The Unforgettable Memory

The Unforgettable Memory is a Taiwanese prime-time television series, originally broadcast on Formosa Television from 22 September 2004 to 28 September 2006 for 526 episodes. With a run-time of over 50,000 minutes, it is the longest Taiwanese TV drama in the 21st century.

The Unforgettable Memory
Mainland China DVD cover (first 108 episodes)
Also known as''Unforgettable Memory
Traditional
Simplified
MandarinYì Nán Wàng
HokkienÌ Lân Bông
GenreDrama
Romance
Directed byWang Wei
StarringWang Shih-hsien
Zhang Fengshu
Opening theme1. 情難忘 by Wang Shih-hsien
2. 出外人 by Zhan Yawen
3. 擔輸贏 by Jody Chiang
4. 堅持 by Weng Liyou
5. 愛你的代價 by Gao Xiangpeng and Feng Rui'e
6. 雪中花 by Wang Shih-hsien and Sun Shu-may
7. 無人來作伴 by Lin Shan and Weng Liyou
8. 愛了無後悔 by Long Qianyu and Weng Liyou
9. 愛伊希地魯 by Weng Liyou
Ending theme1. 雲中月圓 by Wang Shih-hsien and Sun Shu-may
2. 昨夜星辰 by Yao Xinying
3. 意難忘 by Cai Xiaohu
4. 真愛只有你 by Lin Shan and Fu Zhenhui
5. 無人來作伴 by Lin Shan and Weng Liyou
6. 風中的玫瑰 by Long Qianyu
7. 今生最愛的人 by Cai Xiaohu
Country of originTaiwan
Original language(s)Taiwanese
No. of episodes526
Production
Producer(s)Guo Hongliang, Lin Huijun
Running time90 minutes (Episodes 1–285)
105 minutes (Episodes 286–525)
50 minutes (Finale - Episode 526)
Release
Original networkFormosa Television
Original release22 September 2004 
28 September 2006
Chronology
Preceded byDesire for Life
Followed byEternal Happiness

Cast

Wang Shengtian is the main protagonist in this drama. Villains include Huang Kunshan, Cai Jinpao, Du Wenjie, Wu Pinde and many others.

Wangs

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerCareer/Status Episodes appeared
Jason Wang (Wang Shih-hsien) (王識賢)Wang Qingyun 王青雲Wang-Chen Yuexia's husband
Father of Wang Shengtian and Wang Shengzhi
Famous for carving statues of Guan Yu

He appeared only in episode 13. In episode 65 through flashbacks, he was killed by Huang Kunshan in Japan.

13, 65
Wang Shengtian 王勝天Protagonist
Son of Wang Qingyun and Wang-Chen Yuexia
Fang Lizhu's husband
Wang Shengzhi's elder brother
Father of Wang Tianzhu
One of the market leaders of the electronics industry and top 50 companies in Taiwan

He stopped schooling at an early age to support his family as a pier labourer and then an employee in Huang Kunshan's timber factory.

Founded Tiancheng Enterprise with Lizhu in Episode 33 in a timber factory as General Manager and subsequently Chairman before expanding into shipping, healthcare, construction, real estate and electronics over the next few decades.

He found out that Huang Kunshan was his father's murderer in episode 70.

Previously faced a business crisis after Kunshan and Dazhong cheated Tiancheng Enterprise funds and causing Lizhu to be jailed.

Became successful after buying over Dazhong's shares in the urban planning project which turned out to be a success.

Relocated Tiancheng Enterprise to Taipei in episode 122 in order to search for Lizhu and Tianzhu.

Founded Tianzhu Hospital in Episode 127 and became its Chairman cum interim CEO in order to fulfil Lizhu's wishes.
In episode 141, Shengtian travelled with Lizhu and Tianzhu.

His role as Tianzhu Hospital's interim CEO was succeeded by Gao Maoxiong in episode 146.

Disbanded most departments in Tiancheng Enterprise and focused more on the electronics industry to help Shengzhi repay his debts worth TWD$1 billion in episode 179.
He married Lizhu in episode 195 after numerous obstacles in their relationship and was later divorced in episode 347.

Had his company listed on the stock exchange in episode 247.
Shengtian and Tianzhu met again in episode 422.
Shengtian and Lizhu remarried again in episode 520.

Retired as the Chairman of Tiancheng Enterprise before passing the baton to Tianzhu in episode 525.
In the finale, Shengtian had successfully fought brain cancer and in the end, both he and Lizhu travelled around the world by boat.

1-363, 373-386 and 409-526
Zhang QinWang-Chen Yuexia

陳月霞

Old Madam Wang
Wang Qingyun's wife
Mother of Wang Shengtian and Wang Shengzhi
Mother-in-law of Lai Lizhu and Lai Suling
Grand Matriarch of the Wang Family

Widowed at a young age after Qingyun was murdered by Huang Kunshan

Worked as a vegetable farmer to raise Shengtian and Shengzhi

Favoring male offsprings over female offsprings

Previously diagnosed with stroke and kidney failure.

Used to look down on Lizhu's bar hostess background due to her husband's past encounter which indirectly caused his death and objected to Shengtian and Lizhu's wedding.

Regretted her actions after losing Lizhu and Tianzhu when Suling gave birth to Yuting and tried to get mother and son back into the Wang family.

2-228, 237-390, 396-399, 403-406, 409, 413-418, 425-431, 440-441, 449, 457, 469-491, 494, 497, 499, 501, 504-526
Zhang FengshuFang/Lai LizhuAdopted daughter of Fang Jinchuan and Xiazi
Biological daughter of Lai Tianyou and Chen Liqing
Wang Shengtian's wife
Lai Suling's elder sister
Mother of Wang Tianzhu
Former top bar hostess of Xiao Nan Guo's pub and subsequently transformed the pub into a nostalgic restaurant.

Founded Tiancheng Enterprise with Shengtian in episode 33 as Chairman and subsequently Deputy Chairman

In episode 34, Lizhu had Shengtian's son.
In episode 79, she was jailed for 3 years after being framed by Huang Kunshan, and later was bailed out in episode 104.
She gave birth to Tianzhu in episode 89.

She and Tianzhu left quietly in episode 113 in order not to let Shengtian to continue being stuck between her and Old Madam Wang.

She established a property agency firm in episode 122 and disbanded the company in episode 179.

She and Shengtian met again in episode 135.
She thought of the care Shengtian brought in episode 140.
In episode 141, Lizhu travelled with Shengtian and Tianzhu.
She and Tianzhu returned to Taiwan in episode 164.
She knew her biological parents in episode 186, and therefore acknowledged them in episode 191.

She was elected as Chairman of Bo-ai Hospital in episode 208, replacing Lai Suling's role.
She married Shengtian in episode 195 and was later divorced in episode 347.
She returned in episode 467 after the divorce 120 episodes earlier.
Lizhu and Shengtian remarried again in episode 520.
In the finale, both Shengtian and her travelled around the world by boat.

1-148, 164-348, 467-508, 512-526
Younger: Qiu Guanlong and later Ge Jiahong
Older: Xie Chengjun
Wang TianzhuSon of Wang Shengtian and Lai Lizhu
Chen Shanni's husband
Li Jiajia's former husband
Fat Cat's friend

He was born in episode 89 in prison
He and his mother Lizhu returned to Taiwan in episode 164.

Former Canadian university graduate and made his appearance in the older version in episode 214.

Started his career as a security guard in Tiancheng Enterprise.
He married Shanni in episode 316.

He lost the takeover of the Cai's bank shares through a gambling set-up by Du Wenjie and Anlun in episode 370.
Tianzhu and his father Shengtian met again in episode 422.
He divorced with Shanni in episode 428.
He was appointed the General Manager of Tianlei Enterprise in episode 440.
He married Jiajia in episode 490 and was later divorced in episode 515.
Tianzhu and Shanni remarried again in episode 520.
He was appointed the Chairman of Tiancheng Enterprise in episode 525.

The younger version appeared in episodes 123-148 and later episodes 164–212.
The older version appeared in episodes 214–382 and returned in episodes 389–526.
Angel Han (Han Yu) (韓瑜)Huang XuelianLin Dazhong's fiancée
Daughter of Huang Kunshan


Former Schoolteacher and secretary of Tiancheng Enterprise

She was knocked down by a car in episode 20 arranged by Lin Tonghai's men in order to stop the wedding between her and Dazhong.

She was shot by Quanshui by accident during the election campaign in episode 55.
In episode 94, She and Dazhong were getting engaged.
An episode later, she died by jumping off a cliff after discovering Kunshan's past misdeeds.

1-95
Chen ShanniDaughter of Yu Guangrong and Chen Yujie
Wang Tianzhu's wife
She appeared from episodes 233–508 and later episodes 514–526.
She married Tianzhu in episode 316 and was later divorced in episode 428.
She made suicide attempts in episode 491.
Shanni and Tianzhu remarried again in episode 520.
Lee Lee-zenWang ShengzhiLai Suling's husband
Adopted father of Wang Yuting
Son of Wang Qingyun and Wang-Chen Yuexia
Younger brother of Wang Shengtian
Lawyer-turned-businessman

Former GM of Tiancheng Enterprise

He appeared in episodes 1–342.
He married Suling in episode 85.

Established an investment firm in episode 116 which is used by Cai Jinpao for the purpose of money laundering.

Found out about Yuting's true parentage in episode 172 after she met into an accident.

He divorced with Suling in order not to implicate her for his mounting debts in episode 178 and patched up in episode 195.

Founded Tianma Enterprise in episode 204 with electronics as its core business and had it listed on the stock exchange in episode 240, earning him the nickname of "Taiwan's King of Stocks".
He made suicide attempts in episode 289 in losing his wife three episodes after her death.
He married Peiqi in episode 338.
He died in episode 342 after being shot by Cai Jinpao's men.

Yang BaoweiLai SulingWang Shengzhi's wife
Lin Dazhong's former wife
Wang Yuting's mother
Daughter of Lai Tianyou and Chen Liqing
Lai Lizhu's younger sister
She appeared in episodes 1-286.
She married Dazhong in episode 36 and was later divorced in episode 77.
She married Shengzhi in episode 85.
She gave birth to Yuting in episode 118.

She became the Chairman of Tianzhu Hospital in episode 170 and subsequently changed the hospital's name to Bo-ai Hospital.

Divorced with Shengzhi in episode 178 and patched up in episode 195.

Hired an assassin to kill Dazhong in episode 183.

She was ousted by Lizhu as the Bo-ai Hospital's Chairman in episode 208.
She died in episode 286 after suffering an asthma attack and her inhaler kicked away by Cai Jinpao

Younger: Fu Peici
Older: Jeannie Hsieh
Wang YutingNicknamed as 'Tingting'
Li Wenhua's wife
Daughter of Lin Dazhong and Lai Suling
Adopted daughter of Wang Shengzhi
The younger version appeared from episodes 123–212.
She was born in episode 118.

Met into an accident in episode 172 and her parentage as Lin Dazhong's biological daughter was revealed.
She returned as the older version in episodes 215-315 and later episodes 329-505.
She recovered her memory in episode 402.
She married Jianzhi in episode 485.
She died from leukemia in episode 505.

Wang CanLi WenhuaWang Yuting's husband
One of Tianzhu-Bo'ai General Hospital's doctors
He appeared in episodes 297–315 and later 329-406.

Suffering from mental illness
He had committed suicide in episode 406.

Lais

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Shi YingLai TianyouChen Liqing's husband
Father of Lai Lizhu and Lai Suling
Retired businessman and Speaker of Chiayi City Council

Former chairman of Chiayi's Credit Union. Founder of a local hospital in Chiayi

Major shareholder of Tianzhu Hospital

He appeared in episodes 1–212 and later 266–505.

He married Liqing in episode 60.

He and Liqing acknowledged Xiuhui as their daughter in episode 52 but turned out to be a scam in episode 157 as it was actually arranged by Lin Tonghai to cheat the Lai's assets.
He accompanied Liqing to the hospital in episode 127.
He and Liqing acknowledged Lizhu as their daughter and Xiuhui as god-daughter in episode 191.

Gao XinxinChen LiqingLai Tianyou's wife
Mother of Lai Lizhu
Former bar hostess and lady boss of Xiao Nan Guo's pub

She appeared in episodes 2–197.

She married Tianyou in episode 60.

She and Tianyou acknowledged Xiuhui as their daughter in episode 52 but turned out to be a scam in episode 157 as it was actually arranged by Lin Tonghai to cheat the Lai's family assets.
She was rushed to the hospital in episode 127.

Diagnosed with terminal stage liver cancer in episode 162 with only a year to live.
She and Tianyou acknowledged Lizhu as their daughter and Xiuhui as god-daughter in episode 191.
She died in episode 197 due to liver cancer.

Zhang FengshuFang/Lai LizhuSee Wangs.
Yang BaoweiLai Suling

Huangs

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared
Michael HuangHuang Kunshan/Huang JunxiongFormer owner of a timber factory

Tiancheng Enterprise employee

Father of Huang Xuelian

He appeared in episodes 1-109.

Wang Shengtian's former boss in his timber factory, business partner when Shengtian started Tiancheng Enterprise, and subsequently became his employee after being bankrupt.

He survived a gunshot during a temple procession and his factory was set on fire by Cai Jinpao's men in episode 3.

He went bankrupt after losing the competition with Cai Jinpao for the election into Chiayi City Council as a councilor in episode 56.

He murdered Wang Qingyun in Japan in a flashback of episode 65.

He found out that Shengtian was Qingyun's son in episode 60 and started to plot against Shengtian and Lizhu in an attempt to cover his misdeeds.

Collaborate with Dazhong and framed Lizhu for smuggling which causes her to be jailed in episode 79.

Indirectly caused Xuelian's death when his past misdeeds have been exposed in episode 95.

He was jailed for 10 years after being betrayed by Dazhong in episode 107 and transferred to Lüdao Prison 2 episodes later.

Han YuHuang XuelianSee Wangs.

Lis and Sus

Cast Role Character / Relationship / Career Episodes appeared / Status
Li Xinwen Li Quanshui Nicknamed as 'Ah Shui'

Su Yuefong and Su Yuehong's husband Li Aiyu's brother

He appeared in all the episodes.

Former pier labourer and employee of Kunshan's timber factory.

Owner of a sand and gravel quarry and construction materials factory.

He was jailed in episode 2 after being betrayed by Cai Jinpao.

Joined Cai Jinpao's gang after falling out with Shengtian in episode 31.

In episode 44, he and Yuefong settled their conditions.

He was jailed for the second time for shooting Xuelian by accident in episode 59.

Quanshui and Yuefong met again in episode 127.

He was jailed for the third time for 12 years in episode 213 for shooting Xiaozhen in an attempt to seek revenge on Cai Jinpao.

He married Yuehong in episode 296.

Chen Ruoping Su Yuefong Li Quanshui's wife

Su Yuehong's sister

She appeared in episodes 1-53 and returned in episodes 123-168.

Former bar hostess of Xiao Nan Guo's pub

Owner of a flower store In episode 44, she and Quanshui settled their conditions.

She was rolled down a cliff in episode 53 and was presumed dead.

She re-appeared in episode 123 and it was revealed that she went blind after being rolled down from a cliff and later sold flowers for a living in Taipei.

Yuefong and Quanshui met again in episode 127.

Regained her sight in episode 165.

She died in episode 168 with her unborn baby to rescue Quanshui from being shot by Elephant Lin.

Yue Hong Su Yuehong Li Quanshui's wife

Su Yuefong's younger sister

She appeared in episodes 232–498.

She married Quanshui in episode 296.

She died in episode 498 to rescue Aiyu from being shot by Du Wenjie.

De Xin Li Aiyu Nicknamed as 'Ah Yu'

Cai Jianpao's former wife Mother of Cai Zhiying Li Quanshui's half-younger sister

She appeared in episodes 38–517.

She was saved by Cai Jinpao from a brothel in Taipei in episode 38.

She married Jinpao in episode 88.

She gave birth to Zhiying in episode 122.

She was nominated as a legislator of Taipei City 2nd Constituency in episode 214, replacing Jinpao's role.

She divorced Jinpao in episode 377.

She lost her position as a legislator in episode 484 after serving 4 terms.

She was jailed in episode 517 on corruption charges.

Fangs

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Tang ChuanFang JinchuanXia Zi's husband
Father of Fang Lijun
Adopted father of Lai Lizhu
Security guard in Tianzhu Hospital

Lives in Yilan City with his family until Lizhu bought an apartment in Taipei and relocate there.

He appeared from episode 113 until episode 214 when it was mentioned that he died.

Xiao HuiXia Zi/Ah MeiFang Jinchuan's wife
Mother of Fang Lijun
Adopted mother of Lai Lizhu
A habitual gambler

Lizhu's babysitter before she took her away from her biological parents and adopted her.

She appeared in episodes 113–217.
She told Lizhu who her biological parents were in episode 186.

Gao YuzhenFang LijunGao Maoxiong's wife
Daughter of Fang Jinchuan and Xiazi
One of Tianzhu-Bo'ai General Hospital's persons-in-charge
She appeared in episodes 113–214 and later episodes 355–406.
Huang YingxunGao MaoxiongFang Lijun's husband
Lin Xiuhui's former husband
One of Tianzhu-Bo'ai General Hospital's doctors
He appeared in episodes 127–214.

An unethical cardiologist.

He was elected CEO of Tianzhu Hospital in episode 146 and his position replaced by Li Qianhui in episode 170.

Reinstated his position after Qianhui resigned in episode 182.
He engaged with Xiuhui in episode 148 and was later married in episode 155.

Introduced heart medicine sold by Dazhong's pharmaceutical firm that caused serious side effects in patients

His unethical medical practices were exposed in episode 196.

Divorced with Xiuhui in episode 198.

Lins

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Lin ZhaoxiongLin TonghaiFather of Lin Dazhong and Lin XiuhuiHe appeared in episodes 26-83, episodes 158 and 159 and episodes 193-198.

Original major shareholder of an urban planning project in Chiayi before passing his shares to Dazhong after going bankrupt.

Lai Tianyou and Huang Kunshan's rival when his wife was murdered by underground leaders in Japan after taking the rap for Kunshan.

Forced Dazhong to marry Suling and lied to Tianyou and Liqing that Xiuhui is their biological daughter in order to cheat the Lais' assets.

Returned to Japan in episode 83 and reappeared in episodes 158-159 while being confronted by Tianyou and Liqing about their biological daughter's whereabouts.

Found out about Dazhong's death and returned to Taiwan to pay his last respects while at the same time regretting about imparting wrong values in disciplining Dazhong as a boy, not knowing that Suling was the mastermind.

Liu ZhihanLin DazhongLai Suling's former husband
Huang Xuelian's fiancé
Biological father of Wang Yuting
Son of Lin Tonghai
Lin Xiuhui's elder brother
He appeared in episodes 6-108 and returned later in episodes 124–183.

He saved Shengtian in episode 6 after the latter was beaten up by Cai Jinpao's gang and thrown off the car.

Inherited Tonghai's shares in the urban planning project Former chairman of Chiayi's Credit Union and had his position replaced by Cai Jinpao after he misappropriated the Credit Union funds to make up for the losses incurred in the stock market while at the same time, giving up the shares of the urban planning project to Shengtian.
He married Suling in episode 36 and was later divorced in episode 77.
In episode 94, he and Xuelian were getting engaged.

He went to Japan in episode 108 after cheating Huang Kunshan's ill-gotten money.

He returned to Taiwan as Chairman of Taiwan's branch of a Japanese-based pharmaceutical company in episode 124.

Contracted heart disease after his job was replaced in episode 180.
Killed by Suling's hired assassin in episode 183.

Ye Huan Li Qianhui Lin Dazhong's fiancée She appeared in episodes 158–239 and returned later in episodes 384–496.

Former plastic surgeon in Japan

She was elected CEO of Tianzhu Hospital in episode 170 and resigned in episode 182.

Returned to Tianzhu Hospital in episode 197 as CEO.

Chiang Tsu-pingLin XiuhuiGao Maoxiong's former wife
Daughter of Lin Tonghai
Lin Dazhong's younger sister
She appeared in episodes 36–108 and returned later in episodes 127–207.

Former Deputy Chairman of Tiancheng Enterprise

Former Deputy CEO and director of Tianzhu Hospital
She happened to be one of the guests of Dazhong's wedding in episode 36.

In episode 80, she found out that she is not the real daughter of Lai Tianyou and Chen Liqing but as Lin Tonghai's illegitimate daughter.
She knew about Xuelian's death in episode 95, and handed the evidence to the judge in episode 104.
She engaged with Maoxiong in episode 148 and was later married in episode 155.

Found out about Maoxiong's unfaithfulness shortly after their wedding and filed for divorce in episode 155.

In episode 157, the secret of her not being Lai Tianyou and Chen Liqing's daughter has been exposed.

She became Lai Tianyou and Chen Liqing's god-daughter in episode 191.

Divorced with Maoxiong in episode 198.

Returned to Japan in episode 207 after futile attempts in investigating Dazhong's death, not knowing that Suling was the mastermind.

Cais

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Xu HengCai JinpaoYang Shuzhen's husband
Li Aiyu's former husband
Father of Yang Jianzhi (Cai Zhiming) and Cai Zhiying


He appeared in almost all the episodes.

Former underground leader

Previously diagnosed with liver cancer but recovered.

He was elected as a councilor of Chiayi City Council in episode 56.

He was elected as Speaker of Chiayi City Council in episode 73.
He married Aiyu in episode 88.

Chairman of Chiayi's Credit Union and subsequently transformed it into a bank with business interests in a sand and gravel quarry and construction materials factory.
He was nominated as a legislator of Taipei City 2nd Constituency in Legislative Yuan in episode 122.
He was sentenced to death and subsequently life imprisonment in episode 214 for claiming numerous lives and lost his legislator position.

He was released after 15 years in prison in episode 217.

He kicked away Suling's inhaler when she suffered an asthma attack, causing her death in episode 286.

Had someone to impersonate a police officer and shot Shengzhi to death in episode 342.

Lost control of his bank to the Wangs and had the shares cheated by the Dus by making Tianzhu gamble
He was disillusioned in episode 375.
He later divorced Aiyu two episodes later.
He went to compensate the Wangs in episode 411.
In episode 411, he rescued Yuting from a car accident and he becomes the victim.
In episode 525, he rescued Shengtian from being shot.

Li YatingYang ShuzhenCai Jinpao's wife
Mother of Yang Jianzhi
She appeared in episodes 98-526.

She single-handledly raised Cai Zhiming by selling noodles in Gukeng

Left Gukeng with Zhiming after Jinpao's conviction in episode 214 and had his name changed to Yang Jianzhi.

Younger: Lin Yanchen
Older: Li Zhenying
Yang Jianzhi
Cai Zhiming
Mai Yatong's husband
Son of Cai Jinpao and Yang Shuzhen
Cai Zhiying's half brother
The younger version appeared in episode 98–214.

He returned as the older version in episode 224–526.

Had a heart transplant

He was employed in Tianma Enterprise as a legal consultant to sabotage Shengzhi and Tianma Enterprise for causing Cai Jinpao's jail term.

His identity of Cai Zhiming was exposed in Episode 267 while registering his wedding with Yuting.
He engaged with Yatong in episode 414.
He married Yuting in episode 485.
He later married Yatong in episode 523.

Liu YueMai YatongYang Jianzhi's wife
Daughter of Mai Guochuan and Zhang Huilin
Angie's friend
She appeared in episodes 380–526.
She engaged with Jianzhong in episode 414 and was later married in episode 523.
Younger: Gan Yongwei and later Huang Jie
Older: Ye Jiayu
Cai ZhiyingNicknamed "Niu Niu"
Jiang Wenbing's wife
Du Anlun's former wife
Daughter of Cai Jianpao and Li Aiyu
Yang Jianzhi (Cai Zhiming)'s half sister
Owner of a fashion stall and former chairman of the Cais' construction firm

She was born in episode 122.
She appeared as the younger version in episodes 122–214.
She returned as the older version in episodes 219–513.
She married Wenbing in episode 299.
She later married Anlun in episode 392.
She and Wenbing met again in episode 409, and later divorced Anlun in episode 424.

An DingyaJiang WenbingCai Zhiying's husbandHe appeared in episodes 230–319.
He married Zhiying in episode 299.
He jumped down the sea in episode 319, causing him to be missing.
He returned in episodes 388–508.
He and Zhiying met again in episode 409.
He was shot by Du Wenjie in episode 508.

Lins ()

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Mi JiangElephant LinHee's husband
Father of Tarzan Lin
Cai Jinpao's buddy

Shot Yuefong and her unborn baby to death in episode 168. He was sentenced to a 20-year jail term in episode 213 and was released in episode 215 as an employee in a valet parking company.

He appeared from episode 1 and was later killed in episode 349 to save Cai Jianpao from being killed by Su Yuehong's men.

HeeElephant Lin's wife
Mother of Tarzan Lin
She appeared in episode 259 where she died.
Lin GuanyuTarzan LinSon of Elephant Lin and HeeHe appeared in episode 259 where his mother died.

Mais

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Lin Tzay-peirMai GuochuanZhang Huilin's husband
Father of Mai Yatong
Retired court judge in charge of Cai Jinpao's lawsuit

He appeared in episode 195, making his return in episodes 415–524.
He remarried Huilin in episode 523.

Zhang QiongziZhang HuilinMai Guochuan's wife
Mother of Mai Yatong
She appeared in episodes 415–524.
She remarried Guochuan in episode 523.
Liu YueMai YatongSee Cais.

Dus

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Li LuoDu WenjieFather of Du AnlunHe appeared from episode 351 till episode 508 where he died.

Collaborated with Anlun to make Tianzhu gamble away the Cais' bank shares in episode 370.

Fu ZichunDu AnlunSon of Du Wenjie
Wang Jiayi's husband
Cai Zhiying's former husband
Nice
Also villianic
He appeared in episode 352–471.
He married Zhiying in episode 392.
He happened to be one of the capturers in a crime in episode 419.
He divorced Zhiying five episodes later.
He has to go to America for health treatment in episode 471.
He was well, and made his return in episodes 495–526.
He married Jiayi in episode 525.
An episode later in the finale, he was arrested by the police for murdering Wu Pinde.
Zhang Ruihan (Zhang Xiai)Wang JiayiDu Anlun's wife
Wu Pinde's girlfriend
She appeared from episodes 458–526.
She married Anlun in episode 525.
An episode later in the finale, she was shot. But not dead yet.

Lis

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Zhang YonghuaLi JiyaoDirector Li
Father of He Peiqi
He appeared in episodes 1–102, making his return in episodes 294–316.
Kuang MingjieHe PeiqiDaughter of Li JiyaoShe appeared in episodes 289–425.
She married Shengzhi in episode 338.
She was chased out of the Wangs in episode 425.

Lis (not again)

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Cui HaoranLi ShiminFather of Li JiajiaHe appeared in episodes 119–148, later episodes 308–369 and episodes 513–526.
Younger: Shi Yuyan
Older: Qiu Qiwen
Li JiajiaDaughter of Li Shimin
Chen Shanni's rival in love
The younger version appeared in episodes 123-148.
She returned as the older version in episodes 311–370 and later episodes 409-526.
She was raped by Director Zhao in episode 368.
She married Tianzhu in episode 490 and was later divorced in episode 515.
She died giving birth to Wang Tianzhu's son from a heart condition in the final episode.

Chens

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Zhang MingjieYu GuangrongInvestment Guru

Shi Liwen's husband
Chen Yujie's former husband
Father of Chen Shanni

He appeared from episode 250 till episode 274 where he and Liwen returned to America.
He returned in episodes 486-526.
Zhao YongxinChen YujieYu Guangrong's former wife
Mother of Chen Shanni
She appeared from episode 245 till episode 274 where she died.
Li FangwenShi LiwenYu Guangrong's wife
Stepmother of Chen Shanni
She appeared from episodes 253 till episode 274 where she and Guangrong returned to America.
Han YuChen ShanniSee Wangs.

Xus

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Chen YufengXu KunliangCourt Prosecutor

Xu Xiaozhen's Brother

He appeared from episodes 150 till episode 203 where he was shot and killed by Cai Jinpao.
Lü MinzhenXu XiaozhenLiao Shuiwa's wife
Xu Kunliang's younger sister
She appeared in episodes 159–214, making her return in episodes 234 and 235.
Chen ZiqiangLiao ShuiwaXu Xiaozhen's husbandHe appeared from episodes 24 till episode 234 where he saved Zhao Wuxiong from being shot by Jiang Wenbing.

Tiancheng Enterprise

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Wang ShixianWang ShengtianSee Wangs.
Zhang FengshuFang/Lai Lizhu
Xie ChengjunWang Tianzhu
Han YuChen Shanni
Li LirenWang Shengzhi
Li XinwenLi QuanshuiSee Sus.
Qiu QiwenLi JiajiaSee Lis (not again).

Tianying Enterprise

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared
Xie ChengjunWang TianzhuSee Wangs.
Han YuChen Shanni
Li ZhenyingYang Jianzhi
Cai Zhiming
See Cais.
Sun ZhiyuSun JieOne of Tianying Enterprise's part-time persons-in-chargeHe appeared in episodes 414–468.
Chen BaicunKenHe appeared only in episode 419.

Tianlei Enterprise

CastRoleCharacter / Relationship / CareerEpisodes appeared / Status
Lin YifangLei GuangNie Chaofeng's sworn brother
Power of secret societies to help bond friendship
Lei Gong befriended Wang Tianzhu, Yang Jianzhi, Xiaomai, Yuehong and many others. He also let Wang Tianzhu hand over Tianlei.
Nie Chaofeng is nice to He Peiqi.
He appeared in episodes 389–526.
Nie BingxianNie ChaofengLei Guang's sworn brother
Nie Jiangtian's brother
He appeared from episode 447 till episode 518 where he was killed by Wu Pinde's men.
Jiang ZhongNie JiangtianNicknamed as 'Buffalo'
Nie Chaofeng's younger brother
He appeared from episode 389 till episode 437 where he was accidentally killed by Wang Tianzhu.
Ding LiqiWu PindeNicknamed as 'De'
Wang Jiayi's boyfriend
He appeared from episode 440 till episode 526 where he died.
Zhang FengshuoBaoOne of Wu Pinde's men and brotherHe appeared in episode 439.
Jiang YiTarzanOne of Lei Guang's men and brotherHe appeared in episodes 436−514.
Yue HongSu YuehongSee Sus.
Liu YueMai YatongSee Cais.

Music

Theme Song

Song title Performer
情難忘

(Episode 1-83)

Wang Shih-hsien
出外人

(Episode 84-103)

Zhan Yawen
擔輸贏

(Episode 104-133)

Jody Chiang
堅持

(Episode 134-212)

Weng Liyou
愛你的代價

(Episode 213-282)

Gao Xiangpeng and Feng Rui'e
雪中花

(Episode 283-312)

Wang Shih-hsien and Sun Shu-may
無人來作伴

(Episode 313-347)

Lin Shan and Weng Liyou
愛了無後悔

(Episode 348-447)

Long Qianyu and Weng Liyou
愛伊希地魯

(Episode 448-526)

Weng Liyou

Ending Songs

Song title Performer
雲中月圓

(Episode 1-60)

Wang Shih-hsien and Sun Shu-may
昨夜星辰

(Episode 61-73)

Yao Xinying
意難忘

(Episode 74-173)

Cai Xiaohu
真愛只有你

(Episode 174-277)

Lin Shan and Fu Zhenhui
無人來作伴

(Episode 278-312)

Lin Shan and Weng Liyou
風中的玫瑰

(Episode 313-417)

Long Qianyu
今生最愛的人

(Episode 418-525)

Cai Xiaohu

Viewership in Taiwan

The Unforgettable Memory has the distinction of being the longest primetime drama ever in Taiwan history, with a total of 526 episodes produced. It has the highest viewership of all TV shows in Taiwan when it debuted at primetime on September 22, 2004 till its ending on September 28, 2006 almost daily (hitting above 10). It was rerun again at 6.00–7.00 pm from July 5, 2010 and lasted until 2014.

Overseas reception

The series received very good critical response and viewership in other countries too and as of 2009 being shown in Singapore's MediaCorp Channel 8 (in weekday one hour series from June 9, 2006 to October 23, 2009, 4.30–5.30 pm, becoming the longest running drama on Channel 8 in 46 years) rerunning in the pre-dawn hours from Tuesdays to Saturdays 4.00–6.00 am from January 7, 2009 to September 9, 2010, and the third time from 4 October 2010 from Mondays to Thursdays at 10.00 am – 12.00 noon and ended in 2012. Singapore's Channel 8, China's CCTV-8 and Hong Kong's ATV Channel all aired with each episode running 1 hour, with a total of 872 episodes. It has ended its run on Malaysia's Astro Cable Service. The Vietnamese dub "Tinh Dau Kho Phai" was broadcast on THVL Channel and is streamable on YouTube with a total of 767 episodes.

International broadcast

Taiwan broadcast

As of June 2011, the show airs in Taiwan, country of origin of the drama every weeknight at prime time (20:00) with episodes which have ranged in length from 135 to 150 minutes including commercial advertisements. The producers received funding from the Government Information Office to produce the series in high definition. The encore episodes are currently uploading on Formosa Television Drama's Youtube Page.

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