I have no idea why I’m even following along with Fabulous Boys, the Taiwanese remake of the Hong Sisters cracktastic K-drama You’re Beautiful. The original wasn’t a drama I loved wholeheartedly though I was crazy addicted when it initially aired, along with a good chunk of the online drama viewing world. The Japanese remake Ikemen desu ne was actually not bad but I lost interest when re-watching the same shallow story. This remake premieres this Sunday on GTV and might have a chance of garnering some decent ratings. It’s up against nightly leader King Flower on SETTV (which if anyone reads this blog ought to know is a love/hate drama that might actually go over the cliff with a crazy ending), Borrow Ur Love on CTV, and K Song Love on CTS. Maybe I’m looking for a substitute for Sunday nights to watch because of King Flower is driving me crazy. The cast held a press conference this week dressed all in white and looking very snazzy indeed, with Jiro Wang playing Hwang Tae Kyung, Lele Cheng as Go Minam/Minyeo, Hwang In Deok as Shin Woo oppa, and Evan Yo as Jeremy. This cast might not be the best looking (and I didn’t think the original cast was all that looks-wise either but they had great chemistry) but they look like they got along and had fun filming. A 15-minute preview was released at the press conference that shows a lot of scenes from the early half of the drama. While the scenes are mainly the same from the original, for some reason it feels really different to me. Whether its acting or directing, FB is imbued with a Taiwanese sensibility and vibe that harkens back to the style of Taiwanese drama adaptations of popular mangas such as The Rose, Hana Kimi, and It Start with a Kiss. I always thought YB had a shoujo manga sensibility and Taiwan has always been the best at doing adaptations of shoujo mangas so maybe this one will be better than expected. I’ll probably watch it…..if I’m not sobbing like a loony after today’s episode 18 of KF.
The three casts of You’re Beautiful. The TW-version called Fabulous Boys, the Korean You’re Beautiful, and the Japanese dorama Ikemen desu ne. While I haven’t watched the TW-version yet (obviously), but my choice for the perfect cast selected from all three would be Jang Geun Seok as Hwang Tae Kyung, Takimoto Miori as Go Minam/Minyeo, Lee Hong Ki as Jeremy, and Fujigaya Taisuke as Shin Woo.
15 minute preview for Fabulous Boys: