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Korean version Hanayori Dango set to charm in 2008
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After the mega popularity of Meteor Garden first in Taiwan back in 2001 and then subsequently Hanayori Dango in Japan in recent years, Korea is also set to have its very own version of Meteor Garden in 2008.

Popular Japanese anime, Hanayori Dango will be adapted into a Korean drama. The Taiwanese and Japanese version of the television drama has achieved phenomenal ratings during its run and the Japanese version which was shown on cable television achieved pretty good ratings and earning lots of fans in the process. The company which will be producing this is Group Eight whose previous works were Goong: Princess Hours and Fantasy Couple. The Japanese rights holder decided to work with Group Eight after learning about its production capability after viewing Goong S.

By releasing this exciting news first, Group Eight has created lots of anticipation and hype over who will be taking the roles ahead of the actual casting. Many netizens in fact are already posting and discussing furiously over who their ideal cast should be since the news broke yesterday.

With regards to the Korean F4, the production team revealed, “We will be choosing based on their similarities with the anime characters. We won’t be choosing based on how popular or how well-known they are.” The Korean version of Hanayori Dango is set at 24 episodes, each clocking in at 70 minutes and will be shown on television in the latter part of 2008.

The following are early picks by fans since the news broke:

Makino Tsukushi/杉菜
1. Yoon Eun Hye
2. Goo Hye Sun

Doumyouji Tsukasa/道明寺
1. Jo In Sung
2. Kang Dong Won
3. Lee Dong Gun
4. Jang Hyuk
5. Hyun Bin

Hanazawa Rui/花泽类
1. Im Joo Hwan
2. Choi Si Won
3. Jang Geun Seuk


credits to coolsmurf
http://coolsmurf.wordpress.com/2008/02/29/...-charm-in-2008/

NOTE: Also thank you to sChiZoO14 of AF for editing the news.



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Famous Japanese comic "Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden" was made into a drama with Japanese version and Taiwanese version, and both became very popular. Therefore, Korea is preparing to make a version of its own, and there is an online poll for chosing the casts of the drama!

There are a lot of anticipations for KBS2 version of "Meteor Garden." The station is recruiting actors for the drama, and they schedule to air this drama around middle of 2008. While the station is planning for the advertising of this drama, netizens conduct their own poll to select the cast members. Some people think Go Hye Sung in “King And I” is the best actress to play the role of Shan Cai (the main female role) while others think that Yoon Eun Hye is more adequate for this role.

For the male role, netizens think Im Joo Hwan (the supporting actor in Snow Queen) is fit to portray Hua Ze Lei. Others pick Choi Si won, Jang Geun Suk, Jung Kyung Ho, and Lee Min Ki to play the role of either Xi Men or Mei Zuo. As for the main actor of the drama, Dao Ming Si, the most votes go to Jo In Sung (he did a commercial with Go Hye Sun awhile ago). The rest of the votes go to Kang Dong Won, Lee Dong Gun, Jang Hyuk, and Hyun Bin.


I wish they'll be cast in the drama. I mean these people:


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wow yay!!!
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cornetto5 wrote:

wow yay!!!


Man! You're quick.. Are you excited or not?
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yeah i have read it in Asianfanatics forum lolz
cant wait to watch it
furthermore about the cast of the F4 hahahahhhaz and Makino
really happy to know the news
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lesleycrisanne wrote:


cornetto5 wrote:

wow yay!!!


Man! You're quick.. Are you excited or not?


i want yoon eun hye to be makino. jang hyuk to be domyouji and jang geun suk to be rui. and of course!~!! cant wait!
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cornetto5 wrote:


lesleycrisanne wrote:


cornetto5 wrote:

wow yay!!!


Man! You're quick.. Are you excited or not?


i want yoon eun hye to be makino. jang hyuk to be domyouji and jang geun suk to be rui. and of course!~!! cant wait!


In my view I prefer:

Makino - Yoon Eun Hye
Tsukasa - Hyun Bin
Rui - Choi Si Won
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i cant wait~
this better be good.
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mmm... judging from that list it seems more of popularity rather than the roles of the characters for Tsukasa. The reason I believe it was a success is because the actors did fit the characters well. Maybe I'm wrong. The two listed for Rui, I believe that either one can do the role they seem to fit. For Tsukasa.... mmm.... I would like to see more choices. So far, Jang Hyuk would make the best bet although he is a little old, if he would look a little younger it would be good. Note, this is only my opinion based on photos from dramawiki hahaha and some dramas that I saw they were starring. I really don't think Lee Dong Gun fits the character/image of Tsukasa. The other ones are doubtful, but who knows. The role of Makino probably Yoon Eun Hye would do a good job at it since I think she did some kind of similar role in a drama. The other actress also has a good shot at it too. Oh wellzzz let see how it comes out. All is from the list of choices that the fans suggested. Also, since I just finished watching Hana Yori Dango.
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Wow, a Korean version, how awsome!
I didn't really like the Taiwanese version, I only watched season 1, I couldn't stomach any more of it lol
I love the manga, anime and Japanese Live Action was absolutely AWSOME!! Inoue Mao will always be the best Makino for me and
MatsuJun will always be the best Doumyoji!
I loved the whole cast for the Jap live action....I couldn't have asked for better actors, can't wait to see the Korean version!!
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seriously???????well, i like LEE DONG GUN, he is my first korean crush, to BE DOMYOUJI , he might be cool
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wow another Hana Yori Dango??? Its my fav anime but I hope they will hv a new plot if nt it'll b hard living up to d Jap version.

Whoever becomes Makino, Doumyouji & Hanaza will have their job cut out for them, as they will naturally b compared to Inoue, Matusmoto & Oguri. Actually for me the Jap version has sufficiently fulfilled my wish of HYD, I wish they would do something else instead, like Curious Play or Saiunkoku - now that wld b interesting!
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i wish lee jun ki would play the rui.. hihi =)
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AH so weird--- Korean version of Hana Yori Dango--- kinda worried about its length though... Meteor Garden drags with 20 eps... I'm not liking people's choices for the roles of Doumyouji and Makino--- they are WAY too old.... and although the Rui actors better suit the age, I don't think they would play good Ruis... but I guess I will wait and see who gets cast...
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okie....this is weird. For some reason, I find myself not exciting. People c'om, Hana Yori Dango was conisder very good, and surpass meteor garden. Now that they are doing another K-drama of HYD, I am not sure if I will like it or even if it will be as good as HYD, since Korean Drama tend to be long and draggy some part. Also, they tend to be unrealistic sometime unlike Japaness drama, that is more realistic and give you that relax sensation.

But yea, I just don' t know if that is such a good idea.
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i want lee jun ki in the place of "Rui" and kwang san woo in "doumyouji" i think i would b very happy to see that series
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