Monday, June 20, 2011

BOYS BEFORE FLOWERS







Boys Over Flowers (꽃보다 남자) is a South Korean television drama series starring Koo Hye Sun, Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyun-Joong of SS501, Kim Bum, Kim Joon and Kim So Eun. It premiered on January 5, 2009 on KBS2 and ended on March 31, 2009 after 25 episodes.
It is based on Japanese shōjo manga series, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango?), written by Yoko Kamio. 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.

Synopsis

Due to public demand, KBS added after stories about the F4 members 5 years after the series. The F4 members receive a text message saying to meet up. Yi Jeong, Woo Bin, and Jun Pyo have gathered in the F4 private classroom. Their desks have since been covered with white cloths.
Episode 1 is So Yi Jeong's Story entitled Love Me... Violet Nostalgia (내게 사랑은... 보랏빛 그리움) In this episode Yi Jeong discovers a basket of flowers outside on a bench. He begins to have flashbacks to times he spent with Ga Eul. In the classroom, he wraps some of them up into a bouquet, snaps some polaroids with them and attaches the photos to the bouquet. More flashbacks of Ga Eul come to mind as he heads outside. Yi Jeong arrives at a door. It seems as if no one answers and he's a little disappointed. A female voice calls out to him, "Sunbae, I'm a little late, right?" He smiles, holds out the flower bouquet and asks, "Ga Eul, will you be my flower forever?" The background song is "I'm Going to Meet Her Now" by the actor himself, Kim Bum.
Episode 2 is Song Woo Bin's Story entitled Love... Friendship... (사랑도... 우정도...) In this episode we see a frustrated Woo Bin confronting a girl. He asks her for a reason, and she responds that she's tired. He throws the flowers to the ground. In the classroom, as Yi Jeong and Jun Pyo are playing a game of Jenga, he knocks down the tower and leaves angrily. Outside, he reminisces about the great times he's had with the rest of F4. Later he goes back inside and sits at his desk looking at a picture of F4 when they were little kids. Jun Pyo and Yi Jeong surprise him with a birthday cake. The background song is "To Empty Out" by the actor himself, Kim Joon.
Episode 3 is Yoon Ji Hoo's Story entitled I, Sometimes (사랑, 때때로) In this episode there are flashback scenes of Ji Hoo's love of Jan Di, revolving around the scene where he confesses his love for her and she falls asleep. Ji Hoo is missing when the F4 had the meeting in their classroom, but was in the introduction scene where they receive the text message to meet up. The background song is "Sometime" by the actor himself, Kim Hyun Joong.
Episode 4 is Gu Jun Pyo's Story entitled Love. So Long As It's That (사랑. 그후로도 오랫동안) In this episode Jun Pyo sneaks inside the ShinHwa University kitchen, where, after remembering the cookies that Jan Di made with his face on them, decides to bake cookies with Jan Di faces for her. Woo Bin spots him in the middle of the process, and Jun Pyo, wearing a frilly apron, shoos Woo Bin out. The background song is "My Everything" by the actor himself, Lee Min Ho.

Cast

Jan Di is the headstrong daughter of a dry cleaner. While on a delivery run to Shinhwa High School, she saves a bullied student from committing suicide. Jan Di is offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious school, and ends up getting on the bad side of Gu Jun Pyo.
Jun Pyo is the leader of F4 (the most popular guy at Shinhwa High) and heir to the Shinhwa conglomerate. He torments Jan Di after she stands up to his bullying ways, but ends up falling for her instead.
Ji Hoo is a member of F4 and grandson of the Korean ex-president. His musical talent catches Jan Di's attention and she begins to develop feelings for him.
Yi Jeong is known as F4's Casanova. He is a skilled potter and his family owns the country's biggest art museum. He eventually changed his Casanova ways as he realized that he is in love with Chu Ga Eul ( Kim So Eun , Jan Di's best friend )
Woo Bin is F4's other playboy. His family runs a large construction company and has important connections to an underground organization, hinted to be the mafia.
Jan Di's best friend and works with her at the porridge shop. She eventually falls for So Yi Jung.

Extended cast

  • Kim Hyun Joo as Goo Jun Hee - Jun Pyo's elder sister, and one of the only people he listens to. She wants the best for her brother and constantly shows him the error of his ways.
  • Lee Hye Yeong as Kang Hee Soo (aka President Kang) - Jun Pyo's mother and President of the Shinhwa company. She vehemently opposes to her son being with Jan Di and does everything in her power to stop them.
  • Ahn Suk Hwan as Geum Il Bong - Jan Di's father and a dry cleaner. His friend takes out loans under his name, and as a consequence he is chased by loan sharks.
  • Im Ye Jin as Na Gong Joo - Jan Di's mother. She is very money-minded and constantly pressures Jan Di to attract and marry a rich guy.
  • Park Ji Bin as Geum Kang San - Jan Di's younger brother and is very technologically inclined.
  • Han Chae Young as Min Seo Hyun - Ji Hoo's first love and a famous Korean model. He is still hung up on her when Jan Di develops feelings for him.
  • Lee Min Jeong as Ha Jae Kyung - a successful CEO's daughter and ends up being Gu Jun Pyo's fiancee. Although the engagement was arranged by their parents, she develops feelings for him.
  • Lee Jung Gil as Yoon Seok Young - the ex-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.
  • Jung Ho Bin as Jung Sang Ruk - President Kang's Chief Secretary. He is sympathetic towards Jun Pyo and often helps him out when it comes to Jan Di.
  • Lee Si Young as Oh Min Ji - Jan Di's first and only friend when she transfers to Shinhwa High. However, she harbors deep feelings for Gu Jun Pyo and ends up sabotaging Jan Di to get closer to him.
  • Gook Ji Yun as Choi Jin Hee (aka Ginger) - one-third of the Mean Girls Trio (Jin Sun Mi).
  • Jang Ja Yun as Park Sun Ja (aka Sunny) - one-third of the Mean Girls Trio (Jin Sun Mi).
  • Min Young Won as Lee Mi Sook (aka Miranda) - one-third of the Mean Girls Trio (Jin Sun Mi).
  • Im Joo Hwan as So Il Hyun - So Yi Jeong's estranged elder brother. He leaves the family home and abandons Yi Jeong in order to live a normal life.
  • Park Soo Jin as Cha Eun Jae - So Yi Jeong's childhood friend and his first love. She winds up teaching pottery and crosses paths with Yi Jeong after disappearing for 3 years.
  • Kim Min Ji as Jang Yu Mi - a patient at the same hospital Gu Jun Pyo is admitted to. She pushes her way into Jun Pyo's life by taking advantage of his amnesia.
  • Jung Ui Chul as Lee Min Ha (suicidal student)/Min Jae Ha (model Haje) - two characters played by the same actor. The first is the suicidal student that Jan Di saves, and the latter his vengeful brother who vows revenge against Gu Jun Pyo.
  • Haiming as Ming - Ji Hoo's friend from Macau
Cameo:
  • SS501 special performance, "UR MAN" in episode four

Manga

  • In the manga, the characters are in high school in season 1, but F4 (minus Domyoji) attends Eitoku University in season 2. In the Korean version, the characters are also in high school, but the F4 move on to Shinhwa University from episode 13 onwards. Shinhwa High School and Shinhwa University are located within the same campus.
  • 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.
  • Ji Hoo has a more significant role in Jan Di's life than the Taiwanese and Japanese versions, more strongly depicted as a romantic companion for most of the drama.
  • Woobin's family does not appear in this version, nor is he only interested in older women.
  • How 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 Toda 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. 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).

Reception

The series became a huge hit, creating another Korean wave throughout Asia and the cast members shooting to superstardom overnight. After the series ended, several of them became the faces of various endorsements and commercial advertisements.
In an interview with Jang Geun Suk, actor of the successful drama You're Beautiful, it was said that he was first offered the leading role, instead of Lee Min Ho. Geun Suk declined, and instead, took on the role in Beethoven Virus that offered him the award for Best New Actor.
Boys Over Flowers became a hit throughout South Korea during its broadcast, to the point of influencing the behaviour of the public. The drama series influenced men to take their appearances even more seriously and try to gain the "pretty boy" image that existed among the F4 characters in the drama. More South Korean males started to wear cosmetics and viewers in South Korea and beyond started to notice the overseas filming locations of the drama as possible holiday destinations.
The series became a hit beyond South Korea in other states in Asia, including Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Nepal, The Philippines, Sikkim and Taiwan, amongst others, and the actors and actresses that played the main characters shot to superstardom, and held various events, often Boys Over Flowers-related, across Asia.

International broadcasts

  • In the Philippines, the ABS-CBN network acquired the TV rights to air this series. It premiered on May 11, 2009 in the primetime spot, and it aired from Mondays thru Fridays. The show was very successful and the network gave a finale special of Boys Over Flowers hosted by Bianca Gonzales and it re-aired in December 2009. ABS-CBN sister UHF channel Studio 23 is now set to air the drama on April 19, 2010 every weeknight at 6:30pm. On October 23, 2010, the show is set to premiere again every Saturdays it also aired before Showtime.
  • Mediacorp's Channel U in Singapore has also acquired the rights to air the series, and it will be aired every Saturday at 9.30pm, starting from 16 May 2009.
  • The series was also aired on Malaysia's free-to-air television 8TV(ASTRO channel 708), started from December 16, 2009.
  • Taiwan's CTV has also acquired the rights to air the series and started from 10 May 2009, on Sundays at 10pm. GTV will also air the series starting from 16 May, on every Saturday at 9pm.
  • Hong Kong's biggest television network, Television Broadcasts Limited, gained the rights to broadcast the drama, and it was aired on its channel intended for a younger audience TVB J2, and started airing in 2009.
  • Indonesian's TV channel Indosiar acquired the rights to air the series, and will be aired every Monday and Tuesday at 10.30 pm, starting from 1 June 2009.
  • Thailand started airing on 4 July 2009, every Saturday and Sunday at 9.15 am. Broadcaster is BBTV Channel 7 Bangkok.
  • Vietnam started airing on June 24, from Monday to Thursday every week at 9pm on H1 (Hanoi Television). The copyright was held by TVM and was legally aired on HTV3 every weekends at 9:00 pm from August 22, 2009 until now.
  • Asia's Xing Kong aired BOF on July 8, 2008, as part of BOF Trilogy along with the Taiwan and Japanese versions.
  • Canada: Aired in Vancouver on SHAW Multicultural Channel (119) weekdays from 7:30-8pm (local time) with English sub-titles.
  • Israel : Started airing on September 3, 2010 on Viva Platina Channel, every Friday 2 episodes.
  • United States : Hulu started streaming full 25 episodes on August 2010.[1]
  • Peru : Started airing on May 5, 2011 on Panamericana Televisión
  • Panamá: Started airing on June 19, 2011 on SETV, Channel 11

DVD licensing

  • 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.[2]

Music

Album #
Album Info
Tracklisting
1st
Boys Over Flowers Original Soundtrack: Part 1 [3]
  • Artist: Various
  • Released: 23 January 2009
  • Label: Doremi Media Co Ltd
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: Studio album (CD)
  • Genre: K-pop
Tracklisting[show]
2nd
Boys Over Flowers Original Soundtrack: Part 2
  • Artist: Various
  • Released: 16 March 2009
  • Label: Doremi Media Co Ltd
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: Studio album (CD)
  • Genre: K-pop
Tracklisting[show]
3rd
Boys Over Flowers OST 2.5 - F4 Special Edition
  • Artist: Various
  • Released: 18 March 2009
  • Label: Mnet Media Co.
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: Studio album (CD)
  • Genre: K-pop
Tracklisting[show]

Awards

  • 2009 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award - Actress (Mid Length Drama)(Koo Hye Sun)
  • 2009 KBS Drama Awards: Netizen Award (Koo Hye Sun)
  • 2009 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Lee Min Ho, Koo Hye Sun)
  • 2009 KBS Drama Awards: Male Rookie Award (Lee Min Ho)
  • 2009 KBS Drama Awards: Female Rookie Award (Kim So-eun)
  • 2009 Seoul Drama Awards: Best Actor Award (Kim Hyun Joong)
  • 2009 Seoul Drama Awards: Best Drama Award
  • 45th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Newcomer Actors Award (Lee Min Ho)
  • 45th Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (Kim Hyun Joong)
Episode ratings for KBS2 drama Boys Before Flowers
Date
Episode
Nationwide
Seoul
2009-01-05
1
14.3 (7th)
14.4 (6th)
2009-01-06
2
17.6 (4th)
17.4 (4th)
2009-01-12
3
20.8 (4th)
21.1 (4th)
2009-01-13
4
21.4 (4th)
21.6 (3rd)
2009-01-19
5
24.8 (3rd)
24.3 (3rd)
2009-01-20
6
24.8 (3rd)
24.6 (3rd)
2009-01-26
7
19.5 (1st)
19.1 (1st)
2009-01-27
8
25.9 (2nd)
25.3 (2nd)
2009-02-02
9
29.7 (2nd)
29.4 (2nd)
2009-02-03
10
30.5 (2nd)
30.2 (2nd)
2009-02-09
11
31.5 (2nd)
31.8 (2nd)
2009-02-10
12
31.4 (2nd)
31.2 (2nd)
2009-02-16
13
31.5 (2nd)
31.5 (2nd)
2009-02-17
14
31.9 (2nd)
32.0 (2nd)
2009-02-23
15
32.4 (2nd)
32.3 (2nd)
2009-02-24
16
33.2 (2nd)
32.9 (2nd)
2009-03-02
Special
21.8 (3rd)
22.4 (3rd)
2009-03-03
17
29.9 (2nd)
30.6 (2nd)
2009-03-09
18
35.5 (1st)
35.7 (2nd)
2009-03-10
19
31.2 (2nd)
31.3 (3rd)
2009-03-16
20
32.6 (2nd)
31.6 (2nd)
2009-03-17
21
33.6 (2nd)
33.8 (2nd)
2009-03-23
22
31.8 (2nd)
32.4 (2nd)
2009-03-24
23
31.8 (2nd)
31.6 (2nd)
2009-03-30
24
30.2 (2nd)
29.2 (2nd)
2009-03-31
25
34.8 (1st)
34.9 (1st)
Average
28.5%
28.4%

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