The Other Truth

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The Other Truth
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The Other Truth intertitle
Genre Legal drama
Format Serial
Written by Kwan Chung-ling (executive)
Kwan Bing-hung
Lai Ka-ming
and others
Directed by Au Yiu-hing
Kwan Man-sam
Ng Shiu-wing
and others
Starring Ruco Chan
Tavia Yeung
Raymond Wong
Louis Yuen
Natalie Tong
Lai Lok-yi
Sam Chan
Li Shing-cheong
Theme music composer Yip Siu-chung
Opening theme "潛伏" (Hiding)
by Ryan Lau
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Catherine Tsang
Producer(s) Amy Wong
Location(s) Hong Kong
Camera setup Multi camera
Running time 45 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) TVB
Broadcast
Original channel TVB Jade, HD Jade
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 27 June – 29 July 2011
External links
Website
The Other Truth
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Promotional poster
Chinese 真相
Literal meaning "Truth"

The Other Truth is a 2011 Hong Kong television legal drama serial produced by Amy Wong and TVB. The drama centers around a group of young barristers and solicitors working in Clayton Hau Chamber and Wallace Cheuk & Co. Solicitors, two fictional law firms in Central, Hong Kong. The Other Truth focuses on ambiguous criminal and civil cases with disputable truths, highlighting the lawyers' strive for impartiality and blind justice.

The drama is Hong Kong's sixth highest-rating serial drama of 2011, and received five top five nominations at the 2011 TVB Anniversary Awards, including Best Drama, Best Supporting Actress (Aimee Chan, Natalie Tong, Helen Ma), and My Favourite Male Character (Ruco Chan).

Synopsis[edit]

Does every verdict reveal the truth? Watch the court room drama unfold as a group of very individual attorneys are brought together in complex legal proceedings and each lawyer reveals their own story.

Barrister Keith Lau's (Ruco Chan) ambition knows no limits. He will do everything he can in order to win a case, even if it means putting himself at risk.

His good friend Wallace Cheuk (Raymond Wong) runs a law firm. Although Wallace is a qualified barrister, he has no court experience, until Mavis Hong (Tavia Yeung) joins his firm. Thereafter, Wallace's debut meets with loud acclaim.

Their good friend James Wai (Louis Yuen) is a down-on-his-luck lawyer who is financially dependent on his mother: but when a thorny case comes his way, it looks as if his luck has finally changed.

Criminal cases[edit]

Major episodes

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Ruco Chan portrays Keith Lau (劉思傑; jyutping: Lau Sigit), the wily pupil of retired judge Clayton Hau. Raised in a very poor urban neighbourhood in Yau Ma Tei, Keith has a strong sense of righteousness and a natural tendency to protect others. Ambitious and fearless, Keith is willing to overstep boundaries to achieve justice.
  • Tavia Yeung portrays Mavis Hong (康芷欣; Hong Zijan), who comes from a family of lawyers. She strives to be as successful as her parents, in which her father is an employed judge. Although unbiased and rational, Mavis begins to lose her confidence after dealing with an ambiguous rape case.
  • Raymond Wong portrays Wallace Cheuk (卓少謙; Coek Siuhim), Keith's indolent best friend. Although he owns a law firm and is a solicitor himself, he prefers handling the business aspects of his job rather than being a lawyer. To impress Mavis, he decides to try handling a tricky court case himself.
  • Louis Yuen portrays James Wai (韋文翰; Wai Manhon), a hardworking but unlucky barrister who rents an office space at Clayton Hau Chamber. Due to James upright and outspoken nature, his parents do not approve of James' career, and rather have him inherit his father's calligraphy ("Four Treasures of the Study") business instead.
  • Lai Lok-yi portrays Danny Mo (毛敬業; Mou Gingjip), a solicitor employed at Wallace's law firm.

Reception[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The first three episodes of The Other Truth, aired between 27 June and 29 June 2011 on TVB Jade, peaked at a rating of 32 points with 2.04 million viewers, the second highest premiere week for the first half of 2011 after 7 Days in Life, which peaked at 35 points.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

The critical reception to The Other Truth has been generally positive. Lin Dandan of the Southern Metropolis Daily has given the drama a four out of five stars, lauded that the drama has "captivating court room scenes in every episode, allowing those who love legal dramas to enjoy it to the max."[3] Lin further complimented the casting and their chemistry, describing it as "fresh and attractive. There will be at least one actor who will make you want to see more."[3] Lin especially praised Ruco Chan's performance, saying that The Other Truth is definitely his "representative work [...] the 2011 TVB Anniversary Award for Most Improved Male Artiste already belongs to him."[3]

Netizen's reception is also positive. On Douban, the drama received a rating of 7.8 out of 10 based on 13,000 votes.[4] Shuanglong of Douban also gave the drama a four out of five stars, saying that "although the court room disputes are not as intense as those in the classical File of Justice, the characters in The Other Truth are conflicting and contradictory, with unrevealed truths behind each case."[5] The Other Truth is also one of the most highly discussed dramas of the year at the Hong Kong Discuss Forums.

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Top 5 Result
2011 My AOD Favourites Awards My Favourite Drama Series The Other Truth Entered Nominated
My Favourite Actor in a Leading Role Ruco Chan Entered Nominated
My Favourite Actress in a Leading Role Tavia Yeung Entered Nominated
My Favourite Actor in a Supporting Role Louis Yuen Did Not Enter Nominated
My Favourite Actress in a Supporting Role Natalie Tong Entered Nominated
My Favourite On Screen Couple Louis Yuen and Kristal Tin Did Not Enter Nominated
My Favourite Top 15 Drama Characters Ruco Chan
N/A
Won
Tavia Yeung
N/A
Won
Raymond Wong
N/A
Nominated
TVB Anniversary Awards Best Drama The Other Truth Entered Nominated
Best Actor Ruco Chan Did Not Enter Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Li Shing-cheong Did Not Enter Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Aimee Chan Entered Nominated
Natalie Tong Entered Nominated
Helen Ma Entered Nominated
My Favourite Male Character Ruco Chan Entered Nominated
Raymond Wong Did Not Enter Nominated
My Favourite Female Character Tavia Yeung Did Not Enter Nominated
Most Improved Male Artiste Matt Yeung
N/A
Nominated

Viewership ratings[edit]

The following is a table that includes a list of the total ratings points based on television viewership. "Viewers in millions" refers to the number of people, derived from TVB Jade ratings (not including TVB HD Jade), in Hong Kong who watched the episode live. The peak number of viewers are in brackets.

Week Episode(s) Average points Peaking points Viewers (in millions) References
1
1 — 5
28
31
1.78 (1.98)
[6]
2
6 — 10
28
32
1.85 (2.04)
[7]
3
11 — 15
29
33
1.85 (2.10)
[8]
4
16 — 20
29
31
1.85 (1.98)
[9]
5
21 — 25
30
35
1.92 (2.26)
[10]

*The highest rating per minute.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tavia Yeung surprised with Shirley Yeung's change". Mingpao (in Chinese). 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  2. ^ "7 Days in Life premiere to high ratings". Ease Net (in Chinese). 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  3. ^ a b c "There will be one who will want you to see more". Southern Metropolis Daily (in Chinese). 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  4. ^ "The Other Truth at Douban". Douban (in Chinese). Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  5. ^ "The Other Truth - Review". Tudou (in Chinese). 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  6. ^ Week 1 Ratings
  7. ^ Week 2 Ratings
  8. ^ Week 3 Ratings
  9. ^ Week 4 Ratings
  10. ^ Week 5 Ratings

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