TVB’s long awaited series, “Airport Strikers” (機場特警), will finally air on March 30. The series, starring Owen Cheung (張振朗), Sisley Choi (蔡思貝), and Mat Yeung (楊明), talks about Hong Kong’s Airport Security Unit. The series was supposed to air last year, but due to the tensions between citizens and the Hong Kong police the series kept getting pushed back.
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While TVB often films police dramas, this is the first time they’ve based it on the airport security force. In order to beef up their bodies, the actors underwent two months of special training. The story is akin to the 1984 Tony Leung series, “Police Cadet ’84” (新紮師兄). Four hopefuls in Owen Cheung, Sisley Choi, Gloria Tang (鄧佩儀) and Brian Chu (朱敏瀚) sign up to become airport security police and undergo training.
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Owen Cheung’s character is often at odds with his superior, Hugo Wong (黃子恆). Mat Yeung’s character, “Easy”, often plays the mediator. Owen Cheung mentioned how he had to control his diet. Even when he ate a chicken thigh, he had to rip off the skin and boil it again before eating. He joked that he kept getting skinnier as they filmed. As for Mat Yeung, he said he was the most fit during the filming of the series. He revealed when they were filming, he practically didn’t eat any rice. Mat Yeung revealed, “Everyone took out their own lunch boxes and was eating chicken breasts and eggs to curb hunger.”
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Roxanne Tong (湯洛雯), Owen Cheung, and Sisley Choi will also have a love triangle storyline. Sisley Choi said she and Owen Cheung had a lot of connection. She said, “If we weren’t friends, it would’ve been hard to play brothers in the series. We put a lot of effort into it. We tried not sleeping for over 20 something hours.”
Regina Ho (何依婷), who was the 2017 Miss Hong Kong First Runner Up, plays Mat Yeung’s girlfriend. In the series, she brings out the essence of being a “Kong Girl” (港女) in the series. She is always overpowering Mat Yeung and will face problems on the topic of marriage.
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As for Gloria Tang, she plays a rich girl who doesn’t want to take over her family’s business. Instead, she tries out to be an airport security cop and has a romantic storyline with Jonathan Wong (王梓軒). Brian Chu also had to work out and gain muscles for his role. However, his role’s body and his stamina aren’t on par and almost gets him kicked out of the training school, but he passes due to his smarts.
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Owen Cheung’s nephew will have a cameo in the series playing his character’s younger self. The two are also very close in real life based on the pictures from Owen Cheung’s Instagram.
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