'Boys Over Flowers' revives F4 fever

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 11 2009 09:52 AM | Updated as of May 11 2009 08:34 PM

After the success of Taiwan's "Meteor Garden," the group of men popularly known as "F4" is back via ABS-CBN's "Boys Over Flowers."

Beginning Monday, May 11, Filipinos will meet the new heartthrobs that will surely make primetime viewing sizzle.

Televiewers will fall in love all over again as the Kapamilya network premieres “Boys Over Flowers,” the highest rating show and one of the grandest Korean TV productions ever made, with location shoots in New Caledonia and Macau.

Based on the best-selling Japanese manga "Hana Yori Dango" written by Yoko Kamio, the Korean remake of "F4"  launched the careers of today’s hottest Asian superstars and sought-after endorsers Lee Min-Ho, Kim Hyun-Joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon and Koo Hye-Sun.

It will be recalled that this romantic story was first adapted in Taiwan as the phenomenal hit drama “Meteor Garden,” which aired on ABS-CBN in 2003. It starred Asia’s sensational boyband F4.

"Meteor Garden" remains to be one of the most successful Asianovelas aired on Philippine television, with an average rating of 42.9 percent in mega Manila and a nationwide average rating of 62 percent.

South Korea's "Boys Over Flowers," meanwhile, garnered an average rating of 30 percent. The show had a great impact on Korean pop culture as sales of men's cosmetics and fashion items skyrocketed and the female lead's hairstyle ruled the fashion world.

Follow the story of Jan Di (Hye-Sun), an average girl whose simple, routinary life suddenly turns into both an adventure and a nightmare after she receives a scholarship at the prestigious Shin Hwa School and crosses paths with the F4 (Flower 4)— the richest and most popular boys in school.

Life is made miserable for Jan Di as she got the ire of F4’s leader Jun Pyo (Min-Ho). He bullies her around school after she defies him in public. Everyone keeps their distance from Jan Di to avoid getting into trouble except for one person—Ji Hoo (Hyun-Joong), the silent and mysterious member of F4 and her knight in shining armor.

Ji Hoo becomes closer to Jan Di and develops feelings for her. But little did he know that Jun Pyo also gets more and more smitten by her charming yet tough personality the more he picks on her.

What will Jan Di do as two of Shinwa’s hottest and most powerful hunks fall in love with her? Who will she choose? And how will this love triangle affect the friendship of Ji Hoo and Jun Pyo?

Catch the highly anticipated premiere of “Boys Over Flowers” on Monday, May 11, after “Tayong Dalawa” on ABS-CBN.