Korean Drama Review of: To the Beautiful You


Genre: Romantic Comedy

Number of Episodes: 16

Story Premise: A female track star travels from America to Korea and disguises herself as a boy in order to attend an all-boys high school and help her idol – a Gold-Medal Olympian high jumper – start jumping again after an injury.

Synopsis: Gu Jae Hee is a girl that felt like she never fit in at her school in America. She was constantly picked on for being different and just wished that some miracle would happen and make her like everyone else. Then one day, she was watching the Olympics on TV and she saw a high jumper (Kang Tae Joon) win the Gold Medal. After winning, Kang Jae Toon said into the camera, “A Miracle is another name for Hard Work.” That simple phrase was enough to give Jae Hee the courage to change her life. Soon after, she joined the track team at her school and began making friends who were different, yet still liked her for her.

Meanwhile, back in Korea, Kang Tae Joon suffers a great loss when his mother dies. On top of it, he gets injured and begins to question whether he should ever jump again. Returning to his high school, he finds he’s been relegated to “superstar athlete-jumper” and yet he doesn’t want to jump anymore.

And this is where story begins.Gu Jae Hee chops off her hair and binds her breasts, then shows up at Kang Tae Joon’s door as his new roommate. While she hadn’t expected to be his roommate, she quickly takes advantage of the situation and begins doing anything she can to help Tae Joon get his desire for jumping back. At first, Tae Joon resists Jae Hee’s attempts to inspire him, but when he finds out she’s a girl and how much she gave up to help him, he pretends he doesn’t know she’s a girl and uses her story as a reason to do what he loves once again.

That’s the basic storyline. However, there are a lot of little interesting subplots going on as well. Firstly, you have Eun Gyul who is a talented soccer player and who quickly becomes Jae Hee’s best friend. When he finds he starts having feelings for Jae Hee, it shakes him as he starts to believe he is gay. There is also a character who was Eun Gyul’s best friend before Jae Hee and who had an actual crush on Eun Gyul. He doesn’t like Jae Hee and begins to pick on him in hopes of making him look foolish. You also have a Gold Medal gymnast named Hana who has been in love with Tae Joon since they were both little and who is practically psychotic in her obsession with being Tae Joon’s girlfriend. Another high jumper who desperately wants to beat Tae Joon.

All of this takes place at All-Boys Athletics school, so there is a whole bunch of Immature Testosterone thrown into the mix (which is always just fun).

What I like about this K-Drama: I find myself watching episodes from this series over and over again even though the story is not yet done. While the hero does not show a lot of emotional depth and tends to keep his emotions deeply under wraps (since he is always in the lime light and ending up in the news), the viewers do get to see what he is thinking and you can’t help but like him despite his standoffish mannerisms to everyone. On top of that (and despite what other descriptions of this show says), Gu Jae Hee is not a girl who is actively out to win Tae Joon’s heart. She just honestly wants to see him get back on his feet, and that emotional support spreads to anyone in her circle. Plus, Eun Gyul is just adorable and you can’t help but love how freaking cute he is.

What I did NOT like about this K-Drama: While Eun Gyul is one of my favorite characters, I don’t like how much he likes Jae Hee. It’s not because I don’t want to see a love triangle…it’s because I can’t stand the thought of this really sweet character getting his heart broken. Also, the character of Hana is a little too hardcore-obsessive for my taste, but it does add conflict to the story. Those are the only things I don’t like about the show…which pretty much means I like everythingabout the show.

Favorite Scene(s): There are so many fantastic scenes in this show that I find at least one scene I love in every episode. So here’s a quick rundown of ALL my favorite scenes so far and which episodes they are in… (You’ll know if you see them.)

Episode 1: The fencing match with the plunger. Ep. 2: The marathon race with the sprained ankle. Ep. 3: The falling umbrella in the rain. Ep. 4: The Fight Scene with the rapist. Ep. 5: The near drowning experience. Ep. 6: The “Who is the Prettiest AS a Girl” competition (all the competitors are boys except for Jae Hee – who loses). Ep. 7: Searching for the Lost Ring. Ep. 8: The “Crazy” Paintball Commando scene AND the Tent Scene. Ep. 9: Tae Joon finds out who Jae Hee’s “First Kiss” was. Ep 10: The first “Non-Date” Date scenes.

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