I had no expectations whatsoever in this drama. I didn’t particularly enjoyed either 200 Pounds Beauty nor Story of Weight Losing Princess Hwa Pyung, so I was ready to hate it but…I couldn’t be more wrong.
Cast was meticulously chosen, script was so well written, expectations weren’t only filled but surpassed in the first episode. You have so many genres mixed up that there is no way I can determine just one or two categories, so it’s a nice mixture of several, although it fails to deliver in the end.
What was most important, unlike other makeover dramas, was that the transformation card that would have been a problem in other type of script, here it was turned into a weapon. So we stop being scared about the female lead to be discovered in her lie but we ship her to use it to get her deserved revenge.
Synopsis of Birth of a Beauty Korean Drama
Sa Geum Ran is a warm and hardworking woman that after getting married to the man of her dreams, spent seven years living alone and serving her in-laws as if she was a maid. This despicable human beings not only complain about everything she does, but abuse her verbally because she doesn’t meet their (and society) beauty canon.
The truth is she’s a lovely woman that gave her all to her marriage but since she’s overweight she’s been badmouthed and discriminated her entire life. Far away from the usual reaction that would be hate everyone around her, she loves her husband’s family and tries her best at serving them, although everything will change when she finds out he has been cheating on her with his family knowledge and they are planning getting married before she even knows he’s back in Corea.
All this horrible present will be crowned by a car accident in which she’s presumed dead leaving her inheritance to his husband’s family. She learns about deception a little too hard, and decides to turn herself into a beauty in order to get revenge, will she succeed? and in the end, is revenge what she really wants?
Starring in Birth of a Beauty Korean Drama
Han Ye Seul (Penny Pinchers, Spy Myeong Wol, Will it snow for Christmas?) is Sara, Geum Ran secret identity after the makeover, she’s the result of a battle of surgeries and because of that she feels like a fake. She’s usually a great actress and here wasn’t the exception, although I wish she was a little more like Sa Geum Ran.
Joo Sang Wook (Cunning Single Lady, Feast of the Gods, Good Doctor) is Han Tae Hee, a chaebol that has been dealing with childhood traumas because of an accident his parents were involved in. He meets Sa Geum Ran and help her to get the body and face she wants, although she might need more than that. A delightful character from this talented actor, as usual.
Jung Gyu Woon (History of the Salaryman, Wonderful Mama, I need Romance 2) is the despicable Lee Kang Joon. He has been married to Geum Ran for 8 years and been away for seven. He’s been having an affair with an anchor girl for a long time and plans to kill her wife to save the inheritance and after that marrying Gyo Chae Yeon.
Wang Ji Hye (Protect the Boss, The Suspicious Housekeeper, Hotel King) is Gyo Chae Yeon, an ambitious woman that doesn’t care being a mistress or shows any sign of regret when Geum Ran asks her to leave her husband. I’m a little worried about her, because she keeps getting similar parts, and she’s a great actress that can be hilarious when the role allows.
Ha Jae Suk (One Well Raised Daughter, Lights and Shadows, Protect the Boss) is Sa Geum Ran, and her performance demands to be highlighted. She was not only adorable and emotional, she made the audience cry a river with her role. I’m so glad she’s casted in an upcoming drama.
Also starring in Birth of Beauty Korean Drama: Han Sang Jin, Han Jin Hee, Kim Young Ae, Kang Kyung Hun, Jin Ye Sol, Kim Yong Rim, Shim Yi Young & Kim Cheong.
Towards the middle it started to feel a little bit draggy, but that was because the first half of the drama has so much stuff going on that it was impossible to keep the rhythm and towards the end that strong weapon feeling ends up disappearing for the same cliché reasons we are able to watch in 90% of dramas. The sneaky girl gossiping, the elders believing that gossiping and the heroines being weak and martyr like.
I wish writer would find other ways to portrait drama, there were so many elements that would have been a great ingredient for the script other than the usual development. I adored the main couple, but I would have liked it more if things weren’t so predictable. By episode 12 I already knew what was going to happen, and it did.
Writers, remember, drama fans have seen many stories before, don’t use the same old tricks, specially when you have so much potential in a story like you did with this one. Overall it was a good drama, but just because of the first half and the fantastic chemistry between our goofy and lovely main couple.