My ID is Gangnam Beauty is a romantic-comedy inspired by a webcomic of the same name and will première at the end of this month. I am more than ready for romances to fill my summer viewing screen, so bring it on JTBC. As an added bonus, I have never heard of almost all of the actors in this show, so I have very low expectations for anyone and can hopefully just go into it fresh without an actors old role coloring my perception of their character.
This story is basically a plastic surgery success story. It is about a wallflower like young woman named Kang Mi-rae (played by Lim Soo-hyang), who was not attractive in high school. She was bullied due to her looks and wishes that she can be born again as a pretty girl. So she undergoes plastic surgery and becomes a knockout just in time for college. The only thing is, her personality is still that of a very shy insecure young woman, so she does not understand why all these people are giving her so much attention. Getting used to her new look and other people’s perception of her based on her new look is what this story is about.
The main male lead, Do Kyung-seok, is played by Chae Eun-woo. He is very attractive (natch) but does not like it when people focus solely on someones beauty because his mother is super beautiful and basically abandoned him when he was young. He begins to fall for Mi-rae and defends her when people start to call her Gangnam Beauty, which is a derogatory term for attractive women who have undergone plastic surgery.
I am usually not attracted to plastic surgery success romantic comedies because it feels like they can so easily send the wrong message. But in this case, I really like the tone of the show (so far) because the main girl didn’t get plastic surgery to impress a guy or to get a lot of people to like her. She did it for herself and is still her normal self; it’s everyone else around her that has changed.
My ID is Gangnam Beauty will air Fridays and Saturdays on JTBC at 23:00 Seoul time starting July 27th.
Still waiting eagerly for each translated chapter, we’ll see how it will work on screen 😉
Good intro to it!!! I’ve been trying to spread word about this drama to those who might dig it.
I’ve read a fair bit of the webcomic and I was really surprised at the positive messages/themes it communicated. I am hoping everyone is going to be pleasantly surprised by this drama. 🙂
As an ASTRO (Cha EunWoo) fan I’m also excited to see him in a lead role for the first time!
(He had a part in Hit the Top/The Best Hit that he did well in. And he’s also filming a web series Top Management where he will play a lead part.)
Oh cool, so he’s an Idol in his first lead role? I love it when people branch out so I will send a lot of virtual support his way 🙂 . I’ve had enough angsty-serious dramas for the time being, so I really just want a fun and somewhat angsty drama to watch.
@Gia I might try to read this one before it airs! I’ve been on the fence about reading What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim since it is already airing so I don’t want to color the characters with a different crayon right now. But I plan on binging the webcomic afterwards. 🙂
Same here with What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim! I don’t want to judge the drama from the web comic since I’m enjoying the show so much as it is. Looking forward to checking it out afterwards though to see what the similarities and differences are! 🙂
And yes, it’s Cha EunWoo’s first lead role! He’s been on the announcer and variety show circuit since his idol debut with ASTRO so he’s always been a busy bee. But this is his big one!
ASTRO did a web series right as they were debuting in 2015 called ‘To Be Continued’ so they were all in that. Of the group, I would have said EunWoo was the most wooden-acting in it, but he has *really* grown and improved! What I’ve seen of him in ‘Hit the Top’ he really rocked his role. 🙂 I think it’s safe to expect good things from him!
@V I think like in WWWSK there won’t be many changes, because it suppose to be finished, but they have to adapt it to drama troop’s standards. But at the same time the webtoon itself is constructed like k-drama already. I would like to see japanese movie version of it, they can adapt manga very well…
Cha Eunwoo is so handsome that it made this drama catch my eye. Cant wait for the first episode!
Loved reading the webtoon for this (even though it’s not completely translated in English yet) and super excited for this show. Thank you for the recaps!!!