Also known as: Meteor Garden; Hana Yori Dango; Boys Over Flowers
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Broadcast network: CTS
Broadcast period: April 12, 2001 to August 16, 2001
Barbie Hsu as Shan Cai
Jerry Yan as Dao Ming Si
Vic Zhou as Hua Ze Lei
Ken Zhu as Xi Men
Vanness Wu as Mei Zuo
Rainie Yang as Xiao You
Synopsis: Shan Cai, whose parents are far from wealthy, attends Ying De University, the private school established exclusively for rich students. Besides being looked down by rich classmates, she has angered the leader of F4, Dao Ming Si. F4 comprises of Dao Ming Si, Hua Ze Lei, Xi Men, and Mei Zuo, who are the heirs to the four richest families. Their families are the founder of the school and nobody dares to cross them. Shan Cai isn’t afraid to stand up to DMS, an act that nobody has done before, and sparks Dao Ming Si’s interest in her. However, his constant torture of her has made her miserable while she falls in love with the gentle Hua Ze Lei, who comes to her rescue. Can Dao Ming Si win her love despite his cold and cruel exterior? What happens when his mother decides to use every trick there is to keep them apart? Can they adjust to each other’s differences due to their vastly incompatible social status? –Dramawiki
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Spoiler Code: Green
Out of the 3 versions of this story, again this was the last one that I got around to watching. The Japanese version being my first, will always be my favorite because it’s the one that hooked me onto the series to begin with (as well as Arashi / MatsuJun (: ). The Korean version I watched after I read the manga, and although I thought it was a good series by itself, I felt it drifted far off from the manga, and even the main characters seemed to be separate characters. After watching Meteor Garden, I would say I liked this one better than the Korean version.
In the earlier episodes I felt MG did a terrific job on basing it off of the manga. It’s expected that there has to be some variation, but most of it, I felt, was right on. As the show progressed, MG started to develop into it’s own story. Not to say that it drifted far off, but events were done differently. Through it all, I felt the actors did a good job as the characters. Dao Ming Si’s character acted like the original Domyouji, with minor differences. Shan Cai’s character was bull headed like the original Tsukushi, hiding her own true feelings even from herself. The rest of F4 was portrayed well.
When I first started watching this show and saw F4 I wasn’t sure how I was going to like them. Dao Ming Si and Hua Ze Lei fit Domyouji and Rui well, but I wasn’t sure about the other 2. Mei Zuo as Mimasaka even fit, but Xing Men took me a while to get used to. As Nishikado, he looked different. But at the end I found myself liking him as his character. True I liked the Japanese F4 better, and even Kim Bum as Nishikado better, but for the Taiwan version he played his part well.
They only had 2 songs in this drama, the opening and the ending. The opening song “Qing Fei De Yi” (Can’t Help Falling In Love With You) they played throughout the drama. It might just be me, but the song didn’t get on my nerves.
For a drama that came out in 2OO1, I thought it was really good. You have to keep in mind while watching it that it came out 1O years ago, so of course fashion and technology is going to be different. The cell phones aren’t as advanced as they are now. The filming for the show isn’t as high quality as it is for new shows. That aside, I think it’s a show worth watching. I really think that if I hadn’t of seen the Japanese and Korean version I would’ve liked this drama a lot more. Because this was the last one that I watched, and I’d already read the manga, I found a lot of it predictable. The ending I felt was cute. I’m not sure if I’ll watch the 2nd season yet, I’m still debating.
Ohh another thing I liked about this drama was how it included characters such as Qing He (Kazuya in the manga) who were eliminated in the other dramas.
It’s been well over a year since I wrote this review, and my thoughts are still basically the same. I’m even still debating about watching the second season, although I think I will get to it eventually. Meteor Garden is simply a classic to me. It inspired many other dramas, was the start of the group F4 that made actors like Jerry Yan and Vanness Wu well known. Meteor Garden may not be a drama for everyone, but I really do think it’s worth giving a try (: The theme song is still a favorite of mine, but I’ve always been a sucker for those older ballads :p
“Qing Fei De Yi” – Harlem Yu
My overall rating for this drama would be a 7/10