Meteor Garden

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Season 1

Meteor Garden
  • Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast period: 2001-Apr-21
  • Air time: Thursday 9:00pm
  • Opening theme song: Qing Fei De Yi (情非得已) by Harlem Yu
  • Ending theme song: Ni Yao De Ai (你要的愛) by Penny Tai (戴佩妮)

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?

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Review by Krystalheart

It is the best Asian tv drama of all time! Meteor Garden is about Shan Cai, a poor girl, who attends Ying De University in Taipei, Taiwan. She is bullied by Dao Ming Sz, who is the leader of F4, also known as the "Flower Four." F4 are are sons of the richest corporate executives in Taiwan. Shan Cai is a tough girl who will not allow anyone to bully her around. In the midst of the hazing, Shan Cai starts to secretly fall in love with Lei because he is nice to her. Lei is Dao Ming Sz's best friend. However, Lei already has his heart set on Jing (his longtime childhood friend). Dao Ming Sz starts to secretly fall in love with Shan Cai after he sees how independent and tough she is to withstand him. In the beginning Shan Cai hates Dao Ming Sz because she thinks he's a big jerk. As the story unfolds and the love triangles tangle, a story of love, hate, sorrow, comedy, and passion takes over the audiences' emotions. Be ware of the addiction! Meteor Garden may change your outlook on life or perhaps rekindle old memories of the past.

Source: krystalheart.com

Review by Iceberri

I probably disagree with most people when I say that I think this is only a mediocre drama with a great script and bad acting. When I first started watching this, I found the acting a little exaggerated, and entirely too staged. I couldn't really "get into" the drama and care abo/ut the characters (which is a vital component to a good drama in my opinion). However, when I decided to read the script of Meteor Garden, I found it engaging and funny at times. Therefore, I concluded that it must've been the cast that originally turned me off. Although I wouldn't say that this drama is horrible, I think it's highly overrated. I'd much rather prefer spending my time watching Mars, a Taiwanese drama that I believe, frankly, deserves a category of its own.

Review by Stonepath

I agree with Iceberri word for word. In general, Taiwanese dramas share with their Hong Kong and Mainland China counterparts a prediliction for exaggerated facial expressions and body language. (Is this because of the headstart that HK took in the field of commercially successful Chinese language films, and the ensuing influence of HK film on other Chinese language real action media? I have read studies that suggest that HK martial arts films are derived from Yue theatre; these latter feature an exaggerated, formulistic acting vocabulary - compare with Jing Ju, ie Peking Opera). This is hard for Western viewers to digest. Mars (Zhan4 Shen2), on the other hand, is on a different planet... this is something new, something revolutionary out of Taiwan. It is very Japanese in its style and, above all, the realistic, subtle performances delivered by its cast are glorious. I hope this is a sign of things to come from Taiwan, and that Taiwan will soon join the ranks of Japan and Korea in producing copious amounts of world class drama.

Review by Sprixblue

I also agree with Iceberri and Stonepath. This drama is widely overrated for its stereotypical hate-turns-to-love plot. Many overlooked the bad acting with "hot" actors like the F4 boys. However, it is so ridiculous to keep watching a drama just because one or more of the actors have good looks, if the drama has an incredibly bad plot line and actors.

Additional Information

  • The series was based on the Japanese shoujo manga "Hana Yori Dango" (Boys Before Flowers) by Kamio Yoko.
  • See Hana Yori Dango 2005 Japanese version
  • The network produced 2 sequels (Meteor Rain and Meteor Garden II) due to the show's high ratings in Taiwan, which took more than 60%.

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Season 2

Meteor Garden II
  • Episodes: 31
  • Broadcast period: 2002-Nov-11
  • Theme song: Jue Bu Neng Shi Qu Ni (絕不能失去你) Can't Lose You by F4
  • Ending song: Yan Huo De Ji Jie (煙火的季節) The Season of Fireworks by F4

Synopsis

F4 graduates from Ying De Xue Yuan. Dao Ming Si invites Shan Cai to go on F4's graduation trip with them to Spain, which is actually F4's way of letting Shan Cai and Dao Ming Si spend some time alone. Dao Ming Si and Shan Cai becomes inseparable during the trip. Just before Shan Cai and Si leave for Spain, Hua Ze Lei gave Ah Si an envelope with a "smart advice" in it. When Ah Si opens the envelope, he finds that the advice from Hua Ze Lei was to ask Shan Cai to marry him in an old church with a legend. Dao Ming Si buys a "Meteor Ring" which Shan Cai had her eyes on, and prepares to propose to her in a church that had special meanings of "love".

However, on the way to the church, Dao Ming Si gets into a car accident which had causes him to lose his memory. He met Ye Sha at that time, who helps him and looks after him. The sudden disappearance of Ah Si causes Shan Cai to worry, so she asks Jing to help her. The other three members of F4 also came to Spain immediately after they hear the news.

What follows is a story full of ups and downs as Shan Cai tries to find Dao Ming Si and help him regain his memory.

In this continued story of Meteor Garden, the love story of Xi Men and Mei Zuo are shown. The reason why Xi Men is such a playboy is revealed, as well as Mei Zuo's own love story since he was in elementary school.

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