Hana Yori Dango (TV series)

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Hana Yori Dango
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Also known as 花より男子
Genre Romance
Teen drama
Directed by Yasuharu Ishii
Starring Mao Inoue
Jun Matsumoto
Shun Oguri
Shota Matsuda
Tsuyoshi Abe
Theme music composer Yamashita Kosuke
Opening theme "Wish" by Arashi
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 9
Production
Producer(s) Katsuaki Setoguchi
Location(s) Japan
Running time Fridays at 22:00
Broadcast
Original channel Tokyo Broadcasting System
Original run 21 October 2005 (2005-10-21) – 16 December 2005 (2005-12-16)
Chronology
Followed by Hana Yori Dango Returns
Hana Yori Dango Final
Related shows Meteor Garden
Boys Over Flowers
Meteor Shower
External links
Website

Hana Yori Dango (花より男子) is a Japanese television drama series, broadcast on TBS in 2005. 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 third television adaptation of the manga following Meteor Garden and its sequel Meteor Garden II in Taiwan. It also resulted in a sequel Hana Yori Dango Returns and a movie adaptation Hana Yori Dango Final. It was one of the most popular dramas of the year and won many major awards.[citation needed]

Plot Synopsis[edit]

Makino Tsukushi is a tough, hard-working, middle-class student at the prestigious escalator school Eitoku Gakuen. Initially, Makino wanted to attend Eitoku because her idol, an internationally renowned model named Todou Shizuka, was an alumna of the school. Not long after however, Makino discovers the superficial nature of her classmates. Their arrogance and her inability to relate to them because of her social status, limits her chances at making friends. Worse yet, the school is ruled by the F4 or Flower Four, composed of playboys Nishikado Soujiro and Mimasaka Akira, introverted Hanazawa Rui and violent and bratty Domyouji Tsukasa. The F4, sons of Japan's wealthiest and most powerful tycoons, bully fellow students out of boredom or malevolence until they are expelled or quit.

Makino's only wish was to remain invisible in Eitoku to avoid getting into trouble. However, she is immersed into the lives of the four legendary bullies after her first and only friend at school, Sanjo Sakurako, accidentally spills juice on Domyouji's white shirt in the cafeteria and she defends her. The next day, she receives a red tag in her locker (an order from the F4 to bully the target student in whatever means possible) and as a result, the whole school turns against her. Despite the harassment, Tsukushi, the "tough weed", refuses to give in and quit. After Domyouji crushes the prawn her parents painstakingly cooked for her with his shoe, she finally snaps, knocks him out and declares war back on him. This unexpected retaliation catches him by surprise and causes him, ironically, to fall in love with her. But Tsukushi is in love with Rui, who in turn harbors romantic feelings for his childhood friend Shizuka.

The courtship between Tsukasa and Tsukushi is the main theme throughout the series. Various challenges threaten their blossoming relationship including Tsukushi's wavering feelings for Rui, the envy of fellow Eitoku students, an obsessed childhood classmate, their differences in social class, Tsukasa's brash and possessive nature, and the animosity of Domyouji Kaede, Tsukasa's mother. The first season ends with Domyouji giving the saturn necklace to Makino and her confession of love right before he leaves for New York.

Episode Overview[edit]

# Title
1 "Declaration of war! The thing which is absolutely more important than money"
Makino receives a red notice from F4. Her life is made a misery until she stands up to Domyoji and punches him.
2 "The worst first kiss!"
Makino attends a high society function to welcome home Rui's childhood love.
3 "Tears! Good-bye to the person I like"
Rui leaves for France to follow his childhood love.
4 "First time coming home in the morning"
Makino and Domyoji get stuck in an elevator overnight.
5 "Confession of life-threatening love"
Rui returns from France back to Japan.
6 "A love triangle of a roller-coaster ride hair-trigger crisis"
Makino and Domyoji go on a double date.
7 "Battle F4 dissolution!"
The F4 gets into a fight as Rui and Domyoji argue over Makino.
8 "Now the female high school student's "Top of Japan" decision war"
Makino enters the Teen of Japan competition to earn enough money to pay off her dad's debt.
9 "The greatest last present"
Makino comes second in the Teen of Japan tournament. Domyoji leaves to study Business Management in New York while the rest of the F4 spend Christmas in various ways.

Cast[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Supporting Cast[edit]

Guests[edit]

Production Credits[edit]

  • Original writing: Kamio Yoko
  • Screenwriters: Satake Mikio, Fujimoto Yuki, Takahashi Natsuko, Arai Shuuko
  • Producer: Setoguchi Katsuaki
  • Directors: Ishii Yasuharu, Yamamuro Daisuke, Katayama Osamu
  • Music: Yamashita Kosuke

Reception[edit]

Episode Ratings[edit]

Episode Subtitle Ratings
(Kanto)
Ratings (Kansai) Ratings (Nationwide)
01 Declaration of war! The thing which is absolutely more important than money 18.3 14.5  ??.?
02 The worst first kiss! 19.3 19.6  ??.?
03 Tears! Good-bye to the person I like 20.5 19.7  ??.?
04 First time coming home in the morning 20.7 21.1  ??.?
05 Confession of life-threatening love 19.0 19.7  ??.?
06 A love triangle of a roller-coaster ride hair-trigger crisis 19.7 20.0  ??.?
07 Battle F4 dissolution! 17.3 15.5  ??.?
08 Now the female high school student's
"Top of Japan" decision war
19.9 21.3  ??.?
09 The greatest last present 22.4 22.5  ??.?
Average -- 19.68 19.32  ??.?

Source: Video Research, Ltd.

Awards and nominations[edit]

47th Television Drama Academy Awards[1]

International Broadcast[edit]

In the Philippines the drama aired on GMA-7.[2]

Trivia[edit]

  • Actor Takuma Takayuki, which is also the screenwriter for this drama (credited as Satake Mikio), appears in Episode 4-9 as the men Okami-san (Kato Takako) loved. He portrayed characters such as John Lennon, Tora-san, similar to Tadano Hitoshi and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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