Breakout (Singaporean TV series)

Breakout (simplified Chinese: 破天网) is a Singaporean Chinese drama television series which was broadcast on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. The series starred Jeanette Aw, Elvin Ng, Zhou Ying, Christopher Lee, Dai Xiangyu and Guo Liang. It debuted on 6 December 2010, and ended on 7 January 2011. This drama consisted of 25 episodes, and was screened on weekday night at 9:00 pm.

Created byAng Eng Tee 洪荣狄
Written byAng Eng Tee 洪荣狄
Directed byChong Liung Man 张龙敏
Loh Woon Woon 罗温温
方傢福 Png Keh Hock
StarringJeanette Aw
Elvin Ng
Zhou Ying
Christopher Lee
Dai Xiangyu
Guo Liang
Opening theme网 (The Web) by Jeff Chang
Ending theme网 (The Web) by Jeff Chang
Country of originSingapore
Original language(s)Chinese
No. of episodes25
Producer(s)Winnie Wong 王尤红
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes per episode
Original networkMediaCorp Channel 8
Original release6 December 2010 
7 January 2011
Preceded byMrs P.I.
Followed byProsperity
External links

It won Best Drama Serial in 2010 at Star Awards.


The drama's title translates to the Technical Analysis term in financial markets, referring to super-villain Yang Tianwei's attempt to trade using that strategy so as to get rich quickly enough to seek revenge for his murdered son rather than wait for justice to be meted out.


On her 12th birthday, Tang Ying (younger portrayed by Regine Lim, older portrayed by Zhou Ying) lost her parents and older brother to a tragic road accident. Although she survived, she lapsed into a coma for 13 years. When she came out of her coma, she was stunned to realize that she was no longer a 12-year-old girl but a 25-year-old young woman. Trapped in an older body with her memory still frozen at age 12, Tang Ying struggles to cope with reality which includes the cruel truth that her family is dead.

Tang Ying suspects that there is more to the tragic road accident which claimed the lives of her entire family. As a result, Tang Ying embarks on a rigorous routine to learn and to familiarize herself with a society that has changed tremendously in the years when she was unconscious.

During this time, she befriends Zou Jieming (portrayed by Elvin Ng), an autistic but highly intelligent savant, and Situ Dongcheng (portrayed by Christopher Lee), a down-and-out former lawyer who has lost everything he treasured in his life. Together, they embark on a battle against Yang Tianwei (portrayed by Guo Liang), a cruel, ruthless and cunning man who will stop at nothing in his quest to avenge his dead son Zhenjie. Tianwei's children, Chris Yang Zhenfeng (portrayed by Dai Xiangyu) and Nianqing (portrayed by Jeanette Aw), assist him in his evil deeds. It is revealed that Yang Tianwei had planned the murder of the Tang Yaozu and his family for a past grudge using a road accident and it was not an isolated incident. Will Tang Ying, Jieming and Dongcheng be able to bring him to justice before he ruins more lives? [1]


Yang family

Jeanette Aw 欧萱Yang Nianqing 杨念青Yang Tianwei's daughter
Yang Zhenfeng's younger sister
Originally named Yang Minhui, but changed name to Yang Nianqing in remembrance of Ye Ziqing
Situ Dongcheng's lover
Suffered from schizophrenia
Ye Ziqing 叶子青Yang Tianwei's wife (deceased)
Tang Yaozu's ex-lover
Nianqing and Zhenfeng's mother
Guo Liang 郭亮Yang Tianwei 杨天威Main Villain
Ziqing's husband
Zhenfeng and Nianqing's father
Jerald Tan 陈杰乐Chris Yang Zhenfeng 杨振锋Younger (episode 1)
Dai Xiangyu 戴向宇Older

Tang family

Zheng Geping 郑各评Tang Yaozu 汤耀祖Tang Ying's father
Murdered by car accident
Regene Lim 林咏谊Tang Ying 汤颖Younger (episodes 1)
Zhou Ying 周颖Older
Liu Yu 刘羽Tang Kai 汤凯Tang Ying's brother (episode 1)
Killed in the car accident
Yan Bingliang 严丙量Tang YaozongTang Ying's uncle
Tang Yaozu's older brother
Severed all relations with Tang Ying

Zou Jieming's family

Elvin Ng 黄俊雄Zou Jieming 邹杰明Bai Huahua's son
Xu Changgen's step-son
Xu Chunli's step-brother
Has autism, but is highly intelligent
Lin Meijiao 林梅娇Bai Huahua 白花花Zou Jieming and Xu Chunli's mother
Bee hoon stall owner
Bryan Chan 陈国华Xu Changgen 许长根Bai Huahua's husband
Zou Jieming's stepfather
Xu Chunli's father
Ex-gambling addict
Ya Hui 雅慧Xu Chunli 许春丽Xu Changgen and Bai Huahua's daughter
Zou jieming's step-sister

Other characters

Christopher Lee 李铭顺Situ Dongcheng 司徒东城Former lawyer ruined by Yang Zhenfeng
Released from prison in episode 2
Nianqing's lover
Shot and killed Yang Zhenfeng in Episode 25
Drowned together with Yang Nianqing in Episode 25
(Deceased- Episode 25)
Pan Lingling 潘玲玲Cai Siling 蔡思灵Yang Tianwei's ex-lover
Desmond Tan 陈泂江Cai Haoyu 蔡浩宇Cai Siling's younger brother
Darren Lim 林明伦Wang Lianzhou 汪连州Situ Dongcheng's former colleague and rival
Christina Lim 林佩芬Fan Meiqi 范美琪Situ Dongcheng's ex-girlfriend
Belinda Lee 李心钰Ya Lina 雅丽娜A witch from the Yiluo tribe
Adam Chen 詹金泉AlexNianqiang's ex-boyfriend
Undercover Interpol officer
Later murdered by Zhenfeng
Richard Low 刘谦益Jimmy ZhangDetective hired as a PI to investigate the Yangs' criminal activities
Rebecca Lim 林慧玲Suying 素英Zhenfeng's ex-girlfriend
Chen Huihui 陈慧慧Miss WongTang Ying's nurse
Li Wenhai 李文海Kun 坤哥


It was the tenth Channel 8 drama to be fully filmed in HD and the first to be filmed in Dolby Digital.

This drama will be encored from 30 November 2011 to 3 January 2012 at midnight, and this time rated PG for violence, similar to The Ultimatum. However, The Family Court and The Score were not being broadcast at midnight, but at 5.30pm instead.

Awards and nominations

Breakout lead the nominations for, and won the most awards for acting and technical categories in the 2011 Star Awards ceremony. It also won three nominations and commendations at the 2011 Asian Television Awards.

Star Awards 2011

Star Awards 2011 Show 1
红星大奖2011 银光闪耀
Young Talent Award 青苹果奖 Jerald Tan 陈杰乐 Nominated
Best Theme Song 最佳主题曲 "网" by Jeff Chang Won
Best Director 最佳导演 Chong Liung Man Won
Best Screenplay 最佳剧本 Ang Eng Tee Nominated
Best Costume Designer Xu Yingying Nominated
Best Sound/Music Design 最佳音乐与音效设计 Long Soo Ming/Zheng Kaihua Won
Best Drama Serial 最佳电视剧 N/A Won
Top Rated Drama Serial N/A Nominated
Star Awards for Favourite Male Character 最喜爱男角色 Elvin Ng 黄俊雄 Won
Star Awards for Favourite Female Character 最喜爱女角色Jeanette Aw 欧萱Nominated
Zhou Ying 周颖Nominated
Most Favourite On-screen couple 最喜爱银幕情侣 Jeanette Aw 欧萱 & Christopher Lee 李铭顺 Won
Elvin Ng 黄俊雄 & Zhou Ying 周颖 Nominated
Star Awards 2011 Show 2
红星大奖2011 金碧辉映
Best Supporting Actor 最佳男配角 Darren Lim 林明伦 Nominated
Best Actor 最佳男主角 Christopher Lee 李铭顺 Nominated
Elvin Ng 黄俊雄 Nominated
Best Actress 最佳女主角 Jeanette Aw 欧萱 Nominated
Zhou Ying 周颖 Nominated
Best Supporting Actress 最佳女配角 Lin Meijiao 林梅嬌 Nominated
Pan Lingling 潘玲玲 Won

Asian Television Awards

Best ActorChristopher LeeNominated
(Highly commended)
Best Supporting ActressPan LinglingNominated
(Highly commended)
Best ScreenplayAng Eng TeeNominated
(Highly commended)


During the awards ceremony, Christopher Lee, Huang Wenyong, Ben Yeo and other actors performed a parody of the series. Lee, portraying Breakout director Chong Liung Man, and his "camera crew" (played by Huang and Yeo) were filming a scene on the harbour. Veteran radio deejay Dennis Chew played Yang Tianwei, ceremony co-host Quan Yi Fong played Yang Nianqing, popular television host Lee Teng played Yang Zhenfeng, award nominee Zhou Ying reprised her role as Tang Ying and Quan's co-host Guo Liang played Zou Jieming.

See also

  • List of programmes broadcast by MediaCorp Channel 8


  1. "Dai Yang Tian and Guo Liang out to kill". 29 July 2010. Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
Preceded by
Star Awards for Best Drama Serial
Succeeded by
On the Fringe
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