Hana Yori Dango (2005), an official adaptation

Meteor Shower (2009), an unlicensed adaptation

First published in 1992,[1] Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers has spawned and inspired many adaptations, including a film, an anime, several television series', and musicals. The first live-action television adaptation, titled Meteor Garden, was produced in Taiwan in 2001 and was followed by two sequels.[2] A Japanese television series, Hana Yori Dango, was released in 2005. It was followed by Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007) and Hana Yori Dango Final (2008).[1] In 2009, the manga was adapted into a successful Korean drama.[3] A remake of Meteor Garden was released in 2018.[4]

The premise of Boys Over Flowers has gained considerable popularity, probably due to the international success of its many adaptations. As such, this has lead to the production of several unlicensed and/or loosely-based versions. Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta (2002, 2017), Meteor Shower (2009), Boys Before Friends (2013), and Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan (2014) are the best known examples.




  • Meteor Garden (2001): the series was the first television drama adaptation of Boys Over Flowers.[19] The drama propelled its five leads into super stardom,[20] compelling the four male leads to form the idol band, F4.[21] Meteor Garden was a huge success and gained a fanbase in several countries throughout Asia.
  • Meteor Rain (2001): a four-episode follow-up to Meteor Garden. Each episode of the series follows a different F4 member, except Vic Chou, who was busy filming something else.[22] It aired in late 2001, shortly after the end of Meteor Garden. Peien Chien, Aisa Senda, and Mai Sato guest starred in the series.
  • Meteor Garden II (2002): the sequel to Meteor Garden. Unlike its predecessor, the sequel is only partially based on Boys Over Flowers.[23] It aired on CTS in 2002.[24] The lead cast was joined by Michelle Saram, who played a rival to Barbie Hsu's Shan Cai.[25]

South Korea




Note: the following television series are not official adaptations, but resemble Boys Over Flowers enough to be considered either unlicensed/unauthorized and/or loosely-based.
  • Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta (2002): an Indonesian drama that aired in 2002. Early on, the series was accused by fans and the media of plagiarizing Meteor Garden.[35]
  • Meteor Shower (2009): an unlicensed Chinese adaptation that aired August 2009. The series' creators have since stated that Meteor Shower is an "original work" and is only inspired by the manga.[36] It was followed by a second season in August 2010, and was later adapted into an animated series and a manhua.
  • Boys Before Friends (2013): a web, loosely-based American version of Boys Over Flowers.[37] The production was plagued with constant casting changes[38] and concluded after six episodes.
  • Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan (2014): an Indian youth soap that was adapted from the Korean drama, Boys Over Flowers.[39] The series ended on December 31, 2015[40] with over three-hundred episodes. It was followed by a thirteen episode event series in May 2018.[41]
  • Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta Reborn (2017): a remake of the 2002 Indonesian series. The project was first announced in mid-2017,[42] before premiering on November 13, 2017 on SCTV.[43] The finale aired on October 28, 2018.[44]


  • Several television series from around the world have been compared to Boys Over Flowers over the years. Fans sometimes call the following examples adaptations, despite having very few similarities:
    • Güneşi Beklerken (2013): a Turkish soap that aired from July 2013 to July 2014.[45] Like Boys Over Flowers, the series features a strong female lead that stands up to two rich boys.[46]
    • Moon River (2015): a Taiwanese drama based on a novel[47] that shares a similar premise with Boys Over Flowers.[48] It follows a transfer student and her run-ins with the school's exclusive clique.[49]
  • Other series, such as Gakko no Kaidan (2015)[50] and Cinderella with Four Knights (2016), have drawn parallels to Boys Over Flowers.[51]
  • In November 2017, a proposed Filipino adaptation from GMA Network was announced.[52] It is currently considered cancelled, likely due to copyright issues.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box
  2. Hana Yori Dango FF
  3. http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2009/02/135_39265.html
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.sohu.com/a/238269854_114780 (Chinese)
  5. https://www.himekuri.net/d06/nonpy/201805/13.html (Japanese)
  6. Boys Over Flowers volume 10, side-columns
  7. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanayoridango/cast.html (Japanese)
  8. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanayoridango/story.html (Japanese)
  9. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanadan2/message/ (Japanese)
  10. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanadan2/cast/ (Japanese)
  11. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-03-20/1995-rui-actor-to-star-in-new-boys-over-flowers-film
  12. 12.0 12.1 http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-03-02/hana-yori-dango-gets-korean-live-action-tv-remake
  13. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-01-05/2008-top-domestic-movies-at-japanese-box-office
  14. http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2015/04/hana-yori-dango-to-get-a-musical-play-adaptation
  15. http://www.theaterguide.co.jp/theater_news/2015/08/20.php (Japanese)
  16. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-08-17/boys-over-flowers-musical-cast-revealed/.91784
  17. https://natalie.mu/comic/news/315777 (Japanese)
  18. https://spice.eplus.jp/articles/227737 (Japanese)
  19. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2014-06-10/live-action-korean-and-taiwanese-adaptations-of-manga-you-might-not-know-about/.73287
  20. http://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/04/02/14/meteor-garden-stars-then-and-now
  21. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-05-14/boys-over-flowers-forces-f4-idol-band-to-rename-itself
  22. http://asianwiki.com/Meteor_Rain
  23. https://star.ettoday.net/news/905217 (Chinese)
  24. https://www.dramafever.com/news/9-manga-that-were-remade-again-and-again-and-again/
  25. http://dramaqueenreview.blogspot.com/2013/11/tdrama-review-meteor-garden-2.html
  26. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2008/12/135_36591.html
  27. http://www.dramabeans.com/2009/03/boys-before-flowers-episode-25-final/
  28. http://www.dramabeans.com/2008/11/rounding-out-the-boys-before-flowers-cast/
  29. http://ameblo.jp/hanadan-musical/entry-12219814286.html (Japanese)
  30. http://ameblo.jp/hanadan-musical/entry-12237166997.html (Japanese)
  31. https://www.dramafever.com/news/meteor-garden-taiwans-boys-over-flowers-gets-a-fresh-remake-after-16-years/
  32. http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/meet-the-new-shancai-and-f4-in-the-2018-meteor-garden-tv-reboot
  33. http://www.gmm-tv.com/news.php?id=1782 (Thai)
  34. https://www.sanook.com/movie/103161/ (Thai)
  35. http://anisaeffendy.blogspot.com/2012/12/meteor-garden-vs-siapa-takut-jatuh-cinta.html (Indonesian)
  36. http://zixun.hunantv.com/hntv/20090124/182668.html (Chinese)
  37. http://www.dramafever.com/news/21-questions-about-the-american-boys-over-flowers-remake-answered/
  38. http://internationalfangirl.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-latest-leads-of-boys-before-friends.html
  39. http://www.filmibeat.com/television/news/2015/parth-samthaan-bid-adieu-kaisi-yeh-yaariyan-dilwale-shahrukh-style-pic-208589.html
  40. http://www.filmibeat.com/television/news/2015/kaisi-yeh-yaariyan-parth-nandhini-led-show-to-come-to-an-end-208496.html
  41. http://bestmediainfo.com/2018/05/kaisi-yeh-yaariyan-is-back-for-a-third-season-as-a-voot-original/
  42. https://www.popmagz.com/siapa-takut-jatuh-cinta-reborn-wilona-dengan-verrell-atau-aliando-16756/ (Indonesian)
  43. https://www.popmagz.com/siapa-takut-jatuh-cinta-sctv-tayang-hari-ini-fans-bilang-bosan-18307/ (Indonesian)
  44. https://www.liputan6.com/showbiz/read/3678069/live-streaming-sctv-episode-terakhir-sinetron-siapa-takut-jatuh-cinta-minggu-28-oktober-2018 (Indonesian)
  45. Güneşi Beklerken on Turkish Wikipedia
  46. https://prezi.com/jsi2swgfpvxy/gunesi-beklerken-and-boys-over-flowerss-similarities-and-di/
  47. http://www.everythingsweet.me/2016/03/drama-review-moon-river.html
  48. http://fishy2love.blogspot.com/2015/09/moon-river-makes-me-nostalgic-as-i.html
  49. http://mydramalist.com/article/2015/10/06/currently-watching-moon-river
  50. http://www.cyzo.com/2015/01/post_20202_entry.html (Japanese)
  51. https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=112&aid=0002839379 (Korean)
  52. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-13/boys-over-flowers-south-korean-series-gets-filipino-adaptation/.123947

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