Hana Yori Dango

Hana Yori Dango (2005)

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Makino Tsukushi is the only poor student at Eitoku Gakuen, the school of the ridiculously rich and privileged that is ruled by Flower 4 or F4, a group of four boys who come from extremely powerful families: Domyoji Tsukasa, the leader and heir of the Domyoji World Finance Group; Hanazawa Rui, the introverted son of a large company; Nishikado Sojiro, a player who is the heir of a tea ceremony school; and read moreMimasaka Akira, a madam killer with ties to the underground. If a student gets on the F4's bad side, he/she gets a red notice and is bullied and driven out of school.
Makino hopes to pass her days quietly - without drawing any attention to herself - but one day, she stands up to Domyoji in defense of her friend. The next day, Makino gets the dreaded red notice. Even though she is harassed, Makino decides to keep going to school because she is a "tough weed". She declares war right back on the F4. Her resolve gets the attention of her crush Hanazawa Rui and oddly enough, rouses romantic feelings in her worst enemy, Domyoji Tsukasa.
The series is based on the Japanese shoujo manga "Hana Yori Dango" by Kamio Yoko.

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Nov 4, 2012
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Hana Yori Dango was the reason I discovered dramas. I was watching the anime (and loving it) when I found out it had a "live action" version. I downloaded it and started watching it and the rest is history. Going back to the present, a few days ago I decided to rewatch it, because I wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered or if I was just being read more biased because it was my first drama. My conclusion: It WAS good.
I think almost everybody who is familiar with this story knows that there are several adaptations for it. It all started with the manga, then the anime, then the 1995 movie and then 4 drama adaptions from China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. This version, the JDrama one is my favorite. Reasons? Here I go.
The story isn't your typical Cinderella. Yes, there's a poor girl and a rich guy and yes, he falls in love with her, but this Cinderella definitely doesn't want the charming prince to return her glass slipper. For me this story is a master piece not because of the love story, but because of its crudeness. It deals bluntly with heavy issues (even more forbidden in Japan) like bullying, rape, tolerance, corruption, class differences and the general injustice that is high school. I think this a story that every teenage girl should know of, because it says that you don't have to be anything to please a guy.Instead, you should worry about the things surrounding you and how you can make a change.
The love story is pretty good and addictive too. You have a strong female character who deals with a LOT of things throughout the story. She isn't searching for love, she has her hands already full with school and her family. She isn't pretty OR nice. Neither is she elegant or flirty. BUT, she is loyal to her friends and always defends people against injustice. She is honourable and honest, she always speaks her mind, even if it will get her in huge trouble afterwards. She's also fearless and does what most people are afraid to. Watching this now, I realize that Makino has been my role model throughout my teenage years and has helped me morph into the person I am today. I am still very far from being like her, but she's a truly inspirational character who makes me always push myself harder.
Then there's Domyouji, who is far from your perfect prince charming. To put it mildly, he's a total jerk and a bully. He's used to getting his way and everybody is afraid of him. He's a really rotten human being, if that can even be called human. But, when Makino confronts him instead of running away from him, he falls instantly in love with her. For me one of the greatest thing about HYD is seeing Domyouji slowly changing from being the monster that he was at first to a truly beautiful human being. His love for Makino makes him grow as a person, become someone kind and adorable, and he learns a little more about life, and accepts that he can't always have his way.
All the cast does a perfect job. They made the characters from the manga come alive completely, instead of changing them. The chemistry between Inoue Mao and Matsumoto Jun is so real that I often wish they were a couple in real life while watching them, and the chemistry between the F4 is great too. They really came together as a group of friends who always have their back for each other.
The thing about this story is that you don't say: wow this person is a great actor/actress. It is the kind of awesome acting that makes you forget they're acting. It's simply natural and perfect.
The OST is really good. It's not mad good, but it's the kind of music that gets stucked in your head for several days in a row. It has been on my iPod for several years, and I sometimes use it as a ringtone from my phone.
I've watched this several times and I will keep rewatching it, because I learn something new about it every time I watch it.
This is one of those dramas that for ME, is really a must. If you haven't watched it, I recommend it greatly. I don't know if you'll think of it as high as I do, but I seriously think you'll like it, what are you waiting for? :)
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May 6, 2012
  • Overall 10
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AHHH I LOVE THIS DRAMA!!!!!!! So much better than the Korean version if you ask me.

Story: So if you've read the manga, watched the anime, or have seen either the Korean/ Japanese version you already know the story. For others the story may seem a bit weird but it has a lot of heart and it totally grabs your attention. Its a romantic comedy so its a story based around love. read more Acting: Ahh soo much better than the Korean version, much much much better. Though the cast wasn't as pretty as the Korean version they were excellent actors. I already liked Matsumoto Jun from Kimi Wa Petto but this story made me fall in love with him. The main female Inou Mao is SOOO SOOO SOO much better than Goo Hye Sun and her horrible acting. I love the cast, and I thought the girl who played Shisuka was GORGEOUS! She was so pretty.

Music: I really liked the music it was cute and catchy. But I got annoyed after they played it over and over again.

Rewatch: Definitely will watch again when I'm in the mood for a good romance drama.

Forget the Korean version of the drama, why wasn't this my drama. Why did the Korean version have to be my first drama and ruin Kdramas for me for a while. If you want pretty sets and pretty actors go to the Korean version, but if you want awesome acting and true feelings this version is THE BEST!! LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEEE
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The Original. The Best. The ONLY. Nothing is superior to this version. Nothing.

The Kdrama (Boys of Over Flowers), the TWdrama (Meteor Garden), the Dizilier (Waiting for the Sun or Gunesin Kizlari) are copies of this version of Hana Yori Dango.

Yes, one and all. This version was so famous all over Asia it made it's way to Turkey; ie the Dizilier. Japan did that. Not Korea. Therefore, the manga and this Jdorama is something to take into consideration. It has two parts and a movie. One of the greatest and most successful manga-anime to live action Japan has made.

I came here for Zhang Han. Find out why you came here...it might be for the pairings or for Zhang or out of boredom. But if you've loved HYD...you might like this one. Personally, I'm only loyal to HYD.
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    I AM 18 days ago - edited

    Is it better than Boys over flowers? I didn't like BOF that much :/ That guy was a jerk.

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      OnigiriBunnie 17 days ago - edited
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      I AM 16 days ago

      Thanks :)

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    I watched (and rewatched about a hundred times) this version of the manga about 5 years ago and it still is, without a doubt, the BEST out of the three HYD versions ever. Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao are the best Domyouji and Makino drama incarnates. Adorable, laugh out loud funny, swoon-inducing and heartbreaking at times.

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    Ineta Jun 13, 2017 - edited

    Ahh, I did not expect this to turn out this cute. :')

    Even until the end, some of the things were made way too silly and I really really don't support the abuse / violence in this, but otherwise this was actually such a heart-warming drama. I thought I would hate the male lead, but he turned out to be a cute dork in love at the end. :'D

    Hana Yori Dango is a very entertaining drama, I laughed a lot, and there were even some very intense moments where I could not take my eyes off the screen. I also loved how our leading lady always stood up for herself.

    I had expected this to be a much worse drama, but I am pleasantly surprised and I definitely understand why this became so popular and is now referred to as one of the classics. 10/10 would recommend!

    Now I am just thinking of whether to eventually watch the season 2 of Hana Yori Dango... Can anyone help me decide? :'D

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      Taylor Jun 25, 2017

      I'm glad you liked it! I would recommend watching season 2. It's a great continuation of the story and picks up right where this season leaves off. The whole feel to season 2 is also very similar so if you liked the 1st season you should like the next. :)

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      Ineta Jun 25, 2017

      Thank you for replying! Hana Yori Dango 2 has been added to my PTW list. ^-^

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      Taylor Jun 25, 2017

      Yay! I hope you like it. :))

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    i094 May 28, 2017

    The absolute best version of this story!

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    lea May 2, 2017

    Definitely the best of all the versions! Female lead too none of the annoying behaviours on other versions dramas leads :)

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    jenny Apr 12, 2017 - edited

    does anyone know where I can watch this? can't seem to find it on Viki or Dramafever

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    Fran Apr 2, 2017

    The best and most complete version! <3

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    Belmani Mar 9, 2017 - edited

    ;o; you guys prefer the live action or the anime?

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      SnowGirl Mar 18, 2017

      Live action~ ALL THE WAY XD

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      NanaRu Jul 19, 2017

      Have you seen the anime?

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      SnowGirl 24 days ago

      yep, but because of the animation and all,i like the drama better ^^

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      NanaRu 23 days ago

      Hahah same. Idk how many times I have tried liking the anime. But it's understandable since it is really old.

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      SnowGirl 22 days ago

      ikr.. but since it's so old, i hope it gets remade like the numerous live action versions ^^

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    Sayyy Feb 16, 2017 - edited

    Are they really married? Based on the articles that I read they're dating for 9 years and planning to get married (it was posted 3 years ago (2014) btw.) I'm not sure if it was legit and if they really got married. The articles are so limited, I can't find any reliable blogs/websites about their relationship. I'm shipping them so much. So are they married now in real life or what? :)

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      naydesu Feb 28, 2017

      I want to know too, maybe they are already married.

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    veronicaruiz Jan 17, 2017

    This is by far my favorite version!!

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    SnowGirl Jan 16, 2017 - edited

    No matter how many times I rewatch this,I still love it like hell <3

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    junah Oct 28, 2016 - edited

    if you fan of Hana Yori Dango manga, watch this show separately from it. they totally messed up the characters (not only main characters, but also supporting characters). the end of this show has betrayed Tsukushi character in sooo many level. there's a strong reason why the end of the manga is what it is, and how this show just turn it 180 make it fails to deliver message from the mangaka to young girls out there. from 3 version (taiwan and korean), i could say this is the worst adaptation ever. if you look it in total separate way from the manga, then it is an okay show.

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      ElaEnchanted Jan 6, 2017

      from what exactly they mess up? i have read the manga a couple of times already, and watched the anime, and other versions. there may have been some differences in the manga, but still Tsukushi's character here is the best portrayal for the Tsukushi in the manga.

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    Cheerfulgiggle Oct 12, 2016

    I like it has effective drama

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    ElaEnchanted Sep 10, 2016

    This is the best version. The acting and the chemistry of all the casts are really great and leaving you wanting for more. It is great too that they made a final ending for this story.
    My favorite version in ranking: first is this Japanese version, then the Taiwanese version then the Chinese version, then the Korean one. I guess the only version that the Korean may beat was the English adaptation which is by far the worst!


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    Oct 21, 2005 to Dec 16, 2005
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