Meteor Garden (Chinese: 流星花园; pinyin: Liúxīng Huāyuán) is a remake of the 2001 series of the same name. It is an adaptation of Yoko Kamio's manga Boys Over Flowers. The series was first announced in April 2017 by Angie Chai, who produced the original Meteor Garden. It was directed by Lin He Long.
The series starred Shen Yue as Dong Shan Cai with Dylan Wang, Darren Chen, Connor Leong, and Caesar Wu as the F4. Meteor Garden premiered on July 9, 2018 on Hunan Television and concluded on August 29, 2018. The series was broadcast globally by Netflix.
Shan Cai's (Yue) life completely changes when she stands up to the arrogant leader of the F4, Dao Ming Si (Wang). He falls for her, while she has a crush on his friend, Hua Ze Lei (Chen). Shan Cai and Si experience several ups-and-downs as they get to know one another.
Eighteen-year-old Dong Shan Cai (Shen Yue) enters into the Nutrition Department of Ming De University, her dream school. One day, Shan Cai's friend Li Zhen (Dong Xin) accidentally drops a cake on Dao Ming Si (Dylan Wang), leader of the F4. The F4 is talented group of bridge players made up of Si, Hua Ze Lei (Darren Chen), Feng Mei Zuo (Connor Leong), and Xi Men Yan (Caesar Wu). Shan Cai stands up to him for not accepting her friend's apology. Afterwards, Si sends her a Joker card and begins bullying her at school. He later orders food from her family's business and throws it at her, when she calls him a "parasite". Outside, Lei saves Shan Cai from being assaulted by two guys. The events of the last few days finally gets to Shan Cai. At school, she confronts Si by kicking him in the face, which knocks him out. She declares that she will not be bullied by anyone.
Later, Si asks Shan Cai to be his girlfriend and she replies "I will never date a narcissist like you". Two days later, Lei's first love Teng Tang Jing (Sun Yi Han) comes back to Shanghai. Depressed, Shan Cai spends more time with her best friend, Chen Qing He (Liu Yin Hao). Si becomes jealous and bullies Shan Cai. When Lei swoops in to save her, Si ends his friendship with him. Shan Cai develops a fever due to stress. Si visits her to invite her to Hawaii on vacation, which she rejects. She and Qing He drive to Sanya, where they are met by Si's yacht. That night, Shan Cai accidentally kisses Si at his party. Qing He later confronts Si and challenges him to a round of fishing. At the same time, Shan Cai witnesses Lei confessing his love to Jing.
Back at school, Shan Cai meets Lei on the school's rooftop. Jiang Bai He (Wang Zi Zhen) and Li Xin Hui (An Zi Yi) secretly tape them and show the video to Si. Shan Cai later returns to the roof, where she finds an angry Si. He grabs her wrists and forces a kiss on her. Si finally stops when she starts to cry. Shan Cai later attends Jing's birthday party. Jing surprises everyone by announcing her plans to return to France. Lei becomes depressed by the prospect of her imminent departure. Shan Cai tries to convince Jing to stay for Lei's sake. At the airport, everyone, except Lei, says goodbye to Jing. A minute later, Lei reveals that he is going after her and thanks Shan Cai for encouraging him. Si asks Shan Cai on a date, but she does not hear him over the planes.
Shan Cai loses a card game to Si, who tells her to treat him to dinner. She shows up hours late, having decided to go at the last second. While searching for shelter, they are trapped in an elevator and spend the night together. At school, Bai He and Xin Hui think they are dating and invite Shan Cai and Li Zhen dancing. Shan Cai meets Thomas, whom she mistakes for Lei. The next morning, she wakes up in a hotel. Thomas later explains that nothing happened between them. However, a photo of Shan Cai and Thomas in bed begins circulating. After Si sees it, Shan Cai asks him to trust her. Si does not believe her until he has a epiphany a day later. He goes to her work and saves her from being assaulted by two guys. Xi Men and Mei Zuo later discover that Li Zhen was behind posting the photo. Shan Cai is hurt that her friend would stab her in the back.
Cast and characters
- Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
- Producers: Angie Chai, Adam Tsuei
- Screenplay: Sharon Mao
- Director: Lin He Long, Xu Fu Xiang
- Main article: Meteor Garden (2018 drama)/Episodes
There are two official cuts of Meteor Garden (2018), the original TV version and the DVD (Netflix) version. This wiki currently goes by the DVD cut as it is more accessible.
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ProductionIn April 2017, Angie Chai announced the remake of Meteor Garden, which she produced in 2001. Prior to the announcement, Barbie Hsu hinted at the news on her Weibo account. Chai planned on making the remake a "fuller—and flashier–adaptation of the books". The drama was budgeted at 720 million New Taiwan dollars (about US$24 million) with 15 million per episode, about thirty times higher than the original.
A casting call was announced on social media on June 21, 2017 with a video and the topic tag, "#FindingF4#". On November 7, 2017, the actors playing the F4 were revealed, namely Dylan Wang (Dao Ming Si), Darren Chen (Hua Ze Lei), Connor Leong (Feng Mei Zuo), and Caesar Wu (Xi Men Yan). The annoucement was made through a photo spread in Harper's Bazaar China. Shen Yue's role as the female lead, Dong Shan Cai, was unveiled at a press conference in Shanghai on November 9.
Director Xu Fu Xiang was replaced with Lin He Long in February 2018, due to creative differences. Lin previously worked with Angie Chai on Devil Beside You and Corner with Love. In March 2018, the production completed filming in China and began shooting in London, England. Filming officially concluded on March 22 and Chai began the post-production process shortly after.
Meteor Garden was broadcast on Hunan Television in China, starting on July 9, 2018. Two episodes aired a day from Monday to Wednesday at 22:00. The series is also available on Hunan's streaming service, Mango TV. It was licensed in the Philippines by ABS-CBN, who also aired the original, in November 2017. It began airing in the Philippines on August 20, 2018. In Indonesia, SCTV and streaming service Viu has the rights to the show. Netflix licensed the series globally, excluding the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia. The first six episodes premiered on Netflix on July 13, 2018. Netflix released the series in Korea on July 27 and in Japan on August 2.
In November 2017, the F4 actors appeared on the cover of Men's Uno Young. Yue joined Wang, Chen, Leong, and Wu on the cover of Elle China's online edition of their February 2018 issue. They filmed an short video for SuperElle in collaboration with Chanel. The F4 actors also appeared in InStyle in February 2018. Promotional photos for the main cast were officially revealed in mid-February on Weibo. The cast of Meteor Garden appeared again in Men's Uno Young! in April.
A trailer and a new poster for Meteor Garden were released on May 24, 2018. Later in May, Yue, Wang, Chen, Wu, and Leong appeared together in the variety show, Happy Camp. The final poster, bearing the July 9th premiere date, was unveiled in late June.
- Main article: Meteor Garden Original Soundtrack (2018 album)
"For You", performed by Wang, Chen, Leong, and Wu, served as the series' opening theme song. It was first released on July 9, 2018, the same day Meteor Garden premiered. Singer Kiki Wei (魏奇奇) performed the ending song, titled "Ai, Cun Zai" (爱，存在; "Love Exists").
Harlem Yu's "Qing Fei De Yi" ("Can't Help Falling for You"), the opening theme of the original series, is featured in the series. Penny Tai also rearranged "Ni Yao De Ai" ("The Love You Want"), which previously served as the ending for the original series. Tai performed two different versions for the remake.
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- Dee Hsu, the younger sister of original Meteor Garden star Barbie Hsu, plays Si's sister in the remake.
- Harlem Yu's "Qing Fei De Yi" is frequently referenced. He also has a cameo in the final episode, which was similar to his appearance in the first series.
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