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F4: Exposed ~ The Men Behind the Characters
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 Leader of F4
Goo Joon Pyo
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 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.
Dao Ming Si
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)
Yoon Ji Hoo
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 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.
Hua Ze Lei
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
So Yi Jung
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.
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.
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.
Song Woo Bin
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"
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 BeyoncÃ© 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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