Drama Review: KDrama 2009 – You’re Beautiful

Ulasan Drama: KDrama 2009 – You’re Beautiful
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(Drama Review – The English Version – Compiled)


Brief Introduction
Go Mi Nyeo, an innocent young lady whose lifetime dream is to become a nun, has to embark on a life-changing journey when she is forced to disguise as her twin brother. Little does she know, that this cover-up act will lead her to numerous challenging and unforeseen circumstances, and opens up a new chapter in her previously simple yet fulfilling life. Borrowing the identity of her brother, she starts to mingle with a group of popular male singers who call themselves A.N.Jell. With an intention to find her birth mother in mind, she embraces herself into the unfamiliar world of entertainers which she never knew existed before.

  • Drama Title (English): You’re Beautiful / You’re Handsome
  • Drama Title (Hangeul): 미남이 시네요 (Mi-nam-i Shi-ne-yo)
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • No. of Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast Period: 07 Oct 2009 to 26 Nov 2009 (SBS)


Storyline Analysis
Like Hong Sisters’ other dramas, this drama kicks off with countless hilarious scenes during the first quarter but it becomes more and more serious, gradually, as the drama proceeds. Go Mi Nyeo / ‘Go Mi Nam’ who is initially shown as an innocent girl, slowly but prominently turns into a more matured young lady as she endlessly begins to face numerous difficulties in an attempt to conceal her true identity. At the same time, she has to deal with her new found feelings towards one of the A.N.Jell’s members. That’s where the story starts to become complicated and even more dramatic.

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.


Character Relationship Analysis

‘Go Mi Nam’ and Hwang Tae Kyeong

As the first person who knows about Go Mi Nam (GMN)’s real identity, Hwang Tae Kyeong (HTK) develops a much closer relationship with GMN as he begins to help her conceal the secret. Although he is initially very reluctant, HTK could not help but to offer GMN a hand as he starts to feel sorry for her. GMN meanwhile, tends to rely on HTK every time she is in trouble as she sees him as the most trusted person despite his harsh words and callous attitude towards her. In fact, she begins to ‘enjoy’ his callousness as she starts to learn about the real HTK.

‘Go Mi Nam’ and Kang Shin Woo

Kang Shin Woo (KSW) is also one of the first few people who know about Go Mi Nam (GMN)’s real identity. But because he decides to keep mum about it, GMN has no idea that KSW has been protecting her through and through without her knowledge. She also does not realise that KSW’s kindness towards her is more than just as friends.

‘Go Mi Nam’ and Jeremy

Because they have similar personalities, GMN finds herself in a more comfortable position between the group of males, thanks to the help of Jeremy. Jeremy meanwhile, initially treats GMN just like one of the A.N.Jell’s members. But when he starts to have feelings for her, whom he thinks is a male, this poor Jeremy begins to behave awkwardly as he starts to question his sexuality. He has no clue whatsoever that GMN is actually a girl and he is in fact, not a ‘homo’.

Hwang Tae Kyeong and Yoo He Yi

They started off as a fake couple when the press misunderstood their relationship. Yoo He Yi however, starts to see Hwang Tae Kyeong as a real boyfriend when she begins to have feelings for him. Therefore, she tries her very best to win his heart although she realises that she has little chance to succeed.

Hwang Tae Kyeong and Mo Hwa Ran (Mother)

Mo Hwa Ran has returned to Hwang Tae Kyeong (HTK)’s life after being missing for several years. But, she comes back with an intention to seek something from him. As a son who is always longing for his mother’s love and attention, HTK faces a dilemma when he is asked to fulfill his mother’s selfish desire that obviously will inevitably cause him harm in the process.


Cinematography & Production Analysis
Being a drama based on a behind-the-scenes story of a group of performers, this drama will not be complete without an outstanding list of official/original soundtracks (OSTs). These OSTs indeed are one of the strongest points of this drama besides its packed-with-fun-and-laughter storyline. From my personal experience, even years after this drama has been aired, some of these OSTs remain as hit songs for some K-Drama lovers (as my personal blog this blog still receive daily hits from visitors looking for songs like ‘What Should I Do?’, ‘Coming Down From Heaven’, ‘Without A Word’, ‘Lovely Day’, ‘Promise’ and ‘Still’). On top of that, the song that ‘Jeremy’ sang in Episode 14, ‘Such Good Words’ also still receive such good attentions from viewers who enjoy watching the drama. And, ‘Like A Fool’, the song that ‘Kang Shin Woo’ sang in Episode 12, proves that viewers are hooked on this drama because of its catchy love songs that suit the mood of this drama. Those beautiful melodies, coupled with meaningful and spot-on lyrics, are able to touch the hearts of many viewers. With those beautiful-looking actors/actresses working together in this drama and with those beautiful OSTs, costumes, settings and sceneries, this ‘You’re Beautiful’ drama is indeed a beautiful one to watch.


Favourite Scenes (SPOILER ALERT!)

  • Episode 1: The yellow daisy turned brown (dead!) after Go Mi Nam vomited into its vase
  • Episode 2: Go Mi Nam was trapped in a male’s washroom after a dance practice and Shin Woo had to cover her face with a towel before dragging Go Mi Nam from those ‘over-exposed’ boys (Note: Jeong Yong Hwa was given a ‘towel guy’ nickname after this scene)
  • Episode 3 & 4: Hwang Tae Kyeong tried to save Go Mi Nam from what he thought was drowning but ended up drowned himself
  • Episode 5: Hwang Tae Kyeong’s unpleasant meet-up with his mother at a restaurant which brought back an awful memory between them when he was a child (Note: It’s a sad scene but definitely a must see)
  • Episode 6: Go Min Nam went shopping alone under the guidance of Shin Woo without realising that Shin Woo was just a few metres away behind her throughout the whole shopping experience
  • Episode 7: Hwang Tae Kyeong was chased by a pig and Go Mi Nam had to go and search for him
  • Episode 7: Go Mi Nam stunned everyone when she sang from her heart during a recording session
  • Episode 8: Hwang Tae Kyeong tried to hold his tears after he had a talk with his heartless mother and ended up crying bitterly (weeping!) in the dark (Note: Another sad but not-to-be-missed scene. Such a touching scene!)
  • Episode 9: That bizarre ‘pig-rabbit’ operation
  • Episod 10: Hwang Tae Kyeong, Jeremy and Kang Shin Woo were ‘fighting’ with each other trying to win Go Mi Nam’s heart when she suddenly fell sick and required attention
  • Episode 11: Go Mi Nam’s fingers got glued together when she tried to fix her broken hair pin
  • Episode 12: Go Mi Nam’s and Hwang Tae Kyeong’s reactions after the (SPOILER ALERT!) ‘accidental’ kiss (Note: Watch out for those fireworks display!)
  • Episode 13: Go Mi Nam and Kang Shin Woo as an imaginary couple – talking about how they first met and how they start to fall for each other, and (SPOILER ALERT!) their ‘first kiss’
  • Episode 13: Go Mi Nam joined the membership as one of Hwang Tae Kyeong’s fans via online and was asked to rate him based on certain criteria (without realising that the questions came from Hwang Tae Kyeong himself!) – they later had a lovely ‘fan-meeting’
  • Episode 14: Go Mi Nam’s reaction after Hwang Tae Kyeong confessed his feelings for her (Note: Watch out for those hiccups every time she heard the word ‘like’!)
  • Episode 14: The bus scene when Jeremy sang the supposedly happy song ‘Such Good Words’ in such a touching way
  • Episode 15 & 16: Go Mi Nam sang the ‘What Should I Do?’ song at a karaoke bar and the rest of the A.N.Jell’s boys went for a frantic search, looking for her
  • Episode 16: Hwang Tae Kyeong sang the ‘What Should I Do?’ song at an A.N.Jell’s concert



Favourite Lines / Dialogues
(SPOILER ALERT!)
[These lines are taken from the subs provided by WithS2, so credits shall be given to the original translators]

  • Episode 07:

HTK (to himself): At a place where fans and reporters don’t chase me… why is a pig chasing me?

  • Episode 07:

GMN: Hyeong-nim, I can only see one special star right now.
HTK: What? You said there were a lot of stars.
GMN: Yes, there are, but only one star is twinkling so handsomely. I can only see that star.

  • Episode 12:

GMN (to herself): I can’t see the stars because the tears keep on coming. If I continue not to see them, I won’t hope, and I won’t be disappointed. I wish I couldn’t see.
HTK (to GMN): I can see you really well right now. It’s so bright, you can’t see anything over here can you? Were you always crying like that when I couldn’t see you?
GMN: I won’t cry any more. Please pretend you didn’t see me.
HTK: How can I pretend not to see you when I can see you this well?! Go Mi Nam, you’ve been looking at me like that the whole time, haven’t you? I didn’t know because I couldn’t see you.
GMN: Please continue to pretend you don’t know. I’ll stop looking at you.
HTK: You can’t stop looking at me! You can’t stop when your heart likes it. Keep looking at me. Just as you have been. Just as you have been, keep looking just at me! Go Mi Nam, from now on, you liking me… I will acknowledge it.

  • Episode 13:

GMN: Will he (the reporter) really believe that I’m a woman and not Go Mi Nam?
HTK: In my eyes, you are definitely a woman.
KSW (to HTK): She is my woman from now on, I’m going to take her away.

  • Episode 13:

GMN: …But I don’t know what your feeling is, Shin Woo hyeong.
KSW: You don’t know because my shadow is hiding me.

  • Episode 14:

Jeremy (before singing the song ‘Such Good Words’): These very good words were so precious to me, that I held onto them dearly. But holding onto them too dearly, can also mean that they can’t be said again. But I hope they don’t become words that you don’t want to hear, words that are meaningless, or words that cause sadness.

(Note: Jeremy was talking on the phone to someone else
but he’s directing those words at GMN)

  • Episode 15:

HTK (to himself): It’s so dark, I can’t see anything. Let’s just pretend that everything around me is dark.

  • Episode 15:

KSW (to GMN): I’ll look at you, so, don’t try to escape to somewhere where I can’t see you. Look at me.

  • Episode 15:

GMN (indirectly to HTK): You’re still the same light, that’s shining so brightly. Even if you’re far away, I’ll keep protecting you too.

  • Episode 16:

HTK (to GMN): I can’t see you because it’s too bright up here, and it’s too dark where you are. I ask you not be where I can’t see you! Come to where I can see you. Give me permission to see you.



Viewer’s Alert

  • The ever-popular ‘pig-rabbit‘ (돼지토끼 / Dwae-ji-to-kki) – a ‘not-so-unlucky’ bunny/rabbit soft toy who has received an extensive nose job during a bizarre operation. Its nose has been replaced with a pig’s nose by a ‘cosmetic surgeon’, Hwang Tae Kyeong (HTK).
  • Hwang Tae Kyeong’s eccentric hair styles, which include: (i) 미끌머리 (Mi-kkeul-meo-ri / Hammer Style) – to demonstrate a charismatic HTK (also known as ‘slippery hair’), (ii) 엘비스 머리 (El-bi-seu Meo-ri / Elvis Presley’s Style) – to portray an image of an idol, and (iii) 사과 머리 (Sa-gwa Meo-ri / Apple Fruit’s Style) – a more relaxed version of HTK.
  • Parodies in the middle and at the end of the episodes, which include: SNSD (‘Tell Me Your Wish‘/’Genie’), 2Ne1 TV, Seo Ta Ji (‘I Know‘), DJ Doc (‘Run to You‘) and BEG (‘Abracadabra‘). Even the infamous ‘pig chase scene’ in Ep07 is also a parody of So Ji Seop’s Cowon S9 CF (an MP3).
  • Go Mi Nam’s unique way of controlling her feelings – the ‘acupuncture’ technique taught by Manager Ma.
  • Jeremy’s cute acts, his ‘Little Snail’ hair style, and his ‘Angelina Jolie’ (the Labrador)
  • The weird chemistry between Manager Ma and Coordinator Wang (the stylist), plus their ‘wild’ imaginations


Drama Rating (Out of 10)

  • Character Portrayal: 8/10
    [Some did extremely well, whilst some were slightly above average]
  • Storyline: 9/10
  • Genre Authenticity: 9/10
    [Did it fit its romantic comedy genre? Yes!]
  • Production: 9/10
  • OST: 10/10
    [Really love all the songs!]
  • Viewing Satisfaction: 10/10
    [How obsessed am I with the whole drama? Totally obsessed!]
  • Overall Drama Rating: 9/10
    [Definitely a must watch]


Final Remarks
This drama will appeal to the younger audience (or those who are still young at heart) as this is a story about youngsters. It’s a good drama to watch if you are looking for something that is light and entertaining but with a hint of reality. I might be biased when writing this review as I personally love this drama. From this lengthy review, you might already realised that my judgement could be clouded by my own fascinations towards the main characters. I am having trouble to select which favourite scenes and lines to list down because I love almost everything about this drama, except for those four hateful characters. I already pointed out two of them and it is up to you to figure out the other two (which is not a difficult task as they are obviously annoying!). However, these four characters are part of the beauties of this drama, so do not get offended and simply ignore them if you find them really unbearable to watch. And, just like the other viewers who are still hooked on this drama, I am still waiting for the second season although the chance is pretty slim (or almost zero!).


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