Kinship (TV series)

Kinship (Simplified Chinese: 手足) is a Singaporean Chinese long running drama which was televised on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp TV Channel 8 every Monday to Friday at 19:00 tonight. The drama is divided into two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

GenreLong Running Drama
Created byNg Kah Huay
Written byKwok Kar Peng
Dion Tang
He Xing Ying
Gladys Tan
Directed byBenny Wong
Creative director(s)Liu Jinan
StarringElvin Ng
Jesseca Liu
Ann Kok
Xiang Yun
Yao Wenlong
Chen Tianwen
Cynthia Koh
Sylvester Tan
Theme music composerBenny Wong
Opening theme逃离 by A-do
Ending theme换季 by Jin Sha
Composer(s)Benny Wong
Country of originSingapore
Original language(s)Singapore English
Singapore Mandarin
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes83 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Kelly Cheng
Producer(s)Kelly Cheng
Production location(s)Downtown, Singapore
CinematographyLiu Tianfu
Camera setupChun Tianfu
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)MediaCorp TV
Original networkMediaCorp TV Channel 8
Picture formatPAL SDTV
Audio formatStereo
First shown in19 June 2007
Original releaseInvalid date range
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This drama series consists of a cast which aims to appeal to both younger and older audience. It stars Elvin Ng , Jesseca Liu , Ann Kok , Xiang Yun , Yao Wenlong , Chen Tianwen , Cynthia Koh & Sylvester Tan as the casts of this series. As such, producers have cited this drama as a highly anticipated drama, comparable to the likes of Holland V, Double Happiness and Portrait of Home. This drama is one of the longest running dramas with 83 episodes, being produced by MediaCorp in 2007. Despite being a highly anticipated drama, it received more criticism than any other locally produced Chinese-language drama and only half of the expected viewership. It also holds the dubious honor of the first long-running drama to fail to receive a Star Awards nomination for Best Drama and for each of the four acting categories.

Part 1 premiered on 19 June 2007 and ended on 17 August 2007. Part 2 premiered on 17 December 2007 and ended on 8 February 2008.

Cast and characters


Part 1

Da Ying Jia foot reflexology centre was founded by the brothers, Anping and Anxin, 25 years ago. Now, both of them split-up and Anxin takes charge of the business operations of the new branches of Da Ying Jia while Anping stays in the original centre, becoming a foot reflexologist.

Anping married Meiqi and both of them adopted three girls: Jinsha, Yinsha and Yusheng. Two of them, Jinsha and Yinsha, are married to their husbands, Naifa and Zhaoyang respectively, and they live near to Anping's residence, a HDB flat's unit in Singapore.

Both Jinsha and Naifa have two children, a son and a daughter. However, due to poor parenting skills, the two children turn out extremely problematic. This also causes the relationship between Jinsha and her son to worsen.

Yinsha and Zhaoyang has a daughter. Even since Zhaoyang marries Yinsha, he quits his job and becomes a "maid". Zhaoyang then opens a small kueh stall and hires a woman named Heping to assist his stall.

The cheerful and tomboyish Yusheng is a prison warden. She had a birth father named Chang Ying. His wife and his mother were charged with a drug-related crime that Chang Ying committed and they were punished for something they did not do. Chang Ying's wife was sentenced to death as a result and his mother was sentenced to life imprisonment. When held in death row, she gave birth to Yusheng and was adopted by her aunt, Meiqi, when she was three.

Anxin is married to Meiqi's younger sister, Meixue. She gave birth to a son, Yingjun and could not give birth to anymore children. However, Meixue has a deep and dark secret: Yingjun is actually her ex-boyfriend, David Li's son.

Anxin hopes that Yingjun will take over the business in future, and thus, after his graduation, he forces his son to join the company. Yingjun then meets two young women: Shuiling and Wenya. Shuiling is his first girlfriend, but through Martin's arrangement, Shuiling also gets to know Anxin at the same time. When Anxin divorces Meixue in favour of Shuiling, Yingjun's girlfriend (though he does not know it), Meixue requests 30% of Da Ying Jia's shares to be transferred to Yingjun.

Duoduo, a member of Da Ying Jia, is secretly in love with Yusheng. Wind, an inspiring hair stylist who later join Da Ying Jia, is also secretly in love with Yusheng. He is Anping's last disciple and his massage skills are spectacular, gaining him much popularity among the auntie-clientele of the centre. Anping wishes for Wind to be his successor and take over Da Ying Jia, giving Naifa much grief.

Chang Ying opens a massage parlour in the vincity of Da Ying Jia, but was closed down after caught fire. Thinking it was Yusheng who did it, he kidnaps Yusheng and later Yingjun, who tried to save Yusheng, and took nude photos of them as threats. Yusheng is also sent to the hospital with serious injuries. Meiqi, aghast at Chang Ying's despicable ways, reveals to Chang Ying that Yusheng is in fact his daughter.

Together with Anxin, both of them cooperates to reveal Shuiling's true colours, and when Martin finds out, he and Shuiling stuns both of them and throws them into the sea, leaving them to drown.

Lishi then appears, claiming that Anping once had a child with her. Somehow, she knows about his family background and she causes trouble for his family, framing his three daughters: Jinsha for child abusing her son, Yinsha for selling fake health products, and Yusheng for murder. She agrees to end the mayhem if Anping goes with her. Anping however refused and Lishi drop the charges against Jinsha, forcing Anping into a lot of stress.

Anping finally decided to go with Lishi as he had no choice and Lishi tells Meiqi and Da Ying Jia's staff that Anping is leaving Meiqi for her, even saying that he was exchanging himself for Meiqi and the three children's happiness. She later waited at the airport for Anping but he did not show up. Anping had gone missing and the story continues in Part 2...

Part 2

Yusheng is given the death sentence and Meiqi desperately seeks ways and means to exonerate her. As Anping's whereabouts is still unknown, Meiqi has no choice but to hand the foot reflexology business to Naifa but the latter is not only incapable of managing the business, he also gets into more trouble.

To obtain evidence that can help exonerate Yusheng, Anping has no choice but to give in to Lishi. Yusheng is eventually acquitted and marries Yingjun. Lishi buys over half the foot reflexology business as a direct challenge to Meiqi. Devastated and heartbroken, Meiqi decides to pull out from the love triangle.

A rich middle-aged businessman Zhongshang is impressed with Meiqi's kindness and magnanimity and decides to woo her. Even though Anping is with Lishi, he still cannot forget Meiqi; thus, the relationship among the four becomes even more complicated.

Yinsha faces tremendous difficulty in her career when she is charged with selling fake medicine, and this drives her to depression. Jinsha's marriage also enters into troubled waters when she finds out about Naifa's adulterous affair with Daisy.

Chang Ying is lucky to survive the murder attempt but he assumes a new identity as Zixin, a private investigator. Through various investigation tactics, he attempts to bring to Yusheng's knowledge Shuiling and Martin's despicable schemes, and at the same time, re-build their bond as father and daughter.

To seize control of Da Ying Jia, Shuiling forges the legal assets authorization documents. Although everyone is suspicious, there is nothing they can do about it. With the constant fear that Meixue may wake up one day to expose her evil deeds, and under repeated instigation by Martin, Shuiling and Martin end Meixue's life.

Anxin also survives the ordeal and returns as a Thai monk with the fervent hope to lead Shuiling to repentance. Shuiling however decides that there is no turning back and plans to embezzle large funds from Da Ying Jia with Martin. Yingjun decides to sue them when he comes to know of the embezzlement scheme and the forgery of the legal documents.

Martin plans to flee even as Shuiling goes berserk. Wenya's life is in danger when she accidentally learns what they have done…


Despite this drama series being a highly anticipated drama, the viewership of Part 1 of this drama was not good at all. This made it a huge disappointment for MediaCorp. Most audience thought the drama would have at least 800,000 people watching in the first week, but the actual viewership showed that it was only half the expectations, though the drama's ratings were always constantly higher than Channel U's Korean drama Be Strong Geum Soon that was aired at the same slot for the nine weeks that it aired (which incidentally ended its run on the same day as Kinship Part 1). Following the disappointing viewership and reviews of Part 1, Part 2 carried on to be a let down, recording one of the lowest viewership ratings for the year 2007.

WeekAir dateRating
Part 1
Average Number of audience
(Rounded off to the nearest thousand)
Week 1 19 June 2007 to 22 June 2007 444, 000
Week 2 25 June 2007 to 29 June 2007 440, 000
Week 3 2 July 2007 to 6 July 2007 436, 000
Week 4 9 July 2007 to 13 July 2007 465, 000
Week 5 16 July 2007 to 20 July 2007 478, 000
Week 6 23 July 2007 to 27 July 2007 494, 000
Week 7 30 July 2007 to 3 August 2007 516, 000
Week 8 6 August 2007 to 10 August 2007
(Exclude 9 August 2007 coverage live network on National Day Parade, 2007)
497, 000
Week 9 13 August 2007 to 17 August 2007
(include Last Episode)
513, 000
Part 2
Percentage of Population (%)
(Rounded off to nearest decimal place)
Week 1 17 December 2007 to 21 December 2007 TBA
Week 2 24 December 2007 to 28 December 2007
(Exclude 24 December 2007 coverage live network on Christmas Eve and 25 December 2007 coverage live network on Christmas Day)
approx. 12
Week 3 31 December 2007 to 4 January 2008
(Exclude coverage live network on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day)
Week 4 7 January 2008 to 11 January 2008 13.2
Week 5 14 January 2008 to 18 January 2008 14.0
Week 6 21 January 2008 to 25 January 2008 13.2
Week 7 28 January 2008 to 1 February 2008 14.0
Week 8 4 February 2008 to 8 February 2008
(Exclude Chinese New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year's Day)


This drama is the longest running drama (with 83 episodes) being produced by MediaCorp in Year 2007. The drama was originally intended to have 80 episodes altogether, but extended its run by three episodes due to the fact that Part 1 will be pre-empted due to National Day Parade.

Kinship I received 3 nominations for Star Awards 2007 - Jesseca Liu for Best Actress, Darren Lim for Best Supporting Actor and Eelyn Kok for Best Supporting Actress though only Darren Lim won the award that he was nominated for. Kinship is the first (and thus far, the only) long running drama to fail to receive a Star Awards nomination for Best Drama and for each of the four acting categories (it received no nomination for Best Actor).

See also

  • List of programmes broadcast by MediaCorp TV Channel 8
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