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In 2019, 27-year-old Huang Yu Xuan yearns for her missing boyfriend Wang Quan Sheng, presumed dead for two years. On her birthday, she wishes to "see him." Meanwhile, in 1998, 17-year-old Chen Yun Ru pines for a boy who doesn't share her feelings. Her birthday wish is to "become the girl Li Zi Wei loves." A mysterious cassette player transports Yu Xuan into Yun Ru's life as she awakens in the past, facing a shocking twist—she's now high schooler Chen Yun Ru. The person beside her isn't Wang Quan Sheng but Li Zi Wei. Stuck in the past, living Yun Ru's life, Yu Xuan must prevent Yun Ru's impending 1999 death. Li Zi Wei, her new classmate, unexpectedly develops feelings for her, complicating matters as his friend Mo Jun Jie also harbors a crush. Can true love transcend this seemingly insurmountable time gap? (Source: MyDramaList) Edit Translation

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  • Country: Taiwan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Nov 17, 2019 - Feb 16, 2020
  • Aired On: Sunday
  • Original Network: CTV
  • Duration: 1 hr. 12 min.
  • Score: 9.0 (scored by 8,830 users)
  • Ranked: #57
  • Popularity: #466
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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Ongoing 13/13
wellwellbelle
95 people found this review helpful
Jan 7, 2020
13 of 13 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Update: Now having watched it all, this drama does not disappoint. The complex plot is handled extremely well, the drama answers the questions it raises but manages to keep you in suspense right to the end. Despite the fantasy plotline, the detailed and rich characters make the show feel amazingly real.

The writing/direction/production team all paid close attention to detail and crafted both scenes and sets with clues and forshadowing that make it the perfect sort of show to rewatch.

For anyone who is into story analysis, it struck me in the closing scenes that they wrote a Hero's Journey into a romance plot (not along side it, but literally, the romance IS a hero's journey), which is really something amazing. I can't say I've ever seen it before. So, I feel like it's not hyperbole when people say this is the best show they've ever watched. It's pretty amazing.

(Original review written around episode 8 below):

There's so much going on in this series that I love. The writing is tight, well paced, and presents at the same time a fascinating puzzle of a time travel story; a deep reflection on grieving; a thriller-type murder-mystery; and a double romantic comedy, played out in different timelines. It is genuinely a cross-genre show, so don't go in expecting pure comedy OR pure drama.

The acting is fantastic. I have always thought Alice Ke was an exceptional actress and she's not disappointing here. I liked Greg Hsu in Love Storm, and he's even better in this. The whole cast is great, but these two really shine. Directing. It's brilliant. Together, the writing and directing are letting the mystery of the time travel as well as the murder unfold in a way that raises new questions as it answers old ones. The directing includes so many little details that not only draw us into the mystery of the time travel, but hint at the more overarching explanation of what is happening. There are nice little symbolisms, like the red earbuds that the leads share at times, which creates a red thread linking them. There are also many conversations and dreams that we see early on that take on new meaning as the story unfolds, giving a sense that all the details matter... there's no filler here.

There are some more ambiguous symbols as well. There's some significant representations of enclosure and separation/isolation. These could represent grief and loss, which is a major theme in the drama, but they take on additional potential meaning in terms of what is really happening... that there is loss, grief, and perhaps the potential to heal or even change the past is a given. But what isn't given is that what we see is the actual story; many of the symbols reinforce the sense of fragmented reality that the female lead experiences in both her grief and her early experience of time travel.

For example, the "broken audio/video" shifts between scenes, especially with time travel, play into the fact that in the first few episodes the transition from an ordinary story about living with grief to a supernatural story about time travel/fate is started by the use of technology, once to find a "doppleganger" and the second time to use virtual reality to "reunite" with the lost love. While nothing much is made of this (and as of the 8th episode, it hasn't become a factor), these sorts of hints are beautifully done. They make it harder to guess the overarching explanation while at the same time they work on their own. That is, if it turns out that they were never anything more than a couple of scenes in the first few episodes and had nothing to do with the over-arching story, they still work. They aren't just red-herrings to obscure the truth, they are integral moments in the character development and plot that *could* mean more.
Long story short: it's fabulous, and given how well done it is so far, I'd really be surprised if it stopped being fabulous.

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Ongoing 13/13
buchae
59 people found this review helpful
Jan 10, 2020
13 of 13 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
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This screenplay has to have the most diverse story line I have ever watched in an Asian drama. The story twists and turns from present to past to present and has strong story lines for supporting characters in addition to the the two main leads, who are actually four different people themselves (two each). This drama is only on episode 8 but is revealing some pretty heavy secrets already. The writer wittingly keeps us guessing the true identity of the two leads, especially the male. They both have a pseudo identity who is a mix of past and present identities. There are many deep topics covered in the drama such as same sex attraction, suicide and murder. The murder has not happened in real time as of yet and the culprit has not been truly revealed only suggested. There is innuendo at every turn but I have learned not to take anything for granted. If you like mystery, romance, time travel, teen love, and a complicated plot, you will enjoy this one. I am so in love with the main OST as well. The song Last Dance by China Blue is the vehicle that spurs the time travel by the way, but this is not realized until episode 8 by the actors. Alice Ke and Greg Han are both adorable in this at times. I have to say that although it is deep frequently, do not give up on it after a couple of episodes. It gets better and better. As you can see I am totally enjoying this drama so far. I do have a bit of trepidation of how it is going to end though. Of course, I always hope for a happy ending. But, no mater I am loyal until the end! I am watching it on Viki

update! I just finished episode 13 without subtitles and let us just say, I didn't see that coming. I am so in love with this couple and their romance! They left it open ended so that there could be a season two which would be a dream come true. Pun intended! Wow! I just finished watching this drama and I feel no written review can do it justice, simply because the level of writing in this drama is the best I have ever seen. It can not compare with my little review. The plot is so in depth. It has so many layers that twist and turn and often overlap that it is difficult at times to sort it all out! But you do in the end! The plot revolves around the two main characters, which actually are four (two each) as well as a well developed second layer of active characters whose roles are recurring. The four main characters are played by Greg Han and Alice Ke, each playing double roles. The romance factor is a 10 and the mystery/suspense factor is also a 10. I guarantee once you begin watching, you will not be able to stop until the end so plan accordingly! This no light drama. The plot includes murder, suicides, a love triangle and even a wonderful second lead. The music became my favorite song as well. There are some sexual undertones so this is not recommended for younger viewers. A 10 overall. I will not give away the ending! But, lets just say, I didn't see that one coming! This is a hidden jewel! I can see it becoming a cult classic in the future!

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Details

  • Drama: Someday or One Day
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Nov 17, 2019 - Feb 16, 2020
  • Aired On: Sunday
  • Original Network: CTV
  • Duration: 1 hr. 12 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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  • Score: 9.0 (scored by 8,830 users)
  • Ranked: #57
  • Popularity: #466
  • Watchers: 28,419

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