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Tiger Cubs is a police procedural television drama series set in Hong Kong. Produced by Lam Chi-wah and written by Lee Yee-wah, Tiger Cubs is a TVB production. The original series, Tiger Cubs , aired in the summer of 2012. Its sequel Tiger Cubs II aired in the fall of 2014.
The police procedural, or police crime drama, is a subgenre of detective fiction that emphasizes the investigative procedure of a police officer or department as the protagonist(s), as contrasted with other genres that focus on a private investigator or amateur detective. Unlike traditional mysteries, which conceal the criminal's identity until the police solve the crime in the narrative climax, police procedurals often reveal the perpetrator's identity to the audience early in the narrative, making it an inverted detective story or "howcatchem". Police procedurals attempt to accurately depict such police-related topics as forensic science, autopsies, gathering evidence, search warrants, interrogation and adherence to legal restrictions and procedure.
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a special administrative region on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) is a television broadcasting company based in Hong Kong. The company operates five free-to-air terrestrial television channels in Hong Kong, with TVB Jade as its main Cantonese language service, and TVB Pearl as its main English service. TVB is headquartered at TVB City at the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate.
The drama revolves around a team of elite paramilitary officers from the Special Duties Unit (SDU) of the Hong Kong Police Force, a unit that focuses on cracking down terrorism, hostage rescue, and handling any other crimes that are deemed too dangerous for regular police to handle. The unit also works closely with the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau (OCTB), which specialises in investigating organised crime and triad societies.
The Special Duties Unit is the elite tactical unit of the Hong Kong Police Force tasked with countering terrorist attacks, hostage rescue, underwater search and recovery, and tackling serious crime involving firearms. The SDU is a subdivision of the Police Tactical Unit which is part of 'A' Department. The SDU is based at the Police Tactical Unit Headquarters in Fanling.
The Hong Kong Police Force is the primary law enforcement, investigation agency, and largest disciplined service under the Security Bureau of Hong Kong. It was formed on 1 May 1844 by the British Hong Kong government with a strength of 32 officers. In 1969, Queen Elizabeth II granted the 'Royal' prefix and the HKPF became the Royal Hong Kong Police Force (RHKP), only to be removed in 1997 upon the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong to China.
Senior Inspector Chin Hon-to (展瀚韜; jyutping: Zin Hontou) is an SDU officer, as well as the leader and main trainer of the unit's alpha team. Known as SDU's "demon trainer," To is tough, strict, and demanding. To's emphasis on the importance of team spirit is one of the reasons why he initially disapproves of alpha team's new member Yu Hok-lai, who is rash and overconfident. Having that his father, a police officer who was forced into early retirement because he was suspected of violating a conduct code, To is extremely cautious and rigorous when handling team missions. Despite To's austere demeanor, he can be kindhearted and friendly, and often treats his teammates to happy hour at the pub owned by his parents. To also follows his own rigorous training techniques with his subordinates, earning the respect of his team.
Jyutping is a romanisation system for Cantonese developed by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK), an academic group, in 1993. Its formal name is The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong Cantonese Romanisation Scheme. The LSHK promotes the use of this romanisation system.
While on a vacation with his teammate and best friend, Chong Chuk-yuen, To meets the air flight attendant Ting Wai-wai, and pursues her after falling in love at first sight. After a few months of dating, Wai-wai decides to move in with To. However, To and Wai-wai gradually grew apart due to his commitment to his work and Wai-wai's long weeks away from home. He eventually fell for Yuen's older sister and their mutual respect and similar personalities sparked a relationship, which sadly ended when Wah found herself still unable to let go of her fiancee's death, despite how much she tried.
Flight attendants or cabin crew are members of an aircrew employed by airlines primarily to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard commercial flights, on select business jet aircraft, and on some military aircraft.
Probationary Inspector So Man-keung (蘇文強; jyutping: Sou Mankoeng) is a probationary inspector, currently working as an administrative support officer for SDU's alpha team. Keung grew up in an unspecified walled village in New Territories, Hong Kong. Her parents and older brother immigrated to the United Kingdom soon after she joined the police force.
Once common throughout China, walled villages can still be found in southern China and Hong Kong. Most of the walled villages of Hong Kong are located in the New Territories.
Keung's childhood dream is to officially join SDU's operation team as the unit's first female member, but due to her fear of heights, an obstacle that she will have to face when applying for the SDU selection, Keung sees her dreams getting harder to achieve. Yu Hok-lai is the only member in the alpha team who knows of Keung's fear, and he helps her overcome it episode 11. They eventually begin a relationship following Tiger Cubs II.
Acting Sergeant Chong Chuk-yuen (莊卓源; jyutping: Zong Coekjyun) is an SDU sniper of the unit's alpha team. He is the younger brother of Chong Chuk-wah, the senior inspector of OCTB's A Division. Due to Yuen's carefree and joking personality, many mistaken him to possess a careless and casual attitude towards work. However, Yuen's careful and calm judgement makes him one of the most talented sharpshooters in the unit.
Yuen develops a crush on Ting Wai-wai, whom he met while on a vacation with his best friend, To. However, Wai-wai takes an interest at To, and begins to date him soon after their encounter, prompting Yuen to merely view her as a "sister-in-law". When To is unavailable to go on dates with Wai-wai, Yuen fills in his spot as Wai-wai's confidant. This causes Wai-wai to fall for him eventually, causing conflict between Yuen and To. The rift driving them apart due to this is eventually settled over time, as To stops caring for Wai-wai romantically and moves on with his life.
Acting Sergeant Yau Chun-hin (邱駿軒; jyutping: Jau Zeonhin) is an SDU sniper of the unit's alpha team. He joins the team in the first episode with Yu Hok-lai, also his best friend. Lai's older brother is an accomplished law enforcer personnel, and because of this, Hin always felt like he is living under the shadow of his brother, causing him to be extremely unconfident (though this trait dissipates as time passes and Hin improves). He acts as a foil to the originally overconfident and arrogant Lai, and is often the first to bail him out of trouble or help him out. In Episode 13, the finale of Tiger Cubs, Hin shoots the motor of the boat that To Tin-yu and Yiu Mei-ling tried escaping in. This led to Yiu Mei-ling to suffer from third degree burns, and her face became scarred, prompting Yu and Mei-ling to plot revenge against Hin. They tied him to a cross and tortured him by beating him up and then burning his bare skin with hot iron, before shooting him in his legs, arms and his heart- ending his life right in front of Chin hon-to.
Acting Sergeant Yu Hok-lai (俞學禮; jyutping: Jyu Hoklai) is an SDU officer of the unit's alpha team, specialising in assault and combat. Lai is the youngest son of Yu Sai-tong, one of the top ten wealthiest entrepreneurs of Hong Kong.
Originally, Lai is portrayed with an arrogant and overbearing attitude, which puts him at odds with his superior, To, despite being the physically fittest candidate for SDU. Due to this, Lai disliked To strongly and becomes convinced that the latter is intentionally making things difficult for him, not knowing that To sees great potential in him. Lai's personality improves greatly after a case revolving around his family members is solved, causing him to deeply respect To.
Acting Sergeant Tse Kar-sing (謝家星; jyutping: Ze Gaasing) is an SDU officer of the unit's alpha team, and one of the team's main assaulters.
Acting Sergeant Cheung Kai-kwong (張繼光; jyutping: Zoeng Gaigwong) is an SDU officer of the unit's alpha team. Coming from a low-income grassroots family, Kwong is stingy and cheap, though he still gets along well with his team members, who often joke about his penny-pinching ways good-naturedly. He initially joined the SDU for its high paycheck, and has been saving money to establish his own fitness center, though he expresses that he would still want to stay in SDU until his age posed a problem.
Chief Inspector of Police Roy Poon Chi-lung (潘子龍) introduced as the head of the Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CIB), Poon Chi-lung is transferred to be the commanding officer of A team, and in doing so must win the trust and loyalty of A team who had been expecting Chin Hon-to be promoted to the position.
Senior Inspector Chong Chuk-wah (莊卓嬅; jyutping: Zong Coekwaa) is an inspector in the OCTB A Division. She is the older sister of Chong Chuk-yuen, an SDU sniper. Wah is a workaholic who was indicated to have plunged herself into her career in an attempt to move on from her fiancee's death two years prior to the start of the show. This ultimately failed as Wah still harbored great guilt over Bong's death, and was noted by Chin Hon-to be suicidal. She eventually starts a relationship with Chin Hon-to at the end of season one, as she prepares herself to let go of her past. However, Wah does not appear in Tiger Cubs II and was indicated to be written out of season two. Whilst in England to undergo training, she encounters the family of her deceased fiancee- Bong, and is taken to the house he had prepared as their marital home- done in detail to her exact liking so that she and Bong could move in even though the latter has died. This causes Wah to find that she cannot let go of him, despite her attempt to move on with To, leading her to send To a "Dear John" text and break up with him.
Originally Chong Chuk-wah's second in command, with the absence of Chong, Fong is the highest ranking OCTB officer on screen in season two
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