How Are You? (TV series)

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How Are You?
好世谋
Also known asHo Seh Bo
好勢嘸
GenreFamily
Silver Generation
Written byLau Ching Poon 刘清盆
Directed byPng Keh Hock 方傢福
Lin Ming Zhe 林明哲
StarringZhu Houren 朱厚任
Chen Liping 陈丽萍
Romeo Tan 陈罗密欧
Sheila Sim 沈琳宸
Ya Hui 雅慧
Desmond Ng 黄振隆
Joshua Tan 陈伟恩
Richard Low 刘谦益
Roy Li 黎沸辉
Cynthia Koh 许美珍
Opening themeHo Seh Bo 好势呒 by Roy Li 黎沸挥
Ending theme每天为你唱歌 by Desmond Ng 黄振隆 & Bonnie Loo 罗美仪
Country of originSingapore
Original language(s)Hokkien, Teochew & Cantonese with some Mandarin & English dialogue
No. of episodes16
Production
Producer(s)Zheng Geping 郑各评
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
Production company(s)Mediacorp
Release
Original networkMediacorp Channel 8
Original release4 January –
19 April 2019
Chronology
Preceded byHappy Can Already! 4 (11.30am on Friday)
Hello From The Other Side (9pm)
Followed byHappy Go Lucky
Related showsHow Are You? 2 (TBA)
How Are You?
Traditional Chinese好世謀
Simplified Chinese好世谋
Literal meaning""How Are You"
How Are You?
Traditional Chinese好勢嘸
Simplified Chinese好势呒
Literal meaning""How Are You"

How Are You? (traditional Chinese: 好世謀; simplified Chinese: 好世谋) is a Singapore dialect drama series which is telecast on Singapore's free-to-air channel, Mediacorp Channel 8. It stars Zhu Houren, Chen Liping, Romeo Tan, Sheila Sim, Ya Hui, Desmond Ng, Joshua Tan, Richard Low, Roy Li & Cynthia Koh. This is the fifth dialect drama to be produced on Channel 8.[1][2] This is also the first mainstream TV drama project with Zheng Geping as executive producer.[3]

A mandarin-dubbed version of the show will aired on Astro AEC at 8.30 PM in Malaysia and Channel 8 at 9.00 PM in Singapore from 3 April 2019, which does not air the opening and ending theme songs. The original dialect version also aired on Malaysia's 8TV.

Plot[edit]

Gong Jia Qiao (Zhu Houren), 66 years-old, becomes wheelchair-bound after a car accident. He currently sells lottery and tissue packets for a living. Over 30 years ago, his neighbour Guo Mei Li (Chen Liping) puts Ah Dai (Chen Liping) under his care but has never returned since. With an intelligence similar to that of a six or eight year-old child, Ah Dai can only follow simple instructions and is thus easily cheated. Her ex-lover Pian Lang (Romeo Tan) disappeared after she becomes pregnant with his child. One day, Ah Dai meets Xiao Gan Dang (Romeo Tan), a man that looks like Pian Lang. As it turns out, Pian Lang is Gan Dang's father. Xiao Gan Dang grew up along the streets and has seen all the good and bad sides of humans. He is best friends with Mei Da Han (Desmond Ng), who is also a gangster like him, and is thrown behind bars because of a fight. After completing his sentence, he meets a social worker Qing Qing (Sheila Sim) and the two becomes a bickering duo.

Casts[edit]

Gong Jiaqiao's family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Zhu Houren
朱厚任
Gong Jiaqiao
龚家翘
Kong Kar Kiao
  • A wheel-chaired bound selling tissues and lottery
  • Gong Jinghu's older brother
  • Pan Meiruo's brother-in-law
  • Dai Anna's foster father
  • Dai Zhengxiong's foster grandfather
  • In love with Guo Meili
1-9, 11-16
Chen Liping
陈莉萍
Guo Meili
郭美莉
  • Dai Anna's mother
  • Dai Zhengxiong's grandmother
  • Gong Jiaqiao's love interest
  • (Went missing for 30 years)
1, 12-14
Dai Anna
戴安娜
Younger Version portrayed by Huang Yingen

Ah Dai (阿戴)/ Moron (阿呆)

1-9, 11-14, 16
Roy Li
黎沸挥
Gong Qinghu
龚清湖

Government (政府)

  • A property agent
  • Gong Jiaqiao's younger brother
  • Pan Meiruo's husband
1-2, 5-6, 8-9, 11-16
Cynthia Koh
许美珍
Pan Meiruo
潘美若
Pan Buay Luo
  • Gong Qinghu's wife
  • Gong Jiaqiao's sister-in-law
1-2, 5-6, 8-9, 11-12, 14-16
Ivan Lo
卢楷浚
Dai Zhengxiong
戴正雄
  • Gong Jiaqiao and Guo Meili's grandson
  • Dai Anna's son
1-4, 6-9, 11-14, 16

He Xiaoxi's family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Wang Changli
王昌黎
He Xiaoxi
何晓息
  • Zeng Shanmei's husband
  • He Qingqing and He Baibai's father
1-2, 4-13, 15-16
Anna Lim
林茹萍
Zeng Shanmei
曾善美
  • He Xiaoxi's wife
  • He Qingqing and He Baibai's mother
1-2, 4-13, 15-16
Sheila Sim
沈琳宸
He Qingqing
何青青
Bin Qi Qi/ Green Face (脸青青), Xiao Zha Bo (萧查谋), Crazy Girl (疯女人), Sister (清白姐妹)
  • A social worker
  • He Xiaoxi and Zeng Shanmei's elder daughter
  • He Baibai's elder sister
  • Xiao Gandang's girlfriend
1, 3-10, 12-16
Ya Hui
雅慧
He Baibai
何白白
Snow White, Clean Sister (清白姐妹)
  • A community center's manager
  • He Xiaoxi and Zeng Shanmei's younger daughter
  • He Qingqing's younger sister
  • Ouyang Ming's girlfriend
  • Mei Dahan's love interest
1-3, 5-16

Xiao Lang's Family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Romeo Tan
陈罗密欧
Xiao Lang
萧郎
Pian Lang (骗郎)
  • Xie Xiangyi's husband
  • Xiao Gandang and Ouyang Ming's father
  • Dai Anna's ex-boyfriend
  • Deceased
2, 8
Michelle Yim
米雪
Xie Xiangyi
谢香怡
  • Xiao Lang's wife
  • Xiao Gandang and Ouyang Ming's mother
  • (Deceased - episode 10)
6-10
Romeo Tan
陈罗密欧
Xiao Gandang
萧敢当
Hooligan (流氓)
Younger Version portrayed by Alston Yeo (杨峻毅)
  • Xiao Lang and Xie Xiangyi's son
  • Ouyang Ming's elder brother
  • He Qingqing's boyfriend
  • Mei Dahan's bestfriend
  • Imprisoned for 6 months
1-16
Joshua Tan
陈伟恩
Ouyang Ming
欧阳明

Xiao Ganzuo 萧敢做 (Birth name)
Younger version portrayed by Alfred Ong (王勇畯)

  • Xiao Lang and Xie Xiangyi's youngest son
  • Xiao Gandang's younger brother
  • He Baibai's boyfriend
  • Mei Dahan's rival-in-love
  • Brought to Hong Kong with his mother, Xie Xiang Yi and left his elder brother living alone with his violent father Xiao Lang
1-2, 5-16

Ma Sai's Family[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Richard Low
刘谦益
Ma Sai
马赛

Beh Sai

  • Ma Deliang's father
1-4, 6-7, 10-16
Wallace Ang
洪圣安
Ma Deliang
马德良
  • Ma Sai's son
3-4, 6, 10, 12-13, 16

Other Cast[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Desmond Ng
黄振隆
Mei Dahan
梅达瀚
Buay Tahan/ Bu Nengren (不能忍)
  • In love with He Baibai
  • Ouyang Ming's rival-in-love
  • Xiao Gandang's bestfriend
1-2, 5, 7-16
Ye Shipin
叶世品
Uncle Wei
威叔
  • Ah E's husband
1-2, 4-7, 12-13, 15-16
Zhu Lili
朱莉莉
Ah E
阿娥
  • Uncle Wei's wife
1, 3-7, 9, 11-13, 15-16

Special Appearance[edit]

Cast Role Description Episodes Appeared
Mark Lee
李国煌
Story Teller
讲古人
  • Narrator of the story of How Are You?
1, 16
2-6, 8-15 (voice)
Richie Koh
许瑞奇
Shaun
  • Xiao Gandang and Mei Dahan's friend
1-2
Yang Tianfu
杨添福
Bota
  • Xiao Gandang's prison mate
1, 3, 16
Tan Junsheng
陈俊生
Rex
  • A boy who made a mess at a Community Centre's toilet
1, 4, 6-8
Suhaimi Yusof Su Laiman
苏莱曼
  • Employee of a Community Centre
1, 5, 15-16
Jed Senthil Nei Ni
纳尼
  • Employee of a Community Centre
1, 5, 9, 15-16
Benjamin Tan
陈俊铭
Edison
  • Employee of a Community Centre
1, 5, 9-10, 12, 15-16
Stella Tan
陈湘榕
Ah Ang
阿红
  • Prostitute
  • Stopped Xiao Gandang at the ATM Kiosk
1
Tan Tiow Im
陈天祥
Zhang Mingguang
张名光
  • He Qingqing's patient
1, 4, 16
Constance Song
宋怡霏
Ace
  • Bumped onto Xiao Gandang and Mei Dahan at the Dart Pub and had a bet with them
2
Henry Heng
王利秦
Ken
  • Shaun's father
2
Issac Phua
蔡清炮
Ben
  • Accused Dai Anna of scratching his car
2
Joanna Dong
董姿彦
Manager Dong
董经理
  • A manager of a shop
2, 7
Ang Twa Bak
洪大目
Cai Andi
蔡安娣
  • Buying lottery at a 4D stall
2
Carol Cheng
郑家榆
Hotel Manager
酒店经理
  • A hotel manager
3-4
Brandon Wong
黄炯耀
Ah Min
阿敏
  • Gong Jiaqiao and Dai Anna's neighbour
3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 16
Lin Cailiang
林彩亮
Granny
阿婆

Granny Tau Huay (豆花婆)

  • Gui’s mother
  • Gong Jiaqiao and Ah Min's neighbour
  • Suffered a fatal concussion
  • (Deceased - episode 3)
3
Hanrey Low
刘旭涛
Gangster B
流氓B
  • Gangster
  • Bashing Xiao Gandang at the back alley
4
Chen Shucheng
陈澍城
Mr Ng
钟老板
  • Deceived Ah Dai into buying rotten vegetables
5
Xiang Yun
向云
Zhang Jingyu
张晶玉
Nurse Teo (张护士)
  • Senior Staff Nurse
8
Steven Woon
云昌凑
Uncle Wang
王伯
  • Sister Qun's husband
  • Has dementia
8
Guan Xuemei
管雪梅
Sister Qun
群姐
  • Uncle Wang's wife
8
Wang Lexiong
王乐雄
Delivery Man
送货员
  • Mistaken to be Xie Xiangyi's son
9
Zoe Tay
郑惠玉
Dr Michelle Soong
宋医生
  • Diagnosed Gong Jiaqiao with diabetes
11
Aaron Aziz MP
  • Took part in exercises
12
Kym Ng
钟琴
Mrs Zhao
赵太太
  • Declined to buy a house from Gong Qinghu
13
Chen Hanwei
陈汉玮
Mr Zhao
赵先生
  • Declined to buy a house from Gong Qinghu
13
David Gan Himself
  • Guo Meili's hairstylist
14
Karen Tan Justice of Peace
  • Solemniser for Xiao Gandang and He Qingqing
16

Trivia[edit]

  • This is the first ever local dialect drama to be dubbed into Mandarin.
  • At 16 episodes, it is Channel 8's shortest 9 pm drama since 2004's Devil's Blues 叛逆战队, also at 16 episodes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New dialect drama "How Are You?"《好世谋》to debut next year". MCI. September 5, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "米雪友情价拍方言剧好世界谋". Johor Press. September 17, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "郑各评任方言新剧《好世谋》监制". September 5, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018.