Back in Time or That Year, Time Flew (匆匆那年) is written by Jiu Ye Hui (九夜茴) and has recently been adapted into movie and web version. The story revolves around a group of friends who were close friends during high school but after graduation, their friendship changes. In the group, Chen Xun and Fang Hui are a couple and their break-up will cause the group to go on separate ways. More information of the novel can be found here.
The movie version stars famous actors and actresses such as Eddie Peng and the forever-pretty Ni Ni. Eddie Peng is the perfect version of Chen Xun (and I realised that in both versions, Chen Xun has distinctively thick eyebrows).
Check out the trailer for the movie version:
The Internet version is produced by Sohu and 5 episodes of the web version has been released so far. There will be 16 episodes in total and subsequent episodes will be released every Monday and Tuesday at Sohu Youtube. The first two episodes were released in a cinema, unprecedented by any Internet dramas. They have also acquired the latest technology and filmed it in 4k resolution. This technology has only been recently used by movies and have not been used by any television dramas yet. Spending over RMB 1,000,000 on each episode, this drama is guaranteed to produce exceptional results. The directing and cinematography is really beautiful and it almost feel like you are watching a movie (or even better) every episode.
The cast for the Internet version are less popular actors and actresses compared to the movie version but that does not cause them to pale in comparison. They have acting chops. In any case, somehow the main actor, Yang Le, gives off the same vibe as Eddie Peng to me. The second male lead, Bai Jing Ting, has portayed his role well as Qiao Ran, a devoted boy who supports and protects the female lead from any harm. He bears a resemblance to actor Kai Ko and is called Little Ke Zhendong (Oops… now I know why I find him handsome). Female lead He Hong Shan reminds me of Zhou Xun. Is this a look-a-like competition? Lol.
Check out the touching trailer for the Internet version:
There are some people that you can never forget.
There are some things that you can never get it out of your mind.
Some kind of love can never be witnessed again.
You can never bid farewell to your youth.
Often, the more realistic your memory is, the more cruel it is.
We once thought that when we grow up, we would be together forever.
Actually, growing up means that we will leave each other one day.
Actually, those days were never a history.