To the Beautiful You 


I was spazzing so hard when I first heard that Tae-yeon was going to sing a song on the soundtrack for To the Beautiful you (아름다운 그대에게). I kind of like Tae-yeon (fun game: try to locate the biggest understatement in this post :) ) and I like all of her drama soundtrack songs. She really is the queen of drama soundtracks. The song is called Closer (가까이) and was first heard at the end of episode 5. It’s a really nice ballad. I like the whole soundtrack, but Closer and Stand Up are the best songs, imo.

Tae-yeon ~ Closer Live@Inkigayo 20120916

Tae-yeon ~ Closer Live@Inkigayo 20120916

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The video clip is from Tae-yeon’s performance of the song at Inkigayo. I wish I were there! >_< Look how close to the stage everyone is standing.

As for the drama, I’ve watched 12 episodes so far. While the plot is a bit uneven, I like this drama a lot. I’ve been rooting for Eun-gyeol since the beginning, but I’ve had the feeling from the start that it won’t end the way I would like. I’m glad he decided to do what he did in episode 11, though (차은결 파이팅!). The last episodes will air next week. How will it end?! :)

 

I don’t know if you’ve picked up on it by now, but I’m currently watching the Korean drama adaptation of Hana-Kimi, To the Beautiful You. The theme song for that drama is sung by singer-songwriter J-Min. It’s called Stand Up (일어나). I really like this song. It suits the drama very well.

J-Min ~ Stand Up Live@Inkigayo 20120826

J-Min ~ Stand Up Live@Inkigayo 20120826

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I haven’t heard of J-Min before. She’s an SM Entertainment artist, but it seems like she has mostly been active in Japan prior to this drama.

The sound track for the drama is being released bit by bit. Since SM is producing the drama, it’s all SM artists. There’s one duet with Krystal and Jessica Jung and one with Sunny and Luna, for example. In the latest episode, which aired today, Tae-yeon is singing a really nice ballad. I’m fighting hard to resist watching the episode before I have the fansub. I saw a clip with Tae-yeon’s song and the scene seems really emotional too. Gaaa. It’s too late to watch it tonight, so maybe I can resist another day.

 

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I just finished watching episode 4 of To the Beautiful You (or “For You in Full Blossom” (Bloom), which is the official English title — yuck). It’s only been two weeks, but I’m feeling that watching this drama will be a part of my weekend routine the coming few weeks. The community fansubs are made quickly, so I can watch the Wednesday episode with subtitles on Saturday morning and the Thursday episode on Sunday evening. Check my previous post for links to where to get it.

I’m continually impressed with Sulli’s acting. … Continue reading

 
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The first two episodes of the Korean drama series To the Beautiful You have aired and the fansubs have been released. I decided to give this drama a shot partly because Sulli of f(x) plays the lead character and partly because I liked the sound of the plot. Sulli plays Jae-hee who is a fan of the high-jumper Tae-jun (played by SHINee’s Min-ho). Tae-jun gets injured and Jae-hee disguises herself as a boy to be able to join the all-boys school where Tae-jun goes in order to get close to him and convince him not to give up on high-jumping.

As I suspected, Sulli isn’t very convincing as a boy. But that isn’t important as long as the other characters in the drama are convinced. Kind of like how no-one seems to be able to see that Clark Kent looks very much like Superman or how Bruce Wayne has the exact same jaw as Batman.

The story is pretty much what I expected so far, which is good. The original manga (and drama adaptations) is Japanese and it shines through. … Continue reading

 

Sulli of f(x) is starring in the upcoming drama series To the Beautiful You (아름다운 그대에게), which is an adaptation of the Japanese manga Hana-Kimi. Looks very interesting to me. It’s about a girl who idolizes a high-jumper. When he gives up on high-jumping the girl wants to transfer to his school to help him get back. The problem is that it’s an all-boys school, so she disguises herself as a boy to be able to enter.

Co-starring with Sulli is Min-ho from SHINee. There are also members from ZE:A, Infintite and EXO in the drama. The drama is produced by SM Entertainment (as the cast hints at) on SBS.

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Trailer: … Continue reading