One of Hong Kong's most classic television series ever, TVB's 1992 drama The Greed of Man
set the model for all grand modern dramas that would follow. Backdropped by the financial turbulence of 1980s and 90s Hong Kong, The Greed of Man
tells a ruthless and tragic saga of family rivalry, power struggle, and the violent pursuit of wealth. Shedding his heroic swordsman image, Adam Cheng creates his most memorable modern drama role in Ding Hai, a man of humble origins and ruthless determination who is consumed by his own greed. Produced by renowned director Wai Ka Fai, The Greed of Man
features an amazing lineup of veteran actors and rising stars. Adam Cheng's enormous performance leading the way for a cast that includes Damian Lau, Lau Ching Wan, Michael Tao, David Siu, Derek Kwok, Ng Kai Ming, Kenneth Tsang, and Bowie Lam, plus Amy Kwok, Vivian Chow, Nammie Yam, Rachel Lee, and Yeung Ling.
Uneducated, stubborn, and somewhat mad, Ding Hai (Adam Cheng) befriends and later murders wealthy stockbroker Fong Chun Sun (Damian Lau). From this shocking betrayal begins a long and harrowing cycle of revenge and violence that extends many years and trickles mercilessly down to the next generation. Fong's son Chin Bok (Lau Ching Wan) struggles to continue his father's battle against corruption in the stock markets, while Ding and his four equally ruthless sons ride their tides in the market and the underworld, acquiring great wealth and leaving a bloody trail behind them. As the enmity between the Ding and Fong families builds and boils, life and death is eventually settled on the trading floor.
Stock markets often dictate the fates of characters onscreen, but Ding Hai is perhaps the only character that can claim the opposite. Hong Kong stocks plunged dramatically during the series' broadcast, and The Greed of Man came to be linked with the market in real life, marking the beginning of a phenomenon dubbed the "Ding Hai Effect" - whenever Adam Cheng dramas are aired, the stock markets inexplicably fall.