The Trading Floor

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The Trading Floor
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Official poster
Traditional東方華爾街
Simplified东方华尔街
MandarinDōng Fāng Huá Ěr Jiē
CantoneseDung1 Fong1 Waa4 Ji2 Gaai1
GenreFinancial thriller
Created byCora Yim
Written byFrances To
Anthony Yan
Ho Wing-wong
Yu Pan-pan
Lo Ka-yee
Oscar Fung
Directed byWong Kwok-keung
StarringFrancis Ng
Joseph Chang
Yu Nan
Patrick Tam
Maggie Cheung
Liu Kai-chi
Carlos Chan
Poon Chan-leung
Jacky Cai
Jiang A-Joe
Composer(s)Lam Kwan-fai
Julian Chan
Country of originHong Kong
Original language(s)Cantonese
No. of episodes5
Production
Executive producer(s)Wong Kwok-keung
Eddie Espinal
Sun Zhonghuai
Producer(s)Andy Lau
Production location(s)Cyberjaya, Malaysia
CinematographyTam Wan-kai
Editor(s)Wong Hoi
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production company(s)Fox Networks Group
Tencent Penguin Pictures
Focus Television Production
BudgetUS$5 million[1]
Release
Original networkStar Chinese Movies
Original release24 May (2018-05-24) –
21 June 2018 (2018-06-21)
External links
Website

The Trading Floor is a 2018 Hong Kong financial thriller television miniseries produced by Andy Lau and directed by Wong Kwok-keung. The series stars Francis Ng, Joseph Chang and Yu Nan, with special appearances by Patrick Tam and Maggie Cheung, while the recurring cast includes Liu Kai-chi, Carlos Chan, Poon Chan-leung, Jacky Cai and Jiang A-Joe. Co-produced by Fox Networks Group, Tencent Penguin Pictures and Lau's Focus Television Production, The Trading Floor premiered on 24 May 2018 on Star Chinese Movies, as well as being available for streaming for subscribers on Fox +, with every episode airing each Thursday.[2]

Plot[edit]

Anthony Yip (Francis Ng), the Secretary of the Minister of Economic Development, collaborates with the “Three Financial Giants”: Eastman Properties president Ronald Man (played by Albert Cheung), Evergate Construction Materials president Fok Kin (Mark Cheung) and Marco Media president Cheung Yung (Law Kar-ying) to manipulate the financial market for profit. In order to generate an even greater gain, Yip brings back financial genius Wai Hong (Joseph Chang) from Myanmar, where he had been hiding from international authorities, in order to set the stage for a new financial crisis.

Wai manipulates the stock market with a series of expert moves, but because of back-to-back involvement in numerous incidents of financial interference, he attracts the attention of Securities & Futures Commission investigator Claudia Fang (Yu Nan)) while, wall the players are unknowingly walking into a trap set by Yip.

Yip and Wai were formerly members and the best brother-in-arms of an underground financial elite team CASH for the last ten years. Together with two other members, Nick Cheuk (played by Patrick Tam) and Pamela (played by Maggie Cheung), they defeated some financial giants to prevent a market-maker’s actions in an attempt to turn back the damage done to the market ecology. Unfortunately, Yip suddenly turns on them, betraying everyone in his team. From then on, Wai and Yip become sworn enemies. Hong forms his own CASH team with new members BJ (Carlos Chan), Sarah (Jacky Cai), Dow (Jiang A-joe) and Master (Poon Chan-leung) to stop Yip from another of his conspiracies.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Special appearance[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Liu Kai-chi as Law Kai-chung (羅啟中)
  • Carlos Chan as BJ
  • Poon Chan-leung as Master (老爺)
  • Jacky Cai as Sarah (莎)
  • Jiang A-Joe as Dow
  • Albert Cheung as Ronald Man (文啟山)
  • Mark Cheung as Fok Kin (霍堅)
  • Law Kar-ying as Cheung Yung (張融)
  • Alan Luk as Cheung Chak-san (張澤新)
  • Justin Cheung as Leung Kai (梁佳)
  • Fish Liew
  • Anna Ng
  • Leung Kin-ping
  • Deno Cheung

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The project was first announced at the 2017 Hong Kong Filmart on 12 March 2017 as a five-episode miniseries to be produced by Andy Lau, co-produced by Lau's Focus Television Production and Fox Networks Group, and set to be aired on Fox's Star Chinese Movies. The series is created by Cora Yim, the head of Chinese entertainment and territory head of Hong Kong for Fox Networks Group with Wong Kwok-keung, directed of the acclaimed 2014 HKTV series, The Election, was set to direct.[3][4] With a total budget of US$5 million (US$1 million per episode), development for the series took a total of three years.[5][1]

Filming[edit]

The series held its production commencement ceremony in April 2017 where the cast was also unveiled, which include Francis Ng, Joseph Chang, Yu Nan, Patrick Tam, Maggie Cheung Ho-yee, Carlos Chan, Poon Chan-leung, Jacky Cai and Jiang A-Joe.[6][7] Filming for The Trading Floor began in May 2017 Cyberjaya, Malaysia, where locations and sets portraying an older Hong Kong were available.[8] Production wrapped up in late June of the same year.[9]

Release[edit]

On 8 May 2018, the series released its official trailer and poster and was announced its premier on 24 May 2018 on Fox's Star Chinese Movies network and the streaming platform, Fox +[2]

On 23 May 2018, the series held a global press conference where it was attended by producer Lau, director Wong and cast members Ng, Chang, Tam, Cheung, Liu, Chan, Cai and Fish Liew.[5] The series premiered the following day, airing two episodes, while each new episode will air every Thursday.

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2019 23rd Asian Television Awards Best Drama Series The Trading Floor Nominated
Best Actor in a Leading Role Francis Ng Nominated
Chang Hsiao-Chuan Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "劉德華為《東方華爾街》獻出電視劇監製處女秀!遺憾因摔馬沒有一起打仗".
  2. ^ a b "【劉德華監製】吳鎮宇張孝全《東方華爾街》5‧24首播(17:05)".
  3. ^ "Filmart: Andy Lau to Produce TV Series for Fox".
  4. ^ "FilMart: Fox Sets 'Trading Floor' as First Premium Asian Miniseries (EXCLUSIVE)".
  5. ^ a b "【東方華爾街】劉德華堅持為港劇覓新題材 「雖然辛苦但都要做」".
  6. ^ ""Trading Floor" to begin filming".
  7. ^ "FOX, Focus TV, Tencent to take The Trading Floor global".
  8. ^ "Hong Kong financial thriller Trading Floor begins filming in Cyberjaya".
  9. ^ "Fox Networks Group Aims High With Asian Series 'Trading Floor'".

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