Fabulous Boys

Fabulous Boys (2013)

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Taiwanese remake of a hit drama You're Beautiful. The story revolves around a fictional boy band named A.N.JELL. The management company of the idol group A.N.JELL insisted on adding a new singer to the group as the lead vocal, Tai Jing's voice was hurting. However,the new member, Mei Nan, had to go to the States to repair a botched eye job just before signing the contract. His agent came up with the read moreidea of having his twin sister, Gao Mei Nu a nun-in-training who has to pose as her twin brother and take his place in the group and to stand in for him. The two of them grew up in an orphanage and Mei Nu, who was all set to become a nun, agreed to this charade as she didn't want to spoil her brother's chance of fame which would make it easier to look for their mother. The story leads to a complicated relationship between the group's members: jealousy arises and love comes in between.

  • Native title:

    原來是美男
  • Also Known as:

    You're Beautiful Taiwan Version;You're Beautiful;He's Beautiful; Yuan Lai Shi Mei Nan

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HAVA-RAVA
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Aug 26, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
Just finished this ~~
Gonna give this 9/10 which is better grade than what I gave to the original (8/10).

Even though it dragged at some points in the middle, I liked how they made it different from original version. At some points especially in the beginning it seemed like an exact copy of the original.

The ending, the "double scene" (you know what I mean haha), them kiss scenes and the read more acting itself was better than in the original. Except that some characters *cough* Xin Yu and the reporter *cough* were way worse and not as natural or funny like in the original version.

What comes to the acting in general:

- I didn't like how Jiro Wang was missing the "Hwang Tae Kyung" style aka the facial expressions. They were in Japanese version so I was hoping them to be in this one too.

- Su Li Wen was annoying when she was playing Mei Nu playing to be her brother. But when she was playing Mei Nan himself she was kickass. I hope they would've showed more interactions between the twins haha

- As I mentioned above... Hwang In Deok playing Shin Woo / Xin Yu was awkward. A big minus from that. He was worse than Kim Hyun Joong in BOF (Don't kill me. I love KHJ btw)

- Evan Yo as Jeremy was super adorable yet he couldn't reach the level of the original Jeremy played by Lee Hong Ki.

There were no annoying characters in this one. I remember how I hated the mom in Korean version and the biach in Japanese version.

I liked the music in this one of course. I also like how they changed the "Otteokhajeo" to a completely new song. Points from that ~~

But the original one is the best one to me because it's the original and special to me.

Would I rewatch this? No.

Funny, because I can rewatch the original many many times and so far I've rewatched it like 3-4 times.

I guess there is some "magic" in the original one always hahaha XDD

By the way, the Japanese version got 6/10 from me. I can't even remember anything from it...
While I was watching this Taiwanese version I could see the Korean version in my head all the time. Which is why I was always surprised when they added some new things to this version ^^

I think that's all I have to say. Thanks for reading this ~
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CherryBunny
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Aug 11, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This was more than a decent remake. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this version of You're Beautiful. It was cute, fun and kept me interested, much like the original Korean version did.

Despite all that, though, I couldn't, in the end, rate this drama above an 8. There are a few reasons for this. Number one, it is almost exactly like the Korean version. And I mean, exactly. Usually in remakes, they add read more their own flavor to mix up the story a bit. They did end up doing that here with Fabulous Boys, but until the middle of the drama. The whole beginning was pretty much word for word You're Beautiful, but in Chinese. Number two, the music is also pretty much identical. There are a few new songs, but a lot of the background music is the exact same as was used in You're Beautiful and two of the main songs were the same, as well, just sung in Chinese. The last song was original, but nowhere near as good as 'What should I Do?' Still, overall, the music, while not all of it original, was good, just not as awesome as was in The Korean version. Plus, Jiro Wang, who has an awesome voice, still doesn't quote deliver the same impact as JKS.

Speaking of Jiro Wang, this brings me to my third reason for not being able to rate this version higher. I was, all through the drama, extremely conflicted on this last point, and I still am. That is...the drama is Fabulous BOYS. Jiro, as hot and sexy as he is, is a fabulous MAN, acting alongside BOYS and a GIRL. He was wonderful in the role, don't get me wrong, but he was obviously a few years older than everyone else. I think the time for him to be playing flower boy roles is over now and in the future, I hope to see him in more mature roles.

Finally, the ending scene was a letdown. It wasn't as emotionally powerful as the same scene in You're Beautiful. The dialog was strained and not delivered as poignantly as in the original, plus, my issue with the last song, as I stated previously.

Besides those issues, it was a great drama to watch. I liked it a lot better than the Japanese remake, that's for sure. Nothing beats the original, though.
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    ShameOnMe2 Mar 29, 2014

    I really miss this drama! have to rewatch it soon! :)

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    KoriNeko18 Mar 26, 2014

    I generally don't watch Taiwanese drama, but I literally just finished Ikemen Desu Ne and started it. Only a few minutes in, but Park Shin Hye's comments referring to YB! Made me laugh~ Looking forward to this drama, based off of all these reviews.

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    LadyEclair Feb 6, 2014

    totally loved this version <3 and agree with FatemehVIP`s review, tyhe best version of the story ^_^

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    TheraTD Jan 14, 2014

    Having watched the original back in 2009, I skipped through many scenes because it was exactly the same(except for the ending).
    The actors did a great job. Can't get enough of Jeremy in every version =p

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    joyje Jan 12, 2014

    Both Korean and Taiwanese are almost the same. Didn't know Jiro Wang w so good looking. This is the first time I watch his drama. Overall the drama was not too draggy compared to the other Taiwanese drama I have watched. Really loved his body and great acting!

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    lettuceloveHJ Jan 2, 2014

    Although I hated "You're Beautiful", Jiro Wang as the male lead of this Taiwanese version changed my reception of this predictable story. I especially loved every moment of his jealousy. I rated "Fabulous Boys" with a 7.

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    0hellgirl0 Dec 28, 2013

    sorry jiro i can't watch this T.T

    hated You're Beautiful

    couldn't watch Ikemen Desu Ne

    and sure cant take more of this stupid story

    love you jiro but NO <.<

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    FatemehVIP Dec 27, 2013

    im enjoying this alot even more than the j&k version that i have already watched <3

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    SailorMoonRocks Dec 25, 2013

    I felt this drama was amazing! It really followed the Korean one "You're beautiful". I LOVED the emphasis they put on the twin brother, it's what I've been DYING to see, and now I can rest in peace! By the way, did anyone else notice the female lead in "You're beautiful" make a special appearance in this drama, or is it just me??

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      SailorMoonRocks Dec 25, 2013

      lol ok, good, I didn't see any comments about it so I was just wondering... Oh! And the male lead for You're Beautiful guest stars in the Japanese version, Ikemen Desu Ne! Looking forward to it! ^_^

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      FatemehVIP Dec 26, 2013

      i saw that too he has more scenes in that than PSH in tversion

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      SailorMoonRocks Dec 28, 2013

      I just finished watching the Japanese version!! He definitely has more scenes, but again, not enough... They should have extended his appearance. It was nice to see him again though! =)

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      FatemehVIP Dec 29, 2013

      between the 3 versions i guess i prefer the tversion the most ^^ although im a kdrama fan but tversion was much better

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      Stasiamae Mar 13, 2014

      Yeah it was! She also made a few comments referring to You're Beautiful. I thought it was cute. XD

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    bluemoon_onna Nov 28, 2013

    I believe this is equally good with the original... or even a bit better! My only disappointment is Mei Nan's haircut- coconut husk cut. :-)

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    chaoticlolita Nov 22, 2013
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    pigbunny Nov 5, 2013

    *SIGH AND TEARS* still cant believed i'ved already finished the series. :( I now dont know what to do in my life. LOL!!! Worth rewatching!! Taijing's hot and gorgeous

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    pigbunny Nov 5, 2013

    I can still remember how i loved "Nakatsu Shuichi" character of Hana Kimi portrayed by Ikuta Toma, and I was really really irritated on how the taiwanese version of it had Jiro Wang played the same character. I really did disagreed with that fact and hated jiro at first sight. But now things turned out differently!!! I am so loving jiro wang because of this series!!! He's so handsome and hot! And his voice is the loveliest amongst the three people who portrayed the notorious led vocals of ANJell! Giving this series a perfect 11! Lol

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    pigbunny Nov 5, 2013

    Jiro Wang did a great job! Lovin taijing!!! Just finished the series and it made my heart melt. Cried my eyes out! Too beautiful. I can now say I am really inlove with huang taijing/jiro wang! Taijing's too too too too cute when he shows signs of his jealousy!! I am definitely gonna rewatch this series! Scenes were really really romantic!

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    MysticLullaby Nov 1, 2013

    I really enjoyed this drama, I love it, not as much as the Korean version because it means a lot to me but it was as good as it and some scenes were way more romantic than you're beautiful which I really liked. If you love You're Beautiful than you should love this even if you do compare the two. I give it a 10 like i gave You're Beautiful.

Details

  • Country:

    Taiwan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    13
  • Aired:

    May 12, 2013 to Aug 4, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Sunday
  • Network:

    FTV
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 15 min.

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  • Score:

    7.5 (scored by 1,194 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1117
  • Popularity:

    #23

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