(Dateline Taipei part 10)
The first thing that Ariel Lin answered in our interview as soon as we sat down in her management office last week was about In Time With You. She said she took the role because she liked the script, although she didn’t expect the feedback to be this good.
ITWY has set a new standard for “idol” dramas for its deep and sensitive plot that employs an artsy-kind of narration, direction and video editing that may not appeal to everyone.
“We’re to the last two episodes,” she said. I have stopped watching ITWY since the Ding Li Wei ‘disaster’ so I was surprised and it must have shown on my face (especially since the drama’s rival Office Girls is not about to end yet) that she said, “we’re only 13 episodes.”
“So… who will You Qing end up with?”
She smiled, “it’s a happy ending, don’t worry.”
Scenes from the last episode still look like an extension of the crying fest but I’ll take her word for it.
I like the fusion in this scene: past You Qing, present Da Ren:
How will they resolve the past when he said he can never love someone like her? Something that has scarred You Qing
for life to this day?
Can he wish her happiness and still be friends with her?
Ahh, the finale should resolve this question: can a man and woman be friends, much more best friends, without strings attached? More importantly, can a man and woman–with unrealized love between them–be friends?
Towards the end of the interview, I could not help complaining that one episode to resolve the choice of You Qing won’t be enough, and still leave some time to have happy moments with Da Ren. Where’s the fan service here?
Ariel and her manager were laughing over my complaints.
“If you were You Qing in real life, who would you choose between a real-life Li Da Ren and Ding Li Wei?”
“Maybe… Na Tie,” Ariel replied cheekily.
“Do you know Na Tie?” her manager interjected. “He’s also in my company but he went back to Canada to finish his studies. He comes here to work during vacation.”
“Oh I like Nic’s character,” I said, “too bad he turned out to be gay.”
“I was just joking,” Ariel said, “he’s many years younger than me.”
“So who will it be then? Da Ren Ge or Ling Di Wei? Forget the tattoos, pretend there are no tattoos.”
She laughed thinking about it though I suspect she did not have to think that much. “I think I’ll go for Da Ren Ge, he’s more dependable.”
So yeah, it’s going to end tonight.
I just wonder if the drama will have a similar ending as Lovesick, Ariel’s movie with Chen Bo-lin.
The ending is beautiful but the choice of song is kind of strange. I wouldn’t say it’s out-of-place or a wrong choice though. Just peculiar.
Lovesick opens December 16 in Taipei.
In the meantime, it’s going to be a ratings battle tonight. I wonder how Office Girls will try to up the competition with its episode.
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