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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VioletSakura
45 of 60 people found this review helpful
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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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HeidiLyon
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Aug 7, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
To do a quick two line summary for those that won't read the entire review (I know you're out there), this is a quick and easy cutsie drama. The acting is really pretty good, the music was good, and the story was ok. It's an easy feel-good movie that, as long as you aren't looking for a deep emotional or philosophical movie, you'll like.

Now, on to the details! First, I must read more admit I enjoy my "candy" dramas almost as much as my deeper ones so it was no surprise that I liked this one. The premise is good but an often used one, though I still don't see why they think just because a girl gets a hair cut and wears boy clothes, she's a boy. The flow of the drama works from episode to episode, and really not many are what I would consider slow. There are a couple that could have had more umph to them, but overall you didn't suffer any major stops and starts to the main plot or much in the way of confusion. The ending, not bad but definitely not my favorite. They tried to tie all the loose ends together way too quickly and not give you enough time to enjoy the last episode. It felt very rushed and amateurish.

As a quick side note, for those that love flower boy dramas, there is a fair share for you here! And for those Lee Hun Woo fans, LOVE love love his character, hair, everything. He does a great job here :)

There is a rewatch value as it's a typical feel good drama (though I'd rather watch Lee Min Ho or Lee Seung Gi, LOL)and does make you smile and laugh.
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Both adorable which feature the two high school aged love interests living together. Serious second male lead syndrome in both.

In TTBY Tae Joon is a popular athlete and Jae Hee is the new girl. In GMC Uehara is one of the "top three" (most popular and handsome) in his school and Nao is a quiet less popular girl with a heart of gold.
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Well I want More Episodes for this drama which i like too.. I also Lee Jae Joon is an Amazing Actor he is the best.
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    Albairis Jul 31, 2016 - edited
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    NaozumiHoshino Jul 7, 2016 - edited

    I didn't really like this drama on the first episodes because for me japanese Hana Kimi is just the best. But, by the time I began to like this drama especially because of the OST and the J-Min song : Stand Up. Which gave me lot of motivation when I passed hard times, right now I love to workout to this song... So I have something special with this drama. However, for me it was lighthearted to watch. I think To the beautiful you is different than japanese Hana Kimi and so it's hard to compare.

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    KdramaInspirit May 31, 2016

    On to my 9th episode. And I decided to just enjoy and have fun watching it and I'm literally laughing out loud at every funny scene so far. I particularly love the funny moments of the side characters frankly even if it was just about them I wouldn't mind watching.

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    KdramaInspirit May 30, 2016

    Just finished the 3rd episode of this drama and though I had fun watching it I find the situation rather ridiculous. I'm a fan of manga and animé and I'm all for the ridiculous stuff (that animé and manga have) but I don't get it in this drama it's weird. Maybe because I see Tae Joon and Eun Gyeol getting attracted to a boy (but is really a girl) and having all those feels just felt weird. But nonetheless I'll be watching because I find Eun Gyeol really funny plus there's Kim Ji Won and Kang Ha Neul in it, enough reason for me to keep watching and ignore my critique. LOL!

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    Julie Chen Mar 30, 2016

    The nature of these kinds of mangas, dramas, anime, aside (because I hate them), This adaptation is just shitty. The only reason I decided to watch this or bare though it and actually finish it is because I love minho to pieces. There definitely is good parts but too much of this drama is just unnecessary drama and tension. The only other version i watched is the taiwanese and I've heard nothing but good things about the japanese one but the taiwanese one managed to be more funny and entertaining

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    Lovely Mar 30, 2016

    This is the kind of drama you'll come back to because it was so easy to watch. so nice, so funny.

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    DeepikaKrishnan Mar 8, 2016 - edited

    This may not have been a perfect drama, but one aspect that it definitely does not lack in is eye candy. Min Ho is super cute and the presence of Kim Woo Bin just makes it even better. xD

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    Kimtan1999 Feb 10, 2016

    I really love this drama, it's a beautiful and very moving .. I will never forget the heroes Start ^*^

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    JuiceJuicidy Dec 22, 2015

    The Japanese one is my favourite by far, but I feel that this one did the best job in its portrayal of the Sano/Mizuki pairing.

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    alice Nov 30, 2015

    I really love Korean version the best, it's also because I wasn't familiar with watching it in Japanese. The directing and the romance for OTP are really amusing to watch. Sometimes, watching cute and playful dramas like this one is fun and entertaining for me. Some of my favorite teen-oriented dramas are Playful Kiss, Dream High, and To The Beautiful You.

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    Sora Oct 29, 2015

    This doesn't beat the japanese one

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    Talgikiwi Sep 29, 2015

    I find myself thinking "are you serious? this Drama is ridiculous!" but in the best of ways. there's a great mixture of drama. comedy, romance, and cute moments. Love this drama! Also, the cast is FULL of big names (Minho, Sulli, Hyunwoo, Woobin Guest starring, Yura, Kwanghee, Daniel, etc)

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    Smiley_Kitty Jun 23, 2015

    ^_^ Choi Minho x3

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    mb7 May 11, 2015

    Iscvery nice, drama I love it and liked sulli is amazing in the drama

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    Grace lander Apr 24, 2015

    I really liked this series even though the storyline is very simple and predictable. But I enjoyed it. Recommend this series to high school students..

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Aug 15, 2012 to Oct 4, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 4 min.

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  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 15,308 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1904
  • Popularity:

    #54

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