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?