Fated to Love You Korean Drama Review

Fated to Love You Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra

Fated to Love You tells the story of a quirky rich chaebol and a timid office worker who accidentally have a one night stand that results in a pregnancy and one amazing love story.

Oh how I adore Fated to Love You!  This drama just hit so many sweet spots for me.  The first half is your standard romantic comedy that then transitions to more of a melodrama in the second half.

Fated to Love You Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk

Jang Hyuk is absolutely perfect for the role of Lee Gun.  He is so animated and off the wall with a very over the top comedic style.  And then there’s the classic Jang Hyuk laugh!  It is prominently on display throughout this drama, and I love it to pieces!

Fated to Love You Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk

But the wonderful thing about Jang Hyuk is that he is just as amazing when it comes to being serious.  Lee Gun goes through such a difficult time in the second half of the drama, and Jang Hyuk has the ability to bring forth such powerful emotions.  He’s one of those actors that really conveys his feelings through his eyes.  I’ve mentioned this before, but when he cries, I cry.  His tears just always move me that much.  He is simply an amazing actor.

Fated to Love You Korean Drama - Jang Na Ra

Jang Na Ra plays our sweet and innocent Kim Mi Young perfectly.  Despite being so timid and apologetic, she always comes off as likable.  I couldn’t have chosen a better actress to pull that off so perfectly.  And Jang Na Ra effortlessly delivers the emotional punches concerning her own heartfelt storyline.

Fated to Love You Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra

But this couple together is absolutely adorable.  They are one of my all time favorite kdrama couples because of their amazing chemistry, fun personalities, and the journey they go on together.  They will always have a spot in my heart because of their wonderful love story.

Fated to Love You Korean Drama - Choi Jin Hyuk

Our second male lead is Daniel Pitt (Choi Jin Hyuk).  He’s that perfect guy who is always there for Mi Young no matter the circumstance.  I actually really liked his chemistry with Jang Na Ra too.  They had such a sweet relationship, and I always enjoyed him.

Fated to Love - Wang Ji Won

Se Ra (Wang Ji Won) is Lee Gun’s girlfriend when the drama begins.  Luckily, for the most part, she is a pretty likable second female lead.  She was caught in the middle of a bad situation and aside from one selfish attempt to hold on to Lee Gun, she does her best to move on.

SPOILERS BELOW

How I loved watching Gun and Mi Young prepare for the arrival of their baby in the first half of the drama.  They went through their share of challenges, but it always had a humorous tone.  But things take a terrible turn when Mi Young miscarries.  This initiates such a sad chain of events.

The drama explores both Gun and Mi Young’s grief in depth as they both frequently speak of the pain they are feeling in detail.  Due in large part to that amazing intensity from Jang Hyuk, but also from the talented Jang Na Ra, I was  a complete mess in the second half of the drama.

Fated to Love You Korean Drama - Jang Na Ra Fated to Love You Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk

Fated to Love You is officially the drama I have cried the most during.  From about episode 10 onward, I cried throughout a good chunk of every episode.  But that is definitely not a bad thing.  This drama was just able to move me so deeply because of it’s well developed characters and their engaging story.

But even in the midst of tragedy, the drama still had plenty of feel good and fun moments.  Jang Hyuk continues to be quirky and his smile and laugh just livens things up.  Then watching Gun and Mi Young reconnect was always a joy.  Seriously, this couple is one of the best around!

Fated to Love You Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra

For me, Fated to Love You is that perfect mix of comedy and melodrama.  With an amazing love story, extremely talented actors, and such a heartwarming story, it truly is a special drama.  As one of my all time favorite kdramas, I highly recommend Fated to Love You.

My Rating: 10/10

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17 Responses to Fated to Love You Korean Drama Review

  1. Have you watched the Taiwanese version too? For some reason, Jang Nara reminds me of Joe Chen and vice versa :))

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  2. AES says:

    I enjoyed this drama 🙂

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  3. hariaharia says:

    What a great review! It’s been a long time since I read something so refreshing; there are no “ifs” and “buts”, just pure love. That’s why I hate to rain on your parade and that’s why I won’t.
    I had a wonderful time watching this drama week after week no matter its flaws and my (minor) objections. The first scene was the absolute scene-stealer and the “snail” hooked me for good.
    Your post reminded me of the great season back then when everyone was happy with their shows and, since I just finished One More Happy Ending, I think I should refresh my memory and re-watch the “snail couple” right now.
    Thanks, Kay!

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    • Kay says:

      Aww, thank you hariaharia! Pure love does really sum up my experience with Fated to Love You. I know it had some flaws, but for me they just didn’t matter because I loved it so much.

      Ah, that first scene! Fated to Love You was my first time seeing Jang Hyuk, and I really didn’t know what to make of him after that! He took some getting used to, but it wasn’t long before I absolutely loved him.

      That really was a great season. Fated to Love You, Joseon Gunman, and You’re All Surrounded made for some wonderful dramas for me at that time. I still remember it well 🙂

      Watching Jang Na Ra in One More Happy Ending also had me nostalgic, which is what inspired me to revisit Fated to Love You and do this review. I hope you enjoy your trip down memory lane with our Snail Couple 🙂

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      • hariaharia says:

        I didn’t know you hadn’t watched JH in anything else before FtLY. I think he had never been in a rom-com before this one and his hilarious acting was a first to me as well.
        Thank you, Kay. The fun factor is guaranteed with this OTP 😉

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        • Kay says:

          It was certainly a great introduction to him and the amazing range of his acting capabilities. Is Successful Story of a Bright Girl considered a rom-com? Even though it’s an old drama, I have that on my list since I would love to see this couple’s first drama together. I do wish he would do more rom-coms because he is just so hilarious!

          Although not a rom-com, his character in Shine or Go Crazy reminded me a lot of Lee Gun at times when he was being funny. But I’ve loved Jang Hyuk in everything I’ve seen him in (even if I didn’t necessarily love the drama itself). He’s just such a talented actor. But Fated to Love You is still my favorite drama of his 🙂

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  4. NickSJ says:

    As a recent kdrama convert, I’ve watched a couple of dozen by now, and they often follow the same basic formula. Rich, powerful, selfish male is attracted to low class but fascinating female. He can’t believe he’s falling for her in spite of their class differences, so tries to shrug her off. There is a second male competing for her attention, but who doesn’t quite have the right stuff to win her heart. The female protagonist, after taking an emotional beating, finally wins the male lead’s heart completely, and they live happily ever after.

    Of all the kdramas I’ve watched so far, I don’t recall such endless emotional pounding taken by the femaie lead as in this one. I almost turned it off after she got daggered through the heart for the nth time. Meanwhile, the female lead plays a saint that Mother Teresa would envy as she takes hit after hit. The redeeming part of this kdrama for me was during and after the reconciliation. Many kdramas treat this phase as an afterthought, and it’s either weak or almost non-existent. This one plays out the ending strongly and makes the early heartbreak seem worthwhile to endure.

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    • Kay says:

      Aww, sorry this one had so many problems for you. Mi Young definitely is a saint! But I’ve seen over a hundred dramas and have seen many heroines have it much worse. But like you said, Fated to Love You had a very strong ending for the couple which is something that is frequently not seen. They endured a lot of heartache, and I really loved this couple.

      Yep, that’s pretty much the key kdrama formula, lol. Although in the last year or so there are more dramas popping up that don’t follow this formula near as much.

      Have you seen some of the popular dramas that aren’t so cliché like Healer, Kill Me Heal Me, Girl Who Sees Smells, or Descendants of the Sun? Those dramas all have stronger women and the men don’t treat them terribly. If you like crime dramas, Signal is another great one that doesn’t really have any clichés 🙂

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  6. Fred says:

    Just a question: Why is this not in your Top Ten? HAHAHA

    My, oh my. In terms of tears shed, only two other dramas (My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and One Litter of Tears) made me shed more tears than this. I shed the most tears in the middle part. In fact, by episode 11 or 12, I was ready to make this my second best drama. But it became a bit more mellow in the second half. Still perfect but it became only my third favorite after My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and Kill Me, Heal Me.

    For the female lead, I’ll give Kim Mi Young a tie with Mi Ho (Gumiho) as my two best female leads. I absolutely loved Jang Na Ra. Never heard of her before this drama by the way HAHA. But now she has a special place in my heart. That inner beauty and unwavering goodness that just captures your heart (same with Mi Ho). Plus she obviously also looks good on the outside, especially when she wears glasses.

    I generally don’t care about male leads. I only want them do fulfill their roles. But I like the male lead in this drama. That weird laugh always gets me. But he’s not my favorite. That still goes to Song Joong Ki in Sungkyunkwan Scandal (although he is not the main lead and I was not able to finish this drama because I was bored with the main male lead).

    So yeah, this drama is the special type. Does not anymore really require any explanation. It just has the perfect recipe. Never got bored with the 20 episodes. I will not watch another drama for a few days because I want to keep this special feeling for a while. 🙂

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    • Kay says:

      Haha, well it actually was for a very long time. But it’s still very close sitting at number 12 on my favorites list 🙂

      I’m thrilled this one worked out so much better for you! Oh my, I too cried sooooo much during the drama. It’s still officially the drama I have cried the most during. I’ve watched it a couple more times and I sill cry, lol.

      But yes, I love so much about it. This was the drama that I first saw both the leads and I went on to become a fan of both of them. Jang Hyuk is amazing and so hilarious, and Jang Na Ra is beautiful and adorable. She’s done some really great dramas, so you should check them out if you enjoy her.

      Fated to Love You is definitely one of those special type dramas that just gets it right. That’s why it sill has such a special place in my heart. Definitely savor that feeling for a bit before your next one, hehe 🙂

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  7. Fred says:

    Yes, I enjoyed watching her. Which drama of hers do you recommend I watch next? I was thinking of watching Hello Monster because of the leads of Fated To Love You, Shopping King Louis, and Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. But you gave it a low score so I decided against it. I am going on a business trip. And the first thing I’ll do when I get back is watch a Jang Na Ra drama HAHAHAHA.

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    • Kay says:

      You should try Hello Monster. I don’t really think of 7.5 as a low score as it is solidly in my very good category. I really enjoyed the drama. It was a bit slow to get going, but it just got better and better as it went. But the romance is more of a subplot with the focus being on some interesting psychological issues and crime (it’s not scary though). It’s one of those dramas that is very solid, but I think it really just depends on your tastes. I would recommend it though.

      I also really loved her in One More Happy Ending. It’s more of a rom-com, but get’s more melo in the second half. Jang Na Ra is fun in it as is Jung Kyung Ho as the leading man. I really liked the drama, but it received very mixed reactions from fans. I definitely think Hello Monster is the better drama, but as mentioned, it all kind of comes down to taste 🙂

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      • Fred says:

        Ok, Hello Monster seems interesting. Hopefully it is like City Hunter or Pinocchio with the love story being a subplot. I loved both.

        But I realized (after reading a lot of your posts) that I generally go for rom-coms. My Top 3 dramas have stories revolving around the couple’s love story. So One Happy Ending also seems like a good choice. Tough decision. LOL.

        I keep changing my mind so I’ll just decide when I get back. Thanks for your recommendations. 🙂

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        • Kay says:

          Yeah, I could tell you gravitated more toward rom-coms. That’s why I wanted to make sure and point out it wasn’t one. Of course, it has some humor and a romance subplot, but it more fits the psychological/crime genre. One More Happy Ending is solidly rom-rom, but it is far from a perfect drama and certainly has issues. I still really enjoyed it though. So yeah, see what you’re feeling when you get back. Have a good trip!

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