Fated to Love You (2008 TV series)

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Fated to Love You
Fated To Love You-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Fated to Love You
Also known as 命中注定我愛你
Genre Romance
Comedy
Written by Pan Yiqun
Chen Xin Yi
Du Xinyi
Directed by Chen Mingzhang
Starring
Opening theme "99次我愛他" (99 Times I Love Him) by Shorty Yuen
Ending theme "心願便利貼" (Sticky Note With Wishes) by Quack Wu and Shorty Yuen
Country of origin Taiwan
Original language(s) Mandarin, Taiwanese
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 24
Production
Location(s) Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Sanlih E-Television (SET)
Release
Original network Taiwan Television (TTV)
Original release 16 March (2008-03-16) – 24 August 2008 (2008-08-24)
Chronology
Preceded by Bull Fighting
Followed by Invincible Shan Bao Mei
Related shows Love You
Fated to Love You
External links
TTV homepage

Fated to Love You (Chinese: 命中注定我愛你; pinyin: Mìng zhòng zhù dìng wǒ ài nǐ), is the original Taiwanese television series, starring Joe Chen, Ethan Juan, Baron Chen and Bianca Bai. The series was first broadcast in Taiwan on free-to-air Taiwan Television (TTV) (台視) from 16 March 2008 to 24 August 2008, every Sunday at 22:00 and cable TV Sanlih E-Television from 22 March 2008 to 30 August 2008, every Saturday at 21:00. It was produced by Sanlih E-Television and directed by Chen Ming Zhang with location filming in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The series was adapted into Korean and Thai language versions with the Thai series dubbed in Filipino for release in the Philippines.

The drama holds the record for the highest average single-episode rating at 10.91 with a peak at 13.64 for episode 20 broadcast on 27 July 2008,[1] and broke the previous record held by The Prince Who Turns into a Frog. It was nominated in 2008 for six awards at the 43rd Golden Bell Awards, Taiwan. It was awarded the 2008 Best Television Series and Best Marketing Programme.

Fated to Love You was also covered by America's Wall Street Journal.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Chen Xin Yi (Joe Chen) is an unfashionable office lady in a law firm described as a "sticky note girl"—a person who is helpful, but unnecessary and therefore easy to throw away. Her co-workers frequently take advantage of her eager to please nature by dumping unwanted tasks onto her. She plans and pays for a trip on a romantic love cruise, hoping to lose her virginity and thus keep her boyfriend. Xin Yi is devastated when she finds her boyfriend cheating on her during the cruise and he tells her that he planned to break up with her all along. On the same cruise is Ji Cun Xi (Ethan Juan), the wealthy sole heir of a soap and cleaning products company. He had planned to propose to long-time girlfriend Anna (Bianca Bai) during the trip, but is unaware that she has stood him up for the 11th time and never boarded the cruise. Anna is a professional ballet dancer and chose a main role in a world tour over Cun Xi.

In a huge mix-up involving drugs, a third party blackmail plot, and carelessness, Xin Yi and Cun Xi end up spending the night together and have sex, only in the morning realizing the mistake.

Although they vow to forget about the incident and continue on with their lives, Xin Yi soon finds out that she is pregnant and the news soon reaches to Cun Xi. Initially, they decide to have an abortion, but Cun Xi changes his mind at the last minute and offers to financially support Xin Yi until the birth, but her family rejects this and thinks abortion is best. Cun Xi's grandmother, Granny Ji, however, is ecstatic over having a great-grandchild and forces the two to get married. Cun Xi, upset that he has been trapped into this situation, forces Xin Yi to agree to divorce after the birth, and in exchange for her silence about the marriage, she will relinquish the baby to him. She, however, refuses to accept any money he offers her for the pregnancy, which makes him question her motive for agreeing to the marriage. Xin Yi had only agreed to the marriage in hopes of giving the baby a happy family, but she knows that it's not possible if she and Cun Xi are not in love. She meets and begins a friendship with Dylan, a kind young man from Shanghai who sympathizes with her in her situation and seems genuinely interested in her. He later becomes her confidant and a source of support in the face of Cun Xi's mistreatment. Dylan reveals to her that his lifetime goal is to find his long-lost biological sister, Dai Xin Yi, who has the same name as Chen Xin Yi separated from him during childhood.

Still in love with Anna and thinking Xin Yi became pregnant to get money from him, Cun Xi struggles between his selfishness and taking responsibility. Xin Yi feels deeply burdened with guilt for her mistake and struggles to stand up for herself and become more than just a sticky note in other people's lives, while trying to keep from falling for Cun Xi. Xin Yi's simple and selfless nature soon endears her to Cun Xi's family and, eventually, Cun Xi. Slowly, Cun Xi begins to realize his love for Xin Yi and the child she is carrying, and starts to wonder what life would be like if they lived together as a family. He desires to protect Xin Yi from those who would mistreat her and tells her that he doesn't want her to leave him after the baby is born.

Unfortunately, these epiphanies are interrupted by the unexpected return of an injured Anna. Cun Xi conceals his marriage and impending fatherhood and requests Xin Yi return to stay with her mother until he can explain the situation to Anna and his grandmother. A series of unfortunate events lead a devastated Anna to discover the truth from Cun Xi's incensed grandmother during an ugly confrontation. Enraged, Cun Xi blames Xin Yi ruining his life and accuses her of telling his grandmother in an effort to force him to stay with her. He moves out to live with Anna.

Cun Xi later regrets his anger and worries constantly about Xin Yi and the baby. He decides to return to his original plan to care for Xin Yi until she gives birth, and requests Anna be considerate of the situation and wait for him for the remaining months until the child is born. He has new divorce papers written up which ensure Xin Yi will be generously taken care of for the rest of her life. Anna, worried that Cun Xi will leave her, delivers abortion agreement papers to Xin Yi and says they're from Cun Xi. Distraught and horrified, Xin Yi decides to take the baby and raise it alone. During another ugly confrontation at Grandma Ji's birthday party, Cun Xi realizes his feelings at last for Xin Yi and runs to find her. She pleads with him to leave her alone and tries to run away from him when Xin Yi is hit by a car. In the emergency room, Cun Xi must sign an abortion agreement to save Xin Yi's life, while she begs him not to.

Xin Yi recovers and refuses to see Cun Xi. To escape her loss, and Cun Xi, she changes her name and moves to Shanghai with Dylan, signing the divorce papers before she goes. Cun Xi vows to find her again one day.

Two years later, Xin Yi has stopped being a stick note girl to become a successful pottery teacher just starting a relationship with Dylan, while Cun Xi has become engaged to Anna but still continues his search for Xin Yi. Cun Xi eventually finds Xin Yi again and realizes that they are still married since he never dated and filed their divorce papers. Jealous of her attentions to Dylan, Cun Xi tries many tricks to force Xin Yi to interact with him, in order to make her forgive him for how he treated her and prove to her that his love for her is genuine. Xin Yi is not able to forgive him, accusing him of being glad that she lost the baby. In the face of this rejection Cun Xi then decides to go along with marrying Anna, but when Xin Yi visits the island for the first time in two years, Cun Xi finds out that Anna was the one responsible for the misunderstanding with the abortion papers and why Xin Yi hates him. Mad by this, Cun Xi cancels the wedding with a heartbroken Anna and tries to make amends with Xin Yi by telling her that he didn't want her to get rid of the baby. Xin Yi is still reluctant to forgive him, but allows him to explain. Afterwards, with her newly awakened feelings of love, Xin Yi forgives him, they reconcile, and Dylan finds out that Anna is his sister, and the two are reunited as siblings.

As punishment for the tricks he played on her, Xin Yi tricks Cun Xi to be in a barrel and hits him so he went off the hill and he lost his eyesight temporary so she decided to be with him until he get his eyesight back. The next day, he got his eyesight but he pretended that he still have lost his eyesight to make her stay by his side. She then finds out he tricked her again and is able to acknowledge that she still has feelings for him. She goes to the doctor to see if she can give birth again but the doctor said the possibility to have children is so low due to the miscarriage she had before. On the same day, Cun Xi asked Xin Yi to marry him but she rejected the offer since she knew that Cun Xi's grandmother wanted an heir for the Ji family tenth generation.Hence,she duped Cun Xi that she wanted to start a relationship with Dylan because she finds Dylan more suitable.With the support of Cun Xi and their families, she finally agrees to marry him and they have a formal wedding. Shortly after, she becomes ill and finds out that the hospital that told her she was infertile is a fraud. Afterwards, Xin Yi finds out she is pregnant, and later gives birth to a baby by the name of Ji Nian Ri, honouring the wonderful memories that she and Cun Xi have created between them.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character Relationships
Joe Chen Chen Xin Yi / Elaine Cun Xi's wife
Ethan Juan Ji Cun Xi Xin Yi's husband
Baron Chen Dylan / Dai Jian Ren Cun Xi's rival, Anna's brother
Bianca Bai Anna / Shi An Na / Dai Xin Yi Xin Yi's rival, Dylan's sister
Tan Ai-chen Ji Wang Zhen Zhu / Grandma Cun Xi's grandma
Na Wei Xun Anson Cun Xi's trusted assistant
Lin Mei-hsiu Chen Lin Xi Shi Xin Yi's mother
Jessica Song Xin Yi's first sister
Zhong Xin Ling Chen Feng Jiao Xin Yi's second sister
Wei Min Ge Wu Qi Qi Xin Yi's brother-in-law
Luo Bei An Wu Liu Liu Qi Qi's father
Wang Juan Ji Liu Xiu Lin Cun Xi's stepmother
Tian Jia Da Ji Zheng Ren Xiu Lin's son
Patrick Li Gu Chi Xin Yi's ex-boyfriend
Miu Miu Ji Bao Bei (Baby Ji) - Dog Cun Xi's dog

Production[edit]

  • The production cost for the first episode was more than NT $5,000,000.[citation needed]
  • Ethan Juan and Joe Chen reprised their role as Ji Cun Xi and Chen Xin Yi in a cameo appearance in the first episode of Invincible Shan Bao Mei.
  • Anna's name was named after the beautiful and talented ballerina, Anna Pavlova.

Soundtrack[edit]

Fated to Love You
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Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released April 18, 2008
Genre Mandopop
Language Mandarin
Label Rock Records

Fated to Love You Original Soundtrack (命中注定我愛你 電視原聲帶) was released on April 18, 2008 by Various Artists under Rock Records. It contains fifteen songs, in which three songs are various instrumental versions of the five original songs, and another three songs that are kala versions. The album was released in two versions: the regular edition (CD) with shiny Post-It Card,[3] and the deluxe edition (2CD+DVD) with an additional eleven track CD and a music video DVD.[4] The opening theme song is "99次我愛他" or "99 Times I Love Him" by Shorty Yuen, while the ending theme song is by Quack Wu (吳忠明) and Shorty Yuen entitled "心願便利貼" or "Sticky Note With Wishes". The track, "心願便利貼" (Sticky Note With Wishes) was listed at number 50 on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (Hit-Fm年度百首單曲) for 2008.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."99 Times I Love Him" (99次我愛他)Shorty Yuen 
2."Sticky Note With Wishes" (心願便利貼)Quack Wu (吳忠明), Shorty Yuen/Yuan Ruo Lan 
3."Half Love Song" (半情歌)Shorty Yuen 
4."Get Up and Go" (起步走)Quack Wu (吳忠明) 
5."My Happiness" (我的快樂)Walkie Talkie 
6."I'm OK" (我好了)Shorty Yuen/Yuan Ruo Lan 
7."Blowing Wind" (吹吹風)Gary Chaw 
8."Fold" (對摺)Shorty Yuen 
9."Sticky Note With Wishes Kala ver." (心願便利貼)  
10."Half Love Song Kala ver." (半情歌)  
11."99 Times I Love Him Kala ver." (99次我愛他)  
12."Get Up and Go Kala ver." (起步走)  
13."Half Love Song-guitar version" (半情歌_療傷情弦 inst.)  
14."Sticky Note With Wishes-gentle version" (心願便利貼_浪漫溫馨 inst.)  
15."99 Times I Love Him-music box version" (99次我愛他_夢幻音樂盒 inst.)  

Books[edit]

  • 13 June 2008: Fated to Love You Top Secret Behind-the-Scenes (命中注定我愛你 極機密幕後花絮) - ISBN 978-957-565-819-9[6]
  • 26 June 2008: Fated to Love You TV Drama Novel (命中注定我愛你 電視小說) - ISBN 978-957-565-813-7[7]

International broadcast[edit]

Remake[edit]

A 2014 South Korean remake of the same title starred Jang Hyuk and Jang Na-ra in the lead roles.[12][13]

A 2017 Thailand remake starred Esther Supreeleela and Sukrit Wisetkaew on ONE HD 31 entitled You're My Destiny. The remake was broadcast in the Philippines by GMA network with high rating in audience share from its competing network.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Recipients Result
2008 43rd Golden Bell Awards[14] Best Television Series Fated to Love You Won
Best Actress Joe Chen Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lin Mei-hsiu Nominated
Best Director in a Television Series Chen Ming-chang Nominated
Best Writing for a Television Series Chen Yu-shan, Pan Yi-qun , Chen Xin-yi and Du Xin-yi Nominated
Best Marketing Fated to Love You Won

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