To the Beautiful You is a South Korean drama that is your typical gender bender drama. It stars Sulli of f(x), Minho of SHINee, Kim Jiwon who appeared in the Heirs, Lee Hyun Woo, and even Onew of SHINee makes a cameo appearance. The drama is set around a girl, Gu Jae Hee (Sulli) who leaves America to meet her idol, Kang Tae Joon (Minho) and watch him high jump again after rumors of an injury that could end his career have been circulated around. The problem, however, is that Kang Tae Joon attends an all boys school, so to be by his side, Gu Jae Hee cuts her hair and poses as a boy.
Following the typical gender bender genre, Kang Tae Joon finds out early on and there's a guy, Cha Eun Gyul (Hyun Woo) that falls in love with Jae Hee but thinks that she's a guy therefore making him confused. There are many things that happen within this drama but I won't bore you with the details. If you really want to know what happens throughout the series, go watch it. If you really want an episode by episode review, I might do that at a later point and time.
The theme throughout this drama seems to be healing. There are three different instances where it is mentioned that people who are in the top spot of their sport get injured and then make a comeback. Healing is an important theme to focus on because while everyone is working on healing themselves, Gu Jae Hee is essentially suffocating herself and making herself more and more sick with the bandage around her chest.
The ending is a little weird, I'm going to get into it, so here is where those who haven't watched it yet should stop reading.
In the end, Gu Jae Hee is found out by her entire dorm and she is forced to return to America. She spends one last day with Kang Tae Joon. This scene is very typical in k-dramas. There is always, it seems, a scene at the end when a character is leaving. This scene usually includes a montage of the two hanging out, enjoying a last day together. One of the characters doesn't know it's the last day, but just goes along with it. There's usually a sunset somewhere in the scene to symbolize the ending of a relationship. Then the scene ends with the main character acting all reminiscent and saying things they normally wouldn't say.
Along with this scene, the drama ends with Gu Jae Hee returning to America and Kang Tae Joon making the jump, which shouldn't have worked. All these emotional things getting in the way of his jumping ability, but when he finds out the one girl he loves is leaving Korea he's still able to make the jump? It just doesn't add up right. And one theme of the show was “remaining by my side”. How does this convey this theme correctly? It doesn't. It says that you need to remain by my side in order for things to turn out right. She leaves, things still turn out right. I get what they were trying to do. They were attempting to prove that you don't need certain things in order to succeed, but it was just inconsistent with the rest of the series.
A year later, Gu Jae Hee, in California, receives a video email from Cha Eun Gyul that reveals the endings for many of the main characters. I'm really glad they all seemed to have good endings. But Cha Eun Gyul kind of had a sad ending. I mean, yeah he scored a goal in his game, but compared to Kang Tae Joon, that's nothing. Speaking of Tae Joon, he walks up right after she's done watching the video. They embrace and that's the end of the show. I personally hate it when dramas do this. They spend all this time panning over a sad Gu Jae Hee in the dorm room when they could be developing the story more. The fact that the epilogue happened with 3 minutes left in the show makes me upset. They ended things well, but I want to know if Seol Han Na goes back into gymnastics, I want to know what happened after the interview with Kang Tae Joon at Nationals. There are so many things I would have loved to know that they could have easily made an entire additional episode from. And the fact that Tae Joon and Jae Hee hug at the end seems to me like the ending of an episode, not the ending of a series, but that's just me.
Okay, so now that I'm done with my ranting overall I thought this was a good drama that kept my attention throughout. There are other dramas that I've watched that keep my attention about half of the time, so this was a very good drama. This definitely wasn't my favorite drama. It's probably not even my favorite gender bender drama. I mean, the instant Tae Joon saw Jae Hee in the shower with a towel wrapped around her entire body, how did he not know she was a girl? It was a good drama though and I enjoyed it. It definitely makes me want to watch more Sulli dramas and Minho dramas. Well, do you like this drama? What's your thoughts on gender bender dramas? Let me know what you think about all of this? Did you like the ending?
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