Hana Yori Dango (2005), an official adaptation


Meteor Shower (2009), an unlicensed adaptation

Boys Over Flowers is a long-running shojo manga by Yoko Kamio. First published in 1992,[1] the series has spawned and inspired many adaptations, including a film, an anime, television series', and musicals. The first live-action television adaptation, titled Meteor Garden, was produced in Taiwan in 2001.[2] It was followed by Meteor Rain (2001)[3] and Meteor Garden II (2002). Two Japanese adaptations, Hana Yori Dango and Hana Yori Dango Returns, were released in 2005 and 2007. The Japanese series ended with a 2008 film, Hana Yori Dango Final.[1] In 2009, the manga was adapted into a successful Korean drama,[4] which was followed by a short music drama.[5] A remake of Meteor Garden was released in 2018.[6]

The premise of Boys Over Flowers has gained a considerable popularity, probably due to the international success of its many adaptations. As such, this has lead to production of several unlicensed and/or loosely-based versions. Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta (2002, 2017), Meteor Shower (2009), Boys Before Friends (2013), and Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan (2014) are the best known examples.




  • Meteor Garden (2001): made in Taiwan, the series was also the first television drama adaptation of Boys Over Flowers.[20] The drama propelled Barbie Hsu, Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Vanness Wu, and Ken Chu into super stardom,[21] compelling the four male leads to form the idol band, F4, now known as JVKV.[22] Meteor Garden was a huge success and gained a fanbase in several countries throughout Asia.
  • Meteor Rain (2001): a four-episode follow-up to Meteor Garden. Each episode of the series follows a different F4 member, except Vic Chou, who was busy filming something else.[23] It aired in late 2001, shortly after the end of Meteor Garden. Peien Chien, Aisa Senda, and Mai Sato guest starred in the series.
  • Meteor Garden II (2002): the sequel to Meteor Garden. Unlike its predecessor, the sequel is only partially based on Boys Over Flowers.[24] It aired on CTS in 2002.[25] The lead cast was joined by Michelle Saram, who played a rival to Barbie Hsu's Shan Cai.[26]

South Korea


Unlicensed and loosely-based

Note: the following television series are not official adaptations, but resemble Boys Over Flowers enough to be considered either unlicensed/unauthorized or loosely-based.
  • Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta (2002): an Indonesian drama that aired in 2002. Early on, the series was accused by fans and the media of plagiarizing Meteor Garden.[32] Several other Indonesian series have similarly been accused of copying the Japanese and Korean adaptations.
  • Meteor Shower (2009): an unlicensed Chinese adaptation that aired August 2009. The series' creators have since stated that Meteor Shower is an "original work" and is only inspired by the manga.[33] It was followed by a second season in August 2010, and was later adapted into an animated series and a manhua.
  • Boys Before Friends (2013): a web, loosely-based American version of Boys Over Flowers.[34] The production was plagued with constant casting changes[35] and concluded after six episodes.
  • Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan (2014): an Indian youth soap that was adapted from the Korean drama, Boys Over Flowers.[36] The series ended on December 31, 2015[37] with over three-hundred episodes.
  • Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta Reborn (2017): a remake of the 2002 Indonesian series. The project was first announced in mid-2017,[38] before premiering on November 13, 2017 on SCTV.[39]

Similar themes

Note: the following television series are not considered adaptations in any capacity, but have been remarked by fans as similar to the original manga or any of its adaptations.
  • Inikah Cinta? (2006): a thirty-three episode soap opera possibly adapted from Hana Yori Dango.[40]
  • Cinta Bersemi di Putih Abu-Abu: The Series (2012): a thirty-four episode series that resembles the Korean drama adaption.[41][42]
  • Güneşi Beklerken (2013): a Turkish soap that aired for fifty-four episodes from July 2013 to July 2014.[43] Like Boys Over Flowers, the series features a strong female lead that stands up to two rich boys.[44]
  • Moon River (2015): a Taiwanese drama based on a popular novel[45] that shares a similar premise with Boys Over Flowers.[46] It follows transfer student, Ming Xiao Si, and her run-ins with the school's exclusive clique, the "Elite Union".[47]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box
  2. Hana Yori Dango FF
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  6. 6.0 6.1 (Chinese)
  7. Boys Over Flowers volume 10, side-columns
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  13. 13.0 13.1
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  24. (Chinese)
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  38. (Indonesian)
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  43. Güneşi Beklerken on Turkish Wikipedia

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