Boys Before Flowers Korean Drama
Boys Before Flowers
Korean title: 꽃보다 남자
Alternate title: Boys Over Flowers
KBS, 25 episodes
January 5, 2009 – March 31, 2009

Adapted from the wildly popular Japanese manga-anime-live action drama Hana Yori Dango, Boys Before Flowers features a plucky, middle-class heroine (Gu Hye-sun) who gets a chance to attend an elite high school attended by the filthy rich, and which is ruled by a foursome of the most powerful and elite students, nicknamed F4. She's the only one with the guts to stand up to their leader, he declares war, and then they fall in love. Lee Min-ho puts in a career-launching turn as the spoiled manchild-turned-doting-boyfriend Gu Jun-pyo, with Kim Bum, Kim Hyun-joong, and Kim Joon as his faithful posse.

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‘Boys Before Flowers’


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