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METEOR GARDEN (Chinese : 流星花園; pinyin : Liúxīng Huāyuán) is a 2001 Taiwanese drama starring Barbie Shu , Jerry Yan , Vic Zhou , Vanness Wu
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 (zh) as producer and directed by Cai Yuexun (蔡岳勳).

The series was first broadcast in Taiwan
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
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
Meteor Garden II
and Japanese Hana Yori Dango , its sequel Hana Yori Dango Returns and South Korean Boys Over Flowers
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
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.

CONTENTS

* 1 Synopsis

* 2 Characters

* 2.1 Major characters * 2.2 Minor characters

* 3 Difference from other versions

* 4 Soundtrack

* 4.1 Track listing

* 5 International broadcasts * 6 References * 7 External links

SYNOPSIS

The story centers around a poor teenage girl named Shancai (Barbie Shu ), 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
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 Shancai's friends receives the wrath of F4's leader, Dao Ming Si, Shancai stands up to Dao Ming Si and berates him, which in turn results in a red card of her own. However, Shancai's persistence in standing up for what is right gradually gains F4's respect and Dao Ming Si falls in love with her.

CHARACTERS

MAJOR CHARACTERS

DRAMA CHARACTER ACTOR MANGA CHARACTER CHARACTERISTICS

Dǒng Shān Cài (董杉菜) Barbie Shu 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. At the end he goes back to Paris with Jing. 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
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.

MINOR CHARACTERS

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
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.

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 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

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
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

METEOR GARDEN

SOUNDTRACK ALBUM BY VARIOUS ARTISTS

RELEASED 14 August 2001

GENRE Mandopop
Mandopop

LANGUAGE Mandarin and English

LABEL EMI
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
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
Help
Falling for You" by Harlem Yu
Harlem Yu
, while the ending theme song is by Penny Dai
Penny Dai
entitled "你要的愛" or "The Love You Want".

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

TRACK LISTING

NO. TITLE SINGER(S) LENGTH

1. "Love of My Life " (道明寺傷心之歌) Queen

2. "Can't Help
Help
Falling in You" (情非得已 (Qing Fei De Yi)) Harlem Yu
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
Don McLean

5. " I Honestly Love You " (告白) Olivia Newton-John
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
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
Coldplay
Cover)) Zheng Jun

13. "The Love You Want" (你要的愛) Penny Dai
Penny Dai

INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTS

* Indonesia: first broadcast on Indosiar and reran on Trans TV , Trans7 , RTV and currently on RCTI . Meteor Garden
Meteor Garden
was hugely successful and set Asian drama phenomenon in the country at that time.

* Philippines: The series was first shown in the Philippines on ABS-CBN
ABS-CBN
in May 2003. 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. Walt Disney also chose F4 to promote the film Lilo -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

* ^ 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
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
Meteor Garden
di Indonesia" (in Indonesian). Indosiar . Archived from the original on 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2011-05-09. * ^ http://www.abs-cbn.com/updates/PR-Meteor-fever-hits-country-once-more-trends-on-Twitter-worldwide?scid=E2ABE34E-154A-4CA0-8D35-C47F830F1438 * ^ http://philnews.ph/2014/03/31/meteor-garden-return-dominates-on-twitter-trending-topics/ * ^ http://www.newsgra.ph/0112/meteor-garden-returns-to-philippine-tv-disrupts-ratings-twitter/

EXTERNAL LINKS

* (in Chinese) CTS Meteor Garden
Meteor Garden
official homepage

* v * t * e

F4

* VIC CHOU * KEN CHU * VANNESS WU * JERRY YAN

ALBUMS/VCD

* Meteor Rain (2001) * F4 Music Party Live (2002) * Fantasy 4ever
Fantasy 4ever
(2002) * Fantasy Live Concert (2003) * 360 Degrees: F4 Five Years Glorious Collection (2006) * Waiting for You (2007) *

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