Meteor Garden

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Meteor Garden
Meteor Garden DVD cover.jpg
Meteor Garden DVD cover
Also known as 流星花園
Liúxīng Huāyuán
Genre Romance, Drama, Comedy
Format Television series
Directed by Cai Yuexun (蔡岳勳)
Starring Barbie Hsu
Jerry Yan
Vic Zhou
Vanness Wu
Ken Chu
Opening theme "情非得已" (Cant Help Falling In Love With You) by Harlem Yu
Ending theme "你要的愛" (The Love You Want) by Penny Tai
Country of origin Republic of China (Taiwan)
Original language(s) Mandarin, Taiwanese
No. of episodes 19
Production
Producer(s) Angie Chai (柴智屏)
Location(s) Taipei, Taiwan
Production company(s) Comic Ritz International Production
Broadcast
Original channel Chinese Television System (CTS)
Original run 12 April 2001 (2001-04-12) – 16 August 2001 (2001-08-16)
Chronology
Followed by Meteor Rain (supplementary series)
Meteor Garden II (sequel)
Related shows Hana Yori Dango
Boys Over Flowers
Meteor Shower
External links
Website

Meteor Garden (Chinese: 流星花園; pinyin: Liúxīng Huāyuán) is a 2001 Taiwanese drama starring Barbie Hsu, Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vanness Wu and Ken Chu. It is based on Japanese shōjo manga series, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango?), written by Yoko Kamio. It was produced by Comic Ritz International Production (可米瑞智國際藝能有限公司) with Angie Chai (柴智屏) as producer and directed by Cai Yuexun (蔡岳勳).

The series was first broadcast in Taiwan on free-to-air Chinese Television System (CTS) (華視) from 12 April 2001 to 16 August 2001. A supplementary mini-series, Meteor Rain was produced in April 2001 and the sequel Meteor Garden II was broadcast from 11 November 2002 to 25 December 2002. The series is the first live-action television adaptation of the manga, followed by its sequel Meteor Garden II and Japanese Hana Yori Dango, its sequel Hana Yori Dango Returns and South Korean Boys Over Flowers.

At the conclusion of the series, F4 Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vanness Wu and Ken Chu continued to perform together and released three studio albums as quartet boy band F4. They ceased the use of the name "F4" in 2007 at the objection of Japanese publisher Shueisha, who owns the copyright to Hana Yori Dango, to avoid any confusion with the Japanese and South Korean version of the live-action adaptations of the manga.[1] The group has since been renamed "JVKV", from the first initial of the quartet in order of descending age.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

The story centers around a poor teenage girl named Shan Chai (Barbie Hsu), who at the insistence of her parents goes to a university for rich people. The university is dominated by Dao Ming Si (Jerry Yan), Hua Ze Lei (Vic Zhou), Mei Zuo (Vanness Wu) and Xi Men (Ken Chu), four rich and handsome but arrogant students collectively known as 'F4', short for 'Flower 4'. They are heirs to four rich and influential families in Taiwan. They terrorize the school by handing out red cards to those they do not like, which allows other students to bully the victims until they leave the school.

After one of Shan Chai's friends receives the wrath of F4's leader, Dao Ming Si, and receives a red card, Shan Chai stands up to Dao Ming Si and slaps him, which in turn results in a red card of her own. However, Shan Chai's persistence in standing up for what is right gradually gains F4's respect and Dao Ming Si falls in love with her.

Characters[edit]

Major characters[edit]

Drama character Actor Manga character Characteristics
Shan Cai (董杉菜) Barbie Hsu Makino Tsukushi She is a hardworking, tough girl who always defends the weak. She thinks herself as a 'weed' of her school. She first likes Hua Ze Lei, but then starts to have feelings for Dao Ming Si. As her life gets tougher, she just keeps enduring, earning the respect of all the F4 boys and soon becomes good friends with them.
Dao Ming Si (道明寺) Jerry Yan Tsukasa Doumyouji He is stubborn, hot-headed leader of F4, and distrustful of everyone but his three childhood friends. He thinks money can solve anything. He is at first is angry at Shan Cai for her defiance but, over time, he comes to love her.
Hua Ze Lei (花澤類) Vic Chou Rui Hanazawa He is a soft-spoken and kind boy whose opinion Dao Ming Si relies on. His friendship with Dao Ming Si almost ends over Shan Cai. He loves his childhood friend, Jing. He becomes Shan Cai's protector and close friend, and later falls in love with her. At the end he goes back to Paris with Jing.
Xi Men (西門) Ken Chu Soujiro Nishikado He is a fun-loving playboy of F4 that only date girls no longer than a week and close to Zuoling. He is nice to Shan Cai. Xiaoyou is attracted to him.
Mei Zuo (美作) Vanness Wu Akira Mimasaka He is the other playboy who is very loyal to his group of friends. He is also nice to Shan Cai.

Minor characters[edit]

Drama character Actor Manga character Characteristics
Shan Cai's mother
(杉菜母)
Wang Yue (王月) Keiko Makino While a loving mother, is desperate to get Shancai married to a rich man. She is the one who uses some contacts she has to get Shancai into the F4's school.
Shan Cai's father
(杉菜父)
Dong Zhicheng (董至成) Haruo Makino He is always sneaking food and seems to have no luck with his job which he later loses. He seems to always cause the family financial problems.
Xiao You (小優) Rainie Yang Yuki Matsuoka She is Shancai's best friend and has romantic feelings towards Xi Men.
Teng Tang Jing
(藤堂靜)
Winnie Qian
(錢韋杉)
Shizuka Todou She is very close to Lei. While he loves her, she seems to see him as a younger brother most of the time. At the end she persuades Lei to go back to Paris with her, which he did.
Li Zhen (李真) Ye An Tin
(葉安婷)
Sakurako Sanjou She at first seems to be Shancai's only friend at school, but later betrays her.
Chen Qing He
(陳青和)
Edward Ou Kazuya Aoike He is a childhood school friend of Shancai whose father gains a sudden fortune and joins her school. He is also in love with Shancai but is willing to stay her friend only.
Dao Ming Zhuang
(道明莊)
Mary Hsu
(徐華鳳)
Tsubaki Domyouji She is Dao Ming Si's older sister. She is very violent and always seems to hit Dao Ming Si.
Daoming Feng
(道明楓)
Zhen Xiu (甄秀珍) Kaede Domyouji She is Dao Ming Si's controlling mother. She is very strict and everything mostly goes her way. She uses many different cruel ways to get Shan Cai away from Dao Ming Si.
He Yuan Zi (何原滋) Ke Huan Ru
(柯奐如)
Shigeru Ookawahara She is a strong-willed girl who is engaged to Si by their parents to merge companies. She asks to be Shancai's friend and Shancai cannot say no as she likes Xiaozi despite being engaged to Si. Xiaozi does all she can to get Si to love her, but gives up when she knows that Si will always love Shancai and starts to help them be together.
Bai He (百合) Zheng Mei Dai
Qian Hui (千惠) Zhang Ruo Zhen

Difference from other versions[edit]

  • Shan Cai's Japanese and Korean counterparts, Tsukushi and Jan Di, had a younger brother who played a small part in the story.
  • Meteor Garden was set in a university while the Japanese and Korean versions occurred in a high school (escalator) school.
  • Shan Cai's bestfriend, Qinghe, is not shown in the Japanese and Korean counterparts

Soundtrack[edit]

Meteor Garden
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 14 August 2001
Genre Mandopop
Language Mandarin and English
Label EMI

Meteor Garden Original Soundtrack (流星花園 電視原聲帶) was released on 14 August 2001 by Various Artists under EMI. It contains thirteen songs, in which ten songs are English songs. The opening theme song is "Qing Fei De Yi" or "Can't Help Falling for You" by Harlem Yu, while the ending theme song is by Penny Dai entitled "你要的愛" or "The Love You Want".[3]

The track, "情非得已" (Cant Help Falling In Love With You) was listed at number 21 on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (Hit-Fm年度百首單曲) for 2001.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Love of My Life" (道明寺傷心之歌) Queen  
2. "Can't Help Falling in You" (情非得已 (Qing Fei De Yi)) Harlem Yu  
3. "Perfect Moment" (杉菜與花澤類之歌) Martine McCutcheon  
4. "And I Love You So" (花澤類的成全) Don McLean  
5. "I Honestly Love You" (告白) Olivia Newton-John  
6. "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman" (道明寺的初戀進行曲) Dr Hook  
7. "Loving You" (西門的約會) Minnie Ripperton  
8. "Never Surrender" (我是雜草杉菜) Corey Hart  
9. "Almost Over You" (BYE BYE! 花澤類) Sheena Easton  
10. "Settling" (杉菜的傷心之歌) Tara MacLean  
11. "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" (分手) Emma  
12. "流星項鍊" (鄭鈞╱流星)    
13. "The Love You Want" (你要的愛) Penny Dai  

International broadcasts[edit]

  • Indonesia: first broadcast on Indosiar and reran on Trans TV Trans7 and B Channel. Meteor Garden was hugely successful and set Asian drama phenomenon in the country at that time.[5]
  • Philippines: broadcast on ABS-CBN in May 2003, Cinema One, GMA Network and Q.
    • In March 31, 2014, Meteor Garden re-aired on ABS-CBN at 4:30pm replacing Kapamilya Blockbusters, with primetime telecast at 8:00pm on its cable channel Jeepney TV. It became a worldwide trending on twitter during its airing and earns high TV ratings.[6][7][8]
      After its first week of re-run, the Taiwanese drama will move to its new timeslot 4:30pm on April 7, 2014 due to the request of the Meteor Garden's Filipino fans. It is also available in selected ABS-CBN Regional channels at 4:00pm.
  • Hong Kong: broadcast on ATV World and TVB Pearl
  • Singapore: broadcast on MediaCorp Channel 8
  • Xing Kong (STAR TV General Mandarin Channel): broadcast Meteor Garden on June 2, 2009 as part of Boys Over Flowers Trilogy along with Japanese and South Korean adaptations.

2014 TV Ratings (Philippines)[edit]

Remakes[edit]

A remake, titled Meteor Shower, was made in 2009 starring different actors.

References[edit]

External links[edit]