Meteor Garden (2018 TV series)

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Meteor Garden
Meteor Garden (2018) poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre Youth, School
Based on Meteor Garden, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子, Hana Yori Dango)]
Written by Sharon Mao[1]
Directed by Lin Helong[2]
Starring
Opening theme For You by Dylan Wang (王鹤棣), Darren Chen (官鸿), Connor Leong (梁靖康), Caesar Wu (吴希泽)
Ending theme Love, Existence (爱,存在) by Qiqi Wei (魏奇奇)
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 49 (Netflix / DVD Version), 50 (TV Version)
Production
Producer(s) Angie Chai[1]
Production location(s) Shanghai, China
London, United Kingdom
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Star Ritz
  • Mango Entertainment[1]
  • Edko Films
Budget $33 million[1]
Release
Original network Hunan Television, Netflix
First shown in China
Original release July 9 (2018-07-09) – August 29, 2018 (2018-08-29)
Chronology
Related shows

Meteor Garden (2001, Taiwan)
Meteor Garden II (2002, Taiwan)
Hana Yori Dango (TV series) (2005, Japan)
Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007, Japan)
Hana Yori Dango Final (2008, Japan)
Boys Over Flowers (TV series) (2009, South Korea)

Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (TV series) (2018, Japan)

Meteor Garden (Chinese: 流星花园; pinyin: Liúxīng Huāyuán) is a 2018 Chinese television series starring Shen Yue, Dylan Wang, Darren Chen, Connor Leong, and Caesar Wu. It is based on the first Meteor Garden series and the Japanese shōjo manga series Boys Over Flowers (花より男子, Hana Yori Dango) written by Yoko Kamio.[1] The series is produced by Angie Chai and directed by Lin Helong.[3][2] It is set in Shanghai.

The series reboot was first broadcast in China on Hunan Television, then made available after its airing to VIP users of its streaming counterpart, Mango TV. The stream was then made available to everyone the day after. Two episodes were released per day on a Monday to Wednesday basis.

The series is a remake of the 2001 Taiwanese series Meteor Garden.

Synopsis[edit]

The story centers around an ordinary girl, Dong Shancai (Shen Yue) who is accepted to the most prestigious university in the country. She encounters F4, an exclusive group composed of the four popular boys in the institution - Daoming Si (Dylan Wang), Huaze Lei (Darren Chen), Yan Ximen (Caesar Wu), and Feng Meizuo (Connor Leong). Shancai is a girl from a family that is barely able to make ends meet. Due to the nature of her personality, she immediately clashes with F4, especially Daoming Si who is spoiled, arrogant, and a bully. She remains defiant even after becoming a target of Daoming Si and just when she's about to give up, Huaze Lei always seems to show up to comfort her. Eventually, the four boys begin to acknowledge Shancai's unyielding personality that is like her namesake, which is that of a weed that can never be brought down. She also begins to see the good in the boys, which paves the way for friendship and an eventual romance.

Cast[edit]

The Chinese names of the characters are transcribed using official Pinyin transcription. Chinese surnames are Dong, Dao, Hua, Feng, Yan, etc. First names often consist of 1 or 2 characters. Examples are Shancai, Mingsi, Zelei, Meizuo, Ximen. There are about 20 Chinese compound surnames and this does not include Daoming. So the name of male lead is written as Dao Mingsi (道明寺), where Ming (明) is the generational name in the first name. This is the first of the two characters in the first names among all members which are cycled through the generations in this Dao family.

Main[edit]

Actor Character Names Characteristics
Shen Yue Dong Shancai

(董杉菜)

The protagonist of the story. Dong Shancai is a strong-willed, stubborn, and kind girl who doesn't allow herself or others be bullied. After angering Dao Mingsi, she receives a sacred 'Joker' card given by the F4, who challenged her to a match of Contract bridge. Initially, she likes Hua Zelei who comes to her rescue during her worst moments; however, after a series of events, she starts developing feelings for Dao Mingsi. Due to her headstrong nature, she soon earns the respect of the F4 boys and becomes good friends with them.
Dylan Wang / Wang Hedi Dao Mingsi

(道明寺)

The stubborn, hot-headed, and arrogant leader of F4. Dao Mingsi (short name: Ah-si) comes from a wealthy, domineering family that believes money can buy everything. He never fully matured because his parents were not present for much of his life (his father died when he was in high school, and his mother was often busy leading her company overseas). Dao Mingsi gets easily angry when something doesn't go his way. Dao Mingsi slowly falls in love with Dong Shancai due to her defiant stance to his bullying ways. Although he may get irrationally angry due to jealousy, his feelings for Dong Shancai run deep. He strives to protect Dong Shancai at all costs and is willing to go to extreme ends to keep her safe.
Darren Chen / Guan Hong Hua Zelei

(花泽类)

A member of F4. On the exterior, Huaze Lei (short name: Lei) appears cold, quiet, and indifferent to those outside his circle of friends. In reality, he is protective of Dong Shancai and is grateful for her being there for him during his worst times. Also from a wealthy family, Hua Zelei has been friends with Dao Mingsi since they were kids. He is in love with his childhood friend Teng Tangjing, who befriended him despite his quiet demeanor due to his mild autism, when he was very young. He later on develops feelings for Shancai.
Connor Leong / Liang Jingkang Feng Meizuo

(冯美作)

A member of F4. Meizuo enjoys making jokes and has an incredible memory. He is a flirtatious casanova. He expresses interest in Dong Shancai's impressive competitor in the Chinese Cuisine competition, Zhou Caina who he dated for a while before letting her go to her true love.
Caesar Wu / Wu Xize Yan Ximen

(彦西门)

A member of F4. Ximen is a playboy, although he expresses interest in Shancai's best friend, Xiaoyou.

Supporting[edit]

  • Li Jiaqi as Jiang Xiaoyou
  • Liu Yinhao as Chen Qinghe[4]
  • Sun Qian as He Yuanzi[5] / Xiao Zi
  • Dee Hsu as Daoming Zhuang
  • An Ziyi as Li Xinhui
  • Dong Xin as Li Zhen
  • Wang Lin / Lilian Wang as Daoming Feng
  • Sun Yihan as Teng Tangjing
  • Wang Runze as Tian Ye
  • Blake Abbie as Thomas
  • Wang Zi Zhen as Jiang Baihe
  • Liu Ye as Zhou Caina
  • Zhao Hua Ran as Yan Shunping
  • Kirito Kirigaya as Ken[6]

Cameo[edit]

Production[edit]

In April 2017, Angie Chai announced the remake of Meteor Garden, which she produced in 2001.[1] Prior to the announcement, Barbie Hsu hinted at the news on her Weibo account. Chai plans on making the remake a "fuller—and flashier—adaptation of the books".[7] The drama is budgeted at 720 million New Taiwan dollars (about US$24 million) with 15 million per episode, which is thirty times higher than the original.[1]

A casting call was announced on social media on June 21, 2017 with a video and the topic, "#FindingF4#".[8] On November 7, 2017, the actors playing the F4 were revealed, namely Dylan Wang (Dao Mingsi), Darren Chen (Hua Zelei), Connor Leong (Meizuo), and Caesar Wu (Ximen).[9] Shen Yue's role as Dong Shancai was unveiled at a press conference in Shanghai on November 9.[10]

On February 2018, it was announced that the director has been changed from Xu Fuxiang to Lin Helong.[2]

Original soundtrack[edit]

No.TitleSingerLength
1."The Love You Want (Night Version) [你要的爱 (深夜版)]"Penny Tai (戴佩妮)04:21
2."For You"Dylan Wang (王鹤棣), Darren Chen (官鸿), Connor Leong (梁靖康), Caesar Wu (吴希泽)03:32
3."Waiting For Someone (等一个人)"Shennio Lin (林芯仪)04:21
4."Meteor Shower (流星雨)"Jerry Yan (言承旭), Vic Chou (周渝民), Ken Chu (朱孝天), Vanness Wu (吴建豪)04:34
5."Create Memories (创造回忆)"Dylan Wang (王鹤棣), Darren Chen (官鸿), Connor Leong (梁靖康), Caesar Wu (吴希泽)05:17
6."Never Thought Of (从来没想到)"Dylan Wang (王鹤棣), Darren Chen (官鸿), Connor Leong (梁靖康), Caesar Wu (吴希泽)03:41
7."I Don’t Even Think About It (想都不用想)"Dylan Wang (王鹤棣)04:03
8."Extremely Important (非同小可)"Dylan Wang (王鹤棣)02:51
9."The Tenderness Behind The Flower (花背后的温柔)"Darren Chen (官鸿)03:53
10."Star Counting Shooting Stars (星星数流星)"Connor Leong (梁靖康)03:28
11."I Miss You Thinking About Going Crazy (想你想到快疯了)"Caesar Wu (吴希泽)05:06
12."Emotional (情非得已)"Harlem Yu (庾澄庆)04:33
13."I Miss You Thinking About Going Crazy (想你想到快疯了)"Clover Kao (高隽雅)04:14
14."Love, Existence (爱,存在)"Qiqi Wei (魏奇奇)04:46
15."The Love You Want (你要的爱)"Fu Yan (芙筱)04:03
16."River"Bishop Briggs03:34
17."Say Something"A Great Big World03:52
18."Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)"Gareth Gates03:48

Ratings[edit]

In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share (CSM52) Average audience share (National Average)
Ratings Audience share Ranking Ratings Audience share Ranking
1-2 July 9, 2018 1.126% 8.04% 4 1.11% 9.68% 3
3-4 July 10, 2018 1.032% 7.023% 4 1.11% 9.03% 4
5-6 July 11, 2018 0.991% 6.731% 5 1.12% 8.85% 4
7-8 July 16, 2018 0.931% 7.045% 6 1.1% 9.77% 3
9-10 July 17, 2018 0.919% 6.803% 8 1.12% 9.57% 4
11-12 July 18, 2018 0.983% 7.254% 8 0.97% 8.71% 4
13-14 July 19, 2018 0.922% 6.42% 9 1.12% 9.24% 4
15-16 July 23, 2018 0.861% 6.726% 9 0.97% 9.07% 5
17-18 July 24, 2018 0.893% 6.571% 8 1.09% 9.76% 4
19-20 July 25, 2018 0.969% 7.042% 8 0.99% 8.6% 3
21-22 July 30, 2018 0.916% 6.876% 6 1% 8.92% 4
23-24 July 31, 2018 0.914% 6.792% 5 1.09% 9.31% 4
25-26 August 1, 2018 0.872% 6.584% 6 0.81% 7.21% 5
27-28 August 6, 2018 0.824% 6.46% 7 0.89% 8.07% 4
29-30 August 7, 2018 0.781% 6.058% 7 0.92% 7.92% 4
31-32 August 8, 2018 0.792% 6.027% 6 0.97% 8.61% 4
33-34 August 13, 2018 0.756% 5.808% 7 0.84% 7.59% 5
35-36 August 14, 2018 0.749% 5.771% 5 0.78% 7.22% 4
37-38 August 15, 2018 0.669% 5.325% 6 0.72% 6.66% 4
39-40 August 20, 2018 0.751% 5.879% 3 0.77% 7.31% 3
41-42 August 21, 2018 0.709% 5.595% 3 0.69% 6.33% 3
43-44 August 22, 2018 0.592% 4.336% 7 0.57% 5.1% 5
45-46 August 27, 2018 0.713% 5.694% 7 0.61% 6.09% 3
47-48 August 28, 2018 0.586% 4.658% 4 0.6% 5.95% 4
49-50 August 29, 2018 0.707% 5.554% 8 0.6% 5.7% 4
Average 0.841% 6.32% 0.9% 8%

Episodes[edit]

No. Overall No. in Season Original Airdate Summary
1 1 July 9, 2018 Eighteen-year-old Shancai kicks off her first year at Ming De University with misadventures, drawing the ire of popular school heartthrob Dao Mingsi. She hopes to study nutrition to help her mother's business. Ming De University is dominated by a group of 4 popular boys, known as F4. As students rush to take pictures of F4, Dao Mingsi unknowingly steps and cracks the screen of Shancai's phone. A junior describes the talents of F4 and also the fear they instill in their peers, but Shancai still goes to confront Dao Mingsi, the one who stepped on her phone. Instead, she accidentally pushes Mr. Bobbitt, a visitor to the university and is sent home. Later, Dao Mingsi orders 20 boxes of takeout from Shancai's mother's business. After she arrives, they bicker, and it culminates with him smashing one of the boxes on her neck. Once she leaves, she is assaulted by 2 men and is saved by Huaze Lei, another member of F4. The next day, she returns to kick Dao Mingsi, right in the face, knocking him out. Dao Mingsi's friends in F4 carry him away and leave him tied up in toilet paper.

After knocking out Dao Mingsi with one kick she becomes famous throughout the entire school. Shancai is puzzled when two men in suits extend her an invitation to Dao Mingsi's mansion. She wonders if it's a trick since the men claim that Dao Mingsi is ready to apologize, but she gets in the car anyway. Upon her arrival, an army of stylists flock to her and after much poking and scrubbing against her will, Shancai emerges all made up in a cute outfit.

43 43 August 22, 2018 Ah-Si was rushed to a hospital operating room in Shanghai after being stabbed. The ICPO informed Dao Mingsi’s friends and Shancai that the suspects were two previous Daoming hotel employees seeking revenge for losing their job after poor management forced the hotel to shut down. The ICPO also informed them that Xiaozi confessed that the kidnapping was part of a prank of hers. Ximen admitted that they were invited by Xiaozi to her island for a party and only later found out that it was a prank.

Xiaozi arrived at the hospital after her police interrogation and apologized to Shancai. Mrs. Dao Mingfeng (mother) arrived a while later with Mrs. Yu. After seeing Si safely, she scheduled a ride for the next flight back to London and left Mrs. Yu to care for Si. As Dao Mingsi's mother was leaving the hospital, she warned Shancai to stop seeing him and told Xiaozi to stop befriending Shancai. Shancai retorted that she will stay with him until he personally tells her that he does not want her.

Dao Mingsi’s surgery was a success, but a skull injury caused a blood vessel clog. When he woke from his coma, he remembers everyone except Shancai. At Meizuo’s suggestion, Shancai starts recalling their memories together and begs him to remember her. After she declares her love and vows that she will never leave him, he reveals the joke, surprising everyone but Lei who suspected it. Seeing that Mingsi was back to normal, Lei asks Mrs. Yu to go home and rest, requesting that she does not inform Dao Mingsi's mother yet about him regaining consciousness. Mrs. Yu assures him that she will only inform Zhuang, Ah-si’s sister, about his condition.

Shancai returns to school and gained sudden popularity due to her media coverage during the attack on Si. After Si got discharged from the hospital, he decides to stay in Lei’s house to avoid his mother's attention. He tells Lei about his plan to marry Shancai and hints on a secret plan for a new concept for the Dao Ming group hotels. Meanwhile, Xiaoyou joins the Way of Tea club where she forms an immediate bond with a short-haired lady called Yifen.

Differences from other versions[edit]

  • The previous F4s’ Red Card was changed to a Joker Card, and violence was toned down due to China’s TV censorships.
  • F4 are popular for their Bridge skills and international awards, while the previous F4s were popular for their families’ positions in the university.
  • The university is called Ming De, unlike in the original Meteor Garden where it was called Ying De.
  • Shan Cai and her bestfriend Xiaoyou worked in a Milktea shop, while their counterparts from the 2001 Meteor Garden worked in a pastry shop.
  • 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.

International broadcast[edit]

  • Philippines Philippines: ABS-CBN.[11] It premiered on August 20, 2018.[12]
  • Indonesia Indonesia: SCTV have the rights to air the program.[13] It premiered on September 3, 2018. However, Viu has the streaming rights to the program and air first on July 16.[14]

Besides Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, the show aired as a Netflix Exclusive under the Netflix Originals category and started streaming on July 13, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Trailblazing idol drama Meteor Garden getting S$33-million reboot". The Straits Times. April 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "《流星花园》导演换人!疑因热恋陈意涵耽误拍摄". Sina (in Chinese). February 11, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Meet the new F4 and Shancai in the 2018 Meteor Garden TV reboot". The Straits Times. November 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ "新版《流星花园》热拍 刘尹昊演杉菜男闺蜜青和". Tencent (in Chinese). December 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ "孙千"流星花园"饰小姿 "快把我哥带走"破次元壁". Netease (in Chinese). February 9, 2018. 
  6. ^ "新版《流星花园》热拍 刘尹昊演杉菜男闺蜜青和". Tencent (in Chinese). December 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "'Meteor Garden' reboot will be flashier, show creator says". ABS CBN. April 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ "《流星花园》招募宣传片曝光 寻找F4全球计划启动!". ifeng (in Chinese). June 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ "新版《流星花园》要翻拍了!四位主演已公开". Netease (in Chinese). November 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ "新《流星花园》F4亮相 沈月得知将演杉菜兴奋跑圈". Sina (in Chinese). November 10, 2017. 
  11. ^ "'Meteor Garden' remake starring new F4 to air on ABS-CBN". ABS-CBN News. November 8, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2018. 
  12. ^ Meteor Garden Full Trailer: This August 20 on ABS-CBN!. YouTube. ABS-CBN Entertainment. August 1, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Meteor Garden 2018 Akan Tayang di TV Indonesia, Ini Trailer dan Daftar Pemainnya". Tribun Jateng (in Indonesian). 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2018-07-11. 
  14. ^ "Viu Indonesia on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-16. 

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