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Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk reunite for summer rom-com
by | April 3, 2014 | 129 Comments

It’s hard to believe it’s been twelve years since Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara shared the small screen in 2002’s Successful Story of a Bright Girl, but it seems just long enough for everyone to welcome their onscreen reunion with fond nostalgic feelings and anticipation. They’ll be returning to dramaland this summer to headline a romantic comedyโ€“a remake of the hit Taiwanese drama Fated to Love You, which aired to record ratings in Taiwan in 2008.

The romantic comedy remake will star Jang Hyuk as a chaebol heir, the ninth generation only son of a strict family that rules his personal life with an iron fist. He’s unrealistically perfect, and your classic prickly-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside kind of hero. Jang Nara’s heroine is described as a weak girl whose only good trait is that she’s kind. (Seriously, Show, seriously?) She’s compared to a post-it’s disposabilityโ€“important to no one, without charm, without a boyfriend, and without money.

The character types seem a little dated on paper (for obvious reasons, since it’s based on an older drama), so I’m hoping we’ll get some updates that keep it from feeling like a story set six years ago. If it follows the original drama’s trajectory, they’ll have a one-night stand that leads to a pregnancy, and an arranged marriage forced by the family. Naturally, it’s all backwards: baby leads to marriage, and marriage leads to love.

Jang Hyuk basically hasn’t been in a rom-com since Bright Girl, having spent the last twelve years being a badass (Chuno, Tree With Deep Roots, IRIS 2, the list goes on). It’s always a riot when the guys who seem too cool for school break from their usual image and go for the comedy (see: Joo Sang-wook, So Ji-sub), so I’m looking forward to the change-up.

The drama is set to air on MBC’s summer slate, in the Wednesday-Thursday slot following Kim Myung-min’s A New Leaf. It’ll be helmed by the PD of Feast of the Gods and Queen of the Classroom, and two writers, one of whom worked on Soulmate and the other on I Trusted a Man. That puts the premiere in early July.

Via Osen


129 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Jahe

    for some reason i want to see jang nara, kim jaewon and kim raewon reunite also..

    • 1.1 malou1010

      My exact same thought! Saw them in a drama (the title escaped my mind…. My Love something) just recently. I love the voice of Jang Nara! Glad to see her back after Baby Faced Beauty.

      • 1.1.1 Thursdaynexxt

        Think it’s My Love Patzzi?

        • malou1010

          Yeah, that’s it! Love that drama & all the OSTs. She sang them all. Amazing singer!

      • 1.1.2 Betsy

        She did a project after Baby Faced Beauty, she was in the drama School 2013 last year.

        • bjharm

          She did a chinese drama right after School 2013 and I mean she finished the school 2012 speacil and was on a plane to china and shooting started on the drama pretty much all on the same day. She been quite for a year now since she feel sick during filming of her chinese drama, her only real acting would be the cameo she did for the film her father produced and her female cousin was the lead, like most Jang linked productions it had a chinese conection, with the male lead a chinese actor and the film was to be acted in both korean and chinese, think her last music single was to be used as the OST for it too. Other than that she done her normal charity and community linked works to do with the dozen and one things she ambassador of and of course the other dozen and one thing she does is her endorsement work, there always some sort of photo shoot or video going on.

    • 1.2 CFLH

      that was my first kdrama ever…only it was dubbed in chinese and i couldn’t understand a thing…but i was totally rooting for kim rae won…haha…

      oh! and i loved the ending song!!

    • 1.3 charlene


  2. Mindy

    Omo. Successful Story of a Bright Girl will always stay in my heart… aw.

    Story wise, it’s nothing special about it, but I’m EXCITED with their reunion!


  3. Gala

    I’m more interested who they’re gonna cast as ji bao bei

    • 3.1 djm

      LOL ๐Ÿ˜€
      Maybe Boo is free.

    • 3.2 djes

      I vote for Gae Bara aka Bara-sshi from Let’s Eat! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Fab

    Aaaaah a few weeks ago when I first heard of the possible reunion of Jangโ™ฅJang I couldn’t believe it. But *sqeueeeeel* it’s really happening?? They were super cute in Bright Girl amidst of some bizarre story LOL- good old days..

    They hardly look 12 years older, especially Nara.

  5. moondust

    It’s really happening? The return of the Jangs? Yay! Can’t wait!

    FTLY was indeed a classic, and Ethan Ruan was awesome in it. I’ll be looking forward to watching the koreanised version.

  6. Yoeda

    From what i read this is more to romantic melo than rom-com. Jang Hyuk character is describe not like usual k-drama jerky chaebol. He’s more to straightforward but had a warm heart, pretty sassy and direct too.
    I’m more excited to their reunion than the remake. Lol. I hold my breath since they being offered and yeayyy when they confirmed. Seems like it pretty long since the last time i saw JH in rokantic roles. Hope the remake will be a success for the sake of both of them. Bright Girl always be my fav rom com until now.
    Also MBC seek like to make a reunion for the old pairing. Jjang Couple, Hotel Couple (LDH-LDW). Guess which couple after this maybe?

    • 6.1 donnapie

      Anyone up for a Kim Sun Ah-Hyun Bin re-pairing?

      I swear i will just die if i see this two again with all their My Name is Kim Sam Soon chemistry burning up my screen.

      I. WILL. JUST. DIE.

      ’nuff said.

      MBC? KBS? SBS? TVN? Anyoneeeee???

      • 6.1.1 zamboanguena

        First, there was the My Girl reunion. Then, here comes the Bright Girl reunion. I wonder which other well-loved team-ups will reunite before the year ends?

        I usually this strong aversion to remakes, so I’m not exactly looking forward to this project. But I love these two together so I’m willing to give this remake a chance.

        • casey

          OMG!!! Jang nara and jang hyuk together again!! Can’t believe this but its really happening. Yipeee! I am looking forward to the first scene (bed scene) i am recalling how these two seems to faked their kiss on the beach during bright girl days. Oh well, both are adults now esp. nara so i can’t wait.

          As to whose old pairing i love to watch again… definitely han chae young and jae hee … choon hyang and mong ryong …. waahhh love these two as well.

      • 6.1.2 zamboanguena

        First, there was the My Girl reunion. Then, here comes the Bright Girl reunion. I wonder which other well-loved team-ups will reunite before the year ends?

        I have this strong aversion to remakes, so I’m not exactly looking forward to this project. But I love these two together so I’m willing to give this remake a chance.

      • 6.1.3 zamboanguena

        I apologize for the double post.

      • 6.1.4 parny

        While hyun bin & kim su-ah was good as a pairing. I believe the chemistry between hyun bin & ha ji-won in secret garden exploded through my computer screen way more. They would be my ultimate reunion pairing….oh how I wish…..
        Maybe in the finally of empress ki, they should have hyun bin in his king jeongjo sequined garb & whisk ha ji won away from those other two kings…..riding away on horse back into the sun set….๐Ÿ˜ tehehe! (Yeah, I know they’re from different time period but thats my fantasy) lol….

        • Gook

          … But I feel bad for my Baby Emperor ๐Ÿ™

        • Sunny

          Yes! Ha Ji-Won and Hyun Bin!

      • 6.1.5 anglvue

        YES!!! ANYONE??!?!?!?!?!!!!!

        MNIKSS remains in my top 3 favorite dramas of all time. I will erupt with MOE MOE flowers all over the place if they are paired up again. (but the story line needs to be awesome as well or i will go into a corner and rip up my moe moe flowers)

    • 6.2 traintoseoul

      It’s a romcom with a little melo elements. I’ve watch the taiwan version and I love it so much, it was really really funny and sad at the same time

      • 6.2.1 Laurita

        One of my first Taiwanese dramas. There are many nonsenses in the original version (I hate how it’s entertaining when you watch but after the series you realize what jerks some characters actually were).

        Yet it remains very memorable drama. The disaster in the middle of the series was so … so … heartbreaking. I still cry each time I watch it… ๐Ÿ™

    • 6.3 sogazelle

      From MBC,

      the next couple should be:

      Joo Ji Hoon with Yoon Eun Hye: MBC 2006

      OR(I will just die if this happens!)

      Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye again: MBC 2007.

      It seems that YEH has a good track with MBC.

      Please please…bring my girl back with one of her men in her most iconic roles and the world will thank you.

      • 6.3.1 MeLiYasha

        Wahhh I also will die if Gong Yoo reunite with Yoon Eun Hye one day *?* Although Joo Ji Hoon isn’t a bad option either, I miss him in small screen T^T

      • 6.3.2 malou1010

        Oh my, I’d love to see my Coffee Prince couple back….. Yoon Eun Hye & Gong Yoo!!! MBC pretty pretty please!

    • 6.4 Stuart

      I barely made through FTLY – Ethan’s character was a horrible, unredeemed stereotypical first lead bully right to the end, selfish, entitled and manipulative. And QE’s character was so unbelievably passive and submissive and happy to lap up all the abuse from him and from pretty much everyone else that it was hard to take. Only the grandmother made that drama watchable for me, but I’m hoping for better things from the remake, mostly because I really like JNR. I absolutely love the other Ethan drama that’s getting remade this year, My Queen, so my expectations of of this one are different – it’s hard to see how it could be worse than FTLY, and could be better. Unlike Witch’s Love.

      • 6.4.1 Sunny

        Agreed. I gave up after pent up frustration for how weak the female lead was. I hated it.

      • 6.4.2 Emmy

        Agree with what you said. I am really surprised that the drama credits a remake. I couldn’t stand the female character most of all. She was spineless and I couldn’t root for her at all.

        • Absolute

          In the beginning, sure, but the second half of the series was much better and I found myself rooting for her.

          I’m being vague but don’t want to say any spoilers.

  7. Yoeda

    From what i read this is more to romantic melo than rom-com. Jang Hyuk character is describe not like usual k-drama jerky chaebol. He’s more to straightforward but had a warm heart, pretty sassy and direct too.
    I’m more excited for their reunion than the remake. Lol. I hold my breath since they being offered and yeayyy when they confirmed. Seems like it pretty long since the last time i saw JH in romantic roles. Hope the remake will be a success for the sake of both of them. Bright Girl always be my fav rom com until now.
    Also MBC seek like to make a reunion for the old pairing. Jjang Couple, Hotel Couple (LDH-LDW). Guess which couple after this maybe?

    • 7.1 Yoeda

      opps sorry for double post. I thought it not post yet when i edited a little spelling.:(

  8. Lc

    One Taiwan drama that I wish for a Korean remake is The Fierce Wife.

    It would be interesting to see how the same situation plays out in a Korean setting.

    • 8.1 dearly

      The Fierce Wife is too perfect for any remake. It’ll be hard to outdo Sonia Sui’s performance. She nailed it perfectly. I still haven’t watch the movie. Have you? Any comments on it?

      • 8.1.1 Lc

        Nope, didn’t watch the movie.

        While Sonia Sui was great in the drama, I was more drawn to Amanda Zhu’s performance. She’s really great at playing traumatized characters.

        Another fact on Sonia Sui – she worked with James Wen one year before The Fierce Wife, in ้‚ฃไธ€ๅนด็š„ๅนธ็ฆๆ˜ฏๆ—ถๅ…‰/The Happy Times of That Year. They were really adorable in it!

    • 8.2 mandelbrotr

      I agree. I watched the TW FTLY and want to see how they will tell differently in a kdrama. I’m guessing no long montages of intercourse allusions like trains driving into tunnels and rockets shooting off.

      • 8.2.1 kittycat

        I wish they would include it though. That’ll make my year! Haha XD

  9. bohola

    Love both of them. Hate the original drama. Why are they remaking this?
    I would love to see both of them in a really funny rom-com.

    • 9.1 okiejune

      I really liked the first half, and was really annoyed at the second half. I hope the adaptation doesn’t get stuck in the same eddy that the first one did.

      • 9.1.1 luvnlife

        Im really looking forward to this. The reason the Tdrama was so long was because it was so popular that they kept expanding it. That is why it alway felt like.. wow over one hurdle and here is something new. (especially towards the later episodes when the h works in the Art Studio.. it was almost like a season 2).

      • 9.1.2 zsa

        most taiwanese dramas suck the second half due to extensions I think…there are very few exceptions…they need to cut short when they lack material…

  10. 10 mudaepo

    “The romantic comedy remake will star Jang Hyuk as a chaebol heir, the ninth generation only son of a strict family that rules his personal life with an iron fist. Heโ€™s unrealistically perfect, and your classic prickly-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside kind of hero.”

    Haha, is there any other kind?

  11. 11 niKai

    Personally, I love Fated to Love You. It’s one of those cliched drama that was done right. I read the synopsis when my friends recommended to me and crossed it out, but my friends were pretty convincing so I gave it a try. I was glad I did. I credited the good experience to superb acting and portrayal of the characters by two talented actor/actress. I became their fan ever since.

    • 11.1 Absolute

      That was my reaction exactly! I have so much respect for the actor and actress after watching this series. It has a fond place in my heart. I hope the remake is good!

  12. 12 resogun

    I don’t know. I don’t see Jang Hyuk as the rom-com type of actor. Lol, not to say that there’s a definitive breed of actors for every genre, but after seeing him in dramas like Chuno and Tree with Deep Roots it’s kinda hard to imagine him in a less serious romantic comedy.

  13. 13 Kristy

    The plot is something that I am a bit in love,with the main leads forced to live under one roof and have to take care of one another.
    But I really do hope that the drama can make something out of the female lead.Its just that dramaland could really do without another Candy

  14. 14 dearly

    One of the reason why I stopped watching the Taiwanese version is that I couldn’t stand the heroine despite liking the actress. She was too nice and weak. I don’t know if I’ll watch this version.

    • 14.1 windsun33

      That was my feeling also about her character. Perhaps it is because so many Taiwan dramas follow the same pattern, but it seems like it took her FOREVER to come out of the total doormat stage, and many times it was just downright silly.

    • 14.2 kx

      If you would have continued watching the drama after a big turning point in the story the heroine’s personality changes and she becomes a strong woman who doesn’t accept his [email protected] meekly.

      • 14.2.1 dearly

        I didn’t have the patience to continue. Her character irked me so I just stopped completely. And I didn’t like the story too.

      • 14.2.2 random person

        I second this. I think that the family scenes of the girl are absolutely important in showing *why* she’s a doormat. Without all those (some times poignant, most times hilarious) scenes of her and her mom+sisters, it just looks like she’s a random pushover or Candy. I wonder how the remake is going to treat all those family scenes, because a lot of the humor came from the language and dirty jokes. Basically the girl is the baby of a single-parent family with a larger-than-life mom and domineering sisters (who all actually love her. They are just…domineering in their own ways.) IMO, the Candy personality actually made sense when taken in context.

  15. 15 jschoco

    This is the year for actors and actress reunion? My Girl cast then this.

    • 15.1 avicenna

      if thats the case then I wanna see Im So Jung – So Ji Sub reunion, bring it on sappy melodrama! ! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • 15.1.1 peacegee

        Yeap, you can say that again. they had explosive chemistry in MISA.

      • 15.1.2 pogo

        oooh YES, they made me swoon so hard in MiSa plus it’s been ten years – perfect timing!

        I would also love him to pair up with Gong Hyo-jin again, but I won’t be too greedy since there would probably be a scandal (look at Kim Nam-gil and Sohn Ye-jin)

  16. 16 bebethao

    I’ve seen Fated to Love You and it was cute. Not totally original, but cute and breezy, basically a rom-com done in a way that you don’t really pay attention to the fact that its storyline has been tried and used 100 times over.

    But I want to groan at this…why couldn’t they have chosen a better plotted drama? I hate how sometimes dramas get remade and are terribly horrible. I hope this isn”‘t one if them.

    • 16.1 Caitlyn

      I can really see Fated To Love You being remade as a k-drama, it has all the elements that Korean audiences love. Plus, i actually think they can do a better job. I found Fated To Love You was just too long, which is often a problem with Taiwanese dramas, so if this is only 16-20 episodes, it might actually be pretty good.

  17. 17 piggy68gal

    Woah, another TW drama remake; first the remake of My Queen (Witch’s Romance) and now this! And coincidentally Ethan Ryan starred in both dramas. Anyway I’ve watched Fated To Love You, and I thought it was a rather enjoyable drama. It will be interesting to see how the Korean version turns out, given that the original TW version was such a hit and also considered a classic~ :โ€ข)

    • 17.1 piggy68gal

      Oops I meant Ethan Ruan!

  18. 18 hajae

    I loved Fated to Love You! It was so earnest and adorable. I loved it to pieces. Not sure if I remember correctly, but was this the drama where Ethan promised (and fulfilled) to go swimming butt naked if they went over 10%?

    And gah, Baron! He was such a great second lead. Understanding and supportive, always trying to help our lead become a better person. Definitely can’t wait to see who they cast as Baron.

    • 18.1 Caitlyn

      Yes yes, Baron Chen, i loved him! Not a great actor but lovely to look at. I’m also really curious to see who they cast in that role.

  19. 19 Noemi

    Jang Nara will make a great Chen Xin Yi! Since I’ve never seen Jang Hyuk in a rom-com, I’m not so sure about him as Ji Cun Xi, but it does sound like a potentially good pairing, considering they’ve starred together before and seemed to have chemistry then. And as cliched and dated as the doormat female lead sounds on paper, I really thought it worked for Fated to Love You. Xin Yi being a sticky note girl was integral to the trajectory of the story and her character, from what I remember.

    • 19.1 bjharm

      Fated had two parts to it really, one where she was the ‘doormat’ and part two where she tried to change herself after leaving him. The plot line easily fits a melodrama really, certainly the loss of the baby and the way it was acted was very powerful and I still get tears seeing it even now.
      I would not worry on the age thing Joe was around 28 when she made the TW verstion and Jang Nara can play that easily enough, and 30 year old virgin in k-drama are nothing new anyway lol As for the male lead will who need another young rich guy anyway, about time they had one that looked old enough to acually run a huge company, even if it is a family one.
      I can see it working if they tighten up the plot with less episodes but keeping away from too much melo. For MBC of course it means $ for oveseas sales as the chinese will buy it if only for Jang Nara but Jang Hyuk also know there, he did a remake of a korean drama there afer all.

  20. 20 Drama Fan

    Jang Hyuk is not new to comedy (Please teach me english, Jungle Juice, maybe not popular, but they were comedies) Not new to romance (Thank You, Robbers, even Chuno had romance AND funny scenes involving his character) Of course classic rom com is a different genre (not my favorite) but he has also done that Bright Girl. So yeah, I don’t worry about him or his chemistry with Jang Nara. I just hope the adaptation is good in terms of script. I agree the premise sounds very typical so hopefully dialogues keep it fresh.

    • 20.1 houstontwin

      Drama Fan, thanks for reminding readers of JH’s range. He can be very sweet and cute with the right material. This is a good choice for him. He can be overly intense and this will reestablish some balance.

  21. 21 Thursdaynexxt

    Wow, blast from the past… I remember marathoning Jang Nara’s dramas when I first got into K-dramas. She seriously looks like she hasn’t aged a single day!

    The plot kinda reminds me of Wonderful Life with Eugene and Kim Jae-won. But then again, I haven’t seen the original Taiwanese drama. JN usually plays the poster girl for “Spunky Candy”, so I’m having a hard time imagining her as post-it girl!

    Still, I love ’em both and can’t wait to see them together again!

  22. 22 Robin

    As much as I would like to see these 2 again in a drama (and why not a rom-com?), this is *not* the one I would have chosen! I really loved the pairing of Ethan Ruan (who had a standout year with FTLY and the haunting Wayward Kenting) and Joe Chen because he is excellent at playing bratty but responsible and manly and she’s great at playing resourceful and naive and not a prim miss. FTLY depends on a couple that is inexperienced and immature in love as it is written; a couple as mature as Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara give this a whole different tone. I know she skews young but he certainly does not.

    I can only assume that they’ve gone older in the casting because of the pregnancy angle of the story – bad enough for someone over 30 (who should be settling down anyhow) but horrible for someone who’s 24-25!

    • 22.1 Noemi

      I didn’t immediately think about the older ages in casting because Jang Nara gives off such a young air, but now that you mention it, Jang Hyuk does seem a bit mature to be Cun Xi.

      I’d say your assumption that the older casting is because of the pregnancy angle is reasonable, which makes me wonder what other changes might be made to make that angle more palatable for this audience. There most likely won’t be the intercourse allusions like mandelbrotr pointed out in another comment!

  23. 23 coby

    hehehe.. just realized that I have this drama dubbed in Tagalog on a DVD!

    Will there be a Kdrama counterpart of Skipbeat? I just endured watching it last night.. for the love of CSW.

    Now I just have to see that Bright Girl thing.

    Will never get tired of romcoms.

  24. 24 maldita

    OMG I totally loved Fated Love to You back in the day. It’ll be interesting to see how they remake it.

  25. 25 Amelia

    I love drama FTLY, I’ve big anticipation for the remake.
    Btw, I want other lead casts such as So Ji Sub & Yoon Eun Hye (just my imagination). ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. 26 just saying......

    Jang Hyuk is a stellar actor and is going to be great in this. I’m extrememly excited about this one, more for him than anything else.

  27. 27 korfan

    It’ll be interesting to see Jang Hyuk doing the rom-com thing.

    I seriously don’t know what to expect given that I’ve always seen him in more intense portrayals.

    Certainly a change of pace ……. looking forward to it.

  28. 28 dmohican14

    I wasn’t a big fan of Fated to Love You when it aired, but I liked it a lot more when I rewatched it recently. The heroine drove me nuts, but the second half more than makes up for it. I think this will work well as long as it’s only 16 episodes.

  29. 29 kittycat

    I didn’t know FTLY was being remade in Korea!! I just cannot fathom Fated To Love You as Korean drama for the life of me. It’s such a classic wacky, cliche Taiwanese drama that it’s hard for me to imagine Koreans capturing the same feel the original had. I loved FTLY and even though it didn’t have the best plot or budget for a drama, it kept me interested and invested in the characters.

    I just feel like the Korean version would lean a little more on the melodramatic side and that the male lead will be too much of a jerk to the female lead. The Taiwanese lead was a little jerky too, but you could see that he actually cared about his wife and his unborn child by the little gestures he did for her throughout the run of the drama. I’ve never seen Jang and Jang act in anything before, but I will check this out. Hopefully it lives up to the original.

    • 29.1 Lc

      Totally agree on what u said about FTLY!!

    • 29.2 Lc

      Totally agree on what u said about FTLY!!

      The spunky grandma, male lead’s sissy PA, female lead’s mother and sisters -they light up the screen with the 2 leads for me!

    • 29.3 Nheony

      I really hope they make it good and leave the bad parts of that drama coz it was really good.

      I’m just not completely on board with the casting. I don’t think Jang Nara can carry this role really well.

  30. 30 charlene

    I literally elated off my seat ๐Ÿ™‚ What a surprise! I am a fresh and new converted fan of Jang Hyuk , watching on a marathon of his Filmography and drama series. All these years I avoided his craft, for some personal reason (he has this uncanny resemblance of my first boyfriend, by feature ) Well, believe me, not what your thinking of, just have this matured perception now . I find Jang Hyuk as exceptional actor and Jang Nara earned my respect. I love to see them both in drama. Excited to watch this!

  31. 31 E

    Can’t wait to see this one actually – I loved the Taiwanese drama and seriously loved their 12 year old drama – Successful Story of a Bright Girl too. It was such a typical drama but the actors made it worth it.

  32. 32 djprincess

    i feel that jang nara and jang hyuk are too old for the roles. maybe jang nara can pull it off but not jang hyuk. joe chen was 28 when she did FTLY. ethan ruan was 25 then. FTLY is to-date the highest rated taiwanese drama. but i love the second one more – autumn’s concerto.

    • 32.1 msmint82

      I think they will remake this series in a more mature setting than the original Taiwanese one. Which I really appreciate. So I’m excited ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 32.2 dearly

      I love Autumn’s Concerto. That’s probably my #1 Favorite Taiwanese Drama alongside “The Fierce Wife” and “In Time With You”. As popular as FTLY was, that drama is not on any of my favorite. But I’m happy that Joe got such a great success with that drama. She’s an amazing actress. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 32.2.1 anglvue

        haven’t watched autumn’s concerto but i agree with about in time with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • djprincess

          @anglvue – you should! it will be so worth your while. i’ve watched it 3x since feb this year. each time, i had separation anxiety with the drama! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. 33 pogo

    I really liked Jang Nara in School 2013, it’s high time she came back to Korea for a drama ๐Ÿ™‚

    I do hope they make some changes to this drama though, not least among which is revising the ages of the characters upwards. Jang Hyuk would just not work for the role otherwise.

  34. 34 running_wild

    Pretty sure the next one that will get adapted is autumn concerto!!!

    Anyway i’m so excited about this. I love these two since successful story of a bright girl.
    For those who concern whether jang hyuk can do rom-com, no worries ok!!! He has done rom-com before and he can definitely do it!

    Wohooooo can’t wait!

  35. 35 J

    I dunno but way back then I thought it’ll be cool if Korea remakes Devil Beside You! Deliciously angsty fauxcestastic college romance with the cutest/hottest pairing ever in Rainie Yang-Mike He.

    I’m kinda thinking Kim Woo Bin and Lee Yoo Bi can play the two leads and recreate the original’s burning hot yet impossibly cute romance.

  36. 36 J

    And you know what will be up to Kdrama’s alley in terms of TW drama remake? 100% Senorita!

    I meaan, swapped twins (check), face/off style transformation (check), inheritance war (check), love quadrangle (check), swoony hero (check), bad guy gone good (check).

    It’s simply meant to be!

    • 36.1 windsun33

      NO NO NO – Please NO!

      For me Taiwan dramas are not as appealing as Korean or Japanese ones, but 100% Senorita was one of the worst ever (Though Deja Vu did beat it out for worst ever).

      I never finished it – made it about halfway through and was so flooded with “WTF’s” that I had to quit to avoid brain seizures. And it was not just the total beyond k-drama makjang – it was all the silly slapstick stuff going on while people are trying to kill each other – at the same time.

    • 36.2 windsun33

      They were not actually swapped twins at first. A surrogate mother gave birth to twins, so she kept one and ran away. The other one ended up with some chaebol type family.

      Even Korean dramas have not gone that far out.. yet.

      • 36.2.1 Lc

        This plotline was already covered in Korean drama Mothers and Sisters in 2000. Kim So Yeon and Go Soo are twins born to a surrogate mother. Only Go Soo was taken in by the father and raised as his wife’s son, while Kim So Yeon stays with her biological mother.

  37. 37 ColleenFH

    So I really liked FTLY, I have a soft spot for Chen Chiao En she always delivers in her roles. That being said I am okay with a remake of FTLY but I am not on board with the chopice of Jang NaRa. I know a lot of people like her but I really find her annoying to the point of not being able to watch her dramas. Her casting is always a disappointment to me because I often like the other actors inviolved in these projects. Even though I like Jang Hyuk I will have to give this a pass.

  38. 38 singingzombies

    I remember watching the Taiwanese Fated to Love You when it was beginning its ratings explosion and ihmo, I don’t think it was the plot that was really driving the success of that show (or rather alot of the big hit Taiwanese dramas in general sadly) or the good execution of the comedic tone with occasional feel-good warm fuzzy acting moments.

    They had the ratings hype of having a bed scene in the very first episode of the drama (the scene was more gratuitous than average as well) and then managed to hold on to that hype with the funny gags and heartwarming acting.

    It’s not something I think you can recreate from a formula and I hope the producers do attempt to bring something a little more original to the table, because their circumstances are very different.

  39. 39 KatFish

    All I ask of this production is that they let Dylan stay awesome (which I’m not that worried about, kdramas are great with perfect second male leads) but I really hope they change his ending.

    That’s probably the biggest gripe I had with the drama, he was such a great character but he was just given another nameless faceless stickynote girl because apparently that was his type. I’ll even be okay with birth secret angst if that means that Anna and him can end up together (though now I can’t even rmbr if they were actually blood rrlated siblings. But that also would have to make Anna a less hateful charactee which… I can’t see how we could have that happen since she was the catalyst for the big twist in the middle of the drama.

    But I really love this drama even though it did have some really horrible moments and I just want to see it done right!

  40. 40 reyna

    “her only good trait is that she’s KIND”?! seriously??? is being kind an archaic trait now that when you see it in a person it makes them unique? does being kind gives her the magical power to transform this unrealistically perfect, and classic prickly-on-the-outside man into a perfectly softy-on-the-inside chaebol hero?

  41. 41 charlene

    I need to watch “Successful Story of a Bright Girl” . Sounds interesting . Must be good.

    • 41.1 charlene

      can’t find the complete series with subtitle though…sigh*

      any help?

  42. 42 LoLols

    Jang Jang, i hope bed scene xdddd

  43. 43 Nheony

    I watched “Fated to Love You” and I really liked the central story – specially since the actors were pretty good and had a lot of chemistry. BUT… I hope that the remake will not include all the side stories and irritating sub-plots that never went anywhere or wasn’t even important to the story. Also hopefully a better ending for the second leads.

  44. 44 canxi

    I’m also a fan of Fated to Love You (mostly because Joe Chen!) but hopefully, they change that ending because I thought it was just so silly and the show could have done better. I’m sure the k-drama would probably get rid of some of the more slap-stick elements of the show, ahaha.

    I’ve never seen the Jang Hyuk + Jang Nara pairing before and so this will be new and exciting for me ๐Ÿ˜€ Jang Nara even looks a bit like Joe Chen in that first picture, lol.

    • 44.1 bjharm

      lol I was going over certain scene and matching them up, say like the holiday boat where Joe Chen got her make over to make her ex boyfriend jealous, Jang Nara has alway been able to get from her normal pretty to outright hot if she needs to, then I remember that clevage scene when the lead goy was pretending to be blind…I am not really sure Nara got the um right equipment for the scene!
      ๐Ÿ™‚ As I remember Joe Chen got an endorcemnt for pushup bra’s from that scene alone.
      I hope they keep some of the slap stick myself it would break up the temptation to make it closer to a straight melodrama, but yeah i do not think the Korean viewer would go for it.

      • 44.1.1 windsun33

        I can live with some slapstick, but at some point I just start to find it unbearable. It might have been funny when the 3 Stooges did it, but that was like 3 generations ago.

        Maybe it is just the particular shows I have watched, but Taiwan dramas seem to have WAY too much of it – most of it making no sense at all and adding zero to the story.

        • bjharm

          you have to watch TW dramas like you watching live action cartoons really and it helps to kind of learn to turn off a part of your brain ๐Ÿ™‚ too.
          It seems right off though that the Korean version is toning it all down this was Jang Nara’s role,,,
          Kim Mi Young has no charms, no boyfriend, and no wealth, but her life starts getting in to a dramatic change after getting a luxurious travel coupon for free…
          And of course in the TW version she used all her money to buy the tickets for her and her boyfriend so she could give him her virginity thus making him hers forever or something along those lines, either way it was to have sex with him..so right off step one the korean version sanitised the plot and taken a lot of the fun out of it already…it was also said the drama would be able to be seen by all members of the family, that kind of a big hint that the this is only the start of taking a lot of fun out of the drama

  45. 45 samsooki

    What an awesome idea.

    I wonder if JB or GF will recap…

    • 45.1 ananke23

      Knew this could bring out a comment from the now ever elusive Samsooki…

  46. 46 samsooki

    Perhaps this is the start of the return of the old school k-dramas.

    I wonder if they will redo some of the other ones next…

  47. 47 miley

    wow! i love this pair in story of a bright girl and that was the first time too that i saw Jang Hyuk .will be looking forward to this.

  48. 48 domo

    I am so excited for this. FTLY is the only Taiwanese drama I like. In the beginning, I was just going to give it a try because I love Ethan Ruan, but I’ve watched it several times now ๐Ÿ˜›

  49. 49 bluemoon

    Can’t wait for this! Awesome

  50. 50 jxng

    OWOWOWOW!! Jang Hyuk paired with one of my favourite Taiwan drama remake of all time!!?? I couldn’t possibly miss this!! Why June couldn’t come by faster!!

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