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YesAsia Editorial Description
The 2014 season includes the following stories: "Better Tomorrow" which follows the journey of a rookie ICAC investigator, "Web of Greed" which tells the story of a government worker who uses his connections to collect bribes, "Money Mind" which is about a poor woman who becomes rich and then squanders it with corruption, "Goal Tricks" which explores match-fixing in soccer, and "Partner" which delves into the relationship between the ICAC and the Hong Kong police force.
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|Artist Name(s):||Lawrence Cheng (Actor) | Raymond Wong (Actor) | Tse Kwan Ho (Actor) | Cheung Kwok Keung (KK) (Actor) | Eddie Kwan (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Ruco Chan (Actor) | Alice Chan (Actor) | Joyce Tang Lai Ming (Actor) | Kenny Wong (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Shirley Yeung (Actor) | Vincent Wong (Actor) | Ma Sai (Actor) | Venus Wong (Actor) 鄭丹瑞 (Actor) | 黃浩然 (Actor) | 謝君豪 (Actor) | 張國強 (KK) (Actor) | 關禮傑 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 陳展鵬 (Actor) | 陳煒 (Actor) | 滕麗名 滕麗明 (Actor) | 黃德斌 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 楊思琦 (Actor) | 王浩信 (Actor) | 馬 賽 (Actor) | 王 敏奕 (Actor) 郑丹瑞 (Actor) | 黄浩然 (Actor) | 谢君豪 (Actor) | 张 国强 (Actor) | 关礼杰 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 陈展鹏 (Actor) | 陈炜 (Actor) | 滕丽名 滕丽明 (Actor) | 黄德斌 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 杨思琦 (Actor) | 王浩信 (Actor) | 马 赛 (Actor) | 王 敏奕 (Actor) 鄭丹瑞（チェン・ダンソイ） (Actor) | 黄浩然（レイモンド・ウォン） (Actor) | 謝君豪（ツェ・クワンホー） (Actor) | 張國強（チョン・クォックキョン） (Actor) | 關禮傑（クワン・ライキット） (Actor) | 廖啓智（リウ・カイチー） (Actor) | 陳展鵬（ベニー・チャン） (Actor) | 陳［火韋］（アリス・チャン） (Actor) | Joyce Tang Lai Ming (Actor) | 黄徳斌（ケニー・ウォン） (Actor) | 谷祖琳 （ジョー・コク） (Actor) | 楊思［王奇］（シャーリー・ヨン） (Actor) | 王浩信 （ビンセント・ウォン） (Actor) | 馬賽（マー・サイ） (Actor) | 王敏奕 （ヴィーナス・ウォン） (Actor) Lawrence Cheng (Actor) | Raymond Wong (Actor) | Tse Kwan Ho (Actor) | Cheung Kwok Keung (KK) (Actor) | Eddie Kwan (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | Ruco Chan (Actor) | Alice Chan (Actor) | Joyce Tang Lai Ming (Actor) | Kenny Wong (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Shirley Yeung (Actor) | Vincent Wong (Actor) | Ma Sai (Actor) | Venus Wong (Actor)|
|Director:||Teddy Robin | Adam Wong | Herman Yau | Alex Cheung | Dante Lam | Terry Tong 泰迪羅賓 | 黃修平 | 邱禮濤 | 章國明 | 林 超賢 | 唐 基明 泰迪罗宾 | 黄修平 | 邱礼涛 | ZHANG GUO MING | 林 超贤 | 唐 基明 秦迪羅賓（テディー・ロビン） | 黄修平 （アダム・ウォン） | 邱禮濤（ハーマン・ヤウ） | ＺＨＡＮＧ ＧＵＯ ＭＩＮＧ | 林超賢 （ダンテ・ラム） | Terry Tong Teddy Robin | Adam Wong | Yau Lai To | ZHANG GUO MING | Dante Lam | Terry Tong|
|Producer:||Tommy Leung | Li Cheng Bao Xian 梁家樹 | 李程 寶嫻 梁家树 | 李程 宝娴 ＬＩＡＮＧ ＪＩＡ ＳＨＵ | Li Cheng Bao Xian LIANG JIA SHU | Li Cheng Bao Xian|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Publisher:||U Media Group (US)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1035828685|
Episode 1: Better Tomorrow
Newly joined ICAC investigator KWOK SIU-LAM (Venus Wong) is very ambitious, hoping to handle major cases. However, she is assigned to investigate tedious case such as unlicensed baby milk powder that supermarket sales person BETTY (JO KOO) conspired with smugglers to export. Seeing those hardworking ordinary citizens go astray for trying to make a living, she cannot help feeling upset. Fortunately, under the guidance of senior investigator MARTIN (Liu Kai Chi), she comes to realize that there is no difference between puny and major cases when it comes to anti-graft operations. Meanwhile, SIU-LAM is also striving for her better future, and cannot make up her mind whether to leave or stay.
Episode 2: Web of Greed
Chief Building Services Engineer of the Housing Department LEUNG TAK-SHING (Lawrence Cheng), taking advantage of his position, asks for money from the contractors while issuing government tenders, as if a spider weaving a web to make a handsome profit. This time, the suspect is very cautious, so investigators CHAPMAN CHEUK (Gardner Tse) and MAK SIU-TIN (Raymond Wong), though having received reports, are confronted with endless difficulties and are totally fed up. Fortunately, with the help of other departments, they manage to gather solid evidence, successfully netting the “spider” and bringing the culprit to justice.
Episode 3: Money Mind
Legendary woman YIP MEI-LAN (Alice Chan) turns herself from someone without a penny to becoming exceptionally wealthy, eventually worming her way into upper society. However, driven by her desire for money, she starts engaging in insider dealing through bribery. Even after she is under investigation by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and then under arrest by the ICAC staff CHEUNG MAN-FUNG (Joyce Tang), JOJO (Shirley Yeung) and WONG CHI-CHUNG (Jason Chan), she continues, perversely, to try to evade the criminal liabilities by hook or by crook. Eventually, she gets involved in more crimes, leading to a road to ruin
Episode 4: Goal Tricks
Aspiring and passionate young soccer player KONG CHI-WAH (Ronald Law) goes astray by socializing with those from an illegal soccer gambling syndicate, who threaten and bribe him to conspire with his team members to throw the games in an international match. Following an anonymous tip-off to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), investigator CHAN KWOK-YAN (Ruco Chan), LEE CHI-CHUNG (Cheung Kwok Keung) and LAW PO-MAN (Sire Ma) probe into the matter in secret. When facing the temptation of money, some soccer players practise as usual, whereas some are hesitate about it. Will they eventually betray their own dreams due to blind avarice?
Episode 5: Partner
In the 90’s when ICAN reached its 20th anniversary and the allegations of police corruption gradually reduced, there comes a case of collective corruption involving more than twenty cops, ranging from lower to higher ranks including police officer FONG CHI-KEUNG (Hoffman Cheng) and Chief Inspector JOHN NG (Desmond So). ICAC staff EDMOND (Eddie Kwan), who also participated in the investigation twenty yeas ago, is now leading rookie Investigator JACKY (Vincent Wong) to follow up the case. Although the case shocks the ICAC investigators so much, with the cooperation of the police force and CHOW SIR’s (Kenny Wong) assistance in secret, a close relationship that is associated with cognitive interdependence has been developed between the police force and ICAC.
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August 25, 2014
Depicted in recent films like Cold War and Z Storm, Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) was founded in 1974 as a law enforcement arm to combat rampant and endemic corruption in the public sector. At the time, an entirely new and independent law enforcement agency with broad investigative powers that reported directly to the executive branch had to be formed as the ICAC's biggest target was the police force, which had systemized racketeering and corruption through its ranks. Forty years later, Hong Kong has, according to ICAC's official website, "become one of the cleanest places in the world" thanks to the agency's watchdog efforts. The ICAC itself has long become a normal and essential institution of Hong Kong society.
To educate the public on corruption, ICAC has a history of producing various kinds of public service announcements, some of which can be quite creative. In 1977 and 1978, for example, Ann Hui produced and directed six TV films for ICAC. Since 1992, ICAC Investigators, a long-running series of mini-dramas inspired by real-life cases, has regularly aired on Hong Kong television, and with 2014 marking ICAC's 40th anniversary, it's only natural the series would return with another installment. ICAC Investigators 2014 sticks to the franchise's tried-and-true formula with a five-episode procedural, each episode being a one-off story with different actors playing investigators and lawbreakers. Topics range from major scandals involving bureaucrats and bigwigs to cautionary tales of corruption in daily lives. The ensemble casts onscreen are usually an eclectic mix of television leads and familiar supporting and veteran actors. Behind the camera, the ICAC Investigators series actually brings in notable names to direct episodes, with directors Dante Lam and Herman Yau being stalwarts of the franchise.
For the 2014 installment, Dante Lam served as the consultant for the first episode "Better Tomorrow," directed by indie darling Adam Wong (The Way We Dance). In line with Wong's works, this episode is the most grassroots, taking on the timely local topic of milk formula shortage and depicting low-level corruption with a human drama touch. A veteran investigator (Liu Kai Chi) and a rookie (Venus Wong) having second thoughts about her career choice take on the case of a neighborhood supermarket manager (Jo Koo), who sells the store's baby milk formula stock to black market handlers. Giving corruption the human face of a struggling single mother trying to make an extra buck to secure her daughter a better future, "Better Tomorrow" offers an empathetic cautionary example for everyday citizens who may be tempted to stray from the path.
Based on a famous case involving Eason Chan's father, the second episode "Web of Greed" is the classic example of government corruption. Lawrence Cheng overacts as a Housing Department chief who brazenly abuses his power for graft, while Tse Kwan Ho, appearing in his first Hong Kong television role in a decade, leads a team of ICAC officers patiently gathering evidence and setting a sting for the truant public servant.
Directed by Herman Yau, "Money Mind" is also based on a headline-grabbing scandal: a case of market manipulation and credit fraud by the wife (Alice Chan) of a Shanghai tycoon, who was indicted in China. Recounted from the perspective of a reporter (Shirley Yeung) covering the story over several years, the case is long and complicated, involving multiple layers of financial crime and a sentimental rags-to-riches backstory. Due to the overly expository presentation, this episode is the least engaging of the series but it does have the most well-developed protagonist.
Directed by Teddy Robin, "Goal Tricks" goes slightly grittier into the underworld with the case of a soccer player who tried to bribe other players to throw an international match. The story delves into the conflict of choice as soccer players weigh their dreams and integrity against peer and financial pressure. Though this episode does have Ruco Chan and Cheung Kwok Keung as the ICAC investigators, the narrative suffers from weak actors and characterization on the soccer player side.
The last episode of the series, "Partner" directed by Alex Cheung is also the most interesting because of its trip back in time. A retiring senior investigator (Eddie Kwan) recalls a major case of mass police corruption that occurred two decades ago during the ICAC's 20th anniversary. Having come a far way to seemingly wipe out systemic corruption from the police force, in 1994 ICAC investigators were shocked to encounter the notorious case of an entire anti-vice police unit accepting bribes to protect prostitution dens. The major setback turned into a major step forward, as it triggered greater communication and cooperation between the traditionally adversarial police force and ICAC.
Though limited by TVB-level production (non)values, the ICAC Investigators mini-dramas generally function well as straightforward procedurals that focus on the case and spare the audience of long-winded soap opera plots. Anyhow, at only five episodes, the risk and time investment are low. While undoubtedly on the preachy and uptight side, the ICAC Investigators series does manage to go beyond its omnipresent self-righteous message to also acknowledge the human side of ICAC investigators who question and debate the value of their work, and criminals who may just be ordinary people struggling in gray areas. In the least, the series offers a sincere and informative look at varied real-life cases and a unique arm of Hong Kong law enforcement.