Boys Before Flowers!

March 22, 2009

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Boys Before Flowers (or Boys Over Flowers) originated from the Japanese comic, Hana Yori Dango. If you have ever heard of the Chinese drama, Meteor Garden, the storyline is about the same. However, I would prefer the Korean version as I think they’re much more good-looking in my opinion. Haha.

The story is about a girl, Jan Di, whose family owns a dry cleaning store located near the luxurious and well known Shin Hwa College. Jan Di meets the four richest and most spoiled boys, F4, when she delivers laundry to the school one day. After saving a boy from commiting suicide, she is admitted to the school. Jan Di dislikes the F4 group as they did whatever they want to, especially the leader of F4, Goo Jun Pyo. An incident involving Jan Di’s friend, Min Ji, forces her to declare war on Goo Jun Pyo. At first, both of them hated each other, and Jun Pyo made things very difficult for Jan Di in order to drive her out of the school. However, as time passes, Jun Pyo realized that he liked Jan Di and they become a couple soon after. The plot continues when Jun Pyo had to leave the country to take over his father’s work, the Shin Hwa empire. That is when Jun Pyo and Jan Di’s problems starts to surface.

The Cast:
Koo Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di
Lee Min Ho as Gu Jun Pyo
Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
Kim Bym as So Yi Jung
Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin

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This drama is actually the most “in” thing in Korea now. For me, I did not start watching it until they released the 19th episode. I know I’m slow but I thought the drama looked boring, since it’s all about love. Boy likes girl. Girl likes boy. Problems arise. There is a third party. How uninteresting. Well, I started watching because I stumbled upon the preview in youtube, and I thought Kim Bum(So Yi Jung) looked cute. What really attracted me was how Jan Di resolves the problems Jun Pyo created for her. I think she’s really strong. I would strongly encourage you to watch this drama as a way to relieve your stress, although there are some parts that were kind of depressing to watch and I had to take the tissue box from my living room.
Anyway, I have some news here. One of the cast of Boys Before Flowers, committed suicide. Jang Ja Yun, 26, had the role of the school bully in the drama, who bullied Jan Di countless times. After her last appearance in Boys Before Flowers, she was found dead in her house by her sister. She had hanged herself most probably due to depression. I think it is quite sad for such a sweet girl like her to just die just like that. Suicide does not mean solving all the problems you have in life. I don’t exactly blame her since her parents passed away ten years ago, and she had pressure from her fans, director, and antis.
 
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The Boys Before Flowers cast attended her wake.What’s up with all the suicide? Do you realize that Ja Yun is not the only actress in Korea that committed suicide in the past six months? Hopefully this is the end.

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Sad things aside, there is news (it should be true) stating that there would be a Chinese remake version of Boys Before Flowers! Not the Taiwan version, the CHINA version. Imagine that. Anyway, these are the pictures I found. Cheesy huh?

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The uniforms looked as though it’s been picked from some “cheapo” shop in China. Look at that girl. She looked too… Chinese. Not that I’m trying to discriminating the Chinese in China but…Well, let’s just hope that it would produce high ratings in China. Fighting!

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