In A Good Way (DVD) (End) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3
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Childhood best friends Zheng Ren Wei (Jay Shih) and Lin Jia En (Kirsten Ren) have spent all their time together until the summer of 1995. Ren Wei leaves his hometown to begin university in Taipei and waves goodbye to Jia En, who has to retake the college entrance exam. The days are too boring without Ren Wei around though so she impulsively heads for the big city. At Ren Wei's university, she bumps into the university's most popular duo, Liu Chuan (Lego Lee) and Snow (Smile Weng). The four of them soon become inseparable as they march into the best time of their lives.
|Product Title:||In A Good Way (DVD) (End) (Taiwan Version) 我的自由年代 (DVD) (完) (台灣版) 我的自由年代 (DVD) (完) (台湾版) 我的自由年代 (DVD) (完) (台湾版) In A Good Way (DVD) (End) (Taiwan Version)|
|Also known as:||Wo De Zhi You Nian Dai / My Era of Freedom / My Years of Freedom Wo De Zhi You Nian Dai / My Era of Freedom / My Years of Freedom Wo De Zhi You Nian Dai / My Era of Freedom / My Years of Freedom Wo De Zhi You Nian Dai / My Era of Freedom / My Years of Freedom Wo De Zhi You Nian Dai / My Era of Freedom / My Years of Freedom|
|Artist Name(s):||Lego Lee (Actor) | Kirsten Ren (Actor) | Jay Shih (Actor) | Wu Bai (Actor) | A-yue Chang (Actor) | Lau Hok Yin (Actor) | Yang Lieh (Actor) | Zhang Shan Wei (Actor) | XING XING WANG ZI (Actor) | Hsieh Li Chin (Actor) | Chen Zhi Qiang (Actor) | Kuang Ming Jie (Actor) | Liao Jun (Actor) | Long Shao Hua (Actor) | Akio Chen (Actor) | Liu Liang Zuo (Actor) | Wang Tao Nan (Actor) | Jack Yao (Actor) | Smile Weng (Actor) | Lin Wen Yi (Actor) | Huang Yu Han (Actor) 李國毅 (Actor) | 任 容萱 (Actor) | 是元介 (Actor) | 伍佰 (Actor) | 張震嶽 (Actor) | 樓學賢 (Actor) | 楊烈 (Actor) | 張善為 (Actor) | 星星王子 (Actor) | 謝麗金 (Actor) | 陳志強 (Actor) | 況明潔 (Actor) | 廖峻 (Actor) | 龍劭華 (Actor) | 陳 慕義 (Actor) | 劉亮佐 (Actor) | 王道南 (Actor) | 姚淳耀 (Actor) | 翁 滋蔓 (Actor) | 林玟誼 (Actor) | 黃鈺涵 (Actor) 李国毅 (Actor) | 任 容萱 (Actor) | 是元介 (Actor) | 伍佰 (Actor) | 张震岳 (Actor) | 楼学贤 (Actor) | 杨烈 (Actor) | 张善为 (Actor) | 星星王子 (Actor) | 谢丽金 (Actor) | 陈志强 (Actor) | 况明洁 (Actor) | 廖峻 (Actor) | 龙劭华 (Actor) | 陈 慕义 (Actor) | 刘亮佐 (Actor) | 王道南 (Actor) | 姚淳耀 (Actor) | 翁 滋蔓 (Actor) | 林玟谊 (Actor) | 黄钰涵 (Actor) 李國毅 （リー・グォイー） (Actor) | 任容萱 （キミ・レン） (Actor) | Jay Shih (Actor) | 伍佰（ウーバイ） (Actor) | 張震嶽 （チャン・チェンユエ） (Actor) | 樓學賢（ラウ・ホクイン） (Actor) | Yang Lieh (Actor) | 張善為（チャン・シャンウェイ） (Actor) | XING XING WANG ZI (Actor) | Hsieh Li Chin (Actor) | Chen Zhi Qiang (Actor) | Ｋｕａｎｇ Ｍｉｎｇ Ｊｉｅ (Actor) | Liao Jun (Actor) | Long Shao Hua (Actor) | Akio Chen (Actor) | Liu Liang Zuo (Actor) | Wang Tao Nan (Actor) | 姚淳耀（ジャック・ヤオ） (Actor) | 翁滋蔓（ウェン・ズーマン） (Actor) | Lin Wen Yi (Actor) | Huang Yu Han (Actor) Lego Lee (Actor) | Kirsten Ren (Actor) | Jay Shih (Actor) | Wu Bai (Actor) | A-yue Chang (Actor) | Lau Hok Yin (Actor) | Yang Lieh (Actor) | Zhang Shan Wei (Actor) | XING XING WANG ZI (Actor) | Hsieh Li Chin (Actor) | Chen Zhi Qiang (Actor) | Kuang Ming Jie (Actor) | Liao Jun (Actor) | Long Shao Hua (Actor) | Akio Chen (Actor) | Liu Liang Zuo (Actor) | Wang Tao Nan (Actor) | Jack Yao (Actor) | Smile Weng (Actor) | Lin Wen Yi (Actor) | Huang Yu Han (Actor)|
|Director:||Wu Meng En 吳蒙恩 吴蒙恩 Wu Meng En Wu Meng En|
|Country of Origin:||Taiwan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)|
|Other Information:||7 DVDs (Ep.1-26)|
|Package Weight:||380 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||2 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1035727259|
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June 27, 2014
Taiwan's highly rated idol drama In A Good Way opens in the summer of 1995 and follows the adventures of a group of college students in nineties Taipei. Kirsten Ren and Jay Shih play bickering, small-town best friends Jia En and Ren Wei who move to the big city for university. There Jia En meets campus hotshot Liu Chuan (Lego Lee) and falls slowly but surely into love, while Ren Wei earnestly chases after popular beauty Bai Xue (Smile Wen). Basking in the nostalgic glow of the nineties, they make friends, make trouble and make memories, both good and bad, all in the spirit of fearless youth.
Some may note that the premise sounds similar to Korea's hit Answer Me 1997/1994 series. In A Good Way's broadcast period (Nov. 2013-May 2014) even overlapped with that of Answer Me 1994 (Oct.-Dec. 2013), though obviously the dramas played in different regions. The comparison is not unfounded as both series develop close-knit bonds and burgeoning romances among college friends at a leisurely pace in a warm slice-of-life manner. Both series are also filled with nineties music, pop culture and period details that tickle nostalgic hearts, but audiences who watch both will sense right away that In A Good Way differs greatly from the Answer Me franchise in tone and direction.
Some of In A Good Way's period references and experiences are common across Asia like ubiquitous beepers, BBS online chatting, Tamagotchis and the popularity of Slam Dunk – Liu Chuan's nickname is a reference to the Slam Dunk character Rukawa Kaede, which is "Liu Chuan Feng" in Chinese – while others are unique to Taiwan. The NSR150 motorcycle that Liu Chuan rides is an icon of the era, setting him apart from all the average Joes on scooters. Helmets are also conspicuously absent in the beginning as Taiwan's mandatory motorcycle helmet law did not come into effect until 1997. The soundtrack of In A Good Way hits the spot with plenty of Bobby Chen, Wu Bai and A-yue Chang, and the latter two rockers even make special appearances in the drama.
As a Taiwan youth idol drama, In A Good Way fulfills genre expectations by focusing greatly on campus life and activities and presenting characters and tropes that initially seem like they could be straight out of a shojo manga. Jia En's naive bumbling heroine, Liu Chuan's cool guy with a warm heart and the eclectic circle of friends surrounding them form a classic school drama ensemble. They even all belong to an unconventional school club – the treasure hunting club – which paves the way for many clubroom meetings and orienteering adventures. Naturally, no idol drama is successful without a photogenic pairing that connects with audiences, and In A Good Way has proven to be a revelation in terms of bringing Lego Lee and Kirsten Ren into the limelight. The two have a natural adorable chemistry and comfortable acting style that suit their roles.
While In A Good Way has more than its share of light and fun moments, the characters also spend a lot of time brooding, and not just over romantic matters. The keyword of In A Good Way is "freedom." The drama's title, literally "My Era of Freedom" in Chinese, reflects the overarching theme of understanding and pursuing freedom. As universal as that may sound for a story about college dreamers, it's also very much significant to the time and place. The protagonists of In A Good Way, college students in the mid-nineties, represent a generation that experienced Taiwan's evolution into a democracy. They witnessed the end of martial law in 1987, and came of age during the changes and reforms of the early nineties. 1996, the year Jia En enters university, was also the year Taiwan held its first direct presidential election.
The story's continual emphasis on the importance of freedom to these young people tunes into the pulse of a recent yet bygone era when "freedom" really did hold new, exciting and complicated meanings. From their efforts organizing a campus protest to Liu Chuan's ideological estrangement from his politician father, the students of In A Good Way become increasingly socially and self aware as part of their growth process.
The drama also references Taiwan's White Terror period of political suppression, recounting how the limits on freedom in a previous era created indelible mistakes and tragedies. The reference is timely as it wasn't until the late eighties and nineties after the lifting of martial law that this dark period of Taiwan history was allowed to enter public discourse. That an idol drama would touch on a topic as heavy as the White Terror period, though, is surprising and commendable. In contrast to the sweet college adventures of the early episodes, the later episodes take on a more somber, soul-searching tone with the unearthing of painful pasts and the fallout between Liu Chuan and his father. This may be less enjoyable to audiences that originally tuned in for light nostalgia and youth romance, but the production's willingness to go to darker places brings far greater gravitas to its discussion on freedom in the context of the Taiwan experience.
Liu Chuan frequently says "How much you understand freedom is how much you have freedom," and the protagonists of In A Good Way do indeed spend 26 episodes trying to understand what freedom means to each of them in this hot-blooded era. The realization process is bittersweet, filled with both passion and disillusionment, but never less than sincere. More than anything, that's what makes the series such a stirring love letter to youth, to the nineties and to Taiwan.