Wednesday, May 27, 2015

[Drama Review] Boys Over Flowers

Boys Over Flowers is a 2009 release K-Drama hit based on a Japanese shojo manga series written by Yoko Kamio. This 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 it sequel Hana Yori Dango Returns. Its a tale of the modern-day Cinderella poor, but spunky school girl at an exculsive academy who attracts teh interest of the four ultra-rich and ultra-handsome princes of the school known as F4. 

Hardworking Geum Jan Di attends the exclusive Shinhwa High School by a scholarship she gets because of an incident. She finds her shallow, privileged classmates unbearable, especially the notorious F4. Rich, handsome, and arrogant, Goo Joon Pyo, Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung, and Song Woo Bin are the kings of the school and no one, not even the teachers dare to challenge them. No one, that is, except Jan Di. Angry at their rudeness, Jan Di tells off F4's leader Joon Pyo, bringing a world of trouble upon herself. The proud and persistent Joon Pyo falls hard for feisty Jan Di, but she shares a connection with the quiet, sensitive Ji Hoo. Through Jan Di's encouragement, Ji Hoo goes abroad to join his model girlfriend Min Seohyun and in his absence, Jan Di and Joon Pyo grow closer. 

Soon Jan Di realizes that it is Joon Pyo that she really loves, not Ji Hoo. But numerous difficulties arise, threatening their relationship. Joon Pyo's mother, a cruel and selfish businesswoman, who is also the Prisident of Shinhwa group, disapproeces of Jan Di's lowly upbringing and tries her best to split them up and newly single Ji Hoo returns to Korea, prepared to declare his feelings for Jan Di. He comes when Joon Pyo is announcing in the school about Jan Di being his girlfriend. Somehow Ji Hoo pretends to be Jan Di's boyfriend, which develops conflicts between him and Joon Pyo, but, Joon Pyo finds out that Ji Hoo likes Jan Di, so the problems begin. 



Goo Hye Sun | Lee Minho


Kim Hyun Joong | Kim Bum


Kim Joon | Kim So Eun

Goo Hye Sun plays as Geum Jan Di, the headstrong daughter of a dry cleaner. While on a delivery run to Shinhwa High School, she saves a bullied student from committing suicide. She is offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious school and ends up getting on the dark side of Goo Joon Pyo. 

Lee Minho plays as Goo Joon Pyo, the leader of F4 and heir of Shinhwa Gruoup, one of the most powerful business groups in South Korea. AS leader of the most popular and powerful clique in Shinhwa High, he torments Geum Jan Di after she stands up to his bullying ways, but ends up falling for her instead. His family is one of the most rich and elite in the country. 

Jung Chanwoo plays as 'young(teen)' Goo Joon Pyo. 

Kang Han Byeol plays as 'Child' Goo Joong Pyo. 

Kim Hyun Joong plays as Yoon Ji Hoo, a member of F4 and the grandson of a former president of Korea. His musical talent catches Geum Jan Di's attention and she begins to develop feelings for him. He has a driving phobia after being involved in a car accident that killed his parents and left him being the only survivor. He is initially in love with Min Seo Hyun, but eventually falls for Geum Jan Di and acts as her protector. 

Kim Bum plays as So Yi Jung, F4's Casanova. He is a skilled potter and his family owns the country's biggest art museum. He eventually changes his playboy ways when he realizes that he is in love with Chu Ga Eul. Although he doesn't develop romantic feelings for Jan Di, he does grw veyr fond of her and they become good friends. 

Kim Joon plays as Song Woo Bin. His family runs a large successful construction company which Woo Bin later admits has strong connections to the mafia. Like Yi Jung, he eventually befriends Jan Di and becomes caring and protective towards her. 

Kim So Eun plays as Chu Ga Eul, Geum Jan Di's best friend who works with her at the porridge shop. She falls for So Yi Jung after he helps her get over her cheating ex-boyfriend. He eventually reciprocates those feelings. 

Supporting Casts!: 

Kim Hyun Joo plays as Goo Jun Hee, Goo Joon Pyo's older sister, and the one and only person he listen to. She wants the best for her brother and constantly shows him the error of his ways.. She also supports his relationship with Jan Di and acts like a protective, loving big sister.

Lee Hye Young plays as Kang Hee Soo, Goo Joon Pyo's mother and President of Shinhwa Group. She vehemently opposes her son's relationship with Geum Jan Di and does anything to stop them. 

Ahn Suk Hwan plays as Geum Il Bong, Geum Jan Di's father and the owner of the dry cleaner. His friend take out loans under his name and as a consequence he is chased by loan sharks. 

Im Ye Jin plays as Na Gong Joo, Geum Jan Di's mother. She is very money-minded and constantly pressures Jan Di to attract and marry a rich man.

Park Ji Bin plays as Geum Kang San, Geum Jan Di's younger brother who is technologically inclined. 

Han Chae Young plays as Min Seo Hyun, Yoon Ji Hoo's first love and a famous Korean model. He is still hund up on her when Geum Jan Di develops feelings for him. Like Jun Hoo, she befriends Jan Di. 

Lee Min Jung plays as Ha Jae Kyung, a successful CEO's daughter who becomes Goo Joon Pyo's fiancee. Although the engagement was arranged by their parents, she develops feelings for him, which he doesn't return. She also develops a friendship with Jan Di. Once she realizes Joon Pyo and Jan Di are destined to be together, she amicably ends her relationship with Joon Pyo. 

Lee Jung Gil plays as Yoon Seok Young, the former President of Korea and Yoon Ji Hoo's grandfather. He believes that he caused Ji Hoo's parents' fatal car accident and has been too guilt-ridden to face his grandson ever since. 

Lee Si Young plays Oh Min Ji, Geum Jan Di's first and only friend when she transfer to Shinhwa High. However, she harbors deep feelings for Goo Joon Pyu and ends up sabotaging Jan Di to get closer to him. Although her friendship with Jan Di is never re-established, she and Jan Di do reconcile before she leaves the school after her sabotage is exposed. 

Gook Ji Yeon plays as Choi Jin Hee (Ginger), one of the three Mean Girls Trio (aka Jin Sun Mi).

Jang Ja Yeon plays as Park Sun Ja (Sunny), one of the three Mean Girls Trio (aka Jin Sun Mi).

Min Young Won plays as Lee Mi Sook (Miranda), one of the three Mean Girls Trio (aka Jin Sun Mi). 

Im Joo Hwan plays as So Il Hyun, So Yi Jung's estranged older brother. He leaves the family home after Yi Jung is chosen to take over the family business and stops contact with his younger brother in order to live a normal life. 

Park Soo Jin plays Cha Eun Jae, So Yi Jung's childhood friend and first love. She winds up teaching pottery and crosses paths with Yi Jung after disappearing for 3 years. 

Kim Min Ji plays as Jang Yu Mi, a patient at the same hospital Goo Joon Pyo is admitted to after being hit by a car. She falls in love with Joon Pyo and pushes her way into his life by taking advantage of his amnesia. 

Jung Eui Chul plays as Lee Minha or Lee Jae He (Model Haje), tow characters played by the same actor. The former is the suicidal student that Geum Jan Di saved, and later his vengeful brother, who vows revenge against Goo Joon Pyo by hurting Geum Jan Di. 

Kim Ki Bang plays as Bom Choon Sik, Jan Di and Ga Eul's boss at the porridge shop where they work, whom they affectionately called Master. 

Haiming plays as Ming, Yoon Ji Hoo's friend from Macau.

SS501 appeared in a special performance of 'Ur Man' in episode 4. 


This is still one of the most talk and must watch K-drama for everyone who getting into K-drama. Although I personally don't love it, I do like the characters or actors/actress. I personally don't love the main characters, but I love Kim Bum and Kim So Eun's characters and their love line. Somehow, I wish that their was a story or drama that focus on their love line. This was my thoughts when I first watch this drama. I mean it been 6 years since it release and it still is one of my thoughts. There nothing bad about this drama at all, honestly, I have seen the Taiwanese version already, so this bring different views, but still very similar too. 

Rate: 10/10

Sorry, I know it late, but I been so busy. 

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