Deadly Protection


Reviewed by: sukting

June 29, 2009

Rating: three-point-five

Foreword

Deadly Protection" promises to bring you another eye-popping, action-packed series, starring the "in" and popular Wong Hei, Ngai Chun Kit, Fu Ming Hin and Tong Po Yu. Do you wish to see why he is only cast as the cop or the policeman? This drama offers you the answers.

Story

Fu Kwai becomes an undercover after he leaves cadet school. He never expects his frist assignment of collecting debts is from his father, Yee. He has no choice but to knock him out to prevent his identity from being revealed.

Through the course of his investigation, he gets to know the Malaysian actress Heung Kum. Heung Kum witnesses Gui (Cheung Hung Cheung) killing someone and Gui sends Fu Kwai and one more man to kill her. She is nearly silenced to death. Luckily, she is protected by Yin Pok , one of the member of the Witness Protection Unit (WPU). Fu Kwai reports all happenings to Kar Dong. When seeing Yin Pok, Kar Dong pretends to be a loanshark to collect money from him.

Heung Kum is out filming and her make-up van explodes. Luckily, Wing Ping pulls her to safety. Chi San chides all for being careless and Yin Pok can’t stomach this. Heung Kam is invited to be the guest to open Sai Bong’s jewel branch. Yin Pok is embarrassed when his father sees him stopping Heung Kam from quarrelling with another actress. Gui holds Chung Yee as hostage and argues with Yin Pok.

To gain Gui’s trust and knowing that Yin Pok wears a protection vest, Fu Kwai aims at his chest to shoot. Thus he is fine while the rest escape. Chi San scolds Yin Pok for defying orders. Chung Yee is startled to know that Fu Kwai is expelled from cadet school. The crooks rob the jewel shop and Fu Kwai is the driver. He deliberately stops the car suddenly and all turn giddy so that the police can arrest them.

Fu Kwai chases Gui to the harbour but Yin Pok pesters him. This delays him and Fu Kwai suspects Tin Wah to be behind all this. Fu Kwai explains his job as an undercover. Siu Han knows that Heung Kam has no new assignments after rejecting category III job offers. Tin Wah forces a magazine to retract their statement to say that he is involved with the underworld.

A filmmaker attempts to rape Heung Kum after making her drunk. Luckily, Fu Kwai saves her on time. Sai Bong forces Yin Pok to work for him by feigning ill but Yin Pok sees through his ploy. Yin Pok and Fu Kwai receive training in the same unit and both never stop arguing with each other. Siu Han is interested in Yin Pok but he hardly looks at her. His heart flutters instead when seeing Cheuk Chi dancing on the street cheering children up.

Fu Kwai stops actors from touching Heung Kam as he thinks that they are overly intimate and she is being taken advantage. Heung Kam is angry over it. Fu Kwai and Yin Pok fail the last test as they insist their own way. Wing Ping reminds them the importance of teamwork. Both sort out their differences and they finally pass the second round.

Tin Wah attempts to buy the old flats. Fu Kwai and Chung Yee parade the street as a form of protest. A bomb explodes and kills Tin Wah’s assistant. Thus WPU sends people to protect him. After Fu Kwai accomplishes his mission, he is transferred to the WPU to work with Yin Pok. They make perfect partners and are appointed to protect Tin Wah.

Fu Kwai is still suspicious of Tin Wah. Cheuk Chi doesn’t like being protected and often quarrels with Fu Kwai. Fu Kwai is the die-hard type who refuses to give in but Cheuk Chi gets interested in him. Yin Pok feels jealous over it. Fu Kwai checks on Tin Wah secretly and gets chided by Wing Ping.

Before Tin Wah sets off for work, Fu Kwai and Yin Pok check on his car. They find a bomb under it and they have to carry it with their hands. Fu Kwai is witty to signal him to throw it into the sea. They celebrate Siu Han’s birthday and Siu Han kisses Yin Pok. Yin Pok gets uneasy.

Tin Wah returns from Taiwan and Fu Kwai checks his mailbox. Tin Wah deliberately leads him to go on a wild goose chase. Sau Ying detects that Cheuk Chi likes Fu Kwai. Tin Wah sets up a movie company. Chi Ping shakes hi head upon seeing Fu Kwai and Yin Pok checking again. Seeing that Heung Kam has proper place to stay after leaving Siu Han’s home, he gets her to stay at his home.

Tin Wah was in fact a deadly criminal in disguise. When Kwai discovered that, Wah immediately took action to ruin him. Fortunately, with the help of Pok and Wah's sister, Kwai eventually succeeded to arrest Wah. Tin Wah deliberately burns his goods so that Fu Kwai can find nothing. Chi San has to take Fu Kwai out of the team after getting Tin Wah’s complaint. The others speak up for him.

Tin Wah fails to bribe Fu Kwai. Cheuk Chi sells her sculptures so Yin Pok gets people to buy them. Fu Kwai gives negative comments on her works. Cheuk Chi finds him direct and frank so she likes him more. Yin Pok gets drunk and goes to bed accidentally with Siu Han. He flees quickly the next morning.

It is the new company movie shoot. Heung Kam wants to be in the limelight so she stands beside Tin Wah. The lamp drops so Fu Kwai and Yin Pok go out to snatch it. Both are fine and Tin Wah finds Heung Kam cute. Tin Wah gets Paul to hires a killer to hurt himself. Tin Wah gets flowers for Heung Kam. Fu Kwai gets jealous and hints to Heung Kam he likes her after getting clothes for her. She pretends not to know it.

The killer tries shooting at Tin Wah. Fu Kwai blocks a bullet for Tin Wah and is in a coma. Yin Pok manages to kill the killer. Heung Kam gets anxious after Fu Kwai is shot. Fu Kwai is overjoyed when he wakes up to know that. He is discharged and Cheuk Chi gives him bird nest. Heung Kam gets shy and Fu Kwai rejects Cheuk Chi but she doesn’t give up.

Fu Kwai and Yin Pok rewatch the tape of the killer to see a vanishing smile on Tin Wah’s face. They sense something amiss. Sai Bong loses a business and looks for Tin Wah. Tin Wah denies everything and he suffers a big loss. Yin Bok consoles him and both get closer. Fu Kwai is enraged when Heung Kam attends a film director’s dinner and Tin Wah offers her lavish lodging.

Heung Kam turns a deaf ear to Fu Kwai’s advice and both have a heated argument. Paul extorts Tin Wah HK$300 million to leave Hong Kong. Tin Wah decides to kill him. Cheuk Chi accidentally damages Heung Kam’s antique watch. Tin Wah sends Heung Kam to see a doctor when she sprains her ankle. Cheuk Chi rejects Yin Pok again so he gets drunk AGAIN to sleep with Siu Han AGAIN!

Knowing that Fu Kwai’s commendable flag is lost, Heung Kam searches through the dustbin. Cheuk Chi starts to feel inferior to her. Paul leaves Hong Kong but nearly gets killed. Fu Kwai saves him and he agrees to become their witness. Tin Wah goes to the movie site to give Heung Kam the antique watch. She is delighted but the police come to arrest Tin Wah.

Sau Ying quarrels with Tin Wah. Cheuk Chi finds that Fu Kwai is always against Tin Wah so both quarrel again. Tin Wah is grateful when Heung Kam encourages him. Tin Wah uses Cheuk Chi’s pager to page Yin Pok to follow him to where Paul hides. Chi Ping knows that Paul is bored but cheers him up.

Chi San knows that their target is exposed and decides to leave quickly. Tin Wah sends an empty coffin to the hideout. It has a woman’s photo. Paul gets worked up and Fu Kwai learns that she is Paul’s girlfriend. He arranges them to meet to learn that they have a son. Paul is grateful to him. Sau Ying checks the documents in the safe and Tin Wah quarrels with her.

Cheuk Chi encourages Fu Kwai to apologise to Heung Kam. Both quarrel again because of Tin Wah. Sau Ying sends a private eye to check on Tin Wah and also contacts the lawyer for divorce. Tin Wah pretends that he still loves her. He then transfers all the illegal money into her account. She is in the last stage of bone cancer and is dying. Paul sees Sau Ying in court and starts uttering rubbish.

He has gone mad and can’t testify anymore. Fu Kwai reprimands Tin Wah for doing it. Actually, Sau Ying has bribed Paul’s wife. Fu Kwai wants to bring Cheuk Chi and Yin Pok together. Siu Han is down upon knowing that Yin Pok doesn’t love her. Mrs Chan encourages Fu Kwai to propose to Heung Kam. She agrees to consider. Chung Yee witnesses a killing and is protected.

Tin Wah seeks to kill him. Cheuk Chi decides to leave Hong Kong so Yin Pok accompanies her to look for comics. She drops it on the middle of the road and he dashes across the road, risking his life to get it back. She is touched and decides to stay. Siu Han’s colleague and secret admirer, Yong is wooing Siu Han. Upon knowing that she is pregnant with Yin Pok’s baby, he gets drunk and Tin Wah’s men put a tracing device on him. Tin Wah celebrates Heung Kam’s birthday with her.

Heung Kam rejects Fu Kwai’s love declaration. Fu Kwai feels unbearable. Chi San scolds him for getting out alone without informing. Yong beats Yin Pok up and requests to switch to another group. The tracing device drops on the floor and all are shocked. Siu Han blocks a bullet for Yin Pok during the attack and Chi San realises that she is pregnant. Yong quits out of guilt.

Sau Ying returns from Hong Kong after her chemo treatment. Tin Wah arranges to meet her at the cliff and later fakes her death through a car accident. He bribes over her doctor, claiming that she is in low spirits after her treatment. Paul dies in the asylum. Fu Kwai knows the two deaths are linked to Tin Wah. Cheuk Chi finds out that Sau Ying buys seafood on that fateful day. She starts to doubt Tin Wah.

Cheuk Chi checks his computer to find out his illegal activities evidence. Tin Wah sees that all the files are missing and goes chase. Cheuk Chi is knocked down by a car. She loses her memory. Tin Wah’s men want to kill him to silence her but he saves her. Cheuk Chi is under protection and Tin Wah is being tailed by the policemen. Yong now works for a security firm and he takes up the assignment.

Heung Kam’s new movie is used by the illegal funds. Heung Kam’s acting sucks and the movie is a flop. She feels terrible but Fu Kwai is beside her. Fu Kwai knows that Cheuk Chi is only pretending to suffer from memory loss. A killer pretends to be a doctor and takes her away. Siu Han helps Yin Pok when he is beaten up by the killer. She is kicked in the stomach and Chi Ying blurts out that Siu Han is pregnant. Yin Pok is stunned by the news.

Tin Wah announces that the movie will have a sequel. Fu Kwai seizes this chance to reveal that he is trying to use illegal money and both men fight. Wing Ping’s spine is hurt during an assignment and all request him to get operated. Siu Han is concerned for him and realises that she loves him all along. Wing Ping is touched and listens to her. His operation is a success.

Yong visits Wing Ping and reveals Tin Wah’s whereabouts to him. Heung Kam calls Tin Wah to test him – she finds out where Cheuk Chi is kidnapped to. Tin Wah realises that Cheuk Chi is only faking memory loss. She tries to escape in vain from him. Cheuk Chi has no choice but to shoot him with a gun. She injures his arm and he is caught.

Tin Wah runs away from prison and holds Heung Kam hostage. Fu Kwai tries to arrest him and manages to rescue Heung Kam. He goes steady with her while Yin Bok takes care of Cheuk Chi after this tragedy. Both also become a couple together.

Introduction on characters

1. Chan Fu Kwai -Wong Hei
He likes helping the weak so he becomes a cop. Working undercover is tough but he takes up the challenge. As he grows up in Temple Street, he is very street smart and alert. After getting into WPU, he has problems adjusting to the image as he now requires to wear a suit and tie to work. Still, he tries his best and all members accept him with open arms. He never change his ways of talking aloud.

Surprisingly, they can accept his elastic ways and all speak up for him whenever he gets into trouble. Being involved with the underworld gangs for long, he senses something amiss just at a glance at Tin Wah. It later proves that his instinct is correct. Although cops are never allowed to check on the people who need their protection, Fu Kwai breaks this rule repeatedly.

Wong He is amazing! The first part has he as a gangster and hooligan. Be amused to see how he gets jealous. His sharp tongue shows that he can lose out in a quarrel and he is always right since he bases on facts and evidence. The latter part has he matured and also observant. I believe all will like him in this role.

2. Mui Heung Kam - Fu Ming Hin
She strives hard to become a famous actress although she knows her shortcomings. She comes from Malaysia and thus finds it hard to adapt to the life here. She gets along with people well but is very gullible to get cheated by others. That is why Fu Kwai needs to make a lookout for her at all times. Ming hin looks refreshed in the role. I am sure many will welcome the change.

3. Kuan Yin Pok - Ngai Chun Kit
He comes from a rich family but is not interested to take up the family business. He makes his father worry when he chooses to become a cop. But he isn’t as brilliant as Fu Kwai who senses danger before he does or he gets into Fu Kwai’s way unknowingly. Chun Kit is dashing but unfortunately, his role here is only to create arguments with Wong Hei and also to become a love puppy. He is the hero before Fu Kwai comes but is completely overshadowed by him after his existence.

4. Ko Tin Wah - Cheung Kwok Keung
This is a dangerous man. He is in charge of both legal and illegal businesses. He is also vindictive to want to kill all that oppose him. WPU is busy because of him. When I see his face, I know he is up to no good at once. How boring it is – can’t he be spared to play the good guy instead?

5. Ko Cheuk Gi - Tong Po Yu
She is Tin Wah’s younger sister. Pampered from young, she doesn’t need to work to support herself as her father can support her. Thus, she concentrates on the arts – to do dancing, sculpturing and others. As she hardly mixes with others, she has problems communicating with the WPU members when they come to her home. Fu Kwai is the only person who dares to defy her repeatedly so she is attracted to him.

After seeing how Yin Pok has done for her, she accepts him instead. I think Po Yu is better in singing than acting. It is wise of her to note her shortcoming too.

6. Paul – Tang Ying Mun
He is a poor killer who has a sad fate to get controlled by Tin Wah for life.

7. Cheng Sau Ying – Ngai Chau Wah
She is Tin Wah’s wife who never suspects of his doing till he woos Heung Kam openly. She often does good deeds and does not deserve a sad ending of being killed. She is still soft-hearted to forgive and believe him repeatedly and totally.

8. Lee Chi San – Wai Ying Hung
She is Fu Kwai’s boss who is often aware of their actions. Sometimes, she turns a deaf ear as she approves of them checking .She is always alert and doesn’t wish her members to get hurt unnecessarily.

9. Chow Yong– Lok Tat Wah
He is a member of the team who likes Siu Han secretly for a long time. He is upset that she likes Yin POk instead to get drunk. Unlike the drunk Yin Pok who is hardly a target to attack (except the part to track out where Paul stays), this poor man wrecks their mission when he gets drunk for the first time. He gets so guilty that he quits. But the police blood runs in him so he still takes up a job at the security firm.

10. Ho Siu Han – Chung Wai Yee
She is also a member of the team. She is kind and isn’t shy to admit that she likes Yin Pok. But Yin Pok prefers to keep a distance from her. It is puzzling why he ends up in bed with her twice when drunk. Even after knowing that she is pregnant, he still doesn’t love her although he is willing to be father of the child.

She straightens her thoughts but doesn’t have the guts to tell Chi San. Chi San only learns about it through a mission but keeps it from the rest. She only reveals it when she is too anxious over her safety. Siu Han finally likes Wing Ping and all congratulate her.

11. Chan Chung Yee – Lo Lok Lum
He is Fu Kwai’s father who loves gambling. Sometimes, he loses too much money and doesn’t dare to tell Fu Kwai so he borrows from the loansharks. Fu Kwai tries to keep this from Mrs Chan. But he is a righteous man and a loyal employee to Sai Bong. Although he isn’t a cop, he doesn’t like to lie and wants to bring the crooks to justice, no matter how big the price can be.

12. Mrs Chan – Chu Mi Mi
She is Fu Kwai’s mother and has a very loud voice. But she is very gentle to Heung Kam as she is her prospective daughter-in-law. Fu Kwai laments that that is the kind of tone he wants to hear from her!

13. Lam Wing Ping – Hui Siu Hung
Besides reporting to Chi San, the others can also report to him as he is also their immediate boss. He is alert as well but doesn’t want the juniors to get into trouble. But like Chi San, he tries just as hard to avoid punishing them. He never expects to fall for Siu Han at such an age.

14. Kuan Sai Bong – Tam Chun Hing
He is Yin Pok’s father who longs for him to help him out in his company. He disappoints him by rejecting him repeatedly. So he can only rely on his elder son. Going through a tough time after falling out with Tin Wah over a business venture, Yin Pok gives him support again.

15. Chu Kar Dong – Kong Hon
He recommends Fu Kwai to go undercover and is pleased with his performance as a newcomer. Fu Kwai is grateful to him for showing him the ropes but keeps yearning to return to become a cop as he is sick of danger and dealing with the bosses.

Thinking that WPU suits him, he gives his name to the unit. Poor Fu Kwai – he nearly faints upon knowing that he has to be neatly dressed and not causally as like other units. He runs to the store to get suits and ties. Upon returning home with them, his parents have mixed feelings, thinking that he has quit. Chung Yee feels that he isn’t persistent enough while Mrs Chan is glad that he gets a desk bound job. Their emotions are exchanged upon knowing that he still remains as a cop!

Favourite character
Fu Kwai, he disregards authority and will point out what is right or wrong, even though he knows that he will offend the person in the end.

Most hated character
Tin Wah, he deceives and makes use of everyone – including his next-of-kin. He has no compassion for his wife to kill her although she has been rooting for him. He is sick of her and can’t wait to dispose her.

Song
This is the second time Lam Chi Cheung sings for Wong Hei’s drama after ‘Nothing to declare’. The title is人間好漢. Call me biased as a die-hard Ah Lam fan but it is really an excellent song that all must keep. He is good in singing heroic songs and he does it well again.

Interesting facts

Wong has acted in law enforcement roles, which gave rise to rumors that his stage name is based on the term "皇氣", a slang term for law enforcement in Hong Kong. His birth name is Kwong Yek Yee (鄺毅怡). To act in this role, he went to WPU to receive training with Chun Kit. As an ex-cop, he mastered quickly.

This drama has high viewership as many have not seen how people are being protected. They have seen plenty of corruption files but this one is the first on WPU.

Conclusion

It is Wong Hei’s one-man-show indeed. I agree that he is the best spokesman to be a police officer or fireman. Although he isn’t exactly a handsome guy, he has the on-screen charisma that you can’t help getting attracted to him. Without him, this drama will just be a usual cop drama. Have fun seeing the others dismantling bombs and saving witnesses. It shows how tough the life of a cop can be and all have work hard. It is a realistic drama indeed and all should watch it although it can be quite old.

Sukting’s ratings :

On acting : **** (Scale of 5)

On story : ***1/2 (Scale of 5)

On songs : ***** (Scale of 5)


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