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Updates on Korean Remakes of Defeated Queen & Fated To Love You

The Taiwanese dramas remakes are on roll! Does that mean that there’s a growing influence of Taiwanese dramas in other countries? Hallyu is strong and I am hoping that Taiwanese dramas can also make a wave at other countries like it used to.

I posted before about Group 8 producing a Korean remake of Defeated Queen (敗犬女王) previously and they’ve now confirmed the leads and the broadcasting channel. Witch’s Love is a remake of the hit Taiwanese drama, Defeated Queen and is set to broadcast on TVN on their Monday/Tuesdays timeslot. Uhm Jung Hwa (He Who Can’t Marry, Dancing Queen) will be playing Cheryl Yang‘s character, a news reporter who becomes a workaholic after being deeply hurt by her ex-boyfriend. Park Seo Joon (Shut Up Family, One Warm Word) will be playing Ethan Ruan‘s character, he works various part-time jobs and is a bright young man who hides his scars from losing his girlfriend in the past. Han Jae Suk will be playing James Wen‘s character, ex-boyfriend of the female lead but they were separated because of misunderstandings. Witch’s Love will follow after I Need Romance 3 and will air in April 14th.

Even though I’m not that fond of Uhm Jung Hwa, I think she got that strong aura that Cheryl Yang has and she’s quite a decent actress so I think she’s able to show the heroine’s vulnerability behind the strong facade. I’m quite ambivalent about the Korean counterparts for Ethan Ruan and James Wen because although Park Seo Joon is adorable in Shut Up Family, I don’t think he’s ready to headline a drama or maybe he showed tremendous improvement in One Warm Word?

Han Jae Suk is just sooooo bland, I watched him in the old-school K-drama Glass Slippers and end up rooting for So Ji Sub, I also end up rooting for Jung Gyu Woon instead of him in Women of The Sun. He’s a veteran actor but I don’t see any improvement from him so I hope he can prove me wrong in Witch’s Love because in the Taiwanese version, I had a hard time deciding which guy to root for since both Ethan Ruan and James Wen were burning the screen with their chemistry with Cheryl Yang. On a positive note, I think the promotional poster is very stylish and that captured my interest so I’ll be keeping my tabs on this drama.

It seems that Ethan Ruan’s dramas suit the Korean taste as MBC will be doing a remake of the super-ultra-mega-hit Taiwanese Drama Fated to Love You (命中註定我愛你) and while there’s no confirmed cast yet, it’s set to air in their Weds/Thurs primetime drama timeslot.

Besides Korean remakes, it was reported that Taiwanese dramas Two Fathers (兩個爸爸) and Inborn Pair (真愛找麻煩) sold their copyrights to Mexico and will be remade into Latin American dramas (or is it telenova?). Since both dramas are long-running family romance dramas, I think it’s quite suitable to be remade into notoriously long and dramatic telenovas. I realized that these dramas are all produced by SETTV, they’re really leading the Taiwanese drama industry. Now that there’s remakes of Fated to Love You and Defeated Queen, can I have a Korean remake of  In Time With You (我可能不會愛你), puhlease, please, please?

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24 thoughts on “Updates on Korean Remakes of Defeated Queen & Fated To Love You

  1. I have faith in Uhm Jung Hwa and Park Seo Joon, however I have zero faith in Group 8.
    I’ve seen all of Park Seo Joon’s acting project, and he is definitely one of the best young Korean actors, to be honest I think he is the best choice for the role. He always puts a straight line between all the characters he played and I’m pretty sure he will make this one work as well. Not to mention, that I’m pleased because the production company choose an young actor and not some idol from a big agency.
    As for Han Jae Suk, his acting never had a real impact on me, but I suppose will wait and see. ^ ^


    • That’s the thing about Han Jae Suk, he’s sooooo bland that he makes me yawn. Uhm Jung Hwa is a pretty good actress but I always think that her face is very stiff which is why I’m not too fond of her but I approve of her acting abilities. I’ve only seen Park Seo Joon in Shut Up Family and Dream High 2, he did alright in both. He is ADORABLE in Shut Up Family, he and Choi Woo Shik makes my day but I haven’t seen him in One Warm Word so I don’t know whether he’s able to take on more serious projects and something meatier than his usual supporting role. I’ll still be anticipating for the remake, It caught my interest.


    • I mostly loved him in “I summon you gold”, and not that I have a special bond with that drama hahah (orz).
      The thing with Park Seo Joon is that coming from the agency that hosts him, he could’ve easily took a main role from the start, but I think that the plan KeyEast made for him – starting from supporting roles and then going up, was a better choice in making him polish himself.

      I loved the Taiwanese drama, and I was (kind of) looking forward to the remake, but Group 8 will always make me iffy.


    • I’m not sure whether it’s still Group 8 that’s producing the drama because I saw CJ E&M name in the news report or maybe they’re collaborating? I’m really not sure about the productions, I think Group 8 did okay for Tamra the island and the first Goong, but then the rest are just iffy.

      I’m hoping that they won’t erase Defeated Queen’s trademark line “8 years of gap can be infinite possibilities too”, when you rotate 8, it becomes the symbol of infinity, I really really LOVE that line and I love how they showed the after story of the main couple getting together and how realistic problems get into their relationship.


  2. SETTV’s on a roll!
    Yay, a K-adaptation of Fated to Love You! I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one.
    I also like that Mexico has a good eye and is remaking two of the best family dramas from Taiwan as of late. ‘Cause I looove (!!!) Inborn Pair, and I’m pretty sure I’ll love Two Fathers as well.


    • Are you from mexico? Unfortunately, the report didn’t state the network names that will be picking up those adaptations but I’ll be keeping an eye on this and will tell you if there’s more information^^


    • I agree, I really think they have a good eye. I’m not too fond of Inborn Pair actually because I’m more biased towards Love, Now. It’s strange, I like Chris Wang as an actor and also his dramas but none of his pairings seem to work for me.


    • Ah, I disagree, but to each her own!

      I refuse to watch Love, Now. I concede that Annie and George have amazing chemistry from LN scenes I’ve seen here and there, but I won’t watch an entire 72-episode drama that is narratively bananas. Also, I’m still annoyed with how the pair was so overhyped that they starred in a second drama tailored just for them—which, of course, tanked terribly.

      On the other hand, Inborn Pair is all sorts of perfect to me—it would be in my top five TW-dramas if I had a list. I won’t go into detail on why I like it so much, but it hit all the right notes both storywise and character-wise. I was equally invested in all three couples, for very different reasons; they were at times hilarious, at times moving, and always engaging. Had Chris and Annie been slightly better actors and had the last ten or so episodes not dragged, I’d easily give it a ten out of ten.

      By the way, how’d you like Love Family overall?


    • Love, Now is my guilty pleasure, I know it’s not the best drama and has all sorts of annoying plots but I just watch for George and Annie lovey-dovey scenes as they make me smile. I didn’t watch their second drama because I wasn’t interested. Inborn Pair’s quality is a lot better than Love, Now but I enjoyed Love, Now because I prefer the pairing. Annie’s character in Inborn Pair actually annoyed me in the beginning and I think she actually had amazing chemistry with Chris Wu who cameo-d as her ex-boyfriend. She’s cute with Chris Wang but their chemistry is somehow lacking to me. That’s just my personal opinion and I know this is an unpopular opinion so don’t mind me, haha!

      Love, Family is pretty cute but I only watched the first 20 episodes so I can’t say much and I heard it drags toward the end. The storyline is not really my cup of tea but Chris and Serena had slightly better chemistry than Chris and Annie imo. Storywise, I think Two Fathers is the best long-running SETTV drama. People said it turned draggy towards the end but actually I prefer the last part of the drama as there’s so much emphasize on family. I watched it as a family drama and not a romance drama. I appreciate how the romance took the backseat because honestly, I didn’t care much about the romance but I love all of the characters and I like their character growth. I would recommend you to watch Two Fathers as so far, it’s my favorite SETTV long-running family drama.

      On a side note, I actually like Fabulous 30 a lot more than Love Family as I really like the sisterhoods and bromance in that drama.


    • Haha, no worries, I can totally see where you’re coming from—’cause for Chris Wu not to have explosive chemistry with the female lead in any drama is to see pigs fly. I, too, thought fondly of Yijie and Dongyang’s long-lost relationship.

      Yeah, I’ve always wanted to watch Two Fathers for the family aspect more than anything else. It’s unfortunate that the drama was cut short; do you feel that it ended abruptly?

      Good to hear that you like Fabulous 30! From the teasers and whatnot during In a Good Way‘s and Déjà Vu‘s commercial breaks, it does seem to be pretty cute in a womance/bromance way. I may tune in if it stays solid till the end of its run.


    • No, I think Two Fathers had a great ending, they all make sense and it feels like a complete picture. I didn’t even notice they cut short the drama until you told me.


    • Thanks for letting me know! Can’t wait to see it, in that case. 😉

      Now, I just need to clear off my plate… which is going to be hard, because there are a lot of K-dramas I want to tune into as well. :<


  3. Hi I saw your blog when I just heard about Fated to love you will get a Korean remake just now from other sources. This is just awesome to see Korea recognizing Taiwanese dramas. I’m not surprised, Taiwan seem to be sharing a similar ambition to South Korea to go global, I think in the future Taiwanese wave could go global like the Hallyu Wave did. I’ve been monitoring Taiwan, I think they have potential to rival South Korea in the future. Taiwan’s government (particularly the ministry of culture has invested money to upgrade Taiwanese pop music industry and to foster creative content industry like what South Korea did). So I think Taiwan could become the “2nd South Korea” to replicate it’s own Hallyu wave. I expect 5 or 10 years from now, Taiwan may have it’s own Super Junior, Girls Generation, BigBang, 2NE1, etc…

    One Taiwanese drama I would want South Korea to remake is Autumn’s Concerto. I love that drama a lot and I always thought that drama would be perfect for a K-drama remake, I could imagine Tiffany or Seohyun of Girls Generation can pull off Ady An’s character. I would want Changmin of TVXQ or Taceyeon of 2PM to play as Vanness Wu’s character for the remake. I would love Korea to remake In time with you.

    In return can Taiwan remake hit K-drama like maybe Taiwan can remake Prime Minister and I, The Heirs, Golden Rainbow, or That Winter, the Wind blows. That would be nice to see.

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    • Before the Hallyu wave in Asia, It was actually Taiwanese dramas who made the wave overseas in Asian countries through Meteor Garden and idol dramas back in early year 2000 but slowly people get bored of Taiwanese dramas because of the limited range/genre they have. Most idol dramas have around the same stories, centered around romance.

      South Korean did great with marketing their idol music and dramas altogether and I’ve seen tremendous improvement in the quality of dramas and the range as cable dramas tend to try out different genres beside romance. Honestly, I don’t see any country that can replicate South Korea’s success with their idol culture, maybe Japan comes close because of their similar training system but drama-wise and I think it was Korean who replicate the Johnny’s idol training system? It’s just a matter of taste, there will always be market for japanese, taiwanese and korean dramas. They can be considered as the strongest competitors in Asian drama market.

      Tw-dramas did quite a number of Korean and Japanese drama remakes, it’s very common but this is my first time knowing a Taiwanese drama being remade into Korean drama so I was surprised. I don’t know whether Taiwan can overcome the hallyu wave in 5~10 years as I predict that hallyu will be still as strong as ever. Korean dramas have been the trend since decade ago and people kept on saying it will lose its fever soon but it’s still going on up till now. So people can’t deny that there will always be a market for Korean dramas and music no matter what.

      Especially with the continuous improvement in techonology, South Korea utilize internet marketing well and this is something Taiwanese entertainment industry need to learn. Most of Taiwanese dramas raw videos sources in internet are not even in HD quality (still using the old school 4:3 screen ratio), it was only until the recent years where they started putting out HD raw videos for certain dramas, it’s such a step back compared to Japanese and Korean dramas so I don’t think it can garner as much popularity as Korean dramas but there will always be a market for it which I’m not worried about.

      Anyways, great writing from you! It’s quite an interesting topic to discuss.


    • Yes, but the Korean Wave/Hallyu wave started since the late 90’s. But I do agreed Taiwan and South Korea were battling it out in 2003-2009 in Asia. But in the end South Korea won this battle and that’s how K-pop got so big outside of Asia (with the help of the internet and aggressive marketing). But I’m seeing Taiwan may have potential to rival South Korea.

      For Japan, I’m a long time anime fans and observer, I don’t see Japan sharing a similar ambition like South Korea (and what Taiwan is doing now), although the recent tax hike could forced Japanese corporations to target more overseas market (but we have to wait and see). On Dramafever, Viki, and Crunchyroll there is less J-dramas then Taiwanese and Korean dramas (I mean I can find less then 10 J-dramas, while I can find over 50+ Taiwanese dramas on legal streaming sites and English sub, and that includes fansubs for Taiwnaese dramas on Youtube). Also J-pop is not widely avaliable on Itunes, yet I can find a lot of K-pop on Itunes and I do see Taiwanese pop on Itunes store in the US. Actually when it comes to idol training Korea got it. I mean did you see these video:

      The K-idol training is so unique, it’s not even found in Japan. Also I’m seeing idols/artists from Mainland China and Indonesia going to Korea to get K-idol training. So it’s possible Taiwan may have their pre-debut idols train in Korea. I can’t find any evidence of Japan sending their idols to Korea to get training. Also I’m seeing evidence of Taiwan sharing ambition to go global like South Korea did, have a look at these articles/websites:

      That’s how I know Taiwan will probably rival Korea in the future, they’re sharing that same ambition as South Korea. I don’t see J-pop taking a global push unlike K-pop, but for Taiwanese pop it has potential. I watched Taiwanese dramas and I think it has the same appeal as Korean one, as a matter of fact, did you know several Taiwanese dramas (along with some Mainland Chinese one) were shown in Latin America (thanks to the K-drama popularity over there), the Girl in Blue was one of them:

      I never heard of or can’t find any evidence of J-dramas being shown in South America when both Korean and Taiwanese dramas have done this.

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    • The idol system was started by Japan Johnny company as early as 1980s, they train teenagers or kids since young and debut them, SMAP (1988), NEWS, KATTUN were nurtured under this system. Korean is known to actually replicate this system and probably improvise on it. There’s such a strong culture in Korea about dance and pop music so I guess they’re more on trend than Japan in terms of global music. Japanese music culture is very different from Korean, they’re so diverse and people really buy CDs.

      J-dramas is still VERY popular in Taiwan, most male prefer J-dramas than K-dramas in Asian countries and it was the most popular in the early to late 1990s, before hallyu wave hit Asian countries. A lot of my Chinese, Taiwanese friends watched Hanzawa Naoki, just like a lot of them watched The man who came from the stars. Hallyu didn’t hit Asian countries until Autumn in my heart and Winter Sonata, which I remember it only came around early 2000s, competing with Taiwanese dramas.

      The youtube videos you showed me are actually examples from China and not Taiwan, they’re quite different in terms of culture-wise. I know hallyu is very strong in China that they like to replicate the same success by training their idol using the same system. However, Taiwanese music industry is not that eager as China to replicate the same system, there are several Taiwanese groups that try using the Korean idol system but none of them tried it like China, they still prefer their own methods. Honestly, solo singers are more popular and successful in Taiwan and people still prefer ballads and rock over dance music. Dance music is very popular in Korea and also the reason that made them so popular. But yeah, Taiwan have always been pretty global with their entertainment industry, they do have the ambition, same as China which is trying their best by slowly replicating methods of other countries and learning the techniques of others.


    • Well yes I agreed, but Japan started to drop the ball compared to their Korean counterpart these day although that might change thanks to the increase in tax in Japan, we could see more Japanese corporations taking the international market more seriously. I’ve noticed that J-pop concerts outside of Japan is rare these day (except J-rock, they do concerts outside of Asia every now and then) while K-pop concerts outside of Asia is becoming more frequent (hopefully because of the tax hike, I hope to see more J-pop on Itunes and doing more concerts outside of Japan/Asia, and seeing more J-dramas on streaming sites in the future). I’m starting to notice more Taiwanese acts are doing more concerts outside of Asia (well except some places like Latin America) like Australia, and some part of Europe and North America. So there seem to be some potential for Taiwanese pop to get the same global popularity like K-pop did.

      You’re correct the video show Mainland Chinese, but I did recall Lolipop F went to Korea to get additional training on dancing and appearing alongside Super Junior. I believe the Taiwanese pop boy group JPM, one of their music video had help from Korean producers. So maybe at some point Taiwanese pop could take some inspiration from their Korean counterparts. It’s not only Mainland China that idols are being sent to Korea, the same goes for Indonesia. I said it’s possible that Taiwan (and maybe Thailand) could end up making their pop music to rival K-pop in the future. I mean K-pop is inspiring other Asian countries (except Japan) to wanting to replicate their own Hallyu, I think Taiwan has huge potential. I mean read these 3 editorials:

      Also K-pop and Korean culture is making huge headline around the world:

      These headlines and achievements that K-pop has been doing is going to make (and inspire) Taiwanese music industry to work harder to gain these same achievements as K-pop did and I can tell you that Taiwan may want their dramas to get more recognition and gain a big fanbase that can rival their Korean counterpart. Although right now Taiwan is into ballard and rock, maybe in 5 or 10 years we could see new generation of Taiwanese idols that could rival Korean ones.


  4. One day there will be a 我可能不會愛你 remake since it is so good and was so popular. Until then, we wait and pray that the remake is good, haha. I mean, now they are remaking Fated to Love You and My Queen. It’s only a matter of time. 🙂

    carolies541 you are spot on with your knowledge and observations. I have had the same observations over the years. Michael, those are some interesting observations. I think you may be using the word “ambition” in place of the word “potential.” I think Taiwan has potential, but maybe not ambition. Japan’s government has always been more aggressive to export culture, so they have ambition but not necessary the “secret sauce” that makes K-dramas to popular abroad. Also, Japanese media companies tend to not be so good at the execution of exporting the culture/maybe not as onboard as the government is on exporting culture.

    I think some Taiwanese dramas may have some potential to do well abroad, but the really quality non-idol dramas are more “indie-like” in mood; contemplative and subtle. This may not have mass appeal. Just like how Taiwanese music tends to be solo ballads and rock vs. dance music with strong beats, as carolies541 mentioned. I don’t see Taiwan changing it’s tone anytime soon either.

    I would also note that J-dramas (and Anime/Manga) were popular in the US long before the Hallyu wave ever hit, so it was curious for me to watch the shift from J-dramas to K-dramas. I think Crunchyroll (which started as an Anime site, if I remember correctly), Viki, etc. have more K-dramas than J-dramas because they developed in the mid to late 2000s as the Hallyu wave started to reach the US, but previously J-dramas/Anime were far more popular back in the early days of bittorrent and fansubs. Fansubbing originated from Anime/J-dramas, I believe. Without fansubs, the Hallyu wave couldn’t have hit the US.


    • I didn’t know this post could stir such a string of interesting discussions, haha! But yeah, I also don’t think Taiwanese will be changing its tone anytime. Just like Japanese pop music has their own distinct flavor, something that may not appeal to the masses but is still able to target j-pop lovers. Every countries have their own style and tone. I like Taiwanese dramas because they are more subtle (not referring to most of their rom-coms) but even though it’s not as polished as K-dramas or J-dramas, there’s a certain natural appeal to it that I really like.

      The secret sauce to success in my opinion is staying true to its roots, just keep doing what it has been doing as following certain trend will only be a temporary boost but the effect won’t lasts too long. I think Taiwanese dramas and music are doing fine, at least I still prefer Taiwanese dramas than cn-dramas.

      I would like to see a remake of 我可能不會愛你 but I don’t know whether I would watch it because watching anything for the second time will greatly reduce the pleasure and excitement for watching. This is also the main reason I’m not going to watch the remakes of Defeated Queen and Fated to Love You.


    • “The secret sauce to success in my opinion is staying true to its roots” <– so true! I hope Taiwan will continue to produce good and thoughtful dramas. Some of my favorites are An Innocent Mistake, In Time with You, Two Fathers, ToGetHer, etc.

      Michael, are you from South America? I have no idea what is popular there, so it is fascinating to see which dramas are making it over.


    • “I think some Taiwanese dramas may have some potential to do well abroad, but the really quality non-idol dramas are more “indie-like” in mood; contemplative and subtle. This may not have mass appeal. Just like how Taiwanese music tends to be solo ballads and rock vs. dance music with strong beats, as carolies541 mentioned. I don’t see Taiwan changing it’s tone anytime soon either.”

      After Korean drama got popular overseas, Taiwan (along with other Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, and Mainland China) started to cash in on the drama fad, I mean Taiwanese dramas started to be exported more and more whenever K-dramas get more popular. I mean in South America, K-dramas are so popular:

      After K-drama got popular in South America, Taiwanese dramas started to get pick up for those area too, and yes Taiwanese dramas just like K-dramas have started to gain a lot of audiences in South America, here’s couple of video

      Office Girl dubbed in Spanish

      The Girl in Blue (Amor Azul in Spanish), Not Taiwanese but it was dubbed and shown in South America:

      I think there were other Taiwanese dramas shown in South America too (someone from South America confirmed this to me). I was also told several Taiwanese dramas have gotten popular in South America alongside their Korean counterpart. So yes I think Taiwan can become the 2nd Asian country after South Korea to launch their own “Hallyu Wave”.

      “I would also note that J-dramas (and Anime/Manga) were popular in the US long before the Hallyu wave ever hit, so it was curious for me to watch the shift from J-dramas to K-dramas. I think Crunchyroll (which started as an Anime site, if I remember correctly), Viki, etc. have more K-dramas than J-dramas because they developed in the mid to late 2000s as the Hallyu wave started to reach the US, but previously J-dramas/Anime were far more popular back in the early days of bittorrent and fansubs. Fansubbing originated from Anime/J-dramas, I believe. Without fansubs, the Hallyu wave couldn’t have hit the US.”

      Sadly, when it comes to J-drama. Japan seem to drop the ball (Fuji TV is the only one embracing streaming of J-dramas), as I said, when K-drama got popular, Japan didn’t cash in immediately like Taiwan did. I mean not long ago, Hong Kong’s TVB started to put 3 of their dramas on Dramafever:

      Yes, TVB has now “joined the game” when it comes to exporting dramas:

      It’s also disturbing that there are 2 J-dramas broadcasting on a Japanese-American station, but not found on Dramafever, Crunchyroll, or Viki where it could reach to a wider audiences:

      What’s also disturbing is that these 2 J-dramas aren’t even shown in South America where K-dramas and Taiwanese dramas are all the rage.

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    • “Michael, are you from South America? I have no idea what is popular there, so it is fascinating to see which dramas are making it over.”

      No, I’m not from South America. I do a lot of research and read a lot about K-drama being popular in that area, and I go to Youtube to find evidence of it being true. You can say I’m an observer of Korean pop culture (and Japanese pop culture).


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