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The Way We Were taiwanese drama review
The Way We Were
4 people found this review helpful
by ZWS
Dec 18, 2014
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 10
Story 10.0
Acting/Cast 10.0
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 10.0
I made account to write this Series review.. I am Ruby Lin's fans since Princess Pearl.. and I know every detail (which fans should know it) of this series.. I wont make a review about the story tells about since many review wrote it but i want to add "behind the scene" of this series. this series made from 31 March 2014 and ended on 1 July 2014.. Ruby is the producer of this series. She made t this series since she want to make Taiwan Series booming again using her own experience in Mainland China years. and hoping this series will win Taiwan Golden Bell Award next year. this story began when Ruby met the writer, when writer said good bye to Ruby to go home, he remember and said to Ruby that he wants to make a story about "good bye" because he said "we dont ever know if this good bye will be a forever good bye, so every good bye is important". the production is took secretly we only know that this series will be about 16 years relationship n parts in 3 (year 1998-1999, 2008, 2013-14). at first announcement she was invited Tony Yang to make an early promotion (we did thinking that he is the man lead, but after the official announcement we just know that she changed the man lead to Leroy Yang). the real title is 16 Summer as for 16 years they known each other but in english they changed into The Way We Were. as for Tiffany Ann Hsu, Ruby always said when she choosing actors(actress) she want to choose actors(actress) who want to change their images. Ann said in media that she was always asking to play a girly, rich, smart woman, so when Ruby asking her to act in The Way We Were with this different image, she said to her manager to postpone her entire schedule n take the inviting right away. then Ruby did said that she choose Ann because it fit her imagination about Rui Rui. (PS : she did also said a little bit regret to choose Ann because she is too pretty hahahahaha.. but since this series they become a good friend) so, we also watch n know how good is this series. Some fact that you should know if you want to watch it.. THIS SERIES MADE IN 2 VERSIONS!!! (one chinese version, and another is taiwan version) the different mostly in episode 11. Viki, iQiyi, etc link I know, all in Chinese version, barely can watch taiwan's version now. it was uploaded in Youtube when it airing but last time i check the link was banned by Youtube now. I want to say this editing n filming is so great 1 big different but can filming at same scene and time *two thumbs up to the director. and i cant say where is the difference parts since it will ruin the great surprise... hahahaha.. you gotta find that episode by yourself.. then you will moved and touched more n more.. about the music, as i know the singer Eric Zhou and the song is booming now, and he well known in Mainland China too.. (Ruby had a lot of very loyal fans in China so no wonder if in iQiyi made a record for millions time re-watch.. and as for last episode I found the link was breaking since so many people watch it in same time ^^) the other song who also booming is called "I Don't Know What Is Love" ???????? Wo Bu Zhi Dao Ai Shi Shen Me singer : Eve Ai ???. this song played in many sad scenes and the words are so touched many fans don't even notice it because they were too focus into the scene. then when they realize it they will love the song. also to promote this series all actors asking their friend to say some words bout goodbye and we can find them in the first minute every episode. some of them are Zhang Ziyi, Vivian Hsu, Tony Yang, Cecilia Cheung, Shu Qi (you can find the entire list in wikipedia) This series break the record for ratings since it broke rating 2 (usually in that time slot and once episode in a week the rating less than 1 in same tv station). the other facts : 1. many Taiwan's actor are like the series and post in weibo tell how they feel bout this series like Shu QI who friends to Ruby, and Fanfan with her husband Chen Jian Zhou who also said that they watching this series with tears and thankful that they still together 2. When Ruby was in Starbucks's cafe she had her coffee with extra note from coffee maker about how good is this series, she moved and post it in her weibo 3. Vivian Hsu who also one of Ruby's best friend did came to filming place and make a huge happiness among the production team and actors too hahaha.. 4. the all 5 people still keep meeting each other now the relationship become more tight in real life (since they were a good friend for 16 years in series). last filming scene only took Leroy and Ruby but all the 5 members are coming to celebrate the ending of filming itself which moved Ruby and Leroy. 5. Ann said when she acted one of crying scene she was barely stop the tears. they not even start filming yet, so the director keep asking her to calm down because there will be more crying scenes after. Ann said she was like that because she was reminded by those happy time together (since they were 16 years friends in story) those feeling come right away n tears are coming down by itself, she cried till shacking and all production team also effected with no smile and sad mood. 6. the early story many jokes about Ruby applied hahaha like watching Princess Pearl etc (in 1998-1999 princess pearl push the peak of the popularity including Ruby Lin as Zi Wei one of main roles) 7. Ruby cried many times (5-6 times) only to say the last 2 sentence of the last scene "Remember than it will be forever, an ending is just the other beginning" haha.. till months after filming her tears still coming down whenever said those 2 sentences. last for my review, if u watch it and not crying at all.. maybe you should asking yourself if there is something wrong with you. haha just kidding but i watch it many times and cry as many as i watch it is not sad tears more about touched and moved by the story.. many scenes took an awkward situations which make u wanna cry and smile at the same time those feeling only can be know if u truly watch the entire story. ENJOY..
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