To The Beautiful You

To The Beautiful You (2012)

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Goo Jae Hee, is a Korean girl who lives in the United States. One day, she sees a track and field competition on TV, and becomes attracted to one of the high jump competitors, Kang Tae Joon. She begins to idolize the young athlete and in order to help him, she disguises herself as a boy and transfers to his all-male high school after he suffered an accident that could potentially end his career.

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Oct 4, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
As a BIG fan of the manga, let me start by saying that this version presents Sano+Mizuki romance the best way out of all the versions there are (and, yes, believe me, when I say, I have seen all of them, and not only seen but completed!)

As this drama is an adaptation of a Japanese manga, please, don't be angry with me, because my review is going to contain comparisons, but read more I promise, only between this version and the manga, I won't be dragging in the other versions (the first paragraph was the introduction ^^)

Th story: Of course I did not expect the Korean producers/director to take and copy out the manga, which is most of the time good point of Korean drama makers, BUT, let me just point out how much this drama suffered from the unnecessary improvisations of the screen writer/whoever. As the manga is a school life/sports there were a lot of points that the Korean version could use in the sense of the characters, events, even little moments. For example taking out/ignoring the character of Kayashima(the ghost seeing guy), only because the guy (Infinite's L) couldn't play the specific role was just NOT RIGHT! The character added a lot to the manga and would be a very good addition to the drama. I would also appreciate more interaction between the dorms, they lost so much fun~!

Other points that I would like to point out lie in the existing characters. It can only be my impression, but the Korean version just made everybody so average and ordinary, while in the manga they are awesome to extreme points! Nakatsu's love for Mizuki - too extreme and so cute! Nakao's love toward Nanba senpai - so extreme and so childishly cute, Nanba senpai - being the hot player, Kayashima - seing the ghosts and auras... and many other points. It feels like by trying to make the characters more down-to-earth, the crew forgot that they were going to shoot a youth oriented drama - the crazier the better~ so the story suffered from it... BUT, the crew remembered to turn to the manga at some moments, which had me caching my breath, there lines right out of the manga, and SUCH lines~ bellissimo~

Cast/Acting: I should honestly say that after this drama I am a VERY BIG FAN of Choi MinHo~ he played the most real Sano ever created out of the manga! His anger toward JaeHee at first, then his melting heart, his caring, his jealousy, his friendship, his love, even when he freaked out because of a cat... everything was perfect~!
Sulli did great too, she deserves a lot of compliments! I loved her JaeHee, though sometimes a little slow and dense, she was cute, brave and played her role just fine~
Lee Hyun-Woo - not the Nakatsu I would imagine, but his EunGyul was very much fun to watch too, I enjoyed his caring for JaeHee and his undying friendship, I just couldn't bear his puppy eyes when he was sad! Don't be sad EunGyula~

The music is very-very good! Though I am not a big fan of SM music (except for SHINee's some songs), hese OSTs are fantastic~! I especially enjoy Taeyon's Closer and J-Min's Stand Up~

Next time somebody decides to remake HanaKimi, PLEASE, include the ball scene~, onegai~

Overall, I enjoyed this drama a lot, it's funny, it's very cute, it's romantic. I will be missing this fun of Wed/Thu-s...
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Apr 17, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Since I had seen Hana Kimi (as a J-drama) 6 years ago, I sort of knew what the story was about and I was very curious to see how a Korean version would be.

I was very pleasantly surprised! Not only did it feel like I was watching a new story, it was very up to date. With that I mean it felt realistic and fun to watch. (Even though Sulli is read more obviously a beautiful girl and not a boy). The characters really grow on you and I really liked how the side-stories were told.

Sometimes it did feel like a Samsung commercial but whatevs, it didn't distract me too much from the story.

I really recommend watching this if you are a fan of romantic dramas like Heartstrings, Boys Over Flowers and You're Beautiful.

And it has Minho in it. ASDFGHJKL *u*
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There two dramas share very similar traits, such as; school based, a romance that starts badly but grows through out, sports and competition. I liked Sassy go go, however I felt like it was missing something that I definitely found in this TTBY. Also, attractive people in both (Just saying ;p).
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It is gender bender. As is you're beautiful female lead disguises herself as male
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    Rbasu 6 days ago - edited

    Nothing much to say about this drama. Not so special drama for me. It does not make any sense to wait 1 year (16th episode) unnecessarily , i dnt know the reason.Watchable.

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    lymphae 17 days ago - edited

    Honestly I've never had such a hertbreaking second lead syndrome, I'm not even sure if I can finish this drama since every time I see Lee Hyun Woo on the screen my heart shatters TT.

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    MargaritaMargol Jul 23, 2017

    What breed is this dog?

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    Brownie Jul 1, 2017

    Watched since for Minho after seeing him in Hwarang. The girl was extremely annoying at the beginning but everyone else was the reason why I continued to watch. I liked the sports parts of it. Some truly funny parts but also parts that made me go "omg ._."

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    ClaudiaKdramaFan May 22, 2017

    Wow I have been holding on this drama for a year since I came into the Kdrama world, because Im not too into cross dressing girls thing, but this drama was so funny Lee Hyun Woo & SJY (sunbae) character's were my favorite ones....I really really enjoyed it, ending wasn't that good, Oh boy the OST was beautiful I already changed my ringtone to onew/shinee in your eyes what a beautiful song......overall this is a very enjoyable drama, I watched bromance a while ago but I had to fast forward some scnes they were cringed worhty.

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    Kaji May 11, 2017

    I liked both Kang Tae Joon and Cha Eun Gyeol. But I was so sad because of Eun Gyeol at the end. He was so cute all 16 episodes! ♥ 2nd lead syndrome... :) I have to watch something with him as the main lead now!

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    LPA May 7, 2017 - edited

    This drama is so under rated. It's still one of my favorites! Does anyone know who played the campus doctor? Thanks. There were so many good actors in this!

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      ClaudiaKdramaFan May 22, 2017

      I think it is Ki Tae Young, and yes I held this drama for like a year to watch..I binge watched in 3 was so funny Eun Gyeol and Sunbae were my favorite characters.

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    iambulletproof May 1, 2017

    took me like two weeks to finish this, i find it dragging. i guess im too old for school/youth romance. i literally forced myself to finish it just to have it removed in my currently watching list. i usually enjoy gender bender dramas, but i guess after seing bromance my standards went really high for gender bender. 6/10

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    Jaylan Apr 14, 2017

    i can't stand choi min ho but i'll give it a try
    hope not to get disappointed :(

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    Aoex Jan 30, 2017 - edited

    I tried to watch it but I just can't stand Sulli or Minho's acting. It's so cringe but I'm willing to try again because I love the Japanese drama and the manga too much.

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      ClaudiaKdramaFan May 22, 2017

      TBH their romance wasn't that bad, but I was more invested in the supporting guys...Eun Gyeol & Sunbae were my favorite characters.

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      ClaudiaKdramaFan May 22, 2017

      TBH their romance wasn't that bad, but I was more invested in the supporting guys...Eun Gyeol & Sunbae were my favorite characters.

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    LPA Jan 27, 2017 - edited

    I first watched this drama about three years ago and have re-watched it more than a few times since. Although it starts out a bit slow, I love to suggest it to my friends when we need something fun and endearing to watch. I loved the actors in this drama (especially Sulli and Lee Hyun Woo). I do think the overall rating is way too low here, but I guess it's not too bad since there are over 16,000 viewers. I rated it 9 out of 10. You should watch it--Enjoy!
    (PS) Another great college drama to watch is "Tomorrow's Cantabile" --sooo funny with great actors and storyline (:

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    Pinoy_Oppa Jan 13, 2017 - edited

    I don't really know how I was able to finish this drama. It started strong but became bland all the way through. Every time I saw Goo Jae Hee I don't see her having a resemblance of a boy so every encounter with Tae Joon and Han Gyeol felt awkward and creepy. Minho's acting in this drama was so still, he was like a robot! BUt I love the supporting casts though, they gave justice more to their characters. I just couldn't feel the main leads. I should have dropped this.

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      Yuuki Apr 3, 2017

      I drop this drama too. I only enjoyed the suppourting cast but it wasn't enough for me too keep watching it. It annoyed me how Goo Jae Hee acted very girly, I can't believe they didn't realize she was a girl from the start. And yes, Minho's was acting like a robot

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    naydesu Dec 3, 2016

    I started watching it, but dropped because couldn't stand Minho's acting.

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    LinLi Oct 28, 2016

    I'll watch this if someone tells me that this isn't an exact copy of Hana Kiki but Koreans and different setting.

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    Lili Oct 6, 2016

    I started this drama but I'm kind stuck right now after episode 7 ! I'm trying to go on but I just think minho's character is so stiff and doesn't portray emotions very well!


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    South Korea
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    Aug 15, 2012 to Oct 4, 2012
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 4 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 17,905 users)
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