Boys Over Flowers (TV series)

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Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers (TV series) poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Boys Over Flowers
Also known as Boys Before Flowers
Genre Romance
Comedy
Drama
Format Television series
Based on Boys Over Flowers 
by Yoko Kamio
Written by Yoon Ji-ryun
Directed by Jeon Ki-sang
Starring Ku Hye-sun
Lee Min-ho
Kim Hyun-joong
Kim Bum
Kim Joon
Opening theme "Paradise" by T-Max
Ending theme "Because I'm Stupid" by SS501
"Making a Lover" by SS501
Country of origin South Korea
No. of episodes 25
Production
Location(s) Korea
Macau
New Caledonia
Running time Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:50 (KST)
Production company(s) Group 8
Broadcast
Original channel Korean Broadcasting System
Original run 5 January 2009 (2009-01-05) – 31 March 2009 (2009-03-31)
Chronology
Preceded by Worlds Within
Followed by The Slingshot
Related shows Meteor Garden
Hana Yori Dango
Meteor Shower
Boys Before Friends
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja 보다
Revised Romanization Kkot Boda Namja
McCune–Reischauer Kkot Poda Namja

Boys Over Flowers (Hangul: 꽃보다 남자; hanja: 꽃보다男子) is a 2009 South Korean television series starring Ku Hye-sun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong (of SS501), Kim Bum, Kim Joon (of T-Max) and Kim So-eun. It aired on KBS2 from January 5 to March 31, 2009 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:50 for 25 episodes.[1]

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. It spins the modern-day Cinderella tale of a poor, but spunky schoolgirl at an exclusive academy who attracts the interest of the four ultra-rich and ultra-handsome princes of the school known as F4.[2]

Plot[edit]

Hardworking Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) attends the exclusive Shinhwa High School by a scholarship she gets because of an incident. She finds her shallow, privileged classmates unbearable, especially the notorious F4. Rich, handsome, and arrogant, Gu Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho), Yoon Ji-hoo (Kim Hyun-joong), So Yi-jeong (Kim Bum), and Song Woo-bin (Kim Joon) are the kings of the school and no one, not even the teachers, dare challenge them. No one, that is, except Jan-di. Angry at their rudeness, Jan-di tells off F4 leader Jun-pyo, bringing a world of trouble upon herself. The proud and persistent Jun-pyo falls hard for feisty Jan-di, but she shares a connection with the quiet, sensitive Ji-hoo. Through Jan-di's encouragement, Ji-hoo goes abroad to join his model girlfriend Min Seo-hyun, and in his absence, Jan-di and Jun-pyo grow closer. Soon Jan-di realizes that it is Jun-pyo that she really loves, not Ji-hoo. But numerous difficulties arise, threatening their relationship. Jun-pyo's mother, a cruel and powerful businesswoman, disapproves of Jan-di's lowly upbringing and tries her best to split them up. And newly single Ji-hoo returns to Korea, prepared to declare his feelings for Jan-di.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Geum Jan-di is the headstrong daughter of a dry cleaner. While on a delivery run to Shinhwa High School, she saves a bullied student from committing suicide. She is offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious school, and ends up getting on the bad side of Gu Jun-pyo.
Gu Jun-pyo is the leader of F4 and heir to Shinhwa Group, one of the most powerful business groups in South Korea. As leader of the most popular and powerful clique in Shinhwa High, he torments Geum Jan-di after she stands up to his bullying ways, but ends up falling for her instead. His family is one of the most rich and elite in the country.
Yoon Ji-hoo is a member of F4 and the grandson of a former president of Korea. His musical talent catches Geum Jan-di's attention and she begins to develop feelings for him. He has a driving phobia after being involved in a car accident that killed his parents and left him the only survivor. He is initially in love with Min Seo-hyun, but eventually falls for Geum Jan-di and acts as her protector.
So Yi-jeong is F4's Casanova. He is a skilled potter, and his family owns the country's biggest art museum. He eventually changes his playboy ways when he realizes that he is in love with Chu Ga-eul. Although he doesn't develop romantic feelings for Jan-di, he does grow very fond of her and they become good friends.
Song Woo-bin is known as F4's Don Juan. His family runs a large successful construction company, which Woo-bin later admits has strong connections to the mafia. Like Yi-jeong, he eventually befriends Jan-di and becomes caring and protective towards her.
Geum Jan-di's best friend who works with her at the porridge shop. She falls for So Yi-jeong after he helps her get over her cheating ex-boyfriend. He eventually reciprocates those feelings.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Kim Hyun-joo as Gu Jun-hee - Gu Jun-pyo's elder sister, and one of the only people he listens to. She wants the best for her brother and constantly shows him the error of his ways. She also supports his relationship with Jan-di, and acts like a protective, loving big sister to the latter.
  • Lee Hye-young as Kang Hee-soo - Gu Jun-pyo's mother and President of Shinhwa Group. She vehemently opposes her son's relationship with Geum Jan-di and does anything to stop them.
  • Ahn Suk-hwan as Geum Il-bong - Geum Jan-di's father and a dry cleaner. His friend takes out loans under his name, and as a consequence he is chased by loan sharks.
  • Im Ye-jin as Na Gong-joo - Geum Jan-di's mother. She is very money-minded and constantly pressures Jan-di to attract and marry a rich man.
  • Park Ji-bin as Geum Kang-san - Geum Jan-di's younger brother who is technologically inclined.
  • Han Chae-young as Min Seo-hyun - Yoon Ji-hoo's first love and a famous Korean model. He is still hung up on her when Geum Jan-di develops feelings for him. Like Jun-hee, she befriends Jan-di.
  • Lee Min-jung as Ha Jae-kyung - a successful CEO's daughter who becomes Gu Jun-pyo's fiancee. Although the engagement was arranged by their parents, she develops feelings for him, which he doesn't return. She also develops a friendship with Jan-di. Once she realizes Jun-pyo and Jan-di are destined to be together, she amicably ends her relationship with Jun-pyo.
  • Lee Jung-gil as Yoon Seok-young - the former president of Korea and Yoon Ji-hoo's grandfather. He believes that he caused Ji-hoo's parents' fatal car accident and has been too guilt-ridden to face his grandson ever since.
  • Jung Ho-bin as Jung Sang-ruk - President Kang's chief secretary. He is sympathetic towards Gu Jun-pyo and often helps him out when it comes to Geum Jan-di.
  • Lee Si-young as Oh Min-ji - Geum Jan-di's first and only friend when she transfers to Shinhwa High. However, she harbors deep feelings for Gu Jun-pyo and ends up sabotaging Jan-di to get closer to him. Although her friendship with Jan-di is never re-established, she and Jan-di do reconcile before she leaves the school after her sabotage is exposed.
  • Gook Ji-yeon as Choi Jin-hee (aka Ginger) - one of the three Mean Girls Trio (Jin Sun Mi).
  • Jang Ja-yeon as Park Sun-ja (aka Sunny) - one of the three Mean Girls Trio (Jin Sun Mi).
  • Min Young-won as Lee Mi-sook (aka Miranda) - one of the three Mean Girls Trio (Jin Sun Mi).
  • Im Joo-hwan as So Il-hyun - So Yi-jeong's estranged elder brother. He leaves the family home after Yi-jeong is chosen to take over the family business and stops contact with his younger brother in order to live a normal life.
  • Park Soo-jin as Cha Eun-jae - So Yi-jeong's childhood friend and first love. She winds up teaching pottery and crosses paths with Yi-jeong after disappearing for 3 years.
  • Kim Min-ji as Jang Yu-mi - a patient at the same hospital Gu Jun-pyo is admitted to after being hit by a car. She falls in love with Jun-pyo and pushes her way into his life by taking advantage of his amnesia.
  • Jung Eui-chul as Lee Min-ha / Lee Jae-ha (model Haje) - two characters played by the same actor. The former is the suicidal student that Geum Jan-di saves, and the latter his vengeful brother, who vows revenge against Gu Jun-pyo by hurting Geum Jan-di.
  • Haiming as Ming - Yoon Ji-hoo's friend from Macau.
  • SS501 - special performance of "UR MAN" (cameo, episode 4)

Differences from the manga[edit]

  • In the manga, the characters are in high school in season 1, but F4 (minus Domyoji) attends Eitoku University in season 2. In the Korean version, the characters are also in high school, but the F4 move on to Shinhwa University from episode 13 onwards. Shinhwa High School and Shinhwa University are located within the same campus.
  • The relationship between the two characters Sojiroh and Yuki (Yi-jeong and Ga-eul in the Korean version) is merely hinted. In the Korean version, their relationship gradually develops throughout the series, having their own significant plotline instead of acting as a subplot.
  • Yoon Ji-hoo has a more significant role in Geum Jan-di's life than the Taiwanese and Japanese versions, more strongly depicted as a romantic companion for most of the drama.
  • Woo-bin's family does not appear in this version, nor is he only interested in older women.
  • How Geum Jan-di came to attend the same school as F4 is changed completely. In the manga version, Makino's parents sent her to Eitoku against her wishes to attend another high school with her middle school friends because they thought in order to increase chances for Makino to marry a rich guy, she will need to go to a school full of rich people. In the Japanese TV series, Makino decides to apply for Eitoku after seeing Shizuka Todou at the briefing session, wanting to become an amazing person like her. Yet in the Korean version, Jan-di saves a student from committing suicide while delivering laundry (her family owns a dry-cleaning business), and in order to subdue the negative press from the incident, Shinhwa Group offers her a scholarship to the school. Geum Jan-di is reluctant to attend and at first declines, but complied because of parental pressure and because the school has a state-of-the-art swimming pool (she is a competitive swimmer).

Reception[edit]

Boys Over Flowers attracted high viewership ratings and buzz throughout South Korea during its broadcast in 2009,[4] and created another Korean wave throughout Asia. The cast members became household names and shot to stardom overnight, and after the series ended, several of them became the faces of various endorsements and advertisements. The show is credited with launching the career of its lead actor, Lee Min-ho, who had previously appeared in a small number of low-budget high school dramas.[5]

During its broadcast, the series influenced South Korean men to take their appearances more seriously to copy the metrosexual or "pretty boy" image (kkotminam, lit. "men as beautiful as flowers") of the F4 characters in the drama. This led to an increase in South Korean males wearing cosmetics, preppy and cruise outfits, and clothing in traditionally more feminine looks like the color pink and floral prints.[6]

The drama's local filming locations became tourist attractions, such as Damyang Dynasty Country Club in South Jeolla Province; Ragung hanok hotel in Silla Millennium Park in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province; Hilton Namhae Gold & Spa Resort in South Gyeongsang Province; Grand Hyatt Seoul ice rink; Lotte Hotel World's Emerald Room; Farmer's Table in Heyri; and Yangpyeong English Village. The overseas locations featured such as New Caledonia and Macau also became sought-after holiday destinations.[7][8]

The series' international popularity extended to Japan,[9] Thailand,[10] Vietnam, Singapore, India, Nepal, Philippines,[11] Taiwan[12] and among others. The cast members held various sold-out events across Asia, such as concerts and fan meetings.[13]

The Seoul chapter of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) criticized the series for being the epitome of materialism and the Cinderella complex, saying it sets a bad example for Korean dramas by depicting school violence, and teenagers indulging in pleasure and prejudice toward others based on their appearance and social class. The YWCA report also singled out the leading female character (Geum Jan-di) for being passive and dependent.[14]

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[15] AGB Nielsen[16]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 5 January 2009 14.3% 14.4% 13.7% 13.8%
2 6 January 2009 17.6% 17.4% 16.1% 15.9%
3 12 January 2009 20.8% 21.1% 18.2% 17.2%
4 13 January 2009 21.4% 21.6% 17.7% 17.8%
5 19 January 2009 24.8% 24.3% 22.2% 21.4%
6 20 January 2009 24.8% 24.6% 23.2% 23.0%
7 26 January 2009 19.5% 19.1% 18.1% 17.4%
8 27 January 2009 25.9% 25.3% 22.6% 22.1%
9 2 February 2009 29.7% 29.4% 25.8% 24.9%
10 3 February 2009 30.5% 30.2% 26.7% 25.6%
11 9 February 2009 31.5% 31.8% 26.2% 25.6%
12 10 February 2009 31.4% 31.2% 27.6% 27.0%
13 16 February 2009 31.5% 31.5% 27.6% 27.7%
14 17 February 2009 31.9% 32.0% 27.7% 26.8%
15 23 February 2009 32.4% 32.3% 29.2% 28.5%
16 24 February 2009 33.2% 32.9% 30.1% 30.0%
17 3 March 2009 29.9% 30.6% 26.6% 27.3%
18 9 March 2009 35.5% 35.7% 32.9% 33.3%
19 10 March 2009 31.2% 31.3% 26.6% 26.3%
20 16 March 2009 32.6% 31.6% 30.6% 31.2%
21 17 March 2009 33.6% 33.8% 30.8% 31.1%
22 23 March 2009 31.8% 32.4% 29.9% 30.8%
23 24 March 2009 31.8% 31.6% 30.3% 31.7%
24 30 March 2009 30.2% 29.2% 29.0% 30.1%
25 31 March 2009 34.8% 34.9% 32.7% 33.5%
Average 28.5% 28.4% 25.7% 25.6%

Music[edit]

Album # Album Info Tracklisting
1st Boys Over Flowers Original Soundtrack: Part 1[17]
  • Artist: Various
  • Released: 23 January 2009
  • Label: Doremi Media Co. Ltd.
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: Studio album (CD)
  • Genre: K-pop
2nd Boys Over Flowers Original Soundtrack: Part 2
  • Artist: Various
  • Released: 16 March 2009
  • Label: Doremi Media Co. Ltd.
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: Studio album (CD)
  • Genre: K-pop
3rd Boys Over Flowers OST 2.5 - F4 Special Edition

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2009
45th Baeksang Arts Awards[18]
Popularity Award Lee Min-ho Nominated
Kim Hyun-joong Won
Best New Actor Lee Min-ho Won
14th Asian Television Awards
Best Drama Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Best Drama Actress Ku Hye-sun Nominated
3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards
Hot Character ("Gu Jun-pyo") Lee Min-ho Nominated
Hot Male Drama Star Lee Min-ho Nominated
Kim Bum Nominated
Hot Female Drama Star Ku Hye-sun Nominated
4th Seoul International Drama Awards[19]
Popular Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Kim Hyun-joong Won
Popular Drama Boys Over Flowers Won
Cyworld Digital Music Awards[20]
Song of the Month (February) "Because I'm Stupid" - SS501 Won
Best OST Won
11th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best OST Won
Bugs Music Awards
Best TV Drama Song of the Year Won
2nd Korea Junior Star Awards
Best New Actor in a TV Drama Kim Hyun-joong Won
KBS Drama Awards[21]
Best Couple Award Lee Min-ho and Ku Hye-sun Won
Kim Hyun-joong and Ku Hye-sun Nominated
Netizen Award Lee Min-ho Nominated
Ku Hye-sun Won
Best New Actor Lee Min-ho Won
Best New Actress Kim So-eun Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Ku Hye-sun Won

International broadcast[edit]

  • Japan: A special preview of the series aired on March 21, 2009. The series then officially aired on Hallyu Channel Mnet every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. starting on April 12, 2009.[22] It also aired on terrestrial channel TBS and its cable channel BS-TBS.[23][24]
  • Taiwan: It aired on CTV beginning May 10, 2009, on Sundays at 10 p.m. GTV also aired the series starting from May 16, on Saturdays at 9 p.m.
  • India : It aired on Pudhuyugam channel in Tamilnadu, India, daily from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m and re-telecast at 10.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. and at next daynoon 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m
  • Singapore: It aired on Mediacorp's Channel U starting from May 16, 2009 every Saturday at 9.30 p.m., together with Taiwan's GTV (Channel U broadcast the Taiwan version).
  • Hong Kong: It aired in 2009 on Hong Kong's biggest television network, Television Broadcasts Limited, specifically its channel intended for a younger audience TVB J2.
  • Indonesia: It aired on Indosiar every Monday and Tuesday at 10.30 p.m., starting from June 1, 2009.
  • Vietnam: It aired on H1 (Hanoi Television) beginning June 24, 2009, from Mondays to Thursdays at 9 p.m. The copyright was held by TVM and it also aired on HTV3 every weekend at 9:00 p.m. beginning August 22, 2009.
  • Thailand: It aired on BBTV Channel 7 Bangkok every Saturday and Sunday at 9.15 a.m. starting from July 4, 2009.
  • Asia's Xing Kong aired the series on July 8, 2009, as part of the "Boys Over Flowers Trilogy" along with the Taiwanese and Japanese versions.
  • Philippines: It aired on ABS-CBN in 2009.
  • Malaysia: It aired on 8TV (Astro channel 708), starting from December 16, 2009, dubbed in Mandarin with Malay subtitles.
  • Canada: It aired in Vancouver on SHAW Multicultural Channel (119) weekdays from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. with English subtitles.
  • Israel: It began airing on September 3, 2010 on Viva Platina Channel, 2 episodes every Friday.
  • United States: Hulu started streaming the full 25 episodes on August 2010.[25] All 25 episodes are also available on Netflix as instant streaming.
  • Cambodia: It aired on TV5 in 2010.
  • Botswana: It began airing from January 2011 on BTV.
  • Peru: It began airing on May 5, 2011 on Panamericana Televisión.
  • Panama: It began airing on June 19, 2011 on SERTV, Channel 11.
  • Ecuador: It aired on Ecuador TV.
  • Romania: It began airing on October 12, 2011 on Euforia Lifestyle TV.
  • Puerto Rico: It began airing on October 19, 2011 on Puerto Rico TV.
  • Kazakhstan: It aired on El Arna.
  • Chile: It began airing on April 16, 2012 on Etc...TV and sister station MEGA.
  • Turkey: It began airing on December 1, 2012 on TRT Okul.
  • Middle East: It began airing on March 23, 2013 on MBC 4 dubbed as Ayam al Zohor.
  • Tamil Nadu in India: It began airing on May 12, 2014 on Puthuyugam Tv dubbed as K Series.[26]

DVD licensing[edit]

In North America, YA Entertainment released the series in two DVD box sets; volume one was released in November 2009 and volume two in December 2009.[27]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Han Sang-hee (23 December 2008). "Boys Over Flowers to Air in January". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  3. ^ Yeom Min-a (11 February 2009). "Kim So-eun dreams to become chameleon-like actress". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  4. ^ Yoo Bo-lam (11 March 2009). "Boys Over Flowers explodes in popularity". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Korea’s Flower Boy". My Sinchew. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  6. ^ Lee Hyo-won (12 February 2009). "Men, Be Beautiful for Spring, Summer". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  7. ^ Bae Ji-sook; Kwon Mee-yoo (26 February 2009). "TV Drama Getting People Travelling". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  8. ^ "Gyeonggi Bus Tour Targets Tourists". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  9. ^ Han Sang-hee (24 February 2009). "Stars Look to Revive Hallyu in Japan". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  10. ^ "Boys Over Flowers star visits Bangkok". The Korea Herald. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  11. ^ Jonathan M. Hicap (6 September 2009). "Korean Dramas Continue to Captivate the Philippines". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  12. ^ "Koo Enjoying High Popularity in Taiwan". The Korea Times. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  13. ^ Han Sang-hee (4 November 2009). "Lee Min-ho to Meet Japanese Fans". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  14. ^ "YWCA calls Boys over Flowers failure". The Korea Herald. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  15. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  16. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  17. ^ "Boys Over Flowers Original Soundtrack: Part 1 album info". YesAsia. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  18. ^ "Boys at Baeksang". The Korea Times. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  19. ^ "Popular Prize winners - 4th SDA 2009". SeoulDrama.org. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  20. ^ Jonathan M. Hicap (2 March 2010). "2NE1 wins big at Cyworld Digital Music Awards". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  21. ^ Han Sang-hee (3 January 2010). "2009 Drama Awards Wrap Up With No Surprises". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
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  23. ^ http://www.bs-tbs.co.jp/hanadan/kr/
  24. ^ http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanryu-select/hana-dan/
  25. ^ "Boys Over Flowers Hulu Page". Hulu. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  26. ^ "Korean Series Mega Hit in Puthuyugam TV Channel". TamilFunda. 
  27. ^ "Bringing the Korean Wave to North America". YA Entertainment. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 

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