This looks awesome! The list of my “to-watch” list is getting longer and longer. It’s been a pretty great year for Taiwanese dramas so far but I may have to add this to the awesome-list of Taiwanese dramas this year. Set to follow after Rock ‘n’ Road (A咖的路), The Way We Were (16個夏天) will premiere on 13th July, taking over the Sunday 10pm timeslot. As I mentioned before, The Way We Were is Ruby Lin’s self-produced drama in collaboration with TVBS and from the first look of the trailer, I think TVBS made a great investment, I can feel that this will be a drama of good quality.
The vintage trend is not dying down yet in Taiwanese dramaland, first we have The Story of Time (光陰的故事) which coincidentally also stars Leroy Young (Teacher Gangstar, Two Fathers) as the lead, then we have In A Good Way (我的自由年代) and then The Way We Were. It’s said that the story will be set in the year 1998 and the time frame will span for 16 years, which explains the Chinese title, the direct translation of it is “16 Summer”. Over the 16 years, it will touch upon Taiwan’s 921 Earthquake, SARS, Beijing Olympic and the music in those years. I’m curious to see how it will tie in all these big happenings to the lives of the characters or maybe they will just briefly talk about it as in like In A Good Way.
Since it’s set in the late 1990s, comparison with In A Good Way is inevitable but I think this looks more mature in tone as it will also emphasize the lives of the people 16 years later. Even though I love In A Good Way but I honestly think that beside Lego Lee, the acting of the other casts still feel green though it works in the context of youthful drama. On the other hand, the cast of The Way We Were feels more mature and serious in general. I’m very fond of Leroy Young’s acting, I think he’s very versatile and strong as an actor, his looks may not be my type but I’m always sold by his acting, no matter what kind of character he plays. I heard Ruby Lin’s acting have improved quite tremendously in her recent works and I can see her improvement based on the 9min trailer alone so I’m sure the main leads are pretty solid. Based on the trailer, I feel that the acting of the supporting cast, Melvin Sia (Dragon Gate), Tiffany Hsu (Love Me Or Leave Me) and Jason Tsou (Love For All The Moments, Black & White) are pretty good too, they all showed improvement. Dylan Kuo (Borrow Your Love) will also be guest starring as Ruby Lin’s cheating boyfriend.
Interestingly, it seems that Ruby Lin (Drama Go Go Go) will marry the second male lead, played by Melvin Sia at a point. So, we’ll get to see a lot of crossed love and complicated relationship between the college buddies. It’s no wonder that Ruby Lin said in the press conference that “the theme of the drama will be about goodbyes, regrets and loss”, I can predict that there will be a lot of angst in the drama.
Watch the awesome trailer below!
On a side note, Ruby Lin said that this may be her last Taiwanese drama production, her first one was a short drama-movie, Forgotten (遺忘) that aimed for the awards, as she thinks that there’s a lot of complicated procedures and regulations restricting the creativity and making the lives of Taiwanese drama producers difficult. It’s no wonder that so many famous Taiwanese stars shifted their career focus to Mainland China instead.