Fabulous Boys

Fabulous Boys (2013)

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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 idea of having his twin sister, Gao Mei read moreNu 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.

  • 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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xAyuu
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May 4, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Story: Not very original, just a remake of You're Beautiful, but I found this version much more fulfilling. I like how they made changes here and there and added more scenes in making it a drama of it's own instead of copying scene by scene.

Acting/Cast: Perfect! I love the casting of this drama. SLW was a very surprising new comer and she did an amazing job! I was actually very excited read more for Evan's role as Jeremy, but somehow his hairstyle butchered the cuteness that he has. Evan is really cute with an incredibly adorable smile, if only they did not give him that hideous hairdo. T_T and yes Jiro was wonderful!

Music: I loved the songs, they remade them really nicely. But I will always love the original versions more. Plus singing in korean sounds so much nicer then mandarin.. it melts my heart. <3

Rewatch Value: I can't see myself watching another version of this drama again let alone the same one. But it would be a worthwhile rewatch - was good.

Overall: Out of all the versions, I loved this one the best. For me there was not a dull moment. You're Beautiful comes closely behind because it had such a beautiful cast, but this version just had the better and improved screenplay. Bravo!
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dramafreak007
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Aug 10, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Ugh. This is Hana Kimi/Itazura Na Kiss/Boys over flowers all over again. Don't get me wrong I don't hate remakes. In fact I like them. I am always curious to see how another country or another production team will produce the same story. The problem I have with them are the fans. It's not all, but some fans are bias about the remake and insist that the original is the superior version read more without giving the reboot a shot. It reminds me of Sheldon(Big Bang Theory) and how he didn't like the new Spock until he watched the movie. Since then Leonard has used that incident to force Sheldon to try new things. I'm going to be Leonard today(metaphorically since I'm a girl and I am not a scientist).

Story 9/10- It's the same story, but with minor additions and subtractions.
Characters 8/10- Overall good, but I wish the villain was more evil.
Acting 8.5/10- For majority of the main characters to be played bey first timers they did an excellent job.
Music 7/10- The same as the other two versions. Not my favorite type of pop.
Rewatch Value 8/10- I will definitely watch this again when I'm bored.

Like most people I watched this after seeing the original You're Beautiful(Korean) and Ikemen Desu Ne. I loved both versions. For those who are familiar with the story you can skip ahead until you see $$$. If this is the first version you are contemplating on seeing here is the basic story line. Gao Mei Nu(Su Li Wen) was a nun apprentice who dreamed of going to Rome. She bumps into a pervert who is then chased away by Ma Ke(Chen Wei Min). He begs her to pretend to be her twin brother in order to sign a contract for this popular band called A.N.JELL. Confused she at first refuses, but when she realize it has always been her brother's dream to sing she agrees. What was suppose to be a simple once switch becomes more permanent as her brother Gao Mei Nan is getting surgery done. Alas the heroine is thrown in a house with three attractive guys as she tries her best not to get discovered or worse... sparks.
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I loved the story since I watched the first version. I thought it was cute and interesting. One thing I like about this version is they keep it short. Without ruining the story they throw out subplots that weren't really necessary and add in a little of their story. This version is told at a pace that for the first few episodes was a little slow(like the original), but then kept a steady pace(like the Japanese). All in all great job Taiwan.

When I saw these actors beside Jiro Wang I was like, "Who the @#%$ are these people?" I never saw the rest of the band members in any drama which delayed me from watching this. However I eventually gave in to temptation and I must say these guys can act. I love Su Li Wen as Gao Mei Nan. She was funny, adorable, and serious when needed. I felt that for her first time this was a nice role, but not the best. It felt fake when she acted cute at times. I feel that a more serious role would have been better because out of the three heroine lead she handle those serious situations exceptionally well considering the other two have way more experience in the acting field. Jiro Wang was of course amazing. He acted very mean in the beginning, but soften up nicely like the other two. The thing I liked most about Jiro Wang was his jealousy. It was so natural. It makes me wonder if he is the jealous type in real life. Jo Evan is also a newbie actor and this his first role. When I first saw him as Jeremy I liked the fact his hair was brown instead of blonde, it made him look more adorable and realistic. I still wasn't convinced that he would be a good Jeremy because Lee Hong Ji(Korean) is my favorite Jeremy until I saw the dude smile. I smiled back. Jo Evan played an outstanding Jeremy. He was a bully in the beginning, but still sweet towards Gao Mei Nan and when he starts his fantasies I burst into laughter. I feel his reactions was more realistic towards the end, but the Korean Jeremy will always be my favorite. Hwang In Deok acted with Jiro before, but I never saw that drama so this is still my first time seeing him act. I loved him as Xin Yu. I felt as the second lead he wasn't a complete push over like the Korean version. He tried his best to win Gao Mei Nu's heart and the advantage of him knowing two languages came in handy when he voiced his feelings for her without her knowledge. This was a great cast for a good set of characters.

The music is more or less the same as the other versions since they use the same songs, but in Taiwanese. Overall a good drama that should not be ignored because it is a remake. If you are a fan of the first two versions watch it! Stop trying to compare before even watching this version. Also please don't nitpick at little things. You are spoiling the story for you. If this is the first version you want to watch, go for it. Defy society's unwritten rule about seeing or reading the original first. Also any fan of music, comedy, and romance should definitely check this out. You will be surprised how much you like this.

If your favorite is the Korean version: Keep an open mind. You will have some problems with how they do the plot and the Taiwanese version of Yoo He Yi. They'll be minor, but it still may affect your whole experience.
If your favorite is the Japanese version: Keep an open mind. You will definitely have issues with the Taiwanese version of Nana.
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Both dramas star Jiro Wang as an arrogant popular singer that has never experienced love, only to soften as he falls for the female lead. In both dramas the female lead is shy and rather unworldly, and the hero is protective of her, although at the beginning he doesn't understand why he cares so much. Both dramas also show the two leads living in the same house, so both shows feature a lot of sweet cohabitation scenes.

However, Fabulous Boys has more characters, so it develops the side stories perhaps a bit more than ToGetHer. I also felt that the hero in ToGetHer went through more of a change than the one in Fabulous Boys, because apart from falling in love he also loses his popularity, whereas the character in Fabulous Boys never quite reached that level of vulnerability (he was more arrogant and stayed it longer).

Both are romantic, funny and light, with a little bit of drama towards the end (but not too much). Also the actor that plays the manager Jie Ge / Tony Ge is the same in both dramas :p
Recommended by Kim-Park-Lee
basicly the taiwanese version of the korean version "your beautifull"
i liked the korean version better but i liked the last 3 episodes from the taiwanese version better

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    Haine-tan Jan 21, 2015

    My jeremy..........no one can replace the original ;A; , I just liked the first 10min of the series....park shin hye appearance ofc <3 *

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    Buranko Jan 15, 2015

    Boooring =.=

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    Youlie Nov 20, 2014

    I skipped almost everything... It's exactly (exactly!!) the same thing as YAB. And as much as I like Jiro, Jang Geun Suk was perfect for this role and Jiro can't match. The same goes for Yo Evan. Even if he was indeed quite cute, Lee Hong Ki was the perfect Jeremy. All in all this was a waste of my time...

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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 26, 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 29, 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

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:

    7.6 (scored by 1,404 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1274
  • Popularity:

    #149

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