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Not to be confused with F4.

F4, also known as JVKV, was an idol group from Taiwan. The band was made up of Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu, and Vic Chou, who starred as the eponymous F4 in Meteor Garden (2001). F4 released three albums, before ultimately disbanding in 2008. The group has reunited twice in 2013 and 2020.

F4 provided the opening theme song to Meteor Rain, which later became their signature song. They also performed the opening and ending themes to Meteor Garden II.

History[]

Heyday[]

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F4 at their photo book signing

In 2001, Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu, and Vic Chou played the F4 in the hit drama, Meteor Garden. The four quickly shot to superstardom and subsequently formed a Mandopop group, F4, named after the clique they played in the series.[1] They released their first album, Meteor Rain, on August 28 of the same year.[2] The album includes "Liu Xing Yu," which has become one of their most popular songs.[3] Meteor Rain sold 200,000 copies within seven days of its release. F4 had their first concert on October 20 and 21.[4] In September, their first photo book focusing on the four of them was released.[5] The guys went on to reprise their Meteor Garden roles in the sequels, Meteor Rain (2001)[6] and Meteor Garden II (2002).[7] F4 also appeared together in the drama, Come to My Place, in 2002.[8]

F4 released their second album, Fantasy 4ever, on December 18, 2002. The album includes their version of "Can't Help Falling in Love."[9] From 2002 to 2003, F4 performed nineteen concerts in twelve cities around Asia.[10] In 2005, F4 officially entered the Japanese market. Fantasy 4ever also broke into the Oricon ranking at number eleven.[11] The following year, the group had a tour in Hong Kong.[12] In early 2007, F4 was asked to cease using their name by Japanese publisher Shueisha due to confusion over the then new Hana Yori Dango (2005). Producer Angie Chai announced their new name, JVKV, their initials in descending age.[13] Their final album, Waiting for You, was released on December 28 of that year and still bore the name F4.[14] After a concert tour in Japan, F4 quietly disbanded in 2008.[15]

Reunions[]

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F4 at their 2013 reunion

In early 2013, it was announced that F4 would reunite at Jiangsu TV's Spring Festival.[16] The group performed "Liu Xing Yu" for the variety television special.[15] In 2020, F4 reunited again for Jiangsu TV, appearing for their 1001 Night Festival. Wu was the only one there physically performing, while the others were pre-recorded due to COVID-19 restrictions.[17]

Members[]

Discography[]

Studio albums

OSTs

Notes[]

  • Yan and Wu attended Chu's 2016 wedding in Bali. Chou was unable to attend since his wife had recently given birth.[18]
  • In 2022, Yan and Wu appeared on the variety show Welcome Back to Sound. The two spoke about F4's disbandment, revealing that the quartet had trust and jealousy issues and that everyone was "relieved" when they disbanded.[19]
  • Also in 2022, Chu revealed in an interview that he never felt close to his F4 bandmates.[20]

References[]

  1. http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/06/16/talkasia.f4.script/index.html
  2. http://www.sonymusic.com.tw/album_info.php?al_prodno=sdd0125 (Chinese)
  3. https://www.163.com/ent/article/FQ7FBN8200038FO9.html (Chinese)
  4. https://ent.163.com/edit/011026/011026_105608.html (Chinese)
  5. https://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/emmalin/post/362662 (Chinese)
  6. https://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/emmalin/post/353272 (Chinese)
  7. http://ent.sina.com.cn/v/2002-11-12/1448112413.html (Chinese)
  8. http://www.hkce.com/package/0206/myplace.pdf (Chinese)
  9. http://www.sonymusic.com.tw/album_info.php?al_prodno=SDD0255 (Chinese)
  10. http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/2003-02-20/1156133131.html (Chinese)
  11. http://ent.sina.com.cn/x/2005-07-27/1006792571.html (Chinese)
  12. http://ent.sina.com.cn/y/p/2006-03-22/20521024099.html (Chinese)
  13. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-05-14/boys-over-flowers-forces-f4-idol-band-to-rename-itself
  14. http://www.sonymusic.com.tw/news/news_info.php?ne_index=1843 (Japanese)
  15. 15.0 15.1 https://www.jaynestars.com/music/f4-reunites-for-spring-festival-gala-causing-fans-to-cry/
  16. http://mb.com.ph/articles/389158/meteor-garden-s-f4-to-reunite-at-china-s-spring-festival
  17. https://www.forbes.com/sites/saramerican/2020/10/31/iconic-taiwanese-boyband-f4-makes-an-unconventional-reunion/?sh=243eea271fda
  18. https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/f4s-jerry-yen-makes-surprise-appearance-at-bandmate-ken-chus-wedding-in-bali
  19. https://hype.my/2022/262129/jerry-yan-vanness-wu-f4/
  20. https://www.8days.sg/entertainment/asian/ken-chu-43-says-his-wife-his-only-friend-now-f4-597306

See also[]


Meteor Garden (2001-02) staff
Directors

Cai Yue Xun | Peter Mak | Wang Ming Tai

Writers

Angie Chai | Sharon Mao

Producers

Angie Chai

Music

F4 (band) | Penny Tai | Harlem Yu

Production

Chinese Television System | Star Ritz

External links[]

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