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"Si, if you force Lei to quit, I will quit too. I've had enough. What has become of the F4? Shouldn't our friendship be stronger than anything else?"
—Mei Zuo stands up for Lei[src]

Mei Zuo (Chinese: 美作; pinyin: Měizuò) was the heir to a wealthy family. He graduated from the elite college, Ying De Academy. Mei Zuo and his best friends, Dao Ming Si, Xi Men, and Hua Ze Lei, were all members of a group dubbed the F4. He often helped his friends with their relationships, particularly trying his best to help Si with Dong Shan Cai.

Biography

Early life

Mei Zuo was born in 1980[3] as an heir to a wealthy family.[4] During kindergarten, he befriended Dao Ming Si, Xi Men, and Hua Ze Lei. The boys met Teng Tang Jing, who was three years older, during this time as well. Jing, unlike the boys, was the only one able to help Lei during his bad spells.[5]

College

By college, Mei Zuo and his friends were known as the F4 with Si as their de facto leader. They generally did whatever they pleased, using their fathers' influence to basically rule over the school. On occasion, they would give a red slip to their fellow classmates. For example, Ah Shu stood up to the F4 so they gave him a red slip. He was then bullied by the student body until he dropped out.[4]

Meeting Shan Cai

Mei Zuo and Shan Cai talking at Jing's party

Shan Cai: "How come you're here?"
Mei Zuo: "I don't like such functions. Everybody puts on false smiles. I'd rather enjoy a drink by myself."
— Mei Zuo and Shan Cai talk at Jing's party[src]

The F4 first met Dong Shan Cai, when she stood up to Si for her friend. A day after receiving a red slip, she declared war on the F4. Mei Zuo was amused, saying "The first challenge we've ever had." Later, at their favorite bar, Mei Zuo compared Shan Cai to Si's sister, telling him "I doubt you can handle her." A couple days later, Shan Cai ran up to Si and punched him, surprising them all.[4] Some days later, Shan Cai ran up to Si again now indignantly telling him that she was a virgin. Unable to reach him, she kicked Mei Zuo instead. That afternoon, he and Lei walked into the shop Shan Cai worked at. He jokingly called her a "hardworking virgin." A couple more days later, he and Xi Men told Shan Cai about Jing whom returned from France the following day. The F4 were with Jing when Lei protected Shan Cai from a mob of bullies. His actions angered Si, who severed their friendship.[5]

Si later informed Mei Zuo and Xi Men that they were not going to Hawaii for spring break. It turned out to be a cruise around Taiwan. They were joined by Shan Cai and her friend, Chen Qing He. At that night's party, Mei Zuo danced with her. On the last night, Si invited everyone to eat sashimi on deck. On their first day back, Si asked Mei Zuo and Xi Men about seeing Shan Cai and Lei together. The guys were puzzled until Bai He and Qian Hui showed Si a video of the two. Mei Zuo and Xi Men were unable to calm the seething Si.[6] Mei Zuo later attended Jing's twenty-fourth birthday. He spent most of the night at the bar and ordered drinks for Shan Cai. After Jing announced her decision to return to France, the F4 and Shan Cai said goodbye to her at the airport. Mei Zuo encouraged Lei , when he decided to go after Jing.[7]

Mei Zuo, like everyone else, thought Si and Shan Cai were dating, when he saw photos of them together. Him and Xi Men teased him thoroughly about it. Later, the two of them tried to comfort Si, after he believed Shan Cai cheated on him.[8] Once the misunderstanding was cleared, Mei Zuo went back to teasing Si and Shan Cai again. When Lei returned, the F4 and Shan Cai went on a trip to Okinawa. Si ended up returning to Taiwan on his own, and later explained the situation to Mei Zuo and Xi Men. Lei had betrayed him by kissing Shan Cai.[9]

Si's exit and return

The F4 say goodbye to Si

Mei Zuo: "You might come back speaking English fluently."
Si: "Of course, a man with so much 'size' picks up anything easily."
Mei Zuo: "It's 'sense', okay? Brush up on your English in New York."
— Mei Zuo says goodbye to Si at the airport[src]

Lei was kicked out of the F4 by Si and replaced with Chen Qing He, much to the annoyance of Mei Zuo and Xi Men. Si then tried to expel Lei and Shan Cai. Dao Ming Zhuang, Si's older sister, proposed a basketball game, in which the winner decided what happened to the loser. Mei Zuo and Xi Men played on Si's side, against Lei, Shan Cai, and Qing He. They would have won the game had Si not given up at the last second. After the game, Si decided to leave Taiwan and his friends said goodbye to him at the airport. The F3 later help Shan Cai at her part-time job by using their good looks to attract customers.[10]

Si returned soon after, which Mei Zuo, Xi Men, and Lei were not surprised about. They went to greet him at his home, before realizing that he had went to see "someone important", meaning Shan Cai. The next day, they teased him after learning he had spent the night at her house. Mei Zuo and Xi Men later urged Si to apologize several times to Shan Cai for offending her.[11] Si went missing, shortly before Shan Cai was kidnapped by Xiao Shun. After locating him, Mei Zuo, Xi Men, and Lei anxiously waited while he saved Shan Cai. They visited Si at the hospital and played a trick on Shan Cai by pretending Si was dead. Afterwards, they got revenge for Si by beating up his attackers, which he had requested.[12]

Supporting Si and Shan Cai

Mei Zuo and Xi Men on their "date" with Xiao Zi

Mei Zuo: "Good idea. Continue to date the son to spite the mother. This is the most effective way to deal with her."
Xi Men: "That's right! Then have a baby with Si and seal your victory."
— Mei Zuo and Xi Men try to help Shan Cai combat Si's mother[src]

Mei Zuo, Xi Men, and Lei arrived at Shan Cai's home to bring her to Si's birthday party. They rushed to Si's house to pick a suitable dress from Zhuang's old clothes. At the party, they tried to protect Shan Cai from Si's mother, Dao Ming Feng, but were quickly silenced. However, they were able to help Shan Cai and Si escape the party. The next morning, they warned Si that his mother would probably try to split him and Shan Cai up. Not long after, Feng arranged Si's engagement to heiress, He Yuan Zi. Mei Zuo and Xi Men attempted to seduce Xiao Zi in order to help Si. Their plan failed since she saw through the ruse.[13]

After Si began dating Xiao Zi, Mei Zuo and Xi Men had a hard time believing he would concede to his mother's will so easily. The couple broke up just a few days later.[14] Xi Men, Mei Zuo, and Lei visited Shan Cai at her apartment, after her parents moved to a fishing village. Si's mother arrived a few minutes after them. Feng insulted Shan Cai several times, until she eventually stood up for herself. Mei Zuo and the others offered their support to Shan Cai, when she basically declared war on Feng. After Shan Cai began working as a maid at Si's, Mei Zuo and Xi Men encouraged Si to make a move and later gave him advice when they started dating.[15]

Si's relationship problems

Si and Mei Zuo meet Si's cousin

Mei Zuo: "What would you have done if Si failed to face reality before you left?"
Lei: "I had another plan. If Si did not turn back before my departure, I would've taken Shan Cai to Japan. It wasn't necessary because I knew Si would not let me down."
— Lei reveals that he was not actually pursuing Shan Cai[src]

Mei Zuo, Xi Men, and Lei gathered to give Si advice, when his mother returned to Taipei. They warned him that she would likely up the ante.[16] A couple days later, the F3 heard from Qing He about Shan Cai's disappearance from school. They visited Si to get to the bottom of the situation, but he refused to reveal anything. Si began acting like his old self again, which worried his friends. To cheer him up, Mei Zuo and Xi Men organized a get-together. It turned out to be a bad idea, when Si and Xi Men started hitting each other. After the fight, the F3 abandoned their attempts to cheer Si and decided to focus on figuring out the situation and finding Shan Cai.[17]

Meanwhile, Mei Zuo met a Japanese girl named Aisa, who had pickpocketed him. He spotted her later and followed her into a photo booth. Mei Zuo threatened to take her to the police until she told him about her sick relative. When Mei Zuo brought flowers to the relative, he learned that she had lied. He managed to track her down again. She finally revealed that she was searching for her grandmother. Moved by her story, Mei Zuo promised to help. He soon received word that she had died, but did not Aisa about it. Mei Zuo and Aisa become close as they prepare to enter a dance competition together. Later, Mei Zuo confessed about her grandmother. The same night, Aisa's mother arrived to bring her back to Japan. Aisa briefly kissed Mei Zuo before leaving.[18]

Qing He figured out where Shan Cai was and relayed the news to the F3, but Si refused to go see her. After Shan Cai returned, Si made a "clean break" of the relationship and Lei began pursuing her. Si seemed fine with the circumstances, until he broke down crying in front Mei Zuo and Xi Men.[19] A couple days later, the F4 said goodbye to Lei, who departed to Japan. Mei Zuo later asked Si about his "talk" with Shan Cai. Si mentioned his cousin that Shan Cai claimed to have met. They questioned Yu Sao and Xiao Zi about him, and quickly became suspicious of this "cousin". The two eventually have Yu Sao introduce him to them. However, when they meet him, he looked nothing like Shan Cai described.[20]

Attempt to rescue Si

Mei Zuo, Xi Men, and Lei break into Si's home to rescue him

Shan Cai: "We were supposed to eat lunch together, but he didn't turn up. What's the matter?"
Mei Zuo: "Si might be in trouble. His cellphone is off and we can't find him. I received a weird phone call last night."
— Mei Zuo realizes that Si is definitely missing[src]

When Xiao You began pursuing Xi Men, Mei Zuo advised him to stay away from her since it would likely anger Shan Cai.[21] Later, Xi Men stopped going out at night with Mei Zuo. One night, Mei Zuo phoned Si, but he ignored his calls. Mei Zuo then cynically commented to himself, "F4 is disbanding" upon realizing that his friends were all busy. He received a mysterious phone call from Si later that night. In the morning, Xi Men and Mei Zuo were unable to find Si. Yu Sao gave them a invitation to Si's and Xiao Zi's wedding, when they went to his home to see him.[22]

After Lei came back from Japan, the F3 were able to obtain the details of the situation from Xiao Zi. They eventually decided to rescue Si with the aid of Yu Sao. However, they were caught by Feng. The F3, now at a lost for what to do, get an idea from Qing He to call Si's sister.[22] Thanks to Zhuang's intervention, Feng finally decided to leave Si and Shan Cai alone. By this time, Xi Men was back to his old self, much to Mei Zuo's amusement.[23]

Physical appearance

As a member of the "Flower Four" (F4), him and his friends were all considered unusually good-looking. Mei Zuo had shoulder-length brown hair. He was often seen pushing his hair away from his face, perhaps the reason he was sometimes seen sporting a ponytail. His long, straight hair framed his oval-shaped face. He had dark brown, hooded eyes with a medium-sized nose and plump lips. His wardrobe consisted of mostly casual, trendy, and sporty clothing which suited his active personality.

Personality and traits

On the whole, Mei Zuo was a carefree and fun-loving person who often smiled. He was active and enjoyed physical exercise, including chin-ups and basketball. Mei Zuo got along best with Xi Men, whom had a similar temperament. They were both considered mature compared to their other friends, Si and Lei. The two often tried to be a voice of reason with the hot-tempered Si. Mei Zuo dated often, much like Xi Men. However, Mei Zuo was more prone to short-term relationships whereas Xi Men had more flings. Both guys regularly teased Si about Shan Cai and his general inexperience with women.

Behind the scenes

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Portrayal

See also: Category:Akira Mimasaka portrayals

Character notes

  • Wu grew up in California and says several English phrases throughout Meteor Garden.
  • When Meteor Garden re-aired in April 2018, Wu's hair in the drama was dubbed "silky smooth" and began trending on social media.[28]

Appearances

References

See also


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