I lied, for like the 100th time in a row, sorry. I said that I was going to post about the drama “The Flower Boy Next Door”, I really wanted to post about it before the drama ended, but I never got the chance to. :c But regardless, here it is…finally. A good two months later, I’m so so so sooooo sorry again. But, I don’t think many people are reading, so many people probably weren’t waiting in the first place… This is more like a diary for myself kinda thing…(enough with the ranting!!!). So I believe this drama is in the same genre or group as the other “flower boy” stories. Such as “Flower Boy Ramyun Shop” (I heard it was good) and “Shut Up Flower Boy Band” (I sister really liked this one). But I honestly haven’t seen the other two yet, so I couldn’t compare it for you. But let’s just say that “Flower Boy Next Door” is so cute and wonderful!
Park Shin Hye
First we have the character Go Dok Mi. She’s played by one of my favorite actress, Park Shin Hye. I think Park Shin Hye is so pretty and I just love her acting!
Go Dok Mi
Anyways, Go Dok Mi is a shy character who had a bad past with her peers and people not telling the truth and turning their backs on her. So now as an adult, she works as an editor from home and she tries not to use much money and doesn’t go out much. She likes to peek at a guy that lives in the building next to her.
The buildings are so close that they can practically see into one another’s place. But she gets up and goes around the day with his routine. She started admiring this stranger a while ago when she met him at the park. This guy from the next building is Han Tae Joon played by Kim Jung San.
Kim Jung San “Han Tae Joon”
Yoon Shi Yoon
Tae Joon is a handsome doctor who helped adopt a dog. That dog is what ties Go Dok Mi to him. One days she sees the dog get hurt and run for help. That is when she met his younger brother, Enrique Keum or Que-Keum, played by Yoon Shi Yoon.
Que-Keum is a young successful game designer. He is coming to Korea from Spain, and he planned to be there for a month. He reacts overly to situations and seems happy all the time, but deep inside he holds lots of secrets. (The dog turned out to be alright, don’t worry). The next day, Que-keum catches Go Dok Mi peeping into their apartment.
Kim Yoon Hye “Yoon Seo Yeon”
But the story isn’t just a triangle, no sir. It’s more like a complicated love “chain”. Because the story also involves a little bit of Que-Keum’s first love and I believe best friend, Yoon Seo Yeon, played by actress Kim Yoon Hye He is trying to get over the fact that she is in love with his brother Tae Joon, though he tries to be a good sport.
Oh Jin Rak/Oh Jae Won
Kim Ji Hoon
There is also another guy who has been watching Go Dok Mi (wow, this story isn’t that creepy, I promise you it’s not, with all the peeking and observing people from afar happening, it’s not like that, please!!!!). He’s very sweet to Dok Mi and tries hard to keep her comfortable. He’s had a crush on her ever since the first time he’s met her. He tries his hardest but gets pulled into a love triangle when Que Keum comes. This guy is her neighbor, Oh Jin Rak. I liked his role a lot, even though he got in the way of Enrique and Dok Mi sometimes, he never forced his feelings. Jin Rak was played by actor Kim Ji Hoon. I believe that story of the Flower Boy Next Door was supposed to be the same story of the webtoon he is working on. He is trying to reach his dreams of becoming a webtoon artist, and eventually we find out his little secret about who he really is.
Cha Do Hwi
Park Soo Jin
And in love with Jin Rak is Dok Mi’s ex-best friend from high school, Cha Do Hwi. She had a misunderstanding with Dok Mi back in high school. And with that misunderstanding, she became the biggest bully to Dok Mi and ruined her life, causing Dok Mi to become like she is today. Cha Do Hwi is a pretty clever lady who owns a clothing store or a department store, I believe. She’s played by actress Park Soo Jin. She tries hard to get the perfect rich and good looking guy. And the guy that she chooses to chase after is none other than Oh Jin Rak. That’s when she realizes that Jin Rak and Dok Mi are neighbors, so in order to get closer to Jin Rak, she must also in a way get closer to Dok Mi, so she goes to Dok Mi and tries to restart a friendship like high school and its drama never happened. But I didn’t hate her character, like how I usually hate most antagonists. Through the drama we see that she is actually a good person (in a way). She had little confidence in high school, and gained confidence and many friends only after she betrayed her one true friend at the time.
Editor and Dong Hoon
Kim Seul Gi and Go Kyung Pyo
And to make the story even better, there’s another handsome guy who lives with Oh Jin Rak. Dong Hoon. He is seen as a play boy with no care in the world who always goes out at night, but later on we see that he actually works really hard and when he goes out at night, it’s actually to work another job, not to play around. He starts to fall in love with the editor that’s in charge of their webtoon. The editor is a tired and grouchy young lady that never gets enough sleep. She seems mean at first, but as the story progress, she’s just very direct and considerate. The two gets closer because as he was working his night job (as a designated driver), Dong Hoon accidentally backs into a bigger company’s car. The editor goes to sign a paper stating that he will pay them back, if not…*dun dun dun*! :] They are actually one of the reason I really liked the show, I looked forward to them, they were really cute. Although, she had bags under her eyes the whole drama. But that’s okay, because as Dong Hoon had put it in the drama, “her bags get cuter over time.” Hahaha. These two adorable characters are played by actor Go Kyung Pyo and actress/comedian Kim Seul Gi.
They also introduce to us an adorable Japanese guy, Wantanabe (I really didn’t dig this name much because everytime I heard it, it was like “Want-ta Na-be…wantnnabe….wannabe”…lol, that’s my train of thought). But he’s so so so very cute!!! He’s an aspiring chef from Japan. He’s in Korea trying to learn the Korean cuisine and plans to travel the whole world learning many different things. He also lives in the same apartment complex as our dear Dok Mi, Jin Rak and Dong Hoon. He is very social and holds cooking classes for the building, that’s where every gathers at, I loved the cooking scenes because those were the scenes where I got to see the whole cast. (Or most of them). He’s just so adorable!!! Played by Japanese actor Mizuta Kouki.
Security Guard Love xD
There’s even one more love side story in here…I know there’s a lot. The whole drama, the identity of the owner of this apartment complex, with all the handsome guys, is kept a secret. Until the very end, we find it that it’s actually been the Mr. Security Guard who is the owner of the apartment. Throughout the whole drama, the security guard is trying to confess his love to a woman who lives in the complex, she also happens to live on the same floor as Dok Mi, Jin Rak, Dong Hoon and Wantanabe. But anyways, they’re so cute!
Left to Right: Tae Joon, Enrique, Jin Rak, Wantanabe, Dong Hoon
A lot of things happened in this drama. I wish I could’ve finished this review earlier, but I hope you guys can find the time to go and watch this drama. It’s just one of my absolute favorite, because it’s so cute!!! Enrique’s character is so bubbly and happy that you can’t help but smile. And plus, you have an apartment full of handsome men like so —> .
You just know it’s gonna be good right? Now, go watch it! I’m telling you right now that it’s just the darnest thing… hehehe. And yes, I have the biggest crush on Yoon Shi Yoon. ><!
P.S. I’m being very visual posting many many many pictures… You gotta read. Hopefully I didn’t confuse you. Trust me, this all looked better when I was planning it.
Thanks and bye!
Go watch it and see you next time!
P.S.S (I think that’s how you do it): There’s two dramas that I have to watch next. It’s on my list and maybe it’ll be on yours too. What are they? Ehh, let me just make another post about it. This won’t take me two months, promise.