While We Are Young

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While We Are Young
Z世代
Also known asGeneration Z
GenreDrama
Romance
School
Youth
Education
Teacher's Day
Written byNg Kah Huay 黄佳华
Ang Chee Chuan 洪志川
Directed byLoh Woon Woon 罗温温
Lim Mee Nah 林美娜
StarringGeneration X/Y:
Zoe Tay 郑惠玉
Rebecca Lim 林慧玲
Zhang Zhenhuan 张振寰
Terence Cao 曹国辉
Denise Camillia Tan 陈楚寰
Generation Z:
Zong Zijie 宗子杰
Chantalle Ng 黄暄婷
Calvert Tay 郑凯介
Joanna Theng 唐舒恩
Marcus Guo 郭麦洋
Shalynn Tsai 蔡绮耘
Gary Tan 陈毅丰
Chen Yixin 陈一心
Shanice Koh 许舒宁
Li Decheng 李德承
Opening themeGo Home and Sleep (回家睡觉) by Jayden Chew
Ending theme1) 致爱 by Zong Zijie , Chantalle Ng , Calvert Tay , Joanna Theng , Marcus Guo , Shalynn Tsai & Chen Yixin
2) 致爱 (Demo Version) by Deng Bi Yuan
Country of originSingapore Singapore
Original language(s)Chinese
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)Winnie Wong 王尤红
Production location(s)Singapore Singapore
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
Release
Original networkMediacorp Channel 8
Original release6 November 2017 –
4 December 2018
Chronology
Preceded byLady With Class
Followed byMy Friends from Afar
Related showsJump! (2012)
Don't Stop Believin' (2012)

While We Are Young (Chinese: Z世代) is a 20 episode Singaporean drama produced and telecast on Mediacorp Channel 8. The show aired at 9pm on weekdays and had a repeat telecast at 8am the following day. The drama will be re-aired again, starting 4 December 2018 at 5:30pm.

The drama series is a production to commemorate 35 years of locally produced Chinese-language dramas and in appreciation to the local educators in celebration of Teacher's Day. It stars Zoe Tay, Rebecca Lim, Zhang Zhenhuan, Terence Cao, Denise Camillia, Zong Zijie, Chantalle Ng, Calvert Tay, Joanna Theng, Marcus Guo, Shalynn Tsai, Gary Tan, Chen Yixin, Shanice Koh and Li Decheng.

For the first time in 29 years, Zoe Tay will be taking the role of a teacher which incidentally has been her childhood dream. She had previously taken on a variety of roles, but never those of a teacher.[1] It also features several "second-generation" stars who are children of veteran artistes, including Calvert Tay (son of Hong Huifang and Zheng Geping), Chantalle Ng (daughter of Lin Meijiao and her ex-husband former actor Huang Yiliang), Chen Yixin (daughter of Xiang Yun and Edmund Chen), Marcus Guo (son of host Guo Liang), and Shalynn Tsai (daughter of Chen Xiuhuan).[2][3]

Plot[edit]

Yang Xiaoshuai (Zong Zijie) is a troubled youth who comes from a broken family. After his stint in the boys’ home, he turns over a new leaf and aims to be a competitive swimmer. Tang Yijie (Calvert Tay) comes from a well-to-do family and excels in his studies. Being talented and good-looking, Yijie is well-liked by his teachers and peers. Both boys with different upbringing and personalities will eventually cross path with each other as they vie for the affection of a girl, Huang-Li-Bai Yun (Chantalle Ng).

Tang Yijie’s mother Fang Ting (Zoe Tay) is a righteous teacher who is highly respected by her colleagues and as well as her students. Fang Ting’s eldest son Yiwei (Zhang Zhenhuan) was a passionate counsellor in his youth, he encouraged a delinquent, Zhong Ai (Rebecca Lim), to change her ways. She eventually becomes a teacher and marries him. They enjoyed a happy married life until Yiwei’s employee Jiayi (Denise Camillia Tan) decides to come in between them. Yiwei nearly strayed, but with interference from his wife and mother, he eventually pulls himself away from Jiayi’s advances. To complicate matters, Zhong Ai and Fang Ting have their differences when it comes to teaching methods and domestic matters.

Will they be able to set aside their differences and work out a common solution when it comes to nurturing the Z generation youths?[4]

Cast[edit]

Generation X/Y[edit]

Cast Character Description Episode Appeared
Zoe Tay
郑惠玉
Fang Ting
方廷
Teenage Version portrayed by Alicia Lo (盧予萱)

Fang Lord (方爷)

  • Tang Yijie's mother
  • Tang Yiwei's adopted mother
  • Zhong Ai's mother-in-law
  • Bai Jinshun's Pre-U classmate and love interest
  • Rose's best friend
  • Guo Liwen & Zuo Zigan's colleague
1-16, 19-20
Rebecca Lim
林慧玲
Zhong Ai
钟爱
Little Mummy (小咪)
  • Tang Yiwei's wife
  • Fang Ting's daughter-in-law
  • Tang Yijie's sister-in-law
  • Zheng Jiayi's rival in love
  • Yang Xiaoshuai's adopted mother
  • Guo Liwen & Zhuo Zigan's colleague
1-20
Zhang Zhenhuan
张震寰
Tang Yiwei
汤一伟
  • Car Mechanic's boss
  • Fang Ting's adopted elder son
  • Tang Yijie's adopted elder brother
  • Zhong Ai's husband
  • Zheng Jiayi's love interest
  • Ah Hao's colleague
1-20
Terence Cao
曹国辉
Bai Jinshun
白金顺

Teenage Version portrayed by Chen Yixi (陈一熙)

  • Fang Ting's Pre-U classmate
  • In love with Fang Ting
  • Fu Xiuqin's brother-in-law
  • Huang Li Baiyun's Uncle
  • Owner of Rose Cafe
7-20
Denise Camillia Tan
陈楚寰
Zheng Jiayi
郑嘉怡
Main Villain
  • Car Mechanic's employee
  • In love with Tang Yiwei
  • Zhong Ai's rival in love
  • Ah Hao's love interest
  • Sent a video of Tang Yiwei's drunk and kisses him which causes Zhong Ai to misunderstanding between Zhong Ai and Tang Yiwei
  • Slapped Zhong Ai and file a police report that Zhong Ai, Tang Yiwei and Yang Xiaoshuai harmed her
  • (Arrested and fined in Episode 20 )
1, 4-5, 9-10, 15, 17-19

Generation Z[edit]

Cast Character Description Episode Appeared
Calvert Tay
郑凯介
Tang Yijie
汤一杰
  • Junior College Student (Zhuo Yue Junior College)
  • Fang Ting's son
  • Tang Yiwei's younger brother
  • Zhong Ai's brother-in-law
  • In love with Huang Li Bai Yun
  • Yang Xiaoshuai's rival in love
  • Zhou Xuanxuan and Luo Yiling's love interest
  • Dream is to do very well in studies and enter the top University.
1-20
Zong Zijie
宗子杰
Yang Xiaoshuai
杨小帅

Younger version portrayed by Perez Tay (郑传峻)

  • Ex-convict
  • Yang Shanhe's son
  • Ben's nephew
  • Zhong Ai's adopted son
  • Huang Li Bai Yun's love interest
  • Tang Yijie's rival in love
  • Dream is to be a professional Swimmer
1-20
Chantalle Ng
黄暄婷
Huang Li Bai Yun
黄李白云
  • Alan's stepdaughter
  • Fu Xiuqin's daughter
  • Bai Jinshun's niece
  • In love with Yang Xiaoshuai
  • Tang Yijie's love interest
  • Dream is to be a Director
1-20
Joanna Theng
唐舒恩
Zhou Xuanxuan
周轩轩
  • Junior College Student Year 2 (Zhuo Yue Junior College)
  • In love with Tang Yijie
  • Dream is to be a Theater Performer
1-2, 4-9, 11-14, 16-20
Marcus Guo
郭麦洋
Kang Lele
康乐乐
  • Junior College Student (Zhuo Yue Junior College)
  • Dream is to be a PE Teacher
1-6, 9, 12, 14, 16-18, 20
Shalynn Tsai
蔡绮耘
Luo Yiling
罗依玲
  • Junior College Student (Zhuo Yue Junior College)
  • In love with Tang Yijie
  • Suffered from hurtful comments given by Tang Yijie and Xu Tiancai and attempted suicide
1, 3, 5-6, 9, 11-13, 17, 19-20
Gary Tan
陈毅丰
Lin Junkai
林俊凯
1-10, 13-20
Chen Yixin
陈一心
Hong Yuanyuan
洪媛媛
1-7, 9, 14, 16-18, 20
Shanice Koh
许舒宁
Ren Youwan
任游玩
  • Ren Chuan and Li Xue's daughter
  • Junior College Student (Zhuo Yue Junior College)
  • Dream is to be a Model
  • Suffered from stress disorder and begin to self-harm
1-9, 11-12, 14, 16-20
Li Decheng
李德承
Xu Tiancai
许天才
  • Yu Feng's son
  • Junior College Student (Zhuo Yue Junior College)
  • Dream is to be a Gamemaker
1-20

Zhou Yue Junior College Staff(s)[edit]

Cast Character Description Episode Appeared
Marcus Mok
莫健发
Old Principal
老院长
  • Old Principal of Zhuo Yue Junior College
1, 3, 11-12
Li Fuliang
李福樑
New Principal
新院长
Principal He (何院长)
  • New Principal of Zhuo Yue Junior College
14, 16, 19
Kenneth Kong
江坚文
Discipline Master
训育主任
  • Discipline Master of Zhuo Yue Junior College
2, 4, 11, 14
Rebecca Lim
林慧玲
Zhong Ai
钟爱
Ms Zhong (钟老师)
  • HOD of Chinese Department of Zhuo Yue Junior College
  • See Generation X/Y
Zoe Tay
郑惠玉
Fang Ting
方廷
Ms Fang (方老师)
Li Wenhai
李文海
Zhuo Zigan
卓子乾

Mr Zhuo (卓老师)

  • Chinese Teacher of Zhuo Yue Junior College
1, 3-4, 9, 11-12, 14, 19-20
Chen Ning
陈宁
Guo Liwen
郭丽雯

Ms Guo (郭老师)

  • Chinese Teacher of Zhuo Yue Junior College
1-3, 9-12, 14, 19-20

Other Casts[edit]

Cast Character Description Episode Appeared
Joshua Chia
謝樂
Cai Yaozu
蔡耀祖
  • Junior College Ex-Student (Zhuo Yue Junior College)
  • Take video in the girl's toilet and was caught by Zhou Xuanxuan
  • Arrested for abusing boarding pass to meet his idol
  • (Expelled from school in Episode 4)
  • (Arrested - Episode 18)
1, 4
Adele Wong
王筱惠
Ah Jie
阿姐
  • TV Station's actress
1, 11
James Hu
胡问遂
Alan

Villain

  • Fu Xiuqin's husband
  • Huang Li Baiyun's stepfather
1-3, 6
Teo Ser Li
张思丽
Fu Xiuqin
傅秀琴
  • Alan's wife
  • Huang Li Baiyun's mother
  • Bai Jinshun's sister-in-law
1-3, 8
Jazreel Low
刘琦
Rose
  • Fang Ting’s best friend
1-3, 5, 7-8, 12
Authur Choo
朱锐雄
Ah Hao
阿豪
Villain
  • Car Mechanic's ex-employee
  • Tang Yiwei and Zheng Jiayi's colleague
  • In love with Zheng Jiayi
1, 4-5, 9
Shane Tan Yu Xuan
陈宇轩
Sunny
  • Yang Xiaoshuai's swimming instructor
1-3, 5-7, 13, 15-16, 20
Cassandra See
薛淑珊
Mary

Villain

  • Threatened Yang Xiaoshuai to upload his nude photos if he doesn't agree her to meet other rich sugar mummies
  • (Charged by police in Episode 20)
2-4, 6, 9, 11-12, 15, 17-18, 20
Andi Lim
林伟文
Ben

Supporting Villain

  • Yang Xiaoshuai's uncle
2-3, 6
Kenneth Chung
钟坤华
Kun Hua
坤华
  • Yes 933's Radio DJ
  • Fang Ting's ex-student
3
Steven Chiang
江常輝
Yang Shanhe
杨山河
  • Gang leader
  • Yang Xiaoshuai's father
  • Zhong Ai's ex-lover
  • (Deceased - mentioned by Zhong Ai)
3, 11
Ye Xiangling
葉向玲
Li Xue
李雪
  • Ren Chuan's wife
  • Ren Youwan's mother
3-4, 8, 14, 16-17, 20
Seth Ang
翁兴昂
Ren Chuan
任川
  • Li Xue's husband
  • Ren Youwan's father
3, 8, 14, 16, 20
Chen Waiwai
陈慧慧
Yu Feng
玉凤
  • Xu Tiancai's mother
3, 10-11, 13, 16, 20
Lu Guanyao
卢冠耀
Mr Luo
罗先生
  • Luo Yiling's father
3
Nico Chua
蔡伟彬
Mrs Luo
罗太太
  • Luo Yiling's mother
3, 5-6, 13
Tay Ying
郑颖
  • Sign up for Modelling Agency with Ren Youwan
4
Zeng Hanrong
曾汉荣
Gary
  • Huang Li Baiyun's teacher
5
Cansen Goh
吴开深
Mr Zhou
周先生

Mr Zhou (周先生)

  • Zhou Xuanxuan's father
7, 9
Larry Low
刘龙伟
Tony
  • Fang Ting and Bai Jinshun's ex-JC classmate
9, 14
Zack Lim
林志强
Xiao Kedou
小蝌蚪
  • Fang Ting and Bai Jinshun's ex-JC classmate
14
Joy Yak
易凌
Lin Qingxia
林青霞
  • Fang Ting and Bai Jinshun's ex-JC classmate
14
Lin Peifang
林佩芳
Ms Wu
吴老师
  • Fang Ting, Bai Jinshun, Xiao Kedou, Lin Qingxia and other Ex-JC classmates JC teacher
14
Wauren Beh
马纬翰
Jon Villain
  • Xu Tiancai's friend
  • Conned Xu Tiancai's money and manipulates Xu Tiancai's mother
  • (Arrested in Episode 20)
16
20 (voice)
Brendon Kuah
柯迪宏
Ray Villain

Peeping Tom (偷窥狂)

  • Property Agent
  • Installed a hidden camera in Huang Li Baiyun's room and manipulates Bai Jinshun
  • (Arrested in Episode 18)
18
Tao Li
陶李
Herself
  • A professional Singapore swimmer
  • Yang Xiaoshuai's idol
18
Joyce
  • Mary's bestfriends
  • Sugar Mummies
20
Kitty 20
Lili 20

Original Sound Track (OST)[edit]

No. Song Title Singer(s)
1) 回家睡觉
(Main Song for the series)
Jayden Chew 周俊安
2) 致爱 Zong Zijie 宗子杰
Chantalle Ng 黄暄婷
Calvert Tay 郑凯介
Joanna Theng 唐舒恩
Marcus Guo 郭麦洋
Shalynn Tsai 蔡绮耘
Chen Yixin 陈一心
3) 致爱 (Demo Version) Deng Bi Yuan 邓碧源

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Star Awards 2018[edit]

While We Are Young is up for 4 nominations.

The other dramas are nominated for Best Drama Serial are Mightiest Mother In Law, When Duty Calls , My Friends from Afar & Have A Little Faith.

It won 1 out of 4 nominations.

The Star Awards are presented by Mediacorp.

Star Awards – Acting Awards
Accolades Nominees Category Result
Star Awards 2018 Creative Achievement Award Ceremony 专业奖项颁奖礼 Loh Woon Woon
罗温温
Best Director Nominated
Star Awards – Acting Awards
Accolades Nominees Category Result
Star Awards 2018 Awards Ceremony 红星大奖2018颁奖礼 Zong Zijie
宗子杰
Best Newcomer
最佳新人奖
Nominated
Chantalle Ng
黄暄婷
Won
Zoe Tay
郑惠玉
Best Actress
最佳女主角
Nominated
N/A Best Drama Serial
最佳电视剧
Nominated

Development[edit]

  • Filming began in May and wrapped in July 2017, with the major scene taken at Nanyang Junior College. The series is the first to cover Singapore's post-secondary education landscape.[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zoe Tay lands 'dream job' in upcoming TV series While We Are Young". TODAYonline. June 10, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "ALL GROWN UP: Introducing the next generation of local stars". Toggle. May 1, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "Local TV's Act 2: Actors' children enter the industry". The Straits Times. October 18, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "WHILE WE ARE YOUNG Z世代". Toggle. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Zoe Tay lands 'dream job' in upcoming TV series While We Are Young". www.todayonline.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  6. ^ "While We Are Young Z世代 - Toggle". Toggle. Retrieved 2017-12-01.