SM Entertainment to produce Korean “Hana Kimi”

On March 10th, an SM Entertainment (SME) rep announced that the company had obtained the rights to produce a Korean adaptation of the Japanese manga, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (For You in Full Blossom).

To be entitled 아름다운 그대에게 (Beautiful You) in Korea, this project comes in the light of  JYP Entertainment’s success in producing the idol drama, Dream High.

The Japanese manga, which is better known to avid readers as Hana Kimi, has achieved widespread success with over 17 million copies sold worldwide.

In Taiwan, the drama adaptation of the manga recorded the highest viewership in 2006 while its Japanese counterpart also managed to garner an average of 17.04% in viewer ratings. Thus, fans responded almost immediately to the news, resulting in the phrase Hana Kimi trending on Twitter just a few minutes after the official announcement.

The first live adaption of Hana Kimi fronted by Taiwanese idols;Ella Chen of S.H.E as well as Wu Chun and Jiro Wang of Fahrenheit.

For the uninitiated, the story is basically about the lives of “pretty boys” staying on campus, and focuses on a girl — disguised as a boy — who enters the all-boys school with a mission.

Consequently, representatives of SME revealed that the 16-episode Korean version will most probably air this summer with a strong storyline backed by a slew of handsome actors.

The Japanese Hana Kimi which was equally successful, acted out brilliantly by Horikita Maki (as Ashiya Mizuki), Oguri Shun (as Sano Izumi) and Ikuta Toma (as Nakatsu Shuichi)

Since SME houses mega Hallyu stars such as BoA, TVXQ, SNSD and Super Junior, many have been speculating that a majority of the Beautiful You characters will be portrayed by its artists. However, an SME rep said that, “some SM artists will be chosen but not all.”

Nonetheless, netizens have been attempting to create their own all-star cast since the drama’s producer hinted that netizens’ votes or suggestions may determine who will be in the drama. Here are amongst some of the hottest suggestions (in Korea and internationally) so far:

Taeyeon (SNSD), Yoona (SNSD), Sulli [f(x)], Amber [f(x)] or Yeon Hee (last seen in Paradise Ranch) as Mizuki Ashiya, the female lead who disguises herself as a boy to help her idol, the excellent high-jumper, Izumi Sano jump again.

Minho (SHINee), Eunhyuk (Super Junior) or Kyuhyun (Super Junior) as Izumi Sano, the male lead who stopped high-jumping for unknown reasons and finds out Ashiya’s true gender pretty early in the series, without her realizing it.

Sungmin (Super Junior), Eunhyuk (Super Junior) or Onew (SHINee) as Shuichi Nakatasu, the second male lead who becomes a close friend of Ashiya and becomes conflicted with his sexual preference when he begins to fall for Ashiya, not knowing that she is a female.

Changmin (TVXQ), Donghae (Super Junior) or Siwon (Super Junior) as Minami Nanba, the dorm leader of the 2nd dormitory and a “ladies man”.

Heechul (Super Junior) or Yunho (TVXQ) as Hokuto Umeda, the school’s hot homosexual doctor who was the first to discover Ashiya’s true gender.

So, what will your ideal cast be for 아름다운 그대에게 (Beautiful You)?

Source: Shared by hellohazel @ SMTownJjang

16 thoughts on “SM Entertainment to produce Korean “Hana Kimi”

  • asranisah

    i dont mind which actor or actress, as long as it funny like hana kimi japan version..cant wait for handsome guy..hahahha.. i wonder who’s will be tenouji and masao….can’t wait..

  • I so want onew to be in this drama. Then this show would be complete. Onews condition is nanakastu and Minho being the lead would just make sense. SME please pick onew 🙁 sulii or amber would be a good pick for the lead female role

  • amber.love

    amber should be mizuki ashiya! not sulli. i like sulli, she’s cute amd innocent.. but even a blind can’t mistaken her as a boy! her voice is too feminine. but amber.. amber is like ella chen only cuter.

  • I consider Park Shin Hye to be the lead role since she already acted as a male.

  • Ayezz123

    Amber for Mizuki
    No min woo for Sano ( he’s SM artist also, not sure he’s in contract for drama too )
    sekime-kyuhyunstill can’t decide the other!

  • Kyu and Amber as the main!
    i think Onew or Sungmin or Eunhyuk…i like all of them xD
    even if i like Donghae more, i think siwon would be the perfect Leader of the 2nd dorm :’D

    and now…i’m cracking up xD: heechul as the Doctor would be absolutly EPIC (Heechul is my favorite SuJu member) and i would…i would die of laughter. :’D


  • can kim soo hyun be included as one of the casts too? like him since dream high cos he’s cute :>

  • No TAEMIN?
    i swear if amber isnt mizuki i will not watch this drama. -_-”

    even if there’s handsome idols doesn’t mean i will watch it.

  • hahah… This would be soooo cool! I think that Taeyeon should be Mizuki but Amber would be good too cuz she CAN look like a guy with the right hairstyle… teehee… Sano should be played by either Siwon or Minho… Sungmin would be great as Nakatsu!! lol… Kim Hyun Joong would be Nanba~~ I can definitely see HeeChul playing the Umeda’s role… hahaha.. that would be super funny! Can’t wait!!

  • being a big fan of Hana Kimi, i’m uber excited with the Korean Version. especially thinking about the drama will be tackle in korean way 😉

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