If you don’t know or remember, Mars was a hit Taiwanese drama back in 2004 starring Vic Zhou and Barbie Hsu. It’s based on a Japanese Manga, Mars, written by Fuyumi Soryo. It’s one of the few darker Twdramas at the time. The funny thing is… I don’t remember much about the middle-ending of this series. I watched when I was still a teen and never rewatch it since then… The one thing I did remember is the beautiful soundtrack, the songs still in my mp3 player! The new adaptation comes from Japan and they have cast Taisuke Fujigaya as Rei (Vic’s role), Marie Iitoyo as Kira (Barbie’s) and Masataka Kubota as Tatsuya (Xiu Jie Kai’s). The new drama is called Mars ~Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru (Mars ~But, I Love You~) and premieres on January 24th.
From Wiki: Kira Aso and Rei Kashino meet when Rei asks Kira for directions to a local hospital one day in the park, but instead of telling him the directions she draws him a map and hands it to him without saying a word. On the back of the directions is a picture Kira drew of a mother and child. On the first day of school they are both surprised to find that they are in the same class. Later, Rei walks in on their teacher sexually harassing Kira. Rei promises to protect Kira in exchange for a painted version of the sketch that was on the back of the map. He also offers to “lend Kira his body,” and she asks him to model for her. Thus beginning a relationship that is opposed by the world in general. They draw on their love for each other to heal the wounds the world has left on them; Rei, the scars from his twin’s suicide over something Rei told him, and Kira, her hatred of men due to her stepfather taking advantage of her.
Pictures from the Twdrama:
I only like Barbie in a handful of roles, and this is one of them. I think I need to rewatch this version. Vic pretty much started my preference for guys with long hair. His hair during Mars was a source of mesmerizing day dream. *hehehe*
Xiu Jie Kai! Poor thing follows her around like a puppy.
SO CUTE back in the days…. both are happily married now so I can’t complain…
Let’s meet the Japanese Cast:
Taisuke Fujigaya from the boyband Kis-My-Ft2. An outgoing playboy with a dark and mysterious past. He smiles and jokes around to hide his hidden secrets. He’s drawn to the heroine almost instantly and together they fight the demons of their past. Yes. Yes. Can’t compare so don’t!
Marie Iitoyo. An introverted artist who lives with her mother and stepfather. She was raped by her stepfather when she was a teenager, which causes her to be withdrawn and timid. She looks too cute and pure for this role. X)
Masataka Kubota as Makio Kirishima.
The hero’s best friend who harbors a crush on the heroine since high school. Wiki has it all wrong. Lol. EDIT: 2/9/16.
Opening Themesong of Mars:
Ending Themesong of Mars:
Still give me the chills. The soundtrack is perfection.