Breakout (TV series)

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Breakout
破天网
Genre Thriller
Action
Created by Ang Eng Tee 洪荣狄
Written by Ang Eng Tee 洪荣狄
Directed by Chong Liung Man 张龙敏
罗温温
方家福
Starring Jeanette Aw
Dai Yang Tian
Elvin Ng
Zhou Ying
Christopher Lee
Guo Liang
Opening theme 网 (The Web) by Jeff Chang
Ending theme 网 (The Web) by Jeff Chang
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of episodes 25
Production
Producer(s) Winnie Wong 王尤红
Running time approx. 45 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel MediaCorp Channel 8
Original run 6 December 2010 – 7 January 2011
Chronology
Preceded by Mrs P.I.
Followed by Prosperity
Related shows The Golden Path (2007)
The Ultimatum (2009)
External links
Website

Breakout (simplified Chinese: 破天网) is a Singaporean Chinese drama which was telecast on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. It made its debut on 6 December 2010 and ended on 7 January 2011. This drama serial consists of 25 episodes, and was screened on every weekday night at 9:00 pm.

Being the end-year Channel 8 blockbuster of 2010, it was the tenth Channel 8 drama to be fully filmed in HD and the first to be filmed in Dolby Digital.

This drama will be encored from 30 November 2011 to 3 January 2012 at midnight, and this time rated PG for violence, similar to The Ultimatum. However, The Family Court and The Score were not being broadcast at midnight, but at 5.30pm instead.

Breakout was one of two blockbuster dramas for the year 2010 and has been mistaken to be Channel 8's anniversary special. There were no anniversary dramas that year.

Title[edit]

The drama's title translates to the Technical Analysis term in financial markets, referring to super-villain Yang Tianwei's attempt to trade using that strategy so as to get rich quickly enough to seek revenge for his murdered son rather than wait for justice to be meted out.

Synopsis[edit]

On her 12th birthday, Tang Ying (younger portrayed by Regine Lim, older portrayed by Zhou Ying) lost her parents and older brother to a tragic road accident. Although she survived, she lapsed into a coma for 13 years. When she came out of her coma, she was stunned to realize that she was no longer a 12 year old girl but a 25 year old young woman. Trapped in an older body with her memory still frozen at age 12, Tang Ying struggles to cope with reality which includes the cruel truth that her family is dead.

Tang Ying suspects that there is more to the tragic road accident which claimed the lives of her entire family. As a result, Tang Ying embarks on a rigorous routine to learn and to familiarize herself with a society that has changed tremendously in the years when she was unconscious.

During this time, she befriends Zou Jieming (portrayed by Elvin Ng), an autistic but highly intelligent savant, and Situ Dongcheng (portrayed by Christopher Lee), a down-and-out former lawyer who has lost everything he treasured in his life. Together, they embark on a battle against Yang Tianwei (portrayed by Guo Liang), a cruel, ruthless and cunning man who will stop at nothing in his quest to avenge his dead son Zhenjie. Tianwei's children, Chris Yang Zhenfeng (portrayed by Dai Yang Tian) and Nianqing (portrayed by Jeanette Aw), assist him in his evil deeds. It is revealed that Yang Tianwei had planned the murder of the Tang Yaozu and his family for a past grudge using a road accident and it was not an isolated incident. Will Tang Ying, Jieming and Dongcheng be able to bring him to justice before he ruins more lives? [1]

Cast[edit]

Yang family[edit]

Artiste Character Description
Jeanette Aw 欧萱 Yang Nianqing 杨念青 Yang Tianwei's daughter
Zhenfeng's younger sister
Originally named Minhui
Situ Dongcheng's lover
Ye Ziqing 叶子青 Yang Tianwei's wife (deceased)
Tang Yaozu's ex-lover
Nianqing and Zhenfeng's mother
Guo Liang 郭亮 Yang Tianwei 杨天威 Ziqing's husband
Zhenfeng and Nianqing's father
Jerald Tan 陈杰乐 Chris Yang Zhenfeng 杨振锋 Younger (episode 1)
Dai Yang Tian 戴阳天 Older

Tang family[edit]

Artiste Character Description
Zheng Geping 郑各评 Tang Yaozu 汤耀祖 Tang Ying's father
Murdered by car accident
Regene Lim 林詠谊 Tang Ying 汤颖 Younger (episodes 1)
Zhou Ying 周颖 Older
Liu Yu 刘羽 Tang Kai 汤凯 Tang Ying's brother (episode 1)
Killed in the car accident
Yan Bingliang 严丙量 Tang Yaozong Tang Ying's uncle
Tang Yaozu's older brother
Severed all relations with Tang Ying

Zou Jieming's family[edit]

Artiste Character Description
Elvin Ng 黄俊雄 Zou Jieming 邹杰明 Bai Huahua's son
Lin Meijiao 林梅娇 Bai Huahua 白花花 Jieming's mother
Bryan Chan 陈国华 Xu Changgen 许长根 Jieming's stepfather
Chunli's father
Koh Yah Hwee 许雅慧 Xu Chunli 许春丽 Xu Changgen's daughter

Other characters[edit]

Artiste Character Description
Christopher Lee 李铭顺 Situ Dongcheng 司徒东城 Former lawyer ruined by Yang Zhenfeng
Released from prison in episode 2
Nianqing's lover
Pan Lingling 潘玲玲 Cai Siling 蔡思灵 Yang Tianwei's ex-lover
Desmond Tan 陈泂江 Cai Haoyu 蔡浩宇 Cai Siling's younger brother
Darren Lim 林明伦 Wang Lianzhou 汪连州 Situ Dongcheng's former colleague and rival
Christina Lin 林佩芬 Fan Meiqi 范美琪 Situ Dongcheng's ex-girlfriend
Belinda Lee 李心钰 Yalina Fortune teller
Adam Chen 詹金泉 Alex Nianqiang's ex-boyfriend
Undercover Interpol officer
Later murdered by Zhenfeng
Richard Low 刘谦益 Jimmy Zhang Detective hired as a PI to investigate the Yangs' criminal activities
Rebecca Lim 林慧玲 Suying 素英 Zhenfeng's ex-girlfriend
Chen Huihui 陈慧慧 Miss Wong Tang Ying's nurse
Li Wenhai 李文海 Kun 坤哥

Critical Reception[edit]

Nominations and Awards[edit]

There were no anniversary dramas in 2010. Breakout dominated the Star Awards with a string of nominations in the acting and technical categories.

Award Nominee(s) Result
Best Actor Christopher Lee Nominated
Elvin Ng Nominated
Best Actress Jeanette Aw Nominated
Zhou Ying Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Darren Lim Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lin Meijiao Nominated
Pan Lingling Won
Young Talent Award Jerald Tan Nominated
Best drama theme song "网" by Jeff Chang Won
Best Director Chong Liung Man Won
Best Screenplay Ang Eng Tee Nominated
Best Costume Designer Xu Yingying Nominated
Best Sound/Music Design Long Soo Ming/Zheng Kaihua Won
Best Drama Serial Breakout Won
Favourite Male Character Zou Jieming
played by Elvin Ng
Won
Favourite Female Character Tang Ying
(played by Zhou Ying)
Nominated
Yang Nianqing
(played by Jeanette Aw)
Nominated
Most Favourite On-screen couple
(Drama category)
Zhou Ying/Elvin Ng Nominated
Christopher Lee/Jeanette Aw Won

It also won three nominations and commendations at the 2011 Asian Television Awards.

Award Nominee(s) Result
Best Actor Christopher Lee Nominated
(Highly commended)
Best Supporting Actress Pan Lingling Nominated
(Highly commended)
Best Screenplay Ang Eng Tee Nominated
(Highly commended)

Parody[edit]

During the awards ceremony, Christopher Lee, Huang Wenyong, Ben Yeo and other actors performed a parody of the series. Lee, portraying Breakout director Chong Liung Man, and his "camera crew" (played by Huang and Yeo) were filming a scene on the harbour. Veteran radio deejay Dennis Chew played Yang Tianwei, ceremony co-host Quan Yi Fong played Yang Nianqing, popular television host Lee Teng played Yang Zhenfeng, award nominee Zhou Ying reprised her role as Tang Ying and Quan's co-host Guo Liang played Zou Jieming.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dai Yang Tian and Guo Liang out to kill". xin.msn.com. 29 July 2010. 

External links[edit]

  • Breakout (Chinese) on MediaCorp website