The Golden Era of ‘Boys Over Flowers’ has finally ended.
‘Boys Over Flowers’ launched the careers of many fresh faces, including F4’s Lee Minho, Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon, Goo Hye Sun, Kim So Eun, and Lee Min Jung. The series left an overwhelming impact on the pop culture and continues to make headline news even after the last episode aired. The past few months have been recognized as ‘The Golden Era of BOF’.
4: Eye-candy F4 members
No one would argue that ‘Boys Over Flowers’ gained immense popularity because of the F4 members. They are without a doubt the top reason for the success of the KBS drama. The heir of the powerful Shinhwa Group, Goo Joon Pyo (Lee Minho), previous president’s grandson, Yoon Ji Hoo (Kim Hyun Joong), prodigy ceramic potter, So Yi Jung (Kim Bum), and the heir of a real estate empire, Song Woo Bin (Kim Joon) all displayed unique personalities, but also grabbed the attention of many female fans with their almost-too-perfect good looks. It became almost impossible for female viewers to stay away from their televisions on Mon-Tues nights. Through ‘Boys Over Flowers’, Lee Minho, who at first was discouraged by many people, became a household name and the hottest rising star of 2009. Also, singers Kim Hyun Joong and Kim Joon successfully broke into the acting world, impressing everyone with their determination and hard efforts.
11: Number of cameo appearances that made ‘BOF’ shine even brighter.
Many will remember ‘Boys Over Flowers’ for it’s numerous cameo appearances. The first big star to make a surprise appearance was Han Chae Young, who played Yoon Ji Hoo’s first love, Min Suh Hyun. Although she only appeared for a couple episodes, she left the strongest impression among viewers. Goo Joon Pyo’s sister was played by Kim Hyun Joo (Goo Jun Hee) while his fiancee, Ha Jae Kyung, was played by Lee Min Jung.
Other cameos included Jung Eui Chul, who played two different roles as Lee Min Ha and Lee Jae Ha, Choo Gaeul’s boyfriend, Gong Soo Pyo (played by Lee Jung Joon), and Geum Jandi’s friend, Oh Min Ji (played by Lee Shi Young), who later betrays her. Yoon Ji Hoo’s grandfather was played by Lee Jung Gil, So Yi Jung’s playboy father So Hyun Sup was played by Kim Jong Jin, So Yi Jung’s older brother So Il Hyun was played by Im Joo Hwan, and, finally, So Yi Jung’s first love Cha Eun Jae was played by Park Soo Jin.
25: Series ends with an extended episode.
Initially, ‘Boys Over Flowers’ planned to end with episode 24. Goo Hye Sun’s car accident on Feb 27th resulted to scheduling conflicts, making it extremely difficult to shoot the entire series in the given time. The actress, who received stitches inside her mouth, was instructed to stay hospitalized for a couple of days; hence, filming was pushed back. KBS extended the series to episode 25 and filled the vacant time with a ‘Boys Over Flowers’ Special. On the 30th, producers expressed their opinions through the homepage: “The time that was given to us with the one extended episode was very awkward. We felt it was both overly done and not enough at the same time. Although we were accused of adding unnecessary kiss and flashback scenes, we had an obligation to wrap up the story in the given time.”
6000: The price of Goo Joon Pyo’s most expensive outfit.
Since ‘Boys Over Flowers’ tells the story of four extremely wealthy characters, the outfits worn by these actors needed to level up with their social statuses. F4 stylist, Jung Hye Jin, commented, “We dressed the F4 members like European princes. The most expensive outfit was worth $6000. The fur jacket was worn by Goo Joon Pyo when he officially announced Geum Jandi as his girlfriend to the Shinhwa High students (episode 5).” Group Eight’s Song Byun Joon representative also stated, “The F4 members never wore the same outfit twice. Some might look similiar to others, but they are not. About 90% of Goon Joon Pyo’s outfits were custom made. We tried to give all our characters an iconic look and spent more than $100,000 just on clothings.”
3000: Number of fans that gathered on outdoor sets.
‘Boys Over Flowers’ became well known for the number fans it gathered. Dae Goo’s Kae Myung University, which set the background for some of the school scenes, attracted over 3000 fans. A representative stated, “We were shocked by the number of fans that visited the set. After that, we weren’t able to shoot at Kae Myung University for over a month.”
During other wild fan encounters, officials were called to help main control and safety. When 2000 fans gathered for one of the outside shoots, 100 police officers were called in. The location of Geum Jandi and Choo Gaeul’s part time job was also crowded with about 200-300 fans daily. Even with it’s popularity, ‘Boys Over Flowers’ experienced the same amount of heartache and suffering.