Hardworking Geum Jan Di attends the exclusive Shinhwa High School by a scholarship she gets because of an incident. She finds her shallow, privileged classmates unbearable, especially the notorious F4. Rich, handsome, and arrogant, Goo Jun Pyo, Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung, and Song Woo Bin are the kings of the school and no one, not even the teachers, dare challenge them. No one, that is, except Jan Di. Angry at their rudeness, Jan Di tells off F4 leader Jun Pyo, bringing a world of trouble upon herself. Although Jun Pyo persists on bullying her, he begins to find himself attracted to Jan Di.

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  • Mar 31, 2012 25 of 25 episodes seen
    41 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  7
    • Story  6
    • Acting/Cast  8
    • Music  10
    • Rewatch Value  3
    If I could some this drama up in one word it would be 'meh'. Boys before flowers isn't that special, it was kinda disapointing to be frank. Yes the actors were brilliant but the storyline lacked spark.

    I'll start with the storyline, it was ok at the beginning and good through the middle but the end was an anti-climax and a half. The ammount of cliches in this show is annoying, I've seen it all before. I haven't seen any other adaptions of this show and since watching Boys Before Flowers I don't think I will. It was average at best.

    However the actors in this show, particulary Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong were awesome. Each and every emotion was potrayed brilliantly and had
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  • Oct 1, 2012 25 of 25 episodes seen
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    • Overall  8
    • Story  9
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    • Music  7
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    For those of you who have watched the other versions of this drama, which are "Hana Yori Dango" and "Meteor Garden" and enjoyed it, may want to watch this Korean version. Extras have been added to the story line which round everything up better like secondary characters back stories and more of a rivalry between the 'Rui and Domyoji' equivalent characters. Jan Di's character has been made more capable to cope with all the rotten situations thrown at her and more smarter than Tsukushi's character.

    For those of you who haven't watched any of the previous versions of this drama, watching this will take you on a wonderful journey and a roller coaster of emotions, just make sure you have a pillow handy to hide yourself
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  • pastagod 2 days ago
    watching this one is kind of like a rite of passage into kdrama, but that doesn't mean it isn't overrated. i believe people put this show on too much of a pedestal. being the first drama i ever watched, it ended up setting my expectations pretty low. the japanese version is SOO much better, believe me. sure, korea's got great eye candy, but the drama was extremely lacking, whereas hana yori dango (in my opinion) executed the story and characters almost perfectly. in all honestly i could probably talk shit about this drama for hours because i disliked it that much, but out of respect for those who managed to enjoy it, i won't.
  • zai000 3 days ago
    Hana Yori Dango has a really good and fitting soundtrack, which doesn't get annoying. Also doesn't have those weird and hideous choices of wardrobe and hairstyle I saw in BOF, the main leads have awesome chemistry (didn't see chemistry in BOF,at all!), it's shorter and more consise, the "love triangle" is not draggy and annoying and overall HYD has a better ending. That said, this one neutralizes some events in the plot that might cause cultural shock to the foreign audiences, making it easier to watch, follow and understand to everyone. The korean F4 guys do a great job as well, but it's still overrated in my opinion.
  • kakarla 5 days ago
    This drama is way over rated. I liked hana yori dango much better. It was short and concise. Tooo many unnecessary cliches added to extend it to 25 episodes. Seriously, I think once you watch this drama you'll know all the cliches that exist in drama land.
  • miriam 9 days ago
    loved the show but OMFG THE OST MADE ME WANT TO THROW MY LAPTOP OUT THE WINDOW AND JUST SCREAM! and the worst bit was i would be walking around humming "ALMOST PARIDISE" as mush as i loved the show i will probably never rewatch it just because of the music :/
  • Nataya2001 13 days ago
  • Fillers 14 days ago
    When the F4 showed up whenever Geum Jan Di (which was practically every episode) I let it slide but that one episode where the F4 saves her in FREAKING MACAU,CHINA !.I was done, I mean how the heck did they know where she was in a foreign city? Maybe I missed something but that moment still bugs me whenever I think about this show.
  • Yourtear_myrain 17 days ago
    i feel like watching this drama again only cuz of Lee Min Ho<3333
  • catieee 26 days ago
    hyun joong is so cute in this drama!!
    i felt kind of sad when this ended tbh
  • Stina 27 days ago
    Il primo amore non si scorda mai <3
    Rivederlo è sempre un'emozione *_*
  • Epiphanie Mar 13, 2014
    It's average and cliche, but it's entertaining and nice to watch.
  • Gakume Feb 25, 2014
    I seriously disliked this drama. So overrated. It got boring after a few episodes plus it was too cliche. Too overrated.
    2 ❤
    • girl_on_fire Feb 27, 2014
      This was my first korean drama.....and I loved this drama back then. I have seen BOF over 4 times and each time I saw this show again I saw the painful truth that this show has WAY to many cliches and it probably is overrated for what it's worth.

      It's not that great of the show and that is why I liked your comment....one thing you should know though is BOF is not a drama to be taken seriously....it never has been and never will. It's light and fluffy that's all it is. Nothing to get serious over.
      3 ❤
  • Music_passion_95 Feb 8, 2014
    Wow, my first drama. I probably wont re-watch it, as I think it wasnt that great, but if it wasnt for this, I wouldnt have gotten into the Kdrama & Kpop world. (And seen more of Lee Min ho's better dramas & roles!) So this drama holds a special place in my heart :D <3 Also, despite not liking a lot of moments, it also has really sweet moments that I remember. AND THE MUSIC. First time I ever heard a SHINee song, and after finishing the drama downloaded the whole OST, then looked up more k-music, and well... The rest is history ^^
    • Tsumiru Feb 26, 2014
      I have t say that it really wasn't the best option on your first time watching a Kdrama. If you allow a recommendation Faith and City Hunter show how good Lee Min Ho is as an actor! you should watch it :)
  • artessiaw Feb 7, 2014
    I really enjoyed this drama a lot. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I kind of wanted more when it came the to the last episode, but I was satisfied with the ending.
    3 ❤
  • Nozomi_ Jan 31, 2014
    This drama is overrated , I prefer the Japanese version way better than this shit
    4 ❤
    • Kirin4 Mar 8, 2014
      Noone can beat Lee Min Ho as a Goo Joon Pyo IMO :D And I was seen 1/4 episode of japanesse and get bored easily xD I also saw taiwanese verssion which was quite good- I like main woman character but the main man character wasn't so awesome like in korean verssion :P He was a bit boring. Goo Joon Pyo is simply masterpiece. And I evaluate Meteor Garden on the 8 degree and BOF on 9 or 10. I only dislike music, I like k-pop but I don't like so sweet, candy pop. Music was really annoying xD


Boys Before Flowers

Boys Before Flowers


  • Main Title: Boys Before Flowers
  • Native title: 꽃보다 남자
  • Also Known as: Boys Over Flowers ; Kgotboda Namja

General Details

  • CountrySouth Korea
  • Aired: January 5, 2009 to March 31, 2009
  • Airs On: Monday, Tuesday
  • # of Episodes 25
    Average Duration 1 hr. 5 min. per episode
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Youth


  • Score: 8.07 (scored by 14,937 users)
  • Ranked: #192
  • Popularity: #18
  • Members: 18,564
  • Favorites: 0
4.0 stars - based on 14,937 votes

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