This article is about the Japanese drama. For other uses, see Hana Yori Dango.

Hana Yori Dango (花より男子 (はなよりだんご) ) is a live-action Japanese drama based on the manga of the same name by Yoko Kamio. The drama was produced by TBS, and directed by Yasuharu Ishii, Daisuke Yamamuro, and Osamu Katayama.[1] Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, and Tsuyoshi Abe starred 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 the heirs of the Japan's upper class. The F4 are on an even higher level and have the run of the school. The members consist of the leader and Domyoji Group heir, Tsukasa Domyoji (Jun Matsumoto); the mysterious man of a few words, Rui Hanazawa (Shun Oguri); a playboy and heir of a Japanese tea ceremony school, Sojiro Nishikado (Shota Matsuda); and Akira Mimasaka (Tsuyoshi Abe), the son of crime bosses, who enjoys the company older women. They often hand out red cards, which they use to terrorize the other students. One day, Tsukushi stands up for her friend Sakurako Sanjo (Megumi Sato), when she becomes a target. Tsukushi, now the mark, refuses to give in and punches Tsukasa, reminding him of his sister.[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 Seto) 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, though extremely late, goes to meet Tsukasa, who has been waiting in the rain for several hours. On their way to a café, the two get 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 goes out 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 at school. Tsukushi tries to tell Tsukasa that she was framed, but he does not believe her. Later, Tsukushi meets up with Sakurako, who kidnaps and takes her to Eitoku. Sakurako reveals that she had planned and calculated everything. She calls Tsukasa and has her men beat him severely, before leaving unsatisfied. Tsukasa then 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. He decides to leave without saying goodbye, when Ayano wins the competition. 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 share a kiss.[17]

Cast and characters

Sachiyo SengokuTakako KatoYuki MatsuokaAki NishiharaTsubaki DomyojiNanako MatsushimaKaede DomyojiMariko KagaHaruo MakinoSusumu KobayashiChieko MakinoMako IshinoSusumu MakinoSatoshi TomiuraYuriko AsaiSaki SetoErika AyuharaAki FukadaMinako YamanoEmiko MatsuokaSakurako SanjoMegumi SatoShizuka TodoMayumi SadaAkira MimasakaTsuyoshi AbeSojiro NishikadoShota MatsudaRui HanazawaShun OguriTsukasa DomyojiJun MatsumotoTsukushi MakinoMao InoueHanadan-chart

Cast and characters of Hana Yori Dango (click right for character and left for actor)



Special appearance[2]

Guest starring

Minor roles[18]

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



Matsumoto and Inoue on the cover of Weekly The Television

Producer Katsuaki Setoguchi decided to adapt Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers after finding the complete edition in a bookstore.[30] Hana Yori Dango was the second television drama adapted from it after Taiwan's Meteor Garden (2001).[31] 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 when she was still a child actress.[33] A press conference for Hana Yori Dango was held on October 13, 2005. It was attended by the Inoue, Matsumoto, Oguri, Matsuda, Abe and producer Katsuaki Setoguchi.[34][35]

Following the drama's popularity, production on a sequel began in mid-2006.[36] Hana Yori Dango Returns began airing in January 2007 with a two-hour premiere.[37] It was followed by a film Hana Yori Dango Final (2008), which served as the series' conclusion.[38] In 2018, Katsuaki adapted a spin-off of Hana Yori Dango from Kamio's Boys Over Flowers Season 2.[39][40] It featured cameos from several Hana Yori Dango actors, including Matsumoto, Oguri, and Matsuda.[41]

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.[45] It consists of background music from the drama, all of which was arranged and composed by Kousuke Yamashita. Original author Yoko Kamio drew the cover art for the soundtrack.[46]

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.[47] "Planetarium" by Ai Otsuka was chosen as the image song of the drama.[48] It became her second #1 hit.[49]


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.[50] The item cost ¥1,806 and continued being sold when more merchandise for Returns was released.[51]


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


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  • A specially edited version of Hana Yori Dango was broadcast on March 12-13, 19-20, 2016 during spring break. It was followed by a rebroadcast of Returns in April.[52][53]


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