The 2008 Taiwanese drama “Fated to Love You” (also known as “The Sticky Note Girl” and “命中注定我愛你 / Ming Zhong Zhu Ding Wo Ai Ni”) has to be one of the most charming produced in recent years in that country. The series has the great good fortune to have a very winning lead couple and an experienced supporting cast to keep things lively.
Ethan Ruan manages to surprise and delight once again with his versatility. 2008 was a terrific year for this young actor, coming off 2007’s “Wayward Kenting”. He successfully manages to create two very unique and compelling characters. As Ji Cun Xi, he is the earnest, somewhat brash and thoughtless, but generally tender-hearted scion of a soap empire. As a result of a series of errors, he meets and inadvertently impregnates Chen Xin Yi, the titular “sticky note girl”, played with a fresh and natural candor by Chen Qiao En. A marriage of convenience follows – a plot that could be tired and predictable with less charming and interesting actors – and it’s just a matter of time before the two fall in love. Does the path to happiness run smoothly? Of course not, it is a drama after all, but the heartaches (some serious) and romantic flutters along the way are worth the effort to track this down.