Here's why this new HBO Asia series is the most lauded Chinese drama right now
The Chinese Internet is abuzz with talk about HBO Asia's new original Taiwan drama series, The World Between Us. Known as 我們與惡的距離 in Mandarin, the series is a social realist crime drama that follows the aftermath of a mass shooting incident that entangled the lives of the killer, the killer's lawyer, the victims' families, and the media. The World Between Us premiered the first two of its 10 hour-long episodes on 24 March to immediate acclaim. The viewership numbers kept climbing, garnering a record-high average rating of 3.40 when the final episode was aired just recently on 21 April. What's more, the episodes bring many audiences to tears, according to the rave reviews they leave on Douban and IMDb, where the drama boasts a 9.4 and 9.5 out of 10 ratings respectively.
That's no small feat for a Taiwanese and Mandarin drama, and after seeing all 10 episodes ourselves, we definitely agree with the praises that it deserves watching. Here are just five reasons why you should start watching The World Between Us now.
2. It is Alyssa Chia’s first Taiwanese drama in 15 years
And yes, you read that name right; Alyssa Chia (贾静雯) is one of the main leads in The World Between Us! Widely known as the Taiwanese “Queen of Drama,” the popular actress makes her Taiwanese television comeback in this drama. Not since Lady Wu: The First Empress in 2003 has she starred in a Taiwanese drama, making that 15 years! During that time, she has been married twice, and became a mother to three children. Her personal experience as a wife and mother definitely shows in her phenomenal acting as Chiao-an. Playing opposite her as her husband Liu Chao-kuo is James Wen, a four-time Golden Bell Award-nominated actor.
Why did Chia choose The World Between Us to make her anticipated return? She was reportedly drawn to the script, which moved her deeply. Plus, the filming was done mostly in Taipei, which allowed her to stay with her family.