To Get Her/Superstar Express Episode 4

Episode 4 of To Get Her/Superstar Express aired today and has already been three-fourths subbed by sweetdreams.

Watch it here

and speaking of Jiro Wang, in case you didn’t know, he’s a member of Taiwanese boy-band Fahrenheit along with fellow hearthrob Wu Zun.

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To Get Her/Superstar Express

Much-awaited(though somewhat forgotten most recently in the flood of other dramas) Taiwanese drama To Get Her, starring Ranie Yang and Jiro Wang, finally began airing with its first two episodes this month.

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Synopsis:

Mars is a superstar whose popularity went downhill after a series of negative publicity. His finances went into red alert and he had to find a place to live. He ended up renting a place from Mo Mo, his agoraphobic homebody landlord. He befriended her and her childhood friend Jia Sen, a swimming captain with the intelligence of an 8-year-old.

It stars Rainie Yang as Chen Mo Mo, Jiro Wang as Zhuang Jun Nan/Mars, and George Hu as Wei Jia Sen.

The Yang/Wang(do those rhyme or is it just me??) drama flick was formerly known as Superstar Express, but apparently that wasn’t obscure/cheesy-sounding enough for the producers so they changed the title to “To Get Her” (thanks, Taiwan. really).

I’m enjoying it nothwistanding the title however, although I think that’s partly because my expectations were lowered after reading really bad reviews of it. It reminds me a lot of Mars – the bubblegum compaion to Mars – in its theme of a withdrawn, lonely girl who meets a badboy playboy who gradually falls for her. Rainie’s character is agoraphobic(hates strangers/the touch of strangers) while Barbie’s was autistic, but both are similar in that what saves their character from being annoying dishrag is a streak of steel that reveals itself pretty early. Mars is much much better, of course, but I”m enjoying To Get Her for what it is. Jiro’s character is quite similar to Vic’s in that he oozes confidence from every pore while hiding a deep streak of insecurity and need, and expects (with loud insensitivity) for everyone to love him, but treats every word the main girl says as if it’s striking him to the core(something I quite like actually:). The only difference is, Vic’s character was actually charming while Jiro’s only thinks he’s charming. In summation: so far, it’s a light, bubblegum, highly enjoyable drama, and while I look forward to seeing Jiro deal with more intensely emotional scenes, he’s carrying his weight so far, and it’s very refreshing to see Rainie as a withdrawn, quiet girl instead of the loud-mouthed, fiery character she tends to play(although her mischievious side still comes out in delightfully subtle – for her – smiles). This is a star drama. We don’t need to watch it for the plot.

Watch the first two episodes on Mysoju (the quality is bad but good by mysoju standards)

Billasub is where the videos are coming from; it’s the only fansub group to have  picked it up so far, though translation looks to be very slow as I know they’re understaffed, and they don’t offer direct downloads. For now, we’ll have to content ourselves with Mysoju.

Random Jiro Wang photo:

Boys Before Flowers Episode 15

This was a great episode; definitely had the most depth emotionally, drew the most nuanced acting from Hye Sun, and was just generally an emotional, angsty, fabulous rollercoaster from start to finish. Only it’s getting downright depressing and I don’t like that. 😦 This so far has been my escapist/pretty/don’t get too emotionally involved drama.

Download this episode subbed at ArashiVox (also with Youtube links) or Aja-aja

Episode 15 Liveblog: The Flames Flicker

Boys Before Flowers 14 Liveblog

You can download this episode subbed from either ArashiVox(Youtube links also) or from Aja-aja.

The Embers Flicker

Boys Before Flowers Episode 13

Believe it or not, I have been watching this drama, in the midst of midterms, but didn’t get excited enough about it to write about it until episode 13(due to having seen both other adaptations, I remained sufficiently emotionally detached. Around episode 13, however, that ended *sad face*)

By far my favorite episode so far. The first one to simultaneously really make me squee AND tug at my heart-strings. I totally disagree with Dramabeans on this drama so far – my opinions are pretty much the opposite of hers. This one had such delicious themes/moments…

You can download this episode subbed from Aja-aja or Arashivox.com(it’s titled GBN)

Read more-Ep 13 Liveblog: The Flames Go Out

Boys Before Flowers episodes 11 and 12

Boys Before Flowers episode 12 is NOT out, or rather not subbed yet, in spite of misleading rumours 😦 . D-Addicts has the softsubs here for episodes 1-8, with the  raws being over at Aja-aja, which has(<3) also independently subbed episodes 9-11. Aja has the RAW for episode 12 but no subs yet. Curses! Asian Drama Addict has been giving video links to watch BOF on youtube and similar sites, through episode 12, but it’s very low sound and visual quality – too low for me, so I’ll be waiting for the subs to come out.

Slightly spoilerish thoughts on episode 11 follow..

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