Hana Yori Dango (
The film premiered on August 19, 1995 as the first in the "Our film series" by Toei. Hana Yori Dango was released on VHS in 1997 and DVD in 2001. "Baby's Growing Up" by Yuki Uchida and "Overnight Sensation" by TRF were the theme songs of the film.
The F4 and other students of the posh Eitoku University bully Tsukushi (Uchida), after she insults F4's leader, Tsukasa (Tanihara). He begins to fall for her, though she actually likes his friend, the mysterious Rui (Fujiki).
Tsukushi Makino (Yuki Uchida) starts her first day as a first year at Eitoku Gakuen University. Unimpressed by the school's clique, the F4, she insults their leader, Tsukasa Domyoji (Shosuke Tanihara). He gives her a red notice and bullies her unrelentingly, along with the rest of the student body. Tsukushi finds some solace in yelling insults on the school's roof, where she first sees the mysterious Rui Hanazawa (Naohito Fujiki).
Tsukasa pushes the bullying further by having a group of boys attempt to assault Tsukushi. Rui stops the boys, while also saying uncaring words towards Tsukushi. Tsukushi confronts Tsukasa by kicking him in the chest and placing a red notice on his forehand. In shock, Tsukasa realizes that Tsukushi reminds him of his beloved sister. After the incident, Sakurako Sanjo (Kaori Sakagami) invites Tsukushi to her party, pretending to be Tsukushi's friend. However, Tsukushi dresses casually to the party and Sakurako reveals her true nature. Tsukasa swoops in and protects Tsukushi from the girls, much to her chagrin.
Tsukushi learns about Rui's first love, Shizuka Todo (Marie Eguro) the next day from the other F4 members, Sojiro Nishikado (Kensaku Saeki) and Akira Mimasaka (Koichi Hashizume). She appears visibly upset and even more so upon finding Rui kissing a poster of Shizuka. Shizuka arrives at Eitoku the next day and witnesses the other students bullying Tsukushi and helps clean her up. Sojiro and Akira tease Tsukasa about Tsukushi at dinner, and Shizuka urges him to invite Tsukushi to her party.Tsukasa kidnaps Tsukushi, bringing her to a salon and clothing store, before informing her of the party. At the party, Shizuka notifies her guests that she is moving to New York, never to return to Japan. Rui is especially shocked by the news and leaves. Tsukushi worries about Rui and becomes intoxicated from drinking to much. She and Tsukasa proceed to have a loud fight, and she attempts to slap him, instead her lips fall into his. The picture of the "kiss" spreads throughout the school, leading everyone to believe they are in a relationship. Tsukasa refuses to deny the rumor and invites Tsukushi out on a date. It does not go exactly well, although the two reach an understanding and Tsukushi agrees to be his girlfriend for a time.
Tsukushi begs Shizuka to stay for Rui's sake, but Shizuka explains her reasons and leaves for America. Rui does not show up to say goodbye and Tsukushi looks for him the next day to comfort him. Tsukasa catches them talking and Sakurako confirms his suspicions. Tsukasa later spots Tsukushi and Rui dancing close together at a club. He becomes upset and starts to bully the other students again. Tsukushi stops him, and he wrestles her to the ground and kisses her.
At the beach, Tsukushi and Tsukasa's relationship seems to be back to normal. Although, Tsukushi cannot stop thinking of Rui, who is surrounded by a lot of girls lately. That night Tsukushi goes for a walk along the beach, where she meets Rui. She confesses how she feels about him and the two kiss. Tsukasa sees their embrace, punches Rui, and breaks up with Tsukushi. The repercussions are obvious at school as Tsukasa calls Rui a "traitor". Despite this, Rui asks Tsukushi out on a date to an aquarium. The date is somewhat awkward, and Tsukushi begins to understand her true feelings.
After a short conversation with Tsukasa, Tsukushi realizes that Rui should be with Shizuka and urges him to go be with her. At the party, Rui shows his airline ticket to Tsukushi and leaves. Tsukushi walks into the party, wearing jeans and the simple white blouse from Sakurako's party. She and Tsukasa embrace, finally confirming their feelings. The film ends with everyone dancing to TRF's performance of "Overnight Sensation".
Cast and characters
- Yuki Uchida as Tsukushi Makino, a resourceful, lower-class girl unimpressed by the F4. Tsukasa bullies her constantly, which turns into teasing later on. Tsukushi develops feelings for Rui Hanazawa, before realizing who she really loves.
- Shosuke Tanihara as Tsukasa Domyoji, the hot-headed leader of the F4. He bullies Tsukushi at first, and later understands how he really feels about her.
- Naohito Fujiki as Rui Hanazawa, a quiet violinist, also a member of the F4. He is in love with Shizuka, who moves to New York permanently. Rui is shaken by the news.
- Koichi Hashizume and Kensaku Saeki as Akira Mimasaka and Sojiro Nishikado, the other two members of the F4. They help Tsukasa bully Tsukushi and later tease him about his crush on her.
- Kaori Sakagami as Sakurako Sanjo, a freshman, who bullies Tsukushi severely. She introduces herself as Sakurako, however her character is more similar to Yuriko Asai in the original manga.
- Marie Eguro as Shizuka Todo, an old friend of the F4, who speaks English fluently. She announces that she will be attending school in New York and breaking away from her sheltered life.
- Norika Fujiwara and Akari Tonegawa as Minako Yamano and Yuriko Asai, Sakurako's best friends, who follow her around and bully Tsukushi.
- Ai Sasamine as Yuki Matsuoka, Tsukushi's best friend, who works at the dango shop with her.
- Director: Yasuyuki Kusuda
- Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
- Screenplay: Mika Umeda
- Producers: Akifumi Takuma, Jiro Komaki, Yumiko Shigeoka, Tadashi Shibasaki
- Executive producers: Chiaki Matsushita, Yuzo Abe
- Production: Koichi Murakami, Suo Ikuo
- Planning: Hajime Shigemura, Toshikazu Horiguchi
- Shooting: Kenji Hoshiya
- Assistant director: Shinichi Iijima
- Photography: Kenji Hoshiya
- Art: Shozo Uemura
- Music: Satoru Nakajima
Yoko Kamio first announced that Yuki Uchida would be starring in a film adaptation of Boys Over Flowers in the side-panels of the series' tenth volume. She was happy that "a beautiful girl like that" would be playing Tsukushi. Kamio also confirmed the premiere date, August 19, 1995 and that she was planning to go see it in theaters. Production was handled by the Margaret editorial staff and the film company.
During production, Kamio visited the set with her editor in Roppongi at a club called Belle Faire. They were filming the last scene of the film and Kamio had the opportunity to meet Uchida and the actors playing the F4.
Home video release
Hana Yori Dango was featured on a box set with the five other shojo manga adaptations, titled "Our film series" (
MusicYuki Uchida's "Baby's Growing Up" served as the theme song for the movie. The vocal version of the song is heard during the opening credits, and an instrumental and slowed down version are played throughout the rest of the film. The song was released on August 19, 1995 and reached #5 on the Oricon charts in Japan. The band TRF performed "Overnight Sensation" during the closing credits of the movie. Tetsuya Komuro, who wrote "Baby's Growing Up", also produced many of TRF's early music.
The opening of "Bad to the Bone" is played frequently whenever Sakurako Sanjo and her friends confront Tsukushi. A famous minuet from Luigi Boccherini's String Quintet in E major was also performed at Shizuka's party.
Satoru Nakajima composed the music for the film.
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