|Also known as||流星花園|
|Directed by||Cai Yuexun (蔡岳勳)|
|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||Taiwan|
|No. of episodes||27|
|Production company(s)||Comic Ritz International Production|
|Original network||Chinese Television System (CTS)|
|Original release||12 April –|
16 August 2001
|Followed by||Meteor Rain (supplementary series) |
Meteor Garden II (sequel)
Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese remake)
|Related shows||Hana Yori Dango (2005, Japan) |
Boys Over Flowers (2009, South Korea)
Meteor Garden (Chinese: 流星花園; pinyin: Liúxīng Huāyuán) is a 2001 Taiwanese drama starring Barbie Shu, Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vanness Wu and Ken Chu. It is loosely based on Japanese shōjo manga series Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango) 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 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 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 to 25 December 2002. The series is the first live-action television adaptation of the manga, followed by its sequel Meteor Garden II, Indonesian Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta, 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. The group has since been renamed "JVKV", from the first initial of the quartet in order of descending age.
Meteor Garden 2018 is a 2018 Chinese television series remake based on Season One and the plot of the other adaptations, starring Shen Yue, Dylan Wang, Darren Chen, Caesar Wu, and Connor Leong. There is also a Korean drama titled Boys Over Flowers based on the same manga series released in 2009 on KBS2.
The story centers around a poor teenage girl Dong Shān Cài (Barbie Shu), who at the insistence of her parents goes to a university for rich people. The university is dominated by Dào Míng Sì (Jerry Yan), Huā Zé Lèi (Vic Zhou), Měi Zuò (Vanness Wu) and Xī Mén (Ken Chu)—four rich, handsome but arrogant students collectively known as the '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 Shān Cài's friends receives the wrath of the F4's leader, Dào Míng Sì, she stands up to and berates him, which in turn results in a red card of her own. Shān Cài hates the arrogant and rude Dào Míng Sì. Her persistence in standing up for what is right gradually gains the F4's respect and Dào Míng Sì starts to fall for her. Shān Cài is attracted to the silent Huā Zé Lèi in the beginning. But Dào Míng Sì's constant yet annoying efforts has her question her feelings for both Huā Zé Lèi and Dào Míng Sì.
Later in the series, Dào Míng Sì's mother comes to Taiwan. She instantly dislikes Shān Cài because of her poor background. Both Dào Míng Sì and Shān Cài face hurdles his mother throws their way to separate them. Though Shān Cài does not profess her love for him yet, Dào Míng Sì remains determined. The series show the journey of Dào Míng Sì and Shān Cài's feelings for one another.
|Drama character||Actor||Manga character||Characteristics|
|Dǒng Shān Cài (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|
|Dào Míng Sì (道明寺)||Jerry Yan||Doumyouji Tsukasa||He is the stubborn, hot-headed leader of F4, and is 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.|
|Huā Zé Lèi (花澤類)||Vic Zhou||Hanazawa Rui||He is a quiet, superior but a 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. He is the most sensible of F4.|
|Xī Mén (西門)||Ken Chu||Nishikado Soujiro||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.|
|Měi Zuò (美作)||Vanness Wu||Mimasaka Akira||He is the other playboy and legitimate member of F4. Also, he is the joker who is very loyal to his group of friends. He is also nice to Shan Cai.|
|Drama character||Actor||Manga character||Characteristics|
|Shan Cai's mother
|Wang Yue (王月)||Keiko Makino||While she is a loving mother, she 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
|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
|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
|Sakurako Sanjou||She at first seems to be Shancai's only friend at school, but later betrays her.|
|Chen Qing He
|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
|Tsubaki Domyouji||She is Dao Ming Si's older sister. She is very violent and always seems to hit Dao Ming Si.|
|Dao Ming Feng
|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 Shancai away from Dao Ming Si.
|Hé Yuán Zī (何原滋)||Ke Huan Ru
|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|
|Ya-men (亞門)||Lan Cheng-lung||Amon Kunisawa||Handsome and appealing a reminiscent of Dao Ming Sim YA-men was a part-time research student He was hired Dao Ming Feng to seduce San cai however, he became interested in Shan Cai and gave up the deal.|
Difference from other versions
- 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.
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||14 August 2001|
|Language||Mandarin and English|
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".
|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 (Yellow) (Coldplay Cover))||Zheng Jun|
|13.||"The Love You Want" (你要的愛)||Penny Dai|
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- Indonesia: first broadcast on Indosiar and reran on Trans TV, Trans7, RTV and RCTI. Meteor Garden was hugely successful and set Asian drama phenomenon in the country at that time. The success naturally led to the making of the Indonesian version of the series, titled Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta in 2018, starring Natasha Wilona and Verell Bramasta.
- Japan: The series was first shown on Japan via Tokyo MX and Chiba Television Broadcasting in 2003. It later broacasted in satellite television stations BS Nippon Corporation under the name Ryūsei Hanazono ~Hana Yori Dango~ (流星花園〜花より男子〜, lit. "Meteor Garden ~Boys over Flowers") on October 10, 2003.
- Philippines: On May 5, 2003, the series premiered in the Philippines on ABS-CBN. Like the Indonesian broadcast, the series became a huge hit becoming one of the highest rated TV series in the country. Due to the success of the series, F4 and Barbie was invited to the Philippines to stage a concert in the country and to do several product endorsements for major products such as Pepsi and Pantene. Disney also chose F4 to promote the film Lilo & Stitch in the country by airing the music video of their cover of the song "Can't Help Falling In Love" which was originally intended to be used only in China.
- It was also broadcast on GMA in July 2007 with a different dubbing due to change of broadcasting network which resulted to a different rating.
- On 31 March 2014, Meteor Garden was shown again on ABS-CBN in a 16:9 scanned screen. The return of the series on ABS-CBN generated a huge buzz on the internet becoming a worldwide trending topic on Twitter and one of the most searched keywords in Google Philippines. The series has also beshown on other ABS-CBN owned channels such as on Jeepney TV.
- On 21 January 2019, Meteor Garden was shown once again on ABS-CBN's digital free-to-air channel, Asianovela Channel that available on ABS-CBN TV Plus digital set-top box on free trial.
- Hong Kong: broadcast on ATV Home and TVB Jade
- Singapore: broadcast on MediaCorp Channel 8
- Xing Kong (STAR TV General Mandarin Channel): broadcast Meteor Garden in the last quarter of 2008 in original Chinese audio with Chinese subtitles as part of Boys Over Flowers Trilogy along with Japanese and South Korean adaptations such as Hana Yori Dango, Hana Yori Dango Returns and Boys Over Flowers.
- Thailand: broadcast on Channel 3 in 2002.
- Boy band changes name F4 into JVKV 29 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-18
- News: Boys over Flowers Forces F4 Idol Band to Rename Itself 14 May 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-18
- Yesasia.com Meteor Garden OST album info 14 August 2001. Retrieved 2011-01-18
- (in Chinese) 2001 Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (#1 to 50) Retrieved 2011-04-16
- "Perjalanan Meteor Garden di Indonesia" (in Indonesian). Indosiar. Archived from the original on 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2011-05-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- (in Chinese) CTS Meteor Garden official homepage