I can’t help but compare everything with the original… I guess this is the curse of remakes. Add my loving the original story too much to that.
In Time With You, the original and taiwanese version of the Kdrama The Time I Loved You, is one of my favorite Taiwanese Drama. If you ask about the ranking, it’d definitely be in my 1st or 2nd best and most favorite tdramas. When I learned that it will have a korean version, I was really excited about it at first. Knowing the talent of koreans in making a drama, I was sure that it would definitely be another great drama.
But when I try to think of an actress that would fit the character of You Qing, I can’t think of anyone. I mean, Yoon Eun Hye and Kim Sun Ah did cross my mind but there is something that doesn’t fit. I guess it was because Ariel Lin (Chen You Qing of In Time With You and one of my favorite actress) really did own that character to the point that it is hard to imagine other people doing it.
Ha Ji-won is one of the best korean actresses and she have a good record of outstanding female lead character and dramas. When I learned that she will take the female lead role, I again had a hard time picturing the character and the whole drama.
I started to have doubts and it got deeper when I saw the first stills/pictures. Yes everything was beautiful but I can’t find Li Da Ren and Cheng You Qing. I do not feel sparks or chemistry between them.
Despite of everything, I was still looking forward to see the korean version. I am still hoping thay everthing will work out well. And that hope brings me here now.
Honestly, I did struggle while watching this drama. Aside from the constant comparison between the two versions, at the back of my mind, there is something telling me that nah you already know what’s gonna happen!!!
That, again, is a curse of having watched an other version of one storyline. I really hate it but I love watching different version. Only if I could turn that memory off like hiding a folder in a computer. You know its there but you can’t see it but you can easily changed the option back to unhidden later.
I am not sure whether the fact that they changed a lot of things with plot is a good thing or not. In fairness to the korean version, as I watch it, I became attached with the two leads and I can, slowly, see their chemistry. I continue to watch, taking an episode or two a day. Sometimes its fun to watch, sometimes its boring. But still I think it’s good. I love how they show flashback towards the end of an episode, making sure that the audience understands that what’s happening with the present has something to do with the past. It was doing okay until episode 12 or maybe up until Cha Sae Ho appeared.
As I continue to watch, I feel like the writer is trying hard to make the story different from the original. And by doing so, it is losing the charm and the good parts of the original plot.
I would never deny that I did fast-forwad some parts of In Time With You(the part when the ex came back), but I love every scenes which involves the two main leads. The taiwan version was able to plot the story in a way that the viewers would know and undertand the two main lead characters, how and what their friendship is and its importance and I guess, in a way where we would root for them till the end no matter what. Even the side stories are good. The feelings are raw, the family love is also their, the unending friendship, the work hassle and the downsides, the character development.. Arghhh how do I explain it… Everything in ITWY makes sense.
Unlike with TTILY, there are parts of the story that don’t make sense. Yes there are good parts but as I approach the ending, more and more things are becoming vague. Now my hearts oa kind of rejectinf it. I am not sure if I’ll still be able to finish it. But I’ll try maybe. I jusy kinda sad that the korean version didn’t not live up to the original version.
Before I end this, I want to list some thoughts that run through my mind while watching this drama…
What I like in In Time With You (Taiwan Version)
-Li Da Ren (Best guy friend and boyfriend in taiwan dramaland)
-Ariel Lin / Cheng You Ching (character growth in real and reel life)
-the hotel drunk scene
-the intern slash user (i love how he and you xing became friends later on)
-the song that Da Ren composed
-both families and also their highschool friends
-i love how they identified the life issues and learnings of You Qing. I remember the topic regarding marriage proposal
-the way they finally begin the relationship and THE PROPOSAL
About The Time I Loved You(Korean version)
-ambiance and settings are great
-i guess Choi Won is okay, i feel sorry for him though
-I felt sad when Choi Won said that he can’t be friends with Hana the same as before if she go out with Sae Hoo again but dude, why can’t you tell your feelings straightforwardly. I hate that they literally had a scene where they kind of broke off their friendship but then after 3 or so episode Won had to say again that they can be friends again just like before. I don’t get why theu have to do that.
-i liked the talk between hana’s dad and won, especially when he said to won
“You two are always stuck together. Whay are you doing that you can’t even win hana’s heart!” that’s a big punch right there!
-I almost cry when Choi Won was trying to keep his feelings on hold and Hana doesn’t even realize it (inside the airplane scene)
-what is Sae Ho’s problem really? I was too sleepy to watch it and uninterested to replay it again. Lol
-who the hell was Dae Yoon and why didn’t they showed him from the very beginning. Instead of giving more sense to the “i will never ever love you” line, for me, it made it more ridiculous. i just don’t get the feeling.
Well, that’s it for now. All my thought, doubts and questions regarding this drama, having only watched 13 episodes. Haha… Have you watched the show? What do you think?