Boys Over Flowers

Boys Over 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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Apr 4, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
The story is the one from Hana Yori Dango so it wasn't a new one, i actually went on comparing between the two versions and even the chinese and taiwanese versions. To tell the truth, this one contains the most outstanding cast i totally love F4 but i didn't like the lead actress, she was really annoying to watch.
This version was fair enough, it feels good to watch yet i still read more don't believe it's the best version out there.
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Jul 16, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I watched Meteor Garden when I was a kid and read the manga after watching all the live-actions so I guess I'm a die-hard fan of HYD.

Boys Over Flowers was a nice drama. It has its sparks here and there but it never really caught my heart. The story line was good, the cast was just amazing and the soundtrack just makes you flutter.

But Hana Yori Dango/Boys Over Flowers, in read more my sense, was a story about a kind and brave girl who fell in love and changed a guy who longed for love among everyone else. A girl who did all she could to protect her loved ones and fight for herself. A guy trying to show to the girl he loves that she was the only one for him, with the help of his friends. A not-so-cliche couple, trying to prove to the world how much they treasure each other and how they can overcome all the hardships reality threw to them.

BOF gave viewers great visual on how the F4's lives were. But I never saw the friendship between them. They were good-looking as hell but, the closeness was not there. Jan Di was, sure, poor, but I don't think she would gobble down food like that.

Jun Pyo and Jan Di had sparks, just wasn't enough. Their chemistry just never caught my heart, unlike Domyouji (Matsumoto Jun) and Makino (Inoue Mao). Never got their version of the necklace either. Domyouji gave Makino the necklace as to let her know that she is his soul-mate, based on horoscope. Why the moon never escaping the star?

I guess every adaptation has its own twists and patterns to make it different from the others. Just so happens that this one, indeed caught me eye, but not my heart.

( Tho I love the fact that they made a side story to Ga Eul and Yi Jung, even tho it was not in the manga xDD )

I don't regret watching this. It was a nice drama. Lots of eye-candy and idol-ish faces. Just that, compared to the other versions, BOF was probably the one I like the least. I recommend this to those who have watched HYD or Meteor Garden, since if you're a real fan of this story, you definitely have to see this.

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Both dramas have similar stories about Flower boys and a poor girl. I think "Moon river" is better than BOF.
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A bunch of famous beautiful looking boys and an ordinary girl. one of the boys gets friendsoned while the other(the mean guy) gets the girl. you know all that. ^^
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    kanade 4 days ago - edited

    real cringe fest

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    irish 7 days ago

    Boys over Flowers.
    terrific performance by the lead actress. A reviewer on dvd beaver said she was a cross between Stan laurel, and Guelita Masina. She does smile like Stan Laurel okay. Not too many scenes that brought a tear. I smiled more and cried. The level of violence in it caught me by surprise. Maybe it was the title that threw me. But then again I should have been prepared, when the series starts with an attempted suicide. I would describe as as a show about love, friendship, and the possible sacrifice of
    one's own happiness for a friends. There is friendship between women, friendship between men, even if it sometimes leads to jealousy and violence, and friendship bettween mem and women ie f4 and Jan Di. Overall it;'s a series I admired more than liked, particularly for the lead actress. The rest of the cast are ok, but no real standouts acting wise. I do wonder why only 3 of the f4 members were given decent storylines.

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    HamelinSong 23 days ago

    I think Go JoonPyo was the BEST Domyoji EVER. o.o
    I really loved the changes they made, surprisingly they didn't made me miss the manga.
    But i'm very sad about the finale... what a rush!!
    In the end, i simply loved it, but im still veeeeery disappointed for GaEul and YiJung that never kissed, NOT EVEN ONCE!!

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    Pixiemage7 24 days ago

    only watched this drama for the sake of the manga... no one beats the Japanese version

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    Raghad 29 days ago

    this shit makes me gag

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    JonginsShadow Sep 19, 2015

    It's a must see....It's just legendary

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    JulianaCaetano Sep 3, 2015 - edited

    For me, this drama is really boring and I'm have to force myself to finish it! Really, I respect but I don't know why people keep saying that this drama is one of the best of the all time. I think this is crazy, is such a poor story and everything is terrible. The OST is the only thing that I like on it.J-version is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER, Jun Pyo is not convincing, I really dislike Lee Minho on this drama and the others actors also. Too forced! Poor action. And GOOOOD PLEASE, what can I say about Hye Sun? This girl call herself actress??? Please, even I can make a better a job. But anyway I need patience to finish this and I hope I can do it someday. 24 eps?? 10 would be enough!!!!!!!!

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      IsabelaCavalcante Sep 3, 2015

      100% agree!

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      JunKi-fan Sep 14, 2015

      Agree. The Japanese version was clearly the best adaptation because Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao were way more convincing in their respective roles. And Gu Hye Sun cannot act to save her life.

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      Raghad 29 days ago

      i love you so much for commenting this

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    ParkShinHyeILY Aug 30, 2015
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    Meeiishal Aug 10, 2015 - edited

    Not my favorite drama but one that deff sticks to you. I've only watched it once and refuse to rewatch. Too many circles and ups and downs of a roller coaster. I honestly in my heart felt like she chose the wrong guy which is why I would hope there'd be a season two. Sigh, i get so frustraited thinking about it. But the OST is seriously one of the best i've heard. Great drama that tugs at your feels especially if you watched this as a teenager. so nostalgic.

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    Gafar Valentina Jul 5, 2015

    My first kdrama, I love it,the cast and the ost.I started having interest in kdramas because of bbf

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    shaghayegh Jul 3, 2015 - edited

    ok now go and search on the internet : best korean drama ever ,most famous kdrama ... ..?
    the first will definitally be BOYS OVER FLOWERS!!!!!!! No doubt . this rating here is just among 20.000 people but million's of people khow this drama and rate it near 9 . this drama is NO,1 for most of kdrama lovers. so dont pay attention to the rating its one of the best :D

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    choi Jun 11, 2015

    Well, now that I've completed the whole series and watched all the episodes.. Was this worth of all the hype? For me, not necessarily. Kinda basic romcom with many cliches but still managaed to entertain me and made me cry. Nothing that special and for me, KHJ's robotic-like acting is actually attractive in a some weird way. And I just can't get over him (despite alk the scandals of his personal life), he is just so good looking. After all, I liked this drama but it is not the best I've seen.

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    NesrineTao Jun 4, 2015

    i'll never forget this drama cause it was my very first korean drama and it was the first time i felt in love with Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Jung

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    Pandiko May 27, 2015

    Does this make Lee Min Ho and So Ji Sub brothers?

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    eoniii May 17, 2015 - edited

    It has been years.
    And the ending of this just gives off there'll-surely-be-a-next-season feels.
    And Korea rarely produce second seasons.
    What, do we have to wait for freaking 10 years to have this continued.. just like Winter Sonata?

    And I heard, LMH finds his character GJP embarrassing..
    So I guess that's the end of this?


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    South Korea
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    Jan 5, 2009 to Mar 31, 2009
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.0 (scored by 21,896 users)
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