ⓘ Hana Yori Dango (TV series)

Hana Yori Dango (TV series)

ⓘ Hana Yori Dango (TV series)

Hana Yori Dango is a 2005 Japanese television drama series starring Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto of Arashi, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, and Tsuyoshi Abe. It is based on Japanese shōjo manga series, Boys Over Flowers, written by Yoko Kamio. A sequel entitled Hana Yori Dango Returns aired in 2007 and a movie adaptation, Hana Yori Dango Final, was released in 2008.


1. Plot Synopsis

Makino Tsukushi is a tough, hard-working, middle-class student at the prestigious escalator school Eitoku Gakuen. 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, limits her chances at making friends. Worse yet, the school is ruled by the F4 or Flower Four, composed of playboys Nishikado Soujiro and Mimasaka Akira, introverted Hanazawa Rui and violent and bratty Domyouji Tsukasa. The F4, sons of Japans wealthiest and most powerful tycoons, bully fellow students out of boredom or malevolence until they are expelled or quit.

Makinos only wish was to remain invisible in Eitoku to avoid getting into trouble. However, she is immersed into the lives of the four legendary bullies after her first and only friend at school, Sanjo Sakurako, accidentally spills juice on Domyoujis white shirt in the cafeteria and she defends her. The next day, she receives a red tag in her locker an order from the F4 to bully the target student in whatever means possible and as a result, the whole school turns against her. Despite the harassment, Tsukushi, the "tough weed", refuses to give in and quit. After Domyouji crushes the prawn her parents painstakingly cooked for her with his shoe, she finally snaps, knocks him out and declares war back on him. This unexpected retaliation catches him by surprise and causes him to fall in love with her. But Tsukushi is in love with Rui, who in turn harbors romantic feelings for his childhood friend Shizuka.

The courtship between Tsukasa and Tsukushi is the main theme throughout the series. Various challenges threaten their blossoming relationship including Tsukushis wavering feelings for Rui, the envy of fellow Eitoku students, an obsessed childhood classmate, their differences in social class, Tsukasas brash and possessive nature, and the animosity of Domyouji Kaede, Tsukasas 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.


2.1. Cast Main Cast

  • Shun Oguri as Hanazawa Rui
  • Tsuyoshi Abe as Mimasaka Akira
  • Shota Matsuda as Nishikado Soujiro
  • Mao Inoue as Makino Tsukushi
  • Jun Matsumoto as Domyouji Tsukasa

2.2. Cast Guests

  • Shugo Oshinari as Nakatsuka Episode 6-7
  • Tomohiro Kaku as Sawatari Shingo Episode 1
  • Tatsuya Gashuin Episode 4-5
  • Kazuma Sano as Kimoto Takayuki Episode 1
  • Kazuaki Hankai as TOJs Emcee Episode 8-9
  • Momoko Shibuya as a TOJ Participant Episode 8-9
  • Yoko Mitsuya as Nakatsukas Other Girl Episode 6-7
  • Kaori Ikeda as Morioka Mizuki
  • Shunji Igarashi Episode 1
  • Kento Handa as Ryuji Episode 4-5
  • Takayuki Takuma Episode 4-9
  • Sotaro Suzuki Episode 9
  • Ayana Sakai as Kurimaki Ayano Episode 8-9
  • Masei Nakayama as Terada Junji Class 2C
  • Kazue Itoh as Yamanaka Minako
  • Tomoharu Hasegawa Episode 1

3. Production Credits

  • Original writing: Kamio Yoko
  • Screenwriters: Satake Mikio, Fujimoto Yuki, Takahashi Natsuko, Arai Shuuko
  • Producer: Setoguchi Katsuaki
  • Music: Yamashita Kosuke
  • Directors: Ishii Yasuharu, Yamamuro Daisuke, Katayama Osamu

4. Trivia

  • Actor Takuma Takayuki, which is also the screenwriter for this drama credited as Satake Mikio, appears in Episode 4-9 as the men Okami-san Kato Takako loved. He portrayed characters such as John Lennon, Tora-san, similar to Tadano Hitoshi and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • success of a Taiwanese drama series Meteor Garden. The series is an adaptation of the Japanese shōjo manga series Hana Yori Dango Yan plays the lead role
  • he made his stage debut in the Japanese musical Boys Over Flower Hana Yori Dango The Musical 2016 He had a prominent role in the two part feature
  • based on the Japanese shōjo manga series Boys Over Flowers 花より男子, Hana Yori Dango written by Yoko Kamio. The same year, he was confirmed to make his
  • of Promise Mag Mell Dango Daikazoku メグメル だんご大家族, Megu Meru Dango Daikazoku is a single for the Clannad anime series by Kyoto Animation which
  • into dramas as well. Some examples include Meteor Garden based on Hana Yori Dango It Started with a Kiss based on Itazura na Kiss Marmalade Boy
  • actress, most notably in the live movies adaptations of the famous manga Hana yori dango Boys over Flowers as Makino in 1995, and Cat s Eye as Ai in 1997
  • Kanna Arihara from the girl group Cute. They went to see the movie Hana Yori Dango Final. The publication might become the reason for Kanna s disappearance
  • AUSTRALIA The title is a word play parody of Boys Over Flowers 花より男子, Hana Yori Dango a popular Japanese manga about four handsome young men. Kim, Hee - eun

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