Boys Before Flowers: Requiems and Grandpas
With the level of soaring popularity it’s enjoying, it’s no wonder that Boys Before Flowers has spawned a spate of parodies.
In general, netizen culture is rather prolific in photoshopping goofy images and putting together tribute videos and parodies. With Boys Before Flowers, it’s no different. There’s “Grandpas Before Flowers” (above right), in which fans composited the faces of veteran actors Lee Soon-jae (as Gu Jun-pyo) and Na Mun-hee (as Geum Jan-di).
And then there’s “Requiem” (below), which I think is startlingly good.
“Boys Before Flowers: Requiem”
I think the tight editing and use of music in this fan video is even better than the series itself, and they’ve made clever use of scenes and dialogue from Episode 10 to construct the story. (Also — I LOVE how they worked in their “villain.”)
In summary: The opening uses Jun-pyo’s dialogue where he warns Jan-di about his witchy mother and asks her to promise not to run from him. Mom says ominously, “Make preparations.” Then Jun-pyo worries that he won’t know if something bad will befall Jan-di. After that, I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. (The phone call uses Yi-jung’s line to Ji-hoo from Episode 6 how “This time you’ll have no one on your side.”)
Boys Before Flowers: Goong Opening
The rest aren’t as good, but it’s interesting to see the diversity of styles. There are some bad fan-acted versions that I’m not posting here because they amount to people dressing in uniforms and acting out scenes, and aren’t really noteworthy. But these took some creativity, like the following video-game version below (I think it’s Counterstrike?).
It’s not funny or that engaging, but it obviously took a lot of effort to re-create scenes from Episode 1
using the video game. All the audio is taken directly from the show.
“Boys Before Golddiggers”: Simpsons-style version
Again, not terribly funny, but it clearly took a lot of effort. “Boys Before Golddiggers” is the amended title that is used in the end.
Infinity Challenge version
This takes the comedians and participants of variety show Infinity Challenge (like Yoo Jae-seok, Jun Jin, Park Myung-soo, Jung Hyung-don) and uses their faces for the cast members. Man, some of them make ugly women.
I’m sure many of you have already seen Big Bang‘s parody, which isn’t really a BBF parody — it’s based on the Japanese Hanadan, but here you go anyway:
Thanks to sea for this. Apparently also done by the same editor as the “Requiem” and “Goong” MVs, there’s this one that reconstructs the Jan-di and Jun-pyo love story as a tragic memory after Jan-di dies:
Oh, this one’s really good too, by the same editor/fan:
“New Heart Opening” (here’s the original New Heart opening)
“Grandpas Before Flowers”
- Boys Before Flowers: Episode 10
- Boys Before Flowers: Episode 9
- News bites: January 28, 2009 (Boys Before Flowers edition)
- Boys Before Flowers: Episode 8
- Boys Before Flowers: Episode 7
- A closer look at Boys Before Flowers scripts
- Boys Before Flowers: Episode 6
- Boys Before Flowers: Episode 5
- Behind the scenes with Kim Bum in New Caledonia
- Boys Before Flowers: Episode 4
- Boys Before Flowers: Episode 3
- Cast members featured on Boys Before Flowers OST
- Boys Before Flowers: Episode 2
- Boys Before Flowers: Episode 1