The Executioner(刀下留人) is a TVB period ethics drama series directed by Law Chun Ngok(羅鎮岳) starring Kenny Wong(黃德斌), Maggie Shiu(邵美琪), Matt Yeung(楊明), Katy Kung(龔嘉欣), Elaine Yiu(姚子羚), Joel Chan(陳山聰), Bowie Wu(胡楓), and Hugo Ng(吳岱融). The plot of the drama series mainly revolves around an executioner and a midwife.
[Yip Sheung Luk/葉常綠(Kenny Wong/黃德斌)] is an executioner that has killed countless of people. In order to help his savior’s daughter-in-law [Yuen Sou Sum/阮素心(Elaine Yiu/姚子羚)] to safely deliver her baby, he settles her down at the home of a famous midwife [Faa Jeoi Hung/花蕊紅(Maggie Shiu/邵美琪)] in Imperial city. As a result, Yip Sheung Luk comes across a mysterious murder case.
At the same time, Yip Sheung Luk saves a baby boy’s life with his executioner’s sword. However, this unidentifiable baby boy somehow drags Yip Sheung Luk and Faa Jeoi Hung into an imperial court’s political whirlpool. The two are able to work together to resolve one crisis after another and they slowly fall in love with each other.
On the other hand, a pair of lovers [Chek Chi Chau/赤知秋(Matt Yeung/楊明)] and [Chuk Siu Mun/祝小滿(Katy Kung/龔嘉欣)] who grew up together at a brothel arrive at Faa Jeoi Hung’s home. Chek Chi Chau tries desperately to become Yip Sheung Luk’s disciple to become an executioner only to avoid getting prosecuted. So Yip Sheung Luk hesitates to make his final decision. Out of nowhere, a magician [Szema Chou/司馬丑(Joel Chan/陳山聰)] appears and complicates everyone’s relationship. The baby boy’s identity is also slowly being revealed and this also starts the countdown of everyone’s livelihood…..