7 (Malaysia)
Picture format SDTV (480i 4:3)
PAL (576i 4:3)
HDTV (1080i 16:9)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Datasat Digital Sound 5.1
Sony Dynamic Digital Sound 5.1
First shown in 14 February 2011
Original run 14 February 2011 – 11 March 2011
Chronology
Preceded by Prosperity
Followed by Be Happy
Related shows Falling in Love
New Beginnings
No Limits
External links
Website

A Tale of 2 Cities (Chinese: 樂在雙城; pinyin: Lè Zài Shuāng Chéng is a Singaporean Chinese drama which a co-produced by Media Prima Berhad and MediaCorp TV it was telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air terrestrial television channel form MediaCorp TV Channel 8. Live it made its debut on 14 February to 11 March 2011. This drama serial consists of 21-episodes and was screened on every weekday nightlife at 21:00 until 22:00 SST and rerun it made from 19 to 30 December 2011 at every weekday nightlife at 21:00 until 22:00 SST.

It was telecasted on Malaysia's free-to-air terrestrial television channel form NTV7 channel it was telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air terrestrial television channel form MediaCorp TV Channel 8.

In Malaysia, it will be broadcast on the NTV7 primetime drama slot at every weekday evening at 18:00 until 19:00 MST it was filming locations is done in Singapore (a national capital of Singapore) and Kuala Lumpur (a national capital of Malaysia).

This drama has four main couples, namely, Rui En with Pierre Png, Joanne Peh with Zhang Yao Dong, Julie Tan with Zhang Zhenhuan and Kate Pang with Yao Wen Long. Due to a number of famous artistes acting in this drama it attracted 904,000 viewers. All episodes can be viewed in xinmsn catchup.

Episodes 6, 12, 13, 16 to 20 were rated PG in the encore version.

Synopsis[edit]

This drama tells a tale of four women, whom all has the character "乐 (lè, happiness)" in their names, namely, Zhang Yale (portrayed by Rui En), Pan Leyao (portrayed by Joanne Peh), Lin Le (portrayed by Kate Pang) and Pan Lexuan (portrayed by Julie Tan). They go through many ups and downs in their respective lives, and eventually learns that happiness lies in simple living, in knowing what one wants in life and undauntingly daring to pursue it.

Yale was born into a wealthy family. When her parents pass away, she inherits their wealth. Yale leads a carefree and indulgent life, nonchalant about the running of the family bridal business and the investments she holds, and leaves these to her employees. Reality bites one day and Ya Le realizes that the bridal business is in the red, the investments have largely reaped no returns and the banks are hounding for repayment of the loans. She tries to seek help from her friends, but she is hurt to find out that they were only interested in her friendship because of her wealth and the lifestyle she could afford to share with them. Yale is now down and out, and her "friends" have all deserted her.

Just when Yale is at her wit's end, she finds out that her late mother had invested in a bridal business "Blissful Times" with her aunt, Jinfeng, who is running the business. Yale tries to sell her late mother's shares in "Blissful Times" to Jinfeng to raise cash to repay the banks. However, Jinfeng has other plans. She refuses to buy over le's share in the business and insists that Ya Le works in "Blissful Times" with her. Yale agrees.

Cast[edit]

Artiste Character Character
(Chinese)
Description
Rui En Zhang Yale 章雅乐 Mei Jinfeng's niece
Designer for "Blissful Times"
Lin Wentao's wife
Joanne Peh Pan Leyao 潘乐瑶 Pan Jiaxiang and Wang Cuilan's daughter
Ouyang Ming's wife
Pierre Png Lin Wentao 林文涛 "Blissful Times" photographer
Adopted son of Mei Jinfeng
Student of Induk Taekwondo
Four-time champion (National Taekwondo Championships)
Zhang Yale's husband
Mimi Chu Mei Jinfeng 梅金凤 "Blissful Times" lady boss
Instructor of Induk Taekwondo Academy
Zhang Yaodong Ouyang Ming 欧阳明 Ouyang Feng's son
Leyao's constant companion
Pan Leyao's husband
Zhang Zhenhuan Yin Zhengkai 殷正凯 CEO of Mika Group
Pan Lexuan's husband
Kate Pang Lin Le 林乐 Daughter of Mei Jinfeng
Pan Weisong's wife
Yao Wenlong Pan Weisong 潘伟松 Pan Jiaxiang and Wang Cuilan's son
Lin Le's husband
Student of Induk Taekwondo
Julie Tan Pan Lexuan 潘乐萱 Pan Jiaxiang and Fengping's daughter
Yin Zhengkai's wife
Ho Kwai Lam Ouyang Feng 欧阳风 Mei Jinfeng's ex-enemy
Father of Ouyang Ming
Ex-boss of "I Do I Do"
Instructor of Jinshan Taekwondo academy
Later Mei Jinfeng's suitor

Other cast[edit]

Artiste Character Description
Huang Wenyong Pan Jiaxiang Wang Cuilan's husband
Xiang Yun Wang Cuilan Pan Jiaxiang's wife
Constance Song Yin Zhengwen Yin Zhengkai's elder sister
Chairman of Mika Group
Koh Yah Hwee Guan Yiting Lin Wentao's ex-lover
Darren Lim Li Zhenbang Ex-student of Jinshan Taekwondo Academy
Student of Red Sun Taekwondo Academy
Jerry Yeo Star Singer at a bar
Cross-dresses
Joshua Ang Qian Wenlong Pan Lexuan's ex-boyfriend

Trivia[edit]

Star Awards 2012 nominations[edit]

Show 1[edit]

  • Loo Yin Kam was nominated for the Best Director award, but the award goes to Chong Liung Man in C.L.I.F.
  • Paul Yuen and Tang Yeow were nominated for the Best Screenplay award, but the awards go to Chen Sew Khoon and Lau Chin Poon in The In-Laws and Ang Eng Tee in On the Fringe.
  • Soh Kok Leong was nominated for the Best Drama Cameraman award, but the award goes to Tommy Lee in A Song to Remember.
  • Rui En clinched the Favourite Female Character award.

Show 2[edit]

  • Rui En and Joanne Peh were nominated for the Best Actress award, and Joanne Peh clinches the award.
  • Kate Pang clinched the Best Newcomer Award.

International broadcast[edit]

Country/Region Original network Original channel Daily Start timeslot End timeslot Timezone Episode premiere Episode finale Dubbed Subtitle
 Malaysia Media Prima Berhad NTV7 Weekday 18:00 19:00 MST 2 January 2012 present Chinese Malay
 Singapore MediaCorp TV Channel 8 21:00 22:00 SST 14 February 2001 11 March 2011 English

See also[edit]