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Hana Yori Dango Gets Korean Live-Action TV Remake

posted on 2008-03-02 23:58 EST
Separate Japanese live-action version finishes on-location shoot at Las Vegas

CRIEnglish.com reports that a South Korean live-action television series will be the latest adaptation of Hana Yori Dango, the 36-volume manga by Yoko Kamio. The manga recounts a middle-class girl's life, surrounded by the rich students of an exclusive high school. 24 70-minute episodes of the drama will begin airing in the fall. The manga ran in Shueisha's Margaret shōjo magazine, and was published in individual volumes between 1992 and 2004 in Japan. 58 million copies of those Japanese volumes have been sold.

Hana Yori Dango has also been adapted into an anime series and movie, as well as two live-action series that aired on Japanese television in 2005 and last year. It also served as the basis for Meteor Garden, a Taiwanese drama that transferred the setting from a high school to a university. Meteor Garden began airing in 2001, and itself was followed by two sequels. Viz Media released the manga and anime versions in North America.

In related news, Hana Yori Dango Final, the theatrical film finale to the Japanese live-action drama version, finished its overseas shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday. Actress Mao Inoue (Tsukushi) and actor Jun Matsumoto (Tsukasa) had travelled to Hong Kong during February 11-16 for an earlier film shoot, and then arrived at Las Vegas on February 19. Between the two location shoots, the cast travelled 25,000 kilometers (16,000 miles). The second Japanese television series scored a record 27.6% average rating and an instantaneous high rating of 32.3%. The film will open in Japan on June 28.

Source: Nikkan Sports


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