Review-O-Meter: The Curious Case of Pretending Someone You’re Not (An Overused Korean Plot)

There are many Korean series being brought to our tables by South Korean entertainment production teams. The domination of their entertainment value and culture can be seen in the implicit denotation and reference of values known to them. Despite our efforts to break away from the current trend that is K-pop related, we always end up being curious as to what Korean dramas have to offer.

For instance, Korean stereotypes have been well-plotted and interwoven in each series that we watch. A good example of such is the norm of “piggy-back rides.” Indeed, the gesture itself is pretty romantic, but beyond this, it is highly traditional for Koreans. One Korean acquaintance of mine said that this exact action is an explicit means of announcing one’s masculinity. It even has its proverbs years way back.

Nonetheless, nothing beats the whole “pretend” shenanigan, which has been constantly and thoroughly abused by the Korean entertainment people. A good example of which is the rom-com (romantic comedy), You’re Beautiful.

You’re Beautiful (미남이시네요 / Minami Shineyo)

You're Beautiful (Korean TV show, 2010)

About

A whirlwind romance between a nun acolyte, Go Mi Nyu (Park Shin Hye), and a famous band lead, Hwang Tae Kyung (Jang Keun-Suk) is what this Korean series is all about. They have their separate lives and consummately diametric personalities and sets of values, which have been played well in the entire series.

In a very unfortunate situation, Mi Nyu was forced to play the double of her long lost twin brother, Mi Nam, and later on joined the popular tween idol group (A.N.JELL). Everything ended up catastrophically for Mi Nyu, making her sulk at every misfortune and misfit she encountered. Her life could have gone worst with the existence of villains like her rival, Yoo He Yi (UEE of AfterSchool),  had Jeremy (Lee Hong-Ki) and Kang Shin Woo (Jung Yong Hwa) not existed in the story.

Characters

The A.N.JELL:

Extended cast:

  • Uee as Yoo He Yi
  • Bae Geu Rin as Sa Yu Ri (fan club president)
  • Kim In Kwon as Ma Hoon Yi (Mi Nam’s manager- Manager Ma)
  • Choi Ran as Go Mi Ja (Mi Nam & Mi Nyu’s aunt)
  • Maria fatima Aniceto (마리아 파티마 Aniceto)
  • Kim Sung Ryung as Mo Hwa Ran
  • Jung Chan as President Ahn
  • Choi Soo Eun as Wang Kko Di
  • Tae Hwang as staff
  • Yoo Seung Ho (cameo, ep9)
  • After School (band) as Before School
Source: Wikipedia

Highlights / Climax

* Sweet scenes between the second lead, Shin Woo, and Mi Nyu. His knowing of her REAL IDENTITY was played well in the duration of the drama.

* Taek Hyung’s realization never came in late. In fact, the longer it took made it even more remarkable. He was battling with his past and never trusted anyone. He never wanted anything to do with the newbie Mi Nyu, but it’s repulsing that he just couldn’t stop but be magnetized to her–closer and closer until he could no longer stand the distance between him and her.

* Jeremy’s sweet thoughts. He’s such a sweetheart.

* He Yi’s attempts to be vile and cause Mi Nyu a great deal of pain. I love her character (the evil she portrayed, that is).

Denouement /Resolution

The ending, for me, was half-baked. It seems that production just had to finish the series and not extend anymore. Some loose ends were not tied properly, and I felt contrived realizing that it just ended like that. Swoosh! No grand rising action to couple the extreme theme projected in the exposition of the story.

Good news, though, the writers were pretty clever that they knew from the beginning how the story should end. This being said, ending the entire fun ride with a classic exchange of promises and words of love between Tae Kyung and Mi Nyu deemed to be proper. It was good directing and script that got this whole thing moving!

Comments

Overshadowed with the almost-touching-barely-knowing charade with a slight kick of fanaticism.

This 2010 mainstream drama garnered the interest and frenzy that awoken every Korean fan-girl in each of its viewers. Since the series centered on the lives of idols (entertainers), people frantically watched it to get hold of the machination idols are made from.

On a general note, it is pretty intriguing. The concept of a girl (nun acolyte) entering into the unknown realm of famous people and concealing her identity is dumbfounding. Nonetheless, there wasn’t anything that made this drama stand uniquely above other well-tailored or developed K-dramas.

To be honest, You’re Beautiful is just about your ordinary kick of romantic comedy festooned with all the glitz and glamor of household favorites: Korean stars.

To re-watch (Yes / No)

Hell YES! … If you feel like you needed some good Korean songs to get by while watching the characters cry and avoid each other.

Ratings

6/10: It’s really a good watch because Jang Geun Seuk was smoking H-O-T in this series–to date, he has solidified his claim to stardom due in part to this series. He pretty much has to worship the writers and directors of You’re Beautiful.

Chemistry: 2 (Raw emotions siphoned out from one character’s execution of the script to another’s.)
Acting: 1 (Good. Jeung Seuk was terrific and Shin Hye was a doll. In fact, she grew on me after watching this show.)
Appeal: 0 (Set-up and setting matched well with the theme but less the WOW showbiz factor. They could’ve shown how nice it is to live the life of an idol by showing nicer scenes.)
Plot: 1 (Well-written lines made up for the slacking sidelines or side-stories that served as tremendously annoying fillers. )
OST and Scoring: 2 (I love the soundtrack. ‘Nuff said.)
Average 10.1%(nationwide) 10.5% (Seoul)- Wikipedia
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