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.
4. It asks bold questions about what is evil
The World Between Us similarly delves into the source of acts we typically judge “evil.” The characters cannot understand why there is a lawyer who is not only taking up the case to defend death row inmates like Li Hsiao-ming, but Wang She believes that there are real reasons behind the mass murders, and wishes to investigate them. Portrayed by the multi-award-winning actor Wu Kang-jen, Wang is determined to prevent such crimes from recurring by attacking the root problem. The death penalty continues to spark heated debates in our real world; can punishing evil also beget a kind of evil? As Wang starts asking himself this question, the drama poses it to us too.