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
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
Location(s) Korea
New Caledonia
Running time Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:50 (KST)
Production company(s) Group 8
Original channel Korean Broadcasting System
Original run 5 January 2009 (2009-01-05) – 31 March 2009 (2009-03-31)
Preceded by Worlds Within
Followed by The Slingshot
Related shows Meteor Garden
Hana Yori Dango
Meteor Shower
External links
Korean name
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]


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), Yun Ji-hu (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-hu.There comes the love triangle.One day Jun-pyo declares to the school that Jan-di is his girlfriend even though Jan-di was not in love with him. He starts caring for Jan-di. But Jan-di has already fallen for Ji-hoo. Jan-di has to step back from it after knowing about Min Seo-hyun, Ji-hoo's girlfriend, is a famous model. By the encouragement of Jan-di, Ji-hu goes abroad with Min Seo Hyun. In the absence of Ji-hu, Jan-di gets close to Jun-pyo. Jandi realizes that she really loves Jun-pyo, not Ji-hu. But there comes many bad incidents and problems that leads to breakups and reunites between Jan-di and Jun-pyo. Also Ji-hu and his girlfriend break up and he realizes that he loves Jan-di very much. But he has to give it up for his bestfriend Jun-pyo who loves Jan-di more than anything else in the world, forgetting his richness and fame. Jun-pyo's mother,a cruel woman, tries her best to ruin her sons relationship. But finally the couple survives everything.


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 Goo Jun-pyo.
Goo 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.
Yun Ji-hu 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 does not develop romantic feelings for Jan-di, he does eventually become very fond of her and becomes good friends with her, and at times is seen to be rather protective of her.
Song Woo-bin is known as F4's Don Juan. His family runs a large successful construction company, and has important connections to an underground organization later admitted by woo-bin to be the mafia. Like Yi-Jeong, he eventually befriends Jan-di and cares for her, and is also protective of her at times.
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.

Extended cast[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 befriends Jan-di, and acts like a protective, loving big sister to Jan-di..
  • Lee Hye-young as Kang Hee-soo (aka President Kang) - Gu Jun-pyo's mother and President of Shinhwa Group. She vehemently opposes her son's relationship with Geum Jan-di and does everything in her power 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 Geum Jan-di to attract and marry a rich man.
  • Park Ji-bin as Geum Kang-san - Geum Jan-di's younger brother who is very 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, and just like Jun-hee acts like a big sister to Jan-di, giving her advice and being protective of her.
  • 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 ends her relationship with Jun-pyo, but departs on good terms with both him and Jan-di.
  • Lee Jung-gil as Yoon Seok-young - the former president of Korea and Yun Ji-hu's grandfather. He believes that he caused Yoon Ji-hoo's parents' fatal car accident and has been too guilt-ridden to face his grandson ever since. He is feared by Kang soo-hee.
  • 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 Geum 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-third of the Mean Girls Trio (Jin Sun Mi).
  • Jang Ja-yeon as Park Sun-ja (aka Sunny) - one-third of the Mean Girls Trio (Jin Sun Mi). Jang Ja-yeon committed suicide shortly after filming the drama, allegedly due to the inability to withstand the pressure of entertaining and being sexually and physically abused by program directors and corporate and media executives.[4][5][6][7]
  • Min Young-won as Lee Mi-sook (aka Miranda) - one-third of the Mean Girls Trio (Jin Sun Mi).
  • Im Joo-hwan as So Il-hyun - So Yi-jung's estranged elder brother. He leaves the family home after Yi-jung is chosen to take over the family business and stops contact with So Yi-jung in order to live a normal life.
  • Park Soo-jin as Cha Eun-jae - So Yi-jung's childhood friend and first love. She winds up teaching pottery and crosses paths with So Yi-Jeong after disappearing for 3 years.
  • Kim Min-ji as Jang Yu-mi - a patient at the same hospital Goo Jun-pyo is admitted to. She fell in love with Goo Jun Pyo and pushes her way into Goo Jun-pyo's life by taking advantage of his amnesia.
  • Jung Eui-chul as Lee Min-ha (suicidal student) /Lee Jae-ha (model Haje) - two characters played by the same actor. The first is the suicidal student that Geum Jan-di saves, and the later his vengeful brother who vows revenge against Goo 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-jung 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 Toda 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).


Boys Over Flowers attracted high viewership ratings and buzz throughout South Korea during its broadcast in 2009,[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11][12]

The series' international popularity extended to Japan,[13] Thailand,[14] Vietnam, Singapore, India, Nepal, Philippines,[15] Taiwan[16] and among others. The cast members held various sold-out events across Asia, such as concerts and fan meetings.[17]

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.[18]


Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[19] AGB Nielsen[20]
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%

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.[21]


In the US Hulu started streaming the full 25 episodes on August 2010.[22] All 25 episodes are also available on Netflix as instant streaming. The show Aired in Vancouver on SHAW Multicultural Channel (119) weekdays from 7:30-8pm (local time) with English subtitles.

In Middle East, it aired on MBC 4 dubbed as "ayam al Zohor", beginning March 23, 2013


Album # Album Info Tracklisting
1st Boys Over Flowers Original Soundtrack: Part 1[23]
  • 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[24] 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[25] Popular Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Kim Hyun-joong Won
Popular Drama Boys Over Flowers Won
Cyworld Digital Music Awards[26] Song of the Month (February) "Because I'm Stupid" - SS501 Won
Best OST Won
11th Mnet Asian Music Awards 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[27] 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


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