Meteor Garden

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Meteor Garden
Meteor Garden DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Also known as流星花園
Liúxīng Huāyuán
GenreRomance
Drama
Comedy
Directed byCai Yuexun (蔡岳勳)
StarringBarbie Hsu
Jerry Yan
Vic Chou
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 Hate") by Penny Tai
Country of origin Republic of China
Original language(s)Mandarin
Taiwanese
No. of episodes27
Production
Producer(s)Angie Chai (柴智屏)
Production location(s)Taipei
Production company(s)Comic Ritz International Production
Release
Original networkChinese Television System (CTS)
Original release12 April (2001-04-12) –
16 August 2001 (2001-08-16)
Chronology
Followed byMeteor Rain (supplementary series)
Meteor Garden II (sequel)
Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese remake)
Related showsHana Yori Dango (2005, Japan)
Boys Over Flowers (2009, South Korea)
External links
Website

Meteor Garden (Chinese: 流星花園; pinyin: Liúxīng Huāyuán) is a 2001 Taiwanese drama starring Barbie Hsu, Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Vanness Wu and Ken Chu. It is the first live-action television adaptation of the 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 (柴智屏) as producer and directed by Cai Yuexun (蔡岳勳).

It was followed by its sequel Meteor Garden II, as well as the Japanese live-action television adaptation, Hana Yori Dango, its sequel Hana Yori Dango Returns, the South Korean Boys Over Flowers, and its remake from China, Meteor Garden 2018.

Synopsis[edit]

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 Chou), 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.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

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. Her name translates as 'weed'. 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 Dōmyōji 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 Chou 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 Sōjirō 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.

Supporting[edit]

Drama character Actor Manga character Characteristics
Shan Cai's mother
(杉菜母)
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
(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. He eventually follows her to Paris.
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.
Dao Ming 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 Shancai away from Dao Ming Si.
Hé Yuán Zī (何原滋) Ke Huan Ru
(柯奐如)
Shigeru Ookawahara She is a strong-willed girl who is pressured into an arranged marriage with Si by both of their families in order 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 Si, Ya-men was a part-time research student. He was hired Dao Ming Feng to seduce Shancai, however, he became interested in Shancai and gave up the deal.

Soundtrack[edit]

Meteor Garden
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released14 August 2001
GenreMandopop
LanguageMandarin and English
LabelEMI

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]

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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleSinger(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 Riperton 
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 

Release[edit]

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 first broadcast in Indonesia was 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.[3]

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.[4][5][6]

Legacy[edit]

F4 and JVKV[edit]

F4 (Flower Four) or JVKV was a Taiwanese boy band consisting of Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu, and Vic Chou. The group F4 was formed in 2001 after Meteor Garden ended. They released three albums, Meteor Rain (2001), Fantasy 4ever (2002), and Waiting for You (2007). According to Forbes, F4 has sold 3.5 million copies of their first two albums all over Asia as of July 2003.[7] In 2007, due to copyright issues, the group changed its name to JVKV, using the descending age of the initials of its members.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yesasia.com Meteor Garden OST album info 14 August 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2011
  2. ^ (in Chinese) 2001 Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (#1 to 50) Retrieved 16 April 2011
  3. ^ "Perjalanan Meteor Garden di Indonesia" (in Indonesian). Indosiar. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://philnews.ph/2014/03/31/meteor-garden-return-dominates-on-twitter-trending-topics/
  6. ^ http://www.newsgra.ph/0112/meteor-garden-returns-to-philippine-tv-disrupts-ratings-twitter/
  7. ^ Alexandra Kirkman (7 July 2003). "Big--But Not Here". Forbes. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  8. ^ (in Chinese) F4嫌新称呼JVKV绕口 合体宣传用回本名. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007.

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