Meteor Garden II (Chinese: 流星花園II; pinyin: Liúxīng Huāyuán II) is a sequel to the hit Taiwanese drama, Meteor Garden. Unlike the first series, the sequel is an original story and is not based on the manga, Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio. It was produced by Angie Chai.[1] The series aired on CTS in 2002[2] for thirty-one episodes.[3]

After Meteor Garden's success, Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Ken Chu, and Vanness Wu formed the group F4,[4] and performed the two theme songs of the sequel.[5] Meteor Garden II stars returning actors Barbie Hsu, Yan, Chou, Chu, and Wu with new addition Michelle Saram.[6] Several supporting actors were added to the cast as well.[7]

Tragedy strikes Dong Shan Cai (Hsu) and Dao Ming Si (Yan) while on vacation in Spain.

Summary

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Cast and characters

Dong Shan CaiDao Ming SiHua Ze LeiXi MenMei ZuoChen Qing HeDao Ming FengYe ShaTeng Tang JingYin Xiao QiaoSha GeDong Shan Cai's motherDong Shan Cai's father

Characters of Meteor Garden II (click on a character to visit the article)

See also: Meteor Garden/Dubbing cast and credits

Starring[6]

Costarring[7]

Guest starring

Minor roles

  • Bu Xue Liang as Professor
  • Peng Chia Chia as Principal
  • Janine Chang as Xi Men's secretary
  • Darryl Kuo as Xi Men's secretary
  • Mimi Yang as Mei Zuo's mother

Staff

  • Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
  • Producers: Angie Chai
  • Screenplay: Angie Chai, Sharon Mao, Mag Hsu, Zhou Ping Zhi
  • Directors: Wang Ming Tai, Jiang Feng Hong, Mai Da Jie, Zheng De Hua
  • Editing: Yang Shi Fan, Zheng Ya Yun, Cai Jia Han
  • Planning: Yang Jia Yu
  • Cinematographer: Lai Jun Hong
  • Overseas supervision: Yan Li Xue
  • Sound effects: Carrie Recording Workshop
  • Post-production: Long Jia Li
  • Wardrobe: Zhang Wei Jie, Zhong Feng Lan

Episodes

Main article: Meteor Garden II/Episodes
Episode 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

Production

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

Meteor Garden II was produced by Angie Chai, the original producer behind Meteor Garden (2001). The sequel is not adapted from the manga and is an original story created by Chai and the screenwriters.[8] The principal actors of the previous series returned to star.[9] Singaporean actress Michelle Saram joined the main cast as a rival to Barbie Hsu's character.[10] Award-winning director Hou Hsiao-hsien was initially attached to direct.[11]

Shooting for Meteor Garden II commenced in April 2002. In July, the cast and crew completed filming in Spain. Production experienced several delays due to changing directors and the hectic schedule of F4.[12][13] Filming was suspended again in September 2002, when Barbie Hsu's and several others contracts expired.[14] Due to the negative reaction from the audience, Chai prepared two separate endings for the show.[15]

Broadcast

Meteor Garden II was broadcast on weekdays at 8 PM on CTS.[16] It aired Monday to Friday from November 11[17] to November 15, 2002, before switching to a Monday to Thursday schedule. Then it aired again from Monday to Friday, starting on December 2. Meteor Garden II concluded its thirty-one episode run on December 25.[18]

Home media

Music

Cover of the soundtrack

Main article: Meteor Garden II Original Soundtrack

"Jue Bu Neng Shi Qu Ni" ("Can't Lose You"), performed by F4, served as the series opening theme. It was met with a warm response by viewers, who compared it to "Liu Xing Yu".[20] F4's "Yan Huo De Ji Jie" ("Season of Fireworks") was the ending theme. Both songs were included on the soundtrack released on December 18, 2002.[21]

Reception

Meteor Garden II was met with a negative response from fans, who thought it was "bad" compared to the original manga.[22] Michelle Saram's character Ye Sha was a particular bone of contention among the audience.[23]

Ratings

The drama had significantly lower ratings than those of Meteor Garden. Over a week into its initial run, the series was averaging 3% to 3.5%.[24]

Gallery

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Notes

  • Meteor Garden II is an original story due to the manga still being published at the time. However, Si's amnesia may have been at least partially inspired by a similar storyline in the manga.
  • Blackie Chen previously had a short cameo in the third episode of Meteor Garden.
  • Vanness Wu's real-life mother, Mimi Yang, plays his character's mother. In 2020, Wu revealed that the producers kept it a surprise until rehearsal.[25]

References

  1. https://star.ettoday.net/news/905217 (Chinese)
  2. https://www.dramafever.com/news/9-manga-that-were-remade-again-and-again-and-again/
  3. TV China, Ying Zhu, Chris Berry, Indiana University Press, 2009, 9780253220264, page 96
  4. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-05-14/boys-over-flowers-forces-f4-idol-band-to-rename-itself
  5. https://www.hk01.com/音樂/85626/重溫16年前-流星花園-主題曲聽到毛管戙-讓你情非得已地愛上 (Chinese)
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://star.cts.com.tw:80/prog/drama/star2/star1.htm (Chinese)
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://f4.tv/mg/mg2/cast.html (Japanese)
  8. https://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/emmalin/post/1305146 (Chinese)
  9. http://ent.sina.com.cn/v/2002-03-06/74883.html (Chinese)
  10. http://ent.sina.com.cn/v/2002-04-01/78034.html (Chinese)
  11. https://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/emmalin/post/659434 (Chinese)
  12. http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/2/9/6/n213387.htm (Chinese)
  13. http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/2/7/4/n200307.htm (Chinese)
  14. http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/2/9/17/n216038.htm (Chinese)
  15. http://ent.sina.com.cn/v/2002-11-26/0731115288.html (Chinese)
  16. https://www.epochtimes.com/gb/2/11/10/n244137.htm (Chinese)
  17. http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/2/11/11/n244294.htm (Chinese)
  18. Meteor Garden II on Chinese Wikipedia
  19. http://www.zoommovie.com/zh-cn/product-3358.html?t=meteor-garden-complete-season-2 (Chinese)
  20. http://ent.sina.com.cn/v/2002-11-13/0747112501.html (Chinese)
  21. http://ent.163.com/edit/021218/021218_145655.html (Chinese)
  22. http://ent.sina.com.cn/v/2002-11-14/1019112730.html (Chinese)
  23. http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/2002-12-07/0204117735.html (Chinese)
  24. https://ent.163.com/edit/021120/021120_141838.html (Chinese)
  25. https://www.instagram.com/p/CI5nwfsjnQo/

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