Just finished watching this series yesterday - WOW!
What a star line up! All the cast members where quality and some of the acting was class. Especially the lead Inoue Mao - I will be looking out for more shows with her in them.
I am posting a summary for the shows I have watched and then a review when I finished re-watching them. First off then - Hana Yori Dango;
Makino Tsukushi (Played by Inoue Mao) is a girl from a working class family who managed to get admission into the socially elite school of Eitoku, she works hard on keeping a low profile amongst all the glamour and glitz of the wealthy teens there but she can't help noticing the extravagance of the upper class.
There is always going to be the uber wealthy who distinguish themselves from the rest - enter F4 or Flower 4 - a group of 4 guys whose parents make huge donations to the school and are allowed to be above all the school rules.
Anyone who crosses their path risks being given a "red note" which ultimately means the end of their social life - constant abuse and bullying till they quit the school.
Makino finally breaks her silence when her new friend - Sanjou Sakurako (Played by Sato Megumi - Taiyou no Uta) - accidentally spills drink on the leader of F4 Domyoji Tsukasa (Played by Matsumoto Jun from the Akashi Band) and she steps in to try and stop any trouble, this angers F4 and the next day she becomes the first girl to receive a "red note".
Makino starts getting abused by her school mates but surprisingly finds a listening ear from one of the F4 members Hanazawa Rui (played by Oguri Shun - Stand up!! GTO) who steps in a couple of times to save her from the abuse.
Makino is as stubborn as her name suggests (Tsukushi generally refers to a weed) and when Domyoji makes a laughing stock of her bento (Packed lunch)and her family she declares that she wont be moved and is ready for war against F4 and promptly clatters Domyoji with a right hook which has Hanazawa grinning and everyone shocked including Domyoji.