Drama Review: KDrama 2009 – You’re Beautiful (Part 2)

Ulasan Drama: KDrama 2009 – You’re Beautiful (Bahagian 2)
Versi Bahasa Inggeris
(Drama Review – The English Version Part 2)


Character Analysis

Park Shin Hye (박신혜)
as
‘Go Mi Nam’ (고미남)  (‘Male’) / Go Mi Nyeo (고미녀) (Female)

The Character: Go Mi Nyeo is a lively young lady who lives a happy life despite growing up in an orphanage. Her father passed away when she was at a very young age and she was left with no one but her twin brother, Go Mi Nam. Her long life dream is to become a nun as she is grateful towards the Mother Superior (the Head of Nuns) who has been raising and taking good care of her. Her twin brother meanwhile, dreams to become a star, as an easy way to find their birth mother who they have never knew of. As she grows up amongst the people who always speak the truth and live in modest way, Go Mi Nyeo finds herself in an awkward situation when she has to pose as her twin brother. Besides changing her outer image by cutting off her beautiful long hair and wearing male attires, she also has to start to learn living in the real world where deception and detestation are common amongst the people.

The Actress: This is not the first time for Park Shin Hye (PSH) to play as a leading lady but this role really suits her looks and personality. At this era where ‘flower boys’ are exceptionally acceptable, PSH’s turning into a boy really does look convincing. On top of that, she can really sing. Despite being a full-time actress (to my knowledge, she never sings professionally), PSH has managed to portray the image of an inexperienced ‘flower boy’ singer successfully. Although she doesn’t apply much make-up for her role as ‘Go Mi Nam’, she is still able to retain her feminine side through her cute, baby-faced looks.

Jang Geun Seok (장근석)
as
Hwang Tae Kyeong (
황태경)

The Character: Hwang Tae Kyeong may look tough and emotionless on the outside, but on the inside, he is like a delicate baby who is longing for love and attention. Being abandoned since child by his mother without any justifiable reason, Hwang Tae Kyeong tries to shield himself from being hurt by building his own protective layer. Therefore, he may seem rough and cold to those who know little about him, but once his heart is touched by a particular someone, he may turn into a charming and passionate person in his own unique way. And, he may even express his love in an unusual, eccentric manner that could be mistaken as hatred instead of affection.

The Actor: Being a big star at a very young age, it is not surprising to see how well Jang Geun Seok (JGS) fits into the character. During those moments when he has to really cry his heart out, JGS has really nailed it. And during those moments when he has to appear as an outstanding young singer, he has nailed it too. Although he is widely recognised for his talent in acting, JGS is also known for his sweet voice and has demonstrated singing capability in his previous dramas and movies. Therefore, since this is not his first time singing in a production, and since he happens to like to sing as well, JGS is able to carry his role so well in this drama that he could pass as a real singer. His ability to really absorb into his character is definitely one of the strongest points of this drama. And, it is good to see JGS in a role that fits his real age as he tends to choose a more matured role in his previous acting.

Jeong Yong Hwa (정용화)
as
Kang Shin Woo (
강신우)

The Character: Kang Shin Woo is a typical character in a drama when the leading male is a ruthless and cold blooded person. He is the total opposite of Hwang Tae Kyeong. Kang Shin Woo is really sweet and attentive, and when he falls for someone, he really treats her like a precious jewel. But his kindness is also part of his weaknesses as he tends to be excessively caring, to the point that sometimes, his compassionate behaviour can be presumed as annoying and clingy. But, he truly is every girl’s dream guy.

The Actor: Jeong Yong Hwa is a real-life singer, therefore it might not seem so hard for him to portray an image of a singer because he already belongs to a popular K-Pop group named C.N.Blue. However, since this is his first attempt as an actor, on top of that he has to play as a guitarist (which he never does it before with C.N.Blue), it has been a challenging experience for him. There are moments when he is clearly not so comfortable in his role, but those moments do not really affect the enjoyability of the whole story. In overall, he has done quite a  good job for a green actor like him.

Lee Hong Ki (이홍기)
as
Jeremy (
제르미)

The Character: Jeremy is a very lovable character. Being the youngest in the group, he likes to be cheeky and playful. He is also easy to get along with, therefore he clicks well with everybody. His character is like the soul of the drama. It keeps the drama alive despite the intense feelings between the other characters.

The Actor: Lee Hong Ki (LHK) is just slightly more experienced than Jeong Yong Hwa when it comes to acting. Coming from a similar background, LHK is ‘luckier’ as his character is lighter than the one that Jeong Yong Hwa has to portray. However, although LHK might have had a great time portraying this cheerful character, there are also moments when he really surprises the viewers with his acting ability. When his character requires him to become bold and serious, LHK is able to immediately change into the mood and get rid of his childishness almost instantaneously. He is definitely a singer whose acting ability we cannot turn a blind eye to.

UEE (유이)
as
Yoo He Yi (유헤이)

The Character: Yoo He Yi is a popular singer who is loved by the whole nation and is nicknamed the nation’s angel due to her kind heart and well manners. However, she is nothing but an empty shell. She may look nice and pretty to the outsiders, but she is actually a really rude and unthoughtful person. She is the villain who spells trouble for both ‘Go Mi Nam’ and Hwang Tae Kyeong.

The Actress: As an inexperienced actress, UEE has received lots of hate due to this character. It is unfortunate to see that her not-so-outstanding acting ability has received lots of criticism from anti-fans whose judgements are mostly clouded by her role as a nasty person in this drama. Although it is undeniable that this young singer (from a girl group, After School) still needs to work hard to polish her acting skills, there are a number of notable scenes where UEE is really able to deliver her role well.

Kim Seong Ryeong (김성령)
as
Mo Hwa Ran (
모화란) – Tae Kyeong’s mother

The Character: Mo Hwa Ran is probably the most self-centered mother on earth. In order to fulfill her personal desires, she is willing to sacrifice and utilise anybody including her own son. On top of that, she is such a person who is full of trick and duplicity, and knows exactly how to manipulate others for her own benefit. Despite all these, she sees herself as the most unfortunate person that needs to be symphatised and supported by none other than her pitiful son.

The Actress: Kim Seong Ryeong’s character is also one of the most hated characters in the drama, besides UEE’s. Her character justifies Hwang Tae Kyeong’s screwed personalities. Although Kim Seong Ryeong is not credited as one of the main casts and even though she does not receive any awards for this role, her ability to deliver such a hateful character has to be applauded since she is able to make the viewers really loathe her character.


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Posted on Saturday, 11 June 2011, in K-Drama, Review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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