To the Beautiful You

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To the Beautiful You
Promotional poster for To The Beautiful You
Also known as For You in Full Blossom
Genre Romance
Based on Hanazakari no Kimitachi e 
by Hisaya Nakajo
Written by Lee Young-chul
Directed by Jeon Ki-sang
Starring Sulli
Lee Hyun-woo
Opening theme "Butterfly" by Jessica and Krystal
Ending theme "Stand Up" by J-Min
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 16
Location(s) Korea
Running time 60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) S.M. Entertainment
Original channel Seoul Broadcasting System
Original run 15 August 2012 (2012-08-15) – 4 October 2012 (2012-10-04)
Preceded by Phantom
Followed by The Great Seer
Related shows Hanazakarino Kimitachihe
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (2007)
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (2011)
External links
Korean name
Revised Romanization Areumda-un Geudae-ege
McCune–Reischauer Arŭmdaun Gŭtaeeke

To the Beautiful You (Hangul: 아름다운 그대에게; RR: Areumda-un Geudae-ege) is a 2012 South Korean television drama series starring Sulli (f(x)), Minho (Shinee), 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.

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.



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."[1][2]

On 26 April, it was announced that Shinee's Minho 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.[3][4] 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.[5] On 6 June, ZE:A's Hwang Kwanghee was confirmed for the drama and that Infinite's L was reviewing the offer to join, but would have to juggle overseas schedules with filming.[6] On 7 June Seo Jun-young was confirmed to be part of the cast.[7] On 8 June, it was announced that Kang Kyung-joon was cast as the cool, but comical track coach, Ki Tae-young as the school nurse who discovers Jae-hee's identity, Lee Young-eun as a teacher caught in a love triangle with the two, Kang Ha-neul as Tae-joon's rival, and Ahn Hye-kyung and Lee Han-wi were also cast.[8][9][10][11] After previous discussions for the role, Lee Hyun Woo was finally confirmed as Cha Eun-gyul.[12] Kim Ji-won was cast 14 June[13] and Yoo Min-kyu was announced to play Young-mahn on 10 July.[14]


The first script reading took place on 7 June at SBS Ilsan Production Center.[15] On 9 July Minho, Sulli, Kwanghee and members of EXO were spotted taking part in a photoshoot for the drama.[16] 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.[17] His personal record at the end of July was 175 cm.[18]

Filming began at the beginning of July.[19] In an interview with Vogue Girl Korea, Minho confirmed that the drama would broadcast on 15 August, rather than the initially scheduled 8 August.[20] MokWon University was used to film for the all-male school, Genie Athletic High School, and Anmyeondo was used to film the summer vacation scenes. The first scene Choi Minho filmed was a high jump scene. For the high jump scene, 105 high-speed cameras were used to film the high jumping in bullet time.[21][22]


The series centers on Goo Jae-hee (Choi Sulli), a Korean girl who lives in the United States. 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 Minho). She begins to idolize the young athlete and 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 and Jae-hee must disguise herself as a boy to enter.

As she is disguised as a boy, Tae-joon despises her. But suddenly, Jae-hee's older brother, Daniel Dawson (Julien Kang), comes to Korea for a while. Her brother eventually knows 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, when Tae-joon comes and overhears their conversation through the door. Daniel blurts out, "Is it reasonable to live in a man's dorm if you're a girl?" Tae-joon is surprised but does not tell Jae-hee that he knows her secret.

Knowing she is a girl, Tae-joon wonders if he should or should not tell the school about Jae-hee. He soon realizes that the reason Jae-hee is attending their school is because of him. He decides to keep Jae-hee's secret to himself, in fear that she might leave the school. Soon his cold personality changes and he develops strong feelings for Jae-hee.


Main cast[edit]

Actor / Actress Drama character Manga character Characteristics
Choi Minho Kang Tae-joon Izumi Sano He is a high jump athlete who holds the best record in the World Junior Championship. He receives love from fangirls for his handsome looks that match his national representative rank. After he injured himself, he announced he wouldn't high jump 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.
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 all-boy Genie High School. (Sulli, known for her feminine look and long hair, cut 60 cm of her hair for the role in the drama.)
Lee Hyun-woo Cha Eun-gyeol Shuichi Nakatsu He is a charming soccer player who likes to joke and who is very active. He is the mood creator wherever he goes. Even though he has many people around him because of his outstanding skill and looks, he has never been in love. He initially was sure that he likes a girl, but when he realizes that he likes Jae-hee, he gets completely confused and begins to doubt his sexuality. He was also angry and upset when he finds out that Jae Hee was lying to him (that she was a boy).[23][24]


Actor / Actress Drama character Manga character Characteristics
Seo Jun-young Ha Seung-ri Minami Nanba He is the leader of Dormitory 2 and track team chief, who is macho-type with strong leadership skills, later on he falls in love with Seol Ha Na and becomes a person who does everything for her, hoping his love would be returned.
Hwang Kwang-hee Song Jong-min Senri Nakao He is a hurdler who tries to annoy Jae-hee, but he actually is a warm hearted person. It appears he is very good friends with Eun-gyeol.[25]
Kang Ha-neul Min Hyeon-jae Makoto Kagurazaka He is a high jump player 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 He is the leader of Dormitory 1, the Taekwondo department, and seems rough on the outside, but is actually very passionate about helping his hoobaes.
Kim I-an Na Cheol-soo Oscar M. Himejima He is the leader of Dormitory 3, which is filled with the students who love theater and the arts.

Supporting cast[edit]

Actor / Actress Drama character Manga character Characteristics
Ki Tae-young Jang Min-woo Dr. Hokuto Umeda He is a mysterious doctor who first realizes that Jae-hee is actually a girl pretending to be a boy in a boy's physical education high school. However, Min-woo doesn't reveal this truth and takes care of Jae-hee like her guardian angel
Kang Kyung-joon Byeon Gwang-min
He is a track coach who's so strict that he is nicknamed 'rabies' as he is so harsh on the students but in front of So-jeong, he is just a man
Kim Ji-won Seol Han-na Rika Yamashina She is a gymnast and daughter from a rich family without any shortcomings. She and Tae-joon were childhood friends. Although she possesses a reckless personality, in front of Tae-joon she becomes a gentle lady. Claims herself as the Nation's Fairy.
Lee Young-eun Lee So-jeong
She is a teacher in a triangle relationship with Min-woo and Gwang-min
Lee Ah-hyun Director Jang
She is a perfectionist manager with a sports management agency with which the Tae-joon is signed. She knows no peace of mind as she deals with the players represented by the agency, yet displays talent and skills that are second to none
Ahn Hye-kyung Yang Seo-yoon Kinuko Karasuma She is 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. He can’t express his emotions well, so his relationship with his son was not very good.
Lee Han-wi Hwang Gye-bong Director Sawatari He is a dean of students
Julien Kang Daniel Dawson Shizuki Claude Ashiya He is a doctor and Jae-hee’s older half-brother (Jae-hee's mother remarried after being widowed). After he goes to Korea, he finds out that Jae Hee is pretending to be a boy and has transferred to an all-boy’s school, and he tries to take her back to America.
Nam Ji-hyun Hong Da-hae
She is an old childhood friend of Eun-gyul's who comes back from abroad and harbors feelings for Eun-gyul
Kim Woo-bin John Kim Gilbert Lang He is a respected photographer and childhood friend of Jae-Hee who aided her in transforming into a boy to enter Genie High School. He ended up being the catalyst that makes Tae-Joon realize that Jae-hee is a very special person in his life. Unfortunately for Tae-Joon, he confesses that he likes Jae-Hee and declares that he’s going to take her back to America with him.
Yu-ra Lee Eun Yeong
a fan of Kang Tae-jun[26]
Jung Eun-joo Hwang Bo-hee
Song Ji-soo Sin Myeong-hwa
Choi Jong-yoon Min-wook


  • Sang-chu as muscle student
  • Exo 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)


According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the premiere episode achieved a nation wide 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.[27]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[28] AGB Nielsen[29]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 15 August 2012 6.4% 7.9% 7.3% 9.3%
2 16 August 2012 5.8% 7.0% 5.7% 8.1%
3 22 August 2012 4.8% 5.7% 5.1% 8.4%
4 23 August 2012 5.9% 7.2% 5.4% 8.4%
5 29 August 2012 4.3% 5.1% 4.8% 7.9%
6 30 August 2012 5.8% 8.4% 5.6% 8.5%
7 5 September 2012 4.7% 8.3% 4.6% 7.8%
8 6 September 2012 5.4% 8.7% 5.4% 7.6%
9 12 September 2012 5.5% 6.7% 5.4% 7.9%
10 13 September 2012 5.8% 9.9% 5.8% 8.6%
11 19 September 2012 4.3% 5.3% 4.2% 7.3%
12 20 September 2012 5.1% 8.1% 4.6% 7.3%
13 26 September 2012 4.4% 5.3% 4.4% 8.0%
14 27 September 2012 4.8% 8.4% 4.8% 8.0%
15 3 October 2012 4.0% 4.7% 4.1% 8.7%
16 4 October 2012 5.3% 5.6% 5.2% 5.9%
Average 5.1% - 5.1% -

Original soundtrack[edit]

International broadcast[edit]

  •  Indonesia: It aired on TV channel Indosiar & Indovision TV.[34]


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