Coming from PTS channel, I’ve faith in the quality of the 6-episodes mini medical-drama, Wake Up (麻醉風暴). Starring Huang Jian-Wei (Falling), Chris Wu (Rock ‘n’ Road) and Tiffany Hsu (The Way We Were), Wake Up is said to be a story that centers around an anesthesiologist (played by Huang Jian-Wei) who is suffering from serious insomnia for many years and got fired because of his failed operation as the higher-ups of the hospital are holding him liable for it. Tiffany Hsu plays as a psychologist who treats his insomnia and someone that stands by him despite all the accusations from the hospital. Chris Wu plays as an insurance agent that suspects the higher-ups of the hospital being corrupted and pins all the blame to the anesthesiologist in order to cover up their wrongdoings.
I think the producers are aiming for the Golden Bell awards through this drama and PTS dramas are usually the big winner in Golden Bell awards as their mini dramas tend to tackle interesting topics and of a higher quality than regular idol dramas. While Taiwanese drama scene is mostly known for their rom-com idol dramas, PTS quietly produces high-quality serious dramas. PTS is pretty “quiet” in terms of marketing, which makes them literally unknown among international audience and English subs are almost non-existent for their original shows.
PTS have a long track record of award winning shows like Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天), Boys Can Fly (刺猬男孩), Black & White (痞子英雄) or the more trendy ones in terms of directing, Amour et Patisserie (沒有名字的甜點店) and many more. As you can see from the list, the range of genres they put out is pretty wide but they’re definitely better than your traditional Taiwanese idol dramas.
I’m loving the look and the muzzy atmospheric feeling to the opening sequence and their teasers. The first 2min trailer surprised me as I wasn’t expecting them to also include political conflicts in the hospital in the story. I only thought it would be a plain medical drama that focuses on the everyday life of the anesthesiologist when I first heard of the premise. But certainly, the dramatic conflicts elevate the intensity of the story and I welcome that. Wake Up feels like a drama-movie in terms of the directing and I hope the story will be as good as what I hope it will be.
On an additional note, Chris Wu have another upcoming drama, Long Day’s Journey into Light (出境事務所) which centers around the employees who work in a funeral service. Long Day’s Journey into Light will premiere in 30th March on Hakka TV. That drama also looks good, he seems to be choosing quality dramas lately. I may post more about that drama soon.
Wake Up is slated to premiere in 25th April on PTS and is scheduled to air 2 episodes per week.
(I pretty much summarized what’s happening in the 2min trailer on the character descriptions above. Michael Huang totally looks like an evil director of hospital in this.)
1st Concept Teaser:
Subtitles: According to statistics, the death rate through anesthesia operation in Taiwan is 12 times more than in Japan and 24 times more than in America. In Taiwan, there’s an average of 40000 people being assigned to an anesthesiologist (every year). The most important thing to an anesthesiologist is not about how to put patients to sleep but instead, it’s to how to keep patients awake.
Opening Theme: WE SAVE STRAWBERRIES (草莓救星) – A Million Butterflies
(LOVE THIS! )
Official Stills and posters