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Meteor Garden (Chinese: 流星花園; pinyin: Liúxīng Huāyuán) is a Taiwanese drama based on the Japanese manga, Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio.[2] It stars Barbie Hsu as Dong Shan Cai, who is bullied by the F4, played by Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Vanness Wu, and Ken Chu.[3] Angie Chai produced it, while Cai Yue Xun directed.[4]

The drama premiered on April 12, 2001[5] on CTS and was a huge success.[6] Barbie Hsu was nominated for a Golden Bell Award for her performance.[7] The drama was followed by a side story, Meteor Rain in 2001,[8] and a sequel, Meteor Garden II in 2002.[9] A Meteor Garden remake, also produced by Chai, was released in 2018.[10]

Dong Shan Cai (Hsu) is a normal student at the elite college, Ying De Academy. The school is controlled by the F4, a group of four rich boys. Shan Cai's life changes forever when she confronts F4's leader Dao Ming Si (Yan). Things turn complicated when he develops a crush on her. She, however, has feelings for his best friend, Hua Ze Lei (Chou).


Lower-class student, Dong Shan Cai (Barbie Hsu) attends Ying De Academy, a college run by the four wealthy families of the F4. The clique consists of Dao Ming Si (Jerry Yan), Hua Ze Lei (Vic Chou), Xi Men (Ken Chu), and Mei Zuo (Vanness Wu), who are allowed to do whatever they wish. Shan Cai manages to avoid them until her friend, Li Zhen (Ann Yeh), angers Si by accident. After standing up for Li Zhen, she is given a red slip and her classmates begin bullying her. When she declares war on the F4, Si sends two guys to scare her but Lei stops them. The next day, Shan Cai punches Si in retaliation. He subsequently becomes interested in her. Si has her kidnapped and brought to his house, where he arrogantly asks her to be his girlfriend. Shan Cai rejects him, stating that she cannot be bought.[11]

Later, Bai He (Belinda Cheng) and Qian Hui (Zhang Ruo Zhen) pretend to be Shan Cai's friend in order to humiliate her. From them, she learns about Lei's love for Teng Tang Jing (Winnie Chien) who soon returns from studying abroad. Meanwhile, Shan Cai's old friend Chen Qing He (Edward Ou) transfers to Ying De. A jealous Si sends him a red slip. Lei protects Shan Cai and Qing He from a mob of students, making Si furious.[12] Si later offers to pay for Shan Cai to go on the class trip. She decides to go on a cruise with Qing He instead, though Si ends up buying the ship. The first night, Shan Cai enjoys the party until she accidentally kisses Si. She later eavesdrops on Lei confessing his feelings to Jing, which devastates her. Back at school, Si attacks Shan Cai after learning she likes Lei. He stops when she starts to cry.[13]

Shan Cai attends Jing's birthday party with her best friend, Xiao You (Rainie Yang). Jing announces her plans to return to France. After seeing her off at the airport, Shan Cai yells at Lei to follow her. Once Lei has left, Si asks Shan Cai on a date. There is a misunderstanding and she arrives very late. The pair end up trapped in a stairwell. In the morning, someone snaps a photo of them and posts it at school. Everyone now thinks they are dating.[14] Bai He and Qian Hui act nice towards Shan Cai and take her dancing. A DJ finds Shan Cai passed out at the end of the night and takes her to a hotel. Photos of them going into the hotel are posted at school and the other students bully her again. Si initially does not believe Shan Cai, but eventually comes to his senses and tells her that he loves her.[15]

When Lei comes back from France, Si claims that he and Shan Cai are now dating. Later, the F4 and Shan Cai go on vacation to Okinawa. Shan Cai meets Lei the first night and he tells her about Jing. The following night, Si sees Lei and Shan Cai kissing. He refuses to forgive Lei and starts acting unruly at home again. His sister, Dao Ming Zhuang (Mary Hsu), is called in to help him deal with his problems.[16] Si later attempts to have Shan Cai and Lei expelled from school, but Zhuang interferes. She suggests that they play a basketball game to decide their fates. Si's team nearly wins, but he ends the game at the last second. That night, Lei admits to Shan Cai that he was using her to forget Jing, while Si decides to join his parents in New York. Before he boards the plane, Lei tells Si that Shan Cai actually likes him.[17]

Back from New York, Si immediately visits Shan Cai and spends the night at her parents' insistence. Later, she learns that her father (Dong Zhi Cheng) has borrowed a million dollars from a loan shark and asks Si for a loan. He says that she can repay him by meeting next Saturday. Their "date" ends disastrously. Shan Cai later obtains another part-time job with the help of a new friend, Xiao Shun (Lin Zu En).[18] Si disappears for a few days after being rejected by Shan Cai. She is later kidnapped by Xiao Shun and his associates. He wishes to avenge his friend whom Si hurt. When he arrives, Si allows himself to be beaten in order to protect Shan Cai. After being discharged from the hospital, Si invites Shan Cai to his birthday party with plans to introduce her to his mother, Dao Ming Feng (Zhen Xiu Zhen).[19]

At Si's birthday party, Feng immediately disapproves of Shan Cai and becomes angry with Si. He then runs away from the party with Shan Cai. His mother later attempts to bribe to Shan Cai to stop seeing Si. Her mother (Wang Yue) strongly declines. Feng makes her next move by introducing Shan Cai and Si to his new fiancée He Yuan Zi/"Xiao Zi" (Christine Ke). Shan Cai later unwittingly becomes friends with her and decides to end things with Si.[20] After Si and Xiao Zi begin dating, she often complains about him to Shan Cai. The new couple end up going to Xiao Zi's family's villa with Shan Cai and Lei. There Si finally says that he still loves Shan Cai. Their engagement ends, despite Feng's protests. Meanwhile, Shan Cai's parents move to a fishing village, leaving her behind to continue her studies.[21]

Shan Cai is suddenly evicted from her apartment after standing up to Feng. Si later brings her to his home now that Feng is away on business. She begins working as a maid under Ms. Yu (Angie Tang). Later, Si gives Shan Cai a necklace and asks her to date him on a trial basis. She agrees, but their relationship is soon tested. They go on a double date with Xiao You and her new boyfriend, Zhong Ze (Li Jie Sheng). The date ends when Si punches him.[22] Sometime later, Xiao You and Shan Cai see Zhong Ze with another girl. Xi Men finds Xiao You in distress and helps her get back at him. Later, Xi Men asks Xiao You on a date in order to trick Si and Shan Cai into going on their own date. That night, Feng returns to Taiwan and discovers Shan Cai She tries to kick her out, but relents when Ms. Yu threatens to commit suicide.[23]

Si's mother hurts Shan Cai by going after the livelihoods of Xiao You's and Qing He's families. Shan Cai agrees to end things with Si and Feng reverses the damage. That night, Shan Cai breaks up with a heartbroken Si, before leaving Taipei. She joins her parents in the fishing village, while Si sinks back into his old self. In the town, Shan Cai befriends her coworker Ah Song (Wallace Chung), who is waiting for his girlfriend Ah Xiang (Beatrice Hsu) to return.[24] A few days later, Lei and Qing He arrive to bring Shan Cai back home. She says goodbye to Ah Song, who shortly reunites with Ah Xiang. Back at school, Shan Cai starts avoiding Si. He decides to make a "clean break" with her. Lei then begins to pretend to pursue Shan Cai. Si tries to accept the situation at first, but eventually faces his feelings for Shan Cai.[25]

Satisfied that Si is allowing himself to feel again, Lei leaves to help his father in Japan. Shan Cai and Xiao Zi later go on a double blind date, where they meet Si's cousin Qing Yong (Blue Lan). Si becomes suspicious of him, but Shan Cai and Qing Yong become friends. He eventually reveals that he was hired by Feng to seduce her.[26] Despite being mad, Shan Cai stays friends with him, his real name being Ya Men. He tries to get her to forget about Si. However, Shan Cai decides to take another chance on love and returns to Si. They keep their relationship a secret at first. Around the same time, Xiao You confesses her feelings to Xi Men, who rejects her. When she persists, Xi Men takes her to a hotel to scare her. She then tells him that her family is moving to Canada.[27]

A few days later, Shan Cai and Si go on a date. All of Si's credit cards are rejected, which makes him worry that his mother is interfering again. After Si drops her home, a group of men kidnap him. His mother locks him in his room and starts to plan a wedding for him and Xiao Zi. Lei comes back to help Xi Men and Mei Zuo rescue Si. They reach his room, but are ultimately caught by Feng.[28] Shan Cai visits Si to convince him to eat, though she ends up joining his fast. Si's sister yells at her mother for treating Si the same way she did to her years before. That night, Feng stays up thinking and leaves in the morning. Si and Shan Cai are reunited, now without his mother's interference. Some time later, at Si's urging, she declares "I like you" and they embrace. They pass by a street musician (Harlem Yu) singing "Qing Fei De Yi".[29]

Cast and characters[]



Guest starring

Minor roles

Cameo appearances


  • Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
  • Producers: Angie Chai, Jerry Feng, Wu Zhi Qiang
  • Screenplay: Angie Chai, Jerry Feng, Sharon Mao, Gong Min Hui
  • Planning: Yang Jia Yu
  • Director: Cai Yue Xun
  • Executive producer: Li Tai Lin
  • Deputy director: Xie Xiao Fen
  • Production: Lu Shu Juan, Yang Yuan Ren, Lu Ying Shu, Chen Qin Win, Li En
  • Cinematography: Lin Qing Fang, Lin Wen Kai
  • Lighting: Wang Li Da
  • Editing: Zheng Ya Yun
  • Post production: Long Jia Li
  • Makeup: Lisa Alen
  • Stylist: Hong Mei Qi


Main article: Meteor Garden (2001 drama)/Episodes
There are several different cuts of Meteor Garden (2001). This wiki currently goes by a 19 episode version (VCD), which is believed to be the closest to how the series first aired.
Episode 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19



Yan, Chou, Hsu, Wu, and Chu pose for a still while filming

Meteor Garden is the first[30] live-action television adaptation of the Japanese manga, Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio. The series was produced by Angie Chai with the objective of creating a program for the Taiwanese youth.[31] Meteor Garden was Chai's first television drama project. During production, she was told to "cut out unnecessary scenes to save on cost." However, she was able to secure funding for the scenes.[5] Filming officially began on March 4, 2001.[32][33] The school scenes were shot at National Chung Cheng University.[34]

Barbie Hsu, who was then known for being in a music duo with her sister, was cast as the female lead.[35] Newcomers Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Ken Chu, and Vanness Wu were discovered and hand-picked by Chai to play the F4.[36] Chai decided to retain the Japanese names for most of the characters, though read with the Chinese pronunciation. The decision caused some controversy at the time, but later became standard.[37][38] Meteor Garden was extended from July to August, due to its popularity.[39]


See also: Meteor Garden (2001 drama)/International broadcast and release

Meteor Garden was first broadcast on CTS, a free-to-air station in Taiwan.[40] It initially aired at 9 PM before being moved to a prime time slot.[41] The series premiered on the station on April 12, 2001 and concluded its first run on August 16. A second run of the drama began on July 31.[32] In October 2018, Meteor Garden was rebroadcast on CTS.[42]

The drama has aired in over sixteen countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia,[43] and the Philippines.[44]



F4 featured on Taipei Walker

Main article: Meteor Garden (2001 drama)/Promotion

On April 4, 2001, a preview of Meteor Garden was covered by the media.[45] Shooting of the drama was covered on April 20.[46] The same day, CTS held a celebration banquet for Meteor Garden. Wu was unable to attend as he had flown home to the United States. A press conference for the drama was held on July 30.[47] F4 were featured on the cover of the August 2001 issue of Taipei Walker.[48]

Home media[]

Main article: Meteor Garden (2001 drama)/Home media

Meteor Garden was first released on VCD in three different sets during and after its first broadcast. A limited time DVD was made available to order in late 2001.[49] It has been released on various home media formats throughout all of Asia.



Meteor Garden soundtrack

Main article: Meteor Garden Original Soundtrack

The soundtrack was released in 2001 on CD and VCD. It featured the theme songs to Meteor Garden, "Qing Fei De Yi" ("Can't Help Falling for You") by Harlem Yu and "Ni Yao De Ai" ("The Love You Want") by Penny Tai.[50] EMI also obtained rights to a large amount of English songs. It took three months and a million New Taiwan dollars to license the music with Queen's "Love of My Life" being the most expensive.[51]


A photo book, titled Meteor Garden Photo Album, was published in September 2001. It focuses primarily on F4, featuring new photos and behind the scenes photos from Meteor Garden. F4 attended a book signing event on the day it was published.[52] The book was published in Japan in 2005.[53] A light novel of Meteor Garden written by Sharon Mao was released in early 2003.[54]


Meteor Garden was an unprecedented success.[39] It ushered in a wave of "idol dramas," a concept originating from Japan's "trendy dramas."[55] Producer Angie Chai earned the moniker, "Idol Drama Godmother" (偶像劇教母), for her success in the genre.[56] Several dramas were adapted from Japanese manga in the wake of Meteor Garden, including Peach Girl and Poor Prince.[57] Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Ken Chu, and Vanness Wu shot to stardom overnight and formed the band F4, named for the clique in the series.[58] The long hairstyles of the four also became popular.[59]

The drama was popular internationally, being watched by nearly 500 million people across Asia.[55]


Meteor Garden had high ratings during its initial run.[60] It received an average rating of 6.99%, setting a record that it held until 2006.[61]


Recipient Category Result Source
36th Golden Bell Awards
Cai Yue Xun Best Director – TV Series Won [62][63]
Barbie Hsu Best Actress – TV Series Nominated


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  • For the opening credits, Zhang Ruo Zhen stood in for Barbie Hsu during the scene where Shan Cai points to the night sky.[65]
  • Author Yoko Kamio attended a press preview in the spring of 2001. She discussed it in volume twenty-eight, saying she was "excited" and called Hsu "cute."[66] While it was airing, Kamio was sent videotapes of the episodes. There were no subtitles, but she felt that she could still understand the story. She was also impressed with the F4, calling them "really cool."[67]
  • Hsu initially declined her role in Meteor Garden (2001), but decided to accept after her sister commented on the manga's popularity in Japan.[68]
  • Rainie Yang was originally cast to play Li Zhen, but the producers switched her role to Xiao You at the last second.[69]
  • Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Ken Chu, and Vanness Wu formed F4 and became extremely popular throughout Asia. Shueisha asked them to rename themselves after the release of Hana Yori Dango (2005) and its sequel to avoid confusion among viewers.[70]

  • Sales of the manga went from 60,000 copies to 80,000 while the drama was airing in Taiwan.[71]
  • In 2002, China banned Meteor Garden, citing "that the decadent lifestyle portrayed by boy band 'F4' would corrupt young Chinese minds." Nonetheless, it remained popular in the country due to piracy.[72][73] Ironically, China went on to produce an unofficial remake, Meteor Shower (2009), and an official one, Meteor Garden (2018).
  • Dee Hsu, younger sister of Barbie Hsu, was cast to play Zhuang in the Meteor Garden remake.[74]

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    See also[]

    Meteor Garden (2001-2002)
    Meteor Garden episodes (2001)

    1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19

    Meteor Rain episodes (2001)

    1 | 2 | 3 | 4

    Meteor Garden II episodes (2002)

    1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19
    20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31


    Meteor Garden Original Soundtrack | Meteor Garden II Original Soundtrack | Meteor Rain (album)
    "Jue Bu Neng Shi Qu Ni" | "Here We Are" | "Liu Xing Yu" | "Ni Bu Ai Wo Ai Shui" | "Ni Yao De Ai"
    "Qing Fei De Yi" | "Yan Huo De Ji Jie"


    Meteor Garden Photo Album | Meteor Garden (novels)
    Meteor Garden F4 Music Party | Meteor in Barcelona


    Meteor Garden F4 Music Party Concert | Meteor Garden and F4 World Exhibit

    Related pages

    Filming locations | Gallery | Home media | International broadcast and release | Promotion

    Boys Over Flowers adaptations
    Television series

    Boys Over Flowers (1996-1997) | Meteor Garden (2001) | Meteor Rain (2001) | Meteor Garden II (2002)
    Hana Yori Dango (2005) | Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007) | Boys Over Flowers (2009) | Meteor Garden (2018)
    F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers (2021-2022)


    Hana Yori Dango (1995) | Hana Yori Dango: The Movie (1997) | Hana Yori Dango Final (2008)


    Hana Yori Dango: The Musical (2016) | Boys Over Flowers: The Musical (2017) | Hana Yori Dango (2019)

    Audio drama

    Hana Yori Dango (1993-1994)

    See also

    Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season (2018)

    External links[]

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