Boys Before Flowers

Boys Before Flowers (2009)

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Hardworking Geum Jan Di attends the exclusive Shinhwa High School by a scholarship she gets because of an incident. She finds her shallow, privileged classmates unbearable, especially the notorious F4. Rich, handsome, and arrogant, Goo Jun Pyo, Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung, and Song Woo Bin are the kings of the school and no one, not even the teachers, dare challenge them. No one, that is, except Jan Di. Angry at read moretheir rudeness, Jan Di tells off F4 leader Jun Pyo, bringing a world of trouble upon herself. Although Jun Pyo persists on bullying her, he begins to find himself attracted to Jan Di.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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May 15, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
My oh my, what to say about this drama?

When it was first released, man it was THE HOTTEST THING on TV. And it was positively addictive. I was a relative newbie to Korean dramas, so this drama meant the world to me and it was an obsession.

The main reason why one may be attracted to watch this at first is the fact that it rides on the goodwill from Meteor read more Garden and Hana Yori Dango. I'm not here to compare these adaptations though.

The show is full of scenes that seem hilarious and cheesy on hindsight, but on first watch I never seemed to notice them. I was probably blinded by my addiction. The story is also full of holes.

The only redeeming thing about the cast is the induction of Lee Min Ho into popular consciousness. He played his character well. Another consolation is getting to know Kim Bum the actor. Not his first project, but he became more well-known because of this show. Gu Hye Sun - what a disappointment. Kim So Eun did what she could with the material she had.

The soundtrack is positively in-your-face - you will never think of that silly Paradise song in the same way ever again. It appears in every darn scene possible, even those you never thought possible.

Having said all of that, why I put rewatch value at an 8: when I watch it now, it is so cringe-inducing and hilariously BAD. If you have seen it before and have seen top-quality dramas since (eg Gaksital, City Hunter, Best Love etc), I encourage you to watch it again, and enjoy the show, for TOTALLY DIFFERENT reasons from when you first watched it.
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32 of 49 people found this review helpful
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Oct 1, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
For those of you who have watched the other versions of this drama, which are "Hana Yori Dango" and "Meteor Garden" and enjoyed it, may want to watch this Korean version. Extras have been added to the story line which round everything up better like secondary characters back stories and more of a rivalry between the 'Rui and Domyoji' equivalent characters. Jan Di's character has been made more capable to cope with read more all the rotten situations thrown at her and more smarter than Tsukushi's character.

For those of you who haven't watched any of the previous versions of this drama, watching this will take you on a wonderful journey and a roller coaster of emotions, just make sure you have a pillow handy to hide yourself during the painfully embarrassing moments, and are sitting in a sound proof room so your shouting at the screen won't disturb and freak out the people you live with
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Want to know where such a cute story came from? Hana Yori Dango is the original live action adaptation of the manga written by Kamio Yoko. It may be slightly older, but this Japanese predecessor has everything you loved about the Korean version, mixed in with it's own charm.
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i love them both as they have the typical cinderella story with the simple girl and rich heir. even though the stories are different, they are both rom-coms and if you like one you will like the other too!
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    luna 2 days ago


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    My first k-drama and since then I been watching more of them

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    Alexandrine 22 days ago

    the japanese version is so much better

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    tsuki16 30 days ago

    This drama had its annoying moments but definetly one of my favorite dramas. I've watched it four times already I love the cast too <3 I don't care why you guys don't like it :p

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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 25, 2014

    This drama is really overrated in my opinion :/ Geum Jan Di was really annoying... and the story was way to slow. I liked the Japanese version a lot better.

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    iiamxmee Jun 18, 2014

    My favourite drama! <3 I love it so much! It's very romantic and funny! Lee Minho is great!!! I love him. He played it the best! Koo Hye Sun was the best too, she's very cute <3

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    Esther Jun 14, 2014

    Why those curls on LMH hair? WHY.

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    WHENGPADILLA May 29, 2014

    Oh yes Japanese version is better than Korean version, but there is very big difference. All the cast of BOF are truly much better than HYD. Very much Handsome LEE MIN HO. Matsumoto Jun, i like him when he play in GOKUSEN 1. LEE MIN HO is very manly. I Love You!

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    sara May 17, 2014

    Japanese version is waay better then this

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    hogod Apr 28, 2014

    I prefer Korean dramas to Japanese dramas nowadays, but I'll never like Boys Over Flowers more than Hana Yori Dango, and I won't believe anyone who says they do. In fact, I dropped it before even reaching episode 10... Pretty much only watched it just to see Kyujong, Hyungjoon and Youngsaeng perform U R MAN and then I was done. lol

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      Alice_In_Wonderland May 18, 2014

      I hear you. I am watching Boys Before Flowers at the moment and I cannot even compare these two. I mean... Shouldn't a remake be better than original? If not, then what's the point in creating one? Anyways, I am disappointed just as much as I was in Japanese remake of You're Beautiful.. x.x

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      hogod May 20, 2014

      I generally avoid remakes, but back when I watched this I didn't realise right away that it was a remake. It seems to me like remakes tend to try to be better than the original, and they end up forgetting about what made the original one so good. u.u

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    pastagod Apr 21, 2014

    watching this one is kind of like a rite of passage into kdrama, but that doesn't mean it isn't overrated. i believe people put this show on too much of a pedestal. being the first drama i ever watched, it ended up setting my expectations pretty low. the japanese version is SOO much better, believe me. sure, korea's got great eye candy, but the drama was extremely lacking, whereas hana yori dango (in my opinion) executed the story and characters almost perfectly. in all honestly i could probably talk shit about this drama for hours because i disliked it that much, but out of respect for those who managed to enjoy it, i won't.

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    zai000 Apr 20, 2014

    Hana Yori Dango has a really good and fitting soundtrack, which doesn't get annoying. Also doesn't have those weird and hideous choices of wardrobe and hairstyle I saw in BOF, the main leads have awesome chemistry (didn't see chemistry in BOF,at all!), it's shorter and more consise, the "love triangle" is not draggy and annoying and overall HYD has a better ending. That said, this one neutralizes some events in the plot that might cause cultural shock to the foreign audiences, making it easier to watch, follow and understand to everyone. The korean F4 guys do a great job as well, but it's still overrated in my opinion.

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    kanna Apr 18, 2014

    This drama is way over rated. I liked hana yori dango much better. It was short and concise. Tooo many unnecessary cliches added to extend it to 25 episodes. Seriously, I think once you watch this drama you'll know all the cliches that exist in drama land.

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    Miriam Apr 14, 2014

    loved the show but OMFG THE OST MADE ME WANT TO THROW MY LAPTOP OUT THE WINDOW AND JUST SCREAM! and the worst bit was i would be walking around humming "ALMOST PARIDISE" as mush as i loved the show i will probably never rewatch it just because of the music :/

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      Esther Jun 14, 2014

      oh god I'm laughing so much with this comment xDDDDD

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    Nataya2001 Apr 10, 2014



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    South Korea
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    Jan 5, 2009 to Mar 31, 2009
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.1 (scored by 16,113 users)
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