Zero to Hero

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This article is about the television series. For the film, see Hercules: Zero to Hero. For the song, see Hercules (1997 film) § Music.
Zero to Hero
Genre Fantasy
Directed by Fang Jiafu 方家福
Starring Edmund Chen
Chen Liping
Li Xianhuan
Xiao Liyuan
Opening theme 阴差阳错 sung by JJ Lin
Ending theme 一千年以后 sung by JJ LIn
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) Mandarin Chinese
No. of episodes 20
Producer(s) Yeo Saik Pin 杨锡彬
Running time approx. 45 minutes
Original network MediaCorp TV Channel 8
Original release 16 May – 10 June 2005
Preceded by Beautiful Illusions 镜中人
Followed by A New Life 有福

Zero to Hero (阴差阳错) was a MediaCorp TV Channel 8 comedy drama series which aired from 16 May 2005 to 10 June 2005. The series is unique as it portrays the traditional Chinese beliefs of the netherworld and afterlife (e.g. 18 levels of hell, incarnation) in a light-hearted way.

The opening and closing themes were sung by Taiwan-based Singaporean singer JJ Lin.


The burning of cash in the form of joss paper and other material items such as mobile phones in the form of cardboard were depicted in the series. It is a traditional Chinese belief that the deceased would received those items burned for them in the netherworld.

Xie Jizu is a policeman who often spends his free time gambling rather than caring for his family. He died in a car accident and went to the netherworld. While there he befriends some spirits and hear the sad tales of how they died. Zhengde, a contractor, was brutally murdered but police were never able to crack the case. Jizu decides to make amends by helping Zhengde find his murderer.


  • Edmund Chen as Xie Jizu
  • Chen Liping as Zhong Lizhi, Jizu's wife
  • Li Xianhuan as Xie Sixi
  • Xiao Liyuan as Xie Sanyuan

Other Cast[edit]

  • Patricia Mok as Xie Xiumei, Jizu's sister
  • Zheng Geping as Xu Zhiniang ("Elephant"), Xiumei's husband
  • Zhang Wei as Xie Shiyi, Jizu and Xiumei's father
  • Li Yinzhu as Wang Guiji, Jizu and Xiumei's mother
  • Andrew Seow as Lin Zhengde
  • Brandon Wong as Ah Bao (Alex)
  • Florence Tan as Dolly, Zhengde's wife
  • Yao Wenlong as Ah Bang
  • Chen Jyh Cheng as Newton, one of the guards of the netherworld
  • Jin Yinji as Jizu's 6th great-grandmother
  • Henry Thia as "Angmoh Zai"
  • Ye Shipin as Ah Gu, the durian seller
  • Zen Chong as Ah Ping
  • Liang Tian as Uncle Tang
  • Fraser Tiong as Ah Car
  • Carole Lin as Ah Car's mother


The other dramas nominated for Best Theme Song are A New Life 有福,Fish Leong 梁静茹 — Baby Blues 谁家母鸡不生蛋 (《下一秒钟》) Fann Wong 范文芳 — Beautiful Illusions 镜中人 (《路》) Joi Chua 蔡淳佳 — Destiny 梦在手里 (《梦在手里》)

Award Nominee Result
Young Talent Award Fraser Tiong Nominated
Xiao Liyuan Nominated
Best Drama Theme Song 阴差阳错 by JJ Lin Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Carole Lin Nominated
Top Rated Drama Serial[1] Zero to Hero Won


  1. ^ Based on viewership ratings

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