The cast of 'All Is Well' at the Taiwan lensing ceremony
Photos: Mediacorp, The Celebrity Agency
Deaths, deceit, and illegal dealings… is all really well in upcoming Taiwan-Singapore co-production All Is Well?
For those who haven’t heard, Mediacorp and Eightgeman are teaming up to create a series that’s based on the true story of Taiwan’s infamous ATM-hacking crimes in 2016. The dual-action drama will feature two interwoven plots, which can be watched on their own or together as one big, interlinked 40-episode drama with chaebol* woes, cyber-heists, a murder mystery… and a possible May-December romance.
That last one is courtesy of local actor Romeo Tan and sassy Taiwanese host Pauline Lan, who have a 20-year age gap between them. Pauline plays a washed-up singer who meets Romeo, a culinary student, on an online gaming platform, but for now, it’s unclear if their relationship will really blossom into something spicy.
Other notable names in the star-studded show include Blue Lan, Joanne Tseng, Liu Kuan Ting, Elvin Ng, Sheila Sim, Desmond Tan, Zhang Yao Dong, Zoe Tay, Chen Hanwei, and many more.
Yesterday (Jan 15), a lensing ceremony for All Is Well was held at the swanky Grand Hotel Taipei in Taiwan, where the full cast was announced for the very first time. Click on for more photos from the event and to find out more about the characters in All Is Well!
*The term for a family-run conglomerate in Korean
Guo Hao Sen (played by Blue Lan, right)
Hao Sen is an artistic wine merchant who suddenly finds himself taking over the Singapore branch of his estranged father’s financial empire, T Bank Group. But life at the top is far from cushy as he soon finds himself caught up in power struggles, manipulative games, and other dramatic shenanigans that mirror the proverb, “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”
At the lensing ceremony, Blue admitted that he might find the role a challenge as he doesn’t think he has what it takes to be a banker in real life, so he needs to start doing lots of research. Don’t worry, Blue, we don’t think they’ll actually have you dealing with numbers and such.
Fan Xiao Ai (played by Joanne Tseng)
A difficult childhood left Xiao Ai determined to marry into a wealthy family, leading her to invest in all sorts of self-improvement classes and activities. She comes close to achieving her goal when she gets into a serious relationship with Hao Sen, but can she truly handle life with a crazy rich Asian when the brand of crazy is, well, the kind we touched on in our previous slide?
Luo Ting Xuan (played by Liu Kuan Ting, left)
Taiwanese cop Ting Xuan’s vacation in the Lion City turns into a mission when he is tasked with investigating a shipping company after the body of an undercover officer is found on one of its vessels, which was suspected to be involved in drug trafficking.
We’re glad that nothing on our to-do list is as treacherous as this whenever we’re suddenly called to do extra work on a day off.
Eric (played by Elvin Ng)
Eric is intelligent and tech-savvy, but uses his skills for all the wrong reasons, such as faking a degree in order to secure a position in T Bank. His misdeeds soon escalate into full-on cyber-theft when he successfully creates a programme that automatically makes ATMs dispense cash (that doesn’t belong to him, obviously). It’s all fun, games, and free money, until you become unwittingly sucked into a transnational crime case involving NT$80 million (about S$3.5 million) of illegally withdrawn moolah. Dun dun dun...
Unfortunately, Elvin was unable to make it to the lensing ceremony because he had to stay here in Singapore fulfilling a far more noble duty than what his character does: doing his reservist.
Photo: Instagram/Elvin Ng
Ye Dong Huang (played by Romeo Tan)
Dong Huang is Eric’s best friend (got a little real-to-reel life situation going on here) whose parents (played by Zoe Tay and Chen Hanwei, by the way) run a Hainanese chicken rice stall. While his folks want him to take over the family business, Dong Huang finds it a little too traditional, and travels to Taiwan to increase his culinary know-how at a five-star restaurant.
There, he unintentionally gets involved in Eric’s little ATM-robbing scheme. Well, we were always told to be careful about the people we hang out with.
Zhen Di (played by Pauline Lan)
Once a shining star known for her bold and sexy persona (not unlike the actress who portrays her), Zhen Di - real name Fan Mei Yi - has fallen from grace and has to resort to performing at bars and clubs to make a living (unlike the actress who portrays her).
Straight-talking Pauline quipped that the reason she wanted to take on this role was to see what it might be like to be a has-been celebrity, because she’s clearly not under the illusion that her fame will last forever. It’s always good to be prepared, we guess.
Wu Pin Rui (played by Desmond Tan)
Don’t let Pin Rui’s polished good looks, courteous demeanour and impressive academic credentials fool you: the villain of the series is cunning, cruel, and just bloody scary, and will do anything to cover up his company’s many underhanded dealings, while secretly plotting Hao Sen’s downfall at the same time. How lovely.
Liu Wei Zhen (played by Pets Tseng, far right)
Of course, no crime series would be complete without the tenacious reporter hot on the heels of a potential scoop (that hopefully also brings the bad guys to justice). In All Is Well, we have Wei Zhen, who in the midst of her investigations into the T Bank robberies gets acquainted with Eric. Could this end well at all?
To prepare for her role, Pets shared that she interviewed real reporters for research, which gave her brand new respect for the occupation. She also tagged along with journalists to the police station a few times. “There was once I almost had the chance to visit an actual murder scene, but I’m glad I didn’t get to go in the end!” she laughed.
Ye Jia Xin (played by Sheila Sim)
Jia Xin, a police officer in the CID (Criminal Investigation Department), is Dong Huang’s tomboyish younger sister who catches the eye of brash and arrogant Li Hao (played by Ian Fang). Although Sheila is five years older than Ian in real life, this won’t be another possible May-December relationship as her character is two years younger than his in the show.
Pauline Lan, Blue Lan, Joanne Tseng, Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan, Pauline Lan, Sheila Sim, Desmond Tan
Fake bills are released to officially mark the start of filming
How apt for a show involving a bank.
The Taiwanese cast members of 'All Is Well'
Romeo Tan, Sheila Sim, Desmond Tan
Sheila Sim, Romeo Tan
Pauline Lan with Sheila Sim, Romeo Tan
Joanne Tseng with Romeo Tan, Desmond Tan