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Han Qi Luo, an extremely shy art student went to the same college as Chen Ling, a popular play boy. By chance one day they met at a park when Chen Ling asked Qi Luo for direction to a hospital to visit his friend who was injured in a bike racing incident. Hurriedly Qi Luo drew him a map, unknowing that she was drawing on the back of one of her sketches. She ran off before he could thank her. He then noticed the sketch of a mother holding a baby and was touched. In school Qi Luo was sexually harassed by a teacher and Chen Ling came to her rescue. They began to grow fond of each other but each of them had a secret past that needed to be addressed and overcome before they could accept and love one another freely. (Source: DramaWiki) ~~ Adapted from the manga “MARS” (マース) by Soryo Fuyumi (惣領冬実). ~~ Three versions available: 13 episodes (TV) || 20 episodes (online) || 21 episodes (DVD) Edit Translation

  • English
  • 中文(简体)
  • Русский
  • Español
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jul 31, 2004 - Oct 23, 2004
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: GTV
  • Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 5,685 users)
  • Ranked: #1593
  • Popularity: #1303
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Completed
redbeanmochi
24 people found this review helpful
May 11, 2014
21 of 13 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
This drama is different. Good-different. Amazing-different. Phenomenal-different. It details the growth and struggles of two young people trying to face their pasts, their fears, and finding solace in one another. There is no overlying mystery plot, no birth secrets, no rich handsome boss/coworker/perfect-man and poor cute employee/teacher/student/average-girl. The attraction begins right away, and the characters are what makes this drama.

I first got into MARS because of Meteor Garden, which also starred Barbie Hsu and Vic Zhou. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from the two of them. Meteor Garden was their first acting gigs, and I figured they didn't have the experience yet to be truly great. Boy was I wrong (and gladly!). The amazing depth with which they imbued their characters left me wanting more in the subsequent dramas I watched. Sigh...

Music/aesthetics wise - this drama was waaaaaay back in 2004, when taiwanese dramas had terrible funding, bad fashion (at least how we would consider it now), and different filming styles. Don't expect amazing packaging or cinematography, and expect most of the boys to wear their hair long. In this case I feel like MARS doesn't suffer from it however, since the character's personalities are the most appealing and strongest parts of the drama. There are two songs that are particularly gorgeous, but most of the other tracks were instrumentals and easily forgotten. Not that that's a bad thing (I'm looking at you Almost Paradise!).

A word of warning however - this drama deals with dark issues, and may contain possible triggers. I'd suggest looking up the summary before watching it, because I know that personally I watched it better knowing the general subject and plot.

Now where to find the next drama up to par with this one?

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Completed
iindu
22 people found this review helpful
Mar 21, 2012
21 of 13 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
A drama with a lot of substance and heart. It handles a beautiful love that is mature and also warms your heart.

The lead characters come from a place of great trauma and carry dark shadows within them, but the feel of the drama is far from gloomy or sad. It is the beauty of the characters that they find happiness and comforts even with a background of pain.
I really liked the character graphs of Chen Ling and Qi Lou. The actors too were perfect for the roles. Every other character in the drama too is well written and real. There are no fluffy or pointless characters.

The drama handles many serious issues in our society and characters with mental instabilities/psychological problems, and it does so with great sensitivity and care.

I liked the music, because I felt it was used appropriately and enhanced the beauty of the scenes. The happy moments had a track that made you feel the happiness, whereas in the more tense scenes, the background score completely stopped, adding to the intensity.

The first half does remind you of Devil Beside You- probably because of the character of the male lead and having been shot in the same campus, but MARS is definitely more intense and on a broader canvas than DBY.

I can't think of any drama that I've as completely appreciated as MARS. It took me in completely, and I will happily re-watch it any number of times.

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Details

  • Drama: Mars
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jul 31, 2004 - Oct 23, 2004
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: GTV
  • Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

Statistics

  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 5,685 users)
  • Ranked: #1593
  • Popularity: #1303
  • Watchers: 12,365

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