While delivering a student's dry cleaning, Geum Jan Di saves the life of a student at the most prestigious school in South Korea. Her actions soon became public and exposed the bullying within the school. To silence the public's attention, Jan Di is offered a swimming scholarship to Shinhwa which she declines but her family forces her to attend.
During her first day at Shinhwa, Jan Di learns of the famous F4 and of the other students' adoration and fixation with the boys in the group. Gu Jun Pyo, Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung, and Song Woo Bin are the richest and most powerful kids within Shinhwa and South Korea. Subsequently, they use their power to terrorize weaker students or those they do not like. Jan Di, instead of being impressed, becomes enraged and fantasizes about confronting Gu Jun Pyo, the leader and initiator of many of the bullying acts. She gains courage to confront him when a friend , named Oh Min Ji , accidentally spills ice cream on his shoes and he demands the girl to lick it off. Jan Di defends her friend and attempts to reason with Jun Pyo's tyrannical demand. When he refuses to relent, Jan Di turns violent, knocking Jun Pyo to the ground. Engaged by this, Gu Jun Pyo declares war on Jan Di and encourages the other students to bully her. Jan Di, however, is resistant, refusing to apologize to Gu Jun Pyo, and stands by her decision to fight him.
Ironically, Gu Jun Pyo, having never been stood up to, begins to develop feelings for her. He tries unsuccessfully to woo her as she slowly begins to spend more time with Jun Pyo and his friends. Jan Di teaches Jun Pyo that money cannot buy everything and in order to have real friends, he himself must be real or use his heart, but Gu Jun Pyo still does not understand why someone like Jan Di should dislike him. As the story progresses, Jun Pyo falls deeper in love with Jan Di and she learns how to open herself to his love as well.
As love begins to blossom, Jun Pyo's mother discovers them and deems it unsuitable. She does everything in her power to keep the two apart, even arranging a marriage for Jun Pyo. The other F4 members and Jan Di's best friend, Chu GaEul try to make their relationship better. So Yi Jung and Song Woo Bin came up with a few plans but it fails. They left with no choice but to use the last plan. The plan is So Yi Jung have to make a fake date with Ga Eul. At first their plan is successful but because of Jun Pyo's mother the relationship between them is getting further again.
After the fake date, Ga Eul finds her self falling in love with So Yi Jung. So Yi Jung feels the same way, but he won't admit that he is falling for her. Other factors keep arising as another member of the group falls in love with Jan Di (which was Yoon Ji Hoo) and in a twist of fate, Jun Pyo loses his memory. A girl named Jang Yu Mi which was on the same hospital where Jun Pyo was confined, takes advantage on him to make him fall in love with her. Geum Jan Di never gives up for Jun Pyo to remember his love for her, she falls in the swimming pool letting Jun Pyo reminise his love for her. On Jan Di's graduation, Jun Pyo proposes to her on the cable car at the NamSan Tower where their first date was held. Gu Jun Pyo told Jan Di that he needs to study abroad to fix problems regarding Shinhwa. Jun Pyo asks Jan Di to accompany him as his wife but Jan Di refuses because she has also plans for her future becoming a doctor. The two agreed but Jan Di told Jun Pyo that she will be waiting for 4 years in one condition--if Jun Pyo comes back as a handsome and charming man.
The story ends with F4 four years later with each cast revealing happenings on their current life--Yi Jung coming back form Sweden for helding his art exhibit and visits Ga Eul to a kinder garten and she was surprised , Ji Hoo who just opened his Grandpa's clinic, Ga Eul who was teaching the art of pottery to preschoolers and Woo Bin becoming a happy man but his career was never mentioned in the story. Lastly, Geum Jan Di went to the beach to see Jun Pyo.He then proposes to Jan Di but the answer was still a question among viewers because when Jan Di was about to answer--Ji Hoo, Yi Jung and Woo Bin arrives saying that they object to the proposal because Jun Pyo and Jan Di didn't ask for their permission first....and they live peacefully.
***Who wouldn't want to watch the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango? With all the hype that surrounded it? Even if just to compare it with the Taiwanese and Japanese versions? Although, if I do say so myself, the Japanese version was way better, plot, script and direction wise.
- Two thumbs-up for the props, set and wardrobe designers
- A bit on the shallow side, major eye candy (It doesn't hurt, right ladies?)
- Over-all, it was just fun to watch
- Nice OST
- Let's just say, the viewers can tell it was rushed from the script to the production itself!
- I have read a lot of harsh reviews about BOF particularly about the acting of the the main leads (F4 & Geum Jan Di) but for me it was not that bad particularly LMH's acting
Click HERE for the OST 1.
Click HERE for the OST 2.
Click HERE for the F4 Special Edition Album songs.