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Behind Silk Curtains is a 1988 Hong Kong grand production serial drama produced by TVB featuring an ensemble cast from the TV station including veteran actors Adam Cheng, Liza Wang, Ray Lui and future award-winning cinematic stars Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Stephen Chow.

Behind Silk Curtains
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Written bySusan Chan
Tsang Suk-kuen
Directed bySung Ho-fai
Lee Lik-chi
StarringAdam Cheng
Liza Wang
Tony Leung
Stephen Chow
Ray Lui
Peter Yang
Jaime Chik
Carina Lau
Chingmy Yau
Country of originHong Kong
Original language(s)Cantonese
No. of episodes5
Producer(s)Lau Kar-ho
Production location(s)Hong Kong
Camera setupMulti camera
Production company(s)TVB
Original networkTVB Jade
Original releaseApril 11 (1988-04-11) –
April 15, 1988 (1988-04-15)
Behind Silk Curtains
Traditional Chinese大都會
Simplified Chinese大都会
Literal meaning"Metropolis"


Wealthy businessman Ling Hin-kwong's (Peter Yang) "Tai Fook Company" is in the verge of collapse and his daughter Ling Ka-man (Liza Wang) persuades him to let Cheng Sai-cheung (Adam Cheng), chairman of the People's Bank, to join the shares. Kwong thinks Man is to ambitious and cannot trust her, so he finds a solution with his son Ling Ka-yip (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), who recently returned from the United States. However, Yip dies in a car accident, where Kwong suffers bereavement, while also oppressed by Cheung, finally declares bankruptcy. When Ling Ka-man and Cheng Sai-cheung's plan of annexing Tai Fook fell through, in order to develop her career, Man induces Lam Ling-chi (Jaime Chik) to leave Cheung, while Man marries with Cheung.

Cheng Sai-cheung's son Cheng Lap-kei (Stephen Chow) marries with the daughter of the People's Bank's boss, who has a son Ho-yin (Leung Sze-ho) with her ex-husband. Cheung is his sister in-law Yee-chu (Wing Lam) and Ho-yin's settlor, and takes advantage of Ho-yin's decision-making power in the bank to reap profits. Ling Hin-kwong's youngest son Ling Ka-ming (David Siu) marries Yee-chu. Cheung fears the two will vie for property, so he conspires with Ming's ex-girlfriend Maggie (Money Lo) to destroy their relationship. When Ming learns of Cheung's scheme, he searches for evidence of Cheung and his son Kei's embezzlement. In order to cover up his crimes, Cheung mistakenly kills his partner To Ming (Ray Lui).


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