House of Spirits (TV series)

House of Spirits

House of Spirits official poster
Genre Modern Drama, Comedy, Family, Supernatural
Created by Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Limited
Written by Ma Chun-wing (head writer), Au Yuk-han, Ho Ching-yi, Yeung Suet-Yee, Wong Sau-ching, Ma Ching-man
Starring Bobby Au-yeung
Nancy Wu
Joyce Tang
Jonathan Cheung
Koni Lui
Bob Cheung
Bowie Wu
Helena Law
Lau Kong
Theme music composer Alan Cheung
Opening theme "The Warmth of Love" (愛的溫暖) by Edwin Siu
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 31
Executive producer(s) Catherine Tsang
Producer(s) Dave Fong
Location(s) Hong Kong
Editor(s) Ma Chun-wing
Camera setup Multi camera
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) TVB
Original network TVB Jade
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release 27 June (2016-06-27) – 31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)
External links
House of Spirits
Traditional Chinese 一屋老友記
Simplified Chinese 一屋老友记
Literal meaning "A House of Old Friends"

House of Spirits (Chinese: 一屋老友記; Jyutping: jat1 nguk1 lou5 jau5 gei3; literally "A House of Old Friends[1]") is a 2016 Hong Kong television comedy, family, supernatural drama produced by Dave Fong for TVB, starring Bobby Au-yeung, Nancy Wu, Joyce Tang, Jonathan Cheung, Koni Lui, Bob Cheung, Bowie Wu and Helena Law as the main cast. It premiered on Hong Kong's TVB Jade and Malaysia's Astro On Demand on June 27, 2016 airing Monday through Sunday during its 9:30-10:30 pm timeslot and concluding July 31, 2016 with a total of 31 episodes.[2]


When Po Foon (Bobby Au-yeung) finds his heart broken father Po Luk dead while waiting for his grown children to come over for dinner, Foon makes a promise to fulfill his father's last wish of mending his bickering family together. As requested on Po Luk's will, all four of the Po siblings must live together in his rundown home for nine months before they can sell it. At first, none of Foon's siblings, Po Yan (Joyce Tang), Anthony Po (Jonathan Cheung) and Po Yi (Bob Cheung) agree to live together, but after discovering the property's worth in the market all move in without hesitation.

Po Foon, the oldest of the four, is not respected by his younger siblings. He had walked out on the family during his youth, instead of contributing to his family when it was needed the most, he had decided to leave so he could seek his freedom and escape his father's abuse. The death of his father has finally made him realize the importance of unity and family, and makes him finally understand his father's words of "A bunch of chopsticks is stronger than one chopstick."

On the first day of moving into his father's home, Foon comes across a dusty antique umbrella and opens it in the balcony. As he turns to go back inside he sees an elderly couple suddenly inside the house watching television on his couch. They introduce themselves as Bak Wah (Bowie Wu) and Yi Lan (Helena Law), and claim they live next door. However both Bak Wah and Yi Lan seem to not want to leave the Po home until Foon ask them to.

Foon then starts to notice something strange about the couple, as he and his niece Bianca seem to be the only two people who acknowledge their existence. The neighbors in the building tell Foon that the apartment the couple claim to live in has been vacant for many years and that they don't know of such a couple in the building, however the Baks use an excuse that they don't get along with the neighbors as an explanation to Foon. After witnessing Bak Wah jump off the roof and then reappearing without a scratch, Foon realizes that the couple are indeed actually ghosts.

Meanwhile, Foon meets certified electrician Chu Chan-chan (Nancy Wu) when she approaches him in the middle of night after learning his building had a fire scare because of electrical problems. Foon wards Chan-chan off after thinking her estimated price for the repair work is too expensive, but she gets hired later by Yan who is also a former classmate of Chan-chan. When Foon tries to rid the Baks from his home they start playing tricks on him and soon Foon starts calling Chan-chan to do repair work as his thinks there are plumbing issues within his home.

Chan-chan's good deed to help Foon causes her to lose her job as she is forced to resign when she loses a huge client for the shop she works for. Due to a mean spirited former co-worker bad mouthing her she is unable to find employment elsewhere. However opportunity arises when a soon to retire shop owner is willing to sell his business to her. With the help of Yan's investment, Chan-chan becomes her own boss.

After Foon, who is a founder of an prestigious child learning center loses his job, he finds work at his friend's noodle shop, working the late shift. The noodle shop and Chan-chan's new shop happened to be right across from each other, because of this the two see each other everyday and besides bickering they also become closer.

When Foon realizes that the ghostly Baks cannot be rid, he forms a truce with them in order to co-habitat peacefully. After seeing that the Baks are friendly, peaceful ghost who will do no harm to the living, Foon and the Baks form a friendship. When the time comes that the Po home is to be sold, the Baks give in a helping hand.


Po household

The Po sibling's deceased father. He left behind a will, which specified his children to live together in his home for nine months before they can offer the property up for sale. His facial expression changes on his death portrait according to deeds Foon has done for his siblings. During his life time he worked varies jobs, such as rodent exterminator and rice noodle roller at a dim sum cafe in order to support his family. After his death his spirit possesses the body of a orange hair cat that watches over and protects his family. The family names the cat "Fai Jie" (肥仔; literally "Fat Boy" in Cantonese)
The oldest of the Po siblings. Foon is the principal of a prestigious children's learning center, and used to be the host of a popular children's television program. Foon left the family at a young age to pursue his freedom and get away from his father's abuse. This angered his younger siblings since they thought he was selfish and made all of them disrespect him as adults. He is often late to family events, but goes by the motto: "Better late than not showing up." Foon develops the ability to see their ghostly neighbors the Baks, after opening a dusty antique umbrella inside his father's home. After offending a powerful socialite tiger mom at the learning center he loses his job and later works the late shift at his friend Wong Bak-chun's noodle shop. Having lots of free time working the night shift, it reignites his interest in learning how to make rice noodle rolls according to his father's teachings years ago.
The second Po sibling and the only daughter of the family. Yan resents Foon for leaving the family behind when he was needed the most. Bitter, Yan constantly reminds her two younger siblings of how she had sacrificed her university scholarship to raise them. She is married to Mui Chiu, and they have a young daughter, Bianca. After a huge fight with her husband Mui Chiu, about finances she decided to invest into Chan-chan's electrical and plumbing shop.
Yan's loving and understanding husband and Bianca's father. He works as a construction material factory director in New Territories, Mainland China and hardly gets the chance to see his wife and daughter when they move back to Hong Kong to live at the Po household. Not happy with his wife moving with their daughter back to Hong Kong without consulting him he tries to take their daughter back home to New Territories but decides not to when Bianca says she is happy at the Po home. Not happy being separated from his wife and daughter for nine months, he also moves into the Po household part-time. He is the voice of reason for his wife and always calms her down whenever she has an heated agreement with her siblings.
Yan and Mui Chiu's young daughter. After opening the dusty antique umbrella she is able see the Baks also. She has lots of extracurricular activities and depends on Po Yi to take her to her lessons. Her main activity is piano which she is taught by Liu Sing-san. After moving into the Po home she becomes extremly close with her uncle Po Foon and even stands up to her mother when Foon is kicked out of home.
The third Po sibling who works as an investment fund manager. He and his wife, Fiona, are newlyweds. They are both materialistic who like luxury brand items. After finding out Foon fraud their father's will he agrees to keep his secret when promised a share of Foon's cut of the home sell. Due to his poor upbringing, he is always paranoid of people looking down at him. He wants the fancier things in life in order to show he is better than the people that criticized him. When the investment company he works for gets in trouble he becomes the scapegoat and is fired. In order to cover for his loses and still be able to purchase his luxury flat, he secretly sells his father's apartment for a much lower price then the value and secretly keeps the profits for himself.
Yue's newlywed wife. She is a shallow ditz, and has an obsession with luxury branded items. She works as a part-time show model who thinks she is much better than the new much younger models. She agrees to move into her deceased father-in-law's home for nine months believing she will get half of her husband's share when they sell the place. She doesn't like to be called stupid because she is the least brightest among her sisters. Her unreasonable, selfish and vain personality causes her to be at odds with Po Yan, who constantly points out her stupidity. She is also a spokesperson for a slimming tonic company. When she breaches her work contract by gaining weight, she goes as for as lying about being pregnant in order to save herself from being sued and also uses this lie to have the entire Po family slave over her.
The youngest of the Po siblings, and a university student. He was living in school dorms prior to his father's death. He is a lazy slacker who sleeps all day instead of finding a job. He is interested in music and wants to be a musician, however he suffers from stage fright. Due to being extremely picky about employment and always broke, Foon forces him to work with him during the late shift at Bak-chun's noodle shop


Yi Lan's husband. He and his wife were 1940's and 50's movie stars. His successful movie career made him a heavy gambler. He died broke and lonely in his apartment with his fans having to pay for his funeral. During his lifetime he owned the entire building the Po's currently live at. He and his wife currently inhabit the Po 's secret storage room as a house ghost.
Bak Wah's wife. She and her husband were 1940's and 50's movie star. They currently inhabit the Po's secret storage room as a ghost. When the Po household is in shambles due to bickering, Lan takes it upon herself by entering a Po family member's body to do household chores.
Bak Wah and Yi Lan's rebellious teenage daughter. Not wanting to live under her parents rules, she ran away from home in 1977 and became a prostitute to survive. The Baks have been searching for her ever since and even had Po Luk help them find her when he was alive. She is Chu Chan-chan's birth mother who gave her up to the orphanage.She died in 1996 from liver cancer

Friends Electrical & Plumbing

A certified electrician. She is an orphan who was also Po Yan's high school classmate. When electrical and water problems arises at the Po household she becomes their daily handyman. Due to helping Foon she is forced to resign at Man Lung. Unable to find employment elsewhere she opens her own shop with the help of Yan. She suffers from insomnia and can only have a goodnight sleep when she eats a plate of Foon's homemade rice noodle roll, made with a specific rice flour brand. She highly admires Kwai Si-fuk because of a character he once played in a children's television show cheered her up at the orphanage.
Chu Chan-chan and Ling Bo's roommate who also works alongside the both of them. He and Ling Bo quit their job together at Man Lung due to being bullied by Kuen. They later work for Chan-chan when she opens her own shop.He has a huge crush on Chan-chan and becomes mad jealous whenever he sees Chan-chan and Foon getting close.
Chu Chan-chan and Cheung Tsan's roommate who also works alongside the both of them. He owns the apartment that the three live in as he inherited it from his aunt. He and Cheung Tsan quit their job together at Man Lung due to being bullied by Kuen. They later work for Chan-chan when she opens her own shop.

Cameo appearance

A fictional portrayal of actor Chow Chung portray by Chow himself. A 1940's and 50's movie star who was acquainted with Yi Lan. He liked Yi Lan and the two were rumored in an affair. He was very much in love with Yi Lan, even naming his cat after her. However it was unrequited love as she only saw him as a friend.
Mui Chiu's mother, Po Yan's mother in-law and Bianca's paternal grandmother. She puts on a nice and friendly persona when she is in the company of others but becomes mean and judgmental when she is alone with Po Yan. Missing her granddaughter she secretly sneaks to Hong Kong and talks the Po family besides Yan into letting her live at the Po home for awhile. She also thinks Po Yan is having an affair since she caught Yan socializing with a man.
Kam Cha-lei's mother. Foon meets her who he assumes is a customer at the food stall he works at. She worries about her son and tries to pass that message to Foon but he does not realize that she is actually a ghost.
A shady real-estate developer who shortchanges sellers on payment once he has obtained their property and uses triad threat tactics to force people into selling their homes. He develops a liking to Po Yan because she helped defuse an argument between him and a angered home seller.
Abby's husband. The owner of the weight loss company that Fiona is the spokesperson for. When Fiona gains weight he threatens to sue her for every amount of weight she has gained.
A food critic who ventured into the shopping arcade and had a taste of Foon's homemade rice noodle rolls, which she enjoyed and highly praised.
A teaching professor who wants to hire Foon to manage a new learning center he is opening in Shanghai.
A fictional portrayal of actor KK Cheung portray by Cheung himself. An actor who was a former co-star of Foon's children's television program. He helps Foon and Chan-chan into TVB to look for actor Chow Chung.
A participant in a music competition that Po Yi is also participating in.

Extended cast

Po Foon's friend and Chief Executive Officer at the learning center Foon works at. He was also Foon's co-star in a children's television program and was quite chubby when he was younger. For money he is willing to move a child to an advance course even if the child in not at that level. He is nicknamed "Si Futt Gai" (屎忽鬼; Hong Kong slang for "homosexual", equivalent to "fudge packer" in English) because it is homophone to his name. He meets Chan-chan when Foon refers her to him for a contractor job to his new learning center. He develops a liking to Chan-chan seeing how amazing she is at her job. Chan-chan calls him by the nickname "Seafood" (which the English word is a homophone to the pronunciation of his name).
Bianca's piano teacher. Po Yi has a crush on her after meeting her when he was food delivering to her work place.
A fictional portrayal of the actor that plays the character. A singer and songwriter that Po Yi helps in setting up the performance stage. He is also Liu Sing-san's boyfriend.
Po Foon's friend. He owns a small noodle soup shop and practices Taoism on the side since he is descended from a long line of Taoist priest. When Foon finds out that Mr. and Mrs. Bak are ghosts he calls for his help, however he is not very skilled in Taoist. With his wife forcing him to close shop early after having their new child he hires Foon to work the late shift at his noodle shop.
Wong Bak-chun's very strict wife. She doesn't like her husband practicing Taoist rituals. The noodle shop that her husband manages was left to them by her father. After giving birth to her second child she forces her husband to close the noodle shop earlier in order to be home to help.
Wong Bak-chun's employee at the noodle shop. He is a unproductive employee as he is always taking sick days and vacations.
An elderly old man that lives in the rundown building the Po siblings live at. He suffers from dementia and sometimes think he is a small child. He thinks Po Yi is a triad gang member because he is a youngster.
Ho Gwai's grandson that lives with him. Due to his grandfather's dementia he has to explain and apologize to the Po family for his grandfather's actions. He is in charge of taking care of his grandfather, but often neglects him by leaving him at home and alone.
Fiona's suffering manager who has to put up with her antics. He is always reminding Fiona to lose weight in order to meet the requirements of her diet company contract.
Michael's wife. Seeing that she is pregnant, Fiona lies that she is also pregnant to gain sympathy from her.
Owner of Man Lung Electrical & Plumbing and Chu Chan-chan's boss who also taught her about electrical and plumbing. Due to loss of a huge client he is forced to let Chan-chan go because of his nephew Kuen's unsympathetic opinion towards Chan-chan.
Uncle Ken's nephew who runs the front of the shop for him. He is lazy and inconsiderate to Chan-chan, Cheung Tsan, and Ling Bo, as he likes to bad mouth them to his uncle.
Po Foon's former girlfriend who also use to work at the children's learning center. She has borrowed a huge amount of money from Foon but does not plan to pay it back. In order to constantly swindle Foon out of money she uses guilt by pretending to be crippled in the leg due to a car accident Foon caused.
The administrative secretary that works at Foon and Kwai Si-fuk's leaning center. She has a crush on Si-fuk and is disappointed when she sees him choosing Chan-chan to take to a function.
A rich socialite whose young son attends Foon's prestigious learning center. When Foon offends her by labeling her as a tiger mom she uses her money and connections to get him fired.
Mrs. Tou's much older husband who is also a rich tycoon. When Foon offends his wife, he invest heavily into the learning center Foon co-founded in order to become a major shareholder to oust Foon.
A girl that grew up together with Chan-chan at the orphanage. She is materialistic and died when her handbag was snatched from her during a robbery. She haunts Chan-chan at the shopping arcade but Foon is the only one that can see her due to sniffing dust from her stolen handbag.
Owner of a Chinese sweet shop. He was a fan of Bak Wah and Yi Lan and knows of their background when they were alive.
Fiona's cocky ex-boyfriend and Anthony's nemesis and former work colleague. He is an arrogant playboy who likes to insult both Fiona and Anthony, whenever he sees them as he sees himself better than the two. He is later outed by a tabloid news show that he has AIDS due to his womanizing.
Dickson's business partner. When Anthony loses his job and is in need of money he sells the Po family home to him at a much lesser price than its actual worth.
Anthony's boss and later former boss. When investments in his company crashes, he uses Anthony as a scapegoat and also fires him.
Kam Cha-lei's personal assistant.
An elderly lady living in the same building as the Po family. Kam Cha-lei's henchman uses threat tactics to try to force her into selling her home.

Development and production

Viewership ratings

Timeslot (HKT) # Day(s) Week Episode(s) Average points Peaking points
Mon - Sun
(9:30-10:30 pm)
Mon - Fri
27 Jun - 01 Jul 2016
1 — 5
02 Jul 2016
Mon - Fri
04 - 08 Jul 2016
7 — 11
09 Jul 2016
10 Jul 2016
Mon - Fri
11 - 15 Jul 2016
14 — 18
16 Jul 2016
Mon - Fri
18 - 22 Jul 2016
20 — 24
24 Jul 2016
Mon - Fri
25 - 29 Jul 2016
26 — 30
31 Jul 2016
Total average

July 3, 2016: No episode broadcast due to airing of Presumed Accidents final episodes'.
July 17, 2016: No episode broadcast due to airing Sunday Stage Fight.
July 23, 2016: No episode broadcast due to airing TVB Most Popular TV Commercial Awards 2016 .
July 30, 2016: No episode broadcast due to airing Big Boys Club.

Awards & Nominations

Year Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2016 StarHub TVB Awards[6] My Favourite TVB Drama House of Spirits Nominated
My Favourite TVB Actor Bobby Au-yeung Nominated
My Favourite TVB Supporting Actress Joyce Tang Nominated
Koni Lui Nominated
My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor Jonathan Cheung Nominated
My Favourite TVB Female TV Character Joyce Tang Nominated
My Favourite TVB Male TV Character Bobby Au-yeung Won
My Favourite Onscreen Couple Bobby Au Yeung & Nancy Wu Nominated
My Favourite TVB Theme Song "The Warmth of Love" (愛的溫暖) by Edwin Siu Nominated
TVB Star Awards Malaysia My Favourite TVB Drama Series House of Spirits Nominated
My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role Bobby Au-yeung Nominated
My Favourite TVB Actress in a Supporting Role Joyce Tang Won
Koni Lui Nominated
My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actor Jonathan Cheung Won
My Favourite Top 16 TVB Drama Characters Bobby Au-yeung Won
Joyce Tang Won
Jonathan Cheung Nominated
Koni Lui Won
Bowie Wu Nominated
Helena Law Nominated


  1. When used in this context, "Old Friends" is a euphemism for ghosts.
  2. TVB新劇《一屋老友記》劇情介紹(1﹣31集大結局) (Chinese). Retrieved June 28, 2016
  3. 《一屋老友記》 "House of Spirits" Costume Fitting. Retrieved June 28, 2016
  4. BOBBY自誇福將幫定欣鋪后路 (Chinese). Retrieved June 28, 2016
  5. TVB Releases 2016 Calendar and Teases Upcoming Dramas. Retrieved June 28, 2016
  6. StarHub TVB Awards 2016 Nominations. Retrieved September 10, 2016
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