This article is about the Korean drama. For other uses, see Boys Over Flowers.

Boys Over Flowers (Hangul: 꽃보다 남자; Hanja: 꽃보다 男子), or Boys Before Flowers, is a South Korean television drama based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Yoko Kamio.[1] It starred Ku Hye-sun as Geum Jan-di with Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, and Kim Joon as the F4.[2] It was directed by Jeon Ki-sang.[3]

The drama aired on KBS2 from January 5 to March 31, 2009 for twenty-five episodes.[4][5] It was a success, earning an average 30% viewership rating.[6][7] The series was followed by a four episode music drama in April 2009.[8] Boys Over Flowers was released on DVD in the United States by YA Entertainment.[9]

One day, Geum Jan-di (Ku) is offered a scholarship to Shinhwa School after saving the life of a student. The student was bullied because of the F4, four chaebol heirs, who control the school. Jan-di stands up to the F4's leader, Gu Jun-pyo (Lee). In a twist of fate, Jun-pyo ends up falling for her.


On a delivery for her family's dry cleaners, Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) saves a student (Jung Eui-chul) from jumping off the roof of the famously elite Shinhwa High School. Hoping to avoid further scandal, Kang Hee-soo (Lee Hye-young) orders her secretary Jung Sang-rok (Jung Ho-bin) to offer her a swimming scholarship to Shinhwa. Jan-di does not want to accept, having heard about the F4. The group, made up of Gu Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho), Yoon Ji-hoo (Kim Hyun-joong), So Yi-jung (Kim Bum), and Song Woo-bin (Kim Joon), are the richest students and tyrannize the school. Jan-di tries not to get involved, but intervenes when Jun-pyo becomes angry at her friend Oh Min-ji (Lee Si-young). Seeking revenge, Jun-pyo sends her a red card, a signal for the other students to start bullying her.[10]

When Jan-di is attacked by three students, Ji-hoo steps in to save her. Jun-pyo switches tactics, spreading a rumor online about a pregnant Shinhwa student. Jan-di confronts Jun-pyo, punching him and calling herself an "untouched virgin." Developing a crush on her, he attempts to impress her which she fails. He later tracks her down during vacation, bringing the whole Shinhwa gang with him as well as Ji-hoo's first love Min Seo-hyun (Han Chae-young).[11] That night, Jun-pyo falls into a pool. Jan-di rescues him and he pretends to be unconscious in order to receive a kiss. At Seo-hyun's birthday party, she announces her plans to return to France. Jan-di later sees her and Ji-hoo kiss. Jun-pyo saves her from the situation and takes her to a bar, where she gets drunk. Forced to take her to his house, Jun-pyo spends the next day hiding her from his mother.[12]

Cast and characters

Lee Jae-haHa Jae-kyungKang Hee-sooGu Bon-hyeongGu Jun-heeNa Gong-jooGeum Il-bongGeum Kang-sanOh Min-jiGin Sun MiMin Seo-hyunChu Ga-eulSong Woo-binSo Yi-jungYoon Ji-hooGu Jun-pyoGeum Jan-diBOF-chart

Characters of Boys Over Flowers (click on a character to visit the article)

Geum Jan-diGu Jun-pyoYoon Ji-hooSo Yi-jungSong Woo-binNa Gong-jooGeum Il-bongGeum Kang-sanChu Ga-eulBom Choon-sikKang Hee-sooGu Jun-heeJeong Sang-rokHead maidButler LeeYoon Seok-youngMin Seo-hyunHa Jae-kyungJang Yu-miCha Eun-jaeSo Il-hyunSo Hyeon-seopOh Min-jiLee Jae-haPark Sun-jaChoi Jin-heeLee Mi-sookBOF-Jchart

Characters of Boys Over Flowers (click on a character to visit the article)



Guest starring



Main article: Boys Over Flowers (Korean drama)/Episodes
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Original teaser poster


Joon, Bum, Ku, Lee, and Hyun-joong at the December press conference

Group 8 announced in February 2008 their plans to produce a Korean version of Boys Over Flowers. Author Yoko Kamio and publisher Shueisha were impressed by the company's work on Couple or Trouble and Goong S, which led them to approve the project.[14][15] The series experienced some delays early on due to casting and organization difficulties. Additionally, production was handled completely outside the broadcast station, KBS2. Boys Over Flowers premiere date was then pushed back to January or February 2009.[16] Director Jeon Ki-sang and writer Yoon Ji-ryun were announced in September 2008.[17]

On October 2, 2008, the actors playing the F4 were revealed, including Kim Hyun-joong whose involvement was rumored months earlier.[18] Lee Min-ho was cast as Tsukasa renamed Gu Jun-pyo, followed by Hyun-joong (Rui/Yoon Ji-hoo), Kim Bum (Sojiro/So Yi-jung), and Kim Joon (Akira/Song Woo-bin).[19] Ku Hye-sun's role as Geum Jan-di (Tsukushi) was announced on October 6.[20] The majority of the supporting characters were cast by mid-November.[21]

In early December, Boys Over Flowers wrapped their overseas shooting in New Caledonia and Waiheke Island, and began filming in Macau.[22] A press conference was held on December 22 and was attended by the main cast and director.[23] Kamio was also there as an unannounced guest.[24]

The seventeenth episode, which was suppose to air March 2, 2009, was delayed after Ku was in a car accident on February 27. Group 8 taped a special that aired in its place. It was hosted by Han Suk-joon and Hyun Young, who interviewed the F4 actors.[25] Boys Over Flowers was extended by one episode and concluded on March 31.[26][27] In April, a short music drama set five years after Boys Over Flowers aired on Mnet.[28]

Home media



Cover of the first soundtrack

The drama's opening theme song was "Paradise" by T-max. Kim Joon, who played Song Woo-bin, was a member of T-max. Kim Hyun-joong's band SS501 performed the ending themes, "Because I'm Stupid" and "Making a Lover". The first soundtrack of the show was released on January 8, 2009.[33] Music director Oh Joon-sung was criticized for the overuse of the songs in the drama.[34] Nevertheless, several songs on the soundtrack were popular and fared well on the music charts.[35]


Recipient Category Result
45th Paeksang Arts Awards
Lee Min-ho Best New Actor Won
Kim Hyun-joong Popularity Award
Lee Min-ho Nominated
14th Asian Television Award
Lee Min-ho Best Drama Actor Nominated
Ku Hye-sun Best Drama Actress
3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards
Lee Min-ho Hot Male Drama Star Nominated
Kim Bum
Ku Hye-sun Hot Female Drama Star
Gu Jun-pyo Hot Character
4th Seoul International Drama Awards
Boys Over Flowers Popular Drama Won
Kim Hyun-joong Popular Actor
Lee Min-ho Nominated
Cyworld Digital Music Awards
"Because I'm Stupid" by SS501 Song of the Month (February) Won
Best OST
11th Mnet Asian Music Awards
"Because I'm Stupid" by SS501 Best OST Won
Bugs Music Awards
"Because I'm Stupid" by SS501 Best TV Drama Song of the Year Won
2nd Korea Junior Star Awards
Kim Hyun-joong Best New Actor in a TV Drama Won
2009 KBS Drama Awards
Ku Hye-sun Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
Lee Min-ho Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama
Ku Hye-sun Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Won
Lee Min-ho Best New Actor
Kim Hyun-joong Nominated
Kim Bum
Kim So-eun Best New Actress Won
Park Ji-bin Best Young Actor Nominated
Ku Hye-sun Netizen Award, Actress Won
Lee Min-ho Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Kim Hyun-joong
Lee Min-ho and Ku Hye-sun Best Couple Award Won
Kim Hyun-joong and Ku Hye-sun Nominated


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