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
Choi Min-ho
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 network Seoul Broadcasting System
Original release 15 August (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
Hangul 아름다운 그대에게
Revised Romanization Areumda-un Geudae-ege
McCune–Reischauer Arŭmdaun Gŭtaeeke

To the Beautiful You (Hangul아름다운 그대에게; RRAreumda-un Geudae-ege) is a 2012 South Korean television drama series starring Sulli (f(x)), Choi Min-ho (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.


Goo Jae-hee (Sulli) is 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 Min-ho). 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 so Jae-hee cuts her hair short and disguised herself as a boy to enter the school. There, she becomes Tae-joon's roommate.

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 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 as he develops feelings for Jae-hee.



Actor / Actress Drama character Manga character Characteristics
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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.
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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.)

Lee Hyun-woo
Cha Eun-gyeol Shuichi Nakatsu A charming soccer 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.[1][2]



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.[3]
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 mysterious 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 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 spoilt and insolent, her love for Tae-joon is pure.
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 old 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 ended up being the catalyst that makes Tae-joon realized that Jae-hee is a very special person in his life.
Yu-ra Lee Eun-yeong
A fan of Kang Tae-joon.[4]
Jung Hye-sung Hong Bo-hee
A fan of Kang Tae-joon
Song Ji-soo Sin Myeong-hwa
Choi Jong-yoon Min-wook

Special appearances[edit]

  • 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)
  • Kim Woo-Bin as John Kim (ep 9, 10)
  • 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."[5][6]

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.[7][8] 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.[9] 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.[10] After previous discussions for the secondary male lead role, Lee Hyun-woo was finally confirmed as Cha Eun-gyul.[11]


The first script reading took place on 7 June at SBS Ilsan Production Center.[12] On 9 July Minho, Sulli, Kwanghee and members of EXO were spotted taking part in a photoshoot for the drama.[13] 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.[14] His personal record at the end of July was 175 cm.[15]

Filming began at the beginning of July.[16] In an interview with Vogue Girl Korea, Minho confirmed that the drama would broadcast on 15 August, rather than the initially scheduled 8 August.[17] 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.[18][19]

Original soundtrack[edit]


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.[20]

  • 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[21] AGB Nielsen[22]
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)
Average 5.1% - 5.1% -
Special 26 August 2012 5.0% (NR) 5.0% (NR) 7.9% (NR) 8.4% (NR)

International broadcast[edit]


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