Thanks to Swordmaster - I seem to have been commissioned to translate the entire series of Golden Faith for you folks!! What have I let myself in for????
****MAJOR SPOILER ALERT****
Here is the first instalment - enjoy!
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(From the official TVB site - for Chinese versions see here: http://tvcity.tvb.com/drama/golden_f...tory/001.html)
(Canto: Lau Gam Sui Yuet)
An upcoming dealer in the gold industry, Ding Sin Boon goes to Australia on a business trip and meets Ching Tin Nam and the two people in a foreign country develop a romantic affair. After returning to Hong Kong, they are soon involved in a robbery in a jewellery store and Boon is accused of receiving stolen goods, moreover, he faces Nam as the prosecutor in the court case.
When Boon was young, his parents had died and he had lost contact with his brother who was assumed to have been swept away into the sea. Boon is adopted by a mafia boss Ding Wing Bong and is brought up like his own son. Later, when Bong becomes rich, he buys Ding Fung Jewellers and becomes a dealer in gold, he lets Boon manage the business as he returns to his old ways of making fast cash through illegal means.
It is because of Bong that Boon is innocently entangled into the case of receiving stolen goods and the police officer who arrests him and also testifies against him turns out to be no other than his long lost brother, Chung Sau Hong.
Boon realises that Hong is his brother but because of the awkward situation, he does not reveal this for the sake of Hong's career. Hong sees that Boon has a complex background and feels that he is not a good person. As a prosecutor, Nam believes in the law and when Boon is judged to be innocent, she takes this as the truth.
Boon and Nam want to continue their relationship, but Nam finds that Boon has a close female friend Kwai Lai Fu, with whom he has a complicated relationship. Nam doesn't realise that there is a reason for this in that the two are very close but the relationship is totally platonic.
Hong secretly fancies Nam, and has no good feelings about Boon, until the time when Hong is suspected of stealing the evidence during one of his cases. Boon secretly helps him to recover the missing goods and prove Hong's innocence and Hong's impression of Boon begins to change.
Soon later, Bong dies from illness and Boon takes over the family business to repay his debt to his stepfather, working hard to clean up the image and dealings of the business, sticking to his principles despite running the risk of incurring the wrath of the mafia, he boldly stands his ground. However, because of this involvement, Hong and Nam think that he is one of the illegal syndicate and Hong is forced into making clear his boundaries with Boon whilst Nam also painfully ends her romantic ties with him, following her head in choosing to accept the advances of Hong.
Hong finally finds a witness to testify against Boon's family but he is soon murdered and Hong thinks that Boon is behind this, vowing to bring him to justice. However through a twist of fate, the death of his witness is indirectly related to Hong himself!
Nam has logically quashed all her feelings towards Boon and sifts carefully through all the evidence to make sure she has not missed anything and in the process, she finds the truth that Boon and Hong are brothers. Nam finally realises the burden that Boon has to bear and decides that she needs to return Boon his innocence for the sake of justice, but it is really because she still has feelings for him.
Hong suspects that Nam is secretly biased towards Boon and at the same time, he also finds out the truth about his relationship with Boon, but as he suspects Boon is responsible for the murder of the witness, he refuses to accept this reality.
Boon and Hung Bak To are business associates, Fu and To have a business-like love affair and because Fu is so close to Boon, the two men's competition in the business arena soon changes to a personal battle. To plots deeply to have his revenge on the two and places a strain on Fu's mental state and as she breaks under the pressure, she murders To. In order to help Fu avoid prosecution, he openly admits his affair with Nam in order to bring down the reliability of her case against Fu. Nam is emotionally traumatised and as a result, Hong and Boon's relationship crumbles.
Boon wishes for his family business to be completely cleaned up and wants to break into the international gold markets, creating an international standard for 9999 pure gold, as this is his dream. However, his step-brother Ding Sin Hang is tricked by his uncle Ding Wing Tung into thinking that Boon's real motive is to take the business over for himself. In order to protect his father's legacy, Hang moves to force Boon out. In order to avoid a clash between them, Boon chooses to pull out and hand over Ding Fung Gold Enterprises.
At this point, Hong and Nam finally realise the reasons behind Boon's actions and understand what has happened, the two brothers patch up their difference and are reunited. Just as Boon and Nam's relationship is about to blossom, Hang is used by Tung and the finances of Ding Fung are sent into disarray. For the sake of his family fortune, Hang once again engages in criminal activity. In order to repay his stepfather's kindness, Boon will not let Hang go down the path of crime, and thus returns to the mafia world and rescues the situation, taking the blame for Hang's crimes. As a result, Hong is faced once again with the prospect of arresting his brother and Nam is faced with losing the one she loves the most.
In the end, for the sake of Hang and for the sake of his past, Boon succumbs to the law and is sent down, but he regains the love of his real brother and the true love of Nam. With his self-sacrificing nature, he has realised the co-existance of love and honour, just as when gold is beaten and purified, it will show it's greatest brilliance.
[ September 13, 2002: Message edited by: Em ]