The Four (TV series)
The Four promotional poster
|Genre||Wuxia, detective fiction|
|Written by||Lee Yee-wah
Woon Swee Oan (original story)
|Theme music composer||Tang Chi-wai
|Opening theme||Fung Bo (風暴) by Raymond Lam, Ron Ng, Kenneth Ma and Sammul Chan|
|Country of origin||Hong Kong|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Executive producer(s)||Lam Chi-wah|
|Camera setup||Multi camera|
|Running time||45 minutes (per episode)|
|Original network||TVB Jade|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Original release||22 September – 24 October 2008|
|Literal meaning||The Famous Great Four Young Constables|
The Four is a 2008 Hong Kong television series produced by TVB. The series is adapted from Woon Swee Oan's novel Si Da Ming Bu (四大名捕; The Four Great Constables). The novel tells the story of four young constables: Heartless, Iron Fist, Chaser, and Cold Blood, who work together to solve cases and attempt to bring down the corrupt Prime Minister of the Song Dynasty. The series is shown to celebrate TVB's 41st Anniversary.
- Note: Some of the characters' names are in Cantonese romanisation.
- Raymond Lam as Heartless (無情) / Shing Ngai-yu (成崖餘), the leader of the four young constables. Adopted by Chukot Ching-ngor, Heartless is Chukot's first student. He specializes in making and using small weapons, such as darts and knives. Although paralysed waist down, Heartless uses a wheel chair that encases many hidden weapons. Heartless' primary role is the brains of the group, gifted with an analytical mind and brilliant deductive skills.
- Kenneth Ma as Iron Fist (鐵手) / Tit Yau-ha (鐵游夏) / Fok Yi (霍義), Chukot's second student. Possessing extreme arm strength, Iron Fist specializes in fist work and boxing. He represents the humane face of the constabulary, being raised by a humble but honest blacksmith.
- Sammul Chan as Chaser (追命) / Chui Leuk-sheung (崔略商), Chukot's third student and the eldest of the four young constables. With strong and fast legs, Chaser possesses great energy, specializing in leg work. A former petty criminal, he is the most streetsmart and is often assigned to do undercover assignments.
- Ron Ng as Cold Blood (冷血) / Lang Ling-hei (冷凌棄), Chukot's fourth student and the youngest of the four young constables. Cold Blood is extremely talented in wielding swords. A former assassin, his life was saved by the Chief Constable, in which Cold Blood agreed to serve for one year as repayment. Raised in the wilderness, Cold Blood possesses keen senses and outdoor skills.
|Dominic Lam||Chukot Ching-ngor
|Divine Constabulary Leader
The four constables' mentor
|Halina Tam||Piu Suet
|Keeper of the Divine Constabulary|
|Martin Yeung (湯俊明)||Kam Kim (Golden Sword)
|Wu Kei-fung||Ngan Kim (Silver Sword)
|Chiu Man-tung||Pau Tau (Leopard Head)
|Hui Man-kiu (許文翹)||Cheung Kwai
Blue Sky Sect
|Gordon Liu||Lam Po-Tian
Lam Ruo-Fei's father.
Dies in Episode 14.
|Selena Li||Lam Ruo-Fei
|Lam Po-Tian's daughter.
Teet Sau's Lover
Blinded in Episode 23 by Song Zhi Yan
|Dai Yiu Ming (戴耀明)||Sha Fuk
|Raymond Tseng (曾守明)||Dai Yong
|Felix Lok (駱應鈞)||Ling Lok Shi
Ling Xiaogu and Ling Xiao-Dao's father.
Villain to Semi Villain
Killed by Ling Siu-kwat in Episode 23 under Choi King's influence and orders but only died in Episode 24
|Joel Chan (陳山聰)||Ling Siu-kwat
|Ling Lok-Shi's son.
Ling Siu-Do's older brother.
Killed Ling Lok Shi in Episode 23 but only died in Episode 24
|Cilla Kung (龔茜彤)||Ling Siu-to
|Ling Luo Shi's daughter.
Ling Xiaogu's younger sister.
Loves Cold Blood.
Has nothing to do with The Federation apart from blood relation.
|Henry Yu (于洋)||Emperor Huizong of Song
|Chiu Cheung's older brother|
|Savio Tsang (曾偉權)||Chiu Cheung
|Emperor's younger brother.
Kuk Yin-Hung's husband.
Killed by Liu Siu-kwat in Episode 23.
|Kristal Tin (田蕊妮)||Kuk Yin-Hung
|Chiu Cheung's wife.|
|Lau Kong (劉江)||Choi King
|Chiang Chi Kwong (蔣志光)||Shu Mo-Hei
Chukot Ching-Ngor's friend.
|Law Lok Lam (羅樂林)||Teet Foo
|Iron Fist's foster father.
Teet Yau-Tung's father.
|Vivi Lee (李美慧)||Teet Yau-Tung
|Teet Foo's daughter.
Iron Fist's stepsister.
|Kate Tsui||Song Zhi-Yan
Chai Jing's Spy
Chai Jing's adopted daughter
Mo Ching's Lover
|Suet Nei (雪妮)||Mama Yeung
|Chaser's foster mother|
|Chun Wong (秦煌)||Papa Chu two
|Chaser's foster father|
|Sai Hou Ying (冼灝英)||Papa Au three
|Chaser's foster father|
|Lam King Kong (林敬剛)||Shing Ding-Tin
|Heartless' deceased father
Chukot Ching-Ngor's friend.
|Lee Fung (李楓)||Lang Yu-Sheung
|Cold Blood's aunt|
|Week||Episode||Average Points||Peaking Points||References|
||September 22–26, 2008||1—5||
||September 29 - October 3, 2008||6—10||
||October 6–10, 2008||11—15||
||October 13–16, 2008||16—19||
||October 21–23, 2008||20—22||
||October 24, 2008||23—24||
Awards and nominations
- "Best Drama"
- "My Favourite Male Character Role" (Ron Ng - Lang Ling-Hei (Cold Blood))
- Batgwa.com Archived September 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Week 1 Ratings Archived December 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Week 2 Ratings Archived December 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Week 3 Ratings Archived December 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Week 4 Ratings Archived October 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Week 5 Ratings Archived October 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Finale Ratings Archived October 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.