Fated to Love this Drama!

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Happy with my Mon-Tues drama fix (thanks tvN, for Savvy King🙂 ), I cautiously tested the waters with the new Wed-Thurs offerings on all South Korean major broadcasting networks as well as the Independent broadcasters. The former have proven to be little juggernauts who can pull the rug under the Big Boys when they least expect it.

The industry was abuzz when news first broke out about the reunion of one of the more beloved OTPs from the past, Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra (sharing the same surname is cute and “fated” too!).  Personally, I have not seen their first collaboration from 12 years ago, Successful Story of a Bright Girl.

Fated to Love You was initially waaaay out of my radar and had no interest in finding out what the hullabaloo was about until one Fated Saturday evening…

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I have seen  Jang Hyuk in Chuno: The Slave Hunters, Deep Rooted Tree and Iris 2 playing mostly very macho, determined-to-a-fault-with-ninja-skills roles. The Alpha-Namja, so to speak.

Five minutes into Episode 1 of Fated to Love You (FTLY), I was watching in disbelief at this Alpha-Namja who waltzes in with a ridiculous pompadour of a hairstyle and over-the-top manic cackling that came as a package with rather brusque-in-your-face-slap-you-twice-around personality…

Episode 1: He schools Clara on how TO SELL shampoo :D
Episode 1: He schools Clara on how TO SELL shampoo😀

Ok, you’ve gotta JUST watch episode 1 to breathe in his epic schooling on Clara.
And from this point onwards, you just KNOW his ridiculousness is the essence of his character, Lee Gun.

And with such boisterous disposition, you’re allowed to show who’s bauce:

Look at that coiffure...
Look at that coiffure…
and he walks around in a cobalt blue suit in broad daylight...
and he walks around in a cobalt blue suit in broad day light…
...and not forgetting an action sequence for our Alpha-Namja dressed in standard Summer wardrobe...
…and not forgetting an action sequence for our Alpha-Namja dressed in standard Summer wardrobe…

 

This version is a remake of Taiwan’s FTLY, but it has been creatively and thoughtfully trimmed to fit into 20 episodes (Korean version shaves off 4 episodes compared to the Original).

One thing’s fer sure: Every episode of FTLY feels too dang short, and that’s a testament to the skillful writing and editing choices made by the production team. How is it possible to not realize an hour has whizzed by?

Jang Hyuk was the biggest surprise.
His character may be loud and brutish, comically eccentric and Godfather-like at times, but in those tender and quiet moments he has in this drama, I WAS SLAYED!

Ladies, when you watch him during these scenes, you’d be wishing SO HARD that your honey also gave one or two of those expressions when you couldn’t possibly see. Teared up at his exquisite affection for Jang Na Ra’s character.

 

And this is one of the Rare Ones that get subbed almost IMMEDIATELY
after shown on air in South Korea
(Ok, we’re talking about subbed episode up and running within 5 hours).

Crazy?o_O

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3 thoughts on “Fated to Love this Drama!

    zhaoul said:
    July 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Ya! I’m so pleased the sub’s have been going up so quickly. Love this drama!

      chom2 responded:
      July 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      Priceless gem of a Drama🙂

        zhaoul said:
        July 18, 2014 at 11:56 pm

        Indeed🙂

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