Media Monday: My current obsession

I’m back! Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving weekend? Did you eat enough to double your body weight? Did you score any awesome deals for Black Friday? Whatever you chose to do, I hope it was festive and filled with the holiday spirit. I’m going to ramble on about what I’ve watched over my break. I was sick for a good part of last week, so this occupied a lot of my time. I mean, what else could I do from bed?

So, I have a new obsession – Korean drama. I know, it may not be your thing, but it’s pretty interesting. I was introduced to the drama, Boys Over Flowers. Boys Over Flowers is based on the Japanese manga, Hana Yori Dango. It’s a shoju series by Yoko Kamio. From what I have read, the manga ran from Fall of 1992 to the Fall of 2003. The manga has been adapted into five television drama productions as well as two movies, an anime series, and anime movie. Boys Over Flowers is the Korean adaptation of the manga.

It’s interesting to see how manga translates into anime, and then again into television. I know I’ve seen it for books, but this is a different type of media. While books have been turned into movies and television shows, I feel that I have only noticed its popularity within the last decade.

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Synopsis: While delivering a student’s dry cleaning, Geum Jan Di saves the life of a heavily bullied student,Lee Min Ha/Lee Ji Ha, at the most prestigious school in South Korea. Her actions soon became public and exposes the bullying within the school, leading the public to go against the Shinhwa empire. To silence the public’s attention, Jan Di is offered a swimming scholarship to Shinhwa High School which she declines but her family forces her to attend. 

The entire school worships the F4, except for Jan Di. However, she holds a certain soft spot for Yoon Ji Hoo, who appears to be different from the other three. Jan Di finally speaks up against F4 to defend her friend, Oh Min Ji. From then on, she becomes Jun Pyo’s main rival. Almost every time Jan Di is bullied, she is helped by Ji Hoo in some way. Jan Di and Jun Pyo’s rivalry intensifies, but at the same time it is a source of amusement for him as Jan Di has now caught his attention.

The story develops and Jun Pyo slowly starts falling for Jan Di. On the other hand, Jan Di’s attention is on Ji Hoo, her savior, but ultimately, as the story progresses, her heart is with Jun Pyo. The couple faces many obstacles as they continue to struggle for their love, but eventually they find their way back to each other.

Cast

Koo Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di aka Makino Tsukushi

F4

Lee Min Ho as Goo Joon Pyo aka Domyoji Tsukasa
Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo aka Hanazawa Rui
Kim Bum as So Yi Jung aka Nishikado Sojiro
Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin aka Mimasaka Akira

Extended Cast

Kim So Eun as Chu Ga Eul (Jan Di’s best friend)
Kim Hyun Joo as Goo Joon Hee (Joon Pyo’s elder sister)
Lee Hye Young as Kang Hee Soo (Joon Pyo’s mother)
Ahn Suk Hwan as Geum Il Bong (Jan Di’s father)
Im Ye Jin as Na Gong Joo (Jan Di’s mother)
Park Ji Bin as Geum Kang San (Jan Di’s younger brother)
Han Chae Young as Min Seo Hyun (F4′s best friend)

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