Monday, July 6, 2015

Korean Drama Review : Birth of a Beauty 미녀의 탄생


Birth of a Beauty is a romantic comedy about the revenge, love, and success of beautiful woman with the personality of an "ajumma" (older lady/women). It will tell the story of a woman who is transformed after plastic surgery and diets. And the man who made her that way is Han Tae Hee (Joo Sang Wook) a "chaebol" (heir) of a large company. He is suffering from a broken heart syndrome due to a psychological shock. To get the woman he loves back, he completely change an unattractive and overweight ugly duckling ajumma Sa Geum Ran (Ha Jae Sook) into a gorgeous bombshell beautiful Sa Ra (Han Ye Seul ). In the process, Han Tae Hee falls in love with Sa Ra.

When I first saw the trailer of this drama being aired in Philippines local television dubbed in Tagalog, I was thrilled and got so excited. I love watching drama's like this. Wherein the girl is being mistreated in the beginning and in the later part she will eventually take revenge and succeed. Just like Sa Geum Ran's life story, she is a kind-hearted yet  unattractive and overweight ajumma married into a well-to-do family, but her husband the young hot good looking Lee Kang Joon (Jung Gyu Woon ) has spent the past seven years in the United States for his business, and she lives with his mother and sister in laws who treat her badly. Sa Geum Ran learns that her husband has been having an affair with sophisticated broadcast announcer Gyo Chae-Yeon (Wang Ji Hye), and he asks for a divorce. And then her husband lead her into an accident which everybody taught she died. But she isn't, she survive and she ask for help, to a plastic surgeon Han Tae Hee whom she thought was the plastic surgeon of extreme-makeover television show Change, to transform her, and he reluctantly agrees because of his own ulterior motives. It was later revealed that is was Han Tae Hee brother Gyo Ji Hoon (In Gyo Jin) who does the operation and not Han Tae Hee because he isn't a plastic surgeon but a restaurant owner.

On the first episodes I love how she's getting her life normal as the gorgeous bombshell SaRa trying to catch her husband attention who was then engage to Gyo Chae Yun, Han Tae Hee first love. Things went well smoothly, she was able to get her husband attention, and Gyo Chae Yun is getting jealous to the max. And her husband's family loves and adore her as Sa ra. But as SaRa interacts with Kang Joon in their staged run-ins, old feelings resurface, and she decides that instead of destroying him, she now wants her husband back, Which left Han Tae Hee brokenhearted and confuse towards her feeling to SaRa. Because he is now falling for her.

SaRa found out the truth behind her accident and she felt betrayed and disappointed after finding out that it was her husband Kang Joon was the one who tried to kill her. The feelings she felt towards him began to disappear and she later realize that she was also falling in love with Han Tae Han. I was getting goosebumps when SaRa and Han Tae Han become a couple. These duo carried a pleasant blend of chemistry and wit, which one of the thing why I managed to watch it until the very end.

But as the stories continue it all blown out of proportion. The story-line is being swapped due to changes on the relationship chart. Lee Kang Joon was supposed to compete against Han Tae Hee for Sa Geum Ran’s heart but turned out that Han Tae Hee’s surrogate brother Han Min Hyuk (Han Sang Jin) is now the third party leaving the husband out of the love triangle chart. And I hate the following episodes where SaRa broke up with Tae Hee just to find her true self and realize that Han Min Hyuk was playing her. I get it, Sa Geum Ran isn’t a bright woman. But believing Min Hyuk over Tae Hee is nonsense, it takes Geum Ran’s foolishness to a whole new level. It's good to see the drama finished airing its 21 episodes with a happy ending. I really taught this is a whole comedy series from beginning to end, but the show lost so much of its comedic relief to drama. Which lead me to skipping and forwarding other episodes.

Birth of a Beauty is quite similar to 200 Pounds Korean Movie, wherein both the lead actress undergo plastic surgeries and regained their confidence with a new look and took revenge and later on achieve what they want.

This drama might have lead me to a little confusion but I still loved the whole package. And would still recommend to those who enjoyed watching dramas like this. But if you are more on an a critic side then this drama isn't for you because you would totally dislike it and find faults on how the writer wrote this drama.

This drama on the other hand didn't only focus on getting revenge but also gave light that, it's true outer beauty can do a lot for you, but in the end, inner beauty is what got SaRa to have her happy ending. I love that part wherein SaRa answered to her best-friend that plastic surgery is not the answer in gaining your self-confidence and worth in the eye of people and society. Looks may capture the eyes but it's the personality that captures the heart.


Have you been watching Birth of a Beauty? What do you think about it? Share your thoughts! Happy Drama Watching everyone!!

(PS. All picture grabbed from google credits to its owner)

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