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Relationship charts and stills galore for Shut Up: Flower Boy Band

Tons of new stills for Shut Up: Flower Boy Band! But what interests me more than the pretty, pretty pictures are the character and premise descriptions that come therewith.

Now we finally get some idea of what the actual story’s gonna be, and whether this underdog story will tickle our drama fancies. A scrappy ragtag band of rocker boys, up against their polished, perfect, “princely” rivals? I think my fancy’s been tickled. It’s like Jem and the Holograms, only now we’re rooting for the Misfits. Or, speaking of misfits, it’ll be the rock cousin to the show premiering on the same day, Dream High 2, which’ll give us the idol version. (Ack! Drama overload ahead.)

At the drama’s center is our main quintet, the band named Eye Candy.* At the outset it’s a six-member band, but I suspect its lead vocalist, Byung-hee (Lee Min-ki, making his cameo appearance), will have to leave early on. Our band attends Dongnae High School, while the rivals attend the nicer Jungsang High. (The names mean neighborhood and normal, respectively.) Complicating matters, there’s also a girl band. Woot woot.

*I’m taking a little poetic license with Eye Candy, as the Korean name is a term used to describe someone who’s so pleasant to the eyes that it “cleanses” your vision. I’m pretty sure Eye Cleansers doesn’t evoke the same meaning, so Eye Candy it is.

Above is the relationship chart, and can I say that my absolute favorite part is that the line between Byung-hee and Ji-hyuk (Sung Joon) is labeled “soulmates.” Hee. That’s adorable. Already I hate that they’ve got a love triangle shaping up with the same girl; she’s faceless at this point, but noooo! Not the precious bromance!

The band is described as hot stuff in their neighborhood, but there’s a qualifier: They’re cool at a distance, but up close? “Scary, pathetic, no future.” Each member comes from poor, shabby circumstances and they’ve only got two things they can count on: each other, and rock music.

They’re trailed by giddy fangirls, but they’ve got bad tempers and rule with their fists: “Class A punks.” They’ve learned to survive by fighting, and now their music is the one road they’ve got to throwing off this frustrating reality and finding a new one.

As for characters, let’s start with Byung-hee. Normally easy with the smiles and cheerfully innocent, if you mess with his temper he’ll transform into a crazy fighter. The only person who can get Byung-hee to calm down in this state is Ji-hyuk, his super-close best friend.

Byung-hee lives every day like it’s his last, doing whatever he wants, pouring his passion into his music, writing and composing songs. He prepares for a band competition in secret, looks for his muse, and finds it in a girl, Su-ah.

Then there’s Ji-hyuk (Sung Joon):


Ji-hyuk’s two years younger than Byung-hee, but knows him better than anyone. After three years of being in the band, his ears have sharpened and he’s able to pick out the other members’ mistakes…and the weaknesses in Byung-hee’s songs. It makes him want to step in and fix things. And then he and his buddies transfer to Jungsang High School, and that’s when things start to change.

He meets Byung-hee’s muse Su-ah through a chance encounter, and suddenly the stable world Ji-hyuk has known with his buddies starts to shake.

The new school is home to a band that becomes their rival, named Strawberry Fields, and is comprised of three perfect princes from shining backgrounds with strong technical music skills. The leader has a thing for Su-ah too (gah, if she’s some perfect priss I’m going to scream), which, naturally, complicates matters.

Next up, Hyun-soo (L):


Guitarist of Eye Candy, known in their neighborhood as the Ice Prince. He used to be best friends with Ji-hyuk until Byung-hee came along, so now Hyun-soo feels like his best friend got stolen away from him. Everybody’s close within the band, but he can’t help but feel sad about losing that formerly tight relationship.

Hyun-soo has strong guitar skills, but onstage he’s overshadowed by Byung-hee and Ji-hyuk. He vows to himself to become number 1, someday, so he picks up his guitar and practices long into the night on his own.

Then there’s Do-il (Lee Hyun-jae):


Drummer Do-il is so taciturn that he won’t speak unless somebody speaks to him first. In fact, the others don’t know much about him, even though his mother operates a billiards hall that the boys use as their rehearsal space. He’s got an aura of mystery as a result.

Do-il doesn’t get caught up in fights, but there are rumors that once he raises his fists, he transforms into a beast. He hates violence, which ties back to his father. Nobody knows that but Ji-hyuk, who keeps his mouth shut for his friend’s sake, and Do-il is grateful… but on the other hand, there’s this girl he likes, who likes Ji-hyuk…

Next up is Ha-jin (Yoo Min-kyu):

Ha-jin is the bassist, the Casanova. “If you ask why he’s into music, he’d answer, ‘To get girls!'” He may get mistaken for the young master in a rich family, but as it turns out he’s got six noonas with barely a bean to split amongst them. He can thank the bevy of sisters for his knowledge of girls, picking up tips and tricks… except that in front of the girl he really likes, he can’t make any use of them. Ha.

Last but not least, we have Kyung-jong (Kim Min-seok):

Kyung-jong is the keyboardist, the cutie of the group. But his personality differs from that baby face, and his number 1 goal in life is money. He’s from Busan, and in order to get away from the reputation of being Fish Boy (his parents have a fish store), he transfers to school in Seoul. His parents think Dongnae is the best school in the neighborhood, not realizing its reputation for being the Crap Tank, so Kyung-jong keeps that a secret from them, and ends up transferring to Jungsang.

Shut Up: Flower Boy Band premieres on January 30 on tvN. Who’s excited?

Via Herald M

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Ah looks awesome! But the relationship chart turns out to be a bit "special" - lot's of rejected love stories and unrequitted love comes to my mind. As long as it handles these ubiquitous issues just as lightly and ironically as Flower Boy Ramyun Shop did I will be all in for the drama, otherwise ...
And I must say "wow" a Korean actor with a long, fluffy, uncombed hairtstlye! :)

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Since this is in High School, I think rejected love stories and/or unrequited love stories rings true.

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Also: bands.

This sounds like it's going to have a bit of more desperate edge like some of the older dramas about poor dreamers, and having messy relationships in more than one set of characters is just part of that kind of tone...

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Jan 30th? That the same date when Dream High 2 airs!
Oh, it's good we don't have to watch it on TV.
The descriptions are interesting, now we just have to wait the girls and the rivals, but for now,damn yeah, I am excited!!

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Count me in!

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Me tooo!!! I'm definitely down!!!

I hope that Su Ah is not too wholesome or too arro. Maybe an angel but with demon wings. That would be awesome!

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Lee hyun jae looks like min hyo rin..

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... so Myungsoo (er.. L) is playing an even colder version of himself? Or rather, of is image in Infinite? Sure. Appropriate casting, especially since he can in fact play the guitar.

And the fact that Lee Minki is in it, even though it's only a cameo, just made me all the more excited for this drama! I don't know much about the others, but it at least sounds interesting!

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I guess no more sleep from now on then. I'm looking forward to this more than Dream High 2 right now. Hopefully it will delivered! :)

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:) Looks like fun..but why are the females such a mystery?? Honestly... :l

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My eyes immediately zoned in on Lee Hyun-jae
O_O

Where'd THAT come from? :D

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he actually has a band! check out "mate"! they're freakin' awesome!

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I bet you're watching Color of Woman!
He's got a supporting role there.

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Hot right? I just want to run my fingers through his hair. XD

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SO Sung Joon is the lead, right? I was confused since you started with Byung Hee's character first... I hope he is.

"Soulmates" just reminds me of Jaeoong and Yoochun.. Anyways, I like it! Both the concept and the guys (..most of them). Now, I just hope, they have a good (tolerable) female lead. But really from the story it seems like it's more bout the boys than the "who's getting the girl" story.

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I was confused too for a second there....

Dammnit, Drama, why must you bring my hopes up with that character profile on Lee Min-ki??? I know his role is only gonna be a cameo but why must you make it seem like otherwise?

WAAAEE?!?!?! TT_______TT

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my bad, it does say that he is just doing a cameo (forgot that after reading the whole thing)... but still
it's pretty detailed for a cameo role.

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As for the translation of the band's name: how about Eyebright?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyebright

I know, I know, it's just nerdy antics on my side ;)

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Forgot to say, I'm on at least as long as Lee Min Ki is there for me :D

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Is it just me, or in the very top picture, does the guy all the way to the right look just like Ella of TW drama fame?

Other than that, I'm all about this drama. :)

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You're talking about S.H.E.'s Ella Chen? Um ... I don't see it.

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wouldn't it be awesome if this Su-ah chick was a mean, foul-mouthed drummer or guitarist for her own band, or a hip-hop dancer or something? If this swings typical k-drama, she'll probably end up being a perfect ballet dancer or a classical singer or something. *sigh.

despite all that, I like the character descriptions. I suspect the Casanova will be my favorite. So long as they up the bromance factor, I'm in :D friendship is much more compelling than romantic rivalry if you ask me.

Also, where can I get Lee Minki's sweater? I'd totally rock that (ha)

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Do you mean they're going to reuse a character from FBRS? as a typical element joining the Oh Boy! series? LOL

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LOL I wouldn't mind that at all actually. K-drama needs more Yang Eun-bis :D

Besides, aren't all emo rockers in love with equally emo rocker chicks anyway?

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Why not make Su Ah a prissy ballerina... who's a closet rocker?

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Actually, I hope she's an OH DOO-RI type a la What's Up, heck I hope it is the girl (Im Joo Eun?) playing Oh Doo-ri under the stage name Im Su-ah... Sigh** if only..........

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of some who is perfectly flawed in a good way =)

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Wowww, that's a lot of pre-show info.. But it's actually got me interested. I wasn't sure about this drama at first, but now I like how they've put detailed thought into these guys :)
And yeah, I totally agree dramabeans - please don't split up the soulmate bromance!

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Only in Korea do the punks stay in school! I'm in on this drama, regardless, just because they're a rock band and not rehashing the glory days of NKOTB.

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That Dummer GUY is .... HOT ..... HOT .... HOT

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YES! I have been waiting and waiting for this info. Thanks for posting!! I am loving me some prettys right here. I wonder if staring at these guys' pics will last me until January 30...or at least until the English subs come out for this show... ;-)

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I am soooooo ridiculously excited for this drama!!!!

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The drummer looks European or something! I had to do a double take...is he mixed or does he have an awesome plastic surgeon/genes?! Or am i just being dumb? lol that is a high possibility...knowing me :3

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I read in an article that Lee Hyun Jae's grandfather is American, so he's a quarter, and 3/4 Korean. He apparently has never been to America.

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Kim Min Seok looks like he could be Yoon Kye Sang's little bro! Aww - he's already my favorite.

And... wow. We're already getting into a very twisted love/crush relationship with so many people. Is the amount of woman in that town so small everyone just happens to like the same girl?

But if it brings on the jealousy and rock band wars over a girl, I could see the appeal....

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At First I Got Into This Movie Because Of Myungsoo, But Now I'm Even More Interested With All This Information Coming Out~! Can't Wait, I'm More Interested In This Drama Than Dream High 2~!

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I was originally interested in this because it's a part of the Flower Boy series and everyone loves flower boys. And then they got Lee Min-ki a brief return to the small screen, which got them like a million brownie points in my books. Now after reading those character descriptions I'm thinking January 30th is too far off. Bring on the drama overload!

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I am watching this for the BROMANCE and the hot :) L is hothothot so my bias (for now?), but Kim Min Seok seems adorable :) I hope Su-Ah is a badass female rocker instead of a perfect angelic Kdrama heroine lol I would love to see well-coordinated fight scenes and lots of actual BAND stuff (performing, practicing, etc). I'm a lot more excited now than I was before reading the descriptions. Thank you for sharing! Oh, and LEE MIN KI CAMEO <3

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I'm really excited for the Lee Min-ki cameo + my favorite character description was definitely the Casanova bassist with six noonas. Yay.

Soooo excited!

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Argh as much as i love flowers boys i would push this aside for Dream High 2 (LUCKILY THOUGH, i don't have to choose and i'm just going to somehow manage to watch both ;D)

Seriously Su Ah better be cool or else i'm just going to roll my eyes, come on! :D I believe in you drama to give me likability and not to bore me with 2D characters :)

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"It’s like Jem and the Holograms, only now we’re rooting for the Misfits"

This statement alone enough to make me watch. The hot guys are just a bonus.

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Amen to that.

But I will stop watching if Su-Ah turns out to be a prissy ballet dancer.

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waw ! I was a kid when i saw Jem and the Holograms. There is actually someone who remembers this, and it's on DB. Unbelievable !

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Can't wait for January 30th... Dream High 2 & Shut Up Flower Boy Band, I want the days to go by faster! Hurryyy :]

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Gah! Too much good looking ppl!! *fans self*

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I'm excited!!

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Ugh, all the love triangles seem complicated. I hope they focus more on the bromances. I have a feeling the girl is going to be some pretty ice princess that everyone falls in love with for shallow reasons.

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Sung joon looks great here despite the hair!!

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ME ME! I'm excited! Can't wait! This show looks so cool! I hope it's as good as Flower Boy Ramyun Shop!

Also, all this character chart is so confusing! How many guys like the same girl?!

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Oh, if Lee Min Ki was included in poster, maybe...maybe...he will actually stick with show? That will be my greatest wish!

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I ♥ L

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Pretty stills = heightened excitement. The fact that they're a bunch of rag tag violent boys who just wanna rock out is so cool. I hope the rival band is also made of pretty and I can't wait to see them get kicked off their high horse.

Maybe its just 'cause its a band but this drama reminds me of BECK.

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Why isn't Lee Min-ki in ALL of this?

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(Lee Hyun-jae (Do-il) looks amerasian....... is he?

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I agree, he looks almost European... Maybe that's why I'm not as attracted to him.

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Excited! Looks awesomeness! Can't wait! Eeks!

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No not the bromance! I hate that. She better be awesome and not some So Yi.

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isn't Strawberry Fields a real life Korean rock band which (coincidentally) stars L as the main character?

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isn't Strawberry Fields a real life Korean rock band which (coincidentally) stars L as the main character? check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsiRpsIENus

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Oh my gawd, you're right.

..are they trolling with us?

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whoa. they all really look like they are 14. Should be good.

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The drummer Do-il (Lee Hyun-jae), isn't he still playing drama Color of Woman in Channel A?

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Yes, but I think they have only 4 episodes left of Color of Woman.

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I already hate Su Ah. Lol.

P.S. There's Byunghee, Ji Hyuk, Hyun Soo, Do Il, Ha Jin, Kyung Jong. But in the group photo (the first one), there are only five of them. Where's Byunghee?

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Ah, ok. I get it now. So that's why, his part is only a cameo.

There's a lot of unrequited love going on. So I feel like I'm going to vouch for the other girl rather than Su Ah (the one Do Il likes but unfortunately likes Ji Hyuk), I mean everybody likes this Su Ah already, right?

I don't care if fangirls hate me forever, but I'm so excited for this love line between this girl, Ha Jin, and Myung Soo! ^^

Oh, January 30, why are you so slow?

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Gonna watch this because of L! kekeke

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Who's excited ?
I AM !!!
Come and rock the drama stage Eye-Candy-Very-Pretty-Boys !

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I have a crush on the keyboardist ^^
After reading this I am ready for all of the drama.

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I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS!!!!!!!!

too much EYE CANDY!hahaha

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L is kinda cute! :)

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