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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Mar 26, 2014
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Boys over flowers is like the "must see" in k drama world. This is probably the most famous k drama ever, and the first k drama for a lot of people, and that's why we -somehow- love this drama although it isn't actually a good one.

The story is just a big WTF! to me, really... and it doesn't always make sense. But incredibly it is still a catchy story lol, this read more is what BOF is, it somehow hooks you up, but deep inside of you, you know that what you're watching is not good at all.

The acting is just BLEH! although I love Lee Min Ho and now is one of my favorite actors, in BOF he wasn't as good as he is now... it wasn't a terrible acting but it wasn't a good one either... Same for Koo Hye Sun, she's good at dramatic scenes and crying and suffering but she lacks emotion in other scenes like kisses or funny moments and etc...

F4: oh boy! the eyecandy in this story has a 10/10 these four Asian boys doing whatever they want with your feelings and looking hot while they're destroying your heart haha it's just asdfghjk...

And probably what makes this drama a "must see" and a famous one is Yoon Ji Hoo (Kim Hyun Joong) BOF probably has the worst and saddest second lead syndrome ever! REALLY... even if you don't ship JanDi with JiHoo the drama still makes you feel terribly sad about JiHoo's life (a terrible and lonely one) omg! my heart still aches when I remember...

Despite of all that BOF is a very rewatchable story... if you want to cheer up, or cry like crazy or just remember or see hot Asian boys gathered in one drama, just go to BOF. :)
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Mar 31, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
If I could some this drama up in one word it would be 'meh'. Boys before flowers isn't that special, it was kinda disapointing to be frank. Yes the actors were brilliant but the storyline lacked spark.

I'll start with the storyline, it was ok at the beginning and good through the middle but the end was an anti-climax and a half. The ammount of cliches in this show is annoying, I've read more seen it all before. I haven't seen any other adaptions of this show and since watching Boys Before Flowers I don't think I will. It was average at best.

However the actors in this show, particulary Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong were awesome. Each and every emotion was potrayed brilliantly and had this show a better storyline it would have easily got a ten. I liked the different styles of acting and personalities that each character brought, even the minor ones. Plus they're all nice eye candy.

The music in this show made it worth watching. I loved the soundtrack and plan to buy every song that I possibly can from it. A nice mix of classical and pop that fitted each mood. Very very good music in this show.

In the end I would reccomend watching it so long as your not one of those people who like to pick wholes in every detail. Its easy-going and makes for an enjoyable watch. But it's not life-changing or addictive. And you probably won't watch it again.
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they give off the same vibe. the two main girls remind me of each other. the two main guys are jerks to the girl the majority of the drama.
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    Elle 9 days ago - edited

    I must be missing something ... I've tried watching this drama two times and it didn't work out ... I can't get past episode twelve ... I'm have a really hard time relating to both leads ...

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      SnowGirl 4 days ago

      At least you reached 12,I stopped at 5 after trying to watch it several times :(

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    marygoround 18 days ago

    This drama ruined my a good way. Loved it. I loved the plot, the OST, and well everything else about it. This was my very first Korean drama, and there is so much to love from this drama.

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    Madelynn 25 days ago

    This drama isn't incredibly good or incredibly bad, but it was so many people's first dramas (including mine), and really got me hooked. The characters and acting are pretty good, not the best I've seen, and the story is kinda confusing at times, but it was a really good first drama, and I've rewatched it about 4-5 times since first watching it.

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    Roberthebert Feb 17, 2017

    Not for me just didnt hit spot, oh my venus,yes

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    KMR Jan 8, 2017

    Who hasn't watched it? And who hasn't hated it? lol
    The first time I kinda liked it (even if I couldn't stand Geum Jan Di), but I think it's because I was still young and very immature. Now that I'm older and a little wiser...gosh...I can't believe I enjoyed smth like that Ah ah ah! Still better than HEIRS though.

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    Misha Jan 4, 2017

    This drama was terrible, the only reason it's rated high is because it was most people's first. This drama is not good what so ever it really doesn't deserve this rating. It was my second drama after Playful Kiss (which was my first) and I suffered through this.

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    INFIRES Dec 2, 2016

    For some annoying reason, the "Watch Latest Episodes" section on the right of my MDL page is ALWAYS just full of BOF episodes. THE ENTIRE LIST, DAY AFTER DAY. Is there any flipping way to fix this problem? The drama is long from "new"!

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    John Nov 7, 2016

    I loved this drama the first time I watched it, but I can't enjoy the drama now since Kim Hyun Joong is in.

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    Haru Nov 2, 2016 - edited

    I've seen the Japanese, the Taiwanese and the Korean version. I even read all manga chapters, and watched all anime episodes.
    The Japanese one is without a doubt the best (The Taiwanese the worst). I've rewatched it five or six times. However, the Korean version has the pretty faces and a little bit more cheesiness... which is also really really nice. Yes, it is not as funny as the Japanese one. but it's still nice to watch (even multiple times), and as a huge fan of SS501 I completely enjoyed it.
    It is certain that Boys Before Flowers is the perfect drama for beginners. So if you want to get into Korean stuff, you should start with this one.

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      KMR Jan 8, 2017

      I agree the Japanese version is the best, story and character wise. The Taiwanese is the oldest so lower quality but the story is the closest to the manga (which was still ongoing at the time).
      K version had the best visuals IMO. They're the ones who really looked indecently rich and their pretty faces closest to what F4 was supposed to be.

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    JohnGilbert Oct 31, 2016

    So many haters. For better or for worse, this was where it all started for me. This drama completely won me over. Since it was my first, I knew nothing about the kdrama cliches or tropes. I watched it purely innocently and it completely enthralled me. I fell completely in love with JanDi and her can do spirit. She stole my heart and I don't know if she ever gave it back. This little sweet, modest means gal completely dismantled the aristocrat-like, chaebol rich elite and completely changed everything. I could go on and on dissecting why it is so charming, but some get it some don't. Being my first, it will always hold a special place in my heart.

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    Sayyy Oct 15, 2016

    This drama is not really perfect but admit it or not this is one of the reason why Kdramas became so popular. When I didn't started to watch dramas yet, I always heard about BOF. Tbh, I like this drama so much.

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    NadeshikoLi Oct 6, 2016

    I don't like this drama.
    I saw because this drama had many positive comments and many were saying that it's the best version.
    I prefer Hana yori dango!

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    VictorVice Oct 3, 2016 - edited

    this drama sucks ass. little advice to the new drama fans don't watch it or else you will regret it. no freaking lies

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      naccu Nov 28, 2016

      I think half of the asian drama fans would like to disagree with you since it's too many people's first drama and it didn't make them regret it or hate k-dramas for that matter!

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    Chaimaa Sep 7, 2016

    Well this was my first KDrama ever, it all started with it . To be honest , it isn't a great one, but it is a must see . You are not gonna be able to watch it if you are an old KDrama fan . It is gonna be way too boring for you. But if you are new, you better start with this one :D


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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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    8.0 (scored by 28,205 users)
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