This is definitely not the first Korean drama that I have watched but the first that I am reviewing here. K-dramas had been making their waves in here for a long, long time already, starting with the very first Winter Sonata. I didn’t watch Winter Sonata, though, but heard that it was equally as addictive and good.
Boys Before Flowers had been reviewed as highly addictive, so, this was the very first one I chose after years in having watched my very first K-dramas. This show was produced based on a manga and also had a Taiwanese version – Meteor Garden. A synopsis:
Jan Di is an average girl whose family owns a dry cleaning store located near the luxurious and well known Shin Hwa College. Jan Di meets the four richest and most spoiled boys known as the F4. After saving a boy from jumping off the roof of Shinhwa High School, she is admitted into the school on a swimming scholarship. Jan Di tries to avoid confrontation with the F4 at all cost because she knows what happens to those that stand against them. However, when Jan Di’s friend, Oh Min Ji, accidentally gets ice cream on the leader of the F4’s shoes, she’s forced to declare war on the leader of the F4, Goo Joon Pyo. What will happen though, when she falls in love with someone from the F4 and Goo Joon Pyo start feeling something for her too? Will the love triangle disrupt F4 and change their lives forever?
The actors and actresses in this movie are pretty young and inexperienced in acting. However, this does not deter the chemistry the main two leads. I can’t say much about the third lead, though, as most of his scenes showed mainly his expression-less face. No doubt, he was supposed to act cold, but then again warmth didn’t really show through in the scenes he was supposed to be warm.
There were 20 over episodes all together and towards the very end I found some of it getting a bit boring and draggy. The lead actress, Jan Di, although having done a great job, was getting a bit annoying with her constant sulking. There were a lot of instances that seemed unrealistic, really to the extent that it’d make you wonder what were the scriptwriter was thinking.
Like how the rich boys would drive their flashy cars around tailing others without being spotted. Or how the main lead actor, Goo Jun Pyo could become the CEO of a large conglomerate overnight; making important business decisions, signing huge contracts when he barely graduated high school. Hmm..
Well, like all good Asian dramas should, there is a happily-ever-after ending, so, if you are looking into some mushy romance and good looking Korean boys to drool on, go watch this. Free online from youtube!