The King of Snooker
|The King of Snooker |
The King of Snooker official poster
|Opening theme||"命運遊戲"[clarification needed] by Adam Cheng|
|Country of origin||Hong Kong|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||45 minutes (approx.)|
|Original release||30 March –|
24 April 2009
The King of Snooker (Traditional Chinese: 桌球天王) is a TVB television drama miniseries revolving around the sport of snooker in Hong Kong. It was originally broadcast by the network in 2009, from 30 March through 24 April, and subsequently re-released on DVD in several translations.
World champion snooker player Yau Yat Kiu (Adam Cheng) takes everyone by surprise when he suddenly retires from the snooker world. This comes as a huge disappointment to his daughter Yau Ka Kan (Niki Chow), who has always wanted to follow in his footsteps. She feels bewildered too, for although Kiu pretends he does not care about the sport any more, he has set up a series of challenge matches on the snooker table in his restaurant. His real purpose is that he is waiting for someone he feels is worth taking on as a protégé. Kiu comes to know Kan Tze Him (Patrick Tang) by chance. Noticing his flair for snooker, Kiu decides to teach Him all he knows about the game. Later, Kan manages to persuade her father into taking her on as a student as well.
Him fancies Kan, but she is fond of Lui Kin Chung (Derek Kok), Kiu's bitter rival. Chung's manager is a devious person; in order to ensure Chung's victory against Kiu, he drugs Kiu's water with sleeping pills during a match. After the game, Chung falls out with his manager because of this when he finds out.
Later in the series, a woman named Chin To To (Joyce Tang) falls in love with Kiu. Meanwhile, Him falls out with Kiu because of Chung's ex-manager. Both master and disciple come to settle their scores on a snooker table in the end.
|Adam Cheng||Yau Yat-Kiu
|Snooker Player |
Yau Ka-Kan's father.
Chin To-To's lover
Kan Tze-Him's teacher
|Niki Chow||Yau Ka-Kan
|Yau Yat-Kiu's daughter. |
Kan Tze-Him's lover.
|Patrick Tang||Kan Tze-Him
|Yau Yat-Kiu's apprentice. |
Yau Ka-Kan's lover.
Chin To-To's nephew
|Joyce Tang||Chin To-To (Toni)
|PR Director |
Yau Yat-Kiu's lover.
Kan Tze-Him's aunt
|Derek Kwok||Lui Kin-Chung (Ray)
|Snooker Player |
|Benz Hui||Yau Yee-Bor
|Yau Yat-Kiu's brother. |
See To Ma-Lei's lover
|Halina Tam||See To Ma-Lei
|Chin To-To's cousin. |
Yau Yee-Bor's lover
|Catherine Chau (周家怡)||Chow Hin Wai
|Mandy Wong||(Amy)||Starblaze employee|
Awards and nominations
TVB Anniversary Awards (2009):
- Best Drama
- Most Improved Actress (Catherine Chau)
|1||March 30 – April 3, 2009||1–5||26||28|||
|2||April 6–10, 2009||6–10||26||—|||
|3||April 13–17, 2009||11–15||28||—|||
|4||April 20–24, 2009||16–20||27||32|||
The entire 20-episode miniseries has been re-released as a region-free 4-disc DVD box set in NTSC video format. It features the original Cantonese and a Mandarin Chinese audio track, with English and Malay translation subtitles, and Chinese subtitles for the hearing-impaired.
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