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Sunday, 14 October 2001

A Step Into the Past

A Step Into the Past Hong Kong Drama
Drama: A Step Into the Past
Chinese Title: 寻秦记 / Xun Qin Ji
Broadcast Network: TVB
Broadcast Date: October 15, 2001
Genre: Historical, Time Travel
Language: Cantonese
Episodes: 40
Origin: Hong Kong
Related: A Legend Of A Modern Man Gets Back To Qin Dynasty, Back Past
Source: Adapted from a novel of the same name by Huang Yi
Watch Episodes On: Viki (eng subs), Youtube

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story that revolves around Xiang Shao Long, an elite member of the Hong Kong G4 police force. He is a 21st century man who travels back two thousand years in time to the Warring States Era and begins a historical journey as he embarks on a mission to find Ying Zheng.

In a futuristic time during the 21st century, the first time travel machine was invented. Xiang Shao Long (Louis Koo) is selected as the best candidate and he agrees due to personal reasons as he also hopes to use time travel to win back his ex. His mission is to witness the historical moment of Ying Zheng's (Raymond Lam) ascension to the throne. Unfortunately, the machine malfunctions and sends Xiang Shao Long to a time one year earlier. Determined to return to the future, Xiang Shao Long is desperate to find Ying Zheng.

At this time, Ying Zheng is still a hostage in Zhao and he is nothing like the Qin Emperor of history books. Along the way, Xiang Shao Long wins the admiration of Wu Ting Fang (Jessica Hsuan) which also invites the jealousy of a cunning swordsman named Lian Jin (Kwong Wa). Xiang Shao Long begins to serve the King of Zhao and was tasked with guarding the 3rd Princess Zhao Qian (Michelle Saram) as she is married off to Wei. He also meets Qin Qing (Sonija Kwok), a woman who looks exactly like his ex-girlfriend from the future. The more Xiang Shao Long becomes involved, the more complicated his task becomes as he tries to ensure that history will unfold in the way that it was written.

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Fun Facts

  • It is produced by TVB in celebration of their 34th anniversary and directed by Chong Wai-kin.
  • It is the first TVB drama where 80% of the location shoots were filmed in Mainland China.
  • It is Raymond Lam's second drama and first historical drama as he was just a rising actor at the time and it proved to be a career changing role due to the drama's popularity.
  • Due to fatigue, Louis Koo was hospitalized for seven days. After filming ended, he got sick again and decided that dramas are too tiring so he shifted to movies, making A Step Into the Past his last television drama.
  • Louis Koo has been pushing for a movie adaptation, yet experienced challenges in the initial stages. In March 2017, it appears that the production will soon start as the first conceptual posters were released by Huace Film & TV.

A Step Into the Past Louis Koo Louis Koo as Xiang Shaolong
A Step Into the Past Jessica Hsuan Jessica Hsuan as Wu Tingfang ( Feng Fei )
A Step Into the Past Sonija Kwok Sonija Kwok as Qin Qing
A Step Into the Past Raymond Lam Raymond Lam as Qin Shihuang ( Zhao Pan )
A Step Into the Past Kwong Wa Kwong Wa as Lian Jin ( Lao Ai )
A Step Into the Past Michelle Saram Michelle Saram as Zhao Qian

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