Pretty Boy

Pretty Boy (2013)

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Dokgo Ma Te is the most beautiful man in the world. He is also an ambitious man and wants to make a lot money using his beautiful appearance. Dokgo Ma Te meets Hong Yoo Ra, the ex-daughter-in-law of a rich family. Hong Yoo Ra recognizes Dokgo Ma Te's ambitions and becomes his mentor. Hong Yoo Ra then gives Dokgo Ma Te a mission to seduce 10 different women. The women have all read moresucceeded in different fields and Dokgo Ma Te is to glean their special abilities. But a strange woman named Kim Bo Tong appears in front of Dokgo Ma Te. She is an ordinary girl from poor background but has a huge crush on Dokgo Ma Te. ~~ Based on comic book series "Yebbeun Namja" by Chon Kye Young.

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    Yebbeun Namja ; Beautiful Man ; Beautiful Guy ; Pretty Man ; Bel Ami ;

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Jan 9, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Story: This is a story about a man who is so good looking, women just drop like flies at the sight of him. What a blessing! What a curse! The drama has a very cliche title and synopsis, you'd think that this is just another idol drama featuring the crazy styles of Jang Guen Suk. To a certain degree, there is self-glorification of JGS happening in the drama but they were done read more in such a way that they provide comedic relief. When I started this drama, I had expected to dump it after a few episodes because of my bias against any pretty boy idol drama. Theya re usually catered for the young female fan market. It was the end of the year and I was bored; so I took it up. To my pleasant surprise, this drama did not disappoint at all! There is more to the drama than the cover it promotes. It has a deeper storyline than the staple love triangles we see in idol dramas. It deals with successes in the business world, family and the meaning of relationships. Expect to shed some tears and to hate someone. It has all the qualities of a good Korean drama. It somehow revived some of my faith in KDramas.. a little, not much. I am still waiting for the next big thing! But trust me when I say that your hours of watching this drama will not go to waste. The only reason why I gave the story 9/10 and not 10/10 is because of the slight discrepancy between how the drama was promoted versus how it actualy turned out. It was promoted as a test of 10 women - the first few episodes, it certainly felt like it but somewhere in the middle, things got serious and the story moved away from the "test of 10 women" to more of a melo feel. I do not mind the change in direction given that it gives the drama more depth. So, my advice is - do not base your expectation of this drama on the "test of 10 women" premise.

Acting/Cast: All veteran actors and actresses. No complains in this department. Despite all his wacky styles, JGS is definitely a more solid actor that many idol actors in the industry. He just need to select his script more carefully and really test his strength in acting by moving away from the cliche type idol dramas. In Pretty Boy/Bel Ami, he somewhat redeemed himself after so many not so high ranking idol dramas since You're Beautiful. This is again, thanks to the change in drama direction halfway through towards a more melo type drama.

Rewatch value: I am not in a hurry to rewatch this. The story and acting is good but the drama has so many twists and revelation that watching it the second time will take away some of the impact of why it is good.

Overall: A solid 8/10. Definitely worth watching but if you are expecting something that will take your breath away and stick to you mind for years after that will turn you into a rewatch maniac, this is not it. Nevertheless, it stands out as a worthy entertainment amongst all the mediocre KDrama offerings from 2013.
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Jan 10, 2014
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
Actually I wasn't sure if I should give this drama 4/10 or 5/10 and I am still unsure if my choice is the right choice.
It's undeniable (for me) that "Pretty Boy" is one of the worst dramas I have ever watched. Which is really sad considering that I liked the first few episodes a lot. I honestly thought that this is a very promising drama.

At the beginning I really liked read more Bo Tong's character and her fangirling over Ma Te. It was really funny and sometimes I could recognize my fangirling self in her behaviour. But as time went by I didn't get her obsession with Ma Te. It didn't make any sense. Ma Te wasn't a jot interested in her and only used her to reach his goals and although Bo Tong knew this she didn't care much. She deified her Oppa and scaled down her value. Her sole reason for breathing was Ma Te. She was diligent and brave, that's an undeniable fact. But without Ma Te she wasn't really living. She had no real purpose in life. And that was kind of annoying.
I found her more bearable when she was together with David. They had many things in common and I just liked their relationship. And I honestly wanted her to end up with him. But this only went on till he was deeply in love with her because then David somehow turned into a male version of fangirling Bo Tong. That was a pity.
I think that was the point when I couldn't wait for this drama to end. I even thought of dropping it.
In general the idea of this drama is good, but it wasn't really well executed. Many things were overdone and repeated until they were luke-warm and just boring.
Also this whole thing about Ma Te and his woman started very interesting but it somehow lost it's meaning on the journey. At
some point I couldn't understand why he did have to conquer
this women. And I also didn't understand why he stopped using the things he had learned from the women he conquered. It didn't make much sense.
But I guess what annoyed me the most was the whole talk about the password. I was annoyed by his mother when she didn't allow him to see his father because he didn'T have the password. This is so stupid. What kind of parent would do this to his own child? Although at the end it was explained why this password was needed for me it still was superfluous.

What also made me cringe were the crying scenes in this drama. I couldn't stand them at all and was always happy when the person who cried stopped crying. It was even worse than those open-eyes-kisses. Really, it made me just feel very uncomfortable.

I didn't like this drama very much but I wouldn't say that I regret watching it. There were some funny scenes and I didn't hate it all the time. That's why you should give it a try if you like the story/the actors. Read some reviews and forge a personal opinion. I believe that there were a lot of people out there who actually liked this drama.
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Similar plot about the whole getting rich thing, only difference is Pretty Boy is more about starting a business of your own ^^
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    Tamashii_Tamaki 20 days ago

    The mixed reviews are so weird, so many negative thoughts and then again so many great positive reviews... I'm kinda confused on wheather i should add this to my list. Help?

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      StellarJ 9 days ago

      Yeah, it's the same for me. People's minds about the drama go from "this is bs" to "i loved it".

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      Tamashii_Tamaki 6 days ago

      At least someone agrees! :D

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      Masquerade 5 days ago

      I would tell you watch the first 1-3 episodes. Because they will tell you if youre going to like this drama or not. I didnt like it at all. lol

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      Tamashii_Tamaki 2 days ago

      Cheers! :D

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      xire 1 day ago

      Not to prove your point about people saying completely opposing things, but...I bore with this one while it was airing, and in my opinion Jang Keun Suk saves the drama in the last few episodes. For me it made the whole frustrating thing worthwhile. Lol sorry!

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    Potatos_ Jun 27, 2014

    I never watched this before but do you think the drama would be better if there was some different actors?

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    Naye Jun 24, 2014

    I read a lot of bad comments about this series but I think it wasn't that horrible. But maybe the fact that I am super JKS biased affects my opinion, so xD

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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 10, 2014

    Omg... This drama was a pain in the booty!
    Sorry, it gets a 4 from me. Such a disappointment even with the amazing cast!

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    titi_odus Jun 5, 2014

    I tried so hard to rate you a 5 but it just wasn't happening. Such a waste!

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    maboksan May 7, 2014

    I thought I want to give a try this drama since I like the cast..but after review the recommendation and comment I decided not heart still hurt because unable to finish the heir and marry him if you dare (and I REALLY LOVE the cast).

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    slmorse Apr 30, 2014

    I hate that I can't leave a drama unfinished. I started watching this drama while it was airing, and I am still only on episode 8. The story is too slow. Jan Geun Suk's character is annoying and rude, and IU's character loves him too much for no reason. Right now, for me, Choi David is the only redeeming character of this drama.

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      iiamxmee Jun 18, 2014

      I agree with you. I also finished 8 episode. It is not very interesting, because after among the actors do not have chemistry. As you mention only Choi David turns his feelings.

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    LukasQ Apr 29, 2014

    A totally wast of time, i'm sad because i love the cast :/

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    pinkita1 Apr 16, 2014

    was good i did enjoy it but i t really cud have been much better the talent was their but the story just lacked too much

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    Frosty Apr 13, 2014
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    xAyuu Mar 30, 2014

    finally continued watching this after putting it on hold.. and it's not as bad as everyone is making it out to be...

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      Star-fish May 31, 2014

      Please don't denounce other people for not liking it as much as you do . We're all entitled to our opinions here.

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      loveanimeever May 31, 2014

      I think it's alright too...I put this drama on hold in the middle too.

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      xAyuu Jun 1, 2014

      @star-fish: #1 you're right! everyone IS entitled to have their own opinion.. #2 what are you even on about? I never denounced anyone for not liking it???

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    nishana_rika Mar 19, 2014

    Bravo oppah jang geun suk to all the series that you played i may say this is the unique one the haircut,the story i feel so heart breaking every-time you cry in this drama,and you didn't sing in this drama whew! i always find time to replay this hope this will aired in Philippines soonest! t.c! more more more dramas to come...

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    darklight Mar 17, 2014

    I don't like stories of Illegitimate child, and I don't know why there is so many korean dramas about them (like heirs and this) I don't like the concept of betrayal and unfortunately I think these dramas try to show this as an ordinary fact.
    But I enjoyed the atmosphere of the drama...

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    Muhani Mar 12, 2014

    The story's dragging so much, if I wasn't near the end, I wouldn't finish this drama at all >>

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    Saara Mar 4, 2014

    I love this drama :3
    I don't speak english alors je vais dire ce que j'en pense en français, il faut s'accrocher (Don't drop this drama o/), I love the end *^* JGS + UI Omg *-*

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      peaches Mar 6, 2014

      if you really liked this drama i'm sure you wil love secret garden, playfull kiss,Prime Minister and I, boys over flowers, rooftop prince, my love from another star (aka you who came from the stars,emergency couple and take care of the young lady. if you want you can look at my list for some good drama's because this drama wasn't the best i've seen so i think that you will love some drama's i have in my list :)

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      Saara Mar 27, 2014

      Thanks but i already watched all
      I'll look in your list later and I totally agree it's not the best drama xd


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    South Korea
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    Nov 20, 2013 to Jan 9, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    6.7 (scored by 2,957 users)
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