To the Beautiful You
To the Beautiful You (Korean: 아름다운 그대에게; RR: Areumda-un Geudae-ege) is a 2012 South Korean television drama series starring Sulli, Choi Min-ho, and Lee Hyun-woo. It aired on SBS from August 15 to October 4, 2012, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.
|To the Beautiful You|
Promotional poster for To The Beautiful You
|Also known as||For You in Full Blossom|
|Based on||Hanazakari no Kimitachi e|
by Hisaya Nakajo
|Written by||Lee Young-chul|
|Directed by||Jeon Ki-sang|
|Opening theme||"Butterfly" by Jessica and Krystal|
|Ending theme||"Stand Up" by J-Min|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||60 minutes |
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
|Production company||S.M. Entertainment|
|Original network||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Original release||15 August –|
4 October 2012
|Followed by||The Great Seer|
|Related shows||Hanazakarino Kimitachihe |
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (2007)
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (2011)
|Revised Romanization||Areumda-un Geudae-ege|
It is based on the Japanese shōjo manga series, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (花ざかりの君たちへ, For You in Full Blossom), written by Hisaya Nakajo. The Korean series is the fourth television adaptation of the manga following the Taiwanese Hanazakarino Kimitachihe in 2006, the Japanese Hanazakari no Kimitachi e in 2007 and its remake Hanazakari no Kimitachi e 2011.
The story of To the Beautiful You, distributed over 16 episodes, centers on Goo Jae-hee (Sulli), a Korean girl who lives in the United States. She is bullied in school due to her looks and almost wanted to drop out of school. One day, she sees a track and field competition on TV, and becomes attracted to one of the high jump competitors, Kang Tae-joon (Choi Min-ho). She begins to idolize the young athlete, and is then inspired to join in sports and to stand up against her foes. She eventually transfers to Korea to attend the same school that Tae-joon attends after he suffers an accident that could potentially end his career. There is a catch, however: Tae-joon attends an all-boys high school, Genie High School, so Jae-hee cuts her hair short and disguised herself as a boy to enter the school.
Episodes 1 - 5Edit
In Genie High School, Jae-hee encounters Tae-joon, who is repulsed by her behavior, and befriends soccer athlete Cha Eun-gyeol (Lee Hyun-woo) after a brief brawl with an aggressive muscle boy in the bathroom. Ha Seung-ri (Seo Jun-young), dormitory captain of Dormitory 2, assigns Jae-hee as roommates with Tae-joon. Disgusted of having a roommate, Tae-joon challenges Jae-hee to score a goal in a soccer game so that she will be admitted as his roommate. Jae-hee is injured in the match and is brought to the school infirmary, where the infirmary custodian Teacher Jang Min-woo (Ki Tae-young) becomes the first to discover Jae-hee's true identity. Jae-hee reveals her purpose of coming to Genie High School and pleads for her secret to be kept, to which Teacher Jang, realizing Jae-hee's resolve, hesitatingly accepts.
Jae-hee begins to adapt with the school and her schoolmates, gradually gaining Tae-joon's favor and of the entire Dormitory 2 when she won in a marathon match. A confused Eun-gyeol begins to doubt his sexuality when he begins to feel attracted to Jae-hee, not knowing she is a girl. Tae-joon, who already have hints on Jae-hee's real gender, saves her from being raped during a trip at Seung-ri's place.
When Jae-hee's older brother, Daniel Dawson (Julien Kang), comes to Korea, he finds out what his little sister is doing. Daniel soon decides to make Jae-hee leave the school. Jae-hee and Daniel argue in her and Tae-joon's room, and Tae-joon overhears their conversation, and discovers Jae-hee's secret. Tae-joon sends her out, but he later appreciates her candid efforts in helping him in his athletic career when he discovers a video email that she sent to Canadian high jump coach Mr. Holten, which also contains a brief narration of Jae-hee's bitter life in America and her anticipation to see Tae-joon jump again. Tae-joon pleads Jae-hee not to leave him behind. Teacher Jang, then, convinces Daniel Dawson to trust Jae-hee and to let her stay in Genie High School.
Episodes 6 - 11Edit
Fueled by the inspiration Jae-hee brought upon him, Tae-joon struggles to recover from his nearly lost career in high-jumping. With Jae-hee's constant support, Tae-joon's cold personality changes and he starts to develop feelings for her, despite negative reactions from his childhood friend, renowned gymnast Seol Han-na (Kim Ji-won), who anticipates having Tae-joon as her boyfriend. On the other hand, Eun-gyeol has rejected the love offered to him by his childhood friend Hong Da-hae (Nam Ji-hyun) and insists on affirming his love for Jae-hee. As they become closer to each other, Tae-joon reveals to Jae-hee about the death of his mother, which he blames on his father's indifference. The competition over who takes Jae-hee intensifies as her childhood friend and suitor John Kim arrives from America for a photo project in Korea. John Kim (Kim Woo-bin) attempts to talk Tae-joon down, but Jae-hee personally rejects his love.
Later, Han-na learns of Jae-hee's true identity after reading a secretly acquired yearbook of Jae-hee's previous school in America. Teacher Jang attempts to stop her from revealing the truth to no avail. The angered Han-na threatens Tae-joon to have her as a date before she kicks Jae-hee out of Genie High School. Tae-joon reluctantly consents, consequently receiving negative responses from the public. Later on, Han-na severely injures her ankle during a rehearsal and is feared incapable to do gymnastics anymore. She finally rejects Tae-joon, just as Eun-gyeol confesses his love for Jae-hee.
Episodes 12 - 15Edit
Confused on what to do after Eun-gyeol's confession, Jae-hee asks advice from Teacher Jang. Along with his fellow teachers, Teacher Jang brings Jae-hee, Tae-joon, and Eun-gyeol to the countryside for volunteer work, thinking it will lessen the tension between the trio. After the trip, Tae-joon reveals to Teacher Jang his plan to confess his love for Jae-hee and to admit to her that he knew all along that she is a girl. Meanwhile, Tae-joon's training partner and fellow high jumper Min Hyeon-jae (Kang Ha-neul) gets stressed over the competition between them and attempts to sabotage him. Instead, his efforts nearly killed Jae-hee and injured Eun-gyeol, rendering the latter incapable of playing an incoming soccer match. Hyeon-jae reveals to the Eun-gyeol (who was his roommate) his fears of defeat and disheartening his own family. Eun-gyeol forgives Hyeon-jae to the condition that he shall put him under his servitude until he heals from his injury. Tae-joon dismisses Hyeon-jae's offensive acts and encourages him not to withdraw from his sports career.
Soon after, Jae-hee talks to Tae-joon about making up with his father, Kang Geun-wook (Sunwoo Jae-duk). Tae-joon learns from Geun-wook the truth about his mother's death: his mother's condition was unbeknown to both Tae-joon and Geun-wook, and when she died, Geun-wook decided to let Tae-joon blame him for her death. Tae-joon reconciles with his father, and his performance in high jumping boosted as the date of the National competition approached. Just then, Eun-gyeol unexpectedly discovers Jae-hee's identity and felt betrayed for not being told of the truth. Tae-joon comforts a troubled Jae-hee, reveals that he had known all along that she is a girl, and finally confesses his love for her.
Later, gossips of a girl hiding in Genie High School began to spread and the captains of Dormitory 1 and 3 starts to search the locker rooms to confirm the rumor. Eun-gyeol hears of their plan and hides Jae-hee before the dormitory captains were able to see her changing clothes in the locker room. Eun-gyeol lets go of his anger and accepts the reality that he and Jae-hee cannot be together, telling Jae-hee of his happiness he felt when he learned that she was a girl.
Episode 16 and EpilogueEdit
Merely two days before Tae-joon's match, Jae-hee faints at school and her identity is revealed when students try to revive her. Seung-ri scolds Jae-hee for what she had done, though, out of loyalty for his own dormitory, he takes the responsibility of Jae-hee's case. Knowing that the truth will soon be brought to the school head, she plans to leave the school behind for good and scheduled her flight on the day of the National competition. She spends his last night and shares a kiss with the unknowing Tae-joon, who was in the arena during the incident.
On the day of her departure, Eun-gyeol, Seung-ri, and the entire Dormitory 2 gives their last messages to Jae-hee and bids her farewell. Tae-joon learns from Eun-gyeol about Jea-hee's departure. Just as he was about to leave the arena, he saw Jae-hee's diary inside his bag and is inspired to do the jump without her. Miraculously, Tae-joon emerges victorious in the match and vows to Jae-hee on the live cameras that he shall see her once again.
A year later in the United States, Jae-hee gets updates from Eun-gyeol through his video emails. At the end of the episode, Jae-hee unexpectedly meets Tae-joon and they happily share a hug.
|Actor / Actress||Drama character||Manga character||Characteristics|
|Sulli||Goo Jae-hee/Jay Dawson||Mizuki Ashiya||Relocated to the US when she was five, she was love-struck when she saw Kang Tae-joon in a high jump competition. Determined to see him jump again, she masqueraded as a male student to transfer to an all-boys Genie High School.
(Sulli, known for her feminine look and long hair, cut 60 cm of her hair for the role in the drama.)
|Choi Min-ho||Kang Tae-joon||Izumi Sano||He is a high jump athlete who holds the best record in the World Junior Championship, who is also known for his good looks. After he injured himself, he announced that he wouldn't be doing high jumps any more. He later regains his lost laughter after meeting his new roommate, Jae-hee, whom he becomes very protective of and eventually falls in love with. He was the second person, after Jang Min-woo, to learn Jae-hee was a girl by overhearing an argument between her and Daniel.|
|Lee Hyun-woo||Cha Eun-gyeol||Shuichi Nakatsu||A charming football player who likes to joke around. He is the mood creator wherever he goes. Even though he has many admirers due to his outstanding skill and looks, he has never been in love. He meets and falls in love with Jae-hee, which causes him to doubt his sexuality.|
|Actor / Actress||Drama character||Manga character||Characteristics|
|Seo Jun-young||Ha Seung-ri||Minami Nanba||The leader of Dormitory 2 and track team captain, with strong leadership skills. Later on he falls in love with Seol Ha-na.|
|Hwang Kwang-hee||Song Jong-min||Senri Nakao||A hurdler, and good friend of Eun-gyeol. Though he constantly annoys Jae-hee, he is actually a warm hearted person.|
|Kang Ha-neul||Min Hyeon-jae||Makoto Kagurazaka||A high jump athlete in the national team. He is Tae-joon's rival as well as Eun-gyeol's roommate.|
|Yoo Min-kyu||Jo Young-man||Megumi Tennoji||The leader of Dormitory 1, the Taekwondo department, He seems rough on the outside, but is actually very passionate about helping his hoobaes (juniors).|
|Kim I-an||Na Cheol-soo||Oscar M. Himejima||The leader of Dormitory 3, the theater and arts department.|
|Actor / Actress||Drama character||Manga character||Characteristics|
|Ki Tae-young||Jang Min-woo||Dr. Hokuto Umeda||A teacher and doctor who first realizes that Jae-hee is actually a girl. However, Min-woo doesn't reveal this truth and takes care of Jae-hee like her guardian angel.|
|Kang Kyung-joon||Baek Gwang-min||A track coach who's so strict and harsh that he is nicknamed 'rabies'. However, in front of his fellow teacher and love interest Lee So-jeong, he is just a man.|
|Kim Ji-won||Seol Han-na||Hanayashiki Hibari||A gymnast who hails from a rich family, and claims herself as the Nation's Fairy. She and Tae-joon were childhood friends and knows him better than anyone else. Although she seems spoiled and insolent, she possesses a sincere affection for Tae-joon.|
|Lee Young-eun||Lee So-jeong||A teacher. She is in a triangle relationship with Min-woo and Gwang-min.|
|Lee Ah-hyun||Director Jang||A perfectionist manager with a sports management agency that Tae-joon is signed to.|
|Ahn Hye-kyung||Yang Seo-yoon||Kinuko Karasuma||A sports magazine reporter.|
|Sunwoo Jae-duk||Kang Geun-wook||Takehiko Sano||Kang Tae-joon's wealthy father. He's very cold to his son on the outside, but actually cares a lot for him.|
|Lee Han-wi||Hwang Gye-bong||Director Sawatari|
|Julien Kang||Daniel Dawson||Shizuki Claude Ashiya||A doctor; Jae-hee's older half-brother (Jae-hee's mother remarried after being widowed).|
|Nam Ji-hyun||Hong Da-hae||An aspiring violinist and a childhood frenemy of Eun-gyeol, nicknamed 'Red Radish' who comes back from abroad. She has a crush on Eun-gyeol.|
|Kim Woo-bin||John Kim||Gilbert Lang||A respected photographer and childhood friend of Jae-hee who aided her in transforming into a boy to enter Genie High School. He loves Jae-hee, but ended up being the catalyst that makes Tae-joon realize that Jae-hee is a very special person in his life.|
|Yu-ra||Lee Eun-yeong||A fan of Kang Tae-joon.|
|Jung Hye-sung||Hong Bo-hee||A fan of Kang Tae-joon|
|Song Ji-soo||Sin Myeong-hwa|
- Sang-chu as muscle student
- EXO-K as themselves in a performance (ep 2)
- Go Soo-hee as woman at school cafeteria (ep 2)
- Hong Rok-gi as DJ in charge of the party (ep 2)
- Park Tae-sung as Chang-yeon (ep 3, 4)
- Jung Yoo-geun as Jae-gyul (ep 4)
- LEDApple as Shut Up band (ep 6)
- Seo Kang-joon as student on dormitory 3 (ep 3, 7)
On 10 March 2011, SM Entertainment announced that they had acquired the rights to the manga, "Hana Kimi" and would be filming its Korean adaption. Representatives revealed, "The Korean version will have a total of 16 episodes that draw out stories of hopes and dreams. It's a teenage comedy with a cute, but strong storyline and a slew of handsome cast members."
On 26 April, it was announced that Shinee's Choi Min-ho and f(x)'s Sulli are cast in the lead roles, and directed by Jeon Ki-sang who had previously directed the hit dramas My Girl and Boys Over Flowers. On 24 May 2012, it was further announced that the title is To The Beautiful You and written by Lee Young-chul, who wrote the High Kick! series. On 6 June, it was announced that Infinite's L was reviewing the offer to join, but would have to juggle overseas schedules with filming. After previous discussions for the secondary male lead role, Lee Hyun-woo was finally confirmed as Cha Eun-gyul.
The first script reading took place on 7 June at SBS Ilsan Production Center. On 9 July Minho, Sulli, Kwanghee and members of EXO were spotted taking part in a photoshoot for the drama. In preparation for his role as Tae-joon, Minho received personal training from coach Kim Tae-young, former national high jump athlete and a member of the Korea Association of Athletics Federations, for a month and a half. His personal record at the end of July was 175 cm.
Filming began at the beginning of July. In an interview with Vogue Girl Korea, Minho confirmed that the drama would broadcast on 15 August, rather than the initially scheduled 8 August. MokWon University was used to film the scenes in Genie Athletic High School, and Anmyeondo was used to film the summer vacation scenes. The first scene Choi Min-ho filmed was a high jump scene. For the high jump scene, 105 high-speed cameras were used to film in bullet time.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the premiere episode achieved a nationwide rating of 7.4 percent in viewership, behind its rival Arang and the Magistrate on MBC with 13.3 percent for its premiere episode and 19.4 percent for Bridal Mask on KBS.
- In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
- NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||15 August 2012||6.4% (NR)||7.9% (NR)||7.3% (NR)||9.3% (NR)|
|2||16 August 2012||5.8% (NR)||7.0% (NR)||5.7% (NR)||8.1% (NR)|
|3||22 August 2012||4.8% (NR)||5.7% (NR)||5.1% (NR)||8.4% (NR)|
|4||23 August 2012||5.9% (NR)||7.2% (NR)||5.4% (NR)||8.4% (NR)|
|5||29 August 2012||4.3% (NR)||5.1% (NR)||4.8% (NR)||7.9% (NR)|
|6||30 August 2012||5.8% (NR)||8.4% (NR)||5.6% (NR)||8.5% (NR)|
|7||5 September 2012||4.7% (NR)||8.3% (NR)||4.6% (NR)||7.8% (NR)|
|8||6 September 2012||5.4% (NR)||8.7% (NR)||5.4% (NR)||7.6% (NR)|
|9||12 September 2012||5.5% (NR)||6.7% (NR)||5.4% (NR)||7.9% (NR)|
|10||13 September 2012||5.8% (NR)||9.9% (NR)||5.8% (NR)||8.6% (NR)|
|11||19 September 2012||4.3% (NR)||5.3% (NR)||4.2% (NR)||7.3% (NR)|
|12||20 September 2012||5.1% (NR)||8.1% (NR)||4.6% (NR)||7.3% (NR)|
|13||26 September 2012||4.4% (NR)||5.3% (NR)||4.4% (NR)||8.0% (NR)|
|14||27 September 2012||4.8% (NR)||8.4% (NR)||4.8% (NR)||8.0% (NR)|
|15||3 October 2012||4.0% (NR)||4.7% (NR)||4.1% (NR)||8.7% (NR)|
|16||4 October 2012||5.3% (NR)||5.6% (NR)||5.2% (NR)||5.9% (NR)|
|Special||26 August 2012||5.0% (NR)||5.0% (NR)||7.9% (NR)||8.4% (NR)|
- Singapore, Malaysia: It was broadcast in both countries on cable channel ONE TV ASIA.
- Japan: It aired on cable channels LaLaTV, DATV, and BS-Japan.
- Indonesia: It aired on TV channel Indosiar & Indovision TV.
- Philippines: It aired on TV channel ABS-CBN from April 15 to June 21, 2013, at 5:15pm to 5:45pm. It is also available to stream on Iflix.
- India: It aired on TV channel Puthuyugam TV, (From 4 May 2015 - 10 June 2015) dubbed in Tamil replacing Master's Sun.
- Thailand: It aired on TV channel Channel 7, (From 22 October 2015 -).
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