E.U. (TV series)

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E.U.
EU titlecard.jpg
E.U. title card
Also known as The Academy III
Genre Drama
Crime thriller
Written by Chu King-king
Lee Yee-wah
Leung Yan-tung
Starring Ron Ng
Sammul Chan
Michael Miu
Kathy Chow (actress)
Michael Tse
Elanne Kong
Kaki Leung
King Kong
Dominic Lam
Opening theme Hak Bak Bin Jau (黑白變奏)
by Ron Ng, Michael Tse, Sammul Chan
Ending theme Sau Cheung Yan (手掌印)
by Elanne Kong
Composer(s) Chow Wing-hang
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 30
Production
Executive producer(s) Wong Wai-sing
Location(s) Hong Kong
Camera setup Multi camera
Running time 45 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) TVB
Broadcast
Original channel TVB Jade
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 16 February – 27 March 2009
Chronology
Preceded by On the First Beat (2007)
Related shows Turning Point (2009)
Lives of Omission (2011)
Turning Point 2 (2011)
External links
Website
E.U. (TV series)
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Promotional poster featuring the main characters
Traditional Chinese 學警狙擊
Simplified Chinese 学警狙击
Literal meaning "Police Cadets in Action"

Emergency Unit, better known as simply E.U. is a 2009 Hong Kong television drama created and produced by Wong Wai-sing. It is the direct sequel to 2007's On the First Beat and the third installment in the The Academy series. E.U. stars Ron Ng and Sammul Chan from the original series, with the addition of Michael Miu, Kathy Chow, Michael Tse, and Elanne Kong. The popularity of Tse's role, Laughing Gor, spawned two film spin-offs and a television drama spin-off of the character.

Unlike the two previous installments, E.U. focuses on one particular secret triad, while the first two focuses more on the general lives of the characters. E.U. stands for Emergency Unit, a traffic and criminal operation wing under the Hong Kong Police Force. The series was meant to be followed by a sequel, however, production dropped the sequel, but reused the majority of its cast in an alternate series, Relic of an Emissary.

Synopsis[edit]

After ten years behind the bars in Taiwan, Kong Sai-Hau (Michael Miu) finally returns to Hong Kong. Other than the hope to find his daughter Yau-Yau (Elanne Kong) to mend their relationship, he also plans for revenge. On one hand, he pretends to surrender to triad boss To Yik-Tin (Lam Lee), the man who caused him to be jailed. On the other hand, he tries to gain trust from police officers Chung Lap-Man (Ron Ng) and Lee Pak-Kiu (Sammul Chan). Lee refuses to have a criminal as his friend, but Chung becomes close to Kong to gain inside information about To's activities. Laughing (Michael Tse) doesn't trust Kong at first, but Kong uses To's wife Ching Yeuk-Sam (Kathy Chow) in the organization as an influence to help him rise up the ranks. To is killed and Kong ascends to become the head of the triad. Later, Chung becomes an official undercover agent for the police force with the intention of exposing Kong's triad crimes. He isolates himself from Lee in order to protect his undercover identity. He meets Kong's daughter Kong Yau Yau, and Yau Yau starts to fall in love with him. Chung uses this to his advantage, gaining trust and higher rank in the triad.

Later on, Kong falls deeply in love with Sum and vice versa causing him to be distracted with his drug business. Kong eventually trusts Chung and almost hands parts of his drug business to Chung to take care of. But just when Kong thought that he was in control, his drug business fails. Kong discovers that the people he trusted the most had betrayed him, including Laughing. He also misinterprets that Sum betrayed him, so he kills her. His daughter Kong Yau Yau finds out and hates him for killing Sum, whom she thought of as a mother. Chung and Lee find out that Laughing was actually also an undercover cop, and both are wracked with feelings of guilt and gain a renewed sense of responsibility to take down Kong.

In the end, Kong's paranoia of betrayal causes him to be immobile for the rest of his life.

Cast[edit]

The Kong family[edit]

Cast Role Description
Michael Miu Kong Sai-Hau
江世孝
Triad leader(main villain)
Elanne Kong Kong Yau-yau
江悠悠
Kong Sai-Hau's daughter

Chung Lap Man's girlfriend

Police unit[edit]

Cast Role Description
Dominic Lam Wu Cheuk-Yan (Wu Sir)
胡卓仁
SSP39384 Senior Superintendent Of Police
Captain of Organized Crime and Triad Bureau (OCTB)
Chung Lap Man's Superior
Sammul Chan Lee Pak-Kiu
李柏翹
PI66341 Probationary Inspector of Police
Emergency Unit (E.U.)
OCTB Team Leader
Fa Yeuk-Bo's husband
Ron Ng Chung Lap-Man (Lucky Prince)
鍾立文
PC66336 Special Duties Unit
Kong Yau-Yau's boyfriend (distant)
Undercover Police
Organized Crime and Triad Bureau
Lee Pak Kiu's best friend
Leung Ka Ki (梁嘉琪) Fa Yeuk-Bo
花若葆
WPC66914 Police Constable
Emergency Unit (E.U.)
Ching Yeuk-Sam's younger half sister
Ma Ying Oi's daughter
Lee Pak-Kiu's wife
Lee Ka Sing (李家聲) Lam Suk-Chuen
林叔泉
PC66340 Police Constable
Emergency Unit (E.U.)
Casper Chan (陳思齊) Yiu Ling Ling (Cho Ling)
姚玲玲
WPC66550 Police Constable
Emergency Unit (E.U.)
Kwok Kai-Bong's Wife
Jason Pai (白彪) Si To Chiu
司徒超
SGT38401 Sergeant
Emergency Unit (E.U.)
Leung Siu Tong's and Fa Yeuk-Bo's mentor
Aimee Chan Chiu Wan-De (Wendy)
趙雲迪
WPC66349 Police Constable
Leung Siu Tong's ex-girlfriend
Dies in episode 16
Felix Lok Kwok Pui
郭培
Senior Superintendent Of Police
Kwok Kai-Chiu's and Kwok Kai-Bong's father
Ellesmere Choi Kwok Kai-Chiu
郭啟超
Senior Inspector Of Police
Kwok Kai-Bong's older brother

Triad[edit]

Cast Role Description
Lam Lee (林利) To Yik-Tin
杜亦天
Boss of Chun Hing Triad
Shot and killed in Episode 6
Kathy Chow Ching Yeuk-Sam
程若芯
To Yik-Tin's wife, later Kong Sai-Hau's fiancee
Fa Yeuk-Bo's older half-sister
Ma Ying Oi's daughter
Shot and killed by Kong Sai-Hau in Episode 28
Michael Tse Leung Siu Tong (Laughing)
梁笑棠
Triad Leader
Shot in Episode 23.

Undercover cop. Has a crush on Ching Yeuk Sam

Joel Chan Fai Wing-Lun
費永倫
Fai Hung's son
Triad Leader
Kam Kong (金剛) Zhong
韓志忠
Kong Sai-Hau's most trusted assistant
Alex Lam (林子善) La Ba
劉國強
Kong Yau-Yau's roommate
Chung Lap-Man's mate
Chun Wong (秦煌) Fai Hung
費雄
Fai Wing-Lun's father
Triad Elder
Dexter Young "Chicken" (Lat Gai)/Chu Wing-Fuk
朱永福
Triad Boss of New Territories

Other[edit]

Cast Role Description
Angelina Lo (盧宛茵) Fa Ma Ying Oi
花馬英愛
Fa Yeuk-Bo's and Ching Yeuk-Sam's mother
Wada Hiromi (裕美) Student
Jess Shum Ho Wing-chi
何詠芝
Fai Wing-Lun's wife
Oscar Chan (陳堃) Kwok Kai-Bong
郭啟邦
Yiu Ling Ling's (Cho Ling) husband
Owner of bookstore
Annie Chong Shopkeeper
Chiu Shek Man (招石文) Chiu Wan-Di's father
Fung So Bor (馮素波) Chiu Wan-Di's mother

Reception[edit]

The series has received many positive responses, particularly for Michael Tse's performance. His performance in E.U. is regarded as one of the best performance in his career. He is also favored to win Best Supporting Actor award in 2009's TVB Anniversary Awards. Due to overwhelming criticism of Tse's character's demise, Tse appeared and spoke in the last scene of the series and a prequel of E.U based on Laughing's life, entitled Turning Point, was produced. It was premiered on August 10, 2009 and was released in cinemas on 13 August 2009.[1]

However, Leung Ka Ki's role as "Fa Yeuk-Bo" receive almost complete negative response from viewers, who many of them state that they hate her in the series; this is somehow odd given that Ka Ki's role in the series is supposed to be a "Good person" role, although one possible reason is her stereotypical attitude towards the triads.

Notes[edit]

  • Joey Yung didn't reprise her role as Cheung Nim-Yan, Chung Lap-Man's (Ron Ng) girlfriend. To end her involvement in the series, it's been explained that the couple had separated and she left HK after getting married to another man.

Awards and nominations[edit]

TVB Anniversary Awards (2009)

Won

  • Best Supporting Actor (Michael Tse)
  • Most Improved Actress (Aimee Chan)

Nominated

  • Best Drama
  • Best Actor (Michael Miu)
  • Best Actress (Kathy Chow)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Joel Chan)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Elanne Kong)
  • My Favourite Male Character (Michael Miu)
  • My Favourite Male Character (Michael Tse)
  • My Favourite Female Character (Kathy Chow)

Viewership ratings[edit]

Week Episode Average Points Peaking Points References
1
February 16–20, 2009
1—5
29
31
[2]
2
February 23–27, 2009
6—10
29
32
[3]
3
March 2–6, 2009
11—15
30
31
[4]
4
March 9–13, 2009
16—19
29
31
[5]
5
March 16–20, 2009
20—24
30
33
[6]
6
March 23–27, 2009
25—30
34
43
[7]
March 27, 2009
29—30
36
43

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • TVB.com E.U. - Official Website (Chinese)
  • K for TVB E.U. - Screen Captures and Summary (English)