The Beauty Inside (Korean Drama 2018)

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Drama Rating: 8/10

Han Se Kye is a top actress who’s known for her run-away-antics in all kind of crucial moments during her career, thus causing trouble to everyone around her. Despite that, she tries her best to keep up a strong personality in front of other people. All the while she wallows in despair at home with her trusted friends. It’s not that she runs away on purpose, she simply has a situation which causes her to do it.

Once a month, Se Kye literally transforms into a different person. She doesn’t know when the transformation would happen but she always has a feeling, as if a warning alarm has been set in her body that she’s about to change. In the midst of her chaotic life, she crosses paths with an airline CEO named Seo Do Jae whom she meets through work. Since she is the model/ambassador of the airline which the Seo familyBeauty Inside ep02.mp4_000250750 owns, Se Kye  and Do Jae had to occasionally meet through business deals. Things become complicated when she needed the help of Do Jae when her body changed mid-flight, causing both of them to have unexpected reactions. Se Kye was surprised that Do Jae wasn’t even fazed when her face changed, while Do Jae was curious as to what exactly was happening to Se Kye for her to overreact even to the extent of covering herself with a blanket.

Beauty Inside ep01.mp4_001081648Seo Do Jae on the other hand has his own secret, he has Prosopagnosia – an illness that makes him unable to recognize faces. Nonetheless, he was still able to recognize Se Kye in spite of having this kind of medical condition. This was something that has never happened to Se Kye ever since she started changing appearances. Both are perturbed by their situation but somehow it brought them closer to each other and filled in the void that they had in their lives.

This drama was adapted from the movie entitled Beauty Inside. I like the fact thatBeauty Inside ep04.mp4_000036770 the writers changed the gender and story line of the protagonist into a popular woman who only transforms once a week every month instead of a male protagonist who turns into someone else every freaking day or more likely every time he sleeps. For Han Se Kye, there’s no specific time for the changes which makes it more fun to watch. Another thing in the story that I like is that the male lead Seo Do Jae could not recognize faces which makes the story more interesting as different situations arise for both leads. There are a lot of mishaps and funny tag lines which was able to stick to my mind.

Beauty Inside ep02.mp4_003578274I love how Seo Hyun Jin and Lee Min Ki portrayed their characters. I personally think the roles were meant for them and no one else. I couldn’t imagine any other actors to fill in their shoes, because they were both perfect. The supporting casts were awesome as well. All 16 episodes of the drama would have been a bore to watch if they were not there. There were a lot of top actors who made a cameo in this drama and they did great acting as Han Se Kye, be it a man, a woman or a child. It was enjoyable to watch different people play as Beauty Inside ep03.mp4_000929528Se Kye, because despite the appearance, Se Kye’s character and essence was undoubtedly in all of them. As for the main supporting casts, Ahn Jae Hyun and Moon Ji In nailed being Hyun Jin’s best friends, the only person her character was able to confide in until Min Ki arrived in the picture. On the other hand, Min Ki’s character has a complicated family. From having a mother who is over protective, a grandfather who seems to love and hate him at the same time, an Beauty Inside ep04.mp4_001571004ambivalent step father who doesn’t want to meddle into their family business and a step sister who considers him as a rival every step of the way… but still, they managed to brighten up the screen every time the family members appear. My favorite character in the Seo household would be Kang Sa Ra- the seemingly evil step sister which was acted by Lee Da Hee. She totally nailed the role of a step sister who’s beautiful, elegant and feisty when it comes to dealing with assholes. I totally rooted for her from the get go. There was also this cute chemistry that she had with Ahn Jae Hyun’s character which I thoroughly enjoyed every time they had their screen time. She is definitely someone to look forward to up to the very end.

Everything about the drama was enjoyable except for one tiny detail in the story which totally put me off and annoyed the heck out of me because honestly, that kind of drama wasn’t needed in the whole show. I believe that kind of cliché was only used to extend the episodes and screen time. I would be talking about this in a spoiler section because it is a huge spoiler in the series. Other than that, I loved everything – actors, storyline (which made me laugh and cry at some point), cinematography (the colors are awesome here!) and the OST. It was definitely memorable that my time definitely wasn’t wasted.

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The detail that I didn’t like from this drama was the twist they made near the end… which was kind of predictable. During the first episode it was shown that Han Se Kye transformed into an old lady for the first time in Europe and that she almost got into a car accident, but someone saved her. It was so obvious though that they will be using this scene to make everything more dramatic by the end because it was Seo Do Jae who saved her from that accident causing him brain damage resulting to his Prosopagnosia. So the clincher part is that when Se Kye learned about this fact, she couldn’t accept that she was the cause of his illness even though Do Jae was able to accept it whole heartedly just because he’s awesome like that. Se Kye on the other hand decided to stay away from him because of the guilt. Now because of this, Do Jae decided to have the operation to his brain just so Se Kye doesn’t have to be burdened by his medical condition, but the thing is… the operation only has a one percent success rate which makes it tricky.

That being said, I think this whole scenario wasn’t entirely needed because the fact that they both have their own peculiar thing in their lives and that they are able to deal with it despite all odds, it could have ended there. I would have wanted Do Jae with his Prosopagnosia up to the end because him, losing that makes him normal. While Se Kye, remains the odd person out. It was sort of unfair, but there’s nothing I could do about it but simply accept what’s given to me by the writer.

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