Boys Over Flowers (kkotboda namja)

If you have Netflix and enjoy watching dramatic High School-themed stories, check out the Korean show Boys over Flowers.  It’s a 2009 show based on a Japanese manga (I think there is also a couple of Japanese adaptations, but I haven’t seen them).  The show is about a girl whose family owns a dry cleaning business standing up to super rich bullies that belong to an exclusive group called F4.

 The bullying is actually so awful, I found myself wondering where all of the adults are at this elitist snobby school.  No one seems to really care that kids are being bullied so bad that they contemplate suicide.  But the extreme bullying does make the fact that Geum Jan Di (played hilariously by Hye-Sun Koo stands up against it all the more powerful.  She soon has the richest, most powerful guy in the school so confused by this that he actually thinks she has a crush on him.  It never enters his head that someone might have compassion for the regular people that he pushes around as if they were serfs in his personal kingdom.

Throughout the show, the boys in the F4 grow on the audience and on Geum Jan Di and it’s a pleasure to see them begin to use their wealth and power for good instead of evil.  The wealthy Goo Joon Pyo (Min-ho Lee) could probably be Batman if he really wanted to:  He has the money, power, and fighting skills, and being the leader of F4, and the one completely dumbfounded by Geum Jan Di, he also has the most dramatic character growth of all of the Boys in the series.  I am halfway through the season and am looking forward to the last few episodes.  🙂

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