Remake: Hana Kimi

Remaking a hit drama can be a pleasure to some of us while others tend to dislike it due to the repetitive plot. Personally, I think that several incarnations can give us each country's perspective about the same story. I also believe that seeing an interesting story all over again with a different cast is worth the hours spent in front of the screen.

Today's remake topic would be:
  Hana Kimi

Synopsis: 
After cross-dressing as a boy, a girl comes back from the U.S. and gets into an all-boys school in order to persuade an ex-high jumper to get back into sports. In between, a lot of relationships begin to blossom within the dorm and many friendships start taking place.


Main Cast:
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Hana Kimi Japan (2007):

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I was introduced to Hana Kimi through the Japanese version, and I can say that I am still in love. As many of you would know, Japan has a great sense of creativity, and I saw that while following the 2007 version. What attracted me the most was the amazing funny scenes and strong relationships that kept growing as the episodes went by. There was a lot of silliness and childishness which made it more amusing. This was the version that made me pause and laugh out loud; therefore, I still believe that the 2007 version is the funniest and the most entertaining version. 
 
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Hana Kimi
Taiwan (2006):
 


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After loving the Japanese version I automatically watched the Taiwanese one, and I can say that I enjoyed it to the fullest. However, this was completely different because there were too many additional events. This version focused more on sports and gave a distinctive feel to the relationships within the high school. Even though the conflicts between dorms weren't as serious as in the first one they were fairly present. 

The comedy existed, but it wasn't as silly as the Japanese version. Nevertheless, the 2006 version was never boring and was equally absorbing even though its episodes were longer.
 
Basically, if you want to enjoy this version, you need to forget about the Japanese version because they're quite different on too many levels.

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Hana Kimi Remake Japan (2011): 

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I was skeptical about watching this. I also thought like everyone else, "Why would the same country make a remake of an already successful drama?" But then I couldn't resist seeing Hana Kimi's story from another angle. Thus I gave it a go and I am glad I did so! This drama wasn't as good as the first two, but it was evenly captivating due to great relationships within and between dorms. Plus, this version had great characters, and some of them were even better portrayed than the 2007 version.

This remake focused on the school side and the problems inside the high school (closing down) rather than conflicts between dorms which had a fresher and more unique standpoint than other versions.

This version can be relatively similar to the original but somewhat different; hence, I believe it can be quite comparable - unlike the Taiwanese version. I wish that people would stop disregarding it just because it's a remake.

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To The Beautiful You 
South Korea (2012):

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In a word: Disappointed.

I was impatiently waiting for this version, but it was far behind my expectations and failed to impress me. They tried to make it too special until they lost the core. I believe we're all familiar with the Korean way of remaking a drama: Make it beautiful. Yes, this version was beautiful, fluffy, and cute; but the story was supposed to be "funny" not cute. Unfortunately, humor was absent, as well as the friendships and relationships between dorms. The Korean version cut off many elements and many important characters (yes, I can't forgive cutting off the ghost guy character). They also changed the story-line in an unpleasant way which made events drag.  During the first four episodes I found it quite captivating, but after that things went downhill. However, this version was the most romantic version and the only version that fully focused on the main two characters and their relationship inside and outside the high school.

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To summarize:


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Strength PointsWeakness Points
Hana Kimi Japan
  • Funny in a silly way (many hilarious scenes)
  • Strong cast(each and every one of them)
  • Many great relationships between characters.
  • The best Nakatsu portrayal.
  • Great dorms conflicts.
  • No chemistry between the main leads.
  • Weak romantic story.
  • Average ending (not very satisfying).
Hana Kimi
Taiwan

  • Funny but not in a silly way.
  • Great Nakatsu portrayal.
  • Many additional events.
  • The worst ending ever!
  • The acting was over-done.
  • Ella's facial expressions were really exaggerated.
Hana Kimi
Remake

  • The best Sano.
  • Another good Nakatsu portrayal.
  • Good ending.
  • The lead female was very obvious as a girl.
  • Many characters were badly expressed.
To The Beautiful You
  • Great cinematography.
  • The best romantic story.
  • Fluffy and cute.
  • Nice Ending.
  • No friendship.
  • No conflicts between dorms
  • Lack of many characters.
  • Not funny; too serious.
  • In Short: there were no Hana Kimi feels in it.


What about you? Which one is your favorite?

Comments (110)

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  • 18jade Aug 24, 2013
    I felt the Korean one should have also looked at the other classmates It felt like they were pushed into the background and If your gonna do something like that in a school setting we should see the other students
  • DramaDoge Aug 3, 2013
    Ok I TOTES AGREE ON THE NO CHEMISTRY PART BETWEEN THE TWO LEADS IN HANA KIMI 2007. SHE SHOULD HAVE ENDED UP WITH NAKATSU W/c BTW WAS TOTES ADORABLE, FUNNY AND WEIRD IN A GOOD WAY.

    WHAT'S WRONG WITH SANO? HE'S LIKE SOME TALL WALL THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE DRAMA. AND DEAR MIZUKI, WELL, SHE FELL HARD FOR THAT WALL. :((

    Nakatsuuu all the way!!! </3
  • DramaDoge Aug 3, 2013
    Ok I TOTES AGREE ON THE NO CHEMISTRY PART BETWEEN THE TWO LEADS IN HANA KIMI 2007. SHE SHOULD HAVE ENDED UP WITH NAKATSU W/c BTW WAS TOTES ADORABLE, FUNNY AND WEIRD IN A GOOD WAY.

    WHAT'S WRONG WITH SANO? HE'S LIKE SOME TALL WALL THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE DRAMA. AND DEAR MIZUKI, WELL, SHE FELL HARD FOR THAT WALL. :((

    Nakatsuuu all the way!!! </3
  • mazyOK Jun 30, 2013
    Hana Kimi 2007 is the best ever (my first drama) but I also LOVE koren version, it's just like, it is not this story, it is too different from original version, the idea is different. So don't think about it as a version of something, but a seperate drama. And the love story was shown perfectly, but I agree that the 2007 version had the best and the strongest actors and Nakatsu here is SPLENDID!!!
  • QueenAin Feb 18, 2013
    i love both Hana Kimi and the Remake but Hana Kimi 2007 is the best :)
  • bandedz Feb 14, 2013
    love it all...
  • addicted2dramas Feb 14, 2013
    The only ones I have seen are the Japanese (2007) and Korean ones.
    I would definitely pick the Japanese one any day.
  • blackcatz9 Feb 14, 2013
    I love both the 2007 and the 2011 Remake. The 2007 version had a great cast. Loved the characters, the relationships, the dorm competitions and the humor. Loved Oguri/Sano's sometimes awkward behavior around Mizuki and this one probably had the best characterization of Nakatsu. I smiled all through the Remake. Again we have a great cast. Perhaps the humor is more inviting. I think I liked the doctor best in this one (the doctor is one of my favorite characters)and I certainly found the ending the best in this one. I love how the doctor recorded her comments on how she felt about everyone and later played back for all to hear with the tape breaking off just as she mentions Sano's name. I would place the Taiwanese version third it also had an excellent cast and poor Jiro/Nakatsu so torn and confused over his feeling for Lu Rui Xi aka Mizuki, just did not like the ending. K version last.
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  • yankumicho Feb 14, 2013
    My favorite will always be the 2007 j-drama version, because it was my first drama. However, I love the 2011 remake almost equally, especially the bromance between Kayashima and Nakatsu (which is sooo evident in the manga but rarely dramatized). I like the 2006 Taiwanese version, but like you, I was disappointed with the K-drama version. At first, I was caught up in its pretty and hubbub, but as I think back, I can't find any reason to rewatch it, which is not something I can say about the other 3. Thanks for your article!
  • BluebirdSage Feb 13, 2013
    All I have to say is at least the 2007, Remake and Taiwanese version had Kayashima. I think if To the Beautiful You had kept the extra characters it might have made the drama worth watching. But it wasn't. I mean why didn't they add in the extras? Seriously, someone explain it to me because they obviously had the money. I was so excited when I had learned L would play the character, but then he didn't and then it just. >< I will always love Yusuke Yamamoto as that. *nods*
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  • NanaChin Feb 13, 2013
    I haven't watched Hana Kimi Taiwan and To The Beautiful You yet, so I'm gonna focus on the two japanese versions.
    And I mostly agree with you, though I liked them both equally. Though Hana Kimi 2007 was my first drama, so it'll always hold a special place in my heart.
    Ikuta Toma was just brilliant as Nakatsu. He should've gotten all the awards possible for that role.
    But I prefer Maki's Mizuki over Acchan's, though I liked Acchan too.
    Sano was definitely better portraied by Nakamura Aoi. While OguShun's Sano was just a jerk for no reason, Aoi's kept it at a good balance and was understandable.
    AND MAY I JUST MENTION THE BROMANCE BETWEEN NAKATSU AND KAYASHIMA IN THIS ONE? ? It was already cute in 2007 but Shotomo took it to another level. ?
    So yeah, hearing how they cut out Kayashima from the Korean version, you just added another (big) reason for me to not watch it.
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  • Mrmz Feb 12, 2013
    I only watched the Japanese 2007 version and the korean version. I agree that the chemistry between the leads in the Japanese 2007 version, but really the romance in that version didn't matter AT ALL. It was all about the friendship. And the chemistry between the characters when it comes to friendship was awesome specially Nanba and the dorm leaders!! I also appreciated Mizuki Really acting like the rest of the guy.. which leads me to my main problem with the korean version. When I watched that one, I went into it expecting a different focus in the story, so I wasn't comparing. However, it had too many, I don't know what to call them, plot wholes? I mean they never really gave us a REAL reason why the main girl made her decision! But what I hated the most is her acting all girly throughout the whole show. Some students did some very terrible things and non of it was seriously dealt with
  • BluebirdSage Feb 12, 2013
    I hated Itaaura na Kiss and Playful Kiss yet I adored It Started With a Kiss and I think it the better version. Especially Christine wise. So I can't wait to see your reaction to the series. ^^
  • serena2001 Feb 12, 2013
    i disagree i loved the taiwanese and korean versions neither of the japanese ones did justice to the origional characters. i admit that the taiwanese version was a bit to silly but look at who they had in it. do you really expect ella or jiro to be normal? what i really loved about those two versions was that they tried to incorporate different parts of the manga that the japanese ones swept under the rug. i appriate them doing that! all in all i loved all of them but those two were what won my heart.
  • Rangadeviii Feb 12, 2013
    I still have to watch the Taiwanese version (not too excited about it) but I kind of agree with you. Just I really liked To The Beautiful You, not as a remake but for itself (the romance ^^)
    Looking forward to your 'Itazura na Kiss' post!

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