The primary new Hong Kong drama to welcome the Lunar New Year is the period comedy Short End of the Stick 公公出宮 . Regarded as a sister production to 2012’s The Confidant <大太監>, the 35-episode drama follows a group of eunuch servants who are expelled from the palace after the fall of the Qing empire.
The Imperial Qing Empire falls, formally ending the period of Emperors. Three palace eunuchs Lee Siu-kung (Wayne Lai 黎耀祥), Dan Tin (Power Chan 陳國邦), and Chan Siu-fung (Raymond Cho 曹永廉) are expelled and demoted to peasantry. As they battle to make a dwelling for themselves past the palace borders, they come across the con artist Chui Tsun-sing (Edwin Siu 蕭正楠), who disguises himself as a eunuch to gain their trust.
A string of unlucky occasions lead them to be captured and later offered as servants to the Kams’, a wealthy household led by a matriarchy. The household’s chief Kam Heung (Nancy Wu 胡定欣) owns a rice store, and although she presents herself as a rich and a highly effective businesswoman, she struggles to seek out stability in her life because of the weight she has to hold on her shoulders. The Kam household’s eldest daughter Kam Dai-nam (Rosina Lam 林夏薇), who enjoys crossdressing, constantly stirs trouble for the household resulting from her exploits, creating extra issues for Kam Heung to cope with.
Kam Heung is pressured by the committee of their village to find a groom so the household name could be carried on. Kam Heung ultimately finds her solution is Siu-kung, and marries him. In the meantime, the household’s arch nemesis Tsui Dai-fu (Lee Shing-cheong 李成昌) has his maidservant Wong Lin (Natalie Tong 唐詩詠) befriend the Kams so she can spy on Kam Heung’s older brother Kam Cheong (John Chiang 姜大偉), Dai-fu’s love rival.
At the moment, Kam Heung pressures Siu-kung to sire a baby along with her, however Siu-kung couldn’t muster up enough courage to inform her that he’s castrated. The eunuchs do every thing they can to repair the state of affairs they’re in, however the more they fight, the more things get out of hand.
TVB Short End of the Stick 公公出宮 will premiere alongside TVB’s other drama K9 Cop 警犬巴打 which stars Bosco Wong and Linda Chung
Chinese Title: Short End of the Stick 公公出宮
Genre: Period drama, Comedy
Release Date: 9 February 2016 – 25 March 2016
Country: Hong Kong
Cast: Wayne Lai, John Chiang, Nancy Wu, Edwin Siu, Rosina Lam, Natalie Tong, Raymond Cho, Power Chan