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F4: Exposed ~ The Men Behind the Characters

Updated on October 1, 2014

F4: Head to Head

This lens is about the profiles of the actors who were once a member of F4 in the different renditions of the Japanese shojo manga series, Hana Yori Dango (Boys before Flowers), by Yoko Kamio..

F4 ~ which means Flower 4 ~ is a group of 4 young and rich boys who came from extremely powerful families.

Domyouji Tsukasa - The hot-tempered leader of F4. He is the only son of the richest and most powerful family in Japan.

Hanazawa Rui - The silent type and cold guy of the group. He is a violinist and Tsukasa's best friend since childhood. He is in love for a long time with their childhood friend, Todou Shizuka.

Mimasaka Akira - the laid-back peacemaker of the group. He prefers older women because the women from his household (these includes his mother and two younger sisters) are quite silly.

Nishikado Sojiro - an unrepentant playboy. He is satisfied to be in a short and casual relationship with many women. However, it was later found out that at one time he was in love with his childhood friend.

Meet the handsome actors who played the roles of F4:

Taiwan -- Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Ken Chu, Vaness Wu

Japan -- Matsumoto Jun, Oguri Shun, Matsuda Shota, Abe Tsuyoshi

Korea -- Lee Min-Ho, Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon

The Men Behind the Roles

The Men Behind the Roles
The Men Behind the Roles

Korea's F4

Korea's F4
Korea's F4

Taiwan's F4

Taiwan's F4
Taiwan's F4

Japan's F4

Japan's F4
Japan's F4

The Leader of F4

Goo Joon Pyo

(Korean Version)

Lee Min Ho is a South Korean actor who played the role of Goo Joon Pyo -- the leader of F4 -- in the Korean adaptation of the popular manga series, Hana Yori Dango, entitled Boys Over Flowers, in 2009.

This 2011, Lee Min Ho will take on the lead role in the Korean TV drama, City Hunter .

Jun Matsumoto as DomYouji Tsukasa
Jun Matsumoto as DomYouji Tsukasa

DomYouji Tsukasa

(Japanese Version)

Jun Matsumoto is a popular Japanese actor who played the role of DomYouji Tsukasa in the Japanese live version of Hana Yori Dango. Jun, as he is popularly known, is also a singer and part of the group, ARASHI.

Jun is one of the Japanese actors acclaimed for being dedicated to his works.

Jerry Yan as Dao Ming Si
Jerry Yan as Dao Ming Si

Dao Ming Si

(Taiwanese Version)

Jerry Yan is one of Taiwan's most popular actors. He played the role of Dao Ming Si in the Taiwanese drama, Meteor Garden -- the first ever live adaptation of the manga, Hana Yori Dango.

Jerry started out as a model then later on became an actor. He is also part of the group, F4, which has been so famous in Asia and has released different albums.

The Female Lead's First Love

Yoon Ji Hoo - (The Female Lead Character's First Love)

Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo

Yoon Ji Hoo

(Korean Version)

Kim Hyun Joong (Gim Hyeon Jung) is one of Korea's hottest actors nowadays. He played the role of Yoon Ji Hoo -- the silent-type member of F4 who first captured the heart of Jandi in Korea's adaptation of Hana Yori Dango. I have first seen Hyun Joong in the TV show, "We Got Married" wherein he was paired with the beautiful Hwang Bo. Hyun Joong was also the reason why I watched the Korean Drama, Boys Over Flowers.

Hyun Joong is part of the group, SS501.

He also took the lead role of the Korean drama, Playful Kiss which is the Korean version of "It Started with a Kiss" in 2010

Oguri Shun as Hanazawa Rui
Oguri Shun as Hanazawa Rui

Hanazawa Rui

(Japanese Version)

Oguri Shun is an award-winning Japanese actor who has truly given justice to his role as Hanazawa Rui. Although he has hit the big screen when he was 13, it was not until he played the character of Hanazawa Rui that he was truly recognized by the fans. He is also popular with his role in Crows Zero. I have also watched him in his first stint, Gokusen which was a hit drama in 2002. He is also part of the Gokusen: MOvie which premiered in 2009.

In 2009, he has became a full fledge director. The first movie he directed is Surely Someday which was aired in 2010.

Vic Zhou as Hua Ze Lei
Vic Zhou as Hua Ze Lei

Hua Ze Lei

(Taiwanese Version)

Vic Zhou is a Taiwanese actor, singer and model. His first ever TV drama is Meteor Garden which has brought him fame to the highest level. He may be the first love of the young girls back in 2000. With his lovable role as Hua Ze Lei, he has rocked not only the young girl's heart but all who watched the drama.

When Meteor Garden came to an end, his group -- F4 has toured Asia to fulfill all the young girl's dream -- to watch them in person. Two years later, the continuation of Meteor Garden was again aired.

Currently, he is part of the TV drama, Hui Jia.

The Unrepentant Playboy

Kim Bum as So Yi Jung
Kim Bum as So Yi Jung

So Yi Jung

(Korean Version)

Kim Bum (born Kim Sang-bum on July 7, 1989) is a South Korean actor who has appeared in numerous Korean television series and dramas such as Unstoppable High Kick and East of Eden. He has most notably played the role of So Yi-jung on popular drama Boys Over Flowers.

source: asianfanatics

Nishikado Soujiro

(Japanese Version)

Matsuda Shota is a professional Japanese actor who played the role of Nishikado Soujiro in Hana Yori Dango. He was born on September 10, 1985 (Virgo) in Tokyo, Japan. He is 181cm tall and weighs 61kg. Born in the family of actors, his parents are Yusaku Matsuda and Miyuki Matsuda.a

In Hana Yori Dango, he plays the role of a Playboy and Tea Ceremony Master.

Xi Men

(Taiwanese Version)

Ken Chu was born in Taiwan on January 15, 1979 and educated in Singapore. A famous Mandopop singer and composer, he is one of the members of the famous Taiwanese boy band F4 and also a prominent Taiwanese drama actor.

Ken speaks not only Mandarin, but also English and Cantonese.

Ken was working as a waiter in a small restaurant in Taiwan when he was discovered by Cai Zhi Ping, the creator of the boy band F4. He started in showbiz working as a part time as an assistant for some artists, then acting in several idol series successfully which pushed him to the center of the stage. He starred in the famous TV series Meteor Garden and its sequel Meteor Garden II that swept Asia by storm and was the lead in the movies, Sky of Love (2003) and Tokyo Trial (2006). In January 2005, he released his most anticipated solo album, entitled On Ken's Time. He has released his cookbook called Mei Wei Guan Xi (Delicious Relations) on January 5, 2006. It was then released in China on July 4, 2006 and in Japan on November 25, 2006 in a Japanese version. Ken is now focusing on his solo acting career and has a huge fan base in Asia.

On February 24 and 25, 2007, he held his first solo concert in Japan, titled 2007 [I-KEN] 1st Concert at the Tokyo International Forum Hall A with an unplugged theme.

Ken Chu will have Iza Calzado as leading lady in the movie to be filmed in Philippines, "Batanes: Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan" of Ignite Media Films, with director, Adolf Alix.

credit: wikipedia

Song Woo Bin

(Korean Version)

Kim Joon (Kim Jun) is a South Korean singer and actor who was born on February 3, 1985 (Aquarius). His real name is Kim Hyung Joon (Kim Hyeong Jun). He is 183cm tall and weighs 64kg. Prior to joining the cast of Boys Over Flowers, he is a member of the Kpop group, T-Max. He loves playing online games, basketball and snowboarding.

His group, T-Max, sings "Paradise," from the Boys Over Flowers soundtrack. His group also sang for the soundtrack of MBC drama "The Return of Iljimae"

Mimasaka Akira

(Japanese Version)

Abe Tsuyoshi is a Japanese actor who played the role of Mimasaka Akira, The Madam Killer / Laid-back Peacemaker in Hana Yori Dango. Born a day before Valentine's Day (February 13, 1982 - Aquarius) in Heilongjiang Province, China. He is 175cm tall and weighs 63kg. He speaks both Mandarin and Japanese fluently.

Abe's original name was Li Zhendong ; after he moved to Japan at age 9, he changed to using his present name. He spent a year at the Beijing Film Academy at age 18.

Mei Zuo Ling

Van Ness Wu is a Taiwanese American actor, singer, director, producer based in Asia. He was born on August 7, 1978, in Santa Monica, United States, and speaks fluent English and Mandarin.

Vanness started his career by acting in the famous series "Meteor Garden". As a member of Taiwanese boyband F4/JVKV, he has appeared on three albums. He has also released three solo albums, and collaborated with Korean star Kangta to produce one album, "Scandal." He has also been featured on singles by Beyoncé and Coco Lee.

In Metor Garden, Vanness Wu played the role of Mei Zuo Ling -- a sly and playful guy who valued friendships.

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      Arjeanet lustre 2 years ago

      Meteor garden is the best... Bof is for teenager, but i also like them...

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      shane chun 2 years ago from taipei,taiwan

      F4 taiwan is the best in the world.

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      Rowena 23 2 years ago

      No other F4

      F4 Taiwan is the best F4 in the world!~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi min hoo oppa.how are you?you are my love.i love you.you are my all dreams. i wish see you one day.lee min ho is my life...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi min hoo oppa.how are you?you are my love.i love you.you are my all dreams. i wish see you one day.lee min ho is my life...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      lee min ho and kim jun and kim bum are the best.lee min ho is my love

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      lee min ho and kim jun and kim bum are the best.lee min ho is my love

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I LIKE ALL F4 GUYS.THEY R SO SMART.AND THE GUN JU PYO CHARACTER WAS SO NICE.IT WAS THE FOR TRUE LOVE

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      ji hoo nd gu jun pyo i like most.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      the korean one is romantic the guys are so hot

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Kim Hyun Joong really has the cute looks always.so he should be my like.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @AznMichael: IlcvihlbvZhifoisdgbhousfhkudghifhjghfj

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lee min ho he so hot !!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Korean is the best!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Sooooooooooooo. Coooooooooooooooool yeah. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      AznMichael 5 years ago

      korean one is the best, the other ones are so ugly

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi,kim joon!the one and only cuty,hoty,kimcy,kim joon.love to watch your latest drama trouble detective.unfortunely no korean channel in singapore.poor me,he he he.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi,kim joon!the only one and cuty,hotty,kimcy kim joon.love your latest drama trouble detective.unfortunely.i unable watch it.in singapore ,no korean channel.poor me,he he he.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: i'm not from Korea, but i love "Boys over flowers" better from korea than the other versions...all of them are acting so good and they are very, very HOT all 4 hehe

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Geetsana: of course they are the hottest guys....who doesn't love Korea'n version ?!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Geetsana: of course they are the hottest guys....who doesn't love Korea'n version ?!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I LOVE F4 from korea they Rock...and of course they are the most beautiful from all version...Kim Sang Bum,Lee Min Ho,Kim Hyung Joon and Kim Hyun Joong THEY ARE THE BEST (LoL)

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      Geetsana 6 years ago

      i love Korean F4:)

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      scar4 6 years ago

      I think it's old age when F4 of Taiwan were popular.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Korean F4s for sure! XD Jun Pyo! XD

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like Korean F4 mostly ..even though i like also Taiwanese F4 but in this year..i like Korean F4 ^_^

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like the Korean the most.... They look way better than Japan and Taiwan. Taiwan is not that bad, But I prefer Korean f4. I am not just saying that because I am Korean...

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      Myrle-Beach-Photography 7 years ago

      This is a great lens. Very nice photos. If anyone is in the myrtle beach area, come check me out at Myrtle Beach Photography

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      so yi jung was very cute sna mging kami hhe2x

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      have to say ji Yung is my favorite. I loved the korean version :)

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      lovebof4eva 7 years ago

      I love all of them, but the ones that I love most are Kim Bum because he is soooooo cuteeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! I also love Kim Hyun Joon because he's personality is great.!!!!!!!

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      lovebof4eva 7 years ago

      I love all of them, but the ones that I love most are Kim Bum because he is soooooo cuteeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! I also love Kim Hyun Joon because he's personality is great.!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i so,so,so like kimbum!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i like kim hyun joon because i like his personality..\im a big fan of ss501 !i like kim bum also..he is very cute!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i like kim hyun joon because i like his personality..\im a big fan of ss501 !i like kim bum also..he is very cute!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i like u so much kim sang bum!!! you're really cute!!! especially when you suit your killer smile!!! hope to see u in personal!!! love u!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i like the most is kim bum or yi jeong because he is cute and kind...........i like him love u kim bum.....hehehehheheheh

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i like all of them..they are all so cool...i watch all of the show as in japan,korean and taiwan version...i like all of them...hope to get their CD..

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i love kim hyun joong ..love his smile and personalityy

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i like u Goo Joon Pyo

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      kim joon is perfect... i love kim joon.......and f4

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to PUT3] i like you

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      <3 MIN HO

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Kim jun duh ... And rio ( am allowed to pick 2 right? )

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      jerry yan is the best!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      kim bum

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      lee min ho you are so sweet !!!s

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hijun pyo how are you?please you added my gmail from emailboboham22@gmail.coml like f4 is love moveing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      saya pilih..jun pyo oppa..jun pyo oppa..go..go..go..

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      LEE MIN HO SMILE KILL ME....

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hi jun pyohow r u?im your no #1 fanheheeheheplz add me in friendsterchamz_hot13@yahoo.comtnx from your add in fs

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      kim bum.............love you full

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to mea,] we in a same boat. i also like kim joon. he is so smart. when the time i see him in bof, i don't know how to talk about him. he is so amazing

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi....................................................................................... i love Matsujun!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ang cute talaga ni woo bin i like his voice luv u kim jun

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ,,,ahm.. i really most like kim joon becauze he was deffirent for the rest of the F4.. "....i don't know.. i can't explain why he was deffirent from the other F4?.. but only one thing that i should know... all of you guyz are perfect to take that roles as an F4,and all of the girls are making fall inlove w/ you're own appeal... LAV YAH!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU KIM JOON...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like kim joon,,,,because he has interisting eyes............

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The cutest guy I ever known in my life,even though I can't talk to him personally I want to say "You changed my life","You're my inspiration" when I met you,and the most important is I LOVE YOU JUN PYO,JI HOO,KIM BUM AND KIM JOON.I wish if you can read all our letters.I hope the cast of the boys over flowers can come to the philippines because many filipinos are waiting for you guys...SHIELA CONDE

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to minsun rocks!] totally agree! :D i soooooooooooo love the korean f4!! :D

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ang cute nila junpyo ken vaness jihoo kimbum daominsu.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      KOREAN F4 is the most handsome of all! PLUS i love how they portrayed the roles well. not to mention they all looked and acted naturally rich and good-looking.:)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Meteor Garden & Boys over flowers are the great

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      BOYS BEFORE FLOWRES IS THE BEST

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      kim hyun joong is the best!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM BUM I LOVE YOUWO AI NIAE SHI THE RUAKU CINTA KAMU

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM BUM I LOVE YOUWO AI NIAE SHI THE RUAKU CINTA KAMU

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      all the best is boys before flowers

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      boys over flower is the best! ♥

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like oguri shun the most.............

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like oguri shun the most.............

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like oguri shun the most.............

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like oguri shun the most.............

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like oguri shun the most

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like oguri shun the most

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      lee min ho so cute..........miss u so much...!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      korean f4 is the best among the rest..lhat cla cute...lalo na si kim bum at lee min ho!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey ang cute ng f4 crush ko clang lahat!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love you lee min ho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love you kim joon

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      f4 korean is the best,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love korean f4

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      korea is the most

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love f4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i lab korean version .. tsk .. lab it so !

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like korean version........ cute ni joon pyo at yi jeong

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love Korean.....

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ' lerb''' every taiwanesse and korean f4""

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ' lerb''' every taiwanesse and korean f4""

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      korean versions of course!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ilove korean............................

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love both taiwan & korean f4...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      DUH! boys over flowers becauze it's more complicated and beautiful than others. and lee min ho is so cute!!!! I love boys over flowers.....forever

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      yi jung is cute man... ^^ji hoo is beautiful man... ^^joon pyo is handsome man... ^^and woo bin is good... ^^ i love them very much !!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      definitely Korean version.. i love them more than the two former versins of f4.. and one more thing, you can't deny that koreans f4 are more cute and handsome compare to the japanese and taiwanese f4.. they really fit in their role.. weheh.. among all ofthem, KIM BUM is the cutest,,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      nice movie!!BOYS OVER FLOWERS!! making me addict for that movie huh!!but i think meteor garden is also nice and also the hana yori dango but for me the most nice and the most beautiful movie they made was the BOYS OVER FLOWERS just for me i don't know the otherS!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      nice movie!!BOYS OVER FLOWERS!! making me addict for that movie huh!!but i think meteor garden is also nice and also the hana yori dango but for me the most nice and the most beautiful movie they made was the BOYS OVER FLOWERS just for me i don't know the otherS!!

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      lanadya 8 years ago

      i like boys over flowers even more....always be my favourite...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I LOVE BOYS B4 FLOWER ..........................................................................................

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      korean and the taiwanese version are the most interesting, i think.. the original (japanese) , hana yori dango is not quite hot.. but i respect their tv series for they are th one who encouraged the other asian countries to revise their manga series in other version.. but, i adore those of the BOF casts and those of Meteor Garden.. its nothing personal, just compliment .. -_-

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love the Meteor Garden and Boys Before Flowers! :)