It is quite usual to see dramas, especially the
popular ones, totally remade and adapted as their own by other countries in Asia. A good example is a Japanese manga called Itazura na Kiss, which got a Japanese live drama called Mischievous Kiss, remade by Korean as Playful Kiss, the Thai version is called Kiss Me. The best version, in my opinion is the Taiwanese version starring Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin called It Started with a Kiss. The story is the same with just a few twist here and there.
She Was Pretty Vs Pretty Li Hui Zhen
Anyway, last year I watched a Korean drama called She was Pretty starring Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo-joon. I enjoyed the drama very much. It was hilarious in parts and full of pathos the next.
The story is about childhood friendship, (who were each other’s first love). The girl used to be very pretty with long hair and fair face while the boy was chubby who got bullied a lot in school. The girl used to protect him. They got separated when the boy immigrated to the US.
15 years later he came back to Korea/China and hopeful to meet up with his childhood friend.
The boy grew up into a handsome slim guy, while the girl grew up with bad hair and skin problem in a pretty face.
On the day of their meeting the guy failed to recognise the girl. She was so ashamed that she sent her very pretty best friend to pretend as her. And that would be it, tieing off loose end of old friendship with the boy!
As luck would have it, the heroine started a job as an intern in a fashion magazine. The boss happened to be the guy she once knew.
To add more confusion and drama to the story, her best friend really fell for the guy and secretly continued to meet up with him instead of the one off thing the heroine asked her to do.
There was a second lead male that brought so much of the hilarity in the drama. He was so lovely and actually fell for the heroine even before she had her makeover.
When I heard that it was being remade by China, I was excited and looked forward to seeing it.
I started to watch it at Viki.com. I have to say that it is watchable but not as good as the KDrama version. Li Hui Zhen was still pretty compared to Kim Hye Jin. But for some reason, Li Hui Zhen comes out rather as someone with mental problem, low in IQ and with the most annoying and unnatural laugh!!! Ugh!
The Chinese version is longer, almost double the Korean one, which comprised of 16 episodes. For some reason I have finished watching 19 episodes of the Chinese one in 3 hours (so much fast-forwarding). It also made me pine for the Korean version which I rewatched and thoroughly enjoyed again.