There’s a kind of ‘franchise’ of flower boy shows, but they really don’t have that much in common other than the name, the fact that the actors are fresh faced and good looking and mostly young. Flower Boy Band, or Shut Up and Run remains in my top ten list- I really love that one, not least because the main dude is actually not that pretty. I couldn’t finish Flower Boy Ramen Shop at all. I think I watched 3 episodes.
Flower Boy Next Door This was mostly super cute with a few darker elements, but mostly just ADORABLE. I have no warnings to give to viewers with kids or more conservative viewers other than the usual generic – there may be some ‘language,’ but I don’t think there was much, there will be some imbibing of alcoholic beverages because there will never be a K-drama where there isn’t because that would hardly occur in real life, either. There are one or two nightclub scenes. For a while you assume one character is up to no good with girls, and once a girl calls to ask him where some of her clothes are (and not clothes she should be confused about, either, but it was totally innocent). That’s about it, really. Oh- if you can’t abide shirtless males there’s at least one scene like that, but I thought it was hilarious.
Some of the middle episodes step up on the darkness or grew tedious. But the zany, hilarious cuteness from Enrique is what I enjoy most:
I also love almost all of the secondary characters (not so much the mean girls)-
heroine: GO DOK-MI (Park Shin-hye)= she was also in You’re Beautiful. Here she plays the emotionally scarred recluse/editor who has been quietly hiding in her apartment for three years. Jin Rak has been in love with her and quietly watching over her all this time. Enrique Geum shows up and blasts through her world, urging her to come out, come out, come out and PLAY.
ENRIQUE GEUM (Yoon Shi-yoon)- He is a Korean brought up in Spain since he was around 8-10 years old. He is a genius and creates lots of internet games and other amazing projects. But he has had no childhood, really. Now he’ back in Korea for a short visit where he wants to do all the things he might have done if he had been able to have a childhood in Korea, hence a lot of the crazy stuff he does, even though he’s supposed to be in his late 20s. Yoon Shi-yoon is 26 years old but manages to look 14 a lot of the time. I am amazed at his versatility. He played a darker, more brooding but just as endearing character in Me Too, Flower!.
OH JIN-RAK (Kim Ji-hoon)- I love this actor. He was the main male lead in Wish Upon a Star, the Joseon X-Files, and Love and Marriage where he played the deeply wounded divorced divorce attorney. I like his character here, too- gruff, brusque, with a heart of gold and uncertainty about relationships, hiding hurts of his own. He’s a web toon creator.
and YOO DONG-HOON (Go Kyung-pyo)= he’s Jin-Rak’s room-mate and c0-creator (he mainly does the drawings to Jin-Rak’s stories), and I enjoy him here. I love his dongsaeng/hyung connection with Jin-Rak oh, so, much.
But I really, really am loving – the nutty, wild eyed, sleepless web-toons editor, whose name I had to work really hard to find. I think she’s:
Kim Seul-gie, and she is an utter delight and I hope to see a lot more of her in the final episodes. She’s their web-toon editor and she’s decided not to sleep more than a couple hours a night until she’s 30- hence the bags under her eyes and the over the top reactions to everything. Kim Seul-gie is the actress’s name, I don’t know if she has a name in the show other than that crazy editor. She is a riot- about 4 feet of dynamite, and cuter than a bug’s ear.
There are some other characters as well, but I didn’t care a thing about any of them, really, although the security guard was nice, and I loved his advice in the final show.
That’s what I wrote when Flower Boy was about half way through.
As of 2/27: Flower Boy ended, and while I found the last three or four episodes tedious and tiresome, I found the ending satisfactory. Kim Seul-gie remained totally delicious all the way through, my only complaint is that there wasn’t more of her. I loved Oh Jin-Rak’s character’s resolution as well, and Enrique and Dok Mi remained cute. In fact, that’s mostly all I can really say for the show- there was a whole lot of cute and sweet, and while it danced around questions about gossip, friends, what is love all about, anyway, and isolation- that’s really all it did. It danced lightly as thistledown, and I think maybe cotton candy has more substance.
If you want something basically clean, light, and frothy, this would do it.
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Things to know when watching a K-drama
Where to get your fix: Sites where you can find subtitled K-dramas (and dramas from other countries, as well. I’ve watched a handful of J-dramas (Japanese) and TW (Taiwanese) dramas, but I vastly prefer the K-dramas, even though I know more Japanese – I got an A in my Japanese 101 class back in the day, when we actually lived in Japan and once I even knew both hiragana and katakana- but still K-dramas interest me vastly more).