Oh man, I don’t know how I’m going to restrain myself until this drama airs the proper version I want to watch. The Other Shore 1945 with Vic Zhou and Janine Chang released two more trailers, and I’ve translated all the dialogue below the video. Word is that the drama will air in late May in China, and early July in Taiwan. However, the Chinese version will in fact be dubbing over the Taiwanese dialogue, leaving all the characters speaking Mandarin. The Japanese dialogue portions remain intact.
The Chinese television commission has long had a rule that there can be no regional dialects on any television show, period. Foreign language is fine, but a regional Chinese dialect is prohibited, mostly an antiquated rule to promulgate Mandarin Chinese as the official dialect amongst the hundreds of regional Chinese dialects out there. Since Taiwanese is a regional dialect, it’s a no go. That means I’m going to have to wait until July to watch the drama on the Taiwan airing, which will have all the languages spoken as the drama intended. The two new trailers look awesome, so have a look.
Third Trailer for The Other Shore 1945:
Unknown Soldier 1 (speaking Mandarin Chinese): We have to quickly retreat.
Unknown Soldier 2 (speaking Japanese): Tai Ying-san
Soliders (speaking Japanaese): Don’t move, don’t move, don’t move!
Voice reading letter (speaking Mandarin Chinese): Xin Fei, I am fine in the army. Please do not worry, and take good care of our daughter.
Mother (speaking Mandarin Chinese): Jian Yun. Why do I feel that this telegram from your father, sounds like he is writing a will. My heart feels exceedingly unsettled.
Jian Yun (speaking Mandarin Chinese): Mom, from now on, wherever your home is with dad, will be my home.
Fourth Trailer for The Other Shore 1945:
Father always said that our ancestors came from Tang Shan
I never knew where Tang Shan was
Until the Japanese army conscripted me
From the immigrant territory of Taiwan, I stepped onto the Tang Shan soil
The Tang Shan army also doesn’t know where Taiwan is
So I was treated as a Japanese man, a POW
They want to send me to Siberia
Me, all I can do, is to keep running……
Chinese soldier 1 (speaking Mandarin Chinese): Name, rank, origin, since arriving in China have you killed any civilians, have you raped any women?
Chinese soldier 2 (speaking Japanese): *repeats the question asked by the soldier and translates it into Japanese*
Su Tai Ying (responding in Mandarin Chinese): Su Tai Ying, I am not a Japanese person, I am Taiwanese. I have never killed anyone. I am a doctor, I only save lives.
Soldier 1 (speaking Mandarin Chinese): You are not Japanese?!?
Japanese soldier in detention (speaking Japanese): Army doctor-san?
Su Tai Ying (speaking Japanese): Oda-kun, have you seen my aniki (Japanese word for older brother)? Oda-kun, have you seen my aniki? *looks through the dog-tags* This army tag is my brother’s. Where did you find it? Oda-kun? Oda-kun!
Japanese soldier (speaking Japanese): To ensure mutual destruction, our Major tossed a hand grenade into the medical clinic.
Chinese soldier 3 (speaking Mandarin Chinese): Halt! I will kill you if you take another step.
Chinese soldier 4 (speaking Mandarin Chinese): Put that gun down!
Su Tai Ying (speaking Mandarin Chinese): There is a soldier dying inside. Will you let him die just because he is a Japanese soldier?
Su Tai Ying (speaking Japanese): Please don’t close your eyes. Open your eyes, Oda-kun.
*Tai Ying unleashes some pissed off kick-ass*
Chinese soldier 5 (speaking Mandarin Chinese): I’m taking this person away.
Title cards listing all the actors, starting with Vic and Janine.