Sorry for flooding your inbox, but news is out that SM Entertainment’s new drama To the Beautiful You, which is the Korean version of the romantic-comedy drama, Hana Kimi, is currently in the works!
I have been hearing news about the plan for a Korean version of Hana Kimi many months ago and now the news is official.
Guess who will be starring in it? All of EXO-K (I knew that SeHun would definitely be in this, as word was already out that he has been trained for acting) and EXO-M members, LuHan, Lay, and as expected, Kris! Additionally, f(x)‘s Sulli will be playing the lead actress and the SHINee members will be playing major roles too. I believe Minho will be the lead actor. There is also news that L (I like his airport fashion, by the way – signature checkered shirt and hat =P) from INFINITE will be starring in the drama too. Maybe we might even see a few of SME’s trainees? That would be quite interesting.
Here is a photo of the cast that has been circulating around lately. Can you spot the members of EXO and Sulli in the top pic. and the pic. in the bottom left-hand corner? I can! ^^
I had a feeling Kris would be in this drama for sure. See the comments under this post: EXO’s “Into Your World” English Translation (Teaser 22 and 23 Lyrics). Smart fan you have Kris. Smart fan =P
News is that the setting of the drama is an international high school. “Aside from EXO-K, EXO-M also appear as international students in the drama.” (Source: @SMent_EXO) International students…does this mean that I get to hear a student in the drama saying, “AYYOOO WASSUP!?” =P
Guess who will be directing the drama? Jun Ki Sang (I had to look this up), the same person that directed the hit Korean dramas Delightful Girl Choonhyang, My Girl, and my first ever K-Drama or East-Asian drama, Boys Over Flowers. Since these three dramas are on my top list of favorite dramas, ESPECIALLY Boys Over Flowers, I have high expectations for this drama. Boys Over Flowers is THE reason that I got into K-Dramas, K-Pop (as well as become a fan of EXO 2 and 1/2 years later =P), J-Dramas, and T-Dramas.
I really liked the Japanese version of Hana Kimi. I liked it a lot that I even watched the Taiwanese version. Even so, I still liked the Japanese version more – it was HILARIOUS! A bit embarrassing at times, but nevertheless it was random, funny, and had a cute storyline.
For those of you that have not watched the Japanese version, here is a synopsis:
Based on a popular comic, this hilarious comedy follows the chaos, troubles and friendship at a boys’ boarding school after a girl-disguising-a-boy joins. Ashiya Mizuki has just come back to Japan from California where she was raised. She fell in love with Sano Izumi, a hopeful high jump hero, who has quit after an accident. As she wants him to go back to the sport once again, she enters the same high school as a boy! —Fuji Creative
This is how the manga, which the drama is based off, looks like:
The main characters in Hana Kimi:
Nakatsu, played by Ikuta Toma, Nanba Senpai, played by Mizushima Hiro, and Sekime, played by Okada Masaki, were my FAVORITE characters. I’ve even watched one or two other dramas starring Hiro and Okada Masaki. Maki Horikita did a great job acting as Mizuki. She is an amazing actress, as always, as I’ve seen many of her dramas ^^ Furthermore, Ikuta Toma did an exceptionally awesome job playing the role of Nakatsu. Honestly speaking, he really brought the character to life and made Nakatsu so memorable and lovable. Whoever is playing Nakatsu has quite a task for pulling off the character!
The main cast and their respective manga characters:
Overall, I loved everything about the Japanese version: the cast, the storyline, and THE MUSIC (anyone into J-Pop/J-Rock remember Orange Range?).
Also, I can never forget this silly and memorable scene in Hana Kimi (will SM Entertainment be doing this!? xD):
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! THIS WAS THE BEST SCENE! Can’t believe I posted this on my lovely blog, but it’s too funny. The scene was so unexpected ’cause the characters were all preparing for a soccer match and then they got their pom poms and started doing a cheer leading dance with a bit of martial arts in it. Tao would have been PERFECT for this. LuHan would have no problem playing soccer in the drama. By the way, I love how the character, Mizuki, is the only girl in the performance =P
Interestingly, I saw some behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the Japanese version, and some of the cast is pretty goofy in real…especially the person that plays that ridiculously crazy and funny character, Oscar. Oh, God…don’t get me started on how much I laughed while watching his scenes.
I am wondering which characters EXO will play and who will play the role of Kayashima, who can see ghosts? The ending of the Japanese drama is quite lovely and touching =)
For more info. on the Japanese version of the drama (just to get an idea of what it will be about):
The full English subbed version of Hana Kimi is also available on Youtube.
For updates, including cast information and pics., on To the Beautiful You:
- To the Beautiful You – Wikipedia
- To the Beautiful You – DramaWiki
- To the Beautiful You Facebook Fan Page
I have quite an expectation for the Korean version. Ahhh, I feel like I’m pressurizing the cast, but it’s true! The Japanese version was just…amazing and memorable! I am particularly looking forward to seeing the EXO members act xD GOOD LUCK! I’m sure that it will be awesome iA ^^
The first episode of To the Beautiful You is scheduled to air on the 8th of August on SBS Wednesday and Thursday at 21:55 (KST). Excited?