In a Good Way
|In a Good Way|
In a Good Way promo poster
|Also known as||Wǒ de zìyóu niáǹdài|
|Created by||Sanlih E-Television|
|Written by||Xu Yunqi 許芸齊|
Wu Peizhen 吳佩珍
Wu Jinrong 吳瑾蓉
Lin Yuchen 林宇辰
Feng Bodi 馮勃棣
|Directed by||Wu Meng’en 吳蒙恩|
|Opening theme||"Good Morning Hard City" by Adrian Fu|
|Ending theme||"Obviously Love You 明明愛你" by Freya Lim|
|Country of origin||Taiwan|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producer(s)||Xie Liru 謝禮如|
|Producer(s)||Lu Cheng’ai 呂承嬡|
Yan Tin 顏頲
|Running time||105 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sanlih E-Television |
TransWorld Production Co.
|First shown in||Taiwan|
|Original release||15 November 2013– 16 May 2014|
|Preceded by||Just You|
|Followed by||Pleasantly Surprised|
In a Good Way (Chinese: 我的自由年代; pinyin: Wǒ de zìyóu niáǹdài) is a 2013 Taiwanese romantic television series produced by Sanlih. It stars Lego Lee, Lorene Ren, Jay Shih and Smile Weng. The original title literally translates as "My freedom years" which is in reference to Taiwan's government politics during the 1990s. The drama began filming on October 16, 2013 and finished on April 23, 2014. First episode began airing on Sanlih's channel SETTV on November 15, 2013 at its Friday 10:00 PM timeslot. The final episode aired on May 16, 2014 with 26 episodes total.
The drama is set in the 1990s about University campus life and Taiwan's government political setting during that time era.
Lin Jia En, who had no plans to leave her small town encounters a life changing experience when she becomes bored at home and sneaks off to the big city. While looking for her friend Zheng Ren Wei to help her because she got robbed in Taipei, she meets big man on campus Liu Shan Feng. He helps her and takes an interest in her. The two soon fall in love. However his family's shady past comes between them.
During the summer of 1995, childhood friends Lin Jia En (Ren) and Zheng Ren Wei (Jay Shih) from a small town in Pingtung, take their college entrance exam together. Jia En plans to choose a college near home, while Ren Wei wants to use college as an opportunity to move to Taipei where life seems more exciting. To Jia En's surprise, who has always been a good student and had better grades then Ren Wei, she fails her exam while Ren Wei passes. Soon Ren Wei packs off to Taipei to attend the college of his choosing.
Jia En becomes bored at home waiting to retake the entrance exam. While trying to contact Ren Wei to see how he's doing in Taipei, she becomes impatient waiting for him to callback. Bored to extreme, she takes out her savings and buys a train ticket to Taipei without letting her parents know. Her plans for a fun day in Taipei is ruined when she is robbed of her belongings while browsing through the big city. With no money and no one knowing she is in Taipei she heads to find the only person she knows in the city, Ren Wei.
At Ren Wei's college she is in awe of the vibrant life style at the college campus. While walking around the campus, the basketball court gets her attention when a crowd is cheering on someone making consecutive shots. Jia En looks on from afar, but as she's about to walk away a Pomeranian dog runs her way chasing after the basketball. Jia En sees the dog and pets him. When the dogs owner comes her way to retrieve the ball and dog, the two have a brief encounter and walk away.
While trying to look for Ren Wei, Jia En reads the wrong dorm room building and number. She goes to that building to wait for Ren Wei. Feeling uneasy being glanced at in the boys dorm she waits inside the room and falls asleep. When the real occupant of the dorm room returns he becomes startled at upon finding Jia En in his room. Soon Jia En recognizes that he is the boy and dog owner she had encountered at the basketball court earlier, Liu Shan Feng (Lego Lee) .
Shan Feng is the big man on campus who is not only athletic, rich and kind but also smart with a high IQ. After Jia En explains her situation he lets her go, but later that night takes pity on her when he sees her drenched in the pouring rain for hours waiting for her friend. He takes her in that night. The two soon become acquainted and friends when he stands up for her. The two later embark on a romance together, but their relationship is interrupted when Shan Feng's family shady past comes back to haunt his family.
With his father charged in illegal government dealings, Shan Feng disappears from school and Jia En's life, only to reappear one year later at his father's court trial. However no one is able to help his father when his father is overwhelmingly accused by former associates who wants to bring him down. Knowing his father is not fully guilty with all the crimes he has been charged with, Shan Feng and his father's attorney tries to help him but Shan Feng's father refuse to divulge anything, afraid that it will ruin Shan Feng's future. Shan Feng ask for his father's trust and later becomes his attorney. Knowing fighting for his father's innocence will take years, Shan Feng breaks up with Jia En as not to be the burden that holds her back from following her own dreams to study abroad.
On the day Jia En leaves to study abroad, Ren Wei comes clean to Jia En that he switched their exams that's why Jin En had a failed exam. Instead of getting mad she thanks Ren Wei for giving her the chance to meet Shan Feng. One year later Jia En is in England writing letters home to her family and friends letting them know how she has changed and how she is doing. One of the letter is for Shan Feng. As he receives the letter and sees who it is from he gives off a sentimental smile.
- Lego Lee as Liu Shan Feng
- Liu Shan Feng is a student of Cheng Dong University studying a double degree of Law and History. He is a genius with an IQ scare of 170 and is very outgoing. He comes from a family of politicians, his parents are focused on providing him with the best education. However there was never someone who truly cared for him. Ironically, Shan Feng hates the pretentiousness of politics and he is not interested in money or popularity. His father cuts him off financially, to which leads him to becoming a research assistant to earn money.
- Lorene Ren as Lin Jia En
- A country girl from Ping Dong. She didn't get into Cheng Dong University, the University she wanted to attend, the first and second time she took the entry exam. She had wanted to study foreign language at Cheng Dong University. Her parents had moved to Taipei for work when she was young and left her with a family friend to look after her. She grew up with Ren Wei and follows him to Cheng Dong University. She is a strong willed girl who likes to help others but doesn't like to be helped by others. Under the most extraordinary circumstances she meets popular boy Liu Shan Feng, because of him, her world becomes wider and their world together becomes filled with secrets.
- Jay Shih as Zheng Ren Wei
- Despite his grades being lower than Jia En's, he gets accepted into Cheng Dong University studying Management. He is also from the country side of Ping Dong like Jia En. His father is a majority land owner in Ping dong. He dreams of entering the entertainment world of Taipei but his family wants him to takeover the family business. Ren Wei aspires to live in Taipei, find a girlfriend in Taipei and liver a wonderful exciting life. After bidding farewell to Ping Dong, he starts his University life by forming a group with his friends Zai Zai and Ah Di calling themselves "Iron Men". He falls in love with Bai Xue at first sight and pursues her but his feelings towards Jia En gradually changes as he sees changes in her.
- Smile Weng as Bai Xue Fen
- Bai Xue studies Foreign Languages at Cheng Dong University and is the girl all the guys falls for at University. Her nickname is Snow White. Her parents have an old fashion traditional mindset that all males should be dominance, which makes Bai Xue strives to be independent and a strong willed women to prove her parents views wrong. She is seen by all the girls at University as being overconfident which leads to her having little female friends. Once you get to know her you'll see her nice and truthful personality. She has known Liu Shan Feng since High School and has a crush on him but because of her high self-esteem she does not let him know and waits for the day he gets a hint.
- Lung Shao-hua as Chang Chia-lin
- Sun Qi Jun as Xie Qing You
- Yao Yao Chun as Liao Ri Qi
- Lu Zhen Xi as Wang Jian Guo
- Zhang Shan Wei as Zhan Zi Xi
- Lin Shu Yu as Cui Xin Qi
- Chen Zhi Qiang as Chang Fei
- Xie Li Jin as A Jin Jie
- Ma Wei Xin as You Li Jun
- Wu Jia Shan as Xue Qiu Yan
- Yang Lie as Zheng Da Wei
- Jenny Wong Zhen Ni as Ding Xiao Wei
- Shu Xue Xian as Liu Song Heng
- Doris Kuang as He Bi Wen
- Liao Jun as Lin Zhao Fu
- Ma Shi Li as Ma Li
|In a Good Way|
Original TV Soundtrack (OST)
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||30 April 2014|
|Label||Rock Records Co., Ltd.|
In a Good Way Original TV Soundtrack (OST) (我的自由年代 電視原聲帶) was released on April 30, 2014 by various artists under Rock Records Co., Ltd. label. It contains 13 tracks total. The opening theme is track 1 "Good Morning Hard City" by Adrian 符致逸, while the closing theme is track 3 "Obviously Love You 明明愛你" by Freya Lim 林凡.
|1.||"Good Morning Hard City"||Adrian 符致逸||4:54|
|2.||"So Be It, For Now" (先這樣吧)||A-Yue 張震嶽||4:18|
|3.||"Obviously Love You" (明明愛你)||Freya Lim 林凡||5:20|
|4.||"Your Rainbow" (彩虹的你)||Bobby Chen 陳昇||6:08|
|5.||"However" (然而(你不會知道))||Bobby Chen 陳昇||3:50|
|6.||"Care" (牽掛)||Wu Bai 伍佰||5:25|
|7.||"Free Night"||A-Yue 張震嶽||4:29|
|8.||"Crazy For Love" (為愛痴狂)||Rene Liu 劉若英||5:15|
|9.||"Love Me Don't Go" (愛我別走)||A-Yue 張震嶽||4:42|
|10.||"Crowded Park" (擁擠的樂園)||Bobby Chen 陳昇||3:13|
|11.||"The Cost Of Love" (愛的代價)||Sylvia Chang 張艾嘉||5:03|
|12.||"Your Place To Stay In Love" (留在愛你的原地)||Instrumental||3:20|
|13.||"Free Soul" (自由的靈魂)||Instrumental||3:20|
- The novel shows detailed description of each character background and follows the storyline of the drama.
- The January 2014 issue of S-pop features leads Lego Lee and Ren on the cover of the magazine. The issue is the regular edition of the magazine which does not come with any gifts.
- A special edition of S-Pop magainzine devoted entirely to the drama. This edition came with a In a Good Way sticky note pad.
- Two different covers featuring Lego Lee and Ren was published. Each edition came with a different gift. One edition came with lucky red envelops featuring the main leads, the other edition came with a 2014 calendar with the drama theme.
- Two different covers featuring the male cast of the drama was published. One cover featured Lego Lee with co-stars Yao Yao Chun and Sun Qijun. The other cover featured Jay Shih with co-stars Lu Zhen Xi and Calvin Lee. Both editions came with complimentary washi tape with the drama logo printed on it.
- June 27, 2014: In a Good Way (DVD) (Taiwan Version) (我的自由年代 (DVD)(台灣版)) - Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW) - DVD Region 3 - 7 Dics (Ep.1-26)
- April 3, 2014: In a Good Way (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version) (我的自由年代 (DVD) (馬來西亞版)) - Multimedia Entertainment SDN. BHD. - DVD Region 3 - 9 Dics (Ep.1-26)
"In a Good Way" was filmed on the university campuses of "National Central University" located at Jhongli City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan and "National Ilan University" located at Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan.
"In a Good Way" first original airing began on Taiwanese Sanlih channel SETTV on November 15, 2013 every Friday night at 10:00 PM. Each episode running time is 105 minutes with commercials and including behind-the-scenes shown at the end of each episodes.
|SETTV||Taiwan||November 15, 2013||Friday 10:00 PM|
|ETTV||November 16, 2013||Saturday 8:00 PM|
|NewTV||Thailand||October 14, 2014||Mondays–Wednesdays 11:30 PM–00:30 AM|
|VTC5||Vietnam||April 18, 2017||Everyday 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM|
"In a Good Way" ratings slowly climbed to the first spot beginning at episode 6 for its time slot, but sank to last place again near the later episodes. The viewers survey was conducted by AGB Nielsen with a survey range of over 4 years old TV audience.
'Competing dramas on rival channels airing at the same time slot were:
|Air Date||Episode||Average Ratings||Rank|
|November 15, 2013||1||0.95||3|
|November 22, 2013||2||1.28||3|
|November 29, 2013||3||1.31||3|
|December 6, 2013||4||1.66||2|
|December 13, 2013||5||1.79||2|
|December 20, 2013||6||2.39||1|
|December 27, 2013||7||2.21||1|
|January 3, 2014||8||2.12||1|
|January 10, 2014||9||2.25||1|
|January 17, 2014||10||2.36||1|
|January 24, 2014||11||2.28||1|
|January 31, 2014: No episode was aired due to SETTV airing of "Chinese New Year Special"|
|February 7, 2014||12||2.67||1|
|February 14, 2014||13||2.50||1|
|February 21, 2014||14||2.40||1|
|February 28, 2014||15||2.32||2|
|March 7, 2014||16||2.36||1|
|March 14, 2014||17||2.35||1|
|March 21, 2014||18||2.13||1|
|March 28, 2014||19||1.96||1|
|April 4, 2014||20||2.01||1|
|April 11, 2014||21||1.85||1|
|April 18, 2014||22||1.85||1|
|April 25, 2014||23||1.68||1|
|May 2, 2014||24||1.24||3|
|May 9, 2014||25||1.46||3|
|May 16, 2014||26||1.77||1|
Awards and nominations
|2014||49th Golden Bell Awards||Best Drama||In a Good Way||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Jay Shih||Nominated|
|Best Lady Killer Award||Jian Chang||Nominated|
|Best Directing||Wu Meng En||Nominated|
|Best Screenwriting||Xu Yun Qi & Wu Pei Zhen||Nominated|
|Best Marketing||In a Good Way||Won|
|2014 Sanlih Drama Awards 華劇大賞|
|Best Actor Award||Lego Lee||Nominated|
|Best Actress Award||Kirsten Ren||Nominated|
|Best Screen Couple Award||Lego Lee & Kirsten Ren||Won|
|Best Kiss Award||Lego Lee & Kirsten Ren||Nominated|
|Best Crying Award||Lego Lee & Kirsten Ren||Nominated|
|Best Lady Killer Award||Liao Jun||Nominated|
|Best Foolishly Award||Ma Shi-Li||Nominated|
|Viewers Choice Drama Award||In a Good Way||Nominated|
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