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Boys Before Flowers, also known as Boys Over Flowers, is a South Korean TV drama in the genre of romantic comedy. The series stars Ku Hye-sun as the female protagonist Guem Jan Di, who is a poor but independent and courageous high school student. In the opening scenes of the series, ShinHwa Group is described as a South Korean conglomerate that owns a vast portion of venues in Korea, including various businesses in the corporate, food, clothing and consumer electronics markets. The premier educational facility in the country, ShinHwa High School, is primarily reserved for people who are well-off, whose parents have made names for themselves. For Jan Di, her living situation is such that she would never dream to be more than a commoner, let alone attend a fancy school where the tuition is far more than her parents make in a year.

All that changes when Jan Di is sent out on an errand to deliver clean clothes to a client of her father's dry-cleaning business, and encounters a large crowd of teenagers bullying a ShinHwa student to the point of rooftop suicide. She saves the boy from imminent death with her strong arm muscles, which have been built up from years of toil as a commoner. In the hours and days immediately afterward, Jan Di is hailed as a hero by various forms of media, and the president of ShinHwa Group issues her a scholarship to ShinHwa High in an attempt to avoid the bad publicity the event caused.

Upon Jan Di's entrance into ShinHwa High School, she is looked down upon by most of the students as not being rich enough or classy enough to attend ShinHwa, including the members of the group F4. F4, as she learns, is the group of the four richest and hottest young men attending ShinHwa. The group is composed of big bad Goo Jun Pyo, heir of ShinHwa Group and portrayed by Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyun Joong's character of soft-spoken, gentle Yoon Ji Hoo, aristic playboy So Yi Jung, played by Kim Bum, and Kim Joon as ladies' man Song Woo Bin. They are idolized by the entire school and do whatever they want because of their positions as high society.

However, when Oh Min Ji, Jan Di's only friend at school, is the subject of their bullying, Jan Di stands up to leader Jun Pyo and grabs the attention of the entire group. Eventually, the rivalry between Jun Pyo and Jan Di turns into attraction - but Jan Di has feelings for Ji Hoo, as well! Ultimately, the key points addressed in the series are where Jan Di's affections lie, and how she and whom she ends up choosing overcome obstacles threatening their love together - with a little help from their friends.

Boys Before Flowers aired on the Korean network KBS2 in 2009. The 25 episodes had a run time of 60 to 68 minutes in length and the script, written by Yoon Ji Ryun, was based on the Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango.

1 Season, 25 Episodes
January 5, 2009
Cast: Ku Hye Sun, Kim So Eun, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, Lee Min-ho
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Boys Before Flowers Full Episode Guide

  • Jun-pyo asks Yumi to make the lunchbox again ' proof that Yumi had taken credit for her lunch, which probably means she's lying about the rest, too.

  • Perhaps feeling it's time to reveal one truth, Mr. Jung leads Jun-hee to the mystery patient's bedside - and at the sight of her father, Jun-hee breaks down.

  • Yi-jung is waiting outside for Eun-jae, happy to see her until he overhears her phone conversation. From her words, it sounds like a call to a boyfriend.

  • At home, Jun-hee thinks back to how her mother interfered in her life, in much the same way she's interfering in Jun-pyo's now.

  • Woo-bin tries to talk some sense into Yi-jung, who is hell-bent on drinking himself into oblivion.

  • Jun-pyo starts seeing Jae-Kyung in a different way, like he's seeing her for the first time as a potential friend - or maybe more, a kindred spirit who understands him more than he'd anticipated.

  • Ji-hoo can see how hurt Jan Di is by the kiss, and continues to follow her as she walks around in a daze.

  • Jan Di's family hear about Jun-pyo's engagement and ask her dejectedly if it's true. Jan Di confirms it, so they to find out as much as they can about this mystery fiancĂ©e who stole Jan Di's spot as Jun-pyo's future wife

  • After treating Jan Di in a harsh manner, Mr. Jung prepares everything so that Jun-Pyo can go see her in Seoul. Will he be able to go without Madam Kang finding out?

  • Jan Di's father gets taken away by loan sharks, which inevitably forces Jan Di's mother to swallow her pride and beg Madam Kang for help.

  • Madam Kang drops in unexpectedly on the Geum family.

  • Yi-jung receives a hysterical call from his mother threatening to commit suicide because of his father.

  • Jan Di rushes to the hospital after hearing that Jun-Pyo had been in an accident.

  • Jun-pyo plans to evict his best friend and Jan Di out of Shinhwa High School and out of the group, F4.

  • A psychic predicted that Jan Di would be losing something important, as a woman.

  • Jan Di's bike is set on fire, while she is assaulted with water balloons and blasted with a fire extinguisher.

  • Making a sudden decision, Jan Di tells her mother she has to go somewhere and runs off, heading toward Namsan Tower.

  • A scandalous rumor is spread across the internet that a second-year student at Shinhwa High School, identified as Miss "K" is pregnant.

  • Just being rich isn't enough to survive the teen tyranny at Shinhwa - outsiders or loners are often marked as targets by the bored uber-clique F4.

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