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‘Boys Over Flowers’ has recently been added to Netflix. Could the streaming boost inspire a cast reunion?

Could we see a ‘Boys Over Flowers’ cast reunion soon?

Boys Over Flowers is a beloved K-drama that ran for a single season in 2009. The series amassed a cult following with its preppy style & memorable characters, and has recently gained a spike in popularity by streaming on Netflix. This renewed interest has led some fans to question whether there will be a Boys Over Flowers reunion in the near future.

The cast have remained close in the decade since Boys Over Flowers wrapped filming. Lee Min-Ho, Kim Bum, & Kim Hyun-joong attended the premiere of Ku Hye Sun’s directorial debut Magic (2010), and the trio posed for photos with her after the curtain went down. Since then, the cast has been seen getting lunch with each other or promoting respective projects on social media. 

Reunion buzz

The buzz over a Boys Over Flowers reunion really started in April, when series actor Kim Hyun-joong posted an Instagram selfie with Ku Hye Sun. “How long has it really been?,” he wrote in the caption. “You’re still the same.” Fans responded with tons of emojis & impassioned requests that the rest of the cast get back together.

Then it was announced that Boys Over Flowers alum Lee Min-Ho & Kim Young would be reuniting on the big screen. Both actors will appear in the upcoming K-drama The King: Eternal Monarch. Soompi reported that Young will play the role of Noh Ok Nam, the palace lady who raised Lee Min Ho’s character, Emperor Lee Gon, after he lost his parents as a child.

Lee Min-Ho has talked extensively about his passion for Boys Over Flowers and how it helped him launch his acting career. “It’s definitely something I can be proud of,” he told KoreAM. “I’ve been getting far more offers since Boys Over Flowers and it’s also what helped grow my fan base, which is important, because fans are the ones who keep me motivated.”

Financial setbacks

It’s evident the cast would be down to participate in a Boys Over Flowers reunion, but it’s unclear whether the network would be willing to fork over the necessary cash. Boys Over Flowers planning director Bae Jong-Byung told Live Journal that the show dealt with numerous financial problems during its initial run.

Bae claimed the network was leery of the show’s content, and subsequently gave them a budget that was low. “In the early stages, we only got an investment of about 1 billion won,” he recalled. “All the drama funds had been dying out due to deteriorated market conditions. And investors were not willing to make investments into a drama that hadn’t decided on a cast with content they are not aware of.”

Bae also discussed the necessity for product placement & advertisements throughout the show. “We couldn’t do without them at the time. We needed them for the production cost,” he revealed. “In the past, a single bar added on the ending scene of an episode used to cost up to $300 million won but the market is dead now. We had to allocate advertisement depending on what was in the episode that day.”

Global phenomenon

Despite the low budget, Boys Over Flowers has grown into a global phenomenon. The series was retooled for a Chinese movie called Meteor Garden in 2018 and a Japanese musical dubbed Hana Yori Dango in 2019. Thailand recently announced its plans to produce another adaptation titled F4 Thailand, which is set for release in 2021.

This increased attention could be the blessing that Boys Over Flowers fans have been hoping for. Netflix has taken cult shows like Hannibal & Cobra Kai and elevated them to pop culture phenomenons, so there’s no reason the increased Western success of the K-drama classic couldn’t translate to a legitimate reunion. We will have to wait & see.

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  • Seriously wana see season 2 of boys over flower! It was the best kd i have ever watched!.

    October 16, 2020
  • I would love a reunion Boys over flowers. It would be nice to have a show that tells the story of where are they. Are the couples still together? Did new loves take place? What hardships have they had? I always thought Jan-di was better suited for Ji-Hoo.

    October 16, 2020
  • Danilo and if instead of waiting We request that someone at Netflix re-take that second part … myself and many Jihoo fans would really and strongly support to honor our artist Kim Hyun Joong

    October 16, 2020
  • We want season 2..jihoo with jan di together..

    October 18, 2020
    • Wow!I would love to see the season 2 please ….

      October 27, 2020
  • Would like watch season too where do you find it

    October 19, 2020
  • I relly to have a season 2 of boys over flowers. I am waiting for that boys over flowers season 2. I want to see Go Junpyo, jandi, jihoo ji yoong and wobin together again.

    October 19, 2020
  • Dear Danilo,

    Very interesting considerations as much as many loook forward to the reunion of Boys Over Flowers. True that in every move, there is a corresponding cost. Who will be enthusiastically and motivated persons who will make as a team for the planning, visualizing a positive results taking into account the possible obstacle for the project?

    The present situation calls for a very relevant theme that would attract audience with diversity, e.g. age, global acceptance.

    We must also aim for maintaining the impact for the audience in the fast. Let the savor of happiness of the audience kept, be a legacy. In that way, there a continuation, sign of gratitude. The industry can also maintain the legacy of prior/senior performers.

    Marketing, ads, lower cost of production (cheaper locations in some parts of Asian country with NATURE, e.g. Philippines, Korea, choosing contractors with lower cost but elegant clothes (their outfits were really stunning and very neat to look.

    Thank you.

    October 20, 2020
  • Loved Boys Over Flowers just started watching K Dramas during quarantine like it has the innocents of youth no nudity or sex like Hollywood films. Love the hand holding and hugs I’m from the US and find our movies offensive if I watch in English speaking movie have watch and old one. I hope you have a reunion of Boys over Flowers and am rutting for Kim Hyun Joong in 2nd one really love his character never thought I would be interested in the K Dramas because I just turned 60 I love the romance in them. Glad this lady has found these movies on Netflix a go way to pass quarantine in the state of Tennessee where Jack Daniels whiskey is made !! See it in some of the movies.

    October 21, 2020
    • Wow I’m from Nashville and I’m 55 and love my K-drama, love my Boys Over Flowers I would love to see more of all them together soon.

      October 25, 2020
  • Would love to see a season 2 of Boy’s Over Flowers. I really loved it. Looking for more movies with the cast in it.

    October 23, 2020
  • Would love to see a part 3 of this iconic Kdrama. It has a huge following and would love to see how each cast members grew.

    October 24, 2020
  • I mean a part 2 of boys over flowers. Love the original cast.

    October 24, 2020
  • I’d love to see a part 2. We’d all like to know if Jandi made doctor if she excepted his proposal. Where is everyone and what are they doing. Did they have a wedding a baby?

    October 26, 2020
  • Yes please! Would love to see Boys over Flowers 2nd season <3

    I just recently discovered this series and am totaly hooked!

    Greetings from the Netherlands

    October 26, 2020
  • Love to see Reunion of BOF . As long as they keep the same cast except for the witch. And they keep Jan Di and jun Proy together.

    October 26, 2020
  • Greetings from Florida. I have been watching several Korean movirs and Boys over flowers. I really was upset about the ending. I would love to see a sequel which showed their children and what will be the second generation of F4.

    November 11, 2020
  • After watching Boys Over Flowers – Season 1, I had high hopes that there’s gonna be a 2nd Season coming up soon. Since it was very successful globally and fans are awaiting for it. I guess we’ve waited long enough for their reunion. There were so many things that we were left hanging and thinking. And many Jihoo fans left heartbroken. It’s been many years but I can’t still move on, on why Jihoo wasn’t given the right chance to express his unconditional love for Jan Di until the very end. I hope there’ll be another season where Jihoo will finally find happiness.

    December 11, 2020

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