A Bride for a Ride

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A Bride for a Ride
A Bride for a Ride official poster
Genre Costume drama
Written by Chan Kam-ling
Choi Suk-yin
Starring Chin Kar-lok
Sammul Chan
Louisa So
Nancy Wu
Gigi Wong
Rain Lau
Joseph Lee
Mimi Chu
Cheung Kwok-keung
Opening theme Hap Fat Cheung Chan (合法搶親)performed by Chin Kar-lok, Sammul Chan, Wong Cho-lam
Composer(s) Chow Wing-hang
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 21
Executive producer(s) Poon Ka-tak
Location(s) Hong Kong
Camera setup Multi camera
Running time 45 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) TVB
Original network TVB Jade
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 13 July – 9 August 2009
External links
A Bride for a Ride
Traditional Chinese 王老虎搶親
Simplified Chinese 王老虎抢亲
Literal meaning "Tiger Wong Snatches a Bride"

A Bride for a Ride is a 2009 Hong Kong television series based on the traditional Pingtan story of the same name. Set during the prosperous Ming Dynasty of China, the drama revolves around the rich and influential Wong family and their comedic ties with Chow Man-bun, a young and handsome scholar who has a specialty in cross-dressing. To prove his worth to Wong Sau-ying, his ideal lover, he cross dresses as a beauty in a lantern festival so he can get closer to her. Sau-ying's older brother, Tiger Wong, sees Man-bun's beauty and kidnaps him home. A Bride for a Ride consists of elements of Cantonese opera. Chin Kar-lok, who stars as Tiger Wong, is also the drama's action choreographer.


Foolhardy Tiger Wong (Chin) is annoyed with his mother (Wong) for consistently pressuring him to get married. He therefore snatches Chow Man-bun (Chan) who is in female disguise to be his bride and arranges for Man-bun to stay at his younger sister Sau-ying's (Wu) chamber for the night. After this, Tiger has no choice but to marry Sau-ying to Man-bun while setting up strict rules to torture Man-bun in the house. Clever Man-bun makes use of the chivalrous woman Mo Sam-leung (So) to control Tiger and misleads Sam-leung that Tiger is her long lost rescuer. Using tricks to upset Tiger, he makes Tiger marry Sam-leung. Since then, Sam-leung tries every means to domesticate her husband and that almost drives him insane. Man-bun is relieved to escape from Tiger’s manipulation but he carelessly causes lots of troubles elsewhere. A Bride for A Ride brings you a modern perspective of this traditional tale and you'll surely be surprised with its astonishing approach.


Note: Some of the characters' names are in Cantonese romanisation.

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) AI References
1 — 5
1.92 (2.17)
6 — 10
1.85 (2.04)
11 — 15
1.85 ( — )
16 — 20
1.98 (2.10)
1.98 (2.04)

Awards and nominations[edit]

TVB Anniversary Awards (2009)

  • Best Drama
  • Best Actor (Chin Kar Lok)
  • My Favourite Male Character (Chin Kar Lok)


External links[edit]

  • TVB.com A Bride for a Ride - Official Website (Chinese)