Wednesday, 14 November 2012

To the Beautiful You - 아름다운 그대에게

To the Beautiful You, the remake of the great Hana Kimi series, surpassed my very high expectations - although I was really worried that they would could not live up to the foolish image of the funny JDrama...


Goo Jae Hee is a korean-american student who decided to disguise herself as a boy and enter an all boy's school in Korea with the ulterior motive of meeting one of Korea's top athletes, Kang Tae Joon.
Kang Tae Joon is on the peak of his popularity and his athletic abilities. Due to a severe injury he has to take a break and is now not willing to do any sports anymore. Furthermore he has become an extremely arrogant and conceited person, only living for his own comfort.
When Goo Jae Hee arrives at the school and moves into his room he feels somehow offended by her/his presence. The two don't get along very well although Jae Hee tries hard to fit in and please Tae Joon. Goo Jae Hee is not as good as she thought she would be in keeping her secret and soon, some people discover the fact about her being a girl. She still manages to be able to stay and continue her mission - make Tae Joon jump again. Jae Hee is throwing all her energy into this difficult task and now a new obstacle has appeared - those two have to learn how to deal with the feelings they have developed for each other...

Main Characters:

Goo Jae Hee
The girl from America, who disguised herself as a boy and transferred schools to South Korea, is determined to meet her athletic idol Kang Tae Joon, who has retired from sports and make him jump again. At first it's not easy making friends and the other male students feel a little awkward towards the 'new guy'. Making friends with Kang Tae Joon is not easy at all but with her charme she breaks through the shell he has build up over the time. As she's a girl and living in the same room as her male (and manly) idol she can't help it but fall in love...

Kang Tae Joon
The famous high jump athlete has taken a break from his sports career due to an injury. Now that he's fully recovered he could easily resume sports but strangely he has withdrawn from all sports activities. No one is able to break through his tough shell of arrogance and egoism. No one but Goo Jae Hee. His new room mate makes him feel uneasy and angry at first but the longer the two live together, the more he sees him as a friend. When he finds out Jae Hee's secret he cannot help it but fall for the brave girl that came all the way to Korea to make him jump again.

Personal Rating:

When I first read the news about the remake of the Hana Kimi series I was slightly taken aback... I was, no I AM a huge fan of Hana Kimi and I just didn't want to believe that there's someone daring to shoot a remake... When the cast was published I wasn't sure if I liked those who were chosen. Especially Sulli didn't seem to fit for the role of Ashiya Mizuki because she's 'too' feminine. This is not a bad thing in general but Mizuki has to convince you of the fact that she could be a boy. I really like Sulli and I think that she's an 'okay' actress but I would have chosen somebody else as Mizuki. For the rest of the cast, I was not agreeing with them on Nakatsu Shuichi's successor but Lee Hyun Woo did a good job (although I still prefer Ikuta Toma as Nakatsu).
I decided to watch the first episode as to see if they did a good job =P And I have to admit that I was liking the drama. The only thing was/is that in my head it's not a remake but a complete new series with the same basic idea as Hana Kimi. Both main characters are high-jump athletes who attend high school but the complete stories are different. In my eyes this is better as if they would have translated the Japanese script inot Korean. You do not have to compare the two series the whole time you're watching.
All in all it was a funny and happy drama, which suited 'flaming charisma' Minho a lot.

Have fun watching =)