Hana Yori Dango (
Hana Yori Dango aired from October 21 to December 16, 2005 for nine episodes. It was released on DVD on March 10, 2006 by TC Entertainment. The drama was followed by Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007), Hana Yori Dango Final (2008), and Hana Nochi Hare (2018). A special edition of Hana Yori Dango was broadcast in March 2016.
Tsukushi (Inoue), a normal girl, attends Eitoku Academy, where the F4's word is law. Life takes a turn for her when the F4's leader, Tsukasa Domyoji (Matsumoto) begins to like her. Tsukushi falls for his best friend Rui Hanazawa (Oguri), who is in love with his childhood friend. Tsukushi and Tsukasa grow closer, after Rui goes to France.
Tsukushi Makino (Mao Inoue), the daughter of a lower-middle class family, is a second-year at Eitoku Academy, a school for the heirs of the Japan's upper class. The F4 are on an even higher level and have the run of the school. The members consist of the leader and Domyoji Group heir, Tsukasa Domyoji (Jun Matsumoto); the mysterious man of a few words, Rui Hanazawa (Shun Oguri); a playboy and heir of a Japanese tea ceremony school, Sojiro Nishikado (Shota Matsuda); and Akira Mimasaka (Tsuyoshi Abe), the son of crime bosses, who enjoys the company older women. They often hand out red cards, which they use to terrorize the other students. One day, Tsukushi stands up for her friend Sakurako Sanjo (Megumi Sato), when she becomes a target. Tsukushi, now the mark, refuses to give in and punches Tsukasa, reminding him of his sister.
Tsukasa takes an interest in Tsukushi and attempts to impress her, which fails. Tsukushi starts to fall for Rui, who is waiting for his first love to return from France. A welcoming party is held for Shizuka Todo (Mayumi Sada), Rui's long-awaited love. Tsukushi, invited by Yuriko Asai (Saki Seto) and her cronies, Minako Yamano (Emiko Matsuoka) and Erika Ayuhara (Aki Fukada), arrives at the party. The girls bully Tsukushi until Rui and Shizuka step in to save her. A few days later, Shizuka announces her departure back to France. Tsukushi begs her to stay for Rui's sake, but Shizuka stands by her reasons for leaving. At the airport, Rui makes the decision to follow Shizuka and Tsukushi says goodbye to her first love. The next day, Tsukasa asks Tsukushi on a date and she contemplates whether to go or not.
Tsukushi, though extremely late, goes to meet Tsukasa, who has been waiting in the rain for several hours. On their way to a café, the two get stuck in a broken elevator and spend the night together. A photo of them from that morning circulates around school, leading everyone to believe they are dating. Tsukushi goes out to a club with her new school friends, where she meets a guy. She wakes up the next day at a hotel with no memory of what happened. Photos of her with that guy are posted at school. Tsukushi tries to tell Tsukasa that she was framed, but he does not believe her. Later, Tsukushi meets up with Sakurako, who kidnaps and takes her to Eitoku. Sakurako reveals that she had planned and calculated everything. She calls Tsukasa and has her men beat him severely, before leaving unsatisfied. Tsukasa then confesses his feelings to Tsukushi.
Rui returns from France and Tsukasa begins acting like he and Tsukushi are dating. Tsukasa's sister, Tsubaki Domyoji (Nanako Matsushima) suggests for Tsukushi to take Tsukasa on a double date. Tsukushi and Tsukasa meet up with her friend, Yuki Matsuoka (Aki Nishihara) and her boyfriend. Yuki's boyfriend irritates Tsukasa several times, before Tsukasa punches him. Tsukasa refuses to tell Tsukushi what happened. Tsukushi runs into Rui, who hugs her. Tsukasa sees them together and kicks Rui out of the F4. That weekend, Tsukasa follows Tsukushi and Rui on a date. Tsukushi later meets up with Yuki and they see her boyfriend with another girl. Yuki runs away and Sojiro finds her. He helps Yuki get revenge by embarrassing her ex. Tsukushi catches up with them and Yuki's ex reveals what he said to Tsukasa.
After apologizing to Tsukasa, Tsukushi's family and friends find themselves in dire straits. Tsukushi stands up to Tsukasa's mother, Kaede Domyoji (Mariko Kaga), who is behind her troubles. Tsukasa and Tsubaki suggest that Tsukushi enter the Teen of Japan in order to win the prize money to help her family and friends. Tsukushi agrees and begins training for the contest. She manages to make it to the final round against Tsukasa's fiancée, Ayano Kurimaki (Ayana Sakai). Meanwhile, Tsukasa promises his mother that he will go with her to New York if Tsukushi loses. He decides to leave without saying goodbye, when Ayano wins the competition. Tsukushi hears about him leaving from Rui, who encourages her to "go after" him. At the last second, she meets Tsukasa at the airport. Tsukushi admits that she loves him and they share a kiss.
Cast and characters
Class 2-C students
- Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
- Screenplay: Mikio Satake, Yuki Fujimoto, Natsuko Takahashi, Shuko Arai
- Producer: Katsuaki Setoguchi
- Planning: TBS
- Directors: Yasuharu Ishii, Daisuke Yamamuro, Osamu Katayama
- Music: Kousuke Yamashita
- Main article: Hana Yori Dango (Japanese drama)/Episodes
|1||"Declaration of war!! The thing which is absolutely more important than money"|
"Sensen fukoku!! Okane yori zettai ni taisetsuna mono" (
|October 21, 2005|
|2||"The worst first kiss!!"|
"Saiaku no Fāsuto Kisu!!" (
|October 28, 2005|
|3||"Tears!! Good-bye to the person I like"|
"Namida!! Sayonara daisukina hito" (
|November 4, 2005|
|4||"First time coming home in the morning!?"|
"Hajimete no asagaeri!?" (
|November 11, 2005|
|5||"Confession of life-threatening love"|
"Inochigake no ai no kokuhaku" (
|November 18, 2005|
|6||"A love triangle of a roller-coaster ride hair-trigger crisis"|
"Daiharan isshokusokuhatsu no sankaku kankei" (
|November 25, 2005|
|7||"Battle F4 dissolution!"|
"Batoru F4 kaisan!!" (
|December 2, 2005|
|8||"Now the female high school student's "Top of Japan" decision war"|
"Iza joshikousei nippon ichi ketteisen" (
|December 9, 2005|
|9||"The greatest last present"|
"Saikou no Rasuto Purezento" (
|December 16, 2005|
ProductionHana Yori Dango was the second television drama adapted from Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers after Taiwan's Meteor Garden (2001). Production was announced in early September 2005. Mao Inoue and Arashi's Jun Matsumoto were cast as the series' leads, Tsukushi Makino and Tsukasa Domyoji along with Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, and Tsuyoshi Abe as the F4. Inoue was then best known her performance in the Kids War series when she was still a child actress. A press conference for Hana Yori Dango was held on October 13, 2005. It was attended by the Inoue, Matsumoto, Oguri, Matsuda, Abe and producer Katsuaki Setoguchi.
Following the drama's popularity, production on a sequel began in mid-2006. Hana Yori Dango Returns began airing in January 2007 with a two-hour premiere. It was followed by a film Hana Yori Dango Final (2008), which served as the series' conclusion. In 2018, a spin-off adapted from Kamio's Boys Over Flowers Season 2 was released. It featured cameos from several Hana Yori Dango actors, including Matsumoto, Oguri, and Matsuda.
|Japan (DVD & blu-ray)|
|March 10, 2006 (DVD)|
July 2, 2008 (blu-ray)
- Main article: Hana Yori Dango Original Soundtrack
The soundtrack to Hana Yori Dango was released by Sony Music on December 7, 2005. It consists of background music from the drama, all of which was arranged and composed by Kousuke Yamashita. Original author Yoko Kamio drew the cover art for the soundtrack.
Arashi's "Wish" served as the drama's theme song. "Wish" rose to the top of the Oricon charts and sold around 178,000 copies. "Planetarium" by Ai Otsuka was chosen as the image song of the drama. It became her second #1 hit.
|47th Television Drama Academy Awards|
|Mao Inoue||Best Actress||Won|
|Jun Matsumoto||Best Supporting Actor|
|Hana Yori Dango series|