The television series “The World Between Us” produced by Public Television Service (PTS) not only highly praised by the audience in Taiwan, but it also rated 9.3 on IMDb, an English-based online database for movies, television, and video games. How can this 10-episode series touch Taiwanese people’s hearts and even break the language barrier and win over the audience across the world?
In the series, the killer and victim, their families, lawyers are all intertwined because of an indiscriminate killing incident. Storyline closely describes the different character’s positions and discusses what social justice truly means.
Several indiscriminate killings took place in Taiwan in recent years, such as the 2014 Taipei Metro attack in which four people were killed and a 4-year-old girl was killed in the 2016 “Little Light Bulb” incident. Media wantonly reported these attacks, triggering people’s fear of becoming the next incident.
“The World Between Us” are seemingly reflecting these attacks and successfully aroused people to think about evil and justice.
The 38-year-old young director Lin Chun-yang said that he hopes to discuss the incident from different characters, objectively presenting how everyone is struggling and suffering.
In an interview with PTS, Lin said: “When everyone is looking for love, what’s the method to resolve sadness?” He stressed that the story is not to discuss what evil is, but discuss how everyone’s roles are different in the story.