Also Known As: Boys Over Flowers, 花より男子 Related dramas: Meteor Garden, Boys Before Flowers, Liu Xing Yu
Genre: Romance, Comedy Episodes: 9 Episodes Country: Japan Language: Japanese Subtitles: English Hardsubs Format: Renzoku, across two seasons
Cast: •Inoue Mao as Makino Tsukushi •Matsumoto Jun as Domyoji Tsukasa •Oguri Shun as Hanazawa Rui •Matsuda Shota as Nishikado Sojiro •Abe Tsuyoshi as Mimasaka Akira •Sato Megumi as Sanjo Sakurako •Nishihara Aki as Matsuoka Yuki •Seto Saki as Asai Yuriko •Fukada Aki as Ayuhara Erika •Matsuoka Emiko as Yamano Minako •David Ito as Nishida •Sada Mayumi as Todo Shizuka •Kato Takako as Sengoku Sachiyo •Tomiura Satoshi as Makino Susumu (brother of Tsukushi) •Kobayashi Susumu as Makino Haruo (father of Tsukushi) •Ishino Mako as Makino Chieko (mother of Tsukushi) •Matsushima Nanako as Domyoji Tsubaki (sister of Tsukasa) •Kaga Mariko as Domyoji Kaede (mother of Tsukasa)
Production Credits Original writing: Kamio Yoko Screenwriters: Satake Mikio, Fujimoto Yuki, Takahashi Natsuko (高橋ナツコ), Arai Shuuko (荒井修子) Producer: Setoguchi Katsuaki Directors: Ishii Yasuharu, Yamamuro Daisuke, Katayama Osamu Music: Yamashita Kosuke Theme song: WISH by Arashi Insert song: Planetarium by Otsuka Ai
Hana Yori Dango is a Japanese television drama series, broadcast on TBS in 2005. It was one of the most popular dramas of the year and won many major awards. It is the live action version of popular manga Boys Over Flowers.
Makino Tsukushi is a tough, hard working, middle-class student at the prestigious Eitoku Gakuen school attended by the rich and influential. Initially Makino wanted to attend Eitoku because her idol, an internationally-renowned model named Todou Shizuka, was an alumna of the school. Not long after however, Makino discovers the superficial nature of her classmates. Their arrogance and her inability to relate to them because of her social status limit her chances at making friends. Worse yet, the school is ruled by the F4 (Flower 4), sons of Japan's wealthiest and most powerful tycoons who bully fellow students out of boredom or malevolence until they are expelled or quit.
Tsukushi is immersed into the lives of the F4 after defending her first and only friend at school, Sanjo Sakurako. She receives a red tag from F4, and as a result, the whole school turns against her. Despite the harassment, Tsukushi, the "tough weed", decides to clean up the F4's act and declares a war back on them. Her defiance and steadfast resistance ironically earn the respect and love of the F4 leader, violent and impetuous Domyouji Tsukasa. But Tsukushi is in love with Hanazawa Rui, a quiet and mysterious violinist and Tsukasa's bestfriend.
The courtship between the two leads Tsukasa and Tsukushi is the main theme throughout the series. Various challenges threaten their blossoming relationship such as the envy of fellow students, an obsessed childhood classmate, their differences in social class, Tsukasa's violent and possessive nature, and the animosity of Domyouji Kaede (Tsukasa's mother).
The first season ends with Domyouji giving the saturn necklace to Makino and her confession of love right before he leaves for New York.
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