I saw about 10 minutes worth of Breakout on Astro one day and thought it was good. Googling it to find more, I came across the complete set of serials in Youtube and like what people say, the rest is history. I managed to watch the whole serial within a week – and some in the mornings when I reach the office early.
This serial was not produced by TVB, but rather, Mediacorp – a Singaporean company. The cast comprise mainly of Singaporeans, of course, but also a Malaysian (Christopher Lee) and two Chinese (Dai Yang Tian and Zhou Ying) I was not a huge fan of Jeanette Aw but I found her performance in this astounding as a girl with split personality disorder.
On her 12th birthday, Tang 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 Jie Ming, an autistic but highly intelligent savant, and Situ Dong Cheng, a down-and-out former lawyer whom has lost everything he treasured in his life. Together, they embark on a battle against Yang Tianwei, a cruel, ruthless and cunning man. Tianwei’s children, Yang Zhenfeng and Yang Nianqing, assist him in his evil deeds. The truth is finally revealed that Tianwei was the one who planned and executed the murder of the Tang family, making it appear like a road accident. Will Tang Ying, Jieming and Dongcheng be able to nail him and bring him to justice?
The plot was interesting enough for me to keep watching one episode after another and the interplay of the complexities of the characters are marvellous. Although ruthless, Yang Tianwei was someone who loved his wife and children to bits and one wonders if he really regrets putting both his children through the hell-hole. It was no wonder both his children turn out to be as ruthless as him, although Nianqing still has a bit of humanity in her.
As far as I understand, she is the only one of the three who has not committed murder at all, except for the final episode when she stabbed her father.
Another good series from Mediacorp, which sometimes I think is worth watching compared to some TVB serials.