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"I told you, I choose my own partner. A star shines brightest in the spotlight."
Tsukasa to Tsukushi

Hana Yori Dango: The Movie (花より男子 The Movie () ), also shortened to Hana Yori Dango, is an animated film released on March 8, 1997[1] at the Spring Toei Anime Fair.[2] It features characters from the Boys Over Flowers anime, but is set in an alternate universe.[3][4] Shigeyasu Yamauchi, the series director of the anime, also directed the film.[5]

It stars the returning voices of Maki Mochida as Tsukushi Makino, Naoki Miyashita as Tsukasa Domyoji, and Koji Yamamoto as Rui Hanazawa.[6] The film was released in Japan on VHS in 1997[7] and later in a box set with the anime series in 2006.[8] It was not released in America until Discotek Media released a box set in 2016.[9]

Set in New York City, Tsukushi (Mochida) is a hardworking apprentice at a dance studio, of which Tsukasa (Miyashita) is the star dancer. When an opportunity arises for Tsukushi to dance in the next show, she has to prove herself to Tsukasa. Meanwhile, she develops a crush on the studio's songwriter Rui (Yamamoto) whom has his own relationship issues.


Tsukushi Makino (Maki Mochida) is an apprentice dancer at a studio in New York City, though she has only been doing the cleaning and laundry so far. As she goes about her work, she longs to dance in a show. That night, Tsukushi is walking home when she is suddenly struck by a hopeful feeling. She dances the rest of the way to her trailer, singing of "someday." The next day, Tsukushi practices her dancing after finishing the laundry. Tsukasa Domyoji (Naoki Miyashita) and Rui Hanazawa (Koji Yamamoto), followed by Akira Mimasaka (Yuta Mochizuki) and Sojiro Nishikado (Yoshihiko Akaida), are walking down the stairs and see her. They stare at her, before she quickly rushes pass them.

Later, Sakurako Sanjo (Rumi Shishido) runs up to Tsukasa. Nearby Yuriko Asai (Yoshiko Shimizu) voices her jealously over Sakurako being chosen as the leading actress. Her friends Minako Yamano (Nami Sato) and Erika Ayuhara (Sahori Kajikawa) share her sentiment. The three girls then push Tsukushi, causing the laundry to go everywhere. Some underwear land on Tsukasa's head, leading him to yell at Tsukushi. She is apologetic at first, but refuses to grovel to his arrogant attitude. Tsukushi declares "Don't get full of yourself just because you're the star." Rui picks up a handkerchief, shifting everyone's attention to him. Tsukushi blushes as she stares at Rui's receding back. Everyone else disperses.

That night, Tsukushi watches the practice for the upcoming production. Her friend, Kazuya Aoike (Yoji Ietomi) flashes the spotlight at her and waves hello. Another friend, Makiko Endo (Fuko Misaki) is a wardrobe assistant. She promises to design Tsukushi's costume for her first performance. Suddenly, the spotlight breaks and a large chord hits Sakurako, injuring her leg. Later, Kazuya says a tearful farewell to Tsukushi, informing her that his manager has fired him as a scapegoat. He apologizes for not being able to "light [her] up" on stage. The next day, Tsukushi meets with her journalist friend Yuki Matsuoka (Kanako Tobimatsu). She wants to write an article on Tsukushi when she becomes a "star."

That afternoon, Akira informs the dancers that Sakurako's role needs to be recast. Erika immediately suggests Yuriko, but Tsukasa insists "I'll choose my own partner." He then walks up to Tsukushi, asking "Why not show me what you've got?" She is able to keep up with him for a while, before tripping and falling to the floor. Tsukasa starts to dance with Yuriko instead. Tsukushi begins practicing vigorously at home and goes for a jog at the park the following day. She changes her clothes to practice dancing some more. Tsukushi hears a saxophone from nearby and finds Rui playing it. Several people begin dancing or playing along with him. Tsukushi joins in, thinking how wonderful Rui is though she insists "It's not love."

Sometime later, Tsukushi is walking by a parking lot when she spots Rui with Shizuka Todo (Keiko Imamura), whom she recognizes as a famous ballerina. She asks Rui to come with her to Paris. He tells her "Woman are selfish," to which she asks "Do you hate women like me?" Rui then leans her against the car and kisses her passionately. Tsukushi sits down and hugs her knees to herself, thinking "My chest hurts." Late that night, she practices by herself at the studio. She wonders why seeing the two together was "such a shock" for her, saying again "It wasn't love... I don't think." Abruptly, the lights are turned off and Tsukasa walks up to her saying "What are you staring at the wall for, apprentice?"

Tsukasa forces Tsukushi to dance with him in an attempt to prove she will never be more than an apprentice. Tsukushi falls again, but Tsukasa picks her up this time. She dances for a long time, before collapsing. Tsukasa then says "Well, I guess that's all you've got." Later, Tsukushi walks onto to the stage, having decided to give up her dream. As she is about to leave, Rui starts to play the piano and encourages her to dance. She nearly falls, but Tsukasa catches her and tells her "I told you, I choose my own partner." At Tsukushi's first performance, Kazuya works the spotlight, Yuki takes photographs of her, and Makiko has designed her costume. Tsukushi dances to "Ordinary Sunday" with the rest of the cast.

Cast and characters[]

  • Maki Mochida as Tsukushi Makino, a dancer in training at Freedom Dance Studios, who has high hopes for her future. She lives in a trailer near the beach.
  • Naoki Miyashita as Tsukasa Domyoji, the arrogant star of the dance studio. After Sakurako's accident, he vows to choose his own partner and gradually helps Tsukushi hone her dancing skills.
  • Koji Yamamoto as Rui Hanazawa, a reserved and talented songwriter who can play saxophone and piano. He is a close friend of Tsukasa which allows Rui to compose all of the studio's music.
  • Yoshiko Shimizu as Yuriko Asai, a dancer who treats Tsukushi rudely. She is jealous of Sakurako being the lead actress and wants the part for herself.
  • Yuta Mochizuki and Yoshihiko Akaida as Akira Mimasaka and Sojiro Nishikado, friends of Tsukasa and Rui. They work as choreographers and dancers at the studio.
  • Nami Sato and Sahori Kajikawa as Minako Yamano and Erika Ayuhara, Yuriko's loyal friends who also like Tsukasa. They are dancers at the studio.
  • Rumi Shishido[10] as Sakurako Sanjo, a young dancer who likes Tsukasa. She is set to be the leading actress in the next show until her leg is badly injured in a lighting accident.
  • Fuko Misaki as Makiko Endo, Tsukushi's friend who works as a wardrobe assistant at the studio. She promises to design Tsukushi's outfit for her first performance.
  • Kanako Tobimatsu as Yuki Matsuoka, an aspiring journalist and friend of Tsukushi. She works part-time for a publishing company and has recently been given a column.
  • Yoji Ietomi as Kazuya Aoike, Tsukushi's good friend and spotlight operator. His manager lays the blame on him for Sakurako's accident. He returns home, where his family has recently struck it rich.
  • Keiko Imamura as Shizuka Todo, a famous prima donna and ballet dancer. She comes to New York for Rui, who she wants to bring back with her to Paris.

Additional voicesNorito Yashima, Yusuke Oguri, Daisuke Kishio, Naomi Matamura[11]




A flier for the 1997 Toei Anime Fair

The distribution revenue for the Toei Anime Fair began falling in 1995. In an effort to attract female viewers, a film based on Boys Over Flowers was added to the line-up for the Spring Fair of 1997.[12] The Boys Over Flowers anime was still airing at the time, likely resulting in the decision to set the film in a different time and place.[3] Hana Yori Dango: The Movie premiered along side the films, Hell Teacher Nube: Gozen 0 toki Nube Shisu and GeGeGe no Kitaro.[13]

Boys Over Flowers director Shigeyasu Yamauchi also directed the film and Yumi Kageyama wrote the script. The majority of the its staff had worked on the anime previously.[3] The voice actors from the series also performed in it, including leads Maki Mochida, Naoki Miyashita, Koji Yamamoto, several minor characters, and background voices from Toei Academy.[11]

Home media[]

See also: Boys Over Flowers (anime)/Home media

The film was released on video cassette on November 14, 1997.[7] It was later included on the DVD box of the anime series on May 21, 2006.[8] The film was released in America on October 25, 2016 by Discotek Media, who included it in the anime box set as well.[14] It is only available with English subtitles. A trailer for the film was also included as a special feature.



Encore Piece from Tsukushi released in 1997

Main article: Encore Piece from Tsukushi

Encore Piece from Tsukushi is the soundtrack to Hana Yori Dango: The Movie as well as the second soundtrack for the anime series. It was released on March 21, 1997 by Bandai Music Entertainment.[15] Background music from the original anime and the movie can be found on the soundtrack.

"Ordinary Sunday" by Tomohiko Kikuta served as the theme song of the movie and the anime series. It is heard at the beginning of the film and played again at the end against the opening animation of the original series.


Box office[]

Hana Yori Dango: The Movie was released on March 8, 1997[1] at the Toei Anime Fair with Hell Teacher Nūbē: Gozen 0 toki Nūbē Shisu and GeGeGe no Kitarō.[13] The distribution income for the three films was considered a disappointment, earning 540 million yen.[16]


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  • The film is the first of any media related to Boys Over Flowers to have an original story line.
  • The anime's opening animation, which may have served as inspiration, is featured at the end of the film. A couple new scenes of Tsukushi dancing in her practice outfit are added.

  • A preview of the film was shown at the end of the twenty-third episode. The preview also advertised for viewers to write in for a chance to win tickets to the film.[17]
  • It premiered exactly one day before the airing of the anime episode, "Sleepless Night!"

  • References[]

    1. 1.0 1.1
    2. (Japanese)
    3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 (Japanese)
    4. Hana Yori Dango: Margaret Anime Album
    5. (Japanese)
    6. (Japanese)
    7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 (Japanese)
    8. 8.0 8.1 (Japanese)
    10. Shishido was credited as "Mikako Sakurada," an homage to her character in Gokinjo Monogatari.
    11. 11.0 11.1 (Japanese)
    12. "'Doraemon,' 'Evangelion' 1997 spring box office" (「『ドラえもん』『エヴァンゲリオン』が快走 '97年映画界の春興行、活気に欠けた洋画」 () ), AV Journal, April 1997, page 14
    13. 13.0 13.1 (Japanese)
    15. (Japanese)
    16. "1997 Japanese Movie Distribution Revenue" (「1997年邦画作品配給収入」 () ), Kinema Junpo, February 1998, page 168
    17. (Japanese)

    See also[]

    Boys Over Flowers (anime)

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    Encore Piece from Tsukushi | Variations "Hana-Dan"
    "Ordinary Sunday" | "Todoku Kana"

    Related media

    Anime Album | Hana Yori Dango: The Movie | Toei Animation 80s-90s Girls

    Related pages

    Gallery | Home media | International broadcast and release | Merchandise | Toei Anime Fair

    Boys Over Flowers adaptations
    Television series

    Boys Over Flowers (1996-1997) | Meteor Garden (2001) | Meteor Rain (2001) | Meteor Garden II (2002)
    Hana Yori Dango (2005) | Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007) | Boys Over Flowers (2009) | Meteor Garden (2018)
    F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers (2021-2022)


    Hana Yori Dango (1995) | Hana Yori Dango: The Movie (1997) | Hana Yori Dango Final (2008)


    Hana Yori Dango: The Musical (2016) | Boys Over Flowers: The Musical (2017) | Hana Yori Dango (2019)

    Audio drama

    Hana Yori Dango (1993-1994)

    See also

    Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season (2018)

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