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Not to be confused with Meteor Rain.

Meteor Shower (Chinese: 流星雨; pinyin: Liúxīng Yǔ) is an unlicensed adaptation of Yoko Kamio's manga. Producers made revisions to distance the show from the source material and Meteor Garden (2001).[2] Meteor Shower aired in August 2009 and was followed by a second season in August 2010 due to its success.[3][4]

Zheng Shuang stars as the strong-willed, Chu Yuxun, and Hans Zhang as the equally headstrong, Murong Yunhai. Yu Haoming, Wei Chen, and Zhu Zixiao, co-star as Yunhai's best friends.[5] In the sequel, Tan Lina joins the main cast as Yuxun's rival for Yunhai.[6] The series also boasts a large supporting cast.

Chu Yuxun (Zheng) is accepted into a prestigious college and meets the school's tyrants, including her enemy Murong Yunhai (Zhang) to bully her. Slowly, Yunhai and Yuxun become closer, and eventually fall in love. In the second season, Yunhai regains his memories of Yuxun. Problems then arise with Jiang Yuan (Tan), who has a crush on him.

Summary

Season 1

Let's Go Watch the Meteor Shower (一起来看流星雨 Yìqǐ Láikàn Liúxīng Yǔ)
Chu Yuxun (Zheng Shuang), a normal girl, is accepted into Aliston College, one of the most distinguished schools in China. Unfortunately, the school is under the complete control of three rich boys, the musically gifted, Duanmu Lei (Yu Haoming); the IT genius, Ye Shuo (Wei Chen); and the playboy, Shangguan Ruiqian (Zhu Zixiao).[7] Things become worst for her after they join forces with Yuxun's new enemy, the headstrong, Murong Yunhai (Hans Zhang). The four boys become strong from their mutual want to be expelled from the school.[8] They later become close friends and eventually give up being expelled.[9]

Yunhai falls in love with Yuxun, while she develops a crush on Duanmu. He, however, assures Yunhai that he actually has feelings for the school's music teacher, Yu Xin (Peng Yang)[10], and even follows her to Britain.[11] Yunhai and Yuxun grow closer through a series of events.[12] Not realizing how serious Yunhai is about her, she begins dating Duanmu, when he returns heartbroken.[9] Upset at the turn of events, Yunhai decides to go back to Australia.[13] At the last minute, he ends up not boarding the plane. He starts to pursue Yuxun again with a renewed vigor. Meanwhile, Yu Xin returns from England.[14] Duanmu later breaks up with Yuxun, believing that she is in love with Yunhai.[15]

Yunhai's mother, Shen Hanfeng (Li Ying) does not approve of Yuxun and tries various schemes to get her away from Yunhai.[16] Despite the continuous opposition for his mother, Yunhai gives Yuxun a necklace and she agrees to be his girlfriend for two months. After a misunderstanding, Yunhai's mother causes the father of Yuxun's best friend, Xiao Yu (Chen Yina) to lose his job. To get his job back, Yuxun breaks up with Yunhai.[17] Meanwhile, Shangguan, who has befriended Xiao You, admits to her that he will have an arranged marriage after college. Xiao Yu confesses her feelings for him[18] and he starts to feel the same way, though he does not admit it.[19]

Once again, Yunhai decides to return to Australia, believing that Yuxun is in love with Duanmu. In the meantime, Yunhai's mother wants her daughter, Yunduo (Xiao Han) to meet a good match. Her plan backfires when Yunduo reunites with her ex-boyfriend, Lin Xioli (Zong Fengyan). They break up again, when Hanfeng believes he has hacked into her computer.[19] The real culprit turns out to be Ye Shuo, who Hanfeng intends to prosecute. Yunhai has since returned from Australia, and acts uncaring toward his friend at first. Eventually, he helps Ye Shuo out of jail.[20][21]

Yunhai's childhood friend, Vincy (Ma Jianqin) returns from America.[21] He takes her to an amusement park, where he recalls memories of a previous visit with Yuxun. Vincy has him take her to Aliston and kisses him in front of Yuxun, before returning to America. Later, Yunhai learns that his mother was the real culprit behind his break up with Yuxun.[22] Yunhai leaves home, sick of his mother's controlling nature, though his relationship with Yuxun remains strained.[23] Around the same time, Lin Xiaoli anonymously accuses Hanfeng of manipulating the Murong Group stocks, forcing the police to investigate.[24]

Xiaoli regrets his actions, however the damage has been done, which includes Yunhai's father, Zhongshi (Wang Jianxin) being sent to jail. Hanfeng collapses from stress[25] and Xiaoli attempts to apologize. Meanwhile, Yuxun is planning her first birthday party and tries to invite Yunhai.[26] The two are finally brought together, when they track down a hit-and-run driver, who hits Yunhai with a bat. Yuxun realizes how much she loves him and they become a couple again. The day of Yuxun's party, Yunhai clears up everything with Lin Xiaoli, who is leaving for England.[27] As Yunhai drives to Yuxun's party, he becomes dizzy and crashes into a tree.[28]

Yunhai is taken to the hospital and Hanfeng immediately blames Yuxun for all their misfortune. Duanmu's father comes back from America to operate on Yunhai, who is know in a coma. Vincy also returns and the surgery is a success. However, Yunhai is now suffering from amnesia and only remembers his family.[28] Yunhai's mother uses the situation to her advantage and tells Yunhai that Vincy is his girlfriend.[29] She plans to send them to America, where Yuxun cannot interfere. Her plan fails, when Vincy tears up Yunhai's ticket and returns on her own. In a last-ditch effort to help Yunhai regain his memories, Duanmu and Yuxun step up the same situation of when she first met Yunhai. Their attempt appears to have worked as he smiles while walking toward her.[30]

Season 2

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Let's Go Watch the Meteor Shower Again (一起又看流星雨 Yìqǐ Yòukàn Liúxīng Yǔ)
Yuxun, now a second year student at Aliston, is patiently waiting for Yunhai to return. At the same time, Yunhai is at a remote island being treated for his condition. Nightly, he is haunted by visions of a girl and escapes the island to find her. He travels to Singapore, where he meets Jiang Yuan (Tan Lina).[31] The two strike up a friendship and eventually travel back home to China together.[32] Back at Aliston, he reunites with his "brothers", though he still does not remember Yuxun.[33] Duanmu pushes Yunhai, which finally triggers his memories of Yuxun.[34]

Jiang falls in love with Yunhai and attempts to drown herself, when he chooses Yuxun over her.[35] After some time, Jiang and Yunhai agree to be friends. Yunhai and Yuxun become an official couple again, though his mother (Yu Xiaohui) still disapproves.[36]

Cast and characters

Meteor-Shower-cast.jpg Meteor-Shower2-cast.jpg
Season 1 cast:
L-to-R: Zhu Zixiao, Hans Zhang, Zheng Shuang, Yu Haoming, Wei Chen
Season 2 cast:
L-to-R: Hans Zhang, Zheng Shuang, Yu Haoming, Tan Lina, Wei Chen, Zhu Zixiao

Zheng Shuang as Chu Yuxun (楚雨蕁; Tsukushi Makino/Dong Shan Cai)

A tough, stubborn girl, who worked hard to enroll at Aliston.[7] She stays with her mom and uncle, when she is not in the dorms. Her best friend is Xiao Yu.[37] At first, Yuxun dislikes Yunhai and his friends.[8] She develops a crush on Duanmu,[37] who she learns she saved from bullying as a child. He tells that he does not feel the same,[38] though the two later date for a short time.[9] She falls in love with Yunhai, though his mother does not approve and breaks them up.[17] After he develops amnesia and forgets her, Yuxun continues to love Yunhai.[29]

Hans Zhang as Murong Yunhai (慕容雲海; Tsukasa Domyoji/Dao Ming Si)

A obstinate ABC (Australian-born Chinese) and professional racer. His family and butler affectionately call him, "Xiaohai".[7] He becomes friends with Duanmu, Ye Shuo, and Shangguan, after transferring to Aliston.[8] Yunhai eventually falls in love with Yuxun, and feels betrayed after seeing her with Duanmu.[9] He carries on pursuing Yuxun, and dates her for a few days, before his mother forces them apart.[17] They date once again,[27] prior to his accident, which causes him to develop amnesia.[28]

Yu Haoming as Duanmu Lei (端木磊; Rui Hanazawa/Hua Ze Lei)

The rich son of a neurologist and an OB/GYN. His dream is to become a professional pianist.[7] Duanmu is protective over Yuxun, because she defended him from bullies when they were children.[38] He falls for Yu Xin and chases after her, when she leaves for Britain.[11] Duanmu returns to China with a broken heart and starts dating Yuxun, upsetting Yunhai.[9] He breaks up with Yuxun, believing that she actually loves Yunhai.[15] Yu Xin returns from Britain,[14] however, Duanmu does not pursue a relationship with her.[30]

Wei Chen as Ye Shuo (葉爍; Akira Mimasaka/Mei Zuo)

An IT genius and the brains behind his brother's successful online gaming business.[7] He hates his brother, Ye Mian, and blames him for their father's death.[39] To sabotage his brother, Ye Shuo creates a competing website,[11] which hurts his brother.[16] Him and his brother reach an understanding later on and appear to be on good terms.[30] Ye Shuo likes older women and falls for Yunhai's sister, Yunduo.[10] She rejects him, because she still loves her ex-boyfriend, Lin Xiaoli.[40] Sometime later, Ye Shuo confesses again and she accepts his feelings.[30]

Zhu Zixiao as Shangguan Ruiqian (上官瑞謙; Sojiro Nishikado/Xi Men)

The playboy son of the top leader in the travel industry. He was undefeated at basketball, until Yunhai enrolled at Aliston.[7] Shangguan claims that all girls have a "shelf life" of two weeks.[13] His attitude is a mask to protect himself since his parents will one day arrange his marriage. Despite this, after learning of Xiao Yu's feelings,[18] he begins to feel the same way towards her.[19] The two later make their relationship official.[30]

Tan Lina as Jiang Yuan (蒋媛)

The principal's daughter, who had the opportunity to study at Harvard.[33] She meets Yunhai in Singapore, and travels to the Maldives with him, before going back home to China.[32] Yuan decides to attend Alistun and later confesses her feelings to Yunhai.[35]

Supporting cast and characters

Character Actor[41] Counterpart
(Manga)
Counterpart
(Meteor Garden)
Notes
An Yuan
(安远)
Cai Juntao Aliston teacher
Chai Xuecun
(柴雪村)
Li Donglin Haruo Makino Shan Cai's father Yuxun's uncle
Guo Rongrong
(郭蓉蓉)
Lu Hu Aliston student
Jin Nana
(金娜娜)
Chu Yinan
Yue Xu
Erika Ayuhara Qian Hui Meiran's best friend
Jie Jialong
(解甲龍)
Li Shipeng Si's butler Murong family butler
Langu
(兰姑)
Zhang Yimu
Zhu Wenxi
Aliston staff
Lin Xiaoli
(林曉黎)
Zong Fengyan
Houxiang Ling
Yunduo's ex-boyfriend
Lisa Mi Lu Shangguan's girlfriend
Murong Yunduo
(慕容雲朵)
Xiao Han Tsubaki Domyoji Dao Ming Zhuang Yunhai's older sister
Murong Zhongshi
(慕容中石)
Wang Jianxin Tsukasa's father Dao Ming Cheng Yunhai's father
Principal Jiang
(校長蒋)
Xu Zhihe Yuan's father
Shen Hanfeng
(沈含楓)
Li Ying
Yu Xiaohui
Kaede Domyoji Dao Ming Feng Yunhai's mother
Tracy
(崔西)
Ren Wei Works at Alistun
Vincy
(温思)
Ma Jianqin Yunhai's childhood friend
Xiao Qi
(曉琦)
Zhang Xiaoqi
Xiao Yu
(小漁)
Chen Yina Yuki Matsuoka Xiao You Yuxun's best friend
Xinxin
(鑫鑫)
Wang Lixin
Xu Lili
(徐麗麗)
Ren Silu
Peng Bo
Makiko Endo Li Zhen Yuxun's dorm roommate
Ye Mian
(葉勉)
Huang Zhiwei Ye Shuo's older brother
Yu Xin
(於馨)
Peng Yang Shizuka Todo Teng Tang Jing Music teacher
Yuxun's mother Xu Yang
Xiao Hui
Chieko Makino Shan Cai's mother Yuxun's single mother
Zhao Meiran
(趙美然)
Yin Xiezi
Ge Xiaofeng
Yuriko Asai Bai He Nana's best friend

Staff

  • General planning: Wei Wenbin
  • Producers: Ouyang Changlin, Zhang Yong, Zhu Deqiang, Fan Xuwen, Yao Jia
  • Executive producers: Jiang Xin, Jiang Xinjian, Luo Weixiong, Zhang Huali
  • Planning: Yin Lianhe, Long Dani, Li Hao, Zhang Mingrui
  • Project coordination: Wang Ke, Wang Jin, Wang Xubo, He Xiaoting, Fang Xu
  • Chief producer: Liu Xiangqun
  • Editor: Wang Hailin
  • Editorial assistant: Wu Tian
  • Screenwriter: Wang Xuejing, Yazi, Yu Miao
  • Chief director: Shen Yi
  • Directors: Ding Yangguo, Song Yang

Production

Main cast at the launch in 2009

A Chinese adaptation of Boys Over Flowers was announced on December 22, 2008.[42] Hunan TV was unable to obtain the copyright from Shueisha. A clause in the contract with Boys Over Flowers (2009) prevented the series from being licensed to any third parties for two years.[43] The show's title was changed from New Meteor Garden (新流星花园) to Meteor Shower (流星雨) to differentiate it from Meteor Garden (2001). Furthermore, the main character's names were changed from Shancai, Daoming Si, and Huaze Lei to Chu Yuxun, Murong Yunhai, and Duanmu Lei. In January 2009, Meteor Shower was approved by China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.[2]

Main cast at the 2010 sequel launch

On February 18, 2009, Meteor Shower celebrated its launch in a press conference at Xiamen. It was revealed that newcomer Zheng Shuang was selected to play Chu Yuxun.[44] Hans Zhang, Yu Haoming, Wei Chen, and Zhu Zixiao were cast in the male roles opposite Zheng.[45] Meteor Shower premiered on August 8, 2009.[46] The producers began preparing for a sequel before the first season finished airing.[47] In March 2010, Tan Lina joined the main cast as Jiang Yuan, a rival to Zheng's character.[48] Meteor Shower 2 was shot in Shenzhen[49] and began airing on August 9, 2010.[50]

Music

The theme song, "Xingkong Wuyu" (星空物语), of Meteor Shower was performed by the four male leads, Hans Zhang, Yu Haoming, Wei Chen, and Zhu Zixiao. They contributed a large number of the songs on the album. Zheng Shuang also performed a duet with Yu.[51] Xu Fei sung the ending theme song, "Wo Yao De Feixiang" (我要的飞翔). She first performed it at the press conference in August 2009.[52]

Season 1 soundtrack
No. TitleSinger Length
1. "Xingkong Wuyu" (星空物语)Hans Zhang, Yu Haoming, Wei Chen, Zhu Zixiao  
2. "Wo Yao De Feixiang" (我要的飞翔)Xu Fei  
3. "Duoyu De Liuxing" (多余的流星)Yico Zeng[53]  
4. "Shi Yi" (拾忆)Zhang  
5. "Yige Ren De Langman" (一个人的浪漫)Yu  
6. "Fenshen Qingren" (分身情人)Wei  
7. "Ai De Huaerzi" (爱的华尔兹)Zheng, Yu  
8. "Yu Hen" (雨痕)Wei  
9. "Xiangnian De Ge" (想念的歌)Zhu  
10. "Rang Wo Wei Ni Chang Shouge" (让我为你唱首歌)Zhang, Yu, Wei, Zhu  

Adaptations

Novel

Cover of the novel

Meteor Shower, a novel based on the first season of the drama, was published by Huashan Literature and Art Publishing House in August 2009. It was co-written by four screenwriters of the original show. The novel follows Chu Yuxun as she enrolls at Alistun College and chronicles her forays with Murong Yunhai and his friends.[54]

Manhua

Cover for the first chapter of Meteor Shower

A manhua (Chinese comics, which are typically done in full color) adaptation of the television series, also titled Meteor Shower, began in 2015. The comic has ran for over thirty-two chapters in the magazine, Flowering Comic (花漫).[55][56] The magazine ceased publication in 2016,[57] presumably also ending all the series' in it.

Cartoon

Poster for the animated series

Meteor Shower was adapted into a fifty-two episode cartoon series also titled Let's Go Watch the Meteor Shower. It was produced by Golden Eagle Cartoon in collaboration with Hunan TV. The series aired four days a week, starting on February 8[58] and ending on March 22, 2016. It starred Qiao Shiyu as the voice of Chu Yuxun and Jiang Guangtao as Murong Yunhai[59]

Voice cast[59]
Character Voice Original
Chu Yuxun Qiao Shiyu Zheng Shuang
Murong Yunhai Jiang Guangtao Hans Zhang
Duanmu Lei Tian Bo Yu Haoming
Ye Shuo Chen Hao Wei Chen
Shangguan Ruiqian Bian Jiang Zhu Zixiao
Yu Xin Tang Jing Peng Yang
Xiao Yu Liu Lu Chen Yina
Murong Yunduo ? Xiao Han
Shen Hanfeng Xu Xiaoqing Li Ying
Murong Zhongshi Qi Jie Wang Jianxin

Reception

The drama generated controversy for its similarities to Meteor Garden, product placements, as well as its portrayal of wealth.[60] Nevertheless, Meteor Shower was popular and had high ratings.[61]

Notes

  • Series' stars Hans Zhang and Zheng Shuang began dating in 2009 and broke up five years later in 2014.[62]
  • A Different Kind of Pretty Man (不一樣的美男子') is sometimes listed as a sequel to Meteor Shower, despite the plot and characters being unrelated. The drama was also starred Hans Zhang and was directed by Chen Yi and Ding Yangguo.
  • In the first season, Yunhai and his friends are not referred to by a group name and reporters were discouraged from promoting them as the F4.[63] However, by the time of the second season, they were called the "H4" within the show and by the media.[64][65]
  • Yu Haoming was cast in The National Southwestern University and Us along with Dylan Wang, the star of Meteor Garden (2018). Wang posted a photo of him and Yu on social media, captioning it "just realized we're love rivals in a parallel universe."[66]

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