Boys Before Flowers: F4 Special Edition (Parts 1 & 2)
As Stephen Colbert would say, what a croc-tease. The much-touted “F4 Special Edition” music drama, which follows up with the F4 boys five years after the end of the drama, was finally released online on April 28 — but only the first half (or two “episodes”). The second half comes out next week.
Each F4 member gets his own “episode,” and first two feature Kim Bum‘s Yi-jung character and Kim Joon‘s Woo-bin.
Watch Yi-jung’s and Woo-bin’s segments below:
The music drama features a total of nine songs, some of which were sung by the actors themselves, like Kim Hyun-joong‘s “Thing Called Happiness” (행복이란), Kim Bum‘s “I’m Going to Meet You Now” (지금 만나러 갑니다), and Kim Joon‘s “To Make Empty” (비워내기).
Yi-jung‘s segment opens with narration by Woo-bin, and the song featured throughout is Kim Bum’s song — I’m actually quite impressed with the vocals. I’m less impressed with how so much of the footage is old clips from the series.
Intro & Episode 1 (Yi-jung):
Woo-bin: “Are there things that don’t change even after time has passed? How many springs have come to our school full of memories? And our special classroom — it’s here that we began our friendships and loves. Gu Jun-pyo, Yoon Ji-hoo, So Yi-jung, Song Woo-bin, F4.”
The voice at the end asks: “Sunbae. I’m a little late, aren’t I?”
Yi-jung asks, “Will you be my flower forever?”
Episode 2 (Woo-bin):
In this segment, Woo-bin starts by asking, “What’s your reason?” The girl tells him, “I’m tired of your consideration.” (It insinuates that she feels suffocated by his constant attention, like he’s hovering.)
The song here features lyrics written by Kim Joon and rapper Rhymer. The title “To Make Empty” refers to emptying oneself of the pain following a failed love.
I suppose the point is to reiterate how Woo-bin’s function in F4 was always to remind us of the value of their friendship, but who else is bummed out that he finally gets a girl — only to be dumped so unceremoniously?