[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Festival - Old Goodbye" 2014/11/09,
Soo-hyeok (played by Jang Hyuk) is a battered man who's made his livelihood by fighting others. Note that outside from one short action scene and a few brief snippets in flashback Soo-hyeok never actually acts violent at all. In the present day, at least, his attention is consumed entirely by his ex-wife Chae-hee (played by Jang Nara). Chae-hee is dying, and Soo-hyeok is all that she has left. Soo-hyeok, too, appears to be alone in the world for mostly unexplained reasons. We do, at least, eventually get a good idea why Chae-hee is alone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 20 (final) 2014/09/08,
"Fated to Love You" has come to a heartwarming end. It was very neatly concluded. This finale's ending was the victim of a lack of material as it crawled along to the finish. Despite that, it was still satisfying to see Geon and Mi-young get their happy ending and live as a family with everyone who is important to them. The finale does not reflect the rest of the drama, which, in general, moved along at a decent clip. The episode was packed with sappy romantics and a reliving of the Macau incident that began the fated relationship,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 19 2014/09/06,
This episode was very slice-of-life in that it focused on a narrow scope. It dealt with two issues: Geon's illness and how it affected and continues to affect his family; and, Mi-young's mother inability to approve of their marriage. The simplicity of the plot made screen time for some very sweet interactions of our main couple with each other and with their loved ones. It could also be indicative of very little plot left to be had, but "Fated to Love You" is always at its best when it is adorable and winning. While having a parent oppose a marriage is nothing new to drama, having a mother as level-headed, open, and caring as Mi-young's mother is rare indeed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 18 2014/09/02,
Misunderstandings work themselves out in this episode of "Fated to Love You". All that is left is raw emotion and the core issues that spawned the misunderstandings. It's time for everyone for everyone to come to terms with Geon's inherited disease and what that disease has done to his family. With a little help from her friends, Mi-young has learned of Geon's illness and why he pushed her away,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 17 2014/09/01,
This episode of "Fated to Love You" really proved how strongly written the two main characters are written. Despite mistakes that they make and misunderstandings that they have, they retain the traits that make them endearing. It is those traits that will bring the estranged lovebird back together. It is this couple, and their supportive families, that carry the show. They are its core and strength when the secondary plot lines fail. It is also the incredibly ability of Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara to emote that keep the show emotionally tethered to its audience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 16 2014/08/24,
This episode was the last episode of Geon's charade as Kim Young-ja, the "woman" who bought Mi-young's painting and gave her emotional support. It is also the end of this stage in this stage of their relationship, the stage where they're forced to reckon with lingering emotions and the repercussions of splitting so suddenly. While the relationship between Mi-young and Geon is full of nuance and development, the other relationships stall in wait for the last phase of the drama. It is good that Geon's Young-ja charade ended as it was just about to reach the end of its useful life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 15 2014/08/24,
Mi-young and Geon are dancing around each other now, trying to make heads or tails of their ill-defined relationship while everyone else watches and waits for the fated couple to work things out. Words are what trip the couple up along with their messy past. Both Mi-young and Geon are in denial about their feelings for each other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 14 2014/08/24,
"Fated to Love You" is in the midst of re-establishing the relationship between Geon and Mi-young - that is to say, they really don't have a relationship anymore. It is also now that we see that not all is well with Mi-young, and that Geon cannot seem to let her go. The episode is inwardly turned as it explores the troubles of not only Mi-young and Geon, but of their families and Daniel. Se-ra is still conspicuously underdeveloped. The biggest revelation this episode is the fact that Mi-young has a decided aversion to all things related to Geon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 13 2014/08/20,
"Fated to Love You" has come full circle since its beginning and is now continuing forward. The main couple has been molded by their experiences and they have come out stronger and a little wiser. Not only is there character development this episode, but the humor was brought back detracting from the gravity of the tragedies Mi-young and Geon have experienced. In the three years that have passed, Mi-young has become a famous artist, but still keeps her humble, kindly demeanor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 12 2014/08/19,
"Fated to Love You" has taken a complete turn into darkness. The intensity of the turn was shocking, but very well executed. The episode could have been overworked and overly dramatic. Instead it was timed with finesse that maximized the major events as well as the smaller moments. The pacing and cinematography of the episode were its strengths,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 11 2014/08/16,
All the happiness in "Fated to Love You" wasn't fated to last any longer. Episode 11 was as heart-wrenching and intense as the Mi-young/Geon couple has been sweet for the past ten episodes. It was a difficult turning point based on the wearied plot trope of amnesia, but it was well-played. Geon loses his memory and spends the hour struggling to get it back and greatly hurting Mi-young in the process,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 10 2014/08/11,
Circumstances take a turn for the worst for the blissfully happy married couple. Although they are Happy Together, it is the world that refuses to leave them to their own devices. If it did, this wouldn't be quite as dramatic a drama. What is beautiful about this main coupling is the genuine affection between them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 9 2014/08/11,
"Fated to Love You" is too cute for its own good. It feels like the calm before the storm. Geon has seemingly dealt with his past, choosing Mi-young and their baby. Mi-young is growing stronger as well, bringing the couple closer. The only negatives in the show now are Yong and his scheming mother, and that the build up to the adorable happenings is ridiculously formulaic. The show follows very predictable routes to get to the warm and fuzzy adorable scenes, but when they arrive, the moments are very rewarding,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 8 2014/08/08,
"Fated to Love You" is a modern day Cinderella with more depth and a prince who is dashing because of how well he treats his princess. He can't protect her from everything, but the protection and support he does give bolsters her and gives her strength to go out on her own. She in turn softens his heart and shows him what true kindness is, giving him the strength and will go protect her. There has been no doubt, for some episodes now, that Geon and Mi-young are attracted to each other and enjoy being together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 7 2014/08/07,
"Fated to Love You" keeps up a lively pace into this seventh episode - it's also a lot of fun. Mi-young and Geon learn more about each other, learn that they like spending time with each other, and learn about the process of parenthood. They have a lovely partnership forming that will no doubt be trampled with with Se-ra comes back into the picture. While this episode began with a big misunderstanding, through humor and Geon's earnestness, not only do Mi-young and Geon grow closer, but Geon earns the respect of his in-laws,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 6 2014/08/04,
Family is key to "Fated to Love You". It is what brings the characters closer and makes this show hit so close to home for every viewer. Cohabitation hjinks have begun as well as burgeoning feelings on the part of the most reluctant character: Gun. He and Daniel warm to the kind-hearted Mi-young as she becomes more involved with becoming a mother. Gun has grown up in a broken family with dead parents, his father's mistress and son, and a very demanding extended family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated To Love You" Episode 4 2014/07/28,
"Fated to Love You" has hit a sweet balance between laugh-out-loud humor and the very serious matter of having a child. It confines the humor to transitional scenes and gives the heavier moments room to expand and then settle. Last episode dealt with the immediate reactions to pregnancy while this episode focused on the aftermath - the decisions a man and a woman face when a baby is created as the result of irresponsible behavior,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 3 2014/07/27,
"Fated to Love You" gets cuter by the episode. What makes it so fun is the mix of the serious and the goofy ways the characters deal with problems. The Korean drama's take also is more concise than the original, shortening some of the drawn out sequences that Taiwanese dramas prefer. This gives the show a brisk pace that suits the startling discoveries made this episode. What adds to the urgency of the pace is that the fun Geon/Mi-young pairing is not only full of chemistry, but that they are on opposite sides of a political battle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 2 2014/07/27,
From hijinx to understanding, "Fated to Love You has worked it's way across the emotional spectrum to bring the main couple into a commiserative friendship. Both of them have been hurt by love, and both of them find comfort in sharing that hurt. In order to make the couple sleep together, all sorts of things go wrong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated To Love You" Episode 1 2014/07/25,
The first episode of "Fated to Love You" was fun, whimsical, and full of the zany Taiwanese drama style while still remaining true to Korean drama style. The characters were wacky, but endearing, and the plot moved quickly towards the event that sets of the main couple's journey. From the get-go, "Fated to Love You" bolted out of the gates, giving us some over-the-top humor with male lead Lee Geon (Jang Hyuk) that was a milder version of the drawn out scenarios that Taiwanese dramas favor,...More
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