Monday, October 22, 2012

To the Beautiful You

I've never been so addicted watching Korean Drama series. I even hated K-Pop groups because there were like a virus spreading in a little span of time. It makes even people lunatic and insane. But I guess the most crucial effect of these virus, since they are so influential, girls try to imitate their looks and undergoes different surgeon just to beautify themselves. It sometimes degrade the self esteem and confidence of the other girls even with the boys. But then, I know the word "respect" so lets just let them be their own way of living. Let them patronize their own idols and their choice of music. 

Back to the Korean series, I was enthusiastically devoted to these one. The title of the series is popularly knwon as "To the Beautiful You". This was actually a Korean version of the hit manga Hana Kimi. There were also a Japanese and Taiwanese version of this manga. But among the three rendition, the Korean series outwit the rest. It was because of the handsome and gorgeous main lead actor and actress. The Korean version will have a total of 16 episodes that draw out stories of hopes and dreams. It's a teenage comedy with a cute, but strong story line and a slew of handsome cast members.I was able to finish watching all the 16 episodes. And I guess, I am proud to recommend you all guys to watch it also. I watched the whole episodes in Drama Crazy.


1. Choi Seol Ri as Goo Jae Hee

2. Min Ho as Kang Tae Joon

3. Lee Hyun Woo as Cha Eun Kyul

4. Kim Ji Won as Seol Han Na

5. Suh Joon Young as Ha Seung Ri

6. Kang Ha Neul as Joo Ji Chul

7. Hwang Kwang Hee as Song Jong Min


Kang Tae-Joon (Minho) is a gold medalist in the high jump, but he has been mired in a slump due to an injury. In order to help her idol, a girl named Koo Jae-Hee (Sulli) disguises herself as a boy and enrolls at the same all male high school.

When Tae-Joon (Minho) is competiting at the World Junior Competition, Jae-Hee (Sulli) watches him on TV in America and becomes very touched.

Despite her friends telling her otherwise, Jae-Hee cuts her long hair by herself. She then flies to South Korea, with a plan to stay with Tae-Joon who is now injured. Jae-Hee disguises herself as a boy and enrolls at the all boys Genie Physical Education High School. On her first day at school, Jae-Hee goes up the stairs with her suitcase, but her suitcase bursts open and all her clothes fall out. A boy comes by and helps her pick up her stuff. Jae-Hee realizes that the boy helping her is none other than her idol Tae-Joon. In her excitement, Jae-Hee sits on her suitcase, which proceeds to slide down the stairs.

Jae-Hee gets to her first class and introduces herself. One of her classmaste, Jong-Min (Hwang Kwang-Hee), tells her that if she wants to become their classmate she will have to go pickup a ball that sits inside a doghouse located on campus. Jae-Hee goes to the doghouse and sees a warning sign about the dog. Nevertheless, the dog seems friendly to Jae-Hee and she goes inside to take out the ball. At that moment, Jae-Hee hears Tae-Joon voices and she hides in the doghouse. Tae-Joon starts to talk to the dog and tells the dog that he doesn't want to perform the high jump at tomorrow's commercial shooting. Tomorrow will be the first time Tae-Joon does the high jump after suffering from his injury. Jae-Hee comes out of the doghouse and asks Tae-Joon if he is ok after his injury. Tae-Joon becomes angry and leaves.

She goes back to the classroom and gives the ball to Jong-Min, who is very surprised. The dog is normally hostile to guys that come by. Eun-Gyeol (Lee Hyun-Woo), who is a soccer player, looks at her with a smile.

Later, Jae-Hee goes to her dorm room and learns that she is sharing her room with one other student. When she gets out of the shower, Jae-Hee sees her new roommate, who is Tae-Joon! Tae-Joon immediately kicks her out of the room, but with the help of Seung-Ri (Seo Jun-Young), the student dorm monitor, she is able to get back into the room.

The next day, students at Genie High School gather to play soccer. Tae-Joon tells Jae-Hee that if she makes a goal he will let her stay in his room. Jae-Hee tries hard to score a goal, but collides with Jong-Min and gets knocked out. Tae-Joon carries her to the school infirmary. Before she wakes up, Tae-Joon runs to the school gym where the high jump commercial will be filmed. Meanwhile, Tae-Hee wakes up and she knows that the school doctor knows that she is a girl.


1. "To The Beautiful You" is based on Hisaya Nakajo's manga series "Hanazakari no Kimitachi e" (published by Hakusensha 1996-2004).

2. Drama series will be produced by S.M. Entertainment.

3. Filming begins June, 2012.

4. "To The Beautiful You" takes over the Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 time slot previously occupied by "Ghost" and will be followed by "The Great Seer" on October 10, 2012.

5. First script reading took place on June 7, 2012 at the SBS Ilsan Production Studio.Minho, Sulli, Lee Hyun-Woo, Kim Ji-Won and other cast members attended the reading.

6. Actor Minho received training in the high jump by former national high jumper and coach Kim Tae-yong.

7. "To The Beautiful You" is the first drama series to implement the "bullet time" technique popularized in the U.S. film "The Matrix". The technique was implement on July 20th, 2012 at the World Cup stadium in Daegu, South Korea. The staff implemented 105 different cameras to shoot Tae-Joon's (Minho) high jump scene. This scene will be shown in ep.1 of "To The Beautiful You".

8. Ep.8 (scheduled to air September 6, 2012) features Kang Tae-Joon (Minho) and Koo Jae-Hee (Sulli) reenacting a famous scene from SBS drama series "Secret Garden" starring Ha Ji-Won and Hyun-Bin. The scene consists of the two characters making eye contact while performing sit-ups. Filming for that scene took place on August 28 at a university gym in Icheon, South Korea.

9. Actor Kim Woo-Bin makes a guest appearance in ep.9 and ep.10. He will play Jae-Hee's (Sulli) first love John Kim. His character is written as a world famous photographer. When Jae-Hee and John Kim have a sweet moment together, Tae-Joon (Minho) and Eun-Gyeol (Lee Hyun-Woo) become jealous.

10. Related titles:
Hana-Kimi | Hanazakarino kimitachihe (Fuji TV / 2007)
Hana-Kimi SP | Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Fuji TV / 2008)
Hua Yang Shao Nien Shao Nu (CTS / GTV - 2006)
To The Beautiful You | Areumdawoon Geodaeege (SBS / 2012)

To the Beautiful You Casts

Funny Scenes

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