HANA YORI DANGO

(花より男子) is a Japanese television drama series, broadcast on TBS in 2005. It is based on Japanese shōjo manga series, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子, Hana Yori Dango?), written by Yoko Kamio. The series is the third television adaptation of the manga following Meteor Garden and its’ sequel Meteor Garden II in Taiwan. It also resulted in a sequel Hana Yori Dango Returns and a movie adaptation Hana Yori Dango Final. It was one of the most popular dramas of the year and won many major awards.

Synopsis

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.

Cast

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

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February 16, 2011. GOKUSEN, HANA YORI DANGO, SUKINA DORAMA, THE PRINCE OF TENNIS, Uncategorized.

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