Before the drama “To the Beautiful You” started airing I had a few expectations how the drama would be different from the original Japanese version. I has posted an article here at “Hallyu Guru” focusing on my hopes and expectations.
To view that article click here. (Please do read the article to get the full blast of the current article)
Now I have finished watching the whole drama and it doesn’t matter whether my expectations then were met or not because my hopes for the drama was not definitely shattered. Then why bother to write them?-Because who doesn’t like to muse about our predictions, right?
First things first, my sincere hope for volumed up romance between the main leads was met! THANK GOD! After all this is Korean Drama we are speaking about and people expect chemistry.
And when I say romance, it is strictly limited to passionate glances, heart-throbbing back hugs and chemistryless kiss. But I am not complaining- I think the director toned it down a bit to make it look genuinely high school. But there was a little bit creativity in the romance too-credits to the bicycle kiss:)
I thought there will be only a female rival(I was not sure whether I would like it-but it was good- she was not a total vixen kind we normally see)but the scriptwriters have gone for a male rival too. 100 points for that! They were not just mere rivals who jumped in to the scene for plot sake. Bot the rivals have a strong relationship background with the leads. Seol Ha Na(the female rival)has been Tae Joon’s friend and follower like forever and Johnny(the male rival) likes Jae Hee so much that he forged the documents for her to enroll in Boy’s school.This kind of value addition helps in the better plot development. What romance is interesting without rivals and jealous-factor?
Other than the romantic rivalry- the professional rivalry was also better in this version. There the rival just acts like an ass while inside his heart he likes Sano. But here Min Hyeon Jae is in the same school, always considered second to Tae Joon(though inside his heart looks up on him),has less sofisticated economical background etc etc which gives him more solid reasons for not liking Tae Joon much. But after the turn of events he comes to like Tae Joon which reminded me how high school really can be. Sometimes the ones you hate would end up becoming your best friend.
I was hoping with my fingers crossed that the doctor charecter would be gay in Korean version too(there were speculations that he would be straight). Well he was, but he was not very much used in the gay humor like in the original. But at least I got my wish! Yay!
Eun-gyeol’s character was was pretty good. The way how he gets to know that he likes Sulli was all neatly placed but he did not quite make the cut of the Japanese “Nakatsu”. Maybe it was because Eun-gyeol’s character was a bit more serious or maybe because in this version he senses Sulli’s feelings for Minho and gets jealous in contrast to the original.But even with all this in my head Eun-gyeol is my favorite in the whole drama.(Nakatsu is my favorite in Jap version).
I can proudly sat Min Ho pulled off Tae Joon’s character brilliantly and better than Japanese Sano. Sano was all about looking hot and athletic- But Tae Joon’s charecter did much more than that. As for Sulli- she has skills but I couldn’t even point one single frame in the whole drama where she looked boyish enough to pass for a guy. Casting a foreigners for Sulli’s brother and her BFF was really great. Making Sulli’s brother a doctor(foreigner probably adopted by Koreans and speaks good Korean) and changing the way how he finds out she is enrolled in a Boy’s school turned out to be more interesting. Daniel oppa is given more importance role-wise in this version.
The inclusion of a mother sentiment as a reason for Tae Joon giving up High Jump was much more powerful and moving than the original(where Sano would be injured while trying to save mizuki;but he would say that was not the reason he gave up- It was a little confusing). I was surely not expecting a “mother character”. Using the mother feelings to connect the male leads – in the scene where both of them watch a movie Tae joon watched with his mother together was heart warming.
But I missed two characters very much from the original dram- the playboy guy(Nanba) who was nowhere to be seen and the girly gay guy with feelings for the play boy- there was actually a guy who keeps wearing lip balm but his character development was not much in this version.
Good thing the script writers did not completely stick to the original plot! Hats off for the script writers for completely whitewashing all the logical loopholes in the plot and giving us a proper logical plot. The ending was feel good but not very creative-toooooo predictable. I mean,c’mon I am not eight anymore and anyone over eight can predict it.
Chubby Cheeks, dimple chin Rosy lips, teeth within Curly hair very fair Eyes are blue, lovely too Teacher’s pet, “is that you” Yes, yes, yes.
I am sure we all have sang this at one point of our life and I assume you loved. Assume? Who am I kidding? You all loved it!*chuckles*
So I went through whole of this playschool rhymes and shortlisted the grand champion “Dimples” to do my next post. I myself don’t have any dimples *sob sob* and have always been envious of others having cutie little dimples. I decided why not spread a “k-dimple fever”.
Caused By: Dimpled Cutie pies listed in this post
Symptoms: Maniac eyeing of cute dimples, drooling over dimpled beauties and if they don’t have dimples-poking on cheeks to have dimples.
Treatment: Scientists locked up for trying to find!LOL!
ALERT! Deadly dimple viruses coming up! Read at your own risk!
Choi Si Won
I am thinking someone carved those perfect dimples into his cheeks.
OFC everyone loves your dimples!!!
Ever seen a sexy dimple? If you haven’t here it is!
I can totally imagine girls saying “I totally wanna be her” and boys “I totally wanna be that bottle”
All eyes on the dimples!
*enter* The Dimple Prince!!
I could just drown in that dimples.*Blushing and trying to control perverted thoughts*
OMG I just fainted!
*Eureka Eureka* I found what the trick of this Casanova is! He smiles; dimple shows up; girls fall
Lee Min Ho
Can you take eye off him?
OH *wiping the drool* MY *popping eyes* GOD!
My brain just went haywire seeing those perfect dimples!
Lee Seung Ji
Perfectly proportioned dimples!
Shin Min Ah
Those cute dimple makes pretty shin Min Ah the prettiest!
With dimples like those all guys will be at your toes!
Do I have to become a nine tailed fox to have those dimples?
Oh to be Young and have cute dimples!*pun intended*
I hope you all get the worst K-Dimple fever and live forever with it! *grins*
Here are some Korean Drama kisses which are unique! I seriously like the concept and the way these kisses were filmed. A breath of fresh air and makes me go awwwwwwwwww due to their overflowing cuteness!
Caressing Kiss from ‘The Princess Man’
First up is a special Kiss scene from ‘The Princess Man’ What I love here is the sweet chemistry between the leads. Though it is a historical drama it still made me feel that their kiss was that of a normal modern couple. Park Shi Hoo slowly kisses Moon Chae Won’s forehead and then slowly moves over to the eyes,cheek and then to the lips as he lovingly wipes the soot from her face . Instead of going for the classic smooshing of lips and then jumping back K drama Kiss these two did a very good job of being NORMAL!
I really loved their tandem and just like any ordinary pair they don’t stop with just one kiss. After Moon Chae Won confesses about bearing any heart ache for him, he slowly moves in for the next kiss. This kiss may seem passionate but in my eyes it is sweet and quite possible in everyday life ^_^
Here is the video,
Foam Kiss from ‘Secret Garden’
Anyone who has watched Secret Garden and been swamped by Hyun Bin and Ji Won’s chemistry will never forget THE KISS! A cute scenario where Hyun Bin keeps nagging Ha Ji Won as she relaxes while having coffee. Then when Ha Ji Won innocently has some coffee cream/foam on her lips he swoops in to clean up that foam from her lips! Apparently he does that cos he doesn’t have tissues..heehee best excuse ever man!
A unique scenario indeed!
LOL!! Many K fans would have been foaming in mouth due to jealousy! LOL!
Candy Kiss from ‘Iris’
Omg!! This is the most Surprising Kiss of all!! Yep Foam Kiss was different and surprising too but this one just blew my mind..
Lee Byung Hyun’s tutorial on how to pacify your angry girlfriend :
#1 Walk over sexily
#2 Grab her and move in for a kiss.
#3 And as you are kissing just pass over the candy you are eating into your girlfriend’s mouth.
#4 While the girlfriend is mighty surprised give a cheeky grin like a kindergarten kiddo!
Result: Girlfriend forgets her anger and smiles dorkily in love!
Dang! Kim Tae Hee is quite lucky indeed!
A kiss which made me squeal!!
Enjoy the candy kiss and the BTS!
Bus Kiss from ‘Dream High’
Many K drama kisses always result in either the girl opening her eyes widely or the girl standing similar to a statue. But Dream High’s Bus Kiss gave a valid reason for absence of action on both sides with the simple excuse of a interfering automobile. As far as Farewell kisses go I really love this. Suzy runs over to Kim Soo Hyun who is already on board the bus. She bangs on the window and then Kim Soo Hyun gently pulls her for a kiss. Though the Kiss was the standard korean peck on lips (Ok! considering the situation Kim Soo Hyun had no room to make the move! He can just barely kiss her with the bus already en route to airport!) it provided the best ending for the entire series.
I know this may seem unbelievable but I was very much satisfied with the Bus Kiss! It lacked passion but it had class!
The dreamy farewell kiss,
Tip-Toe Kiss from ‘Queen In Hyun’s Man’
The last unique kiss for today is Tip-toe kiss from Queen In Hyun’s man. how can a girl kiss her TALL Boyfriend passionately?
Scenario #1 Make your boyfriend sit on a stool!
Scenario #2 Stand on a stool to reach the height!
Scenario #3 Go for the Tip-toe kiss like Yoon In Na!
She stood up on the ground in tip toe and tried to reach Ji Hyun Woo but unfortunately he was too tall even then! So she took matters into her hand and stood on tiptoes ON HIS FEET and continued the kiss. And Ji Hyun Woo slowly rocked both of them as he kissed like he was slow dancing with her was just epic! Seriously an unorthodox kiss scene in K drama!
And to make matters explode even more just after this drama finished airing Ji Hyun Woo proposed to Yoon In Na and both are currently dating! Seriously this makes the kiss more authentic!
Tip-toe Kiss FTW! So ladies with tall BFs lets start following in Yoon In Na’s footsteps or should I say follow her tip-toes?
Thats’ its folks!! Did y’all enjoy the unique kisses? I sure did!
Cr of pics: as tagged
Hello K fans! This section is gonna focus purely on those show stopping moments in K dramas and movies which has made many of us gasp and hold our breath. Some dramas have many such moments and some have a unique scene which never fails to leave our mind even after watching countless other dramas.
Today I would like to describe a show stopping moment in Dream High.
I really adore Hye Mi in Dream High.. Though she may seem like she is a bit wooden and unfeeling towards others I think that she was the sole reason for the success of the outcasts’ class. She was also the woman behind the success of Singer K aka Song Sam Dong.
The gasp filled moment for me in Dream High was the Dance choreo in EP 8. The successful Group K band members return to Kirin academy and what do they find?
Those ‘talentless’ outcasts they left behind had blossomed into quite the performers. Seriously love how Hye Mi and Sam Dong danced..
The last spin and twist was daebak!!My mouth was open at that time.. LOL!! Just like how Baek-Hee is shocked am sure many of us were stunned by the choreography of this wonderful couple!
Dream High FIGHTING!Love Hye Mi and Sam Dong’s at the end. Looked like they were asking “Aren’t we the best?!” YES YOU ARE!
You are beautiful:
Goes with the name- beautiful drama with beautiful emotions. I cannot understand why it got such a low rating-You cannot even bear to skip a single scene in the drama. But the rating in no way resisted it from becoming an online hit. It is considered one of the best dramas ever.
Can you believe it? Baek Seun Jo and Ha Ni getting low ratings?Another drama which is an epic fail in ratings but turned out to be an online-grandeur. Playful kiss now many fans all over world (including myself) ^^
How can a musical passionate love story ever go out of style? When I say musical, I mean musical. The soundtrack was soothing and heart-touching.The story might be a little slow but you cannot rush a sweet love story. Watch it;”Feel” it.(I did^^)
Lie to me:
Well the story was too predictable (So what?).That doesn’t make this drama “non-watchable”. Trust me sometimes watching predictable storyline also feels good. The main characters had such a wonderful chemistry and it has a epic kiss. Don’t wanna miss it right? 😉
I won’t say this is drama is unbelievable or best but it does not deserve such mediocre ratings too.(some say it is because it was broadcasted in a paid channel). If you are a fan of sweet, warm, touchy stories you can surely give this a try.
Here are some funny pie charts on how one normal person’s life is affected by Hallyu wave..
A perfect excuse to all yah single ladies!!LOL!!! So all our Oppa’s are in Seoul
Credit of Pics: To those genius statisticians who are also K Fans!! Tagged, ECI