Gonna Make It (TV series)

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Gonna Make It
(小小传奇)
Genre Drama
Teens
Romance
Hairdressing
Written by Ng Kah Huay 黄佳华
Starring Julie Tan
Bryan Wong
Xu Bin
Edwin Goh
Ya Hui
Opening theme 小小故事 by Lin Si Tong
Ending theme 明天 by Nick Yeo
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s) Wong Kuang Yong 黄光荣
Running time approx. 45 minutes (exc. advertisements)
Release
Original network MediaCorp Channel 8
Original release 30 September – 25 October 2013
Chronology
Preceded by Sudden
Followed by Disclosed

Gonna Make It (Chinese: 小小传奇) is a Mediacorp Channel 8 romance drama that will broadcast from 30 September 2013 to 25 October 2013 and consist of 20 episodes. The main casts are Julie Tan, Bryan Wong, Xu Bin, Edwin Goh and Ya Hui.

Synopsis[edit]

Su Xiao Xiao (Julie Tan) was born in a single-parent family. After giving birth to her at 18 years old, her mother (May Phua) abandoned her in the care of her maternal grandparents (Jin Yinji, Zhang Wei). She never knew who her father was.

Her grandparents love her very much, yet they do not know how to discipline her. She has never liked studying, but she has a strange interest in hair-cutting. She was often unable to hold back from cutting the hair of female classmates sitting in front of her in class, making the girls cry. She received many warnings, yet she does as she pleases. None of her classmates dared to sit in front of her.

Without her grandparents’ knowledge, she secretly begs the lady boss of the nearby hair salon to take her in. The lady boss Monica (Cynthia Koh) thinks this is ridiculous, but says yes just to oblige her. Xiao Xiao is dedicated to her craft, even saving up her pocket money to buy practice wigs. She ends up dropping out of school, so her grandparents give in. During Xiao Xiao’s days as an apprentice, Monica treats her as cheap labour and does not teach her any hairstyling techniques.

Before she can pick up any skills, she gets to know an idle young man, Li Fei Long (Edwin Goh), a righteous street gangster. Fei Long sees her being bullied by Monica’s sleazy husband Ken, who ‘teaches’ her massage techniques only to take advantage of her. Fei Long stands up for her and gives Ken a good beating.

Xiao Xiao starts to get closer to Fei Long and his bunch of gangster friends.

She later takes a stab for Fei Long unintentionally during a gang fight. Fei Long regards her as his benefactor after that. During this incident, she witnesses her good friend being killed, and sees the family of the victim crying in mourning. Due to her involvement in this incident, she is sentenced to jail for three years. She completely changes, and works hard to improve herself. She begins to put her heart into hairdressing. During her trying to do well in the hairdressing business, she meets Oscar Yang Yuan Shuai (Xu Bin) and they both fell in love.

After her release from jail, she decides to start afresh. But Fei Long and the gang refuse to leave her alone. Fei Long is either trying to repay her for saving him, or expressing his feelings for her, but she wants to distance herself from her errant past. Unable to avoid them completely, she decides to tries her best to guide them positively.

With a criminal record, she finds it difficult to reenter society and find a job, until she meets the hairstylist, Liu Ah Man (Bryan Wong).

Ah Man is a famous hairstylist with a notoriously bad temper. Many apprentices and staff have left the salon, unable to tolerate his temper.

When Ah Man first sees Xiao Xiao, he can tell she has a passion for hairdressing and decides to accept her as his disciple. Ah Man is very strict with her, and puts her under rigid training starting with the most menial chores. She goes from misunderstanding him, to clashing with him countless times, to finally building a strong mentor-and-student relationship with him.

Ah Man passes away and leaves the salon to Xiao Xiao in his will. The condition is she must never sell the salon, no matter how bad the situation is.

Oscar Yang Yuan Shuai (Xu Bin) was born in a family of doting aunts & female cousins. As the only son of the Yangs’, he is spoilt by the women in his life. On top of that, he has always excelled in everything. This causes him to be extremely self-confident. His only weakness is an acute fear of escalators, stemming from a horrific accident in his childhood.

After returning from his studies in the US, Oscar’s aunts want him to takeover operating their hair salon business. He decides to revamp the business, and develop a one-stop beauty service.

As the two clash with each other, they begin to admire each other, and slowly fall for each other. Xiao Xiao, Fei Long, Oscar and his infatuated cousin Zhang Wen Ya (Ya Hui) become tangled up in a complicated love quadrangle...

Cast[edit]

Cast Role
Julie Tan 陈欣淇 Su Xiao Xiao 苏小小
Bryan Wong 王禄江 Liu Ah Man 刘阿满
(Deceased - Episode 17)
Xu Bin 徐彬 Oscar Yang Yuan Shuai 杨元帅
Edwin Goh 吴劲威 Li Fei Long 李飞龙
Ya Hui 雅慧 Zhang Wen Ya 张文雅
Jin Yinji 金银姬 Grandmother 外婆
Zhang Wei 张为 Grandfather 外公
May Phua 潘淑钦 Su Zhen Zhu 苏珍珠
San Yow 姚玟隆 Zhang Zheng Gang 张正刚
Lin Meijiao 林梅娇 Zhou Mei Na 周美娜
Christina Lim 林佩芬 Moon
Jeffrey Xu 徐鸣杰 Ah Hui 阿辉
Cynthia Koh 许美珍 Monica
Adam Chen 詹金泉 Ice

Trivia[edit]

Overseas broadcast[edit]

This drama is the fourteenth drama on Malaysian satellite television Astro to be broadcast concurrently with Singapore, two weeks' behind the original telecast.[1]

Country of Broadcast Broadcasting Network Premiere Finale Preceded by Followed by
 Malaysia Astro Shuang Xing 17 October 2013 at 4.30pm, weekdays
(encore on 18 October at 3.30pm, weekdays)
13 November 2013
(encore on 14 November)
Sudden Disclosed

2014 Accolades[edit]

Gonna Make It is nominated for 5 awards in the Star Awards 20.

Nominee / Work Award Accolade Result
Wong Kuang Yong 黄光荣 Star Awards 20 Show 1
红星大奖20
Best Director
最佳导演
Nominated
Ng Kah Huay 黄佳华 Best Screenplay
最佳剧本
Nominated
Xu Bin 徐彬 Favourite Male Character
最喜爱男角色
Nominated
Xu Bin 徐彬 and Julie Tan 陈欣淇 Favourite Onscreen Couple
最喜爱银幕情侣
Top three
Bryan Wong 王禄江 Star Awards 20 Show 2
红星大奖20
Best Actor
最佳男主角
Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gonna Make It on Astro Shuang Xing". Astro Television (in Chinese). Retrieved 2013-10-05.