Finally my rom-com drought is over with the premiere of Fated To Love You this week and I’m glad that it’s total fun and a joy to watch. Unless you were hiding under a rock, everyone knows that it’s a remake of a very popular Taiwanese drama of the same name. I haven’t seen the original, so I don’t have that extra baggage of expectations and comparisons. The show is full of slapstick comedy with over-the-top effect used to elevate the humour in certain scenes. But it’s great that on the other hand, we also get some cute and warm moments that give the show its heart. A nice balance between humour and heart.
First a brief summary. The first two episodes set up more than half of the main plot and I’m sure we’ll be covering the initial synopsis next week, which means all the romantic and funny shenanigans of convenient marriage will arrive very soon! We meet our leads — Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) is a rich chaebol heir who is waiting to propose his long time girlfriend Se Ra (Wang Ji Won), who is a ballerina. Mi Young (Jang Nara) is a girl who works (I’m not sure what her job is though) in a firm but is very timid, helpful, always doing errands for everyone in her workplace to the limit that she can’t say no to anyone asking for favour even when she knows she should not be too nice (I like that at least she acknowledges this). Both our leads meet coincidentally at a mall where he is buying a ring for Se Ra. They don’t have a very pleasant first encounter. Later we also meet Daniel (Choi Jin Hyuk) who is a DJ and is in search of his long-lost sister. Events happen such that both Lee Gun and Mi Young reach Macau — he goes for his grand proposal for marriage while she gets a trip because of a lucky draw at her workplace. Some unbelievable circumstances lead them to end up on the same bed and they have a one night stand — she thinks he is her new boyfriend with whom she went to Macau, and he thinks she is his love Se Ra. Meanwhile, Se Ra gets a call from US that she got some role in a ballet and she leaves with an apology message. Misunderstandings between Lee Gun and Mi Young get cleared and finally they agree to forget what happened. And yes, her so-called boyfriend turns out to be one of the biggest douchebags. We also meet Lee Gun’s grandma who is worried about his marriage as he is of royal family lineage and hence the conservative belief.
At first, Lee Gun seemed so full of himself, a bit crazy (his weird laugh — LOL), arrogant and quick-tempered. But I loved that he is also a considerate and caring person — the way he brought her shoes when she was barefoot or the way he continuously tells Mi Young to have confidence and not to be so good, also giving her some makeover so that she could feel better after her heartbreak. I also loved that last scene where our leads share a warm conversation and they don’t actually bicker, which was a thing I expected all along. As of now, they are on good terms. Jang Hyuk is nailing it with his great comic timing and gravitas. I admit I’m not too fond of his hairdo (short hair on guys is my favorite) but he perfectly makes his character very eccentric as well as pleasant as we move forward in the series. Mi Young’s role is definitely of a typical nice heroine who everyone loves to push. She is lacking courage and feels that she doesn’t have any special qualities. She even thinks that her name is common. But I like her, Jang Nara adding her charm to make her likeable and also that she knows that she should learn the ways of world but still can’t help it when it comes to her good nature. A show not necessarily needs to have strong females but they should be written strongly. The chemistry between the two is great, easily and brilliantly matching each other.
I can’t say much about our second leads yet but Choi Jin Hyuk is looking so handsome! (excuse me for a fangirl moment here 😉 ) Another add-on is the relationship between Mi Young and her best friend Ji Yun — the latter cares for Mi Young a lot and tries to talk some sense into her when she sees everyone using her without any gratefulness. I also liked how Lee Gun and Mi young’s feelings of sadness due to their love mirrored and he could relate to it.
I did find that casino scene a bit long and wanted to just fast forward, but the overall pace is okay and I like the zany, light-hearted classic drama execution because I didn’t know I missed it so much untill I saw Fated To Love You. So looking forward to the upcoming episodes.
I love your review. I’m also really enjoying the show and feel the same way. At first I wasn’t sure about the hair either but it does suit his character well. I really like him with short hair, but since he’s still shooting a historical movie he has to have his hair a certain length. I don’t know that everyone knows that. I think considering what they have to work with they’ve done a pretty good job. It’s comical how they have it kind of flared out to the one side.
Thanks zhaoul 🙂
Oh I didn’t know that he was shooting for some historical film…now the hair length makes perfect sense 😀
I know the hairstyle will grow on me because I like him already…this is actually my first Jang Hyuk drama (I know!) though I have seen him in his movie ‘Please Teach Me English’…he is great here!
Ya, he was pretty good in that one. When he brought Jang Nara her shoes in this episode, it made me think of the ending in Please Teach Me English with the red shoes. I was kind of hoping he would put the shoes on her feet again 🙂
Aww…I loved that gesture…forgot to write here…thanks for the reminder 😉
I agree with the comment that some scenes have gone on too long. I personally thought the casino scene as well as the dog chase in episode 1 went on too long. The drama is good so far, not great, but definitely watchable. I just hope the director makes some changes to the overall plot, especially in regards to the second leads.
I haven’t seen the TW version…so it’s a plus actually as the whole drama plot is new to me 😉
But yeah…they should change some key points so that this show will have its own uniqueness..
Yeah, I liked these episodes for the most part. I’m not a huge fan of Jang Hyuk, I don’t like his mouth so it puts me off him, but hopefully I’ll just get used to it. I love Jang Nara though. The bed scene was cute. Well, the start of it. The animation with pounding the bread or whatever they were doing was weird. But when they were just sort of cuddling and starting the kissing, that was really sweet.
LOL@your reaction for his mouth 😀
But yeah…I’m sure he’ll grow on you with the drama…I loved that soft cuddling and kissing…it was so natural and warm…but that rice cake or whatever scene killed the romantic atmosphere but I didn’t mind it much as I hope we’ll be getting lots of romance and kisses later on 😉
Hehehe, loving the show a lot! LOL, yes, Jang Hyuk’s laugh and his hair! Please, he needs a haircut! That aside, I love the similarities between this remake and its sister. It’s a remake but it has a lot of original touch to it which I like like. I also enjoy how the characters are shaping up! It’s done so in a gradual way that slowly unveils the characters’ inner qualities one layer at a time.
Yeahh, this introductory did go a bit too long. In the TW version, everything happened in one ep which was 90 minutes but here, they had an extra 10 minutes up their sleeves. Hehe, yes, that 10 minutes makes a huge difference. The casino part plays quite a huge roll in the first steps of growth for Mi Young but there were some parts that just missed the bang.
Anyways, I can’t wait for the next episodes! Excited, excited!
I love that gradual peeling off of the characters’ layers…they do not exhibit extreme behaviour as I was expecting..esp from Lee Gun as this arrogant guy but he was so sweet in the 2nd ep…
Yeah…that casino scene was longer than I wanted it to be….but rest everything was great…
It’s great that the show is equally appealing to the ones who have already seen the original!
I luff his hair!! I luff it ALL :). The two Jangs are just everything right now! Nice to see you back to blogging regularly!
Oho…really…you like the hair so much!!! 😉
Yes….finally I’m getting back to blogging…it will not be as regular as before but I’m make sure to post more and more…
The two Jangs are totally delightful ♥
Drama Fan said:
Hi Snow! I think those of us who watched previews already got used to the hair. Like Zhaoul explained, he couldn’t cut it while he as filming the movie, but now he can. The thing is, I don’t want him to cut it anymore! lol It so grew on me and it gives Lee Geon such a unique image. I know it’s weird to some, but Lee Geon IS weird. Also, the laugh, yes, its scary and ridiculous but that’s sort of “the idea”. It was said that it is a defense mechanism of the character so he might keep it for a while. We need to prepare our ears for it lol! I fin it hilarious now.
Aww Drama Fan…actually I’m liking the hair now more than when I liked it in promos and teasers…looks like it’s Jang Hyuk’s magic 😉 Yes, that hairdo gives him a unique and weird style that matches with his persona in the show…I love his laugh though…SO.FUNNY. 😀
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