Beware: Long post ahead and many eye-candy photos.
My peaceful world was turned upside down recently. It was just a drama. But one that is so good that it make me stop what I’m doing and just concentrate 100% on it. Suddenly CityVille seems not so important anymore. Hahaha
Boys Over Flowers (꽃보다 남자/Kkotboda Namja) was the name of the Korean drama. This drama was first broadcasted in early January of 2009. I vaguely heard about it and even saw the poster in some sites but the thought of watching it was never in my mind. Why?
Well for one, the leading lady and namja (men) didn’t manage to capture my attention (from the poster cover). Moreover I wasn’t really into Korean dramas at that time. I did watched a few which I choose carefully but not that crazeeeee yet. As I watched more and more K-dramas, I realized that many romantic dramas are ‘always’ compared to Boys Over Flowers (BOF). That got me into thinking, is BOF that good?
The answer is YES! YES! YES! I watched the first 4 episodes in the Saturday re-run. What I know next is I was crazily searching for the online version. Spent most of my free times watching the remaining 21 episodes. Then on Saturday, I watch the re-run again. Yeah I’m crazzzy about this drama.
Thanks to KBS for the encore. So yes I’m 2 years late in watching this drama. Late is better than never. Hehe
Jan Di and F4 (Flower 4).
Korean title: 꽃보다 남자
Korean romanization title: Kgotboda Namja
International/Literal title: Boys Over Flowers (sometimes also known as Boys Before Flowers)
Japanese title: 花より男子
Chinese title: 花样男子
Genre: Romance, comedy
Total episodes: 25
Running period in Korea: 5th January 2009 to 31st March 2009
Running period on KBS World (encore): 23rd May 2011 to 4th July 2011
Encore run time (Malaysia): Mon to Thurs 3.20pm-4.30pm (70 mins) KBS World, repeat is on Saturday 9.40pm-1.40am (4 epis per week) @ Astro CH391
Boys Over Flowers – F4 Special: 1st July 2011, Friday (11.30pm-12.40am), repeat 3rd July, Sunday (9.40am-10.50am) @ Astro CH391
It is based on Japanese shōjo manga series, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango), written by Yoko Kamio. The series is the fifth television adaptation of the manga following the Taiwanese Meteor Garden and its sequel Meteor Garden II and the Japanese Hana Yori Dango and its sequel Hana Yori Dango Returns – from Wikipedia
From left to right; Yi Jung, Woo Bin, Jun Pyo (F4 leader), Ji Hoo
Synopsis (source from KBS):
The ‘Iconic Love Story’ for those who wish to stay young at heart forever! ‘Boys over Flowers’ is the highly anticipated remake of the famous Japanese comic book series. Jan-di, the Heroine, is the poor but bright girl who has a strong sense of justice and full of vitality. She transfers to an exclusive high school where only the rich go. In there, she encounters with the four rich and quirky boys and experiences love and friendship. The storyline illustrates the supreme fantasy that a drama can bring out the most. Each of us probably has an experience of admiring or dreaming of something. The drama ‘Boys over Flowers’ is the concentration of the admiration.
Jun Pyo aka Min Ho’s dorky smile and laugh = me melts
Ku Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di
Lee Min Ho as Goo Jun Pyo
Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
Kim Beom as So Yi Jung
Kim Jun as Song Woo Bin
Jan Di’s Family:
Ahn Seok Hwan as Geum Il Bong (dad)
Lim Ye Jin as Na Kong Ju (mom)
Park Ji Bin as Keum Kang San (lil bro)
Jun Pyo’s Family:
Lee Hye Young as Kang Hee Su (witch mom)
Kim Hyun Joo as Goo Jun Hee (kind and lovely big sis)
Jun Pyo’s sis. She’s very lovely.
Relative, friends, lover and fiancee:
Kim So Eun as Choo Ga Eul (Jan Di’s bff)
Lee Si Young as Oh Min Ji (Jan Di’s friend)
Kim Ki Bang as Bom Chun Sik (Jan Di’s boss)
Han Chae Young as Min Seo Hyeon (someone’s first love)
Lee Jeong Gil as Yun Seok Yeong (someone’s grandpa)
Lee Min Jung as Ha Jae Kyeong (someone’s fiancee)
I felt in love with Jan Di from the very first episode. She’s innocent, strong and will stop at nothing to fight the rights of her own and others.
I love the way she eats. Rough but cute. Haha
This is one girl who’s not afraid to show her many facial expressions. Way to go Hye Sun!
Red carded by F4.
Jan Di being tortured by school mates.
Jun Pyo who started off as an obnoxious much-hated guy eventually turn into a lovable man who loves and protect Jan Di. I like his goofiness. Hehe
Ji Hoo likes Jan Di as well. He’s Jan Di’s personal fireman.
Who will she choose?
Soul mate or lover.
My first impression on the F4 (four good-looking wealthy bullies haha):
When the F4 walk pass the school door with rays of light shining through and girls screaming with great admiration, something stop inside me. Not because of their looks but because I saw how arrogant Jun Pyo is and his curly hair… I was like WTF? This call handsome? Yuck. Putuiii!!! Hahaha. So yes, I hated the F4 at first but soon after it’s totally opposite. I like them all. 🙂
“Eat this ice-cream!!!”
I almost stopped watching in the middle of the 1st episode ya know but I hang on to it because there is really something special about Boys Over Flowers story. I’m still trying to get my sis hook on this drama. My sis who watched the 1st episode in 2009 and stopped right after. She said she dislikes the characters. I told her it’s going to be real good after that but aiseh… she’s not convinced. Haha
The main characters Geum Jan Di and Goo Jun Pyo in this drama were played by the lovely Ku Hye Sun and Lee Min Ho. I love them both (on screen and off screen).
I thought their acting were excellent and the brewing chemistry between them is something not to be missed. The director got it right by casting Min Ho and Hye Sun as the hero and heroin.
The most disappointing acting was by Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo. He was very stiff (very very very) in the first few episodes. Thank God he improved as the drama progresses but still not the best.
All in all, I have plenty of good laughs and some crying done throughout the whole drama. Ahh the beauty of love and friends’ loyalty are what captured me. It was a joy to watch and I highly recommend Boys Over Flowers to anyone. Beware though, once you’re into BOF there is no way of getting out! Hahaha
You’re the moon and I’m the star.
One of the great highlights of this drama is the accompanying soundtracks. The songs are just so beautiful and goes really well with the story lines. I have quite a few favorites such as Because I’m Stupid, One More Time, Lucky, Starlight Tears, Someday and many more.
Boys Over Flowers OST is my complete favorite!!!
1. Relive Boys Over Flowers moments at Boys Over Flowers filming locations: Keimyung University, Damyang Dynasty Country Club, Lotte Hotel World, Gyeonggi English Village at Yangpyeong Camp, Gyeongju Shilla Millennium Park, Shinsegae Department Store, N Seoul Tower & Grand Hyatt Hotel, Muju Resort and Artinus Farmer’s Table.
2. Gongjunim visit to Gyeonggi English Village at Yangpyeong Camp on 30th Dec 2010 (various BOF scenes e.g. the door where F4 walks in during the 1st epi, school locker, ice-cream incident).
3. The porridge shop where Jan Di and Ga Eul worked in is called Bonjuk Porridge with many franchises in South Korea.
That’s it. I hope you enjoy this drama. If only they have a sequel to this… sigh.
Updates: I’ve come to realize that the 2nd squeal is already included in BOF. So I guess there won’t be more.
For BOF fanatic…
Read on if you wanna know more (may contain spoilers):
Ku Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di
Jan-di is a commoner whose parents operate a Laundromat. She is a swimmer of her school which doesn’t even have a swimming pool. One day, she visits Shin-hwa high school, where the top 1% of the wealthy children gets to go, and accidentally saves a student from a suicidal attempt. After this incident, she is scouted to this prestigious school as a swimming athlete. The school itself and the students who go there do not suit her taste, but Jan-di bears the problematic circumstances, as her parents wish her to get close to the rich. She happens to step out for her classmate who is being bullied by four boys, called F4, and gets the ‘Red Card’. As the whole school starts bulling Jan-di, she unexpectedly meets Ji-hu on the stairway. She bumps into Ji-hu, but later Jun-pyo shows his feeling for her and their relationship gets tangled.
Lee Min Ho as Goo Jun Pyo
The leader of F4 and the heir of the largest conglomerate in Korea. Raised by servants, instead of busy parents, Jun-pyo’s got the world there is nothing that can not be done. Growing up as the son of the rich family, he has gone through numerous of kidnapping, terror attempt. He is a master of martial arts and self defense skills, but avoids swimming because he experienced drowning when he was kidnapped. His older sister, Jun-hee, is the one who he afraids the most. Ironically, Jun-pyo falls in love with Jandi, who reminds him of his sister. Jun-pyo’s got natural curly hair, hot-tempered, but has an innocent heart. Although he can fluently speak 5 languages, he shows weakness on common sense and Korean vocabulary. Jun-pyo has simple and straight personality and relies upon intuition more rather than being rationalized. He is pure at heart in front of a girl he likes, so he gets hurt when he figures out Jan-di likes Ji-hu, his closest friend among F4.
Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
The grandson of the formal president of Korea, Dr. Yoon Seok-young, and the most attractive guy among F4. Ji-hu is the heir of Su-am Cultural Foundation, Art Center, and Orchestra own by his family, and also a musician. He lost his parents at age of five when he got into a car accident. He overcomes the hardness with his first love, Seo-hyeon. Ji-hu believes that she would be his last love but he can’t get to her completely. Jan-di is the one who encouraged him when he was hesitant to get close to Seo-hyeon. With Jan-di’s support, Ji-hu follows Seo-hyeon to France, but comes back after he realized that his feeling for her was admiration, not love. Ji-hu does not show concern for others, knows what he wants to do, and never sweeps along with others. After Ji-hu becomes a friend with Jan-di, his personality starts to change and conflicts between love and friendship.
Kim Beom as So Yi Jung
The gifted potter and the successor of the prestigious family. Although Yi-jung has gained reputation for his talent for ceramics, he cannot take away the feeling that he is living a life of his brother. Yi-jung’s older brother, who was exceptionally talented and expected to become the heir, left home and also quit working with ceramics. Yi-jung was possessed by a sense of inferiority and this complex made him couldn’t settle down with one love. He is a playboy, but gentle and warm-hearted. Although he didn’t realize about himself yet, Yi-jung is desperately looking for his one true love.
Episodes guide for the die-hard fans (spoilers ahead!):
All these will serve as a nice memory for me in the future. Thanks KBS.
“This is not just an ordinary high school. It’s hell. Have you ever heard of F4? Once you mark as the target and get the ‘Red Card’ from them, you become a loner and the whole school starts bullying.”
Jan-di is an average high school girl whose parents operate a Laundromat. One day she delivers laundry to Shin-hwa high school, where the top 1% of the wealthy children gets to go, and accidentally saves a student from a suicidal attempt. After this incident, she is scouted to this prestigious school as a swimming athlete.
Jan-di meets four rich and good-looking boys known as ‘F4(Flower 4)’,who cause trouble to those who speak out against them. Jan-di, who has strong sense of justice, cannot bear the saucy behavior of Gu Jun-pyo, the leader of F4, and does not bring herself to his knees. The next day, she finds ‘Red Card’ inside her locker and whole school starts bulling her. Jan-di escapes to the stairway and unexpectedly meets Yoon Ji-hu, the other member of F4, and receives his handkerchief.
“I’m good looking, tall, smart, and rich. How can you resist me?”
Jandi gets Jihoo’s help when students attack her at the locker room. Jandi, cannot stand Junpyo’s smugness, goes to see Junpyo and kicks him right in the face. Rather than paying her back, Junpyo finds his curiosity from this girl who reminds him of his older sister, Junhee. After school finishes, unknown guards kidnap Jandi. She wakes up and notices the unbelievable things that are happening right in front of her eyes……
“Lucky to have a chance to know you.”
After came back from the school trip, Junpyo’s curious feeling for Jandi grows even bigger. Jandi meets Jihu, who is having a hard time because of Seohyeon, and Junpyo hears about this. Jandi worries about Jihu and goes to see him, but encounters Junpyo who is waiting for her with jealous eyes. At Seohyeon’s birthday party, Seohyeon announces that she’s going to France, leaving everything behind. When Jandi goes to say goodbye to her, she sees the scene of Jihu declaring his love for Seohyeon.
“Geum Jandi. From this moment, I don’t know who you are anymore.”
While Jandi and Junpyo are out on a date, they accidently lock in the cable car. Junpyo suffers from high fever and Jandi nurses him all night. This quickly spreads to the whole school and Jandi experiences totally different treat from fellow students, as Junpyo’s girlfriend. Jandi’s friend Minjee brings her to the club and she finds a guy who reminds her of Jihu. The next day morning, Jandi wakes up in the hotel room and she can’t remember what happened the night before.
“I’m officially announcing that from now on, Geum Jandi is Gu Junpyo’s girlfriend.”
Junpyo believes in Jandi’s innocence and treats her wounds. This moves Jandi’s heart, and Junpyo finally announces that Jandi is his girlfriend. At that moment, Jihoo, came back from Paris, appears in front of them.
During the weekend, Junpyo and the F4 take Jandi and her friend Ga-eul to New Caledonia. In there, Junpyo takes Jandi to breathtaking sceneries, but Jandi’s mind is still on Jihoo.
“Please tell me that you’ll be alright.”
“I should’ve met you earlier.. “
Thinking of the reminiscene with Seohyeon, Jihoo gets depressed. While Jandi is comforting him, Jihoo kisses Jandi. Junpyo bursts with rage and jealousy, and returns to Seoul alone. He announces that he is going to dismiss Jihoo from F4 and expel Jandi from school. However, the unexpected supporter Junhee, the sister of Junpyo, appears in front of the two.
“It’s not too late.. Just say that you like me. That’s all you need to say.”
Junpyo and Jihu square off in a sports match. The fate of Jandi and Jihu hangs on this game. They compete in horse-riding and racing, and Junpyo grows more jealous as he watches Jandi roots for Jihu. Before the final battle begins, Junpyo goes to meet Jandi.
“Wake up, Junpyo. You should give me a chance, too. I think now I can say the words that you wanted to hear…”
At last Jihu and Jandi go on an official date. Invited to Jihu’s house, Jandi smiles bitterly at the remnants of Seohyun found all over the house. Tailing the two, Junpyo discovers that he still has feelings for Jandi. Meanwhile, Jandi rushes to the hospital upon hearing that Junpyo has been in an accident. There, she realizes her true feelings for Joon-pyo.
“Junpyo’s world, Jandi’s world…There’s no such thing. If Junpyo’s pace is too much, you can drag it down to your pace.”
Junpyo and Jandi keep fighting and making up, and they get to know each other. However, Junpyo’s excessive presents makes Jandi hard to keep up with his pace. She continues to avoid Junpyo and Jihoo comes to the swimming pool and encourages her. Jandi and Junpyo go out on a date with Gaeul and her new boyfriend. However, uncomfortable atmosphere is developing between Jandi and Gaeul’s boyfriend.
“Promise me that you won’t run away from me”
“I promise you. At least, your mom won’t be the reason.”
Yijeong unexpectly sees Gaeul on the street and helps to revenge her bad boyfriend. Jandi clears up her misunderstanding about Junpyo, and the two go out on a date on Valentine’s Day. They bump into Junpyo’s mother, and Junpyo tells her not to do anything bad to Jandi.
The mother, who doesn’t even think of F4 as the friends of Junpyo, starts her next action to cut Jandi off from Junpyo, since she thinks Jandi is ridiculously improper to her son.
“You don’t know who he is? He’s the hot issue model, and his background is veiled in mystery.“
Jan Di starts a part time job as a model on the cover of text book, but finds out that she’s been deceived. In the dangerous moment, a mysterious man comes to the rescue of Jandi, and soon vanishes. The man turns out to be Jeha, a freshman at Shinhwa High School. Jandi and her purported fan, Jeha become friends. Unhappy with Jandi, who spends all her time working at her part-time job, Junpyo finally explodes at seeing Jandi on the magazine cover with model Haje. And Jandi finds the second “Red Card” in her locker.
“Jandi is the Moon that can never escape from the star called JunPyo. I would never let this Moon go, unless Big bang happens”
Jeha kidnaps Jandi and Junpyo goes to rescue her alone. Jeha and his friends beat Junpyo, but Junpyo bears it. F4 members get into the scene, finish off the situation. When Jeha tries to hit Junpyo again, Jandi protects him. The two are hospitalized, but find out the feeling for each other again. The friends go to ski trip all together, and Junpyo gives Jandi a custom made necklace. However, Jandi accidently loses it and braves the snowstorm to look for it.
“It feels like it’s been quite a long time when we were together. If Junpyo ignores me, I would wonder if I just dreamt about us.”
Time has passed by; F4 are now university students and Jandi is in her final year in high school. Jandi keep practices swimming and works part-time, and awaits Junpyo. Jihoo suggests her to record her message in a video and send to Junpyo, and he also takes her to the hospital and checks the condition of her shoulder. Jandi finds out that she won’t be able to swim anymore and now it’s too late to treat. Confused and toubled, Jandi goes to Macau to meet Junpyo. She gets surprised in front of the magnificent look of hotel Shinhwa, but doesn’t get overwhelmed. However, when Jandi finally gets a chance to see Junpyo, he only gives her the cold shoulder.
“It’s my first time.. to earn money by myself. I have so many things that I did for the first time because of you.”
The F4 comes to Macau and joins Jandi. They meet Junpyo and ask why he’s ignoring Jandi, but he only says that Jandi is no longer related to him. Jandi acts as if she’s alright, but can’t stop crying in front of Jihoo who looks like understanding everything. Jihoo helps the two to meet up, but Junpyo reconfirms the end of their relationship. When Jihoo and Jandi are about to go back to Korea, they unexpectedly meet Jihoo’s friend and invited to his house in suburbs..
“Listen, Junpyo will come back. Please don’t give up. Trust me and give him one more chance, will you?”
Back from Macau, Jandi is having a hard time trying to brace herself up. The master of the restaurant where Jandi works, asks her to visit the old doctor’s office, who often comes to the restaurant, and this gives Jandi a fresh impression. Jandi talks to Junhee about her true feeling and Junhee asks her mother not to make Junpyo a victim. Junpyo comes back to Korea and goes to Shinhwa University. The mother invites Jandi to Junpyo’s birthday party. In there, she hears about Junpyo’s engagement with Jaekyeong, the girl who Jandi met in Macau.
“My name is Ha Jae-kyeong, From today, I’m your fiancé. You got it? And you better prepare yourself. I’ll be training you from now on. “
After the birthday party, Jaekyung shows her interest to Junpyo. With her easy going personality, Jaekyung becomes friend with Jandi. Although Jandi likes Jaekyung’s untainted and friendly spirit, she feels uncomfortable. Jihu runs into his grandfather while taking saddened Jandi to her volunteer work at the clinic. Yijung and Woobin fail to seclude Jaekyung from Junpyo. With Gaeul’s help, Yijung finally reunites Junpyo and Jandi.
“Don’t forget. True love only comes once in a life time. It’s the cruel truth.”
As the merger of Shinhwa group and JK group begins, Junpyo and Jaekyung go out on their first date. However, Junpyo reminds of Jandi every place Jaekyung wants to go. Jaekyung senses it and asks Junpyo to kiss her as the lover. Jihoo and Jandi see this while they are talking on the stairway… Yijung witnesses his father with a woman at his workroom and has a big argument. Suffering deeply, Yijung thinks of Eunjae, his first love. Gaeul signs up for the pottery class and meets Cha Eunjae, the student teacher, in there.
“The young lady is like a lotus flower that can even clean the mud. Treat her well. She can make you a family.”
Come back from the resort, Jandi and Jihoo visit Buddhist temple to clean their mind away. However, when Jandi returns, she finds out that her parents have decided to move to a fishing village to earn money. Junpyo wakes up and finds out that Jaekyung has prepared him the breakfast. Jaekyung says that she always dreamt of this, and Junpyo feels pity for her. Yijung tells junpyo that Jandi stopped swimming because of her shoulder injury, and Junpyo feel guilt and regret. Jandi moves to a rooftop house and is surprised when Junpyo unexpectedly shows up as her neighbour. Gaeul decides not to hide her feeling anymore and asks Yijung out on a date. Yijung rejects it but comes back to see her few days later.
“Junpyo. If the person who you love got into a difficult situation because of you, can you let her go?”
“You.. Will you be able to love someone else other than Seohyun?”
Jihu runs out of the clinic and wanders in the rain. Jandi’s heart aches for Jihu, as she nurses him all night long. At the same time, Junpyo awaits Jandi at the rooftop house. Yijung takes Gaeul out to the club, chats with other ladies, and makes her feeling uncomfortable. However, already knows the pain in his heart, Gaeul pities him instead. After finding out the whereabouts of Junpyo, his mother confines him to the house. Then she goes to Jandi to humiliate her in front of everyone. The next day, F3 and Gaeul visit Jandi to comfort her and they start rooftop room renovation. Jaekyeong takes Junpyo out from home and joins them, and when they all start ‘the truth game’, the tension starts rising.
“I wasn’t the air. I was just a breeze that you mistook for air. A breeze.. Once it passes by, it can’t return to the place it already left.”
Jandi becomes Junpyo’s personal maid and controls over Junpyo’s naughty behavior. While she was in Junpyo’s room to wake him up, Jaekyung and Junpyo’s mother enter the room and get shocked to see her. The mother wants to kick her out from the house immediately, but the head maid and Jaekyung intervene in. Seokyeong collapses at the clinic and Jandi takes him to Jihoo’s house. Jandi tries to reconcile the two and now they start to live under the same roof.
Gaeul now knows that Eunjae was Yijung’s first love, and tries her best to bring them together.
“There is a girl I like. She will be the one until the day I die. Do you still want to marry me?
“I know that girl is Jandi. But knowing that you are like this, I want to marry you even more.”
Junpyo’s mother rushes the wedding, and Jaekyung asks Jandi to be her bridesmaid. On the day before the wedding, F4, Jandi and Gaeul arrived at Jeju Island for the wedding, and the complication between Junpyo, Jaekyung, Jandi and Jihoo reaches the climax. Junhee advises Junpyo not to do something that he is going to regret. Junpyo goes down on his knees and ask Jaekyung to break off the engagement.
“Why that was me? I ‘m not pretty, not rich and have no fame. Why did you like me?”
“You don’t need anything because I have them all. All you need to do is just being Geum Jandi, yourself.”
The wedding ceremony finally starts and Junpyo enters in. However, Jaekyung maps out a plan and ruins the wedding. Junpyo and Jandi sneak off to the resort and spend time together. Jaekyung returns the necklace to Jihoo and leaves to New York on the next day. Jandi and Junpyo’s happy moment is about to fall apart, since the break off brings a crisis to Shinhwa group. Now Junpyo’s mother anger is towards Jandi.
“I can endure hunger and coldness, but there’s one thing I cannot stand. Seeing my loved ones suffer because of me.”
With Gaeul’s effort, Yijung now finds out Eunjae’s declaration that he had missed three years ago. Gaeul brings Yijung to the rooftop, uncovers his eyes, and the message magically appears in front of him.
Junpyo’s mother finds out about Junpyo and Jandi are secretly dating, and starts to attack the people around Jandi. Finding out who fall them into a difficult situation, Jandi makes up her mind.
“How did you now that I’m here?”
“I could heard it. I kept a night watch every night, in case I’d miss it.”
Jihu finds out Jandi’s whereabouts. He expects Junpyo to come with him, but Junpyo disappoints Jihoo again by refusing to go. Jandi arrives at the fishing village, but people expect her as the fiancé of the heir of Shinhwa Group. When it reveals as false, Jihu suddenly appears in front of her and settles the situation. Jihu declares his feeling for Jandi that he suppressed for long time and Junpyo looks at them from far back.. and suddenly!
“Gu Jun Pyo, who I liked and who loved me, is no more there.”
Jandi leaves a lunch box for Junpyo, who lost the memories about her. Jun-pyo almost remembers something about Jan-di as he eats the lunch, but Yumi lies takes crushes Jandi’s last hope. Jandi and F4 are invited Junpyo and Yumi’s pool party. In there, they hear surprising news.
Episodes guide and photos from KBS.