Love, Timeless

Love, Timeless (2017)

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Time is a love letter, to whom it may concern. There is no "what if" in life. But what if you are younger by 10 years, what would you want to change? One day, Shi Zhao Yu and Kai Jia received an invitation from their university buddy Ruo Bi to come back to their university days' secret base "Clocktower". This "Clocktower" is, in fact, an abandoned school classroom/lab-the secret base where Zhao read moreYu, Kai Jia, Ruo Bi, Jun Ren, Hai Meng and Zhi Ni used to get together. On that day, by the time everyone arrived, Ruo Bi was standing on the rooftop outside the clock tower. When everyone was nervously shouting out to Ruo Bi, a light suddenly flashed from the clock on the wall...By the time Zhao Yu opens his eyes again, he is back to the year 2007 when he was in year 2 of University that year. After several failed attempts of trying to get back to the year 2017, Zhao Yu decided to re-enjoy youth, rechallenge the basketball match which he had once lost and also try to pursue the dream girl Ruo Bi whom he once missed the chance. But towards Kai Jia, he can't help it and still cares about her; especially so when Kai Jia and Jun Ren are getting closer and closer... Can Zhao Yu use this chance to learn how to face himself honestly and learn how to love? Cherish the precious things in youth?

  • Native title:

    鐘樓愛人
  • Also Known as:

    Zhong Lou Ai Ren;

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This 2017 Taiwanese Drama infuses time travel with a second chance at love but set in the past! With both leads going back in time we might just have a winning storyline here.

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Jay
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18 days ago
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
What makes this drama stand apart from other time-travelling dramas is the way in which the time-travelling aspect is implemented. Whereas, some dramas that feature time-travelling are more concerned with evoking a sense of nostalgia and wanting to return to a simpler time, this drama uses time-travelling as a way to examine the characters. I should mention that this drama is not solely a "plot-based" drama and there isn't an emphasis solely read more on narrative/story beats. Instead, this is more of a character study with more of a slice-of-life pacing to it. We're watching these characters encounter "timeless/unforgettable moments" during a crucial period in their lives and how the decisions they make/actions they take end up shaping what kind of person they become in life. There's a lot of subtle details/changes that occur within characters and it was nice to see them subtly change throughout the drama. The characters in this drama are certainly flawed with their own issues/hang-ups in regards to love but I found it more fascinating to watch these characters learning and trying to improve themselves rather than watching your typical perfect drama characters. Another thing I liked about this drama was the little details the writer gave that make the world feel more lived-in. Without spoiling much, there is an early episode where the characters are told a story about a ghost haunting a building. Although, played for laughs, this story later plays a somewhat important part to the main story. It's little details like this and others that eventually add up and have repercussions on the characters and their decisions and actions so you'll get more out of this drama if you pay attention to all the fine details. Beyond the theme of love, this drama also touches on the subject of regrets/second chances, independence/freedom and fate/locus of control.

The main four leads varied from good-great with Summer Meng and Huang Wei Ting being the standouts to me. Summer Meng and Nick Chou should be commended for selling the fact that they were close friends with a shared history together. The glances the two shared as the other pursued other love interests definitely were effective in portraying the love they had for one another. Johnny Yang and Blue Lan were also good in supporting roles that provided some levity during some of the more "serious" moments.

The OST was great with Let Go, My Turn to Love and Could Still Embrace standing out for me. There were some technical/sound mixing issues when songs were used sometimes but that is a minor nitpick.

I would definitely rewatch this drama as many of themes touched upon in this drama are right up my alley and I became invested in watching these characters change and grow.

Ultimately, I felt like this drama set out to explore the theme of love, which means showing both the joy you get out of it and also the pain it can also bring. How we learn to endure the pain part of it makes the joy part of it that much better. For my money's worth, the drama succeeded in conveying this while also tackling other themes to great effect. As a result, I believe this is one of the more overlooked dramas of 2017 and feel it deserves your attention and time if you want a drama that has loftier ambitions than simply who the characters will end up with.
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HappySqueak
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18 days ago
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.5
  • Music 4.5
  • Rewatch Value 2.5
Time Travel drama with a second chance at romance is a great story theme. I really enjoyed the first 6 episodes. However I found the story direction kind of fell apart after episode 10. The characters are well played by the cast and there is a lot of enthusiasm and strong values of friendships depicted in this drama. But for my own reasons of wishing for alternate romantic pairings, and that the read more ending leaves me with a dissatisfied feeling about this drama overall. I wouldn't watch it again.
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    Ayuuie 20 days ago - edited

    Really loved this! I wonder if Wei Ting was sick during the later half of the drama... her voice got really hoarsey T_T If so.. hope she is doing better! Love to see her in more dramas!!!

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      saycheese 20 days ago - edited

      Yes, she caught a flu unfortunately. Her voice bothered me a little because it was contrasting from her original voice

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      Jay 19 days ago - edited

      In a way, it kind of added to the fact that her character had nodules on her thyroid and that her voice was going hoarse..lol

      But yeah I hope for a speedy recovery, she was great in this drama.

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    saycheese 20 days ago - edited

    Nice drama.. Kept me watching to find out what will happen to the main leads. Admittedly, at one point I got confused with Jun Ren's behaviour and Ruo Bi's decision, but putting these aside I liked how the leads went back in time to learn and correct their regrets. I guess that's one of the appeal with time travel dramas.This is also my first drama with Summer and Nick, and I really like their chemistry. I thought Nick made that chemistry work with his sincere acting. & Johnny Yang is probably a humorous person to begin with, because he's natural at bringing his comedic characters to life in this drama and Bromance. Will keep a look out for their works in future~

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    ClaudiaKdramaFan 26 days ago

    Thank God this is going to end.....the same thing again....hopefully they do something this time and Jun Ren is getting on my nerves...

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      cllanti Jul 11, 2017

      Ikr. I should know better than to livewatch a Taiwanese drama.

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  • Country:

    Taiwan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    15
  • Aired:

    Apr 15, 2017 to Jul 29, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Saturday
  • Network:

    TTV
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 30 min.

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    8.1 (scored by 113 users)
  • Ranked:

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