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Ramyun Flower Boys reunite for Virus
by | January 23, 2013 | 42 Comments

Aww, I loved the boys in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop so much. Any excuse to get them back together sounds great by me. It’s not the whole ramyun family, but we’ve got Lee Ki-woo (Standby) and Park Min-woo (I Need a Fairy), aka Onion and Ba-wool, back together in the new OCN contagion disaster drama The Virus, starring Eom Ki-joon. Hm, Eom Ki-joon and flower boys… suddenly catching a deadly virus doesn’t sound so bad.

The 10-episode mystery thriller stars Eom Ki-joon as the head of a special task force that comes together in the wake of a deadly mutant virus that gets unleashed into the population. Lee Ki-woo will play a scientist on the team, a viral specialist with a bit of a mysterious past. His character is described as both soft and cool-headed. If they’re casting to type, he’ll likely be the nice guy to Eom Ki-joon’s prickly leader, though we’ll have to see how the mystery aspect shakes out. Park Min-woo will play Eom Ki-joon’s right-hand man, aka Head Minion. Poor guy, I already feel sorry for him. I hope he gets to bring his teddy bear girlfriend to work with him at least.

Also joining the cast is Hyun-woo (Tree With Deep Roots, Pasta), who plays a college student shrouded in yet more mystery. I’m sensing a theme here. He holds an important key to the virus, and will be targeted by the team in a tense game of cat-and-mouse. Lee So-jung (Dream, Tazza) will play the female lead, another member of Team Virus. Her character is described as “rational and logical,” which seems redundant given that they’re all scientists. I wouldn’t put my money on any traditional romances in a series like this, though who knows… maybe OCN won’t be so stingy if the whole world is ending?

The Virus is due out in March on cable network OCN.

Via Joy News, Osen


42 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Mystisith

    Pillar and Ba Wool are back? Omo! I already wanted to watch this for the topic. Now if they had all kind of pretty on the cast… *Nosebleed*— I need a Doctor, asap!

  2. Melmax


  3. JoAnne

    Sign me up!

  4. annnsow

    “is described as “rational and logical,” which seems redundant given that they’re all scientists.”

    lol if you knew my psychophysiology teachers, you would change your mind, they are eccentric scientists x).

    Thats for me, I’m in for the ramyun flower boys!

    when is Jung Il Woo coming back? Although he needs to focus on studies but still :p.

    • 4.1 Biomaz

      I was going to comment something similar. 🙂

  5. Carmensitta

    Thrillers are really not my thing, but with such a cast being scared and not having good sleep one month after this ends doesn’t sound as bad as before.

  6. mtoh

    I’m so on board with this drama. Loved those fun, positive, crazy Flower Boys! EKJ…, win-win!

  7. KZ

    Park Min-Woo looks like Jay Park haha. Maybe it’s just me.

    • 7.1 skelly

      No, that crosses my mind every time I see his picture. I think it is something similar in the facial structure.

  8. do-ra-ma

    They were the best characters in Ramen Shop. I would like to see Lee Ki Woo in a lead role sometime, though…

    • 8.1 canxi

      2x agreed.

  9. Julia

    Any chance to see Pillar is good by me! When will it come out?

  10. 10 m a r a

    Awww. I miss the first batch of Flower Boys.

    Thanks for this news. It just made my day … I just wish the rest of the FBRS family were in The Virus, too.

  11. 11 D

    my hubby & cold hearted ajushhi in a drama?

    (i know he was dr poop in SOAW but i first met him in WW)

  12. 12 canxi

    Ummm…Eum Ki Joon and Lee Ki Woo and ROOSTER (is that giant teddy bear still your girlfriend cuz I’m willing to take it’s place)???! Yessssssss. Thank you Drama gods. Thank you.

    • 12.1 Rovi

      It’s not “Rooster”, it’s “Crazy Chicken”. XD I don’t even get how JB could forget his nickname yet remember the teddy girlfriend. XD

  13. 13 Minnetter (aka: Min)

    I think I’ll definitely look into this because I definitely had a HUGE Park Min Woo crush! and thankfully he’s only about seven months younger than me…

  14. 14 kumi

    Three Woos! It must be a drama ‘wooing’ drama.

    • 14.1 kumi

      Oops! ‘a wooing drama’.

    • 14.2 jyyjc

      When they were doing Ramyun Shop, all 4 flower boys were Woos (including Jung ilwoo and jo yoonwoo)

      • 14.2.1 kumi


  15. 15 Alwaesboo

    Sounds a lot like bloody Monday

  16. 16 bernie

    BA WOOL WAS MY FAVORITE. next to chwa chisoo and onion and… okay i luff them all :3

  17. 17 kfangurl

    Omo! So many of my favorites in one drama?? Now I HAVE to watch this!

    Eom Ki Joon, Lee Ki Woo, AND Hyun Woo sharing my screen?? Plus Park Min Woo as a bonus?

    I am soooo in! ^^

  18. 18 snow_white

    definitely gonna watch this….

  19. 19 jollyroger


  20. 20 VB

    This is what I’m studying. What I would GIVE if I could have Lee Ki Woo in my lab *sighs wistfully*

    I second the notion that not all scientists are created rational.. >.>

  21. 21 Miss D

    I’m still waiting for my turn when someone as sexy comes and declares he’s my husband. Yep. Kinda want all of the flower boy shows to be my life.


    I cant wait to watch this drama. this is great news

  23. 23 Abbie

    Okay, now I’m way more interested in this than I was. Looking forward to it.

  24. 24 JoowonLover:p

    Ba-wool ahhh!

  25. 25 Francis

    The plot sounds like Bloody Monday except it’s an adults version vs high school.

  26. 26 jyyjc

    Park minwoo was so cute in Ramyun, I’ve been waiting for him to be in better shows since then. I just couldn’t get into I need a Fairy.

  27. 27 Enz

    I miss the flower boys and eunbi from FBRS so much. FBND not getting me in the heart like that one did 🙁

  28. 28 Viki

    Why am I excited for this? I love our Ramyun Flower Boys too! Actually, I like all of them flower boys!

  29. 29 Biomaz

    I was looking forward to this when I heard Virus.
    Now it has eye candy. Sugar for tense medicine.?

  30. 30 Rainerust

    Um. If OCN is true to form, the romance will take a backseat to all the mystery-ing and thrilling going on. I’m fine with that but I do wish they would have a more consistent romance arc (GAH God’s Quiz, I am shaking my fist at Season Three y’hear!!) so I don’t feel like I’m always getting onto the wrong ship and having to abandon it. A consistent bromance ship also would be nice if they are planning multiple seasons. I like it when they bring most of the original cast back.

  31. 31 Lilian

    Haha…cameo by Jung Il Woo!??!! a dream…but it can come true. What is he doing these days??

  32. 32 yamapiskii

    can’t wait for this!! kyaa!!~

  33. 33 asdjfkl

    I hope this thriller has a lot of Bromance going on:DD

  34. 34 Yaya

    Hmm.. This is beginning to sound like the J-drama ‘Bloody Monday’. Well.. sort of.

  35. 35 Ciara

    Ooh! Looking forward to this! 😀

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