Flower Boys Next Door

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Flower Boy Next Door
My Flower Boy Neighbor-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Flower Boys Next Door
Also known as My Cute Guys
My Flower Boy Neighbor
The Pretty Boy Next Door
Genre Romance, Comedy
Based on I Steal Peeks At Him Every Day
by Yoo Hyun-sook
Written by Kim Eun-jung
Directed by Jung Jung-hwa
Starring Park Shin-hye
Yoon Shi-yoon
Kim Ji-hoon
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
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 16
Production
Producer(s) Jo Moon-joo
Location(s) Korea
Running time Mondays and Tuesdays at 23:00 (KST)
Production company(s) Oh!Boy Project, CJ E&M
Distributor tvN
Release
Original network tvN
Original release 7 January (2013-01-07) – 25 February 2013 (2013-02-25)
Chronology
Preceded by Reply 1997
Followed by Nine: Nine Time Travels
Related shows Flower Boy Ramyun Shop
Shut Up Flower Boy Band
Dating Agency: Cyrano
External links
Website mycuteguys.interest.me
Korean name
Hangul 이웃집 꽃미남
Hanja 이웃집 꽃美男
Revised Romanization I-utjib Kkotminam
McCune–Reischauer I-utchip Kkotminam

Flower Boy Next Door (Hangul이웃집 꽃미남; RRYiutjib 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" (Hangul나는 매일 그를 훔쳐본다).[1][2] 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.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

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.[9]

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Park Shin-hye as Go Dok-mi. A modern Rapunzel, she has locked herself up in her "tower" to hide from the world.[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • 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.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • 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.[12]
  • 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.[13]
  • Lee Jong-hyuk as Hongdae guru (cameo, ep 1).
  • Park Se-young as new artist who's similar to Dok-mi (cameo, ep 16).[14]

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
(Nationwide)[15]
1 7 January 2013 I steal peeks at him every day 0.552% (tvN only)[16]
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)

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. Flower Boys Next Door (Title) - 이크거북
  2. Ready-Merry-Go! - Romantic Punch
  3. Talkin' Bout Love - J Rabbit
  4. I Wish It Was You - Lee Jung
  5. Pitch Black - Park Shin-hye
  6. I Want to Date You - Yoon Shi-yoon
  7. Memories of That Day - 이크거북
  8. I Wake Up Because of You - Kim Seul-gie feat. Go Kyung-pyo
  9. Look at Me - Son Hoyoung
  10. Pitch Black (Acoustic ver.) - Park Shin-hye
  11. I Wish It Was You (Inst.)
  12. Talkin' Bout Love (Inst.)
  13. I Want to Date You (Inst.)
  14. I Wake Up Because of You (Inst.)
  15. Ready-Merry-Go! (Inst.)
  16. About Her (That Woman's Story Theme) - 이크거북

International broadcast[edit]

Broadcasting rights were sold to Japan for the highest price yet for a Korean cable series; it began airing in May 2013 on TBS.[17] It also aired in ten other Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.[18] It is also available to stream on Iflix in Sri Lanka with English subtitles.[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016
tvN10 Awards
Romantic-Comedy Queen Park Shin-hye Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (12 December 2012). "Flower Boy Next Door Unveils Official Posters with Park Shin Hye and Yoon Shi Yoon". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  2. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (17 December 2012). "Park Shin Hye is Bombarded with Love From Yoon Shi Yoon and Kim Ji Hoon for Flower Boy Next Door". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  3. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (31 October 2012). "Yoon Shi Yoon to Return to the Small Screen with Park Shin Hye in My Flower Boy Neighbor". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (27 November 2012). "Yoon Shi Yoon and Park Shin Hye Get Together for My Flower Boy Neighbor". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  5. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (27 November 2012). "Park Shin-hye, Yoon Si-yoon Gear Up for Shooting New Rom-com Drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  6. ^ Lee, In-kyung (24 December 2012). "Park Shin Hye Says Her Ideal Type is the Onion-like Yoon Shi Yoon". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  7. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (27 December 2012). "Yoon Shi Yoon Says Flower Boys Next Door is a Healthy Meal Prepared by a Nutritionist". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  8. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (5 January 2013). "Yoon Shi Yoon and Park Shin Hye Talk About What They Like About Cable Dramas". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  9. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (31 October 2012). "Park Shin-hye, Yoon Si-yoon to Pair Up in New Rom-com Drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (4 January 2013). "Park Shin Hye Promises Give Free Hugs If Ratings are High for Flower Boys Next Door". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  11. ^ Kim, Yeon-ji (7 March 2013). "At 26, Yoon Si-yoon breaks out of his shell". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  12. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (21 November 2012). "Kim Yoon Hye Cast as Yoon Shi Yoon's First Love for My Flower Boy Neighbor". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  13. ^ Lee, Mi-na (13 January 2013). '또' 김슬기의 찰진 욕, '이웃집 꽃미남'서 다시 한 번? [SNL Korea's actress Kim Seul-gie's sticky swear words, again on Flower Boys Next Door?]. OhmyNews (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  14. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (27 February 2013). "School 2013's Park Se Young Makes Surprise Cameo in Flower Boys Next Door". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  15. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanryu-select/tonari/
  18. ^ Ho, Stewart (28 January 2013). "Flower Boys Next Door Is Sold to Japan for Record Amount". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  19. ^ https://www.iflix.com/en/index-lk.html?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.lk%2F&cr=1#v1KwmY3vOiQZyCvU.97

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