The Unforgettable Memory

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The Unforgettable Memory
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Mainland China DVD cover (first 108 episodes)
Also known as ''Unforgettable Memory
Traditional
Simplified
Mandarin Yì Nán Wàng
Hokkien Ì Lân Bông
Genre Romance
Competitions between family businesses
Directed by Wang Wei
Starring Wang Shih-hsien
Zhang Fengshu
Opening theme 1. 情難忘 by Wang Shih-hsien
2. 出外人 by Zhan Yawen
3. 擔輸贏 by Jody Chiang
4. 堅持 by Weng Liyou
5. 愛你的代價 by Gao Xiangpeng and Feng Rui'e
6. 雪中花 by Wang Shih-hsien and Sun Shu-may
7. 無人來作伴 by Lin Shan and Weng Liyou
8. 愛了無後悔 by Long Qianyu and Weng Liyou
9. 愛伊希地魯 by Weng Liyou
Ending theme 1. 雲中月圓 by Wang Shih-hsien and Sun Shu-may
2. 昨夜星辰 by Yao Xinying
3. 意難忘 by Cai Xiaohu
4. 真愛只有你 by Lin Shan and Fu Zhenhui
5. 無人來作伴 by Lin Shan and Weng Liyou
6. 風中的玫瑰 by Long Qianyu
7. 今生最愛的人 by Cai Xiaohu
Country of origin Taiwan
Original language(s) Taiwanese
No. of episodes 526 (Formosa Television)
877 (Mediacorp Channel 8)
Production
Producer(s) Guo Hongliang, Lin Huijun
Running time 90 minutes (Episodes 1–285)
105 minutes (Episodes 286–525)
50 minutes (Finale - Episode 526)
Release
Original network Formosa Television
Mediacorp Channel 8
Original release 22 September 2004 – 28 September 2006
Chronology
Preceded by Desire for Life (Formosa Television)
Followed by Eternal Happiness (Formosa Television)
Return of Past Spring (Mediacorp Channel 8)

The Unforgettable Memory is a Taiwanese prime-time soap opera, originally broadcast on Formosa Television from 22 September 2004 to 28 September 2006 for 526 episodes. With a run-time of over 50,000 minutes, it is the longest Taiwanese TV drama in the 21st century.

International broadcast[edit]

 Taiwan broadcast[edit]

As of June 2011, the show airs in Taiwan, country of origin of the drama every weeknight at prime time (20:00) with episodes which have ranged in length from 135 to 150 minutes including commercial advertisements. The producers received funding from the Government Information Office to produce the series in high definition.

 Singapore broadcast[edit]

Due to local broadcast laws prohibiting radio or television broadcasts in Chinese dialects the show was dubbed into Mandarin when it aired on MediaCorp Channel 8 thus making it the first channel to broadcast the show in Mandarin.

 Vietnam broadcast[edit]

The Vietnamese dub "Đời Sống Chợ Đêm" was broadcast on Vinh Long Television Station Channel (THVL) (Vietnamese: Truyền Hình Vĩnh Long) and is streamable on YouTube. The show was aired on Vietface TV from 1pm-2:30pm (PT), however, it was fully aired as it was replaced with Ghar Ki Lakshmi Betiyann. The show is also currently airing on E Channel.

 Malaysia broadcast[edit]

The drama is broadcasting now in 8TV in original Hokkien language under the English title The Life Of Night Market for two episodes with one hour each from Monday to Friday, at 11:30 MST and 14:00 MST with a 30 minutes break of its Midday Mandarin News at 12:30 MST.[1]

Cast[edit]

Wang Shengtian is the main protagonist in this drama. Villains include Huang Kunshan, Cai Jianpao, Du Wenjie, Wu Pinde and many others.

Wangs[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Jason Wang (Wang Shih-hsien) (王識賢) Wang Qingyun Wang-Cheng Yuexia's husband
Father of Wang Shengtian and Wang Shengzhi
He appeared only in episode 13. In episode 89, he was killed by Huang Kunshan in Japan.
Wang Shengtian Protagonist
Son of Wang Qingyun and Wang-Cheng Yuexia
Fang Lizhu's husband
Wang Shengzhi's elder brother
Father of Wang Tianzhu
He appeared in all the episodes.
In episode 141, Shengtian travelled with Lizhu and Tianzhu.
He married Lizhu in episode 195 and was later divorced in episode 347.
Shengtian and Tianzhu met again in episode 422.
Shengtian and Lizhu remarried again in episode 520.
In the finale, Shengtian had successfully fought brain cancer and in the end, both he and Lizhu travelled around the world by boat.
Zhang Qin Wang-Cheng Yuexia Old Madam Wang
Wang Qingyun's wife
Mother of Wang Shengtian and Wang Shengzhi
Mother-in-law of Lai Lizhu and Lai Suling
She appeared in almost all the episodes.
Zhang Fengshu Fang/Lai Lizhu Adopted daughter of Fang Jinchuan and Xiazi
Biological daughter of Lai Tianyou and Chen Liqing
Wang Shengtian's wife
Lai Suling's elder sister
Mother of Wang Tianzhu
She appeared in episodes 1-148, later episodes 164-348 and episodes 467-526. In episode 34, Lizhu had Shengtian's son.
In episode 79, she was jailed, and later was bailed out in episode 104.
She gave birth to Tianzhu in episode 89.
She thought of the care Shengtian brought in episode 140.
In episode 141, Lizhu travelled with Shengtian and Tianzhu.
She and Tianzhu returned to Taiwan in episode 164.
She knew her biological parents in episode 186, and therefore acknowledged them in episode 191.
She married Shengtian in episode 195 and was later divorced in episode 347.
She returned in episode 467 after the divorce 120 episodes earlier.
Lizhu and Shengtian remarried again in episode 520.
In the finale, both Shengtian and her travelled around the world by boat.
Younger: Qiu Guanlong and later Ge Jiahong
Older: Xie Chengjun
Wang Tianzhu Son of Wang Shengtian and Lai Lizhu
Chen Shanni's husband
Li Jiajia's former husband
Fat Cat's friend
The younger version appeared in episodes 123-148 and later episodes 164–212.
The older version appeared in episodes 214–382 and returned in episodes 389–526.
He was born in episode 89.
He and his mother Lizhu returned to Taiwan in episode 164.
He married Shanni in episode 316.
Tianzhu and his father Shengtian met again in episode 422.
He divorced with Shanni in episode 428.
He was appointed the General Manager of Tianlei Enterprise in episode 440.
He married Jiajia in episode 490 and was later divorced in episode 515.
Tianzhu and Shanni remarried again in episode 520.
He was appointed the Chairman of Tiancheng Enterprise in episode 525.
Angel Han (Han Yu) (韓瑜) Huang Xuelian Lin Dazhong's fiancée
Daughter of Huang Kunshan
She appeared from episodes 1–95.
In episode 94, She and Dazhong were getting engaged.
An episode later, she jumped down to her death.
Chen Shanni Daughter of Yu Guangrong and Chen Yujie
Wang Tianzhu's wife
She appeared from episodes 233–508 and later episodes 514–526.
She married Tianzhu in episode 316 and was later divorced in episode 428.
She made suicide attempts in episode 491.
Shanni and Tianzhu remarried again in episode 520.
Li Liren Wang Shengzhi Lai Suling's husband
Adopted father of Wang Yuting
Son of Wang Qingyun and Wang-Cheng Yuexia
Younger brother of Wang Shengtian
He appeared in episodes 1–342.
He married Suling in episode 85.
He made suicide attempts in episode 289 in losing his wife three episodes after her death.
He married Peiqi in episode 338.
He died in episode 342.
Yang Baowei Lai Suling Wang Shengzhi's wife
Lin Dazhong's former wife
Wang Yuting's mother
Daughter of Lai Tianyou and Chen Liqing
Lai Lizhu's younger sister
She appeared in episodes 1-286.
She married Dazhong in episode 36 and was later divorced in episode 77.
She married Shengzhi in episode 85.
She gave birth to Yuting in episode 118.
She died in episode 286.
Younger: Fu Peici
Older: Jeannie Hsieh
Wang Yuting Nicknamed as 'Tingting'
Li Wenhua's wife
Daughter of Lin Dazhong and Lai Suling
Adopted daughter of Wang Shengzhi
The younger version appeared from episodes 123–212.
She was born in episode 118.
She returned as the older version in episodes 215-315 and later episodes 329-505.
She recovered her memory in episode 402.
She married Jianzhi in episode 485.
She died in episode 505.
Wang Can Li Wenhua Wang Yuting's husband
One of Tianzhu-Bo'ai General Hospital's doctors
He appeared in episodes 297–315 and later 329-406.
He had committed suicide in episode 406.

Lais[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Shi Ying Lai Tianyou Chen Liqing's husband
Father of Lai Lizhu and Lai Suling
He appeared in episodes 1–212 and later 266–505.
He accompanied Liqing to the hospital in episode 127.
He and Liqing acknowledged Lizhu as his daughter in episode 191.
Gao Xinxin Chen Liqing Lai Tianyou's wife
Mother of Lai Lizhu
She appeared in episodes 2–197.
She was rushed to the hospital in episode 127.
She and Tianyou acknowledged Lizhu as his daughter in episode 191.
She died in episode 197 due to lung cancer.
Zhang Fengshu Fang/Lai Lizhu See Wangs.
Yang Baowei Lai Suling

Huangs[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared
Huang Zhongkun Huang Kunshan Father of Huang Xuelian He appeared in episodes 1-112.
Han Yu Huang Xuelian See Wangs.

Sus[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Li Xinwen Li Quanshui Nicknamed as 'Shui'
Su Yuefong and Su Yuehong's husband
Li Aiyu's brother
He appeared in all the episodes.
He was jailed in episode 2.
In episode 44, he and Yuefong settled their conditions.
Quanshui and Yuefong met again in episode 127.
He was jailed again in episode 211.
He married Yuehong in episode 296.
Chen Ruoping Su Yuefong Li Quanshui's wife
Su Yuehong's sister
She appeared in episodes 1-53 and returned in episodes 123-168.
In episode 44, she and Quanshui settled their conditions.
She was rolled down a cliff in episode 53.
Yuefong and Quanshui met again in episode 127.
She died in episode 168 to rescue Quanshui from being shot by Cai Jianpao.
Yue Hong Su Yuehong Li Quanshui's wife
Su Yuefong's younger sister
She appeared in episodes 232–498.
She married Quanshui in episode 296.
She died in episode 498 to rescue Aiyu from being shot by Du Wenjie.
De Xin Li Aiyu Cai Jianpao's former wife
Mother of Cai Zhiying
Li Quanshui's younger sister
She appeared in episodes 38–517.
She married Jianpao in episode 88.
She gave birth to Zhiying in episode 122.
She was nominated for the legislators in episode 214, replacing Jianpao's role.
She divorced Jianpao in episode 377.
She lost her position as a legislator in episode 484.
She was jailed in episode 517.

Fangs[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Tang Chuan Fang Jinchuan Xia Zi's husband
Father of Fang Lijun
Adopted father of Lai Lizhu
He appeared from episode 113 until episode 214 when he died.
Xiao Hui Xia Zi Fang Jinchuan's wife
Mother of Fang Lijun
Adopted mother of Lai Lizhu
She appeared in episodes 113–217.
She told Lizhu who her biological parents were in episode 186.
Gao Yuzhen Fang Lijun Gao Maoxiong's wife
Daughter of Fang Jinchuan and Xiazi
One of Tianzhu-Bo'ai General Hospital's persons-in-charge
She appeared in episodes 113–214 and later episodes 355–406.
Huang Yingxun Gao Maoxiong Fang Lijun's husband
Lin Xiuhui's former husband
One of Tianzhu-Bo'ai General Hospital's doctors
He appeared in episodes 127–214.
He engaged with Xiuhui in episode 148 and was later married in episode 155.

Lins[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Lin Zhaoxiong Lin Tonghai Father of Lin Dazhong and Lin Xiuhui He appeared in episodes 26-83, episodes 158 and 159 and episodes 193-198.
Liu Zhihan Lin Dazhong Lai Suling's former husband
Huang Xuelian's fiancé
Biological father of Wang Yuting
Son of Lin Tonghai
Lin Xiuhui's elder brother
He appeared in episodes 6-108 and returned later in episodes 124–183.
He married Suling in episode 36 and was later divorced in episode 77.
In episode 94, he and Xuelian were getting engaged.
Suling killed him in episode 183.
Chiang Tsu-ping Lin Xiuhui Gao Maoxiong's former wife
Daughter of Lin Tonghai
Lin Dazhong's younger sister
She appeared in episodes 36–108 and returned later in episodes 127–214.
She happened to be one of the guests of Dazhong's wedding in episode 36.
She knew about Xuelian's death in episode 95, and handed the evidence to the judge in episode 104.
She engaged with Maoxiong in episode 148 and was later married in episode 155.

Cais[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Xu Heng Cai Jianpao Yang Shuzhen's husband
Li Aiyu's former husband
Father of Yang Jianzhi (Cai Zhiming) and Cai Zhiying
He appeared in almost all the episodes.
He married Aiyu in episode 88.
He was nominated for the legislators in episode 122.
He was jailed in episode 214.
He was disillusioned in episode 375.
He later divorced Aiyu two episodes later.
He went to compensate the Wangs in episode 411.
In episode 411, he rescued Yuting from a car accident and he becomes the victim.
In episode 525, he rescued Shengtian from being shot.
Li Yating Yang Shuzhen Cai Jianpao's wife
Mother of Yang Jianzhi
She appeared in episodes 98-526.
Younger: Lin Yanchen
Older: Li Zhenying
Yang Jianzhi
Cai Zhiming
Mai Yatong's husband
Son of Cai Jianpao and Yang Shuzhen
Cai Zhiying's half brother
The younger version appeared in episode 98–214.
He returned as the older version in episode 224–526.
He engaged with Yatong in episode 414.
He married Yuting in episode 485.
He later married Yatong in episode 523.
Liu Yue Mai Yatong Yang Jianzhi's wife
Daughter of Mai Guochuan and Zhang Huilin
Angie's friend
She appeared in episodes 380–526.
She engaged with Jianzhong in episode 414 and was later married in episode 523.
Younger: Gan Yongwei and later Huang Jie
Older: Ye Jiayu
Cai Zhiying Nicknamed "Niu Niu"
Jiang Wenbing's wife
Du Anlun's former wife
Daughter of Cai Jianpao and Li Aiyu
Yang Jianzhi (Cai Zhiming)'s half sister
She was born in episode 122.
She appeared as the younger version in episodes 122–214.
She returned as the older version in episodes 219–513.
She married Wenbing in episode 299.
She later married Anlun in episode 392.
She and Wenbing met again in episode 409, and later divorced Anlun in episode 424.
She had committed suicide in episode 513 in losing her husband five episodes after his death.
An Dingya Jiang Wenbing Cai Zhiying's husband He appeared in episodes 230–319.
He married Zhiying in episode 299.
He jumped down the sea in episode 319, causing him to be missing.
He returned in episodes 388–508.
He and Zhiying met again in episode 409.
He was shot by Du Wenjie in episode 508.

Lins ()[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Mi Jiang Elephant Lin Hee's husband
Father of Tarzan Lin
He appeared from episode 1 and was later killed in episode 349 to save Cai Jianpao from being killed by Su Yuehong's men.
Hee Elephant Lin's wife
Mother of Tarzan Lin
She appeared in episode 259 where she died.
Lin Guanyu Tarzan Lin Son of Elephant Lin and Hee He appeared in episode 259 where his mother died.

Mais[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Lin Tzay-peir Mai Guochuan Zhang Huilin's husband
Father of Mai Yatong
He appeared in episode 195, making his return in episodes 415–524.
He remarried Huilin in episode 523.
Zhang Qiongzi Zhang Huilin Mai Guochuan's wife
Mother of Mai Yatong
She appeared in episodes 415–524.
She remarried Guochuan in episode 523.
Liu Yue Mai Yatong See Cais.

Dus[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Li Luo Du Wenjie Father of Du Anlun He appeared from episode 351 till episode 508 where he died.
Fu Zichun Du Anlun Son of Du Wenjie
Wang Jiayi's husband
Cai Zhiying's former husband
Nice
Also villianic
He appeared in episode 352–471.
He married Zhiying in episode 392.
He happened to be one of the capturers in a crime in episode 419.
He divorced Zhiying five episodes later.
He has to go to America for health treatment in episode 471.
He was well, and made his return in episodes 495–526.
He married Jiayi in episode 525.
An episode later in the finale, he was arrested by the police.
Zhang Ruihan Wang Jiayi Du Anlun's wife
Wu Pinde's girlfriend
She appeared from episodes 458–526.
She married Anlun in episode 525.
An episode later in the finale, she was shot. But not dead yet.

Lis[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Zhang Yonghua Li Jiyao Director Li
Father of He Peiqi
He appeared in episodes 1–102, making his return in episodes 294–316.
Kuang Mingjie He Peiqi Daughter of Li Jiyao She appeared in episodes 289–425.
She married Shengzhi in episode 338.
She was chased out of the Wangs in episode 425.

Lis (not again)[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Cui Haoran Li Shimin Father of Li Jiajia He appeared in episodes 119–148, later episodes 308–369 and episodes 513–526.
Younger: Shi Yuyan
Older: Qiu Qiwen
Li Jiajia Daughter of Li Shimin
Chen Shanni's rival in love
The younger version appeared in episodes 123-148.
She returned as the older version in episodes 311–370 and later episodes 409-526.
She was raped by Director Zhao in episode 368.
She married Tianzhu in episode 490 and was later divorced in episode 515.
She died in the finale.

Chens[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Zhang Mingjie Yu Guangrong Shi Liwen's husband
Chen Yujie's former husband
Father of Chen Shanni
He appeared from episode 250 till episode 274 where he and Liwen returned to America.
He returned in episodes 486-526.
Zhao Yongxin Chen Yujie Yu Guangrong's former wife
Mother of Chen Shanni
She appeared from episode 245 till episode 274 where she died.
Li Fangwen Shi Liwen Yu Guangrong's wife
Stepmother of Chen Shanni
She appeared from episodes 253 till episode 274 where she and Guangrong returned to America.
Han Yu Chen Shanni See Wangs.

Xus[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Chen Yufeng Xu Kunliang Xu Xiaozhen's brother He appeared from episodes 150 till episode 203 where he was shot by Cai Jianpao.
Lü Minzhen Xu Xiaozhen Liao Shuiwa's wife
Xu Kunliang's younger sister
She appeared in episodes 159–214, making her return in episodes 234 and 235.
Chen Ziqiang Liao Shuiwa Xu Xiaozhen's husband He appeared from episodes 24 till episode 234 where he saved Zhao Wuxiong from being shot by Jiang Wenbing.

Tiancheng Enterprise[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Wang Shixian Wang Shengtian See Wangs.
Zhang Fengshu Fang/Lai Lizhu
Xie Chengjun Wang Tianzhu
Han Yu Chen Shanni
Li Liren Wang Shengzhi
Li Xinwen Li Quanshui See Sus.
Qiu Qiwen Li Jiajia See Lis (not again).

Tianying Enterprise[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared
Xie Chengjun Wang Tianzhu See Wangs.
Han Yu Chen Shanni
Li Zhenying Yang Jianzhi
Cai Zhiming
See Cais.
Sun Zhiyu Sun Jie One of Tianying Enterprise's part-time persons-in-charge He appeared in episodes 414–468.
Chen Baicun Ken He appeared only in episode 419.

Tianlei Enterprise[edit]

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Lin Yifang Lei Guang Nie Chaofeng's sworn brother
Power of secret societies to help bond friendship
Lei Gong befriended Wang Tianzhu, Yang Jianzhi, Xiaomai, Yuehong and many others. He also let Wang Tianzhu hand over Tianlei.
Nie Chaofeng is nice to He Peiqi.
He appeared in episodes 389–526.
Nie Bingxian Nie Chaofeng Lei Guang's sworn brother
Nie Jiangtian's brother
He appeared from episode 447 till episode 518 where he was killed by Wu Pinde's men.
Jiang Zhong Nie Jiangtian Nicknamed as 'Buffalo'
Nie Chaofeng's younger brother
He appeared from episode 389 till episode 437 where he was accidentally killed by Wang Tianzhu.
Ding Liqi Wu Pinde Nicknamed as 'De'
Wang Jiayi's boyfriend
He appeared from episode 440 till episode 526 where he died.
Zhang Fengshuo Bao One of Wu Pinde's men and brother He appeared in episode 439.
Jiang Yi Tarzan One of Lei Guang's men and brother He appeared in episodes 436−514.
Yue Hong Su Yuehong See Sus.
Liu Yue Mai Yatong See Cais.

Music[edit]

Theme Song[edit]

Song title Performer
情難忘 Wang Shih-hsien
出外人 Zhan Yawen
擔輸贏 Jody Chiang
堅持 Weng Liyou
愛你的代價 Gao Xiangpeng and Feng Rui'e
雪中花 Wang Shih-hsien and Sun Shu-may
無人來作伴 Lin Shan and Weng Liyou
愛了無後悔 Long Qianyu and Weng Liyou
愛伊希地魯 Weng Liyou

Ending Songs[edit]

Song title Performer
雲中月圓 Wang Shih-hsien and Sun Shu-may
昨夜星辰 Yao Xinying
意難忘 Cai Xiaohu
真愛只有你 Lin Shan and Fu Zhenhui
無人來作伴 Lin Shan and Weng Liyou
風中的玫瑰 Long Qianyu
今生最愛的人 Cai Xiaohu

Viewership in Taiwan[edit]

The Unforgettable Memory has the distinction of being the longest primetime drama ever in Taiwan history, with a total of 526 episodes produced. It has the highest viewership of all TV shows in Taiwan when it debuted at primetime on September 22, 2004 till its ending on September 28, 2006 almost daily (hitting above 10). It was rerun again at 6.00–7.00 pm from July 5, 2010 and still running.

Overseas reception[edit]

The series received very good critical response and viewership in other countries too and as of 2009 being shown in Singapore's MediaCorp Channel 8 (in weekday one hour series from June 9, 2006 to October 23, 2009, 4.30–5.30 pm, becoming the longest running drama on Channel 8 in 46 years) rerunning in the pre-dawn hours from Tuesdays to Saturdays 4.00–6.00 am from January 7, 2009 to September 9, 2010, and the third time from 4 October 2010 from Mondays to Thursdays at 10.00 am – 12.00 noon and ended in 2012. Singapore's Channel 8, China's CCTV-8 and Hong Kong's ATV Channel all aired with each episode running 1 hour, with a total of 872 episodes. It has ended its run on Malaysia's Astro Cable Service. The Vietnamese dub "Tinh Dau Kho Phai" was broadcast on THVL Channel and is streamable on YouTube with a total of 767 episodes.

Singapore broadcast[edit]

Due to local broadcast laws prohibiting radio or television broadcasts in non-Mandarin varieties of Chinese the show was dubbed into Mandarin when it aired on MediaCorp Channel 8 thus making it the first channel to broadcast the show in Mandarin.

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