Matchup Monday: Fated To Love You Versions

So I’m taking a break from posting the OST of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay mostly because I’m still waiting for official videos of my favorite songs to be released 😋. Instead, I’m comparing and contrasting a drama and its remakes, the Taiwanese drama Fated to Love You (2008).

I’ve watched all four remakes of it (well, I’m in the process of watching the latest one now), so I thought I’d give my opinion of it. The Taiwanese drama was very popular at the time and starred big names Joe Chen and Ethan Juan. The success of it lead to more episodes then originally planned, which unfortunately lead to a bloated and more convoluted storyline in the last 3rd of the drama. Without further introduction, let’s start this matchup!

Fated to Love You (2008)

Synopsis: A really unfashionable working class girl Chen Xin Yi has the desire to tie down her handsome boyfriend to be with her. Due to certain reasons, her boyfriend gets her to go on a love cruise and she started to ponder on how to lose her virginity and tie down her boyfriend. Xin Yi ended up taking cold medicine which made her drowsy and went into Ji Cun Xi’s room. Cun Xi is the sole male heir to his family’s company and has been in love with his girlfriend, Anna, for a long time. He planned to propose to Anna on the boat but she didn’t turn up on the cruise. An island owner added drugs into Cun Xi’s drink and Cun Xi became disorientated and returned to his own room. Xin Yi and Cun Xi end up having a one night stand. Xin Yi later finds out that she’s pregnant and Cun Xi’s grandmother forces them to get married. Will a couple forced to marry for the sake of their unborn child find love with each other?

With an awesome soundtrack, wonderful female actress and real character growth in the plot, Fated to Love You (2008) did a number of things right, including the sizzling chemistry between the leads. Unfortunately, some of your interest will probably wander later on in the drama, as they added episodes because of its popularity. So yeah, the plotline could have been much tighter and shorter. But Joe Chen as the female lead is truly wonderful here and I also loved her family, her mom and the grandma too. Ethan Juan isn’t a great actor here, but he has great chemisty with Joe. 24 episodes, 1 hr 30mins each.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So Korea is the first to remake it, basically a copy of the plot, except they do add their own Korean touches. Jang Hyuk as the male lead is basically gives this role this crazed energy (think Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean). It doesn’t really work as romance, but it is great comedy and so I would say this drama almost works better as a comedy than a romance. Jang Na Ra is the meek girl lead and I liked what she did with the role. This drama also added a few scenes between the leads, changed the actions of the 2nd female lead slightly to make her more sympathetic and also got rid of some of the minor plot points. There was one big change in the plot. See below!

Major plot spoiler (highlight to view).

One thing they added was making our male lead played by Jang Hyuk have a tragic illness, it was really lame and did little but to waste time. And yes, it was a happy ending, but still that stupid last minute illness was really unnecessary. I really can’t understand what was the thinking behind it, we don’t have enough angst, so let’s add our male lead dying? Ridiculous!

Overall, I liked it, not loved, but there were moments that worked really well. 20 episodes, 1 hr each

Rating: 3 out of 5.

You’re My Destiny (2017)

Now we finally get to the Thailand remake of Fated to Love You (2014), and this is based more on the Korean version then the Taiwanese version, lol. The remake starred Esther Supreeleela and Bie Sukrit and both did a good job together. They totally toned down the wackiness of Jang Hyuk’s portrayal of the male lead, Bie basically plays him as the romantic male lead, not the comic male lead. They also don’t bother with the major Korean added plot device I spoke about before. While I find this remake acceptable, it doesn’t really do much to change things up or enhance the story/characters. 17 episodes, 1hr each

Rating: 3 out of 5.

You Are My Destiny (2020)

Now on to the Japanese version, which at 10 episodes of 30 mins each, is by far the shortest of them. This dorama starred Takimoto Miori and Kizu Takumi, and while I thought Takimoto Miori did a good job as the female lead, I was not at all impressed by the male lead, who comes off as meaner and more cruel then in the previous versions. Perhaps it’s because this was shortened so much, they cut out a lot of the scenes and made other scenes shorter, there was less chance to build a positive rapport between the leads and give the hero chances to grovel he badly needed. Again, this seemed to be based more on the Korean remake then the original version, and obviously a number of scenes were dropped. There were also some big changes here. 10 episodes, 30min each. MAJOR SPOILER AHEAD! Highlight to view.

There are some rumors going around that there is to be a 2nd season, which we need because the remake basically stopped at a crucial point.

When the heroine goes off to another place and comes back more mature, and confident in herself, this remake stopped right as she was leaving. So it basically was an open ending.

Rating: 1 out of 5.


You Are My Destiny (2020)

Next, we have the Chinese remake which just finished airing on June 23. I haven’t watched all of it yet, but the main couple is played by Xing Zhao Lin and Liang Jie who garnered fans as the main couple in The Eternal Love (2017) and its sequels. This drama looks like it will have pretty significant tweaking from the original. They’ve added more scenes and background info on the heroine and her relationship with her mom, got rid of her sisters. Changes I like. The only thing I don’t think works that well is the main couple. Maybe I’ll change my mind later on, but for now, I don’t find either of the pair’s acting to be great. This version probably has the weakest actors outside of Japanese version where I didn’t think the hero was all that great actingwise. I am still watching this, 6 episodes in so this is a very preliminary review. 36 episodes, 45 mins each.

Wedding day

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Music Monday

This…

Here’s another song released from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay ost.

Janet Suhh – In Silence English Lyrics

In silence, no one answers
But I still hear your voice

If you’d only come hold me
If you’d only come

Tears flow
Sorry I’m late again
Let them fall
Sorry I’m late again

In darkness, It’s getting hard
Getting hard to stand
If you hear me, If you see me
Won’t you come closer

Tears flow
Sorry I’m late again
Let them fall
Sorry I’m late again

Can you just tell me once
You’ll never leave me
(I’m) afraid of losing you

Will you just lay with me
There will be no fears
If you only stay with me

Bare your soul to me
Here I stand for you
Stop crying your heart
Days will come for you, for us

In silence, no one answers
But I still hear your voice

Source: kgasa

Music Monday

I’ve decided to take a break from all things It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) to highlight this video. In Mafia Luerd Mungkorn: Krating (2015), we have two wonderful actors Ken Theeradeth and Cherry Khemapsorn who look great together.Actually, I’ve always had the Mafia series on my plan to watch list, and I’ve watched several episodes of different parts of the series, but nothing compelled me to watch more. This mv reminded me why I want to watch this lakorn.

Synopsis: Seven years ago, all member of his great mafia family were killed in the bomb led by Black Dragon gang after sending “Janchompoo” a young girl decoy to be his lover, only “Chonlathee” managed to escape this murder plan. Chonlathee flees to live with his father’s close friend in Hong Kong. The wound from that fire incident drove him into a facial plastic surgery and he even changed his name into “Tham” and later gets back into the mafia business again to wait for a revenge. He’s named the ‘fierce bull’ of Yaowarat China Town.

Tham gets to meet Yah-ya, a beautiful girl that he feels familiar. With his curiosity ’cause she’s too skillful to be just an ordinary waitress at a Chinese restaurant, Tham intended get closer to Yah-ya and unexpectedly fall in love with her. Yah-ya falls in love with him too. But she has to get shocked when his past secret is revealed.

(Source: mydramalist.com)

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Music Monday

Listening to the soundtrack of Marn Bang Jai (2020) after listening to It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is like listening to someone playing Chopsticks on the piano as opposed to Beethoven’s Symphony. Like how when you went to a fancy restaurant and the quality of the food there makes you dissatisfied with fast food places for a bit?

Honestly, I like Marn Bang Jai (2020) and the music, but the soundtrack is sooo lazy. They play the exact same song in every episode, like textbook. I know the budget of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) must be way superior, but you could still make interesting music choices on a lower budget if you cared. I remember some older lakorns like the 1999 version of Ngao Asoke had really fun music choices I remember to this day. At any rate, more music from MBJ and IOTNBO.

Here’s another song released from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay ost. Waiting for the rest.
They play this at any romantic moment or contemplative moment where you’re thinking of other person. Every time!
A male singer this time.

Music Monday

Two episodes in and I can already tell It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is going be a favorite for me in terms of soundtrack. I’ve been scouring youtube looking for songs from the drama, and one was released, but my fav still isn’t out.

This week I will be working on more recaps, but I also want to focus on the music I love, the soundtracks that has stayed with me other the years.

Here’s the 2nd song to be released from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay ost. Waiting for the rest.
From kdrama Save the Last Dance for Me, the kdrama was good, but I loved this song more, lol.
I’ve talked about this song before, but this song from Loving, Never Forgetting is unforgettable.

Music Monday

Hello and welcome to Music Monday! I’m so excited for the week ahead because I have not one, not two, but three different dramas I’m waiting for to air this week! I try not to watch dramas as they’re airing as then I’m constantly waiting for the English subs, but I couldn’t help myself because I was determined to watch Payakorn Sorn Ruk, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and I’m counting My Husband in Law (2020) too although it has already ended in my must watch dramas.

Yes, I will be writing about them this week, I’m just figuring out what form, reviews, recaps, etc. But to get back to music, I wanted to introduce you to a great channel for osts and mvs on Thailand lakorns, Channel 3 Thailand Music. I’ve used them for Music Monday over the years, they’re the official channel for Channel 3 osts and mvs of their lakorns, so expect to see only Channel 3 lakorns here. Here are some of the mvs you can catch, including a young Nadech singing with Yaya. Enjoy!

Music Monday

Things seem to be picking up in lakornland. Several lakorns have resumed filming, some new lakorns are now airing, we have more coming this week and I’m really looking forwards to one of them, it’ll be Tuesday’s teaser. For now, I’m waiting to watch some of these new lakorns and talk about them here. This is one that’s been on my ever growing watchlist for ages, The Crown Princess (2018). A hodgepodge of topics this week, stay tuned.

Synopsis: The main heroine – a princess of a small country, comes into danger after her coronation. To protect her they send her to Thailand, where the main hero – a navy man- becomes her bodyguard.

(Source: mydramalist.com)

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Music Monday

The days can’t go by fast enough for me when I’m waiting for a much anticipated lakorn and Payakorn Sorn Ruk (2020) isn’t airing until June 15, 2020, less than a week away, but it seems like an eternity. I really, really want to watch this, it has a great plot and James Jirayu and Ice Preechaya as well, but for now, a mv from the lakorn. Enjoy!!!!

Synopsis: Rosita gets into a car accident and suddenly gets a talent where she sees the future when she touches a rose. She becomes a famous fortune teller. One day, she makes a prediction in public to reporters that Theeruth, a famous actor, will make a woman pregnant and have a secret child. That prediction gets Theeruth into trouble and their relationship becomes antagonistic from that day. A few years later, there is a charity event and the host invites Theeruth and four celebrities as special guests, and also invites Rosita to tell their fortunes. Five celebrities choose different roses and give them to her to read. Once Rosita touches those roses, she sees sweet scenes of Theeruth and herself hugging, kissing and loving each other very much. She is so shocked. Her reaction is so strange and the five celebrities are very curious about what she saw. Rosita does not tell anyone and claims that she saw nothing. But all the guests do not believe her.

After that day, something strange happens to her. She is attacked by someone and the suspect is one of the five celebrities whose fortunes she had read. The biggest suspect is Theeruth who had always been her opponent. But one day, he coincidentally saves her from the criminal and also offers to let her live with him as it is the safest place for her since everyone thinks that they are opponents. Their relationship improves little by little from that day through many dangerous situations to find the real criminal who wants to kill Rosita. (Source: James Ji Fansub)

(Source: James Ji Fansub)

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Music Monday

Today’s music Monday is brought to you from the music of Boy Peacemaker. Boy is a popular Thai singer whose music is featured in a number of different osts and mvs. Boy was born August 1, 1980, started performing with a band and later became a solo artist. He has released a number of songs and albums that you can find on youtube. One of my favorite songs of his is from the Roy Marn (2011) mv and it’s just beautiful and emotional.

Roy Marn

Synopsis: A lakorn involving a forced marriage that wasn’t meant to be. Bee’s cousin should have married Mark but the day before the wedding, her cousin was kidnapped by a guy who had loved her for years. He kidnapped her, assaulted her, got her pregnant, and thus everything changed.

The young and bratty Bee had to take the place of her cousin because it was a marriage to erase a debt. Her uncle owed money to Mark and his father. Since he can’t use his daughter, he’ll use his niece instead.

(Source: mydramalist.com)

Source: Tracy Liu’s yt, credit Boy Peacemaker’s music

More recently, Boy’s music has appeared in Bpai Hai Teung Duang Dao (2020).

One of his most famous hits is “ไม่ไหวบอกไหว,” which roughly translates to “Can’t Stand, But Have To.” I tried to find an English version of the song, and all I could find is this. So enjoy!

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Music Monday

If I had to pick a drama that really started a new trend in dramaland, namely that of parallel worlds/virtual worlds, I would pick two, kdrama W (2016) and Chinese drama Love O2O (2016). Both of these dramas really helped popularize this genre. I’m not even sure what to call the genre, Parallel worlds, virtual worlds, parallel dimensions, maybe alternate dimensions? Whatever you do call, I call it fascinating. But as a definition, I would say it is a person traveling to a world outside of what we know as this world into a fictional world. This will be the focus of this week’s posts.

Synopsis: Xiao Nai is a gaming expert who, courtesy of his basketball skills, academic excellence, swimming talent and game company presidency, also happens to be the most popular student on campus. When he first comes across the gorgeous computer science major Bei Wei Wei, the infinitely talented wunderkind immediately falls in love.

But it’s not Bei’s looks that he notices; it’s the ridiculous mastery with which she is commanding her guild and owning everyone in an online multiplayer game that makes her impossible to forget. Now, Xiao Nai must use his skills both in real life and online to capture the adorable but dorky Bei’s heart. But does their love have the XP to succeed, or will this relationship never level up?

(Source: mydramalist.com)

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