Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min, Minah, Seo Hyo Rim, and Ohn Joo Wan

Beautiful Gong Shim (also known as Dear Fair Lady Gong Shim) is a romantic comedy that tells the story of Ahn Dan Tae, a human rights lawyer who doesn’t know he is actually a chaebol heir, who gets involved with a down on her luck woman named Gong Shim. The story then follows the relationships of them, Dan Tae’s cousin, and Gong Shim’s sister.

Well, talk about being surprised that Beautiful Gong Shim was absolutely wonderful! I think I underestimated just how much fun this drama would be. I had such a good time, and I laughed so much! I also loved the tension that developed later in the drama as misunderstandings and life changing secrets complicated everyone’s lives.

I’m already a big fan of the writer whose works include Girl Who Sees Smells and Rooftop Prince. And I can definitely see the similarities in style when it comes to Beautiful Gong Shim. In the beginning, it is heavy on the silly comedy and humorous character interactions. Melodramatic tendencies then build as the drama goes along and the main story is played out more in depth. I always love this combination.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Minah

First, let’s look at Minah as Gong Shim. This girl was so funny! Her expressions and reactions to those around her were great. And the production team did really good at making her look “plain”. Of course, I never thought she looked bad, she just looked simple and frumpy while sporting a wig for the entire drama. But her charm just shines right through despite that, and she always put a smile on my face.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min

Then we have Nam Goong Min as Ahn Dan Tae. After having a couple amazing successes playing villainous characters in Remember: War of the Son and Girl Who Sees Smells, Nam Goong Min took on a much more lighthearted role in this.

I will admit that it took me a long while to fully get over the fact that he wasn’t some psycho killer in Beautiful Gong Shim. Which is strange because he is night and day different in this. He has such a fun and playful personality with a heart of gold.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min

But he is just so animated and intense that sometimes I think I just saw that “crazy” side of him. And especially when he would get angry, I felt like I was waiting for him to explode! And there’s even one time in episode 9 where the production decided to insert the creepy killer music from Girl Who Sees Smells with Dan Tae being a bit creepy. Haha, too fun!

But he was really never like that. He was a barrel of laughs as he falls hard for Gong Shim. He follows her around and does what he can to help her out while acting like a complete goof ball.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min

His personality does get a bit more serious as he deals with some difficult truths about himself. Then we just get a moving and nuanced performance from him. It was nice to actually get to sympathize with Nam Goong Min’s character for a change.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min and Minah Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min and Minah

Dan Tae and Gong Shim as a couple were such a treat. They both have such bold personalities, and they don’t hold back with each other. I laughed so much because of their playful bickering and the crazy situations these two always seemed to be getting into. Plus, they are pretty darn cute when they actually get to be a couple

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Ohn Joo Wan

Suk Joon Soo (Ohn Joo Wan) was the perfect second lead. He’s handsome, rich, and has a heart of gold. He was about as sweet of a guy as any girl would ever want. I really enjoyed how he was able to get along with everyone in such a comfortable way. And because he is such a sweet guy, it is sad to watch all that he has to deal with later in the drama because of family secrets.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Minah and Ohn Joo Wan

Joon Soo also takes a liking to Gong Shim, and she likes him too. They had such a sweet relationship that I found quite adorable. It made for a really nice playful rivalry between Joon Soo and Dan Tae in the first half of the drama.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Seo Hyo Rim

Gong Mi (Seo Hyo Rim) is Gong Shim’s beautiful older sister who always overshadows her. Because she supports the family, their parents tend to take her side on everything. Some tension develops when the sisters start working at the same company. Then Gong Mi is less than thrilled when she takes a liking to Joon Soo, but finds out he is interested in Gong Shim.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Jung Hye Sun

Then we have our sweet Grandma (Jung Hye Sun) who has been devastated since her grandson was kidnapped so many years ago. She has been faithfully looking for him all this time and ends up teamed up with Dan Tae for the search. She was such a great character.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Kim Byung Ok

Our resident bad guy is Yeom Tae Chul (Kim Byung Ok). It seems like 99% of the time that this guy pops up on screen, you know he’s trouble (one exception to this would be his hilarious role in the comedy Modern Farmer).  He set things in motion many years ago and continues to cause trouble for his family and the company. He’s one of my favorite bad guys because he looks the part as well as makes me laugh with his expressions.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Woo Hyun and Kim Il Woo Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Kyun Mi Ri and Oh Hyun Kyung

There’s also several side stories following Gong Shim’s parents as well as Joon Soo’s. They create conflict for their children, but there are plenty of fun scenarios that we get to see play out too. They were a lot of laughs.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min and Ohn Joo Wan

The relationship between Dan Tae and Joon Soo was particularly wonderful to see. I loved their goofy interactions as well as their caring and respect for each other. And you pretty much get to jump right into their relationship which is something I appreciated.

So we have lots of comedy in the first half of the drama. Our back story slowly builds during this time as our character’s get established in their relationships and everyone is in position for things to get serious.


Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Ohn Joo Wan Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min

Just a little over halfway through the drama, things really get cooking as Dan Tae seeks to uncover the truth behind his kidnapping when he was a child. This mission ends up pitting him directly against his friend and cousin Joon Soo.  There are a lot of misunderstandings between the two that leave them each suspicious of the other one. Their relationship suddenly becomes very strained. I really loved the tension during this period.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Ohn Joo Wan

Joon Soo then reluctantly finds himself caught in the middle when he learns his uncle and mother were involved in the kidnapping. In order to protect his mother from the truth coming out, he is forced to keep the secret. At first, he doesn’t realize just how big of a secret he is keeping. Then things begin to snowball as he uncovers more unsavory truths that turn his world upside down.

I felt so terrible for this poor guy as he had to cope with these awful secrets. And every time he attempts to tell Dan Tae the truth, a worse secret prevents him from doing so. It all really takes a toll on him. Poor thing 🙁

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min and Ohn Joo Wan

But Joon Soo’s heart was always in the right place, and when things become too much, he does the right thing by telling Dan Tae the truth. Luckily, Dan Tae has a big heart, and he was more than understanding of what Joon Soo had to go through and give up in order to come to him. Their friendship is able to be restored, and my heart leapt a little when Joon Soo first called Dan Tae hyung now they he knew they were cousins.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Seo Hyo Rim Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Minah

There were only two things I would have liked to have seen more of in the drama. I felt like Gong Mi’s character had a much stronger presence in the first half of the drama. But once the main story really kicks up, she kind of fades into the background. I wish she could have been fleshed out a bit more.

I also wish Gong Shim could have been more in on everything that was happening. She is basically left in the dark about the kidnapping, Dan Tae’s mission, and the developing tensions between him and Joon Soo for the entire drama. It’s not until the last few episodes that she finally gets clued in on everything. But those were minor issues since everything else was pretty much perfect for me.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Minah Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min

Dan Tae and Gong Shim are able to get their happy ending. Dan Tae takes down the bad guy, recovers his identity, and settles in with his family. Gong Shim is able to find confidence in herself and pursue her dreams (and finally take off the wig!). Our couple can then really begin their lives together.

Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min and Minah

I was completely in love with Beautiful Gong Shim. It had everything I like in drama. It made me laugh so much with all the crazy scenarios and lovable characters. And then the tension rose as they all had to deal with some difficult truths.

I was so invested in everyone and just wanted them to be able to get back to a place of happiness. Drama perfection on so many levels. I sure do love this writer! I’m certainly going to miss all of these wonderful people as well as the drama and smiles they all had to share with me.

My Rating: 10/10

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20 responses to “Beautiful Gong Shim Korean Drama Review”

  1. […] It had everything I like in drama with all the crazy scenarios, lovable characters, and then the tension rose as they all had to deal with some difficult truths. I was so invested in everyone and just wanted them to be able to get back to a place of happiness. Drama perfection on so many levels. I sure do love this writer! I’m certainly going to miss all of these wonderful people as well as the drama and smiles they all had to share with me. (Beautiful Gong Shim Review) […]

  2. hayleigh Avatar

    Once I get back on track with my blog and get the dramas I’m watching now done, this drama is definitely a priority!! It looks so good :3 And your post made me want to watch it even more! ^^

    1. Kay Avatar

      I loved this drama so much! It was just a lot of fun. It gets more serious in the second half (something this writer usually does), but I personally enjoy that. And even then there is still humor. It was just my thing 🙂

  3. kjtamuser Avatar

    You definitely made me interested with this review. I like that you considered the OTP “a treat”.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Hehe, they were definitely a treat for me 🙂 Not exactly swoon-worthy, but more in the fun, goofy kind of way. Most people seemed to love or hate Gong Shim. I loved her and thought she was hilarious, especially with Nam Goong Min. Hopefully, you enjoy it 🙂

  4. […] Goong Min (Beautiful Gong Shim) and Nam Sang Mi (Joseon Gunman) have been confirmed to be starring in the new KBS drama Chief Kim. […]

  5. […] It had everything I like in drama with all the crazy scenarios, lovable characters, and then the tension rose as they all had to deal with some difficult truths. I was so invested in everyone and just wanted them to be able to get back to a place of happiness. Drama perfection on so many levels. I sure do love this writer! I’m certainly going to miss all of these wonderful people as well as the drama and smiles they all had to share with me. My Rating: 10/10 (Beautiful Gong Shim Review) […]

  6. Marlene Avatar

    I’m surprise you gave this drama a rating of 10/10, lol, sorry but I think there’s a few loopholes in the story. I hate the fact the Gong Shim have to wear that ridiculous wig for almost all the entire story, come one, can’t she find a better wig to wear? It bothers me every time I looked at her and ruined any romantic moments she have with Dan Tae, but maybe it’s just me. The other fact was, in this time of electronic revolution I’m surprise Dan Tae couldn’t even sent a simple message to Gong Shim while in the States for a whole year, are you kidding me?
    The story was good, the kidnapping and the pain of Joon Soo was unbearable. Dan Tae and the rest of cast are very good too. It’s an ok drama for me.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Haha, yeah, I definitely have a whole lot of love for Beautiful Gong Shim 🙂 If you were to want a blueprint for my ideal kind of drama, I would point you to this one. A nice story, amazing cast, humor, romance, heartwarming and emotional moments, and secrets to create tension and add some angst, and you pretty much have my perfect drama, hehe 🙂

      And something you’ll notice with me is that I very rarely get bothered by plot holes or minor things. They just don’t detract from what I personally enjoy about dramas. I may sometimes give a passing mention to that sort of thing in a review to inform others who it may bother, but it’s just not an issue for me. Maybe in a more complex story where the plot hole ruined the entire premise, but definitely not in a story like this. And I thought the wig was funny and liked that Dan Tae loved her even with it, so I was fine with that too, lol. Sorry it wasn’t more to your liking, but I’m glad you at least found some things to enjoy and it wasn’t a total loss 🙂

      1. Marlene Avatar

        Well I guess we’re different but in a good way. I am more on technical sides of story and it’s nice of you to let go of it so as not to ruin a good drama, I wish I would be more like you though, but I can’t, lol.

        Keep up your good reviews, I actually watch drama according to your reviews.

        Best regards,

        1. Kay Avatar

          Yeah, I completely understand that the more technical aspects bother a lot of people. I think kdramas are dangerous for those though since they are more frequently than not full of plot holes and check your brain at the door scenarios, lol. But luckily, there are plenty that avoid those too.

          And yes, we’re different in a good way 🙂 Learning what we both enjoy as well as differences in terms of what we like is always helpful in choosing dramas in the future. I’m thrilled that you find my reviews useful and greatly appreciate you reading them and taking time to exchange views on them 🙂

  7. Fred Avatar

    Like you, I also did not expect much from this drama. For some reason, I kept skipping this when choosing what to watch next. Never made it to my watchlist. Ever. I did not even realize that it had a 10. From the title to the background story, I just assumed this would be another cheesy feel-good drama filled with feel-good cliches. HAHAHA.

    But I agree with your 10! I loved the humor, the complex story, the characters, the OST, the 2008-2010 ‘kdrama-era feel’ . Everything. It just will not make it to my Top dramas since it lacks the level of intensity that I prefer: heart-wrenching pain and lots and lots of extreme emotions! HAHA.

    But I love it. I’ll keep repeating that. It’s just so cute and it made me happy. What I would have wanted to see more of? Gong Shim without her wig! She really shines when she takes it off. Not that I have a problem when she was wearing it.

    The major ‘loophole’? Why did Mr. Dan-tae never contact her for one year? Seriously? Come on! This is not Joseon era!

    But I still loved it anyway! HAHAHA.

    1. Kay Avatar

      I really know what you mean. When it first came out, I was interested in it for the writer and Nam Goong Min, but it really didn’t sound or look all that appealing. And I sure ended up surprised! I’m so glad you loved this one too 🙂 This drama is seriously like the definition of my favorite kind of drama. It’s exactly the rom-com turns melo genre that I love so much. You’re right, it’s just cute and makes you happy, but then it is has this great story to add a that bit of angst.

      Haha, everybody was wanting to see Gong Shim without the wig. Originally, she was only supposed to wear it for a few eps, but then they decided it just made the character so they ended up keeping it for the entire drama, lol. I remember reading that Minah had some issues with her scalp getting to hot and breaking out from wearing it so much. She stuck it out though. But of course, that last ep without the wig showed just how gorgeous she is.

      Now Fred, you know that in Dramaland, there’s some mysterious force that prevents people from communicating during time skips. It’s just a law of the dramaverse, lol 🙂

      Definitely a fun drama that holds a special place in my heart 🙂

      1. Fred Avatar

        I love what you said on your 2nd to the last paragraph! HAHAHA exactly!

        But hey! We’re still here watching more Kdramas! No one’s forcing us anyway. LOL.

        1. Kay Avatar

          Haha, exactly! We just keep coming back for more no matter how ridiculous things get sometimes 🙂

  8. kdramachickblog Avatar

    Really enjoyable! The birth secret storyline seemed to go on too long and took away from the cute pair but I loved how everything got tied up in the end. The kick in the shin was perfect!! Lol! It’s made it on to my rewatch list which as you know is my way of saying it’s one if my faves 🙂 Thanks for your recommendations list. Now to finish all the others I have going so I can pick another from your trusted list!

    1. Kay Avatar

      Yay! I’m happy you enjoyed it for the most part, and even enough to go on the coveted re-watch list 🙂 I’ve re-watched it once and still loved it. If you ever come across any others you think are similar to it, do let me know please. I don’t get enough of them like it, hehe.

      Yes, you have to clean up your watch list with that batch you have going then hopefully find another great one 🙂

  9. Jermena Avatar

    Wowwww! What a beautiful review for Beautiful Gong Shim! Am so in sync with your sentiments. Well said Kay👍🏿
    Actually, the cousins strained relationship reminded me a little about that beautiful-turned-very estranged relationship between the best friends in Bridal mask😣 thank God these ones were able to make through their differences😤 it would have been another heartache to endure😪
    Meanwhile, very beautiful review😘
    Grandma was such a darling😁 and of course my Joon Soo, such a sweet child, am glad he too got a beautiful ending and that all his family’s dark secrets didn’t taint him👍🏿

    1. Kay Avatar

      Thank you so much for saying that Jermena! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Ah, I can see what you mean about comparing the cousins in Beautiful Gong Shim to the friends in Bridal Mask (one of my favorite dramas!). Yes, luckily, this pair came out a lot better in the end 🙂 This really was such an amazing drama in every way!

      1. Jermena Avatar

        That is very true….
        And you’re welcome 😊

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