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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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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It is gender bender. As is you're beautiful female lead disguises herself as male
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1. Both of these dramas have the sweet, light-hearted content and based on lives of college/ high school students. In "To the beautiful you", Kang Tae Joon (Minho Shinee) is a high jump competitor while Kim Bokjoo (Lee Sungkyung) in "Weightlifting Fairy" and her partner, Jonghyun (Nam Joohyuk) are majored in weightlifting and swimming in respectively.
2. The main male leads are both known as the "hot boy" at schools with handsome look and amazing talent in their own majors. Somehow, they also struggle with their sporting career. If Kang Tae Joon got an accident that could potentially ruin his future career as an athlete, then Jonghyun's trauma is the only thing that gets in the way of his success.
3. Kang Tae Joon and Jonghyun each used to be really cold-hearted until the female leads come to light up their worlds.
4. There's always a second female lead who had a relationship with the main male lead- "To the beautiful you", Seol Hana (Jiwon) is his childhood friend and loves him for a really long time while Siho (Soojin) is his ex-girlfriend who still has some feelings for him. Both always try to annoy the female leads.
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    Jaylan 14 days ago

    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

    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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    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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      YuukiToSakura 25 days ago

      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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    ayowaddupkrease Oct 3, 2016 - edited

    why is the rating so high smh

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      naccu Oct 19, 2016

      It's not really high in comparison to other dramas!

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      ayowaddupkrease Oct 22, 2016

      yea i know haha but considering how bad this drama is imo, it's high

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

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 4 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 16,926 users)
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