TL;DR? Just absolutely wonderful. Full of lots of tears and laughter and romance, this drama has something for any romance enthusiast.
I will admit something here. I dropped this drama three times! The first time, I barely lasted 20 seconds, so maybe that doesn't count. The second time I made it a whole 5 minutes, and the third time I made it to 10. I just could not stand the lead actor. read moreHe was weird, and that laugh was so awkward, but not quite in a good way like Dokko Jin from The Greatest Love. I thought there was no way I'd watch it.
But then something really awesome happened. One of my drama besties started texting me about how amazing her new drama was, and how much chemistry the lead couple had. I scoffed when she told me it was FTLY. So I decided it would get one more shot from me before being relegated to my growing dropped list.
And thank god for that! I started it up for the fourth time, and this time I made it to when the leads met. And then I was 6 episodes in before I even realized what was happening. This weird, annoying character had somehow managed to work his way into my heart, and I was absolutely hooked. That annoying laugh? I was now looking forward to it. His weird behavior? Suddenly romantic. It was like a switch had flipped, and there was no turning back.
I hope you forgive all of that insane rambling! I swear, I do have a point! Three of my other Kdrama friends had also started and dropped this drama after the first few minutes, thinking it wasn't going to be up their alley. That makes me think there might be even more of you out there who are hesitant about this drama, and I really, really want to encourage to give it a shot!
Lee Gun is a caustic, lovable jerk. He is the quintessential CEO character, a little brash with people outside of his circle and definitely a little self-serving. Kim Mi Young is the exact opposite, known as the post-it girl because she is easy to get rid of and she admittedly has no backbone or ability to say no. They are as different as night and day, and yet when they come together they are the absolute best versions of each other.
In terms of character growth, this show is the absolute best. I don't think a single character made it through this show without maturing and changing. This drama was sad at times, and I will admit to a couple scenes that had me bawling like a baby. But even through all of the tears, it is absolutely worth it.
If you've made it all the way to the end of this inane review, I hope that you will consider giving FTLY a shot. The romance, the story line, the characters, all of it combines to make an absolutely unforgettable story.
Have you ever asked yourself what's more important in a drama? Plot or acting? Can a good performance turn a mediocre plot into something unique?
Fated to Love You answers this question with a decisive Yes.
Let's have a look at this plot. Aside from it being a remake of a popular Taiwanese drama, this is a collection of old clichés: doormat girl meets obnoxious rich guy, an incident of some sort read moreoccurs and compels them to live under the same roof, meddling – and maddening – relatives, random humour, misunderstandings, birth secrets, the 'other girl' and the 'other guy', all spiced up with a lot of noble idiocy (although this might be one of the few cases when the noble act is frustrating but comprehensible). It's not hard to see why I treaded on this very makjang field on tiptoe.
Therefore, my overall 9 has to be ascribed entirely to the impeccable acting and one of the best thought of OST of songs I've come across. Try out the first 10 minutes of this show, and you'll have no doubts the whole thing is going to be played on style, rather than plot substance. The performance of the whole cast is brilliant, but the two leads manage to outshine everything and everyone.
What could have resulted in two trite, annoying characters in lesser hands, becomes one of the best matched couple in melo/romantic comedy. Even when their plot-line drags – and it does, here and there – they are both able to sustain the silence and make it resound.
Jang Hyuk… wow, the man can act. Yes, I suppose this is a very superfluous statement for the many of you who know him, but this is my first time and I was enchanted. The character he creates here has no grey areas: Gun is so over the line he goes from hysterically funny to heartbreaking in the space of a few minutes. At times the two aspects are interwoven, and the viewer gets glimpses of his pain through his laughter. But his best trait in my opinion is that he doesn't give a dry fig about what people think of him: he goes on doing what he believes is right in the craziest of manners.
It doesn't hurt that the actor is seriously hot. Seriously. When he cuts his hair – this is not considered a spoiler, is it? - I was so distracted here and there I forgot to watch the drama and just watched him.
This said, Jang Na Ra is downright brilliant. For the first time in my drama addicted life, I loved a 'weak' heroine. There's a special quality about the rendition of her character that turns her weakness into strength, and her compliance into endearing sweetness. One can see why Gun falls in love with her, because the viewer experiences the same. Possibly, we all know from the start that Kim Mi Young will eventually change, and yet she keeps her true, generous nature intact. With her beautiful, huge eyes she speaks volumes and her chemistry with Jang Hyuk on screen is tangible.
Notable mention for Song Ok Sook, aka Mi Young's mother. I enjoyed every minute of her antics and rejoiced in her relationship with both her daughter and her son in law.
I already mentioned the music. As a rule, I only like instrumental pieces in dramas. I'm making an exception here not only because the songs are beautiful, but because each piece is chosen with the utmost care, emphasising in turn the fun, the suffering, the romance, the absurd. Isn't this what an Ost should do? Perfect score from me.
Because I believe the plot to be absolutely secondary in this drama, I'm sure it lends itself very well to future re-watching.
-Leads enter a contract marriage (of some sort or another)
-leads start off in love with someone else
-female leads are awkward and innocent
-realistic relationships and struggles (not intense or melo-y) that are relatable
-romantic comedy that DOES NOT have an extreme melodramatic dip midway
-quickly(ish) developed cute romance
-an unavoidable occurrence causes conflict
-Poor Female Leads
-Rich Male Leads in a position of power
-Contract Romance and Marriage
-Male Lead has girlfriend in the beginning that the Female Lead "ruins" by events out of anyones control
-Sweet Second Male Lead
-The Second Female Lead and First Male Lead try to continue a relationship before guilt for the Female Lead gets in the way for the Male Lead
-Annoying Time Jump
I love Lee Gun so much! He's one of the best characters in dramaland. He reminds me so much of Gu Jun Pyo and I love it. This drama convinced me that Jang Hyuk can act! I was not much of a fan of him before but his acting in FTLY is brilliant! I don't find him weird for a sec. I just love every bit of his character! Also I've fangirled every 5 secs in every episode til now and it's crazy because I legitimately don't do this kind of thing often.
BUT although I haven't finished this drama yet and I just finished episode 11, I'm really worried if I ever will, after reading a lot of comments watching that episode because of the things that happened, I don't know anymore... I'm affraid this drama will turn from a comedy into a melodrama... I hate it when suddenly out of nowhere the producers decide to change the genre of a drama. It happened to Moonlight Drawn By Clouds and I'm still very angry about it so I don't know what to do with FTLY.
There's one thing I must say, this drama has a stupid and overused plot but the acting is so FUCKING amazing I'll be forever glad I've watched til now even if everything will actually go wrong.
This drama is making me laugh like crazy!!! I'm loving it despite the fact I haven't watched this genre for sometime now... I sweared I wouldn't watch a drama with such title but I'm glad started it even if I'm not sure I will want to watch all of it. My fear is it'll become overdramatic as I feel romance dramas tend to. I'm not a fan of Jang Hyuk but maybe I'm just becoming one?! He's acting is of a genius here unlike anything else I have seen from him. He makes me laugh all the time!!!
The acting Jang Hyuk was SO GOOD I wanted to cry!
Seriously, just the character he plays, and the way that he acts made me love this drama so so much! I seriously recommend giving it a go - everyone needs to know about and love Lee Gun
First of all, I am going to state my opinions in this comment....So, please do not take offense.
They are just my observations...Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.
I have watched Fated To Love You in both the Taiwanese & Korean versions...and am definitely looking forward to this Thai version.
That being said, let me say that I LOVE the Korean version the best so far. The Taiwan version was decent, but it had too many situations in it that were a bit overboard and just made the drama more silly & longer than necessary. I liked the K version due to the more melodramatic moments that were executed by the great acting from the cast....Yet, there was enough comedy to alleviate the drama to make it an awesome series.
The lead actors & actress' in both versions are great....But Jang Hyuk & Jang Na Ra have an unexplainable chemistry that carried out thru the series. Jang Hyuk-what can I say!...I just love this actor-the Best of the Best!...His loud laughter made his character unique to say the least. You figure out that it will hide many emotions that he is wanting to hide and also portray. At first it can be distracting, but then you come to love it!
Jang Na Ra has the ability to portray a very young & innocent face with emotions that need no words. Her crying & pain filled scenes are one of the best that I have seen in this industry. I must also include that Jang Hyuk has some tearful scenes that just broke my heart.
Both versions have a 2nd male lead that tend to lead you to have 2nd lead syndrome. I hope that the Thai version will give us just as strong of a 2nd lead, because this is what makes the series even more worthy to watch.
The second leads in both versions make you feel that it would be ok for the lead actress to end up with them instead of the lead actors. The 2nd leads portray an aloof, but kind hearted, supporting & loving figure for the lead actress. They are a man's man and a woman's dream... Hopefully, the Thai version of the 2nd male lead will be just as awesome as the previous versions.
Also, I must say that the 2nd lead's proposal with the sand art in the K version, is the most touching & sweetest proposal ever! Just thinking about it makes me sooooo emotional...
I like the leads in the Thai version, which is another reason that I am looking forward to that series.
The OST in the K version was Outstanding!....I loved it! Someone had mentioned in a comment that they were annoyed with the words translated on the screen from the song. I for one am very glad that the lyrics were translated on the screen. It makes you understand what the song is about and how appropriate it is to the scene. In other words, it made it more emotional for me.
I have watched both the Taiwan & Korean versions more than once....The K version is one of my "go to series" when I want to watch a series that I know I will like and can watch quickly (since I know what parts I can skip) :)
So, definitely watch both versions & don't let any comments divert you from watching any version available. Enjoy! :)
the drama that made me a huge Jang Hyuk fan. his facial emotions were so in point that you didnt have to listen the dialogue and still understand what he is going through. plus you look at him and think he would be good at action and thriller, so to pull off emotional scenes and make you feel his pain is just soo damn amazing.