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Back to 1989 (Chinese: 1989一念間; pinyin: yī jiǔ bā jiǔ yī niàn jiān) is a 2016 Taiwanese fantasy, romance, comedy television series produced by Sanlih E-Television. It is adaptation from Huang Xin Jie's (一念間) who won the 6th Television Scriptwriting Award for creative popularity award held by Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development.[1][2] It stars Marcus Chang, Ivy Shao, Mini Tsai, Yorke Sun, Ray Yang [zh] and Chang Chieh [zh]. Filming began on December 28, 2015 and wrapped up on May 30, 2016. First original broadcast began on January 22, 2016 on SET Metro airing every Friday night at 10:00-11:30 pm.

Back to 1989
Promotional poster
Financial thriller
Written byYeh Feng-Ying [zh](Screenwriter coordinator, ep 10-21)
Chen Han Xuan (ep 1)
Du Xin Yi (ep 1-2)
Dai Jia Hong (ep 1)
Huang Ya Qin (ep 1)
Lin Wan Qi (ep 1)
Liu Rui Xuan (ep 2-11)
Ke Zun Ren (ep 3-5)
Lan Meng He (ep 3-5)
Lin Ya Chun (ep 4-11)
Luo Qian Ni (ep 6-21)
Li Song Lin (ep 6-21)
Zhang Ya Jun (ep 10-21)
Directed byKer Choon Hooi [zh]
StarringMarcus Chang
Ivy Shao
Mini Tsai
Yorke Sun
Ray Yang [zh]
Chang Chieh [zh]
Opening theme"A Friend" (我們是朋友) by Gary Chaw
Ending theme"Two People" (兩個人) by Alien Huang
Country of originTaiwan
Original languagesMandarin
Taiwanese Hokkien
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes21 + 1
ProducerChen Hui Ying
Production locationTaiwan
Running time90 minutes
Production companiesSanlih E-Television
I Production Co. Ltd.
Original networkSET Metro
EBC Variety
Picture formatSDTV (480i)
HDTV (1080i)
Original release22 January (2016-01-22) 
1 July 2016 (2016-07-01)
Preceded byLove Cuisine
Followed bySwimming Battle


Chen Che doesn't know who his father was and the topic is a taboo in the Chen family. When an accident threw him back to 1989, a year before he was born, he gets a chance to find out himself. Before he could locate his mother, he first meets her best friend, Ye Zhen Zhen, a wholesome girl who helps him navigate the past while he helps her land big clients with his expert knowledge of stock market trend. Through her, he gets to know his younger, happier "mom" and the possible candidates for his father. He soon learns the reason his mother never talks about his father, and he is faced with a dilemma: He must choose between his mother's future and his very existence.


Main cast

Supporting cast



Back to 1989
Original TV Soundtrack (OST)
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released22 January 2016
LabelRock Records

Back to 1989 Original TV Soundtrack (OST) (1989一念間 電視原聲帶) was released on January 22, 2016 by various artists under Rock Records. It contains 12 tracks total, in which 6 songs are various instrumental versions of the songs. The opening theme "A Friend 我們是朋友" by Gary Chaw 曹格 is not featured on the official soundtrack CD. The closing theme is track 1 "Two People 兩個人" by Alien Huang 黃鴻升.

Track listing

1."Two People" (兩個人)Alien Huang 黃鴻升4:15
2."Only These Words Tonight" (今晚,只是有些話(愛人不回版))Nine Chen 陳零九 feat. Shi Shi 孫盛希3:55
3."You Him Me" (你他我)Nine Chen 陳零九5:08
4."Dream To Awakening" (夢醒時分)Sarah Chen 陳淑樺4:04
5."The Last Gentleness" (最後一次溫柔)Bobby Chen 陳昇4:54
6."What Reason Does Love Have?" (愛情有什麼道理)Sylvia Chang 張艾嘉3:48
7."Only These Words Tonight (Instrumental ver.)" (今晚只是有些話(愛人不回版) - 配樂)Chen Qi Tian 陳啟天2:37
8."Two People (Instrumental ver.)" (兩個人 - 配樂)Chen Qi Tian 陳啟天2:52
9."You Him Me (Instrumental ver.)" (你他我 - 配樂)Chen Qi Tian 陳啟天3:07
10."Dream to Awakening (Kala ver.)" (夢醒時分 - KALA)Instrumental4:04
11."The Last Gentleness (Kala ver.)" (最後一次溫柔 - KALA)Instrumental4:38
12."What Reason Does Love Have? (Kala ver.)" (愛情有什麼道理 - KALA)Instrumental3:48


Songs not featured on the official soundtrack album.


NetworkCountryAiring DateTimeslot
SET Metro TaiwanJanuary 22, 2016Friday 10:00-11:30 pm
EBC VarietyJanuary 23 - February 20, 2016Saturday 8:30-10:00 pm
February 27, 2016Saturday 10:00-11:30 pm
CTSApril 12, 2017Monday to Friday 9:00-10:30 pm
Astro Shuang Xing MalaysiaJanuary 22, 2016Friday 10:00-11:30 pm
E City SingaporeFebruary 14, 2016Sunday 10:00-11:30 pm
VTV2  Vietnam May 10 - June 12, 2020[5][6] Every day 19:00-19:45

Episode ratings

Competing dramas on rival channels airing at the same time slot were:

Air DateEpisodeAverage RatingsRank
Jan 22, 201611.191
Jan 29, 201621.112
February 5, 2016 and February 12, 2016: Rerun of episode 1-2 due to Chinese New Year holidays
Feb 19, 201631.481
Feb 26, 201641.691
Mar 4, 201651.691
Mar 11, 201661.741
Mar 18, 201671.521
Mar 25, 201681.921
Apr 1, 201691.521
Apr 8, 2016101.541
Apr 15, 2016111.712
Apr 22, 2016121.911
Apr 29, 2016131.821
May 6, 2016142.161
May 13, 2016151.981
May 20, 2016162.111
May 27, 2016172.381
Jun 3, 2016181.901
Jun 10, 2016192.081
Jun 17, 2016202.341
Jun 24, 2016213.031
Jul 1, 2016Special Episode1.07
Average ratings1.831--

^Note 1 : The average rating calculation does not include special episode.

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2016 2016 Sanlih Drama Awards Viewers Choice Drama Award Back to 1989 Won
Best Actor Award Marcus Chang Nominated
Best Actress Award Ivy Shao Nominated
Mini Tsai Won
Best Potential Award Marcus Chang Won
Best Powerful Performance Award Josie Leung Nominated
Yin Chao-te Nominated
Best Crying Award Mini Tsai & Yin Chao-te Nominated
Best Kiss Award Marcus Chang & Ivy Shao Nominated
Best Screen Couple Award Marcus Chang & Ivy Shao Won
Mini Tsai & Yorke Sun Nominated
Viewers Choice Drama's Song Award "A Friend" - Gary Chaw Nominated
"Two People" - Alien Huang Nominated
"Only These Words Tonight" - Nine Chen feat. Shi Shi Nominated


  1. 104年電視劇本創作獎入圍作品:《一念間》,黃欣婕。 Archived 2016-03-07 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese) Retrieved September 16, 2016
  2. 第六屆電視節目劇本創作獎。 Archived 2016-08-24 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese) Retrieved September 16, 2016
  3. Back to 1989 iTunes OST page Retrieved June 25, 2016
  4. Back to 1989 OST info Retrieved June 25, 2016
  5. "Lịch phát sóng VTV Chủ nhật ngày 10/05/2020". Archived from the original on 2020-08-04.
  6. "Lịch phát sóng VTV Thứ 6 ngày 12/06/2020". Archived from the original on 2020-08-14.

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