Boys Over Flowers is a classic that is practically required viewing for any kdrama fan. It tells the story of Geum Jan Di (Goo Hye Sun) as she attends a prestigious high school and gets involved with F4, the most popular guys at school. F4 consists of leader Goo Jun Pyo (Lee Min Ho), Yoon Ji Hoo (Kim Hyun Joong), So Yi Jung (Kim Bum), and Song Woo Bin (Kim Joon). They’re rich, good looking, and they rule the school. But Jan Di won’t put up with it, and by standing up to them, she quickly draws the affections of arrogant Goo Jun Pyo and the knight in shining armor Yoon Ji Hoo. A lot of relationship drama ensues.
People tend to love or hate this drama. I happen to be in the love camp. I saw it very early in my kdrama viewing, and honestly, that’s probably the best time to see it. Admittedly, it’s full of teen angst with many misunderstandings.
Jun Pyo and Jan Di fight, make up, then fight and make up over and over. There are constant obstacles in their way, many of their own making. But for me and many people, it’s all presented in a way that is oddly addicting and just plain fun.
The music really sets the tone for this drama too, and I still listen to much of the OST to this day. It’s played repetitively, but it’s upbeat and fun and very likely to get stuck in your head.
I personally loved Jun Pyo and Jan Di’s relationship. It’s pretty immature, but I loved their bickering. And when you get those sweet little moments where they really connect, it’s so fulfilling.
I wondered how Boys Over Flowers would hold up upon re-viewing, so I watched it again a year later after I had many other dramas under my belt. It completely held up, and I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Since it’s not as polished as some of the other great dramas out there, I still recommend you ideally watch it early in your kdrama viewing for the most enjoyment. But even if you’re a more seasoned viewer, you should really give it try just to see what all the fuss is about. You never know, you just may like it!
What do you think of Boys Over Flowers? Did you love it or hate it?
My Rating: 10/10
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