NINE BALL SYNOPSIS
You Li is from a small town in the South. He is an orphan who would normally use playing billiards as a gambling match to earn money – “Billiard boy”. It is through the internet that he gets acquainted with rich girl, Ah Yin and falls in love. On a certain day, a group of people comes from Taipei to the billiard gallery from the Shao Shi Enterprise. The purpose is to discuss with the gallery the matter of taking over the place. The leader is a good billiard player, whose nickname is called "Kuai Da Whirlwind”. He brought along with him his assistant, Bao Long as well as two other followers. There was also a young girl and unexpectedly, she is Ah Yin.
Under the secret arrangement of the jealous Kuai Da, You Li lost his good friend, Ah Cao’s only property on the billiard table. Afterwards, Ah Yin returns back to Taipei with Kuai Da. While You Li is feeling remorseful over the whole incident, Duan Zhi, who is normally hanging out at the gallery, unexpectedly expresses that he has confidence that he can teach You Li the skills of billiards so that You Li can win back the gallery for Ah Cao. Under the teaching of teacher Duan Zhi, You Li constantly make appropriate analogies between the billiard skills and that of his individual style, his goal in life, and the principle of living. His skills gradually becomes more refined, accurate, stable. At the same time, not only does he understands how to win the ball, but he also understands how to allow his opponent to save face and give them leaway.
You Li’s billiards are being played better and better. Under the encouragement of Duan Zhi, You Li and his good friend, Ah Cao, Xiao Nai, started to take part in official competitions. Shao Qi Feng, who operates a franchise of billiard galleries, eventually starts hearing about You Li’s reputation. Therefore, he and Kuai Da together went to see You Li’s competition and this starts involving the resentments and grudges of the last generation.
translated by mandy of Lunar Dreamz
NINE BALL CAST
You Li (portrayed by David Chen Yu Fan)
20 years old; nicknamed "Zhuang Qiu Xiao Zi" or billiard boy; cold, ruthless, with a tendency for a rebellious nature. The reason for his personality is due to his growing up in an orphanage. After he was adopted, both his adopted father and mother died. Since then, he mixed together with the billiard gallery in the South. A confusing and vague murder incident changed his whole life. A former billiard’s champion helps advance You Li’s billiard skills and his field of views. Ah Yin advanced his world of love and the comparison of skills with that of his brother, Kuai Da, helps to harmonize his attitude toward life. When he and Kuai Da’s identity is disclosed, the two brothers experience conflicts between them but in the end, they reconciled. This change in life that evolved because of billiards eventually caused him to look at the world in a different way and turns him into a mature grown-up.
Kuai Da (portrayed by Brian Zheng Yuan Chang)
22 years old; nicknamed "Kuai Da Whirlwind"; cool-headed, smart, got into a different orphanage around the same time as You Li. Later he was adopted by Grandma Shen Nao. He is quite good at playing billiards and it’s because of this that he allowed the evil-hearted businessman, Zhu Si Hai to deliberately train him, turning him into Shao Qi Feng’s domain to expand his power in the business world and an important factor that holds control over the billiard’s competition. It’s also because of this that he and his real brother, You Li, fight in all aspects. Because of pursuing Ah Yin and not having any results, he would take his anger out on You Li, constantly setting up traps to frame him. When the brothers’ identities are disclosed, he refuses to acknowledge their relationship, and continues to defend Shao Qi Feng until Grandma Shen Nao shows up and reveals the evidence. It’s only then when he finally understands that Shao Qi Feng, who has been supporting and guiding him all this time, is indeed the culprit that has framed his father, snatched away his mother, and pushed him and his brother into orphanages. Kuai Da, who has his body and heart trampled on, finally made the correct decision and changed Sha Qi Feng’s threatening situation and at the same time, changed the ending of the whole drama.
Ah Yin (portrayed by Hsu Wei Lun)
Businessman, Shao Qi Feng’s daughter; Grandma Shen Nao’s granddaughter; grew up together with Kuai Da; but because she admires “Billiard Boy” You Li, who hides his honesty and good heart under a grim and cool look, she fell for him. Unexpectedly, this relationship thence aroused the maddening hindrances that Kuai Da starts because of his secret crush on her. And her father, Shao Qi Feng, for his own benefits, he made use and exploited this triangular relationship between the three of them.
Duan Zhi (portrayed by Shen Meng Sheng)
50 years old; When he was young, he was a great force in the billiard gallery. His skills are out of this world. He has been known by reputation as Xi Men Ting’s number one expert but he was framed by a plan that Shao Qi Feng arranged. One steady, winning billiard competition turns into an unexpected lost. Not only did he lose the competition, he also lost his family estates. Furthermore, he chops off his thumb that supports the cue stick as part of the arranged deal. Duan Zhi, who is not able to face his wife and kids, thence, left the family and disappeared among the ocean of people. Many years later, he accidentally meets up with You Li and the resentment and grudges of the last generation starts to unfold because of this.
Shao Qi Feng (portrayed by Yi Zheng)
Billiard world’s professional gambler; Not only this but he also has a big scheming mind toward the business of billiards. After Shao Qi Feng’s middle-aged years, he indeed does possess a successful enterprise. Not only does he operate a huge franchise of galleries, but at the same time, he also control the win or lose situation in a game as well as the future of the players. However, behind this type of accomplishment is by way of the numerous sinful methods that he has use to acquire it.
Ru Yue (portrayed by Chen Ruo Ping)
Revolves between Shao Qi Feng and Duan Zhi; You Li’s birth mother; Ah Yin’s stepmother.
Grandma Shen Nao (portrayed by Zhang Qin)
Full of vitality; an old-fashioned woman that knows the difference between right and wrong and the value of things. Was widowed when she was young. She depended on a billiard equipment shop to bring up her only son, Shao Qi Feng, to an adult. However, her son is filled with the desire for power and dominance and does immoral actions one after the other which strikes against the love that she has for her only son. For this reason, even though Shao Qi Feng is very rich, Grandma Shen Nao still guards the billiard equipment shop and not benefit from whatever her son might be corrupted with. At the same time, in order to make up for her son’s injustice actions, Grandma keeps her head clear. Besides from making up for her son’s offensive conduct behind the scene, she also gave all her love to her granddaughter, Ah Yin. They have a very profound grandmother/granddaughter relationship.
Bao Long (portrayed by Chen De Lie)
A billiard player that Shao Qi Feng trained but he has always been below "Kuai Da Whirlwind". Becoming Kuai Da’s assistant, he is resentful in his heart but he keeps it submerged and hidden, waiting for the day that he will beat Kuai Da and snatch Ah Yin away. After Kuai Da’s identity is disclosed, Bao Long’s chance has finally come. He becomes a powerful tool for revenge within the hands of Shao Qi Feng. He strikes out with madness at Kuai Da and You Li. Bao Long rapes billiard waitress, Xiao Nai and shifts the fault to Kuai Da, hires a killer to kill You Li, fakes evidence to frame Duan Zhi and ruins Ru Yue’s name. Bao Long’s various actions, under Xiao Nai’s help and Ah Cao’s careful investigation, finally gets defeated and he gets the justice that he deserves with the law.
Xiao Nai (portrayed by Pei Lin)
Billiard waitress, courageous and daring, has a crush on "billiard boy" You Li that she neglects Ah Cao’s attentiveness towards her. Due to the fact that You Li has feelings for Ah Yin, Xiao Nai, who is faced with his coldness, finally walks into the destiny of misfortunes under the enticement of Bao Long"
Ah Cao (portrayed by Tang Yu Zhe)
"Billiard boy" You Li’s good friend; simple-minded and generous. His love for billiard waitress, Xiao Nai, is unmovable. Even though he knows that Xiao Nia has someone else in her heart, Ah Cao is just like before, willingly and silently protecting her.
Joyce (portrayed by Laura Fang Zi Xuan)
Shao Shi Enterprise’s secretary; infatuated with Kuai Da but Kuai Da loves Ah Yin all along causing Joyce to be helpless and suffering with pain.
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Edited by elizabeth_j18, 23 January 2004 - 04:53 PM.