When Duty Calls

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When Duty Calls
卫国先锋
GenreContemporary
Romance
Military
Written by谢俊源 Seah Choon Guan
陈耀 Tang Yeow
Directed by方傢福 Png Keh Hock
叶佩娟 Doreen Yap
陈金祥 Martin Chan
丘健廷 Khoo Khiang Ting
StarringMain Casts
Desmond Tan 陈泂江
Romeo Tan 陈罗密欧
Pierre Png 方展发
Paige Chua 蔡琦慧
Felicia Chin 陈凤玲

Supporting Casts
Shane Pow 包勋评
Jasmine Sim 沈家玉
Richie Koh 许瑞奇
Kym Ng 钟琴
Mei Xin 陈美心
James Seah 谢宏辉
Darryl Yong 杨子文
Zheng Geping 郑各评
Hong Huifang 洪慧芳
Li Wenhai 李文海
Opening theme以刚克刚 by Desmond Ng & Kenny Khoo
Ending theme1) 以为的以为 by Alfred Sim & Tay Kewei
2) 一直都在 by Alfred Sim
3) 关怀新方式 by Desmond Tan & Felicia Chin
(No commentaries for News Tonight)
Country of originSingapore Singapore
Original language(s)Chinese
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)Chong Liung Man 张龙敏
Producer(s)YT Dash_Killz
Production location(s)Singapore Singapore
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes (excluding advertisements)
Release
Original networkMediacorp Channel 8
Original release31 July –
25 August 2017
Chronology
Preceded byHave A Little Faith
Followed byMy Teacher Is a Thug
Related showsArmy Series (1982)
Honour And Passion
(2008)
The Recruit Diaries (2013)

When Duty Calls (Chinese: 卫国先锋) is a 20-episode Singaporean drama produced and telecast on Mediacorp Channel 8. It is to commemorate 50 years of National Service in Singapore. It is sponsored by Mindef and Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore). It stars Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan, Pierre Png, Paige Chua and Felicia Chin as the main cast members of the series. [1]

Casts[edit]

Main Casts[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Desmond Tan
陈泂江
Lu Junguang
陆俊光
Army (Land)

1st Sergeant (NS) - Loke Jun Guang (Platoon Sergeant ↝ Company Sergeant Major)

Sergeant Loke (陆上士), Brother (兄弟)

  • Ding Ji Breadshop's second owner and head-baker
  • Lu Meiguang's younger brother
  • Yang Yongzheng's brother-in-law
  • Lu Xianfeng's uncle
  • Shen Yixuan's poly mate and boyfriend
  • Xie Mingyao's best friend
  • Li Hongxun's rival in love
  • Bai Jingyu love interest and childhood best friend
  • Xu Longbin and Chen Jinbao's buddy
1-20
Romeo Tan
陈罗密欧
Xu Longbin
许龙斌
Army (Land)

Captain (NS) - Koh Long Bin (Officer Commanding)

Captain Koh (许军官), BB (宝贝), Busy Man (工作狂), Mr Xu (许先生)

  • Kopi Kia coffeehouse's assistant operation director
  • Chen Weirong and Zhu Cuihua's employee
  • Yao Yixin's husband
  • Yao Weiguo's brother-in-law
  • Chen Jinbao's cadets commander and employee
  • Lu Junguang's buddy
  • Chen Jinbao's enemy at first but eventually buddy at the end
  • Li Hongxun's best-old friend
1-20
Pierre Png

方展发

Chen Jinbao

陈金保

Army (Land)

Young Version portrayed by Shaun Tan (陈凯轩)

Corporal (NS) - Tan Kim Poh (Trooper)

Lance Coperal Tan (陈下士), Daniel Tan, Daniao (大鸟), Play Boy (花花公子), Rich Kid (富二代), Little Airplane (小飞机)

  • Kopi Kia coffeehouse's younger boss
  • Chen Weirong and Zhu Cuihua's son
  • Lu Meiguang's boyfriend
  • Lu Meiguang's long lost childhood friend
  • Yang Yongzheng's rival in love
  • Xu Longbin's cadet office and boss
  • Xu Longbin's enemy at first but eventually buddy at the end
  • Lu Junguang's buddy
1-4, 6-13, 15-20
Paige Chua

蔡琦慧

Shen Yixuan

沈宜萱

Navy (Sea)

Captain - Sim Yi Xuan (Divisional Officer)

Madam Sim (沈女官)

  • Shen Yiyun's older sister
  • Xie Mingyao's ex-girlfriend
  • Lu Junguang's poly mate and girlfriend
  • Li Hongxun's love interest
  • Bai Jingyu's rival in love
  • Yao Weiguo's commander
1-2, 4-7, 9, 11, 13-17, 19-20
Felicia Chin

陈凤玲

Bai Jingyu

白静雨

Army (Land)

Military Expert 2 - Pey Jing Yu (Senior Brigade Medic)

Madam Pey (白女官), Brother (兄弟), Tom Boy (男人婆), Stainless Steel (铁金刚), Babe (美女)

  • Lu Junguang's childhood bestfriend and ex-lover
  • In love with Lu Junguang
  • Shen Yixuan's rival in love
1-2, 4-8, 14-16, 18-20

Supporting Casts[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Shane Pow
包勋评
Yao Weiguo
姚卫国
Navy (Sea)

Officer Cadet - Yeoh Wei Guo (Midshipman)
Gordon Yeoh, Mate/Buddy (伙伴), Recruit Yeoh, Sabo King

  • Yao Yixin's younger brother
  • Xu Longbin's brother-in-law
  • Shen Yiyun's ex-boyfriend
  • Lu Xianfeng's rival in love and enemy at first but buddy in the end
  • Shen Yixuan's cadet
2-5, 8-12, 14-17, 19-20
Richie Koh
许瑞奇
Lu Xianfeng
陆先锋
Air Force (Air)

Officer Cadet - Loke Xian Feng (Air Warfare Officer (C3)
Ah Boy (阿Boy), Mummy Boy , Mate/Buddy (伙伴), Recruit Loke

  • Yang Yongzheng and Lu Meiguang's son
  • Lu Junguang's nephew
  • Shen Yiyun's boyfriend
  • Yao Weiguo's rival in love and enemy at first but buddy in the end
1-5, 8-20
Jasmine Sim
沈家玉
Shen Yiyun
沈宜芸
Air Force (Air)

Air Force Engineer - Military Expert 1 Sim Yi Yun Air Force Engineering (AFE) (Maintenance)
Cloudie Sim

  • Shen Yixuan's younger sister
  • Yao Weiguo's girlfriend and later Lu Xianfeng's girlfriend
  • Yang Yongzheng's subordinate
1-3, 5, 9-10, 12-20
Kym Ng
钟琴
Lu Meiguang
陆美光

Teenage version portrayed by Cai Bei'er (蔡贝儿)
Ms Lu (陆小姐), Little White Boat (小白船)

  • Ding Ji Breadshop's owner and boss
  • Kopi Kia's previous employee
  • Yang Yongzheng's ex-lover
  • Lu Xianfeng's mother
  • Lu Junguang's older sister
  • Chen Jinbao's girlfriend and long lost childhood friend
  • Chen Weirong's previous employee
1-6, 8-20
Mei Xin
陈美心
Yao Yixin
姚一心

Germaine Yeoh, B (宝贝), Lawyer Yao (姚律师)

  • Lawyer
  • Yao Weiguo's older sister
  • Xu Longbin's wife
  • Li Hongxun's colleague
  • Suffered from a miscarriage
1-8, 12, 14, 17-20
James Seah
谢宏辉
Xie Mingyao
谢明耀

Navy (Sea)
Captain - Seah Ming Yao (Divisional Officer)
Roger That (收到)

  • Shen Yixuan's ex-boyfriend
  • Lu Junguang's bestfriend and rival in love
  • (Deceased - 4 years ago by involved with a truck accident)
2, 4-5, 7, 9, 11, 14
Darryl Yong
杨子文
Li Hongxun
李宏讯

Police
Deputy Superintendent (NS) - Lee Hong Xun (Patrol)
Roger That (收到), Lawyer Li (李律师)

  • Lawyer
  • Xu Longbin's best old-friend
  • Yao Yixin's colleague
  • In love with Shen Yixuan
  • Lu Junguang's rival in love
1-2, 7, 9, 11, 13-14, 19-20
Zheng Geping
郑各评
Yang Yongzheng
杨勇正
Air Force (Air)
Teenage version portrayed by Li Bin (李彬)

Lieutenant Colonel - Yeo Yongzheng Fighter SQN (Commanding Officer)
Michael Yeo

  • Tina's husband
  • Lu Meiguang's ex-lover
  • Lu Xianfeng's father
  • Lu Junguang's brother-in-law
  • Chen Jinbao's rival in love
  • Shen Yiyun's boss
  • Chen Weirong's previous employee
3, 8-9, 12-18, 20
Hong Huifang
洪慧芳
Zhu Cuihua
朱翠花

Auntie Hua (花姐)

  • Kopi Kia coffeehouse's lady boss
  • Xu Longbin's lady-boss and god-mother
  • Chen Weirong's wife
  • Chen Jinbao's mother
1-2, 4, 6-7, 9-10, 12-14, 16-18
Li Wenhai
李文海
Chen Weirong
陈伟荣

Uncle Rong (荣叔)

  • Kopi Kia coffeehouse's older boss
  • Xu Longbin's boss
  • Zhu Cuihua's husband
  • Chen Jinbao's father
  • Yang Yongzheng and Lu Meiguang's previous boss
  • Suffered from Heart Attack
1-2, 6-10, 12-15, 17-18

Guest appearances[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Tommy Wong
王昌黎
Lu Jiading
陆家钉
  • Lu Meiguang and Lu Junguang's father
  • Lu Xianfeng's grandfather
1, 8-9, 13, 17-19
Zack Lim
林志强
Fuji

Mount Fuji (富土山)

  • Kopi Kia's employee
  • Chen Weirong and Zhu Cuihua's employee and chef
  • In love with Lu Meiguang
1-2, 8-10, 12-13
Caryn Cheng
荘微霓
Summer

Sweetheart (甜蜜)

  • Chen Jinbao's ex-lover
3-4, 8, 11
Dylan Quek
郭景豪
Jeffery Poh

Navy (Sea)
Jeff

  • Xie Mingyao and Shen Yixuan's best friend
5
Gary Tan
陈毅丰
Nick Goh

Navy (Sea)

  • Shen Yixuan's cadet
2, 5, 7-9
Brian Ng
黄超群
Roy Ho

Navy (Sea)

  • Yao Weiguo's platoon mate
  • Shen Yixuan's cadet
14-15, 17, 19
Benjamin Cheah

Part time Police Officer (NS) - (Patrol)

  • Li Hongxun's colleague
9-11
Zheng Huaru
郑花如
Tina
  • Yang Zhongzheng's wife
17-18, 20
Terence Tay
郑仲伟
Captain Khoo

Air Force (Air)

  • Yang Yongzheng's friend
  • Lu Xianfeng's sir
17, 19

Special appearances[edit]

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Ng Eng Hen
黄永宏
Himself Minister of Defence
His speech on National Service
20

Awards and nominations[edit]

Star Awards 2018[edit]

Star Awards – Performance Awards
Accolades Nominees Category Result
Star Awards 2018 Creative Achievement Award Ceremony 专业奖项颁奖礼 方傢福 Png Keh Hock Best Director
最佳导演
Nominated
陈金祥 Martin Chan Won
谢俊源 Seah Choon Guan & 陈耀 Tang Yeow Best Screenplay
最佳剧本
Nominated
Star Awards – Acting Awards
Accolades Nominees Category Result
Star Awards 2018 Awards Ceremony 红星大奖2018颁奖礼 Desmond Tan
陈泂江
Best Actor
最佳男主角
Won
Pierre Png
方展发
Nominated
Shane Pow
包勋评
Best Supporting Actor
最佳男配角
Nominated
Kym Ng
钟琴
Best Supporting Actress
最佳女配角
Won
Mei Xin
陈美心
Nominated
Richie Koh
许瑞奇
Best Newcomer
最佳新人奖
Nominated
Desmond Ng
黄振隆
Kenny Khoo
丘锋泽
Best Theme Song
最佳主题曲 (《以刚克刚》)
Won
N/A Best Drama Serial
最佳电视剧
Won

Soundtrack[edit]

No. Song Title Artist
1) 以刚克刚
(Main Song for the series)
Desmond Ng 黄振隆
Kenny Khoo 丘锋泽
2) 以为的以为
(Song For Lu Junguang, Shen Yixuan & Bai Jingyu)
Alfred Sim 沈志豪
Tay Kewei 郑可为
3) 一直都在
(Song For Xu Longbin & Yao Yixin)
Alfred Sim 沈志豪
4) 关怀新方式
(Song For Chen Jinbao & Lu Meiguang)
Desmond Tan 陈炯江
Felicia Chin 陈凤玲
5) 关怀方式
(Song for Chen Jinbao & Lu Meiguang)
Chen Hanwei 陈汉玮
6) 关怀方式 (Unplugged Version)
(Song for Chen Jinbao & Lu Meiguang)
Pierre Png 方展发
7) I Just Wanna Be Loved
(Song For Shen Yiyun, Yao Weiguo & Lu Xianfeng)
Tim Ellis

Development and production[edit]

Filming began on February 2017 and was completed in May. The series was filmed in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and Ministry of Home Affairs (Home Team).[2]

International broadcast[edit]

  •  Malaysia - Batarian - 11th September to 8th October 2018 - Monday to Friday - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Sub to flubotic

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""When Duty Calls" — Bringing NSmen's Lives to the Big Screen". Ministry of Home Affairs. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Those were _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ times". Ministry of Defence (Singapore). 1 July 2017.


Preceded by
Hero
2016-17
Star Awards for Best Drama Serial
When Duty Calls
2017-18
Succeeded by
Blessings 2
2018-19