Taking inspiration from Cheng’s 2014 stabbing rampage that left four dead and 24 injured, the social realist drama, concluding in April, deviates from the over-idealized storylines with annoyingly flawless characters that plague Taiwanese shows. It epitomizes the rising trend of quality Taiwanese dramas that distinguish themselves from romcoms targeting local audiences, paving the way for Taiwan’s entry into the international market. Both The World Between Us and On Children examine contemporary social issues that exist globally and aim to inspire thoughtful reflection. They may be outliers for Taiwanese dramas, but the incorporation of social issues is common in Western television series. In the case of The World Between Us, PTS willingly stepped up and offered to produce the series, kicking off the rising global visibility of the Taiwanese drama industry.
Source: Taipei Times June 24, 2019 15:56 UTC