Film Friday- Boys over Flowers aka Hana Yori Dango

Film Friday- Boys over Flowers aka Hana Yori Dango

The manga has been adapted into a 51-episode anime series (which closely follows the manga) and an anime film. The manga has been licensed by Viz Media for publication in the United States. The manga series has also been adapted into live-action television drama series in both Japan and Korea, and in Taiwan it was also adapted into two live-action films.

In 1997, an anime series was produced by Toei Animation and broadcast by Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. It was shown from 8 September 1996 to 31 August 1997, with a total of 51 episodes. The storyline is closely based on the manga version with little changes to the storyline. The opening sequence for this anime series features Tsukushi dancing with F4 and the whole of the student population. The anime was originally licensed by Viz Media in 2003. Discotek Media has since rescued the anime.

Television series

Hana Yori Dango had been adapted into several live-television dramas:

  • 2001 – Meteor Garden on CTS, Taiwan
  • 2002 – Meteor Garden II on CTS, Taiwan
  • 2005 – Hana Yori Dango on TBS, Japan
  • 2007 – Hana Yori Dango Returns on TBS, Japan
  • 2009 – Boys Over Flowers on KBS2, South Korea.
  • 2010 – Meteor Shower on Hunan TV, China.
  • 2014 – Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan on MTV India, India

Films

In 1995, the manga was first adapted into a Japanese feature-length film entitled Hana Yori Dango. This film starred Yuki Uchida as the main character Makino Tsukushi.

Another film, entitled Hana Yori Dango Final, was released in theaters on June 28, 2008 This film is an ending to the Japanese TV series, with the actors from the television series reprising their roles. The film focuses solely on Tsukasa and Tsukushi’s adventure to retrieve the precious family heirloom: a tiara called “Smile of Venus” which was stolen by a mysterious man in black who was obsessed with sex games. A cameo appearance was made by Naohito Fujiki, who played Hanazawa Rui in the 1995 live-action film.

The film was a box office success in the Japanese box office, grossing a total of 7,750,000,000 yen. The DVD for the drama became the best-selling DVD in 2008, and is also the third Best-Selling Japanese Film DVD of all time.

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