- Title: 꽃보다 남자 (Kkotboda Namja)
- Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama, School
- Episodes: 25+ Special
- Original network: KBS2
- Country: South Korea
- Original release: January 5, 2009 - March 31, 2009
- Runtime: Monday and Tuesday 21:55 (KST)
- Original Soundtrack: Boys Over Flowers OST
- Related dramas:
Set at a famous high school for the super-wealthy, this is a puppy love story centered on a poor girl and the F4 gang of rich kids headed by the rough and fearless Jun-pyo Koo.
Geum Jan-Di (Hye-seon Ku) is a girl from a poor family but has an unrivaled sense of optimism and drive and is by chance admitted to a prestigious private high school.
There she meets the infamous group of four astonishingly good looking and rich boys who are known as F4. The group's leader is Koo Jun-Pyo (Min-ho Lee), who is a spoiled heir to world-leading conglomerate Shinhwa. He is joined by mysterious and breathlessly handsome Yun Ji-Hu (Hyeon-jung Kim), So Lee-Jeong (Kim Beom), and Song Woo-Bin (Kim Jun). Their love story moves from Seoul to New Caledonia to Macau.
- Ku Hye-Sun as Geum Jan Di
The "F4" Edit
- Lee Min Ho as Goo Joon Pyo
- Jung Chan Woo as Goo Joon Pyo (child)
- Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
- Nam Da Reum and Yoon Ji Hoo (child)
- Kim Bum as S or Yi Jeong
- Bin Kim Moon Jeong So Yi as (Child)
- Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin
People close to Joon Pyo / Minor Characters 1 antagonistic Edit
- Lee Hye Young as Kang Soo Hee (Mother of Joon Pyo)
- Kim Hyun Joo Hee as Goo Joon (Sister Joon Pyo)
- Ho Song Suk and Lee Butler
- Kim Young Ok employed as Chief
People close to Gum Jan Di / secondary characters Edit
- Kim So Eun as Chu Ga Eul (Jan Di Amiga)
- Ahn Suk Hwan as Geum Il Bong (Father Jan Di)
- Im Ye Jin and Gong Joo Na (Mother of Jan Di)
- Park Ji Bin as Kang Geum San (brother of Jan Di)
- Kim Ki Bang Bom Chun Sik (Chief Jan Di and Ga Eul)
People close to Ji Hoo Edit
- Lee Jung Gil as Yoon Seok Young (Grandfather Ji Hoo)
People close to Yi Jung Edit
- Kim Jong Jin and So Hyun Sub (Father of Yi Jung)
- Im Joo Hwan as So Yi Hyun (Brother of Yi Jung)
- Park Soo Jin Cha Eun Jae (First Love Yi Jung)
Momentary characters Edit
- Lee Si Young as Oh Min Ji (Jan Di supposed friend who is in love with Goo Joon Pyo)
- Han Chae Young as Min Seo Hyun (Best friend of the F4 / ex girlfriend Ji Hoo)
- Lee Min Jung and Ha Jae Kyung / Mono (Promised Joon Pyo)
- Jung Ho Bin and Jung Sang Rok (Secretary General Kang Hee Soo)
- Gook Ji Yun as Choi Jin Hee / Ginger
- Jang Ja Yun as Park Sun Ja / Sunny
- Min Young Won as Lee Mi Sook / Miranda
- Kim Ji Min and Jang Yoo Mi (Goo Joon Pyo love with)
- Jung Ui Chul as Lee Min Ha / Jae Min He (Model)
- Kim Hyung Jun as himself (cameo, ep 4)
- Kim Kyu Jong as himself (cameo, ep 4)
- Heo Young Saeng as himself (cameo, ep 4)
- Lee Hae Woo as Host Q (man drug Jan Di, ep 4)
- Lee Joon Jung and Gong Soo Pyo (Ga Eul boyfriend, ep 9-10)
- Heo Kyung Hwan as MC for the event (ep 10)
- Hai Ming and Ming (a migo Ji Hoo, ep 14-15)
- Lee Suk Goo as (Shinhwa director of the school)
- Jo Soo Bin as announcer
- Jang Hyun as student
- Director: Jun Ki Sang
- Screenwriter: Yi Yoon Ryun
- Writer: Yoon Ji-Ryeon
- Based on Yoko Kamio's Japanese shojo manga series "Hana yori Dango".
- The original Japanese title "Hana Yori Dango" or ""Boys Over Flowers" is a pun on the Japanese old saying "Dumplings over flowers," referring to people who attend Hanami (flower festival), but instead of enjoying flowers, focus more on the materialistic side of the event such as getting food and buying souvenirs.
- Character names have been changed to reflect Korean setting, although the male group will still be known as "F4".
- Supporting actress Jang Ja-Yeon, who played Sunny (one of the trio of Mean Girls), committed suicide on March 7, 2009.
- Episode 17. originally scheduled to air Monday - March 9th, aired instead on Tuesday March 10th. This was caused by a car accident involving main actressKu Hye-Seon. Ku Hye-Seon while returning from to Seoul from Changwon, South Gyeongsang province after a shoot early Friday morning was involved in a car accident. She received three stiches in her mouth after the accident. Ku Hye-Seon is expected to resume shooting next week and a "Boys Over Flowers" special aired instead on Monday March 9th.
- "Boys Over Flowers" takes over the KBS2 Mon. & Tues. 21:55 time slot previously occupied by "Worlds Within......" and will be replaced by "The Slingshot" on April 6, 2009.