Spotlight on: Shut Up Flower Boy Band

I’m not sure I’d like being called a flower boy myself, but that might be because I am a girl.

Director

Lee Kwon

Original broadcast channel

TvN

Original broadcast date

January 30, 2012 – March 20, 2012 (Mondays and Tuesdays at 23:00 KST)

Number of episodes

16

Starring

Sung Joon, Jo Bo-ah, Kim Myung-soo, Jung Eui-chul

Genre

Teen/Romance/Comedy drama

Plot

Shut Up Flower Boy Band features the trials and tribulations of the members of Eye Candy, a school-aged band, as they are moved to a posh school following the closure of their old school and their struggles with their personal lives and with getting signed as a group.

The school Eye Candy currently goes to is closed down, and they are assigned to move to a much more upmarket school, This school has it’s own band (Strawberry Fields) and a rivalry ensues. The boys of Eye Candy struggle with  personal tragedy and discrimination but never quite manage to lose sight of their quest to be a successful band.

“Flower boys”, by the way, are boys who take extra care on their appearance – usually characterised by tight trousers and makeup.

My thoughts

I love Shut Up Flower Boy Band deeply. For a non-Korean speaker it is easy to follow with subtitles and the comedy translates well. The show itself is funny, with some serious dramatic moments and you do find yourself becoming attached to the characters. I’m not usually a big fan of love stories in plots, but in this case it’s well done, ties into the story and doesn’t feel forced.

The appearances by L from Infinite and Kim Yerim will no doubt attract Kpop fans, and their presence isn’t jarring. It’s not a heavy show by any stretch, but it is a wonderful example of a light drama with a younger group of people at it’s heart.

Hallyu Noona

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