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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Feb 1, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
I love the manga and the japanese version, i can't count how many times i have read/watched it. I actually never get tired of it! So of course i'm glad there are so many different versions. But i have to say that i didn't like BBF. I only watched it because it was eye-candy (hot actors, great music, glamourous...). I wouldn't say it's not worth watching - i don't regret it - read more but the only thing i enjoyed was the storyline... so nothing really surprising, it's got nothing to do with them, i can only thank the mangaka for that ...
Oh and i couldn't finish it. The real issue with this drama is that i wasn't convinced by their acting and the way they adapted the story at all. It's not that they're bad actors - far from that, i love them - just that something is off. I don't understand their feelings, i especially don't believe their feelings,it all seems far-fetched. Sure, it IS a drama after all. But i could really believe and understand in the japanese version, even though i hate the main actress and the actors are not that good-looking (and i don't really like shun oguri). Ok, jun matsumoto is great- guilty.
So it all comes down to this: even though everything singled out is better in BBF (hot hot hot actors!) , the result isn't that great. I didn't feel anything watching this, whereas i went through a roller coaster of emotions in HYD (much much better!)

If you don't want to watch the same story several times, please watch the japanese version. I would recommend this drama only for those who already saw the japanese version and really love it , and have some time to waste (cause let's face it, there are much better dramas).
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Jul 2, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I understand that this drama is surrounded by varied opinions so I will attempt to be mindful of that...

'Boys Before Flowers' or "Boys Over Flowers' was my very first K-Drama. My friend and I watched 20 of the 25 episodes in one full sitting - dedication right there. I must admit, I was not disappointed (evident by the various dramas I have watched since).

The storyline of 'Boys Over Flowers' provides read more moments of tears (I cried like a baby), joy (grinned like a fool and laughed very often), pure annoyance and hatred toward certain 'evil' characters (we experienced much of this), it is certainly a drama that can leave people shouting at their screens. I thought the storyline was great, it always had me at the edge of my seat, enthralled in the events that were unraveling in front of me. However, it has been noted by many other people that the last story plot (I won't state what it is) was unnecessary, and I agree, to a point. I can understand the need for such a plot as it signified the strength of Gu Jun Pyo's love for Geum Jan Di and vise-versa. Overall, the storyline was very good/great, in my opinion - as infuriating as it was brilliant.

The acting/cast... The supporting cast were convincing in their roles, especially Gu Jun Pyo's mother... horrendous woman - she performed her role very well. I ADORED the main leads - Koo Hee Sun (Jan Di) and the F4 members... I must admit, this is the only role of Hee Sun that I have liked (please don't hate me). The actors who played the members of F4 (in my opinion) suited their roles perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them interact and slowly reveal their inner character. Their performances were commendable.

The music... what can I say? I thoroughly enjoyed it. I downloaded the various soundtracks to my phone if that says anything. The music in this drama was outstanding. I believe it was well suited to the drama and the events which were occurring.

Re-watch value... considering that I and a group of my friends have each re-watched this drama on multiple occasions... I would say its pretty high.

Overall, I would say this is a great drama. It is enjoyable and successfully and skillfully manipulates the audiences emotions. I found myself caring for each character (minus the obviously detestable characters... I would definitely recommend watching this drama if you haven't already, the cute moments are well worth it.
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    lifewish Jan 23, 2015

    Not liking Lee Min Ho character at all and each episode is getting less and less interesting so far... hopefully that changes.

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    KMR Jan 20, 2015

    Geum Jan Di's character and the way Goo Hye Soon portrayed her is what ruins this drama. Only the first 3 episodes are good. Jap version is much better, the girl is less annoying and has more common sense.

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    Stepkdramafan226 Jan 2, 2015
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    SimbiAni Dec 29, 2014

    (note: Dec30th, just realized my cmnt from Sept26 has not been showing up for others, only me.. weird! o.o so here it is, reposted.. lol hope it stays up this time!)

    As this is just a cmt & not a full-on review (ie, don't feel like going on about all the things that were sooo wrong in this series, lool oy, that crazy writing!) can I just say..

    ~JUNDiHOO~ is my new OT3!!!

    Please, creative fans wherever you are, including those who're "just viewers" of fannish media, can you link me where to find some epic OT3-shippy artwork? Especially vids, as I'm a major fan of vidding & even altho have not been able to vid myself for years (wayyy too long, I miss it so much!), I still get many ideas so I def hope to vid this one someday.. as well as re-write it from beginning to end (that oh-so-lacking end, yes).

    OT3 meaning trio-love, happy ever after together.. it's so obvious that that was gonna be the BEST way for them to work out, lol I mean ~these hints alone were enough to bring on endless squee: JiHoo draws JunPyo, JanDi helps; JanDi makes JunPyo-cookies, JiHoo gets first bite; JiHoo makes a JanDi snowperson, which JunPyo tosses snowballs at; JunPyo makes JanDi-cookies.. now imagine the 3 of them next making pancakes together & decorating them to look like each other, buahaha too cuute!! <3

    So plz bring on the sappy OT3 fanvids (to happy, upbeat music) & rec some trio fics!


    PS. I checked Google to see if [jundihoo] has ever been used for anything else, & the results were practically non-existent, so if you or anyone kno you make fanstuffs with this trio-ship, please pass on this very unique tag so they'll be easier to find! Thanks!!

    PS2. Here, have a totally meltworthy JiHoo smile XDD

    PS3. GaEul/YiJung/WooBin = secondary OT3, just because ;P (makes sense, too!)

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    heartbreaker17 Dec 27, 2014
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    bhumka sharma Dec 27, 2014

    this was my first drama of k-world and Lee min ho and i found it amazing to watch. The character and emotions of gu jun pyo shown in the series were like the boy experiencing his first love and after this series only i started to love gu jun pyo as it resembled me of my dream character i have ever imagined of. Ending was a bit abrupt but still it will always be one of my best shows ever.

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    CmgKpop Nov 26, 2014

    Yes, it has lotsss of cliches, but somehow I didn't get annoyed at all. I really enjoyed this drama, for the most parts. The characters are really lovable and grow on you, even the secundary ones. It's a must-watch for every k-drama fan, if only because it's so emblematic.
    The ending was a bit disappointing though, a little vague :(

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    babysmurf Nov 26, 2014

    This drama has some sort of weird addiction/disillusionment effect on people where we /know/ it's ridiculous and corny and some parts are just undeniably /bad/, but we still can't help but love it and know a part of us will always love it, no matter how much shame we feel for admitting so.

    This was the first kdrama I ever watched and my drama standards have gotten better since, but there's nothing like Boys Over Flowers. There's nothing like listening to the OST and feeling everything you felt while watching it that first time. It revolutionized dramas. It's just classic.

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    Christy Nov 12, 2014

    This was one of my first kdramas, so it will always have a special place in my heart.

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    choi Nov 3, 2014

    Just started watching this one, and I have now finished 2 episodes. I was kind of avoiding to start watching this because I thought I would get disapointed because this has been so popular and that oind of popular dramas tend to disapoint me pretty much always. But right now, even tho I don't wanna be the one of those who love these hit dramas over the other great not so popular ones, I like this so far. It seems a good solution to not expect anything, just watch without any thoughs and/or reading reviews. And I was prepared to Kim Hyun Joon's robotic-like acting so it's not that bad. He is just so gorgeous so maybe that'll make it up.

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    kimnngo Sep 26, 2014

    this drama was the one that got me into k-world :))

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    Vui256 Sep 25, 2014

    I gave it an 8 mark. Not 10 because of Hye Sun's acting, the storyline was getting kind of depressing during the last episodes...

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    LoneLoneCho Sep 13, 2014
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    Carmen alexandra Sep 6, 2014

    is it just me who finds this drama too emotional ? It's hard to watch... i mean it's full of problems.. idk how to explain it but anyway... I still have the AALMOOST PAAARAAADIIISEEEE feeling or ONE MORE TIME hm hmhm.. lol yeah i'm crazy.

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      misscalliman Dec 1, 2014

      Yes, too much drama! I mean, I love drama and all - obviously - but this was too much for me. It took me months to go through all 25 episodes.

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    TAMAREXXE Sep 3, 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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    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.1 (scored by 18,587 users)
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