Devotion (TV series)

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Devotion
(阿娣)
Genre Historical period drama
Directed by Loo Yin Kam
Starring Zoe Tay
Chen Hanwei
Kola Zhou Ying
Cynthia Wang
Zhang Zhenhuan
Kate Pang
Adeline Lim
Opening theme Hold On 倔强 by Kit Chan
Ending theme 满足 by Wang Fang
兄妹 by Kit Chan
原乡情浓 by Wang Fang
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of episodes 25
Production
Running time approx. 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel MediaCorp Channel 8
Original run 28 June 2011 – 1 August 2011
Chronology
Preceded by C.L.I.F.
Followed by On the Fringe 2011
Related shows An Ode to Life (2004)
The Little Nyonya (2008)
Together (2009)
External links
Website

Devotion (simplified Chinese: 阿娣) is a Singaporean Chinese drama which was telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. It made its debut on 28 June 2011 and ended its run on 1 August 2011. This drama serial consists of 25 episodes, and was screened on every weekday night at 9.00 pm.

The storyline spans 40 years, and is also dubbed the mid-year blockbuster-cum-47th anniversary drama.

Synopsis[edit]

Liu Zhao Di (Zoe Tay), better known as Ah Di, is born in the 60s amidst sand quarries during the heyday of sand quarrying. Zhao Di, the fourth daughter in the family and whose name means "brings a younger brother", is given away to an uncle after her mother finally gives birth to a boy. He mistreats Ah Di like a maid. When she was little, Ah Di falls into a quarry pond and was saved by Huang Dake (Chen Hanwei). Love blossoms between them after they are reunited in adulthood but Ah Di is forced by her foster father, Liu Huoyan (Ye Shipin) to marry Xu Zhongzheng (Huang Wenyong), the boss of a garment factory.

Ah Di was also kidnapped trying to save three girls, Yuanfang (Zhou Ying), Shanshan (Cynthia Wang) and Siwen (Kate Pang). They were later being saved.

Not long after Ah Di marries Zhongzheng, he was manslaughtered by two subordinates, (Brandon Wong and Lin Meijiao). After Zhongzheng died, Ah Di works in a soy sauce factory. She becomes the object of love of Hong Keqin (San Yow), the boss of a soy sauce factory. However, she rejects his overtures because of her deep love for Dake whom she thinks is dead.

A sequence of events lead to Ah Di adopting five children from different families - Wang Yuanfang, Fu Shuangjie (Zhang Zhenhuan), Xu Siwen, Lin Shanshan and Wu Feng (Adeline Lim) and raising them while working at Keqin's factory, "Home Flavour". Raising five children has been a bittersweet experience for Ah Di who never once entertained the thought of giving them up even in life's most difficult moments...

Cast[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Zoe Tay Liu Zhaodi
aka. Ah Di
Foster mother of Yuanfang, Shanshan, Siwen, Shuangjie and Wufeng
Zhongzheng and Keqin's wife
Dake's girlfriend
Owner of "Home Flavours"
Later Dake's wife
ep 1-25
Chen Hanwei Huang Dake Ah Di's boyfriend
Manager of a travel agency
Later Ah Di's husband
ep 1-2
ep 4-7
ep 12-25
Terence Cao Xie Zhi'an Police inspector
Ah Di's friend
ep 2-4
ep 17-25
Yao Wenlong Hong Keqin Owner of "Home Flavours"
Ah Di's husband
Died (fell off a building)
ep 4-8
Alicia Lo Yu Xuan Wang Yuanfang Main Villain
Ruiji's daughter
Shanhe's ex-girlfriend
Ah Di's adopted daughter and love rival
Killed Yimin
Later in prison
ep 1-7 (younger)
Zhou Ying ep 7-21, 23-25 (older)
Dong Lu Ying Lin Shanshan Yuxi's daughter
Ah Di's adopted daughter
Shuangjie's girlfriend
ep 1-7 (younger)
Cynthia Wang ep 7-25 (older)
Oh Ling En Xu Siwen Zhongzheng's daughter
Ah Di's adopted daughter
Shuangjie's friend
Deaf
Killed by Yimin (ep 22)
ep 1-7 (younger)
Kate Pang ep 7-23 (older)
Zhong Zhao Feng Fu Shuangjie Orphan
Ah Di's adopted son
Shanshan's boyfriend
Siwen's friend
ep 5-7 (younger)
Zhang Zhenhuan ep 7-25 (older)
Lu Le Ci Wu Feng Aihao's biological daughter
Ah Di's adopted daughter
University student
ep 6-7 (younger)
Adeline Lim ep 7-8, 11-25 (older)
Aileen Tan Wu Aihao Wu Feng's mother
Ah Di's friend
ep 1, 4, 6, 19-25
Chen Hui Hui Hong Jinzhi Keqin's sister
Former lady boss of Home Flavours
ep 4-13
ep 16-23, 25
Zhang Wen Xiang Xie Jinfu A love cheat ep 9-12
Brandon Wong Wang Ruiji Yuanfang's father
Yuxi's husband and comrade
Killed Zhongzheng
Died in prison (ep 16)
ep 1-3, 8, 11, 16
Lin Meijiao Zhang Yuxi Shanshan's mother
Ruiji's wife and comrade
Killed Zhongzheng
ep 1-3, 10, 21-25
Chen Guohua Zheng Ah Nan Yimin's father
Employee of "Home Flavours"
ep 4-25
Jeffery Xu Zheng Yimin Ah Nan's son
Autistic
Siwen's friend
Killed Siwen, later killed by Yuanfang (ep 22)
ep 12-23
Darryl Yong Chen Shanhe Yuanfang's ex-boyfriend ep 8-17
Chen Shucheng Zhuo Chunsheng Lived alone ep 11-18
ep 20
ep 25
Huang Wenyong Xu Zhongzheng Ah Di's husband
Siwen's father
Killed by Ruiji and Yuxi
ep 1-2
Ye Shipin Huo Yan Ah Di's foster father ep 1-2

Trivia[edit]

  • This drama is one of three drama blockbusters in 2011, the other two being The Oath as well as A Song to Remember.
  • This drama marks Zoe Tay's return after The Ultimatum in 2009.
  • The drama coincidentally stars all three of the Star Search 1988 contestants still in the entertainment industry: Zoe Tay, Chen Hanwei and Aileen Tan.
  • Dai Yang Tian was offered the role Fu Shuangjie, but he turned down the role. The role was played by Zhang Zhenhuan instead.
  • This drama marks Taiwan star Cynthia Wang's first Singaporean drama.
  • This drama also marks Star Search 2010 artistes Adeline Lim, Jeffery Xu and Darryl Yong's first drama production.
  • Cynthia Wang's role Lin Shanshan's surname was originally named Zhang.
  • This drama is currently encoring from 13 June 2012 to 17 July 2012 at 5.30pm. Unriddle 2 was supposed to make a quick encore the weekday after The Oath's encore finale, which is on the timespan stated and also planned to end a week earlier, but the channel wanted to encore this drama due to strong rating symbol guide in Singapore media.

Star Awards 2012 Nominations[edit]

Devotion won a string of nominations at the awards ceremony, including a record three for the Young Talent Award and two for the Best Newcomer Award.

Award Nominee Result
Best Actress Zoe Tay Nominated
Young Talent Award Dong Lu Ying Nominated
Oh Ling En Nominated
Yong Joe Yan Nominated
Best Newcomer Adeline Lim Nominated
Jeffrey Xu Nominated
Best Drama Theme Song 《倔强》 by Kit Chan Won
Best Director Loo Yin Kam Nominated
Best Drama Cameraman Tommy Lee Nominated
Best Drama Set Design Wong Lab Seng Nominated
Best Drama Editing Poon Yiu Tung Nominated
Favourite Female Character Lin Shanshan
(played by Cynthia Wang)
Nominated

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