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D.I.E.
古靈精探
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D.I.E. poster
Genre Comedy-drama
Paranormal
Crime
Written by Wong Kwok Fai
Starring Roger Kwok
Sonija Kwok
Margie Tsang
Kenneth Ma
Derek Kok
Bryan Leung
Rain Lau
Mimi Lo
Sin Ho Ying
Nancy Wu
Opening theme "花樣奇案" by
Roger Kwok
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 25
Production
Producer(s) Nelson Cheung
Running time 45 minutes (approx.)
Broadcast
Original channel TVB
Original run March 17, 2008 – April 18, 2008
Chronology
Followed by D.I.E. Again (2009)
External links
Website

D.I.E. or Death Investigation Extension (Traditional Chinese: 古靈精探) is a TVB modern comedy-action series broadcast in March 2008.

TVB began filming D.I.E. Again (古靈精探B), the sequel, in November 2008.

Synopsis[edit]

In the police force, "Death Investigation Extension" or "D.I.E." was established to accommodate those who have been sent away by their supervisors. As everybody knows, members of the Extension are to investigate unsolved cold cases. Yue Chi-Long (Roger Kwok), who has cracked a large number of difficult cases by extrasensory means, is assigned to the D.I.E. because his superiors find him strange for falling asleep constantly on the job. New appointee Ying Jing-Jing (Sonija Kwok) is a good-looking girl but she takes an uncompromising stand over every case she deals with. Initially unaccepting of a division made of incompetent detectives, she is tricked into staying by her former supervisor, who claims that she was placed there to eventually replace the head and whip the team into shape. Chi-Long proves himself a capable detective but has a laidback attitude. The relationship between Jing-Jing and Chi-Long is deteriorating day by day, but also improving in a way...

Long lives with his elder sister, Yue Chi-Ching (Margie Tsang) and his Aunt Sa (Rain Lau), after his mother died and his father disappeared. While investigating an old case, Chi-Long gets to find his long-lost father Yue Tai-Hoi (Bryan Leung). While Chi-Ching is accepting, Chi-Long is angry at his father, going as far as arresting him when evidence hinted that Tai-Hoi may be related to a murder. Through close collaboration with Chi-Long, Jing-Jing has gradually developed affection for him. Her neglected but two-timing boyfriend Shing Ka-Tsun (Kenneth Ma) soon seals the decision for her, until Ka-Tsun's new girlfriend is murdered and he is forced to flee. When everything settles, Jing-Jing decides to start a relationship with Chi-Long, despite knowing that Ka-Tsun still loves her. However Chi-Long has started to try to avoid her without rhyme or reason, feeling confused about what is happening Jing-Jing decides to do some probing and is shocked to discover that Chi-Long has been dogged by a female ghost called Siu-Yi (Kitty Yuen), who had been preventing Long from developing romantic relationships. Later Siu-Yi tells Long that his life clashes with Jing's, and he will cause her to be killed if they are together. Long ignores this line until Jing gets hospitalised after an explosion. Chi-Long breaks up with Jing-Jing, leaving her heartbroken, until she is on a case. But Chi-Long and Jing-Jing know they are still in love with each other, leaving them in a painful and awkward situation...

Cast[edit]

The Yue Family[edit]

Cast Role Description
Bryan Leung Yue Dai-Hoi
于大海
Yue Chi-Long and Yue Chi-Ching's father.
Kan Ji Mei's brother-in-law.
Margie Tsang (曾華倩) Yue Chi-Ching
于子晴
Dating Agency Consultant
Yue Dai-Hoi's daughter.
Yue Chi-Long's older sister.
Cheung Ching-Yee's girlfriend.
Roger Kwok Yue Chi-Long (Yue Sir)
于子朗
D.I.E. Investigator
Yue Dai-Hoi's son.
Yue Chi-Ching's younger brother.
Ying Jing-Jing's boyfriend.
Rain Lau (劉玉翠) Gaan Ji Mei (Sa Yee)(Anastasia)
簡緻美
Dating Agency Consultant.
Yue Chi-Ching & Yue Chi Long's aunt, Yue Dai-Hoi's sister-in-law.
Minnie's mom.

The Ying Family[edit]

Cast Role Description
Chun Wong (秦煌) Ying Nam
刑 楠
Gum Sam Shun's son.
Ng Suk Tuk's husband.
Ying Jing Jing and Ying Pui Pui's father.
Yue Dai-Hoi's childhood friend.
Lee Fung (李楓) Ng Suk Tuk
吳淑德
Ying Nam's wife.
Gam Sam Shun's daughter-in-law.
Ying Jing Jing and Ying Pui Pui's mother.
Sonija Kwok Ying Jing-Jing (Madam Ying)
刑晶晶
D.I.E. Investigator
Ying Nam & Ng Suk Tuk's eldest daughter, Ying Pui Pui's older sister.
Gum Sam Shun's granddaughter.
Shing Ka-Tsun's ex-girlfriend.
Yue Chi-Long's girlfriend.
Nancy Wu Ying Pui Pui (Momoko)
邢珮珮
Matchmaker Consultant.
Ying Jing Jing's younger sister.
Ying Nam & Ng Suk Tuk's daughter.
Gum Sam Shun's granddaughter.
Teresa Ha (夏萍) Gum Sam Shun
金三順
Ying Nam's mother.
Ng Suk Tuk's mother-in-law.
Ying Jing Jing and Ying Pui Pui's grandmother.

D.I.E. (Death Investigation Extension) Unit[edit]

Cast Role Description
Joe Junior Fai Gak-Sun (Fai Sir)
費格遜
D.I.E. Supervisor
Derek Kok Cheung Ching-Yee
張正義
D.I.E. Investigator.
Yue Chi-Ching's boyfriend.
Mimi Lo (羅敏莊) Pang Mei Wan
彭美雲
D.I.E. Investigator.
Pierre's wife.
(冼灝英) Tse Siu Fung
謝小鳳
D.I.E. Investigator.

Other Cast[edit]

Cast Role Description
Kenneth Ma Shing Ka-Tsun (Hugo)
成家雋
C.I.D.
Ying Jing-Jing's ex-boyfriend.
Kitty Yuen (阮小儀) Ng Siu-Yi
吳小宜
Spirit
Yue Chi-Long's admirer.
Akina Hong (康華) Elize
何詠琛
關德文wife
Stephen Huynh Man Lung (Pierre)
文龍
Forensics Pathologist.
Pang Mei Wan's husband.

Alternate ending[edit]

The original ending of the series has Roger Kwok's character, Yue Sir, dead as a result of the car accident. However, the TV audience voted for a happy ending. As a result, another ending was created by TVB.

The alternate ending is of "Mo lei tau" style of comedy.

  1. Siu Yi transported members of the D.I.E. team to the moment before the car accident; the driver involved was Bobby Au-Yeung's character Chai Foon-Cheung from 2006's Dicey Business.
  2. Members of D.I.E. tried various ways to stop Chai Foon-Cheung, but to no avail.
  3. At the last moment, Chai Foon Cheung stopped the truck and said to the D.I.E. team that he was moved by their sincerity to save Yue Sir from dying, thus asking them to arrest him for pirating movies. (However, it was not addressed regarding how Chai Foon-Cheung knew about the plot.)
  4. Yue Sir and Madam Ying were in the hospital room, with Yue Sir holding their newborn son. Yue Sir commented why their son weighted 14 lb and a head full of hair. Siu Yi appeared telling them that their curse had been taken care of, and the reason that their son was so big was because she fed him a bowl of rice before he was born.

Neither endings address the fate of criminal Dai Hao-Ying, who started the series as a Triad boss and ended up being a petty thief. (Though the cast lineup for D.I.E. Again will include him, thus his fate will be revealed at the start of the series.)

Viewership ratings[edit]

Week Episode Average Points Peaking Points References
1
March 17–21, 2008 1 — 5
32
34
[1]
2
March 24–28, 2008 6 — 10
34
37
[2]
3
March 31 - April 4, 2008 11 — 15
33
36
[3]
4
April 7–11, 2008 16 — 20
34
38
[4]
5
April 14–18, 2008 21 — 25
37
44
[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

41st TVB Anniversary Awards (2008)

  • "Best Drama"
  • "Best Actor in a Leading Role" (Roger Kwok - Yu Chi-Long)
  • "Best Actress in a Leading Role" (Sonija Kwok - Ying Ching-Ching)
  • "My Favourite Male Character" (Roger Kwok - Yu Chi-Long)
  • "My Favourite Male Character" (Derek Kwok - Cheung Ching-Yee)
  • "My Favourite Female Character" (Kitty Yuen - Ng Siu-Yee)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Week 1 Ratings" (in Chinese). Ol.mingpao.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  2. ^ Week 2 Ratings[dead link]
  3. ^ "Week 3 Ratings" (in Chinese). Ol.mingpao.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Week 4 Ratings" (in Chinese). Ol.mingpao.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  5. ^ "Week 5 Ratings" (in Chinese). Ol.mingpao.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 

External links[edit]

  • TVB.com D.I.E. - Official Website (Chinese)
  • K for TVB.net D.I.E. - Episodic Synopsis and Screen Captures (English)