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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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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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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    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..

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    NesrineTao Mar 19, 2015

    i loved this drama...Choi Minho <3 <3 <3

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    sambart Mar 17, 2015 - edited

    This looks a lot more serious and less bright colours and stupid comedy =/ anyone willing to let me know how different the mood is from the two Japanese ones? This one doesn't look as good =/ is it strange if I say it looks very Korean? xD

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    Guroqueen Mar 11, 2015 - edited

    They turned a live action into a way of comercialize SM Entertainment, kinda irritating the way their company gets in the way of their acting :/ Also, no chemestry btw the two of them, maybe cause they are friends in RL, its really a shame since Korean dramas are so well made!


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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 14,246 users)
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