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
Based on Boys Over Flowers
by Yoko Kamio
Written by Yoon Ji-ryun
Directed by Jeon Ki-sang
Opening theme "Paradise" by T-Max
Ending theme
  • "Because I'm Stupid" by SS501
  • "Making a Lover" by SS501
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 25
Executive producer(s) Kim Hyeong-il
Producer(s) Gwak Jeong-hwan
Production company(s) Group 8
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Original release January 5 (2009-01-05) – March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
External links
Korean name
Hangul 꽃보다 남|자
Hanja 꽃보다 男|子
Revised Romanization Kkot Boda Namja
McCune–Reischauer Kkot Poda Namja

Boys Over Flowers (Hangul꽃보다 남자; Hanja꽃보다 男子) is a 2009 South Korean television series that earned high viewership ratings in South Korea and popularity throughout Asia.[1][2] It stars Ku Hye-sun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon and Kim So-eun. It aired for 25 episodes on KBS2 from January 5 to March 31, 2009 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 KST.[3]

The series is about an average girl who gets tangled up in the lives of an arrogant rich boy and his friends, and is based on the Japanese shōjo manga series Boys Over Flowers (花より男子, Hana Yori Dango) written by Yoko Kamio.[4] 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.[5]

Plot introduction[edit]

The poor but vivacious Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) receives a scholarship to attend the exclusive Shinhwa High School. She dislikes her wealthy classmates, especially the four best-looking and most powerful boys in the school, who are known as the F4. Their leader, the arrogant Gu Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho), singles out Jan-di to bully, but she stands up to him, and he begins to fall in love with her. However, she has already developed feelings for his best friend and fellow F4 member, Yoon Ji-hoo (Kim Hyun-Joong). As Jan-di continues to get entangled in the F4's world, everyone's friendships and feelings become complicated.[6][7]


Ku Hye Sun portrayed the strong-minded Geum Jan-Di.
Lee Min Ho portrayed the arrogant Gu Jun-pyo.
SS501 member Kim Hyun Joong portrayed the quiet Yoon Ji-hoo.


A dry cleaner's daughter, who is offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious Shinhwa High School. Headstrong, optimistic, stubborn, and kind-hearted, Jan-di readily stands up for her friends when they are being bullied. She gets on Jun-pyo's bad side when she stands up to him, but he soon professes his feelings for her. (Known as Makino Tsukushi in the manga.)[6][7]
The leader of the F4 and heir to the Shinhwa Group, one of the biggest companies in South Korea. He is hot-tempered and believes that there is nothing that money can't buy. Though he's unable to express his feelings, deep down, he has a heart of gold. He torments Jan-di after she stands up to his bullying ways, but ends up falling in love with her and will do anything to protect her. (Known as Domyoji Tsukasa in the manga.)[6][7]
A member of the F4 and the grandson of a former president of Korea. 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 his childhood friend Seo-hyun, who helped him overcome his social anxiety. Calm and gentle, his musical talent catches Jan-di's attention and she begins to develop feelings for him. (Known as Hanazawa Rui in the manga.)[6][7]
A member of the F4 and a skilled potter. His family owns the country's biggest art museum. After losing his first love to his brother, he becomes a Casanova. He eventually changes his playboy ways when he realizes that he likes Ga-eul. (Known as Nishikado Sojiro in the manga.)[6][7]
A member of the F4, his family runs the country's largest construction company, which Woo-bin later admits has strong connections to organized crime. However, he has excellent business sense and is very charismatic. (known as Mimasaka Akira in the manga.)[7]


People around Jan-di[edit]

  • Kim Ki-bang as Bom Choon-sik, Jan-di and Ga-eul's boss

People around Jun-pyo[edit]

  • Kim Hyun-joo as Gu Jun-hee, Jun-pyo's older sister
  • Lee Hye-young as Kang Hee-soo, Jun-pyo's mother
  • Jung Ho-bin as Jeong Sang-rok, Jun-pyo's mother's secretary
  • Song Suk-ho as Butler Lee, Jun-pyo's family's butler
  • Kim Young-ok as Jun-pyo's family's head maid

People around Ji-hoo[edit]

  • Han Chae-young as Min Seo-hyun, Ji-hoo's first love
    • Lim Si-eun as young Min Seo-hyun

People around Yi-jung[edit]

Students at Shinhwa High School[edit]

  • Gook Ji-yeon as Choi Jin-hee (aka Ginger)

Source: HanCinema

Differences from the manga[edit]

  • 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).


Boys Over Flowers
Original Sound Track Part 1
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released January 8, 2009
Genre K-pop
Part 1[8]
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Paradise" T-Max 4:23
2. "Because I'm Stupid" SS501 4:20
3. "Do You Know?" Someday 4:12
4. "Stand By Me" Shinee 4:05
5. "Lucky" Ashily 4:00
6. "Starlight Tear" Kim Yoo-kyung 4:04
7. "Some" Seo Jin-young 4:42
8. "One More Time" Tree Bicycle 4:23
9. "I Know (Saxophone Inst.)" Oh Jun-seong and Lee Jung-sik 2:04
10. "Dance With Me (Inst.)" Oh Jun-seong 1:47
11. "Blue Flower (Inst.)" Oh Jun-seong 1:46
12. "So Sad (Inst.)" Oh Jun-seong 2:05
13. "Main Title (Paradise Intro)" Oh Jun-seong and T-Max 0:51
Boys Over Flowers
Original Sound Track Part 2
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released March 6, 2009
Genre K-pop
Part 2[9]
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Say Yes" T-Max 3:28
2. "Wish Ur My Love" T-Max feat. J 4:48
3. "Yearning Heart" A'ST1 3:06
4. "Making A Lover" SS501 3:13
5. "What Do I Do" Jisun 4:02
6. "Love Is Fire" Kara 3:20
7. "Love U" Howl 3:41
8. "Something Like Love" Brand New Day 4:30
9. "Tears Are Falling" Lee Sang-gon 4:10
10. "Cellogic" Kim Young-min 2:04
11. "Approach" Dong Yo 1:40
12. "Strange Sun" Various artists 3:40
13. "For The Sake Of Love" Park Hye-ri 2:02


Boys Over Flowers attracted high viewership ratings and buzz throughout South Korea during its broadcast in 2009,[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13][14]

The series' international popularity extended to Japan,[15] Thailand,[16] Vietnam, Singapore, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Philippines,[17] Taiwan,[18] Sri Lanka[19] , Zambia and among others. The cast members held various sold-out events across Asia, such as concerts and fan meetings.[20]

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.[21]


South Korea[edit]

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


Episode Broadcast date TNS National TV Ratings[24][25][26]
Pilot May 11, 2009 24.6%
Peak June 24, 2009 34.1%
Finale August 21, 2009 28.8%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
45th Baeksang Arts Awards[27]
Best New Actor Lee Min-ho Won
Popularity Award Kim Hyun-joong Won
Lee Min-ho Nominated
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 Male Drama Star Lee Min-ho Nominated
Kim Bum Nominated
Hot Female Drama Star Ku Hye-sun Nominated
Hot Character ("Gu Jun-pyo") Lee Min-ho Nominated
4th Seoul International Drama Awards[28]
Popular Drama Boys Over Flowers Won
Popular Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Kim Hyun-joong Won
Cyworld Digital Music Awards[29]
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[30]
Top Excellence Award, Actress Ku Hye-sun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Lee Min-ho Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Ku Hye-sun Won
Best New Actor Lee Min-ho Won
Kim Hyun-joong Nominated
Kim Bum Nominated
Best New Actress Kim So-eun Won
Best Young Actor Park Ji-bin Nominated
Netizen Award, Actress Ku Hye-sun Won
Popularity Award, Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Kim Hyun-joong Nominated
Best Couple Award Lee Min-ho and Ku Hye-sun Won
Kim Hyun-joong and Ku Hye-sun Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

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.[35]

See also[edit]


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  28. ^ "Popular Prize winners - 4th SDA 2009". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
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  30. ^ Han Sang-hee (January 3, 2010). "2009 Drama Awards Wrap Up With No Surprises". The Korea Times. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
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