Boys Over Flowers (TV series)
|Boys Over Flowers|
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|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Executive producer(s)||Kim Hyeong-il|
|Production company(s)||Group 8|
|Original release||January 5 –|
March 31, 2009
|Revised Romanization||Kkot Boda Namja|
|McCune–Reischauer||Kkot Poda Namja|
Boys Over Flowers (Korean: 꽃보다 남자; Hanja: 꽃보다 男子) is a 2009 South Korean television series that is based on the Japanese shōjo manga series Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango) written by Yoko Kamio. The series is about an average girl who gets tangled up in the lives of an arrogant rich boy and his friends. It earned high viewership ratings in South Korea and popularity throughout Asia. 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.
Shinhwa Group is shown to be one of South Korea's largest conglomerates and is headed by the strictly arrogant Kang Hee-soo. Her son Gu Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho) is the leader of F4, the most popular and powerful group of boys at the prestigious Shinhwa High School. Yoon Ji-Hu (Kim Hyun-Joong), So Yi-jung, and Song Woo-bin - Gu Jun-pyo's friends and rich heirs in their own right - are all members of the group. When F4 bullies a boy to the verge of suicide, the poor but vivacious Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) saves his life and receives a swimming scholarship to attend the High School. Geum Jan-di's family runs a dry cleaning business and she lives in a small home with her parents, Geum Il-bong and Na Gong-joo, and her younger brother Geum Kang-san.
Immediately, Geum Jan-di dislikes her wealthy classmates and is disgusted by the obsession surrounding the F4 boys. Irked by her strong-headed nature, Gu Jun-pyo singles out Geum Jan-di to bully but she stands up to him and he begins to fall in love with her. Meanwhile, Geum Jan-di develops feelings for Yoon Ji-Hu. She soon discovers that Yoon Ji-Hu fosters a one-sided love for Min Seo-hyun, a successful model and his childhood friend.
After Yoon Ji-Hu leaves the country to pursue a relationship with Min Seo-hyun, Geum Jan-di begins to grudgingly spend more time with Gu Jun-pyo. He declares to the school that she is his girlfriend. Shortly afterward, Geum Jan-di's friend Oh Min-ji drugs her at a party and takes pictures of her lying unconscious in bed with a guy. When the photos are leaked in the school, Gu Jun-pyo is outraged and believes that Geum Jan-di has been cheating on him. Subsequently, his fans and crowd of adoring classmates begin to bully and abuse Geum Jan-di. Oh Min-ji secretly discloses to Gu Jun-pyo of her involvement with the photos. It is revealed that they have been classmates since kindergarten, and that Oh Min-ji has long been trying to win his attention by undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery. Gu Jun-pyo shuns Oh Min-ji for betraying her friend and rushes to save Geum Jan-di, who is attacked by bullies. He apologizes for doubting her and their bond grows stronger.
Yoon Ji-Hu returns, causing Geum Jan-di to feel confused about her feelings. While Gu Jun-pyo relentlessly tries to shower her with affection, she is increasingly distracted by Yoon Ji-Hu. During a weekend trip on a private island, Gu Jun-pyo walks in on her sharing a kiss with Yoon Ji-Hu and he expresses his hurt in a rage, and punches Yoon ji-Hu in distress. The next morning, he leaves the island and becomes reclusive, causing Geum Jan-di to feel guilty. She realizes that she is in love with him and declares this when Gu Jun-pyo feigns an accident. In the meantime her best friend, Chu Ga-eul, bonds with F4 member So Yi-jung and she develops a crush on him.
When Kang Hee-soo learns of Gu Jun-pyo and Geum Jan-di's relationship, she executes numerous attempts to humiliate Geum Jan-di and her family due to their social status. Geum Jan-di perseveres and finds a friend in an overly-helpful model, who helps her earn money by modeling for a magazine. This angers Gu Jun-pyo as he feels hurt by Geum Jan-di seeking help from someone else. When she is kidnapped by the model, it is revealed that he is the younger brother of the student whose suicide Geum Jan-di had prevented, and he seeks revenge. Gu Jun-pyo arrives alone and the model has him beat up in front of a tied up Geum Jan-di, but they are rescued by the F4 members in time. However, in this incident Geum Jan-di hurts her shoulder, which prevents her from swimming in the future.
After Gu Jun-pyo's father falls ill, his mother forces him to begin training to lead Shinhwa. He leaves the city, turns cold toward his friends and Geum Jan-di, and begins to accompany his mother for formal arrangements. After 6 months, Geum Jan-di and F4 pursue him and try to convince him to break free, however he turns them away. Kang Hee-soo plots to keep the distance between them and arranges Gu Jun-pyo's engagement with the heiress Ha Jae-kyung. Geum Jan-di approaches Gu Jun-hee, Gu Jun-pyo's loving older sister, to help her find work and she becomes Gu Jun-pyo's personal maid. It is evident that both Gu Jun-pyo and Geum Jan-di still love each other, however Ha Jae-kyung falls in love with Gu Jun-pyo and tries to win him over. She soon realizes that it is futile, and during the procession of their wedding, she refuses to marry Gu Jun-pyo and expresses that she will feel guilty that she was standing in the way for a meant to be relationship.
Geum Jan-di and Gu Jun-pyo reunite, however due to her friends being threatened by his mother, Geum Jan-di leaves the city after spending loving moments with him. Gu Jun-pyo is heartbroken and gets into trouble with the police, later that week he meets with a car accident while trying to save Yoon Ji-Hu's life that causes him to lose his memory of Geum Jan-di. Encouraged by her mother to pursue her heart, Geum Jan-di returns but is saddened that Gu Jun-pyo cannot recall who she is. After asking him to try to remember her name, she falls into a pool as he watches, causing him to be flooded by memories of them saving each other from drowning. He calls out her name and rescues her and they unite once again. Although he asks her to marry him, they decide it is best to pursue their individual dreams first. Gu Jun-pyo leaves for America, where he furthers the Shinhwa group and becomes a successful businessman.
Four years later, it is shown that Yoon Ji-Hu is graduating medical school and Geum Jan-di is still a third-year medical student, while So Yi-jung is a successful architect and returns from Sweden for Chu Ga-eul, who has become a teacher. Gu Jun-pyo arrives in a helicopter and proposes to Geum Jan-di at the beach side; the rest of the F4 arrive at the same time and they all walk alongside the beach, smiling happily.
- Ku Hye-sun as Geum Jan-di 금잔디
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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, Jan-di's best friend. (Known as Nishikado Sojiro in the manga.)
- Kim Joon as Song Woo-bin 송우빈
- 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.)
- Kim So-eun as Chu Ga-eul 추가을, Jan-di's best friend who eventually falls for Yi-Jung
- Ahn Suk-hwan as Geum Il-bong 금일봉, Jan-di's father
- Im Ye-jin as Na Gong-joo 나공주, Jan-di's mother
- Park Ji-bin as Geum Kang-san 금강산, Jan-di's younger brother
- Kim Ki-bang as Bom Choon-sik 봄춘식, Jan-di and Ga-eul's boss
- Kim Hyun-joo as Gu Jun-hee 구준희, Jun-pyo's older sister
- Lee Hye-young as Kang Hee-soo 강희수, Jun-pyo's mother
- Jung Ho-bin as Jeong Sang-rok 정상록, 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
- Lee Min-jung as Ha Jae-kyung 하재경, Jun-pyo's fiancee
- Seo Min-ji as Jang Yu-mi 장유미
- Han Chae-young as Min Seo-hyun 민서현, Ji-Hu's first love
- Lim Si-eun as young Min Seo-hyun
- Lee Jung-gil as Yoon Seok-young 윤석영, Ji-Hu's grandfather
- Lim Ju-hwan as So Il-hyun 소일현, Yi-jung's older brother
- Park Soo-jin as Cha Eun-jae 차은재, Yi-jung's first love
- Gook Ji-yeon as Choi Jin-hee 최진희(aka Ginger)
- Jang Ja-yeon as Park Sun-ja박선자 (aka Sunny)
- Min Young-won as Lee Mi-sook 이미숙 (aka Miranda)
- Lee Si-young as Oh Min-ji 오민지, Jan-di's only friend at school who ends up backstabbing her
- Jung Eui-chul as Lee Min-ha 이민하/ Lee Jae-ha 이재하
Differences from the manga
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- 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 original 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 |
|Released||January 8, 2009|
|2.||"Because I'm Stupid"||SS501||4:20|
|3.||"Do You Know?"||Someday||4:12|
|4.||"Stand By Me"||Shinee||4:05|
|6.||"Starlight Tear"||Kim Yoo-kyung||4:04|
|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 |
|Released||March 6, 2009|
|2.||"Wish Ur My Love"||T-Max feat. J||4:48|
|4.||"Making A Lover"||SS501||3:13|
|5.||"What Do I Do"||Jisun||4:02|
|6.||"Love Is Fire"||Kara||3:20|
|8.||"Something Like Love"||Brand New Day||4:30|
|9.||"Tears Are Falling"||Lee Sang-gon||4:10|
|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, 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.
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.
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.
The series' international popularity extended to Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Zambia and among others. The cast members held various sold-out events across Asia, such as concerts and fan meetings.
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.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|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%|
|Episode||Broadcast date||TNS National TV Ratings|
|Pilot||May 11, 2009||24.6%|
|Peak||June 24, 2009||34.1%|
|Finale||August 21, 2009||28.8%|
Awards and nominations
|2009||Best New Actor||Lee Min-ho||Won|
|Popularity Award||Kim Hyun-joong||Won|
|Best Drama Actor||Lee Min-ho||Nominated|
|Best Drama Actress||Ku Hye-sun||Nominated|
|Hot Male Drama Star||Lee Min-ho||Nominated|
|Hot Female Drama Star||Ku Hye-sun||Nominated|
|Hot Character ("Gu Jun-pyo")||Lee Min-ho||Nominated|
|Popular Drama||Boys Over Flowers||Won|
|Popular Actor||Lee Min-ho||Nominated|
|Song of the Month (February)||"Because I'm Stupid" - SS501||Won|
|Best TV Drama Song of the Year||Won|
|Best New Actor in a TV Drama||Kim Hyun-joong||Won|
|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|
|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|
|Best Couple Award||Lee Min-ho and Ku Hye-sun||Won|
|Kim Hyun-joong and Ku Hye-sun||Nominated|
- Japan: Mnet Japan (2009) and TBS/BS-TBS (2011)
- Taiwan: CTV and GTV (2009)
- Singapore: Mediacorp Channel U (2009)
- Hong Kong: TVB J2 (2009)
- Philippines: ABS-CBN (2009), Studio 23 (2010), Jeepney TV (2014 and 2017)
- Indonesia: Indosiar (2009) and RCTI (2015)
- Thailand: Channel 7 (2009)
- Vietnam: H1 and HTV3 (2009)
- Malaysia: 8TV (2009) and NTV7 (2016)
- Canada: SHAW Multicultural Channel
- Israel: Viva Platina Channel (2010)
- United States: KBS America
- Cambodia: TV5 (2010)
- Botswana: BTV (2011)
- Peru: Panamericana Televisión (2011)
- Panama: SERTV (2011)
- Ecuador: Ecuador TV.
- Romania: Euforia Lifestyle TV (2011)
- Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico TV (2011)
- Kazakhstan: El Arna
- Chile: ETC (2012, 2013, 2017, 2018) and Mega (2012)
- Turkey: TRT Okul (2012)
- Middle East: MBC 4 (2013)
- India: Puthuyugam TV (2014) and Zindagi (2017)
- Sri Lanka: TV Derana (2014)
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.
- The Heirs, a Korean series starring Lee Min-ho with similar themes to Boys Over Flowers.
- Cinderella and Four Knights, a television drama that has been compared to Boys Over Flowers.
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