|Maidens' Vow |
Maidens' Vow poster
"蝶變" by |
"禁戀" by |
|Country of origin||Hong Kong|
|No. of episodes||30|
|Running time||45 minutes (approx.)|
|Original network||TVB Jade|
|Original release||August 28 – October 6, 2006|
The drama centers around a restaurant that is owned by four generations of women.
1880 - 1905: Ngai Yu-Fung (Charmaine Sheh), who was married to a good-for-nothing husband Wang Yuk-Lun (Sammul Chan). Lun gambled away their family's assets and cheated on his wife numerous times. Lun also was always suspicious about the relationship about Yu-Fung and Yu-chi, even though they were always telling the truth, but of course, the good-for-nothing never believed it. However, Fung remained faithful to her husband, despite her and Yu Chi (Joe Ma)'s enduring love. Fung eventually became pregnant and had a daughter with Lun. The first story ends tragically, with Fung dying with her longtime lover Chi in a train accident.
1919 - 1925: Fung and Lun's daughter Wang Chi-Kwun (Charmaine Sheh). She fell in love with her teacher, Li Kat-Cheung (Joe Ma), and they eventually eloped to Tianjin. Though they were very poor, they were still happy because they could be together. Her husband, who had studied to become a doctor, had to work in coal mines to support the family. The owner of the coal mines didn't care about the safety of the workers at all, and the death of a good friend spurred her husband to support the Revolution. Chi Kwun was separated from her husband and eventually returned to her home to help run the family restaurant. After two years with no news from her husband, he suddenly resurfaced, working for the Japanese. However, it turned out he was actually a double agent, and still fighting for the Revolution. He was found out and they fled for their lives, spending an unforgettable last night on the train together, before they had to part ways again. Chi-Kwun became pregnant with their child, and continued to run the family restaurant. She waited for him for the rest of her life, and died of old age.
1967 - 1982: Bak Wai-Jan (Charmaine Sheh), the grand daughter of Kwun. Jan married Dai Lap-Yan (Joe Ma), who was firmly convinced that women should stay at home while the men worked to support the family. Wai-Jan became bored with staying at home all the time and decided to work in an advertising company without letting Lap Yun know. However, he eventually found out, and their relationship went through a lot of turbulence. In the end, Wai-Jan made Lap-Yan switch roles with her to teach him a lesson, and showed him how hard it was to have to work and keep up with chores at home. Lap-Yan learned his lesson and had a daughter with Wai-Jan. They immigrated to the United States in search of a better life, but unfortunately Wai-Jan and Lap-Yan both died in an earthquake in San Francisco.
2003 - 2006: Dai Sze-Ka (Charmaine Sheh), Wai-Jan and Lap-Yan's daughter. She is hard-working and independent, and believes that only fools get married. Though she has had many boyfriends, one thing remains in common with all of them - they always go missing before New Year's and then break up with her soon after. Meanwhile, Fong Ka-On (Joe Ma), a successful accountant, is stood up at the altar by his fiancee. The two of them spend New Year's Eve together and had a one-night stand. However, they fell in love and eventually moved in together, but due to their differences and several misunderstandings, broke up again. Sze-Ka eventually gave birth to a baby boy, but did not have a chance to tell Ka-On during her pregnancy, and decided to raise the child herself with the help of her friend Sheung Yat-Gut (Sammul Chan). Sze-Ka reopens the restaurant that her great-grandmother opened and became famous due to her cooking books and Ka-On tries to marry her again...
|Charmaine Sheh||Ngai Yu-Fung
|Yu Chi's friend. |
Wang Yuk-Lun's wife.
Wang Chi-Kwun's mother.
|Joe Ma||Yu Chi
Ngai Yu-Fung's friend.
|Sammul Chan||Wang Yuk-Lun
|Ngai Yu-Fung's husband. |
Wang Chi-Kwun's father.
|Wu Fung||Wang Sin-Kei
|Tung Dai-Hei's husband. |
Wang Yuk-Lun's father.
|Kiki Sheung||Tung Dai-Hei
|Wang Sin-Kei's wife. |
Wang Yuk-Lun's mother.
|Charmaine Sheh||Wang Chi-Kwun
Ngai Yu-Fung and Wang Yuk-Lun's daughter.
Li Kat-Cheung's wife.
Bak Wai-Jan's grandmother.
|Joe Ma||Li Kat-Cheung
Wang Chi-Kwun's husband.
Bak Wai-Jan's grandfather.
|Kiki Sheung||Tung Dai-Hei
|Wang Chi-Kwun's grandmother.|
|Irene Wong (汪琳)||Yung Dak-Sin
|Wang Chi-Kwun's servant.|
|Eric Li||Dan Lai-Jak
|Elaine Yiu||Cheung Lei
|Wang Chi-Kwun's friend.|
|Charmaine Sheh||Bak Wai-Jan
Wang Chi-Kwun and Li Kat-Cheung's grand daughter.
Dai Lap-Yan's wife.
Dai Sze-Ka's mother.
|Joe Ma||Dai Lap-Yan
Bak Wai-Jan's husband.
Dai Sze-Ka's father.
|Joel Chan||Bat Ha-Kau (Henry)
|Charmaine Sheh||Dai Sze-Ka
|Beer Girl/Restaurant Owner |
Bak Wai-Jan and Dai Lap-Yan's daughter.
Fong Ka-On's lover.
|Joe Ma||Fong Ka-On (K.O.)
Dai Sze-Ka's lover.
|Sammul Chan||Sheung Yat-Kat
|Dai Sze-Ka's friend.|
|Sherming Yiu (姚樂怡)||Siu Yuk-Jing
|Dai Sze-Ka's friend.|
|Ken Wong (王凱韋)||Tang Pang
Fong Ka-On's friend.
|Week||Episode||Average Points||Peaking Points||References|
|August 28 - September 1, 2006||1 — 5|||
|September 4–8, 2006||6 — 10|||
|September 11–15, 2006||11 — 15|||
|September 18–22, 2006||16 — 20|||
|September 25–29, 2006||21 — 25|||
|October 2–6, 2006||26 — 30|||
|Year||Ceremony||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|2006||TVB Anniversary Awards||Best Actress||Charmaine Sheh||Won|
|Most Popular Female Character||Won|
|Best Actor||Joe Ma||Nominated|
|Most Popular Male Character||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Sammul Chan||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Kiki Sheung||Nominated|
|Most Improved Male Artiste||Sammul Chan||Nominated|
|Best Promotional Clip||Nominated|
|Annual Artiste Award 2006||Best TV Actress Award – Gold||Charmaine Sheh||Won|
|Best Newcomer Singer Award – Bronze||Won|
|China TV Drama Award||Most Popular TV Drama Actress for Hong Kong Region||Won|
|2007||Next Magazine Awards||Top 10 Television Programmes (#6)||Won|
|Top 10 Television Artistes (#1)||Charmaine Sheh||Won|
|2008||Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards||My Favourite TVB Actor||Joe Ma||Nominated|
|My Favourite TVB Drama Characters||Won|
|Annual Golden TVS Award||Most Popular HK-Taiwan TV Actress||Charmaine Sheh||Won|
- TVB.com Maidens' Vow - Official Website (in Chinese)