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Live Action Adaptation
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Zhan Shen Mars (God Mars)
Perhaps this is the latest serial adaptation of a manga. The producer of this series is once again Angie Chai Zhi Ping and the director is also the man from MG, Cai Yue Xun . This is probably one of the best adaptations (other than Meteor garden) that I've seen so far. The entire series consists of 21 episodes. They added the term "Zhan Shen" (meaning God which refers to the Roman God of War) to the original title ( I think they did that to avoid confusion because unlike in English the names of the planet and the Roman God were called differently in Chinese. The word "Huo Xing" is used to refer to the red planet). They also changed the original names to Chinese.
This is the Mars painting used in the series.. Not bad!^^
Here are the names of the actors/actresses that took part in this series: (I've also provided their pics taken from the series so you can compare them with the manga characters)
This series is a "comeback" for two Meteor Garden (live action adaptation of Hana Yori Dango) stars Zaizai and Barbie who played the roles of Hua Zhe Lei (Rui Hanazawa) and Shan Cai (Tsukushi Makino) in the said series, respectively. The acting was superb and I have nothing to complain about the casting (Well, except for Xiao Xiao, she doesn't look too pretty for me but I love her locks. Those were cute!^^). It was (almost) perfect! The script was atleast 90% faithful to the manga.
Scenes from the series: (I know I should be placing these in the Photo Gallery but it's still inaccessible. I'll be working on it soon.)
This series was termed as the most expensive idol drama in Taiwan so far. The race scenes were shot in the prestigious SUGO RaceTrack in Japan and the temperature during the shoot was freezing (poor ZaiZai). The actors closely resemble the original manga characters. Zaizai was fine as Rei and those hair extensions really made him look like the long-haired playboy (Although Rei has ivory skin while Zaizai is fair-skinned but I don't care at all! ^^). If I hadn't known it I would think he really had a twin brother when he acted as Sheng. He was such a convincing actor. This is a great leap from his previous image. As for Barbie, her acting is the same as in Meteor Garden but of course with different emotions/actions. Doing those bedscenes should be really tough for her especially that rape scene. (ooops! spoiler..) And for the other casts, I'm giving them two thumbs up for a job well done!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SERIES!!!
I haven't thoroughly checked the manga and this series to spot the differences so here's just a few of those (just few!) and also some of the omitted/changed scenes: (Spoilers Ahead! Skip this if you haven't seen the series yet..)
There are still a few more but it'll be soooo tedious if I put them all.^_~ But eventhough there were a lot of changed/omitted scenes, the series stuck to the main storyline. Some of the "important" dialogues were retained and was spoken exactly the same in the series (Ex. Rei/ Ling told his father they can't have a child like that because they're not dogs; Rei/Ling told Kira/Qi Luo that he's most scared whenever she's riding at the backseat of his motorcycle, etc). Some of the changes made were fine as it didn't affect the essence of the story at all. Even Ms. Fuyumi Soryo herself commented this series by saying that she never expected it to turn out this good. (and of course no one else can attest to the quality of this series but the mangaka herself,ne?^^)
Some of the themes from the series:
Ok, pipz I admit I like Zaizai as an actor and maybe as a singer also...^o^ My comments are my comments,ok?! ^^