The Prince's Shadow

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The Prince's Shadow
Prince's Shadow.jpg
GenreCostume drama
StarringAdam Cheng
Sheren Tang
Tavia Yeung
Joyce Tang
Marco Ngai
Opening themeJuet Sai Han Yan (絕世閒人) performed by Adam Cheng
Country of originHong Kong
Original language(s)Cantonese
No. of episodes20
Running time45 minutes per episode
Original networkTVB
Original releaseMarch 14 –

April 18, 2005
External links
The Prince's Shadow
Traditional Chinese御用閒人
Simplified Chinese御用闲人

The Prince's Shadow is a Hong Kong television series first broadcast on TVB in March 2005.


As a child Ko Sing (Adam Cheng) entered the Qing court to act as a whipping boy to the Qianlong Emperor (Marco Ngai) and continues to live at court as a hanger on. However unknown to all, the Qianlong Emperor is not the literate and able ruler of history but a foolish and incompetent one, only with the aid of Ko Sing is he able to protect his reputation and the reputation of the Qing court. Playing the role of a layabout with no official titles or duties, Ko Sing acts as a trouble shooter within the palace, allowing plotters and malcontents to underestimate him until it is too late.

Although Qianlong has a harem of thousands the Empress (Joyce Tang) controls the harem, and arranges either consorts from her own clan or very ugly ones to serve the Emperor's bed. Finding the Empress's arrangements not to his liking Qianlong becomese besotted with Yu-yee (Tavia Yeung) a newly arrived serving-girl in the palace, and demands that Ko Sing help bring her to him.

Unwilling to become the play thing of the Emperor, Yu-yee escapes from the palace but in doing so falls into the hands of slavers who sell her on to a brothel. Believing that Yu-yee has been stolen from the palace, along with other treasures, Qianlong sends Ko Sing in pursuit. Ko Sing finds that Yu-yee is in the possession of brothel madam So Sam (Sheren Tang), in order to free Yu-yee Ko Sing buys the brothel. However he is told by Yu-yee that she would rather be a prostitute at the brothel free to choose her own customers than to be the plaything of the Emperor.

In order to fund the purchase of the brothel, Ko sing creates an artwork attributed to the Emperor and which he sells (in fact all of the Emperor's previous calligraphy and artwork is the work of Ko Sing), this artwork finds its way back to the palace, and reveals to the Emperor where Ko Sing and Yu-yee are.

The Emperor arrives at the brothel in disguise and residing there is served by the other girls but not Yu-yee to the detriment of the affairs of state. When it is time to return to the palace, the Emperor is so enamoured with the brothel and its occupants that he has the brothel recreated in the grounds of the palace and So Sam, Yu-yee and the other girls taken captive.

Knowing that such an arrangement will damage the reputation of the Empire and the Emperor's ability to rule, the Empress and Ko Sing plot to free the girls from the palace. They do this by presenting the girls formally to the Emperor as candidates to be Imperial consorts, given the Empress's previous habit of offering extremely ugly candidates to him, the Emperor rejects the girls out of hand and, without inspecting them, orders them to be sent away.


Note:the romanisation of the characters' names uses a Cantonese romanisation.
Cast Role
Adam Cheng Ko Sing
Sheren Tang So Sam
Tavia Yeung Yu-yee
Marco Ngai Kin-lung Emperor
Joyce Tang Empress
Carlo Ng Chow Yat-ching
Angela Tong Lady Sui
Savio Tsang Sok-lok-to
Chiang Chi-kwong Yeung Koo
Catherine Chau Lady Wai
Gordon Liu Nin Mau-lam
Bowie Wu Chan Sai-koon

External links[edit]

  • The Prince's Shadow - Official Website (in Chinese)