TVB will air new series “Brutally Young” (十八年後的終極告白) on April 20. The series stars Shaun Tam (譚俊彥), Mandy Wong (黃智雯), Joel Chan (陳山聰), Vivian Yeo (楊秀惠), and Candice Chiu (趙希洛) and is said to have a similar storyline to the 2011 series, “When Heaven Burns” (天與地). The storyline revolves around a flashback from a night 18 years ago. Seven youngsters from a housing village get into a fight with a gangster named “Wu Kai Si”. After a night of fighting and chasing, “Wu Kai Si” is found dead lying in a pool of blood. The seven youngsters decide to bury his body and make a pact to keep it a secret.
Shaun Tam, Joel Chan, Anthony Ho (何遠東), and Auston Lam (林師傑) play the adult versions of four of the seven kids who were part of the murder that night. After 18 years, each of the seven youngsters all go their separate ways, but when “Wu Kai Si’s” body is discovered, their secret is in danger of being revealed. Mandy Wong plays a detective, “Madam Yuen” (阮麗瑾), investigating the case.
The storyline is indeed very similar to “When Heaven Burns”, where four good friends are stuck in the snow on a mountain. One of the friends is seriously injured and in order to survive, the other three friends decide to eat him. They keep it a secret, but harbors the guilt for many years.
In the preview, Shaun Tam and Anthony Ho’s characters express regret and guilt over the death of “Wu Kai Si”. They want to turn themselves in after police investigate the case. However, Joel Chan, who is also a gangster, doesn’t agree with them and stops anyone who will reveal the truth. Indeed, there might be a twist in the end and the real killer of that night 18 years ago will be revealed.
Shaun Tam’s character, “Sam”, is actually coupled with “Madam Yuen”. His ex-girlfriend, Joanne, is played by Candice Chiu and is love rivals with “Madam Yuen”. They often fight with “Joanne” even stabbing her one time. In reality, Mandy Wong and Candice Chiu are really good friends. Mandy Wong was in tears when she presented the 2019 Best Supporting Actress award to Candice Chiu.
Vivian Yeo and Joel Chan play a couple in the series. Joel Chan also shared a scene from the series that emulates the iconic motorcycle scene in the movie, “A Moment of Romance” (天若有情). Joel Chan also revealed he is having a boy at the press conference.