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From the line of the great Korean dramas, Silence starts off with the lead characters as children. Qi Wei Yi and Zhao Shen Shen met by chance during a stay in the same hospital. Wei Yi had been beaten up by jealous peers after he won a swimming competition, and hobbles around in a white cast, while Shen Shen had been involved in a car accident. Both are lonely children – the proud and angry Wei Yi shuns most of his classmates, while Shen Shen stops speaking after the trauma she has been through.
During the one week that they are in hospital together, they exchange notes, go to the amusement park, meet in their secret hideaway (an abandoned bomb shelter), and hold hands while listening to music. They agree to meet at the bomb shelter again on the Christmas of 2006 (more than ten years in the future). Wei Yi also gives Shen Shen his number, and asks her to call him. Unfortunately, she later misplaced the number, and she never calls him.
Fast forward to 2006, when they are now adults. Wei Yi, the new director of his father’s company, is cold, distant, and aloof. Shen Shen still doesn’t speak. They meet again by chance, but are unaware of each other’s identities. While there is mutual dislike and distrust at first, a friendship gradually forms between them, and they fall in love all over again but not without the complication of him having a fiancee and her having an overbearing childhood friend.
Vic Zhou as Qi Wei Yi – Vic’s acting seems to improve with every new series that he works on. (First saw him in Meteor Garden and yes, he’s a member of F4)
Park Eun-hye as Zhao Shen Shen – She’s the friend of Jang Jeum who later became a concubine of the King in Jewel In The Palace.
Andy Hui as Zhuo Jun – A Hong Kong actor.
This series is a combination of Taiwanese, Korean and HK production. Silence aired during early 2006 in Taiwan. It is quite a breakthrough – it brings together actors/actresses from diverse backgrounds: Vic Zhou (Taiwan), Park Eun-hye (South Korea), and Andy Hui (Hong Kong). Other than the different nationalities of its lead characters, Silence is also a bittersweet and tender drama series that is more substantial than the usual fluffy Taiwanese shows.