I remember earlier this month/year that particularly one cut scene in “Our Times” became a hot topic on Weibo thanks to Joe Chen for reposting it hihi. It was none other than her cut scene with Jerry Yan. It was posted almost everywhere but I insisted on waiting for my DVD just so I wouldn’t feel like I spent a lot of money just to see it haha!
As promised in my previous Our Times-related post, I took up the courage to understand what’s been happening in the cut scenes without subtitles. I categorized it as a recap because I’ll be dissecting all the almost 12 minutes of (11:42 to be exact!) cut scenes from the film. This time, I have a better quality of screencaps thanks to my beloved DVD ❤
CUT SCENES #1: Lin Zhenxin and Ge Ge’s relationship
Remember Lin Zhenxin having an older brother with a pretty girlfriend? Well, he wasn’t really remarkable in the film itself but these cut scenes showed that he was actually a good brother even if Zhenxin hated him at first.
He was going to escape a night out for a date and Zhenxin wasn’t going to be quiet about it. However, she just let her brother be which was a good decision because she needed her brother to do the same for her some time after…
And that’s how Lin Zhenxin was able to meet up with Xu Taiyu despite her being grounded which appeared in the film 😉
CUT SCENES #2: Xu Taiyu the Bully (with a heart!)
I think a lot of you won’t be too happy to hear that there were many scenes with Xu Taiyu (played by Darren Wang) didn’t make it into the film. However, not all hope is lost as I’ll be recapping his cut scenes now!
Our male lead was basically being a bully just because. He punched the poor kid playing in the arcade because he wanted to play it himself. *Facepalms* You’re still charming though ❤ haha!
Food-Stealing Scene #1: Getting from people’s lunchboxes just because!
Food-Stealing Scene #2: Getting from people’s lunchboxes for a cause…
If I’m not mistaken, this was the guy that he punched earlier. If it wasn’t him, it’s probably one of the many classmates that he bullies to work on his homeworks. So he was basically Robin Hood, stealing for a cause 😉
Who could forget the time when our leads escaped during school hours for some retro roller skating fun?! In this set of cut scenes, we get to see what happened while Zhenxin was thinking about her decision.
to go back to class? OR
join this beautiful young man?! because according to him, you haven’t really lived life until you have escaped wearing your uniform 😉
Including this mini scene because I don’t think we saw this in the film. It was just basically Lin Zhenxin being part of the top performers in one of their exams. Who else could have made it possible? 😉
CUT SCENES #3: More Camp Out scenes
Remember when Xu Taiyu and Lin Zhenxin isolated themselves and talked about their futures? Well, this was happening while they were gone:
They were sharing ghost stories and scaring each other until Ouyang Fei Fan realized something…
Two chairs are empty 😮
Which basically explains the cliche scenario of the second male lead discovering that the female lead was spending time with the male lead aka her true love 😉
CUT SCENES # 4: Bad Luck Chain Letter
Remember when Lin Zhenxin embarrassed herself by shouting in the middle of class because of the unlucky chain letter? These happened after that:
Of course our female lead was still paranoid about it and told her friends that they’re lucky for not having received it yet. It should be fake according to her aka she’s just comforting herself. Haha!
But like true friends, they told her that it’s for real! This explains why she really pushed through sending these letters to those she disliked. *Slow claps*
Saving the best for last!! CUT SCENES #5: Adult versions of Xu Taiyu and Lin Zhenxin could have met earlier
Our female lead walking along a street with tarps of her ultimate idol’s concert. I’d be so sad if this would happen to me too. Waited for so many years but still no chance to see him live? *sighs*.
She sadly stares at his idol’s concert ad but wait!!! We see someone staring at it with sad eyes too. Commercial break: I was basically dying and I kept pausing while watching this set of scenes… HAHA!
Adult Xu Taiyu (played by none other than Jerry Yan) was approached by his colleague. She said that it was very generous of Andy to have this concert that he especially came back to Taiwan for this rare event. She also said that it would be a pity if she won’t be able to see this. He said that he’s not expecting for her to come since he doesn’t know how she is now or how she’s even going to know about it. His colleague said that rehearsals will begin in awhile so they have to leave already.
Both of our leads got their phones for different reasons.
As seen in the film, she took a selfie with the poster. Haha! Fangirling at its finest 😉
While our male lead had to pick up the phone because superstar Andy called him. Imagine if they included this in the movie? People would’ve been squealing haha!
This phone call convo between Andy and Xu Taiyu made a lot of sense. Andy said that he wants to drink milkshake (not sure about the drink, I just know that it has milk haha!). And so our male lead told him that there’s a beverage outlet relatively hidden in the park and he’ll help him with the directions. This basically explains why Lin Zhenxin was able to stumble upon him in a small beverage stall 😉
Lin Zhenxin talks to herself: This is what a couple looks like. They really match well. She’s a cute 30-something fangirl haha!
In a nutshell: The film took out the parts which could’ve shown a better relationship between Lin Zhenxin and her older brother. They also removed the parts where Xu Taiyu actually showed that he had a heart all along. Adult versions of the leads could’ve met earlier. Trust me, I was such a wreck watching it + my fave OST playing in the background ugh feels haha!
Despite the lengthiness of the film, I can’t believe that it was supposed to be even longer. I understand that they had to cut those scenes and also because the way they edited it was still flawless so no problem there at all.
So what did you think of the cut scenes? Yay or Nay? 😀 Hope I can see your insights about it below!