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. Continue reading