ToGetHer

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Synopsis:

Momo(Rainie Yang) has shut herself off from the world ever since childhood. She is so quiet and reserved that it borders on agoraphobia, or fear of strangers – and her world is full of strangers, because her only friends are her sister and her childhood friend Jia Sen(George Hu). Momo centers all of her shut-off dreams and love into a manga character, Prince Kasaba. But all that changes when Zhuang Jun Nan(Jiro Wang), better known as Mars, an immensely popular idol star, enters her world.  Mars has abruptly lost all his popularity and been disowned by his company, so when his manager is looking for a place for him to stay he ends up renting a room from Momo. When the two collide – the contained yet proud and stubborn Momo and the loudmouthed, brash, kind-hearted Mars – strange things begin to happen, and Momo begins to wonder…could Prince Kasaba exist in real life?

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To Get Her Episode 11 Synopsis+Screencaps

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You know, To Get Her is the first drama to really show off how ethereally gorgeous Rainie Yang is. She’s always portrayed such vivid and loudmouthed and energetic characters that the focus has always been on how cutesy she is. But she’s older now and her role as Momo is one completely made up of quiet and containment and slow, graceful movements and facial nuances, and she’s really quite stunning. She’s not only showing a new, fantastic subtlety in her acting(something none of her other roles gave her the opportunity to consistently do) but her short haircust and reserved character bring the focus more to her features, which I’m beginning to realize have an ethereal, stunning beauty.

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To Get Her Episode 8

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I finally started watching the adorable Taiwanese drama To Get Her again, and I’m thinking about doing a series of episode synopses on it. Here’s the first.

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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.

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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: