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Hana Yori Dango (花より男子 (はなよりだんご) ) is a 1995 Japanese film based on Yoko Kamio's manga of the same name. It was the first live-action adaptation of the series. The film was directed by Yasuyuki Kusuda and written by Mika Umeda. It starred Yuki Uchida as Tsukushi Makino, Shosuke Tanihara as Tsukasa Domyoji, and Naohito Fujiki as Rui Hanazawa.[2]

The film premiered in theaters on August 19, 1995.[3] It was released on VHS in 1997,[4] followed by a DVD release in 2001.[5] Uchida performed the film's theme song "Baby's Growing Up".[6] TRF's "Overnight Sensation" was also featured at the end of the film.

The F4's leader Tsukasa (Tanihara) entices his classmates of the posh Eitoku University to bully Tsukushi (Uchida), after she publicly insults him. He eventually begins to fall in love with her. Tsukushi, however, likes his best friend, the mysterious Rui (Fujiki).

Plot

First-year Tsukushi Makino (Yuki Uchida) gets ready for her first day at Eitoku Gakuen University. She meets another first-year Sakurako Sanjo (Kaori Sakagami), who is surprised that she does not know the F4. Tsukushi refuses to join their fan club, annoyed by the exorbitant fees. The F4's leader, Tsukasa Domyoji (Shosuke Tanihara) is offended by her refusal and asks her name. Tsukushi slaps him, when he laughs about her being named after a "weed." He subsequently gives her a red notice, leading to several days of unrelenting bullying from him and the rest of the student body. Tsukushi finds some solace in yelling insults on the school's roof, where she first sees Rui Hanazawa (Naohito Fujiki), another F4 member.

At work, Tsukushi talks to her friend Yuki Matsuoka (Ai Sasamine) about the F4. She asks if she likes one of them and Tsukushi thinks of Rui. Later, Sojiro Nishikado (Kensaku Saeki) and Akira Mimasaka (Koichi Hashizume) tease Tsukasa about Tsukushi being similar to his sister. He vows to "drive her off." The next day, a group of boys chase Tsukushi throughout school and then attempt to assault her. Rui stops them, despite their protests that Tsukasa ordered them. She thanks him, but he tells her "Don't misunderstand." Later, Tsukasa is annoyed at the guys, saying he never said to assault her. At that moment, Tsukushi confronts him by kicking him in the chest and placing a red notice on his forehand. Tsukasa is instantly reminded of his sister.

Sakurako and her two friends, Minako Yamano (Norika Fujiwara) and Yuriko Asai (Akari Tonegawa), drag Tsukushi into the library. Pretending to be friendly, they invite her to a party at Sakurako's house. There the girls make fun of Tsukushi for dressing casually to the party. Tsukasa swoops in to protect Tsukushi, much to her chagrin. The next day, Sojiro and Akira tell Tsukushi about Rui's first love, Shizuka Todo (Marie Eguro). That night, she sees Rui kissing a poster of Shizuka, who arrives the next day. She witnesses the other students bullying Tsukushi and kindly helps clean her up. Sojiro and Akira tease Tsukasa about Tsukushi at dinner, and Shizuka urges him to invite Tsukushi to her party.

Kidnapping Tsukushi, Tsukasa gives her a full make-over and salon treatment, before finally informing her of the party. There Shizuka notifies her guests that she is moving to New York to forge her own path in life. Rui is shocked by the news and leaves. Worried, Tsukushi drinks too much and becomes drunk. She and Tsukasa proceed to have a loud fight. She attempts to slap him, but her lips fall onto his instead. A picture of the "kiss" spreads around school, leading everyone to believe they are dating. Tsukasa does not deny the rumor and invites Tsukushi on a date. It does not go exactly well, but the two reach an understanding. Tsukushi then agrees to go to a summer party with him.

When Shizuka visits her at work, Tsukushi begs her to stay in Japan for Rui's sake. She apologizes once Shizuka explains her reasons for going. The next day, Shizuka leaves for America and Rui does not show up to say goodbye. At school, Tsukushi comforts Rui. Tsukasa catches them talking. Sakurako then shows up and tells him that Tsukushi likes Rui. Tsukushi later meets Rui at a club. He suddenly grabs her and begins dancing closely, which Tsukasa sees. Feeling betrayed, he starts to bully the other students again. When Tsukushi stops him, he gets angry and calls her a "traitor." He then wrestles her to the ground and lightly kisses her. Tsukasa stops when she begins crying, promising not to do it again.

On a trip to the beach, Tsukushi and Tsukasa's relationship seems to be back to normal. They laugh and talk together like usual. Tsukushi cannot stop thinking of Rui, whom shes notices is constantly surrounded by girls. That night, Tsukushi goes for a walk along the beach, where she meets Rui. She confesses that she cannot stop thinking about him, even when she wants to. He then kisses her. Tsukasa sees it and goes into a rage, punching Rui. Telling Tsukushi she has "trampled" on his feelings, he declares "We're over." Back at school, Tsukasa kicks Rui out of the F4, saying "You're no longer a childhood friend. You're nobody." Tsukushi apologizes to Rui, but he tells her that she is not the one to blame. He then asks Tsukushi out on a date.

That Sunday, Rui and Tsukushi go to the aquarium. The date is somewhat awkward, though the two make plans to go to the summer party together. At work, Yuki questions whether Tsukasa is the person Tsukushi wants to be with. Tsukasa then enters the store to inform Tsukushi that he has another date for the party. Afterwards, Tsukushi thinks everything over. She races to Rui to inform that she is not the person he should be with. Arriving at the party, Rui shows Tsukushi an airline ticket, revealing that he is going after Shizuka. Tsukushi then walks inside, wearing jeans and a simple white blouse. She walks up to Tsukasa and they embrace, finally confirming their feelings for each other. The film ends with everyone dancing to trf's performance of "Overnight Sensation".

Cast and characters

Guest roles: trf (cameo), Maiko Minami (teacher), Michiko Shimizu (boutique manager)[2]

Staff

  • Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
  • Director: Yasuyuki Kusuda
  • Screenplay: Mika Umeda
  • Producers: Akifumi Takuma, Jiro Komaki, Yumiko Shigeoka, Tadashi Shibasaki
  • Executive producers: Chiaki Matsushita, Yuzo Abe
  • Production: Koichi Murakami, Suo Ikuo
  • Planning: Hajime Shigemura, Toshikazu Horiguchi
  • Shooting: Kenji Hoshiya
  • Assistant director: Shinichi Iijima
  • Photography: Kenji Hoshiya
  • Art: Shozo Uemura
  • Music: Satoru Nakajima

Production

Naohito-Shosuke-interview

A Naohito Fujiki and Shosuke Tanihara interview for the film

Hana Yori Dango was filmed in high-definition, which was rare at the time. The film's staff had mostly worked in television and had little experience in filmmaking.[7][8] Series' creator Yoko Kamio had little to no involvement. The Margaret editorial staff handled the production with Fuji TV on her behalf. During filming, Kamio visited the set with her editor at a club, called Belle Faire, in Roppongi. They were taping the dance scene at the end of the film. Kamio also had the opportunity to talk to the stars Yuki Uchida, Shosuke Tanihara, Naohito Fujiki, Koichi Hashizume, and Kensaku Saeki.[9]

Hana Yori Dango premiered on August 19, 1995 in theaters,[1] alongside an adaptation of Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu! The two films were the first in Fuji TV's "Our film series" (ぼくたちの映画シリーズ () ).[10] Both were considered successful, earning over four million yen total.[7][8]

Home media

Film-boxset

"Our series" box set

The film received a video cassette (VHS) release released on February 21, 1997.[4] It was followed by a DVD release on September 19, 2001 by King Records.[5]

Hana Yori Dango was featured on a box set with the five other manga adaptations from the "Our film series." The films were Tokimeki Tonight, Deborah ga Rival, Tomoko no Baai, That's Cunning! Shijo Saidai no Sakusen?, and Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu!. It was released on September 19, 2001 by Pony Canyon.[11]

Music

Baby's-Growing-Up

"Baby's Growing Up"

Uchida's "Baby's Growing Up" served as the theme song for Hana Yori Dango.[6] The song was first released on August 19, 1995 and reached #5 on the Oricon charts in Japan.[12] It is first played during an opening sequence. An instrumental and a slow version are also featured in the film. trf has a cameo performing "Overnight Sensation" during the closing credits.

The opening chord of "Bad to the Bone" is played whenever Sakurako and her friends confront Tsukushi. A famous minuet from Luigi Boccherini's String Quintet in E major is also performed at Shizuka's party.

No. TitleArtists Length
1. "Baby's Growing Up"  Yuki Uchida  
2. "Move Your Body Baby"  Eurogroove  
3. "Rock 'N' Roll Crazy"  Richard Myhill  
4. "You Must Be an Angel"  Richard Myhill  
5. "Forever and a Day"  Jeremiah Burnham  
6. "Baby's Growing Up" (slow version)Yuki Uchida  
7. "Boogie Woogie"  Dannii Minogue  
8. "Overnight Sensation"  trf  

Accolades

Recipient Category Result
5th Japan Film Professional Awards
Yuki Uchida Best Actress Won

Notes

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Boys Over Flowers volume 10, side-columns
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=152613 (Japanese)
  3. http://natalie.mu/eiga/film/114123 (Japanese)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00005F9Y4/ (Japanese)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00005MIC9/ (Japanese)
  6. 6.0 6.1 https://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/243102/products/143899/1/ (Japanese)
  7. 7.0 7.1 興行価値―商品としての映画論, Hiroo Otaka, 1995, 9784846301422, page 364
  8. 8.0 8.1 日本映画への戦略, Hiroo Otaka, 2000, 9784795260894, pages 201-208
  9. Boys Over Flowers volume 11, side-columns
  10. "Our film series" at Japanese Wikipedia
  11. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00005NJQI/ (Japanese)
  12. http://www.generasia.com/wiki/Baby's_Growing_Up
  13. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-03-20/1995-rui-actor-to-star-in-new-boys-over-flowers-film

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