Boys Before Flowers production press conference
Not much more to add to the already sizable pre-show buzz, so before we get to the photos, I’ll just say, once again: This is one damn good-looking cast. (Also: Yes, the guys look a little cartoonishly dressed, but they most likely came in character, and if Hanadan is anything, it’s over the top with the F4 looks. I think they’ve done a pretty good job translating the clothing and overall appearance of the characters, even if I do think Kim Hyun-joong’s scarf-and-cardigan combo is ridiculous — ajumma meets dandy! — for a real-world outfit.)
From left to right in first photo below: Kim Joon (“Woo-bin”), Lee Min-ho (“Jun-pyo”), Kim Hyung-joon (“Ji-hoo”), and Kim Bum (Yi-jung):
Lee Min-ho described this experience as feeling “like I’d won the lottery.” However, he also feels the tremendous pressure of high expectations, which was particularly burdensome at the outset, but “as time passed it became better.”
In other circumstances, I’d hate Gu Hye-sun‘s dress, and I still don’t think I quite understand it, but she looks sweet and happy. She does look very frilly and feminine, and I might have been worried if I didn’t know that she can play tough, as befitting her “Jan-di” character. But I don’t worry too much about her role.
Kim Hyun-joong said of his career transition: “Being a singer debuting as an actor gave me a lot of worry and apprehension.” As it does the rest of us, I’m sure. He, like Lee Min-ho, will probably bear the brunt of all the comparisons to previous versions; he said he would do his best to show a natural Rui.
Asked about what it’s like acting with Gu Hye-sun and Han Chae-young, he said, “We haven’t shot that many episodes yet, but there have been a kiss scene and an embrace. Han Chae-young is called a living Barbie doll, and to act with her gave me a great feeling. The kiss scene with Gu Hye-sun is the most memorable.”
Kim Bum just keeps growing taller and taller, doesn’t he?
Kim Joon remains the biggest question mark, because he’s the least known and the least discussed. Then again, I suppose he’s the least prominent of the main cast, which allows him a little wiggle room. I hold out hope that he surprises us all for the better, though…
- A couple more
- Posters out for Boys Before Flowers
- Boys Before Flowers has its Evil Mom, goes overseas
- Rounding out the Boys Before Flowers cast
- Kim Hyun-joo added to Boys Before Flowers
- Han Chae-young joins Boys Before Flowers
- And Makino is…
- Meet your Korean F4
- Boys Before Flowers, aka the Korean Hana Yori Dango