Hana Yori Dango Returns (
Staff members Yasuharu Ishii, Takayuki Takuma, and Katsuaki Setoguchi returned from the first series. The drama was produced for TBS Television. It was released on DVD on July 11, 2007. The drama was followed by Hana Yori Dango Final (2008) and Hana Nochi Hare (2018). A special edition of Returns aired in April 2016.
Tsukushi Makino (Inoue) travels to New York to reunite with Tsukasa Domyoji (Matsumoto), who rejects her. She returns to Japan, where Tsukasa's mother announces his engagement to Shigeru Okawahara (Natsuki Kato). She ends up falling in love with Tsukasa, while becoming friends with Tsukushi.
One year after Tsukushi Makino (Mao Inoue) and Tsukasa Domyoji (Jun Matsumoto) became a couple, the F4 have since graduated from Eitoku Academy and Tsukasa has started ignoring Tsukushi's calls. Eventually she flies to New York to see him. Their friends Rui Hanazawa (Shun Oguri), Sojiro Nishikado (Shota Matsuda), and Akira Mimasaka (Tsuyoshi Abe) arrive soon after to lend their support to her. Tsukasa gives no explanation for his strange behavior and coldly rejects Tsukushi. She returns home defeated, however, not long after she receives an invitation to Tsukasa's birthday party. At the party, Tsukasa's mother Kaede Domyoji (Mariko Kaga) announces his engagement to heiress Shigeru Okawahara (Natsuki Kato).
Shigeru falls in love with Tsukasa and befriends Tsukushi. She bombards Tsukushi with questions about Tsukasa, not realizing that Tsukushi still has feelings for him. Tsukushi goes to meet with Tsukasa, but leaves as soon as she sees him kissing Shigeru. Opposed to the engagement at first, Tsukasa reluctantly asks Shigeru to become his girlfriend after he is unable to clear the misunderstanding with Tsukushi. Meanwhile, Tsukushi works hard at two jobs and studying to get into law school, so much so that she passes out from exhaustion. At dinner with Shigeru's parents, Nishida (David Ito), Kaede's secretary, informs Tsukasa that Tsukushi has been hospitalized. Tsukasa immediately starts running toward the hospital.
Tsukasa leaves upon seeing Rui, who stays by her side all night. In the morning, he confesses that he "might" like her and kisses her. Tsukushi does not take him seriously, insisting that he does not mean it "that way" while talking to Yuki Matsuoka (Aki Nishihara) later. At home, her brother Susumu (Satoshi Tomiura) informs her that their mother (Mako Ishino) and father (Susumu Kobayashi) have left to work as fishermen. The siblings find a new apartment and Tsukasa moves in next door. Later, Tsukasa confronts Rui about kissing Tsukushi. His reply causes Tsukasa to explode with rage. At a celebratory lunch, Rui confesses his feelings to Tsukushi again and she realizes that he is serious. In the meantime, Tsukasa grows closer to Susumu as he helps him with first love. Susumu ultimately helps Tsukasa acknowledge that he still loves Tsukushi.
Nishida informs Tsukushi about the tragic events between Tsukasa and his coworker Ken Uchida (Shingo Tsurumi), which were the cause of Tsukasa's cold behavior in New York. Later, the floor of Tsukushi's apartment collapses. Susumu goes to live with their parents and Tsubaki Domyoji (Nanako Matsushima) invites Tsukushi to stays at the Domyojis mansion. Tsukushi agrees to stay there, but only if she can work as a maid. The head servant Tama (Sumie Sasaki) takes her under her wing. Meanwhile, Yuki and Sojiro have both gone missing. Sojiro visits his first love Sara Hinata (Shihori Kanjiya), only to find that she is now engaged. Back in Tokyo, Yuki, who has been searching tirelessly for a week, shows Sojiro proof that Sara had loved him once.
Deciding that she wants to be with Tsukasa, Tsukushi tells Rui that she does not feel the same. He refuses to give up until Tsukasa sincerely begs him to. Next, Tsukasa resolves to end his engagement at a dinner with Shigeru and her parents. Shigeru winds up ending it instead. At the airport, Tsukushi tearfully says goodbye to Shigeru, before she goes back to New York. Domyoji Group's failed merger with Okawahara Corporation creates a major ripple effect on Japan's economy. Tsukushi feels responsible and decides to end her relationship with Tsukasa, after visiting his mother. That night, Tsukushi breaks up with Tsukasa in the rain. She then boards a train to go live with her parents and brother.
In Tokyo, Tsukasa spots Ken, who confesses that Kaede had him fake his death. Feeling manipulated, Tsukasa decides to go after Tsukushi. At the village, Tsukasa hurts himself protecting Susumu. He is hospitalized and it soon becomes apparent that he is suffering from memory loss, having forgot only Tsukushi. Meanwhile, Umi Nakajima (Erika Toda), another patient, gets closer to Tsukasa. The F4 organize a skiing trip and Umi tags along with Tsukasa. He figures out that she is not the one he forgot, and out of anger Umi tricks Tsukushi into going out during a blizzard. Tsukasa rescues Tsukushi and takes her to a cabin. There he finally realizes remembers her. After graduating, Tsukushi makes her way to prom, where Tsukasa proposes to her in front of a large crowd. She says yes and believes now that they will be together forever.
Cast and characters
Class 3-C students
- Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
- Screen writer: Mikio Satake
- Producer: Katsuaki Setoguchi, Shinichi Sanjo
- Planning: TBS
- Directors: Yasuharu Ishii, Toshio Tsuboi, Atsushi Takei, Shinichi Sanjo
- Music: Kousuke Yamashita
- Main article: Hana Yori Dango Returns/Episodes
|1||"One year later... At last, it returns!! This time the stage is New York!! New developments in love and friendship full of ups and downs...But wasn't it|
supposed to be a happy ending!?"
"Are kara 1 nen... kon'ya tsuini fukkatsu!! Kondo no butai wa Nyū Yōku!!
Dai haran no koi to yūjō no shin tenkai tsu-ka happīendo ja nakatta no!?"
(あれから1年…今夜遂に復活!! 今度の舞台はニューヨーク!! 大波乱の恋と友情
|January 5, 2007|
|2||"The strongest rival"|
"Saikyō no Raibaru" (最強のライバル)
|January 12, 2007|
|3||"Bye bye, stupid guy"|
"Bai bai baka otoko" (ばいばいバカ男)
|January 19, 2007|
"Inochigake no shuraba" (命がけの修羅場)
|January 26, 2007|
|5||"We like you"|
"Omae ga suki da" (おまえが好きだ)
|February 2, 2007|
|6||"Confession turns chaotic!!"|
"Kokuhaku wa dai haran!!" (告白は大波乱!!)
|February 9, 2007|
|7||"Once-in-a-lifetime first love"|
"Ichi-go ichi-e no hatsukoi" (一期一会の初恋)
|February 16, 2007|
|8||"The love square is settled"|
"Shikaku kankei no ketchaku" (四角関係の決着)
|February 23, 2007|
|9||"Painful goodbye in the rain"|
"Setsunai ame no wakare" (切ない雨の別れ)
|March 2, 2007|
"Kieta omoide" (消えた思い出)
|March 9, 2007|
|11||"The world's best proposal ever"|
"Shijō saikō no Puropōzu" (史上最高のプロポーズ)
|March 16, 2007|
ProductionA sequel to Hana Yori Dango (2005) was announced in the summer of 2006. Mao Inoue and Jun Matsumoto returned from the previous series along with costars Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, and Tsuyoshi Abe. Megumi Sato's role was reduced to a cameo, while Natsuki Kato was cast as a regular. Toma Ikuta was also cast as a guest star for the series' two-hour premiere. Filming commenced the following October. The cast flew to New York City on November 29 to film on location, including Cafe Habana. They returned to Japan for the production announcement on December 5. Eitoku's prom was filmed at Nippon Budokan on March 9, 2007.
Hana Yori Dango Returns was followed by a film, titled Hana Yori Dango Final in 2008. It was intended to serve as the series' conclusion. A spin-off, Hana Nochi Hare, adapted from Yoko Kamio's manga was released in 2018. It featured cameos from several Returns actors, including Matsumoto, Oguri, Matsuda, David Ito, and Sumie Sasaki.
The series was released in a box set on July 11, 2007 by TC Entertainment. It was re-released in blu-ray format on August 6, 2008. Both include a variety of bonus features, such as a director's cut for the first and last episodes.
A special titled, "Hana Yori Dango Returns Special: Makino family's first vacation in N.Y." (花より男子2リターンズ 番外編牧野家はじめての家族旅行珍道中 in N.Y.) aired on January 3, 2007 in Japan. The special was edited and released on DVD by TC Entertainment on June 6, 2007.
|Japan (DVD & blu-ray)|
|July 11, 2007 (DVD)|
August 6, 2008 (blu-ray)
- Main article: Hana Yori Dango Returns Original Soundtrack
Kousuke Yamashita, who had also worked on the Hana Yori Dango soundtrack, composed the background music for Returns. The soundtrack was released by Seikodo on February 28, 2007. It consisted entirely of Yamashita's compositions.
"Love So Sweet" by Arashi, of which Jun Matsumoto is a member, served as the theme song for the drama. The song is certified Double Platinum by Recording Industry Association of Japan. Utada Hikaru's "Flavor of Life" was used as an insert song for the drama. It was downloaded over three million times.
|52nd Television Drama Academy Awards|
|Hana Yori Dango Returns||Best Drama||Won|
|2007 Annual Drama Grand Prix Awards|
|Shun Oguri||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|16th Hashida Awards|
|Mao Inoue||Newcomer Award||Won|
|Shun Oguri||Newcomer Award|
|10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix|
|Hana Yori Dango Returns||Best Drama||Won|
|Mao Inoue||Best Actress|
|Jun Matsumoto||Best Supporting Actor|
|Hana Yori Dango series|