Unnie Recommends: The Beauty Inside

Ever wondered if your loved one suddenly had another face, body, and even a different gender — would you still somehow be able to recognize them? Because you share a deep connection with each other, can such a bond differentiate beyond your loved one’s physical aspects?

These are the questions that best describe this 2015 remake of a Korean movie with the same title. The Beauty Inside, a show helmed by the JTBC network (Hello Strong Woman Do Bong Soon), is sure to deliver a great show with life lessons that will surely be more than skin deep in depth and significance.

Current Impression

The plot is about a popular actress, Han Se Kye, who mysteriously transforms into another person once a month. With no clue or idea on why this happens, she is often shrouded with gossip and negative reputation of always running away or escaping events. Despite that, she is still loved by the Korean masses. I love how Seo Hyun Jin is portraying the lead female character: funny, strong-willed, but also silly and childish at times. I haven’t watched her other popular romcom drama (Another Oh Hae Young) so I’m not sure what she’s capable of but she is so beautiful and charismatic here and that’s enough for me.

The leading male is played by Lee Min Kee, the guy who stole our hearts in “Because this my First Life” and recently had a guest role in “What’s wrong with Secretary Kim?”. His character here, Seo Do Jae, somehow possesses the traits of his previous role of being stoic, expressionless, and talks in a refined manner. It suits his looks to play such a role and I was surprised that he could pull off being a stern guy but can still deliver goofy lines. Both actors’ chemistry is sizzling as well as they play a game of cat and mouse to catch and disclose each other’s dirty little secret. He is “face blind” here (He has difficulty recognizing one’s face) and needs Han Se Kye’s help with his business. How their love story will develop is interesting as he is the only one who can recognize her even if she changes into another person, while she is the one of the very few people privy to his situation.

The secondary cast here is also wonderful as they provide not only comedic relief and support for our main leads, but it is often the supporting roles where one can gain recognition and adoration for their roles. Han Se Kye’s two best friends, Seo Do Jae’s stepsister and secretary, are wonderful complements to the show. Have I also mentioned that the soundtrack is awesome too? 🙂

If you want a healthy dose of laughter but can also appreciate tear-jerker moments, unnie recommends you to watch “The Beauty Inside”. This kdrama is certainly a show that is beautiful inside and out.

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