Hana Yori Dango (花より男子) is a really popular drama in Japan.
It is based on the original manga created by Kamio Youko (神尾葉子) and published between 1992 and 2003. In 2006 it got its own drama version.
The drama’s title comes from a Japanese proverb which is “dango over flowers”, meaning that it is better to give importance to simple and useful things like food (in the proverb example, dango, a little Japanese dumpling made from rice flour) than pretty things like flowers. In the drama name, however, the “dango” kanji is different, meaning “boys”. So the title in English may be “Boys Over Flowers”.
It is an excellent drama, in my humble opinion. It shows how a girl from a poor family (Makino Tsukushi, 牧野つくし) with her own values and principles, can survive in the middle of a rich society where all that matters is the appearance and the value of things.
Of course it is a drama, so a lot of the events are practically impossible in real life, but it’s that point that makes this drama so charming.
In the middle of some exaggerated scenes, there are always present important values of life, and I think that’s one of the aspects that makes the viewers keep wanting to watch more.
This girl (interpreted by the actress Inoue Mao, 井上真央) studies in a top-class school, where everyone but her is ultra-millionarilly rich.
In that school, a group of four boys (F4) are the rule, and everyone does as they say. It’s there that this girl enters, defying this so adored group.
But what in the world could possibly happen if a girl from a poor family would get involved with people from the high society? And what if something called love came up?
Comedy, drama, romance, in this two-season drama (with a final movie), that you cannot lose!
You are definitely going to love it! 🙂
Watch the preview clip below!
And to access Inoue Mao’s official website click below!