There will likely be not just one but two remakes in 2018 of the hit shoujo manga Hana Yori Dango (Boys Before Flowers), and it’s going to be from the two most successful versions out there. Taiwan’s own producer of the 2001 Meteor Garden is remaking another Taiwan drama adaptation next year and just the potential casting call alone is garnering tons of interest. Now comes news that Japan is planning a new dorama adaptation of HanaDan scheduled for Spring 2018, which would be an intervening thirteen years since the mega hit version aired in 2005 with Inoue Mao, Matsumoto Jun, Oguri Shun, Matsuda Shota, and Abe Tsuyoshi.
Unlike the 2001 TW version which looks so dated and hard to rewatch now, the 2005 HanaDan remains adorably fun to rewatch so I’m less clamoring for Japan to launch a new version. With that said, all the leads have grown up, Shun is married and has two kids even, so it does hit home how much time has passed and perhaps a new generation can have their own HanaDan. The 2018 version of HanaDan has reportedly already selected as female lead super popular young actress Hirose Suzu best known as the lead in the Chihayafuru movie series and also the romance movie Your Lie in April.
I’ll always love HanaDan 2005 but don’t think its so sacrosanct that it a new version can’t ever match up, or that I can’t one day like a new version for different reasons. The male leads names being tossed out for the 2018 F4 include currently popular young male leads Yamazaki Kento (love him!), Suda Masaki, and Nomura Shuhei. Early from Japanese netizens leans towards negative reaction with this news, seeing Suzu as not grounded and down to earth as much as Inoue Mao perfectly captured Makino Tsukushi’s attitude, and also not seeing the need for a remake as the 2000’s HanaDan ended on a super happy ending for the OTP with the wedding in the SP.