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You're Beautiful (2009) Drama Review
KDrama 2009 - You're Beautiful
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.
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.
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.
The Character: Hwang Tae Kyeong (HTK) 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, HTK 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.
The Character: Kang Shin Woo (KSH) 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. KSH 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.
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 (JYH) when it comes to acting. Coming from a similar background, LHK is ‘luckier’ as his character is lighter than the one that JYH 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.
The Actress: UEE's 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.
The Character: The most self-centered mother on earth, 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: 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
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.
Kang Shin Woo (KSW) is also one of the first few people who know about 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
They started off as a fake couple when the press misunderstood their relationship. Yoo He Yi however, starts to see HTK as a real boyfriend when she begins to have feelings for 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 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.
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Drama Ratings (Out of 10)
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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