You’re Beautiful | Review



Broadcast in 2009
16 total episodes
Overall Rating: A-

Main Cast:
Actor/Actress as Characters

Jang Geun Suk as Hwang Tae Kyung
Park Shin Hye as Go Mi Nam (Male) / Go Mi Nyu (Female)
Lee Hong Ki as Kang On Yu / Jeremy
Jung Yong Hwa as Kang Shin Woo

Jung Chan as President Ahn
Kim In Kwon as Ma Hoon Yi (Mi Nam’s manager)
Choi Soo Eun as Wang Kko Di (Stylist)
UEE as Yoo He Yi (another pop idol)
Choi Ran as Choi Mi Ja (Mi Nam & Mi Nyu’s aunt)

Have you ever thought about being a pop idol and becoming the source of affection for millions of fans? I’m pretty sure everyone has thought about it before, but what if it comes true? It’s ridiculous, but in the world of Asian drama, nothing is too ridiculous. In fact, it’s storyline like this that put American soap opera to shame. Go Mi Nyu is a nun in a remote corner of Seoul. One day on an errand trip after church, she is followed by a suspicious man in a black car. Basically, every stalkerish things, this guy is doing it. She finally confronts him only to have him begging on his knees for her to do a favor for him. Being the nun that she is, she hears him out. The stalker is in fact the manager of a top Asian boy band in Korea call A.N.JELL. He has recruited a fourth member to the group name Go Mi Nam and he is Go Mi Nyu’s older twin brother. However, due to mishap during a bad plastic eye surgery, Go Mi Nam is unable to look like a human when closing his eyes. Thus, he was sent off to America to get the problem fix. In the meantime, the manager doesn’t want this news to leak to the press and would like Go Mi Nyu to be a stand-in for Go Mi Nan until his return. Putting the gender issue aside, they are identical twin and everyone will be fool by her appearance. However, A.N.JELL’s front-man, Hwang Tae Kyung, is a perfectionist among perfectionist and will not accept any new member unless he can sing one of his song (which is pretty hard to do apparently). Can Go Mi Nyu sing her way into the music industry fooling everyone until the arrival of her older brother? What will happen to someone with this kind of gender secret and yet always in the eyes of the public?

A.N.JELL filming a music video with another idol.

This drama is incredibly silly from start to finish and the majority of things that happened on the show is highly unlikely to happen…ever.  However, the back-drop of the story, which is the pop idol industry, is presented accurately (far as I know). Set in the highly fascinating world of pop idols, viewers will be able to see the real life of an idol. From the typical studio session, there’s also the rigorous schedule, music video filming that could take all day, and having to deal with the crazy fan-girls. There’s also having to deal with other idols who have been working longer than you have and thus are your superior in a way. Being accurate on this front, the story is filled with hilarity from the characters themselves. Some are quick innuendo like having to remember all the names of a popular 13 members boy band call Super Junior, to ridiculous physical comedy like putting out a candle with your spit. This drama is like vitamins to your funny bone. Though funny, there are also intense emotional moments in this drama that will help you reflect more on the characters and the story as a whole. Go Mi Nyu, though pretending to be her older brother Go Mi Nam, soon falls for the lead singer of A.N.JELL Hwang Tae Kyung. Seeing herself as unworthy of girlfriend to someone as famous and talented as Hwang Tae Kyung, she hides her feelings deep within herself. This pent up feeling both provides many funny moments whenever it breaks free and also sadness when her feelings are unnoticed.

Jang Geun Suk and Lee Hong Ki hanging out between takes.

If the humor doesn’t get to you, through great character development and the commitment of the actors to their characters, this drama will grow on you sooner than you can say “Go Mi Nam.” Jang Geun Suk has been a busy man this past year. I first saw him in Hong Gil Dong, then I mentioned him in Beethoven Virus (which I didn’t see yet), and he just recently finish off this drama. He plays the lead singer Hwang Tae Kyung and really capture the traits of his characters well. Tae Kyung is a prideful person that holds himself highly for so long that he doesn’t know how to lower himself when the situation calls for it. The awkwardness couples with the earnest feeling of wanting to lower himself but also not wanting to is a tough thing to show I think, but Jang Geun Suk does it quite nicely. I was actually pleasantly surprise since his acting skills didn’t really impress me on Hong Gil Dong, but he definitely showed he can act with this role. HOWEVER, there’s this one thing that he does in the drama that drives me crazy. It’s this pouting thing Tae Kyung does whenever he doesn’t get his way. It’s really childish and doesn’t go well with the character at all. He did tone it down a bit near the end though. Everyone else also does a fine job. I particularly find Lee Hong Ki’s Jeremy character very endearing. Jeremy is a fun loving person that always smile, but when the time comes for him to cry, Lee Hong Ki did it in a very genuine way.

This is definitely a great drama to check out. It’s short and sweet and funny to boot. There’s no great life lesson to be learned here, just a fun show to watch and have fun with.

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13 Comments

  1. Hey, nice review :))

    I agree, the strength of the characters were the best selling point of the series.

    In comparison to say, Boys Over Flowers, where the characters got so caught up in the over-convoluted plot, the characters in YB had much greater depth to them & you could absolutely relate to them & justify everything that they did. As much as the series was all so light & airy-fairy, these four people felt real ❤

    I liked Park Shin Hye as the heroine alot as she really seemed to be pure. She had the one person she liked & never once did her heart waver. Speaking of whom, Hwan Tae Kyung shi!! *fond tears* Jang Geun Suk totally nailed this role xD

    Sorry for the rambling!

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    1. Thank you! No worries, I tend to ramble a lot too and always have to cut things down when I’m editing my review (which I didn’t do very well apparently because I just saw a huge typo). Yes, I’m always looking for characters that are genuinely real. The situation they get into might be outrageous, but their actions have to make sense. This show does that despite all the crazy antics.

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    1. Wow, my first Arabic comment! I appreciate your comment, but try to use English in any future comments as I and other readers won’t be able to understand what you’re saying (which defeats the purpose of commenting).

      I did use Google Translate and got that you love the series 🙂 Thank you and hope my review contributes to your love for the series.

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