Flower Boys Next Door
|Flower Boy Next Door|
Promotional poster for Flower Boys Next Door
|Also known as||My Cute Guys
My Flower Boy Neighbor
The Pretty Boy Next Door
|Based on||I Steal Peeks At Him Every Day
by Yoo Hyun-sook
|Written by||Kim Eun-jung|
|Directed by||Jung Jung-hwa|
|Opening theme||"Flower Boy Next Door (Title)" by 이크거북|
|Ending theme||"Ready-Merry-Go!" by Romantic Punch
"I Wish It Was You" by Lee Jung
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||Mondays and Tuesdays at 23:00 (KST)|
|Production company(s)||Oh!Boy Project, CJ E&M|
|Original release||7 January– 25 February 2013|
|Preceded by||Reply 1997|
|Followed by||Nine: Nine Time Travels|
|Related shows||Flower Boy Ramyun Shop
Shut Up Flower Boy Band
Dating Agency: Cyrano
|Revised Romanization||I-utjib Kkotminam|
Flower Boy Next Door (Hangul: 이웃집 꽃미남; RR: Yiutjib kkonminam; also known as My Cute Guys) is a 2013 South Korean romantic comedy television series based on the webtoon by Yoo Hyun-sook titled "I Steal Peeks At Him Every Day" (Hangul: 나는 매일 그를 훔쳐본다). It stars Park Shin-hye as a lonely girl who never ventures outdoors, but is caught spying on her neighbor across the street by a different guy (Yoon Shi-yoon) and their weird relationship later draws her out of her shell.
The series aired on tvN from January 7 to February 26, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 23:00 for 16 episodes. Directed by Jung Jung-hwa (who previously helmed Flower Boy Ramyun Shop) and written by movie screenwriter Kim Eun-jung (Gabi, Hwang Jin-yi), it is the third installment of cable channel tvN's "Oh! Boy" series of Flower Boy programming targeted at the teenage demographic.
Go Dok-mi (in Korean, literally "lonely beauty") is a shy, frugal freelance copy editor who refuses to leave her apartment or interact with people as much as possible. Every day, using a pair of binoculars, she steals peeks at her neighbor across the street, Han Tae-joon, as he goes through his daily morning routine. She had fallen in love with Tae-joon at first sight, after witnessing him pick up a puppy in a box and taking it home. When she looked out her window and saw him living in the apartment opposite hers, she thought of it as fate.
Webtoon artist Oh Jin-rak lives in the same apartment building as Dok-mi. He has been in love with Dok-mi for ages, and anonymously leaves a carton of milk with a post-it attached by her door everyday. He created a webtoon with his drawing partner Oh Dong-hoon, titled "Flower Boy Next Door", based on Dok-mi's life as well as his desire to draw her out into the world.
Enrique Geum, a genius video game developer, arrives in Seoul from Spain. His reason for coming is "cupid's arrow." Though he's in love with his best friend Yoon Seo-young, she has feelings instead for his older cousin, Han Tae-joon, so he intends to play cupid for the two. That same day, a new neighbor Watanabe Ryu moves into the apartment across to Dok-mi and Jin-rak.
When Enrique comes to stay at Tae-joon's apartment, he catches Dok-mi in the act. Naturally curious and inquisitive, Enrique decides to find out the reason why Dok-mi is living in recluse. Meanwhile, Jin-rak is threatened by Enrique's sudden intrusion into Dok-mi's life. With all these new men suddenly entering her life, Dok-mi's solitary and orderly world is turned upside down.
- Park Shin-hye as Go Dok-mi. A modern Rapunzel, she has locked herself up in her "tower" to hide from the world.
- Yoon Shi-yoon as Enrique Geum. A genius who developed a wildly successful video game at 17, he is fun-loving, talkative, bohemian and can't get enough of soccer.
- Kim Ji-hoon as Oh Jin-rak. A rookie webtoon artist, he is attractive despite his difficult and stubborn personality. He is in love with Dok-mi.
- Go Kyung-pyo as Oh Dong-hoon. He is Jin-rak's roommate and drawing partner who freeloads off him, and is known around the neighborhood for his chic looks and wiles.
- Park Soo-jin as Cha Do-hwi, a businesswoman who runs a shopping mall. She projects an elegant, easygoing image, but her friendliness doesn't extend to Dok-mi, whom she bullied in high school. She falls in love with Jin-rak and tries to win his heart.
- Kim Yoon-hye as Yoon Seo-young, Enrique's best friend and first love. She is a free spirit who throws herself wholeheartedly after something she wants.
- Kim Jung-san as Han Tae-joon, Enrique's older cousin. He has a complicated relationship with Seo-young, and is liked from afar by Dok-mi.
- Mizuta Kouki as Watanabe Ryu, the new Japanese neighbor who came to Korea to learn the cuisine.
- Kim Seul-gie as Kim Seul-gi, Jin-rak and Dong-hoon's webtoon editor and the deputy manager of the Contents Development team.
- Lee Jong-hyuk as Hongdae guru (cameo, ep 1).
- Park Se-young as new artist who's similar to Dok-mi (cameo, ep 16).
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Title||Average audience share
|1||7 January 2013||I steal peeks at him every day||0.552% (tvN only)|
|2||8 January 2013||Just leave me alone! Please!!||0.841% (tvN only)|
|3||14 January 2013||First love hurts and unrequited love is sad||1.228% (tvN + Onstyle)|
|4||15 January 2013||No such thing as kind lies or white lies?||1.504% (tvN + Onstyle)|
|5||21 January 2013||I make up 1000 excuses to meet you by chance||1.309% (tvN + OnStyle)|
|6||22 January 2013||The related keywords for 'meeting' are 'fate' and 'ill-fated'||1.690% (tvN + OnStyle)|
|7||28 January 2013||Pride and prejudice and misunderstanding||1.445% (tvN + OnStyle)|
|8||29 January 2013||There's a hazardous tunnel zone ahead||1.409% (tvN + OnStyle)|
|9||4 February 2013||I love you as much as I know you,
I know you as much as I love you
|1.003% (tvN + OnStyle)|
|10||5 February 2013||If you want to know about your enemy,
see things from his eyes, not yours
|1.390% (tvN + OnStyle)|
|11||11 February 2013||Can I go back to being the old me?||1.356% (tvN only)|
|12||12 February 2013||The wind is blowing. I like you||1.470% (tvN only)|
|13||18 February 2013||Is it to dream a new dream?||1.302% (tvN only)|
|14||19 February 2013||Love is to see different maps at times||1.121% (tvN only)|
|15||25 February 2013||Love sometimes seeks a further path||1.190% (tvN only)|
|16||26 February 2013||Love your neighbor||1.409% (tvN only)|
- Flower Boys Next Door (Title) - 이크거북
- Ready-Merry-Go! - Romantic Punch
- Talkin' Bout Love - J Rabbit
- I Wish It Was You - Lee Jung
- Pitch Black - Park Shin-hye
- I Want to Date You - Yoon Shi-yoon
- Memories of That Day - 이크거북
- I Wake Up Because of You - Kim Seul-gie feat. Go Kyung-pyo
- Look at Me - Son Hoyoung
- Pitch Black (Acoustic ver.) - Park Shin-hye
- I Wish It Was You (Inst.)
- Talkin' Bout Love (Inst.)
- I Want to Date You (Inst.)
- I Wake Up Because of You (Inst.)
- Ready-Merry-Go! (Inst.)
- About Her (That Woman's Story Theme) - 이크거북
Broadcasting rights were sold to Japan for the highest price yet for a Korean cable series; it began airing in May 2013 on TBS. It also aired in ten other Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar. It is also available to stream on Iflix in Sri Lanka with English subtitles.
Awards and nominations
||Romantic-Comedy Queen||Park Shin-hye||Nominated|
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- Hong, Grace Danbi (8 January 2013). "Ratings: Mon, 01.07.13: Flower Boys Bloom as The King Takes a Bow". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
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