This contemporary fast-paced drama shows how a successful stock trader, hardened by her harsh working environment, overcomes arrogance and fear to gain the respect of fellow colleagues, ...
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This contemporary fast-paced drama shows how a successful stock trader, hardened by her harsh working environment, overcomes arrogance and fear to gain the respect of fellow colleagues, friends and family members. Her life takes a dramatic turn when she knocks down a young boy in a car accident which leaves him paralysed. Written by
Mainstream show reflecting personality differences
(Warning: may contain minor spoilers)
Out to Win is commonly acknowledged by Singaporeans to be Fann Wong's most enjoyable serial and the role for which she handled most effectively.
It is a wholly Singaporean production reflecting mainstream values and perceptions of real Singaporeans. This is obvious in the way the scriptwriter chose to characterise the various characters realistically, to highlight the differences in their personality and how they may clash in a stressful work environment such as a stockbroking firm (such as Singapore's SIMEX trading centre, featured in the show).
Coco Zhang (Fann Wong) is a lovable young girl with a determination to get ahead in life. She hates to lose out to her friends and views competition with ardour and determination. With the help of her friend Xiaoyan (Lynn Poh), she lands a much-coveted job as a runner in SIMEX, where she gets to know colleagues such as the kind-hearted Zhiqiang (Lin Yisheng), the playboy-who-likes-to-drink Ziyang (Sean Say), and her immediate superior Irene (Tracer Wong), with whom she frequently clashes with because of their mutually clashing views and headstrong characters.
Coco gets out of this stalemate when she is talent-spotted by an independent trader eager to set up a new company in SIMEX, who invites her to cross over as floor manager. She seizes the chance to migrate her friends-colleagues over, leaving Irene high and dry. However, her colleagues soon find out that working with Coco is much more stressful and irritating, and Coco soon acquires a bad reputation. Coco, stressed out at work, decides to terminate her relationship with her boyfriend Zhengdong (Ix Shen) as she feels that he doesn't understand her problems.
Coco is forced by her boss to fire Ziyang. Depressed, she gets into a road accident, paralysing the lower limbs of a young boy Yaobin. She takes the initiative to know him and help him out of his depression and malaise under the guise of a social worker. However, she is found out. Soon after, she discovers she is losing her hearing ability and that her ex-boyfriend is seeing her best friend. She feels betrayed and lost. In a show of strength and encouragement by friends, family and Yaobin, she goes for a high-risk operation to regain her hearing.
This is a realistic and encouraging serial. It touches on many contemporary issues, such as the role of females in contemporary society. It is very worth watching especially for the working set - this gives one a realistic idea of office politics in the workplace and one can also learn from the foibles and mistakes made by those in the show.
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