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Boys Over Flowers – Final News Review & Comments

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Dear readers,

So this is it! THE END!

Actually, I’ve had so little spare time this week that I’m watching the final episode as I type right now. Originally I was planning to write a concluding commentary; however, I’ve decided not to because….. I need to sleep. Hehe. Actually, I didn’t want to analyze it much – Boys Over Flowers is a drama that is best enjoyed by not taking it seriously. Just a few random BOF-related thoughts:

  • I was ALMOST happy to hear the return of “Paradise” in the last episode after a long (much-needed) hiatus.
  • I usually don’t criticize a person’s acting skills much but – in his brief appearances, Kim Jong Jin (who played Yi Jeong’s father in the drama) displayed the worst acting I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe that’s how his character was written, or maybe that’s how he was directed to act – but wow….his dialogues with Yi Jeong were just painful to watch.
  • I didn’t mind the prospect of not having Yi Jeong and Ga Eul to get in the end, but I really like how they wrapped things up. Adorable!
  • The most annoying part of the entire drama was playing background music when the characters were supposed to be playing instruments.
  • I’m so sad that Secretary Jung wasn’t in the final episode.
  • Lee Min Ho (Gu Jun Pyo in BOF) and Matsumoto Jun (Tsukasa in HYD) both played their parts so well in their respective dramas that I can’t imagine anyone else in their roles.
  • Hurrah for Chairwoman Gu Jun Hee!

Feel free to post your final thoughts (BRIEFLY) in the comments section.

Anyhow, lots of readers have been asking us for information on what the main cast of BOF will be doing in following months. Beyond the jump (below) is a review of some recent events, as well as a peek into their near future. This will be our last official BOF news review, so enjoy!

P.S. We’ve read some comments here and there saying that Hana Yori Dango (manga)’s author, Yoko Kamio, basically shut down licensing requests from the Philippines and China to create their own national dramas. However, the decision wasn’t really up to her; it was because she signed a contract with Group Eight (the production company for BOF) agreeing not to permit any other drama adaptations for two years following the Korean BOF. Hence, both the Filipino and Chinese versions cannot follow the Hana Yori Dango storyline closely.

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3/23 – 4/2

  • Lee Min Ho is singing with Jessica H.o. (Ho Hyun Joo) for a Cass beer commercial.  In the CF, he will be a singer, performing a concert on stage. Jessica will feature as a rapper in the song. Jessica’s agency representative said that the genre of the song is hip-hop, and Jessica was recommended by the song producer.
    Cass rehearsals

    Cass rehearsals

    Jessica was born in the States and debuted in 2005. She has been active as a member of  group Uptown since her debut. She recently released a digital single called “Life is Joyful” and is also planning to release another mini album in the summer.

  • Kim Beom is preparing special gifts for his fans. He decided to make some pieces of pottery to give away during his fan meeting on April 12. Winners will be chosen by a random draw. He started taking pottery lessons one month before filming the drama due to his role. At first, he was only going to learn enough to gain a skillful posture for filming. However, he became truly interested in ceramic arts so he is still taking some lessons. Kim said that he decided to give his pottery work his fans after much consideration on what would be significant and memorable gifts. He also added that although they are not made by the genius potter So Yi Jung and would probably be not much to look at, he is making them with his utmost sincerity.
  • Lee Jung Gil was director for a day at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital on March 26. The hospital introduced this kind of system to give the feeling of closeness to their patients. Lee went around the hospital meeting patients, signing approvals, and encouraging employees. Lee said that it was a valuable experience that he could take a peek into the lives of health care professionals who try to think from patients’ perspectives, as well as see the difficult situation of health care sector in Korea compared to the authoritarian and conservative image of hospitals in dramas.

    Lee Jung Gil at the hospital

    Lee Jung Gil at the hospital

  • Kim Hyun Joong will soon prepare for SS501’s collection album to be released in May. This album will consist of each member’s solo songs. Kim already revealed his solo song publically during the March 31 fan meeting. After the release of the album, the group will be working in Japan from May to July. SS501 will then release an official album in August. A representative of his agency said that although he will progressively consider other filming productions, Kim’s top priority is his singing career. SS501 is plaaning for an Asia Tour Concert in January 2010.
  • Kim Joon will also return to the stage. He will appear on Music Bank on April 3 to sing “Fight the Bad Feeling”. This is going to be his first singing activity after his appearance in the drama. He has plans to film some commercials, as well as participate in Andre Kim’s fashion show. In May, T-Max will hold two concerts in Tokyo and Osaka.
  • Kim Beom will leave for the States on April 3 to take a short break. Afterwards, he is going to hold his first fan meeting in Korea. Following the fan meeting, he will be filming the movie Flight (or Fly Up / 비상) with Kim Byul starting April 20. He also has plans to star in the movie 71 and film seven commercials.
  • Lee Min Ho is planning to take a break for a while. He must first finish filming five commercials that have been on hold. Then, once he completes BOF promotional activities in Japan this month, he will carefully consider which project to do next. In May, he will receive surgery to remove the metal rod in his knee. Lee said that he wants to test the human limit for longest consecutive hours of sleep and also that he has a schedule for filming in England. Lee has plans for his first fan meeting at the end June (to match his birthday) as well.
  • Ku Hye Sun’s first novel Tango was published on April 1. It seems that she will be busy even after wrapping BOF. First, she is scheduled to do promotional activities for the novel. Then, her new age album will be released in May. She has already finished recording with some musical artists that she is close to. Ku also has plans to display an art exhibition based on the works of art that she put into the novel.

    Tango by Ku Hye Sun

    Tango by Ku Hye Sun

  • Ku Hye Sun’s short film The Madonna (유쾌한 도우미) got into the final selection of 2009 Busan Asian Short Film Festival (BASFF). This is her debut movie, which she did everything for – write the script, direct, and create the theme song. The movie is a 14-minute film and about mercy killing (euthanasia) and a Catholic priest’s perspective on it. Kim Myung Soo and Jun Tae Soo (Ha Ji Won’s brother) are the movie’s leads. Ku’s film is one of 90 (out of 656) that were chosen from 14 countries (out of 20). The festival will be held from May 13 to May 17.
  • As we mentioned earlier, Lee Min Jung is currently filming Baekyahaeng – Into the White Night (백야행 – 하얀 어둠 속을 걷다).
  • Lee Min Ho’s agency invited his fans to participate in naming his fan club. Fans can make their suggestions on Lee Min Ho’s official homepage for 2 weeks from April 1 to April 14.

    Lee Min Ho’s official homepage originally opened in February 5. However,  the server crashed due to the high number of visitors. Therefore, his agency opened a new one to greet his fans.

  • Kim Beom is promoting “The 5th World Ceramic Biannale 2009 Korea”. The event is going to be held for a month starting May 25 in Gyeonggi-do.
  • Yoon Ji Hu/Kim Hyun Joong’s fan club, Jihu-ache (지후앓이; 앓이 is pronounced ahree and means ache/pain) donated $2,650 (₩3,500,000) to The Beautiful Foundation. The special thing about this donation was that it was under the name, Yoon Ji Hu. The members wanted to share the joy they felt through the drama with society and memorialize the character, Yoon Ji Hu. Although there have been several cases of fans donating under the actor/actress’ name, this was the first time that a donation was made under a drama character’s name. The money will be used for the poor.
  • Another group of Kim Hyun Joong’s fans who attended “Good Bye, Yoon Ji Hu” donated $7,500 (₩10,000,000) to Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation. The donation was led by Kim Hyun Joong’s fan club, Kim Hyun Joong Perfect, to help children who suffer from leukemia but cannot receive proper treatment due to financial conditions.
  • The cast and crew of BOF had a banquet on April 1 to celebrate the wrap of the drama. Approximately 200 were in attendance. Along with dinner, thank-you speeches, and farewells, they also had a moment of silence in honour of the deceased Jang Ja Yeon.

    BOF wrap party

    BOF wrap party

  • Exported versions of Boys Over Flowers will have different OST’s and CG’s. A representative from the drama said that they took into consideration the public’s feedback (i.e. complaints) about the excessive use of the same songs and unprofessional computer graphics. For example, they are plannning to change the helicopter scene (Jun Pyo’s method of transportation to school one day) and the scene where ducks were in the pool (Jun Pyo’s prank).  The soundtrack will be edited with the songs that have been popular in Korea, with less repetition of the songs from the first OST. Some Korean fans were upset to hear this news, and questioned whether the Korean version was for practice.
  • Boys Over Flowers will be broadcast every Sunday starting April 12 on MNet Japan (cable TV). A fan meeting will be held on April 16 at Tokyo Dome City’s JCB Hall. The F4 and Ku Hye Sun will leave for Tokyo on April 15. The show will then be broadcast on TBS beginning in the summer.
  • The rumoured ending scene from New Caledonia has been confirmed as the original ending. However,they had to change the ending in Korea – not just because of the leaked photo, but a filming error. The scene they filmed last in New Caledonia was one where Jun Pyo and Jan Di looked for the ring in the sea. The ending was supposed to be Jun Pyo proposing to Jan Di and then the two ending up searching for the ring in the water.  However, when they were editing in Korea, they realized that Jun Pyo had the ring on while looking for it.
  • KBS is pre-selling  the Boys Over Flowers DVD, planned for release on April 27. Supposedly, the company is only releasing a limited number of copies. The DVDs will have the option of English subtitles. It is uncertain whether the DVD set will feature the broadcast version or the edited version (such as the ones to be exported).
  • Kim Hyun Joong had a fan meeting called “Good Bye Yoon Ji Hu” at Olympic Park in Seoul on the evening of March 31. Kim Beom, Kim Joon, and the rest of SS501 appeared as special guests.
    Kim Hyun Joong's solo

    Kim Hyun Joong sings "Happiness is..."

    Kim Beom & Kim Joon

    Kim Beom & Kim Joon

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Written by KP

April 3, 2009 at 3:19 am

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  1. Aagh!! I can’t believe they didn’t use that Caledonia ending! I just saw the photo of JD and JP holding hands and they really needed something like that for the ending. (i.e. Instead of Jandi having her hands in her doctor’s coat pocket)

    On another note: I’m mad at YouTube for deleting the BBF episodes (with English subtitles) due to KBS copyright, they said. Well, the reason why this drama was so popular was because of websites like this that provided the subtitles. 😦

    sasha3

    April 3, 2009 at 4:43 am

  2. i will miss BOF so much^^..miss all the actor and actress..they make the drama so wonderful..so sad..

    wish misun wil be a real couple ^^

    from bottom of my heart thanks KP for the news..

    i wll always remember BOF in my heart..wait for the next project of F4 and he sun

    hwaiting!!!

    natali

    April 3, 2009 at 4:44 am

  3. BOF is so addictive.. One of my most fave korean dramas of all time..kinda sad that it’s over..Can’t wait for the dvd..love all four guys esp kim bum..I will continue to support the guys in their respective careers..BOF will hold a special place in my heart always.. Good job to the cast and crew for making the show as entertaining as possible.. =P

    lipsie glozz

    April 3, 2009 at 5:31 am

  4. How about Kim So Eun, well besides the CFs she’s been doing lately? Will there be a drama (even rumours) for Kim Bum and Kim So Eun?

    By the way, thank you very much KP for all the previews and spoilers you have provided us these past few weeks. We all appreciate them. And with all honesty, it made watching BoF even more exciting. Thank you! 🙂

    bummie

    April 3, 2009 at 5:57 am

  5. i love bof ost 1.
    this is the first drama ost that i enjoy all the songs in ost1.
    just the over playing of songs and play at wrong time.

    what i hope the ost will have when come to singapore 😀
    all songs of ost1.
    love is fire by kara
    Yearning of the Heart by As’t
    making a lover by SS501
    wish ur my love by tmax

    if the over playing of the songs is edited,probaly i will buy if there’s a big difference on no more overplaing of the songs.

    amktsy

    April 3, 2009 at 7:08 am

  6. thank you very much KP Good job.

    ibeova

    April 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

  7. KP thank you very much for all trhe news . CLAP…..

    flowermum

    April 3, 2009 at 9:36 am

  8. do you see hair’s lee min ho in CF, I can’t belive that it he, his har look terrible, it’s not suit with him.I wish he never appear with that hair one more time

    jandi

    April 3, 2009 at 10:02 am

  9. how about kim so eun?? Is there any news about her??^^
    Anyway,thanks kp for all the info…

    eis

    April 3, 2009 at 10:16 am

  10. I just wanted to say “thank you” KP for providing me with all the “spoilers” and “comments. I really appreciate all your hard work. I really have never been glued to any drama as much as this one. I really will miss watching this on Monday/Tuesday. I don’t think I will find another drama that I really enjoy (I say this after Coffee Prince) again.

    Again thank you

    Sherrie

    April 3, 2009 at 11:24 am

  11. Question:

    That “leaked” finale photo of JP and JD in Caledonia – Did they film that when they were there at the beginning of the show (thinking they wanted to use that for the ending too)? (B/c Lee Min Ho’s hair looks longer)

    About the repetitive songs: I actually liked that they used the same 5-7 songs over and over again. It was like a common thread that reminded the viewer of previous scenes when they heard a song. Besides, who wants like 25 different songs for each episode?

    mimi

    April 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm

  12. mimi,
    Yes, they filmed this at the end of 2008 in New Caledonia. So basically, if they had kept that ending, the entire cast and crew would have known the exact ending before the broadcasts even started.

    KP

    April 3, 2009 at 12:27 pm

  13. I am very impressed the acting skill of the young actor, who plays Jundi’s brother, he is a very good actor.

    Shun

    April 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm

  14. Thanks KP for always keeping us updated on spoilers and news =) I’ll miss BOF but I’m happy though because Kim Bum and Kim So Eun are still bounded together for 1 year CF ahahhaahahah ❤

    Jia

    April 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm

  15. Amen to no more HYD versions! After looking at the cast line up for the China’s version (if that is true), I think it will ruin my perceptions of HYD in general! Too much of something is bad!

    bontaku

    April 3, 2009 at 2:44 pm

  16. KP,
    you said Kim Beom is coming to the states on Apil 3
    do you know exactly where Kim Beom will be?
    ‘cuz i have heard from other blogs tht kim Beom will coming to new york :]
    is that truee?

    Boysbeforeflowersfann :D

    April 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm

  17. Hi, are you able to give a quick summary of what happened in the cf? It seems like a closure for Soeul couple 😀

    annie

    April 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm

  18. KP! could you also give us updates on what kim so eun is up to also? haha thanks! & thank you thank you so much for all the information you give us (= i’d love to hear what kim so eun’s doing, and more about kim beom in the future! plus where in the US he’s gonna be…i wish it were LA ahaha

    amy

    April 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm

  19. ok. Why is Lee Min Ho site is written in thai? If i see it was written in korean, i will say, “ohh… ok…” But why thai? And i found another site that is written in Japanese… ok… i think they should create an english site also for the fan who can’t speak any other languages. Please i do want to read about him…cos i am a big fan of him; but i can’t read thai or korean or japanese…. please……

    Nanae123

    April 4, 2009 at 3:04 am

  20. Thanks KP! You’ve done a very good job!
    I miss BOF… I hope there will be a movie with Jandi & Junpyo’s wedding. For the Soeul couple, I think the CF posted by annie has satisfied me. It’s so sweet! I love that CF so much.
    I also found a BOF fan whose artwork was wonderful. Her artwork are all so cute. And there is a wedding picture of Jandi & Junpyo. There is also a family picture of the couple and one is a ‘first nite’ one. To me, these fanart may satisfy my expectation of seeing more Jandi and Junpyo’s sweet scenes to some extent.
    Here’s the website:
    http(colon)(double slash)hi(dot)baidu(dot)com(slash)韩花男女(slash)album

    boys over flowers fan

    April 4, 2009 at 4:09 am

  21. sorry for the unclear link in the previous message:
    Here’s the link:
    http://hi.baidu.com/韩花男女/album
    There are 70 pieces of super cute artwork drawn by the Chinese fan girl.

    boys over flowers fan

    April 4, 2009 at 4:12 am

  22. KP! Thank you for all the the previews, synopsis, and tidbits you provided for us on the Korean version of BOF. BOF is a fun drama be it in any culture – korean, taiwanese, or japanese.
    Although in the korean version Lee Min Ho as Goo Jun Pyo and Gu Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di reminded me of something, so i recalled and brought out my copy of “My Love Patzzi” and started watching it again. Gosh, if BOF was made a few years ago I would pair together Kim Rae Won and Jang Na Ra. Their dynamic in that drama are almost exactly like Lee Min Ho and Gu Hye Sun’s in BOF.

    meiito

    April 4, 2009 at 6:03 am

  23. annie,
    There’s a subbed clip available here:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/wondersmurf

    KP

    April 4, 2009 at 10:02 am

  24. Boysbeforeflowersfann :D, amy,
    Kim Beom will be in New York on a working holiday. He is going to be shooting for a photo spread in addition to getting some rest.

    KP

    April 4, 2009 at 10:27 am

  25. Loved BOF!
    Thanks KP.
    Thanks to all for your thoughts.
    Hope to talk with you all again when BOF actors star in other movies and dramas.

    sus42

    April 5, 2009 at 2:07 am

  26. THANK YOU KP for the updates. Much appreciated for your time. I second that, what sus42 said. I hope you can maybe update us on the other stars or give us links maybe. 🙂

    BOFfan

    April 5, 2009 at 6:19 am

  27. amy, eis,
    No, there was no information about Kim So Eun when we wrote the post – but there is now! Check out our new post on her new movie with Yoo Seung Ho.

    KP

    April 5, 2009 at 10:42 am

  28. thank you so much for all 😡

    jev

    April 6, 2009 at 5:43 am

  29. is that really the end of BOF?
    people are craving for some more..or atleast a really good ending..
    ive seen vietnam’s hana yori dango’s version and they actually have part 2 and a final movie…and so as the orginal version..the japanese’s version had a final movie…
    their ending was not really the best…i was lil bit disappointed..but still it was a good drama show…^_^y

    stephanieee

    April 6, 2009 at 7:51 am

  30. Thank you again KP for all the updates and tidbits for this drama. I am from the Philippines but I am happy to hear that no other version of this is coming out..yet. I just wanted to savor the feeling of watching a very entertaining drama which will go up there in my unforgettable list. And re-watching…

    As for the stars of the drama, they have gained one more fan. I will continue to check out their future work (where english subtitles are available) and wish them success.

    I am actually wishing that Yokio Kamio writes a Book II of HYD so that all of us in Asia will again get on an F4 spinning wheel.

    Gigi

    April 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm

  31. waahhh..I can’t believe this is the end.is there really no season 2..OMG>>I will be very upset!
    There must be cause I’m not really satisfied..or even just a movie..
    PLEASE!! For the author make another book2..
    or for the Director MAKE A MOVIE!

    justcallmeproxy

    April 8, 2009 at 9:34 am

  32. is there any chance that they will cast season for the BOF, i really miss all the actors and actress….

    i means if they really cast it, please add in some storyline of Woobin, really miss him.

    hello

    April 10, 2009 at 7:06 am

  33. First of all, I thank The Almighty God for answer prayers. The BOF casts are all fine. BOF Korean version is the best drama ever. My wish is to bring back BOF Kdrama with another sequels with the same actors and actress. Please do not change anything including soundtracks when you put BOF on DVD. I’ve noticed that on KBS TV in America BOF epsiodes have different scenes from what I watched it in viikii.net… there are scenes missing from TV however, there are scenes that are on TV and not in the websites. Please when you make a DVD make it complete even the especial features and cut clippings with English subtitles. Please notify me when the DVD will be release. I am in California,USA.I would appreciate it very much… thank you KP. Please inform us more about the F4 and Geum Jan Di (actors & actress).

    smilyface88

    April 23, 2009 at 5:07 am

  34. Please help me to join in Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong website. I don’t understand Korean. I really want to be part of Lee’s Japanese website. I want to be included in his fan club. – Thank you very much.

    smilyface88

    April 23, 2009 at 5:18 am

  35. HO MY GOSH!
    KIM BUM IS SOOOOOOOOO HOT I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR HE

    LUM LUM BOFIN

    May 18, 2009 at 6:13 pm

  36. for me bof of korea is the best.the new f4 is so cute

    koji

    May 19, 2009 at 7:58 am

  37. hi to F4..

    im ur #1 fan..
    tnx 4 mking people happy..

    i love goo joon pyo..
    he’s so cute..i lyk his curly hair.,.

    i wil support ol of u..

    take care..

    mwa mwa..xo-xo..

    luv u..

    _mhegan16_
    _F4rific gurl.._

    Lee min-ho’s solid fan..

    mhegan navarro

    May 23, 2009 at 2:31 am

  38. …thanks KP for those infos. Korean F4 did a great job. For me, the cast of BOF played there roles very well… Good job!…Good luck and God loves you! .n_n.

    psyche-sam

    May 24, 2009 at 4:12 am

  39. i hope that they make a book 2 or a sequel, to make it a better ending! please! i pray and wish that this happens.. we all miss BOF!!!! we love u F4!! 🙂 ❤

    ashleynicole!

    May 26, 2009 at 9:58 pm

  40. i fallen inlove with cast of boys ober flowers…epecially to mr.kim bum and lee min ho..both of you is awesome..and a good aktor and a total performer..

    more power to you guize..

    i hope you would come hir in the phillippines soon..

    sincerely yours
    addicted fan..

    khaye
    laguna at the philippines=)

    khaye ann

    June 7, 2009 at 10:31 pm

  41. i agree with sasha3. youtube deleted all the videos of their english subbed special features which is really disappointing. youtube actually helps them promote most of their programs anyway. the DVD boxed set which is in fact quite expensive doesn’t even have their special features subbed. :((

    icetea

    June 10, 2009 at 1:17 am

  42. ILOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE YOU KIM HYUN JOONG …………………….

    ريــــــــــــم الحلوه

    June 23, 2009 at 11:06 pm

  43. To all the cast and crews and all behind the making of BFF… thanks for the effort in making this drama the best ever… we truly are so greatful to all of you… we enjoyed watching and watching that drama from beginning to end nth times.. truly….thanks!

    monmon

    June 30, 2009 at 11:58 am

  44. ….ooopss i mean BBF as in Boys Before Flowers.. and not BFF.

    …we’ll watch it again and again…

    monmon

    June 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm


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