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Hana Yori Dango (花より男子 (はなよりだんご) "Boys over Flowers") is a live-action Japanese drama based on Yoko Kamio's manga of the same name. It was produced by Katsuaki Setoguchi for TBS, and directed primarily by Yasuharu Ishii.[1] Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, and Tsuyoshi Abe stars in the drama as Tsukushi Makino and the F4.[2]

Hana Yori Dango aired from October 21 to December 16, 2005 for nine episodes.[3] It was released on DVD on March 10, 2006 by TC Entertainment.[4] The drama was followed by Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007),[5] Hana Yori Dango Final (2008),[6] and Hana Nochi Hare (2018).[7] A special edition of Hana Yori Dango was broadcast in March 2016.[8]

Tsukushi (Inoue), a normal girl, attends Eitoku Academy, where the F4's word is law. Life takes a turn for her when the F4's leader, Tsukasa Domyoji (Matsumoto) begins to like her. Tsukushi falls for his best friend Rui Hanazawa (Oguri), who is in love with his childhood friend. Tsukushi and Tsukasa grow closer, after Rui goes to France.


Tsukushi Makino (Mao Inoue), the daughter of a lower-middle class family, is a second-year at Eitoku Academy, a school for Japan's upper class. The F4 have the run of the school and enjoy bullying other students, sending out red cards to mark their targets. The group is led by Domyoji Group heir, Tsukasa Domyoji (Jun Matsumoto) and includes his childhood friends, Rui Hanazawa (Shun Oguri), Sojiro Nishikado (Shota Matsuda), and Akira Mimasaka (Tsuyoshi Abe). One day, Tsukushi's friend Sakurako Sanjo (Megumi Sato) angers Tsukasa. When Tsukushi stands up to him, she is made the target instead. She endures the bullying until Tsukasa destroys her lunch, which was lovingly made by her parents. Tsukushi punches Tsukasa and declares war on him.[9]

Tsukasa takes an interest in Tsukushi and attempts to impress her, which fails. Tsukushi starts to fall for Rui, who is waiting for his first love to return from France. A welcoming party is held for Shizuka Todo (Mayumi Sada), Rui's long-awaited love. Tsukushi, invited by Yuriko Asai (Saki) and her cronies, Minako Yamano (Emiko Matsuoka) and Erika Ayuhara (Aki Fukada), arrives at the party. The girls bully Tsukushi until Rui and Shizuka step in to save her.[10] A few days later, Shizuka announces her departure back to France. Tsukushi begs her to stay for Rui's sake, but Shizuka stands by her reasons for leaving. At the airport, Rui makes the decision to follow Shizuka and Tsukushi says goodbye to her first love. The next day, Tsukasa asks Tsukushi on a date and she contemplates whether to go or not.[11]

Tsukushi eventually goes to meet Tsukasa, who has been waiting in the rain for several hours. On their way to a café, the two become stuck in a broken elevator and spend the night together. A photo of them from that morning circulates around school, leading everyone to believe they are dating. Tsukushi later goes to a club with her new school friends, where she meets a guy. She wakes up the next day at a hotel with no memory of what happened.[12] Photos of her with that guy are posted around school. Tsukushi tries to tell Tsukasa that she was framed, but he does not believe her. Later, Tsukushi is kidnapped by Sakurako. She calls Tsukasa there and has her men beat him severely, but leaves unsatisfied. Afterwards, Tsukasa confesses his feelings to Tsukushi.[13]

Rui returns from France and Tsukasa begins acting like he and Tsukushi are dating. Tsukasa's sister, Tsubaki Domyoji (Nanako Matsushima) suggests for Tsukushi to take Tsukasa on a double date. Tsukushi and Tsukasa meet up with her friend, Yuki Matsuoka (Aki Nishihara) and her boyfriend. Yuki's boyfriend irritates Tsukasa several times, before Tsukasa punches him. Tsukasa refuses to tell Tsukushi what happened. Tsukushi runs into Rui, who hugs her.[14] Tsukasa sees them together and kicks Rui out of the F4. That weekend, Tsukasa follows Tsukushi and Rui on a date. Tsukushi later meets up with Yuki and they see her boyfriend with another girl. Yuki runs away and Sojiro finds her. He helps Yuki get revenge by embarrassing her ex. Tsukushi catches up with them and Yuki's ex reveals what he said to Tsukasa.[15]

After apologizing to Tsukasa, Tsukushi's family and friends find themselves in dire straits. Tsukushi stands up to Tsukasa's mother, Kaede Domyoji (Mariko Kaga), who is behind her troubles. Tsukasa and Tsubaki suggest that Tsukushi enter the Teen of Japan in order to win the prize money to help her family and friends. Tsukushi agrees and begins training for the contest.[16] She manages to make it to the final round against Tsukasa's fiancée, Ayano Kurimaki (Ayana Sakai). Meanwhile, Tsukasa promises his mother that he will go with her to New York if Tsukushi loses. When Ayano wins, he decides to leave without saying goodbye. Tsukushi hears about him leaving from Rui, who encourages her to "go after" him. At the last second, she meets Tsukasa at the airport. Tsukushi admits that she loves him and they kiss.[17]

Cast and characters[]



Special appearance[2]

Guest starring

Class 2-C students[18]

  • Ai Saikawa as Honoka Kikuchi
  • Hiroki Wakabayashi
  • Hiroshi Yoshihara
  • Jun Kobayashi as Koichi Sugihara
  • Kaori Ikeda as Mizuki Morioka
  • Koji Tashiro as Tetsu Chiba
  • Kyohei Oyama as Yusuke Obata
  • Masei Nakayama as Atsushi Terada
  • Manabu Omura
  • Naoki as Tomohiro Mori
  • Risa Yamaguchi as Ayano Hayashi
  • Sayaka Yamada as Arisa Murakami
  • Tamaki Matsuda as Haruka Takasaki
  • Taro Sekikawa as Kentaro Tanaka
  • Yoshiki Kusanagi
  • Yuka Noguchi as Moe Kobayashi
  • Yukari Yamaguchi as Karen Nomoto
  • Yuji Ikeda as Ryu Inagawa
  • Yuki Hoshino as Erika Shiraishi
  • Yuya Mori as Yasuhiro Nakajo



Main article: Hana Yori Dango (Japanese drama)/Episodes



A still from Hana Yori Dango

In late August 2005, producer Katsuaki Setoguchi was asked to create a drama to fill in the autumn schedule.[30] He decided to adapt Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers after finding the complete edition in a bookstore.[31] The production was announced in early September 2005.[32] Mao Inoue and Arashi's Jun Matsumoto were cast as the series' leads, Tsukushi Makino and Tsukasa Domyoji along with Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, and Tsuyoshi Abe as the F4. Inoue was then best known her performance in the Kids War series as a child actress.[33] Filming began on September 23, 2005 and lasted for three months.[34]

Broadcast and release[]

See also: Hana Yori Dango (Japanese drama)/International broadcast and release

Hana Yori Dango was broadcast on TBS Television on Fridays at 10:00 PM.[35] The series originally aired from October 21 to December 16, 2005 for nine episodes.[36] In 2016, a specially edited version of Hana Yori Dango was broadcast on TBS from March 12 to 20. It was followed by a rebroadcast of Returns in April.[37][38] It has also aired internationally in Taiwan[39] and the Philippines.[40]

To celebrate the release of 99.9% Keiji Senmon Bengoshi: The Movie in December 2021, the Japanese streaming services Paravi, TVer, and TBS Free made Hana Yori Dango and its second season available for free until March 2022.[41] Both dramas were available for free again on these streaming services in December 2022 until March 2023 to celebrate Inoue's return to TBS with Why Didn't I Tell You a Million Times?.[42] In April 2022, the series became available on Rakuten Viki for North and South America, Europe, Australia, etc.[43]



Cast at the press conference

Main article: Hana Yori Dango (Japanese drama)/Promotion

In September 2005, a web page for Hana Yori Dango was opened at TBS's website.[44] It received around 170 million views, which was a record for TBS at the time.[45] A press conference for the drama was held on October 13, 2005. It was attended by many of the actors and Setoguchi.[46][47] Hana Yori Dango was also promoted through print and television interviews before and during its run.[48][49]

Home media[]



Cover of the soundtrack

Main article: Hana Yori Dango Original Soundtrack

The soundtrack to Hana Yori Dango was released by Sony Music on December 7, 2005.[53] It consists of the score from the drama, all of which was arranged and composed by Kousuke Yamashita. Original author Yoko Kamio drew the cover art for the soundtrack.[54]

Arashi's "Wish" served as the drama's theme song. "Wish" rose to the top of the Oricon charts and sold around 178,000 copies.[55] "Planetarium" by Ai Otsuka was chosen as the image song of the drama.[56] It became her second #1 hit.[57]



Kewpie phone chain

Main article: Hana Yori Dango (Japanese drama)/Merchandise

TBS released only a single item for Hana Yori Dango, a Kewpie doll on a phone chain modeled after the heroine, Tsukushi. It was released in December 2005, shortly before the series' end.[58] The item cost ¥1,806 and continued being sold when more merchandise for Returns[59] and Final were released.[60]


TBS executives did not expect Hana Yori Dango to do very well, predicting it would receive a 5% viewership rating.[30] It ended up being a hit with an average 19.76% rating.[61] The series’ home page had approximately 170 million page views, which was the highest for the station at the time. The original manga was also reprinted due to the drama's success.[62] Following the drama's popularity, production on a sequel began in mid-2006.[63] A film sequel, which served as the series' conclusion, was also produced.[64]

Hana Yori Dango's popularity has endured.[65] In 2018, Katsuaki Setoguchi adapted a spin-off series from Kamio's Boys Over Flowers Season 2.[66][67] It benefited from Hana Yori Dango nostalgia and featured cameos by Matsumoto,[68] Oguri,[69] and Matsuda.[70]


Video Research Ltd.
Episode Kanto[61]
1 18.3%
2 19.3%
3 20.5%
4 20.7%
5 19.0%
6 19.7%
7 17.3%
8 19.9%
9 22.4%
Average rating: 19.76%


Recipient Category Result
47th Television Drama Academy Awards
Mao Inoue Best Actress Won
Jun Matsumoto Best Supporting Actor


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  • Takayuki Takuma (Mikio Satake), who wrote for the series, played Okami-san's various boyfriends in flashbacks. The fact they are all played by one person hints at the revelation in the finale.

  • The official English title of the drama is Boys Over Flowers.[71]
  • Due to rules set by Johnny & Associates, pictures of Jun Matsumoto's face could not be used on certain promotional materials. Pictures of Tsukasa from the manga were used in some cases.
  • Mao Inoue was a fan of the manga before appearing in the series. Her favorite character was Rui.[72]
  • Shun Oguri initially had no interest in playing Rui until speaking to his family. His sister, whom was a fan, said "You are not Rui Hanazawa. It's impossible," which made him decide to appear.[73]

  • Nanako Matsushima's husband Takashi Sorimachi portrayed Makoto Edogawa in Hana Nochi Hare.
  • The Takarazuka musical, Hana Yori Dango, is partially inspired by the 2005 drama.[74]

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    See also[]

    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)

    External links[]

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