#hana yori dango #boys over flowers #LUCKY MY LIFE
Maybe I should watch this. *A*
I would not. This is the Korean “Boys Over Flowers.” Every episode is like 90 minutes long and seems to cram as many chapters as possible in it. The production values are kind of terrible and, as melodramatic as the manga itself can be, this one cranks it up to 11 for no good reason.
Tsukushi/Guem Jan Di (they changed the names to Korean ones, since they changed the setting) is a great character in the manga. She’s strong, independent, stubborn, and doesn’t take shit from boys. She stands up to bullies and is absolutely aware that she doesn’t need a man in her life in order to be happy. She has her own ambitions, and though she respects others regardless of their economic background, wealth does not impress her.
Guem Jan Di, the version from the Korean “Boys Over Flowers”, is a pale shadow of Tsukushi. She spends most of her time being sad about boys or flustered about boys. And when she’s sad, a pretty boy comes over and takes her on a date or out shopping until she feels better. When she’s sad, they come over and try to fix her problems for her.
The actor that plays Domyouji in the Korean adaptation (or Goo Jun Pyo, as his character is known), is actually pretty solid. He does an honestly good job with his character, and he pulls off some pretty subtle acting that the rest of the cast (especially Guem Jan Di’s actress) just plain doesn’t.
It’s honestly a really crappy version of a great and well-respected series. I would definitely recommend reading the manga itself, and I’ve never seen the anime adaptation nor the Japanese live action version (if there was one?), so I can’t comment on those. But I would avoid the Korean one, to be honest.
PS: There’s only like three songs they licensed for the Korean version, and they’re all terrible K-pop songs, and they play them at wildly inappropriate moments in every episode, sometimes multiple times.