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Rounding out the Boys Before Flowers cast


Kim So-eun (Yuki), Lee Shi-young (Sakurako)

Yeah, I know I’m posting a lot about Boys Before Flowers, but nothing else is getting me all that excited these days. Plus, it goes to show just how anticipated this drama is when we get news reporting not just on the leading actors, but even the very peripheral members of the cast.

So, with the main characters all lined up (the boy-men of Flower Four, main character Makino, beautiful model Shizuka, and tough older sister Tsubaki), now it’s time to turn our attentions to the rest.

Gu Hye-sun‘s (Makino) character’s best friend Ga-eul (meaning Autumn; Yuki in the manga) is 19-year-old new actress Kim So-eun — and yes, she will share a “fresh” and “dramatic” storyline with Kim Bum’s Soujiro (er, So Yi-jung).

Sakurako will be taken on by 24-year-old Lee Shi-young, who recently drew attention for her role as Yeon-hwa in the sageuk drama Kingdom of the Wind. I haven’t seen her act, but she definitely looks the part — fresh and innocent on the outside, but potentially “I will cut you” on the inside. Her character’s name is Oh Min-ji.


 


The Geum family

Of particular note are the members of main character Jan-di’s family. (By the way, it does appear that Gu’s character name has been changed from Yeon-woo to Jan-di, which means grass.)

First you have her father, played by actor Ahn Seok-hwan, now in his fourth drama collaboration with director Jeon Ki-sang. You probably recognize him as Jae Hee’s dad from Delightful Girl Chun-hyang and Witch Amusement, or from My Girl, or as the China-phile (is that a word?) minister in Hong Gil Dong. The dad operates a dry-cleaning store and the Geum family is staunchly middle-class (though closer to the lower end).

Mom is gonna get some Goong comparisons, since she’ll be played by Im Ye-jin, who played Yoon Eun-hye’s mom in that drama (which is funny since the Japanese Hanadan mom always reminded me of her).

Jan-di’s little bro is a precocious computer geek played by 13-year-old Park Ji-bin (My Man’s Woman, Yi San). (Sorry, that picture is probably a year or two old.)

 


The mean girls

Now that our big names have been doled out among the main cast, there are some new faces mixed in with the rest of the cast. These tertiary characters have been cast on the basis of their closeness to the original manga characters, as well as their ability to mesh well the principals.

The three mean girls at school who torment Jan-di (named Jin-hee, Seon-ja, Mi-sook) will be played by the trio above. From left to right, they are Kook Ji-yeon (who reminds me of Bin), Jang Ja-yeon, and Min Young-won (put on some clothes, woman).

Kook is a 24-year-old model, Jang is a 26-year-old model, and Min is an actress of indeterminate age who’s done an episode of Drama City and had a role in a 2003 drama Twenty Years Old.

Jan-di and Ga-eul work in a joohk (rice porridge) restaurant run by Kim Ki-bang (Lovers, Thank You, New Heart), at right. His role is a comic one, as his character believes he receives messages from aliens.

The drama began filming on November 5, and will travel abroad for its overseas shoots sometime mid-month. The 24-episode drama premieres at the end of December on KBS.

 

Here we have Jan-di (Gu Hye-sun) on her bike, and Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho) sporting Tsukasa’s famous permed hair:

Boy, does he look the part! Kim Hyun-joong gives his Ji-hoo character Rui’s soft touch:

Kim Bum as So Yi-jung (Soujiro):

Kim Joon as Woo-bin (Akira):

 

Here is where I start to worry that the Korean version will mirror the Japanese one too closely… I hope they don’t take that path (and I have hope), because the comparisons are going to be inevitable anyway, and we don’t need to see an exact replica. Below, Ji-hoo parts with Han Chae-young’s glamorous character at the airport:

 
This time Ji-hoo talks with Jan-di while the rest of F4 wait nearby:

 
These may be hard to make out, but they are of Gu Hye-sun in her high school uniform. The Korean student who posted these on her blog today (Nov. 13) explains that she’d arrived at school in Daegu to find buses bearing the title “Boys Before Flowers” on the side. She texted her friends and took phone-cam photos while Gu Hye-sun shot her scene. Crew members joked that her uniform was obviously fake (re: the short length). The blogger said Gu was adorable and pretty, but her makeup was way too white.

 
Lee Min-ho wears the perm well, imo. The blogger who took the photos points out that the sunglassed and hatted man in the first pic is Director Jeon. Apparently Lee had come out to watch them shooting a scene he wasn’t in (allowing fans a closer look than expected), and the director eventually reminded him, “I told you not to come out before I called you.”

(Who’s excited now?)

Via Free Zone News

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ooooooh
Seeing them all in character really gets me excited! They all look really good, now let's hope they can act!

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wow, F4 are really looking their parts... especially kim hyun joong... just wow...

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Thank you so much for your constant updates for this drama. I don't think you are overdoing it, considering it's just about the only exciting thing in Korean entertainment right now.

I've got to say, I'm very impressed with the casting. Each character is so alike to its Japanese counterpart. But I have to agree with you, I'd like to see a Korean interpretation of this cult drama instead of a replica of the Japanese. Foremost, the storyline wouldn't fit Korean culture or societal values if they tried to stick to closely to the Japanese one. I hope the script is unique and can stand on its own as a truly "Korean" Hana Yori Dango.

ohhhh....can't wait for this to come out! I hope it's as successful as the Japanese one.

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gotta say , every1 seems to fit in although jian-di's dad...i still dont know ; the pic of him seems like he's a serious dude but the rest is perfect but hmmmm...i wish the perm on lee min ho was more korean style than just extreme curls...i wish it was very wavy like the new generation of perm for men in korea :o...too bad but i think ill lyk it on screen hopefully.....i hope it'll hav nice ost ....Is there any news on who is doing the music ?

What I am actually anxious to find out is ......who will be doumyoji's mom....she's very important and that is one part of the storyline of HYD (the whole hatred of poor makino) that can relate to korean drama storylines

anyway , jus like every1 i hope the kr version will be the bomb of winter and as successful as the jp one...

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sino-phile might be a better word for china-phile.... :)

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why did they have to change the name to jandi?!?
its kinda ugly.....and awkward
well maybe its just mee -___-
but i reallly like the cast over all!
kim hyun joong~ can totally pull the look
lets just hope his acting will pull through (im sure it will!)

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You know, Lee Min Ho kinda resembles Tsukamoto Takashi.

"why did they have to change the name to jandi?!?"

I read somewhere that Jandi translates to "weed/grass" in Korean (Tsukushi is Japanese term for "horsetail", a grass.)

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O.o He looks GREAT with the permed hair! *drools* or maybe anything Domyouji-ish turns me on, I don't know. XD As for Rui, I've always liked him, and I guess he looks the part.... but I have a natural dislike (read: hatred) for hair his length, or any longer. It'd be a homerun if it was a bit shorter... T_T (yes, I know I'm being superficial).

And Makino, hopefully she'll act stunningly, because she's reminding me of those flashbacks in kdramas where it's obvious they're not in High school no matter what. And the pigtails make it worse! The resemblance in all others just isn't there for her... So she won't be able to rely on it at all.

But everything else looks great. And expensive. Money must be pouring in. A sign Goong's excellent sets and costumes will rub off HYD's vibe as well? They have to, seeing how the Jdrama was one of the most expensive in Japan EVER.

Awesome! I can't wait. I wished they didn't own a laundromat though. Is that a very poor-paying business to be in when in Korea?

I will have to rewire my brain to these Korean names though. Or else I'd be calling referring them to the Japanese name/roles forever... Which will hopefully be wrong because the Kdrama will be different from the jdrama.

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"s for Rui, I’ve always liked him, and I guess he looks the part…. but I have a natural dislike (read: hatred) for hair his length, or any longer."

But don't you think it's very typical of the JE look? He looks like a member of Kat-tun, a really, really, really beautiful member of Kat-tun. :D

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park ji bin will play her little brother??? OMG I LOVE that little kid! He was really awesome in Yi San, it'll be fun seeing him play her cute little brother.

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Lee Min ho with the curls= hotness. But I question the styling of Gu Hye-sun's character when she's not in the school uniform. Makino never looked that dorky.

I could talk about "Boys before flowers" all day! Am so excited!!!!! Gah!

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AH I CANT WAIT FOR THIS!
its making me SOO Excited
when will the air date be?

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thanks for the updates!! i can't wait for the show either!! :)

I'm not v familiar with the F4 cast, except for Kim Hyun-joong due to all the WGM that I've been following closely every week hehe. I hope Gu Hye-sun pulls off as Makino too, I really liked her in Pure 19!

well once again, thanks for the great updates! :)

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lee min ho is pretty good in the newest installment of the public enemy franchise (by one of korea's best directors, jang jin) so i don't think he'll disappoint as tsukasa. granted, he only appeared in the movie altogether for about 10 minutes, but the scenes really made an impression. though he isn't as pretty as jo in sung or won bin, he does seem to have charisma.
the whole cast looks promising, even gu hye sun. i'm convinced she looks like a high schooler so no complaints there. kim hyun joong is beautiful and looks the part. i just hope his acting is passable (rui, despite his emo tendencies, isn't the most complex character to portray). i loved japan's soujiro (apparently he's like 1/4 or 1/8 korean, though no one knows for sure), but kim bum has a boyish charm that's irresistible. i don't know much about the guy who plays akira, but it's a role that korea could possibly do more with, given their fascination with the kkangpae underworld and "older women" couples...top from big bang would have been a great choice, but maybe he's too high profile to act in such a peripheral role.
it's funny that many of us hate cliches but are willing to turn a blind eye to hyd. since korea is an expert on the chaebol/zaibatsu prince and the virtuous cinderella pairings, they should put some effort into separating themselves from the other versions, while staying true to the "spirit" of hana yori dango. the fact that jandi's part-time job is different is promising, since it means the writers/directors aren't hesitant to depart a little from the storyline. in only a few weeks we get to finally see the korean version. i've been dreaming up my own cast since back when jo in sung, won bin, and ha ji won were still possibilities so it's pretty cool that i finally get to see what korea has done with it.

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I really like this Makino, I don't think she looks older at all, actually I think she looks pretty much younger than Mao and Barbie did, I can totally believe she is a 16-year old girl. Plus she is cute and I like seeing Makino with short hair like the later part of the manga, even though I'll miss the pigtails :)

I'm really (I mean, REALLY) excited to see how the acting of Lee Min Ho as Domyoji will be, since the first photo I saw of him here I really thought he had THE Domyoji face (does this make sense?). If they can make this Makino x Domyoji pairing come anywhere close to what JunMao was, or even be the best Makino x Domyoji pairing EVAH (I'm probably expecting too much) I won't need anything else related to Hanadan in my life, because they have the looks to do it, I can only wait their acting now :D

I like Rui, I really empathize with Soujirou (even though Kim Bum looks more like a cute kid than a playboy XD) and I don't mind Akira. I didn't like Shizuka in the J-drama too, her acting was ridicoulously forced and I didn't get the whole "admirable person" aura from her, so I'm hoping that Han Chae Young can do that.

Ok, I can't wait for December!

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whoa Lee Min-ho does look like tsukasa with the curly hair! and Kim Hyun-joong really does have a japanese feel to him with his hair! i just realize that korea doesn't have that many high school themed dramas- like it would be high school for like 6 episodes or less before entering into their adult lives- so this is pretty refreshing!

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"But don’t you think it’s very typical of the JE look? He looks like a member of Kat-tun, a really, really, really beautiful member of Kat-tun. "

LOL. YES!! but with more meats. :P
I like HyunJoong's hair, better that what he had on his early years ( when he was in XMan show )

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im totally excited!!!!! :D yay! i can't wait!!

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thanks for sharing this
I really exited to watch this drama
hope the airing won't be delayed

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i agree... they really got the permed hair right on Jun-pyo (Domyouji)! its like the perfect arrogant "pama" look... and boy, Lee Minho does carry well... i guess thats a good sign that he's gonna do his character justice?

i think GHS looks fine as Jandi/Makino... i saw this one set picture of her doing the "fighting!" gesture... and it was so Makino...

i would spazz about Hyunjoong as Rui... but that'll take up alot of space...

i'm excited too!

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excited!

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ahhh!!! totally cant [email protected]!!!! im super excited!

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wow, am really getting excited about this. the cast is almost complete. will be looking forward who will play Domyouji's mom.

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I AM!!!!!! ^___^

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OMGOMOGMGOGMMGMGGM<3
CANT WAITTTTTTTTTTT

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I wasn't really sure about the casting but Lee Min-Ho's perm won me over ^.^ I like that he looks stronger than Matsumoto Jun did. I mean Jun was great, but was it just me, or did he kinda just look..I dunno, passive aggressive but not exactly like muscular? I can't really put into words what I'm trying to say but yaaa =] I hope Min-Ho can live up to my expectations because Jun did a fine job as Domyouji.

Kim Hyun-Joong. Ya, I can see myself drooling over him just like I had done over Oguri Shun (in the 2nd season. Oguri Shun first season didn't really do anything for me). And the fact that he's apparently bff's with Hero Jaejoong (DBSK), whom I obsess over, completely works in his favor. Not sure why, but it just does ^.^

@hanneebuff: I'm looking forward to it too! I hope this lady can be fierce bc Domyouji's mom was pretty "whoa".

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i guess some would have noticed already.... the domrouji of korea looks similar to jerry yan.... well he looks cute with the permed hair... ha ha ha ha ha ha.... i still like the one who played akira.... cant wait to watch this!

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i kinda think Kim So-eun will look good with Kim Bum!
i dont think ur the only one scared that the khyd will mirror the japanese version..hopefully not too much but it is based on a manga so..we'll find out once it starts airing

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AHHHHH. OMG. OMG.

I'm more than pleased with the cast assembly. I kind of still think they could have gotten a more playboyish but nice guy than kimbum. he's still too young fresh looking. :)
Other than that it's perfect. And surprisingly domyouji looks good with the curled perm. I was a little worried about that part...:)

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I've already expressed my view:

/I think this has all confirmed that I am the only one on the planet who thinks this drama is overrated and horrendous XD. (It is the prime reason why I ran away from Jdrama’s and got into Kdrama’s in the first place–I am only now peeking back at Jdrama’s again). Saying that I still can’t stop myself wondering about who will be cast and I am intriguied to see whether the Korean version will present the storyline in a way and with a style that will interest me./

However I'm a little worried with all those episodes, will they be used to develop or to drag out the drama and I pray to god they do not copy the Jdrama exactly but do their own take. I also don't think the cast is bad looking myself and the perm is pretty cool.

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I live in Daegu currently! I'd love to see the filming if it's still going on. If you have any information about the school it's being filmed at, that'd be great.

I saw a picture on popseoul, but none of my coteachers knew the location and school name when I asked them about it. They basically said "yeah Korea doesn't have any preperatory schools."

I'd love to do some snooping though.

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you dont know!! you guys are totally awesome and we've been soo ick with you guys!!
i love u ppl...jun pyo and pottery sweetheart!!!
you guys are too GOOD-LOOKING!! you giving me these vibes everytime i see you!
i love the series too!!!
you guys are rocking and pottery guy and jun pyo..im in love with you!!
what should i do????
muah....

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I am fallin in love with kim hyun joong... can't help it

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Kim So-eun is so hot...
i wish i could date her...
she nice, look cute...

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wow!!!! another korean drama big hit...it is a nice story,and a good looking personality...

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mmmmlol i like this movie its really funny and sad also i would give this rating of movie 100 cuz its so kwll and spicey

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hi! i love your movie. i'm your number one fan. it's one of my favorite korean shows! oh my gosh! i hope you will add more sh0ws and i'm always ready to support you!
i love you guys!

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i love you all :)

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I don't like the actress for Gan-Ji. I do like the actress for the model, the mean girls and Yuuki ^ ^

<33333

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I love b0y over flower actually that korean0velas was so beautiful.. And im very happy bec. All of you are very talented in acting and that is great..

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To lee min ho: you're very good and also have a pers0nality.
Kim bum: you are so cute definetly that is true n0 one cann0t change that.,

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I like this movie!!
:)

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i love you
lee min ho
kim bum
kim joon
kyun kim joon

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Wow...........................
lee min ho you are very perfect boys.................
i want tou meet you.....................
just in my dream..................

i love you...................................

god...............
give me one more life
just for together with him
i love him
really love him

say to me...................
one more,,,,,,,,,,,,, if you love me

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I like the same Kim Bum as So Yi-jung is a matter of him looking up

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hi hi. i wast wondering if you also knew the cast of the children version of f4 in this serires. because they are so adorable! <3

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Well, after watching the last part of the Boys Over Flowers, I think I cannot sleep or live for a day w/out watching this movire, tats why, I bought one cd of it . . . . . .
the truth is, my very own crush is Kim - Hyun Joong ( as Yoon Ji Hoo). I don't know what I see to her why I keep on thinking and buying his pictures, but for me, as long as I have my picture of him, I will always be inspired every moment of my studies . . . . . . . . . . . . .

" I LOVE YOU
KIM HYUN JOONG "

>>>>>> YOU'LL ALWAYS BE MY INSPIRATION <<<<<<

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LEE MIN-HO.........M really in so much in luv wid u............i hope i culd meet u....lol..u r jus amazing.....

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i love f4 boys

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well its like 2011 and we just started watching boys over flowers now in zimbabwe africa,talk about bieng behind. I love the show and the guys! Good story line and good acting!!!!!
Once again the guys are cute, Im so coming to korea to visit. We so love your show

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