Beautiful Gong Shim

Beautiful Gong Shim (2016)

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This drama is about the Love story of two sisters and two men. The talented older sister has everything, including a beautiful appearance, and her younger sister, who is less attractive but still has a warm heart. And two men appear in front of the siblings: a progressively more attractive man, who moved into a humble rental room on the rooftop of their building and another man who is handsome and wealthy read morefrom a plutocrat family. The romance-comedy drama depicts an eventful and unpredictable love story by the four people from such a warmhearted point of view.

  • Native title:

    미녀 공심이
  • Also Known as:

    야수의 미녀; Yasooui Minyeo; Minyeo Gongsimi; Geudaewa Chumeul; The Beauty of the Beast; Beast’s Beauty; Dear Fair Lady Kong Shim;

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Richel
55 people found this review helpful
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Jul 17, 2016
  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
The best way I can describe this show is by asking you to picture a house. It's a very nice house, but over time the foundation seems to crumble. Then one day, the entire building can't hold itself up anymore and collapses in on itself until it's just a pile of separate, broken parts that used to make a beautiful whole.

Beautiful Gong Shim began as a drama with infinite promise in read more the rom-com area. The two main characters are quirky and at first glance, you just expect a cute little romance that you can enjoy without much thought. I'll also point out that the first few episodes included some of the most ridiculously funny moments I've ever experienced in any drama, so my expectations were incredibly high as the rest of the episodes came out.

A little past halfway through it, though, the plot tried way too hard to be serious and suspenseful, thus losing its initial humorous merits. The feeling is somewhat like listening to your grandparents tell stories: at first, you're pretty interested, but it quickly gets boring, yet you feel an obligation to sit there until the very last word. I stopped finding things to laugh at. The romantic moments were less rewarding in the midst of the mess of the conspiracy plot the writers drew up for no apparent reason. The characters deteriorated and lost every trait that made them unique.

If there were one redeeming aspect of this drama, I'd have to say that it's Nam Goong Min. Usually a professional in depicting a psycho serial killer in other dramas, this time he's the lead male with a fair amount of goofballness. He was a joy to watch, but his character was not spared in the enormous *let's-make-everyone-generic* massacre. Everyone else fulfilled their roles nicely, but Goong Min's really the star of this show. (Which is interesting, as I thought the directors would give Minah more of a spotlight but she really dropped off the radar late into the drama. I could say less of the wig they made her wear though.)

The music was fun; there were multiple tracks that cheered me up along the way and altogether, they were nice to listen to.

In general, I'd recommend watching maybe the first ten episodes, if not less. The beginning is worth watching, as it puts a smile on your face pretty frequently. It's just the second half that becomes appallingly boring (trust me, you probably wouldn't even miss anything if you skipped straight to the last episode as soon as the story even starts to drag).
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sharreb
16 people found this review helpful
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Jul 18, 2016
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 5.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
Its a struggle to decide a fair score. It would depend on your expectations. I started not really expecting much and found myself surprised by Min Ah who made Gong shim very endearing and cute. Then theres Nam goon Min's Ahn Dan tae, super goofball that makes him different among many k dramas over the years. This was a pairing i wasnt sure will work on paper but onscreen their sparring hair read more pulling and banter was an easy watch. Throw in a second male lead Jun Soo that was puppy cute and a nicely written bromance with Dan tae. Suddenly im game for more episodes.

Then the focus was lost or shall i say shifted. The Dan tae birth secret and uncovering culprit should have and would have made an okay side plot. Instead this thin plot with an unremarkable antagonist (that was transparent and revealed very early on) was stretch to fill many episodes. If they had stared true on the Gong shim path, more on her character development, growth in career and confidence and interactions with both Dan tae and Jun soo this drama would have been better. Instead she became a prop, mostly on the sidelines and only utilise when the writers feel like it.

Overall the storyline is forgettable but i will remember the wig, the brush Gong shim used to brush her teeth and some of the cuter moments of the trio.
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Make a Recommendation More recs (7)Recommendations

I feel like the family situations in these dramas are very similar.
Also the love lines resemble each other.
There's also a hint of mystery and crime solving in each where the hero acts in the same way though not through the same methods.
Recommended by missraichyl
These dramas resemble one another because they have the same feel. It is a rom-com with some melodrama elements, but it has a lot of humor. The leads are also both very naive; we also have big company background and family problems.
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    Elle 2 days ago
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    McDoubleNFries 9 days ago

    Don't listen to the Reviewers Rating above, really a 6.5? a 7.5? come on, this is a pretty SOLID FUNNY show. Namgoong Min never disappoints. TRUST ME, it is GOOD.

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    sugaryday Mar 21, 2017

    The first ep was the most wtf ever for me. The pacing is everywhere oml

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    XiaoZhanoppa Mar 17, 2017
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    XiaoZhanoppa Mar 17, 2017

    This drama is cute!!! Cute ending, Tho, I hate her wearing a wig, she ended up showing up her beautiful hair!!! I hate unni!

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    inspirit91 Feb 16, 2017

    This drama was really good at first but then the second half became boring. It was so funny and quirky at first I loved it but then the story got complicated for nothing... But the acting in this drama was really good, I didn't expect Min Ah to act this well and Nam Goong Min's acting impressed me. It's completely different from his Remember war of Son's character. His acting versatility is great!

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    Vegmeh Feb 10, 2017 - edited

    After reading a lot of the comments before I started watching this I thought "Oh it couldn't be like that". It was. I really loved the silly main characters along with the message I got from it, but this seemingly light and fun drama takes a heavy hand approach when it comes to the mystery part.
    So I skipped episodes 10-18, and I really didn't feel like I missed anything. I won't write an official review. I loved the beginning and the end though!

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      celestialdragon 4 days ago

      How could you skip that much episodes and still add it to your completed list? I don't understand people who do that.

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    Nishat Jan 23, 2017

    This drama started out so amazing I laughed SO hard during the first half binge watching it all night. However around episode 10/11 if I remember correctly it falls flat. I couldn't really figure out what the plot was anymore...and they dragged on a "mystery" that was pretty much obvious from episode 1. This show is called Beautiful Gong Shim, and I wish they focused more on her. They should have kept it a rom com rather than trying to make it all mystery it was so annoying. I was so sad when it ended and I had to rate it low because when I had started I thought for sure I would be giving it a 9 or 10.

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    Kromesta Jan 21, 2017 - edited

    I thought this drama was about gong shim, but half way through the drama she's appeared less and less. She had no story. Its heavily focused on Anh dan tae. I skipped episode 13 to 19

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      XiaoZhanoppa Mar 17, 2017

      Yah, however this made this drama interesting....

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    rationalbeings Dec 21, 2016 - edited

    This drama could be awarded with the slowest moving plot of all time. literally there was nothing happening in middle episodes, as if the writers forgot there was a storyline that they should be creating.

    As someone else pointed out our badass main lead becomes a wimp since there is nothing happening and so he just can't seem to be able to do anything. It frustrates the heck out of you. I also wish the female lead's wig was out sooner but it does kind of grow on you after a while. I forgot how pretty she was till the last episode. The synopsis is also kind of misleading the elder sister doesn't have much of a story line apart from being selfish and annoying and you can basically skip her parts and not even miss any part of the story (I can never get over the fact that Gong Shim's entire family was ok with her having no room in their own house!!! and then somehow be all loving towards the end).

    That being said the show still gets a 7 from me for the romance (great chemistry wasted on an an extremely slow moving plot-line) but more so for the comedy. If there's one thing that happened in each episode it was that I was laughing out loud so much. There is so much comedy in this drama and all the actors all did a great job to bring it out (esp the episode where the 2 dads meet!). So watch it if you are out of dramas and want something genuinely funny and cute.

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    Vivian Nov 21, 2016

    Dropped at 14 eps... it just wasn't cutting it for me. Based on the comments, ending seems decent but not enough for me to spend 6 hours of my life on this again.. :/

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    Malu Oct 31, 2016

    I would give it a rating of 8 but the final episode was great, all the characters closed the circle, no subject hung in the air. And the confusion after Dan Tae returned was creative, I really liked it. One of the best final episodes I've seen.

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    _Ahsen_ Oct 17, 2016
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    Lili Oct 16, 2016 - edited
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      rationalbeings Dec 21, 2016
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    couchpotato_md Oct 15, 2016

    light watch but the ending was anticlimactic. 2 things i like about the drama:
    1. at least i was able to watch Nam Gun Min play a different character.
    2. the character of Joon Soo was cute and endearing.. make me want to watch other drama of Ohn Joo Wan. I've seen him only in Punch.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    May 14, 2016 to Jul 17, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.0 (scored by 4,778 users)
  • Ranked:

    #687
  • Popularity:

    #136

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