Hero (2016 TV series)

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Hero
大英雄
GenreFamily
Comedy
Written byAng Eng Tee 洪荣狄
Directed bySu Miao Fang 苏妙芳
Loo Yin Kam 卢燕金
Wong Foong Hwee 黃芬菲
StarringShaun Chen 陈泓宇
Chen Hanwei 陈汉玮
Jesseca Liu 刘子绚
Opening themeThe Extraordinary (格外精彩) by Janice Yan
Ending theme1) Tears (借你一点泪) by Power Station
2) Wait For Love (等一等爱情) by Bonnie Loo
3) Watching Over You (守护你) by Bonnie Loo
(No commentaries for News Tonight)
Country of originSingapore
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of episodes30 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jasmine Woo 邬毓琳
Production location(s)Dakota Crescent, Singapore
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes (exc. advertisements)
Release
Original networkMediacorp Channel 8
Original release29 November 2016 – 9 January 2017
Chronology
Preceded byYou Can Be an Angel 2
Followed byHome Truly
Related showsTiger Mum
It Takes Two

Hero (Chinese: 大英雄) is a Singaporean blockbuster drama produced and telecast on Mediacorp Channel 8. The show aired at 9pm on weekdays and had a repeat telecast at 8am the following day. It stars Shaun Chen , Chen Hanwei & Jesseca Liu as the casts of this series. This Drama entailed a lot of cameo appearances by famous Singaporean artists such as Zoe Tay, Rebecca Lim, Xiang Yun, Jack Neo, Carrie Wong and more.

Plot[edit]

Through the lives of Zhou Fada (Shaun Chen), Ye Xiaoying (Chen Hanwei) and Zhang Weixiong (Jesseca Liu), three ordinary characters who grew up in Dakota Crescent, a series of interesting, exciting and personal stories will unfold…

Zhou Fada, also known as Big Brother, is a man with a strong sense of justice, loyalty and compassion. He always takes into his hands the problems of his neighbors, wanting to help them in times of need. But because of his overzealous and reckless character, his good intentions often turn out to cause more trouble than help.

Ye Xiaoying is Fada's uncle, who always dreams of achieving phenomenal success in life, but he never did live up to his dreams as he is essentially just a slacker. He is very good at keeping out of trouble, by tactically avoiding tricky situations. His motto in life is: A man's greatest power is not his fists, but his tongue. He believes that being good with words can help one sail through career and relationships smoothly, but the fact is, his career and love affairs are almost always on the rocks.

Zhang Weixiong is a manly name, but the owner of the name is actually a cute girl. When her mother was pregnant with her, the ultrasound scan showed that it was a baby boy, so her father went to the fortune teller and got her this dashing manly name. Who would have expected that it was a baby girl! But they went along with the name “Wei Xiong” after all. Weixiong is just like her name; she has great ambitions and a gusty character, and people in the neighborhood see her as the future elite. Unfortunately, that is just her pretense. She is actually very timid and cowardly, but she believes that in order to survive in this dog-eat-dog world, you will have to “never say die”. So even though she is crumbling from fear inside, she would always put up a strong front, and her strong-headedness always gets her into trouble. If not for the help of Big Brother Fada, with this personality, she might have much consequences to suffer.

This three characters, together known as “The Great Hero”, are the three musketeers of the neighborhood, and from them, we will get to know many other members of Dakota Crescent, and also their inspiring, interesting and heart-warming stories.

Cast[edit]

Zhou (Fada) family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Jin Yinji
金银姬
Granny Swordswoman
侠女阿嫲

Old bag (老太婆)

  • Zhou Fada's grandmother
  • Ye Xiaoying's aunt
  • Fan Fangfang and Chen Bangqing's landlady
  • Quan Min'er's mother-in-law
1-10, 12-13, 15-30
Chen Hanwei
陈汉玮
Ye Xiaoying
叶晓英
Old Uncle (老叔)/Ajussi/Arnold Skeleton (死给你等)/Mr Ye (叶总)/0238/Ying(英/英哥)
  • Zhou Fada's uncle and childhood playmate
  • Zhang Weixiong's childhood playmate
  • Jailed for gold bar investment scam
  • Ou Jinxuan's fiancé
  • Ou Sihai's son-in-law
  • Ou Jinguang and Xiuzhen's brother-in-law
1-10, 12, 14, 16-20, 23-30
Shaun Chen
陈泓宇
Zhou Fada
周发达
Big Brother (大哥大)/Lazy Bum (懒惰星)/Penang Boy (槟城来的)
Pervert (死变态)/Honey (蜜糖)/Mr Heroda (Heroda先生)
  • Original name Jonathan Zhou Kaipeng(周凯鹏)
  • Granny Swordswoman's grandson
  • Ye Xiaoying's nephew and childhood playmate
  • Zhang Weixiong's childhood playmate
  • Zhang Weixiong's boyfriend
  • Quan Min'er's son
1-8, 10-17, 19-30

Zhang (Zhiming) family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Zhu Xiufeng
朱秀凤
Granny Mahjong
麻将婆
  • Zhang Zhiming's mother
  • Xiao Jiahui's mother-in-law
  • Zhang Weixiong and Zhang Weikang's grandmother
1-6, 8-9, 12-13, 15-17, 19-20, 22, 24-30
Brandon Wong
黄炯耀
Zhang Zhiming
张志明
3-6, 9, 19
Pan Lingling
潘玲玲
Xiao Jiahui
萧家慧

Auntie Hui (慧姨)

  • Dementia patient
  • Zhang Zhiming's wife
  • Zhang Weixiong and Zhang Weikang's mother
1-6, 8-10, 12-13, 15-17, 19-22, 24-30
Jesseca Liu
刘子绚
Zhang Weixiong
张伟雄


Teddy (大狗熊)/Xiong(雄)

  • Lawyer
  • Zhou Fada and Ye Xiaoying's childhood playmate
  • Zhang Zhiming and Xiao Jiahui's daughter
  • Zhang Weikang's elder sister
  • Zhou Fada's girlfriend
1-11, 13-22, 24-30
Ian Fang
方伟杰
Zhang Weikang
张伟康
  • Zhang Zhiming and Xiao Jiahui's son
  • Zhang Weixiong's younger brother
  • Bonnie's ex-boyfriend
  • Guan Meiyu's boyfriend
1-9, 11, 13, 15-16, 18-19, 22, 26-27, 29-30

Ou (Sihai) family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Zhu Houren
朱厚任
Ou Sihai
区四海
Uncle Hai (海叔)
  • Ou Jinguang and Ou Jinxuan's father
  • Xiuzhen and Ye Xiaoying's father-in-law
1, 4-5, 9-10, 12, 14, 17, 19-23, 26, 28-30
Andie Chen
陈邦鋆
Ou Jinguang
区金光
Guang (阿光/光哥)
  • Ou Sihai's son
  • Ou Jinxuan's elder brother
  • Xiuzhen's husband
  • Ye Xiaoying's brother-in-law
  • In love with Fan Fangfang
1-10, 12, 14-16, 19-23, 26, 28-30
Youyi
有懿
Xiuzhen
秀珍

Ms Buck Teeth (龅牙姐)

  • Ou Jinguang's wife
  • Fan Fangfang's rival in love
  • Ou Sihai's daughter-in-law
  • Ou Jinxuan and Ye Xiaoying's sister-in-law
  • Auntie Teochew's daughter
1, 15, 19-20, 22-23, 26, 28-30
Paige Chua
蔡琦慧
Ou Jinxuan
区金萱

Youme/Ms Diana (Diana 小姐)

  • Ou Sihai's daughter
  • Ou Jinguang's younger sister
  • Xiuzhen's sister-in-law
  • Ye Xiaoying's fiancée
  • Boyboy's mother
2-3, 6, 9-10, 12, 14, 16-30
林道锐 Boy Boy

Little Imp (小冬瓜)

  • Ye Xiaoying and Ou Jinxuan's son
19-26, 29-30

Guan (A-li) family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Chen Tianwen
陈天文
Guan A-li
关阿礼
Villain but later finally repented in a last few episodes

Hothead (火爆王)

  • Huang Lili's ex-husband
  • Guan Meiyu and Guan Meimei's father
3-4, 7, 9, 14, 19, 21-22, 26, 28, 30
Aileen Tan
陈丽贞
Huang Lili
黄丽丽

Li (丽姐)

  • Guan A-li's ex-wife
  • Guan Meiyu and Guan Meimei's mother
  • Working as a cleaner with Guan Meimei
3-15, 18-19, 21-22, 24-30
He Yingying
何盈莹
Guan Meiyu
关美玉

May

  • Guan A-li and Huang Lili's elder daughter
  • Guan Meimei's elder twin sister
  • Zhang Weikang's girlfriend
1-9, 11, 13-15, 18-19, 22, 24-30
Bonnie Loo
罗美仪
Guan Meimei
关美美
  • Guan A-li and Huang Lili's younger daughter
  • Guan Meiyu's younger twin sister
  • Working as a cleaner with Huang Lili
  • Walter's love interest
1-9, 11-15, 17-19, 21-22, 24-30

Luo (Zhixiang) family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Ng Suan Loi
黃晶晶
Granny Cardboard/Cha Kwee Kiao
纸皮婆
  • Luo Bei's mother
  • Cardboard collector
  • (Deceased - episode 21)
1-6, 8, 10-11, 19, 21
Peter Yu
宏荣
Luo Bei/Luo Zhixiang
罗北/罗志祥
Villain but later totally repented

Someone's-in-a-big-hurry (赶着去投胎)/Xiang (阿祥)

  • Granny Cardboard's son
  • Gambler
  • Ex-actor
  • Taxi driver
1-12, 14, 18-19, 21-22, 25-26, 30

Other characters[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Sheila Sim
沈琳宸
Fan Fangfang
范芳芳

Fann Wong (范文芳)/Fang (芳)/Shh (嘘)

  • Came from China to look for job in Singapore
  • Chen Bangqing's ex-girlfriend and enemy
  • Ou Jinguang's love interest
  • Granny Swordswoman's tenant
2-5, 7-9, 11-21, 23, 26, 28
Henry Thia
程旭辉
Steven Villain
  • Accused Xiao Jiahui of being promiscuous
  • Granny Mahjong's playmate
4-6, 9-10
Teddy Tang
唐崧瑞
Jack Chan

Villain

Jack Neo (梁志强)/Jack (小Jack)

  • Zhang Weixiong's classmate and love interest
  • Threatened Zhang Weixiong with her nude photos
5, 7-9, 11
James Seah
谢宏辉
Chen Bangqing 陈邦庆

Main Villain
Qing (阿庆)/Chen (小陈)

  • Fan Fangfang's ex-boyfriend and enemy
  • Granny Swordswoman's tenant
  • Brought a drunken Fan Fangfang to a hotel and offered her to Mr Liu
  • Attempted to kill Fan Fangfang but eventually it gotten himself a severe accident
7-9, 11-12, 14-18, 20, 26, 28
Mervyn Lee
李岳杰
Potty Mouth
臭口王
Villain but repented
  • Gambler
  • Ye Xiaoying's rival
  • Ah Jiao's husband
8, 12, 20, 24, 27, 30
Desmond Ng
黄振隆
Walter Lu

Bin Trasher (踢桶男)/Mr Lu (陆先生)

  • In love with Guan Meimei, but rejected by her family
9, 11-13, 17-19, 22, 28, 30
Marcus Mok
莫健发
Eric Old Pervert (老乌龟)
  • Guan Meiyu's sugar daddy
11, 13-15
Joy Yak
易凌
Jiao
阿娇
  • Potty Mouth's wife
  • Attempted suicide
11-12, 14, 20, 24, 27-28, 30
王慧莹 Auntie Teochew 潮州嫂
  • Offered her porridge stall to Ou Jinguang
  • Xiuzhen's mother
12, 14-15
马天凌 Mr Liu
刘总
Villain
  • Chen Bangqing and Ye Xiaoying's boss
14-15
Zhang Yaodong
张耀栋
Zhang Zhentian
张振天
  • Lawyer
  • Zhang Weixiong's ex-boyfriend and boss
20-21, 24-26, 28-30

Cameo appearances[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Carrie Wong
黄思恬
Alexia
  • The three Charlie's Angels
1, 29-30
Ya Hui
雅慧
Betty
Felicia Chin
陈凤玲
Cathy
Chew Chor Meng
周初明
Wei Ge
伟哥
  • Loanshark boss
1
Oh Ling En
胡菱恩
Student
中学学生
  • Molested in the bus
1
Dennis Chew
周崇庆
Auntie Lucy
  • Granny Mahjong's playmate
  • First met Zhou Fada, Zhang Weixiong and Ye Xiaoying at an open carpark
  • Was owed debt by Granny Mahjong
1
Tay Ping Hui
郑斌辉
Rice King
饭王
  • Sold rice, curry sauce and a few other ingredients to Zhou Fada
1
Kym Ng
鐘琴
Fishball Girl
鱼丸妹
  • Sold some fishballs to Zhou Fada
1
Mark Lee
李国煌
Long Ge
龙哥
  • A mover boss who gave a job to Zhou Fada
3
Terence Cao
曹国辉
Xie Xian
谢贤
  • Xiao Jiahui's secondary school classmate
  • Gave Xiao Jiahui a lift home in his branded car
3
Jack Neo
梁智强
Liang Po Po
梁婆婆
  • Left her smartphone in the toilet, which Meiyu decided to keep for herself
  • Met Meiyu just as she was leaving the toilet with the smartphone
4
Zhang Zhenhuan
张振寰
George Pu
  • Ou Jinxuan's ex-boyfriend
6
Xiang Yun
向云
Quan Min'er
权敏儿
  • Zhou Fada's biological mother
  • Suffered from an incurable disease
  • (Deceased - episode 13)
7, 13
Zoe Tay
郑惠玉
Deborah
  • Zhang Weikang's sugar mummy
  • Alex's wife
13, 16
Wang Yuqing
王昱清
Leo 13
Guo Liang
郭亮
Alex
  • Zhang Weikang's offender
  • Deborah's husband
16
Rebecca Lim
林慧玲
Herself
  • Actress
16
Richard Low
刘谦益
Old fogey
老鬼
Villain
  • Humiliated Granny Swordswoman at the hawker centre
16
Huang Biren
黄碧仁
He Xuemei
何雪美

Tigeress (老虎)/Mdm Hor

  • Reprised her role as a prison officer from Tiger Mum
  • Mistook Ye Xiaoying for Antonio Chen Hongyu, who also appeared in Tiger Mum
20
Jeremy Chan
田铭耀
John
  • Runs a tropical fish shop
22, 24, 27
Michael Huang Liar Villain
  • Gangster who threatened Xiao Jiahui
25-26
Jayley Woo
胡佳琪
Bonnie

Flat-chested (莫尼)

  • Zhang Weikang's ex-girlfriend
27
Sora Ma
马艺瑄
Herself
  • Actress
  • Went to Guan Meimei's concert in Episode 28
28
Desmond Tan
陈泂江
Himself
  • Actor
  • Went to Guan Meimei's concert in Episode 28
28
Zheng Geping
郑各评
Bonnie父亲
  • Bonnie's father
29
Kenneth Chung
钟坤华
Himself
  • Radio host
29
Somaline Ang
洪凌
Herself
  • Actress
30
洪偉文 Mr Hong
洪编剧
  • Scriptwriter
30

Original Sound Track (OST)[edit]

Song title Song type Lyrics Composer Performer Producer
The Extraordinary
格外精彩
Opening theme song 王振声 周以力 阎奕格 Janice Yan
Tears
借你一点泪
Sub-theme song 姚若龙 郑楠 动力火车 Power Station
Wait For Love
等一等爱情
乐声 邓碧源 罗美仪 Bonnie Loo 麦如丽
Watching Over You
守护你
高飞 Benny Wong

Development[edit]

Dakota Crescent is one of Singapore's earliest (HDB) estates, built in 1958 by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT), which preceded the HDB. In July 2014, it was decided that the housing estate would be redeveloped under the HDB's SERS scheme and all residents would have to relocate by 2016.[1] This prompted a campaign by activists for its conservation,[2] works of art to be created about it[3][4] and also a spike in the amount of coverage given to Dakota Crescent by the media.[5] Within weeks of the announcement by the HDB, Dakota Crescent drew considerable attention from many Singaporeans, amid which this drama series was produced.

This drama series was produced also as a means of kick-starting the commemoration of 35 years of Singapore-produced Chinese-language television in Singapore. As part of this, Mediacorp's famous Chinese-speaking comedy icons, such as Paris and Milan character Auntie Lucy (played by Dennis Chew) and Liang Po Po (played by Jack Neo) of Comedy Nite, will be making cameo appearances in this drama.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Imaging sessions were done in end-April and early-May 2016, while the first scene was shot on 23 May.[14][15] On 30 July 2016, in the nineteenth season of The Sheng Siong Show, it was also announced that Power Station will be performing the drama's ending theme. They were in Singapore to promote their "Next Station" world tour which will be held on 27 August.

A post screening session was conducted at Dakota Crescent's Care and Friends Centre. The cast of Hero - Shaun Chen, Jesseca Liu, Chen Hanwei, Bonnie Loo, Paige Chua, Ian Fang, Sheila Sim, Youyi, He Yingying, Aileen Tan, Brandon Wong and Jin Yinji were present. The first episode of the show was also broadcast there.

  • The series consists of 30 episodes, and aired from 29 November 2016 to 9 January 2017.

Trivia[edit]

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Star Awards 2017[edit]

The series has the most nominations in Star Awards 2017.

The other drama serials that are nominated for Star Awards 2017 are You Can Be an Angel 2 , C.L.I.F. 4, Fire Up & The Dream Job.

It won 2 out of 10 nominations.

The Star Awards are presented by Mediacorp.

Star Awards – Acting Awards
Accolades Category Nominees Result
The Road to Star Awards 2017 Episode 1
红星大奖 影聚响宴
Best Director
最佳导演
Wong Foong Hwee
黄芬菲
Nominated
Best Screenplay
最佳剧本
Ang Eng Tee
洪荣狄
Nominated
The Road to Star Awards 2017 Episode 2
红星大奖 影聚响宴
London Choco Roll Happiness Award
最佳开心果奖
Shaun Chen
陈泓宇
Nominated
Bioskin Healthiest Hair Award Desmond Ng
黄振隆
Nominated
Star Awards 2017 Awards Ceremony 红星大奖2017颁奖礼 Best Actor
最佳男主角
Shaun Chen
陈泓宇
Nominated
Best Actress
最佳女主角
Jesseca Liu
刘子绚
Nominated
Best Supporting Actor
最佳男配角
Andie Chen
陈邦鋆
Nominated
Best Supporting Actress
最佳女配角
Paige Chua
蔡琦慧
Nominated
Pan Lingling
潘玲玲
Nominated
Bonnie Loo
罗美仪
Nominated
Aileen Tan
陈丽贞
Won
Best Evergreen Artiste Award
常青演绎奖
Nominated
Best Drama Serial
最佳电视剧
N/A Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dakota Crescent tenants hit by news of redevelopment". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. ^ ""Group pushing to save Dakota Crescent"". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Community theatre show puts spotlight on Dakota Crescent and its residents". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Overwhelming response to Drama Box's site-specific performance in Dakota Crescent". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  5. ^ "5 things to remember about Dakota Crescent". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  6. ^ ""绚耀"咖啡馆悄悄开业 刘子绚《大英雄》首次挑战搞笑角色" (in Chinese). Channel 8 News and Current Affairs. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  7. ^ "陈泓宇:新剧角色取名自"达哥打弯"感荣幸 拍完戏急着回家看孩子" (in Chinese). Channel 8 News and Current Affairs. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Auntie Lucy重出江湖 客串重头剧《大英雄》" (in Chinese). Channel 8 News and Current Affairs. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  9. ^ "陈汉玮挺脊柱骨伤口拍戏 为母亲祈福改吃素" (in Chinese). Channel 8 News and Current Affairs. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  10. ^ "梁婆婆重出江湖 梁志强新片拒当导演?" (in Chinese). Toggle. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  11. ^ "郑斌辉赴中国演蒙古大汗 陈泓宇与妻女分房睡" (in Chinese). Toggle. 18 June 2016.
  12. ^ Tammi Tan (16 July 2016). "No sugar mummies for Ian Fang". Toggle. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  13. ^ "刘子绚望办海滩婚礼 郑惠玉"吃"嫩草方伟杰" (in Chinese). Toggle. 16 July 2016.
  14. ^ "刘子绚否认下个月结婚 陈泓宇望携妻女拍广告" (in Chinese). Toggle. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  15. ^ "陈邦鋆下月搬家迎接小公主 黄炯耀晒儿破家变传闻" (in Chinese). Toggle. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.