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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Also, Kim Hyun Joong (Yoon Ji Hoo in Boys Over Flowers) is the male lead in Playful Kiss. His character (Baek Seung Jo) is different yet somehow still similar to Yoon Ji Hoo. So, if you liked him in Boys Over Flowers, you'll probably like him in Playful Kiss as well!
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    NoemiVillagranLeon 22 hours ago - edited

    I thought a lot of it was too absurd and too long. I don't know how I survived being that bored. 3/10... Too much overacting, it just felt too rehearsed and unnatural in so many scenes. Sorry to the fans, but it's my personal opinion. Soundtracks were the only memorable element.

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    WolfDog 16 days ago

    Amazing drama!! A must watch!!!

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    real_Mokona Jul 11, 2017

    It was my first Drama and opened the world of Dramaland to me... even it is not that outstanding it will always be in my heart and I will watch it ever and ever again

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    ElleViBritannia Jul 1, 2017

    I'd been trying to not compare it with hana yori dango the whole way through but inevitably i did.
    I don't mind the cliche story etc just the overall lack of chemistry was dissapointing and i missed the humour.
    Though the ridiculous fashion was amusing lol
    Over all.. average

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    jesy Jun 22, 2017

    I, somehow understand the way they dressed,.geez, this drama was in 2009 and maybe that was a fashion trend in korea back then. What i dont like here is that it was dragged too long. This could be ended for the usual 16 episodes. Also, gu hye seon was somewhat cold and reserved when they kissed (lee min ho). I could'nt feel any romance.. not so touching All her kissing scenes felt uncomfortable and awkward. And i cant move on with the 2nd male lead hyun joong. i like your portrayal here.

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    Jadedrama16 Jun 21, 2017
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    Sara Power Jun 15, 2017

    Worth watching for the absurdity of the Male lead's clothes alone. As a bonus both the first and second male leads have absurd hair.
    There are a lot of things that are really wrong with the relationship between the leads and the portrayals of a lot of the female characters (although halfway through it gets better) but the clothes and portrayals of "wealth" on the boys are just too good to be true. Does the lead have a servant that curls his hair for him everyday?

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    Jaylan Jun 11, 2017

    VAPID & raised my temper almost most of the time -.-

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    Tamao_Hime May 12, 2017 - edited

    is this version different from the japanese version?
    does it feel like a slightly different story or is it just the same but in korean?
    (for example how the Hana Kimi/ To the Beautiful You are the same base story but are definitely different)

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      IZAYA May 19, 2017 - edited

      both have the same main story/idea but still different (some parts/developing). well, for me, what make this one different its the second couple and they were the best / blessing thing that happened in this version.

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      Irusu 13 days ago

      The Japanese ones female lead is not annoying

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    Jasmin2344557 May 8, 2017

    Enjoyed this drama. A bit to long though but its just a classic drama that I would recommend to anyone.
    #그것을 사랑해.

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    Oddy May 7, 2017 - edited

    Oh boy! It's bad!
    I saw everywhere that it's a "classic" must-watch drama. I took the opportunity to watch it on Netflix, even if I was only half convinced by the cliché story. The main characters aren't likable (to put it nicely).
    It's too much, too over the top, it's often ridiculous and extremely cliché (and bad clichés, not well-played tropes).
    Maybe the drama didn't age well, maybe I'm too old for that s*** but I made it to episode 9 and I won't go any further.

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      KatySarang_TGeyes May 12, 2017

      Oh gosh someone agrees! I feel like this drama promotes abusive relationships, I absolutely hate it. I dropped it after 15 episodes. There are way better dramas than this crap.

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      aky Jun 2, 2017

      Thank goodness I didn't go past a minute into the first episode. I didn't know what else was to come, but I wasn't buying it. (Probably too soon to drop something, but I've never been so turned off by a drama.)

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      Oddy Jun 3, 2017
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      vane 19 days ago

      this is based on manga, they changed a lot of things, but in the manga the bulling against the protagonist is worst,

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    EleniEmpress May 4, 2017 - edited

    It was a good drama not perfect but good. It was my first k-drama after watching the japanese version so it is a special drama to me !!!!! It has great moments, good moments but it also has very bad moments too

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    KatySarang_TGeyes May 4, 2017

    Am I the only one that can't stand this drama?

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    Kshitij Apr 24, 2017

    Pretty much does the job for entering the world of dramas. Since it was my first one, it is special to me. Even though i don't heavily recommend it, but it has its moments.


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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 30,221 users)
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