Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama Review

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon, Kim Min Suk, L, Lee Hyun Jae, and Yoo Min Kyu

Shut Up Flower Boy Band (also known as Shut Up and Let’s Go) tells the story of a group of trouble-making students who make up the band Eye Candy. Their world becomes a bit more complicated when they end up attending a more elite school and clash with the rich kids and their band.  We then follow the ups and downs of Eye Candy on their rise to fame.

Ah, Shut Up Flower Boy Band. I initially had high hopes for this drama because of all of the high praises I read from drama fans. But sadly, I really didn’t like it.  I apologize in advance to those of you who love this drama, but it just didn’t click with me.

I actually started this drama two years ago and ended up dropping it after episode 7 because I found it so boring.  I’ll elaborate as to what motivated me to pick it back up in just a bit.

While overall I really didn’t care for the drama, there were actually a couple things I did like.  Let’s look at how the drama progressed for me.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon, Lee Min Ki, Kim Min Suk, L, Lee Hyun Jae, and Yoo Min Kyu

So I really liked the first two episodes of the drama. We meet the guys in our band and learn about their lives and their band Eye Candy.  But what I loved was the leader of the group, Byung Hee (Lee Min Ki).  This is guy is weird!.  He’s so animated and comes off a bit crazy, but he seems like such a fun guy.  He commanded the screen when he was on, and I was always curious just what exactly was he going to do and say next.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Lee Min Ki

Of course, there’s lots of bromance going on in Shut Up Flower Boy Band, but the first two episodes give a nice display of Byung Hee and Ji Hyuk’s (Sung Joon) relationship.  Byung Hee is so gung-ho and out there while Ji Hyuk acts as sort of a grounding presence in the relationship.  It was nice.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon and Lee Min Ki Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon and Lee Min Ki


This isn’t exactly a big spoiler since it was pretty well known that Lee Min Ki would only be in two episodes, but basically, his character Byung Hee dies.  You know all of those times in dramas where someone almost gets hit by bus, but someone saves them just in time?  Well, that doesn’t happen here.  Byung Hee does get hit by a bus, and he dies.  And for me, the drama died with him.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Lee Min Ki  Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Lee Min Ki

In episode three, I definitely mourned his loss with the rest of his friends.  Of course, they are devastated by the death of their leader.  The sadness was tangible as they carried around a picture of Byung Hee like he was still part of the group.  I certainly felt the void.  But that’s where things fell apart for me.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon, Kim Min Suk, L, Lee Hyun Jae, and Yoo Min Kyu

Now I do agree with many fans in that Byung Hee had to die so that Sung Joon’s character Ji Hyuk could step into the lead role.  He was the lead of the drama after all, and with Byung Hee around, there was just no way for Ji Hyuk to outshine him.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon

But it felt like the life was sucked out of the drama when Byung Hee died.  I found all of the other guys extremely boring.  I was still with them at first as they mourned his loss, but then they return to their cool, nonchalant kind of attitude.  And well, the acting is a little rough too.  It wasn’t a good combination.  I just felt so little emotion from them.  And the story just seemed to crawl along.

So after episode 7, I made the difficult decision to drop the drama.  And believe me, it was a difficult decision.  I still dislike dropping dramas to this day, and this was one of the earliest dramas I ever dropped.

Two years later… (real life time skip)

I just watched the drama Madame Antoine and loved it.  It’s the first time I have enjoyed Sung Joon in a drama and developed a new appreciation for his talent.  Wanting to check out some other dramas of his, I figured why not revisit that drama Shut Up Flower Boy Band?  So there’s the motivation.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon, Kim Min Suk, L, Lee Hyun Jae, and Yoo Min Kyu

I was hoping I would pick it back up and be like “Why on earth did I drop this?  It’s amazing!”

Well, that didn’t happen.  It was still really boring, lol.  The guys were still boring.  The story still crept along.  Yeah, it wasn’t good.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon

But it wasn’t a total loss.  The first thing I noticed when coming back to the drama after such a long time was that Sung Joon wasn’t quite as bad as I remembered.  While I still found him stiff and boring, I think a lot of it was just his character.  The other guys are similar too.

But I was now actually able to see that despite these things, Sung Joon was definitely the best actor of the group.  Nothing earth shattering, but he has much more depth and was much more engaging than the others.  So that was nice to see.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - L

Also, to my surprise, the drama actually got quite a bit better for me around episode 12.  Is it strange that it got a lot more interesting when the guys fame started to fracture their friendship and they didn’t get along anymore?  Well, for me, it was like there was suddenly this intensity that came out of no where and livened things up.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - L

I suddenly noticed L’s character Hyun Soo too.  He’s a bit rash and wants to get ahead, but he struggles with problems at home and his relationship with the band.  Ultimately, he leaves the group which creates quite a rift with all of the guys.  I definitely perked up for this story arc.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon and Jo Bo Ah

The fact that Ji Hyuk puts his relationship with his girlfriend Soo Ah (Jo Bo Ah) above the guys is also a major stressor for the group.  Their relationship was sweet enough, but it was never something I fully got on board with.  I even found it to be on the boring side.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Kim Min Suk Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Yoo Min Kyu

Kyung Jong (Kim Min Suk), Ha Jin (Yoo Min Kyu), and Do Il (Lee Hyun Jae) kind of continue to blend into the background with each having a little moment here and there to shine.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Lee Hyun Jae

So despite a decent opening and closing, I’ll mostly remember just being bored during Shut Up Flower Boy Band.  But a lot of people absolutely love this drama.  So there’s a good chance you may too.

It has a certain indy vibe that is very different and you may find refreshing.  If you like bromances, there’s a lot of it.  It also explores themes of friendship, loss, and fame on a deep level.  The soundtrack is pretty good too.  I actually quite like Sung Joon’s singing voice.  Hopefully, you like the main song, because they play it to death.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Sung Joon, Kim Min Suk, L, Lee Hyun Jae, and Yoo Min Kyu

So this in another one of those times that despite my dislike for the drama, with such an enormous and dedicated fan base, I would definitely say give it a shot and judge for yourself whether it’s your kind of drama or not.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama - Lee Min Ki

Ah, Shut Up Flower Boy Band…what could you have been if Byung Hee wouldn’t have died?  I guess we’ll never know.

My Rating: 4/10

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16 Responses to Shut Up Flower Boy Band Korean Drama Review

  1. joybran2015 says:

    Once again I agree with you, although I gave it a 6 instead of 4. It was the drama where I discovered Lee Min Ki, and I went on to enjoy him in other dramas and especially movies. But once he was gone, I almost gave up on it. I didn’t think Sung Joon was bad in it, just not my cup of tea. The only redeeming thing about the later episodes was L’s story line. I also liked the bad guy played by Jung Ui Chul, but the rivalry wasn’t as interesting as I hoped.

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    • Kay says:

      I did give up! lol But I came back. Yeah, I was so disappointed with how bored I was with this drama. So far 4 is the lowest score I have given a completed drama (this along with 2 others). But I almost feel embarrassed by the score I’m likely to give Vampire Detective because I can honestly say I liked Shut Up Flower Boy Band way better!

      I still didn’t love Sung Joon in this, but he was better upon returning. And I was surprised how L just seemed to almost pop onto my radar out of nowhere in that last stretch. I still haven’t see Lee Min Ki in anything else, but I really want to. He was absolutely the highlight of the drama 🙂


      • Timescout says:

        Lee Min Ki seems to only do movies these days. He’s done quite a fiew quirky characters, not for every taste I’d say. I liked ‘Dal Ja’s Spring’ a lot and ‘Evasive Inquiry Agency’ was kinda odd but fun. 🙂

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        • Kay says:

          Yeah, I noticed that. But I do have Dal Ja’s Spring on my watch list, and he would certainly be a good reason to check it out 😉

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        • joybran2015 says:

          Yes, Lee Min Ki has done a lot more movies than dramas, and movies are usually harder for me to find. I liked Dal Ja’s Spring a lot, too. The movie I loved most was Shoot Me in the Heart with Yeo Jin Goo. They were both so great and so great together.

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          • Kay says:

            I’ve wanted to see that movie for Yeo Jin Goo, but I hadn’t made the connection that Lee Min Ki was the other guy! I bet they’re a great pair. Is the movie very sad? I was a little concerned considering the setting.


      • reign1718 says:

        I stopped watching after Joo Byung Hee died in episode 2. I didn’t find any reason to continue watching the series after Lee Min-Ki’s character died. His character was so interesting and full of life. I was furious when Joo Byung Hee was gone in episode #2 just like that.

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        • Kay says:

          I can understand why you stopped watching after he died. He was be far the highlight of the drama. Lee Min Ki was fantastic here! Such a fun and intriguing character. It was terrible to lose him so early 😦


  2. Timescout says:

    Heh, I dropped Madam Antoine early on because it boried me to tears and couldn’t stand Sung Joon’s acting, nor his character in it, but loved SUFBB when it aired. So, totally different take on these two dramas. Each to their own, eh? 🙂

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    • Kay says:

      Haha, too funny. It doesn’t really surprise me though, because I know overall we tend to have different tastes in dramas. Isn’t it interesting how two people can perceive an actor/drama so differently? I haven’t cared for Sung Joon at all in the past, then I see him in Madame Antoine and absolutely loved him and the drama! Although I liked him better when returning to Shut Up Flower Boy Band, he was still pretty similar to my previous experiences.

      But yes, to each their own! I’m just happy when people are loving dramas and sharing that love, even when tastes differ 🙂

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  3. I haven’t seen this one, but I enjoyed your review of the series. And is it just me, or does Byung Hee remind you just a little bit of Michael Jackson too (just a little bit, from the pictures, maybe?)

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    • Kay says:

      Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Didn’t love this one, but it had a few redeeming qualities, namely Byung Hee! And you know, now that you mention it, I can kind of see a little bit of a resemblance, lol.


  4. I agree with you re: Lee Min Ki. His onscreen presence is amazing, so when he died, I lost interest. But I did like the other guys too, it wasn’t just as exciting without LMK around :))

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, Lee Min Ki commanded the screen and was so much fun! That’s probably what made the other guys seem so boring comparatively. But it did have a few things going for it, especially that last few episodes. Glad you still enjoyed it 🙂

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