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Boys Over Flowers 

Hana yori dango (original title)
Makino Tsukushi, coming from a humble family of reduced income, feels out place at Eitoku Gakuen, a school largely attended by the progeny of the most rich and powerful people of the ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Mao Inoue Mao Inoue ...  Tsukushi Makino 9 episodes, 2005
Jun Matsumoto Jun Matsumoto ...  Tsukasa Dômyôji 9 episodes, 2005
Shun Oguri ...  Rui Hanazawa 9 episodes, 2005
Shôta Matsuda Shôta Matsuda ...  Sôjirô Nishikado 9 episodes, 2005
Tsuyoshi Abe Tsuyoshi Abe ...  Akira Mimasaka 9 episodes, 2005
Megumi Satô Megumi Satô ...  Sakurako Sanjo 9 episodes, 2005
Aki Nishihara Aki Nishihara ...  Yuki Matsuoka 9 episodes, 2005
Saki Seto Saki Seto ...  Yuriko Asai 9 episodes, 2005
Aki Fukada Aki Fukada ...  Erika Ayuhara 9 episodes, 2005
Emiko Matsuoka Emiko Matsuoka ...  Minako Yamano 9 episodes, 2005
David Itô David Itô ...  Nishida 9 episodes, 2005
Mako Ishino Mako Ishino ...  Chieko Makino 9 episodes, 2005
Mariko Kaga ...  Kaede Domyoji 9 episodes, 2005
Takako Katô Takako Katô ...  Sachiyo Sengoku 9 episodes, 2005
Susumu Kobayashi Susumu Kobayashi ...  Haruo Makino 9 episodes, 2005
Satoshi Tomiura Satoshi Tomiura ...  Susumu Makino 9 episodes, 2005
Takayuki Takuma Takayuki Takuma 6 episodes, 2005
Nanako Matsushima ...  Tsubaki Domyoji 6 episodes, 2005
Mayumi Sada ...  Shizuka Todo 5 episodes, 2005


Makino Tsukushi, coming from a humble family of reduced income, feels out place at Eitoku Gakuen, a school largely attended by the progeny of the most rich and powerful people of the country, so she's determined to draw as little attention to herself as possible and pass her high school days without incident. She's specially cautious of staying out of the way of the F4, a group made up by the four richest boys in school and that rules over the entire student body by intimidation and bullying. However, when her one friend at school manages to draw the ire of the leader of the F4, Domyoji Tsukasa, Makino jumps in to defend her friend and confronts him. By doing so, she not only becomes the newest target of Tsukasa's anger, but also, and unexpectedly, the focus of his interest. This, just as Makino was starting to have feelings for the enigmatic Hanazawa Rui, another member of the F4 and close friend to Tsukasa, marks the end of her quiet and untroubled days and turns her life into the ... Written by Dama del Puente

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Comedy | Drama | Romance



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Release Date:

21 October 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Boys Before Flowers See more »

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(9 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Based on a Manga by Kamio Yoko of the same name. See more »


Doumyouji Tsukasa: Anyway, me and Makino are both from Saturn, so we share our destiny.
Soujiroh Nishikado: Is your head okay?
Doumyouji Tsukasa: [smiling and looking out a window] I was hoping to show her our home planet...
Doumyouji Tsukasa: That poor wench! not only did she stand me up, she totally ignored me!
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Version of Hana yori dango (1995) See more »


Performed by Arashi
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Better than the Korean version?
8 September 2011 | by sunraiderSee all my reviews

The Korean series from 2009, "Boys Over Flowers," was my first introduction to this story. I loved it so much that I decided to also view the Japanese version that had come out a few years earlier. Now, I'm not sure which version is my favorite. Although the stories are virtually identical, there are enough differences to make this a worthy viewing even if one is already familiar with the basic plot line.

THe Korean version is more glamorous, with beautiful sets, exotic locales, incredible fashion on display, and the actors are more physically beautiful, which enhances their aura as a group of super-cool, privileged young men. But the Japanese version stands out because the heroine and main rival to the primary love interest are much more demonstrative and direct with their feelings. We feel the heartache and confusion all the characters feel as they deal with this love triangle. And, without extended back stories for the supporting characters, there's more time to devote to developing the relationship between the main characters. My advice, see both versions.

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