HIStory (pronounced "his story") is a Taiwanese anthology streaming television series created by Chang Ting-fei for Choco TV and Line TV. Each season presents stand-alone stories with different plots and main characters focusing on the theme of boys' love, also known as BL. The first season premiered on February 14, 2017.
The series has accumulated a large international following and is well-received by critics. In Taiwan, the series hit 3.5 million views after the first three months of release, and 16.5 million views by the end of the second season. HIStory is the first Taiwanese web drama to air on Japanese television, with the first season premiering on Japan's Nippon TV on July 31, 2017. On July 2, 2018, the series had its primetime television debut in Taiwan through CTS, airing the first two seasons back-to-back throughout the month. Season two's HIStory2: Crossing the Line received critical acclaim for its characterization, directing, and acting, earning a Golden Bell nomination for Best Miniseries. Its film sequel, Crossover (跨界) was announced on August 17, 2018, but was cancelled due to adjustment of content strategy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, subsequently announcing the fourth season being under works. Season five premiered on December 28, 2022.
The first season of the HIStory series, often referred to as HIStory1 when named along with the other seasons, has a total of three miniseries, namely My Hero, Stay Away From Me and Obsessed, starring Aaron Lai and Chiang Yun-lin, Duke Wu and Edison Song, and Bernard Ho and Teddy Yen as three couples for the three miniseries.
My Hero is the first miniseries of HIStory1, directed by Tang Yi and starring Aaron Lai, Chiang Yun-lin and Patricia Lin.
During a mission to collect the soul of college student Gu Si Ren, whose time on earth is dwindling, grim reaper Bai Chang-chang accidentally captures Lan Hsi's soul instead, killing her. To avoid punishment by the gods, Bai Chang-chang tries to find a way to help Lan Shi return to Earth, but her body is cremated, rendering her unable to return to her original body. Lan Shi's soul takes over Gu Si Ren's body in a rage. She uses this opportunity to try to get back with her boyfriend Mai Ying-Shiung (Hero), but she only has seven days for her boyfriend to fall in love with her new body and gain true love's kiss. Otherwise, her soul, and Gu Si Ren, will die.
Stay Away from Me (Chinese: 離我遠一點) is the second miniseries of HIStory1, directed by Ishtar Tsai and starring Duke Wu, Edison Song and Chiao Man-ting.
When their parents get married and leave for a long honeymoon, superstar Cheng Ching moves in with his new stepbrother Feng He. With Cheng Ching on the brink of failing out of college, their parents entrust Feng He to tutor him. Meng Meng, Feng He's fujoshi best friend, starts dreaming of the perfect BL fanfic and tries to push the two together, but will Feng He be able to stay away from his brother?
Obsessed (Chinese: 著魔) is the third and final miniseries of HIStory1, directed by Adiamond Lee and starring Bernard Ho, Teddy Jen, Chen Yee.
Shao Yi-chen, a man who dies in a car accident following a scuffle with his ex-boyfriend Chiang Chin-teng, is reborn and sent back 9 years. To change his future, he avoids Chin-teng and his feelings for him. Yi-chen proceeds to destroy his diary, where he wrote about his longtime crush on Chin-teng. Chin-teng finds a few pages and develops a growing curiosity about Yi-chen which he can't explain. Yi-chen himself realizes that he can't resist Chin-teng, no matter how many times he tries.
HIStory2 is the second season of the HIStory series, having a total of two miniseries, namely Right or Wrong and Crossing the Line, starring Steven Chiang and Hunt Chang, Zach Lu and Fandy Fan, and Nick Yang and Patrick Shih as three couples for the two miniseries.
Right or Wrong (Chinese: 是非) is the first miniseries of HIStory2, directed by Li Ching-jung and starring Steven Chiang, Hunt Chang. Right or Wrong accumulated 4.25 million views during its run.
Shih Yi-jie, an associate professor of the anthropology department, is a divorced father with a 6-year-old daughter. Upon chance, he hires college student Fei Sheng-che ("Xiao Fei") to be his daughter's babysitter. After years of having dysfunctional work hours and inconsistent meals, Xiao Fei's presence at home brings huge changes to Yi-jie's life, and he falls in love. But the family of three's lives gets disrupted when Yi-jie's ex-wife comes back, in hopes to rekindle their failed marriage.
Crossing the Line (Chinese: 越界) is the second miniseries of HIStory2, directed by Ishtar Tsai and starring Zach Lu, Fandy Fan, Nick Yang and Patrick Shih. Crossing the Line accumulated over 4.56 million views during its run and is the only series in the HIStory anthology to receive a Golden Bell nomination for Best Miniseries.
New transfer student Hsia Yu-hao joins the Zhihong High School volleyball club and gradually falls in love with the senior student Chiu Tzu-hsuan.
On August 17, 2018, Choco Media announced a film sequel, Crossover (Chinese: 跨界). Preparation for the film began after the broadcast of Crossing the Line in March 2018. Lu, Fan, Yang, and Shih will reprise their roles. The theatrical release for Crossing the Line 2 is planned for the fourth quarter of 2019. However, the plan was cancelled due to adjustment of content strategy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, subsequently announcing the fourth season being under works.
HIStory3 is the third season of the HIStory series, having a total of two miniseries, namely Trapped and Make Our Days Count, starring Jake Hsu and Chris Wu, Andy Bian and Kenny Chen, Wayne Song and Huang Chun-chih, and Wilson Liu and Thomas Chang as four couples for the two miniseries.
Trapped (Chinese: 圈套) is the first miniseries of HIStory3, directed by Li Ching-jung and starring Jake Hsu, Chris Wu, Andy Bian and Kenny Chen.
A mysterious shooting leaves a police officer and the head of the Hsin Tien Group crime syndicate dead. Four years later, police investigator Meng Shao-fei is determined to hunt down Tang Yi, the sole survivor of the fateful shooting – and now the head of the Hsin Tien gang. Tang Yi is also hunting for answers but wants his own form of justice. He seems to want to exact his choice of punishment on the killer… although he appears to be hiding a dark secret. Is Tang Yi trying to protect someone?
Meng Shao-fei and Tang Yi become entangled in a deadly game of wits – a game that becomes all the more complicated after Tang Yi baits a love trap for Meng Shao-fei.
Make Our Days Count (Chinese: 那一天) is the second miniseries of HIStory3, directed by Ishtar Tsai and starring Wayne Song and Huang Chun-chih, and Wilson Liu and Thomas Chang.
High schoolers Hsiang Hao-ting and Yu Hsi-ku appear to be polar opposites: While Hao-ting is an outgoing, hot-headed extravert and some-time bully, Hsi-ku prefers to keep a low profile and focus on his schoolwork. What will happen when the two worlds collide as their relationship ensued?
HIStory4 is the fourth season of the HIStory series. Unlike its predecessors, it is one main series, Close To You.
Close To You (Chinese: 近距離愛上你) is a miniseries of HIStory4, directed by Chen Yi-yu and starring Charles Tu, Anson Chen, Michael An, Lin Chia-wei and Cindy Chi.
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