To The Beautiful You

To The Beautiful You (2012)

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A Korean version of the hit manga Hana Kimi. It's a teenage comedy with a cute, but strong storyline and a slew of handsome cast members. Kang Tae-joon (Minho) is a gold medalist in the high jump, but he has been mired in a slump due to an injury. In order to help her idol Tae-joon, a girl named Goo Jae-hee (Sulli) disguises herself as a boy and transfers to his all-male read morehigh school, Genie Athletic High School.

  • Native title:

    아름다운 그대에게
  • Also Known as:

    Beautiful You ; Areumdawoon Geodaeege ; For You in Full Blossom

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VioletSakura
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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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silent_whispers
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May 27, 2014
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
“If such thing as a miracle exists, then it’s another name for hard work.” or "A miracle is just another name for hardwork." - Tae Joon / To The Beautiful You (Depending on who translated it.)

For a reincarnation of Hana-Kimi I have to admit I was worried about pacing. The manga was too long winded for me and I actually never bothered reading the final two or three volumes because I read more knew how it would end and I found the whole thing tiring. Ironically when I started To the Beautiful You I didn't even realize that it was Hana-Kimi. Which is a good thing because at 16 episodes it is the longest version of the tale yet! Immediately I was drawn into the story and by the time I realized what I was watching, I didn't care. Nope, I was having fun. And in the end the pacing worked out perfectly. Giving every storyline it's time to develop and not turning valuable viewing time into an endless repeat.

To the Beautiful You is for the most part a feel good rom-com. It's not deep. Again, for the most part. This is easy viewing that simply makes you smile. Mission accomplished! That said the writers truly delivered on Cha Eun Gyeol. The instant I met him, it was love! As the story progressed and he becomes conflicted over his love for Goo Jae Hee, my heart went crazy. And maybe melted in a few poignant moments. Actor Lee Hyun Woo was amazing, and made me a loyal fan. Especially the moment when he decides love concurs all, even the boundaries on what society–and himself–might still find as a forbidden love. These are the kind of romances I live for.

Viewers will either love this or dislike. If you can separate this as a new take on a "classic", you'll do fine. If not, you know you'll be angry because this is not faithful. There's plenty of fan service moments for Shinee fans as Choi Min Ho really separates himself as good eye candy away from the band. If nothing else watch this show for the most epic paint ball fight! Assassin Choi Min Ho anyone? The show is plenty of laughs and I'll probably be visiting it just for good times, and when I need to reexperience the epicness of Goo Jae Hee. (Goo Jae Hee, the other reason this show needs to be watched. Let's be honest.)
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    ParanoidAndroid 2 days ago

    I'm watching this because of my Minho bias and though I don't hate it I don't love it either. Sulli is very unbelievable as a boy to me and Idk why they didn't cast Amber from FX instead. Amber could pass as a boy but I also find her to be very cute tho that may just be my opinion..lol!!!

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    Hozrien 4 days ago

    I'm a huge fan of hana kimi, I will say at first I didn't like this drama but I still watched it all. Well I decided to rewatch it and even though it didn't exactly follow the storyline or include more info about the dorm leaders - I begun to enjoy and appreciate it more. Especially with Minho playing the main role and you start to see that the character begins changing as the episodes go on and I'll have to say it's going to be a favorite of mine now.

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    Esther 29 days ago

    Now I've read the manga....sorry to say it but I don't think this has much to do with it :( And I've also watched the J version which is much better in my opinion, much more funny... maybe this k version has more romance in it, but anyway I don't think the two leads have much chemistry...

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    John Jun 28, 2014

    And i still think that Eungyul loves Goo Jae hee

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    Esther Jun 14, 2014

    I like this drama...but she is so obviously a girl how can she fool anybody? it's too unbelievable....
    but their room in the school is SO COOL :D not very realistic either haha but so cute

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    DramaLama May 15, 2014

    I wouldn't have watched this if it wasn't for me being biased towards SM ent.
    Sooo much worse than the Japanese version of this drama.
    Very disappointed!

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    donkosala Apr 10, 2014

    Watching this drama. Now at 11th episode. I really hope this doesn't have "After XX years" type ending. I really hate those.

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      donkosala Apr 11, 2014
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    Lulu_16 Feb 26, 2014

    I really liked this drama it was funny and cute I recommend others to watch ????

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    Panda-san Feb 17, 2014

    I have only watched one episode but my impression is that this is barely an adaption of the original Japanese drama but a drama that is loosely based on the Japanese one that has some basic similar plot points. The atmosphere and feel of the drama is way different; this one comes off as kind of dark while the Japanese version was very light-hearted and slapstick. In my opinion, other than the basic plot they are two completely different dramas. But I would have to say that this one really didn't leave me amazed, but it isn't terrible enough for me to drop...yet.

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    animefayinc Feb 13, 2014

    I wasn't planning on watching this... but I just found out that there's a Yoogeun cameo... so how can I not :')

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    HanMinNeul Jan 20, 2014

    beside from this and hana kimi , what drama consist a crossgender too ... repls pls ...

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      dramacity Feb 3, 2014

      Well there are various ones like; Sungkyunkwan Scandal, You're Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Ouran High School Host Club (live action), Secret Garden, Ma Boy. There are probably other ones, but these are the ones I can think of :3 xD

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      HanMinNeul Feb 4, 2014

      arigatou gozaimasu ...

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      dramacity Feb 4, 2014

      No prob! :D

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      DramaLama May 15, 2014

      Kpop - ultimate audition, Ikemen Desu Ne, The Tempest, Mendol, My Bratty Princess / Mischievous Princess ^__^
      Some of them that I know that haven't been mentioned hehe

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      Esther Jun 14, 2014

      I love gender bender dramas!!! My favorites are You're beautiful (love it!!!!!) and Sungkyunkwan Scandal...and I've been told that Coffee Prince and Secret Garden are quite good so I have them in PTW....and I also intend to watch The legend of mulan...
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyp2vO0LiVQ
      this is Hallyuback's "top 10 korean drama gender benders, hope it helps you and i think she's so hilarius! :)

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    KatzSandra Jan 8, 2014

    i am on episode 12 and struggling contemplating dropping this for at this point i can predict the outcome but they are still 4 more episodes to sit through (BIG YAWN). Should have tried to condense it in no more than 10 episodes, 12 max for already so many clinched parts have been played out and i can ignore so much

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    forever_shawol Dec 30, 2013

    Too over rated, alot of eye candy though
    I was sad that it didn't do Hana Kimi justice, more like one of those dramas promoting idols, but it was cute

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    AmyLovesDramas Dec 25, 2013

    This wasn't bad, but the Japanese 2007 version was much better... and by far my favorite version of all 4.

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    Sunorah19 Dec 9, 2013

    Exo-K!!<3

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:

    7.5 (scored by 9,416 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1107
  • Popularity:

    #12

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