Tonight, 10th September, ntv7 will be airing its 1st legal series – Justice in the City – during its primetime slot every Monday to Thursday at 9.30 p.m. The 30-episode series which centers on a group of young lawyers in the country, features renowned actors and actresses in Malaysia including Shaun Chen, Chris Tong, Remus Kam, Soo Wincci, Emily Lim, and Elvis Chin.
|Shaun Chen @ Justice In The City 庭外和解 Press Conference|
Shaun who is known for his antagonist roles on a number of top-rated drama series, rejoiced over his character in Justice in the City, where he plays “Qiu Jian Zhi”, a 26 year old civil litigation lawyer, who often stands up for others and works for pro bono. “This is a breakthrough role for me where my character, Jian Zhi, is a highly intelligent lawyer and has a sense of justice. This is also one of my most challenging roles so far as the script has really heavy lines, which took me quite some time and effort to digest and execute,” said Shaun.
|Chris Tong @ Justice In The City 庭外和解 Press Conference|
Chris on the other hand, confessed that she had less challenges compared to Shaun when it comes to her role in this series as she has previously starred as a lawyer before. Chris, who is in the running for the “Best Actress” award in the upcoming Golden Awards 2012, plays “Zhuo Hui Qi”, a 25 year old civil lawyer with a feminist attitude. “My character often has a conscientious and methodical approach to work and likes to get to the bottom of things and is very determined. Due to her poor family background, she is ambitious, but is still fair and just in her dealings,” said Chris.
|Shaun and Chris are both lawyers in this legal series|
Both Shaun and Chris also share similar views when it comes to the uniqueness of this series. “It may be the first time that a Chinese legal series is aired on Malaysian TV, but its quality and storyline may be beyond some of our expectations – giving viewers something fresh and unconventional,” Shaun added.
|What makes Shaun and Chris come together?|
While the both may have similar views in real life, both characters in the series however, have very different outlook in life. Jian Zhi focuses very much on working for the good of his clients, while Hui Qi is only interested in being promoted and becoming outstanding. Their lives became intertwined through the cases they came to handle and end up becoming arch enemies of each other.
The series opens with a case which sees an old couple who have been married for over fifty years, file for divorce. The wife, Chen Jin Ying, is determined on divorcing her husband, Liu Fa Zhi, despite her children’s objections. When her son, Liu Guo Dong realises that his mother is divorcing his father because she wanted to be with her ex-lover (an old man suffering from dementia), decides to hire Hui Qi and her boss, Luo You Wei, to prevent her from obtaining her rightful share of the family fortune. When Jian Zhi came to know about Jin Ying’s predicament, he decides to help her.
Meanwhile, Hui Qi’s rough background is revealed in the next case where she stands up for Gao Yong Wen, a crippled beggar who had been injured at his previous workplace, a factory. Much to Yong Wen’s dismay, his company only compensated him with a small sum of money before firing him. Hui Qi is determined to help Yong Wen in his court case because he has previously supported her studies. It was through his financial support that she could afford to fulfill her ambition and graduate from law school.
When Hui Qi investigates the factory where Yong Wen’s injury took place, she finds out that it belonged to Guo Dong and decides to pursue adequate compensation for Yong Wen. Guo Dong is left with no choice but to hire Jian Zhi to fight against Hui Qi. In the midst of Jian Zhi’s investigations, he discovers a shocking secret where Yong Wen had caused the death of Hui Qi’s mother by stealing her money meant for her daughter’s education and driving her to commit suicide.
At the end of the case, Hui Qi and Jian Zhi gradually drew closer, but their love could not blossom when Jian Zhi’s ex-girlfriend, He Yue Er, makes a return to his life. Yue Er pleads for Jian Zhi’s sympathy, claiming that she has been living with fear due to her husband, Luo Dong Hai’s abusive behaviour. As Jian Zhi spends more time with Yue Er to help her regain confidence, his relationship with Hui Qi soured. Disappointed and crushed, Hui Qi decides to accept her boss, You Wei, who has been pursuing her, despite being married to Lin Qian Yi, who is suffering from mental illness. Qian Yi is a good and faithful wife who stood by her husband through thick and thin. She even lost her dignity as a woman to fund You Wei’s studies only to be repaid with ungratefulness, which caused her to have a mental breakdown.
Later, Hui Qi finds out that Yue Er and her husband were only pretending to divorce in order to divide their assets to amass their fortune. Just when Hui Qi had found out the truth, news on Dong Hai’s death surfaced and Hui Qi becomes the greatest suspect. When Jian Zhi decides to help Hui Qi, Yue Er ties to emotionally manipulates him to drop the case, which then arouses his suspicions and drove him to become even more determined to seek justice for Hui Qi.
What will be the fate of Hui Qi? Will Jian Zhi be able to free her from the allegations? Don’t forget to catch Justice in the City starting 10th September, every Monday to Thursday, at 9.30 p.m., only on ntv7, the Home of Feel Good.
For more information on the show, log on to www.ntv7.com.my and www.tonton.com.my, or follow the ntv7 Facebook and Twitter.
Here's tons of photos taken during Justice In The City 庭外和解 Press Conference. Hope you guys able to see some precious moments that I've captured! It was nice to meet the gorgeous duo Chris Tong and Shaun Chen! Remember to watch their drama tonight (10th Sep)!
During the interview session, Chris Tong and Shaun Chen shared about their moment recording the scene of get rid of real and fake cockroaches together. Who is the one that always late for casting and who bully the other the most. Good to know that Shaun Chen has recovered from dengue fever during the recording of Justice in The City. Hope you guys enjoy the rest of the photos =)
|Thanks ntv7 for the nice luncheon|
|I am the ugly duckling standing between the hjandsome Shaun Chen and pretty Chris Tong|
*ignore my hair and glasses haha*
Nice to meet all the press at the day too, noticed that most of the journalist are female and photographers are male; While I doing both tasks but asking less questions ;p If you like the photos, feel free to share it out!