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. It starred Ku Hye-sun as Geum Jan-di with Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, and Kim Joon as the F4. It was directed by Jeon Ki-sang.
The drama aired on KBS2 from January 5 to March 31, 2009 for twenty-five episodes. It was a success, earning an average 30% viewership rating. The series was followed by a four episode music drama in April 2009. Boys Over Flowers was released on DVD in the United States by YA Entertainment.
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, but has to because of her family's insistence. 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 new 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.
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). 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.
Cast and characters
- Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
- Screenplay: Yoon Ji-ryun
- Producers: Kim Hyung-il, Gwak Jung-hwan
- Director: Jeon Ki-sang
- Planning: Kim Hyeong-il
- Music: Oh Joon-sung
- Main article: Boys Over Flowers (Korean drama)/Episodes
ProductionGroup 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. The series experienced some delays early on due to casting and organization difficulties. Additionally, production was handled completely outside the broadcast station, KBS2. Director Jeon Ki-sang and writer Yoon Ji-ryun were announced in September 2008.
On October 2, 2008, the actors playing the F4 were revealed, including Kim Hyun-joong whose involvement was rumored months earlier. Lee Min-ho was cast as Tsukasa renamed Gu Jun-pyo, and rounding out the F4 cast with Kim Bum and Kim Joon. Ku Hye-sun's role as the female lead, Geum Jan-di (Tsukushi), was announced on October 6. Despite a clause stating that the production had to retain the Japanese names, the characters were given common, localized names.
In early December, Boys Over Flowers wrapped their overseas shooting in New Caledonia and Waiheke Island, and began filming in Macau. A press conference was held on December 22 and was attended by the main cast and director. Kamio was also there as an unannounced guest. Boys Over Flowers premiered on January 5, 2009. Due to its popularity, it was extended by one episode and concluded on March 31. In April, a short music drama set five years later was released on Mnet's website.
|South Korea (DVD)|
|March 5, 2013||
|United States (DVD)|
|November 17, 2009|
December 15, 2009
MusicThe 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, followed by the second on March 6. Music director Oh Joon-sung was criticized for the overuse of the songs in the drama. Nevertheless, several songs on the soundtrack were popular and fared well on the music charts.
|45th Paeksang Arts Awards|
|Lee Min-ho||Best New Actor||Won|
|Kim Hyun-joong||Popularity Award|
|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|
|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|
|Cyworld Digital Music Awards|
|"Because I'm Stupid" by SS501||Song of the Month (February)||Won|
|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 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|
|Lee Min-ho and Ku Hye-sun||Best Couple Award||Won|
|Kim Hyun-joong and Ku Hye-sun||Nominated|
- 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.
|Boys Over Flowers (2009)|
|None||Boys Over Flowers: F4 Special Edition - After Story|