Made in Asia. I'm that quiet girl in class with a secret life. Daydreaming is my hobby along with some other things. This page is pretty much for everything that I like. Check me out on Wattpad.com.
“Love and life are a lot like baseball. No matter what dangerous situation lies ahead, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you have to win against someone else in the end to have a victory. One sided love hurts the heart, but you do it alone, so there is no other way. Whether you win love or get rejected, the only way to end a one-sided love is to confess it. Only when you choose to confront it, will you know the outcome. Maybe love is a lot like baseball.”
Ssreuki oppa, Reply 1994
Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) Part II
- Hana Yori Dango (Japan): Not much to say, other than it was really great dorama. I totally fell for Rui Hanazawa (Shun Oguri) while watching this version. I also got super excited because the guy who was playing Domyouji Tsukasa was Jun Matsumoto, who was also in Gokusen. Well, both of them were in Gokusen, although I didn’t really recognized Shun Oguri at first, mostly because I haven’t seen that show in a long time. But we aren’t talking about Gokusen right now. I was off topic again. Back to Hana Yori Dango Japanese version…I’m glad they made two seasons and a movie. What more can I ask? They already did it all, a drama series and a movie. The actress for Makino Tsukushi (Mao Inoue) did a really great job portraying her character. The whole cast did great, although sometimes I felt like Akira, was kinda just there throughout the series. In addition, the opening songs they used for both season were really catchy, which I think helped viewers like the series more. The songs used in each adaptations really add to the story. Overall, it was great to watch.
- Boys Over Flowers (South Korea): Another memorable version. I don’t really understand why some people didn’t like/hated it. The bad hair and weird clothes, I understand, but it wasn’t a bad drama. Out of all the adaptations, this version really showed how wealthy the families of the F4 are. The locations were also very pretty, and made me want to go and visit the place. Again, this version made me fall in love with Ji Hoo (Kim Hyun Joong). I guess I just have a soft spot for the second male leads in each version. Yi Jung (Kim Bum), too. There was more to his story than just being the player. He and Ga Eul (Kim So Eun) were cute together. Ga Eul was a character I really liked because she was such a hopeless romantic who was looking for her soulmate, and when she found him, she didn’t let go. One of my favorite scene with them was the makeover and when he played saxophone for her at the club. So sweet! It wasn’t just the love triangle that had romantic scenes, even the supporting, too. Let’s not forget Woo Bin (Kim Joon). Is it just me or does is seem like Woo Bin (Mei Zou in the Taiwanese version and Akira in the Japanese version), his character is kind of just hanging and doesn’t do much. His English is comedic though, and he’s a total badass when it comes to fighting. Other than that, he also seems like a peacemaker of the group. So, his character does have a function after all. Also, the ost soundtrack, who cannot like the songs in the drama? Out of all the osts I’ve heard the whole ost for BOF was probably my once of my favorites.
- Let’s Go Watch A Meteor Shower (China): This wasn’t really an adaptation, but a new series inspired by the manga. I haven’t seen the entire series, but I have seen episodes from the first season. It’s difficult to find the whole series, both season one and two, with subtitles. So far, from what I’ve seen, it wasn’t a horrible show. I actually liked it though I have yet to watch the whole series before making a final judgement.
And finally, the reason why I wrote this…
- Between Boys & Friends (American Boys Over Flowers): If you haven’t heard this news, now you have. Yes, they are making an American version. I first heard the news on allkpop and Dramafever. It was just a plan then, but now it’s been confirmed. I had mixed emotions about this. I wasn’t too fond of the idea at first, but I have to admit I became a bit excited and interested in seeing the outcome. When I think of making another adaptation, I thought of myself for the main role, that is if I had any acting skills. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play a girl surrounded by four flower boys?
Anyway, several days ago they revealed the cast. In the American version, F4 will be played by Joseph Almani as Liam Montgomery (Domyouji Tsukasa/ Dao Ming Si/ Gu Jun Pyo/ Murong Yunhai), Trent Culkin as Oliver Young (Rui Hanazawa/ Hua Ze Lei/ Yoon Ji Hoo/ Duanmu Lei), Napoleon Tavale as Chase Carlton (Sojirou Nishikado / Xi Men/ So Yi Jung /Shangguan Ruiqian), and Jason S. Mordeno as Noah McCallster (Akira Mimasaka /Mei Zou/ Song Woo Bin /Ye Shuo ), while Riley Rae Baker is Zoey (Makino Tsukushi/ Sanchai/ Geum Jan Di/ Chu Yuxun). Fans of the Asian dramas have been commenting that the actors don’t fit and are too old for the roles. Let’s just say that I thought that too at the beginning. But, the cast, especially the guys playing Liam and Noah, is slowly growing on me. Joseph Almani kind of looks the part of the F4 leader, while the others, we’ll just have to see.
Here is the synopsis from the series’ official website:
“Ellison University is a school that caters to the children from families who are rich, famous, high-society or all of the above. Every year, they hold auditions to accept students who are super talented in different areas and give them a full scholarship to attend the University.
Zoey, a dancer from a middle class family gets accepted. On her first day, she discovers that things aren’t as perfect as she thought they would be when she witnesses a string of extremely harsh bullying from the leaders of the school. Determined to stay out of the way and ignore the situation, she is forced to stand up to the bullies known as F4. After a series of events, she eventually earns their respect and the love of their leader, Liam.”
The elements of the manga and drama series are still there though it has been changed a bit. For example, the lead girl, Zoey, being a dancer and the setting being a grad school. I couldn’t really picture the main girl as a dancer, but I guess I’ll just have to see. Other than that, the team behind the series said that they “will closely follow the Japanese manga series more than anything else” (MyDramaList.com).
Filming for the series starts on October 21, 2013. Let’s all give it a chance, and hope it will turn into a success.
“Without a student, class can go. Without a teacher, it can’t.”
Dong Hyub, A Gentleman’s Dignity