Total Episode: 32.
Date & Time: Every Monday to Friday, 9pm to 10pm.
MediaCorp Channel 8!!!!
Cast: Li Nanxing, Elvin Ng, Desmond Tan, Jeanette Aw, Joanne Peh, Chris Tong, Pierre Png, Carole Lin, Terence Cao, Priscelia Chan, Cai Peixuan and ........
Facing internal threats and foreign aggression, the social and political instability of 20th century China forces her people to leave their Motherland in droves to seek a living in Nanyang. Hakka immigrant, Shitou, sails to Nanyang to work as a tin miner and lives a thrifty life. Three years later, he returns to his hometown to marry his childhood sweetheart, Yazi.
Shortly after their marriage, the couple returns to Nanyang by boat. Also on board, are two penniless brothers, Zhang Tianpeng and Zhang Tianying, who seek to make a fortune in Nanyang. Unfortunately, young brother Tianying has just gotten on board before he falls ill and passes out. Using the recent spread of contagious diseases as an excuse, the boatman is persistent to throw him into the sea, much to Tianpeng’s resistance. Shitou helps Tianpeng to deal with the boatman. In gratitude, Tianpeng swears an oath of brotherhood to Shitou. Tianpeng suspects that Tianying has contracted typhoid fever and is aware that Nanyang immigrants possess an effective medication for this disease. He pleads with the passengers from the first-class cabins for medicine buta wealthy Chinese, Zhang Guangda, drives him away. Out of sympathy, Zhang Guangda’s new concubine, Bai Mingzhu, secretly gives Tianpeng the medicine. For helping Tianpeng, Mingzhu was violated by Zhang Guangda.It turns out,Mingzhu was abducted by brigands and her father had actually hired Tianpeng to rescue her. After succeeding in doing so, Tianpeng falls in love with Mingzhu, but she was already espoused to someone else.
The boat finally arrives in Nanyang. For no apparent reason, Shitou is framed for a robbery-murder case and remanded in prison. Out of desperation, Yazi seeks help with Nyonya Huiniang and her “elder brother” Zhang Dong’en as they work hand in hand to prove Shitou’s innocence. Dong’en is Zhang Guangda’s nephew. His father, Zhang Guangping, married Nyonya Zhenniang years after his wife passed away. When Zhenniang married into the Zhang family, she brought along her god-daughter Huiniang, who being younger than Dong’en, addresses him as “elder brother”. The two of them were initially at loggerheads, but gradually grew closer. However, being “siblings” prevent them from overstepping the boundary.
Shitou returns to work as a tin miner after his release, while Yazi, like the other Hakka women, becomes a “dulang woman”, panning tin for a pittance. The mine owner not only plants opium at the mine area for profits, he also exploits his miners by enticing them into sex, gambling and opium-smoking to recuperate the wages he pays out to them. To help his relative repay gambling debts, Shitou is also lured into gambling and eventually incurs a huge debt. At the same time, Supervisor Heilong lusts after Yazi’s beauty and attempts to possess her by destroying Shitou.
Tianying meets Huiniang and is mesmerised by her. Believing that he is an honest and simple man, Huiniang recommends a job to him in a medicinal herbal store, where he develops a master-disciple relationship with the elderly herbalist. The old master imparts prescriptions from his lifelong research to Tianying, exhorting him to produce affordable medicines to benefit the toiling masses. Tianpeng assists Tianying in establishing the business of manufacturing medicinal products which he markets tirelessly until they become a household name. The brothers never forget to donate money to charity and uplift the standard of life in their hometown.
Shitou becomes a fugitive after being framed by Heilong. He abandons himself to despair and is reduced to being a beggar living in the mistaken belief that Yazi has deserted him for Heilong…
Zhenniang helms the company when Zhang Guangping dies suddenly, while Zhang Guangda is indignant and schemes to take over it. Zhenniang grooms Dong’en painstakingly, sending Huiniang and him out to the School of Hard Knocks. Going through weal and woe together can only strengthen their relationship, and Dong’en realizes that his feelings for Zhenniang have grown to be more than that for a “sister”…
Dong’en and Tianpeng lead an expedition into the deep forest in search of tin mines, and unexpectedly discover the legendary “Lost Granary of Tin Nuggets”, which purportedly makes one rich overnight. Dong’en returns home “in triumph”. He grows to be more mature by day and Zhenniang is pleased that he is competent to succeed in the family business. Zhang Guangda continues to plan on seizing the map to the tin mine from his nephew… Dong’en accepts an arranged marriage and prepares to visit his ancestral village to tie the knot, Huiniang is dejected. While Zhenniang accompanies Dong’en to the village to meet his prospective wife, Zhang Guangda finds his chance to harm them… With the family business already in his hands, Zhang Guangda spares no time to harm Dong’en. Suffering from mercury poisoning, Dong’en waits in agony for an opportunity to retaliate. He vows to regain his parents’ hard-earned business and to secure a life partner for Huiniang…
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Original & Picture Source: The Journey: A Voyage(唐山到南洋)
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