A Pillow Case of Mystery

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A Pillow Case of Mystery
Promotional poster
Genre Costume drama
Detective fiction
Written by Lau Chi-wah
Starring Bobby Au-yeung
Kenix Kwok
Benny Chan
Tavia Yeung
Annie Man
Lo Hoi-pang
Opening theme "Sin Chi Sin Kok" (先知先覺) by Benny Chan
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 20
Executive producer(s) Lam Chi-wah
Location(s) Hong Kong
Camera setup Multi camera
Running time 42 – 45 minutes
Production company(s) TVB
Original network TVB Jade
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original release 31 January – 26 February 2006
Related shows A Pillow Case of Mystery II (2010)
External links
Website tvcity.tvb.com/drama/a_pillow_case_of_mystery/

A Pillow Case of Mystery (Traditional Chinese: 施公奇案; literally The Curious Cases of Lord Sze) is a 2006 Hong Kong detective-fantasy television drama starring Bobby Au-yeung as the title character, Mr. Sze (Sze Sai-lun). Produced by Lam Chi-wah and edited by Lau Chi-wah, the drama is a TVB production. The original broadcast was on the TVB Jade network with 45-minute episodes airing five days a week from 31 January to 26 February 2006. The drama is set during the early 19th century Qing dynasty. Sze Sai-lun, the newly appointed magistrate of Kong-do County, accidentally encounters a spirit, enclosed in a magic pillow, who helps him solve cases.

Due to the drama's popular success, a follow-up sequel, A Pillow Case of Mystery II was produced and was released in 2010.


Sze Sai-lun (Bobby Au-yeung) becomes the new magistrate of Kong-do County. After a series of unresolved cases, the townspeople begin to see him as pathetic and useless. While Sai-lun was searching for evidence by a hillside, he accidentally injures himself, dropping blood on a mysterious pillow. He faints on it and discovers that the pillow encloses a spirit (Lo Hoi-pang) who can help him solve mysteries by giving him clues and riddles to solve. With the help of the pillow spirit, the townspeople begin to see a new light in Sai-lun.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Bobby Au-yeung portrays the title character, Sze Sai-lun, Kong-do County's new magistrate.
  • Kenix Kwok portrays Mai Heung-yung (born Tong Fung), the county court's maiden.
  • Benny Chan portrays Wong Tin-bah (born Tong Lung), Heung-yung's feisty younger brother.
  • Tavia Yeung portrays Princess Tsanggak Ming-chu, Sai-lun's younger god-sister.
  • Lo Hoi-pang portrays the Pillow Spirit, later revealed to be Heung-yung and Tin-bah's dead grandfather, Tong Doh-fuk.

Other characters[edit]

  • Lee Fung portrays Chiu Yuet-ngor, Sai-lun's mother.
  • Rosanne Lui portrays Pong Got-ngoi, Sai-lun's official wife.
  • Eileen Yeow portrays Ka Sau-yuk, Sai-lun's second wife/concubine.
  • Annie Man portrays Chin Lai-shu, Sai-lun's third wife/concubine.
  • Gordon Liu portrays Sima Jui-fung, the head constable.
  • Mary Hon portrays Siu Kau-leung, Heung-yung and Tin-bah's foster mother.
  • Cheung Ying-choi portrays Assistant Lo, Sai-lun's assistant judge.
  • Lee Kwok-lun portrays Sze Long, Sai-lun's deceased father.

Viewership ratings[edit]

Week Episode Average points Peaking points HK viewers
(in millions)
January 31 — February 3, 2006
1 — 4
February 6 — 10, 2006
5 — 9
February 13 — 17, 2006
10 — 14
February 20 — 24, 2006
15 — 19
February 26, 2006


External links[edit]

  • TVB.com A Pillow Case of Mystery - Official Website (in Chinese)
  • TVBSquare.com A Pillow Case of Mystery - Review