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Boys Before Flowers has its Evil Mom, goes overseas

Now that Korea’s Hana Yori Dango has cast its leads (Makino and F4), settled on its secondary cast (older sisters, best friends), and even gotten its tertiary characters in place (schoolmates, part-time employers), the one main role remaining was that of Doumyouji Tsukasa’s hard-hearted mother, the businesswoman behind the family empire, Kaede.

Lee Hye-young (Fashion 70s and I’m Sorry, I Love You) has been chosen to fill the void as the head of a global corporation, who becomes one of the strongest obstacles to the budding romance between her son and the ordinary, lower-middle-class girl he falls for. (Note: the 46-year-old Lee Hye-young is not to be confused with another actress of the same name, the 37-year-old actress of Dal Ja’s Spring or Kimchi Cheese Smile.)

Has there every been such scrutiny paid to ALL the roles — down to the most minor — in a drama before?

It had been thought that Jeon In-hwa of the sageuk drama King and I had been cast in the role, but those were refuted by her management last week.

The drama’s production has successfully wrapped its first overseas location shoot — a week in the South Pacific in New Caledonia and on Waiheke Island, off the coast of New Zealand. Now the production has moved on to its second overseas location and is currently filming in Macau.

The cast members involved in these shoots include main character Jan-di (Gu Hye-sun), F4, and Jan-di’s best friend Ga-eul (Kim So-eun). The storyline that takes them there involves a weekend trip to a resort owned by Jun-pyo (or Tsukasa’s character, played by Lee Min-ho).

Boys Before Flowers also finally has a premiere date: January 5, 2009.

Via Star News, Go News, Joy News

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the girl in blue has hwang bo hair & profile....

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oh, this is so exciting!

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What? January 5??
I thought it was premiering on the 22nd of December????
What happened?

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so much expectationsssss.

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Yay! drama starts on my B-day!!
That guy really has the same hair as Rui (well, I guess he is supposed to).

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OMG, she's perfect!

Lee Hye Young has uber-rich, stylish, snooty, emotionally distant, bitch mom from hell down pat (just ask Bin and Moo Hyuk^^).

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i think she's perfect for the role! She's really freaky in MISA

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I told myself not to have expectations but it's pretty hard not to do so. I just hope the drama lives up to the hype. Wishful thinking?

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cant wait cant wait cant wait!

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wahhh i cant wait to see this whooo the boys are hella fine
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She fits the role perfectly. I loved her in MiSa. She looks really bitchy, classy and stylish.
I wish it started earlier. January is so far......

i kinda like the pic of kim bum with that girl. I hope he gets lots of screen time, as i was always more curious about soujiro, and none of the dramas, nor the manga fed my curiosity. Even if they have to make up a new story, I don't care as long as more screen time for Kim Bum, I'm glad he's playing my favorite F4 character.

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[[: those boys are so pretty. ahaha.

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very nice.... the mom looks quite young compared to the jp one, and I'm starting to like jan'di she looks cute as makino ...

@3rd photo /screencap...why is his lips so pink =O they better tone it down a bit in lightning

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Wow, I really like the mother actress, she seems so powerful. I hope it'll be a BIG improvement from the J-Drama one, who seemed more like a fairytale witch with all her evil laughs and evil stares and evil everythingelse. I really hope this one will seem more like a businesswoman.

I love the photos, Tsukushi is so cute... The whole cast looks good actually. There are some little pieces of chemistry between Domyoji and Makino in this part of the manga, I can't wait to watch it :D

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OMG
I now LOVE the hanazawa rui korean character.
I watched We Got Married, and I realized that as a person he is not just a pretty ace but he has a wonderful character and WIT!!!!
so cuuuuttteee

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so are they extending the world they live in?
DARN IT

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Yay! January 5th!
...and that's my worthless comment. haha

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I saw Lee Hye Young in "I’m Sorry, I Love You" and she was awesome!! she's perfect for this role! what i mean is that she'll be as evil as Domyoji mom in the japanese version lol.

i think that this casting draws attention because we all know the characters so well that we get curious of who will end up playing them.

oh my... Hyun Joong is looks so girly in that picture >.<

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Love the way everyone's dressed especially Makino. I am beginning to like her already. Domyouji looks just as he should. I don't know about Rui......Vic Zhao was perfect ....this one looks a little too delicate like the Japanese one. But I am willing to give him a chance. Can't wait! The only Kdrama I am looking forward to.

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gosh, hyun joong and kim bum just look too delectable! aesthetically, this drama seems to be doing everything right :D woohoo i'm so excited now, really.

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Just my biased opinion, but I liked the wardrobe of the Japanese F4 more...(even their casual wear). And the girls look a little too babydoll...cartoony in their get-up. But hey..they're making it their own...and not trying to copy Japanese style. Looking forward to watching it some day.

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casting lee hye young is win! she makes the perfect bitchy mom.

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Everything seems all right to me, but if Makino's supposed to be dressed casually in that pic of her entering the boat I don't think her wardrobe doesn't quite match. She just didn't seem the type to me who would be walking around in high heels just for fun... And I loved Lee Hye Young in MISA, I hope she's just as good here!

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I think Makino is poor, so she wears plain -or I would dare say ugly- clothes.. No?

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I like that they're incorporating this (short side) storyline from the manga; it seems to suggest that they're not just following the hugely popular and relatively recent Japanese version, but adapting independently from the original source material.

I really like how GHS's look is shaping up, especially in the plaid dress picture. She looks exactly like the manga Makino come to life, right down to the hair. Wee, this is exciting :)

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Wow, those new pictures of them are good!!!
I'm really pumped for this drama!

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I kinda dislike Makino's style in the first picture when they are just off the boat. I think Makino is Makino, who is not the type of girl wearing heels and stylish dress plus that huge hat. Isn't she supposed to look like those, sorry, poor girl? With this kind of style, she's looks like those other girls she's hating at school.

I hope the stylish realizes this and quickly changes it.

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She reminds me of Crown J's mum!

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she perfectly fits the bill!

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I agree with the above posts. The costuming is quite....awful. There is something about HyunJoon that doesn't seem to quite fit the role of Rui...can't really pinpoint what it is. Maybe it is because the gal playing makino looks healthier. He is looking quite pale and (too) thin, eh.

But the casting for the evil mom is spot on.

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Wow. They're working hard to make this look just right. Seriously, the expectations must be enough to freak them all out properly. Domyouji's floral shirt is appropriately hideous, Rui looks appropriately perfect, bitchy mom also looks perfect...

I think Lee Min Ho may outdo MatsuJun and Jerry Yan both for most awful hairstyle. Quite the accomplishment. ^^

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hana yori dango japanese version is still the best..i love the chemistry between matsumoto jun and inoue mao..inoue mao is very pretty and goo hye sun looks a bit old..

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Unlike the JDrama where I spent half the time laughing at Tsukasa's wardrobe it looks like Jan Di is getting my endless mocking this time around.

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I am having way too high expectations for this show. I think I have to prepare myself not to be too disappointed.

Wow, all these nice locations. They are taking it to a new level, really .-)

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I feel like some of you guys haven't read the manga...
comments like "Rui looks too weak/frail/sickly..."
That's exactly what he's like in the manga! I think his image is spot-on here. Same goes for Makino, she isn't always so plain in the manga, there are times when she wears heals...no I can't remember any specific parts. I think I'm gonna re read the manga before the show starts!

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she is, hands down, the best actress for the role of tsukasa's mom. i won't say anything about the other cast members, since it would be premature to judge them before seing how they act (though they all look pretty good), but i have little doubt that lee hye young will carry her role with the perfect balance of intimidation, poise, and craziness that we have all come to expect from mrs. doumyouji.

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This is great....

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*sigh* I am assuming that poor Kazuya-kun from the manga was written out of this drama version too? ;_; Poor Kazuya gets no love!

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just ONE complaint: gu hyesun is too pale! even in chilwoo. looks unhealthy. But doesn't matter, i'll still love her if she deserves it, i just wish they would just fix that little thing.

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oo... she will be one evil mother. good pick.

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Great choice! I have seen her act and I bet she will be better than the Japanese actress.

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Yeah what happened to Kazuya's character? He brings up one of my favorite parts in the beginning of manga. >.<! He makes Tsukasa jealous(as usual) and it shows how much Makino affects him by having him get upset at Rui...aigoo.

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You guys, if you recall, the part where Domyouji decides to give her a makeover/buy her clothes is right after the part where they go on a weekend trip... So you don't have to worry about Makino being out of character, it's strictly legit.

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Yay!!! Well, I was planning on watching it since I loved the Japanese version. But I was not overtly anticipating the drama, until you said they shot it in New Caledonia! - Nouvelle-Calédonie for the folks there ;). Brilliant! That's where I was born, and just because of that small fact(which could be merely one episode) they're going to have my whole family watching the drama!! Haha, me and my middle sister are the only ones who watch k-dramas (I got her hooked into them, but I'm very lazy at reminding myself to watch the episodes) but it seems, a little promo to my island will get my whole family invested in it. So excited now! Hahahaha... even my mother (who refused to watch any series with me - no matter how much I tried to convince her) is excited! She can't wait!

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puahahha....hyunjoong!!! so cute playing as hanazawa rui..i was hoping for a more manlier character but it's still feminine!! hahaha...whatever..the fact taht he is playing is just to die for!!!

kim bum is so cute!! i can't wait to watch the story of him and jan-di's best friend!! it's gonna be LOVE!!

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BUM<33333 the only thing I'm looking forward to is Kim Sang Bum, whatta cutie♥ I'm personally not looking forward to goo hyesun, I just can't get the high school student vibe from her, ah wells, at least theres eye candy. I do like Lee hyeyoung from watching MiSa and she'd be excellent as Tsukasa’s manipulative mother

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Love the casting. Perfect perfect perfect!!

"I think Makino is poor, so she wears plain -or I would dare say ugly- clothes.. No?"

Makino looks like she just came from Santa's Village. I like it! :D

"I hope it’ll be a BIG improvement from the J-Drama one, who seemed more like a fairytale witch with all her evil laughs and evil stares and evil everythingelse."

Yeah, but her crooked eyebrows were FRIGHTENING. I'm still haunted at tttthat.

"LISTEN TO BOA FEAT FLO RIDA LISTEN TO BOA FEAT FLO RIDA LISTEN TO BOA FEAT FLO RIDA LISTEN TO BOA FEAT FLO RIDA LISTEN TO BOA FEAT FLO RIDA LISTEN TO"

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i having so much doubt about the casting of this drama but I think they got it right this time! She definitely have the perfect element of being a snobby, high class society queen....besides she was really good in MISA, i totally recented her character on that drama!

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Awesome. Just awesome. She was great in Misa and f70s. Check her out in fashion 70s if you haven't. She and the drama both are great:)

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i don't know about those scenes how they would look like on tv... however the make up doesn't seem to go rigth... i hope the four boys really look amazingly beautiful....

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